Summer Momming.

June 30, 2012

Here is the result of all the nursing I've been doing for the past 6 weeks! Baby Alice is soft and adorable and there is nothing I love more than to cuddle my little hungry-woman. Dexter was always a long and lean baby so I am unaccustomed to my super snacker. It's awesome to have such a voracious little lady! I like to think this means she will have the same appetite for life that her mama has! 

I can't believe June has come and gone. SIGH. Time is flying by and my summer as a super-mom is passing by quickly.

Our days have been filled with the aforementioned nursing... and lots of train rides!

We like to go downtown to hang out at our library. 

The summer also means lots of festivals in the square, and excuses to eat poutine from a carnival vendor. 

Sometimes we visit dad's office at work (there are many a wonderful lady there who enjoy taking turns with the snuggler).

We take pictures at The Works festival. 

Dexter clutches his beloved DVDs from the library.

Baby Alice spends some of her non-snuggle time looking skeptical. 

And sometimes contemplative. 

When we are out and about, Dexter and I eat lunches and cake while she nurses and snuggles. 

It's great to be at general leisure and only beholden to nursing and the kids. When somebody asks me if I am free to hang out next week, the answer is actually yes! This never used to happen before. 

Dexter is being such a trooper, walking beside us and going with the flow. Oftentimes we have to stop what we're doing so I can feed the baby or change her diaper, and he just hangs out and waits for us. 

He is a rad older brother. 

We actually tried our first family bike ride around the neighbourhood last week! There are still a few kinks to work out with Alice's car seat in the trailer, and I might see if I can change the position of my saddle so that Dexter's knees aren't poking my butt when we're riding.

Both these devices are 2nd hand contraptions borrowed or given from friends! I'll write more about it when I've had a chance to take photos, but we'll just say for now that it's a pain when you're really short and your seat post is too low to easily attach rear kid seats, and your kid is also way to gangly and tall to sit in a front-mounted contraption. Also, it didn't help that both of Alice's car seats were too large to fit inside our existing single Chariot and even our double trailer.

I'll be really happy when baby is sturdy enough to sit up properly in the Madsen (or whatever cargo bike) with her brother next season! Current biking logistics are a pain and very temporal. A set-up that works for a few months will need to change when both kids are at new and different stages. Then again, and again, until they're just big enough to balance themselves.

Regardless, at least we have the train! Without it, we would be bored and sedentary. With it, our leisurely weekdays are full of little adventures and time we spend together as our sweet little trio!

CSA Action!

June 29, 2012

Upon the recommendation of a neighbour, Don and I signed up for a CSA fruit and veggie share with Billyco Junction this summer! I heard they offer a great variety of things, and the pickup point is in my neighbourhood (major bonus). I am looking forward to having lighter loads when visiting the market on the weekends (vegetables are so HEAVY) and also, having a good reason to promenade around the 'hood on Tuesday nights. 

Our goodies came in a big brown bag. 

Oh, beloved rhubarb! I used to have two plants at our old bungalow, and now I have none. Though, our neighbour has graciously offered the one in her alley up for our use when we are so inclined. 

I used these stalks to make some rhubarb nectar. It uses up lots of rhubarb, and you can mix it with all sorts of stuff! I've been doing mine with some juice and fizz water, but I also think it would be great mixed with prosecco. 

We have already eaten the lettuce, in salads.

Chives went into our mac and cheese last night.

And beet greens have yet to be processed. I've heard a little sauté with garlic butter is the bomb.

Know where your food comes from. Picking it up on foot.

Tastes good, feels good!

The Confederation Lounge

June 27, 2012

Last weekend I organized a little drinks thing for my lady friend, Lisa. You see, she is getting married in a few weeks and it's always nice to commiserate over a little somethin' something' with your pals in light of such an event. 

After walking (in flats) to take the train downtown, we changed (into heels) and snagged some seats once we got to the Confederation Lounge.

We started off by drinking these bubbles muddled with raspberries and other goodies.

Then I switched over to this boozy rosemary-lemondae concoction. Uh... YUMMY. Need to work on recreating this at home. 

I rarely ever hang out at hotel bars. It's all sorts of awesome! Lone travellers actually perch at the bar and talk to the bartender! Then there are some travellers who bring their work out at a big old-fashioned tables, and get their business done over a drink and some food. Then there are groups like us, not travelling or visiting the city, but enjoying the view and room all the same. 

Some guests had brought treats for Lisa. 

Shiny treats!

There was lots of chatter.

Lobster Mac n' Cheese.

And empty glasses.

We caught a ride home with Leisha, who lives two neighbourhoods over from mine, and enjoyed the extra 15 minutes of girl talk on the way home. Taking the train together and carpooling home, way more fun and social than sitting in a vehicle all by yourself!

Mama's Night Out!

June 24, 2012

When I had Dexter, I didn't leave him overnight with my parents until he was around three months old. 

With baby Alice, we tried it at 5 weeks. 

The sleepover thing is actually a result of logistics. My parents prefer to babysit at their place, where they have all their stuff and they're in comfortable surroundings. I don't like driving back and forth twice for drop off and pick up (especially when we're out late and the babies are already sleeping by the time we've wrapped up with our outing), so we just let the kids stay overnight. 

Don and spent our Friday night attending a few parties! 

I rode downtown to meet up at Manasc Isaac for their summer solstice celebration (tandem rooftop party for their 15th anniversary and award presentation for their Blue Sky Architecture Award). 

Don had ridden to work that day.

We went into the firm's building and climbed up a few flight of stairs to arrive at the beverage depot.

Which was right beside this water hose.

Then joined the party!

 I realize Edmonton is pretty much freezing most of the year, and rooftop decks seem like an indulgence, but summertime in Edmonton is just awesome.

I ran into my fellow shiny-shoed lady friend (mine are on the left).


After a while, Don and I moved locations and hit up The Works party at Hotel MacDonald.

It was a little fancy.

We ate truffled popcorn and drank mini bubbles.

One of the best parts of this venue was the view.

Though the party inside was very pretty to look at too. I was so excited to be out and about and to run into my friends, that I got (rightfully) shushed during the greetings and speeches. So embarrassing - I forgot myself! 

Later on in the bathroom I helped take a picture of some girlfriends who were working the event.

Back at the party I took a photo of some dude-friends with their complimentary party shades.

Something rad about attending an art party is the proliferation of creative fashionistas.

Well, and the rad thing about going to parties in general is yummy food and drink.

Back on the patio I wondered how this pretty girl (blue dress, coral pumps) was lasting so long in her heels. I had already taken off my shiny shoes and had put on some flat sandals. 

 Did some people-watching and story-sharing with Christy on the patio.

Ate my ice cream and chocolate. 

And enjoyed the sun going down on our city. 

Rode home on my Pashley with its semi-flat rear tire, and I didn't pass out after tackling my first postpartum hill either! 

It's great to be back in the saddle, out and about, for a night of food, friends, and fun (if you haven't noticed, I'm all about the food, friends, and fun). 

It was also pretty spectacular to have uninterrupted sleep for the first time in several weeks (and let's take a moment to give praise to the breast pump which ensured my boobs did not explode with unconsumed milk). 

And finally, thanks go to my amazing parents who think looking after a toddler and infant overnight... is fun. I am super lucky! 

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