Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Finally clapping

Just a short note. Spencer finally clapped yesterday, December 22, 2014. And today he is starting to put toys into the bucket instead of just taking or tipping them out. 

Our holidays are going very well. Spencer did well on the trip here. He had one bad leg of the trip the first day. We are Loving the area as usual. Our church experiment wasn't quite the church we are looking for but the people were nice. 

Yesterday we had a visitor out of the blue from England. We knew he was coming to Canada and were planning on meeting them at their tail end of the trip. But they surprised us to drop off gifts for Spencer.

Spencer is slowly getting the idea on how to open presents. It is fun to watch.  

Friday, 19 December 2014

One Year Old

Wow time flies. He is officially one year old. He can walk and almost run everywhere now. He loves to walk the aisles at the grocery store and if you miss one you MUST go back and walk it. He is gear about not touching anything though, unless he is in the grocery cart, then hands reach out for everything if close enough. 

Occasionally he just Tucker's himself out shopping and has to take a nap. 

But he is getting the stamina now that he more so falls asleep in the car on the way home. 

It is fun to listen to him babble. Favorite sounds right now are dadadada, mmmmm, and eh. We have passed over brmm brmmm and mamam. For a little while he was sticking out his tounge and doing a raspberry, and getting spit everywhere in the process. Luckily that was short lived. I'm sure it will come back again. 

Food is always an issue. Now are we making a mountain out of a mole hill?  We try to have as balanced a meal as possible, to include 3-4 of the food groups. But when I google breakfast for toddlers it seems smoothies are a big hit or just oatmeal. For a sample meal we do, for breakfast we have peanut butter balls (peanut butter mixed with quick oats and rolled into little balls), high overs grains and protein, then we have something like yogurt, and finish it with fruit. The biggest fight is the protein portion. He seems to like protein alternatives better, like dessert tofu, cheese, or sometimes egg yolk. He isn't interested in chicken or beef most of the time. I guess it is a work in progress. We also need to work on more veggies. Sometime he will eat loads of broccoli sometime not interested, same with peas and carrots. At least he will now eat from a spoon. For alsmost a month he wouldn't eat anything from a spoon. 

Happy Birthday Little Man. 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A Kick to the Teeth

Well a year is almost up and Spencer is almost a year old. Wow time flies. But this post isn't about that. This is about misinformation regarding mat leave. My first six weeks off was for medical leave because I had a Csection. I was informed my Mat leave would start after that six weeks. What Service Canada neglected to tell me is that Mat leave ends when baby is a year old no matter when you started it. I can appeal that but it doesn't look too good. 

So we now start six weeks of no pay until I return to work in Febryary. 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Spencer's first Christmas Party

My work has a kids Christmas Party every year. This was my first time going to it. Spencer had a blast. They had a pirate  ship bounce house that they had some times for the little little ones. The attendant even tool Spencer in and down the slide part. Fantastic. Even when it was big kids time he bounced on the stair portion where Deb could hold him. 

They also had a panda mascot guy. Spencer followed him everywhere. It was adorable. And the guy was a great sport about it. He picked him up and let Spencer pull on his legs and bat at his head. And hug him. 

They also had face painting. Spencer had his first smiley face that wasn't a Walmart sticker. 

And of course they had Santa. 

He did pretty well with Santa. Not 100% comfortable but once he realized we were doing photos he kind of relaxed. No smiles though. 

Work also gave gifts. This bag was taller than Spencer. 

He got a snow man stacker you, some bedtime books, and a stuffed reindeer.  Which he loved to cuddle. 

On a brief note Spencer had a major growth sprurt. In the last two weeks he gained almost a kg and grew out of almost all his current clothes. Finding an outfit for the party was a challenge. Which is why he was in a skull onsie for an xmas party. 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Pregnancy weight

I'm being a true Sherpa and am gaining debs pregnancy weight. I don't like it. This yearosrly second half I have gained almost 10 pounds. Arg. I need to get working on that. I know I keep saying that. Everyone does. It is difficult to get grooving and gowing and eating less.