Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Winter Boots

So I bought my 8 year old some new winter boots, and what happened next I blame on lack of sleep.
I thought it would be funny to try them on. I didn't expect what happened next to actually happen...
They fit me perfectly!
My 8 year olds boots FIT ME! What?! I laughed, and cried, and then laughed some more!
At least if I need to I can borrow his new boots. They are pretty awesome and warm!

~ Michelle

Monday, November 17, 2014

Here's The Thing...

I want to write. I love to write. Its my outlet. My creative outlet. Its my safe place.
I write the most awesome blog posts. Like Emmy worthy blog posts... in my head... in the middle of the night. Because here is the thing... my baby doesn't sleep.
Love her. But she doesn't sleep.
She's 7 months old. She rarely naps, and she gets up 2-3 times a night, sometimes more. Mostly more.
Did I mention she is breastfeed, so guess who gets up with her all night, every night? Me.

I've gotten lost in a land of no sleep and baby toys and drool.
Slowly but surely things are falling apart around me, things are being left behind. My to-do list just grows and grows with nothing being checked off. I barely have time to do anything I want/should be doing. Laundry? Yeah that usually stays in the basket till the clean basket is empty and then I refill it with the dirty clothes and repeat. I'm not sure the last time I saw my kitchen sink clean for more than a few minutes. I have text messages and e-mails from friends that go days before they get a reply (sorry!).

Life has become a blur. Some days I count down till I can have a cat nap. 20 minute naps have become my fix. I've learned the talent of sleeping while sitting up.
Some days I'm amazed at how little sleep a person can actually function on.

But you know what?
Its all ok.
I have a beautiful daughter, two handsome boys, married to my best friend and I couldn't be happier.
Lack of sleep be damned.
There will always be time to write later on. Laundry and dirty dishes are a part of every day life, not my life.
My life is my family. And I am going to enjoy every day, every minute with them. I still need to try to learn to not sweat the small stuff, but I'm getting there. Focus on the kids, not let myself get distracted by the mess in the other room.

So there you have it. My to-do list can sit there, the dirty dishes can taunt me, the laundry can cover the floor, I can sleep later, until then I will enjoy my children. For what they say is true, kids grow up way too fast, and I want to enjoy every minute I can with them.

~ Michelle

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The best (ruined) surprise!

When you live with someone, have 3 kids with someone, and lead a busy live it can be hard to actually surprise that person.
But that didn't stop my husband from trying.

First let me tell you a little story so you understand how big of a deal this is to me.

I have always, always, always wanted a family jewellery piece of some kind. Since I can't make up my mind on a tattoo, I figured a jewellery is the next best thing.
Right from the start when my husband and I were pregnant with our first baby I told him how much I wanted a family ring or necklace. Bless him, he went out and surprised me with a family ring.
However we went on to have more children, rendering the ring somewhat "out of date" so to speak.
I never stopped looking for the 'right' piece. Even though I knew we were not done having kids I still had to look.
Then we had our daughter. And just like that our family was finally complete.
8 Years, 3 kids, 1 angel baby later I finally found the right piece.
I just knew when I saw it. It was the one. Finally.
But with the holidays coming up I didn't like the thought of any extra spending right now.
Guess I shouldn't have been looking at the necklace sitting next to my husband, according to him I had "that face". Whatever that means.
So I said see you later to the necklace and closed the website down.

Fast forward about almost 2 months.
My husband sends me a text "So you are going to be home all day right?" After much bugging, he tells me he's expecting a package that I might have to sign for. He really shouldn't have added on "do not open it!"
So there I sat waiting and watching out the front window.
FINALLY FedEx showed up. And the package had MY name on it. So basically that means I can totally open it right away. Just to be nice I called my husband to let him know the package was there and I was about to open it.

I honestly had no clue what could be inside.

And then I saw the jewellery box from my favourite store, Ben Moss.
Honestly, I started crying before I even opened the box. My heart was in my throat. I was actually jumping up and down I was so excited.

I opened the box....
And found a family necklace.
Not my family necklace.
But still a pretty family necklace.
Um What? Hello emotional roller coaster! All those happy feelings just crashed down around me! Instead of happy I was highly confused as to who's family necklace I was holding and why!
I immediately started texting and calling my husband at work. He didn't answer. But turns out he thought I was calling to say thank you and sat at work with a smile on his face thinking he was all that for surprising me.
I called Ben Moss. I explained I received a necklace from them, and I'm not sure why, because I wasn't even sure my husband had actually ordered me anything from their store! (How much of a tease would that have been!)
Surprise! My husband did order me my family necklace! Just happens that it was sent some where else, or lost, or just sitting at their business still, I never did find out what happened to mine before it got to me.

Fast forward a week later.
I got another package in the mail. (totally scared to open it this time).

Surprise! Finally MY family necklace.

My husband surprised me with the most beautiful necklace ever! He even included my first son that I placed for adoption, his birth stone, and our angel baby's stone.

This necklace means SO SO SO much to me. I am so in love with it.

And that is my best, ruined, surprise ever!

~ Michelle

* Big shout out of Thanks for FedEx for coming back to pick up the wrong necklace the next day, and not making me wait around all day!
*Thanks for Ben Moss for tracking down my necklace and getting it to me a week later!

Monday, November 10, 2014

One Year Later

I can't believe it has been a year.
A year since I was admitted into hospital during my high risk pregnancy with my baby girl.
I was admitted due to pain and bleeding. The doctors feared my placenta had detached.
I wasn't even 20 weeks, just a few days shy.

Every day I am so thankful for the one doctor that took care of me and my baby girl.
Since I wasn't even 20 weeks other doctors told me they couldn't do anything and to go home and wait to see what would happen and come back after 20 weeks.

Thankfully one doctor promised to do what he could to help me and my baby girl.
I thank God every day it was nothing serious, and for that doctor that took such good care of us. And for my husband who was by my side the whole time holding my hand.
One year later and I have the most beautiful baby girl. She has completed our family and brings us all so much joy and happiness.

I can never thank that doctor enough for going against the other doctors and taking care of us.

Honestly the whole hospital stay was such a blur. I have never been so scared in my life.
I was worried for my baby. I was worried for my whole family. I was worried about my boys.
And now she is here, growing and learning every day!
I couldn't imagine my life without her.

~ Michelle

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
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!


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




Do you visit the Pumpkin Patch every year? 

What is your favourite baby food to make? 

~ Michelle