7 years of marriage + picture overload

If someone told me when I was 24 that in 10 yrs I will be celebrating 7 years of marriage.. I would probably give them a blank stare followed by a nervous laugh!  

But here we are… and we’ve accomplished quite the list:

  • 10 countries
  • 7 street races (me usually running 5 min ahead of the hubz)
  • 5 wedding reception performances (can’t believe he’s convinced me to do them)
  • 3 homes,
  • 2 MBAs
  • 2 daughters

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We actually had our first ALONE date in almost 5 months yesterday.  We went out to an Italian food resto (that would be a big drag bringing two kids to) and had a date like ‘old times’.  Here is a silly questionnaire we filled out while waiting for our food to arrive.

1) Who is older?
A: Me
B: Anuj

2) Who made the first move when we first met?
A: I did, oh wait you said when we ‘first met’ oh…
B: Me, tried to go in for a kiss and got shot down

3) Who studied the hardest in school?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

4) Who is smarter?
A: *points at Bhanu*
B: Anuj

5) Who is more creative?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

6) Who does more of the cooking?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

7) Who cleans more toilets?
A: Me
B: Anuj

8) Who said I love you first?
A: *looks down in embarrassment*
B: Me

9) Who spends more money?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

10) Where was our first kiss?
A: At Meeta’s wedding
B: Under the clock at distillery district

11) What date did we first meet?
A: uhhh dammit!…May 27?
B: May 27 2009
…we were both wrong it was May 20

12) Who is more likely to get lost getting back to the hotel while on vacation?
A: probably me
B: Anuj

13) Who hates driving in traffic the most?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

14) Who wears the pants in the relationship?
A: Both of us
B: Um loaded question I decline to respond

15) Who is better looking?
A: *points at Bhanu*
B: Anuj

16) Who talks more?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

17) Who says I love you more?
A: *points at Bhanu*
B: Anuj

18) What date did Anuj propose?
A: Sept 4 2009
B: Sept 19 2009

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Weekend memories

Other than the washer breaking down on Friday evening (every mom’s nightmare I am sure) the Hubz surprised me and came home early so we scooped up Miss El and headed out to grab a small bite (while Miss El napped).  It was so nice to be surprised and have a change in my afternoon routine.  Saturday, my mom, Miss S, Ellie and I attended a baby shower.  Having been out of the house and operating outside of their normal routine, they were angels.  But the craziness did set in around 6pm and we had to hightail it out of there.  (My mom got a glimpse of it and I hope it didn’t scare her!)

Sunday morning we made a trip to Lowes to finalize on a new washer and dryer and then Miss S went off to ball sports with the Hubz.  While they were out I was cleaning the house like a mad women because our cousins were coming over for a late lunch.  Ellie in the ring sling and me vacuuming the main floor was quite the cardio workout.

After lunch, the four of us hung out on the drive way.  Sunday hangs on the driveway are our new thing :)  It’s a nice change of scenery yet still being at home.  Close to the fridge, bubbles, the kids toys and sitting in the shade while the sun sets behind our house is the best feeling!

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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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Miss El’s three month update

Wow here we are – 3 month old baby Ellie belly!

She has been smiling for a while now and we’ve heard her giggle.  She is now more into PDA in that she makes physical contact with me, the mister or her big sis.

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She has a favourite toy – its a hand-me-down set of play rings lol.  She likes to look a colourful books …along with the two high contrast black and white books we borrowed have renewed 6 times from the library (this is one of them).
I can see that she’s paying attention to us eat and it’s got me a little nervous about starting solids.  She’s found her hands so she’s usually got a few fingers in her mouth when she sees us eating at the dinner table.
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She is keeping her hands open more now and we love watching her kick and move her arms #DoYouEvenLift.
I see more neighbourhood stroller walks and visits to the library coming up in our future (instead of running errands or doing a grocery runs :P) as our Miss El is no longer officially a newborn.
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If you been following the last 10 days, you might have noticed that I’ve blogged everyday from Monday to Friday and, as a goal and personal challenge, will continue to do so for the rest of June 2017.  Check out the posts here.

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You also might notice that I didn’t actually get this post published on time.  I was mentally exhausted on Friday and couldn’t bring myself to type.  But it’s here now :)

Why I #babywear @sakurabloom

A few weeks ago, I saw on Sakura Bloom’s instagram page that they were holding a contest for ring sling / outfit style mood boards.  Although I didn’t get a chance to create my set in time – I loved the idea of doing one (or a few hehe).

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When I was expecting with Miss S #BabyWearing was the first thing I researched (in regards to parenthood) and the Sakura Bloom ring sling was the first thing I bought.

I completely fell in love with having my baby close to me and realized early on that the ring sling (as opposed to a buckled carrier) was more my style.

I started wearing Miss S when she was about 2 weeks old and continued to wear her until she was almost one and half.  I would wear her to grocery shop, get things done around the house, on vacation/out and about or just when she wanted to be held.

Once she become more independent (and around the time she stopped nursing) she and I both realized that it was time to fold up and store the sling (seriously this sling rolls up so tiny and takes up no room at all).

Best thing about #BabyWearing…how AWESOME it is to hold your baby but still have your hands free.

Now that Miss El has joined us, our sling has taken on a whole new meaning.  I started wearing her when she was 2-3 days old (using the newborn carry – tummy to tummy with legs “froggied” in).  I can give more time to my toddler without putting my newborn down.  I can go for a quick neighbourhood walk, prep dinner, get the house in order and put my make up on with her close to me.  Lastly, we use the sling during the evening when everyone is hangry and tired and this momma doesn’t have enough hands to go around :)

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If you haven’t tried a carrier I would definitely recommend the Sakura Bloom Ring Sling. That said, there is a bit of a learning curve in wearing your baby in a ring sling, but with practice it becomes second nature.

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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