Jul 11 2014

bits + pieces – summer days

I haven’t done one of these posts for so long, and I just got a new camera this week so…obviously I had it with me all day long.  Here’s what a typical summer Thursday looks like for us.

(above: morning greeting from the cat)

She’d rather eat her fingers than the banana.

The ends of breakfast.

Closet reorganization during naps.

Chasing the cat.  All. Day. Long.

“Why won’t the kitty be my friend?!”  I know Lucy.  This has been my lifelong question as well.

…and yet, despite him running away she still went on looking for him.

An afternoon at grandma and grandpas.  Minnie is cheering on Lucy while she learns to walk.

This.  A free standing jolly jumper and a kiddie pool.  You guys, this girl has never been so happy.  We combined her two favourite things in the world.

Taking a break in the shade before heading back into the pool for round two.

This face.  I die.

A Thursday family dinner photo series wouldn’t be complete without an awkward eating photo of my nephew.

She thought she was too cool for a photo session.

Exhausted after a long afternoon playing.

He says he wants a kiddie pool at home, and if the neighbours wonder he will just tell them it’s for his niece (Lucy).

Still tired…but making smiles for Aunty Maria.

Picture of a picture…

Second wind…

 The “please take a picture of me with Lucy so we have proof that I was here too” picture.


Feb 5 2014

bits & pieces – baby edition.

I haven’t done one of these for a while, so I figured it was about time.  I’ve been asked a lot lately what my day looks like with Lucy…I guess because she is on an NG tube, or maybe because of her heart condition.  Either way, I’m not sure it’s too different from another new mom–except that we are on a pretty regulated schedule.  My day is broken up in 3 hour segments now (with me having 2 hours to get something done, if/when Lucy sleeps).  We were feeding every three hours round the clock up until last week when we cut out the 2AM feed and boosted the rest of her amounts.  She does tire quickly and probably sleeps more than most 4.5 month old babies, but it’s small cat naps throughout the day.

So without further ado…here’s a typical day.

In the words of Molly Johnson (10 points if you know who that is) “Well…good morning!”  Forgive the crappy picture.  I dare you to take a good picture 2minutes and 31 seconds after you’ve been woken up at almost 5AM.

At least someone is in a good mood at 5AM.  Always big smiles from this one in the wee hours of the morning.

Minnie doesn’t ever beg for food.  We’ve never fed her scraps so she has no idea what she’s missing.  Bigsby, on the other hand, knows all too well.  He begs for bits of my breakfast muffin.  Every morning.

If I want her to fall asleep and she’s being fussy, I usually put her on the play mat…she plays so hard that she’s asleep within minutes.  It’s one of her favourite places.

Perching pug.

Early morning bread batch.

“I fell asleep on my play mat and woke up in my crib!  WHAT’S GOING ON?!”

Lucy always dresses her best, even if she’s got no place to go.

She’s 4.5 months and already tired of me taking her picture.

I’m pretty good with the emoticons, right?

Bread for the week.

It may not look like much to you, but Lucy had half an ounce at that particular feed.  The next feed she did 1.5oz which we were all very happy about.  We are trying to reinforce positive oral feed times…it’s not easy.

The lamp works well as a feed bag hanger.

Lately my one luxury a week has been painting my nails.  I never used to paint my nails (unless I had an occasion) and since Lucy has been born my nail polish collection has gone from 2 colours to many colours.  Exciting, I know.

I can’t have a bits and pieces blog post without Bigsby.  Even though all he does is this.  Sleep on the bed.  All day.

Helping me with the laundry.

“Minnie, bow your head.  Say your prayers.”  Our puppy is a Christian.  She prays before every meal, and only eats when you say “Amen”.

Experimenting with tricking her into eating orally.  She did a half ounce this way, but then the next feed totally caught on and refused that particular soother.

I made a bunch of lasagnas to freeze and save for a rainy day.  Dave couldn’t wait for a rainy day and insisted on having it right away.

My bedtime routine is this: Pajamas, Pug, Port & Pinterest.  In bed by 9PM.

Rinse & repeat the next day all over again.

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Nov 22 2013

these days.

Still here.  Still trucking along.  Schedule goes as follows: try to feed baby, listen to baby scream, make baby stop screaming,  try to feed baby, watch baby fall asleep while eating.  Repeat. 8x a day.  Our feeding struggles certainly didn’t stop at the hospital.  We’re all feeling a little worn out from it all.
Hopefully some kind of routine can set in soon and this little one decides that eating is for her benefit (and not for torture as she thinks it is now).
In the meantime, here are some pictures of the cute critter to fill the gaps between actual blog posts…


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Aug 27 2012

bits + pieces: sunday afternoons

Whenever we can, Dave and I try to make Sunday afternoons as low key as possible.  Yesterday was pretty ideal.  No plans.  Just reading…going for a walk in the park, eating pizza and watching some Netflix.

1. Isaac Asimov, I believe.    2. ”Derr…?”    3. $1.99 Glads.  Made me glad.    4.  About as good as I get for bug photography.  No. Patience.  5.  Hello, moon. 6. Hanging out in the woods.   7. Birch.   8. Autumn.   9. Minnie takes Dave for a walk.   10. Minnie discovers dandelion puffs.   11.   Roasted veggie and goat cheese pizza.  Nom. Nom.  12.  Pug snuggles.  13. Oh, hai.   14. Netflix.   15. Buddies.   16. Favourite spot.  Away from the pug.   17. Star Trek time.   18.  Gooood. Night.


Jul 12 2012

bits + pieces: evening edition

So.  Summer finally showed up here in BC.

It’s nice.

But it’s pretty hot.

We bought and air conditioner.  It’s first time I have actually wanted one.

Right now I am sitting in the house with all the lights off.  Somehow, it seems cooler that way.  I shot everything for bits and pieces with no lights on.  Aaand…that’s about how the evening went.

The remains of iced coffee.

I painted a little today.  This is not what I painted.  This is just my palette.  But I’m thinking it’s starting to look good enough to go on the wall. :P

Don’t worry, Bigsby fans.  I have not forgotten the wondercat since the coming of the Pug.

Worked on a little Rachmaninoff today.  First time since getting the Pug that I have been able to sit at the piano for longer than 2 minutes.

Blinds and curtains.  Shut.  Don’t let the light in.

This cotton eyelet dress gets worn a lot lately.

These are also getting a lot of use too.

He taunts her.  Somehow he forgets that she has chewed through that gate twice, and will do it a third time if she really wants to get to him.

Resting in the air-conditioned room.

Broke a string on my ukelele.  Dang.

Messy kitchen.  I’ll get to that tomorrow.

Minnie the Pug thinks it’s hot too.  She was sleeping, until she saw the camera.  Then she started barking at it.

The last light.

There goes the neighbourhood.

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