Contagious giggles.

These boys are adorable together. While Bastien can still be a little rough – pushing, hugging to tightly, and the like – with Sylvain, they are cute when they do manage to play together. Their giggles fill the room and it’s hard not to laugh with them. Lately Sylvain’s been in the habit of picking up these little pillows that rest on the couch and walking around with one in each hand. Then he’ll hand them to you and say ‘teh’, what we’re assuming is his version of ‘tien’ (here). One of his first words. He’s been saying it for a while now.

I actually slept in till 10:24 today! Normally on the weekends I’ll wake up around 7:30/8 and then just roll over and go back to sleep (even if I went to bed late the night before). I guess I was more tired than I thought. Lucky me that I get to sleep in.

I actually played with both boys today. Lately Bastien’s only wanted to play with Mom or Dad, but today it was me and the boys in the play room and we had fun. Bastien made a ‘bed’ for me with the one bean-bag chair so I ‘went to sleep’. Then he would start trying to jump on me and Sylvain would follow his lead and it was hilarious. I had to be careful with my glasses, but other than that it was a lot of fun. It’s always fun when the boys are happy.

Here’s something funny I just thought about; sometimes Sylvain will just walk around making a growling sort of noise. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I have to again because it always makes me chuckle. And he’s always trying to chase after the cat. He’ll start walking up to her and she’ll run away so he’ll start to follow, but of course he’s too slow and she loses him right away. It’s still funny to watch though.

It’s so amazing to see how they’ve grown over the last year. Of course with Bastien it’s a little less obvious now that he’s 3. I see him everyday but I still am amazed at how much Sylvain’s changed. It seems like it’s almost been more than a year he’s so different. At the same time it’s been so gradual that I haven’t always noticed it. This evening I ran at him and picked him up lifting him high in the air before bringing him in for a hug. He didn’t try to squirm away which was nice. It was a great hug. Got to get those in while I still can!


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To nap or not to nap – that is the question.

Whenever I take a nap I always wake up feeling more tired than when I laid down. I’m going to try to dredge up what little common sense I have and say it’s probably because when I’m tired enough to warrant napping I need more than 2 or 3 hours to actually get to a point of feeling rested. In that little time frame you just get into a good sleep rhythm (you would hope) and then you’re up. I did indeed take a nap this afternoon and I managed to wake up after one hour and then again after a second. I had to be on the lookout because it was just me and the boys today and the baby phone in Sylvain’s room right now doesn’t always work. And lately he’s been waking up who knows when and just sitting calmly in his bed. If he’s not crying we don’t hear him with this baby phone.

This morning – while Sylvain was down for nap #1 – Bastien and I spent some time outside. We drew picture on the pathway with sidewalk chalk. He asked me to draw everyone. I tried, but it didn’t turn out very well. A combination of little artistic talent in the drawing department and bulky chalk leads to iffy stick-figure-with-big-round-head-people. Bastien was calmer today than he’s been the past few days. He did get a little excited a few times, but there was very little inside screaming and no-reason crying.

Lately Sylvain’s been doing something that I find really cute/funny. I mean, yeah, he’s a baby what do you expect? But seriously; he’ll start crawling towards you and then all of a sudden he’ll flop down on his stomach and just look at you. It’s like he’s imitating soldiers crawling across the ground trying to keep low. It might just be because he’s in his pj’s all day and since they’re all soft and stuff he doesn’t have much traction on the wood floors. Only, he does it on the carpet as well. I took a few more pictures of his ‘Einstein’ hair – he’s getting it cut Saturday. I’m kind of sad to see it go. It is getting long though. He’s got wings and a mow-hawk all at the same time.

By the way – welcome Fall! I completely forgot yesterday. Maybe because it’s been fall-like most of the month. When it comes to the seasons, I don’t have a set favourite. It always changes…usually based on the season we’re in! Fall is up there; I just love the brilliant colours of the leaves as they change and the crispness to the air. Maybe it has something to do with back to school even though most of the time it still feels like summer when school starts. Even though I don’t want to be in school anymore I always loved the beginning of every year. I’m thankful in that I can find something to like about every season, every type of weather. I think the weather is actually one of the things I complain the least about. I do have moments when I wish the next season would just get here, but for the most part I’m content all year round.

What’s your favourite season?


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I feel like a monster.

I know I’m not hurting him on purpose. I know there’s nothing I can do, it’s going to bother him no matter what. But when Sylvain is literally crying like you’re ripping him apart it makes me so sad and I want to stop what I’m doing, but I know he needs it to get better. I thought I’d heard him cry insanely before, but that was nothing like today. Tonight when I was putting his chalky stuff on his spots he was crying so hard he sounded like he was in excruciating pain and terrified. Any time now you go to lay him down to change clothes or diaper he starts to cry and it’s a challenge to make him lay down. It’s like he knows he’s not going to like what’s coming. Once he was undressed and in the bath he was fine. As soon as he was out of the bath and I took him into his room/temporary play room he started crying. Then wailing. It didn’t help that he had a fever again. I felt horrible. Adeline came up to help. It’s got to be even harder to hear your own child cry like that and know that you can’t stop what you’re doing that’s making them cry. I haven’t been this close for this long to chicken pox since Lisa and I had them and that was 20 years ago so I don’t remember a thing. Half the time I’m afraid that when I pick him up all the spots are going to burst!

He slept fitfully last night so Greg and Adeline didn’t get much sleep. He also didn’t nap well today and I ended up taking him for a walk this afternoon while Adeline and Bastien napped to try to get him to sleep more. We were out for about an hour and a half and he slept for maybe 25 minutes. His eyes are red and dark underneath and when you look at him you wish there was something you could do to make him better. When Greg put him to bed he wailed for about 5 minutes or less and then suddenly – nothing. He was out. I hope he sleeps better tonight, for everyone’s sake. Greg has to go to work tomorrow, I’m not sure about Adeline. And the last few days Bastien has been off the wall. Maybe he’s got a bit of cabin fever going on. He’s been outside everyday – either to play in the backyard or go for a little walk – but he hasn’t been anywhere other than the house (not including the walks). He needs other kids to play with. I think he goes back to school Monday and here’s hoping things improve with him when he goes back. Once nice thing is that unless they have another kid they’re never going to have to go through this again and at least I’m here to help. I know you want to get chicken pox when you’re a kid, but I think it’s better when you’re over a year old at least. Or when you can stand on your own. I think that’s part of the problem with Sylvain. He doesn’t want to lie down and if he could stand on his own it would be easier to put the cream on. Oh well, he won’t remember this at all and that will be nice.

We’ll definitely all feel better when we’re all feeling better. It’s hard to imagine that all the spots are just going to go away…it was almost odd seeing Bastien tonight in the bath because he only has a few spots left and he’s not covered in the red stuff he had to put on to dry them out. It seems like Sylvain has spots in all the worst places you could have them. Poor guy. And you can’t explain what’s going on. Oh man. How am I going to handle if I have kids when they get chicken pox? At least I’ll have first hand – recent – experience. There have been times when I wished this wouldn’t have happened when I’m here, but mostly I think what a great learning curve this is. It has to be tough when you’re a mother for the first time and your baby gets sick and you don’t want to over – or under – react, and you’re scared. Hopefully this year will help me be a little more prepared if I ever have kids.

So I don’t feel like a monster right now, but I felt so horrible before. I wanted to cry too. 😦


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Not much today except noise.

Sylvain decided this morning that he really didn’t want sleep. He woke everybody up earlier than normal. I managed to get our for a walk this morning so I had no idea until I got back. So there was that and today neither of the boys really got any sleep during nap time because of all the noise. Of course, the noise couldn’t be helped. It’s hard to be quiet when you’re ripping out a floor. Sylvain managed to get some sleep this morning on our walk and then when we got back to the house, but this afternoon I guess not so much. Bastien was a bit cranky this afternoon/evening because he was tired. He kept saying he didn’t want to sleep.

Hopefully they’ll sleep well tonight and not wake their parents up early! So other than trying to keep them occupied and trying to get them to sleep there wasn’t much else that went on today. Sylvain is getting more and more vocal all the time. It’s great, except for when he screams in your ear. Of course today there were more tears, but being tired will do that to you.


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In fact, sometimes cats hide.

Today went really well. It might actually be easier with the two boys here than just Sylvain, because at least Bastien can play with him if I have to step out of the room or something. Bastien watched ‘Cars’ this morning and after I started some of my laundry I went upstairs with Sylvain to play. When the movie was over we went for a little walk. We went down by where the deer are, but I had to make sure we walked back that way because I couldn’t take Bastien past the school; he was sad he couldn’t go today. As we approached, he said this: “When we arrive at the deer you have to say ‘voila, the deer’.” Then when we were right in front of them he says this: “Oh zut! we didn’t bring any bread and they’re hungry. Oh now they’re sad.” He was so incredibly serious when he let out that “oh zut alors”, I almost laughed.

On the way back we saw a cat. He was walking on a wall and I asked Bastien what he was doing. He confirmed what I saw. Then the cat jumped on something. Then he jumped on something else and we couldn’t see him because of the electricity pole. I said he disappeared, but Bastien said “no, it’s not possible. In fact, sometimes cats hide. If they’re scared, they hide.” Too precious. I wish I could remember everything he says or at least record it because the things he comes up with are great. I know a lot of kids are like that, but I don’t experience other kids because I’m not with them all the time. And maybe because it sounds much more, I don’t know, sophisticated, serious (?) in French and that’s what makes it so amusing to me.

Apparently Bastien likes eating chocolate with vegetables – peas, carrots, onions, tomatoes, they’re all good with chocolate. But chicons, he’s never tried those with chocolate so he doesn’t know. We discovered this during snack time today. And I’ve finally figured out what a ‘chicon’ is in English! It has many names but basically it’s a type of endive. A Belgian endive (or in the UK chicory).

Belgian Endive - or chicon. Thank you Wikipedia.

The boys actually ate supper before us adults. Then they went to bed. Well, Sylvain fell asleep with his bottle in his lap (he didn’t really nap today) and Bastien wanted to go to bed as well – although I think he’s up again, or was a few minutes ago. We had a quiet, calm dinner. What a change! For some reason today Bastien screamed inside more than normal. And louder than normal too. Or maybe that was just because a few times I happened to be closer to him than I normally am when he screams. Let me tell you, ringing ears is an understatement when he really lets loose. Now we just pick him up and put him outside. He has to sit on the bench right there. He doesn’t have his shoes so he won’t go play.

I don’t know why but this week has me all confused. I’ve felt like it’s Friday since Tuesday! I have no idea what’s up, I can barely remember what say it is. Weird.

Lazy Dayz

Not much happened today, except some extra sleep (a nap, as a preventative measure against getting sick ;)), watching Sylvain sleep (and some TV), picking Bastien up, helping with supper, and giving Sylvain a bath. I am going to get spoiled this year.

Also, I’ve had news from my Mom that Canada is experiencing cold, cold weather, with a lot of snow (and the chance of more on the way). I will say that it’s nice to able to go on a walk and not worry about freezing, but I do sort of miss the snow. Driving over here is nice because I don’t have to worry about it, that is one BIG plus. So, enjoy the snow, and I’ll enjoy the light, spritz-y rain :D.

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