Archive for August, 2014

August 28, 2014

B Turns One!

I can’t believe it, my little guy is turning one! What a year it’s been.

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A year ago, our little B came into the world. Right away he had a look of wisdom and a desire to see as much of the world as we are able to show him.

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He has developed into a social, cheerful little guy who knows how to bring the party. Which is why we’re still working on the sleep thing. But he’s a good cuddler when he does go to sleep, so it’s okay.

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He’s grown from an tiny little chicken into a  handsome monkey. I can’t believe the difference one year has made, and I can’t wait to see what the next one brings!

Happy Birthday Little B!

August 25, 2014

Grouse Grind

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B and I braved the Grouse Grind a few weeks ago. Had I done it before, I made not have attempted it with a baby. But a good mix of courage and stupidity made me decide to give it a go! It’s also one of those trails I feel okay going solo, since it’s such a tourist trap.

A few things I learned my first time:

1) Use a proper hiking pack. I love my Beco Gemini because it’s low profile and light weight. But proper hiking packs have somewhat better weight distribution, which will save your shoulders on a longer hike. They also usually double as chairs and have little pockets to stash things. Which brings up my second point…

2) Don’t bring the diaper bag. Literally pack 1-2 diapers, an extra onesie, and snacks. You likely won’t change a diaper on the way up, and if you need wipes, paper towels at the lodge will suffice.

3) Eat outside. It was quite crowded the day we went, and all the balcony seats in the cafeteria were taken. I intended to poke around afterward and check out the scenery, but I was in an endorphin and food coma and could barely navigate to the gondola down! I wish I could have enjoyed the view from the top a bit longer.

Now that I’ve learned my lesson, I think I’ll have a better trip if there’s a next time. I swore on the way up “Never Again”. But now that some time has passed, and some other moms have expressed interest, there might be a trip in my future. The feeling of accomplishment at the top is pretty incredible, and B was itching to try a few of the steps himself!

August 19, 2014

Trout Lake Fun

One of the best things about living on Commercial Drive is the proximity to Trout Lake. It’s perfect for feeling a bit tucked away from the busy city. From our house, it’s a pleasant little walk, mostly along the Central Valley Greenway. We had my baby shower there, and we will have B’s birthday party there.

B is just barely old enough for playgrounds, so we’ve just begun to explore the local parks to find our favorites. So far, even though we live very near a smaller, less crowded park, I like the experience of Trout Lake much better. There’s a little beach, two playgrounds (one with a very baby-friendly area), ample grassy sections, and there is always something going on to stop and watch.

We made a trip there a few weeks ago when it was super sunny out. I love being able to get out in the sunshine, but I wish B would tolerate a hat! He always looks a bit disheveled when he’s slathered in sunscreen!

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Enjoying a swing at the Eastside Playground

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Contemplating at the beach

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B thinks wheels are the coolest right now.

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The mud pit at the Westside Playground was the greatest, but marked the end of our visit!

August 19, 2014

Stanley Park Exploring

August 19, 2014

Back From Blog Maternity Leave

We’re back! After an extended hiatus at the end of my pregnancy and transitioning to motherhood, I’ve decided to pick up the blog again. So we have lots to catch up on, which means I have lots of material for posts!

A brief overview:

Baby B:

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Little B

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Big B

We have a baby! Our son B was born August 2013. He was just a little guy, but has grown up plenty, and is now a bustling 1-year-old.

Being a mom puts all your habits under a microscope. You see the purity of your child’s personality, and you fear how both you and the world will damage it. And you want your child to learn the best things possible from you, so you suddenly become hyperaware of all the bad habits you possess. You also become aware of your strengths – what you want your child to admire about you. Motherhood has brought out my adventurous spirit, and I’m still learning how to let go of some of my anxieties so I don’t pass them onto B.

Ger:

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Home:

We’re still living near Commercial Drive in Vancouver and couldn’t be happier. Our street is full of kiddos, and there’s lots to do within a short distance. Our space is definitely crowded with all the baby stuff, but for now, I love our little home.

Fitness:

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Having a baby really changed how I view my body. I realized the power it has, and the value of taking care of it. Parenthood also makes you want to model the behaviors you value, and Nick and I both value fitness and health. I’ve been hiking, running, and doing lots of yoga, as well as things like neighborhood walks and swimming lessons with B! Nick has taken up hockey, so we go watch him play when the games are early.

Cooking:

I had some degree of nausea for my entire pregnancy, so cooking fell a fair bit by the wayside. Now, since B is fully into finger foods, I’m learning to cook meals that all 3 of us can eat. I haven’t done much gluten-free baking, since sleep-deprivation has killed my ability to do the math and complex ratios that recipe-making entails. I’m hopeful to get back to it a bit more as B starts sleeping better through the night (which will hopefully happen soon!).

That’s an update on where we are for now. More to come in the near future.