Friday, July 10, 2015

Surprises Galore

Hello faithful reader.  That's what you must be if you're still checking out this space on occasion! 
It's been a while, I know.  So what's new?  I'm going to just dive into this here.
I have a one year old.  She's my talkative, loveable, ball of energy.  No walking yet, but she's so close.  She's standing on her own and walking with any item light enough to be pushed around the room.  I have no doubt that she'll just walk into the kitchen one day while I'm getting dinner ready and be like, "Oh, hi mom."  Probably saying that entire sentence too.  She's kind of got a personality like that.  She'll be the kind of girl who will accomplish something really big and will act like it's no big deal and that it didn't take her hours upon hours of practice to achieve.  Just like her daddy.  I like that.

You may also notice in the picture below that I also have a protruding waistline.  That would be because, as of today, I am 25 weeks pregnant with a baby boy.  Surprise!  Things are going really well with this pregnancy and just about everything is the same as when I was carrying Vanessa.  No morning sickness (just some slight nausea), no medical issues, and just some tiredness at the end of the day.  The only real notable difference so far has been that I'm not craving Coca-Cola or French fries this time around (fruit instead!).  As a result, I'm not gaining weight at the alarming speed I did with Vanessa, so that's cool and I hope to keep that up.  Our little one is due to arrive on October 23rd, but for some strange reason I'm really hoping for a November baby, but really as long as he doesn't pick the 31st to show up we'll be fine.  I really don't want him to have a Halloween birthday.

James has been back to work for a while now, so that's been a relief.  Just last week I was reflecting on the fact that he hasn't actually been back to work for as long as he was off (four months -- jobs were slim this winter for a bricklayer).  I'm thankful that I married a level headed man who is so willing to work.  With those four months so fresh in our minds, he's been taking on every side job he can get so we can save for our next "rainy day" (or more appropriately, "colder than average winter").
As for me, we made the decision for me to not return to work once Vanessa turned a year old.  (One year is the traditional time frame for maternity leave in Ontario.)  We'd decided this long before she was even born, but it just seemed to be so much more real once her first birthday came and went.  I have taken on a part-time babysitting job at my home, and I've been enjoying that.  It keeps me busy and it's always nice to have some extra cash for things.  Sometimes I miss my coworkers, but really, being a full time stay-at-home-mom feels so right that I think I've found my calling in life and I feel absolutely no shame in that.
Speaking of that, what's up with mom shaming?  You work outside the home?  Shame on you for not spending time with your children.  You don't work outside the home?  Shame on you for giving up on the feminine cause.  Seriously people, this kind of stuff is just as ridiculous as the formula/breast feeding and the natural birth/epidural/C-section shaming.  We're all doing what's best for our individual families and that's good enough. (And it's none of your business.) /end rant.
If you're following my Pinterest account, you've probably noticed that I'm obsessing over gardening right now.  Last summer was our first summer in this house and I really didn't get outside much with Vanessa being a newborn and me in full blown recovery mode.  So now that I'm feeling fine, I've been checking out the place and what's growing in the yard.  I knew we had grapes, but this year is a bumper crop!  I've also discovered some gooseberries, hard necked garlic, and red currants.  The apple trees are bearing this year and my transplanted blackberry bushes are doing well.  Of course I planted my yearly zucchini and beans and whatnot and all that is doing pretty well too.  Hopefully I can share some of my experience with you all once I get good enough at this whole green thumb thing to do so.
So that's that.  I know I blog quite sporadically and to be honest, I don't really see that changing any time in the near future.  So if you don't want to miss out on any updates, I'd highly recommend that you subscribe to my blog via Bloglovin' or Google Friend Connect. 
Another surprise for you, I've started another blog and I've thinking of moving over there sometime since I just don't really feel like this space reflects who I am anymore.  The only drawback is that I have a following here, albeit a small one, and this page has a great many hours poured into the set up and design.  Not sure I'm willing to go and set all that up again on another page when this one is perfectly fine. So much work and, as you can tell, I have enough trouble just typing out a post.  ;)  If I ever do open up that space, I will post the link here but in the meantime this is where I'll stay.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Just General Springiness Feelings

Hello!  I've opened blogger so many times trying to figure out what to write and I've drawn a blank more times than I can count.  I want to write.  I want to communicate.  But there just seems to be nothing to say. So I'm linking up with Kale + Beans and Ot & Et and bringing you another edition of "Currently". 
I totally wrote this blog post with next week's themes instead of this week's, which is a little awkward.  This weeks themes didn't really seem like they could bring out as much as next week's theme's could.  So instead of deleting my answers and rewriting them I've decided to go ahead and publish what I've got here already.  If I do this again next week I'll just do the ones I missed.
| Eating whatever's in our freezer or pantry.  There comes a time when you just have to empty them all out of all those random items you bought with good intentions.  Like that package of gnocci I bought a couple months ago.  Whyever did I do that?  And however do I cook that?  Whatever was I thinking?
Getting a taste of spring in a butterfly conservatory
| Feeling chipper because Spring has decided to finally make an appearance this past week and I couldn't be more excited.  Honestly.  It's probably my favorite season.  I still wouldn't dare walk through my backyard without boots on with all the ice crystal snow out there, but the piles of shrunk considerably and truthfully I'll take what I can get.  This past winter was nasty with temperatures of -30 C just during the day; it's no wonder I decided to be a couch potato, but that's over now and it's time to get myself back into gear.
| Picturing myself gardening a super productive garden.  K guys, so I went to a gardening information night sort of thing with some ladies from church and now I'm really, really excited.  Seriously, everything from beans and carrots to oregano and luffa gourds are happening.  I'll be sure to keep you updated on my successes (and failures?)!
| Wearing pre-pregnancy clothes.  Yup.  Shirts and sweaters and everything!  At the rate my current jeans are falling down, I think I may have to pull my old jeans out soon too.  Or maybe create a new notch on my belt.  Either way, it's pretty exciting.

| Loving watching my baby grow.  She's nine months and is just starting to really make the transition from sitting to crawling.  I know, she's not crawling yet.  It's kind of awesome because I can leave her unattended (in a safe place, of course) and know that she won't get lost or find some sort of trouble.  But she is my firstborn and I am eager to show her how great it is to be mobile and to go get that silly toy all by herself....  But seriously, this kid is the most content kid ever.  How many children do you know who will sit and play in the same spot for a full hour without getting bored?  Not many.  I'm sure these days are numbered.
The last of winter?  James and I a hockey game.

There you go, a mini-me update.  Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Currently in 2015

Okay guys, renovations have taken over my life.  And like, I don't mean like I'm really doing much about it other than dreaming.  We're redoing our backroom right now and have been for a while, truth be told.  We're procrastinators.  But the walls are painted, first coat of trim is done, and the floor is almost put together.  All we need is to finish up the wainscoting and this room is about good to go!
But that's the problem.  This project seems to have unleashed a decorating beast inside me.  If you follow me on Pinterest you probably already have a bit of an idea of what's happening in our household recently.  But seriously, it's so much fun!  I feel like when we moved in I had absolutely no energy having been five months pregnant at the time, and I was just getting more and more pregnant so the energy levels weren't exactly skyrocketing or anything like that.  Then I had a baby and sleep became a priority.  Now here we are with an eight month old and I have enough energy to both dream AND carry out.  Good stuff, I tell you!
(If you want to keep up to date with me, Pinterest is probably the way to go to see what I'm up to... or at least what I want to be up to... lol)
In other news, I have an eight month old.  I know, right?  She's sitting, working on crawling (she's not very motivated), talking up a storm, and eating three full meals a day.  Our routine is becoming more and more of a must and we pay for it when things get a little out of whack which isn't the most fun thing ever, but it'll do.  Due to her overgrown bangs, Vanessa got her first haircut a couple weeks ago and let me tell you, she is cute as a button.  I may be a little biased.
I never thought I'd say this, but I'm finding myself excited to stop breastfeeding.  About a month ago I couldn't imagine giving it up, but really, I'm ready to wear a bra that fits properly.  It's the little things you miss.
On March 9th, James and I will be celebrating two years of marriage!  Does that mean that my life as a newlywed is just about over?  I remember when I first got married I read a post where the blogger was lamenting about this exact same thing.  Two years down and no longer a newlywed.  All I remember is me thinking, "Yeah, you haven't been a newlywed for a while."  But people, two years goes by FAST!  I'm not sure that I'm mature enough to give up that title.
So anyway, I don't have much to say today.  It's 1 am so I think I did pretty okay with just posting at all.  I hope you enjoyed this pictureless post and I promise I'll make it up to you when I've got this backroom all sorted out and photographed.  :)  Have a lovely Saturday!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Long Overdue Hello

Good morning Friends and a very happy Thursday to you all!
It's been a while since my last post, and the one before that, and the one before that. Actually, in the past seven months, I've only poste three times.  Take that internet.
I'm here to let you know that we are all alive and well.
Vanessa is seven months old now.  (I know, right?)  She is sporting a brand new tooth and is working on a couple more.  She's in the 97th percentile of growth and we are all finally getting ourselves onto a decent routine that we can live with.  Vanessa goes to bed early enough that mommy and daddy get some alone time, but late enough that we don't have to wrap up evenings  out before the sun goes down.  So that's cool.
James is home right now and has been for the past couple weeks.  The job he was on needed to get some stuff ready before they can put the bricklayers back to work so Vanessa and I have been enjoying daddy/James time.  James and I have decided to use our newfound time together towards renovating our laundry room/back porch.  What started out as a "simple" wallpaper removal and paint job has turned into new drywall, new floors, and new insulation to boot.  I will post some before and after pictures once it's all finished.  (Assuming that it turns out okay and "internet worthy".)
As for me, I've been keeping busy with the usual.  Taking care of a baby really is a full time job!  Food purees have recently become part of Vanessa's routine so I've really enjoyed trying out new things to get her to try.  I've started going to a woman's Bible study at my church, I've lost 10 lbs, and I've actually had some time to read a couple books.  What a life, eh?  I'm not complaining one bit.
Our family had a good holiday season -- Christmas being a personal favorite.  A love for wrapping paper (note:  not the gifts inside so much as the wrapping paper) has been kindled in Vanessa's little heart.  At first we marveled at how excited she was for each wrapped gift... then we realized that she just liked the pretty paper.  Maybe next year she'll understand it a little better.  :)
I hope to keep this blog updated a little more frequently from here on out.  It may be a bit patchy while James is home, but I will be here.  If you follow my blog on Bloglovin' you'll receive daily email notifications straight to your inbox whenever I post something.  Honestly, it's been one of the only things that's kept me up to date with my blog reading.  (Yes, I'm reading blogs still.  I've sort of been the quiet blog "stalker" recently.  Don't be creeped out, okay?)
Have a lovely day everyone!  I hope you're somewhere warmer than where I am!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

So It's Been a While

So I guess it's been a while since I last updated this blog here and I think it's about time that I got to it.  Vanessa is now FIVE months old.  She's honestly getting cuter with each day that goes by, and I know I'm supposed to say that, but I honestly can't get enough of staring at this kid.

Recently, I've been keeping myself busy with just keeping busy.  I've come to discover that there will always be a room/item/entire house to clean or organize or decorate for the upcoming seasons.  I do my best to stay on top of all that while performing the basic circuit of feed baby/move baby from "station to station"/put baby down for a nap.  Today's job is wrapping Christmas presents and eventually putting the lights up outside.  So yeah, I'm sort of insanely excited for today!  (I love Christmas)
I should take this moment to mention that Vanessa's favorite thing to do right now is to sit  (I know, life of the party, right?).  She can't do it on her own very well so I've got her sitting in the middle of a nursing pillow so at least if she falls over it won't be a hard landing.  She's been sitting there for a few minutes now and while typing the above two paragraphs I've had to get up three times to help readjust her because she appears to be more interested in the tags on the nursing pillow that all her toys in easy reach.
These interruptions add up and I like to convince myself that that's why I never feel like I get anything done around here.  If it works I'll be sure to let you know.  Social media distractions probably have more to do with it than anything.

This is what I'm looking at as I type.  Yes, I am aware that today apparently is crazy hair day.  <3
 Anyhow, I just wanted to let you all know that we are alive and well.  I'm feeling much more like my old self again which is a bonus.  I never realized how tired I was during my entire pregnancy and the first three months post-partum until it was over.  I spent a full year of my life feeling exhausted all the time.  How's that for perspective?  (No, pregnancy isn't awful... but I'd rather make a baby in maybe a month rather than 9+.)
I don't know how often I'll be blogging here in the future since my priorities recently turned upside-down, but I think it will be more often than once every five months or so.  ;)  I couldn't even tell you how many times I've sat down to write a blog post about whatever and then got distracted or forgot when something else called for my attention.  So we'll see.  No promises, but we'll see.



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