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The number of changes happening with Andy are unreal. He is pulling himself up to stand whenever possible, and when he’s leaning on something he can just hang out there unassisted for a short time. He is, however, starting to develop a bit of an attachment. If he sees me, he’ll crawl over and ask to be supported to stand.

Andy has also been getting into his bookshelf, so we’ve had to shift a few things around so the things he plays with often are at the bottom. This morning, however, he started pulling things from the top shelf, so it’s possible all this moving is in vain. If he wants something, he will likely do whatever it takes to get it.


Other favourites – Andy absolutely loves it when you play with him with blankets. Flapping them in front of his face, swiping them over his head…any proximity to moving fabric brings him great joy. This elicits the best giggles ever.

Lots happening over the next few days. We had a friend stay with us from Thursday until this morning and after having some university kiddos over for lunch today, we are looking forward to hosting more friends tonight! Whee!

Last but not least, we decided to get Andy a tray. He wants to touch his food all the time and the end of our harvest table that  he sits is at the brink of what it can take without lasting damage. We are trying not to give him mum-mums too often, but it is just so cute watching him feed himself!

Alright, off to put sheets in the dryer.

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It’s Andy’s first Halloween! We hadn’t thought much at all about what to do for Halloween, but then Kelvin said this morning that we shouldn’t waste the opportunity to dress him up! So naturally I consulted google images for easy diy baby costumes. This is what we came up with. 

  
It always cracks me up to hear what some kids will say when they come to the door. A little boy came dressed up in a Spider-Man costume and this conversation ensued:

Me: (as I’m handing him candy) Here you go, Spider-Man!

Little boy: (to his mom) Mommy she knows my name!

Later on in the evening as I opened the door to two older boys, this gem came out:

Boy: Oh, hey Kelvin.

Yup, a high schooler that Kelvin knows saw him sitting at our kitchen island. Hilarious. 

As for the past few days, it’s been pretty rainy. Plus Andy and I are both sick (including some wicked stomach flu on my part). So there has been a lot of indoor time. A lot of this time is spent (on Andy’s part) with this soccer ball. 

  

Early on this week, Andy and I headed to Toronto to visit my high school friend who had her baby just a month after I had Andy! We had dim sum, which neither of us can really get where we live (she lives in Utah). We also visited my brother-in-law in his new slice of sky. And we went to ikea. 

Biggest news of the week: Andy can now pick up Cheerios! His fine motor skills are really getting there!

  
It is such a joy to watch. 

Note, however, that he can only bring it to his mouth on the rarest of occasions. And he has yet to master letting go of said cheerio so that it ends up in his mouth.

He also got to eat spaghetti and meatballs this week. On the night that I couldn’t because of my flu. Lucky guy. 

Research and Reviews

Happy new year! It’s hard to believe that it’s 2015 already. It seems like not that long ago that people around us were stocking up on food and water for the Y2K scare (remember that?). Anyways, 2015 is a big year for us, because our family is growing by 1! Our baby boy is due at the beginning of March, and we couldn’t be more excited. We are looking forward to getting to know him, and slowly but surely, we are doing what we can to prepare for his imminent arrival.

Normally, Kelvin and I are planners. We like to know exactly what we are getting into (me more so when it comes to travel, and him more so when it comes to purchases). For some reason, though, we have been hesitant to read up too much on preparing for baby, as we know there is a ton of conflicting information out there. Recently, though, it has dawned on us that baby will be arriving in 2 short months, and we better be as ready as we can be. We finally have more than 2 things on our registry, and all our big pieces are either here or on their way. I’m hoping that throughout mat leave I’ll have a chance to post and write out my thoughts on the things we’ve invested in.

Our current debate is what type of bottle to get for our little buddy. We are leaning towards glass with a silicone sleeve and are probably going to go with LifeFactory bottles. I like that they grow with our baby and that we can use them well beyond the first few years of life. Anyways, more to come!