Friday, August 31, 2007

Wonder Willow!

Willow is developing and growing like crazy! Of course, we believe she is highly advanced for her tender age! Her neck is becoming so strong, she is learning to hold her head up by herself. She loves to sit up with us, rather than be held like a baby...she wants to see the world! And speaking of seeing..her eyes are obviously seeing a lot more. She has discovered her own reflection in her mirror and can remain fascinated for a long time by it. One time it seemed to surprise her so much she started to cry! She grabbed and flung her first toy yesterday. All of this happening in one week seems to have made her tired and hungry. We weighed her today and she has gained almost a whole pound this week - she is now 13 pounds, 11 ounces. Crazy! She is not even 7 weeks old!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Six Weeks Old

I am in Love. Absolutely. Is this not the cutest little girl you have ever laid eyes on? Okay, maybe that's just the Mama in me talking. I look at her and I can't believe how completely beautiful and absolutely perfect she is. Especially when she is snoozing quietly. Today Willow is six weeks old. She is growing so fast! It is hard to believe that we have already been here in the Hat for two weeks. I revel in this time....time spent with her and Adam in the most unhurried ways. We are more or less settled in, everything is functional - the rest of the settling and upacking is mostly detail, fluff. I am starting to understand a little bit of routine with Willow, and her with me, I think. I am beginning to understand her more and in return she is so expressive. Smiling, grinning, crying, sobbing, cooing, grunting, hicupping, daydreaming, staring. Adam and I have both decided that this little girl is one expressive, emotional creature. And whatever it is that is coming out of her, it it very distinct and not easily confused. She is already quite clear with her communications. Right now I can hear her on the baby monitor, she is laying on our bed, not sleeping, but not fussing. She is just yawning and 'talking', happy to hanging out by herself, which is great. We are very much in to the attachment style of parenting...and she does want to be around us, or be held alot. But then there are times like these where she is fine on her own, and I think that is the whole point of making a little baby feel secure, right?

I have so many nicknames for her already. Some of them are: Little One, Willy, Little Bug, Miss Grumpykins, Catkin (the name of the seed pods on a willow tree, I have learned), Every evening we go for a family stroll in our new neighborhood and point out all of the Willow trees to her. She loves trees and always looks up at them, wide eyed.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Willow's First BBQ

It's pretty cool when every little thing is a 'first'. Here is the girl of the hour (or the girl of every hour, I should say...) enjoying here first BBQ on our sunny deck. She game for just about anything, as long as Mum and Dad are there. And Mum enjoyed her first 'shandy' (or 'radler', as we Germans call them...which translates as 'bicycle') of the season. A little late, I know but better late than never for enjoying half a beer mixed with half orangina. BTW, Adam is stoked that Superstore has a liquor store which sells President's Choice beer (brewed by Big Rock, in Calgary) and sells it for $6 a six pack. Yup, here we are in Alberta, land of of the free...or practically free liquor! Geez, I gotta get that breast pump working soon! Oh and one another note, Willow weighed in yesterday at 12lbs 12 oz...that's 9 oz in 7 days! Weigh to go Willow, the milkies machine!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Willow and Dad

This is a really cute video of Willow entertaining Adam. I don't know why the image is stretched out so weird, it looks like a fisheye lense. If anybody knows why it is like that..please let me know!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

What a Girl!

Willow is one advanced little baby. (Does every Mom say that ?) Look at how long she looks here on my lap at one month old. How big is she going to be when she is 6 months? She is changing so seems like since her one month birthday she has really learned how to smile! She smiled before that, briefly and fleeting... but now it is for a longer time. It's like her whole face is changing and she really looks like she is happy...laughing and smiling through her eyes and with her cheeks and her whole face. And she can almost be coaxed into is just heart melting! Of course we have yet to actually catch one of these big ones on camera but I'm sure it will happen at some point. For now I guess those special smiles are magic moments for Mum and Dad only! Parenthood is really the most fun, amazing thing.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Buddah Baby Awakes....

We are settling in nicely to our new digs. Of course, everything happens very slowly when all Mum's time is spent hanging out with baby, but I have managed to unpack a few boxes each day...and do a few loads of laundry. Hooray for at home laundry! Our house is getting to the functional stage. We even rented a movie last night - to Adam's delight. Yesterday we took Willow to the Community Health centre to weigh her and guess what this beautiful Buddah baby weighs in at? 12 lbs, 2 oz! She gained a pound and an ounce in 9 days! I guess I don't have to worry that all this stress and change is taking a toll on her! Check out this video I took a couple days ago of the little one waking up..she is so funny.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

One Month!

It is hard to believe that Willow is already one month old. I can remember her birthday so clearly...time is strange. We have had so many whirlwinds going on - through out it all I have enjoyed every moment with her. It's almost like through all the chaos, she became my stability. Learning how to be a Mom and caring for her was the common thread throughout so much upheaval. Willow has already been on four plane trips, two train trips and spent her one month in three different provinces! she is a great traveller, as long as she has me and her milkies. I can't really believe that she is no longer a newborn...but it does feel like she has been a part of our family forever...I guess in a way her arrival created our family.

This picture was taken at our new local coffee shop - The Zucchini Blossom...Adam is so happy that we live a couple blocks away from the best little cafe in town!

Monday, August 13, 2007

A New Home

Today Willow, Irie and I arrived by plane to our new home in Alberta. Grandma was thrilled to meet Willow and they enjoyed an immediate cuddle on the porch swing. A few hours later, we met up with Adam and my Dad who arrived by U-Haul truck. Yes, it's true, we are now officially living in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Irie seemed to be the one who was most traumatized by the move - it was his first, and judging by how much he enjoyed flying - probably only, plane ride. We all basically collapsed into a big heap as we begin our recovery from one of the biggest, most exciting, most stressful and busiest months of our lives. I have a good feeling that life is about to slow down to the pace of a snail... and you know what? I am so ready....

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Last Midwife.....

Today we went to our last midwife appointment. Willow is doing so great. She is upt to 11 lbs, 1 oz (up from 9 lbs, 13 ozs just 12 days ago) and has grown in length by 8.5 cm since birth (24 days ago). I am so caught up in the day to day and loving her so much, it is hard to believe that she is growing and changing this quickly. We went to the Roundhouse today to visit...our first outing on our own. It was fun to show off Willow to many of the people who saw her expanding my belly for the past 40 weeks. Many comments such as 'Beautiful baby!' are not just words, I know it to be very true! I am really tired, with all that has been going on in the past 3 1/2 weeks, but I am also in a state of blissful love with this perfect new beauty in my world.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Travel Baby

I haven't posted for a little bit. Lots has happened, in a whirlwind. We traveled out to Ontario last Thursday and just returned today. Sadly, Adam's Mom passed away and we went out for her funeral. Our first big trip as the new family that we are was a little stressful, but turned out well. Willow is an excellent flyer and train passenger (this pic is her chillin' on the train from Kingston to Ottawa)...she is a little hit and miss in the car seat - we experienced a couple meltdowns. In short, she is fine as long as Mom is holding her. I don't think she loved the heat and humidity of Ontario, which I think added to her dislike of the car. So it was a week of firsts. She got to meet her Uncle Chris, Aunt Tal and cousins Artemis and Demeter. And she also met her Grandpa Greaves, Great Grandpa Greaves, Great Aunt Sherry and cousin Wil. Even though it was a sad trip, little Willow was able to magically spread her Baby joy to all who laid eyes on her and she lightened my and Adam's heavy hearts with her special Willow-love. It is funny to think that at not even three weeks old, Willow has traveled farther than some people do in an entire lifetime.
From Willow's World!