Sunday, October 19, 2014

Baby G is 4!!!

Holy crap, time flies!

Evan - or Baby G, as we called him when he was in my belly - turns 4 years old today!

I don't even know how to summarize the last 4 years, because there has been so many thing and so many changes!

Lots of things have changed with Evan - he's getting more and more independent, he loves making new friends, and his interests are ever-expanding. Things surprise me, like the fact that he LOVES Food Factory, and his level of empathy for people and animals. He really enjoys drawing, and likes "teaching" us :). He loves school so much that he sometimes has a fit when we pick him up and have to go home!

Somethings don't change, which still surprises me! He still loves all things truck-related, and he really enjoys helping out in the kitchen. He's uncomfortable in new situations, but jumps right in after he gets more comfortable. His catch-phrase could be "I can't do it"...even if he can, or just did. He still likes to cuddle with us, which I love, of course. His interest about the world around him is contagious, even if all the questions can drive us a bit batty.

It's been amazing to witness him turn from a newborn, to a toddler, to a preschooler, and now a full-fledges full-day school kid. Even though sometimes I want time to stop so he can stay the same for a while, I cannot wait to see when and how he changes next.

Love you, Evanpotamus! Happy 4th!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

First Re-Birthday

This weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada. We had an awesome weekend with skating, apple/pumpkin picking, great outdoor time, and an amazing Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday (and a day of best-ever leftovers on Monday).

It was in stark contrast to last year's Thanksgiving, when we were struggling with a newborn and I had my stroke* (1 year ago tomorrow). In stroke-survivor circles, it's known as a re-birthday. I kind of feel like I was "reborn" that day - it certainly changed every aspect of my life, and all our lives have changed in the last years. We've been through a lot as a family, and have come through all the better on the other side.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wrote and delivered thank you cards to some of the doctors, nurses, and staff who, quite literally, saved my life. It's not everyday and opportunity like that comes around, and I wanted to share my gratitude.

I know I'm very lucky in how everything has turned out. A year ago, I'm sure we'd never thought I'd be throwing together a Thanksgiving feast like it's nothing, and thriving in my BEd program.

I am so thankful for so many things this year, and I feel like all future Thanksgiving will always have a special meaning for me.

*For those who aren't familiar with this, all my post related to it are here starting with this one.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

One Year of Carter

Well,  Mr. Carter, my Carterpillar, my angel-baby, I can't believe it's been a year since you came into our lives in a pool in our dining room! I'll never forget that moment when I reached down and brought you out of the water to my chest. You came out talking, and kept going for a whole hour! You had lots to tell us already.

We had a rough start, with me suffering from a stroke a mere 6 days after you were born, and spending the first month of your life in the hospital. I was worried that you wouldn't feel loved, but you had Daddy, Evan, and both sets of grandparents watching over you. And you took it all in stride and just spread your joy to whoever you came in contact with.

As you got older, your joyful and easy going personality started to come out more and more. You smiled and laughed easily and often. Anytime we took you out, you would make friends and make everyone smile and just light up a room wherever we went.

You're cautious about learning new things, especially when it comes to big physical milestones, but once you get it, you get going! You've been standing for long periods of time for weeks now, and we just know once you take a first step, you'll be off and running.

It's hard to believe how far you've come and how much you've learned in the last 12 months. From basically just sleeping and eating to crawling, standing, climbing stairs and into chairs, and cruising around the furniture. You love eating, you hand us books to read, and your favourite thing in the whole world are balls of any size.

You LOVE to make people laugh - you get such joy from it! You and your brother are two peas in a pod, and you could spend hours just trying to make each other laugh and giggle. It's so awesome watching your relationship grow. I think you'll have TONS of fun growing up together.

We've been through a lot in the last year, and we have both thrived. I can't wait to see what the next year brings for you and to see your personality come out more and more.

Happy 1st birthday!! We love you tons!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bad Blogger!

Wow...I've certainly let this blog fall to the bottom of my priority list. Not only does that mean I'm not writing much, but it also means I've basically had to stop reading all my favourites too. :( So, if you've noticed my absence on your blog, I truly apologize. I miss my blogger friends and all of my social life, really.

Unfortunately, I think it might stay that way while I'm in school. It's incredibly busy. The work isn't all that hard, but the volume of work is intense. It's the kind of program that there's no way you can actually do all the work/reading assigned. Instead, you have to prioritize what actually needs to get done.

This has caused a lot of anxiety for me. In fact, by the end of week 2 I was having anxiety/panic attacks and breaking out in tears multiple times a day. I was considering leaving the program. It wasn't just the school work, but how it coupled with the stresses of home life (and how the kids were/are adjusting to their new routines - as well as mine).

I sought some help from my family doctor and counsellor, and felt better this week (compared to last week, anyway). I hope that as I continue to get into the swing of things at school and continue receiving positive feedback on my work, I will feel less and less anxious and maybe even be able to enjoy what I'm doing.

Regardless, I'm finding most of everything interesting and useful - even the more "boring" topics. One of the biggest issues I'm having right now is I wish I had more time to dedicate to the readings to really get into them. Right now, it's all about skimming and getting the hot points out so I can get the most important work done.

It's definitely a balancing act, and one that's very different from any other school experience I've had. Apparently it's good training for what life will be like as a teacher, when you're being pulled in 100 different directions and having to put fires out all day.

How is your September going?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

11 Months

Carter's just 1 month away from being 1 year old!

- He is standing on his own now (from sitting on the floor with no support)!

- He has climbed the whole flight of stairs, only one day after figuring how to do just one step. Now he does this repeatedly throughout the day (now he just needs to figure out how to get down!).

- He is now in daycare full time, and he LOVES it! He eats well, sleeps well, and is super happy when we pick him up.

Both boys on their way to daycare (Evan's last day, Carters 2nd full day)

- He often says "ma ma" and "da da", but not really in context.

- He says "ba" very often when referring to balls - which are his favourite toy! He even loves to play pass with us, which astounds us. He's making new sounds all the time, like "pa" or "nay".

- He cut one of his top middle teeth, and it was a rough few days, but now he's back to his old, fun-loving self. It does make it easier to eat things like apples :)