Thursday, December 31, 2009

Brrr....

How courageous are we? We totally braved the elements and managed to yank ourselves away from our self-assigned spots in front of the fireplace and headed out to see some of Winnipeg this morning. Maeve and I had a great breakfast out with Todd, Taryn and Kate and then we all wandered around The Forks for a while... in minus twenty-something weather. I suppose "a while" could be a loose interpretation... but, we were out nevertheless... At least this time I remembered my gloves and toque...

Out on the river...


Maeve making snow angels... or doing her own Randy impersonation...


Standing on The Forks


Maeve, exhausted from her outing...


I could eat her up she's so cute and sweet...


Many many times throughout this trip, as I have buckled Maeve up in the car with the cold and wind whipping by us, I have told her that we will never move here -- not because its not a nice city, but because of the sheer fact that we are self-proclaimed whimps (Yes, I'm going to go ahead and say that Maeve is a whimp too... it makes the story stronger). Who would want to be so cold all the time? But, now we have another concrete reason why we can never live here... Maeve's hair just can't handle being in toques/hats... Check out her hair. I styled it before we left the house this morning... and now it looks like she stuck her fingers in a light socket...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Miss You Bud...


I can't believe you've been gone for a year now... You will always be missed.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

And the Truth Comes Out...

As I was grazing the left overs from our Christmas feast yesterday at lunch, I may have shoved an, umm, bigger piece than necessary, of turkey in my mouth. Because, I apparently haven't yet mastered the art of swallowing, I proceeded to choke... Stacy was in the kitchen with me at the time, thank goodness right?! Not so much, because as I'm wheezing in front of her, and getting ready to give the universal sign for choking, I manage to clear the obstruction -- but not before I heard her say, "I get Maeve"....

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Fun...

Happy Boxing Day everyone.... Christmas holidays are super fun... especially with kids in the mix. Taryn and Kate's excitement for Christmas morning to arrive was almost palpable the night before. It has been great being here for almost a week, prior to the big day, to give Maeve an opportunity to adjust. She has transitioned well over the last few days... so, everything is low key and really relaxing.

Check out Taryn and Kate's reaction to their stockings yesterday morning:

In case you didn't catch it, Taryn was a lucky recipient of a Nano iPod and Kate got a Nintendo DSI... Very exciting.

Maeve had the perfect sleep schedule yesterday. She got up long enough to check out her stocking... she was really happy with the toys that Santa brought her too... She went back to sleep for all the boring bits of the day and was up for all the important and fun parts. What a good baby! She is so easy going and happy. It makes it really fun.

Here is Maeve checking out her stocking and eating her new toys...

Kate and Taryn checking out the rest of their stockings.

Up from her morning nap and ready to hit her load of presents.. The rest of us enjoyed a great breakfast before embarking on the presents that were sitting underneath the tree. Maeve has decided that Christmas is a really good thing.

Taryn excited to open presents..

Kate ready to go at it too...

Christmas morning... getting ready to take turns seeing what each other received as gifts.

Todd and my Dad making sure that the new Wii games the girls received as gifts were working properly. It is hilarious to hear them laughing from the upstairs living room...

Maeve supervised the meal preparation -- here she is making sure the stuffing was being made perfectly...

Maeve received this sweet Christmas outfit from some very great friends... so, of course, this was her outfit for the rest of the day.

Maeve loves her Auntie Stacy...

A Christmas family photo...

Retro blogging -- Christmas Eve dinner. We have been eating a lot... I mean, a lot...

Skyping the Aussie cousins on Christmas Eve... Skype is so great. Taryn, Kate, and Maeve got to hear what Santa had brought Emma and Josh already... it just pumped up the level of excitement on this end.

Ending the night with Christmas stories.... Cookies, milk, and notes were left out for Santa. I guess it worked...

So, Maeve and I are enjoying this time with family... We are snowed in a little (well, not technically, but we do not like to be cold... so, its a self-inflicted house arrest). Again, I hope that everyone is having a nice holiday...

Friday, December 25, 2009

A Message from Maeve...




Well, from both of us actually. We hope that everyone is enjoying this holiday season and are happy and healthy. Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

7 months old...


Guess who is officially 7 months old today?? I bet you can't..... It has been so much fun to see the changes in Maeve in just this short time. When Stacy and I traveled to Ethiopia and met her just a month and two days ago, she acted more like a 4 month old. Since then, she has been making strides and is now right on track with her milestones. These are just a few of the talents that she holds:

She can roll in both directions... depending on how motivated she is, she can actually roll multiple times in a row. It would appear that she's not often motivated however... ha.



She is eating solids... and loving it -- despite the horrific looks she gives when something new is introduced...



She can talk in complete sentences... at least in her world. She has many many stories that she tells. Here she is at the head of the table talking up a storm. A lot of her tales start with "da da da".... umm, Maeve, I hate to break it to you this way, but....



She can sit, with assistance... and no longer folds like a pancake...


She has an impressive plie move when jolly jumping and can reach great heights...


But, despite being such a big girl now... she still needs to come in for a snuggle every now and then.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

On Holidays....

Maeve and I have been living the life of leisure... it is good to be on holidays, for sure.
And, because I'm on holidays... I will just give you a glimpse of the haps here in Winnipeg thus far:


The cousins hanging out -- Taryn, Kate, and Maeve

Taryn and Maeve showing each other their jumping moves..

And also their tremendous flexibility..

Taryn has been lovin' on Maeve

Big news in the house... Kate lost a molar (if you look closely you can see it hangin')

Success... of course, she has lost the tooth so is writing a very nice explanatory note to the Tooth Fairy as to why there is no tooth under her pillow. Maeve is jealous that Kate is losing teeth when she still doesn't have any.


Dusk looking out back of Todd and Stacy's house...

Todd in the middle of cooking up an awesome curry dinner.. I think he was at hour 3 of 5 at this point.

Maeve just hoping that someone will feed her...

The cuz's

Grandma and Grandpa have now arrived from Vancouver... all the players are here

More jolly jumper time... whaoo hoooo

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Bonus Early Holiday...

It would be in one's best interest to double check the date of departure for one's Christmas Holiday... especially when it involves an airplane. By a fluke conversation (thank you Jodie) I was flagged to the fact that my brother was expecting to pick me up at Winnipeg's airport last night. What a baffoon. Why doesn't he pay attention to the details? I don't fly out until Monday. I call to tell him so -- and as I'm talking to him I pull up my confirmation travel email. Departure date -- December 19th?!? OMG! I might have said a bad word and then hung up saying I had to go... I needed to pack! I needed to leave for the airport in an hour!

I called up my friend, Melanie, and just said "Emergency, emergency, emergency... now!" Can you come over and help me and also drive Maeve and I to the airport in an hour. And, being the stellar friend that she is, she came right on over... laughing at me of course. I ran around the house throwing random things into a couple of bags, stopping every now and then to think... okay. Winter clothes. Check. Formula. Check. Christmas presents. Check. yada yada yada. I had Melanie taking out my garbage/recycling and watering my plants for me. Poor Maeve was napping when this was happening. So, from the moment she woke up I put Melanie on her -- she was changed and entertained while I did the last minute pack.

Well... we arrived at the airport, as planned (ha), with plenty of time to spare. I have been living in a bubble and also had no idea there were a severe winter storm going on. I'm trying to play it up with the people in line like I knew what the heck they were talking about... and so slyly asked if it had breached areas like, Winnipeg, for example...

Well... we are officially on our Christmas Holidays and enjoying (aka... looking out at) the winter wonderland around us. Maeve traveled like a rockstar and made many fans en route. She loves her cousins, Taryn and Kate, who are totally doting on her. Its a good life.

Yes. I'm an idiot... but, an idiot that can pack quickly for a 2 week winter holiday.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I have become THAT mom...

Maeve had her big pediatrician's appointment today... which resulted in her getting 4 immunization and flu shots, plus a blood draw. So, what does this high maintenance mom do? Well, first off, I covered her thighs with LMX and tegaderm... I would want my skin to be numb before they attacked me with needles. I do have to say... there was very little reaction when she was bombarded... I'm just sayin's all.

And, then I took it a step further. Instead of having her stuck for her blood draw at the doctor's office, I walked to Children's Hospital across the street so that they could do the honor instead. Of course, she was LMX'd again. I was rethinking my brilliant plan after sitting in the lab waiting room for over an hour, however. All in all, Maeve did great and wasn't bothered at all with the poke, or even when they were searching for her vein, over and over again (sigh)... she was bothered, however, when they had to insert the needle all the way to find the vein. But, she recovered quickly and forgave immediately.

Before I forget... Her 6 month stats:

Weight: 15 lbs 15 ounces (41st percentile)
Length: 26.5 inches (67th percentile)
Head Circumference: 44.5 cm (90th percentile)

Maeve's doctor was really pleased with how she is doing developmentally -- she is right on track. Yay Maeve.

She Makes Me Laugh...

She totally cheats during tummy time. She strategically places one of her toys under her chin and then has a rest session. And, huge bonus if it happens to fall in her mouth so she can gum on it at the same time. We'll go with smart versus lazy... ha


Moving Target

Maeve is a moving target when I try and feed her... Which is probably why she looks like this throughout the eating process. Its mostly from me missing the mark.



It may help if I tone back the music when we're eating so there is less likelihood of dancing by Maeve... but, we both really like O.A.R. and it seemed like a good morning album to listen to.

(oh... and huge apologies for singing along with the music... i can't sing at all, but i like to. ha)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sometimes its not her, its me...

...crying.

Music. I love listening to music. It has this magical ability to alter my mood or bring up a memory. It is quite amazing how quickly I can find myself either jazzed or crying listening to the lyrics of specific songs. Umm.. yeah... crying won tonight... What song sent me off, you ask? "To Make You Feel My Love".

I won't reveal all of my thoughts and emotions, but I ultimately ended up thinking only of Maeve. The first time I broke down and cried for her was the first time that she broke too. Maeve had not really cried while we were in Ethiopia -- only fussed when she was tired or hungry. On our plane ride home I experienced Maeve grieving. There was nothing that she needed, except that she needed to cry. You know when you can decipher cries? This cry was an entirely sad sad cry. She had no idea what had just happened to her other than she was ripped away from the life that she was familiar with, the home that she knew, and caregivers that loved her. For two hours, on and off, she whimpered, cried, and even shuttered in her sleep. I just held her and walked. Finally, she fell into a deep enough sleep that she was at peace and then I sat down and cried for her. My heart literally ached and still aches for her. I want her to feel all the love and security in the world... and its hard to watch her sometimes feel uncertain about that.

Fortunately, she is definitely acting like someone who is feeling more and more secure and attached... I haven't had a grieving cry session from her in awhile... but, the thing is, I just can't forget the few episodes of sadness that she's had. It was, and is, heart breaking. I was holding her tonight as we were dancing to this song and I looked into her eyes. I had promised her birth mom that I would love her twice as much -- her love and my own. I hope Maeve can feel it.

Technical Limitations...

In this household, there is only one person capable of taking a picture. But, the other person is not quite capable of holding herself up on her own yet. What do you do? Put the camera on self timer and hope for the best.

(And, Maeve trying to figure out what I'm doing now... its hard to live with the paparazzi)


Well... I unsuccessfully captured the fact that Maeve has figured out that she has legs that can hold a bit of weight. Big day here. Way to go baby girl... so smart!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

For Leann....

Because you asked...