Thursday, September 21, 2017

Our Routine: 6 Months

When Marc turned six months, we were able to sign him up for swimming "lessons" at the community centre. The summer class consisted of half an hour every morning for two weeks. During these two weeks is when I really started to notice that we were finally falling into a very consistent routine... and that I was exponentially more productive as a results. I decided to make a record of this routine so that I could look back on it and see how far we've come:

Once our lessons were over, our routine sort of fell apart. We were away for a funeral and then had a short week leading into my birthday weekend. But, once things settled a bit, I cobbled together a similar routine that we've been following until very recently.

The parent-tot "free" swim times were on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:05-12:55. For Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we would either go for a walk to the park, do groceries or attend a nearby early-years drop-in program at an old age home just around the corner from our community centre. Obviously, there's quite a bit of flexibility in this routine. For example, nap frequency completely depends on how long he is able to sleep and how hard he plays in between.
 As you can see, our routine changed in just a few short weeks. We went from 5 feeds to 4 as we were able to comfortably stretch to 4 hours between feeds. Now, as we approach 8 months, our routine has changed again so that we are eating solids for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We've also sign up for the fall/winter sessions at the community centre (swimming lessons for Marc and a water fitness class for me: one where I can bring Marc into the pool with me!), which start next week. Once we're solidly into that new routine, I'll likely post an update so that in a few years, I can look back and remember these fun times.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 37

Once again, I'm nearing the end of my "daily" sketchbook. I'm toying with the idea of stepping away from collage and challenging myself to use some of my other supplies. I think I'm ready for a bit of a change.

9/10 Empire

9/11 Ace of Spades

9/12 Green Olives

9/13 Meteor Shower

9/14 Candy Cane

  • assorted papers (scrapbooking paper, paint chip, magazine pages, ephemera)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 36

I wanted to get back on track with my daily sketchbook pages this week and I'm really happy with the results. I'm still working in this tiny sketchbook, making small, pieced collages. Each spread comes together so quickly I really have no excuse not to fit it in somewhere throughout the day!

9/3 Kelp

9/5 Chocolate + Florals

9/6 Bubbles

9/8 Perfect Little Print

9/9 Minted

Materials used:
  • assorted paper (scrapbooking paper, magazine pages, ephemera)
  • paint (and a favourite tiny hand)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Fall Bucket List

The beginning of September has brought a certain crispness to the air. Slightly cooler nights have me anticipating my favourite season. And so to celebrate, I've created a fall bucket list. An extensive list of fun, easy things like drinking tea or going to the park, with a few more challenging ones thrown in for the heck of it. I don't expect to check all of these items off... but that's ok. In fact, part of the fun will be in the tracking and seeing how we can squeeze in just one more activity or baked good.
As you can see, I've already started colouring in a few of the items I've already accomplished (maybe technically a bit early, but I'm excited!).
What are you doing to celebrate the changing seasons?

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 35

I still haven't returned to my daily practice of sketchbooking - a goal I'm really going to focus on this week. I decided last week that instead of choosing between the two sketchbooks mentioned earlier, I would try something on a new scale: a much smaller scale. I've also had this sketchbook for YEARS, so I hope to finally fill it with small, simple collages. Sometimes a few constraints really helps your creativity soar (that's what I'm hoping anyway).

8/29 Pause. Breathe.

8/30 Torn.

Materials used:
  • assorted papers (magazine, scrapbooking, handmade)

Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 Goals: August


17 GOALS FOR 2017:

  1. Read 30 books. (13/30)
  2. Finish 2 cross-stitch patterns. (1/2)
  3. Finish Amber art book and start a new one. (3 pages to go)
  4. Take monthly baby and family photos. (8/12)
  5. Journal or sketchbook daily. (25/31)
  6. Set a schedule for blogging (weekly) (5/5), crafting (daily) (9/31) and getting out of the house (3-4x weekly) (5/5).
  7. Make and freeze meals for post-partum. 
  8. Gather 10 good crockpot recipes. (4/10)
  9. Set a routine for exercising (3-4x weekly). (0/5)
  10. Catalogue library. (no progress)
  11. Organize, declutter, minimize, purge. (no real progress here, unless you count the backyard)
  12. Figure out cloth-diapering (still need to practice with these before deciding if I want to continue with it), nursing/pumping and making baby food (so much fun!)
  13. Stay in touch with friends while on maternity leave. (yes)
  14. Be intentional deepening relationship with Pat. Set weekly date nights. (5/5 - still nothing too fancy, but spending time together is what counts)
  15. Go to a weekly drop-in session or mother/baby class. (5/5)
  16. Make a fabric book and a colour sorting game for Marc. (0/2)
  17. Use fresh herbs and tomatoes from the garden as much as possible and preserve them come the fall. (used some herbs in pasta bakes and salads this month)
Some more decent progress - looking forward to another intentional month!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Magazine Stripes

Rip a few pages from a magazine into strips and mix them up for a journal page (or two or three... it'll be hard to stop!).

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

7 Months Old

So far 2017 has been an irregular stone, slowly tilting off the side of a hill and gathering speed as it races toward the bottom. I'm not quite sure what happened to August... is it really going to be September before the end of the week???
This month, Marc continues to crawl, climb and step his way through his developmental milestones. He can sit up on his own (and get himself into a seated position); he can crawl on his belly; he can pull himself up on almost everything: the couch, the gates, his bookshelf, the back of my legs; he can creep along the couch and takes unsteady steps when we guide him forward. He has one tooth and is currently working on another one (the two middle ones at the bottom). He also now reacts to his name (if only to look at you with a grin and then continue doing whatever it is he isn't supposed to be doing).
We've been trying all sorts of new food this month. Some favourites include banana, peach, plum and small tastes of popsicles and juice. He wasn't very fond of peas or zucchini, but is eating both mixed with other vegetables and fruit. This month we went out for dinner at Papa Giuseppe's for the first time; Marc enjoyed the berry sorbet (and was otherwise a perfect baby).
Marc also took his first swimming lessons this month. We went every morning for 2 weeks straight and signed up for the fall classes (starting at the end of September). He loves being in the water! We've been going to the parent-and-tot free swims every chance we get. We ventured to the park to try out the swings last week. Marc enjoyed the breeze on his face as I pushed him back and forth.
This month has been a joy. Marc continues to be a happy, easy-going baby and rarely fusses (though he has been these last few days as he is cutting his second tooth). He still doesn't make strange, but does prefer mommy most of the time. His biggest and best smiles are reserved for when daddy gets home at the end of the day though.
It's been so much fun watching him explore and get to know his environment and routines. Let's see what month 8 will bring!