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Note: This blog is no longer active but please enjoy Chester's journey from 3 months to 2+ years.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, October 31

Chester's first Halloween

So we decided to go with the lion costume! It fit him much better, and I also added warm layers underneath, complete with scarf that totally went unnoticed.

I liked that he had on proper footwear as well.

Posing outside the homestead.
Time to trick or treat!
Tim got home just in time for the festivities.
Chester met up with our neighbours across the street.

Two little lions.
What baby lion cubs eat in their natural habitat...
Tigers as well...

Someone stayed up wayyy past their bedtime.
Costumes, candy. pizza AND a late bedtime?  This is the best day ever!


Busy weekend.  Gearing up for Halloween!  Our first family pumpkin!

Sunday, October 30

The lion and the meerkat

I couldn't decide what Callum should go as for Halloween this year. A lion or a meerkat.

The lion costume was from Old Navy. Cheap and cheerful. 

When I saw this meerkat costume afterwards on a US website, I just had to jump on it.  A plush, much more well made outfit all in all.  And since we always call Chester a meerkat, I couldn't resist.

The lion has no feet so it's a better option for going around the neighborhood trick or treating.  It's not as warm on it's own however.

The quality of the meerkat costume was significantly higher.  However, the outfit is huge on him, and there are "feet" which make it hard to walk around outside.

Curious to know what we wound up with? Check out the next post!

Banana bites

For Chester's birthday, I thought we'd try to do up some banana pancakes, but more banana than pancake.  "Banana Bites."

Pancake batter.

Slice bananas horizontally and dredge in batter.
Tim's version.  Not bad!

I took over.   Here's my starting batch.


A little leftover mix for us adults.  With banana sour cream topping.  Mmm.

Chester studiously ignoring our creation.
What?  More grossness?

If I look cute maybe I can avoid eating this gross slop.
You really can't make me eat it, y'know.

In other news.  Look at all my new teeth coming in. 

18 months!