Parenthood
April 16, 2009
The fold down roof for her convertible

Elizabeth was terribly out of sorts this morning, so we went for a long walk around the Glebe in the beautiful spring sunshine. No sooner did we get on the road than her eyes closed, so I was the only one to enjoy the flowers just poking their heads out of the soil.  We met a new-to-us neighbour and several friends from church along the way, investigated a number of local parks and generally soaked up the vitamin D!  Don't worry, as our neighbour approvingly noted, Elizabeth's eyes were adequately protected from the sun by the stroller awning (or, as Brendan likes to call it, the fold down roof for her convertible).

 

 

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April 15, 2009
Bruised pinkies

It's the last time Elizabeth will wear the cute outfit (including built-in shoes!) shown in these photos as she is about as tall as it will stretch.  We're joking that she's trying to impress the midwife by making it to nine pounds by her last appointment on Friday.

 

Unfortunately, this meant that she's spent the last day or so eating every two hours.  Not just a snack either!  She's slowed down today, but still wants the comfort of sucking even when she's full to the brim.  She'll suck on her hands from time to time but mostly likes knuckles or mom's little finger.  She definitely has the concept that breastfeeding provides food while knuckles or fingers don't, and will wail until we figure out which one she's looking for.

 

Before becoming parents we thought we'd never use a pacifier with Elizabeth, since it's easier to break a habit if it doesn't start in the first place.  Several rather bruised pinkies later, we've completely reversed our thinking.  At least she hasn't given anyone a hickey yet!

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April 12, 2009
Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

 

We made it to church again and enjoyed a lovely service.  The nursery was staffed, but she was so quiet and sleepy during the service that we didn't end up needing to go out and visit.  Elizabeth was extremely obliging.  She sat quietly during the worship, eventually drifting off to sleep during the readings.  She woke up for communion, after which we ducked out for a quick snack.   We did end up checking out the diaper changing facilities on the way home - it was nice not to have to use the floor!

 

Grandma and Grandpa J welcomed the family for Easter dinner later that evening, and we also celebrated Erika's third birthday.  Erika had fun patting the baby and showing off her various presents, especially tako the octopus!

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April 11, 2009
Experimenting with cloth diapers

Our first big shopping expedition today to Loblaws to restock our extremely bare cupboards and replenish our diaper supply.

 

Elizabeth is well over eight pounds, so we've been experimenting with the cloth diapers.  It's been less successful than we hoped.  As you can see from the picture, they are still huge when compared to the disposables.  The smallest diaper on the right is the newborn size.  It's apparently good up to 10 pounds, but was starting to look a bit tight on Elizabeth.  They also cost $14 for 36. The next size up (featured in the middle) cost $15 for 84, and are good between 8 and 14 pounds. 

 

We decided to get the cheaper disposables.  Frustratingly, the amazing wetness sensor is only a feature of the "Sensitive" Pampers line of diapers and the larger size was not available.  Not that we learned this from any of the packages - I had to look it up on their website.  Diaper websites are rather bizarre actually.  Both Pampers and Huggies would like their visitors to become members to their "network".  I have no idea who wants to join a diaper brand network online, but I declined.  I did take Huggies up on their offer for a free sample of their latest and greatest.  No mention of a moisture sensor so I rather doubt we'll buy them regularly. The sample should arrive in 4-6 weeks, by which time I'm really hoping the cloth diapers are working out!

 

 

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April 10, 2009
Dying our countertop

We made it to church for the first time on Good Friday, and only a few minutes late.  Since the service was half an hour earlier than usual, we've decided to count it as being "on time".

 

Elizabeth cried all the way to church (she's not a big fan of the car seat), so we hesitated a bit at the back trying to decide where to sit.  We usually like to sit right up front, but decided it might be prudent to sit somewhere more condusive to a quick getaway.

 

My fears were unfounded though as Elizabeth was a model baby.  She fell asleep shortly after we walked in and slept through the entire service. 

 

Later in the day we decorated eggs for Easter with Erika, while Elizabeth mostly slept.  We colour our eggs with natural dyes - tumeric for yellow, cabbage for blue and yellow onion skins for red / brown.  Erika had fun colouring on some eggs with a wax crayon, while Yukiko and Janice drew intricate patterns using our Ukrainian egg kit supplies.  I had a bit of trouble this year with the yellow dye coming out rather muddy, so we didn't get a successful green.

 

Somehow we didn't think to take pictures of the process - I was too busy trying not to dye our countertop yellow for the fourth year in a row...  So I dyed it blue instead!  We'll have to see whether cabbage dye is easier to get off than tumeric.

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