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Happy Birthday Oliver! 

March 21, 2015

Happy first birthday to our handsome baby boy! Despite giving us a run for our money sometimes, you are so incredibly sweet and full of joy. I can’t wait to see what’s next! 

  

Mom-cation Update 

March 15, 2015

Let’s see…when I last posted, the kids were about to start day care three days a a week. I had no doubts about Molly adjusting; she would routinely ask to go to school. And I was right, she loves it! Apparently she’s their number one eater and napper lol (she naps great at home, sometimes for three hours!). The wild card was Oliver. He’s such a mama’s boy! But he’s doing great too. There are tears of course but drop offs have been relatively easy. He’s eating well and from day one has been napping well there with little fuss (I mostly nurse him to sleep still, so I wondered). He’s even going to sleep on his own! I tried it here but no dice. But that’s ok. I’m fine with the status quo for now. I’m relieved he’s transitioning so well! What has shocked me most is that he’s not at all needy when I pick him up! No more than usual anyways. And he doesn’t want to nurse right away. But the he’s never been a ‘desperate’ nurser. 

So day care went well but unfortunately my mom-cation had a few kinks. The first day was great! I had my hair done and met up with BFF B for a pedicure and lunch, followed by a little shopping. But then I picked up A and he wasn’t feeling well. And we picked up the kids and Molly had a fever…you can see where this is going. I ended up with company for the next two days. A and I were supposed to have an anniversary day together but that was put off with a sick husband and sick toddler to deal with. They were home again on Thursday. And then I started getting sick. Ugh. A nasty cold took me out for the whole weekend! 

Not the best way to enjoy my last days of maternity leave :-(

This past week was better, as in I had all three days to myself. I did chores around the house, ran errands and made curtains for Oliver’s room. And of course I slept :-) 

But I still wasn’t getting better. I took Molly and I to the urgent care clinic yesterday (she has developed an awful cough). I got antibiotics to treat a sinus infection and Molly was given meds to tackle croup. She may or may not have it but we erred on the side of caution. I can’t have either of us sick this week, not with me starting work on Tuesday! 

So here I am, gearing up for work in a couple of days. I’m excited and nervous. Mostly I want to know how our routine will work and get the kinks ironed out ASAP. The timing, especially in the evening, will be tight. Pick up, get home, have dinner, baths (if needed), bed. We’ll make it work. It’ll be crazy but we’ll make it work. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend! 

The Next Phase

March 2, 2015

This week we begin a new phase in our lives! The past year on maternity has been wonderful (though challenging) but I always knew it was temporary. I’m eager to start getting back to ‘normal’ and several things are happening this week that make that possible. 

The kids start day care three days a week tomorrow. Molly’s been going there one day a week since Oliver was born, so I’m not worried about her. My little mister though, is very much mama’s boy right now, so I’m guessing his transition won’t be as easy. I have left him for several hours before but this is a bit different since he won’t be in his own environment. I’m glad we decided to start them before I go back to work, so that any extra neediness at night can be supplemented by naps (my own) during the day. 
Sending him to day care also begins the weaning process. I’m hoping to follow the same routine I did when Molly first started going to day care. I’ll nurse him in the morning and evening, before bed and as needed in the night. I’m crossing my fingers he’ll night wean himself soon and then we’ll practice “don’t offer, don’t refuse”. Molly was done nursing by 16 months and I have a similar goal in mind with Oliver. But I’m going to be flexible. Maybe he’ll stop sooner! Who knows? 
We also received confirmation today that the baby making biz is officially closed! It’s super weird to be done with that stage of our lives but I’m very excited to focus on raising our two beautiful children. 
It also means that A and I can start focusing a bit more on our own relationship. We’re in a great place, but having kids changed things, as having kids will do. For most of our relationship we’ve either been trying to get pregnant, pregnant or taking care of small babies. We still have some time until we’re out of the ‘young children’ stage but for the first time in a while we can look ahead and see time for ourselves. It’s our three year wedding anniversary tomorrow and A has booked Wednesday off of work for us to spend together, kid-free! 
A lot of exciting things happening around here! I’m nervous and a bit apprehensive about some of them (read: Oliver in day care) but on the whole know that it’s what’s best for our family. 
Wish us luck! 

Friday Ramblings

February 27, 2015

On Oliver…

We’re struggling, Oliver and I. Or rather I am. His nighttime sleep is awful, with him waking three or more (mostly more) times a night. I’m finding it hard in terms of sleep deprivation but I’m also at war with myself as far as a course of action. Do I leave things as they are and hope he figures it out soon or do I let go of my beliefs and night wean/sleep train? Since he starts day care next week, I can’t do anything right now. Too much change for him! We’ll see how the transition goes and then I’ll decide what to do. 

Otherwise, he’s great! Not walking yet (I’d hoped he would before he started day care) but who needs walking when you’re a speed crawler? He’s waving and says “ha” for hi and just this morning gave me a high five! I can’t believe my baby is almost one! 

On Molly…

Our little miss has discovered the sweet life of sleeping with Mommy and Daddy. A couple of months ago she was sick with a high fever. My fear of her seizing with a febrile seizure hasn’t diminished, so I brought her into bed with us. Ever since she’s wanted in. She goes to sleep in her own bed but will usually end up with us at some point. Sometimes it’s at 11. Sometimes it’s at 5am. Sometimes she doesn’t come in at all. Though not ideal, we’re not overly concerned at this point. We’re getting sleep and that’s what matters right now. We’re lucky to have a king sized bed! 

On Me…

I start work on March 17! I’ll be honest, I’m excited about having time away from the kids. I’ll miss them but I look forward to that! Being at home with them all the time means I don’t have the chance to miss them. There’s something to be said for that. 

I’ve been busy getting things in order, figuring out meal plans, identifying gaps in my wardrobe etc. I’ve been doing a bit of shopping (a few pairs of shoes, a new bag, a couple pairs of pants) but nothing significant. I’m lucky that all of my work clothes fit, so not a lot is needed.  

On Meal Planning…

I’ve actually been doing pretty good with meal planning since the beginning of the year. A lot of the meals I’ve been making are ones that can carry over into another meal. They also tend to be versatile dishes that can be served in a variety of ways (with rice, pasta or in a wrap) and will freeze well. These are going to be go-to meals for us on work nights. Our timing will be tight and I don’t want to rely too much on pre-packaged meals and take out. If I prepare toppings in advance (shred cheese, chop veggies etc) than prep time should be short. 

Same goes for lunches. I work in the city and the average lunch out is $15, if not more. I need to bring my own lunch to save us some money. I’ve found several recipes that will create several meals for me. 

My master plan is to try and blog about all this in more detail but I feel like I’m crying wolf when I say that. I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but I really want to find time to blog more. Ah time. You elude me. 

Happy Friday everyone!

Friday Ramblings

February 6, 2015

On Me…
Great news! My ultrasound results came back and show that my doctor was right! The lumps I mentioned last week are fatty lumps called Lipoma and are completely harmless. They’re quite common apparently (why are things you’ve never heard of always common?), especially if you’ve lost weight, which, after having had two babies, I’ve done a couple of times. Phew.

On Oliver…
Over the past couple of days two new teeth have appeared! No wonder he’s been sleeping poorly.
Also, I’m concerned about the measles outbreak. Not seriously concerned but mildly concerned. Oliver hasn’t receive his MMR yet (another six weeks or so) and there have been cases reported in Toronto. Now, we don’t go out a whole lot at the moment, since I don’t have a car during the week, but still. I’ll be glad if it blows over quickly.

On Molly…
Molly is pretty much potty trained during the day now! We haven’t attempted the night yet but she still wakes with a wet diaper, so I’m thinking she’s not quite ready for that yet.
It’s making things interesting for when we’re out and about though. She has a fascination with public toilets and at any given location we’ll make numerous trips to the same bathroom, sometimes without any results. But we can’t not take her, so we just have to exercise our patience. Not easy!

In My Upcoming Staycation…
I’m back to work on March 17, three days a week. But because of scheduling, the kids are starting daycare three days a week on March 3. You know what that means?? I get six, SIX, days of kid free time!! I already have a spa day planned with BFF B and I have a few projects I want to get done (paint the bathrooms maybe and hello, I’ve had the fabric for the curtains foe Oliver’s room for over a year!) but am otherwise going to enjoy my time. I’m going back to work at the same time a major project is about to get under way and I’ll be very much involved. No vacation until the fall!

Happy Friday everyone! We’re expecting snow here over the weekend, so I anticipate some quality home time.

Friday Ramblings

January 30, 2015

On Oliver…
Ugh. Oliver is not sleeping well. Still. It’s been months now of waking several times a night but for the last week it’s been even more often, sometimes every 1/2 hour! It’s so hard and frustrating and I’m exhausted but I remember going through a similar phase with Molly. She came out of it, so I have to be confident that he will too.

On Molly…
Molly is in a curious phase this week. She’s into everything that she shouldn’t be and I’m trying very hard to keep my patience! Yesterday she discovered my mascara and concealer. Sigh. I’m sure that won’t be the last time she’s into my make up.
In other news, she’s done very well on the potty this week, no accidents!

On Winter…
So far winter has been lacklustre. It’s disappointing! I was relying on snow to take the kids out and play. Playing outside with no snow is no fun. Plus since Oliver isn’t walking yet, it’s harder to just plop him on the ground without snow. But yesterday we had a few inches! I’m hoping it’s here to stay.

On Me…
I’m having an ultrasound today to have a couple of lumps I found on my side and back examined. My doctor says she’s 99% sure they’re just fat deposits that are common as you get older, but she’s a better safe then sorry sort, so more exams are needed. It’s a bit nerve wrecking, I have to say. One can’t help but Google the possibilities. Fingers crossed it goes well! I’ll have a follow up next week with my doc. I hate waiting!!

On Bling…
My mom passed along some family jewelry to me this week. It’s all costume jewelry, so holds very little monetary value. But I absolutely love all the pieces and can’t wait to wear them! I’ve done a little research and have identified the designers.

This first set is by Sherman Jewelers, a Montreal based company, one of the top costume jewelry designers in Canada that opened in the late 1940’s.

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This next necklace was my grandmother’s and is from Bond Boyd, another well known Canadian Jeweller (they’re still around but focus on corporate jewelry now). The pin and earrings in the next image are from the same company (the pin was my grandma’s and my mom bought the earrings to match).

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And this last set are from an American company, Trifari. The bracelet appears to be a different design then the necklace and earrings but they compliment each other.

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And that’s my ramblings for this week! Happy Friday all!!

The Art of Potty Training

January 23, 2015

Bah! I’m kidding. As if there’s an art. I know there are gads of books and suggestions for how to go about doing it but to be honest I haven’t read a thing about it! We’ve gone with our instincts and trusted Molly to lead the way.
We really began over a year ago, when she started wanting to sit on the toilet fully clothed. Gradually she wanted to sit without clothes and very occasionally she would pee. But it was so random we didn’t attempt underwear. By that point Oliver had arrived and there was no way in Hades I had the inclination to continue the training process, so we didn’t encourage her. That is until they started suggesting it at daycare. Last summer they asked us to send along numerous changes of clothes and they worked with her on it there. Which of course translated to her wanting to do it at home.
Because Oliver was so little, I was resistant to the idea. Diapers were so easy! No accidents, LESS LAUNDRY! And less freaking time. I didn’t want to drop what I was doing and take her to the bathroom only to have her dilly dally on the toilet (with no results) and then linger to wash her hands. I had no patience, so A often ended up being the point person for that.
However as things got easier with the baby, so did my attitude about it. I also really had no choice. As the fall wore on, she more and more started asking to wear underwear. She would insist on using the potty even if she had a diaper on and, this is a key point, she started doing #2 on the toilet.

Side note: here’s where I admit that if she has any #2 accidents, I throw out the dirty undies. I’m just. Not. Going. There. We have plenty of undies to last us a good long time :-)

We’re now at the point where she will go all day, nap included, in underwear and have no accidents. Her daycare actually sent home her diaper stash last week! They don’t put her in diapers at all there anymore. Some days at home with me she’ll request a diaper and I won’t deny her. We’re still in diapers at night, as she still wakes up wet in the morning.
But, and this is huge, we’ve taken her out shopping without a diaper on and haven’t had any accidents! She’s pretty good about asking to go when we’re out and about and thankfully we’ve always been in a place that’s had a washroom.

It’s great not having to change, and buy, as many diapers, but the real joy I’m feeling is in watching her grow into such a big girl thing. My baby girl isn’t a baby any more and I couldn’t be more proud of the little girl she’s becoming.

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