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2 month baby update

4.12.19


It’s been a long while since I’ve posted on here, but I just figured why wait until the new year to make changes if the mood strikes now! If you follow along on Instagram, you know I was basically miserable towards the end of my pregnancy and actually went over my due date by a week. I gave birth to little miss Harper Belle on September 25thand a little chubster she was, weighing in at nine pounds. My biggest worry about bringing home baby #2 was Julien. He is the first kid on both sides of our families and is absolutely spoiled. Surprisingly, he’s actually taking it very well. He loves Harper and always ask to hold her, hug her and kiss her. What I find interesting is that any frustrations he has is all geared towards Ben and I. He’s constantly testing boundaries with us, mentally and physically (like not listening when we say no and also pretending he’s a super hero when running his little body into my legs, full force). It’s also coming just before he turns three, and I’ve heard a lot about ‘threenagers’ and them being very in their feelings. I see that happening now. Julien will run off to his room and close the door when he’s upset. Am I weird for thinking it’s adorable!?





So back to Harper! The beginning was a little tough. We had latch issues, a choking scare that landed us in the ER, the whole house down with the flu, and then I had mastitis! Not off to a good stat, but everything always comes in waves, right? Glad to report it is all better now. I’m not going to bore you with the ‘she’s a good baby’ talk. Like all babies, she has her moments, some great that will have me laughing and smiling for a long time and some bad that have me borderline in tears. She just started intentionally smiling in the last few weeks and it’s my absolute favourite thing. No, scratch that. My absolute favourite thing is when she smiles at Julien. She’s obsessed with him. When he walks by, or even just hearing his voice, she’s all smiles. He loves reading to her or telling her stories - it’s seriously the cutest. 



As for me, I’m doing well! I can’t like – and this is probably not PC to say – but with Julien, I found the first 3-4 months, pretty crappy…exhausting…shitty. During that time, I wouldn’t say I was miserable, but I was in a zombie state and convincing myself I was happy. I guess I’d classify that as the occasional baby blues. Hindsight is 20/20. It wasn’t until he was like five months when I was genuinely really happy that I realized  what I felt before. I mean so much changes, it’s no surprise. This time around, I definitely am enjoying this state a lot more. I think it’s because I know just how fleeting it is. Also, I’m getting some sleep! Sleep makes such a difference. Julien was up every 2-3 hours for five months! Harper sleeps in 5, sometimes 6 hour blocks and it’s incredible! Sleep was my second biggest fear and thank God this baby came through for me! We’ll see where that four month sleep regression lands us!



I always wondered how parents of multiples did it. It just looks like so much work to have two or more kids. Julien alone is a handful! The thought of a needy, crying baby gave me a lot of anxiety while I was pregnant. Now that we’re in the thick of it, I still don’t know the secret. Some days I feel like I’m rocking it, other days I think to myself I have no business having kids. Fact, I missed Harper’s two month checkup a couple days ago because I thought it was a different day of the week - #momfail. But honestly, I’m just happy to have them fed, bathed  and alive at the end of the day! That’s always a #momwin in my book!

West End Mamas

30.7.19



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33 weeks pregnant! Isn't that crazy? I feel like it was two months ago when I peed on a stick and saw that little positive sign. But that was actually in the beginning of January! So here I am now seven weeks away from meeting our little girl. This pregnancy has been very different from my pregnancy with Julien. I felt great from day one and was doing spin classes twice a week until 36 weeks. This pregnancy on the other hand, it started out rough! I was feeling violently hungover on a daily basis for 12-13 weeks accompanied by migraines, which usually resulted in... well, I'll spare you the gory details. Aside from that horrible first trimester, I also have a 30+ pound two year old who makes me chase him endlessly and wants to be carried 15 times a day. Circumstances are definitely different this time around! However,  I'm feeling great and I wanted to share with you one of the major reasons as to why that is.

I started going to West End Mamas back in May. It is the greatest resource for all things pre and post baby (they even have services for your fertility journey!!). It's a wellness clinic that focuses on the well being of a mama. West End Mamas offer prenatal and postnatal care for moms and moms-to-be. Everyone's pregnancy is different and they are dedicated to making your journey the best it can possibly be for you. They offer an amazing amount of services and classes from acupuncture, pelvic floor physiotherapy, chiropractic care, doula services, breastfeeding support, counselling and so much more. And let me tell you, I've been reaping the benefits!


I was never much of a yoga person, but I started feeling very tight and a bit uncomfortable in my body, to be honest. So I went in for a prenatal yoga class at the Bloor West Village location and it was just what I needed. Like one of those moments you didn't realize what you needed, but then you got it and it felt oh so good. When I started getting lower back pain, I decided to see Dr. Roy at the York Region location for chiropractic care. I have to stress to you that I had never done anything like this; never had any chiro, physio, acupuncture, nothing of that nature. She quickly came to the realization that my pelvis was uneven and was the cause of my back pain and it was all on the up and up from there. I've also received the best massages of my life at West End Mamas. The type where you do not want to get up fro the table when your 60 or 90 minutes is over. It's amazing how good you feel once you let professionals do what they do.

As moms and moms-to-be, the greatest thing you can do for yourself and for your family is to take care of you. I can't recommend West End Mamas enough! If you are in the Greater Toronto Area, you must check them out. They have two locations, one on Bloor West and one in York Region (see details here). They also have an amazing online booking system which makes life just a little easier. Pregnancy is a beautiful process, but there are definitely some not so fun things that come with it. So why not make that process just a little more joyful, pain free, and stress free? Check out all West End Mamas has to offer here!


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new year, new me...?

7.1.19







Happy New Year, lovelies! We are one week into 2019 and so far so good.. .but isn't it always? Mid February is when I usually start to kick myself for not staying on track with my goals. Usually my new years resolutions consist of losing weight, working out, losing more weight, fit into a smaller size, and then lose some extra weight. It's all quite monotonous really, and I'm no longer interested in that. I'm choosing to be kinder to myself. It's exhausting to always find something to pick at. Why are we our worst critics? This year, I've decided to focus on more positive things.

Be less wasteful. We're bad at leftovers. We're even bad at actually cooking all the healthy stuff I buy and plan on making. The reality is that Uber Eats makes life too easy while simultaneously destroying our insdes and dwindling our bank account. So we've had to switch things up a bit to make sure we eat all the food in the fridge. One tip that's been helping a lot is having pita wraps around to stuff leftover meat and/or veggies, put some hummus or some salad dressing and voila. Another is cutting up veggies in bulk and storing them in the fridge so that they are easy to pull out to cook or  easy to throw on a plate with a protein. So no more food in the bin, because that's just a disgusting privilege no one should have!

Be more mindful of what goes into my body. Instead of focusing on the scale, which really doesn't reflect what's going on inside, I'm focusing on what I'm feeding my body. I have a weak, weak spot for ginger ale; I could have it five times a day if I had a 2L in my fridge. I also have an insane sweet tooth. I don't like chocolate very much, but any type of candy has me wrapped around its finger. So reducing those two things is going to be difficult, it's already proven to be, but I will continue to do my best. Even beyond refined sugar, there are so many questionable ingredients in all the food we consume. Cooking at home with fresh, local and organic ingredients is something I can control. There's really no going back on this commitment.

Be more present. We live in a world today where it's really hard to unplug from all the screens in our lives. We're always checking up on something online or capturing what we're doing for the gram. Putting my phone down and being more present in the moment is a priority. Since it really is a serious addiction, I'm starting with small steps like keeping my phone at a walking distance when home with Julien and reading a book in bed instead of scrolling through Instagram.

Get shit done now. I remember hearing about this book or method a few months back, about not putting off things that take five to ten minutes. So whether the dishes need to get done, or putting laundry away, returning a call, getting gas, etc., if it takes you less than ten minutes, simply do it then and get it over with. It's so easy to get overwhelmed at the end of a long day or on Saturday morning when it's time to clean the house. Things go so much quicker and you get more time to relax. Ahh... relaxation. We can't always be relaxed but I don't know anyone who needs extra stress in their day to day life.

Those are the four major ones for me. I'd love to know what some of you resolutions are! Also, please remember that the new year is fresh time to start new commitments and journeys, but any given day, any given moment is a great time to start as well!

         

     
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