Wednesday, 17 August 2011

uh oh, somebody's crawling...

My son is crawling! This is good...I think. ha. We are super excited over here! We got our safety gates up just in the nick of time and now we are quickly learning what else we need to 'baby proof' as E is wandering around and searching every nick and cranny.

Thankfully I did a bit of baby proofing of our living room area just before his new found discovery! Here are some 'after' photos! We no longer have loose papers (for now) on shelves, and we've moved our DVD's so they are now only on the top part of the shelves. This project involved us removing all of our CD's to make room for our collection of DVD's to fit on the top. We decided to put away our CD's in boxes and move them to the basement. (which we were okay with since I had previously spent countless hours putting all of our CD's on our computer!) Good times. We organized the CD's alphabetically (by first name) and put them in two large boxes from IKEA. I love that store! I also bought some more baskets for E's toys too while we were there... so bring on the crawling!!

Although we've got a good start on the baby proofing...we've still got some work to do as we continue to learn what areas E likes to navigate towards. His favorite being cords and cables! I put those little plastic socket protectors up but he still seems to find every place that a cable is plugged into including my laptop, the battery charger, my blow dryer, straightener, and curling iron! That little stinker's got an eye for electronics! (I'd like to think that he's taking after his father, but I have a feeling that every kid enjoys a shinny cell phone, keyboards, and cables) :) He also seems to navigate towards Chloe's (our cat) food and water dishes too. I'll be moving those soon once we find a new home for them, and we cut a small hole in our one baby gate for Chloe to get through. Not too small for the cat, but not too big for E (if you know our cat, she's pretty big. ha) Projects, projects.

As I type, my husband is out working on his current project...the fence. Admittedly, that little project is more of a 'cat proofing' rather than baby proofing as we seem to have a problem with Chloe wandering into every yard other than our own. Not for long kitty, not for long!

Time for a little mom-to-mom chat...If you're a mother out there with a little one rummaging the house, what areas have you learned you needed to baby proof?

Till next time!
xoxo Vent Machine

Monday, 1 August 2011

Camping...or something like it.

Camping. Although I love the idea of it, for most of my life the actual act of sleeping on the ground, going without a shower, and living with the bare minimums has not been my 'cup of tea'.

My idea of camping is comfort know, nice dry cozy trailers, comfortable beds (as opposed to the ground), and flush toilets and showers! Even though this has always been my 'ideal' or 'dream' idea of camping, I think that I've done a pretty good job of toughing it out and on occasion 'roughing it' as they say.... although I guarantee that it did come with a fair share of complaining. ha.

Last year I managed to camp in our small tent (beautiful tent, but which I can't stand up in), using an air mattress, while experiencing a 'lovely' insanely massive thunderstorm (with very little shelter) all while I was 7 months pregnant! Needless to say...not so fun.

This year I have been a little nervous once again with the whole camping experience. (now having a little one as well as my back pain...don't want to erk it) However, there is one place that I knew I'd feel very comfortable...and that is my great family tradition camping haven near Hanover. (a very cozy extended family member's property with a private pond). So after the ever so stressful getting ready and packing ordeal (I find packing stressful all the time! but this time it also included a massive fit of rage on my part because I didn't have my relaxing music on my phone...ironic I know) ;) Russ and I headed off for a night's stay of 'camping' with little E in tow :) Russ and I were lucky to request a small little cabin this year again which for me, makes the whole experience THAT much better :) E slept in a play pen on the floor and although he was up at 6:30am even after a late night at the campfire, I think that he did a pretty good job overall! He absolutely LOVED the water and my heart just melt watching him laugh and giggle while we swam!

The whole experience got me thinking....hmmm, I think we could try this again! (of course, this weekend didn't include much effort on my part on food (besides a bit of baking which I enjoy) Packing a cooler, prepping meals, and of course all the clean up doesn't excite me too much. So I guess before I go all 'gung ho' on the camping ordeal, there are a few items I'd like on my camping 'checklist'..... I like having my food prepped for me (or meals with minimal prep), next to no clean up, a nice bed to sleep in, a place where I can stand to change my clothes, a clean washroom, a shower if needed, a shelter if there is rain, a place for E to sleep, a chair in the shade to read, lots of yummy treats, electricity, a microwave is handy for bottles, and....

hmmm, I wonder if I should just stay home ;)

xoxo Vent Machine