Friday, August 20, 2010

You know I love you still

For your entertainment and edification, I have decided to let you all in on a typical evening here in the Canuck household. It's just a barrel of monkeys, I tell you.

8:00 Mr. Canuck gives Ellie her bath. This is Ellie's most favorite thing in the whole entire world, so there is much waving of arms and kicking of legs, and everything in the immediate vicinity gets soaked. It's absolutely adorable.

8:15 We take her out of the bath and she immediately starts crying.

8:20 Pajamas are on, and it's time to go upstairs and feed her. This is her other favorite thing in the whole world.

8:40 Baby is done eating and starts to fall asleep. We wrap her up in her swaddling blanket and break out the bag of tricks to get her down for the night. We recently discovered the magic of white noise, so we keep a hair dryer in her room and turn it on at bedtime. Works like a charm.

9:00 Ellie is asleep! I very very gradually turn off the hair dryer, get up out of the rocking chair, and very very carefully lay her down in her crib.

9:10 Ladies and gentlemen, we have a sleeping baby! I tiptoe out of her room and congratulate myself on getting her down so early.

9:20 Ellie wakes up.

9:25 It's Mr. Canuck's turn now, so he rocks her back to sleep with the aid of the hair dryer.

9:40 Once again we have a sleeping baby!

9:50 Baby wakes up. She immediately begins making noises that mean, "Okay, people, I'm awake and would quite like some attention over here." I hold out hope that she will put herself back to sleep.

9:52 Ellie steps it up to, "I am not actually kidding over here. Pay attention to me NOW." Because I don't learn, I still hope that she will fall asleep again on her own.

9:55 Ellie commences with the yelling. I pick her up again and wonder briefly why we thought it would be a good idea to have a baby in the first place.

10:15 She falls asleep again with her face snuggled into my neck and I remember, Oh yeah, this is why. We spend the next thirty minutes waiting for the other shoe to drop, and when the coast is clear we go to bed ourselves.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Just a little of that human touch

Holy cow, I can't believe how long it's been since I posted here. I think this is the longest I've ever gone without doing a blog post. I bet you all missed me desperately. I bet you all were weeping into your pillows at night because there were no new posts from me. I bet the long silence caused you all to wail and rend your garments.

Yeah, whatever.

Anyhow. Ellie continues to be an angel baby. By baby standards, she's been sleeping through the night (at least 5 hours at a stretch) for about three weeks now, and she's even done it by grown-up standards a couple of times. Last night she slept from 9:45 to 8:00 and only woke up once to eat, around 4:00. So I am feeling MUCH more human these days. She gives me an enormous happy smile when I get her up in the mornings, which is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. She has beautiful dark-blue eyes, and most of the time they are wide open, staring at anything and everything, trying to take it all in. It's so much fun watching her examine the world. Even when she's napping, she has a slight frown on her face, like she's concentrating very hard on processing everything she learned today. She's just so adorable and precious I can hardly stand it.

And of course I have pictures!

What do you want NOW?


Laundry day!

So yeah, life here at the Canuck house is pretty damned good these days.