A day in the life: 3 months of Mat Leave

I have reached 3 months (ok almost 5 months now) of mat leave and I am pretty stoked at some of the cool things I’ve accomplished.  The first time I went on Mat Leave – the unstructured day left me feeling confused and flailing.

This time around I’ve been reading more, listening to more music/podcasts, blogging regularly, taking lots of pictures (+ making more attempts to print photos), writing / bullet journaling, working out and generally being more present as a mom to a baby (the first time around, I was surrounded by a lot of help which didn’t allow me to experience what I am experiencing now).

Along with all of this, I / we have been way more busy.  Adding a second kiddo doesn’t just double the amount of work in your home, career and personal life; it literally feels like our effort in all of these areas has increase exponentially!

Thankfully, I haven’t been consumed with all of that “busyness” I’ve set some goals for myself (like getting my steps in, reduce unnecessary spending and baking bread – ok hasn’t happened yet but it will) and I am happy at how productive I’ve been and feel like I’ve been really living up to my #onelittleword for the year.

So for #MemoriesSake I wanted to document a day in the life.

4:45am – Miss El gets a little restless and immediately hear her (I am the lightest sleeper).  I  hopped out of bed and see that she’s wrangled her arms out of the swaddle (we are currently co sleeping with her in the same room).  I pick her up and bring her to our bed for a feed.

5:30am – I’ve swaddled her back up and put her in the nursery crib for her early morning nap.  I jump into bed for another 15-20min of sleep as the Mister gets up.

6:20am – I get a kiss on my forehead from the Hubz and he tells me the time.  We usually go wake up Miss S together at her request the night before.  I quickly change into my workout clothes, grab my water bottle, glasses, phone and fitbit (nope haven’t even brushed my teeth yet #MatLeaveLife).  If we are lucky she is still sleeping and we watch her for a few moments curled up with her blankie – if not we are met with a threenager :P

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6:35am – After our good mornings/wrangling Miss S out of bed, I usually help her in the bathroom (brush, potty, change her clothes) while the Hubz gets downstairs to start their breakfast.  I tell her about the fun things coming up this week/weekend, we say some daily affirmations, we talk about her baby sis etc.  Afterwards we head downstairs for breakfast.

6:50am – They are eating breakfast and I pull out the Mister’s lunch.  I brush my teeth in the downstairs bathroom and/or walk circles around our mainfloor while brushing #GottaGetMyStepsIn and then down a bottle of water with my vitamins (this one and then this one)

7:20am – I give them both kisses goodbye and then check on Miss El using our baby monitor.  Fingers crossed she stays asleep while I workout.

8:00am – After the treadmill I did some resistance training and the 7 minute workout (current challenge I have going with some friends).  I come upstairs to finish up with stretches and foam rolling.  I might have anywhere from 5 to 40 minutes left of #MeTime before Miss El gets up.  I try and fit in a quick bite to eat.

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8:20am – Annndd she’s up!  She so happy to see me and me to see her!  She does some stretches in her crib then I pick her up, changer her diaper, giver her a D drop and put her on her tummy for some tummy time.  This is usually when I write in my Five Minute Journal.

9:30am – By now I’ve given her another feed, we’ve cuddled, giggled and played on the bed so we head downstairs.  I put Miss El down to play on her mat and I tidy up the table from breakfast (which ususally means dumping the dishes in the sink and leaving them there all day – ha!).  Once I can tell she’s getting restless, I either hold her facing forward with one hand and use the other to do somethings around the house (maybe laundry or maybe check social media) or put her in the sling.

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10:20am – She’s in her crib for another nap.  This is usually when I try doing something creative, or write or take pictures for the blog.  If it’s an errand day, I’ll usually try to get things done while she takes a car seat nap (groceries or some shopping etc).

11:15am – And she’s up again.  Change her diaper and some more tummy time (which is happens on this nursing pillow).  I give her another feed and we head downstairs again.

11:30am – I start prepping my lunch or make a cup of coffee or tea. I water the plants and pick up the house.  Miss El is either playing on her tummy or sitting in the jumper looking out the window :)

12:30pm – She seemed a little drowsy so I put her down again. I eat my lunch with either my computer (so I can write), my book or the TV.  I’ve been watching waaaayyy too many Netflix documentaries.  So today it’s my book.  If I wasn’t able to get in a workout in the morning (as in Miss El woke up as soon as the Mister and Miss S left the house) I’ll fit in a quick workout here.

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2:00pm –  It’s another diaper change and then playtime on her tummy.   I give her a feed then put her in her little crib and pull it into the bathroom so I can take a shower. If I am lucky she’ll let me half straighten my hair :)

2:35pm – She wants to be held a bit by this time so it’s either than one hander (facing forward) or into the sling.

3:45pm – Another nap! I take stalk of what needs to be done to make the house presentable.  This nap also means time to prep dinner.

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4:45pm – She’s up and gets her diaper changed then I give her another feed. We will chit chat a bit, have a mini photoshoot then head downstairs.

5:30pm – One last feed before the witching hour begins.

6:02pm – The mister and big sis are home, we eat dinner, play and start bedtime routines. What a day!

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All images are from pinterest!

A day at the lake

Last Friday, we packed up some things and ourselves into my husband’s car from his bachelor days and headed out to Rice Lake.  One thing I realized about myself since becoming an adult or a mom or both is that I am chicken $h!t….!  I realized I had to quickly let go of that when Miss S requested to go on the boat (it was a “oh crap thats me that will have to go with her” moment).

Thats the thing about having kids, they push you to your limits in more ways the one.

The weather wasn’t the best, but the sun did come out in the late afternoon!  We did some fishing, sprayed lots of bug spray, ate tons of food and of course I took tons of pictures….

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We had tons of chicken as well as veggie options of portobello mushrooms with feta, and boiled baby carrots and hummus.

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Me on the lake with my first born :)

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That fish was sharp!

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The cottage was super cute, perfect for picture taking!

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Obligatory Hunter Boots shot.

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So cute and quaint!

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Just a girl in her rainboots looking for some sand to play with….!

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Miss El’s four month update

Our Ellie-belly is 4 months. She’s found her voice and uses it to make a hilarious throat gurgle or a high pitched shriek (just in time for witching hour).

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She’s also realized she has hair and two ears. She’s found her knees and is trying to understand how they attach to her feet and toes. She is very ticklish, loves to kick us in the face (or kick anything really, bath water, parts of her play gym and even the air) and her fingers are her favourite snack (much to big sissy’s dismay “Elowa we don’t put our fingers in our moups”).  She also loves to stare at her sister, especially in the car after preschool pick up.

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Her favorite toys are the classic o-ball, o-ball cricket turn toy, as well as this bear because it’s perfect to practice her BLW skills.  On that note, she’s started following us as we eat (food from plate to hand, hand to mouth and then it disappears).  I think she may have figured out her name (or at least recognize it in the sing song way we say it).

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I am having a hard time keeping her finger nails trimmed and not exactly sure what to do with her hair (head bands just don’t stay on!)

Miss El has already visited three work place offices, been to Canada’s Wonderland, several playgyms and a few birthday parties.  Can’t believe that she’ll be starting solids in a few months and then I’ll be halfway into my Mat Leave :O

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What works for me: Goals, Productivity & #Motherhood

I was lucky enough to see my mentor on my trip to the city last week.  I am glad that I was able to make it happened. (I love seeing how the things I write down come to fruition #ThoughtsBecomeThings).

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Sandals (similar) | Pants | Tie up top | Chocker (similar)

She mentioned to me to enjoy my time off (Maternity Leave) because she could see the gears turning as I was talking to her about my thoughts for when I return.  She suggested to me to make a plan and set a date and then not to think about any of that until that time.  She told me to enjoy my time off (not really time off but you know) and enjoy my family.

I am – totally and completely.

Yesterday I walked back from the baby’s library program in the beautiful 24 degree weather with the sun shinning down and I couldn’t have been more content and present.

And I realized that part of me enjoying my time is having something to look forward to and something to achieve for myself.  I need this to feel like myself.  And if I don’t feel like myself, I won’t be happy.  And if a mom isn’t happy than it’s not a good thing for anybody.

So this is just a reminder to myself, to keep having goals (small daily wins and big audacious dreams) keep doing me so I can take care of myself and my family.

Toronto Trippin’ with Miss El

When we left our downtown condo I was about 4 months pregnant with Miss S and I couldn’t wait to get out of there.  Living in the city has it’s perks (everything was walking distance) but I was so over the congestion and car pollution I was really looking forward to more green-space and less concrete jungle.

For me, taking a solo-mama-babe-in-the-stroller visit to the city is a real accomplishment.  It’s like a #RookieMom rite of passage!  I mean with Miss S I did it when she was closer to one year old.  But with our Ellie Bell it happened at 3 months.

We ended up driving down (wasn’t too keen on nursing on the Go Transit during the commuter rush) and seeing my co-workers, introducing Miss El to my mentor and then having lunch with the Mister after visiting his office.  Later in the afternoon, I wandered around Eaton Centre, broke my no-buy-challenge after 27 days (although disappointing it did make an impact on my spending habits – more on that in another post).

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Love the vines growing on buildings near Forest Hill

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In the super glam elevator at H&M – which was obviously made for selfies!

Although do-able with a double stroller, the Eaton Centre is not as stroller friendly as I thought.  I was walking from either ends of the mall to get to the elevators,which were always heavily in use (had to miss two rides because they were crowded with people).  I got over 13,000 steps throughout the entire day in my comfy #AthletiLeasure sneaks.

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Made my option a little more vegan friendly by saying no meat please and getting tofu instead.

For our lunch date, we went to Spring Rolls.  I had the tofu chowmein noodles and Hubz had the chicken pad thai.  We chit chatted and made goggly eyes at each other – it’s been a long time.  I almost always take a part of my dish home but it was so good I ended up finishing it (even when Miss El needed to be held).

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Overall it was nice trip into the city (despite the rain which I was fully prepared for).  Planning another trip later this year.

A goal is a goal

I have 6 more days left in my blog challenge and although I have a blog calendar I don’t have anything prepped for today’s post.  And by today I actually mean yesterday.  And by prepped I mean have my talking points or pictures ready.  I definitely will be going back to my 3 day a week posting scheduling after this challenge is over.  Not sure what I was thinking when I thought I could do 5 days a week of blogging (I remember my teacher saying that even 4 days a week of blogging is not easy).  But it’s a goal I set for myself and I intend to meet it.  So today’s post is more of a #DiaryEntry.

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Photo taken circa 2011 in Paris after my MBA convocation

Yesterday was the mister’s MBA convocation.  (If you need ideas on how to spend solo parenting time with your kid you can read this).  At first Miss S didn’t want to attend because she was going to have water play day at her preschool.  I was a little sad but also relieved because having her miss a celebration of her father’s achievement would be disappointing but keeping a toddler quite and still for 2 hours would not be easy.  However because the forecast for the day was raining she had decided that she didn’t want to go to preschool and would attend the graduation ceremonies.  Luckily, I had 2 sets of grandparents to help! …All went well except when both kids wanted me to hold them LOL.    Thank goodness for my sling and strong arms :)

This morning we I had early wake up calls (thanks to our #HumanAlarmClocks).  Brought the older one to our bed and she played with my hair and back so I could sleep for another 20 minutes.  Managed to get her ready for the day (bathroom, dressed, breakfast and play time) and write in my journal before the baby woke up.  We let the new grad sleep in 1.5 hours more before I made the toddler wake him up :)

This evening we are heading out to my parents house for a belated Father’s Day BBQ.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday.