Happy Valentine's Day!

February 11, 2016

Nora collecting the neighbour's eggs with Gran and Papa. 
It is already February! Yay! It has been so nice to have some warmer weather and sunshine here in the last week, as well as reaching the 34 week mark tomorrow with Baby Tweedle the second! I have been in "baby turning mode" the last 2 weeks as at my last doctor's appointment I found out that the baby STILL hadn't turned into the head-down position. I sprang into immediate action, googling everything in sight about breech babies and talking obsessively to everyone and anyone I knew who had a breech baby. I was not happy about the idea of the c section and was willing to do almost anything to get the baby to turn. I visited the chiropractor twice, osteopath, spent every evening doing my baby turning exercises and even went to the pool and did handstands in the water! I just found out that IT TURNED! YAY! I had thought it might have, but due to the many odd positions everyone who felt my belly, was feeling the baby in, I wasn't sure until my appointment today. I am so happy! However, it's not 100% sure that it will stay this way, and I go to see an OBGYN next week to confirm and discuss options if it turns back. For now, I can stop poking and prodding at the poor baby all day every day to try and feel where its head is! 

I have been feeling pretty good, although starting to get that heavy feeling I had forgotten about. The second trimester is where it's at... no nausea, lots of energy, feeling good... and then you hit that third trimester and little things like putting on socks and bending over to pick up things off the floor become SUPER uncomfortable. The Kindergarten snowsuits are going to be the death of me!!! Some days I feel like telling them to tuck their own $%&!-ing snow pants into their boots!

Cleaning the windows for me! aka- making a total mess with water streaks and puddles everywhere!  She loves helping me do whatever I am doing all the time- cooking, laundry, bathrooms, sweeping...
Even though her eyes are closed, I still love this picture! My little dress up girl!
A lot of TV, popsicles, juice and cuddles happened while she was sick!
Nora is our happy little monkey who is now talking in full sentences all the time, which somehow seemed to happen overnight. She had a bad bout of strep throat and a high fever that lasted 3 days a few weeks ago, but other than that, she is on the go and the countdown to the baby too! She talks about it all the time now and calls it "that big baby!" because my tummy is in the way of her lap sitting routines these days. I don't think she really gets the difference between brother and sister, and doesn't seem to have a preference or any inclination what sex the baby will be, like the rest of us. I really have no idea at all yet either. We are stuck on names as well. I like so many girls names, but boy names have been a lot harder for us both to come up with. Everyone that sees me thinks I am having a boy, but symptoms and "wive's tales" all point in the direction of a girl, so who knows! We will find out in 6 weeks or so!

Toddler antics in full swing! I came home from work and walked right into this! She was quite happy to clean it up and  had her first real "time out" for this one. Thankfully it hasn't happened since! 
Cupcakes after swimming in our SUNNY, BRIGHT kitchen!
We are slowly plugging away at the organizing and unpacking in our house. It has been nice to have all the baby stuff and not have to research and/or buy everything all over again. However, I am still asking around for tips with baby gear for number 2- anything you mama's loved having for the second? We have decided not to buy a double stroller for now. Nora doesn't really sit in the stroller for long walks anymore. Although that was my favourite thing to do with her when she was a baby, I realize that I'll have to save those long walks for times when Nora is not coming. We can walk easily to the store, park, beach and to get the mail from our house and she can walk most of the way, and if not, hitch a ride on the single stroller somehow. I am hoping this baby will like to be in a carrier or wrap, as Nora didn't. However, I didn't push it too hard being I had no other children around to attend to!

My little pretty girl!- I posted this on instagram this week with a caption-- how am I ever going to give her as much love and attention as I do now, with a new baby around?! 
Report card season is coming up at school and after that, it will be smooth sailing until spring break and baby's arrival! Cross your fingers that baby decides to stay put now that it's turned in the "right" way!


Home at last!

January 16, 2016

Happy New Year! 

I am so glad to report that we are officially living in the new house and aside from a few minor details, it is completely finished, down to the last towel rack and baseboard! We got our occupancy permits on December 23 and finalized our mortgage on the 24th. Coming in on budget and having it FINISHED had to have been the best Christmas present ever!

House errands at Ikea in December!
We moved in on December 28th and have been enjoying the space since then. It's taking a while to organize and unpack everything, but feels good to do some purging as we go. Of course I have a long list of things to shop for and we are planning to buy a few new pieces of furniture. We are still eating from our uncomfortable bar stools that have always been too high for the counter. When I envisioned the living room when we were planning the house, it had a large comfy sectional couch in it, which is also on our list to buy and I'd like an area rug for the living room as well just to tie everything together. Hopefully we can get to the city to shop for some of these things soon!

The thing that we love most about the new house is the light! It's the first time in 10 years that we can sit in the living room and look out the window, or be able to tell what the weather is before actually stepping outside. It's so nice and bright everywhere in the house! The kitchen is also a highlight. It's HUGE! I've unpacked every piece of kitchenware that we own, even stuff that was in storage since our wedding and I still have one full upper cabinet and one full lower cabinet that are empty! Yay for storage, storage and more storage space!

Nora's room, day 1- still need to hang the art!
Baby's room progress- I am doing black and white with pops of colour. I love how the vintage green chair looks in there! And, did you notice I finally got my white poufs?! 

Nora has done really well with the transition over here. She pretty much didn't miss a beat when we moved her room over. I didn't know how the first night would go, but she slept better here than she did in her old room. About mid-november we decided to switch her out of her crib and into a toddler bed. It went horribly. As you know, she has always been a champion sleeper and it all went out the window when she moved into her own bed. It couldn't have come at a worse time, as I was run off my feet with report cards at school, finishing our house (painting every night), being pregnant and trying to prep for Christmas. She was up multiple times in a night, sometimes for almost an hour, thinking it was morning and/or having a tantrum about something, wanting me to sing to her, needing a new diaper, etc. It was always something. It was also taking us until almost 9:00 some nights to get her to go to sleep because she just kept coming out of her room. And then she was waking up at 4:50-5:15 for the day every morning! The same thing would happen most days for naps and I was beginning to think she would never nap again. We were both overtired and cranky constantly, I cried almost every day with exhaustion and I figured I would never sleep again! We tried locking her in her room with a child door lock, but she could get the door open and after several nights of battling with her, we ended up tying a rope to her door and anchoring it to something in the bathroom so that she couldn't get out! It was crazy!

The one and only Christmas activity I had time for this year.... 
However, somehow, moving into the new house made all the difference. For one, she can't get the door on her new room open on her own, and for two, we bought a special clock for toddlers that shows a sun when they can get up and come out of their room and stars and a moon when it's time to sleep. The clock has done wonders! She now sleeps until 6-6:30 every morning, goes to bed at 7:00 and naps her regular 2-3 hours every afternoon. I feel like a new person with the house being finished and getting decent sleep again... I'll enjoy it until another one comes along to terrorize me in the night in a couple of months!

Speaking of Baby Tweedle the second.... I am now 30 weeks along and counting myself into the home stretch. I had an ultrasound last week which showed that the baby's head is still up and the bum is right down at the bottom so I hope it decides to flip around soon! I am feeling pretty good overall aside from a few minor pregnancy ailments, but really looking forward to being finished work. Although that won't be for another 6-8 weeks. I have no inclination at all whether the baby is a girl or a boy, but I also have no preference at all! It would be fun for Nora to have either a brother or a sister- sisters would be pretty cool, but experiencing having a son would also be pretty exciting for both of us, so I guess we will just have to wait and see!

I am sorry to report that my goal of having Nora potty trained by the end of 2015 didn't happen! She is part way there. She does very well going pee on the potty, but poop is a different story and there is just no convincing her or bribing her to do something she doesn't want to do. I haven't fully taken diapers away, just because she spends so much time with different care givers throughout the week that have different expectations and daily routines that I think it will be easier to just wait and go cold turkey when I am off work if she doesn't decide to do it on her own before then. At least she is getting the hang of it!

As usual there are so many funny things she says and does now. One of the funniest ones that we laugh at so often is her expression "you genius!"-- she says this to either Tom or I all the time and we don't know where she got it from! We don't remember having called her a genius to her face before, but she uses it for us all the time. It's usually not in the right context which makes it even funnier. Tom will say, "I'm going out to shovel the driveway now" (or something like that) and she will reply with, "Dad, You GENUS!" (she pronounces it "genus"). She also tells us she is "too cranky" to do certain things, which is pretty funny and quite often will say she wants to try something "when I'm a little bit older". She wouldn't stop stealing the candy canes off the Christmas tree at my sister's house the christmas, but exclaimed that she wouldn't eat them "until I'm a little older!" One afternoon I picked her up from daycare and told her we had to go home and see Nana because she had a cold and wasn't feeling well. When we walked in the door, Nana was up sitting at the table and Nora says "She looks good" very matter of factly, like "whats the big deal, she doesn't look sick to me!" It was too funny! She peed on the floor at her Gran and Papa's house and then blamed it on the dog- "Garmin just peed a little over there, Gran!" Ha ha!

Lastly, we went to church just before Christmas and there was a reading about the coming of the Lord. She listened intently and then when it was over, looked around and exclaimed loudly "Where is the lord?!"

I cannot wait to spend every day all day with my little genius! It will be here in no time! In the meantime, you can keep up with our antics on instagram! Thanks again for reading and Happy 2016!


The circus act continues...!

November 02, 2015

I have too many funny things I just need to record about Nora that I just had to write. Plus, I do miss this even though it took me about 30 minutes to choose and upload the 8 photos I am including in this post! Seriously... there has got to be a better way! I have been thinking about writing here again and I am planning to do more regular posting again, mostly because it is just such a fun way to record our lives and I love to scroll back and look at the pictures and entries. For the time being it will likely be very sporadic, but in the new year I MAY have more time to write weekly.

If you follow me on instagram, you have likely seen all my snippets of updates and Nora things. You have likely heard our big news, too-- Baby number 2 will be arriving in March! That is part of the reason I had to stop writing in the first place- I felt so terrible for most of August and into September that I just couldn't do anything than what was absolutely necessary. I napped every day when Nora napped, which used to be my etsy and blogging time, and was in bed shortly after she was every night. I was nauseous, had migraines, had no appetite, stopped exercising, was extremely tired and I just didn't know how I would get through it... but thankfully about the middle of September, I came out alive and well and am now almost 20 weeks along!

At 18 weeks- feeling way bigger than I was last time at 18 weeks!

I have many different feelings about the new baby. Of course, feelings of joy and gratitude and excitement are the first things that spring to mind! But, I think a lot about how it will affect Nora. I never had a sibling growing up- I had step siblings who came into my life when I was 8 years old and I refer to them as my real sisters now, as it seems they have always been there now and they are both such a big part of my life. But as a little girl, I remember spending a lot of time with adults and all the attention I used to get. I got A LOT of adult attention, much like Nora does now. I spent a lot of time crying over her pending lack of adult attention and things I may not be able to do with her anymore once the baby comes. And then I realized that she is going to love the baby just as much as we do and she will have a lifelong playmate, something I never really had. Miss bossy pants is going to be so excited to have someone to lead around and call her own. It will be so special to see them together and of course, my baby will always be my baby, I'll just have two instead of one!

My life feels like it is in constant fast forward right now. I have always been really organized and good at time management, total type A personality, as you know. You have no idea how hard it is to feel like I can never get organized or caught up and never quite put in enough time to things that are important to me. I haven't done anything creative in the last 3 months, I have barely cooked, unless it is a fried egg, canned soup or grilled cheese sandwich, and I am not getting enough sleep. My week consists of working 5 days, shuffling Nora to her various childcare places, prepping for the next day, and trying to make inspired and educated decisions about our new house interior while grabbing bare necessities for groceries somewhere along the way. It is mayhem. Well, it's my mayhem, anyway. I am a total homebody and introvert and I can't STAND not having "me time", even if that means one hour in the evenings where I have nothing to do. "Nothing to do" is not a phrase I have used in the last 3 months. It's quite the opposite and it's been really, really hard.

However, Tom and Nora keep me going and of course, the thought of being in our brand new house with a new baby and my sweet Nora June, with a whole year of maternity leave, in a matter of months is enough to light a fire under my ass and get me off to work every morning to continue the circus act that is life right now! If you were thinking of building a house, teaching kindergarten full time (FOR THE FIRST TIME) and being pregnant with a 2 year old at home and a husband who is away 4 nights a week, I'm not going to lie to you and say it will be a breeze.

When I need a pick me up, I look at this picture, or just go and stand in there and I feel instantly better- look at all that cabinet space!!!! And it's BRIGHT! It's not a basement!
Anyway, on to the more uplifting things and the whole reason I wanted to write here in the first place- NORA! She is so funny right now, you guys! I am so lucky that she makes me laugh so much because at least I have that. I don't even know where to begin. She is talking up a storm and the things she says are so funny and smart, I just can't believe it. Tonight she was trying to put on her own pants and she says "Help me! Ayudame!" (which is "help me" in SPANISH?!) I guess Dora is good for something! I laughed and laughed! She played a whole game that she was heading off to work and first she put on one of Tom's work shirts, a swimsuit, some pointy flats of mine, her puffy vest and a toque and says, "Bye! I go to Lake Louise!" (where Tom works). Then she sat on the floor distracted by her books for a little while and when she got up, she says "I came home from work!" We said "how was your day?" And she said "Good. I did crafts."

A chip off the old block, that one, she LOVES crafts! She goes to daycare once a week and the daycare told me they can't keep enough craft projects on hand for when Nora is there. She could sit and paint, glue, cut, stick, colour, ALL DAY. It's so cute to see all the fun things they send home with her. She loves colouring, although the "only colour on paper" phrase that I say about 1000 times a day hasn't quite stuck into that terrible two year old brain of hers and we somehow have pencil, pen, felt, stickers... all over everything in sight, even Tom's back when he took his shirt off last night!

Speaking of terrible twos, although she is adorable and funny and smart as a whip, it doesn't come with out its challenges either. She can drive me mental at the end of a long day (or the start of one!) with the typical "I want water, no not in that cup, I pick the cup, I pull them all out of the drawer, I spill the water all over my shirt, I need a new shirt, no don't wipe up the water, I wipe the water, oops I wiped it with your coat, now I need a new coat, now we both need new outfits, no not that outfit!, now I want toast, I'm not leaving until I have toast...." I could go on and on! She is also not yet potty trained. I think she could be potty trained by now if I really had the time to devote to helping her. Isn't that bad? I am too busy to try and help my own child use the bathroom!? Honestly, I am getting really sick of the diapers, but the thought of weeks of constant accidents and remembering to ask her every five minutes to use the toilet might send me over the edge right now. I have made myself a promise that she will be potty trained before the end of 2015. She has a potty and uses it on her own occasionally. She will do it at daycare because she likes doing what the other kids are doing and they have a sticker reward chart for using the potty which motivates her. She likes running around with no diaper on, but has yet to let us know when she is about to go (although she always knows when she has a diaper on...) and often waits to go until she has a diaper back on instead of using the potty we have at home. It's just a matter of cutting off diapers all together and actually making the commitment to doing it. Soon...

She LOVES music and singing and knows so many songs now, it's adorable. We have some Raffi CDs which I love too, they totally bring me back to my childhood and still know all the words to them and it makes me so happy to hear her little voice bellowing out the chorus to those songs. She can sing "you are my sunshine" from beginning to end and I die every time she does because it's just so cute. She can also sing the whole song of the ABCs and Twinkle Twinkle. And on the topic of the alphabet, she is pretty much a genius because she already knows 4 letters and the sound they make and many words that start with the same letter! She sees an N and says, N N N Nora! N for Nora and nice and nose and noodles! She often comes up with new N words on her own. She also knows M for mommy, D for daddy and dog and G for Gammy and Gran. She spots them everywhere! Yesterday we were at the pool and she pointed out the D and the N's in the NO DIVING sign on the pool deck!

What fun we had for her first time Trick or Treating on the weekend. She figured out pretty quickly what was going on when her bucket was filling up with candy by the minute! We all dressed up at clowns this year, just like our real life little clown we deal with every day. I have to say, she was the cutest clown I have ever seen, even though the costumes were pretty thrown together and half assed. She said "trick or treat" and "thank you" at every house and even though 10 houses was plenty for us, she could have kept going all night!

Some more of her favourite phrases are "please don't, excuse me!, oopsie doopsie!, that's FUNNY!, probably...., maybe go XXX?, help me!, I waked up! (as she is supposed to be falling asleep in the first place) and silly xxx! (referring to whoever is teasing her)". There are a million more that I can't do any justice out of context.

Needless to say, I am counting the minutes until I have more time to spend with her and devote back to my hobbies and "me time". Even with a newborn, I will feel more sane than I do now, right?!

Until next time.... Thank you for all your support and for keeping with us on instagram!



August 21, 2015

I am overwhelmed by so many things right now!

Overwhelmed that my baby is now 2, talking in full sentences and not so much a baby anymore at all,

Overwhelmed with denial that I have to go back to work full time in 2 weeks 

Overwhelmed with sadness that I'll be missing Nora so much while I'm working

Overwhelmed with happiness that she has grandparents to take care of her and love on her as much as we do

Overwhelmed with joy over the pay cheque I'll be getting after 2 long years of much less moolah coming in!

Overwhelmed with excitement that we will be moving into our new house in a few months

Overwhelmed with decisions we have to make about our house finishings

Overwhelmed with the enormous task of trying to finish painting ALL the siding for our new house with Nora running around

Overwhelmed with disbelief that my Etsy shop got too popular for me to handle-- it is closed temporarily while we deal with all the other things going on right now

Overwhelmed with disappointment that I haven't kept up with this blog and have left you all hanging for the last month, like I said I wasn't going to do! 

Overwhelmed daily by the number of things I seem to have on my plate and looking forward to just starting new routines so I can stop worrying about them all!

Overwhelmed with gratitude for all of you that have stuck with me and this blog for as long as you have. THANK YOU!

I am signing off for a while, a few months, perhaps. I am not sure when I will find the time to feel motivated and devoted to writing here again regularly, but I hope this isn't goodbye forever. 

Thank you again for keeping up with it all this time! 


Nora June, 23 Months

July 08, 2015

One month until she is 2! How did that happen?!

My favourite comedian does and says so many funny and interesting things all the time.

Here are the Top 10 from this week:

1. Swam with me to the dock at our local beach and slid down the big waterslide with me into the deep lake!

2. Ran through the sprinkler saying to herself "rain, rain, go 'wayyyyy!"

3. Exclaimed "THUNNNNERRRR!" and hid under a blanket whenever she heard even the smallest thump like a cupboard door or footsteps.

4. Repeated "OH GOD" several times after hearing me say it when we made a wrong turn in traffic. (Oops!)

5. POXCLE! POXCLE! on repeat all day every day.

6. Made a concerned face and furrowed brow saying "OH NO! Heavvvyyy!" as she watched me haul 5 bags of toys, towels and snacks out of the car to the beach. When I asked her to carry her life jacket, she said "NO, too heavy!!"

7. Recited her entire Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme book to herself on a long car ride (in toddler language, of course, and ridiculously cute!)

8. Counted to 14!!! I heard her counting her "guys" (little people) and she went all the way to 14 without skipping a beat!

9. 'TICKER!-- she loves stickers right now!

10. And her favourite word of all- MOMMY! All different expressions, emotions and tones... ALLTHETIME. If I had a dollar for the number of times she has said that word... oh boy!

With her buddies Findlay and Luca on Canada Day

Checking up on the house building

Watching Daddy ride in the Calgary Stampede Parade

Beach day with my beach bum!


Weekly Nora- Summer Lovin'

July 01, 2015

Summer is here and it feels so good to have a whole 2 months off with my little monkey! We spent the weekend at our friend's cabin at Premier Lake and it was HOT HOT HOT. Luckily the little swimmer didn't want to get out of the water! 

Happy Canada Day!


This week in pictures

June 24, 2015

You guys! She is becoming a big girl before my very eyes! You should hear her talk. And she sits at the table like a REAL person now! And licks ice cream from a cone! And GROCERY SHOPS!

The sub floor is on our house! Did I tell you we were building a house? Well, we are. Today is my last day of school for SUMMER and I am hoping to do some more blogging about our house while I'm "off" for the summer! Stay tuned and thanks for reading! 

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