Thursday, July 6, 2017

:Audrey & Leo meet Henry & Coming Home:

Audrey and Leo were at the day home when Henry was born. Auntie L and Uncle C took them there in the morning after spending the night at our house with them while I was in labour. 

Hubby picked them up at the end of the day and told them the baby was born. Audrey was slightly disappointed at first that Henry was a boy but she quickly got over that. We decided that they would come to the hospital for a quick visit to meet Henry since I was spending the night. 

When I talked to them on the phone just before they came over, Leo exclaimed "Mommy, the baby was born! His name is Henry!" It was so sweet! 

When they arrived they were so excited!! Audrey had made him a special little card and they brought him his bunny. 

Leo kept talking to Henry in a sweet voice, telling him he was his big brother.

Audrey was thrilled to hold Henry. 

Leo was pretty pumped too!

They sang him the full version of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star which we used to sing to him on the inside! 

My mom surprised us with a visit which was nice! 

We were discharged the next morning as both of us were doing well. I had a good sleep the night before.  My nurses were fabulous-- I had the same day nurse , Ener, for both days in postpartum. She was so thorough and even phoned my midwife to debrief her which she said never happens. 

Daddy dressed Henry, we loaded him into his carseat and headed home to officially be a family of 5!!

Of course big sister wanted to hold him as soon as we got home.

Her hands look giant next to his!

Our families and friends were so helpful during this time-- from dropping everything to be with the big ones while in labour, to bringing us meals, stocking our freezer with food, entertaining the older two with visits and sleepovers. The transition to 3 children was relatively smooth due to all the help from our village.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

:Henry's Birth Story:

Third baby= wild card or so they told me! This is the story of our 3rd child's birth. It's a long one because I like to remember every detail.

My due date was May 22nd, which was also Victoria Day, a stat holiday and therefore long weekend.

The day came and went, with no signs of impending labour. We didn't have many plans for the weekend since we knew baby could come anytime. On the 22nd, my in-laws came over to help do some yard work and gardening, and entertain the older two while I relaxed. I wasn't stressed about being overdue since Audrey was born 5 days past her due date, I wasn't too uncomfortable and really I was just glad that I didn't have a scheduled csection due to breech baby. Baby was going to come when he/she was ready.

That night, I had some false labour. There wasn't any consistency to the contractions and they weren't increasing in intensity. They were uncomfortable and I couldn't sleep but they slowed down when I got up around 2am for some food. Finally at 4am I took half a gravol so that I could fall asleep, just in case this actually was early labour.

I slept in on the 23rd. The kids went to the dayhome. I didn't feel well for a lot of the day- nauseous but no headache. I remembered that I forgot to take my diclectin the night before so probably it was some morning sickness. Overdue and still having morning sickness...

I went to my chiro appointment for an adjustment. She mentioned checking my blood pressure and I assured her I had a midwife appointment in the morning but I thought my nausea was just from missing my anti-nausea pill. I did feel better after the adjustment and a nap.

On the 24th, now 2 days overdue, I woke up feeling great. I had a good sleep and no more nausea. I got ready and went to my midwife appointment. I was going to take it easy that day and catch up on some paperwork, organize my office and some general nesting at home. At my appointment, my midwife Elise said my blood pressure was quite high-- 160/88. Definitely the highest it's ever been. She said to wait 20 minutes and she would test again-- make sure it wasn't just a one-off. My other midwife, Nicola came over in the waiting room and gave me a hug and shook her finger at me. (My blood pressure also went high at the very end with Leo.)

They tested it again 20 minutes later-- still high. They told me to meet my other midwife, Jeannette, who was on call, at the hospital so they could do blood work and go from there. Nicola came back into the room, gave me a hug and said "you are going to have a baby today!" I told her no, maybe in the next couple of days! I asked them if I should go back home and get my hospital bag and the car seat but they said nothing was going to happen right away so just make my way to the hospital.

I messaged Jarrett that I was going to get some blood work done because my blood pressure was high and if he could take Audrey to school. I did not tell him I was going to the hospital for this...

Around 11:15am, I arrived at Rockyview Hospital and checked in to maternity triage. I waited for my midwife to arrive. They ran blood work and urine to make sure everything else was normal. They monitored baby, who was fine.

After Jarrett dropped Audrey off at school he came to the hospital. We had to wait awhile for the results of the bloodwork to come back so we just hung out in our room and had some lunch.

Around 3pm, the OB resident finally met with us-- she ended up being the same OB resident that attended our ECV exactly 3 weeks prior and she recognized us. My bloodwork and urine all came back clear, but my blood pressure was still hovering around 160 so we discussed our options.

They weren't open to just giving me medication to bring my blood pressure down since I was already full term (overdue in fact), baby was small but a good size and since high blood pressure is the start of pre-eclampsia, they felt the risks of baby staying in longer waiting to go into labour on my own outweighed induction risks.

My midwife had checked me and I was only 1cm dilated and very posterior. So they wouldn't be able to just break my water to induce labour. The OB resident checked and said she would be able to induce with a foley catheter. They insert a balloon on the other side of your cervix, fill it with water and it puts pressure on your cervix, mimicking a baby's head, and encourages dilation. They did not want to induce right away with drugs due to my prior csection. I was ok with this plan since I've heard medical inductions are extremely painful since the hard contractions start right away. They also recommended getting an epidural once in active labour since that would help bring down my blood pressure. I told them we would wait and see once we got to that point.

Unfortunately, an induction meant a transfer of care to the OBs. My midwives were no longer my primary caregivers for my labour and delivery. I was now three for three for transfer of care for my deliveries.  I am pretty sad about that but obviously it was the right thing to do and my midwife assured me she would come back for the delivery and post-delivery care of the baby.

I did have awesome nurses in triage-- one of which was also at the ECV and is the daughter of my in-laws' neighbours in Phoenix.

Hubby had to leave to go pick up Audrey from school and figure out the childcare logistics since this was happening.

At 4pm, the OB resident inserted the balloon. That wasn't the most enjoyable experience but better than the ECV procedure! Took about 5 minutes. Then they moved me to a room in antepartum to wait for active labour to start. They checked my blood pressure right before moving me over and it was down to 140. When they checked again in antepartum about 30 minutes later-- it was 135. Getting lower so I hoped the induction wasn't for nothing.

It was so weird to be at the hospital at this point-- waiting for labour to begin. There were a few labouring women in the ward that were overflow from Labour & Delivery because it was so busy. Hearing labouring women screaming around you when you aren't even in labour yet (or even if you are) isn't the most reassuring sound and I've had babies before!

We spent the first few hours wandering around the mostly empty ward. I was getting some cramping and light contractions but nothing too bad. I had some dinner. It was pretty appetizing!

Jarrett said he wanted to discuss boy names again since he wasn't sure he liked our one and only name choice for a boy! I told him to give me some options and we could talk about it. He couldn't come up with anything worth considering. In the back of my mind I knew if we had a boy we would go with our originally planned name. I was going to pull the "I just gave birth" card.

Around 9:30pm, Jarrett went home to get some rest since it was going to be a long night/day. I hoped I would get some rest too. I tried to sleep but I couldn't. The contractions were getting closer together and starting to be more painful. Soon laying in bed was no longer the best way to get through each contraction so I sat on the fitball and tried laying my head on the bed in between contractions to get some rest. Not quite as comfortable as at home.

I started to get discouraged at this point because the contractions were getting closer together-- every 1-3 minutes,  lasting around 30-45 seconds but the balloon hadn't fallen out yet. I was doubting my ability to do this and sad that I was all alone.

Finally at 12:30am, I called Jarrett to come back to the hospital. Once he arrived we went over to the shared showers and hoped that would give some pain relief and help me cope since the contractions were getting more painful, more frequent and longer each time.

The shower helped a bit but I was having a really hard time focusing and getting through each contraction. Being in the hospital the entire time was really hard on me mentally since I didn't have the comforts of home. I really felt like I was doing all this work and not progressing since the balloon was supposed to fall out at 3-4cm.

A nurse that was covering my nurse while she was on break came in and wanted me to go back to my room for monitoring and to check my blood pressure. Jarrett told her that we wanted to stay in the shower since I was coping better there. She checked the baby with the doppler and then left. She didn't have great bedside manner.

Our nurse came back a bit later and said we should go back to the room to get my IV started, since I was GBS+. She said she was going to call the OB resident to check me since I was contracting a lot and should be progressing given the intensity and length of contractions.

As it was with my labour with Audrey, I found laying in bed very unbearable when having contractions so I asked them if I could stay on the fitball while they monitored the baby and put in my IV. At first they were hesitant but after a couple more intense back to back contractions they said they would try.

There usually isn't an issue finding a vein for blood or an IV but there was that night. It took two nurses and two pokes to get an IV in. All the while I'm contracting and really out of it so I just remember being annoyed with them but Jarrett said they were pretty amazing. He said the 2nd nurse who finally got the IV in was practically laying on the ground to get it in.

Funny enough, after they got the IV in and had monitored us for a bit (my BP was back to lower numbers), I had a break in contractions so I laid in the bed. The OB resident showed up at 2:45am and I nicknamed him in my head "Dr. Man-bun". He was younger, had a scruffy/scraggly/sparse facial hair, tattoos on his arm and a man-bun. He was super upbeat and had great bedside manner.

He told me he was going to give the foley catheter an "aggressive" tug to see what would happen. Sure enough it came out relatively easily. He checked me and said I was 5cm dilated. Hurray!! Finally some progress after 11 hours! He said they could move me over to Labour & Delivery now and get me something to make me more comfortable.

Jarrett paged the midwife Jeannette to tell her I was now in active labour and she said she was on her way. No sooner did he do that then my water broke on it's own! It was such a bizarre feeling-- huge gush and warm! My water was broken with Audrey but it felt nothing like this! I started to feel better mentally because I was now in active labour and my water broke on it's own so I really felt like my body was ready to do this. The plan had been to break my water once I went over to L&D after the catheter fell out so I felt ahead of the game now.

They wheeled me over to L&D-- in a wheel chair that I swear had a flat tire! It was so bumpy! They took me to room #3 which I thought was fitting given that this is baby #3.

The L&D room was a lot more accommodating than the antepartum rooms. It was much bigger, there was an actual recliner for the Dad's and the shower was in the room instead of down and across the hall. Once they got me there, they hooked me up for continuous monitoring of the baby (recommendation/requirement for a VBAC trial of labour as they call it). It was kind of annoying to have an IV and extra straps around my belly, especially since the intense contractions came back with full force.

My midwife came back, as a support person. It was the nurses that checked me and did everything which was a lot different from my first labour. It was really busy and disruptive (although I understand the reasoning for it), which made it hard for me to really focus on each contraction. I tried the fitball again and then the shower but the pain was so hard to get through each time.

Every few contractions I would have a really tough one and tell Jarrett I think I wanted an epidural. The contractions were like nothing I ever felt before with my first labour. I almost ripped Jarrett's shirt off at one point and he had some bruises on his shoulders from me holding/pushing on him. I also started to feel this intense pressure in my bum which I hoped meant I was getting closer to fully dilated and pushing. The nurse checked me and said I was still 5cm-- it was probably around 4:30am. I almost punched her...

I started to feel super nauseous and thought I was going to puke but never actually did. The bum pressure seemed to get worse with each contraction-- I actually pushed a few times which I wasn't clear if I was supposed to or not. Another 15 minutes passed, with every contraction saying I wanted to epidural. The nurse suggested checking me again in case I was further along and maybe wouldn't want the epidural... she said I was 6cm. I told her again I wanted the damn epidural!

The anesthesiologist came in. She started explaining the procedure to me and all the potential risk/side effects. I interrupted her and told her I just wanted the epidural! Thankfully I didn't have a contraction until the end of her putting it in. I hoped for instant relief but it takes about 15 minutes to work so I had a couple more intense contractions before I felt way more comfortable.

I laid down to get some rest, and so did Jarrett on the recliner. It was about 5am. My midwife left-- I thought she was going home but she went to a room nearby to rest. I still felt the pressure of the contractions and the bum pressure but no pain. I think I sleep for a bit. Jarrett definitely did because he was snoring... ;)

Around 6:45am, after resting for almost 2 hours, I started to feel more pressure again and I had to focus through the contractions. I asked the nurse to check me (or maybe Jarrett did?). She checked and sure enough I was 10cm! The nurse said we could get ready to start pushing now.

We called our midwife back. The OB came in-- she was so nice. She said she had been following me all night. She looks at me and said baby was right there. Jeannette arrives back. She and the OB start chatting and the OB asks her if she wants to catch the baby, despite the transfer of care. I am happy that my midwife can have an active part in the delivery-- for once!

I start pushing with each contraction. The nurses, doctor and midwife are super helpful in directing and encouraging me. Even with the epidural I could feel the baby moving with each push. Such a bizarre feeling!

In between contractions, the OB was chatting away with us about baby names and telling us stories. It was a very calm atmosphere which was nice.

After the 3rd contraction, we are making progress. I can feel so much pressure and the head is crowning. They ask if I want to feel the head- it's so squishy!! Jarrett declines! They said baby has lots of dark hair!

Another big push and the head is out. Baby cries out. The OB says the cord is around the head tightly so she cuts the cord before the next push. Final push and baby is born! They lay him on my chest and he is crying. We didn't check for a couple minutes to see what the baby was-- I think the OB asked if she missed what the baby is. Jarrett checked and said "it's a boy!" He said he looks like a Henry, which was our original name choice.

Henry Alexander, born at 7:35am.

There were some placenta complications-- the cord pulled away from the rest of the placenta before it was delivered. They had to give me some extra drugs and antibiotics and Dr. Man-bun came back to manually remove it. Glad I had the epidural and a baby on my chest to distract me from that fun.

His cord had been cut just before he was fully born, but it was still quite long. The midwife asked Jarrett if he wanted to cut the rest of it but he said no. I guess one child was enough! I really wanted to so I did it. Slightly awkward doing it with my left hand since I was holding onto him but I'm glad I got to experience that!

The midwife student, Shannon, arrived just after Henry was born. After skin to skin for about 45 minutes, she did his assessment. He weighed 7 lbs, 2 oz which is right around where I expected him to weigh. He was 20 inches long. His assessment was perfect. He was so calm, didn't cry when he got the Vitamin K shot (while on my chest). Actually barely cried at all after he was born. He started breastfeeding right away.

Around 9am, we moved over to a postpartum room. There weren't any private rooms available but I didn't end up getting a room mate the entire time which was nice. The nurses in postpartum were so amazing. Even though Henry is my 3rd, I've forgotten a lot about newborns so they were very helpful in reassuring me that we were doing fine.

A few people have asked me how I felt about Henry's birth-- with the transfer of care, and induction. I really tried to be open minded about this birth from the beginning-- I think you have to, especially given my previous births. I really wanted a VBAC to have an easier recovery, since I have older children to care for. So despite the bumps along the way, I did get my wish and I'm thrilled for that. Our complications were pretty minor-- and Henry was perfect all through the pregnancy and in labour. I had amazing care from my midwives throughout my entire pregnancy, and through the complications. The care from the doctors and nurses from the ECV, to induction and labour and delivery were so great. They really helped make it a very positive experience.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

:Henry: One Month:

Blink of an eye and we are celebrating one month with Henry! Oh how fast it goes!

So what's this little man like?

Eating: He eats every 2-4 hours day and night. He's been a good eater from the start and he's obviously gaining weight. He has the biggest belches which is hilarious that someone so small can make noises like that.

Sleeping: He sleeps like a typical newborn, especially at night. He wakes every 2-3 hours to feed. I have been bringing him into bed to feed him side-lying, which means I usually fall asleep too. The Dockatot was kicked out of our bed by 2 weeks-- hubby said it didn't have much room on the bed. So usually Henry will sleep for about 4 hours in the Dockatot in his crib in our room. When he wakes around 1:30am then I bring him into bed to feed him. I usually put him back into his bed around 3:30 and back into our bed at 5:30am until we get up around 7-8am. It's not perfect but we are in survival mode right now so it won't last forever.

Day time sleep is another matter. This baby is our most alert one. His naps range from 30 minutes to 4 hours but usually on the shorter side. From the very beginning he hasn't just fallen back asleep after feeding. He is usually awake for anywhere from 45 minutes to 2-3 hours. The longer awake stretches he is fussy because he is tired but he won't go to sleep! He doesn't seem to be in any discomfort-- he isn't crying, unless you put him down! He doesn't love the baby wrap either so I hold him a lot!

Diapers: Newborn size and size 1. The Honest Company diapers are smaller so he was leaking through those for longer stretches even though he is within the weight limit. So we've bought some size 1s, even though we still have a bunch of newborn diapers left.

Weight/Size: He's a healthy boy at 9 lbs, 10 oz!! He's gained 2.5 lbs since birth. Getting too big too fast for my liking. He still fits newborn clothes but I've put away a few sleepers that started to get snug :(

Hair and eyes: Dark brown/black hair and dark blue eyes.

Personality: He is not going to be left behind! He lets his presence be known and he doesn't like to wait for anything.

Nicknames: Hungry Henry, Litte Man

Likes: Cuddling, eating, being held all the time, sleeping on mama.

Dislikes: Being hungry, diaper changes, his soother (most of the time), the carseat unless the car is moving, the bassinet unless he is already asleep, being swaddled too tight but he does like it to help him fall asleep, being left alone.

Mama: Overall I'm doing well. I've recovered so well this time around physically which helps with the emotional healing. The honeymoon phase is over and the sleep deprivation has set in. I've definitely had more baby blues in the last 2 weeks than the 1st two weeks but I think it's mostly when I feel overwhelmed and super tired. Having 3 kids is no joke-- sometimes it feels like at least one of them is crying all the time but that doesn't happen as often as it feels. It's been the best thing to keep the older two in the dayhome for their usual 3 days a week-- some routine for them and a break for me to catch up on sleep, and exciting things like laundry.
Sometimes I feel like I have all this time to think and no time to do anything because I'm constantly nursing or rocking Henry. I try to remind myself that my main job right now is to keep the children alive and mostly care for Henry and everything else can wait. I am so terrible at not accomplishing things that it kind of eats at me knowing I have a huge to-do list and can't do fun things with the kids right now but it's only for a short period of time.

Big Sister & Big Brother: It's definitely been an adjustment for Audrey and Leo to have a new baby brother. Audrey adores Henry and kisses him all day long. She is such a big help-- even to bring me things like my water bottle, or get something for Leo. It's been more of a challenge for Leo-- he's regressed in potty training and being extra mischievous. Sometimes I feel guilty that he is no longer the baby of the family and we've rocked his world but I know in a year or two he will love playing with Henry.

Henry,  you are the perfect completion to our family! It feels like you have always been with us even though it's only been a short 31 days! We love you so!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

:Henry: The First 2 Weeks:

As to be expected, the first 2 weeks have flown by since the arrival of our little man. 

It has been an adjustment for everyone but fairly smooth given the magnitude of bringing a new baby home, especially for the older siblings. 

I will admit, I was slightly concerned when on our 1st night home (so 2 days old), Henry would only sleep if he was laying on me or Daddy. Every time I put him down, whether it was in the swing, dockatot, bouncer, crib, he would immediately wake up and start rooting. I was worried this meant I was going to have a fussy baby who wouldn't tolerate being put down ever, which of course would be challenging with 2 other children that also require attention.

My wonderful midwife came for a home visit on day 2 and reminded me that Henry is used to be tucked inside all warm and tight and is starting to get hungry since my milk hadn't come in yet. She recommended the "24 hour cure" which I remember being mentioned at some point along my motherhood journey in the last 5 years but my other newborns didn't seem to need it. Basically, you stay in bed for 24 hours with your newborn, only getting up to go to the bathroom. Your meals are brought to you, your baby is changed for you-- your number one job for those 24 hours is to keep your baby close and rest and hopefully your milk will come in quickly.

Of course this requires help and conveniently the older 2 were spending the night at grandparents so hubby was able to wait on us hand and foot. He even take a turn in the middle of the night holding Henry so I could get some sleep where he wasn't laying on me.

Guess what? It worked! My milk came in the next day and Henry was more satisfied after feedings and more content to sleep somewhere other than on my chest. 

When the midwives came back on day 4 to visit us, Henry had only lost 4% of his birth weight, only 4 oz! Yay Henry!! Except I told him to not get too big too fast!! Stay my little baby for a little longer!

One of my midwives, Jeannette and the student midwife, Shannon, who followed along my pregnancy. 

Henry had his first chiropractor visit at 5 days old. His neck seemed a bit sore on the one side. He had a great nap afterwards and his neck seems much better. 

He eats every 2-3 hours, day and night. He is my most alert baby by far at this point. Sometimes he has a really long 3 hour nap but they tend to be more between 30 minutes to 2 hours long. He seems to be more alert in the morning, with some cat naps and then a longer nap in the afternoon. No real routine at this point though. He sleeps in his dockatot at night in bed between us. For naps, he is in his bouncer or in the swing. 

Leo had his first bath at a week old-- hated it! Screamed the entire time. It may have been a bit cold since I'm always so worried I will burn them. Audrey helped bathe him but I don't think she liked how much he cried!

Henry's first big outing was big sister Audrey's dance recital when he was 9 days old. By some miracle, we managed to get 3 kids dressed and out the door for 8:30am. Henry wasn't a huge fan of the loud music at the recital but he was happy to be held by the grandmas. 

Whitney came to take newborn photos when Henry was 11 days old. He was fairly alert for the family portion of the photos but we managed to get some sleeping shots at the end. Whitney worked her magic as usual and took some amazing photos. She is so patient, especially with Audrey and Leo. 

Henry's umbilical cord finally fell off at 11 days which I was super glad about because I find it so annoying to do diaper changes around it. Now the hospital leaves the clamp on for cost saving measures so it's super awkward. Thankfully my midwives cut the clamp off on day 2 so I didn't have to deal with it too long. It can't be comfortable for them!

Audrey and Leo are adjusting well to their new sibling. Audrey wants to hold Henry all the time. She is pretty helpful too-- bringing me things, singing to Henry if he is fussing, or giving him his soother in the car. I would say the change has been harder on Leo. He is definitely a mama's boy so I think he is really feeling the lack of attention from me since I'm so often busy feeding or attending to Henry. He has been acting up more (although he's always been mischievious) and potty training has definitely regressed. He is also starting to drop his nap which means that evening can be challenging if he hasn't napped. I am trying to be patient with him and spend lots of one-on-one time with him so he doesn't feel too left out. He does love his little brother though-- sometimes a little too much so you have to watch that he doesn't try to pick him up or poke him in the face! 

Bed time is usually the hardest part because the kids want to cuddle with each of us but I'm often holding/feeding/trying to put Henry to sleep so that's when we feel outnumbered.

As for me, I feel pretty amazing! It helps that the older kids are still at the day home 3 days a week and hubby has been off work since Henry was born so we are really easing into the transition of 3 children. Physically, I have recovered so well and have to remind myself to slow down and still rest when baby sleeps. Emotionally, I am doing so well. I haven't had any baby blues, other than the 2nd night when I thought Henry would never ever sleep without being on me! The real test will be when hubby goes back to work and I'm with the kids myself all day.  I think I will be able to handle that much better this time around since I don't have the physical limitations of a csection recovery, plus it's spring and gorgeous outside and my other children are older and more independent. 

Henry had his 2 week check up with the midwives today. He is an overachiever and has already gained almost a pound over his birth weight! He's 8 lbs now! Don't grow too fast little one! He is so strong- already lifting his head, and rolling over onto his side. The midwives are thrilled with how well he is doing. 

We also ran into 4 other mamas and babes from our Centering group while at the clinic. It was nice to meet the babies!

I had to snap a photo of the May Births board at the clinic with Henry's name on it.

In some ways, it feels like Henry has been part of our family forever! He is certainly well loved and is smothered in kisses all day long!

We love you, Henry!! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

:Welcome Henry Alexander:

Our family became complete with the arrival of our sweet little BOY:

 Henry Alexander!

He entered our world on May 25, 2017 at 7:35am, 3 days past his due date.
Successful VBAC.

He is our biggest baby, weighing in at 7 lbs, 2 oz. and 20 inches long.
He was born with a head full of dark hair.

Our hearts are absolutely filled with love for our newest little man and we can't wait to watch him grow with our family.

Birth story, more photos and Henry updates are sure to come!

For now, I am savouring all the newborn snuggles I can since they grow too fast!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

~Our May Long Weekend~

Our May Long weekend this year was pretty low key since it was my due date! Didn't want to make too many plans in case baby had already arrived or came partway through.

Audrey had the day off preschool on Friday so we had a a lunch date downtown with Daddy. He took us to Red's Diner which was sooooo good!! I love a good brunch place so we will definitely be coming here again-- especially since they are so accommodating with children.

This is Leo, eating his kale garnish.

Trying to get these two to pose for a picture...

Saturday we headed to the garden store to buy flowers for our front gardens and flower pots.

It was a bit chaotic with these two wanting all the flowers but they helped pick a bunch to plant.

Audrey wants to adopt all the blooms that had fallen on the ground.

Sunday morning we took it easy. The kids did some colouring.

The boys made us waffles-- how it should always be ;)

Then they got to work outside-- planting and then watering.

No surprise that Leo loves to play in the dirt.

I just tried to stop from melting in the sun and heat. I feel for those women who are pregnant in the summer.

That evening after it cooled down, we went for a nice long walk/bike ride for Leo. Maybe a long walk would kick start labour like it did for Audrey? Not this time.

Such a gorgeous evening! I can't get over how beautiful this community is.

Monday morning, Victoria Day we stayed close to home. We enjoyed our backyard from morning to night.

Hubby found and built me a storage bench for the deck so we can store the patio furniture cushions inside.

Or force children to do their homework inside... I swear she did this all on her own. She loves spelling!

My in-laws came over for a visit. We went for another nice walk in Griffith Woods before lunch time.

Who is this teenager and where is my 5 year old?

Colouring with Grandma

We put the men to work on the landscaping.

We didn't have a baby on the weekend but it was good nonetheless! Sometimes it's nice to take it slow and just enjoy being at home rather than rushing around. Something we better get used to once baby #3 comes!

We were so lucky to have such gorgeous weather since many May long weekends that I remember were cold and/or snowy. And to think next May long weekend we will have an almost 1 year old!

Do you have any May long weekend traditions?