Coming home in the car seat

It was a chilly April day when we brought Elanora home from the hospital two days after she was born.  She’s wearing approximately 82 layers in this picture.

It was a pretty long walk from the hospital room to the car. We hadn’t bought a stroller yet and poor Paul had to carry the awkward car seat at a snail’s pace while I did my post c-section slooooow stroll. I remember feeling slightly alarmed at how tiny and vulnerable she was as we walked through the parking garage. There obviously could have been a manic driver ready to come around the corner to hit her at any moment!

We actually don’t use the car seat too much – so far we’ve been sticking close to home and taking tones of walks up the avenue in the stroller. Luckily she doesn’t put up much of a fuss on the odd times that we do plop her in the car seat. Here she is two months later on a much warmer June day – I think this is only about the third time she’s been in the car seat.

We’ve already had to move the straps up a level. I can’t believe how fast she is growing!

Let’s talk about sleep, shall we?

In efforts to get Elanora into ‘good sleep habits’, I’ve been reading tonnes of articles, websites and books about sleep. After reading up on posts from home decor related blogs (like this one and this one) that I normally read who have babies that sleep for 12 hours straight at 8 weeks, I’m taking a step back from all this “helpful” reading. Seriously.

Elanora has always been a good sleeper — sleeping at least two 3 hours stretches at night once we abandoned Toronto Public Health’s suggestions that she only be in pajamas on day 3. After one night of heartbreaking screaming, we swaddled.  That solved everything! Elanora quickly worked herself out of her swaddle and no longer needed it at about 6 weeks or so — pretty quickly, but also Toronto’s sweltering temperatures had something to do with, I’m sure.

I’ve read so much literature that contradicts itself:   to co-sleep, not to co-sleep; nurse to sleep, don’t nurse to sleep; set a calming household mood anywhere from 2 hours to 30 minutes prior to your bedtime routine; give your baby a pacifier, don’t give it to her… and on and on and on.

But what I’ve found is that none of the literature ever talks about what you are suppose to do when the bedtime routine doesn’t work! What about when she’s showing all the signs of being totally sleepy and then is suddenly wide awake as soon as she gets in her crib? What are you suppose to do between the time when your bedtime routine ends and she is wide awake?

Sleep? I’m not sleepy! May 14/2012

So far, the hours between 8 – 10pm are spent with Paul and I alternating with putting her down in her crib, sneaking out of the room and hoping that she will fall asleep.  I think we are lucky though because it doesn’t take too much longer to get her down, only usually one round of either walking/time in the swing with Paul and one more nursing session with me.

good daytime naps = good night sleep! may 29/12

Since she’s been such a great sleeper, I decided just to go with the flow. She seems to be stretching out her nights by herself… so we must be doing something right!

Checking off the to do list.

I always tell Paul that when we first met I introduced myself and then informed him I was moving to Toronto. 5 years later and  you can finally cue the Disney music about dreams really coming true.

Here’s our first official self portrait of Torontonians:

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It was August, 2011 and it was boiling hot. I vaguely remember thinking that it would be nice and cool in the subway because it was underground. Boy was I wrong.  I can’t remember which subway stop we’re waiting at, but despite the shot lacking any of the details, I’m glad I insisted we take a quick snap of us to document the day :)