Khloë: 10 months old (43 weeks)

Here she is in all her 10 month glory:


43 weeks (September 30)

43 weeks (September 30)


A week of antibiotics seems to have cleared up Khloë’s pneumonia. After two and a half days on amoxicillin I began to notice a difference: hardly any suctioning had to be done and the junky sound in her chest was just about gone. Hurray! Jordan and I were pretty worried for Baby Girl but she pulled through. Fingers crossed this will be her only illness this winter!


Hello, Autumn!

Mid-week we bundled Khloë up and attempted an autumn leaves photo shoot. She was afraid of the leaves… Luckily a few pictures still turned out!


Sweet eyes

Mama & Baby in the leaves

Bawk bawk!

Fall theme

We took Khloë, with friends of ours and their two children, to a pancake breakfast at a community centre in town. Even though Khloë can’t really play with the toys–I always bring toys for her that are easy to clean if dropped or touched by another child or adult–I like for her to be able to socialize with other people. She loves watching other kids play.

The same friends came with us to a church dinner on Sunday. Their 4 year old hit it off with another little boy and they were inseparable all night. And then Monday evening we enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner at their house. Khloë and Carly (a year and a half) smiled a lot at each other and Khloë kept her eyes on her to see what mischief she was getting into.


Sparkle princess Khloë

Little princess collage

Lastly, the CCAC dietician popped in to see how Baby Girl was doing. She weighed in at 18 lbs!

Khloë: 4 months old (21 weeks)

I love how happy she is in this photo:


21 weeks (April 29)

21 weeks (April 29)


Khloë and I went to “Make the Connection” on Tuesday, which is the second to last session. Once again she was fussy part way through as it takes place during her normal nap time. Prenatal Nutrition was cancelled for the week.

We visited with a friend and her two little boys in town in the middle of the week. It was nice to have hot chocolate and girl chat with Amanda. She’s expecting baby #3 in mid-October so we talked babies (of course!). Khloë got overwhelmed by all the attention the boys were giving her (ie. getting in her face and not leaving her alone LOL) so I took her home around lunch time. I find that she gets overstimulated when there are too many people in the room or if there is too much going on around her (like at “MTC”), and then it’s difficult to calm her. The best course of action, if nursing doesn’t calm her, is to go home.


5 month collage

Every day this little girl makes me smile! I love how happy she is. Khloë loves when Daddy and I sing to her, even though I can’t carry a tune. She hasn’t quite figured out peek-a-boo but pat-a-cake and catching her tongue or toes are a big hit.

I haven’t had to pack away any clothes this week!

Khloë: 4 months old (17 – 18 weeks)

I’m a little behind on updates due to our illness and travelling so here are two weeks combined:


17 weeks (April 1)

17 weeks (April 1)

18 weeks (April 8)

18 weeks (April 8)


Khloë was sick with bronchiolitis from March 31 – April 9. I talked about her illness here and posted an update here. Her phlegmy cough and clogged nose are gone. She is definitely sleeping and nursing better, and her disposition is back to normal. I missed my happy, smiley girl!

We spent April 6 – 9th in Kingston visiting family. Khloë and I made the rounds, visiting those who didn’t mind seeing a sick baby (and a sick mama). We spent a lot of time hanging out and shopping with my sister Crystal. My mom, Crystal, Keesje, and Aunt Margaret and cousin Brittini sent us home with tons of gifts (ie. clothes and princess stuff) for Khloë. She is so spoiled!


Gorgeous girl

Bright eyes

I’ve noticed Khloë’s skin has broken out again. The steroid medicine for her illness had cleared up the eczema on her forehead and temple but now it’s back full-force. She also has a rash around her chin from constantly drooling.

She is still in size 2 diapers and wearing a combination of 3-6 month, 6-9 month, and 6-12 month sizes, depending on the items. She’s approximately 14 lbs.

Khloë’s four-month needles are coming up next week!

A whole lot of playing “catch up”

After two weeks of living in our new house, Jordan was sent away on an exercise in the U.S. until the first week of March and I was left on my own. I don’t know anybody here, which made it kind of lonely. I ended up going back to Kingston for four days, staying at my mom’s house and visiting my family and old co-workers. I was really missing my nephew Ashe, so it was great to get to spend so much time with him. He’s such a happy child!


Playing iPhone games with my buddy!

Playing iPhone games with my buddy!


I’ve noticed that it seems to snow every day here, even if it only lasts a few minutes. The snow is also heavier and sticks to the ground much longer than I’ve seen in Kingston. I hate shoveling. Now that it’s April, the snow is finally melting.

When my darling husband returned, he used up the rest of his leave and ended up with the majority of March off work. We spent a weekend in Kingston staying with friends and I got to visit with Ashe again (in the above photo). Little monkey was 20 months old in that picture, and as of yesterday he’s now 21 months. He’ll be two this July, which is insane!


Ashe @ 20 months old

Ashe @ 20 months old


My mom came up for the second last weekend of March. We painted the master bedroom:


Before

Before

After

After


I am SO excited about moving our furniture into that room. I’ve always wanted a purple room and Jordan said he didn’t care what colour our bedroom was. 🙂 While my mom was here we did lots of cooking and baking. She showed me how to make mushroom risotto. OMG, delicious! I am not a fan of rice, and her risotto was like eating dessert. We also used my Kitchen Aid mixer for the first time (she wants to buy one) and made caramel sticky rolls from scratch and applesauce muffins.

We also spent Easter weekend in Ottawa at his sister and brother-in-law’s. Our niece, Zoë, is just over a year old now. She’s still shy and takes awhile to warm up to us. She’s pretty cute. We didn’t do anything fancy, just hung around the house or went shopping, and had Easter breakfast at their church on Sunday morning, which I think we did last year as well. On the drive home, we detoured through Fort-Coulonge because Jordan wanted to see the red covered bridge:


Standing with the covered bridge in Fort-Coulonge, Quebec.

Standing with the covered bridge in Fort-Coulonge, Quebec.

Snapshot while driving through the covered bridge (iPhone).

Snapshot while driving through the covered bridge (iPhone).


Received a chocolate package from the Attewell’s in Germany:


Chocolate stash from Germany (iPhone).

Chocolate stash from Germany (iPhone).


I’ve begun learning how to use my Canon 60D camera on Manual mode. With the help of this book:


Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson


It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m now taking the time to teach myself. Doesn’t seem as difficult as I expected, but I’ve still got lots to learn. My camera came with a Canon 18-200mm IS lens and I have been saving up to purchase the Sigma 17-70mm OS lens. One more week and I should be able to buy it. I’m really excited! Not only for a new lens, but for Walt Disney World!

That’s right, we are going to the World where dreams do come true! We are booked into POP Century, a value resort, for 8 nights/9 days in October. We are planning to drive and will also spend a night and full day in Washington, D.C. I’m a little obsessed with Disney World right now. I’ve done so much research and planning already. I even have an itinerary done up in Excel. Okay, I’m crazy. But anyway, I’m going to master Manual mode on my camera and take amazing photos on our vacation, I just know it! 😉

Christmas Day 2012

The site has been down for a bit, or very slow, due to some issues that Surpass has now fixed and I’m finally able to login to my WordPress. I’m happy that they did their best to fix the issue and kept me updated during the whole process without my having to ask.

Since I have very little time to devote to fanlistings like I used to, I have closed them all and now Quicksylver.org and Figuristka.org both redirect to this blog until I figure out what I want to do with them. I may let Figuristka.org expire at the end of January.

Anyway, Christmas 2012 was spent at my mom’s.


Christmas flowers

Christmas flowers

Goodies to snack on!

Goodies to snack on!


My mom planned a sort of “drop-in” event, meaning that between 2-4 pm anyone was welcome to show up and have some Christmas treats. There were all sorts of baked goodies and drinks available. After everyone left, my mom had turkey dinner for Jordan and I, my two sisters and their significant others, and my nephew. The food was amazing! Later, we Skyped my brother in Newfoundland.


Crystal and Ashe

Crystal and Ashe

Pumpkin rolls with cream cheese filling

Pumpkin rolls with cream cheese filling

Ashe @ 17 months old

Ashe @ 17 months old


This was Ashe’s second Christmas and he was spoiled with gifts! He loved gift bags and tissue paper more than the gifts, I think.

Our move date is looming closer! Pack Day is January 30th. I only have a couple weeks left at work. This is crazy! I’ve contacted our phone company, cancelled our current internet provider, and booked another one for the new house. There is still plenty of things left for me to organize or worry about. I hope this move goes smoothly.

I’m currently working on a cute cross-stitch pattern for Michelle’s baby that is due in May. It’s coming along nicely and keeping my mind occupied. Sucks that I won’t be around when the baby is born.