Thursday, 17 December 2015

Baby J: Two Months

Once again I'm so crazy late with Baby J's 2 month update but having a newborn and getting through Christmas (we just had our last family dinner on Tuesday!) was about all I managed to do. And if I had the opportunity to nap I took it. Now it's New Years Eve and I am 110% positive I won't make it to midnight. Let's just say I celebrated Australian style... 

SLEEP: I was told that if the sleeping thing is going well to not talk about it but I am using this blog as a place to record Turtle's life so I am going to chance it. 

Bedtime is a bit of a challenge... I am trying to start some sort of routine around 8:30 Turtle gets a bath, daddy gets her ready for bed (well he towels her off, lotions her up and puts on a clean diaper and then hands her to me to actually dress) then I take her upstairs, give her a bottle and try to put her to bed. Sometimes she goes down awake and sometimes she falls asleep while eating but after about 5 minutes she wakes up and I go in, calm her down, feed her a bit more if needed and then put her back down. Then it happens all over again... Usually twice. 

Once she is finally asleep she does pretty well, waking up between 2-3:00am and then again between 6-6:30am. I'll take it! 

During the day Turtle is quite the cat napper and her preferred spot is still on top of me. We have to be in the car or stroller for her to nap for any length of time. I keep reminding myself not to feel trapped and to instead enjoy it because she won't be this small and snuggly for long.

SKILLS AND DEVELOPMENT: There isn't a ton happening on the outside but I'm pretty sure her little mind and body are going through some major leaps. At least they are according to the Wonder Weeks app. Turtle is focusing on things more intently, she holds her head up like a champ and she is already trying to roll from her front to her back. My hubby says she was super close in her crib one night and although I'm excited for it, I don't want her to grow too fast! 

FAVORITES: Turtle still loves to sleep on mommy and she prefers to be held upright while you're swaying. 

NOT SO FAVORITES: Still not a fan of either the mamaroo or the vibrating chair we have. She did seem to like my friend's swing so trying to convince my hubby that we need to invest in yet another baby product. Oh and she HATES her bucket seat. With a passion. And wearing hats. It's a pity too base she looks adorable in them. 

MY THOUGHTS: I can't believe I am lucky enough to be this little girl's mom! Yes she cries and can be quite fussy at this point but she can also be so sweet and cuddly. She has been smiling since day one (and it's not gas) and she is so so cuddly! And when she looks into my eyes it feels amazing and also a by overwhelming, and I just hope she knows how much I love her. 

It's crazy that in just a couple weeks our little lady will be 3 months old. People tell you it goes too fast but you don't actually realize how fast until you wake up one morning and that tiny baby has grown an inch overnight. Amazing. 

Enjoy your New Years Eve everyone, wherever and however you are celebrating, and be safe!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Baby J’s First Visit with Santa!

I started planning Christmas events when our little turtle was still in my belly and a visit with Santa Claus was pretty high on the list. She won’t remember a thing but I will never forget it. Plus we have a pretty cute photo as a reminder…

In all honesty there wasn’t much build up and it was over pretty quick. We were going to the mall one evening so I dressed Baby J in the only Christmas outfit we had at the time (a present from her Great Granny) and told my hubby that if there wasn’t a big line we were doing it. I mentally crossed my fingers and toes while listening to (and ignoring) my hubby tell me that it was completely unnecessary as the baby is all of 6 weeks old. Imagine my shock that quickly turned into excitement when I saw there was no line.

There were a few tears and of course turtle refused to smile but I am so happy that we managed to get a good one. She looks so unimpressed. Santa was great, he was very gentle and completely unfazed when turtle’s faced scrunched up (she has the best angry face), he waited patiently while I calmed her down.

I wonder if there will be tears next year…?

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Baby J: One Month!

In true Sarah fashion this post is exactly two weeks late but better late than never right? The days and weeks are flying by so fast and I want to be able to look back and remember the little things. Hopefully I will manage to post her two month update in a more timely fashion but if history says anything... well we shall see. 

SLEEP: we were totally spoiled for the first two weeks because Baby J would be in bed from 10pm to 5 - 6am, waking up twice throughout the night. A dream sleeper for new parents. Turns out she was just breaking us in slowly. Now the longest she goes is 3 hours and she won't sleep past 6am in her crib. Thankfully my hubby takes her until 6:45 so I can get a bit more sleep. The morning is spent doing a whole lot of nothing as the babe sleeps on and off. On top of me. Every time I put her down in her bassinet or crib she wakes up within 10-15 minutes. So I cuddle her. She won't be this small for long and while I sit there watching Netflix for the third hour straight and dreading the question my husband will ask when he gets home (what did you do today?) I remind myself that she is literally growing every day and to enjoy it while I can. 

We don't really have any sort of routine yet but I am hoping to develop one over the next month or so. I know two months is still young and will obviously be flexible but it would be nice to have a general idea how the day is going to go. The only sure thing right now is that my hubby finishes work between 2 - 3pm and takes over for an hour or two while I sneak upstairs for a nap. He has only woken me up once so far when he couldn't get her to stop crying.

SKILLS AND DEVELOPMENT: At one month I think most of the development is happening inside Baby J's little body. The most noticeable thing right now is that she opens her eyes and has brief awake periods. I also feel like she is actually looking into my eyes now when I am feeding her. I imagine that she is thinking "so this is the person whose voice I have been listening to for all those months"... or I'm just exhausted and imagining crazy things. That's more likely. 

Oh and she has totally been smiling since birth! People say it's gas but it happens every time she falls asleep. What can she be dreaming about??

Baby J can hold her head up pretty well and the doctors noted how strong her legs are. I have nothing to compare it to so I'll have to take their word for it. 

FAVORITES: There aren't too many of these yet but Baby J loves to sleep on Mommy. She also loves to have her arms free and her hands up by her ears while she sleeps. 

NOT SO FAVORITES: She is not a fan of her mamaroo... that was money well spent. We are hoping she grows to love it but I'm not holding my breath. 

MY THOUGHTS: I am so excited for more of Baby J's personality to come out as she gets older. The other day she reached in my direction with one arm (total fluke, she was flailing around like a baby deer) and I am now so excited for her to reach for me. And to hear her giggle. I absolutely adore our cuddle sessions and can't even imagine that my little turtle is going to grown into an actual person.  Not sure if that came out the way I meant but hopefully you know what I mean. 

I missed my nap today. 

I am so in love with my baby girl and I still have to pinch myself to believe I'm her Mom. I can't wait to see what the next month will bring. 

Happy 1 month birthday Turtle, Xxo

Monday, 30 November 2015

I'm a Mom!

Welcome to the world baby girl!

Photo courtesy of The Writing Mom

Birth date:    October 18th
Time:             5:53pm
Weight:         7lbs 3oz

I can't believe it's been 6 weeks since our little turtle joined our family! I am so incredibly late announcing her birth to my little blog world - not to mention her one month update - but I have been spending my days getting to know my daughter. And trying to keep her alive ;) Baby J arrived safely by c-section, an event I will try and document before it becomes even more hazy. 

It's hard to put into words how I'm feeling. I am smitten, totally in love, completely obsessed, terrified, exhausted, scared, proud, excited, nervous, anxious and that doesn't even begin to cover it. Everything is different and every morning I wake up and have no clue how the day will go. Sometimes she sleeps the day away and I get nervous that she won't sleep at all that night, and other times she sleeps in 10-15 increments until I finally lay her down in her crib and she passes out for a solid 3 hours. Three hours is the longest she will go right now and I am counting down the days until she (fingers crossed) sleeps for a good 5-6 hours. I sincerely hope that is in our not too distant future.

In her second week Baby J became quite fussy and I'm pretty sure she has a touch of colic. We are learning her cues but apparently they will constantly change so it's a gigantic learning curve; all we have to do is look at her little face and the crying gets a little bit easier to bear. And yes I realize we are only 6 weeks in and I know I have horrible sleepless nights ahead of me but I am trying to take it one step at a time. We have noticed a change in the last week and fingers crossed we're on the right track. 

My hubby has stepped right up to the plate and is rocking this daddy thing. From day one he was changing diapers (he had no choice initially due to the c-section but he continues to do so, even dirty ones!) and he loves quality time with his little sweetie. When he gets home from work he takes over and I try to nap but sometimes end up scrolling through my Facebook feed. And watching the two of them together is amazing, it really does make you fall in love with him all over again. 

Maternity leave is already flying by and I have to say, we are so incredibly lucky to get a full year in Canada. I am nowhere near able to leave her and be able to focus on a job so I give major props to those mamas who aren't as lucky as us and have to go back earlier. That is strength people. I'm lucky if I manage to take a shower.

My goal now is to use this space to document my journey through parenthood. And food. I have to get better at cooking while I'm home... Instead of soap operas I am recording cooking shows. Rachel Ray is my current favourite - any others I should check out??

Stay tuned for my sweet babe's 1 month update - I have never known people to get more excited about a person opening their eyes for longer than 30 seconds!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Bumpdate: 36 Weeks

Wow 36 weeks! So exciting! We are approximately 3 weeks away from meeting Baby P! I can’t believe we’re so close!

And I’m not exactly ready (insert bug-eyed emoji here)… I need to get the nursery finished (it looks like a tornado hit) and I need to pack my hospital bag. Oh and install the car seat. Get a video monitor and stroller. Get a haircut.

Anything else I need to do??


How far along: 36 weeks

Size of Baby: a large cantaloupe / 6lbs

Gender: Baby P is all girl (at least that’s what the last 3 ultrasounds have told us, fingers crossed!)

Symptoms: My hips have started to hurt a lot. My hubby was apparently paying more attention in our prenatal class because he informed me that this is about the time my hips start to move to make room for her head to drop. As if my waddle wasn’t bad enough.

Stretch marks: I found a new one last night L

Sleep: I can still sleep pretty good for the most part but the sore hips and constant bathroom trips mean I am not quite as rested as I could be.

Husband: picked her coming home outfit. It has adorable white and purple socks. He did oh so good.

Belly Button: in and pretty sure staying there.

Movement: Most movement I have ever felt!  But still soooo shy. Every time I put a hand to my belly she stops so there is no chance whatsoever that my husband is going to feel her.

Cravings: I have a new one – McCain Deep n’ Delicious Marble Cake. Yes I am talking about that 90’s deliciousness that stoners would buy from 7-11 when they got the munchies on Friday night. While grocery shopping one day we ended up in front of them and I had to have one. Then a second one when that was gone. And yes I totally have a third in my freezer. I will say that I am very restrained and only have one piece a day. No clue how I am managing that but I am so yay me.

Maternity Clothes: I am officially over my clothes.

Best part of the week:

1)      I met up with another momma-to-be I met at prenatal class on Monday (turns out our hubbies graduated high school together and we are both having girls about 3 weeks apart) and we went for a long walk with Milo and then lunch on one of my favourite patios. We got along right away and it feels great to have a new friend going through the same thing as me at the same time.

2)      Taking Monday and Friday off this week and next!

Worst part of the week: coming back to work on Tuesday. I am done. But I officially have only 4 days left before I am off on maternity leave. For a year. With a brand new baby. Whaaat?

Missing most: alcohol. I’m sorry this never changes but I would really love to hang out in the sun and have a few beers or ciders or glasses of wine. Let loose and be silly. Drink a couple margaritas and get the happy tequila feeling.  

Looking forward to: meeting our baby girl – SO SOON!

Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Bumpdate: 34 Weeks

Our sweet baby girl at 34 weeks

How far along: 34 weeks

Size of Baby: according to the ultrasound we had yesterday Baby P is a whopping 5lb 9oz! 

She’s huge. And she’s just going to keep on growing. And my non-existent hips are supposed to open enough to let her out, not to mention the other parts that will be destroyed pushing out a watermelon.


Gender: I am still so excited to meet our sweet baby girl!

Symptoms: I can sleep all day every day and every night. This is likely because I found out Monday that my iron levels plummeted back in July and follow-up was recommended for iron deficiency. No follow-up was done however and – this is my favourite part – my nutritional counselor is the one who went back through my results and discovered it. So now I’m on iron supplements and hope I can get some energy back for a few weeks before a newborn exhausts me!

Stretch marks: Not horrific but happening.

Sleep: no problems! Ok I lie – I pee like 4 times a night. So annoying.

Husband: swears up and down that her hiccups were actually his own heartbeat he was feeling. I officially give up.

Belly Button: Still an inny!

Movement: She moves a lot which is awesome… usually. A foot in my ribs in slightly annoying when I’m in a meeting but I can usually get her to shift if I lightly nudge the area. The ultrasound showed she is head down and bum up so at least I don’t have to add breech to my pregnancy issues (I swear, my body just does not like pregnancy! But it’s so worth it :)

Cravings: Soup?! Broccoli cheddar is on the menu tonight.

Maternity Clothes: still living in maternity leggings. I am not a fan of maternity jeans so good thing I have 4 pairs of leggings…

Best part of the week: seeing our babe on the ultrasound yesterday. Even if she is ginormous… I may have to start calling her Baby P(iggy).

Worst part of the week: having to balance work and my appointments, I feel like I’m always rushing somewhere and I feel like l’m not giving my all at work because so much is going on. At least the end is in sight!

Missing most: I really need wine right. And tequila. But mostly wine.

Looking forward to: our prenatal class tonight! We are hoping to meet some other couples in our area who will be new parents at the same time… and possibly new friends?

Happy Hump Day!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Bumpdate: 33 Weeks

The last couple weeks have flown by with way too much going on but thankfully ended with a relaxing few days at the cabin where I read and took lots of naps. And snacked. And stared at the lake. Chatted with my hubby. Walked with our pup. Saw salmon spawning in the river (SO. COOL.). Daydreamed out loud about how different next summer will be.

It was glorious. The perfect babymoon.

And now we about 6 weeks away from meeting our sweet little one, Baby P.

Wow. I want time to slow down at the same time that I want it to speed up. I can’t wait to hold our baby in my arms but I also want to cherish these last few weeks of life as we currently know it that will change forever. I have a feeling though that these next few weeks will pass by too quickly but when we are finally about to meet her will be complaining that it has taken forever.

Taking advantage of my sister’s wedding photographer for a bump shot 
(but this photo credit goes to my sister G)
How far along: 33 weeks

Size of Baby: honeydew melon / 19", 4.5 lbs

Gender: Baby P is a little girl 

Symptoms: still able to nap at the drop of a hat (and wish I had the opportunity to do it more!) and also noticed this past week that standing up, walking or even sitting up for extended periods of time is super uncomfortable. Especially long car rides – the 4.5 car ride home from the cabin on Monday was not fun, it felt like she was digging a heel into my ribcage for most of it.

Stretch marks: It’s officially happening L

I am now using Hempz lotion and it has the BEST smell. Not sure how it is with stretch marks but it’s natural, feels amazing and did I mention how good it smells??

Sleep: no problems!

Husband: still has not felt any baby kicks or movement. This actually makes me really sad because he is missing out on this amazing bonding with our baby girl L

Belly Button: pretty sure it’s not going to pop.

Movement: I am feeling a lot more movement now, especially after I eat fresh fruit and drink chocolate milk. She almost seems to stretch diagonally from my left pelvic bone to up under my right rib cage. I sometimes think I can feel her bum right below my rib cage but really I have no clue.

Cravings: I finally got my DP 10!!! I am doing pretty good at spreading it out too! Oh and I drove past a McDonald’s a few days ago and needed to have fries with McChicken sauce. And let me tell you they tasted damn good.

Maternity Clothes: maternity leggings and tops, I live in these.  I will say that my “maternity pajama pants” from Old Navy aren’t really impressing me… they cut across my bump at an uncomfortable spot, too short to pull up over the bump but too long to rest just below it. I don’t love them.

Best part of the week: finding out I get another ultrasound next week!  I wasn’t sure I was going to get another one at all so I am pretty excited to see our little babe on screen again.

Worst part of the week: it was hard to come back to work after a 5 day weekend. I feel mentally checked out already and just want to be at home getting my baby’s nursery ready and getting the list of projects I done before she comes. And nap, I also really want to nap.

Missing most: hmmm this one is tough this week. I’m kind of over missing wine (probably because the end is in sight), I am still sleeping really well (knock on wood that continues), my wedding and engagement rings still fit… my shoes too! I think I’m at that point where I am just loving on my bump and waiting for our sweet babe to arrive. But I’ll let you know how I feel next week ;)

Looking forward to: doing a bunch of organization in the baby’s room this weekend! I want to finally get the change table put together and packed, drawers organized, shelves put in… I want to do it all! I have three days at home and at least need to make a good dent in it.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Bumpdate: 31 Weeks

How far along: 31 weeks

Size of Baby: a pineapple / 15-16", 2.5-38 lbs

Gender: a sweet baby girl 

Symptoms: Still so so sleepy and feeling so lazy. I also feel quite pathetic seeing as there are pregnant women every day running huge companies and they don’t skip a beat. I should be able to function normally for 8 hours but no, my mind constantly wanders.

Stretch marks: Getting more used to the cocoa butter smell of Palmer’s lotion and not seeing hideousness yet (knock on wood!)

Sleep: love my sleep, love my snoogle. If you don’t have one, get one. I am so keeping this around after I pop… the one drawback is putting the pillowcase on. Pretty sure I would be out of breath even if I wasn’t pregnant!

Husband: saw my stomach move!!! Hasn’t felt her kicks but finally saw my belly twitching away.

Belly Button: not popping at all. pretty convinced of this.

Movement: I think baby may have flipped because now I’m feeling all the kicks just below my ribs. I’m pretty sure this is what’s supposed to happen but these higher up kicks or movements startle me. As in completely distract me so hope I get used to them soon.

Cravings: Kraft Dinner AND Dr Pepper 10. Haven't gotten my hands on any DP 10 yet so I may be destined to suffer forever on this one. We have been eating KD the last couple Sundays for lunch but now I want it every day for dinner. Last night my hubby made spaghetti with meat sauce and  tonight I am going out for dinner with family friends so will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m sure my husband will be thrilled that my big dinner night is going to be KD. Might have to cook him some chicken or something haha.

Is it actually a pregnancy craving if I don’t move Heaven and earth to get it at the moment I want it??

Maternity Clothes: still wearing them and still counting down until I wear the cozy Fall sweaters and bundle up in a blanket. I am so over summer.  

Best part of the week: having Friday off so knowing tomorrow is my FriYAY! And of course celebrating my sister B’s wedding on Saturday!

Worst part of the week: Something is wrong with Milo so we are taking him to the vet this afternoon to try and figure it out. When we get home from work he is lethargic and trembling, can’t jump on our bed or the couch, has a hunched back and won’t lift his head all the way. But my mom took him for a walk this morning and he was full of energy, playing and running and jumping into her truck. So I am very worried and also very confused.

Missing most: alcohol! Especially with the wedding this weekend. But our sweet babe is worth it, B and I will just have to celebrate extra hard at Christmas ;)

Looking forward to: a busy but fun Friday and Saturday with all our family and friends… followed by a very lazy Sunday.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Bumpdate: 30 Weeks

Things are actually pretty busy here as we all get ready to celebrate my sister’s wedding next weekend and the somewhat mad scramble to get everything ready for this baby who is surely going to turn our world upside down. With less than 10 weeks to go and more kicks (punches?) every day, the imminent arrival of our baby girl has my hubby and I so excited. And shockingly, he doesn’t appear nervous at all. Like no trepidation at all. I’m completely terrified. Mainly at the thought of giving birth but also the crying (how will I know what she needs??), breastfeeding (I hear so many horror stories – will I be able to do it??), sleeping (will she ever sleep or am I going to be a zombie??)… so many things!!!

I’m pretty sure my husband has absolutely no clue what we’re in for. Right?

Whoa boobs. Yay bump.

How far along: 30 weeks

Size of Baby: a butternut squash / 17", 3lbs

(same stats as the app gave last week but different type of squash hmmm… my dr said we’re right on target for size though so I’m going to go with the flow)

Gender: a sweet baby girl 

Symptoms: I am so sleepy! I do not want to open my eyes in the morning and I sit at my desk with a cup of coffee and dream about taking a nap. At 8:30am. I haven’t been able to nap after work and when I get into bed I get a burst of energy (spent cruising social media) so am usually asleep around 10pm. It’s a rough life.

Stretch marks: I never got around to whipping up straight coconut oil so I picked up some Palmer’s lotion and it feels good but not too crazy about the smell. But with 10 weeks left and economy size bottle I think I’m just going to tough it out.

Sleep: the only thing interrupting my sleep are the bathroom trips (3-4 a night). Oh and our cat who might like my snoogle more than I do. He normally sleeps outside in the summer but right now he would prefer to annoy me cuddle with us.

Husband: painted the nursery last weekend and put together the crib. He slaved away painting and I cried off and on.

Belly Button: yeah I don’t think it’s popping ever?!

Movement: pretty decent movement, especially down low on my left side. Thanks baby girl, feels great (ouch!).

Cravings: I have a new one! Dr. Pepper 10. Except you can’t get it in Canada so I’m screwed. Couldn’t do something easy like grapes could I??

Maternity Clothes: last night I received a bag of super cute summer tops from my sister’s friend (thanks T!) and I can’t wait to wear them! They totally accentuate my bump which I don’t hate.  

Best part of the week: my sister moving home! Ok not home, but she is going to live in the same province again, same time zone, easy to see on weekends. And hopefully I will do more of that when I’m on maternity leaveJ

Worst part of the week: being so sleepy, counting down until I can sleep in on Saturday!

Missing most: cold wine and cider; this heat would be easier to take with a buzz.

Looking forward to: finishing up the nursery. We still have to build the change table, we ordered my glider last night so it should arrive in the next couple weeks, and then I need to figure out how to decorate a nursery. I am clueless with design - suggestions??

side note: I need a new blog design. I think that's why bumpdates are the only thing I do anymore, I'm just not excited about the look of this space and am no longer drawn to it. So I am looking for suggestions where I can get on affordable blogger design, please share!!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

So here we are in the 2nd week of my third trimester. Again - how is this all going by so fast? I feel like someone put my life on fast forward and the pause button is broken. I thought people feel pregnant forever but that is definitely not the case for me. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to meet our little babe, but it just feels so fast.  At this rate she will be here before we know it.

How far along: 29 weeks

Size of Baby: an acorn squash / 17", 3lbs

Gender: a sweet baby girl 

Symptoms: I am now feeling super pregnant. My bump feels big, pretty sure I have a full-on waddle happening, I’m up 2-3 times every night to pee, I want to eat everything in sight from 10am until I go to bed and by the time I get home from work all I want to do is get off my feet and lay down.

It does not bode well that I feel like this now when all the baby will do for the next 11 weeks is grow over twice in size. Ugh.

Stretch marks: still feeling very lucky here.

Sleep: also feel very lucky here because as long as I have my snoogle I sleep like the dead. Except for waking up to pee.

Husband: amazed me last week with how wonderful he was with our nieces (and nephews) while on vacation last week. He played, cuddled, teased and thrilled them with seadoo rides and I couldn’t stop watching him. I can’t wait to see him with our baby girl.

Belly Button: still a total inny

Movement: quite a bit more movement this week! I always feel her little kicks after I eat fresh fruit and drink my morning coffee. I have finally seen my stomach move while lying in bed at night but am never quick enough to tell daddy. He still hasn’t felt her and I really hope he can soon. I hate that I can’t share her with him yet.

Cravings: all the food. Pretty sure this is because I have to keep a diary of everything I eat but thankfully I haven't had any issues with food and GD, everything is going really well. And I am indulging my cravings as long as I am getting dairy and protein, etc.

Maternity Clothes: I cannot wait for fall so I can cozy up in my leggings and comfy shirts but no, this crazy summer heat is relentless! Thankfully we have AC at work I can still wear leggings but am limited to light shirts; otherwise I rotate between a few summer dresses.

Best part of the week: feeling our baby girl’s movements more, it’s like she’s somehow communicating with me.

Worst part of the week: coming back to work. Not work itself, I just miss waking up without an alarm, napping when I want to, relaxing.

Missing most: see immediately above

Looking forward to: hubby is painting the nursery this weekend! When the painting is done we (he) can build the crib and the change table and we can start setting everything up.