Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Christian turns 1

Soo the cats out of the bag.. I have a serious case of writers block! I wish I could blame it on being busy or something, but I can't. I truthfully haven't had much motivation to write! So this will be quick.

I just want to quickly thank the people who actually read my little blogs! Back in September I wasn't really sure if anyone would read this but I had to get my story off my chest (in my Here Goes Nothing blog). I was shocked to see that people from all over the world were reading what I had to say! So thank you to all the people who check my blog out every so often. Feel free to ask me questions in the comment section bellow.

My life is about to get a heck of a lot busier.. Christian can officially take quiet a few steps all by himself! I seriously don't know where this year has gone... My baby is 1 year old as of May 6th! This has definitely been one of the best years of my life. It had it's ups and downs like any other year but Christian made everything so special.

This past weekend we had a birthday party for Christian at his grandma Ruths (Davids moms house) and we were so overwhelmed by all the love and support. So many people came to show their love for Christian and it was such a great day.

For Mothers Day David was in Peterborough for some business stuff and drove about 2 hours home just to take me out to dinner! We went to the Keg while my mom babysat Christian. It couldn't have been better. I am one lucky Momma!

"Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed." -Linda Wooten

Saturday, 27 February 2016

2 months until 12

My little baby isn't so little anymore.. I know I'm always saying time flies but seriously, I can't believe Christian will be a year old in a little over 2 months! It's crazy to look at Christian right now and think a little over nine months ago he was in side me, and had been for 9 months! I mean looking back at my not so glamorous pregnancy photos and seeing him now.. It's something indescribable as cheesy as that may sound.

He's officially

- Crawling

- Climbs the stairs
- Sitting on the couch all by himself
- Clapping
- Gives high fives like a G
- Pulling himself up on coffee tables and the
- Drinking all by himself (with sippy cups, water/ apple juice)
- Falling asleep in his crib all by himself
- Has 8 teeth

I don't like him watching tv to much but sometimes it's the only thing to keep him in one place at one time. Usually when I'm showering or cleaning. Last week I was cleaning before bedtime and I sat him on the couch with his blanket and sippy cup wondering how he'd do.. He seemed fine so I started to kinda putter around. I glanced at him and found myself dead in my tracks. I couldn't stop staring. It's something so simple but to me it was so huge! I mean heres my baby sitting all by himself watching his show drinking from his sippy cup..

It's super exciting to watch him get older but kind of heart breaking because there truly is a last for everything. I only planned on breast feeding for a year, but now that this year is almost over I'm not sure if I'm ready to say goodbye to those special moments of just him and I. I know I'm kind of getting ahead of myself here but it's hard not to. Just last week he wasn't crawling and now I can't get him to stop!!!

{ok quick side not here... I'm bringing this up in hopes that I'm not the only one/ I can help mommas who will go through this too. There's a few babies at my church who are younger than Christian and it's so hard not to compare.. They are all about a month or two younger than him but seemed to crawl before he did. I kept feeling like I was doing something wrong, I wasn't good enough or I wasn't teaching him right. Everyone always told me all babies are different don't worry he'll get there, but it was still hard to see. So the long and the short, I got over it! Let me just say it's not abnormal for you to feel like that and it doesn't mean your doing anything wrong! ALL BABIES ARE DIFFERENT! Besides.. Once they learn to crawl your life is basically over anyways! Haha}

It's so crazy to feel this connection between us grow and grow. He's such a happy boy with such personality. David and I have this thing right now where if we put our forehead close to Christians forehead he will gently tap ours a few times with his. Sounds kinda silly but it makes me crumble. It seriously is the little things that make life big! David and I are fluent in baby language. It's a lot of dada's and mama's and words that David creates that I wont even try to repeat or type! Truthfully David is better at it but don't tell him I said that..

"Have you ever looked at your child and had your heart filled with so much love and pride that it brought you to tears? I have."

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Respecting Privacy

Ive been wanting to post this blog for a while now. A part of me figured it would eventually die down but it doesn't seem to be going that way, so I'm hoping this will help.

Privacy is so important to me. I make a decision of what I put on social media/ blog and I don't make the decision lightly. I have a blocked Instagram account for a reason. I ask that people respect that. This is a difficult thing to talk about because I don't want to offend people; but I also don't want to be harassed. Its sad really, that I've had to change my phone number and hit X on friend requests on Instagram multiple times. You'd think people would catch on after the second or third deny.

I hope some people reading this take it into consideration when it comes to other people as well.

Could you imagine if we all lived in a world with no gossip? A lot of talk-shows you watch on tv would undoubtably no longer be aired. I'm sure a lot of us would have a lot more friends. I for one am drawn to people who speak highly of others. Instead of people who enjoy tearing people down. Not saying I'm innocent because I have done a fair share of gossiping, but its definitely not something I'm proud of.

Ephesians 4:29 says "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Own it

Well, its that time of year again. Christmas is over and its time to make those New Year resolutions!
I didn't get to do all the creative Christmas gift ideas I had up my sleeve but thats ok.. It turns out life had different plans for this mama. David and I ended up running out last minute and buying gifts for our family members which was really nice. Buying gifts for people ended up being a lot of fun.

Todays blog is strictly about my New Years resolution.. Like most people I rarely ever stick with my "resolution". This is probably because they are usually something silly like "I won't eat as much chocolate this year!" but honestly who am I kidding? This year I have decided to be more realistic and really put thought into it. My resolution this year is inspired by my favourite commercial.

This coming year I am going to stop worrying about what other people think of me. I'm hopping out of the GOOOP (the Good Opinion Of Other People) and moving on with life. I can't stop the bags under my eyes or the little stretch marks Christian has left behind. These things are apart of me and I shouldn't be so concerned about what other people might think. Bathing suit season is going to come around and I for one am going to own this bod. Even if it takes a little push from David.

Favorite songs of 2015;
1. Gold by Gabriel Rios (Thomas Jack remix)
2. Hide Away by Daya
3. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
4. 2 Heads by Coleman

Favorite Pictures;

"Life is not about competition, life is about helping and inspiring others so we can each reach our potential." -Kim Chase

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Where Does The Time Go?/ Christmas Pictures

Ive been meaning to post some pictures from our family Christmas shoot but haven't gotten around to it until now. I have been busy with a lot of different things, one of them being my grandmother. She is in the hospital quite sick and will probably be with the Lord soon. Please pray that she won't feel anxious or any pain; right now she seems comfortable.

I really have to start working on getting everything ready for Christmas, today there is officially 10 days left! I plan on running errands tonight to make sure I have everything. This is definitely my favourite time of year. I love looking at the Christmas tree and stockings hanging by the fireplace, it just makes me feel warm inside! 

This picture makes me laugh because you can see the big bags under my eyes but Davids are fine, hahah! 

David and I decided not to post pictures of Christians face before he was even born. Some question this and the answer is always the same. I don't have anything against people who post pictures of their children, sometimes I seriously have to restrain myself. However we have decided not to post pictures until he is old enough to make that decision. There will be a day where he wants his own instagram account (or whatever there is in the future) and he can decide what pictures to post. Now let me tell you! This is not easy.. I wish I could show him off to the whole world because he is so beautiful! He has the most beautiful blue eyes (just like his grandpa George) and everyone is always telling us he should be in commercials.

Quick little side note! Christian has been sleeping a solid 7.5 hours for the past 5 nights!!! Wahoo we are making progress here people! He has two teeth at the bottom and I can feel some on the top starting to poke their way through. 

"If I could sit across the porch from God, I would thank Him for lending me you." -Unknown

Thursday, 12 November 2015

That Time Of Year

Everyday when Christian goes down for a nap I have to decide on one of two things. 1) Catch up on my Z's or 2) enjoy some quiet alone time. Today I have chosen quiet alone time! So hmm whats new...

Well David and I have decided to do Christmas cards this year which I am super excited about. A family friend who is an amazing photographer has said he will help us out which is really nice! We are trying to save money for our future so we have been trying to get creative with our Christmas gift ideas! I'm not going to say what we have planned incase someone reading this happens to be on our list! So all I can say is I seriously have my work cut out for me. However I will definitely post pictures after Christmas. I am so beyond excited for Christmas because not only is it our first Christmas as a family but its also another first for Christian.

(So close to growing out his swing)

This week we had a doctors appointment and got to see how much he's grown. This is always a little scary because you never want the doctor to say your baby is not growing enough, or gaining enough weight. I wasn't to concerned this visit because judging by my aching muscles from carrying him everywhere, he's growing just fine. The doctor said he is in the top 3% for his height and now weighs 18.9 pounds! This seriously doesn't surprise me because everyone in my family is pretty tall and Davids family is a little above average. When Christian was first born the nurses told us that one day he will be towering over us and now I'm really starting to believe it! It's so crazy how fast he is growing!

Before I was pregnant I had a lot of food allergies. When I say a lot I mean A LOT. They weren't serious food allergies but I would get really sick to my stomach and the doctors told me that in the future I would have problems with my intestines and stomach. The foods that I'm allergic to are: dairy, casein, wheat flour, yeast, corn, kola nut, anchovies, red kidney bean and a few others.. For those of you who aren't familiar with casein, it is a protein in milk products, all processed foods and most sauces. Kola nut is found in soft drinks such as Coke Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pep, ect.

The reason I'm sharing this is because by a miracle the only thing that bothers me now is dairy! Yep thats right, I can eat pretty much anything and feel fine. Im pretty excited about this, especially with Christmas right around the corner. When I was pregnant I would eat more-less what I wanted because I wanted Christian to be healthy and grow. I started to notice that I wasn't getting sick! I talked to my doctor and she said its not uncommon for people with food allergies to feel fine while they're pregnant. She told me that it may not last so enjoy it while I can (this is probably why Chrisitan was such a big baby😳.. 9 pounds 11 ounces) Luckily my body was able to bounce back pretty quick. When he was first born all the nurses looked at me and then him and were so confused, they always asked me what I was eating. I probably went through the same story about 5 times . David always laughs at me because I always repeat my stories , word for word.

"Its the most wonderful time of the year!"

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

To Each Their Own

Earlier this evening as I was sitting in my bath I began to think about how my life has changed since I've become a mom. Not too long ago I was hanging out with my friends, going to bed early, and getting my nails done. Well now I'm lucky if I get a straight 3 hours of sleep and the closest I get to having a French manicure is getting Destin stuck under my fingernails (for those of you who aren't familiar with Destin, google it). Now don't get me wrong, these are not complaints.

My blog is most certainly going to be all about my family because that's my life. Every blog will probably consist of what Christians doing next and how many hours of sleep I'm getting. So where do I begin!? Well for starters Christians almost 6 months old now and is doing everything from rolling over to sitting up on his own (still working on that one). It is so crazy how the time has flown by. I read this quote recently and it said "The days are long but the years are short." It hasn't been a full year yet however I can totally relate to that quote. For the past few months I haven't been getting the most sleep. My little guy has been getting teeth and growing like crazy. At first this was so exhausting but now in a weird way I like it! Its nice having someone wake up and want nothing and no one but you.

People always told me that everyone would have an opinion on the best way to mother a child.. Ya, well they weren't kidding. Everyones favourite question seems to be "is he sleeping through the night?". Truthfully he wakes up every 1-3 hours at night but not for long periods of time. I have had someone tell me not to feed him at night because he's getting to attached. I honestly like this person and have a lot of respect for them but I was still a little shocked to hear that one. Well to each their own! I can't really find it in me to make him "self sooth". In one of my classes from last year there was a group discussion on self soothing. Personally I never really believed in it but I would never judge someone for doing it either. If theres one thing all moms can agree on its that all babies are so different! My teacher asked us to raise our hands if we had a significant other. I raised my hand and she went on to ask us if we would rather be cuddled by that person or ignored if we were scared, sad, or in pain. That was definitely the moment I decided not to let my future children self sooth.

"We never know the love of a parent until we become parents ourselves." -Henry Ward Beecher