Friday, 28 September 2007

Losing...

You may remember that I mentioned in a previous blog that Terry and I have a bet going about whether Logan will talk or walk first. As you can see from the picture below, I'm losing.



Look at that sneaky little baby! He's figured out how to lift himself up on things. His favourites are climbing the coffee table, the bath tub and the bed. What a smart little monkey! And what a trouble maker. He likes to climb up on anything he can find whenever his parents aren't looking. He's still wobbly and unsure about what to do next, but he's got the climbing and the "getting things he's not supposed to have" thing down. Notice how he has the remote, which is normally off limits, in his hands in the picture. I think he was going for the Slurpee, but the remote distracted him hehehe.

Anyway, there have been no attempts at walking yet. I'm sure it's just a matter of time though. He still has to figure out what his feet are doing before that happens. However, it would appear that I'm losing the bet. But have no fear those who are on my side, I've been working tirelessly to get him to say something and we have progress on that front too. He's been very vocal this week now that his cold is done and he feels a little better. yay!

Friday, 21 September 2007

Logan's Viewing Suggestions I (The Save-Ums)

Logan doesn't have the attention span yet for watching TV. He mostly pays attention to short commercials and a little bit to the opening/closing theme songs for shows. But one day I turned on the TV at 9:30 in the morning. I was about to switch it so that I could play one of my shows from Terry's computer. The TV was left on CBC and CBC Kids was on. Logan started making cute little baby noises and I noticed he was actually watching the TV. He was moving his arms around in the air and became very excited. The show that was playing was called The Save-Ums.


So if that isn't an endorsement, I don't know what is!

Now everyday at 9:30 if we're at home, I turn on The Save-Ums and Logan sits still for 10 minutes and watches. The show is only about ten minutes long, which is perfect for little people with short attention spans.


The shows centres about a bunch of cute characters (Logan's favourites are Foo and the Puffs). They have cool technological gadgets that help them solve problems for people. Their motto is "Small is powerful!!" So far we've watched them help wash a baby dinosaur and help that same baby dinosaur brush his tooth. We've seen them rescue the Silly Sammies flowers from a rock that was on top of them, preventing them from blooming. We've even seen them figure out how to get the crabs down from a wayward helium balloon.

They always use basic physics or simple solutions to problems to show that even little kids can figure out big problems and be heroes. Very cute and educational. Although I think Logan is mostly interested in the bright colours, the singing and the childlike voices.

Check out a few of their websites:
The Official Save-Ums Website
The CBC Kids Save-Ums Website

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

To Work With You Mommy

On Monday I went back to work after being on Maternity Leave for ten months. It was one of the hardest things I've had to do.

I mean, the work wasn't all that hard. I like my job and fit right back into the flow of things easily. But leaving my baby was brutal. I cried all the way there. I WAS the baby that night. And I shouldn't complain. It's not like I had to leave Logan in daycare. I am only working three nights a week. Logan stays with Terry at home while I go off to work. It's a really good schedule for us actually. It gives us a bit more income without having to send our little guy off to daycare just yet.

But I'm still all silly about leaving him. And to top things off this week, Logan has his first cold this week. Boo :(

He has been stuffed up for two days now. Poor little guy is just learning how to sleep with his mouth open so that he can breathe. Of course, he doesn't sleep that much. Last night I got home from work at 10:00 and he was still awake. He eventually exhausted himself and fell asleep at 1:30 in the morning, waking up at 5:00 am for more milk.

Hopefully this is short lived and he gets better soon. He's not a happy camper right now and that makes mommy have double anxiety about leaving him to go to work.



All you can do for a cold is get lots of rest and drink lots of fluids. That's what we're trying to do with Logan (even though the rest part has eluded him). I guess we'll have to settle with a baby that plays a little less than usual. But at least he can keep up on his reading hehehe (check out the picture to the left for Logan's idea of good reading).

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

A Visit With Gramps

My dad and Shai came for a visit last weekend also. It was a big weekend for Logan. A birthday party for Josh and a visit from Grandpa. And with true grandparents style, they spoiled the little one rotten. Logan got a new train and some sports equipment (I guess we weren't giving him enough "boy" toys to play with). And his favorite toy... his very own car complete with gas tank and gear shift! The car transforms into a push toy when he grows and decides to learn how to walk. Pretty cool!


Shai said that if grandpa had his way, Logan would have a bunch of cars meant for three year olds. Oh all the new toys to play with. But no worries, Logan got some practical things too. He has three new blanket sleepers for when the nights get colder.



We went out for breakfast twice and Logan of course showed grandpa that he was a well-behaved little boy. I seems that only when mommy and daddy are watching him alone is when he acts up. He's a prefect child when someone else is watching. Hehehe. Oh well, I think he made a good impression on his grandpa. I have a feeling that he's going to get spoiled all over again for his first birthday and Christmas in December.

All in all, it was a good weekend to celebrate his 9 month old milestone.

Note: Thanks for our friend Rejean who took a video of Logan trying his first piece of birthday bake. I added it to the previous blog a little late, so if you missed it, check it out here.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Let Him Eat Cake!

Logan's Godfather and Grandpa both had birthdays on the weekend. We had a BBQ to celebrate.

The BBQ was a bit of a surprise party for Josh (the Godfather). You see, Melanie (the Godmother) phoned us several weeks ago and told us that she had a birthday surprise for Josh. This particular surprise would be best shared with friends. So a BBQ was arranged so that all of our friends would be together to witness the big secret.

And no... the secret was not that Melanie was going to have a little Logan of her own... but it was almost as good!

After the BBQ, Josh opened his present from Melanie... and behold... it was a Wii!

Definitely a present better shared with friends. We all played a little Wii Sports and checked out a game called Elebits. Both very cool and interactive.

To Logan though, the best part of the evening was the birthday cake. He wasn't able to stay awake for the Wii festivities. Actually he woke up for awhile to check out what was going on in the living room. He never wants to miss a thing! So before he went to bed, we cut him a tiny piece of birthday cake. It was soft and mushy and mommy and daddy let him squish it between his fingers and smear it all over his high chair. It was a new experience! One that little Logan enjoyed thoroughly. (See picture below for the aftermath).

I bet he can't wait until his first birthday when he'll have his very own cake and his parents will utter the words, "Let him eat cake!" hehehe

video

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Pregnancy Tests and Mini Wheats

You may also call this blog: "Tawny's Viewing Suggestions II."

Commercials.

Most people hate them. I, in fact, love them. When they're done right of course.

Since we mostly download everything we watch, we don't have a chance to catch all that "the commercial" has to offer. But, during the day I watch Soaps and get to see all the latest offerings in advertising.

In the afternoon during General Hospital, there is a very limited demographic. Commercials are basically aimed at stay-at-home mommies like myself. Lots of diapers, baby food, women's products, and cleaners are displayed for our product-buying pleasure.

Terry teases me a lot because I pay close attention to commercials. Often he has asked me what product he should buy between two of the same thing. I always pick the product with the best commercial. You see, advertising does work! Sometimes... (Terry just shakes his head and demands that I make an educated decision rather than spewing out some advertisement).

Anyway, here are a few worth watching:

My favourite:





The most sophisticated piece of technology you will ever pee on! hahahahahahaha
Terry can't even deny the genius of this commercial.

Logan's favourite:




If you sing the song in this commercial to Logan, he will instantly stop fussing and start humming along to the tune. Awesome... just awesome!

I Think He's Turning Japanese (I Really Think So)

OK, so I wanted to say that I think Terry is turning Chinese, but I couldn't think of a clever title. So Japanese will have to do.

I guess I should explain. You see... we've recently come to the conclusion that our eating habits, although fine for us, aren't really good for a growing child. Logan will be eating "real" food in a few months and we're not prepared!

We decided to take action and improve our culinary skills. So, on Sundays, Terry gets to make something new, and on Wednesdays, I make something new. It's been going well. Last Sunday, Terry made Apple/BBQ ribs. On Wednesday, I made a pretty decent Chicken Curry. But last night (I know it was Monday night, but because of the holiday, we mixed up our days a little), we had the best meal yet.

Continuing with our Eastern theme, Terry made Sweet and Sour Pork. It was soooooo delicious. My grandfather (an amazing chef) somehow blessed Terry with Asian cooking skills and infused him with a Chinese spirit. The pork was so tender it almost melted in my mouth and the sweet and sour sauce tasted just like I remembered it when I was a kid.

Nummy.

Of course, Terry had a little help. We went shopping for a cookbook awhile back and it contained the recipe. Do you remember this old stand-by?

The Joy of Cooking! It's our new bible. I'll keep you updated about how our culinary adventure is going. Hopefully, we'll increase our dinner ideas enough to keep a growing child interested. Anything is better than repeatedly making meatloaf and hamburger helper I guess.