Sunday, February 25, 2018

:Henry: 9 Months:

Eating: Henry loves food. He likes to feed himself anything he can and he will eat purees now. He loves fruit, some meat and lots of vegetables. He likes toast, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, cheerios, strawberries, watermelon, cucumber, asparagus, broccoli, carrots. Pretty much everything! He doesn't really like blueberries (the skin), and he is picky about chicken.

He still nurses 5x a day and multiple times at night.

Sleeping: Night time has been a struggle this month with colds and teething. He wakes 2-4x a night. Maybe next month we can work on sleeping?!

Naps are still pretty good-- 2 per day ranging from 1.5-2.5 hours.

Diapers: Size 3, although he has to be doubled up at night because he pees a lot.

Weight/Size: Henry hasn't been weighed recently so I'm not sure how much he weighs. Given how much he eats, I'm sure he has gained at least a pound or two though, so around 19lbs.

He is wearing mostly 6-12 months clothes. His mocs are size 2.

Hair and eyes: Dark brown/black hair, and hazel eyes. I think his hair is getting lighter though.

Personality: Henry is a pretty content baby, unless he is tired or hungry. He is so observant, looking around at everything around him.

Nicknames: Baby Henry, Litte Man.

Likes: Everything he isn't allowed to have. Getting into the pantry, his siblings toys, cars, magazines, book.

Dislikes: Being contained, having things taken away from him, falling on the hardwood.

Milestones: Henry is crawling everywhere. Baby gates are up! We also had to lower his crib as he now stands up in his crib and I caught him almost falling out one day when I put him down for a nap.

He has 4 bottom teeth and four top teeth now- he cut 2 top teeth this month.

Mama: Henry is at such a fun age but it's a lot of work keeping up to him. He gets into everything- the pantry, the cupboards, any room that the door hasn't been shut to-- everything! It is so fun watching him explore the world around him. He is such a happy baby and is pretty content being dragged around. I do miss tiny Henry but I like that he is a bit more independent and I can leave him for a few hours.

Big Sister & Big Brother: Henry has the best big sister and brother he could ask for! They both adore him. He is fun for them now too, even if they sometimes get upset that he gets into their things. 

Misc: We celebrated Henry's "Out As Long As He Was In" Day-- 40 weeks + 3 days.


We love you so much, Henry! It's a joy to watch you grow.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

~Audrey: 6 Years~

Dearest Audrey,

Six!! Six whole years of loving you!! Goodness, it seems like yesterday we were dreaming of you and just like that you are practically grown up! You have grown up and changed so much this year and we love the girl you are becoming.

This has been a big year of change for you-- with a new baby brother, and starting kindergarten and you have accepted those changed with grace and excitement. Watching you become a big sister for the 2nd time has been such a pleasure and gives us so much pride. You adore you baby brother and are my biggest helper.

Kindergarten has opened up the world of French to you and you love it! You are excelling in your new language and you truly love going to school and learning each day.

Eating: Loves snacks, yogurt, waffles, fruit and triangle wraps (with cheese). Hates meat, sauce, and some veggies. Most meals are a bit of a struggle to get her to try them, unless they contain fries and/or chicken fingers. She has a sweet tooth but doesn't like icing on her cake/cupcakes.

Sleeping: She sleeps like a rock most nights 8pm-7:30am, unless her brother wakes her up earlier.

Hair/Eyes: Hair is dark brown, long and curly. Eyes are a lovely hazel-green.

Weight/Height: ~ 47 lbs. She is ~48 inches tall. She's tall and lean, wearing 6-7 clothes and size 13-1 shoes.

Likes: She LOVES to craft. She wants to craft in some way every day. She loves going to Sparks because they do a lot of crafting. She enjoys school because they craft a lot. She also likes playing with dolls, doing puzzles, helping in the kitchen and playing with her baby brother. She also enjoys playing with Lego since she can build whatever she likes.

She loves her gymnastics class and can't wait to go every week. She likes dance once she is there but it's on a weeknight so she struggles with coming home from school and then leaving to go to dance.

Her favourite TV show currently is Transformers.

Dislikes: Having her craft time or play time interrupted, and when her brother bothers her.

Big Sister: Audrey loves her little brothers. She is the best big sister to Henry and she dotes on the baby all day long. She gets mad when she doesn't get "Henry time". Usually she plays so well with Leo and she is a big help to Mom by helping Leo get dressed or clean up.

Kindergarten: Audrey has thoroughly enjoyed starting Kindergarten this year! She loves learning French, her new friends and Madame Therese. She is thriving in her class and loves to learn. Anything art or creative is her favourite.

Audrey is our special girl and we are so lucky to be her parents!

Happy 6th Birthday my sweet girl!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

.:Leo: 4 Years Old:.

Wow! My middle baby is 4! He has grown up so much this past year!

Dear Leo,

Four years old!! I can hardly believe it! It seems like only yesterday you were showing us who was boss, before you were even here! You have been such a joyful addition to our family-- always smiling, joking, such a chill boy. You do things in your own way which at times can be frustrating but they are right for you. You are the cuddliest boy and such a mama's boy. The littlest thing brings you so much excitement, which is a lesson for us all each day.

This year has been quite an adjustment for you as you went from the youngest to the middle; graduated from baby to big brother. You had a bit of a hard time sharing our attention but you are loving your brother more and more as he becomes more interactive. You play so well with your sister and I know that you are excited for the day that Henry can play more with you.

This year you developed a love for gymnastics and skiing. You love being outside, running around and digging in the dirt. You like helping us-- whether it's making meals in the kitchen, gardening or with Dad in the garage. You are such a social boy.

You started preschool this year and have thrived. A bit of a shy side comes out but you are learning so much and your teachers are happy with your progress. You are picking up French from your sister which is neat to see.

Leo, you are such a special boy! We love you soooooo much!!!

What you are like at 4:

Eating: Leo loves snacks, still! He is good at eating breakfast and lunch but dinner is a struggle. He does eat a fair amount so I don't worry about his lack of appetite at dinner. Overall he is a good eater.

He still seems to be sensitive to dairy and soy so we try to limit those in his diet, which is hard. He likes cheese and yogurt, even though he knows they make him scratchy.

Sleeping: Leo is a good sleeper. He has a Groclock so he knows not to get out of his room "until the sun is up." He no longer naps regularly but will occasionally fall asleep in the car. He recently started sharing his room with his big sister, in bunk beds. He loves having a companion all the time, even if sometimes they chat a little too much before going to sleep. 

Potty Training Update: This is one area that took awhile for Leo to catch on to. I'm not sure if it's just his chill attitude or what. We tried potty training again at 3.5 years old, as required for preschool. He still had accidents quite a bit so needed a lot of reminding to go to the bathroom when he was doing an obvious potty dance. He still has the occasional accident now but is pretty much potty trained. He wears pull ups at night and hopefully we can get rid of them soon, even though they are still wet most mornings. 

Weight/Size: He is about 32 lbs and 40 inches long. He wears size 4T, although the waist on a lot of pants are too big on him. He wears size 9/10 shoes.

Talking: He speaks very well. He is picking up French from Audrey which is neat to see. He loves numbers. 

Personality: Leo is a happy kid, with a mischievous streak. He is so curious and gets into things. If you can't find him, he might be hiding behind the couch with the honey jar, or looking for chocolate chips in the pantry.

Teething: All 20 teeth are in! He has had a couple dentist check ups and cooperates fairly well. He likes brushing his teeth but we always have to help him.

Likes: Lego, Transformers, cars and dinosaurs are his favourite! He likes watching Transformers. He enjoys reading books but you have to be careful he doesn't rip them. He likes to colour and craft with his sister. He likes going for walks and playing in the backyard in the snow. Smashing his cars.

Dislikes: Being told no. Time outs. Not getting a snack when he wants one. Listening. Being gentle.

Misc: Leo is definitely left handed.

Happy Birthday Leo! 
You are my best bud! 
We love you lots! 

Mommy, Daddy, Audrey & Henry

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

:Henry's Baptism:

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Henry's baptism.

He looked very handsome in his white outfit.

It was performed at Holy Name Church, by Deacon Albert. It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony as Henry was the only one being baptized.

Audrey was the Deacon's little Altar Girl

He didn't cry at all when the water was poured over his head!

Our best friends, Laura and Steve are his godparents.

Many thanks to Auntie L for taking photos for us and for all our family and friends that came to celebrate this day with us!!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

:Henry: 8 Months:

I know I say it every month, but that was actually the fastest month ever! How is Henry 8 months now??

Eating: Henry loves to eat. He still nurses every 3 hours and my supply has increased with some medication and more frequent feedings. He is very distracted when nursing so I  try to do it before and after each nap, when still in his room. He loves eating solids, mostly BLW but is more open to purees now. He tried beans and ground beef this month and devoured them. Doesn't really care for chicken.

Sleeping: Now that my supply is back up, he is only waking 2-3x a night to eat. Usually around 10-11pm, 2:30am & 6 or 6:30am. He goes to bed around 6:30, depending on how long his naps have been that day.

Naps are still pretty good-- 2 per day ranging from 1.5-2.5 hours.

Diapers: Size 3, although he has to be doubled up at night because he pees a lot.

Weight/Size: Henry weighs 17.7 lbs and is 26.5 inches long. He gained a pound in the last month but hasn't grown lengthwise much.

He is wearing mostly 6-12 months clothes now and a few 3-6m month items. His mocs are size 2.

Hair and eyes: Dark brown/black hair, and hazel eyes. He has the most hair of any of our babies, but still not a lot!

Personality: Henry is pretty happy most of the time, unless he wants something. He is very curious.

Nicknames: Baby Henry, Litte Man, Shnuggers. Leo calls him "Hen"

Likes: His toes, crawling everywhere, playing with all the cars and Duplo he can find.

Dislikes: Being contained, getting stuck, having things taken away from him.

Milestones: Henry officially started crawling a couple weeks ago! He is so fast now. Sometimes he will happily sit and play in one spot but mostly he crawls all around finding different toys and things to play with. He can also go from crawling up to sitting now.

He has 4 bottom teeth and two top teeth now.

Mama: I'm having some nostalgic moments when I see how much Henry has grown in the last 8 months! How  much things have changed in a year! I  love this stage that Henry, and his siblings are at, but I also long for the sweet newborn days.

Big Sister & Big Brother: Audrey is the biggest help with Henry! She will go into his room when he wakes up and chat with him. Sometimes she will take him out of his crib. She will sit and play with him, or watch him for me for a few minutes. He is her real life doll. Leo is enjoying Henry more now that he interacts with him and sits up. He is still a tad rough so you have to watch him. Henry just loves watching them.

Misc: Henry's baptism was this month! He looked so sweet in his little outfit. Our best friends, Laura and Steve are his godparents. It was a lovely celebration.

Little Henry, stay little just a bit longer!