WITL 2016: Saturday

SaturdaySign

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7:03 AM Today is cold and wet. Blergh. I have to turn on the heat and put on my socks. I refuse to put my winter jacket on. Winter I am so done with you.

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7:49 AM After breakfast, we have time to play. I love that we don’t have to rush out the door or get Sam dressed. Fun fact, I like to keep Sam in in his Pj’s until after his morning nap. This just makes life that much easier.

Saturdaydress

11:01 AM As Sam naps, I take maternity photos for friends who come over to the house. Out of privacy for them, I am not sharing a picture. I am excited and honoured that they let me photograph this special time in their lives. I also feel the pressure to take “good pictures”. I contemplate having a side photography business.  I may or may not explore this option in the future.

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11:31 AM Love that Aaron cooks lunch for us. Today, like most Saturdays we have fried eggs. Clearly both Sam and Charlie are happy.

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12:35 PM It’s a quick turn around from gymnastics, to lunch to dance class. We load up everyone, including Sam in the stroller and Charlie on leash and walk to the community centre which is two blocks from our house. Have I mentioned how much I love living in the city and being able to walk everywhere? Rowan poses with her pink dress on. She has being doing ballet for 1 year and it has helped her gross motor skills. She loves “dance class” and I like the family outing.

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1:03 PM As Rowan dances, we throw the green squeaky ball for Charlie. This guy will only chase balls if the make a sound. Funny eh? I can remember a time that it would just be the two of us at the school yard. Those days are long gone. However, it is nice to have a moment with just Sam and Charlie. Sam giggles as Charlie runs.

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1:34 PM We take a different route home. Everyone, including girlie, are enjoying the cherry blossoms.

SaturdayJessClean

2:42 PM As Sam naps and Aaron and Rowan watch the movie Tangled, I clean the kitchen. We have babysitters booked and I am pretty excited to have some adult along time together. I am helping to prep dinner so that the transition will be easy. There is nothing I love more than a clean kitchen.

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5:01 PM Fancied up, baby free and feeling relaxed!

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5:01 PM We arrive at Boxcar Social, a hipster independent coffee shop / bars that keep popping up over the city. I feel kind old but immediately don’t care….it’s date night! As I age, I realize I don’t take myself too serious – which is a good thing!

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6:02 PM He drinks a pint of Stella.

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While I work on my computer and drink an almond milk latte. I am trying to be diary free. I struggle with adult acne and I giving this as well as being gluten free / wheat free / sugar free a try. Three weeks in, my skin hasn’t had any crazy reactions and I feel pretty good. Also, my pants are kinda lose!

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7:42 PM We finish off the evening having dinner at our friends new home. We are excited to see their new house and talk parenthood / US election / summer plans / living in the east end of TO.  The night includes a delicious cheese tray, quiche and strawberry salad with rhubarb dressing from their new garden. I love having adult conversation and laughing. It feel so good to reconnect with M + K. This is exactly what the doctor ordered in order to hep me recharge my batteries.

Saturday Reflections

After a busy week, I am happy to have a slower paced day. Although Rowan has gymnastics and dance class scheduled in the day, it is nice to have Aaron at home to help out. Over the years, our routine has changed and instead of focusing on Rowan’s nap schedule we are know focused on Sam’s sleep and her activities. We still take Charlie for a long walk and play but these days it is between activities.

Gratitudes

  1. I am thankful for a slower paced day
  2. I am thankful for a night out with Aaron
  3. I am thankful for time to reconnect with old friends

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: Enjoy coffee at Boxcar social as Aaron drank a beer.

WITL 2016: Thursday

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ThursdayBreakfast

6:15 AM We are up and at it early today.

ThursdayBook

7:59 AM I remember that it’s library day at school. I feel like I am going to win mother of the year! Let’s be honest, I totally forgot about library day, most weeks. I put this book in Rowan’s back pack as soon as I remember and pat myself on the back.

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8:41 AM As we leave the house, Girlie asks if she can take “And then it is spring” book for show & tell. She is excited as the JK class is learning about spring & the seasons. In the evening, Rowan tells Aaron that teacher read the book to the class. She was so excited! I hope she always has a passion for stories & books.

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9:54 AM Oh hi! Feeling kinda like a rockstar. Sam plays in his stroller as Moni aka Ufirstwellness pushes on my feet to work my core / abs. It’s a beautiful day by the beach and I am feeling at ease mentally if my body isn’t. Ha! This was just another reminder to stay focused and present. Although I don’t have abs of steel yet, I am getting there!

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10:03 AM Cherry blossoms. They are a rare sighting in Toronto this year, given our long winter. I could take so many pictures of these trees…..

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10:15 AM …And I do take lots of photos! So gorgeous against the blue sky. There is something magical about springtime and being outside with the flowers. I feel so alive.

ThursdayLunch

12:02 PM Sam and I play until lunch. We have eggs again. I spice mine up with some “Mad Mexican” salsa, my favourite brand.

ThursdaySamNap

12:43 PM Our nap routine goes as follows: We read a few stories and sing a few songs. Today we read “Each Peach Pair Plum” & “Zingy”. After I sing “Twinkle, Twinkle”. Sam smiles and rubs his eyes. Although Tuesday and Wednesdays are busy with both kiddos, I appreciate the one on one time with my main little man today. Sam loves to sleep on his tummy. Although he looks like he’s having a meltdown in the crib, he is getting some much needed sleep.

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3:15 PM. School Pick up. I stand in the kindy yard, chatting / laughing / joking with other moms. I have met an incredible group of mama friends since September 2015. It is through these interactions that I am able to feel sane. It kinda awesome to hangout with your friends, 5 days a week!

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3:47 PM Rowan shows me her “rock collection”. Thanks to the Little Mermaid, we have learned about the concept of “collection”. Most days, Rowan loves run and a dig in the dirt. Her nose always has a little proof that she’s been outside. A real nature lover that one. Also – we are trying to teach her the difference between left and right. Here she is sporting “banana feet” as Auntie Megan likes to call it 🙂

ThursdayBubbles

5:30 PM After dinner we head outside to blow bubbles. I am relaxed know that I have the night off and appointment to have a facial. Hooray for Mother’s Day gifts! I may or may not be counting the minutes until Aaron gets home! Girlie plays in the yard while Charlie chews a stick. Sam and I hang out on the porch.

ThursdayRowanPlay

ThursdayStick

ThursdaySamPlay

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7:37 PM More lovely flowers to in the neighbourhood to admire as I walk around, enjoying my baby free alone time. It’s the little things, right people?

ThursdayAaronRead

8:41 PM When I arrive home, this is what I see. The books change often, but one thing is for sure, this man loves to read. I bring home take out for dinner. He has a chicken burrito and I have a southwestern quinoa salad. We chat about the day and plans for the weekend. Afterwards I go upstairs to blog and he sits at the kitchen table to work.

Thursday Reflections

Today felt like someone hit the refresh button. From the extra help in the morning with the kids, to working out after drop off to having a facial in the evening – I feel at ease. This is a stark contrast from Tuesday. Somedays I am able to go with flow, others not so much. Overall, I would like to be a more patient person. Sometimes I have a hard time balancing my kiddos wants and needs, with my own. What can I say, I am human. If I could, I would blog and scrapbook all day long – but that friends is a dream and not a reality. In the meantime, I am shooting for somewhere in between. I am just hoping to be “good enough” parent / wife / daughter / friend/ social worker / crafter /  human.

Gratitudes

  1. I am grateful for fresh air and playing outside after dinner.
  2. I am grateful for reminders to stay present & mantras to keep me focused.
  3.  I am grateful a little “me” time in the evening.

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: Feeling generally well physically and emotionally.

Week in the Life Intention 2016:

To capture the fullness of our lives right now.

WITL 2016: Wednesday

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WednesdayBreakfast

4:30 AM My alarm goes off early. Last night, I was too tired to finish writing yesterday’s blog entry, so up and at it, I get. I wasn’t joking about being a morning person!

WednesdayCharlieBreakfast

6:00 AM Sam starts to stir in his crib and the pup is eager to go outside. I take both boys downstairs and start morning routine. After giving Sam a bottle, I let him crawl around as I prepare breakfast. Somedays we have hide Charlie’s dishes so that Sam doesn’t knock them over.

WednesdaySamFeet

7:21 AM Gah – I love baby onseies with cute feet! Sam has recently gone through a growth spurt. Currently wearing 12 – 18  month clothing. I picked this pair up on a luxurious trip to the grocery store by myself.

WednesdayRo&Mama

7:32 AM She wants to be picked up and cuddled more these days. This morning, after I picked her up, she told me that she loved me. It wasn’t until recently that girlie spontaneously told us that for the first time. If I knew then, what I know now, I wouldn’t have been as stressed.  She is coming out of her shell.

WednesdaySchool

8:41 AM …And we are out the door! On our walk to school, Rowan chooses to ride on the piggyback board that’s attached to Sam’s stroller this morning. “The board” has been the best baby gift we have received. So happy to have my maternity leave to walk Rowan to and from school.

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WednesdaySamPlay

10:30 AM After coffee and a quick trip to the grocery store, this little man and I are back home playing. Right now, he loves anythings with wheels on it.

WednesdayToys

11:41 AM  I hear Rowan playing with her Cinderella figurines. It follows the typical story except for one small detail.

WednesdayLunch

12:02 PM Lunch. More scrambled eggs.

Wednesdaynap

12:44 PM Beth arrives and read to Sam before nap time. Let’s do this kid!

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2:48 PM I lye down when Sam goes to bed. I wake up with a start. Clearly this mama needed the rest. Before Sam wakes up and Rowan is done, I start to prep snack. I make a peach coconut milk smoothie for myself.

WednesdayRoBeth

3:03 PM Rowan is finished and Beth reports the activities of the session. Beth is positive and comments that she has seen improvements in Rowan’s speech over the past three weeks.

WednesdayCollection

3:03 PM Rowan shows me her drawing and collection of items from her scavenger hunt.

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4:37 PM I take the kids out to get their passport photos taken. With our trip to Iceland booked we are running out of time to get everything in order. Afterwards we visit the toy store and head to the park. We run into Ro’s friend O. We chat with O’s family and make plans for a playdate in the weeks to come. I put Sammy in the swing and he immediately starts clapping.

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5:13 PM Rowan has noticed that I have taken lots of pictures lately and when I go to snap a picture of Kew Gardens, she run past and says, “Look at me Mommy! Take my picture!” This is every scrapbookers dream! Ha! Fly, girlie, fly!

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5:23 PM Walking along Queen St, I am excited/relieved that Aaron will be arriving home soon. The kids are fascinated by all the traffic in the Beach.

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5:37 PM We arrive home later than expected. We arrive home later than expected. This guy is feeling better and is ready to play.

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6:52 PM And he is home. With gifts, no less! Aaron puts Rowan to bed, reading her stories. Afterwards we order sushi and talk about his trip.

Wednesday’s reflections

It’s the middle of the week and I am feeling like I am hitting a grove with my documentation. Given that it is my 6th time participating in this week long photo project, I know that if I don’t get my thoughts down somewhere, I will likely forget the specifics of the day, hence getting up early to write. They told me at the hospital, that they would FED ex my memory back to me after giving birth, but I am guessing it is lost in transit? Of interest, I am still fighting the gremlins in my head about needing more photos, or “good” photos. Down time makes all the difference to me. Sam had a 2.5 hour nap and I was able to rest too.  As such, I am patient with the kids and which is reflected how I parent them.

Gratitudes

  1. I am thankful for sunny days & planes that arrive on time.
  2. I am thankful for playgrounds in walking distance of our house.
  3. I am thankful for afternoon naps.

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: In addition to Aaron coming home, feeling at ease that I had “successfully” solo parented two kids and the dog by myself for three and a half days.

Rowan: “Daddy, came home! He’s here!”

Sam: “Gah Wa?…”

Week In the Life Intention 2016:

To capture the fullness of our lives right now.

WITL 2016: Tuesday

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6:30 AM Everyone is up and we all head downstairs for breakfast. The sun is shinning and I feel more organized today vs yesterday. As part of my morning routine, I boil water and cut up lemon. I actually like the taste of this combination. I’ve limited my coffee intake and I am surprised that I don’t necessarily need my morning cup of joe first thing. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my overpriced espresso drinks!

TuesdayBreakfast

7:11 Making oatmeal in my housecoat. Although we have been experiencing springlike weather in Toronto, the mornings are still cold. Rowan is eating Shreddies & Cheerios at the counter, while Sam is holding and drinking a bottle.

TuesdayBed

7:45 AM After helping to get girlie dressed, Sam and I head upstairs so I can have a shower. I make the bed which is something Aaron usually does. Although I miss Aaron, I am not gonna lie, I like having the bed all to myself.

Tuesdaybluesteal

8:58 AM Someone is perfecting their “Blue Steal” look at school drop off.

TuesdayTulips

9:06 Admiring neighbourhood tulips as we walk down to Queen St to get coffee.

TuesdayBeach

9:46 AM The weather & and conversation is too good to stay inside. We walk along the boardwalk pushing strollers. Sam naps and I am in heaven.

Tuesdayvet

10:44 AM After running into more parent friends, walk back to home to pick up Charlie. The pup has seasonal allergies and ran out of medication. Charlie pants anxiously as we wait for the vet. We are “on the go” this morning and I am happy to have packed a bottle. Mama win!

TuesdaygArbage

11:34 AM Tuesday is garbage day. It is also one of the two days I pick Rowan up from school and bring her home for lunch and a therapy session. With everyone in tow, Rowan, Sam & Charlie, Girlie runs ahead picking up rocks and stones.

TuesdayRowanBoots

12:01 PM Yes kiddo, that’s exactly where I asked you to put your boots! All joking aside, I am so glad I bought these last fall. Rowan loves them and when he is older we will pass them on to Sam.

TuesdaySamPlay

12:22 PM Play time until lunch.

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12:37 PM Kids have turkey, avocado, peppers and bread. I have a turkey quiona salad. Same ingredients different ways. I could totally eat avocados for every meal, in addition to eggs. Rowan eats the bread and a little avocado, while Sam eats everything.

TuesdayLunch

12:41 PM I would like to say that Charlie doesn’t beg, but I would be lying. This is typical behaviour from our pup. Two seconds later, Sam feed him a cracker. No one they are best buds. Sigh.

Tuesdayrowansilly

3:12 PM Sam didn’t nap and Rowan is done her session. The sillies are out and I can already tell it’s gonna be a long afternoon.

TuesdayDishwasher

4:32 PM Dinner prep. Someone is “helping” me unload the dishwasher. I can’t get over home much food I cook for our little people.

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5:12 It’s the witching hour – for me or the kids, I am not sure. Just another relaxing dinner. Ha! Also – don’t everyone ride their scooter in their kitchen?

TuesdayChaos

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5:47 PM To burn off some energy we go scooting in the school yard. It helps to talk some of the edge off.

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6:58 PM Sam is in bed and I caved and let her watch a show. We are downstairs as to advert a meltdown. The iPad is not charged so we watch one episode of Peppa on our big TV in the basement. Rainbow Dash insists on sitting between us. After Rowan goes to bed, I clean the kitchen and go upstairs to fill out the Census. I enjoy the quiet time, alone.

Tuesday Reflections:

Generally I am a morning person. I don’t know if I get it from my dad, but I always have been that annoying person who has lots of energy when I first wake up. Today started off great. I felt organized and on top of things. Funny – by the evening my mantra was, “Just keep swimming”. Essentially I felt like trying to keep my head above water. Today was a busy day and parts of it were not typical.  Normally, I would play volleyball on Tuesdays nights. Usually Aaron comes home and relieves me of my parenting duties and puts the kids to bed. I get to relieve my frustrations on the court while also talking with other adults. Looking back, I can tell Sam napping is key to recharging making me feel more than just a mom. I guess this is the delicate balance of parenthood. I am thankful that I start fresh tomorrow.

Gratitudes

  1. I am thankful that I have mama friends who make me laugh.
  2. I am thankful for podcasts & popcorn.
  3. I am thankful for both quiet and active moments of my day.

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: Walking along the beach with mama friends as Sam napped.

Aaron: “Seeing new landscapes from his work trip. ”

Rowan: “Playing outside”

Sam: “mmma ma….?”

Week In The Life 2016 Intention:

To capture how full life is right now.

WITL 2016: Monday

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6:30 AM With Sam in his sleep sack and in my arms we take Charlie outside for his morning bathroom break. I wish I could say that I woke up refreshed however, with  Aaron up at 4 am, leaving for a business trip, I had a hard time falling back asleep.

MondayKidsbreakfast

6:58 AM Rowan comes down for breakfast. I will often tell her to entertain her brother while I accomplish some goal like  cleaning up or getting ready to leave the house. You name it, girlie is a good sport and does it. Good thing Sammy loves  his big sister. This morning she is singing him the “bippity boppity bo” song from Cinderella.

MondayOatmeal

7:15 AM I am trying to form new habits, one of them is sitting down to eat with my kids, especially at breakfast. My favourite go to simple meal is oatmeal with banana, walnuts & maple syrup. No joke, I have ate this religiously for breakfast for the last four weeks. Yum!

Mondayschoolam

8:50 AM School drop off. It’s a gorgeous morning, but a little cold. Rowan does one lap around the playground before we head inside. This morning she take in her bike helmet for show and tell. The class is talking about all things spring. We practice what she is going to say as we walk up the steps. She is going to talk about riding her scooter in spring, when the temperature gets warm.

Mondaybeach

9:04 AM Walking down to the beach after school drop off for my workout with Monika. Hoping Sam will sleep in the stroller. It’s incredible how physical activity can change my mood & mindset. There were a few moments that I thought I couldn’t do anymore moutain climbers / squats but I tried to clear my mind and focus on being strong. I am super grateful for these sessions and for Moni for the guidance. When the session is over I feel peaceful. It’s amazing to do something for yourself especially first thing in the morning, in the busy season of raising small kiddos. I hope to keep investing in myself in the years to come.

Mondaycoffeeselfie

10:25 AM After my workout, I walk back up to Queen St. I give Sam his bottle and head to Starbucks for a reward. This morning, like so many others, I am having a grande coconut milk latte! I see Kelly and Brenda and chat. I then head back home to shower, so I can run errands before naptime. Here is a no make up/ post workout selfie.

Mondaysamcrawl

10:53 AM Can you tell we are in the “into everything” phase? Hard to believe I use to shower by myself.

Mondaydrive

11:13 AM Driving to the camera store to pick up a lens that I am renting for this project. Being on maternity leave, I am use to walking everywhere. Driving is a novelty, so when I am stuck behind a streetcar, I don’t seem to mind. Sam is also fine as he is chatting away in the backseat. For the most part, Sam is pretty happy / ok with being schlepped from place to place.

Mondaysky

11:47 AM I don’t want to jinx it, but I think spring has finally arrived in Toronto.

MondaySamDish

12:06 PM We arrive home from our trip to Vistek. This boy loves Charlie and especially enjoys playing in the pup’s water dish. He is currently making a b-line for said dish. He does the best expressions! This open mouth gasp is his go to reaction for most things.

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MondayEggs

12:15 PM Lunch. So happy that Sam is eating real food vs purees as it makes meal preparation much easier. On today’s menu: scrambled eggs with a tomato & avacodo salad. I think I could eat this for every meal.

Mondaylunch

12:34 PM We listen to CBC radio over lunch. I am eager to hear what is happening in Fort McMurray and somewhat relieved to find out that they have cooler weather and rain in the forecast. After we finish, I do a quick sweep of the floor and take Sam up for his afternoon nap. We are later than usual but better late than never!

MondayNuts

1:45 PM Although I am tired, I work over naptime photographing some special scrappy project. I have some spiced nuts and a apple for a snack. The time to myself always seems to go by quickly. I blink and realize we are running behind. Sam sleeps so well that we are almost late to pick up big sister at school.

MondayRowanRun

3:33 PM She’s covered in dirt from head to toe but loves running around outside after school. Here she is playing chase with her friend J. I like this time after pick up to socialize with my mama friends.

MondayRowanIpad

4:45 PM Someone needs some downtime. Girlie always chooses to watch the iPad at the counter vs something on tv, downstairs. Currently is watching Peppa Pig. Her favourites include Paw Patrol and Jack and the Neverland Pirates. Of course, she’s also into The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Snow White.

Mondaykidsbath

6:22 PM A rare moment, when these two are sitting still trying to grab the water. We Facetime Daddy who has arrived safely at his destination. I am somewhat excited that it is the end of the day that I will soon have time to myself.

MondayJessparent

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9:15 PM When the kids go to bed, I listen to the WTF podcast while I clean the kitchen and take out the garbage. I head upstairs to work some more. My body is aching slightly from this mornings workout. It is also saying to go to bed. I have a bath and finish the day texting with Aaron.

Monday Reflections:

With Aaron traveling for work, I am solo parenting the kiddos for the next three days. Although I was feeling very discouraged and unprepared for the start of this photo project, as the day went on I became excited. Renting the 24-70 mm lens from Vistek has help to motivate me to take pictures. And that’s what this is really all about, isn’t it? Just taking photos & writing down some stories.

Typically – Monday’s are my jam. I like being organized and feeling like I am in control. However, during morning routine I kept thinking, “what do I need to do next?” Although we were up early, I felt like I was rushing every moment until we got out the door. I felt stressed which soon melted away after working out.  It is during these busy times, I often wonder to myself, what did I do with all my time when I had no children? How did I ever think having one kid was hard?

Gratitudes

  1. I am thankful for my body & for taking the time to workout this morning. As a mama of two, I don’t always put myself first. It is a real treat to be able to do something for me at this stage of the game.
  2. I am thankful for our neighbourhood and I get to live so close to the beach.
  3. I am thankful for new mama friends who continually make me laugh on a daily basis.

Favourite Moment of the Day:

Jess: Treating myself to a grand coconut milk latte after my workout with Monika.

Rowan: “Playing with Cole”

Sam: “Ah gah….!”

Aaron: “Facetiming with kids, having a nap & breathing the fresh air on his work trip”

Week In The Life 2016 Intention:

To capture the fullness of our lives right now.

WITL 2015 | Thursday Photos & Words

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PHOTOS & WORDS

Today was an interesting weather day: it called for both rain and sun. As such, girlie wore shorts, rainboots & jacket and took her sunglasses to daycare. She even asked me, “Can I bring a ‘rainbrella’ to Sarah’s”. Fun fact: we joke about “Jess-ism’s” in our house. These “ism’s” are all the funny things I have said over the years. Rainbrella is a term I coined in 2003. It would seem girlie is catching onto my lingo.

daycare

Although I was ridiculously late for drop off, I was able to get out of the house, 2 kids and all! Bonus points: everyone washed, fully clothed and fed. Am I a miracle worker? No I am just a mom.

Me+Sam

If you came to visit me, you would find me here, holding Sam, drinking coffee, looking at my iPhone on the couch, most days. Some days I switch it up and hang out on my bed.  I am almost 4 weeks post op and I am itching to start running.

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Sam went to his first movie today. He and mama give the new Guy Ritche film, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. two thumbs up!

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He shoots out the door like a bullet every time I come home. It’s like he worries, we will never take him out.

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Someone made a birthday “book” for their daddy for his special day. Apparently she understands her father’s love of reading.

Pizza

His and her’s takeout. His: Deluxe Hand tossed pizza. Hers: Hawaiian thin crust.

Home

Everyone is excited when the birthday “boy” comes home. Not pictured here: Charlie mauling Aaron.

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Everyone drinking for their party glasses. Good times at the table.

Sam

This guy was super alert today even in his daddy’s arms.

OBSERVATIONS

We are in the process of establishing new normals and new routines. I thought leaving the house was challenging before, doing it with two kids takes it to a whole new level. Rowan will start kindergarten in a few weeks; and although her school is two blocks away, I wonder if I will continue to be able to have everyone ready before we leave the house. Organization is key.

GRATITUDES

I am grateful to switch up my routine and to go to the movies. Treating myself to a show is a great way for me to rejuvenate and identify with my pre children self.  I am hoping to continue to see a movie when R goes to school and we have an early pick up time.

FAVOURITE MOMENT OF THE DAY

Celebrating Aaron’s birthday and seeing the excitement through Rowan’s eyes.

WITL 2015 | Wednesday Photos & Words

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PHOTOS & WORDS

mail

Mid afternoon: the mail has arrived and I am a little excited. And it’s not just because the new Ikea catalogue has arrived with a great message on the cover. It is the little things these days that makes me happy, people!

Rowanfeet

It’s after 5 pm and girlie home from preschool and eating a snack. Like always, Charlie is underfoot hoping to help her eat said snack. Rowan sits on the stool at the kitchen island counter. The stylish kitchen is just one of the many reasons we bought this house. When we have company over, people flock to sit here. As Aaron says, this is the heart of our home and will be the place we watch our kids grow.

Charlie

Le sigh. Although Sam and I took him for a walk this morning and Jennifer came to walk him this afternoon, he still looks like he is hard done by. With that said, it’s 32 degrees with the humidex, I am not willing to go for a long walk with a bebe in this heat. C’est la vie!

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Prepping dinner. We always have fresh fruit on hand. Although we feed her protein at every meal, girlie loves berries and carbs.

eggs

On tonight’s menu: breakfast for dinner. In my sleep deprived state, I couldn’t find the eggs in the fridge. Luckily, Aaron was on hand to point them out. When given the option between scrambled or fried, Rowan chooses fried every time.

Dinner

Breakfast for dinner to me means: quick and easy. Gone are the days of long luxurious meal preps and eating dinner at a leisurely pace. That will return at some point but tonight, we are tired and are just trying to survive evening routine.

Boys

Aaron takes off his dress shirt and visits with Sam. I still have a hard time believing that I have two kids / we are family of four. At dinner, Rowan announces that her and I are girls and that Daddy and Sam are boys. I am always surprised to hear what comes out of her mouth as I can’t remember having a specific conversation about this with her. Pictures in this photo are “the boys”.

Tantrum

After playing withe the Daniel Tiger app on the iPad, we head upstairs. Rowan has a tantrum because she wants Aaron to play with her in the bath. It’s true, I am not as fun as Daddy but after a quiet day at home I am excited to talk with my big girl. The transition to a family of four has been both good and bad. Unfortunately, we have relied on the iPad a little too much in the last few weeks and I think it shows in her behaviour. I am confident we will find our way a some point.

R+S

In order to put on her pj’s,  I bribe Rowan (I mean promise her) that she can hold baby brother. Thankfully this works and the evening routine moves along.

Family

Stories in our bed. Aaron reads Dora goes to the dentist / Dora goes to the doctor for the umpteenth time. She has lots of books to choose from and right now this is her favourite. True story: I remember when I was a child asking my mom to read, “Little Black: the pony” until the covers fell off.  Apparently she comes by it honestly.

OBSERVATIONS

I am less “stir crazy” this maternity leave compared to my last. Surprisingly,  I am actually happy to sit down and stay put. In the quiet moments today, I am able to keep myself entertained. Thank you Apple! Today, I texted with my friend Beth, listened to two podcasts on my iPhone and started to watch a documentary on Nina Simone on my iPad. Not to mention, there were many minutes where I just held Sam and stared at him. Good times.

GRATITUDES

Today I am grateful for air conditioning and a lovely house to retreat to.  Despite the stress of moving, it was completely worth it moving last year. A bigger space meant our family could grow. It is stylish and comfortable and everything I could have hoped for.

FAVOURITE MOMENT OF THE DAY

As Rowan was holding Sam in bed, she looked at us and said, “This is our family!”

WITL 2015: Tuesday Photos & Words

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PHOTOS & WORDS

Charlie

6:53 AM This is his favourite spot. He loves to be our guard dog and watch the world go by from this window. I don’t always appreciate his growls, especially at 3 am in the morning when an unsuspecting racoon passes by, but I do love how fiercely loyal he is to us. Although he just turned 7, you wouldn’t know it; at times, he is energetic just like a puppy.

Breastfeed

7:13 AM My view this morning as I nursed Sam. I am not gonna lie, breastfeeding didn’t go well with Rowan and I am so happy that I have the opportunity to try it again with baby #2. As I recover from my c section, I have a hard time getting comfortable. Legs crossed, sit up in bed is a position, I enjoy / doesn’t hurt.

Bassinet

7:37 AM I put Sam back in the bassinet while I hop in the shower. I can hear Aaron and Rowan downstairs as he feeds her breaskfast. I am both thankful and sadden that I am not the one helping with the morning routine.

Fun fact: This is bassinet is from the 1930’s and has been used in our family over the years. Rowan and now Sam have slept in it.

Laundry

So much laundry – will I ever be done?

RowanArt

12:31 PM Girlie’s art from her session with Tina. With the low tone in her hands, we are encouraging Rowan to cut with scissors and drawing with pencils. Since her diagnosis in January, all of our efforts are trying to get her ready for junior kindergarden which will start in a few weeks. It is amazing to see the progress and it inspires us to keep moving forward.

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5:31 PM Pick up from Sarah’s. Rowan will only come home if she is able to borrow a Dora book. While Sam sleeps, Rowan reads as we drive home. I am relatively relaxed knowing that we have homemade quiche from friends on hand for dinner.

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8:32 PM After recognizing that Sam was super gassy and straining / grunting 30 minutes after feeding we call tele-a-health to speak with a nurse. It seems like I may be overfeeding our little man. I love that Aaron is such an involved parent helping me navigate this obstacle.

OBSERVATIONS

I am, and will forever be, a morning person. Yes, I am one of those awful /annoying people that are energized in the morning. Although I am sleep deprived, I still like to accomplish some basic tasks off my to do list: laundry being one of them.

GRATITUDES

I am grateful for living in a city that has easy access to the supports we need for Rowan. It has been a truly humbling experience, but I thankful that we are working with a great team of specialists.

FAVOURITE MOMENT(s) OF THE DAY

Rowan giving me a big kiss/hug when I picked her up from daycare AND having a mid afternoon nap with Sam.

WITL 2015 | Monday Photos & Words

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PHOTOS & WORDS

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8:44 AM I’ve made the bed, had a shower and got dressed. Success! Besides looking after Sam (and Rowan) these are my only three goals everyday for maternity leave. Sam starts to stir from the bassinet and before I start to nurse him aka “breakfast” I change his diaper. Although he is only 3 weeks old, yesterday we switched from newborn to size 1 diapers. Apparently all the cluster feeds are working!

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Of all the individuals in our household that are having a hard time adjusting to life with a newborn, our fur baby has had the hardest time with the transition. He will deliberately eat anything off the counter to get our attention. I am not gonna lie, he did this when we brought Rowan home and we he was our one an only. No doubt, eating something he shouldn’t have is probably why he started barfing this morning at 6:01 am.

Threethings

Three things that I need to survive these early days of having a newborn: coffee, iphone and a sousy.

Stroller

12:30 PM Picking Rowan up from daycare at lunchtime to take her to a speech and language appointment.  Since I had a c section, 3 weeks ago, I have been unable to drive. This essentially means that I have to stick close to our neighbourhood. With Rowan’s therapy, Mondays prove to be interesting.  I carry Sam in the wrap and push Rowan in the stroller. I sweat the entire way.

Dinner

5:15 PM Leftover sandwiches for dinner. It’s 32 C with the humidex and this mama doesn’t feel like cooking.

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6:43 PM Dinner is over which means playtime for Rowan. First she bandages her toys on the couch and then spends the last few minutes before bath with Aaron playing with a new app – Daniel Tiger. I am not sure who has more fun –  Rowan or Aaron.

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7:43 PM Bath time. Aaron hangs out with Sam and I get some much needed one on one time with my girlie.

OBSERVATIONS

The transition of going from 1 to 2 kiddos has been a smoother then from none to 1. I don’t know if I am just “used to” /come to terms being a mom, I feel much more at ease having a newborn.

The transition is easy, but Holy Batman, I am tired. Newborns are the “easy” part, it’s the almost 4 year old energy that I have trouble keeping up with. I am comforted, knowing that I will one day sleep again!

GRATITUDES

I am grateful to have the opportunity to be at home with Sam and have one year maternity paid leave. Although I miss chatting with my coworkers, who I consider my friends, I am happy to not have to drive 45 minutes one way to work. It amazing how much stress I generally feel rushing from one place to another.

FAVOURITE MOMENT OF THE DAY

Drinking coffee, relaxing and “playing” with Sam in our room.