Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Small Breaks are wonderful!

We managed a spontaneous, last minute trip to the cottage for a night over the weekend. It was such a beautiful day here on Saturday, and the cottage is only 1 1/2 hours away so we couldn't resist. We were actually heading home from doing some shopping and Malaia fell asleep in the truck. I looked at Ang and said if we go we go now while she's sleeping. So a quit pit stop at home and we were on our way.

It was equally just as nice up north. Both kids either slept or kept quiet for the entire ride. So it was nice to just get away. Malaia got to play in the lake, and Koa was pretty content just lounging outside in the fresh air and warm sunshine.

The only downside, was that we thought perhaps and afternoon of running around outside or swimming in the lake or just getting fresh air for that matter would knock Malaia out for the night and we'd all get a good sleep. But alas, it was not meant to be. She woke up twice and wasn't too happy, because she wasn't familiar with her surroundings. A good few minutes each time was all it took to calm her down and for the most part the we did get a pretty decent sleep.

It was just nice to get away from the everyday and relax, if even for a couple of hours. Both kids were on their best behaviour.. I give the weekend 2 thumbs up!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Where did you learn that?

I wish I had a little video to go along with this post. It's funny how the little things can make you so proud as a parent. I came home from work yesterday and Ang said that she forgot to show me what Malaia could do the day before. So we went up to the carpeted hallway upstairs, where Malaia proceeded to do somersaults un-aided one after another until we stopped her.

I've never seen a kid do one with out help, starting out. She's not even two. I almost had little tear in my eye I was so proud. Of course we never showed her how to do one. So we have to figure that she learned for her 3 year old cousin Emily.

When it's all said and done, Malaia is well on her way to be coming a performer in a cirque du soleil show, or perhaps an accomplished gymnist.. Or, whatever she wants to be of course. SO PROUD!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

O.K. put your diaper back on..

Malaia's new favourite thing in the world to do is rip off her pants and diaper and streak for as long as she can. Normally, I wouldn't care. But since she began doing it, she has gone to the bathroom 3 times(pooped) where ever she is. Which so far has been twice on the carpet and once on her bed. Luckily she didn't have diarrhea at the time. So thankfully it was an easy cleanup each time.

I know what your thinking, perfect time to really start to potty train right. Well since we've brought it out she's still only tried to use it the once. And Ang made the mistake of showing her that if you go to the bathroom, a little weight sensor on the toilet plays a magical little tune. It also does it, if you flip the whole toilet upside down and press a button underneath the seat. Whoever, thought that was a good idea should really give there head shake. Every time I go into the bathroom where her toilet is, it's flipped upside down and if it's not and she comes in the bathroom too, she makes sure she shows off her new musical toy. And oh yeah, she understands that toilet paper goes in the toilet.. Only she seems to think it doesn't have to be used first, and that you should use a whole roll every time.

Anyway, it's still taking some getting used to. This whole routine with the 2 kids. So once again, I'll try to post more often. But my free time is very sparse these days. I've even had thoughts of shutting down this blog. But alas, I'd like to keep it going(for now anyway). As a bit of a journal, for both of my kids to read once they get a bit older..

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yeah I'm still here.

I'm finding it difficult to sit down a write a post the last few days. I went from work being slow to running from job to job to job. Then when I get home at night, it's pretty much a half hour playtime with Malaia. Then dinner, bath and bed routines right up until 8:30pm. By then I'm absolutely exhausted.

If that wasn't enough, we've been contemplating a move. So we've been going through the necessary channels to see if it's worth our while.

In the mean time. Malaia has tried peeing on the potty on her own. Just once, and she was sitting a little to far forward on the seat and ended up peeing on the floor. But she's only 20 months old. We're so proud of her.

Koa is still a farting machine. He's very gassy, and we're hoping it doesn't develop int a full blown case of colic. For the most part he's quiet. But as bedtime nears he seems to have about one hour of being very uncomfortable. Whether it's due to what Ang eats we're not quite sure.

Anyway, I'll try to update a little more frequently. But I can't make any promises, I have my hands full!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Give us a break.. please no more malfunctions..

Have you ever had one of those weeks, where your just waiting for one more thing to go wrong. Ang and I are just trying to get a hndle on having the 2 kids. Malaia has indeed been sick the last few days. Koa has been sleeping longer between feeds, but he has also been congested and very gassy. So he's doing a lot of extra crying. Which is fine.

But back to one of those weeks.. at the start of the week I went to cut our grass and low and behold my lawnmower crapped out on me. Not that big a deal, I can always borrow one. 2 days later I'm at home and about to go out to the chiropractor for an adjustment, when Ang says to me do you want the bad news before you go? Our Plasma tv went for a crap(just got a quote too and it would cost between $600-900 to fix). So it's going to the dump, and here we sit watching the old tv in the basement. And we just happened to be doing that 2 days ago when Ang asked me yet again if I wanted the bad news? Our washing machine, no longer works. YIPPEE... I can't wait to see what breaks next.

So there, my parenting blog takes a turn for the worse. I just needed to say that all out loud.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Enough with the flu season already!

Another bout of illness is floating around here. Both of my sisters children are sick. My buddy that I work with, his little boy has had diarreah and has been puking for a couple of days. So it was no surprise to me when I got home yesterday and found that Malaia nose was running like a faucet with a cracked washer. The good news in all of this is that Ang has just about the best immune system that I've ever seen. She hardly ever gets sick, and because Koa is breastfeeding right now he's using her antibodies to ward off illnesses. We're hoping he doesn't get sick, but it remains to be seen. Malaia doesn't have the co-ordination or thought process required to cover her mouth and nose when she coughs or sneezes and did a little of both right in his face yesterday.

To make a long story short, Malaia is sick, and didn't sleep well last night. Koa is slightly off and didn't sleep well last night. Therefore, mom and dad didn't sleep well last night. Hopefully this is just a 2 day illness. I don't think I can do too many more nights like that and get up at 4 am for work.

Friday, June 5, 2009

That a boy!

This is how I know Koa is definitely my boy. Even when he's sleeping he's practising his Texas Longhorns, hook em horns hand signal!! Notice his left hand!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

In the blink of an eye!

What happened? Koa can't be one week old already.. Lost in a blur of no sleep, diaper changes, spitting up and constant feeding. Along with trying to appease Malaia, so that she won't get jealous. The last week absolutely flew by. It feels like it was night that I was standing in the hospital by Ang's side, encouraging her to push and waiting with anticipation to see if we were going to have a boy or a girl.

But here we are an entire week later. Ang has already lost 21 pounds. She no longer looks pregnant. In fact she looks great. Koa is steadily filling in. He's no longer a little skinny kid. He's starting to get a tiny double chin. And according to the doctors his little plastic ring from the circumcision should be falling off any day now. Along with the clip that is attached to what remains attached to him from the umbilical cord. He's fully into size one diapers and is progressing exactly as he should in terms of the various stages and colors of baby poops. He's even slowly going longer between feeds at night. Which is allowing mom to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Malaia is even getting accustomed to mommy not being able to drop everything to play with her, or take her outside. She's shown a few different times that she has some jealousy towards the baby. We can't blame her though. It used to be all Malaia all the time. I just believe that we were so itching to have this baby and when it was overdue we were frustrated and unhappy and now we are a happy(remains to be seen) little family of four.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's an adjustment!

There's a whole new routine that we've had to establish since Koa made his grand entrance into this world. For one thing, I've taken over the Malaia duty at night. Occasionally she sleeps through the night now, but she still has new teeth coming in. So the last couple of nights have been rough. She has gotten up about 3 times each night, just screaming and holding her mouth. Poor girl.

I really don't have a problem with it, although I'm dog tired. At least Koa is starting to get on a routine now, where he only wakes up every 2 1/2 hours for a feed. The first couple of nights were ridiculous. We'd go to bed at 8pm. He'd wake up at 8:10 and then cluster feed like crazy with only minor breaks until about 2-3am. That's when I'd take over and bring him downstairs with me. And try to comfort him for a few hours. At least he would sleep for me. So between getting up with Malaia and then being up with Koa at that time, there hasn't been much sleep going on.

Malaia has been fantastic with Koa too. She does get a little too excited every once and while and try to grab at him. But for the most part she just observes what mommy and daddy are doing with him. She's only shown mild jealousy a couple of times. But I'm doing my darnedest to keep her busy at all times. So there's no lack of attention for her.

All in all it's been goin really well so far and we're looking forward to our second stab at parenting. we're going to do things a little differently and if all goes well Koa will be a better sleeper and not need a bottle at night.

On that note I'll quit rambling and once I've had a good sleep I'll get back to some better posting. I'm back to work tommorrow. So there should be some good writing from Ang trying to look after both kids on her own!