We are having a baby! If you follow me on instagram, you probably saw the announcement last week. And if you know me in real life, you probably already knew our little secret - as Soren and Poppy have told everyone they know. We are very excited, the kids especially, and will be welcoming the new addition in August.
So far this pregnancy has been pretty alright... lots of tiredness in the beginning and some nausea, but nothing too terrible. Tyler knew before I did that I was actually pregnant - he says he can sense these things... and perhaps he can! I've always welcomed the idea of a third baby, but Tyler was firmly in the two kids only camp. While I think we are both a little nervous about 'starting back at zero', the kids enthusiasm is contagious. When we told them, Poppy immediately started making a "list" of things we would need. 'Let's see... we need a baby carrier, some new baby clothes, lots of diapers, a highchair... oh! I know where the baby carrier is - I will go get it!' We told her she had lots of months to get ready:)
The kids will be six and nearly four when he/she arrives, so it will be a different experience from having a newborn and a toddler. Both kids will be in school - Soren full days in grade one, and Poppy half-days in nursery school. We plan to keep the gender a surprise, although walking through a baby department today reminded me how hard it is to find gender neutral clothes. Soren was a surprise, but with Poppy we had a gender ultrasound around 17 weeks. It seems crazy that we could find out the sex of this baby in a few short weeks... so we shall see. A surprise is so much fun, and we have no preference of either boy or girl.
I hope to post some pregnancy updates here on the blog, similar to what I did when I was pregnant with Poppy. This will very likely be my last pregnancy, and I want to enjoy everything about it. Time seems to be flying by, but it does tend to do that until the final few weeks when every day seems to last forever. So that's out news... I feel like there have been a lot of 'updates' since my last pregnancy / newborn days. We now have an h and m maternity in Winnipeg! And what about these new 'baby nests' like dockatot? Do we need one? Which brand? I also hear that swaddling is no longer approved... to add to the long list of baby no-no's. Luckily, I have six months to prepare, and for baby number three, I've hopefully learned that you don't need a whole lot.
It's been a long week. The kids are both sick, and after a brief reprieve from the cold, we're back to frigid temperatures. By the time thursday rolled around, we were all in need of some fresh air and sunshine. Since it's too cold for most outdoor activities, coupled with the fact that I wouldn't want to take sick kids outside, I remembered a little sunny oasis. The Assiniboine Park Conservatory is open daily, and offers a wonderful break from the cold. It's free to get in, although donations are welcomed.
The kids were happy to rid themselves of their bulky winter jackets, and we spent a good 45 minutes or so looking at the flowers, turtles, and massive koi fish. Next time I will have to remember to bring snacks. I saw a few people sitting on benches, eating their lunch or reading, and it looked so peaceful and relaxing.
The groundhog is calling for six more weeks of winter, and while we do love our winter activities, sometimes you just need warmth and greenery. As most of the greenhouses are closed, I have a feeling we'll be visiting the conservatory again before the snow is off the ground.
On Sunday, we left the kids at home with my parents, and headed to The Forks. We were very much looking forward to having a late brunch at Raw Almond, and wanted to walk around and enjoy the sunshine first. Last week a new game was unveiled - crokicurl! It's a combination of crokinole and curling, and while I definitely can't claim to know all the rules of either, it looks like a lot of fun!
We didn't have time to skate - something we'll have to save for next week-end with the kiddos. Another fun winter sport was taking place, dragon boat racing on ice. I'm not sure if it has it's own name, but the participants all looked to be having a great time, and wow are they fast!
Our reason for coming to the forks was to experience Raw Almond, a fine dining experience set on the frozen red river. Tickets to their dinners are next to impossible to come by, and expensive, so we were stoked when my girlfriend managed to get six tickets to brunch. The food was a combination of two of our favourite places in Winnipeg, Clementine Cafe and The Tallest Poppy.
Mike had to show off his skates... there are not many times you can skate to brunch! The building structure is unique each year - this is their fifth year operating. From the outside, it looked like a non-descript white tent. The inside, however, was beautiful and cozy. Two long tables make up the seating areas, and diners sit next to each other and often share plates of food, family style.
The food was fantastic, from a hearty porridge with white chocolate and mango puree, to maple glazed pork bellies, to the amazing caramel donuts pictured below. I think everyones favourite was the smoked arctic char, served on top of crispy potato pancakes and served with a beet puree. Yum!
After we filled our selves to the brim with delicious food, we headed back outside to bask in the winter sun. The river trail was packed with skaters of all ages and abilities, and we heard lots of languages - something that sometimes takes Winnipeggers by surprise. Tourists? Here? Sometimes Winnipeg gets a bad rap, but when we stopped to think of what this would look like to out-of-towners, it totally makes sense why we have been featured in everything from Vogue to the New York Times. It's pretty spectacular to get to skate to brunch, eat on a frozen river in a beautiful seasonal structure, with food prepared by some of the best chefs around.