Week 36 / Rose and Doll Mini and Me Collection

7/24/2017











Gorgeous photos taken by Austin Kylie Photography
Beautiful handmade kimonos by Rose and Doll

We are getting sooo close to meeting this little babe! I can't believe she is almost here, but on the other hand I am totally ready to hold and cuddle her and introduce her to her very excited siblings. Soren and Poppy continuously talk about the baby, and give my belly lots of hugs and kisses.

Feeling: Pretty good during the day, pretty terrible during the night. I CANNOT sleep! It's getting to the point where I dread going to bed at night, knowing that I will toss and turn for hours. While I am somewhat uncomfortable with my big belly, it's mostly my mind that will not turn off. I have so much empathy for insomniacs now... I can attest that not sleeping is terrible, and makes you feel absolutely awful the next day. I'm trying a few new techniques such as reading before bed (NO Netflix!), lighting soothing candles, and listening to podcasts.

Babies movement: Lots! I think it's slowed down a tiny bit in the past couple days, but she is definitely an active one. Sometimes I think she is awake for hours at a time... which should be interesting when she is with us!

Getting ready: I finally have some/most of my baby things checked off my to-do list. Partly I think a third baby makes me realize that a baby really does not need much, and partly I think I'm just busy with the other two kiddos. The car seat is ready (not installed), the bassinet is ready, clothes are washed and put away, diapers and wipes have been purchased, I've set up a new baby dresser/change table, and found a couple of carriers and slings. As of tonight I actually have a hospital bag half-ready...

Weight/Body: I've gained just under 30 pounds, I think. With Soren I gained around 35, and with Poppy closer to 25. It feels like most of the weight is just in my belly... and honestly I don't really care much what the scale says. I'm healthy and so far the baby is too, and that's all that matters.

Work: 8 days to go!! My last planned day is August 4th, but if I happen to have the baby before then I wouldn't be complaining:) Working 4-day work weeks has been an amazing opportunity, and every week I look forward to doing something special with Soren and Poppy on thursdays. If I was working 5 days per week I'm sure I would be feeling a lot more stressed and anxious.

Midwives: One day I would like to write a post about my experiences with an OB/GYN compared to a midwife, but for now I will just say that it's great! I'm onto weekly visits now, and tonight was the first time I called the after-hours line to ask a question. One of the midwives picked up on the second ring, and proceeded to listen carefully to my concerns. The call ended with her asking me to call back in a couple hours, and if need be, she can come over at any time. To my house! In the evening! I am so lucky to live in a country with such amazing (free) healthcare.

As I wrap up my last few weeks of my last pregnancy, I am trying to enjoy every little moment and not wish for labour to come. Yes, I want to meet this little girl, but I'm trying to be patient and let it be on her own terms. Pregnancy is such a blessing that I do not take for granted, and I'm thankful everyday to feel the little kicks and turns. At times I've felt like it's 'just the two of us', and she has given me more strength and hope than she will ever know. When I wake up in the morning and feel a first kick - I immediately smile and say quietly 'Good morning baby'.

Candy Stop - Hecla Island

7/11/2017









Last week we went camping in Hecla Island, a provincial park located about two hours north of Winnipeg. We went last year for the first time, and really enjoyed everything the park has to offer. This year our family looks a little different from lsat year - it's crazy to see how much the kids have grown! It's also crazy to see the size of my 34-week baby bump:)

Our first stop was the general store to pick out a candy treat. Poppy chose a ring pop and Soren picked nerds... solid general store choices if I do say so myself! We stretched our legs and explored a little as we waited until it was time to check into our tiny cabin.

The blog has been on a hiatus lately, and honestly I'm not sure when/if I will be back to be posting regularly. I love the creative aspect to it, and most of all love writing and thinking up blog post ideas. Unfortunately, some crazy life changes have zapped me of all my creative energy. But I would like to document the last few weeks of this, my last pregnancy. And then of course I am going to want to document the sweet new baby who will be entering our lives... so perhaps there are lots of blog posts on the horizon.

Parenting - Almost six and three and a half

5/22/2017




These days are lives are pretty busy with soccer, birthday parties, and end-of-the-school-year events and festivities. It's hard to believe that Soren is turning six in a couple of weeks, but he's had a countdown going for about six months - so it hasn't exactly snuck up on us!

At almost six, Soren is a pretty easy going guy. He handles his sisters tantrums and escapades with ease... typically laughing at her and saying 'Oh Poppy!'. He doesn't like to see her upset, and will go out of his way to make her happy even if it's not exactly fair, such as giving her his treat after she's eaten all of hers in one bite:) This doesn't always happen, of course, but they rarely fight unless she is being completely unreasonable.

Soren's soccer season is off to a great start. He's surprised us by being very good - he follows the play, runs hard, and plays aggressively. He also tells us that he plays everyday at recess with the "big kids" of grade one and two. While I don't get to see those games, it makes me happy thinking that he's old enough to organize unstructured games with his peers. The kindergarteners just started going outside for recess with the big kids, to get ready for grade one next year.

School continues to go well for him, and he's had a series of birthday parties to attend this spring. For his upcoming birthday, he wanted to invite some friends over to our house, have an ice-cream cake, and get a piƱata. Check, check, and check. Academically he's beginning to take more of an interest in writing and learning to read. I think his world will really open up for him once he can start reading independently.

As for miss Poppy... she is sweet and impossibly difficult all in the same minute. On the one hand, she's a great player and can play with her dolls and toys for hours and hours. She makes up elaborate stories, and will casually mention to me 'oh hi mama, we just got back from the doctor. The baby had a check-up', with the baby in question tucked securely under her arm. She loves to paint and draw as well, and brings home beautiful artwork from her Montessori program.

Unfortunately she can fly off the handle over virtually nothing in a split second. Our morning started in tears and screams because she was 'too squished in the bed'... our bed. Tyler pointed out that she could easily go back to her own bed if she was squished in ours... but clearly that did not go over well.

Perhaps its the age - three and a half seems to be a bit of a difficult one. Reasoning is very difficult, and once she has an idea in her head there is no changing her mind about it. Some days are harder than others, and I'll admit that I have lost my patience with her more than once... yelling at her when it would probably be better to hug her instead.

Both kids are soooo excited for the new baby to arrive. It will be fun to see how the dynamics change in our family with the addition of a third. For the most part, I think it will go well, but like all parenting things, we will expect hard days. And lots of sweet ones.