Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Getting Ready for Baby...

Hello! I had a minute while Jai has the day off, and is out taking Griffin for a walk, so I thought I would come over here and spend it on the blog. These photos aren't new, but I do only have a minute, and I do hate to post a blog with no photos on it! Things are going well here. We spent the weekend in Halifax again - this time so we could attend a Baby shower the family put on. We only really need a couple of things, so when Mom asked what we wanted, I thought it would be a good idea to ask people to just bring a dish of food that we could stick in the freezer. And I'm so glad I did! Our freezer now has a nice supply of home-made dishes just waiting for Baby Soloy to arrive. Thanks everyone! And thanks for the gifts, too - it's nice for baby to have some new things of his/her own.
It's only another 3 or 4 weeks now, although that's only if everything sticks to schedule. We're getting closer to ready. I know I'm starting to feel ready, especially at night - not that that will improve for a while, even after the baby arrives! At least the sleep I do get should be a little more comfortable.

We think Griffin is kind of as ready as he can be. He's accepted that the baby will be living in the house with us, although he likes to think it will be "mostly upstairs." I'm not sure what he thinks the baby will be doing while we're downstairs! There's still quite a bit of work to do to get the house ready - things like setting up the crib, and figuring out where the clothes are going to go. Luckily we have a few more months before we need to worry too much about babyproofing! Griffin kind of spoiled us in that regard, never being much of a climber. Will we be lucky enough to have two like that? Who knows.
I'm definitely getting into "pregnancy brain" - losing track of thoughts and feeling a little fuzzy sometimes (apologies if this post is a little rambly and nonsensical.) And I'm feeling hungry almost all the time now (kind of bad timing with all the Halloween candy lying around the house - oops! Good thing I have Griffin around to keep me honest.)
Other than that, life is continuing on much like normal. We try and get out of the house to do something every day - which has been made much easier by some unusually warm October weather. The leaves have finally started to turn, and everything is looking so nice and Autumnal. I had my first breath of air that smelled like rotting leaves the other day - there's just something about that smell - so earthy and clean at the same time - that makes me smile every time. We've had a few fires going in the stove now, and it's still early enough that they really do make the whole house almost unbearably warm. Yesterday I sat in front of the woodstove with my book while Griffin napped, and thoroughly enjoyed feeling like I was melting, knowing that I will miss that feeling when we're in the depth of winter and there seems to be a perpetual chill in the air. I have to admit, though, there is a part of me that is looking forward to hunkering down for winter. If only we could spend it hibernating like dormice!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

The September Post

Well, I guess it's time for me to play a little bit of Catch-Up! As Griffin would say, "Holy Smokes!" So, what' new around here? (I'm about to revert to point form)

-Everything is going well with my pregnancy so far. Hard to believe there's only weeks to go, except that I am definitely in the uncomfortable stage now. No one is afraid to assume that I'm pregnant any more.

-Griffin has decided to be a goat. For about a month now, any time you ask him if he is anything at all, he'll frown and say, "no, I'm just a goat." Sample conversation:
Me: Griffin, are you hungry?
Griffin: No, I'm just a goat.
Me: Are you a hungry goat?
Griffin: Yes, I'm a hungry little goat.
(Anyone got any Halloween ideas for making a goat costume?)

-Griffin is now entirely in charge of his own wardrobe. Every morning he picks out the clothes he is going to wear for the day. Good luck getting anything on him that he didn't choose for himself. He is quite discriminating when it comes to his fashion.

-He's also a total Boy. If you ever turn him upside-down, you can fully expect a random assortment of pennies, rocks, dirt, and crumbs to pour out of every pocket. Plus the odd dinky car that he is temporarily storing away for later.

And now for our month in photos:

We finally made it to Upper Clements Park, while Ambre, Morgan and Ella were hiding out from the hurricane that hit the Bahamas (and then, ironically enough, here!) They were too little for a lot of the stuff, but the trains were a HUGE hit, and they enjoyed the wading pool as well. And the ice cream. And the cookies.

Ciderfest happened. Griffin loved the parade this year - I think it was the most exciting thing he'd ever seen. He was literally screaming and quivering with excitement when the firetrucks went by. It took him a minute to catch on to the fact that there was candy involved, but once he did, there was no turning back!

This sucker lasted about ten seconds, before it was just a stick and he was asking for more.
And here comes Daddy in the Bookmobile!
We, of course, wouldn't miss the cardboard boat race.

And, saving possibly the best for last, the big car rally. This is a lot of pictures (and yet, still only a fraction of what I took)! Griffin knew he wasn't allowed to touch the cars, so he went around and touched all the tires.


And got up close and personal with the fire truck...

Here he is, posing for his photo:

The other day, he watched me fix his wooden crane, then proceeded to re-enact the whole thing all by himself the next day. I watched as he went to the tool box, chose a tool, brought it back to the crane, flipped it over, and "fixed" it, then put the tool back in the tool box. It made me a very proud Mama (especially the part where he put the tool away when he was done with it!)

And he's settling pretty well into his new bedroom, and his big boy bed. I couldn't resist snapping a few pics during story time...

So that's it for now (are you still reading - you made it to the bottom of that gargantuan post?) I'll try and catch up on October soon! In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful (Canadian) Thanksgiving, filled with good company and good food :)