Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Fresh Air is Healing

They say that when you are raising a newborn, try to get outside daily to lift your spirits and mild exercise. It is supposed to help you weather the storm - and I totally agree. Which is why we have all the devices to get outside easily. BOBs and Onya! 


Yesterday we all needed fresh air to shake off some grumpies! So we got out and blew some bubbles - Phoebe too! She was just in that kind of mood where she wanted to be held and bounced which is hard to accomplish and blow bubbles. 
Her second time in the Onya was much better since she was fed and in a clean diaper. 

Happy baby happy momma

Even when it started to rain we didn't have to turn in, just busted out the weather cover which is hidden in a little pocket on the front of the carrier. It easily snaps up and you don't have to do a lot of messing around which is good because Jack and I were in the middle of a hide and seek game. 
"Hiding behind the car" and enjoying the rain!

Getting outside isn't just a mood changer for me, but for Jack too! He loves to run, chase and be wild. Being cooped up isn't good for anyone, we came inside an hour later much soggier (!) but happier people :). 
And Phoebe was so comfy she fell into a deep sleep that she didn't wake up from even when I took her out and put her in her crib. Yippee. Double win!

Friday, 11 July 2014

TGIF

Week one all complete. Thank goodness. I feel much better having one week under my belt and just knowing I can handle two kids all day alone and manage to get out once or twice. It has been definitely a challenge, but went much smoother than I imagined. 

Yesterday we drove to Fall Lake for the morning and visited all our family staying at the cottages there. The lake was beautiful and Jack was in love with the kayaks, dogs and ducks. 


Phoebe travelled like a champ and despite me getting a little lost, our first "longer than 30 min car trip" went smoothly. 


Today we had a day close to home which was lovely. We all needed the home time, and great adventures (and naps!) we're had by all. We even managed to get out for two walks today which was lovely. Aside from walking, we spent most of the day playing cars and farm animals. 
Highlights of the day were the return of muffin making to our lives and finding a fun Eric Carle animated story set of shows. 


Phoebe is doing wonderfully. She had a much more solid sleep last night thank goodness despite our battle with oversupply. For any breastdeeding mom out there who's been there - it's a struggle!


We're totally ready for the weekend - I'm ready to not be outnumbered haha! Happy weekend everyone :)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Our trios first outing: A Pool Party :)!

The weather has been hot hot hot and humid here - perfect combo for a pool party! We were invited over to Sams to enjoy a splash, play and romp in the yard. It was our first outing as a trio also, so I was a little apprehensive. But thankfully it was a bundle of fun :)!

Just what we needed to start off our day while the sun came up. Watching Harold and his purple crayon,  having coffee, banana in a bowl and breastmilk. (You can likely sort out who had what haha)

Our morning started off VERY early at 5am watching cartoons! While 5am isn't really all that early, it is if you were up in the night several times feeding a little one. Both Jack and Phoebe coordinated their wake up times and so I gave up on trying to get them back to sleep and we started our day early! It's just as well, Jack spent hours getting pumped up to go play with his friends. 

Swim trunks, shirt and hat all ready for pool party fun an hour before we had to leave the house. 


Jack loved getting to see his friends and I did too! After being home alone all day for two days in a row, I was ready to do something fun! It's wonderful to not be hugely pregnant because everything is easier; walking, crouching, wrestling clothes and shoes onto a toddler etc. even if it's means I'm trading it for lugging around another little one while sleep deprived - I'll take it :)!

I win the prize getting all four boys in the picture at once haha! 

Sophie and Phoebe! The girls hanging out together :)! 

It was a perfect morning with sunshine, warmth and a comfortable breeze! :)


And we were given a wonderful gift: premade dinner with dessert :)!! Thankyou Adam, Alison, Sam and Sophie - so very delicious and appreciated! Butter chicken, rice, nann bread and ice cream. Oh and a HUGE chocolate bar... Which shrunk significantly upon entering our house hahah ;-)!
 And Jack helped Phoebe get to know her new little penguin friend :)

All in all, a wonderful day :)! Day three complete. I have a good feeling we're all going to survive the week. 

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Baby things are so fun!

Yes babies have quite the market of fun things you can buy them. This time we were more sensible as far as buying useful things and not just cute things haha. Now that Phoebe is two weeks old we can start trying out two things I'm SUPER psyched about :)
 The first one is our Onya baby carrier! I absolutely LOVE the product and we bought a baby insert for it so we could use it starting right away. She fussed at first but then settled in and enjoyed being bounced around while we puttered around outside watering plants.

Jack is an enthusiastic gardener :) he was thrilled to use his watering can and refilling it from our big jug I brought outside. 

He loves taking care of his "baby plants" and was thrilled to see some flowers and buds growing :)! It was a nice activity to do outside without suffering in the sweltering humidity!

Don't mind my derpy expression - the sunshine was so bright!

I found the Onya much more comfy than other wraps, slings and carriers I've tried before. It's encouraging that Phoebe responded well to it also :) with some practice we will be unstoppable! 


The other fun thing we get to start using is her little cutie cloth diapers!! I've been patiently waiting on that ugly belly button to heal up. And now that it's all healed I feel good wearing them on her and it shouldn't irritate her. 

They're on their nearly smallest little setting, but she's getting bigger each day ! Thankfully they fit snug around her chunky little legs - most important! 



Monday, 7 July 2014

Finding a new normal

That was today's theme! Finding a new normal. Thankfully, I have a great network of support from hubby, family and friends all cheering me on and it is impowering. I was seriously concerned that taking on both of them solo with Phoebe being less than two weeks old. Thank you everyone for your kind messages and encouragement :) you're all my favourites!

I told Jack "well it's just me alone today bud". And Jack said "No Mommy, I'm here too!" Isn't that the truth :). 

Scott is back to work this morning, his two weeks of parental leave is up! Since he is self employed he doesn't receive any benefits as far as parental leave so we have saved up for months so we could afford a little "family staycation" as Phoebe gets settled. And while he does work from home tucked away in his office, he's only a text away should disaster strike! Thankfully today all I needed him for was to unbury our double BOB from the storage room. 


Jack and Phoebe are both incredibly patient with me while I scramble to meet their every need. Jack is very understanding that Phoebe is "just a baby" and therefore needs extra attention sometimes. Truthfully out of the two, Jack is more demanding of my attention haha. Good thing Phoebe is okay with getting her meals on the go while Momma plays cars, play doh or cooks lunch cradling her. 


She is an amazingly content baby who gives clear "I'm hungry" "I'm sleepy" signs. And the second time around it's easier to read them too! Both Scott and I have really benefitted from The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer book.  It's helped us get Phoebe in a great cycle of eating awake and sleeping so her needs are being met consistently. Translation = much less of a cranky bum. Also, it has great advice on managing a toddler as you introduce a newborn to your family.


We spent the morning playing and went out of a walk. The sunshine and fresh air does wonders for all of our moods, thank goodness for the double BOB. It was more like a grand tour than a walk as most of our neighbours flocked to the street once we emerged from the house. Phoebe got to meet many of them as we all discussed newborns and the storm. Jack loved showing off his baby sister and was sure to inform them all her poop is yellow. (A game we play while he helps me change her diaper, "Guess what colour her poop is!" Hint: it's always bright yellow, but Jack loves to guess every other colour before landing on yellow haha)

So amazingly today wasn't as difficult as I thought. While it had its challenging moments, it's entirely worth it because I got to spend the day with the two sweetest little kids. 


Friday, 4 July 2014

Friends come to play and meet Phoebe!

We are so blessed to have a bundle of awesome little friends and Mommies that we hang out with several times a week at parks, playgroups or someone's house. Since Phoebe has been born we haven't been out doing too much and Jack desperately missed his pals. So this morning they all came over for playing and to meet the newest little one of the bunch :)
Naturally Phoebe was wide awake the hour before they arrived, then conked out right before people came. But only after she had a huge spit up all over herself and me haha. 



Gracie meeting Phoebe!! Ah melt my heart :) Grace was born just as I was newly pregnant! 




Big bad wolves blowing down the house the little piggy was in! 


It was so great to see everyone :) thankyou all for coming! Cannot wait to get back into routine and get in lots of fun play this summer. 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Bringing Home Phoebe: One week old :)!

Well I haven't seriously blogged in ages, mostly because the last month of pregnancy is just plain sucky.


I was just surviving the last few weeks and praying she came soon to finish off my misery. Thankfully my amazing Dr was more than agreeable to bring her before or on her due date since she was already quite sizeable. My birth experience was just perfect, and bringing her into the world couldn't have gone more smoothly if we tried. (Except my bloodwork and IV which they had to do twice each and resulted in  a ridiculous amount of blood pouring out my hand like a horror movie onto the floor!) 

My super birth coach and partner in crime :)! 

2 hours old and we couldn't be happier!

Proud Daddy holding his baby girl!

We had a wonderful experience at the hospital here and are SO appreciative of all the nurses and doctors hard work. We both must have said a million times what a crazy a job that must be - all you medical professionals out there are AMAZING. We bow down to your tolerance of yucky things, long shifts and calmness.




Now we are home, a family of four! It has been an adjustment, with some heavy work commitments on Scott's part keeping things busy. But it was a much smoother transition than we imagined! Phoebe is extremely content and Jack is extremely pleased to have her here :)  Lucy is likely the most stressed out of all of us, but a regular supply of bones and walks has kept her craziness minimized. 

One week old on Canada day :)!

Yesterday Phoebe turned one week old and we can't believe there was life before she got here. Her and I ventured out to the grocery store alone this afternoon which was thrilling and terrifying all at once. Now with an outing under our belts I feel much better equipped to handle the upcoming weeks when Scott is back to working full time. The summer is going to be exciting with lots of family visiting, beaches, playing at the park and going for big walks :) I can't believe it's July already and I am so very thankful that she  is here and I'm no longer pregnant! Yippee!