Chester at 5:30 am on his 3 month birthday!

The Chester Diaries: Celebrating the feast and famine known as new motherhood.

Welcome to my blog! My name is Lara and I gave birth in April, 2010 to a baby boy. I've been calling him "Chester" since he was a little chestnut in my tummy. To commemorate his three month birthday, I wanted to write about the crazy, joyous and exhausting ride I've been having as a first-time mom. If you're interested in reading about the highs and lows of uncharted mommy territory as well as my unhealthy obsession with shopping, (particularly baby gear), reviews, and pop culture observations, then you've come to the right place. Be warned: This cute kid has a mommy who can be a bit of a potty mouth.

Note: This blog is no longer active but please enjoy Chester's journey from 3 months to 2+ years.

Monday, May 30

The grass is always greener...

It's taken over a month but we are finally getting used to the city-free sounds of our new home.  Streetcar bells, loud drunks and the loutish intrusion of rude neighbours have now been replaced with chirping birds, the rumble of the garbage truck passing through, as well as the cacophony of lawn mowers humming on a Saturday morning.

Add to that, a sight I never thought I'd see.

Tim tackles the lawn with glee.

He already mowed it the week before!

Apparently it needs to be done every week or it "looks like shit."

Whups!  A little trip and this garden bunny keeps right on going.

Also, words I never thought I'd hear.  Tim:  "I can't wait to cut the lawn this weekend."  If you know Tim, especially anything about his childhood having to cut the family lawn, this is truly a momentous occasion.  I guess life really is full of surprises!

Thursday, May 19

May days

My eight teeth!

Things have been busy around here so not much time to post.  Quite frankly, I'm considering hanging up this blog soon.  (It does take up a great deal of work and there's little in the way of response here as the dearth of followers and comments suggest.)  Not to worry though, I'll still update with pictures every so often at the very least.

First runny nose...kinda cute for a snot nosed kid right?
This week Chester and I have been sick.  We both had a cold that I was able to fight off after a few days.  One of the benefits of breastfeeding still is that C has a much better chance to resist nasty cold bugs.  I've been taking echinacea and Vitamin C right before nursing which helped him immensely.  We seemed to both have the same exact symptoms too.  Runny nose (only on one side of the face), extreme thirst and a dry throat.  We are doing better though and starting to feel more settled in.  Here are a few pics taken last night.  Seems like C is developing a bit of a foot fetish like his Grandma. 

A big foot in a little mouth.  (Same mouth as his dad.)

Thursday, May 5

Sick day...

Chester woke up this morning with bright pink cheeks and a fever.  At first, I thought the fever was from the vaccinations he had on Monday.  The doctor did mention that this could happen.  However, his nose has been running all day.  He was also yawning all morning and just low energy.  I think our little boy is sick.  It's his first time.  I guess not getting sick for a year is something, right?

Why HEY stranger!  Who are you?
How lovely it was to see Tim home a little early from work with a present for him.  A Fisher Price Go Baby Go! Stride-to-Ride Dino!  We've wanted this for such a long time and it was so nice to see Chester's face when he saw a belated, extra bday/sorry-you're-sick-please-feel-better-soon present waiting for him!

Hello!  I think we're going to be best friends.
Totally mesmerized.
C was imitating the dino's roar!
In no time he was standing and exploring.

And tasting...
Blurry shot but C's face = pure joy.

I think the smiles and shrieks we got as a result of his new toy took his mind off feeling icky. What a nice surprise!