Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Month 5 with Baby #2

Another moth has come and gone. Why does it always go by so quickly!?!?!

The big new skill this month is that you can now roll over from your back to your stomach. Although you don't seem to really like this new trick that you can do. It has caused a little bit of disruptions of your naps as sometimes you roll over in your sleep, which is not fun for anyone. Hopefully you will soon learn how to roll both ways soon.

This past month you went on your first big trip, just us girls. We went to your Grandpa Werner's family reunion. And you were so good in the car. I couldn't believe it. You didn't nap as long as I was hoping for but that didn't seem to bother you as you played happy with a top for hours. It was only about 30 minutes to we arrived when you started to get fussy. I need to stop being so surprised when you are so good as I feel you have your Father's easy going attitude.

Although the reunion was fun, not having regular naps did seem to affect you as you were a little more fussy than usual. But you took it in your stride and as long as you were held you seem to be okay and lucky there were a lot of willing hands to hold you.

Sleep has seem to take a little bit of a setback as you are waking more often and are struggling to go back to sleep between feeds. I really have no idea what is going on but I'm hoping that it is just a phase and will quickly pass.

You and you sister have started to have conversations with each other. You will start talking and she loves to come over and talk back to you. It makes you so happy and excited. And you will talk even more and give her lots of sweet smiles. I'm so glad that you two have each. I can see the love growing between you tow already, and I hope you will always be there for each other.

Your big sister has also made up a new game to play with you. She loves to bring you toys and sometimes she lets you keep them and sometimes she doesn't. Luckily you aren't too bothered at this point you just get so excited when she comes right and smiles at you.

Your sweet smile as so infectious it brings so much joy to our home.

I'm so glad you are here with us.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

9 Months with Baby #2

Once again another wonderful month with you has past. Although to be 100% honest this past month has been a little harder than the rest. You had quite a few hard nights this month. You had two more teeth come in, your lateral incisors and I wonder if that was the cause of all those bad nights. Thankfully by the end of the month you seem to find your way out of it.

You have started waving this month. Mostly you wave are Daddy but you have waved at Rose and I a few times.

The other thing that you have started standing up! Holy cow that happened fast I swear it was just yesterday that you started crawl! And now you are standing, it is all happening a little too fast for me. For when I look at you I still see a very little baby, and yet you are standing.

You and Rose are growing such a strong relationship. For the most part you two get a long great. Rose loves to bring you toys to play with. And when you get upset she will come to you, pat your back and say "shhh" trying to help you feel better. She loves to give you a hug and a kiss when you go to bed. It is really sweet to see. The area where there is still some work to be done is sharing. And truth be told at this point and time your sister need to work on it more than you. If you are on the floor and start to crawl towards a toy she is playing with she will freak out and cry "share" "share" as she tries to put the toy (no matter what it's size) somewhere you can't touch it. I know I shouldn't laugh but it really is funny to watch.

It is so amazing to see you see you learn and grow. You are really are such a sweetheart, always smiling and laughing. You are such a joy to be around. We are so so lucky to have you be a part of our family.

We love you so much.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Month 8 with Baby #2

I know that I way this way too much, but time goes by way way too fast! I can't believe that another month has come and gone. And in this month we have lot and lot good days with a few tears sprinkled in.

This past month you have really kept me on my toes as you have started crawling!!! You were a little slow and wobbly at first but now there is no stopping you! With you crawling you have discovered that you love to play hide and seek. This game has lead me to have a few mini panic attack as I could find you as quick as I would like.

Even though you have just started crawling, you already have decided that it would be a good idea to start trying to stand! Luckily for me you have not done it yet but by the way you are continuing to try I'm sure you'll do it tomorrow ;)

You like every month you bring us so much love and joy. I really feel that you were just meant to be our second child you are just so easy going and patience you have made it so much easier to transition from one child to two children. I want to thank you for that.

And like always I'm very much looking forward to the next month.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Month 7 with Baby #2

Well it has been another month full of giggles and smiles.

This month you made to trips two British Columbia. The first was to say goodbye to your dear sweet great Aunt. And although you were only to meet her one in this life, but you had a sweet moment with which brought smile to both of your faces.

The second was a fun family trip to Vancouver. With both trips you were really good with all that traveling. You seem to enjoy the car ride. And what really seem to help in that you seem to have no problem falling asleep in the car.

You went swimming for the first time this month, and you were quite the little fish. You loved to kick your legs in the water and splashing your sister! You seemed to enjoy it so much. It was wonderful hearing you laugh and giggle.

Your relationship with your sister continues to grow. Often it seems like you two have a lot of inside jokes as you two will just laugh and laugh. It really is the greatest thing to hear. I hope that you two will always be able laugh like that together.

One thing that has be a little bit of a strain on your relationship is that you are starting to know your own mind. And you are starting to know what toys you like and don't like. But often the toys you like are the same toys that Rose likes so she often takes them from you, which as you could have guessed leaves you in tears. But sometimes you turn the tables on her because as you have grown, and gain some strength so a few times when she has tried to take a toy away you have kept a hold of it! This has led to her shedding a few tears.

You are becoming more mobile. You can now get up on your hands and knees, once there you love to rock back and forth. It is as if you are just warming up to crawling, which I feel is not far away. You have also decided that you can sit up on your own by yourself finally. That seem to take forever. 

You are starting "talking" a lot more now; "da-da" seems to be your favorite at the moment. Which pleases Mike to no end.

You had two more teeth pop through this month and luckily for me once again it happen with no fuss at all.

You are truly a blessing in our lives, we love you so much. Can wait for the next month!

Just look at that sweet smile.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

6 Months with Baby #2

Wow, we are six months in, the halfway mark to your first trip around the sun. I know I sound like a broken record but time goes by way too fast.

You have given us an endless amount of joy, smiles and giggles this month.

You really are the sweetest baby, so easy going and really happy go luckily. We do have our ups and downs. This past month you did have a few weeks were you just didn't seem to be yourself. You needed me to hold you more often and give you lots of attention. And at night you were waking up more than normal and the most frustrating thing is that you were not falling back asleep in between feeds. It was a hard couple of weeks but luckily we are back to normal and you are giving us lots of your lovely smiles.

You have learned to roll both ways this month which has helped you be able to move all around. You can roll and squirm all around the room, which can lead to trouble. But it is so fun to see you grow and be able to go for toys that grab your attention.

You are not yet sitting which surprises as you seem to have so much upper body strength. I'm sure that it will happen soon enough.

Your bottom two teeth popped up this month. And you were such a champ about it. I didn't even know you were teething! So you passed that test with flying colours. Hopefully the rest of your teeth come in just like these two.

My favorite thing this month (like every month) is seeing you play and laugh with your sister. She really can make you laugh like no one else. She really does love you and loves to try and help you. Often when you start to get upset she runs and brings you a toy to try and make you happy. It really is sweet the only down fall is that sometimes she throw you a not so soft toy which needless to say makes you cry a whole lot more. She means well.

Can't wait to see how much you will learn and grow next month.

She sure it a cutie!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Month Four with Baby #2

You are just such a good little baby, I can't even believe my good fortune to have you. 4 Months have come and gone and you continue to bring us so much joy.

You've seem to found your place in our little family. I can tell you were meant to be baby #2, as you have a lots of patience and happily entertain yourself when I need to tend to your sister.

You will often sing sweet songs to yourself and kick your legs as I chase after your sister. And when I get to sing back with you, your whole face just lights up and you will coo and babble so excitedly as if you were telling me all the wonderful things you were looking at and singing about. There is no doubt about it you are a very happy baby.

Although you are not rolling over yet, but you still manage to get on your side and arch your back and seem to stretch as far as you can go. It makes me think that it could be any day now, but only time will time.

What you do love to do is kick! You often kick so much that you will spin yourself 180 degrees. I don't really know how you accomplice that but you seem to do it really well.

Sleep is doing well. I typically feed you 2-3 times a night then on the last feed (the 3rd or 4th feed) you are up and ready to take on the day. Most days that is between 7 am - 8 am. But sadly ever once and a while you decide that 5 am is a good time to get up, luckily it does not happen very often. You are taking 3 naps a day and usually sleep for about 2 hours. Most day you go down for a nap at 10 am, 2 pm, and 4 pm give or take a little. And then you go down to bed around 7 pm - 8 pm all depending on how the day is going. Although every day is a little different, it is kind of nice to have some sort of nap schedule worked out. You are a lot more pleasant when you get your naps.

You are growing so beautifully although much too fast for me. It is so nice to have you in our family.

We love you so much.

Month Three with Baby #2

Three Months has come and gone, why does time have to go by so fast. These days with sweet baby cuddles and smiles are just so precious. Even with the lack of sleep it is all so worth it.

 Sadly one can easily tell that you are a second child just by looking at the size of the bold spot on the back of your head. And what is even worse is that is has grown to the sides of your head. You now have bold lines going around your head. It breaks my heart, I blame your sister for it. You are just going to have to learn to sit up sooner rather than later.

This past month you continue to smile more and more, you are sure one smiley baby. And your little giggle, it is so sweet. It melts my heart every time I heard it.

We seem to taken a little step back on the sleep department, luckily not too big of a step back but you have not given me any 7 hours stretch recently. Oh well I knew it was too good to be true.

You are just such a joy to have in our little family. I can tell you love your big sister as you are very quickly to smile at her and are very patience when she forgets to be gently.

You are such a sweetheart.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Month Two with Baby #2

Time really does go by way too fast! You are suppose to stay my sweet little newborn forever. Or at least that is how I wish it would work (some days more then others). But as you grow we get to enjoy watching you learn and explore your world.

I'm predicting that you will love to exploring as you are always looking around trying to take it all in. You look around so much that you have created a nice little bold spot on the back of you head. Thank goodness for hats and bonnets.

You love to smile, and give Me and your Daddy just the nicest smile all the time. This past Sunday you for the first time gave your Sister a great big smile! It was just so sweet, I hope that is a sign that you to will be the best of friends.

New this month is that you are starting to learn that you can make other sounds then just crying sounds. There has even been a few times were I swear it sounded like you gave us a little giggle.

So far you have been doing pretty good in the sleep department. Yes, some nights are better then others but for the most part I only need to feed you twice during the night. Which I'm really happy and hopefully you just keeping going longer and longer between feeds.

For your naps, you have been doing really well for your morning nap but after that you just don't seem to go down for any after that. Maybe I'm letting you sleep too long for your morning nap as some days you will sleep for 3 hours but then not really nap the rest of the day. Hopefully we'll get that sorted out sooner rather then later.

Oh My Sweet little baby, it is such a joy to have you here with us. Our home maybe be a little less clean, and we may run out of clean clothes faster then we should but it is worth it having you in our lives. Your sweet smile and squishy baby cuddles make those piles of dishes and those loads of clothes seem very unimportant.

Friday, April 17, 2015

One Month with Baby #2

Wow, I can't believe that we have already pasted the one month mark. And what a month it has been, I think that the biggest reason we made it through so well is because your Nana was here to help.

We love you so much already, it is just amazing that even though you are so tiny, you take up so much of our heart and life. We love watching you explore the world as you gaze all around and take it all in. Our favorite game to play with you is "copy cat. You love to try and copy all the expressions on your Father's face when he holds you, sometimes you will even copy his head movements. My favorite thing to do is to stick my tongue out at you and watch you try and do the same back at me.

In this first month you have already given us some very sweet little smiles and cute little half smiles.Now it may just be gas but they are still the sweetest thing I have ever seen.

You are very good at letting us know when you are in need of something and you do so very loudly until we have finally figured out what you wanted and then you quickly become happy again.

I don't want to jinx anything but you are giving me hints that you might become a very good sleeper, as you are starting to have more and more good nights. Which at this point means sleeping closer to 3 hours in between feeds. And actually go back to sleep between feeds and not needing to be held for those 3 hours.  Once you even slept for close to 7 hours one night!!! I couldn't believe it and thought something must be wrong but no, you were fine just really sleepy that night. I hope that you give me more of those nights. Although often when you give me a good night then the next few nights are rough. It seems like one step forth, two steps back kind of thing. Oh well, you are only a month so really I'm not expecting to get a lot of sleep but I can hope!

You are also learning to be patience with your sister as she loves to come and gives you "love taps" that are often a little to hard then they should be. I'm so glad that you two have each other and I hope that you two will grow close and become the best of sisters. It will be fun to watch you two grow up together.

We are so happy to have you as a part of our family, and look forward to each day with you and getting to watch you continue to learn and grow.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Birth Story for Baby Number Two

Once again I would like to share my birth experience with you. I share again because I know how much it helped me to hear/read other women's birth stories. It helped me realize that there are a lot of different normal births. In sharing I hope that I can help other women who are about to give birth and what it could be like, what they may feel and how it truly is an amazing thing that we as women can do.  This experience has made me feel so strong and empowered and so thankful for my body and what it can do. With sharing my experience I do not mean or wish to scare or frighten  anyone, yes giving birth can be intense but I truly feel it should not be fear but welcomed and embraced. Also I want to say that no matter what experience a women has when giving birth they should feel proud of themselves knowing that what they just did is a beautiful miracle of life.

Now this first part of the story I debated whether or not I should share because it's embarrassing. Like really embarrassing, but it is part of the story so I feel like if I don't share I would be being dishonest in some way. All I ask is that you don't ever bring it up with me. It would be nice if that as soon as you read it you quickly forgot all about it. If you could do that it would make me feel a whole lot better. :)

So it starts at 4:30 am on March 3rd, I was a sleep in bed and I semi woke up and went to roll to the other side, and when I did that a felt a big gush. That woke me right up, "was that my water?" I didn't move, "that must have been my water". I slowly moved some more to go to the bathroom, and felt a little more of a gush. I made my way to the bathroom to check things out, knowing that I should look for any signs of meconium (the baby's first poop) Anyway I didn't think there were any signs of that, but I really had no idea what to do. Mike had woken up at this point, and asked how I was doing. I filled him in, and then went back to being unsure of what to do. I called my midwife to see what she would say. I happened to have an appointment with them at 10:30am that morning so she just moved it forward to 8:30 am to check and make sure that was my water but I was to call her if things start to happen sooner then that.

So I tried to sleep and rest but that didn't really happen I just laid there waiting and listening to my body...."was that a contraction.... no just baby kicking".

Well I made it to 830 am and went to see the midwife, and she determined that it was not my water, I just peed myself :( Not that best news to hear first thing in the morning. I loved learning that way before my senior years  I was going to have to start wearing depends :(  The silver lining was that when she check me, I was already dilated to 3 cm and she was able to stretch me to 4-5cm (although she said the stretched centimeters don't count) and she did a sweep. So things were looking like they were ready to getting going anytime now. So that made me feel a little better.

The morning and most of the afternoon past without any other issues. Until about 4 pm when I started to feel some slight cramping. I didn't get to excited at first, due to the false alarm I already had that morning and the week before I had a bunch of cramping and nothing became of it. But by about 6pm they were strong and coming more often so I felt like this could be the real deal but I felt I definitely was at the beginning so I just need to ignore them and continue on like normal. So I did, I finished making dinner, and after dinner we watch our favorite show "Coronation Street". I started timing the contractions about 7pm as they were coming a lot closer together and a lot stronger. It was about this time as well that I told Mike that I was having contractions. He suggested going for a walk to help keep things going so we walked back and forth in front of our house for a bit but it was really cold that night so it ended up being kind of a short walk. But it did seem to help as the contractions continued to get stronger and closer together.

By about 9pm Mike called the Midwife to let them know what was happening, at first she thought she would come to us, check me and give me the antibiotics (I tested positive for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) again this pregnancy) But immediately after Mike had hung up the phone she phoned right back and asked about how far apart were the contractions, he informed her that they were about a minute to two minutes apart. "Oh well sounds like you are in active labor, we should meet at the hospital

So we left pretty much at that moment, everything was already packed and ready to go due to my fault alarm that morning . The drive in to Calgary wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Don't get me wrong it got very intense but for some reason I feel like the drive with Rose was worse, but maybe that is just my memory playing tricks on me. Anyway like I said things continue to grow in  intensity on the drive, they were getting stronger and closer together and I was starting to get louder and louder. I started with some "ooooo's" and "awwwww" to get me through each contraction but that was not really helping and in the end what felt the best was a nice long "fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck", with and quick "shit" seem to get me through each contraction the best. I do have to apologize for the language I normal don't swear. I like to save them for very special occasions, like being pullover by the cops or when my team is losing very badly. But it now seems like I can add labor to that list of special cursing moments. Mike admitted to me later that in the car ride he had to stop himself from laughing at me because as he put it, it sounded like I had tourette's. it may have been hilarious to him but for me it was all business and just getting through one contraction at a time. I don't know why swearing seemed to help but for some crazy reason it did.

About 45 minutes later we arrived at the hospital, (it was about 10pm). The midwives were already there and had a room for me which was so nice cause they just got me in there so fast. Which was good cause it really felt like things were moving along fast. The midwives were so good, as they put the IV in to give my the antibiotics and checked on baby. They worked around my contractions and worked around my need to rock back and forth. It was so nice to have them do their best to accommodate me instead of me having to accommodate them. It made me feel respected and that they respected the birth process and were willing to let my body take its natural path.

After they did those first two things, they checked me, I was 7 cm. I had mixed feeling about this I was happy that I seem to be progressing nicely but I was a little disappointed that I wasn't farther along. I really wanted to be farther along.

Well I didn't feel that way for long because my body seem to go in to overdrive and this is when I entered when I like to call "crazy town". The contraction were all consuming, there was a lot more swearing, followed by an apology to everyone in the room as well as my baby (I felt like this baby should not hear her Mother swearing like a sailor on her journey in to this world) and that was followed by some crazy split personality self talk "You're doing great" "You're doing fine", "You made it through". I don't know what everyone else thought but even I thought that sounded crazy! And it got me through each contraction and really helped me get ready and pumped up for the next one. I know that Mike was there beside me giving me a lot of support as well yet it was hearing my own voice that seem to give me to confidence to know I could get through the next one.

Time at this point was very blurry to me but what felt like just a short time after they first checked me, I felt like I wanted to push. So the midwives wanted to check me again. Some how I got back on the bed and I have no idea how they were able to checked me because it felt like once on the bed I just was rolling from side to side (like I said crazy town) but I must have been able to stay still for a minute or two cause they told me I was 9 and half cm! Almost there, they asked me if they could break my water, feeling that once all the pressure from the baby was fully on my cervix that would quickly get me the rest of the way. Again I have no idea how they were able to break my water with me acting like a crazy woman but magically they were able to do it. My water had signs of meconium so they told me they would have to call in some doctors to check on the baby after she was born. Fine, all of that barely suck in my mind. It funny that when they told me all of that they were standing right next to me yet to me they sounded like they were million of miles away to me. I was just so focused on the contractions, the rest of the world seem to almost fade away.

It was also about this time they told me I need to get on my hands and knees, I have no memory on how I was able to get to my hands but somehow I ended up there.

Around this time I asked to the gas. (Again time is really blurry  at this point and I'm sure some of these things were happening at the same time or very close after each other but this is to the best of my memory)  That wonderful gas, I know some women say that it doesn't really do anything. Well I would have to disagree with them 100%! That gas is like a miracle drug for me. It took me to a nice little place high above the clouds, and most importantly it helped me relax......... which I really needed to do. I finally left crazy town and was able to feel 100% relaxed and ready to push my baby out. The gas didn't really take away any of the intensity of anything but I felt so relax that it didn't really matter.

Also it allowed me be able to focuses enough to push, although I do have to admit that overwhelming feeling to push did made me feel a little crazy again for a moment or two. This time I also felt that burning "ring of fire" as the baby was crowning. Funny thing about that, for some reason I thought that the midwives were still touching me and when I felt that burning I told them to "STOP TOUCHING ME!!!" and very kindly and sweetly they told me "that is not us Elva that is your baby." "Oh yeah, I know what is happening, that is the ring of fire, she is almost here"  And she was literally was out the next moment. I only ended up pushing for 20 minutes so a lot quicker this time. She was born at 11:20 pm March the 3rd.

Our beautiful little Violet had finally arrived. And she was perfect. Weighting 7 lbs and 4 oz and  20.5 inches long. And thankfully there was no problems with the meconium as she gave a beautiful wonderful loud cry as she come out.

Holding her in my arms made every moment so worth it. It was just wonderful heavenly bliss.

And what was the cherry to top it all off is that once everything was all done and they checked to make sure both the Violet and I were fine and healthy we got to go home. Oh that was so nice to go home to my own bed and not have to stay in the hospital over night. And it felt so good to be home and to be there in the morning when Rose woke up so we could introduce her new baby sister.

I can't believe that I now have two of the sweetest most lovely little girls. I feel so privileged to call my daughters and I feel so so luckily and honored that I get to be their Mother.

Some overall thoughts and feelings;

I was so glad to have midwives this time around it was such a different experience then with Rose. I felt so care for and that I was being guided through my labor and not focused to fit a schedule. They were just outstanding and all around amazing!

Although I do have to say that after Violet was born I did get to meet and talk with one of the nurse on the unit and she was SUPER nice and while talking with her I had that thought if I did needed to switch care to the hospital staff,  it would have been fine.

Also going through this labor without an epidural helped me feel a lot better about getting an epidural with Rose. I know that may sound a little funny but with Rose I had labored so long and was so tired that I really don't think I would have lasted till the end. I wouldn't have been strong enough due to how long it was taking. It was just nice to have that reassuring feeling that I did the right thing. Even if it wasn't what I planned on doing or even what I really wanted being able to now look back and now know what I did in Rose's labor really was the best thing for me. Again I know it may sound silly but Violet's labor really helped me come to peace and feel good about Rose's labor.

And last but definitely not least, my wonderful husband was once again was my biggest supporter and really is the greatest birthing coach there is! He was so good and just right there with me ever step of the way. He was just so amazing and just gave me so much love and encouragement during labor, he really deserves a medal. And he was so patient and understanding and never made me feel bad for going a little crazy during labor. A great example of just how understanding he was is that at one point in all this I told him to "Shut your mouth", and he just did. He didn't get defensive, or get upset with me. He just shut his mouth and continued to stroke my hair, hold my hand and get me water whenever I needed it. He truly is one of the good ones and I'm so glad that he is my husband.

Welcome Baby Violet

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pregnancy Number 2

Seeing how I'm now past the 37 week mark I thought I better get this up sooner rather then later.  With this pregnancy it has been really different when  I compare it to my pregnancy.

The first big different is that for this pregnancy we didn't need any medical help to get pregnant! Which was something that I was worried about, after Rose was born I couldn't help but wonder would I be able to get pregnant again? Would we have to go through a year of trying before the doctors would do anything to help us? Would the clomid work for us again? I had what felt like a million questions when thinking about the possibility of a second child. So when we found out we were pregnant although it was a surprise it was the best surprise ever! And thankfully saved us from a lot of stress that we had to go through with Rose. 

Don't hate me but I really feel I have had a pretty easy pregnancy **knock on wood** (so far I still could have 2 or more weeks to go). There was a few days in the first trimester were I felt sick but thankfully never threw up. Smells seem to bother me a little more this time around. In particular in our old place there was a smell coming from our pantry cupboard that bothered me to no end and for the longest time I just could not figure out what it was coming from. So one day when it really was just making me feel so ill I just lost it and threw a bunch of stuff out, which did get rid of the smell. But part of me wonders if it was just the fact that when I had that major freak out I was entering the second trimester so that could have played a part on why the smell went away. 

In the second trimester I did have big problems with my asthma. I have not had any problems with my asthma for over five years now. So it has not been on my radar for a while. So when I first started to have breathing problems I just chalked it up to being pregnant and maybe baby was pushing on my lungs or something. I wasn't worried about it and thought it would just fix its self. It wasn't till one night when I was washing the dogs when I was hit with a really bad asthma attack so much so that I didn't have enough breath to even talk. I had Mike call my midwives and no surprise they told me to get to the hospital. There I was really luckily and I was able to see a respiratory therapist so she sorted me out with an inhaler and sent me on my way. The inhaler did help but it felt like I was using it every hour and ran out much quicker then I should have. So I went to see my family doctor and along with my regular inhaler she gave me some strong stuff. Which did help a lot and since taking it I have been much better and have only needed my regular inhaler a few times. I was so happy to get it all sorted and now not having to worry about being able to breath or not. I was a little worried about taken all those drugs and how it would affect the baby, but as I was told by my doctor and midwives if I can't breath then my baby can't breath. So I took comfort in the fact that if I was breathing better so was my baby. It was definitely a situation where the benefits out weighted the risks.

So far in the third trimester things have been pretty good. Yes, I'm getting bigger so it make it hard to bend over, pick up Rose, I move a lot slower, I get tired faster, I have a hard try getting comfortable when trying to go to sleep, the baby pushes on my bladder creating the need to go pee a million times a day, I seem to have heartburn all the time (although I think I had worse heartburn while pregnant with Rose) even with all that I really feel I have had a pretty easy pregnancy.

Now it is just waiting for baby deciding to show up. I still have a few things I need to complete from my "To Do List" so I'm hoping that she gives me another week or so to get everything done before she shows up.

I know we pregnant ladies love to complain about being pregnant (I think it's a hormone thing) But really we know what a blessing it truly is. And I'm so grateful that I get to experience it. Feeling all those little (and sometime not so little) kicks and hiccups makes up for all that heartburn. And then when the magical moment arrives and I get to hold my sweet little baby for the first time it is worth every sleepless night, those horrible moments when you can't get your own shoes on or all those trip to the bathroom. Even if we were like elephants and were pregnant for 95 weeks, I would do it and learn to love it!

(but I'm glad that we are not elephants! 95 weeks!?!?! oh man that is a long time!)

Me at 37 weeks

Friday, February 6, 2015

One Year

My Sweet little girl, who is now not so little!

Although I have been thinking about this post for a while now, I have been putting off writing it as I'm in a bit of denial that you are really now one year old! I can't believe it, I swear it was just the other day when we brought you home as this lovely little bundle of cuteness that only ate, slept and pooped! And now although you are still super cute you have added so much to your list of activities.

You took your first step this past month, it was kind of a "falling" step but we are still counting it. And you just seem to love it when your Father and I put you in between us and try to encourage you to take more steps. 

This past month you have also started to use gestures to request your two favorite songs, "Patty Cake" and "If your happy and you know it". You love it when I sing those songs to you and you love to clap along. You have even started to use the correct hand motions at the right times during the song. If you had it your way we would sing those songs all day long! 

You have really discovered how much you love to dance this past month as well. You have a favorite toy that plays music and you will spend a good part of the day dancing to it. We just love to watch you and are just amazing with all the awesome dance moves that you have come up with all on your own. 

At this point although you do say "Mama" and "Dada", I feel like you are just making the sound then really making any true association with what those sounds mean. So I'll be honest I'm not really counting them as your first words. I do hope that comes soon as you do love to baby talk to us and it will be wonderful when we can understand what you are trying to tell us. 

You had another tooth pop up this month so you are now up to eight. Four on top and four on the bottom. This one didn't seem to give you too much problem, thank goodness maybe because it was just one. 

Each month your sweet little personality shines through more and more. When we go somewhere new you are a little bit cautious at first and like to sit close to either your Father or I and will take your time and check everything out. And then when you are ready you very bravely will go off on your own and explore what is around you. It really shouldn't surprise us that you do that as you were like that when you were first born you took your time warming up to this new life outside the womb as your "fourth trimester" ended up being closer to five months long rather then three. But now that you are use to the whole idea of this world, you are ready to take it on and seem to do so happily. 

You are also showing us how strong willed you are, as when you have made up your mind that you want to go somewhere or get something and I stop you for some reason you will very loudly show your displeasure and will continue to try and get your way. 

It has been a wonderful year and I look forward to many many more to come. 

She has grown so much!

Here are some pictures from her birthday party.

It was a book theme

Our good friend made the cake and cupcakes. 
They not only looked amazing but were delicious! 

She was a little unsure of what to do with all that cake! 

She finally got the idea ;)

I just want to say a huge Thank you to all our friends and family for all the love and support you have given to us this past year as we adjust to parenthood. Whither big or small we appreciate everything you have done for us. It really has helped and might a great deal to us. 
Saturday, January 17, 2015

11 Months

11 Months!!! I get a little bit teary eyed thinking about just how much you have grown!

Oh my sweet baby, I have to be honest this month has been so crazy busy with getting everything ready for the move and then trying to plan and prepare for Christmas. That I wasn't very good at making a mental list of all the way you have grown.

You are standing on your own for longer and longer periods of time.

No new teeth this month but with the way you have been drooling, and sucking on your two fingers  I feel like some could pop through at any moment.

This month you decided that Daddy can't no longer put you down for bed at night. You are okay with him putting you down for a nap but for some reason at the end of the day it has to be me or it is a waterfall of tears.

This month you did show how just how smart and adventurous you are as on the first day in our new home you climb right to the top of the stairs without ever seeing or being on stairs before. Gave me a heart attach!!!

Each month I love to see you grow and learn new things, it is just so amazing, But some days I sure do feel like I'm losing my little baby all too quickly.

She is like her Mommy and gets to excited for Christmas! 

A Special Monthly Photo for a Special Christmas Eve Photo,
plus I didn't know where I had packed my red sheet I was using. At least I knew where the bear was.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Christmas Cheer and Projects!

This Christmas was a wee bit on the crazy side, wonderful but crazy. We moved 5 days before Christmas and my family were also coming down for a visit, and it was Rose's first Christmas so I wanted to make it a little bit special for her. So I felt that there was so much to do and very little time.

At first we had decided not to have a tree as we had gotten rid of our tree as it was very old and just not very nice anymore. So we thought we would wait till boxing day to get one, hoping that we could get a really good deal on a gorgeous tree. Well one night I went to Canadian Tire to get a garbage bin and couldn't help myself and came home with a Christmas tree as well. They had their trees on sale before Christmas and I felt I might as well get one.

Mike surprised me even more and set it up while I was out. And I'm just so happy it worked out that way, it really was so nice having a tree.

With my all my family coming to us for the holidays, I had a few projects in mind for all of us to do! After all a family that works together stays together!

First on the list was cleaning our old place. Holy Cow, was it dirty! Made me feel like the worst cleaner in the world! Thankfully having many hands sure made it go by a lot quicker. I was so grateful for the help because I think that if it was just Mike and I it would have taken days!

We even got it all done with enough time to get back to our new home and cook a nice Christmas eve dinner for everyone plus Mike's parents. That night we were also able to share one of my family's Christmas traditions with them and read the Christmas story from Luke and singing of silent night (not very good singing but thankfully that's not the point).

Rose getting to open a few gifts early

Enjoying her toys from Mike's Parents 
The other Christmas eve tradition, New Pj's!!
Christmas day was wonderful, just watching Rose opening her presents or trying to , then playing with everything she got. It was really sweet, but I do have to say I think she might have liked all the attention we were giving her a little more then her gifts! I know she won't remember this Christmas but it will be so nice to show her the videos and all the picture we took and tell her how much she was spoiled by those who loved her the most.

She is not very impressed with me

She has yet to learn that she needs to smile for the camera. 

After all the wonderful Christmas day celebrations, it was back to the projects! My family was thrilled! I had big plans for the 3 bedrooms. I had ordered some beautiful stencils and wanted to paint a feature wall in each of the rooms. Each stencil was challenging in it's own way. So there were a few late nights and frustrating moments but we got them done! Thank goodness otherwise I fear it would have taken me a year to get them done by myself. But all our hard work really paid off because I think they look fantastic! I'm so so very happy with how they all turned out. And I owe a huge thanks to my family cause let's be honest they did most of the work. ;)

Look how happy he is to be helping
I did do a little as well
Even with things being so crazy, I couldn't ask for a better Christmas holiday. It was so very special to be in our very first home and it was wonderful to have family all around.