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Daycare switch-up

Lincoln’s current daycare arrangement is about to change. Our friend who was watching him out of her house is moving to Brunei the middle of September with her family. Her husband, due to the lack of teaching jobs in this area, accepted a teaching position there teaching ESL for the next 16-months. We are very sad to see them go but wish them all the best and can’t wait for their return!

We scored some great toys from them before they left including a tricycle for when Lincoln gets a little bigger.

As for Lincoln, we are fortunate to have secured a spot for him at a daycare in Rock Creek. We have many friends who send their children there and have heard nothing but good things. It is only 10 minutes from our house so the commute isn’t too bad. I keep reminding myself that I could have a long commute to work as well, so really, we have nothing to complain about.

It will also be good exposure for Lincoln to have a bunch of other children, of different ages, around to learn from and with. I’m actually looking forward to making lunches for Lincoln and labeling all his stuff. At least we know Lincoln is too young to be trading his lunch right away.

I’ll have to be sure to pack an apple or two because Lincoln loves his apples! We have a tree in the backyard so he is always picking up apples to eat. We have been storing the ones that dropped in his wagon until we get time to can them and he knows exactly where they are.

As you can tell by his outfit in the pictures Lincoln is prepared for both summer and winter.

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14-month stats

Lincoln is almost 14-months-old and we were finally able to get his one-year shots done on Friday. I had to work so Dad took him to see the Public Health Nurse here in Midway. The building is located on the street directly behind us (you can see it from our backyard) so it was a quick commute.

Lincoln had to get three needles, two in his leg and one in his arm. It could have been four but we opted out of the Chicken Pox vaccine because we view them as a childhood right of passage 🙂 Both of them did great and Lincoln fell asleep afterwards while Andrew spoke with Julie about his development – he is right on track!

As expected, he was measured and here are Lincoln’s stats:

Height: 30-32 inches (he wouldn’t really cooperate and stretch out on the table but everyone agreed he is on the tall side, therefore we are leaning more towards the 31 inch mark.)

Weight: 26 lbs 4 oz

Head circumference: 47.8 cm

He developed a bit of a rash today, which we think is a reaction to the needles but considering how he has been feeling the past week who really knows what it is. He is still sleepy, and pouty at times, but overall is feeling better.

Mom treated Lincoln to a bubble bath tonight. He likes to eat the bubbles.

You can’t see his new molar but check out the teeth on this kid! Now if only I could get him to like his toothbrush again.

And just incase you were fooled into thinking he was happy all the time, here is Mr. Pouty Pants in all his pouty glory…

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Pouty Pants

Lincoln is teething again and this time it is intense. He hasn’t been himself since Tuesday and we knew it had to be another bout of teething. All the classic signs were there: drool, slight fever, mouth rubbing, finger chewing and the infamous teething poop. Then last night, after deciding to apply a bit of baby orajel to help the pain, I felt his first molar in the back of his mouth.

Although he has clearly been in pain, we are actually impressed by how well he is handling it. He hasn’t really cried (it’s been more of a moaning) and he is easily consoled. Basically, he has decided to sleep his way through the pain. Last night he went to bed at 6:45 pm. He woke-up a few times throughout the night for a drink and another dose of Tylenol. At 7:00 am this morning he came in to bed with us. I had to get up to get ready for work but Lincoln and Dad went back to sleep. Lincoln slept until 10:00 am. After a quick trip to get Glenn from my office (Glenn decided to stop by for a visit) and a trip to the park with his friends Oli and Cohen, Lincoln went back to bed at 11:30 am and slept until 4:00 pm. He just went back to bed, probably for the night, at 7:00 pm. That is a whole lot of sleep!

We figure he is going through a growth spurt and teething all at once. He is scheduled to get his one-year needles tomorrow but we might pass depending on what the health nurse says. Part of us thinks we should just get all the discomfort over with at the same time but we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.

We can only hope that those pesky teeth pop through soon and we can put this behind us until the next go around…

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Lincoln takes his walking very seriously. Ever since he took his first steps he has been practicing non-stop and it has paid off. Grass, pavement, sand, carpet – you name it, he can walk on it (except water, he definitely can’t walk on water). We owe this to the fact that he hardly ever wears shoes. Mom tries to put shoes on him because she thinks they are cute but even I admit that he does better without them. We try to put the leather slippers on him if he is in public but 90% of the time he goes barefoot.

Here he is walking to the grocery store on the pavement.

We’ve been told that it is better for children to learn to walk without shoes on. It helps them with balancing because they can feel and use their toes. Based on our experience so far I would say this is sound advice. Too bad there are so many cute shoes out there! Sometimes I get my way and he wears his Little Soles Squeaky Shoes. These are super cute and squeak each time he takes a step. The squeaker can also be removed, and don’t worry, I didn’t pay full price, I got a Steal of a deal!

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Gardening with Dad

Now that Andrew is home more, Lincoln has been spending less time at daycare and more time with his Dad. The other day they decided it was time to pick some beets and carrots from the garden, and it’s a good thing because some of the beets were the size of softballs.

Look Dad! A giant carrot!

Carrots.

They used the hose to wash off the dirt. Lincoln loves to play with the hose even though he hasn’t quite figured out the trigger.

We’ve already harvested a bunch of cucumbers and it is soon going to be pickling time. We are hoping to do the canning in small batches so it doesn’t seem like such a daunting task. Considering the rate the cucumbers are growing I’m sure we will be kept busy. The garden is in full bloom and we are going to have a lot of tomatoes on our hands in the next month or so. This year they will get to ripen on the vine since we will be home. It’s hard to believe that this time last year Lincoln was only a couple of months old.

Here is a picture to remind you of that time…

Baby Lincoln

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A Very Special Message…

Happy 35th Anniversary Nanny & Poppy!

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Andrew, Lincoln and I met up with our friends Owen and Rutka (and their two little guys Cohen and Oliver) at Christina Lake over the long weekend. I had Monday off and it was nice to have a family day together.

The lake wasn’t too busy, which I accredit to the fact that we went on the last day of the long weekend, and we found a shady spot where we had a quick snack before heading to the water.

Lincoln loved the sand and didn’t mind being in the water with his Dad. Lincoln has actually started to really like the water and even does his own version of jumping into the pool. It is rather cute and he gets super excited.

Here he is checking out the water. This is his Monkey Doodlez swim diaper with a blow fish on the bum. I think they are so cute.

Lincoln decided he would play with some rocks on the shore before venturing into the water.

Compared to Oliver, Lincoln was a bit overdressed for the beach.

Building, and smashing, sand castles with Dad.

Lincoln loves to splash in the water!

He was a little upset afterwards but it didn’t last long.

Practicing his swimming skills.

Cohen had a great time at the lake.

Me and Lincoln with Christina Lake in the background.

We had such a great day and couldn’t have asked for better weather. Not too hot or smokey. Lincoln, Andrew and Auntie Christa returned to the lake on Wednesday to hang out with the Salz-Stewarts and the Hibbersons. Mom had to work – boo!

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