Happy First Birthday Odin!

Today marks Odin’s first birthday. I can’t believe that it has been a year since he was born. it has been the most exciting year of our lives, getting to know our little one and watch him grow and learn.

 

Have a great weekend 🙂

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I’ve Got a Case of Festive Fever!

Last Christmas we didn’t have a tree and we had minimal decorations. Odin was only a few weeks old last Christmas and we were spending the holidays away from our house with our families. Our house didn’t feel right to me. With the sleepless nights and the adjustment of becoming new parents, decorating for the holidays just wasn’t at the top of our list last year.

I love the holidays. When my grandmother was alive, she decorated for every holiday. I think her love of the holidays rubbed off on me.

This year, the Christmas season is going to be different around here (much to the dismay of my husband) because I have a case of festive fever! This year I am more excited than usual for the holidays. Maybe having a little one running around has played a role in this feeling? Or perhaps I’m trying to make up for last year.

We aren’t the ones to put our tree up the day after Halloween, but I can assure you that decorations will be making their way out of storage throughout November and the She & Him Christmas cd will be played…more than once 🙂 I have started making a list of all of the goodies that I want to bake this year, which I will cover in a future post. I have also been collecting Christmas books to read to Odin throughout December. A project that I started working on this week for our little man is an advent calendar filled with fun activities we can do as a family as we count down the days until Christmas.

I want Odin to look forward to the different holidays each year. I want to establish family traditions and create memories that Odin will tell his kids about And maybe even carry over into his own family. Does anyone else feel that the way they celebrate the holidays changed after having a child? I feel like it has happened to me.

When do you begin decorating for the holidays? What are some of your family traditions?

Odin’s Birth Story

November 28th, 2012. My due date. After much speculation that I would deliver my baby early, I didn’t. My husband would talk to my belly and tell the baby to stay in there until at least 4pm on my due date, as he would be home from work then. Low and behold, at 5pm on my due date, I went into labour. My contractions were fairly consistent and were about 5 minutes apart right from the get go. We live 8 minutes from the hospital, so we gave them a call, explained what was going on, and they told me to come in for an assessment because we lived so close. I figured it was better to be safe than sorry, so to the hospital we went.

My water hadn’t broken, but I was definitely in labour. After a few hours in the hospital, they suggested that I go home, as I was still only 2cm dilated. I had a bath when I got home and tried to sleep, but the contractions made it pretty difficult. The next morning I woke up and ate breakfast. During breakfast, my contractions got stronger and closer together. Once I began timing them, they were roughly 2 minutes apart. I jumped in the shower and while getting dressed I realized it was hard to stand up during a contraction. We called the hospital to tell them we were on our way.

Once we arrived on the maternity floor, I broke down in tears, probably because I realized that this baby would actually be here by the end of the day and everything seemed so surreal. I was on the hospital bed getting through the contractions when we had to call my OB in to break my water. I was 5-6cm dilated at this point. The contractions became much more intense after my water was broken.

The hospital I delivered at had really large birthing suites that had tubs in them. i moved into the tub and had the jets on my lower back to ease the pain of the contractions. I told my husband to go home and let our dogs out because I felt alright and I thought there would be enough time for him to do so. I sat in the tub, sipping ginger ale and had nurses coming in to check on me every so often. I was told that I should let them know once I got to the point where I felt like all I could do was push.

Once I got to this point, my husband was still gone and when I told the nurse, she check and I was only 7cm dilated. At this point I decided to request an epidural. I didn’t have a birth plan, but when people would ask me what I preferred during my labor, I told them that I’d like to go epidural free, but would do whatever I had to in order for my baby to enter the world safely.

My husband got back when I was making my request for the epidural. According to him, I used some more colourful language when referring to the epidural. He helped me out of the tub and over to the bed where they were set up with the epidural. The nurse did one last check. I was 10cm and the baby was crowning – no wonder I felt like all I could do was push! Due to the baby crowning, an epidural was out of the question, which I was ok with. I just wanted to start pushing this human out of me. I listened to the nurses and only pushed when they said to. My OB raced across the parking lot and made it just after I began pushing. The nurses had me prepared to push for a couple of hours, as they said most first timers tend to push for two hours.

As I was pushing, I knew it wasn’t going to take me two hours. After 10 minutes of pushing, Odin Edward Khan made his was into the world. We didn’t find out the gender ahead of time, so when he exited, my husband looked at me with the biggest smile on his face and said, “it’s Odin!”

Odin in the hospital

I started crying when they put Odin on my chest and I was overcome with the most blissful feeling. This little boy became my everything. It was the greatest experience of my life. The best day of my life. And to this day, Odin makes everyday a great day.

My labour and delivery story isn’t very dramatic. I was able to deliver my baby the way I had hoped to and he was perfectly healthy. There was nothing more I could have asked for.

Jogging Strollers and Running with a Baby

4 weeks after I had Odin, I put on my running clothes, laced up my Mizunos and went downstairs to my treadmill. I had been looking forward to running again, as it is a big part of my life. Luckily, the healing process after labour and delivery was pretty quick for me. Three days after I had Odin we were out walking 3-4km at a time.

I took a slow and steady approach to getting back into running. I started out by running 3-4km at a time and settled at a pace that I found comfortable. For the first few weeks, I would run on my treadmill (it was January at this point) after my husband got home from work. After a few weeks, I started running while Odin napped. He would nap in the same room as my treadmill so that I could keep an eye on him while he slept. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to add distance, but it took me awhile (8-10 weeks or so) to get my pace back to what it was before I had Odin. Within a few weeks, I was able to run 10km without stopping, but the distance I ran was usually determined by how long Odin napped for.

Baby Trend Expedition

Once April and the warmer weather rolled around, I went back to running outside. It actually felt weird to run outside, which was something I never expected. It took a few runs to get use to it again, especially because I was running with a jogging stroller. Each time I ran, it was a great way for Odin to get some fresh air (and a nap!) and it was a way for me to feel more like myself again. After a week with the jogging stroller, I was fully adjusted and ready to start adding longer runs into my schedule. Odin would often nap in the jogging stroller, so some days I would run until he woke up – an easy way to get a long run out of the way.

The Stroller

The stroller we have is the Baby Trend Expedition. We have the green one, as we purchased the stroller before Odin was born and we didn’t find out the gender. The stroller has three wheels – one in the front and two larger ones in the back. When running, always lock the front wheel or else the stroller shakes. Once the wheel is locked, it’s smooth sailing!

Jogging Stroller

The stroller is a travel system, so Odin has been in the car seat and able to face me so I can see him while I run. The stroller is easy to collapse and comes with drink holders and trays, so there is no need to purchase the extra accessories. The feature that had me sold on this stroller was the iPod hookup. There’s a spot to connect your iPod/iPhone or MP3 player to the speaker jack. The sound is actually really good, and is the perfect solution to adding some music to your run without wearing earphones. I would definitely recommend this stroller to other runners. It isn’t too bulky and is still fairly easy to push when it’s really windy out. It also goes on sale a few times a year at Babies R Us.

Odin’s Obsessions

I wanted to keep a list of some of Odin’s favourite things as he grows up. Every stage of his life has been so exciting, but the past few months have been extra fun as he learns to get around and eat all by himself.

Odin's Obsessions

Now at 11 months old, here are some of Odin’s favourite things:

Of Monsters and Men: Odin was never a big fan of “baby music”. I don’t know if it’s because he heard the Of Monsters and Men cd “My Head is an Animal” on repeat while he was in my belly, but this cd is his favourite. We have even taken him to see the band in concert. If he is fussy, all I have to do is pop this cd in and all is right in my little man’s world.

Boon snack containers: We have the Boon Snack Ball and the Caterpillar Stack. Both of these are amazing containers for families on the go. I love the Caterpillar Stack because it is made up of three separate compartments, which means you can bring a variety of snacks along in a single container (and they won’t get crushed – bonus!). The Snack Ball is great too, as my son loves to shake it likes. Rattle and play with it even when he isn’t snacking.

Woody doll: Perhaps we should have named him Andy, but Odin takes his Woody doll from the Disney store with him everywhere. My favourite thing is when he holds hands with Woody when riding in his stroller. The two of them have been inseparable since Odin was two months old.

OBalls: The Rhino Toys Oballs are great for little ones who are learning to pick up objects. We have the football (shocking!), soccer ball, ball with a rattle inside and a variety of the regular OBalls in various sizes. Odin has been a fan of these since he was a few months old, but now he is starting to get the hang of playing catch with them.

Crocheted football hat: Before Odin was born, I purchased this crocheted football hat from SmallBeansBoutique on Etsy. The hat was incredibly warm and of super quality, so we ordered him another one for this winter. Being the football-loving family that we are, this hat is perfect!

Foods: Some of Odin’s favourite foods this month are bananas, cheese, multigrain Ritz crackers, pancakes, apple sauce and eggs. Odin has never really been a fan of baby food, so now that he is a bit older it’s been fun letting him eat the foods that we eat.