Things have been pretty quiet on the blog, so I guess it’s time for a little life update. Here are the top 10 things keeping us busy lately.

1. House hunting

We’ve flip-flopped a couple times on whether to buy or rent when we move to Tucson this August. Currently the consensus is to rent, at least for now. We have way too many other decisions to make and major purchases going on in the next 2 months. Mortgage shopping was stressing us out. We’re also back-and-forth on the idea of booking something sight-unseen or getting a vacation rental for the first little while. Always scouring the housing market though.

2. Painting

We have a friend who owns a painting business. He hired M on for the summer to earn some extra cash and get his mind off the books for a few weeks. So far, it’s been perfect summer job.

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3. Sleep training

Blame it on our studio apartment, if you want. Blame it on the floor-to-ceiling windows and 16 hours of daylight that Calgary gets in May. Blame it on the difficult breastfeeding journey that we started out with. Blame it on inconsistently co-sleeping. Blame it on faulty parenting if you want to, but the fact is, this baby is a bad sleeper. I know lots of people will tell you it’s perfectly normal for a baby to continue waking at night up to a year or even 1.5 years old. But how many times? Waking once at night I can see as normal. Even twice isn’t bad. But this baby is still waking 5+ times every night. I feel like I’ve tried everything. I’m perpetually exhausted. So we’re working with a sleep consultant who offered her services for free for the sake of research, which is nice, but 2 months in, and E has gone from 90 minute spans at night, to now, taking at least one 3-4 hour stretch. It’s not much, but technically, yes, that’s an improvement.

4. Test Driving

Yet another plan that keeps shifting is the car we’re going to buy in our near future. We’re pretty well set on the Honda Fit, but we keep teetering on whether to buy it in Canada and import it, or just buy it when we get to AZ. Right now we’re planning on importing. We’re just waiting for a good deal on one in Calgary.


5. Packing

I’ve already sent two loads of boxes to the US with relatives passing through. My mom is visiting this week, so she’ll take another load. I’m always looking around to see what else I can live without for the rest of the summer.

6. Shopping

My feet are causing me so much grief lately. I finally went to a podiatrist and actually asked about surgery. The visit was mostly useless, but she did recommend a few steps to try before surgery. That’s good news. But I spent the afternoon at specialty shoe stores and even they were hard pressed to find something for my difficult feet. I’ve decided to give up on cheap shoes for good though.  I’m actually thinking about ordering some custom-made shoes. If anyone out there has experience with this, do tell!

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7. Making

Little baby shoes with vinyl scraps leftover from my bookbinding days.

Easter eggs with natural dyes: turmeric, onion, hibiscus, beet + crayon and sharpie + lovely house guests.

Final changes and proofreading M’s thesis. The defense is set for June 16.

8. Running

M almost convinced me to run another half marathon in June, but I think I’m settling for the 10K. He’s still planning on doing the half. If M pushes the stroller, we can usually go almost the same pace on our long runs. He’s still faster than me. It seems to be working out pretty well though.

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9. Learning

Little E has been cruising almost as soon as she was crawling at 9 months. But recently she has added to her bag of tricks. Now she can gracefully get down from standing up with support, she can bend down and pick up a toy while holding a support, and she loves to clap her hands and point her fingers.

10. Planning

We’re spending 12 days in England this summer! We’ve been reading up on the UK and getting some new passports for the Canadians in the family. We have 7 days in London, where M will be presenting his research and 5 in some location, yet to be determined. We’ve narrowed it down to a few options, but if you have a recommendation, lmk.

  1. #1 by Stephanie J on May 22, 2014 - 9:50 am

    About #5 – We went through the same thing with Emma. Around 5 months she stopped sleeping, and we couldn’t get her to sleep well again until she was around 11 -12 months. We don’t know why she did that, but we think it was us being stupid parents. We started wrapping her up and lying down next to her to get to sleep. That meant a lot of sleeping on the floor for everybody, but it helped.

    • #2 by xivonne on May 22, 2014 - 11:40 am

      Oh dear, she would love that! She got to sleep in our bed over Easter weekend when Mom and Laura were here and we both slept better, but oh my neck was aching. I really can’t do that all the time.

  2. #3 by bclaire on May 24, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    I love this update! And we are in the same boat on a couple of things, like the house hunting and car shopping! We opted to rent for a year so we can get familiar with the area before we buy. And we are planning to buy our car after we move to avoid having to ship it, but it’s so hard to find the exact car we want!

    Sleep training is tough. Ben helped by being the one to go in–at least at first. Even if he couldn’t calm Allie back to sleep completely, the delay seemed to be enough to get her off her wake-up schedule. I knew it wasn’t hunger when I looked back and realized she was waking up at pretty much the exact same times each night!

    Your little E is so advanced! Or maybe Allie is just taking her time with standing/walking. 🙂 So fun you’re going to Europe this summer!! You should go to Cornwall with your other days in the UK!

    • #4 by xivonne on May 25, 2014 - 12:11 am

      That’s our second recommendation for Cornwall! Have you been there?

      • #5 by bclaire on May 25, 2014 - 12:21 am

        Hah no, but it’s at the top (or very near the top) of my travel wish list! My parents were there last summer, though, and I’m basing my recommendation off theirs. Also, I have a surprising number of books set there and I’m just sort of obsessed with it! 🙂

  3. #6 by julie on May 26, 2014 - 6:33 pm

    Great update! WOW YOU GUYS ARE BUSY!!!! Have so much fun in London! See Les Mis if you can, it’s worth it!

  4. #7 by julie on May 26, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    And good luck with sleep training!

    • #8 by xivonne on May 26, 2014 - 6:42 pm

      Haha! Thanks Julie 🙂 We saw Les Mis in Boston and you’re right, it was amazing! So we’re not going this time, but we are going to try to catch a Shakespeare play at the Globe.

      • #9 by julie on May 28, 2014 - 3:43 pm

        Shakespeare at the Globe? Now that would be a cool experience!!

  5. #10 by Maria on June 2, 2014 - 2:16 am

    Lots going on in your life! I feel your sleep training pain. I feel like we’ve been working on sleep training forever. Looking back the situation has gradually improved, though the battle is far from over. And it always has made me feel a little better to hear that other people are having major struggles too, because it’s a little less exasperating when you feel like it’s kind of normal. Best of luck!

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