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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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

For memories sake…

We had our newest little addition join us over the weekend.  L&D, recovery and the whole “expecting” experience was interesting and completely different than the first time.  Not sure if I want to share how it went down but we’ll see.  That said, without further ado…I am here to introduce Miss El :)

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What am I…

Feeling: anxious, excited, nervous, happy, scared, joyful, #momguilt

Doing: feeding, laundry, tidying, cuddling, listening to lecture + doing homework/assignments (the class I am in goes on until Apr 10)

Thinking: not taking enough photos, crap.. need to add that to my to-do list, do I really need to sleep

Thanks for reading and have great weekend!

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The age old discussion about how much to share online.  Although I’ve retracted from Facebook for the most part I still do share a lot of visuals into my life on Instagram and even more imagery and words on my blog.  I guess I feel my blog is more for me anyway and for me anything I share online is a “high light real” for the the most part.

 

Kiddo Update #MomDiaries

It’s been a minute since I’ve written an update post on the diva that is Miss S and I honestly which I could do it more often.
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She’s a handful for sure (like any toddler) but I always remind myself that when the days seem long, the years are short!  I want to look back and have pictures, words & memories to remind myself (and her and the hubz) of all the hilariousness, repetitive repetition (lol), craziness, hectic and innocence of this time.
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So without further ado here is Miss S’s almost 32 month update:
Favourite Food:
Jam, Chicken McNuggets and Fries, Ikea kids breakfast (egg, sausage and like 3.5 pieces of toast),  Potatoes (preferably some fried form, lol), Apples, cupcakes, Vanilla cake and icing
Favourite Activity:
Water colour painting, Messy Painting (using acrylic paints), using markers, sticking stickers on ANYTHING, helping daddy make fish for dinner, playing doctor (checking our heartbeat and giving us shots/bandaids), feeding us from her pretend play kitchen/play food, doing puzzles, making towers from lego/duplo, face timing anyone (lol),  playing with her older cousin brother and she loves singing songs along with me (12 days of Christmas, Let it go etc) and I love when she attempts to harmonize with me :)
Funny Sayings:
  • For some reason, when there is a U in a word or sentence she makes it LU (pronounced “leeww”) and it’s the most endearing
  • Silly momma, silly gooses
  • When she sings the alphabet and she gets to the last verse “double u, x, y and z, noooooow my mommy ABC, next time won’t you sing with me”
  • After she sings jingle bells….”watch the wataa boom boom” #DontAsk
  • “Not anyting” which usually means nothing LOL

Merry Christmas 2016!

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Yesterday we spent the day baking, singing christmas carols, cooking and preparing for the big day.

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The day before Christmas is OUR day :)  The three of us celebrate at home with our version of Christmas Evening Dinner.  This year, we had garlic butter herb tilapia, creamy mash and balsamic green beans with toasted almonds.

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We are off to my parents house for more gifting, eating and fun.  Hope everyone enjoys their day!

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Paper Snowflakes #WinterActivity

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We have been thoroughly enjoying some festive activities for the last week.  Every morning Miss S is on a hunt for Eddie (our elf on the shelf).  She she understands what he’s he for / what his job is and has actually shown more sass since he started visiting #ParentingFail.  None the less it’s super fun to watch her play Where’s Eddie.  Even more hilarious when we forget to hide him in a new spot the night before and are running downstairs mere seconds before she bolts down!  I think next year we willl get more pinterest-creative with how we display him :)

On a side note I’ve been making lots of paper snowflakes.   It’s an awesome activity that I am surprised I didn’t start earlier. That said – it is so much fun and completely addictive.  Best part is Miss S wants in on the fun (see her triangle shaped paper snowflake using zig-zag scissors!)

Next up: build a few gingerbread houses and bake / decorate some sugar cookies :)

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