December 12, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Tonight Auntie Theresa & Uncle Gord came over to watch Connor and Camryn so that Derek and I could finish up our Christmas shopping, and go for dinner. It was amazing how much you can accomplish when you don't have to unbuckle car seats and manage children in carts! It was a chilly day to be out, -31C, but despite the deep freeze, I finally got into the Christmas spirit! For some reason, when I am not working, and not around all the decorations, parties, potlucks, etc., that come with being at work, Christmas just seems to sneak up on me, and I never feel into it until it's almost too late! In fact, we haven't even put up our tree yet, but that is our plan for tomorrow, and we may even decorate a gingerbread house!

Camryn: She's been a cranky one of late.  We used to count on her falling asleep around 7-8pm, and sleeping until the wee hours of the morning. She'd do a 6-7 hour stretch no problem. For the last week or so, it's been a struggle to get her down before 10pm and then she's up every 3 hours like clock-work all night long. Maybe it's a growth spurt, but we also think it could be teething! She's drooling like crazy, and always has her hands in her mouth, but it's hard to say. Connor's first tooth was at around 8 months, so this seems so early!

Back on November 30th I got her weighed and measured. Her stats are:
11lbs, 3oz

So, she seems to be gaining at a similar pace as her brother, slow and steady.

Hmm, what else is new? She is getting better at grabbing things, and she's become a HUGE splasher in the bath tub! Most nights I just take her in the tub with me, because giving her a bath in the baby tub gets me, and everything else completely soaked, so I might as well just  have a bath too!

Her hair is hilarious! She's rubbed most of it off around the back and sides, but it's still so long on top it's in to her eyes! She's basically given herself a mohawk!

She babbles like crazy, and is starting to make mmm and baaa sounds, which is totally cute! She's also in love with teddy bears of all kind! It's neat to see the differences between her and Connor, who was not a babbler, and not in to stuffies much at all.

Camryn is growing up so fast! it seems like just a blink of an eye and another week, another month, has gone by!  Mommy and Daddy are looking forward to your first Christmas baby girl!

 Connor: He's turning into a big kid right before my eyes. Yesterday we went to see Santa, and though he was very excited the whole way there, when he saw Santa, he got a little wary about actually having to sit on his lap. So what did he say?  "Camryn first!" That's right - send your baby sister out to test the waters! Once Camryn was safely sitting on one knee, Connor was okay to get on the other, and when asked what he'd like for Christmas, he said the same thing he's been asking for for over a month, "A Diego toy!"

After seeing Santa, we headed to Superstore to pick up some things, and had a huge scare - just as we were self-checking our last few items, Connor says he's going to play hide and seek, and starts backing away. And even as I was saying no, not here, he darts away. I'm sure I see him go around a Christmas display, and I hear his little giggle, but when I look around it, he's gone, just like that. After an agonizing 10 minutes, alerting staff, security, and managers, Derek finally spies him, with a staff member, being asked where his parents were. The scariest part of it all? Connor still just thought we were playing a game. "I was finding you!" he said as we were reunited.

We did our best to explain to him that not all people are nice, and that Mommy and Daddy would be very sad if he ran away in a big store and we couldn't find him. I explained what strangers are, and why it's important to stay with us when we are out. He remembered it today, so I am hoping something stuck with him. It was terrifying to say the least, and my heart aches thinking of how differently it could have ended. My big boy... getting so independent, still so unaware of what's out there. Don't grow up too fast, my little man, I miss the days when you had no desire to be out of arms reach.

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