Monday, February 27, 2017

~Weekend Recap~

See ya later last weekend of February! Fastest month ever!

We sure made the best of the weekend- it was jam packed with fun events!

Rewinding back to Thursday, the kids and I went to the mall to pick up a few birthday gifts for the upcoming parties on the weekend.

Afterwards, we went to the midwives for a baby checkup. Every time we go we have a tea party!

Baby is doing well and the kids love helping with the doppler and measuring mommy's belly.

Leo skipped his nap which makes for a long afternoon for me but he was in good spirits. We did some painting. I'm loving these paint pots Leo got for his birthday since the spillage is minimal! Thanks Brie!

I was able to read a few pages of my book while keeping an eye on them! ;)

Hubby was out late that night so I was pretty beat by the time the kids went to bed.

Friday morning we woke up to a five-year-old!! It's still hard to believe this sweet girl came into our lives 5 years ago!!

It was a snowy, stormy day (much like the night Audrey was born). I tried to convince the kids to go outside to play in the snow but they preferred to do crafts inside.

Stamping away- until he starts stamping his hand!

Audrey went to preschool and was pretty excited to bring cupcakes for her class!

Afterwards, we headed back to the midwife clinic for my prenatal workout. The kids love going there, especially for the workouts since they get to play with other kids and sometimes jump in to our workouts. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Audrey at the end!

We had cupcakes again after dinner!

She opened her presents after dinner.

We told her that we will take her to pick out a new big girl bike-- with pedals! She is pretty excited about that!

Saturday morning after Audrey's dance, we headed to Brie's for Sully's 3rd birthday party! She did a great job planning a dinosaur theme- which obviously my kids loved!

Leo was interested in this race track until he heard Brie's aunt reading stories. I think he asked her to read 5 more stories to him and the other kids!

Birthday boy!

Dinos and cupcakes are his favourite!

After the party we met hubby at the Apple store so I could upgrade my phone. Since he is the primary account holder he always has to come authorize my upgrades, which means we have to bring the kids along.

Luckily the Apple store has lots of entertainment for kids-- like iPhones with games on them and TVs with video games and movies playing!

Turns out that if you rip the demo iPhones out of the security wires a really LOUD alarm goes off! We learned that the hard way when the stroller tipped back and the iPhone Audrey was holding was ripped out of the security cord! Oops!

Leo missed his nap again but thankfully he went to bed without a fuss!

Sunday morning Audrey and I had a manicure-pedicure date to prepare for our upcoming vacation! She brought her own Hello Kitty nail polish for her toes and picked a purple colour for her nails. She said it was boring though!

Lucky girl even got a flower design on a couple nails!

Meanwhile the boys fixed stuff around the house and assembled furniture! Very productive!

And because one birthday party in a weekend wasn't enough, we headed to Westside Recreation centre for our daytime's son's 5th birthday! We swam/played in the pool for 1.5 hours and then partied for another 1.5 hours.

The kids and I had never been swimming at this pool before but we will definitely be back! It is super kid friendly, with a warm pool, water slide, small slide, wave pool and lazy river.

It took Audrey a bit to warm up to the water- she doesn't like getting splashed in the face. A lot of time she preferred to be in the smaller warm pool but she started venturing out to the bigger pool more.

Leo on the other hand is a total water baby-- you have to watch him like a hawk because he will wander off, going up and down the small slide, running into waves, etc. He did the big water slide with Daddy probably 8 times! Audrey didn't go once!

The party had lots of other kids from the dayhome so the kids had fun playing together. They were all a bit tired from the swimming though!

Anna made this amazing Monster Jam cake and it was as delicious as it looked!

We spent the rest of the evening relaxing at home. I was so tired- I ended up falling asleep with Leo in his bed! 

We all had a lot of fun, although not quite enough sleep! It was an exciting month for birthdays but I'm glad we are down for awhile! I need a break from all the cupcakes and sugar!!

Now to get through the busiest week of the year at work and get ready for our vacation! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

~Audrey: 5~

Dear Audrey,

Five amazing years ago you came into our lives, changing it for the absolute better!! From the very beginning, you have done things in your own way, on your own time. You are creative- from picking your own outfits (that often make me cringe!) to making art how you like it. You have a great love for reading and writing. You love quality time with your family but also appreciate some alone time to reflect and recharge. Your memory blows me away- nothing gets past you. You always want to help whether it's in the kitchen or in the workshop with Daddy. You are a little mother to your little brother and younger children at the dayhome and preschool.

You are sensitive and sweet; silly and sassy! You do not like it when anyone cleans up your room or messes with your toys. You are so helpful around the house- cleaning up when asked, helping set the table or grabbing something for your brother.

You love learning new things and going new places but you are also content to be at home. You love to run around outside and your imagination is wild! You can turn any old box into the greatest toy!

Being your mother is everything I ever wanted and while you test me daily, I love what a strong, independent, yet caring girl you are growing up to be!

Love you baby girl!!

xoxo, Mama

Eating: Loves snacks, sandwiches, yogurt, waffles, fruit and triangle wraps (with cheese). Hates meat, sauce, and some veggies. Most meals are a bit of a struggle to get her to try them, unless they contain fries and/or chicken fingers. She has a sweet tooth.

Sleeping: She usually sleeps from 8pm-7am, or later on the weekends/non-dayhome days. She loves long cuddles before bed.

Hair/Eyes: Hair is still dark brown and curly. It's long but looks much shorter with the curls. Eyes are a lovely hazel-green.

Weight/Height: Not sure about weight- around 45 lbs. She is 45 inches tall. She had a big growth spurt recently- she is now in size 6 clothes and size 12-13 shoes. She is definitely a tall girl!

Likes: She loves to help in the kitchen or in Daddy's workshop, play with her dolls, all the crafting and stickers, playdoh, makeup with Mommy and getting her nails done. She loves watching TV- Octonauts and Dinosaur Train are the current favourites. She loves to read and be read to. She likes to make lists and draw pictures.

Dislikes: when her brother picks on her, when the TV is turned off, being told to clean up when she's in the middle of playing, wearing socks, having her hair washed.

Big Sister: Audrey loves being a big sister so much. She is so excited for the new baby to come! She kisses mommy's tummy, sings "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" to the baby and wants nightly cuddles with the baby. I know she will be the best big sister to this new little one and will be so helpful. Although I haven't been able to convince her to change diapers or do nightly feeds so far!

Preschool: Audrey is doing so well in preschool. Her teachers are very impressed with her progress and can't believe it's only her first year in preschool. She follows directions well but sometimes tells her teachers that she wants to do things a certain way which they are often open to. Sometimes she says she doesn't want to go to preschool but she always has a good time there and the teachers say she is fine so I'm not sure what that's about.

Audrey is our special girl and we are so lucky to be her parents!

Happy 5th Birthday sweet girl!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

~Baby N#3: 25-26 Weeks~

I'm How big is Baby N#3?

Baby is the size of a fancy French soda! Baby is about 14 inches long and 1.68 pounds. Baby's eyes are starting to open now and baby is starting to practice breathing!

Aversions or Cravings?
I still want all the carbs but I'm eating more salads and meat now. Reducing my sugar has helped with the sugar cravings.

Lots of kicks and possibly even hiccups?

How I'm feeling?
Overall I feel good but my energy level is pretty low in the evening after a busy day. My legs definitely feel it when I walk a lot (over 10,000 steps in a day) and I've had to request more leg and food massages! I also feel very large which is often hard to deal with mentally but I know it's all normal and I will be back to my regular size in time. It doesn't help when young, immature co-workers tell you that your belly freaks them out. Also, big boobs aren't all that great! 

What I'm Wearing?
Maternity dresses, leggings and jeans. I ended up buying a couple pieces that I can wear now while pregnant and also in post partum when I'm nursing. I had to buy new bras... My feet are starting to swell so I can't wear heels as long at work. Praying my feet don't grow at all- I will be so sad if my large shoe collection no longer fits!

Belly Button?
No doubt it's going to pop this time!

Still good. Rolling over is getting difficult. I do have to get up usually once a night to pee.

Still keeping up with my 3-4 workouts a week. I seem to struggle to workout on the weekends when you think I would have more time! I'm part of a pilot project at my midwife clinic for prenatal workouts with a local qualified pre/post natal instructor. I'm loving the classes- they feel like an actual workout!! I'm hoping I can take more classes with her both pre and post natal. I can bring the older kids which is great!

What I'm Excited for? 
Our trip to Phoenix in 8 days! I need a bit of a tan and to not wear pants!

What I Miss? 
Being fit. Wine. Going up stairs without getting winded.

I think we have a couple names for each gender picked out. I passed my Glucose Tolerance test so that's great! Celebrating Audrey & Leo's birthday party on the weekend.

Baby Purchases & Projects?
I bought a few things when a local baby store had a sale on the weekend. I bought some newborn bows in case it's a girl. I also bought the kids some matching outfits which are gender neutral enough. I can't wait for them to wear them this summer!

I'm busy making lists and once we are back from Phoenix I will go through our newborn stuff to see what we have and what else we need. I also booked maternity photos so I'll have to figure out outfits and location for that.

Bump Photo

(almost 27 weeks)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

~Family Day Long Weekend~

Family Day long weekend has always been one of my favourites. Maybe because it's not over a busy holiday like Christmas, or in the summer when everyone is rushing to get out of town. I have fond memories of Family Day when I was a kid. There are so many things to do as a family on this weekend, if you want to participate.

We started off Thursday by going to the Zoo with a friend and her two boys. We haven't seen each other since Christmas and I was planning on spending the day doing birthday party prep but getting outside seemed like a much better idea! It was such a nice day out and we needed to get outside!

Audrey caring for the boys. 

Riding the bear

I am actually not a fan of this big play park because it's so big and I can never keep an eye on both children. It's better now that my kids are older and I know they can get around just fine but I still try to avoid it!

This photo is hilarious- they look like they are trapped but they really were having fun!

Lucky kids even got popsicles!

There were some pretty massive puddles throughout the zoo. Audrey got her pants and feet soaked!

Every time I mention the Zoo Leo says he wants to see the Dinosaur park. Unfortunatley it is closed for the winter and the big Dinosaurs Alive exhibit (with the moving dinos) has left our Zoo for good. He is going to be so sad in the spring when it reopens. For now this Centrosaurus at the entrance to the Dinosaur Park appeased him.

We stopped at the Discovery centre for a bathroom break before heading home and a zookeeper had a snake out! The kids were pretty excited- I was less so. It was a Children's Python and the kids got to pet it.

Friday we spent the day prepping for the birthday party. We put together the goodie bags, and did lots of unicorn and dinosaur baking! Audrey had the day off preschool for Teachers Convention so it was nice to not have to plan our schedule around that.

In the late afternoon we headed to the midwife clinic for another prenatal workout. It was a good one and my legs hurt for a couple days after! The kids were entertained by drawing dinosaurs on a white board while I did my workout!

Saturday we ran errands-- again getting ready for the party. Audrey didn't have dance since it was a long weekend.  I squeezed in a trip to a local baby store since I had received an email saying they were having a big sale over the weekend. I picked up a couple things I had been eyeing.

Sunday was the birthday party! We had a quiet morning relaxing and setting things up before everyone arrived. The kids were so excited!! They loved their Unicorn and Dinosaur theme and having everyone celebrate with them. More details on the party to come.

We took it easy that night. We watched part of an episode of Santa Clarita Diet but gore isn't really our favourite thing so I don't think we will be watching this show. I did enjoy the comedy but the blood and guts was a bit much.

We started watching Riverdale which was entertaining but I only half watched it while I worked on the computer.

Monday we a relaxing day at home for Family Day. The kids enjoyed playing with all their new birthday gifts. Hubby worked out in his workshop while I cleaned up from the party and did some chores around the house.

We went for a nice long walk around our neighborhood.

First a quick stop at the park.

'Cougar' sighting. I'm glad we put the kids in their snowsuits!

Leo was a bit tired towards the end so Daddy's pom pom made a great pillow!

I had a short nap with Leo in the afternoon and then played with Audrey- making stories and colouring. 

I went to Ange's for Bachelor night. I haven't been keeping up with the show on my own and it's always so much more fun to watch with other people than on my own! 

What did you do on the long weekend?
Are you watching the Bachelor? Who are you rooting for?