May 10 2014

sweet potato baby

Food before one is for fun!

Lucy has been tasting solids for the last month or so, and the sweet potato seems to be her favourite (not surprising!) She is insistent on feeding herself though and only lets the spoon in her mouth if she is holding on to it.

Independent spirit? I wonder who she got that from…

PS: I can’t believe this is the first video I’ve done of her with my real camera…that has to change…


May 6 2014

19-52 water baby

Project 52 – A portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 19:  Water baby!

7.5 months old

This weekend we took a little vacation to Harrison Hot Springs for the annual BCMB Conference Pastors and Spouses retreat.  It’s always such a lovely weekend away, and this time it was especially fun with Lucy.  It was her first time in a pool, so we weren’t too sure what to expect (although we suspected she’d like it at least a bit).  We were SO happy to discover that she LOVED the water.  She tread water, splashed, laughed and squealed with delight the whole time.  It helps that the springs are like a gigantic bathtub with the perfect temperature water for a little baby.  We stayed in the water for over an hour with her, until we decided to go for a walk.  I suspect she would have been perfectly happy to be there all day though.

Below are a few more from the weekend.  There’s a couple iPhone shots thrown in here (because it’s more accessible sometimes.)

Tiny bathrobe–tiny baby!

Her toes were SO wrinkled when we came out.  So cute.

Hanging out on the room before breakfast time.  She preferred to sit and talk to her toes rather than eat.  Each to their own…

The weather was threatening to be gloomy when we first got out, but it quickly turned quite beautiful.  On the last day out, I walked the loop around the lagoon to try and get Lucy to sleep while Dave was in one of the sessions (she wouldn’t let me sit in the sessions…way to boring for such an exciting baby.)  Of course…she was wide awake and only slept once we got home. 

PS: This is the first time we have really used our Phil and Teds Vibe stroller (that we got from my brother) and LOVED it so much.  One of our favourite things was that the seat folds down flat so she could nap and we could still be out and about.  Such a great stroller.

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May 3 2014


We used to be travel snobs.  Dave and I both loved the idea of vacationing for excitement and education.  Visiting a place that was interesting was far higher on our list than a tropical climate and a pool. When people would say “Yay!  We are going to Mexico on our vacation!” we would go “Oh. Nice.” (and raise our well travelled noses up in the air).  The thought of going somewhere just to do nothing sounded pointless.  Why not just crank the heat in your house, put on a bathing suit and lay in your bathtub if that’s all you want?

I don’t know exactly when my perspective changed on vacation.  At some point last year when we were thinking about our baby-moon vacation we both thought the best idea would be to go somewhere where we wouldn’t have to think much about anything.  The prospect of being parents was tiring.  And then we became parents…and tiring went to a whole new level.

The other day I was looking through a friends travel pictures from their time at an all inclusive resort and I felt an overwhelming sense of “I NEED THAT RIGHT NOW.”  I said to Dave “What is this all about?  I never had any desire to spend time at an all inclusive resort.  I’ve never wanted that kind of vacation, and now it’s all I can think about.”  To which he responded “It’s probably the first time in your life that you actually need that kind of vacation.”

 When I was looking through the pictures that I wanted to include in this post, I’ll admit I felt a little jealous (a lot?) of my old self.  It didn’t help that Lucy was laying next to me screaming…(teething…seriously guys.) I have to keep reminding myself that there are seasons for everything.  Our season right now is sedentary/survival child-rearing.  We will likely be more mobile in the summer (once Lucy is more mobile) and then it will change to non-stop/survival child-rearing.  Maybe “survival mode” will even transition to “relaxed and confident”.  And maybe one day we’ll get to experience adventure again, but for now we’ll just have to find joy cranking the heat and sitting in the bath tub with our bathing suits on.

Different seasons.

Below: A trip down memory lane…because I can’t forget that we used to do exciting things…

The foothills of the Andes, in Bolivia (AKA, the place that took our breath away and made us and pull the vehicle to the side of the road to take pictures)

Layers of buildings, La Paz, Bolivia

Lomas de Arena, Sand Dunes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Dave, on a river boat coming back from drilling a well for a tribe in the Amazon.  (Bolivia)

Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece

Paris, France

Parliament buildings, London, England

Budapest, Hungary

Jurassic Coast, England

Scuba diving in the Red Sea, Sharm el Sheik, Egypt

Watching Dave scuba dive…(because I was chicken…but the boat was lovely)

Cairo at dusk. Egypt

Monastery of Saint Pishoy, Wadi El Natrun, Egypt

(above + below) Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey


May 2 2014

18-52 sunny days

Project 52 – A portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 18:  Sunny days

7.5 months old

This is one of those posts where I just couldn’t pick one.  Impossible.  Thursday was the first day that we really spent time outside with Lucy.  Not that she hasn’t been outside before, but she usually would freak out because it was too cold or windy or whatever other random reason a baby might freak out.  But the weather has been getting beautiful and so we spent the afternoon and evening at my parents place.  They have a lovely big back yard with lots of shade which is great for me and my ivory baby.

She’s getting so good at sitting on her own and rarely falls over now.  She prefers to play sitting up now, and gets frustrated when she is laying.  She has also developed a new…um…unique way of moving around.  Since she hates being on her stomach (and turns right back to her back as soon as you lay her) she is nowhere near crawling.  But, if she is on her back she will arch her back and balance on her heals and the top of her head and scoot around.  Whatever hair she does have is going to be rubbed off soon, I fear.

I got her a pair of sunglasses which she thinks are the funniest thing.  Every time I put them on her she gets a big goofy grin on her face.

She is desperately trying to walk on her own, and often tries to let go of your hands and go if you hold her up.  Seriously baby, you are 7.5 months old and not even crawling! Take it easy!


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