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Pain and Privilege

Yesterday, while Hubbs and I were taking Baby L for a stroll, I got so preoccupied with entertaining her that I failed to notice the uneven spot in the pavement.  I stumbled and landed on my right foot in a twisted position.

Later, after we got home, the top of my foot began to hurt.  A lot.  I was nursing Baby L and I could feel shooting pains on my foot each time I tried to move it.  Even though there wasn't any visible bruising or swelling, my foot was going numb and despite my putting ice on it, things were not improving.  By the time Baby L was asleep, I could barely bear weight on that side.

Ever the Dr. Google loyalist, I began to search the web to see if this was a strain or a sprain.  I was not pleased with what I read.  Apparently, a lot of times a top-of-the-foot sprain, called a Lisfranc injury, is far more serious than the run-of-the-mill ankle sprain.  We're talking many weeks of casts, no walking, possible surgery.  And it so happened that my pain was emanatin…

A Rolling Baby Gathers Much Stuff

I fear that the day is coming soon when Baby L becomes mobile.  She has now mastered the art of rolling and is happily able to roll herself all around her playmats and the carpet and even on the bed, changing direction to get at toys (and electronics) that she wants.  My iPhone is constantly having to be relocated under threat of baby slobber.  Her semi-mobility also means that I have had to become hypervigilant when she's bed-sharing, to make sure that she doesn't topple over our extra-high bed to the very hard flooring.

Other recent developments:

*Baby L can now sit on her own, albeit for only a few seconds at a time.

*Her feet reach the foot rest (setting 1) on her Orbit stroller.

*She is no longer content to simply lie on the floor.  She now insists on sitting or standing (with help).  Great.

*She has figured out how to hit the surface of water to make a splash, and hit surfaces with her flat hand to make noises.

*In locating her voice, Baby L is experimenting with squeal…

Have Baby, Will Travel

A few randoms on traveling with Baby Loquacious.

Passport Photos


Apparently, a lot of places no longer take infant passport photos unless the baby can sit up on their own, unassisted.  Who knew? So we had to go online to find a willing photog.  Luckily, the Lens and Shutter on Broadway was willing to take our money and snap a few mugs of my darling daughter.  The fellow behind the camera remarked several times on how well-behaved Baby L was (which totally made this momma swell with pride!). The truth was, Baby L was a bit sedate, having just woken up on her own from a nap.  She wasn't exactly the epitome of fun and animated, either; she was just co-operative.  Despite the numerous assertions that she did so well and the photos were so fabulous, however, it didn't really stop her from looking like a child criminal in her mugshots.  At least they're done and no tears were shed.

Sleep Arrangements
For our next few trips, Baby L is going to need a place to sleep that isn't o…

Unpredictable

Hubbs is doing a guy thing with a buddy tonight, leaving me home with Baby L on a Friday night.  (Before you leap to my defense and proclaim the injustice of this situation - I get a girl's night next Friday and he gets to stay home with my little charmer).  Anyway, I was mentally and physically prepared to gear up for a long long night.  After all, Baby L has been doing a lot of fussing lately (teething) and fighting sleep with every cell of her being.

So, after Hubbs left to go line up at the theatre, Baby L and I sat down for some dinner.  She tried (and loved) baked zucchini for the first time, and then destroyed a Mum-Mum cracker afterwards.  Before she could even begin to fuss (but I could sense it coming), I freed her from her miSwivel and washed her down with some warm soapy water.  She enjoyed playing with, and sucking on, the towel afterwards.

Following my clean-up time, we played on her activity mat with a bunch of her toys.  She gave her Quacker Jack stuffie a good lo…

Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest...

I was asked by April from First Time Mom & Dad, a blog that I thoroughly enjoy for its frankness and perspective on parenting, to do a guest post on Baby-Led Weaning.  Though I am by no means an expert on the matter, it was very much an honour to write for them and to be asked to share my perspective, experiences and novice knowledge about the matter.

You can pop over to the guest post by clicking on the "guest post" link above.  Here are some other internet resources on the topic that I found to be useful for me:


Baby-Led Weaning
Wholesome Baby Food - BLW
Nourished Kitchen
Rapley Weaning (Gill Rapley's blog site)
Baby-Led Weaning Blog
Mummy in Provence (search for her BLW posts)

Happy eating (and cleaning), friends! :) Oh, and have a wonderful weekend!

Pandora's Box

Now that I let Baby L have her first taste of food (oranges), it's like I opened the floodgates to a whole new world for her.  She anxiously awaits her share of food when we sit down to eat, and I am pretty sure in her mind she's ready for solids, even though she barely eats any.  I may have created a monster.

At any rate, since the sticky oranges, we've experimented with a few other foods.

AVOCADO
She sat down with some wedges of avocado the other day.  It was a messy messy affair, resulting in green goopy stains all over the miSwivel straps, her shirt, her face, her hair, and of course the chair, tray and floor.  I think it took me 20 minutes to get her and everything else cleaned up.

But she loved it, even though I think in total she only ingested enough avocado to cover the surface of a penny.  If that.

STRAWBERRIES
We also gave her some strawberries (halved or whole, with the tips cut off).  She wasn't interested, and the strawberries didn't even make it to her …

Not for One Second

Thank you to Jessica from Booshy for her post, and a gentle reminder to cherish every second of every day that Baby L is a part of our lives.

You see, I was a stupidhead last night and stayed up entirely too late, resulting in a bleary-eyed, semi-comatose state of existence this morning (I'm better now that I've caffeinated).  During my pre-coffee hours with Baby L, the thought, "Please just go to sleep! Mommy's tired!" raced through my mind a number of times.  I thought back to my pre-baby existence, when dining out late at fancy restaurants were a breeze and I could take naps and sleep in whenever I wanted to, and staying up all night had little consequence on others.  I reminisced oh-so-briefly about those times when Hubbs and I could take impromptu trips across the border on the weekends, or we could both retreat to our respective corners with our laptops and sit in silence for a couple of hours on my "off" days.  My memories also drifted to the tim…

She Ate Some Orange and She Liked It

Baby-led weaning is supposed to happen at 6 months.  However, tonight at AYCE sushi with our lovely friends Larry & Cat, I just couldn't bear to see Baby L watch us eat (gorge, actually) while she had nothing to nosh on herself.  I'm a sucker that way.

Anyway, she's too young for seafood and grilled meat but they happened to have sliced oranges on the menu, and their oranges are *always* sweet (I really need to know where they're shopping), so I removed the skin from 2 orange wedges and set them on Baby L's miSwivel tray.  Lo and behold, she went straight for them.  And made a huge mess.  Like, orange pulp all over her seat straps, the tray, the seat, her body... but she managed to scrunch herself up to one edge of the tray and used it to help her scoop/shove parts of the wedges in her mouth.  I gather her hand-eye coordination is still developing.. :/

Unfortunately, she bit off more than she could gnaw, so I had to fish out a section of one of the wedges from…

Truth

Jesusloves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so
;
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible
tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He who died,

Heaven's gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! loves me still,

When I'm very weak and ill;
From His shining throne on high,
Comes to watch me where I lie.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He will stay,

Close beside me all the way;
He's prepared a home for me,
And some day His face I'll see.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so

Blessed Summer

Yay! We have sunshine...finally.  I hate having to defend my city from its own reputation as a rainy one, especially during years like this when the entire spring was wrought with...you guessed it, rain! sigh.

Anyhow, we are making the most of the sunshine.  On Sunday, we took the Aquabus to church, an excursion that proved remarkably easy and also a lot of fun.  Hubbs is taking Baby Loquacious out for daily walks during his lunch break, and in the evening or late afternoon, we are basking in the sun as a family on a grassy knoll in the park.  Actually, Hubbs and I are basking.  Baby L is safely resting inside her brand new BabyMoov sunshade.  It's a brilliant piece of work, really; the thing "pops" into place and offers her some shade since she's still too young to use sunscreen.  The little "tent" is actually big enough for one of us to fit inside with her, and offers me the protection needed for me to discreetly nurse her on the grass.  One of our best …

Teething Blues

Poor Baby L is definitely teething, although the hard, white tips of her teeth have yet to emerge from her irritated little gums.

To her credit, my babe has handled this whole ordeal like a little trooper.  Sure, her sleep is affected and now we have multiple late night wakings.  Sure, she drools like a leaky faucet and tries to give hickeys and gum-bites to everything in sight.   And sure, she gets a little moodier than usual sometimes.  But all things considered, we could have had it so much worse, and Baby L could have been far more miserable.

As I mentioned in previous posts, we've been giving her Camilia homeopathic teething drops.  Despite these drops tasting like .. nothing (I've had a tube- it's like drinking water but without the refreshing factor), Baby L loves taking it and can often be found whining for more when the tube is empty.  I can't say whether the drops are helping or not, but at any rate she counts it as a treat. :)

We've also been religious ab…

Eye Level - A High Chair Review

After a few "test runs" of just having Baby L sit in the First Years miSwivel Feeding Chair seat for practice, followed by several sit-down meals with Baby L watching us eat, I am officially declaring this purchase a success.

1) Cheap.
It was only $70ish, which is but a fraction of the $400 I was thinking I'd need to pay for a full-blown high chair.

2) Fits.
Baby L sits comfortably on this thing so that she is at eye-level with Hubbs and I when we're eating, and it has easily adjustable straps for when she gets bigger.  The miSwivel also fits well on our bonded leather parson dining chairs.

3) Swivels.
Hence the name, right? It is super easy to turn and there are quite a few different positions that Baby L can be turned to face.  I am a fan of swiveling things (which is why we own an Orbit).

4) Reclines.
We're nearly at the full-upright position since Baby L doesn't like being reclined nowadays, but the fact that the option is there for her to be reclined is…

Sick and Tired

I have the flu! When the symptoms first appeared Saturday morning (headache, sore throat), I wrote it off as the after-effects of a long night.  However, by Saturday night, I was also achy and there was that tell-tale tickle in my throat.  On Sunday morning when I woke up, my head was pulsing and my digestive tract was running (read: the big D), I was alternating between being super flushed and hot and super cold, I was dizzy and weak and I ran a fever.

Thankfully, it was the long weekend, and Hubbs is a long-suffering sweetie.  Despite his not having had much sleep in the past week (he was in E-town for work and he never gets enough sleep when he's there), he offered to care for Baby L while I rested.  But not before we called the health hotline and consulted Dr. Google for assurances that Baby L wouldn't suddenly come down ill as I have (she won't, in part because of breastfeeding..woot! woot!). The primary advice I was given: stay hydrated (Gatorade and water) and don&…