Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Great Debate

Who does Caitlyn look like? Which parts are me and which parts are Brock?

These are a couple of questions that come up often. Everyone says she looks like Brock but I keep trying to see a bit of me in her as well. Not that it isn't great that she looks like Brock, at least we all know who the father is. But I have to admit I'm jealous that she doesn't look like me. We were comparing baby photos the other day and I swear she looks like me as a baby a little bit but Brock says nope.

The baby picture comparison:

Me, Caitlyn, Brock

The adult picture comparison:

Me, Caitlyn, Brock

What do you think?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Adventures in swimming

I signed Caitlyn up for swim lessons at our local YMCA. I thought it would be a great way to introduce her to the pool and get the two of us more comfortable in the water. We have a pool in our condo complex that I bring her into about every other day but the swim lessons give me ideas on things to do with her while we're in the water. It's not like a 3.5 month old baby really knows how to swim.

The lessons started 3 weeks ago and so far I've been a little unlucky when it comes them.

Week 1
This was my first time going to the YMCA in London and I was running late. We rushed into the change room, I got her changed then me changed and we rushed into the pool area about 5 minutes late. The pool was empty!!  A little confused I went to the lifeguard to inquire and low and behold I was at the wrong YMCA. Apparently there is more than one in London. I was SO disappointed because there was no way Caitlyn and I were going to make it to the other Y on time to make the lesson. So I got us both changed back into our clothes and headed home.

Week 2
We made it to the right YMCA this week and we were even early. So far it was a success. Then we got in the pool.  We had this little corner of the pool sectioned off for us and there were these 8-12 year old kids doing a free swim right beside our area. There was so much noise and splashing going on that it really affected Caitlyn. She cried almost the entire half hour. We were in and out of the pool three times before I gave up. Needless to say it was not a good experience for either of us. We mentioned at the front desk about the noise and they said they would try to switch up the schedule the following week so that we didn't have to worry about the other kids.

Week 3
This week they changed the time of our lesson so that we wouldn't be impacted by the 8-12 year old kids. Which I totally appreciated and this definitely helped me feel better about choosing the Y for Caitlyn's first swimming lessons. We pulled into the parking lot at the Y a good 15 minutes early and as I was walking up to the door a thought suddenly entered my head "did I bring my swimsuit??" the answer was nope :) How I could have forgotten it is beyond me and I totally blame baby brain.  So what's a mom to do you ask?? I went swimming in my clothes of course. Thankfully the Y allowed this. Caitlyn had a blast, there was no crying at all which was awesome. I was slightly embarrassed about swimming in my clothes and I'm sure as I walked out of the place soaking wet people were wondering what was wrong with me. But I'll do anything for my little girl and I definitely did not want her to miss out on the lesson, so in the end it was worth it.

Time for a little game of what's wrong with this picture??

I blame baby brain for this one as well. This is how I got Caitlyn dressed after our week 3 swim lesson.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Big Milestone!!

Caitlyn has officially rolled over!! One minute she was laying on her back and the next she was on her stomach. We saw it happen two days ago and I couldn't believe it. She's growing up so fast. So far she's only successfully achieved this once but I'm sure she's on her way to moving all over the house. Time to get baby proofing!!

With Caitlyn's recent roll over Brock and I decided we needed to go out and get a video camera finally. We dealt with a sales manager at the Best Buy here in London. He was amazing. He let us take three different cameras and hook them up to the t.v.'s in the store so we could compare picture quality, zoom etc. We were in the store for over an hour and he was so patient and helpful the whole time. Its great when you can get good service like that. In the end we bought a Canon FS300 (in red), so far I love it except for the fact that I don't have a straightforward way of uploading the movies to my MAC. Apparently my operating system is too old. So I have to upload them to our PC laptop, convert them, save them to a memory card and then upload them to the MAC. Oh the things I will do to work off of my beloved macbook.

Here's the first video I took with the new camera. Presenting Caitlyn in her Jolly Jumper.

On another note, I'm obsessed with eating oats for breakfast these days. It has been everyday for the last month or two at least. Thanks to Angela's cold Vegan Overnight Oats, I swear she has a hundred different ways of making these and they are delicious. Then there's Ashley's hot Steel Cut Oats. Both are so good. I've been checking out these ladies' blogs for a little while now and have been getting some great and easy recipes. Can you tell I was eating breakfast as I was writing this post. Hence the diversion to food :)

Have a great day!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Kids are therapeutic

I never would have thought that my baby girl could be so therapeutic. Last night was one of "those" nights. Everyone has them, nights where something just goes wrong and its practically impossible to see how little that "thing" really matters in the grand scheme of life. That was my night and I was very close to getting into a gloomy and miserable mood that at a different time in my life could have lasted for days.

I went for a drive with Caitlyn to our local Toys R Us. I mean what better to lift a bad mood than a little shopping trip. I picked up a Jolly Jumper that I've been wanting to get for a couple of weeks. Caitlyn loves it when we hold her up and let her stand so I knew that a Jolly Jumper would be a great investment for her.  I had a couple of failed attempts to buy one used from Kijiji and last night being one of "those" nights I said screw it and forked over the $70 for a brand new one.  Turns out that was the best thing I could have done.

I got home and put together her newest toy to take over the living room, still stewing and upset of course. Then something amazing happened. I put Caitlyn in the Jolly Jumper and she LOVED it!! She was so happy bouncing around in this thing. Her happiness seeped right inside my heart and soul and totally melted away all the negativity that had been holding me hostage for the last few hours. It was really incredible, just seeing her face and how much fun she was having helped me to remember the big important things that I have to be grateful for and that make my life wonderful. At the top of that list are my wonderful husband, my beautiful daughter and my family.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Getting creative

For some reason this weekend I decided to pull out the knitting needles. I had planned on knitting Caitlyn a baby blanket while I was pregnant. This idea was quickly abandoned after it took over an hour to knit the first three rows and I messed up the pattern already. Needless to say I don't have the patience for big projects that have the potential to be messed up and started over so easily.

Caitlyn has a few wonderful blankets that were knit and crocheted for her by our closest family and friends so I decided to stick to smaller things.

This is my first attempt at a baby headband, sure the flower is a little lopsided but I can't be perfect all the time :) I think Caitlyn loves it!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!!

In celebration of Canada Day I have a few pictures from the last week or so to share.

Last weekend we went to Windsor to visit with our friends Ryan and Amanda and their new baby Cole. The great thing about visiting friends with babies is that they have all the essentials and you can pack lighter. We got to borrow one of their chairs to give Caitlyn a place to sit while we visited.
Cole was born exactly 1 month after Caitlyn, here's a picture of the two of them together.  Cole was born 10 weeks premature, I love how Caitlyn looks like a giant baby with him.

Caitlyn got Daddy really good the other day. Funny how they both look happy about the whole thing.

My sweet girl all dressed up! I love how she's got her feet crossed (I didn't pose her like that). It's so lady like.

Moving from little lady to biker baby :)

and a little Canada day father-daughter time.  Caitlyn has this thing about blowing spit bubbles now, it's too cute.

ah the sad face, how adorable

Have a great Canada day!!