Monday, 20 January 2014's been awhile, but I'm back :) TONS OF UPDATES

It's been awhile.  Life has been, well, crazy!  Quintin is almost 6 months old....8 days shy...

There is so much going on.  He is mobile - learning to crawl, but right now gets around by rolling and shimmying.  It's pretty cute.  But now I have to keep my eye on him.

He doesn't always have to be held anymore.  It's nice.  Plus he is on the floor with Ethan so they play quite often.

We started Baby Led Weaning.  We did this with Ethan as well and had successful results.  We are a couple weeks early.  I wasn't going to start until 6 months old, but he's ready.  He sits up on his own, he knows where to put food, and he doesn't have a gag reflex.  Does he eat anything?  Not really.  Breastmilk is sufficient....have you seen those thighs? ;o)

 Nursing is going well.  He feeds a max of 5 minutes before he needs to move onto something else.  He doesn't nurse much during the day anymore.....he saves that for night!  He gets distracted so easily now that it makes it super hard to feed him when Ethan is awake.  So I try to get a good feed before he wakes, when he goes down for a nap, before he wakes up for a nap and before dinner when Ethan is playing with Ryan.  Then of course all night he has a lot of down time to nurse because EVERYBODY BUT US IS SLEEPING!!  

He doesn't sleep....ever.  If I can get two somewhat decent naps out of him during the day, then it's a good day.  They will either be a half hour or two hours long.  It is so random.  I try to stick to a routine but usually I just end up following his lead.  He's the baby that falls asleep while playing, eating, watching tv.  Never when I am trying to put him down!

And on top of that, night sleep is very less than adequate.  He used to be a fantastic sleeper - 3-4 hours in between wakeups.  A typical night would be 8:30pm - 3:30am or 4:00am.  Then up at 7am for the day.  NOW it's 9:00pm - 11:00pm, 1:00am, 3:00am, 5:00am, 8:00am  - you get the idea.  The bonus is that he is only up for 5-10 minutes max as opposed to 40 minutes like when he was younger.

We have upgraded to the big bathtub.  We tried it out yesterday with Ethan and he just loved it.  He watches his big brother like a hawk and is totally entertained by him.  Ethan is pretty keen on him as well.

He's taking a bottle now.... and a soother.  Crazy kid!  So I have had more freedom to go to the gym or we can go out for a couple hours and I don't have to worry that he's screaming because he is starving.

He likes the car now.  In fact, he takes many naps in the car (since he won't sleep at home).  Before you think I go out all the time...I don't....hardly ever.  But when I do go out he falls asleep.  And he doesn't cry!  It only took 6 months for him to get used to it :)

He loves the jolly jumper.  This was Ethan's favourite as well.  We have to limit him to 20 minutes because he will just keep on going and he gets so tired and a bit cranky afterwards.  (We lost track of time and he was in it for almost half hour - we learned the hard way!!!)

He is also starting to crawl..... ALREADY!  I can't believe it.  He's on all fours and rocking and he can go backwards.  He will probably starting walking at 10 months just like Ethan did.

Small update on Ethan - he is definitely our little toddler now.  No more baby (who am I kidding, he will always be my baby!). He is potty training right now....he is 2 years and 1 month old.  He decided it was time to potty train.  Do you know how nice it is NOT to change a toddler poop!  It's heaven.  He does very well. We use the M&M method, but he doesn't really care for them I don't think.  He is more interested in flushing the toilet and saying bye bye to his bodily functions.....awesome.

He is saying SO MANY WORDS.....a few we can do without lol.  But he says many.  He is also singing his favorite songs right now.  Raffi is his favourite singer.  We are taking him to see Raffi live in London soon.  We are so excited to see his reaction - he's going to flip!  He still doesn't speak in sentences but he puts 2-3 words together.  He knows his ABC's and he can count to 20 in english and 10 in french.

He is sleeping fantastic.  Goes to bed at 8:30pm and wakes at about 7:30/8:00am.  Hopefully Quinn wants to follow suit pretty soon!

Small update on me:  I'm feeling good.  I have been going back to the gym and eating healthy (well we all have been eating healthy).  I really like Gwyneth Paltrow's book "It's All Good".  She has some super healthy, amazing, great tasting recipes.  We are focusing on less gluten in our lives and in return feel less bloated.  I have also cut out added sugar and refined carbs (for the most part).  I am following Weight Watchers as well.  I feel good healing wise as well.  No aches or pains or soreness.  I still have phantom kicks - it's weird.  They are becoming less but still freaks me out!