There's some new stuff here....I have been adding posts that I previous only recorded in my journal in a effort to fill in some blank spots from the past six months...I intend to try to keep up with this little man's comings and goings - if that is possible! Enjoy...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Daddy's Hat

Here is Silas in a hat that Daddy used to wear....

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day...

A day of rest after the chaos.....we didn't even change out of our jammies.....

Friday, December 25, 2009

First Christmas!

The paper and ribbons were just flying on Christmas morning...thanks to big sister. Silas had a great time watching all the chaos and he seemed really excited and interested in his new giraffe. It was a day filled to the brim with family, love and cuddles...all the things it takes to make a very special holiday.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

On Dad's Lap....

He's getting more hair on that cute little head...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gazing...

As the time draws nearer to Christmas Day, we love to have a bit of company over to our place. Grandma and Auntie Angie came by tonight for some baby snuggles and good cheer. Silas is interested in everything and when he is not busy playing with his own toes, he loves to be held and shown everything around. Here he is having a good gaze out into the snowy world from Grandma's cozy lap.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Winter Strolls

One of our favorite things to do, (if it is not -20 C outside) is to go strolling through the neighborhood. It's a good thing our stroller can handle the deep snow...no need for a dog sled yet! We usually end up at our favorite cafe for a warm up and place for Mom to get a little adult conversation. Silas loves the cheerful setting, the music and the people and the colorful decor. Now if we could only convince them to create a kids play area!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Everyday Magic

Always discovering something new...always chewing on those little fists/toys/whatever he can get a hold of...those teeth have got to pop through sometime soon! The days are filled with magic and drool!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fun!

Silas is a pretty lucky little guy...not only does he have two parents who love him more that imaginable, he has an awesome older sister to help him have fun, get excited and try to understand all the hype about this Christmas stuff. There's nothing this guy enjoys more than some silly morning living room antics.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Four Months Old!

Yes, Silas has already begun to devour books. He always pays close attention when Adam or I read stories to Willow so I think it's pretty likely that he will be a bookworm, too. So it makes perfect sense that he would so passionately demonstrate his affinity for books on his 4 month birthday. Such a mature little guy! He can smile, laugh, roll over, bounce in his jolly jumper, grab toys to play with and gnaw on, do sit ups with the help of only two fingers and observe with fervor anything that is of any interest to him.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

First Santa!

Silas was calm, curious and only momentarily concerned as he met with Santa for the first time. My guess is that he is definitely on the nice list...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sibs

Monday, December 7, 2009

Daddy and Son

We love it when Daddy takes a personal day and stays home from work-it's a very rare treat! And to make it even more special, Silas did his first roll over from front to back!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Teddy

Enjoying a little quality highchair time with teddy...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Library...

Here is Silas and his little buddy Addison, enjoying each other's company at story time at the Library. He loves the company of other babies and I can see his awareness of the world around him expanding all the time. He watches the stories and songs and loves the knee bounces. Today Silas also had his first 'babysitter' time as Adam and I went out to Adam's work Christmas party. Although I would never relegate Liz to the title of 'babysitter'...she is a close friend of mine who has a 10 month old of her own so she is very much primed and in the baby-mode right now. He did wonderfully with her and slept and played and just as she called our cel to let us know that he was getting hungry and fussy, we had just pulled into the driveway from picking up Willow at Grandma's, so the timing was just perfect. Thank you Liz for giving me my first real time away from my little guy, and making me (and him) feel completely ok about it! I owe you one, girl!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sleigh Ride!

Tonight we went to a free little event called a Heritage Christmas. It was a really cold evening for an outdoor event but we braved the weather for a bit. The highlight was a short hay ride on the fresh, deep snow...stars twinkling overhead and a huge, yellow full moon hanging low in the sky....a little bit of winter magic.

Today I had quite the treat also, Silas's first laugh. He has been smiling big, open mouthed smiles for a while now, but this was a big smile with a distinctive "ah-ha-haaaaaaaaaa!". It filled my heart with the biggest ray of sunshine yet! What an absolute cutie pie!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

First Jolly Jumper!

Today Silas rocked the Jolly Jumper for the first time. he really enjoys the upright adventures....anything that keeps this guy vertical makes him happy...no laying around for this little Leo. He danced on tippy toe and bobbed and turned a bit before starting to chew on the straps. Willow, as usual, was super interested in what was going on and got right into the action. I did need to remind her not to spin him around like a tire swing to which she answered, "I am just showing him how...." yea, that is exactly what I am afraid of sweetie. Only three months old, this little guy is strong and way ahead of the game already....

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

First Day of December

It's going to be an exciting season for Silas, and for us. Could there be anything to make Christmas more special than to share it with a brand new little person?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Comfy Cozy

All bundled up and enjoying the comfy cozy stroll through Downtown and all the seasonal festivities at midnight madness....

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

At the Cafe

Silas is enjoying the company of Annaleigh at the cafe....

First Excersaucer!

All these firsts are very exciting, for both Willow and me. Here is footage of Silas exploring his excersaucer for the very first time...he loves being upright and his little legs and feet are just moving the whole time...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Window Gazing

Friday, November 20, 2009

Say Cheese!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Three Months!

I am sitting here with Silas, watching him watch the fish tank. Cooing, gurgling, kicking out his arms and legs in that sporatic infant dance. It's a rare quiet moment. Silas is freshly bathed and cuddly content right now. Everytime I make eye contact with him he gurgles out a few words to me. His eyes are huge and expressive. They follow Goldie around the aquarium....they rest easily on me...we stare at each other for long moments. I smile...he smiles. Clearly, we are in Love. I am drinking a cup of tea and thinking about memory. it is such a strange and powerful thing. It shapes us in the present. Our memories are like the path from which we came....the stories that make u who we are. Will you remember this moment. On some level, will this calm, cozy, loving moment help to shape who he will become? Life is so chaotic and hectic. Silas is, at heart, quite mellow and easy going. When all is well in his world he smiles easily and often. he can now hang out is one of his 'spots' and contently bat and grab at his toys, watch his big sister wreak havoc and joy and observe the general chaotic on goings of the world around him. But when a need overtakes him....watch out! This little Lion can Roar! He has a very loud way of letting it be known that he wants or needs...even if I am right bedside him and it is 4 am! I wish I could have more quiet time like this with him, and I will seek to cultivate it in the future. I can see that he loves it. Tonight I gave him a bath and it felt like ages since I had seen his little body naked, eventhough it has only been a couple days. His tiny body is so perfect...he is becoming so strong. He grips my fingers as I help him pull up to a sitting position...and he can hold it quite well on his own...although he is still wobbly when I let go. My favorite thing is to watch him stretch as he is laying down...he arches his little back, his tiny bum so rounded, his little legs pulled up tightly...he stretches his neck, pushing his chin forward and his chubby cheeks get squished forward. I look at him and repeat my loving mantra "you are so perfect" to him several times. He is so precious. Watching him grow and change is a pleasure that nothing else can match. It is pure magic. I watch him closely sometimes as he is nursing. Sometimes so fierce, his nose wrinkles up, and he gives his head a series of tiny little shakes. Sometimes he is so serene and peaceful, his eyes relax into a far away stare.....and eventually his heavy lids flicker closed. Suck suck suck, his little jaw keeps it's rhythm. He is an amazing little being. I want so much to remember him like this. My memories. My story. Yes, being a Mama to him is like adding a golden thread to the fabric of my being. Thank you little one...you are more beautiful than I could ever describe.

Friday, November 13, 2009

And now....the Highchair!

I am pretty excited about this one because is revolutionizes meal times for me...I figured he can sit in a bumbo, he can sit in a high chair too. Willow was really co-operative and willing to give up her booster for an adult chair, which surprised me a little. But, here we have it, the little man can now officially join us at the table in his own chair. It won't be long now until I start giving him little bits of food to taste and explore. I feels a little crazy that he is doing this stuff already...am I moving him along to quickly? No, he is a really strong little guy and he is ready for this. Plus, time has taken on a completely different dimension and seems to traveling at light speed, but it hasn't changed it's pace....we have!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bumbo!

Silas sure is a strong little man. He is not even three months old and he can already hold his head strong and sit in his bumbo chair. Of course, I don't want to rush him through his newborn-ness, but I can't hold him back either. This little guy wants to sit up and see the world around him. Watch out!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tears

Silas has been crying up a storm last night and today. I could hardly get him to stop this afternoon. I am pretty sure he is teething, or beginning the process because he is just gnawing of his little fists like there is no tomorrow. I give him homeopathic teething pills which seem to help...long enough for him to fall asleep anyways. Poor little guy...it's so hard to see him so sad. When h does finally calm down, he heaves these big sighs and I can feel his body slump and relax in my arms and I fall in love with him a million times over.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

My Sunshine

Friday, November 6, 2009

Gurgles

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mornin'

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Littlest Pumpkin

Well, I was glad to have Silas's costume on him for all of 10 minutes on Halloween. It's a good thing that I made it two years ago for Willow and it had another chance to hit the spotlight this year. I have a firm Halloween policy of my children dressing up as a cute pumpkin when they are babies...next year he can help to choose his costume. I put him in his sling to go out trick or treating so the pumpkin had to go. I thought that he would just be snoozing, but it was cool to see that he was awake and checking out what all the excitement was about. As it got darker, the decorative lights and glowing pumpkins were of great interest to him.

First Halloween!

Silas little hands and fingers were exploring the pumpkins as big sister got busy on the work.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Toys!

Today little Silas held onto his giraffe toy and manoeuvred it into his mouth. It may have been a bit of a fluke, but he has been doing an awful lot of fist munching these days which makes me think that those teeth must be putting a lot of pressure onto his gums. I have tried to give him a soother, which he is not into so I do hope that for the sake of his little fists, the giraffe gets more use.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fall days...

Silas enjoys any time he can get outside. He stares at the trees and sky and of course, his big sister. We took the opportunity to get a little yard work done today and enjoy the crisp, blue sky. I like these pics of him because I cam get a real good look at his eyes, which look a lot like mine, blue with that darker blue outline.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Library Date

Silas has been enjoying Willow's story time program at the library...but is he loving the songs and books or is he just into Addison, Caili's baby sister? Hard to say...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

2 Month Update (better late than never)

It is so hard to find the time to write...doubled by the fact that I put pressure on myself to write the ultimate documenting journal entries, I am not surprised that I just can't seem to get 'er done. But, like my Mom told me, I am going to have to get used to accomplishing things in 15 minute segments because I may never find myself with larger chunks of time for a while. I wanted to write a 2 month update for Silas and here it is already 6 days overdue. The changes happening in him are so rapid, it is next to impossible to keep up. Add to the that the fact that time seems to be traveling at warp ten around here and bang, a week can pass in what feels like a blink of he eye. I am very pleased to say that the crying has subsided a lot. As he becomes more able to see and comprehend his surroundings he seems a lot more at ease. The fact that I now understand many of his cries and what they are communicating to me helps me to be able to settle him as well. He is content now to sit and watch Willow play or whatever action or drama is taking place at the moment. I can see when he is very tired, he tends to cry very intensely for a moment or two (or five) before his little eyes roll into the back of his head and he passes out. He also seems to be a very good self soother, he spends a lot of time sucking and rubbing his little fists on his gums these days...the beginnings of teething already! I can see why crying is a very important mechanism for this little guy...gotta make sure you don't get lost in all the chaos! And because of this I am very happy that he sleeps in our bed. That means that I have the entire evening after Willow goes to sleep, the night time and a little time in the morning before it all gets going again to devote solely to him. That incredibly special communication that takes place while he is nursing, we stare into each others eyes....or while sleeping he will reach out his hand and lightly rest it against my side....it is really, really precious. I swear, I get the most smiles and gurgles when he is on is change table getting changed....I guess for him this is his special, uninterrupted time with Mom. Of course, I carry him around in the sling everywhere so it is great to see him super alert, holding his head like a 4 month pro, interested in his surroundings. We went to a craft sale at the cypress centre and he was looking everywhere, wide eyed at all of the brightly lit displays and crowds of people from the cuddly safety of his sling....until he, in his exhaustion, just snuggled in and went to sleep. In quiet moments at home, I realize that once you have created that safe, cozy, home environment for one child, it is actually not that difficult to bring another child into it. That said, I think two is a great number. I guess I am figuring out the groove of balancing these two and although there is a lot of chaos, there are also times of smooth sailing and plenty of heartwarming laughs and loving exhaustion. I do love what Silas has brought us, it feels like we have a truly 'real' family now.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Little Man...


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Those Smiles...

Those smiles are in abundance now...those dancing eyes, little gurgles, grins....I think that Silas will be a very happy little guy, as soon as he out grows all the crying! I am beginning to suspect that he might be an early teether with all of his fussing. But, in between it all he smiles happily at me and my heart just melts.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Time is Flying....

...and I barely have a moment to think...let alone update this blog! Suffice to say all is well...the little man is growing and becoming cuter and more dear to me by the minute!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Story Time!

Today was the first time that Silas was awake for story time at the library. Willow has been going to this program since she was 4 months old and she loves it. Today Silas is almost 8 weeks old - he had his eyes wide open, looking all around and even smiling at a couple of other kids. He is so strong and healthy and bright eyed...he is just so easy to love...which is very good because it kind of makes up for the all night milk-wakies that he has been doing for the past several nights. Mommy is a delirious zombie, but at least my babies are adorable!

Monday, October 5, 2009

What a Face!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Talikn' Baby

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Loving my Little Leo....

I become more and more enchanted with this little guy everyday. It is a lot of work taking care of two little people, and at times this week, I have felt extremely ragged, totally exhausted and completely shattered, but on some level it is actually easier than I though it might be. I just remind myself that my only job is to love my kids and any stress that I may be feeling kind of falls away. The stress is usually due to outside expectations - the "I shoulds..." Like, "I should be cleaning the kitchen" or " I should be updating my blogs...." Those things are never really very important. What is important is staring into this beautiful face, gazing into these gorgeous eyes, catching one of those elusive but dazzling smiles.




Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Smiley Face!

Silas has started to give me some full on smiles. Today while I was changing him he was looking at me and grinning as if to say "I know you!" It really was the best - especially after having several very challenging, cry filled nights with him, his little smile felt like a huge reward! I was happy to catch this on on camera.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Seriously Silas

After some talk and consideration I have come to the conclusion that I need to rename this blog...not that he is not a sweetie....it's just that to call him 'sweet' is a little generic. And what I am finding out about this guy is that he is anything but that! He's as fierce as a lion, and hungry as a bear and beautiful as a cherub and as complex as algebra - he's a hard nut to crack. So to call him sweet is just a little to much like calling him simple, or straightforward, which he is not. So I hereby christen this blog Seriously Silas...it just makes more sense.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Totally in Love

As we get to know him more, we are all having our love moments with Silas. Just when it seems like I am having a most challenging time with him, like having a two hour, 4:00 am cry festival with him, I have a moment or series of moments when I find myself falling more and more in Love with him. I think Willow is having some of these moments too. But just look at him...I mean what's not to Love?

Daddy Love

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Eyes, eyes, eyes....

Silas seems to be settling into his world a lot more now. He is seeing and looking at everything as though for the first time...oh, wait a second, it probably is his first time! That's why he looks so darn beautiful! At Grandma's house today he was holding his head, turning towards the voices that he recognized...looking at the trees i the yard. I even put him on his little smiley guy toy in the living room today and he stayed there for a long time - at least 20 minutes. He stared out the window, looked at the aquarium and hit at the dangle-y toys hanging above him. He really seemed to like it! I had to worry a bit more about Willow being too excited with the new toy-thing in the living room than him being on his own on it. she is a good big sister, though, very curious but not too violent, which is good(...but I do keep a close eye on her still). Silas is doing a great job of moving his head around, holding it up and even starting to push himself up while on his tummy! He is just so strong for a 5 week old! It is amazing!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Last Day of Summer

The weather has been absolutely beautiful so we try to take advantage of it by taking our after dinner family neighborhood strolls. Silas loves to look at the trees from his cozy sling.