Long weekend BBQ with friends #May24

This would be our second annual BBQ and I am liking if this becomes an annual thing with our friends (of course we’d love to be able to host our friends over for a meal / potluck more often).

This time we kept it pretty casual by inviting our friends via our whatsapp group chats (ha!).

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On the grill the mister had:

  • Veggie and paneer skewers
  • Hotdogs (halal and veggie)
  • Eggplant “burgers” (with spinach mayo sauce)
  • Simple BBQ chicken drumsticks
  • Pineapple

Plus one of friends brought a deep fryer to make fish and chips.

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With our society becoming more and more busy (long hours at the office, kids extra curricular activities etc) and on our screens than #IRL, I think it’s even more important to put the effort towards friendships, in person interactions and events.

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Although a pretty huge undertaking, planning and executing a lunch or dinner party is always a goal/to do item on our mental check lists.  That said, we definitely weren’t thinking it through much because during all the prep work we were dealing with Miss El’s feeding schedule and skipping the elusive toddler nap (for Miss S).  But I am glad we managed to pull it off and enjoyed ourselves in the process.

#MothersDay2017

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Honestly I started the post almost 4 days ago and never got around to finishing it.  Between being there with my kids, cooking, laundry, getting back into fitness/fitbit, running errands, trying my very hardest to spend time with my hubby (while trying my hardest not to pass out on the couch at 8:30) my 5am scheduled posts have taken a back seat.  I let one slide (ok Monday’s post also didn’t almost happen on time) but definitely going to put in the work to get Friday’s post in on time.   Why the pressure on myself?  Well first off its not pressuring myself, writing, taking beautiful photos, editing, thinking, setting deadlines, dressing up for an OOTD – makes me feel good about myself.   Plus I LOVE the feeling of accomplishment and staying motivated is a huge goal for me over the next year.  Okay now that THATS out of the way…. :)

Mother’s Day 2017 was ahhh-mazzzing!  I got the sweetest potted seedling from Miss S (c/o her preschool class) and a gorgeous pendent necklace (similar to what I posted here). Plus I got treated to alone time in the bathroom (I know such a luxury), Breakfast in bed with the cutest homemade gift from the Mister and Miss S (and of course Miss El).

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I listened to the most refreshing podcast episode this morning about parenting your little ones at typical summer events (such as weddings and grad ceremonies – both of which we will be attending in the coming months).  I would love if my kids could take every nap in the own bed/crib and don’t have to nag them to eat their meal – but having friends/family and the related events doesn’t always lend itself to the perfect parenting situations :)  Plus the mister and I are on the go ourselves (between corporate careers, working out, schooling, night outs etc) so I am glad that I stumbled upon the episode to remind me to keep perspective and plan!

The 3 important things to remember:

  1. know you child’s tolerance level (a kid will only act in a way she is programmed for their age and it’s on me as a parent to adjust to that thinking)
  2. come prepared with loose parts that allow for quiet yet active place (lol sounds scary but each parent knows their child’s safety level so some items that were suggested are feathers, scarves etc)
  3. don’t apologize for your kids behaviour (somewhat related to 1 above)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

Belly Photo Shoot

Thought I’d share a few pictures from our Maternity photo shoot (aka belly 2.0).

Major thanks to our photographer for capturing these precious memories.  I really appreciate how tasteful and that they capture the stage of life we are experiencing.

If you are on the fence about getting a maternity photo shoot – I would definitely recommend it.  Here are the reasons why I did it

  1. Celebrate the transformations: Because it is a true blessing.  This is the few times in life where you body grows in ways that it never can and having a keepsake of the changes is ahh-mazing.
  2. Family bonding:  Yes we can read big sister and new baby books, nothing is sweeter than having your kid on the outside give your kid on the inside a high five :)
  3. Photos can help you remember: Everyone says it goes by in a flash but having a physical photo can trigger a feeling or emotion – and it’s true a picture speaks a thousand words.

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Miss El’s One Month Update

Wow I can’t believe I’m starting another kiddo update series.

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The last month has been so great and so challenging at the same time.  And at times, I get stressed and call the Hubz (at work no less) in a panic but I also keep reminding myself to have perspective because the days are long but the years are short.

Miss El is 1 month old and most of her day is spent nursing, in someone’s arms, in a sling or sleeping.  As of late she’s started to use her hands to feel/bat at things discovering textures, our skin, random parts of her toys.  She is also a snuggler!  She will burry her head into the nook between my head and shoulder and always makes herself comfy when she wants to listen to my heartbeat on my chest.

She instantly knows when Miss S is beside her or squeezing her too hard giving her a hug.   I sense she knows who her sister is.  It’s very interesting to see them interacting (simple things like looking into each others eyes) – which is surprising to me because I didn’t think there would be much interaction at this age.

She gets a ton of kisses, hugs, finger jabs and hair pulls (all out of love – I hope!) from her big sis who just can’t wait to play with her.  

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Miss S (2.75 years) |  Miss El (3 weeks)

Another thing about our Miss El is that her lips shape up into a smile more than I thought a newborn could. As hard as its been in the last month, seeing that makes everything more manageable.  (South Asian culture says that when a baby smiles they are remembering their past life.  I like to think she recognizes us and is happy to see us)

Along with all those smiles is a lot of crying and night wakes. So it balances it out I guess! (haha)

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Postpartum – Must Haves

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Pinterest and Instagram have DROOL worthy baby gear.  Honestly all the muslin blankets and cute bonnets would do me under.  But I stuck to my guns and didn’t go overboard.  Luckily we had pretty much EVERYTHING from Miss S’s time and didn’t have to buy much (other than diapers and wipes).

Here is my list of must haves for right after baby arrives!

Belly Bandit – I actually bought this when Miss S was nine months and it really helped.  I know they say you should wear it right after you deliver but I think it works at any time.

Medela Freestyle BreastPump – We ended up using our previously loved pump by replacing a few of the parts and cleaning/sanitizing other parts.  Great investment!

Aden and Anais muslin blankets – These are the most versatile muslin blankets.  They are soft and they have a bit of stretch!  I also like these ones too.

Aveeno Baby Wash and Lotion – The last time around it took us a LONG time for figure out what to use on newborn skin.  Our paediatrician recommended Aveeno and we stuck with it every since.  (We also use this and this for Miss S now that she’s older).

Disposable Nursing Pads: I wasn’t able to do the reusable ones just and these worked really well.

Grace Travel Lite Crib – Both Miss S and now Miss El slept in here while in our room.  The only issue is that baby can grow out of it real fast!  The great thing about it is that it has stages so it can be used as a playpen (as long as baby fits).

S’Well Water bottle – I have two #Guilty!  One on my bed side and one downstairs (that I throw in the diaper bag when I am heading out).  This bottle is soo good.  It keeps cold water cold for 12 hours and hot water hot for 4-6 hours.  That said, they are not cheap but totally worth it.

Sakura Bloom Ring Sling – This was actually the first “baby item” I bought when I was expecting with Miss S.  I really learned to love baby wearing and “wore” Miss S until she was 15 months old.  I specifically love this line of slings because it’s a bit more stylish than a carrier with 40 buckels and a padded body wrap :)

Life Lately #ForMemoriesSake

I thought I’d do a life lately post for memories sake.  Although we take a lot of photos on our phones I have to really work on taking photos with my big camera.  Second to that I really have to work on printing those photos.  I am so guilty of taking photos and hoarding them on a single storage device.  Hence why I’ve started sharing more on this blog.  At least I’ll have these posts for memories sake.

Adding another kiddo to the fambam is a no joke. (LOL – read nervous laughter!!)

Bringing one child into the lives of two adults is nothing compared to having a second.  With your first, your whole world revolves around the one child and then you all of sudden you have to share/split your energy, time, tasks, responsibilities between two – it’s a real game changer.

Although I’ve been told after you have two you could have ten no problem… LOL!

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Miss S is really into Miss E.  She’s all about the kisses, finger hugs, feeding with bottles, helping to get things, telling me that Miss E is biting me lol etc.  Although as now a mom of two, I have felt and seen a sting from my older little towards me and the Hubz.  We are doing our best to spend as much time with her and even giving her special “day-dates” with either both or one of us so I am hoping that this is a phase and it will pass soon.

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I have been balancing quite a bit – but I actually feel good about it.  Along with the responsibilities of a growing family, I am trying to be more active on my social media channels, making plans for growth here and also finishing up a course I am enrolled in.  So yes a babe on the hip and studying is a real thing for me right now.

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That said, I am trying to rest as much as possible and listen to my body as well.  I did make it out for a lunch run with the Hubz the other day.  It felt good to get out wear something cute and freeze our butts off in this prolonged Canadian winter :P

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And of course I am spending tons of time cuddling a newborn.  It definitely feels different this time around.  Maybe because I have more knowledgable or maybe because I don’t have enough time to think about things because we are literally in survival mode some nights :)

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As with the last time, I am nursing and pumping.  It provides me the closeness as well as the freedom that I need as a woman and a momma :)

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Highlighter | Night Cream | Eye Cream | Sling | Blouse (similar)

Spring is here and I am completely in the mood to refresh my routine and start wearing some lighter colours.  Also planning on #babywearing for some neighbourhood walks :)

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In April I plan to setting up 3 daily to-dos to keep myself inspired and motivated as my mat leave really begins.  Things like:

  • getting out for a sling walk with Miss E
  • going to the library program
  • getting to a mommies group
  • also adding more to the blog and etsy (more photography, more inspiration and maybe some vlogging/videography)
  • Scheduling Posts (blog and social channels)
  • Change my nail polish, straighten my hair or do a facemark #SelfCare!!

Some other things I was thinking about is:

  • Writing out the birth story (if anything for memories sake)
  • Printing some photos
  • Reading more books!
  • Working on some new projects and mentorships
  • Working out again (really looking forward to this)
  • Painting, Planting and Knitting :)
  • Figure out my #The100DayProject project #SoExcited