one year old

Today our youngest- and probably our last- child turned one!

I have been reflecting on this moment a lot over the past month (this mama is emotional with three birthdays occurring in November). This is what I have to say.

Every few years, since the moment I turned 30, I have been blessed with a new baby. This has not been lost on me. Married relatively young at 24, for the longest time we never wanted children and went out of our way to prevent them. And because life never works out the way you plan it, when we finally did start trying for one, it took a few very emotionally taxing years to conceive. Once my eyes glanced upon those two pink lines my old life was over and my new life began. Then again, and again, and again.

Motherhood. For me, nothing compares to the role of being a stay-at-home-mother and wife. This is where I am needed most and I wouldn’t trade it for all of the wealth in the world. It has been exactly seven wonderful years of making, growing, and raising babies. If this is our last one, it has been the best thing that I have ever accomplished.

I feel undeserving and yet so grateful for each of my children- on earth and in heaven. You, Beau Beau, are a huge blessing. We love you to the end of the universe and back. Thank you for being ours.

Happy first birthday!!!

Mama

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3 months old

Beau is now 3 months old! This month marks the last of the 4th trimester already.

Honestly, these newborn days are flying by. For the most part, she is a delightful little girl who smiles and coos the day away. She has been spitting up a lot more lately, which can make her more irritable, but with some changes on my end I feel as if we should be able to get a handle on it. I will start to give her probiotic more regularly, and plan to not nurse her for as long as I do. I’m just counting my blessings that she doesn’t have infant acid reflux like Remy did. Those were some hard days.

With that, here are Beau’s latest milestones:

– she received her 2 month immunizations

– she went from the 50th to the 85th percentile in weight

– she is discovering her tongue

– she is starting to give open mouth kisses

– she pushes her soother back in using her hands

– she is starting to teethe and is often chewing her fists

– she has laughed twice!

– she tries to sit upright from a reclining position

This month we are planning on buying her a Bumbo chair because we think she is ready for it. She is growing so quickly- even fitting into 6-12 month clothing! We love her so much and cannot wait to see what she does next.

Have a lovely week!

Emory

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diaper bag review: the birch bag

Would you believe that we have never had a proper diaper bag? Six years ago, when I was pregnant with Remy, my dream diaper bag was out of our reach. It was simply much too expensive. As a result, we turned a vintage shoulder bag into a makeshift diaper bag.

Then with Wilder, we used one of my favourite leather backpacks. Although pretty, it lacked on pouches and compartments.

You had better believe that I was over the moon when my friends at Parker Baby Co. contacted me and said that they wanted to send one of their diaper bags! I was about to give birth to our third child and we had everything but that! We ended up choosing the unisex Birch Bag in gray so that both Geoffrey and I would feel comfortable wearing it. Believe me when I tell you that it is just as beautiful in person as it looks online!

What I love about the Birch Bag is that it is incredibly functional. It comes with a changing pad, stroller straps, insulated side pockets, and even a key ring. Not only that, but it is waterproof inside and out! Plus, it has over 10 pockets (which is a huge improvement from my backpack with just a single pocket).

I literally cannot wait to go places and bring this with us. I will no longer have to root through the bag to find an item as everything is just so nicely organized now. Plus, it looks amazing!

Be sure to check out more items on their website here. In doing so, you will be supporting a family business.

Emory

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30 weeks pregnant

I know that I published an update only 2 weeks ago, but I feel as if I have to celebrate this newest milestone in my pregnancy. Our weekly countdown has entered SINGLE DIGITS!!! Woooooooo!!!

Since my last post, baby has started to put on more white fat. She has gone up 1 inch and has gained 1 lb! All in 2 weeks! Her brain is also changing, her lanugo is disappearing, and her bone marrow is now making red blood cells. My darling.

Finally, I had a peek back at my 30 week post the last time that I was pregnant. In it, I compared my first pregnancy with my third (given that my second ended in a miscarriage). I love how I said that at first I only wanted one child, but upon giving birth that number changed to three. That still rings true today, and Geoffrey and I are pretty sure that this third child will be our last natural one- although, we are open to one day fostering children. Anyway, you can have a look back as well.

My due date is officially in 9 weeks and 6 days. Here we go!

Emory

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happy new year

With the New Year being just around the corner, I wanted to wish you all a happy 2020!

I don’t remember being particularly excited about the new year growing up. However, ever since having children, I consider it to be almost a magical time in our lives. It’s a symbol of new beginnings, of promise, and of what is to come. Over the last few years, I also consider it a time to start over and to become a better wife, mother, and person in general.

This year we have made three big resolutions to work on as a family rather than going it alone. With the busyness of our everyday lives, I feel like we sometimes are letting the temporary chaos get to us and we aren’t always putting our best foot forward. I want my children to grow up in the happiest and most loving household that I can give them.

Over this last year I have come to the harsh realization that just because people are part of your family, it doesn’t mean that they will love or even like you. Your parents, former stepparents, or whoever might fight tooth and nail to not be part of your life, and no amount of invites or tears or even showing up on their doorstep will make them be present or even care. Sometimes you will hear firsthand that they hate you, which is what you might need to finally move on. I’ve been told that it is just better to cut those hateful people out of your life- even if it hurts and it is the last thing that you wish to do. But making yourself happy is key to living a happier life, for yourself and your family.

This year we are all about love. We will surround ourselves with those family members who want to be in our lives and embrace them with open arms. This is Geoffrey and I making a conscious effort to become even better parents and better spouses. Our children will never question their worth or our love for them. Never. That’s the best gift that I can think to give them. (I also firmly believe that if we better ourselves then we are bettering the world!)

That said, we also have less emotional and more physical things that we are looking forward to this year. Remy and Wilder are getting a new bedroom in January, we are getting a new kitchen in March/April, and my brother and his family are moving back to BC! That means we can still go and visit them, my dad, and stepmom every summer. I am looking forward to this new tradition.

Do you have any resolutions? Did you accomplish what you wanted to over this last year? What lessons did you learn? I would love to hear your thoughts below.

Have a safe and fun New Years Eve and see you all next year!

Emory

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