Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Jammies

Gramma Cook bought Ethan his very first pair of Christmas Pajammas. Growing up, I was always allowed to open a 'Christmas Eve Present' that was always pj's (or some related item, such as a house coat or slippers) so I would have new ones to wear on Christmas morning. I thought we would do the same with our kids, but I kinda like the idea of getting full use of the Christmas theme throughout the month of December. I still want to do something special Christmas Eve and will come up with something later but I think a new little tradition has been started here...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

4 Months

update coming soon!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I've been told I am not very good at this blogging thing (the keeping up with it part, I hope!) but my darling boy is not a fan of entertaining himself and I swear he does not sleep during the day. Ever. It is currently 2am, Ethan has been asleep for about an hour, Darin is still at work, and I am so wide awake it is not even funny. Thought it would be a good time for a little update.

It has been quite the busy month here and I have loved every minute of it! Ethan is growing and changing so much and it is just so much fun to see.

We had brunch with the gang...all 18 of us now! It is so great to get everyone together and does not happen hearly enough. One thing I've noticed when we get together is there is less of an opportunity for adult conversation and lots more kiddos around...love it! (well, not so much the little conversation part, but we all have some VERY cute kiddos!) Camera left at home this day, should really bring it out more.

Ethan's Baptism was on the 15th and was such a wonderful day with family and friends. We decided to have everyone over for dinner instead of going out and that gave us a push to get some things done around the house. The main thing was the powder room. Who knew such a tiny room would take us so long to get done! Love the results.

After the Batism was over I was able to shift my focus to Christmas. Ethan's fist Christmas is only a month away! I wanted to take him to the Santa Clause Parade but found out too late that it came early this year and we missed it. Victoria Park gets all decked out in Christmas light and I think he will just love them so we will head down there for sure. The official lighting is tomorrow night (when we are out of town) and they make a big event out of it but really, my 4 month old won't know the difference. I have made a good dent in my Christmas list (just the stocking left for Ethan...what exactly goes in a stocking for a 5 month old baby??) and am starting to bring out the decorations! (I told Darin once we had a kiddo in the house I wouldn't hold back so much for him!) We made an attempt to take our Christmas card photo and I am actually pretty happy with how they turned out. Here are the out takes...

The Santa hat just happened to be sitting right there when we were having some naked play time. How could I resist?

Gramma and Grampa Cook are moving into their new apartment this weekend and Darin is heading to Chatham to help out. I am continuing on to Windsor to spend some time with my mom and dad. It is the first night the three of us won't be together. It already feels a little strange.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sweet baby

Sometimes you look like such a little boy. I don't want to forget this sweet little baby face. Love you.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

3 months

I can't beleive I have a three month old baby! You have become so animated this month and it is just so much fun to watch. You wake up with a smile every single morning and it usually stays on your face until you go to bed (which is between midnight and 1 am...can we talk about that, please!) You laugh like it is coming right from your toes and it is the best sound I have ever heard. You are growing so much (weight and length to be determined on Tuesday) and I am putting more and more of your clothes away for good (*sniff*) You are OK with entertaining yourself some of the time but you usually like my full attention and you run on with half hour monologues that are just the cutest. When you are not babbling away, your fist is in your mouth. More recently you have started sucking on your bottom lip...teething? I think so!

It's funny how I was wishing you would stay tiny forever, but I am loving every moment and just can't wait to see what comes next!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandma Cook

We hope you have a fabulous day (Auntie Dianne, too!) XO

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Our external hard drive, the home of all the pictures I have taken of my son in the last 2.5 months, does not want to make an appearance on the computer. This means I have no access to those pictures. Darin swears they are not lost forever but, being the technical retard that I am, I can't help but panic. All those teeny weeny baby pictures! Will I have proof that by baby has doubled his birth weight by 3 months? (that's right, doubled, by three months! His official 2 month weigh in was 13lbs, 12oz and 24.5 inches. Apparently breast fed babes should gain a little over a pound and one inch every month to double their weight by 6 months...Doctor says Ethan is doing great!)

Here are a few pictures that were on the flash card from the last week...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Blackmail Photos

(aka, the ones I will show his first girlfriend)
I love the blurry shots...shows just how much you move!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


We are lucky that Ethan has some older cousins that have outgrown some cool things and have decided to pass them on to us (thanks, guys!) Now that Ethan is holding his head up pretty well on his own we tried out the Bumbo seat. There is lots of controversy surrounding this little chair (I really got a kick out of this article; deemed distasteful by BHG and comes in colours including yellow, aqua, and LIME GREEN. No child deserves to be visually assulted with lime green. Ha! I happen to like the lime green) Clearly I would not leave my son unsupervised in this seat but Ethan seemed to get a kick out of sitting up unassisted.

Bad Blogger

I have every intention of keeping things up here, really I do, I'm just not finding it that easy. First there is the time thing. Ethan is such a good little guy, hardly fusses at all and is a pretty good sleeper...if I am holding him. I'm not kidding - the second I put him down his little eyes pop open and it's game over (currently he is sleeping in his car seat, having fallen asleep on the way home from a visit with daddy at work) I find it hard enough to get the laundry in so I feel pretty guilty doing things I enjoy when housework is piling up. Also, I've never done well on little to no sleep so at the end of the day when Ethan calls it a night, that's all I want to do as well.
The second thing holding me back is...well I just can't think of what to say. It's not that I have nothing to say, it's that I find it so damn hard to articulate things these days. I literally forget what I am saying mid sentence half the time. Seriously. I want to make sure I document things. Time is going so fast and I don't want to miss or forget anything. I don't want to come up empty handed when Ethan asks what his first year was like (to say it was a blur would be a little disappointing, I'm sure.) I'm loving every minute but I want pictures, stories, momentos of all the happy moments we share every day.
At the 2.5 month mark I should have this figured out, but I don't. At least my little man is happy...that I won't forget.
(all bundled up and hitting the open road for The Big Trip...Zia Michelle's wedding in Ottawa two weeks ago, another post I will get to soon!)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I have taken to carrying a little towel in my pocket because everytime I look at you you are blowing tiny bubbles that collect and run down your chin. I'm not sure if you are starting to teethe (it can happen as early as three months!) or if you are just a drooly little guy. You don't seem to be in any pain but you constantly have your fist in your mouth, another clue it could be teeth! You are not a thumb sucker and you don't take a soother (unless I hold it in your mouth for you to chew on) but this is how you spend alot of your time...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

givE THANks

I was at the Superstore doing some grocery shopping, and of course had to check out the seasonal offerings they have in their 'fun' section. There was this cute little sign made out of blocks that read GIVE THANKS. The middle five letters stood out immediately and I was flooded with all the reasons I have to be thankful. It was this time of year 3 years ago Darin and I decided it would be a good time to start a family. It was a long road to get here (but it could have been much,much worse. Another thing to add to the thankful list) but here we are, our family of three. To be honest, right now I am finding it very difficult to articulate all the things I want to say (seems to happen to me a lot, lately...mommy brain??) I just know I am overwhelmed with the love and happiness in my life and am so very greatful to all the people in it. Especially this little man. Love you.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2 Months

I can't belive another month has gone by! At the beginning of the month you started to smile and laugh at us for real...not just when you are pooping...and that is how we are greeted every morning, like you are just so happy to see us. You are getting bigger by the day, too. At your one month checkup you weighed 9lbs 6oz and were 24 inches long. We will find out how much you have grown next week at your next doctors visit, but for now you are still smaller than the cats! We have gone on a few road trips...twice to see Grandma and Grandpa Cook in Chatham and once to see Grammy and Nonno in Windsor. You love the car and are so good for us, which is a relief since we have The Big Trip coming in a few days. Everywhere we go you just take it all in, you are just so curious! Ethan, you are such a delight and I am thankful for every single day (even the ones where I can't see straight because I am just so tired!)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Summer Place

We made it out for Ethan's inagural trip to the Summer Place, Grandma and Grandpa Cooks home for the summer time.
When I was pregnant and Darin and I were discussing how we thought we would be as parents I told him I just knew he would be a great dad...his response...I know, I had the best example.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

1 Month

Oh, Ethan, what an amazing month this has been. You fit so seemlessly into our lives, it is really quite incredable. I feel (somewhat) like I am getting a hang of this motherhood thing and every day my confidence grows a little bit more. It is really the best feeling when nothing will calm you except being in the arms of your momma (daddy is trying his best not to take that personally) You are changing every day and daddy and I are constantly amazed. You like nothing more than to be held and we are more than happy to oblige (though we will have to break that habit eventually before we have a 1 year old who won't sleep in his bed!)
We have been sticking pretty close to home this past month, lettting you get used to your surroundings and letting us get used to your routine (ha!) but I think we are going to be venturing out a bit more soon and let you see a bit more of your world.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


My mommy brain will not allow me to figure out how to post this video right onto blogger. Grab the tissues and click on the link below.


Carrie, I really can't thank you enough.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Best seat in the house

Just 2 days old. Daddy got upset that I took this picture thinking I was torturing and leaving you all alone. Really, I was just a foot away and no harm done. Oh so stinkin' cute!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

First Visitors

You are so loved, little man, so very loved.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Ethan Robert Owen Cook

July 29, 2009 @ 11:49am
7lbs, 9ozs
21 inches
Welcome to the world, little one, it's been waiting for you.