Despite the fact that Halloween was over nearly a month ago, Ben keeps saying 'Halloween' (with special emphasis on the WEEN) every time he sees any sort of outdoor house lights or decorations. As you can imagine, most decorations in the neighbourhood at this point are of the Christmas and holiday variety so we're working on the word 'Christmas' now. It has yet to take.

Ho! Ho! Ho! is rather easy to master, however.

Anyway, here's a little picture of our Sushi Chef and his little Sashimi creation from last month's festivities. So before we officially retire the word for 2013, Happy HalloWEEN!


One Month: That was Fast!

Mr Max is one month old and what a wonderful month it has been. As any parent can attest, the time just flies by like crazy. I can't believe I'm already writing up the monthly posts again so let's get started!

First of all let me say that I love the newborn stage. It's as though the babies know that mom needs time to recover and figure things out so they are usually pretty chill and 'easy' at the beginning. Max has been such a joy. He had his days and nights a bit backwards at first but seems to have settled into a pretty good schedule now. He's got a voracious appetite and would probably nurse during all of his waking hours if it was up to him. As you can see, he's not a small boy! I haven't officially weighed him in a while but I would guess somewhere between 10-11lbs. We have already packed away at least ten sleepers and outfits as he's grown well the 3 month variety now. He loves to be right in the action with everyone so prefers to be held and cuddled rather than be in his bassinet. That's okay with me (for now) because I love snuggling with my sweet little boy! They certainly don't stay little for long.

We were fortunate to have my folks here to help out during the first few days which was very nice for the adjustment period. Big Brother Ben loved the extra attention and kept them very busy. We made sure to venture out to the mountains (I missed them!) and get outside for walks through the woods as much as possible before the snow hit... and it sure did! We celebrated Halloween, visited with Danny's family before they jetted off to Asia, had a few playdates with friends, hosted my sister for a weekend and are basically back in the swing of things. Max is more than happy to come along for the ride and we're obviously thrilled to have him with us!

I have to say that I'm much more relaxed the second time around. Of course there are ups and downs and we're still figuring out the balance of having two but I also know how quickly things change and how important it is to enjoy the imperfect moments (because perfection doesn't exist!) I continuously tell myself to savour, savour, savour so have been trying hard to do just that.

Gosh, we are so blessed!