Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Little Updates

Hello Again.  It's lupin season here, and I haven't posted any pictures of lupins yet.  What an oversight!  The truth is, I didn't really get any pictures of lupins this year, except for this one, which I took at the Farmer's Market last weekend.  So you'll have to wait until next year to see rolling fields of lupins again.  Oh well - something to look forward to.

Also, it's peony season.  I couldn't resist bringing one inside - they are just so gorgeous!  I was reading Amy Rubin's blog (the forgotten things, see link on right) and she compared lupins to toddlers - they both have these huge heads on skinny little necks that can barely support them.  I thought that was a lovely image.  Griffin still can't hold his head up on his own, but he is starting to hold it steady for a minute or two at a time, which is pretty exciting (to me, at least!)
Jai and I were having fun making Griffin wear pants on his head.  I think he kind of liked it, and what's the point in having kids if you don't get to dress them up in ridiculous clothes once in a while?

My Grandparents came up for one last visit to the Valley before they return home to BC.  We took them over the mountain to see Hampton Beach and the amazing tides of the Bay of Fundy.

Here's three generations of beautiful women ;)

And four generations of men, celebrating Father's Day.

Once again, it was so nice to see them, and fun to have them meeting Griffin.  
He's doing really well.  I know he's still really little, but it sure seems like he is growing fast (like a weed, as my Grandma would say.)  I literally feel like I can feel him getting heavier in my arms.  

Thursday, June 18, 2009

For those who like baby pictures

Hello again!  Griffin and I did a little photo shoot yesterday, and I had to share some of the results.

He's six weeks old already today.  Part of me is just dying for him to be able to do things like sit up on his own and laugh out loud and sleep through the night, but the rest of me doesn't want him to change from how he is now.  Even at my most sleep deprived, I'm just amazed by him.  And I finally caught one of his smiles on camera.  

Jai was singing him the Griffin song, which he absolutely loves.  He's a definite music fan - last night we went to a mini band practice for Jai's band, Dayliner, and Griffin loved it.  We've been playing Last.fm a lot.  If you haven't been, it's definitely worth checking out.  It's an on-line radio site, where you can type in the name of an artist that you like, and it will just play music for you by them and similar artists.  Our current favourite is Jose Gonzalez radio, although we've also been listening to Beethoven radio.  He seems to like them both equally.  With his long arms and fingers, we figure he'd make an excellent cellist.  
Anyway, I also caught a picture of him crying, which was less elusive, but almost equally cute (just for contrast.)

He's also got an excellent set of lungs.  
What else is new?  It's mostly baby news, I must admit.  We've mostly switched over to cloth diapers.  It's both easier and harder than I was expecting, but we're just getting started, so I'll let you know how it goes.  The weather here has been gorgeous - beautiful sunny days that aren't too hot yet.  We've been going for lots of walks, although trying to avoid peak blackfly times, as it seems to be a bad year for the bugs.  
Otherwise, we're just moving along.  We're at the point with the house that it needs to be painted and needs a new roof.  Jai was hoping he'd be able to paint it himself, but with him working full-time, I think it would be hard.  I'm hoping we can find someone to do at least the main parts, who won't charge us too much money.  The roof...well, I guess we'll see.  How do people pay for new roofs?  It's like a mystery/adventure game.  Anyway, I'm sure you don't need to hear too much about that. 

Here's a look I get a lot:

I know, and he's not even a teenager yet.

Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything's different. 
Bill Watterson 

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Busy busy boy

Hello Again!  Hope everyone has had an excellent week.  Things have been super busy around here, as usual.  We've had more excellent guests, with my Grandparents coming all the way out from the west coast to meet their new Great Grandson.  It's been super nice to get a visit with them, as we are a very close family, and I've been missing them.  My Grandma brought out some more pictures for me to scan.  If you've been watching this blog for a while, you may have noticed that I really love pictures of my Grandma and her twin sister when they were young.  Previously, I only had the one image, which I used for a couple of different projects, but now I have a whole bunch more, and I'm super excited for the day when I get back to my own work again.

For now, though, I've been busy with other, more important things.  

Griffin's been doing great.  He had his first trip to the beach, his first trip to the accountant, and his first trip to the Farmer's market all this week.  He loved the beach, slept through the accountant, and had mixed feelings about the Farmer's Market.  We were thinking about asking the accountant to come over at night and talk to him, since it put Griffin right to sleep, but he would be the most expensive babysitter ever.  We should have taped him!

Our boy is growing fast - at his one month check-up, he had already gained over 3 lbs above his birth weight.  Must be all those late-night feedings.  

Other than that, we have been trying to fit in a little bit of gardening.  My Mom came over and got our beds ready this last week, which was a HUGE help, because I don't think I could've gotten around to it without the help.  Anyway, I've planted tomatoes and basil and zucchini, plus lettuce and carrots.  All the essentials.  We've been eating strawberries out of the yard for the last week or so, so summer must be just around the corner.  One of our apple trees was covered in blossoms, so we might even get some apples this year.  

I just can't resist those blurry forget-me-not photos!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Four weeks!

Our baby is four weeks old already!  I can hardly believe it - time is flying.  And I find it really helps with those late night feedings if I just keep reminding myself of that.  All of these moments are precious.  I knew I was going to fall in love with whatever child Jai and I  produced, but I didn't anticipate how much I would fall in love with Motherhood itself. 

 I don't know how to explain it well, but it's connected to that feeling of every moment being precious.  Our baby boy changes so fast and I love how that keeps me on my toes.  As much as it makes life a little hard sometimes, I love how he is constantly reminding me that I can no longer run my life by a schedule, or a clock.  It's all about being in the moment, and learning to go with the flow.  And learning new skills (like typing with one hand.) 

 Anyway, i just had a moment here, and wanted to throw up a couple more pics, just to show off the cutest baby in the World :)