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    This was taken one year ago. It's hard to believe that she was so little. At 2.5 months old, I felt like I had already known her for years. Yet, I still had no idea what I was doing. I was a new mother, and I felt completely on my own. I told myself to take it day by day, and so I did. Somehow, she and I made it through and although she's still so young, our bond today is so unbelievably strong. 
If it's not yet apparent, I'm in an extraordinarily sentimental mood. This morning I found a notebook that I had purchased when @omgkersh and I were seriously considering adoption. I was planning on detailing our journey for our future child. Looking at the date of the receipt, it read 02/25/15. Little did I know that exactly one year later, my daughter would be born on 02/25/16. 
I truly believe that we are constantly being shown signs, we just don't always pay attention. I view what happened today as a reminder to stay strong during times of uncertainty. Things usually work out for the better. I just need to have faith. To say that she has a piece of my heart would be an understatement.
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did you ever go to meeting uncle joe?

Has anyone ever put their child in Kindermusik? When my nieces were still young, my sister and sister-in-law enrolled them in the program. All I knew about it was that they sang “toys away” each time it was time to clean up. It was a bit that we did at home, and I didn’t know much about the class aside from that.

I put Remy in Kindermusik when she was eight months old. This picture was taken after her first-ever class. It was actually quite late in the game, as Cuddle & Bounce is from 0-12 months. Each class is 45 minutes in length and is filled with singing, circle dancing, baby massages, reading, sign language, and playing with a lot of different instruments. At first she was overwhelmed with the people as the noise. She’s a very serious baby in public and it takes her usually around 30 minutes to warm up in a room. After that, she squeals and zooms around. I loved Kindermusik from the start, but knowing that Remy wasn’t really into it at first had me questioning if I was even going to keep her in it. I’m so glad that I did! Not only have I made some really amazing friends from the program, but she so enjoys it now. I’ve also learned a lot about her overall development.

Tomorrow, Remy is going to graduate from Cuddle & Bounce and begin Sing & Play, which is for children from 12-24 months. I’m excited but also a little nervous. However, two of her best friends (and mine) will be joining us, so we should be just fine.

I highly recommend Kindermusik for any parent and child! Above is one of my favourite songs that we sing.

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11 months

remy-invitation-5Guys, Remy turned 11 months old yesterday. While I’m so happy that she’s growing and is happy and healthy, I’m also really sad that this is our last full month before she turns one year old. It’ll also bring an end to the monthly updates.

Let’s take a look at the extremely eventful previous month. It was what I like to call The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

remy-invitation-6The Good:

– she now talks! Her first word was “hi” and her second word was “choo-choo”
– she went through a growth spurt and now none of her clothes or pjs really fit her
– she can walk while only holding on with one hand
– she can climb steps

– she loves our cat and will play with him all day
– she makes the cutest lip smacking/tongue sucking sounds
– she’s now in 3 programs; swimming, Kindermusik, and Baby Talk
– she’s down to one nap a day

– she now sleeps 11 hours a night

remy-invitation-11The Bad:

– she won’t sleep in her crib longer than 2 hours, which means we now co-sleep
– she bites when she’s done nursing to signal that she’s done
– she hates to see me leave the room and will crawl and chase me around the house all day

remy-invitation-14The Ugly:

– she got sick for the second time in her life, which turned into roseola

remy-invitation-3Month 10 was the first time in quite awhile that I’m actually considering only having one child. Between her sleeping issues, sickness, and separation anxiety, it was a tough month. However, now that she sleeps with us, she’s getting a solid 11 hours per night, which is nice. She is also happy all day long, and reached a big milestone with talking. In the end, even with its challenges, it was an amazing month. I’m sure when we’re celebrating her birthday next month I’ll be crying for another baby. ;-)

remy-invitation-9I hope that you all enjoyed these updates. Next month Remy will officially be a toddler. Please pass the Kleenex!

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a christmas tree farm

vsco-cam-7Hey guys! Now that we’re in the month of December, it’s safe to partake in Christmassy things without getting an eye-roll. Last weekend, we threw ourselves into all sorts of festive events. Just like our corn maze, we’re hoping that this year will be the start of many new traditions now that we have a child.

On Saturday we went to an annual craft fair located at an event centre in our city. It’s an absolutely massive space with seating for 7,800 people. I hadn’t been there for over five years, so it was quite fun to return to it. We bought quite a few gifts and ate some really great food. Remy drew in all sorts of attention, of course. She’s such a little stinker.

vsco-cam-9vsco-cam-2She let us sleep in until 8:30 am on Sunday, which is pretty much unheard of. Being well-rested, but with a late start to our day, we went and picked up breakfast and played around all morning. Then we fed her again, packed up, and made the 45 minute trek to the Mason Christmas Tree Farm that is located just outside of the city. Remy slept while we listened to Christmas music. Once we got there, we got directions as to the type of tree that we were after, and then went hunting for the perfect tree to take home.

vsco-cam-8vsco-cam-1I thought that finding a tree would be easier than it was. Given that there were so many different kinds, it was hard to choose just one. Each one also seemed to also have a flaw, from not being tall enough, to not thick enough, not straight enough, or not green enough. After walking the entire distance and not settling on one, we decided to make our way back and be a little less picky. It was hard, but we finally found a tree!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetOur tree is probably the least straightest of all the trees that were there, but it’s kind of endearing. It was a great size and shape, was full all the way around, and pretty green compared to the other trees. Geoffrey sawed it down in about a minute, and we set it aside. After bringing our vehicle around, I nursed Remy in the backseat while Geoff strapped it down to the roof. We were going to stay for some free hot chocolate and cookies, but decided to make our way back instead given that it was getting quite busy. Remy stayed awake on the ride home, and as soon as we got back, passed out. That allowed us to have a late lunch and set up our tree. The entire day couldn’t have gone any better!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSunday also marked the last day of my first semester of schooling, since I handed in my final assignment that day. Now I get an entire month off! I’m so looking forward to spending it with my family, and renovating our bathroom. Hooray!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

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Emory

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my pre-birthday museum outing

western-development-museum-7western-development-museum-1My birthday falls on Wednesday this year. Rather than celebrating it on the actual day (November 23), we decided to spend one day every weekend this month going out and doing something as a family.

western-development-museum-4Last weekend, we made our annual trip to the Western Development Museum. The fact that the temperature was 16°C that day is absolutely mind blowing! It’s usually a frigid -26°C. We didn’t even wear jackets. That’s certainly a present in itself.

western-development-museum-3western-development-museum-2Boomtown is a permanent exhibit in the WDM that represents what the city of Saskatoon looked like in 1910. Walking through it feels like a true town from the Old West. I love being immersed in environments like that. To say that it’s fun is an understatement. It’s so much more than that!

western-development-museum-5There are also many other exhibits that include Winning the Prairie Gamble, the Transportation Gallery, and the Eaton’s Once Upon a Christmas holiday exhibit.

western-development-museum-9western-development-museum-6This was Remy’s first time at the WDM, and we couldn’t have asked for a better-behaved baby. She sat quietly in her stroller for over two hours as we pushed her around. She took in the sites with those big, blue eyes of hers. It wasn’t until the very end when we reached the vintage car section that she wanted out. So we lifted her up and she cooed, threw herself upside down, and did the running man for the rest of our visit. She was so happy. Then on the way home she slept.

western-development-museum-13Going there this year made it apparent just how much our lives have changed over the last few years. Geoffrey and I started going to the museum when we were dating, then again when we were married, then when I was pregnant, and now, with a baby.

western-development-museum-10western-development-museum-11I couldn’t be happier with our new little family. Remy makes me feel so complete, and our outings much more memorable and enjoyable.

western-development-museum-12This has been the best birthday ever so far, and my birthday isn’t even here yet.

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october corn maze

corn-maze-1Last Sunday, Geoffrey, Remy, and I visited a local corn maze. Located just outside of the city, it’s actually on the highway to The Little Barn. Because it’s held at the same location each year, I told my husband that one great aspect to living in TLB was that we would be only a few minutes away from the corn maze. Then we moved, and once again, it’s a bit of a drive for us.

corn-maze-12corn-maze-3Like I said, we had been planning on going to the maze for months. Actually, I’ve been planning it since before Remy was born. This was something that Geoffrey and I have done every year since we started dating. Fall is our favourite season, and being outside in the maze on what usually ends up being a grey day (also our favourite), is like heaven to us. We intend to take Remy to a corn maze every year until she’s too cool to go with us anymore. I’m honestly just so excited for this tradition!

corn-maze-8corn-maze-9Being so close to Halloween, I was worried that the maze was going to be busy. It turns out that we were virtually the only ones there. We couldn’t have planned it better. We had so much fun, and little Rem was a’maze’d.

corn-maze-11All in all, the maze was muddy and the weather was a little chilly and gloomy. It was absolutely perfect.

corn-maze-15Only four days until Halloween!

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