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One Year Ago

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A little over one year ago I met a new person.

He was very tiny and I couldn’t wait to get to know him better!

I loved him from the moment I had first seen him and even long before that!

When I share a grilled cheese sandwich with him today, it’s hard to believe that I’ve already been sharing food with him for a while.

Long before he even started eating solid food.He’s a foodie too, you know! :)

He’s my son. My life. My snuggle bug.

And now my Baby Boy is 1 year old!

Well, technically my son is now a 12-and-a-half month old, and I’m a little late on the blog. But we did celebrate a couple of weeks ago. We enjoyed a great day at the Aquarium, followed by ice cream at the waterfront and later cake at home.

On one hand it is kind of surreal that I am a Mama to a now 1-year old. On the other hand, it feels like I have always been taking care of him. It just feels natural.

Happy Birthday Little Guy! I’m excited to see what the next years with you will bring!

 

 

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!!!

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Happy New Year, Everyone!

I hope everybody had a great start in the new year so far! I sure did. But looking back at 2011, I’ve had some really great moments last year:

At the very beginning of last year we found out I was PREGNANT!!! One of the highlights was definitely our first prenatal appointment and hearing Baby’s heartbeat, followed by the first ultrasound at 13 weeks – what an amazing sight to see a little human being that is growing inside your belly!

Then, in April, we had our 20 Week ultrasound – everything looked good and we found out that our Baby was going to be a little boy. I also switched to midwives for my pre-/postnatal care.

20 Weeks

We also enjoyed a trip to Seattle with the family and I took some summer courses. I love taking summer courses, because there are a lot less people on campus and you can study at the pool/beach/in the sun. :D

Downtown Seattle (from the Space Needle)

Our summer lunches and dinners consisted of a lot of fresh Farmers Market food including some funky food including Meat Pie, Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches. I also had lots of school work and actual “work”-work… :( But I like both so it wasn’t terribly bad, just exhausting!

Heirloom Tomato Sandwich

In late August, we celebrated the arrival of our little guy! :D Although the circumstances were a little scary (low birth weight, induction, which failed and led to a  c-section) he is the most perfect, healthy baby I could imagine! I love him!

Our little guy – 7 weeks old

September and October I spent my time slowly adjusting to being a mommy (I love it!), a visit from Baby’s grandpa, great weather (!!!) and walks in the sunshine as well as some much needed yoga.

And finally, 2011 marks the year that I officially enjoyed getting ready for the Holidays – check out my Gingerbread House and mulled wine recipe. We celebrated our first Christmas as a family and Baby went on his first trip to Victoria. :)

Altogether, 2011 was such a great year for us, it’s going to be interesting what 2012 will bring.

I am excited to see our little guy grow, but I am also hoping that this year I will accomplish some of my goals, including finishing my degree (only a couple of courses left). I also hope that we will be able to go on a little trip to show the little man to our family in Europe.

I hope you all had a great start in the new year so far and see you soon with a post about our Christmas food and a little recap of our first trip with Baby!

xoxo, Susan

 

3 Months Postpartum Update

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I can’t believe it’s been over 3 months already! Time for a quick update…

Baby: Our little guy is growing, smiling, cooing, looking at his hands, waving them, grabbing things, I could go on and on… His head support is getting better every day. He has almost tripled his birth weight (which was only 4lbs/1.9kg) and he has grown about 12 cm/4.75 inches. Actually he has just outgrown his xs-size Fuzzibunz cloth diapers (and the newborn-size Grovia a few weeks ago!). His Bummis TinyFits still fit, but we are gradually moving on to EasyFits right now.

Although I can still button it around his waist, the rise of the xs-size Fuzzibunz is now too low and it started to leak. Time to graduate to the next size up/one size!

He is still exclusively breastfed, but he has now started sleeping longer stretches at night – up to 4.5 hours. But since we’re co-sleeping, it makes those nighttime feedings a breeze (move baby to breast – latch baby on – nurse baby – let baby fall asleep at the breast – sleep another couple of hours – start over again…). :) I know, there are different opinions regarding all parenting choices, including breastfeeding, co-sleeping, babywearing, cloth-diapering, etc. It may not be everybody’s choice, but that’s what works for us right now.

Anyway, he’s such a good baby. The only thing he does not like too much, is tummy time. He is pushing himself up, though, so I guess it’s just a matter of time before he’s gonna start rolling over from tummy to back. Gotta work those arm and neck muscles, little guy! He also started drooling and chewing on his fists, so he is about to start teething!

Mommy: I love being a mom. This might be due to the fact that I have such a great baby! :D We were a little scared in the very beginning, because he was so tiny. But I think both his daddy and I have adjusted quite well to parenthood – so far. As far as weight loss is concerned, I have no idea where I’m at, because I haven’t had a chance to go to the gym (to use their scale…) yet. When I stepped on a scale in a store a few weeks ago, I was 5lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight (fully clothed), but I suspect that the scale might have been completely off. I do, however, fit in my pre-pregnancy jeans (I did after coming home from the hospital – with a muffin top ;-) ) and the weight is not really an issue either, since I didn’t gain much during my pregnancy (but the flab is…). I just hope that my yoga sessions and daily walks help with me tone up a little more. It’s really just not high up on my priorities list. Honestly, right after our little man was born, I even missed my big round belly. Sometimes I still find it hard to believe that I went from looking like this…

36 weeks pregnant – a week before he was born!

… to looking at my handsome little guy every day:

This picture was snapped when he was 7 weeks old.

Food: I finally started making my own food again most of the time. There was just no way I would have been standing in the kitchen cooking in those first weeks. We had lots of take-out, delivery, and frozen food. By now I’m craving veggies and fruit like crazy! Even my sandwiches are topped with mixed lettuce…

Which leads me to a question for you: How do you eat healthy and how do you manage to eat your fruit and veggies, if you just don’t have the time to wash, peel, chop, etc.? I love the pre-chopped veggies and fruit from Whole Foods, but it’s not very close to where I live, so I don’t get it very often. Any other suggestions? Any experience with frozen produce? Any time-savers to share?

Workouts: Other than daily walks and twice-weekly yoga sessions, I’ve only been running once in three months. While I would love to go to the gym for a class, our schedule doesn’t allow it right now and I think the little man is still a little too small for the gym’s childcare.  Luckily, one of my favourite fitness bloggers (who is also going to have her first baby in a few weeks) just posted a link to a quick cardio workout video she made last year. While I usually try not to run/dance at home (I feel bad for our downstairs neighbours…) I am going to give this a try later today together with these yoga moves for flat abs.

So altogether, we are doing great. Motherhood is such a different experience, but from all the adventures we’ve embarked on in the past few years (including moving to a different country), this has been the best one so far!

You can read my pregnancy and baby re-caps here: 1st trimester, 2nd trimester, 3rd trimester, 1 month postpartum