Keira turns 5 months & Grandma came to visit

5 months old. Once again I am blown away. Our little kitten is getting so big. So much has happened in the couple of weeks since my last post that I don’t even know where to begin. I might even have to break this out into a series of posts. The weather here has been insane. Today was 22 degrees and Keira and I have been making the most of it with picnics in the park, lunches on patios and strolls for iced coffees. It truly feels like summer.

I’ll start with some of the mundane details that you might be curious about. Keira is now officially sleep trained. Whatever that means. We actually hacked sleep training in true Hack style. There are certain rules that the “experts” suggest that we have ignored, such as staying at home during the day (not going to happen!), eliminating the dummy altogether (use only while we’re out) and setting a rigid time schedule (not for us – yet at least), not feeding her too close to sleep (I still feed her before her bed time in the evening but not until she’s asleep). She has been going to bed pretty regularly around 6pm and waking up once at around 3am for a snack. If she wakes up before that, which happens all the time, we just put a hand on her back and she drifts peacefully into a deep sleep (not!). In reality, it’s a “is she or isn’t she awake,” “did she manage to flip over or is she just stirring,” “should we feed her, let her be or go intervene in some way,” “did she just poo or was that a fart?” If we do get up to check on her, it’s then our mission to sneak back into our bed as quietly as possible, hold our breath and listen endlessly to see if she settles back in. All these things lead to a better sleep for her than for us. Although, the sleep is dramatically improved and we’re feeling pretty darn proud of ourselves. Phil can now put her down to sleep just as easily as I can. When we put her in her cot, she does just drift off on her own. These things are a big freaking deal!

The teething is leading to a constant stream of drool that I’ve given up mopping up, which means I generally walk around looking like it must have been raining wherever we have come from. No actual teeth so far, but that doesn’t stop her from being uncomfortable and chewing on anything she can get her hands on. She is loving the swim lessons and now kicks away in the bath too. She got her first dunk in the water and was fine the first time, but last week, was not so impressed with Phil.

Phil fulfilled one of our London bucket list items – going to an Arsenal match. Tickets are incredibly difficult to get, so when a friend of ours emailed Phil to invite him to the match, Phil lost his mind. Arsenal Stadium is about 10 minutes away from us, so we often see the hub bub that happens on match day, but to actually be inside the stadium is a whole other experience. Thanks Jeremy!

Phil’s mom was here for a week. We had a great time in London. Keira loved having someone else to read her stories and to chat with. We did a lot out in the sunshine. The best way to summarize the visit is with pictures. We miss you Grandma!

Spring is here

Spring is here

Dad just narrowly dodges the drool

Dad just narrowly dodges the drool

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Sunday Roast - again

Sunday Roast – again

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Three generations

Three generations

"Thanks Grandma for the piggy bank!"

“Thanks Grandma for the piggy bank!”

Keira is insanely in love with this book

Keira is insanely in love with this book

Phil & Jeremy at the Arsenal match

Phil & Jeremy at the Arsenal match

Arsenal Stadium packed with a capacity of 73,000 fans

Arsenal Stadium packed with a capacity of 73,000 fans

Floods of Arsenal fans

Floods of Arsenal fans

The fam jam

The fam jam

Who loves Sunday Roast more?

Who loves Sunday Roast more?

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Picnic at Hampstead Heath

Picnic at Hampstead Heath

The Hop-on Hop-off Bus

The Hop-on Hop-off Bus

Hop-on Hop-off Bus: Big Ben & the Parliament Buildings

Hop-on Hop-off Bus: Big Ben & the Parliament Buildings

Hop-on Hop-off Bus: Whitehall (?)

Hop-on Hop-off Bus: Whitehall (?)

Hop-on Hop-off Bus: Trafalgar Square

Hop-on Hop-off Bus: Trafalgar Square

Hop-on Hop-off Bus: Picadilly Circus

Hop-on Hop-off Bus: Picadilly Circus

Canadian pride at Trafalgar Square

Canadian pride at Trafalgar Square

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Out for lunch with Grandma

Out for lunch with Grandma

Mmmm... Ice cream

Mmmm… Ice cream

Lynette's day trip: Windsor Castle

Lynette’s day trip: Windsor Castle

Lynette's day trip: 14th century pub in Lacock

Lynette’s day trip: 14th century pub in Lacock

Lynette's day trip: Lacock in the Cotswolds

Lynette’s day trip: Lacock in the Cotswolds

Lynette's day trip:  Stonehenge

Lynette’s day trip: Stonehenge

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6 thoughts on “Keira turns 5 months & Grandma came to visit

  1. Looks like you are getting awesome weather in London! It also looks like you are back in fighting form Tara! You are back wearing your red pants!! Keira looks so cute and just taking everything in.

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