Miss El’s eigth month update

Slowly my attention is returning to the other part of my life that hasn’t needed my focus in so long.  I am thinking about going back to work as well as everything that comes with that: schedules, pick ups, drop offs, commuting, budgets, meal preps and dinner on weeknights.  My mind is exploding with to do lists and calendar dates.  But for the next few minutes I am going to focus on 8 months of Lou-Lou

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Peplum Top & Leggings (Similar) | Headband (Multiple colours available)

Yep – she’s got a new nick name.  It’s funny, Miss S and I read this book a million and one times while Ellie was in my belly.  I was sad that our world wouldn’t have President Barack Obama in it any more and Miss S would constantly ask about LoLo (I started pronouncing it Low-Low – and I guess she was amused). Anyways – Miss S now calls her it affectionately and the grandparents do it to.  I guess that works because she only answers to that or Elora so now it’s stuck!!

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Christmas Tree | Fairy Lights | Area Rug 

She is talking up a storm!  Calling Ma’am Maam, Da-Dat, Eeeee, Ooaa.  She thinks she’s a big shot and we couldn’t agree more.  She’s started pulling herself up and experimenting with cruising and getting accustomed to being on her hands and knees.  Lots of bouncing, pushing backwards, scooting in circles while sitting or on tummy time but no actual crawling yet.

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Jacket (Similar) | Cold Weather Onesie (Similar)

She’s been exposing herself to TOOOONNNS of food, now eating 3 meals and 1-2 snacks a day.  Although we do give her a lot of store bought baby food (our go-to brands are: Baby Gourmet, Love Child Organics and Earth’s Best) she’s tried my mother in laws black channe and her Pop’s weekly oven baked fish and was totally into it.  Right now her favourites are banana, scrambled eggs, coconut yogurt, 3 ingredient pancakes.

She claps and hurrays with her arms.  We are teaching her the basic baby sign language and she’s tried doing “more” lol.  She’s still really into her sister (but not her sister’s “smuhugs” aka smush-hugs), has started to play wrestle with her sis, as well tries to hide a toy in her hand if she sees Miss S running towards her LOL!!!.  Still into PDA and has even started giving us wet kisses 💋💋!!  She loves playing a game with her dad and I where she wants to go from my arms to his arms and back and forth – she obviously thinks it’s hilarious!  And we do too!

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Head band | Hair Clip | Cardigan (Similar)

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.

Happy Easter Eve

It was the night before Easter and all through the house, no creature was stirring, not even a …bunny (lol).

I honestly go through these waves of creativity.  I mean it is easier when you have a million shiny, bedazzled, pastel coloured plastic eggs in your home welcoming spring.  That said, just a day ago we had a crazy ice storm which also made me bust our the camera for some outdoor shots (some I will share in the coming weeks).  But tonight I wanted to post something different.

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As Miss S gets older I am finding that festivities in each month are even more fun to celebrate.    From festive home decor to finding cute ways to celebrate – it makes our home life so much more fun.  This year I decided that I was going to make an easter basket for her along with a good ol’ fashion easter egg hunt or two!  We’ve had a few practice runs and she’s been really excited about the whole process so definitely looking forward to it tomorrow.

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Bunny | Eggs | Book