Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 2016

We spent October in Naperville while our things were moved to Seattle.  We had fun doing lots of fall-ish activities including collecting leaves, visiting a pumpkin patch and perfecting our bike skills.  James Robert started attending a pre-school two days a week and they had an adorable Halloween Parade.  

Friday, September 30, 2016

September 2016

September was a bit of a blur with so much happening.  We said goodbye to our friends and left Oakville at the end of the month, but enjoyed all the gorgeous Indian Summer weather before we left.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Thomas' Baptism

Before leaving Canada is was important to us to have Thomas baptized at the church we attended while in Oakville.  The Knox community was an incredible part of our past two years.  It was especially special to have our friend, Jacqui baptize Thomas.

We were joined in celebration by both sides of our family; all of his cousins, Aunts, Uncle and Granparents made the trip and we were so grateful for them to be there. 

I'm learning how to use the memories feature on my iphone which created this video of the images from that weekend... excuse the given music as I haven't figured out how to change that yet! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lake Love

Our almost nightly excursions to walk by the lake are prettiest in the late summer/ early fall.  The sunsets are cotton candy colored and there is a hint of crispness in the air.

With only a few weeks left to collect lake glass for his collection, James Robert and Mat have been hunting in earnest.  This week, Thomas also wanted in on the fun and absolutely loved being down by the water and listening to the waves (we're hoping that this bodes well for our impending move and the ability to be on the water).

Monday, September 12, 2016

Officially American!

As of this morning, Thomas is officially an American citizen!  We visited the American Consulate in Toronto to process his citizenship and apply for his American passport.  After raising our right hand and pledging our information to be true, he was unceremoniously congratulated as being American on spot.  He may not remember the experience, but it certainly will be a memory Mat and I will keep for a long time!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

TCL 3 Months

Weight: 13.5 lbs

Health: In the last 2 weeks of Thomas' second month we noticed a big improvement in the reflux and colic symptoms.  He is still taking Zantac twice daily and that seems to help tremendously.  Besides a stuffy nose, overall health is great.

Sleep: In the last two weeks, Thomas has started to put himself on a much more routine sleep schedule; he gets tired every night around 7:30 and has began to sleep longer stretches over night (usually waking once or twice during the night) and then is up at 6:30AM.  He is napping more regularly too and transitioned to sleeping in his own room in a crib.  We also discovered that although he fights it, Swaddle Me blanket is very soothing for him.

Diet: Still exclusively breastfed and hasn't taken a bottle at all this month.

Clothes: Mostly 0-3 month items still.

Baby Gear: Most of the month we were still getting a lot of use out of the Rock and Play before moving to the crib.  We tried a new carrier (the Baby Bjorn) which is easy to use and with the warm weather has been great.  The Baby Bjorn bouncer is also a new favorite because Thomas is starting to understand that when he kicks is bounces and loves the movement.  This playmat from James Robert has proved to be a big hit!! Oh, and his wubbanub goes everywhere with us.

Crying: Thankfully, Thomas is trying much less this month than last month.  And it is remarkable to see that he can be soothed more easily and responds to us with a smile.

Likes: Thomas is happiest in his bath!  We have started doing more regular bedtime baths and he absolutely loves to splash and kick.  He also loves to babble and doesn't miss an opportunity to join in the dinner conversation with his cooing.  Thomas is tracking things with his eyes and loves his playmat with black and white images.  This month showed a lot of growth!

Milestones: Sleeping longer, rolling onto his side by himself (not rolling over yet), increased babbling and best of all smiles for all of his family members.