one year old!

This week has been one of deep reflection for me. On Friday November 15, our Wild One will be one year old! This has been one of the fastest and happiest years of my life.

Geoffrey and I had always planned on naming our son Wilder, even years before I became pregnant for the first time. In 2016 came Remy, then our second baby Rowen who I lost in 2017, and finally, Wilder in 2018.

Wilder was and is our rainbow baby. He brought us great hope when we felt lost and sad.

He has been the sweetest, loveliest, and most easy-going baby from the start. I remember being pregnant and at the end of each day I would jump up and down and shake my belly in order to get some type of movement. He was just always so content in there and hardly ever moved around. The only thing that he would seem to move for was the sound of Remy’s voice. He would start dancing whenever she was being particularly loud! I was therefore certain that they would have a strong bond once he was born. That has definitely been the case! These two are as tight as can be.

Because he was so calm in my uterus, I questioned whether or not we should name him Wilder (if he turned out to be a boy) almost the entire time that I was pregnant. That is, until he was born. It was such a wild birth that everyone who met him afterwards said that he had already lived up to his name. After that, I never doubted our choice again.

Wilder is sweet and calm but with an adventurous side. He loves climbing and isn’t afraid to explore any furniture or object that stands in his way. He loves everyone and enjoys waving to and playing peekaboo with strangers. He can out-wave anyone!

He babbles constantly, says a few words, crawls, stands unassisted (!!), walks by only holding onto one of our hands and by pushing anything that moves across the house, loves to people watch, is sensitive, is a pretty good sleeper, still breastfeeds, and still has no teeth! I don’t know what will come first at this point- walking or teeth. He’s pretty close to both, I think.

Anytime I feel sad about him getting older I have to remember that it is a good thing. He is happy, healthy, and thriving. It is only natural that he will keep growing! This is also such a special time in my life- being pregnant and having children. I almost feel like my life is a fairy-tale. Once this phase is over, I will never again get to experience anything even remotely similar. Thus I am trying to soak in every moment that is humanly possible!

I am writing this post on November 10, 2019. On this exact date in 2017, when my niece was getting baptized, I found out that I was pregnant with our second child. While this time of year is one for rejoicing, I can’t help but feel a bit of sadness around our baby that I never came to know or hold. Remembrance Day alone is one for sombreness and reflection, and I will certainly be doing a lot of that during this week- for many reasons. We are blessed to live where we do and lead the life that we have. Sadness aside, I am truly thankful as well.

I wanted to include a prayer for Remembrance Day that was in our church bulletin:

Loving God,
Have mercy on your people,
And open our hearts to peace and love.
Reward all who have died for the country,
And grant that Canada
And all nations
May continue to work
For peace and justice.
Bless us in your service,
And help us to follow Jesus Christ,
Who is our Saviour and our Lord
Forever and ever.
Amen

If you are still reading this, thank you for joining me in my pregnancy journey and Wilder’s first year of his life! Also, for following me through all these trains of thought, trips down memory lane, and emotions. Here are a few pictures that I wanted to include because I have never shared them on my blog (or social media). Gosh, how my darling son has grown.

We will be celebrating Wilder this Saturday with the few family members that love him and have been in his life since the beginning.

Have a lovely lovely lovely week, everyone!

Emory

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38 weeks

Welcome November! Today I am 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant. How did this happen so quickly?! It felt as if the beginning months dragged on, only to speed up in the second trimester, and then go the speed of light during this last trimester. Yet, I am feeling so ready to welcome this baby into the world. From lots of false labour to other things dropping and falling out, we are good to go! I have actually began to indulge in the foods and drinks that supposedly induce natural labour. They include pineapples, dates, and red raspberry leaf tea.

Below I have created a compilation of growing belly photos this pregnancy at 8, 18, 28, and 38 weeks. It wasn’t as drastic as I had imagined it to be. Maybe because the weight spreads all over my body rather than staying only on my stomach. I almost feel as if it is more of a hair evolution over the last 7 months. (And now I am back to short and blonde again!)

I am planning for this to be my last post until December. I gave birth to Remy during my 38th week, so I am preparing to take an early break this time around. I will be sure to update everyone with newborn spam eventually.

Here is my week 38 update with my not-so-little girl.

See you soon! Wish us luck!

Emory

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1st birthday: video

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI am amazed that my darling Remy will be celebrating her birthday in just two days. Although I have been preparing for her party for over a month, to have a one year old is shocking. 

This last year was by far the best year of my life. My life only truly began once I had my daughter. Before her, I think that I was lost. Now I have a purpose.

Remy is an intelligent, independent, and serious little girl. She loves to talk and eat. She adores books, animals, and being outdoors. She has two teeth, can say four words, mirrors every sound we make, is learning sign language, crawls, and is so close to walking on her own. She looks like her daddy but has my personality. She and I just get one another. 

This last year was not always easy. From acid reflux, to work and school, to all of our family residing in another city or province, to living in three different houses. Yet, the fact that we always had a little face smiling up at us seemed to make every challenge almost or completely bearable. I tried hard to cherish every moment of every day with Remy, and in the end, I very nearly did.

Thank you for joining me in my pregnancy and baby journey. I will always be grateful for our little girl and how she made me a mother. I hope that you enjoy this video that I made, and will continue to follow along for the second year of her life. You guys are honestly so amazing!

<3<3

Emory

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time lapse video

Hello, everyone! It’s been one month to the day since my last blog post. The time has both flown and has slowly gone by, and I’ve been relishing every moment with my little one. 

I wanted to share a video with you that I made documenting my pregnancy. I had my photograph taken every two weeks whilst being pregnant, as I was curious to see how my body would change over the nine months. I also wanted our future baby to see how she grew inside of her mum.

While I won’t quite be returning to three or more posts a week, I do plan on getting back into the swing of things. I also did not take maternity leave, so things have been extra busy around here. In the meantime, it’s great to return to such a familiar and positive space, and I can’t wait to start talking to all of you again!

Have a great weekend, and enjoy.

<3

Emory

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remy ann kurysh

Remy Ann

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

– Mark Twain

Friends, I am so honoured to introduce our daughter and newest addition to our family to all of you. She was born one week and one day early. A huge thanks to all of you who joined me over the last nine months of my pregnancy. Your comments and support truly meant the world to me. I will be taking a few weeks off from blogging in order to spend all of my time with our little girl.

Sending my best to everyone! See you soon.

<3

Emory

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