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Somewhat Lately No. 14 – Wandering around the neighbourhood

I am very much a home body. I love being at home amidst my stuff. I love working on my various projects when I can – which is almost never these days. Even so, if I can squeeze in a few minutes here and there, I’m happy. In fact I am perfectly content to spend my day nursing Hiccup, rocking her, watching a little TV (while nursing or rocking her), and making a little (even a very little) progress on some creative endeavour while she naps (which truth be told isn’t very often).

Unfortunately this means I can easily forget to leave the house…sometimes for days at a time.

So I’ve been making an effort to get out more often. Specifically, I’ve been trying to walk. Whether it’s wandering aimlessly around the neighbourhood, or with a very specific purpose – say, going to the post office – I’ve been trying to get around on foot, rather than defaulting to the car, or not going out at all.

I’ve been moderately successful.

Following are a few photos I snapped before the weather turned cold – mostly taken on days without any specific purpose, as I wandered around the neighbourhood alleyways. When wandering with the hubby, he pushes Boo on his trike and I wear Hiccup in a wrap – I’m a fan of the Baby K’Tan, which is kinda like a cheater wrap…no actual wrapping is involved, which is perfect for uncoordinated people like me:

Hubby and Boo on his trike

Bringing up the rear

Baby wearing

When I’m on my own I take the stroller. My folks got us the Mountain Buggy Duet (which I LOVE) so that I can bring both kiddos on such excursions. If I’ve only got one little with me, I remove a seat and insert the optional tote bag (perfect for running errands).

Mountain Buggy Duet

I love walking through the back alleys – or ruelles – in the neighbourhood. Besides the general lack of people and vehicle traffic, there are so many fantastic gardens and flowers to look at:

Flower

Sunflower

Yellow bloom

Morning glories

….though sometimes there are just fences and barking dogs:

Beware of dog

….or old brick walls (I think this one looks very Diagon Alley-ish):

Brick wall

I also love looking at all the graffiti and signage:

Overgrown graffiti

Corrugated steel with graffiti

Penguin graffiti

School yard

I haven’t been taking too many pictures on my latest outings. I think maybe because I’ve been going on more task-specific walks (to the mall, to Walmart, to the Dollar Store) rather than meandering ones, I don’t think to pull out my phone and snap any pictures. Which is too bad. I want to make a better effort photographing the every day.

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A beautiful day for a sleigh-ride

…or a sled ride. Whatever.

A few weekends ago the frigid cold temperatures finally let up and there was a soft covering of new snow everywhere. It was the perfect opportunity to FINALLY take Boo out on his new sled!

He was a little skeptical at first, and kind of just sat there…unsure what to do.

Boo Boo sitting in his sled

But once we got off the sidewalk and into the alley behind our street – where nothing was plowed or flattened by traffic – well he started to get into it. He got up onto his knees. He leaned over to look at the snow….

Boo getting more comfortable in his sled

Boo kneeling in his sled

Boo looking at the snow

Then he leaned too far and did a somersault out of the sled. He cried and I laughed (bad mama, I know….at least I wasn’t bad enough to take a picture of it…I helped him up instead).

Boo looking surprised at the snow

He quickly got over it, and got back to looking all around him and marvelling at…well, everything.

Boo looking behind the sled

Boo happy to be in his sled

It was such fun! I can’t wait to go out again!

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Lately No. 9

So we’ve been taking it easy the last few weeks and kind of lying low.

The holidays were, of course, both hectic and full of family. We visited with in-laws before Christmas, and then spent Christmas proper in Kemptville with my folks. Boo Boo was spoiled rotten on all fronts….thankfully I don’t think he realizes it yet. We’re going to have to be extra careful on that moving forward, though.

To help prevent him being completely overwhelmed with new stuff, I’ve been holding some of it back, and introducing one or two new items as I put some of his old/less played with toys away. Needless to say, that even with that strategy, my house is a total mess. I mean a real disaster area….because in addition to toys and books, Boo is into everything. Drawers, cupboards, closets, baskets….whatever item man has contrived to put and store objects in, Boo has become determined to empty.

Sigh.

Anyway…in light of the fact that it is now mid-January, I will spare you the Christmas re-cap. Here’s what else has been happening lately:

Andrea clearing snow off the cedars

We got a whole pile of snow…a huge wet and heavy snowfall. Our new cedars looked sad and bent….so I went out to shake ’em off.

Boo Boo not enjoying the snow

After that same snowfall, we dressed Boo Boo up in his snowsuit and brought him outside to experience deep snow for the first time. He wasn’t impressed, and generally had a look of alarm the whole time.

Mama and Boo looking at a book

Mama reading a book to Boo

Remember way back when I was hoping and dreaming my little man would take an interest in books? My prayers have been answered….he LOVES them. He particularly loves grabbing his book (or two) du jour and dragging it over, climbing on my lap, and then pointing at it (i.e. “Read lady!”). He’s not so great at listening just yet….I generally have to make up an abridged version of everything before he turns the page (quickly and roughly….we’re sticking to soft and board books for now).

Boo emptying the groceries

You know how I said Boo is into emptying things? Sometimes it proves helpful….here he is helping me unpack his groceries (yes….BABY FOOD….my little man still thinks I’m trying to poison him with table food).

Boo Boo relaxing on the table

…and while Boo doesn’t want to eat table food, he’s desperate to physically get up onto the table at all times. I generally manage to keep him off it at home…but in Kemptville when there’s an adult on each side to keep him from falling off? We’re a little more lax.

Boo looking out the window

Boo under the curtains

The little man has also become obsessed with windows and curtains….he wants to look out the window (smush his face up and down the window….ugh….), bang on the window, peek out the window….and then play in the curtains….running behind them, playing peek-a-boo, crawling under them…hours of entertainment and pure joy without any expensive toys….just my window treatments.

Ice on a branch

You know all that snow above? It melted. All of it. Then it rained….and made going anywhere treacherous.

Boo smiling

Just because he’s a cutie here….if you want a guaranteed smile, just say “ho ho ho” in a deep voice. Works every time.

Boo drinking from a cup

And this happened….actually, we discovered Boo could drink out of a cup by accident, when he picked up the hubby’s forgotten glass glass (eeeeep!) off the coffee table and started drinking out of it on his own….I heard something funny (I heard him putting the glass down between gulps) and came to investigate….and the little man giggled like you wouldn’t believe! Anyway. He’s a bit messy at it, but it’s a definite start!

….and I think that’s probably enough pictures of my son for today. More to come as I try to get my blogging ass back in gear!

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I Photoshop my baby

I’ll be the first to admit it….Boo isn’t always, shall we say….photo ready? Before he was eating solids he always seemed to have crap on his face. Dry skin. Eye gunk. Milk (I had a pretty heavy let-down for awhile there).

Now I’m regularly discovering food on his face from his last meal that somehow escaped the facecloth. He has this annoying habit of jabbing himself in the face with his fingernails, causing little cuts and scabs. And since he’s taken to sticking his fingers up his nose during meals…well, he’s often got food up there (among the odd bat in the cave).

And as cute as all of this “real life” can be….sometimes I just want a nice picture of my little boy so that I can print it up, make a photo book, or a calendar. You know, without the dry skin, or eye gunk, or pasta sauce.

So I photoshop him.

I Photoshop my Baby

I don’t go completely crazy, but I get rid of all the crap on his face. I sharpen up the photo. I lighten it. I tweak the contrast. I warm it up or cool it down. I adjust the colouring if Boo is looking too red or too jaundiced…or maybe I make those big blue eyes pop a little more.

Do I photoshop all of my photos? If they’re being printed or used on my blog…absolutely. I always do a minimum adjustment to better the brightness or contrast of all my “published” photos. Do I correct all of my photos? No. I tend to be rather selective in that respect (I’ll leave the food on his face, but will absolutely photoshop out the snot…it’s just gross). And it always depends on what the photo is destined for.

No matter what I do, though, I always always always keep a copy of the original so that, one day in the distant future, I don’t look back exclusively upon those Photoshopped versions and forget what a mess my kid was!

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Lately No. 7

It’s felt a little slow around here. Probably because I had a cold, which brought everything other than the essentials to a grinding halt. Thankfully I am now mostly over it and feeling much better.

I’ve been working a few hours a week from home for the last month or so, and am happily awaiting my first paycheque this week. As a consultant I know that being paid net 30 days is standard…but ouch! Waiting for that very first cheque can be difficult. It’s been a little over two months since my maternity leave ended, and my bank account is looking forward to a deposit.

Boo Boo, of course, continues to be the sweetest and cutest thing ever. He amazes me everyday….though admittedly my amazement isn’t always positive (he’s still getting far too much enjoyment from hitting his head against, well, everything…).

Boo looking through Dada's legs

My little man likes to find the most direct route to what he wants…in this case, Daddy’s attention!

Boo Boo's top tooth

Boo Boo has been smiling a lot lately…giving us a much better look at his three teeth. I’m in love with that lone top tooth.

Boo Boo gazes at Cookie Monster

Boo sneaks a peek at Cookie Monster.

Mama's uniform

Working from home has its perks…these are pretty much my work clothes.

Boo Boo practices with his spoon

Boo Boo is still totally uninterested in feeding himself. But, he is making progress figuring out how spoons work.

Andrea's odometer

So yeah…while we’ve been busy marking all of Boo Boo’s milestones, Erica (…my car…don’t you name your car? My gal goes by the name Erica Echo) hit her own! She also, quite evidently, needs to be dusted.

Boo's hair

I’ve stopped combing Boo’s hair after his bath…because if I leave it be, I’ve noticed that the top layer is starting to curl as it dries. And I love it.

Boo Boo and Dada just hanging around.

Just hanging around with Daddy! I don’t know who’s having more fun in this picture – they’re both so cute :)

Rocky Road Cupcake

We had my in-laws over for my MIL’s birthday this past weekend. The husband went overboard for dessert – a (delicious) key lime pie AND cupcakes (all purchased from here, and oh so good).

Family shot

While the in-laws were over we managed to get another family shot…we need to make an effort to get more of these. In better lighting, too!

I believe we’re having the in-laws back for dinner next weekend, this time for their anniversary. It’s a big one!!

In the meantime, I’ve got to get started on my Christmas shopping. I think this is the first year in which I have absolutely no idea what to get anyone….and a list about as long as my arm of stuff I’d like. Terrible, isn’t it? How are you progressing with your holiday shopping? Have you started? Finished? Want to do mine?

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