Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Squash goes squash

Yes I am on a baby food kick right now!
If you are on Instagram, you can follow me along here for my #BabyFoodMakingSunday adventure.

This weekend I made two types of squash. But only got pictures of the (I believe) Acorn Squash. I also made Butternut Squash.
And baby girl LOVES them both!








Here is my Homemade Baby Food stash so far.
Its made up of:
Sweet Potatoes
Carrots
Asparagus
Green Beans
Butternut Squash
Acorn Squash



~ Michelle

Monday, October 27, 2014

Adventures At The Zoo

This is a two part post, thrown together in one post.
Its about the Toronto Zoo and breastfeeding, two totally random things brought together on a nice sunny day!

Last week we were lucky enough to take a family day and head to the Toronto Zoo.
It was a wonderful day. The weather was beautiful. The rain literally held off until we left. We got to see Pandas for the first time. Oh my gosh, did I ever want to cuddle those cute pandas!






The display and everything they set up for the Pandas was pretty nice. The boys loved walking through the building, the love reading all the information laid out before them.

I loved walking around the zoo with the kids. I think I actually spent more time looking at the kids instead of the animals. I loved watching their faces. I loved watching the excitement and wonder in their little faces. I loved the little escape.

My day however did not start out as grand and happy.
(onto the second part of this post)
I was a nervous wreck about this trip. This would be the first big family outing with the baby where I would not have a quick escape to the car or a room where I could breastfeed in private.
I have breastfeed all 3 of my babies, yet I still have never managed to breastfeed in public (this includes the private breast-feeding rooms some malls provide).
The thought that I would be faced with it in such a public place like the zoo scared me. Like made me sick I was so scared.
I did a last minute feed in the car just before we went in, giving me as much time as possible in there before the next feeding.
But when I got there I felt so different, I felt comfortable, for the first time I felt it was ok to actually breastfeed in public, and that is all thanks to all the other moms there.
The joy of going there in the middle of the week during a school day, there seems to be a lot of moms there with little babies. Every where you looked there was a stroller, or a baby in a carrier. Which in turn meant there were tons of moms sitting around breastfeeding. Every picnic area we walked by, every restaurant, there was a mom feeding a baby. I honestly have never seen so many moms in one area breastfeeding. For the first time I felt like it was ok for me to do the same.
So I just want to say THANK YOU to all the breastfeeding moms out there, all the moms that have the courage to feed in public! Thank you!

It actually turned out the baby girl slept the entire time we walked around the zoo (can you say longest nap ever for her!). But just the fact that I felt comfortable with the idea was a GIANT step for me!

~Michelle

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Farms and Baby Food

This past weekend we took our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch.
It was so much fun. I love fall.
But you know what was the best part of it, the farm fresh food!
I got so many veggies to make baby food! (Who knew I would love making baby food so much!)
Here are some pics from our trip, and then the fun time of baby food making!






Now onto the fun part of baby food making!
Here I made Green Beans and Asparagus.


Farm fresh green beans!

Green Beans

Green Beans

Asparagus

Asparagus

Asparagus

Do you visit the Pumpkin Patch every year? 

What is your favourite baby food to make? 

~ Michelle


Monday, October 20, 2014

Finding Myself

I haven't written for a while, not because I haven't wanted to, it was because I couldn't find the right words.



Lately I have been feeling lost. Like some where along the way I lost myself. Don't get me wrong, I love my life, I love my kids, I love being a stay at home mom, I even love our mini van. But some where along the way, especially the last few months/year I feel lost.

Maybe it started when I got put on bed rest for 6 months and felt like I couldn't parent my boys since I couldn't actually get out of bed to do anything, I couldn't even make my kids dinner! I had bad days when I felt like such a failure as a mom - I was having a hard pregnancy which some days made me feel as if I couldn't even care for my unborn child, and because of that I couldn't even care for my boys. It was a tough, very long 6 months.
But now my daughter is here. I love her to bits. She has completed our family. Yet I still feel lost.
Maybe it is the lack of sleep. I have a 6 month old that wakes as much (if not more than) a new born!
Maybe it is because I still feel as though I haven't found a balance with a new baby. I feel so torn between everything that has to get done and everything I want to do. I feel like I am in a constant state of chaos.
Maybe it is even just my hormones going crazy still and a little postpartum.
Whatever is causing it, I just want it to stop.

I want to feel like me again.
But who is that? I'm not the same person I once was. I'm now a mother to three beautiful children. Motherhood changes you, and changes you again and again with each child you have.
Now in the midst of life and kids I am struggling to find myself. Can I ever feel the way I did before? Or do I just have to find a way to be comfortable in my new skin? If so, how do you even get to know yourself again in the middle of being so busy?

I remember feeling like this with the boys, but I passed that off to entering motherhood for the first time. Things completely changed then. But now... I've been in motherhood land for over 8 years now. So whats changed?

Now to find myself in this craziness I call my life.


~Michelle


Friday, October 10, 2014

Niagara Falls with a baby

The other week my hubby and I went away for a little mini vacation.
We have been planning this since I was on bed rest!
To say we were looking forward to it was an understatement. The only thing we didn't plan for was having a 6 month old with us who sleeps like a new born!

Also I forgot how much I would have to pack when traveling with a baby!
Yeah, that was all the baby stuff. For 3 days.
Have I mentioned before that I tend to over pack?
We did use it all, well most it, so I guess its not really over packing?

So once I got the packing all done, it was time to deal with the car ride. My baby hates the car. It took us over double the amount of time to get to Niagara Falls. We had a lot of stops to make. Which was ok, it gave me time to take lots of pictures of clouds after a storm pass by.

In case you can't tell, I like clouds.
The nice thing about stopping all the time is that we got to stop at the new outlet mall. Where I learned a new lesson.
Along with hating the car, my baby girl hates shopping. But thankfully instead of screaming, she just got bored and went to sleep!

Finally we got to our hotel.
We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott. Beautiful hotel. Close enough to the hill to walk, far enough away you didn't hear any noise from the hill.
They were so nice. The staff was really wonderful. They provided a playpen for baby girl to sleep in and even gave her a little toy.
She fell in love with her little pink hippo.
Thanks for the thoughtful little gift Marriott!
The hotel itself was beautiful. When I got a chance to relax it was wonderful. When I actually got to sleep in the bed, it was the most comfy bed ever!
The room even had a bit of a view to it, which was nice. Baby girl loved sitting at the window and watching the Sky Wheel. Especially at night when she couldn't sleep. It provided endless entertainment for her!
She even got to see her very first fireworks show! With a perfect view from our room! 

We went on a Sunday-Tuesday. Which was so nice. The hill wasn't so busy. Only thing missing where my big boys (who were having way too much fun at home with Grandpa and Grandma, and in school).

Because you can't go to Clifton Hill and not take a picture of the Sky Wheel
And of course you need the night picture of it!
I can not tell you how many times we walked up and down that hill with the stroller. Baby girl loved looking around at everything, and of course loved all the attention everyone gave her! And bonus, walking up and down this hill so many times pushing a stroller was such a good workout, that it totally justified when I bought ice cream! 


All in all it was a wonderful time away. 
The hotel was wonderful. There were a few minor issues, but the staff was so wonderful and fixed it right away. So helpful and kind. I loved the location of the hotel. Like I said, close enough to walk, but far away enough from the noise. We were able to go for walks, out to eat, and be back in time to feed baby girl and have her go down for her naps. And we never had to take the car out! 
Clifton Hill was almost empty for the most part. And the falls, like always were beautiful. 



Next time I go away to try to relax, I just hope I get to sleep more then 2-3 hours at a time. That would be wonderful. 

And one last picture, I promise. Another must. The #NiagaraFallsSelfie (Yes, its a thing).


~ Michelle

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Baby Feeding and Baby Food Making

I can't believe my baby girl is over 6 months old already!
Where has the time gone?
Its not time to start her on foods.
I attempted to make baby food with the boys and failed so badly at it. This time it seems to be going better, of course I have only started with sweet potato and carrots!





Sweet potato

Sweet potato ready to freeze

Carrots

Carrots ready to freeze 

Would love to hear your favourite baby food making recipes!

~Michelle


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Free Books

I love visiting the library. So much fun to have access to an almost endless supply of books. You know whats even better, when they give away books for free.
Picked up some books for me and the kids! Can't wait to start reading.



~ Michelle