Back in my hometown

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Our first official day in my hometown was the first of July. Since I’m Canadian, this meant celebrating our beautiful country. We started the day with a breakfast in the hotel we stayed at. Then we met up with an old friend of mine to watch the parade. It seemed a bit shorter than I remembered, but it HAS been about 7 years since I’ve seen this parade so my memory may be playing tricks on me. We saw floats of what seemed to be a soccer team, and another one of the cheerleaders. There was also the ATV club showing off their rides. There were also random guys with their sports cars. The creepiest thing I saw was Ronald McDonald. I am not a mascot person. I am terrified of those things haha. My baby was having fun until the fire trucks arrived. He got so scared by the sirens. I was hugging him and trying to cover his ears, but it was not working. My SO took him and showed him the fire trucks and then Baby stopped crying. I guess either he needed to see where the sound was coming from, or the lights calmed him.

During the afternoon, we went to the fair. Before moving, the afternoon activities used to be quite small stuff. We never used to go because it was boring. Now, there are many games to win prizes and rides. We didn’t do any rides because it was really hot outside, and I’m too much of a scaredy-cat to go on rides. We did try out three games. We didn’t win big prizes, but my baby got three cute stuffed things haha. We bought some cotton candy and went on our marry way to eat dinner. After dinner, and after Baby’s nap, we went to see the fireworks. When I used to live there, the fireworks were the best part of the day. So high up in the sky and big and beautiful; and they used to make shapes (like hearts or the Canadian flag if I remember right). I talked about them so much to my SO and was so excited to show him how good my hometown made fireworks. Sadly, they decided to change where they did them. Now they’re super low and not quite as good as they used to be. We had to move closer to the field they were shooting them from, and even then we had a hard time seeing them. But when they were high enough for us to see, they were pretty. Not as good as before I moved, but still way better then what they do where I live now.

Our second day was less eventful. The only thing I really wanted to do was take pictures at my elementary school’s park. We couldn’t stay outside for too long because of the weather. Only 20 minutes outside and my son’s cheeks were red as a tomato! Good thing we were drinking water constantly. After his nearly four hour nap, we went to the mall to eat dinner and shop a little. After that we only went back to the hotel room and that’s when things went downhill. My SO had started to have an upset stomach and, when we got back to the hotel room, he started vomiting. I suggested it might be because of the heat, but when I started vomiting.. and other things.. we knew we had caught the gastroenteritis. We spent the worst night of our lives. Barely able to sleep, needing to go to the bathroom at what felt like 10 minutes intervals and after a while our stomachs would just hurt because there wasn’t anything else to vomit. At 7a.m. I called my in-laws to ask them if they could come pick us up. We weren’t betting much on them accepting because it was a five and a half hour drive (which means 11 hours back and forth). They accepted though and we are forever in their debt. Sadly, after breakfast, my son started vomiting as well. His symptoms seemed less harsh than ours; he only vomited three times in the morning before leaving, and on our way home his stomach was hurting and when I massaged it he started pooping and fell asleep haha. After that he was pretty much back to his happy healthy self.

It was an awful end to a super trip to my hometown. I’m glad we at least got to enjoy our time there and only had to suffer on the last night and on the trip back home.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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The First Birthday Party

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My baby’s first birthday was good. The only thing I wish would’ve gone better is my time planning. My family started arriving and I hadn’t even started setting the table with refreshments and snacks. I also hadn’t made Xavier’s cake yet, and the sandwiches for dinner.

The day started out as planned. I got up around 8:30-9am and started cleaning what hadn’t been cleaned already. Then I started making the cake. While I was mixing the ingredients, my sister called to tell me my mom and co. were already on their way and she would be on her way soon as well. That’s when everything started going bad because I was stressing too much.

I perfectly know the cake mix I bought is for two 9” cakes, and yet I put the whole mix in one 9” cake. Result? It wouldn’t cook in the middle, so I had to go buy another mix, in addition to the cake I got made by the pastry chef at the grocery store and many other things. I also had to pick up lunch since we realized we had forgotten to buy us something while focusing on buying supplies for the party. All of this delayed my schedule.

When the guests arrived, I still needed to clean a bit of the living room (which is where the party was at), finish the banner of pictures of Xavier through the year, set the table with the refreshments and the snacks, and make the sandwiches for dinner. Good thing the guests were my family, so they were completely fine with just hanging out in the living room, talking among each other, while me and my SO finished doing everything.
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Once everything was done, I finally got to sit down and enjoy the party. Around 4:30pm Xavier opened up his gifts. He got some toys and clothes, and he loved every bits of it. He would play a bit with every object. One time, my SO had to take the toy out of his hands so he could open another present, and Xavier leaned on the side to grab back the toy. It was funny. And then when it was clothes he’d get, he would take it in his hands and check it for a second, then stretch his arm to grab the other present. Everyone found it hilarious. After opening the gifts, we sat down to eat dinner.

Finally, after eating many sandwiches, we brought the cake in and sang Happy Birthday to my little boy. He was looking at everyone with a big smile on his face as if he knew what was going on. It was too cute. When we gave him his cake to eat, he didn’t quite dig in as I had hoped, but he still got messy with frosting. He pretty much only wanted the frosting. He’d grab some frosting with the tip of his fingers and make sure he didn’t grab some cake with it. After that we just cleaned up, gave a bath to Xavier and kept talking for a while.

The next day, it was a little celebration with the in-laws since they couldn’t make it to the party. We gave another piece of the cake to Xavier and this time he dug in. He grabbed a huge handful of the piece of cake and brought it to his mouth. He chewed on it like that until he had it all in his mouth. It was hilarious.
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Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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Month 12, May 2014

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11 months, 24.7lbs

At the beginning of May, we started making him walk a bit more on his own. My SO and I would get farther from each other than we were before so that Xavier would walk a longer distance on his own. He started getting really good at walking the length of the living room. He still had to stay calm or else he would fall, but he was still very good at staying up.

One thing that surprised me is how he just suddenly decided to eat on his own. I was giving him Puffs after lunch and the first few I had to put them in his mouth, but when I put some more he grabbed a handful and put them in his mouth! All of a sudden he was feeding himself! I was so surprised and happy I think I had tears in my eyes again. This time, it stuck. It wasn’t just one piece that he put in his mouth; he started full on eating with his hands right then. I was one happy momma!

During the month, his four top teeth finally came out. He must’ve spent about two weeks with four big white bumps that wouldn’t pierce. His top central incisors came out on the 6th and 7th, followed by his lateral incisors on the 16th and 17th (or 18th not sure). We would gladly take a break from teething, but now he’s in the period where his bottom lateral incisors are supposed to come out. Hopefully, they won’t decide to show themselves for a while.

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At the end of the month, we started another class in the pool. I saw a baby about 8 months clapping his hands and I felt a little like a bad mom because my almost 1 year old didn’t clap his hands yet. So during that day I started trying to show Xavier how to clap his hands. To my surprise, he started clapping his hands without me showing him first when we were on our way to the mall! Again, one happy momma right here!

Last, but not least, we were showing off at his birthday party how he could walk well on small distances, and he just decided to start walking on his own around the living room! Not only between mommy and daddy anymore!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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Month 11, April 2014

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10 months, 25,4lbs

April started a little rough for my baby. With him being more confident with pulling himself up, he sadly had his first face plant. He was holding on to the computer chair and the chair rolled. He put his hands on the floor, without bending his knees, and I didn’t make a case about it because he had done that before and had just sat back down. But this time, he leaned forward a bit too much and landed on his face. Poor baby.

He was getting really good at walking while holding our hands so we started practicing some walking while holding only one hand. Slowly going for the walking on his own. At first, he was shaking and scared to take steps, but he quickly understood how to keep his balance.

I started giving him pieces of banana so he could practice eating on his own, but he would just squish the pieces in his hands instead of putting them in his mouth. But one afternoon, he actually put one piece in his mouth! It never happened again during that month, but damn was I a proud momma at that moment. So proud that I actually was teary eyed haha.

I decided it was about time we introduced him to shapes. I showed him the circle block, then the circle hole, and showed him how the block fit in the hole. He quickly grasped that concept, so much that he thought the triangle block and the square block would fit as well. I tried showing him that the square block goes in the square hole and the triangle block goes in the triangle hole, but he can’t get them in there. Since they need to be a certain way to get in the hole, unlike the circle, he just thinks they don’t go in there and goes back to trying to get them in the circle hole.

We didn’t do much for Easter. I took pictures of him with bunny ears on, which are super cute! We went to my mom’s for lunch and spent the afternoon with her. Then we went back to my sister’s place to meet up with my dad for supper.

The biggest achievement of the month happened at the end of it. He took his first steps! They were wobbly and short, but they were all on his own, so it counts! If he stayed calm he could walk perfectly on his own, but as soon as he got too excited he would lose his concentration and fall face first. Lucky for him, mommy and daddy caught him before he hurt himself. No broken noses yet!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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Month 10, March 2014

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9 months, 24lbs

During March, my baby decided he was going to crawl. One day he just decided to stop creeping on the floor and full on crawl. At first he was a bit hesitant, of course, but he quickly got the hang of it and started crawling quite fast.

Remember last month when I said he could pull himself up? Well he’s been doing a lot of that this month, and mostly in his bed. We were thinking of putting his bed on the lowest height soon, but weren’t in much of a hurry since he wasn’t trying to get up in his bed. But one afternoon, Xavier just decided he was tired of sitting in his bed. He wanted to get up. And he did. So, after his nap, I put him down in his playpen and lowered his mattress by myself. There was no way I was putting him back in there when there were chances he could fall out (the mattress was in the middle height).

My SO showed the video of the song Let It Go from Frozen to Xavier one evening, and Xavier simply loved it. We hadn’t seen the movie yet, but seeing how Xavier was fixated just by watching that part, I thought it would be a nice addition to our movie collection. At first, he would just stop moving and not make one sound while the video played. He would just stare at the screen in awe. Then he slowly started smiling at certain parts. For some reason, his favorite part seemed to be when she changes her dress. And soon, when the video would end, he would make his little “uh” noise to let us know he wanted to watch it again. It was a very great way of making him stop crying. I love when we find videos that have that effect on him. It’s so usefull.

Little improvement this month: he started being able to make 2-3 steps while holding onto his dog, without us holding him. He can also walk perfectly while holding our hands, and he loves it. The second we put him on the ground, he demands either to walk with his dog, or to hold our hands and walk around the living room. It was very cute at first, but it soon got annoying. Oh well! That’s what being a parent is!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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Month 9, February 2014

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February is one of those months where Xavier just seemed to learn everything at once. He started the month with showing me how he suddenly could stay in a sitting position when I sat him on the floor. He could go on his belly when starting from a sitting position, but couldn’t go from his belly to a sitting position.

He also waved bye bye once or twice. We were certain he finally understood what waving bye bye was, but he still only waves once in a while.

Valentine’s day was nothing very special. We gave our little baby a singing dog. He simply loves it. Always tapping on him so we start it and when we do, he starts laughing and smiling like crazy. It’s the cutest thing ever.

My SO won tickets for a hockey game later in the week. We weren’t sure we would go, but I really wanted to go and I thought it would be a nice experience for Xavier. It started off pretty good; Xavier seemed to be having some kind of fun. At least he wasn’t crying. He seemed intrigued by all those people skating around chasing some moving black dot on the ice. Then our team made a goal. What happens when a team makes a goal? A huge horn sound comes out of the speakers. It was so loud, it surprised my poor baby. It may not have helped that mommy screamed of joy with everyone else around. He started crying so much! He was scared! Good thing it was at the end of the period. We left at that moment. Let’s just say I’ll be waiting until he’s a bit older before we go see another hockey game with him!

At the end of the month, his big boy improvements started happening. He started sitting on his own. By that I mean, go from his belly to sitting on the floor all on his own. No help from mommy or daddy. To my surprise, he also started pulling himself up on furniture. Well not going ON the furniture but, you know, using furniture to pull himself to a standing position. Last, but not least, his walking skills improved greatly. He could walk perfectly while holding our hands, so much that sometimes it felt like he was trying to run!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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Month 8, January 2014

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7 months

January was a very slow month for us.

We spent the first week at my dad’s. Nothing much happened during that week since we were so tired. On the 31st of December, my SO and I managed to stay awake until midnight to “celebrate” the New Year, while my dad and sister went to bed way early. We were actually going to go to bed a bit before midnight, but we had forgotten to wash and prepare Xavier’s bottles. Since Xavier wasn’t sleeping well, and we were exhausted, we decided to leave early to rest a bit at home before coming back on the fifth for my nephew’s birthday.

Once we got back home from our “vacation”, we started trying to give Xavier pieces of a banana to start getting him used to chunks of food. He wasn’t taking the pieces himself, but when I put them in his mouth he would chew them before swallowing.

Xavier also started dropping things on purpose. The first time I saw him do it, I laughed so much and found him so cute! He would push a toy on the ground then lean in to see where it fell. Then he would look at me with a huge smile and start wiggling in his exersaucer until I gave him back his toy. He could spend five to ten minutes doing this over and over again.

We also started practicing walking with him holding onto his rolling dog. He had a bit of a hard time at first, not quite having enough strength to hold himself and not quite knowing how to go forward. But he quickly got a hold of the going forward part. We just had to hold him a bit to make sure he wouldn’t fall.

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Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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Month 7, December 2013

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6 months, 21lbs 5oz

At the beginning of December, we introduced Xavier to meat. He did not like the texture at all. He vomited multiple times before we finally thought of a solution. We tried mixing his meat with his vegetables and he finally ate it all without gagging!

At the sixth month appointment with the doctor, we showed him Xavier’s skin that was all dry and full of red bumps. He said it might be eczema so he suggested we use Aveno Baby and Prevex six times a day. He said it should go away within a week, if not to use this other cream he prescribed to us. Luckily, it disappeared within a week. The doctor also did my check up to see how I was doing post-pregnancy. Everything was perfectly fine except for some abdominal pain I was having. You know that pain you get when you do too much sit-ups? Well I was having that pain several times a day for no reason. When I mentioned it to the doctor, he said it might be related to the white line of my abdomen being broken. He suggested I consult a physiotherapist to see if there was something I could do to stop the pain.

We started a sort of swimming class for babies in the end of November and it finished in December. It’s a class where you go in a pool with your baby and they make you move him around in certain ways to get him used to the water, then they make you plunge his head in the water in different ways. For example, you start on the side, then when he’s used to it you can sit him on the side of the pool and plunge him face first in front of you. There are some other ways, but they were more advanced than where we were. Xavier loved being in the water. So much, that I decided we would go back in summer, I didn’t want earlier because it’s so much trouble going there in winter. Needing to put his suit on, suit off, bathing suit on, bathing suit off, suit on, suit off. Too much trouble for this momma, so we’ll be checking to go this summer!

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This month, I tried to forget my fear of mascots and Santa Clauses in malls to bring Xavier to see Santa Claus. It ended up being my SO that brought Xavier to Santa and I just stood farther away taking the pictures. I got some good pictures, but I was a bit sad that Santa didn’t wait a bit more. There weren’t so many people waiting after us, maybe two families, but he still seemed in a hurry, so I didn’t quite get the perfect picture I wanted. But hey, even if he wasn’t in a hurry, Xavier would have needed to cooperate as well. Santa gave him a pillow in the shape of an elf’s head. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be haha. But it’s still going to be my SO that brings Xavier to Santa next year while I take the pictures 😛

For Christmas, we went up to my in-laws house. On a beautiful sunny day, I decided to bring Xavier outside for his first time playing in the snow. Of course, he didn’t play in the snow, but he sat there while I was sprinkling snow on him to show him snow. He seemed fascinated by it. I was a little bit disappointed of Xavier’s first Christmas. Christmas Eve was spent watching movies with the brother-in-law and the parents-in-law. Xavier unwrapped his presents while daddy, papy and uncle were still watching the movie. Christmas wasn’t much better. There was a Christmas supper where the sister-in-law attended with her family, but the rest of the evening was spent watching the television and playing cards. I remember how it used to be when I was young. How we would party on Christmas Eve and unwrap the presents at midnight. I want my son’s Christmases to be like that in the future, but I’m not sure they will be. Times have changed. One thing’s for sure, I’ll try to install some traditions of our own.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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Month 6, November 2013

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5 months, 20lbs

November wasn’t a very eventful month. A few firsts here and there, but other than that we didn’t get out much. One of the biggest news of the month was Xavier’s two bottom central incisors popping out! One on the 16th and the second one followed closely on the 18th!

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Other than that, I was bored one afternoon and decided to try to show Xavier how to give kisses. And it worked! He picked it up almost immediately. I would go “Mommy gives a kiss” *kiss on the cheek* than say “Xavier gives a kiss to mommy?” and he would give me a kiss on the cheek! Baby kisses are the best kisses in the world hihi.

Xavier also seemed to want to crawl so I started putting his toys far away from him when putting him on his belly. He slowly learned he could move around by creeping. Once he learned that, there was no stopping him! He started creeping around everywhere and gained speed really fast. It didn’t take him long to notice daddy’s Xbox and mommy’s vhs and Wii on the bottom row of the tv cabinet. The only way to stop him from going there was to not say “no”. Whenever we would say “no” he would just smile and keep playing with the Xbox or vhs or Wii while looking at us; but when we wouldn’t say anything, he would get bored quickly and creep to one of his toys.

One of the major things that happened in November was introducing him to fruits. We read that you had to wait about two weeks after introducing vegetables before giving fruits; something about him getting used to a sour taste before giving him a sweet taste. At first he would make these intense faces and it was a bit hard to give him his fruits. I thought to myself “don’t tell me I have one of the rare babies that don’t like fruits!” but no. It was just a phase. He eventually got used to the taste of fruits and started fussing when we gave him vegetables.

One of his favorite things to do this month was to play peekaboo before going to bed. I would put him down for his nap, tuck him in with his blankets. He would pull his blankets on top of his head then put his arms down quickly so the blanket got off his face and smile. When I would say “peekaboo!” when he put the blanket down, he would laugh and do it again. So cute!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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Month 5, October 2013

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4 months, 18lbs 15oz

At the beginning of October, Xavier started teething. It wasn’t quite bad. His symptoms were mostly drooling like crazy, pulling his ears, chewing on everything he could get his hands on and sometimes refusing the bottle. For a more in depth story about that experience see here: https://youngmomsouvenirs.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/teething/

We were told there was some kind of new research that showed a bit more good sides to starting solids at four months. With Xavier drinking his full 8oz, when his teeth weren’t hurting him, we decided to give it a try. He absolutely loved his cereals. We started off with 5oz, but we quickly climbed to 15oz twice a day! Since he seemed to be eating well, we decided after two weeks to try starting the vegetables. He got his first taste of carrots and he made one of the funniest faces! For the first two-three spoons he didn’t seem to notice it was something different than cereals, but when he really started tasting the carrots he had the funniest reaction. He still ate it all.

With the leaves turning orange, I decided it was time to visit the in-laws for a little autumn photo shoot in the leaves. At first I wanted to do it at the park, but the scenery wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted orange leaves in the trees and some leaves on the ground, but there were barely any trees left with leaves and no leaves in sight on the ground. I asked my mother-in-law for a picture of her backyard to see if it was the same, but the picture she sent me, it was perfect. We left that day to go to her place and spent about 15-20 minutes taking pictures of Xavier sitting in the leaves and then pictures of us three under a tree. I was in heaven. The perfect pictures! And I learned the next week it was a good thing we didn’t wait to take them because during the week all the leaves fell!

Two little evolutions happened during that month. Xavier fell asleep on his side for the first time! Even though I kept telling myself that if he could move to his side, he could go to his back if need be; I was very scared he would suddenly stop breathing because he was on his side. I kept going in his room to place him on his back, but he would just end up on his side again. I slowly stopped worrying and eventually accepted that he was still safe. He also started wanting to crawl. It wasn’t quite obvious since he was only four months, but I could see him lift his bum when he was on his belly and try to push on his arms to get in a crawling position. Of course, he wasn’t able to because he didn’t have enough strength, but I was very excited of this new development.

At the end of the month, Xavier had his four months vaccines. They went better than his two months ones; maybe because this time I gave him Tylenol before the vaccine instead of after. Then, Halloween happened. Technically, he was 5 months on Halloween, but since it happens in October I’ll talk about it here. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I was beyond excited to celebrate my baby’s first Halloween. I had a good plan for the evening, with the perfectly cute costume for Xavier.

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Obviously, like every well planned event I plan, everything went wrong. We arrived a bit late at my aunt’s, so I had to hurry up to feed Xavier and get him in his costume. I didn’t get to take a very good picture of him in his costume because I hadn’t notice the lens was foggy. After setting a meeting point with my aunt and her kids, I went to meet up with my SO and the plan was to go meet back with my aunt, but my stupid car wouldn’t start. Then it started raining. Once we finally managed to start my car, it was so late we just went to my grandparent’s place and waited there to say sorry to my aunt for bailing on her. Good thing Xavier won’t be remembering this.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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