Just a quick note for posterity... Avery cut three molars yesterday. There was an evening this week where she was screaming for an hour at bedtime and I gave up trying to get her to bed and let her cuddle in my bed instead, where she stayed, wide awake, until 10pm. My wife, who belongs… Continue reading Molars
I knew it was coming... So many blogger friends have gone through this recently as kids have gone back to school and started daycare. The cold and flu season is upon us, and there are no germier people on earth than toddlers and kids. When I dropped Avery off at daycare on Tuesday, everyone there… Continue reading Milestone: first daycare cold
We've had our chickens for 3 months and I've loved every minute of it. They are docile and entertaining, easy to care for (they require less poop cleaning than the cats), and Avery LOVES them. She feeds them treats from the garden through the fence. Now that they've all matured (not enough to lay eggs… Continue reading When Henrietta became Henry: an update on our backyard chickens
I laid there next to her, watching the autumn sun cast a glow on her face. I kissed her cheek and she smiled in her sleep. I reminisced about her two week old self, laying in that same spot, with the first hint of a smile reflex flashing across her sleeping face.
I am sitting in my car, having left Avery with Gwen for the first time. It's just for an hour or so, while they go to the park. I feel fine, probably because it's just an hour and Avery loves being outside. I'm so thankful to have Gwen as our daycare provider. She really gets… Continue reading Daycare transition: final stage
Today I went with Avery to daycare in the morning. We stayed for lunch and went home when the other baby went down for a nap. I felt so validated for choosing to slowly transition her by going with her for a few days first. I know a lot of people don't transition by going… Continue reading Daycare transition has begun
I always feel more emotional in the fall. Not only more sad, but more of every emotion. It makes me introspect. The season brings out my inner poet who sees the beauty of death and hibernation in nature around me. It makes me long for wood fires and cozy blanket cuddles on the couch. This… Continue reading Nostalgia blowing in with the brisk fall wind
Avery and I start the daycare transition in 7 days. I am equal parts anxious and heartbroken, and excited for her to make friends and gain new experiences. Our daycare provider, whom I will herein refer to as Gwen, asked me to give her a list of Avery's favourite foods and foods she doesn't like,… Continue reading Daycare countdown: planning sleep strategies
We celebrated Avery's first birthday with family and friends on the weekend. It was a stellar party, if I do say so myself. It was rainbow themed, packed with guests both young and old, had a bubble station, a colouring station, chickens (ok, they were there already, but were a hit with the kids), delicious… Continue reading Avery’s First Birthday Party
Over this past year I've seen this little girl blossom from a timid, colicky, and often displeased infant to a brave, gleefully happy, and so, so goofy kid. She's still a baby, but she is exhibiting so much awareness and personality (and attitude) that it's sometimes easy to forget and treat her like an older kid. She loves to make people laugh, and loves making her huge, hearty belly laugh...