Thursday, August 31, 2017

Catching up

Oh man, I feel like I am always catching up when it comes to blogging. One day I'll start blogging regularly again :)

A couple weeks ago, my friend Erica (we met through CrossFit and ran a marathon together) and her girls were in town, and they stopped by our house for a quick play date. It was so great to see them and I keep trying to convince her to move back to Alberta!

Last week, we had a play date with a friend that I met at the airport of all places! Back in April when Amelia and I were flying to Ontario, I met another mom that was pregnant and had a toddler with her on our flight. Turns out, both of our kids were born with two weeks of each other, and we both grew up in Ontario. I ended up running into her on my flight to Ontario in July again (we hadn't talked since meeting), so it was kind of funny and we both laughed that we had to be friends! 

Last week, we flew to Ontario for a week to visit my family while Brian was still off of work. I'm not quite ready to fly with the two of them by myself yet! We had a great week of spending time with family and makes me wish that we didn't live so far away. While there, we:
  • Amelia and my mom went on a train ride on an old train that included balloon animals. While they did that, Brian and I (and Gabe) went out for lunch 
  • we saw my dad a couple of times 
  • went to Waterloo Park 
  • ran through puddles after a day of rain
  • went to my mom's cottage where Amelia couldn't get enough of the sand and beach

Tell me: how are things with you? What's new?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Recent workouts

Since my time to workout is pretty limited these days, I'm all about the at home workouts that don't take any fancy equipment. Even better if they aren't super long. I love doing workouts that others recommend, so I wanted to share some that I've done recently.

From Fitness Blender- a great website with lots of free workout videos
Quick lifting session 
Quick 10 minute upper body
Fun 10 minute abs and obliques
Fat burning HIIT cardio 

From Lauren Gleisberg
Legs + glute workout 
Back, biceps + delts workout

I've also gone to Tara aka Top Knot Mommy's babe with babes class. You can bring the kids, get your sweat on and let the kids play. It's great and hopefully she starts it up soon again!  

Tell me: what workouts are you loving lately?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

{gabriel}: two months

You can find his one month update here

blanket from Eevoudig Simply Unique
This months biggest changes were that Gabe 'talks'/coos so much now! And when he's awake, he's so alert and smiley. Amelia wasn't super smiley, so it's wonderful to get them so easily from Gabe. 

Weight/length: he hasn't been weighed since his 6 week check up and he was 10lbs 7oz then. My guess would be at least 12 lbs!

Hair/eyes: still very blonde and very blue eyes. He lost the ring of hair in the back from laying flat and being in the car seat. 

blanket from dotboxed
Diapers/clothes: still wearing size 1 diapers. He is solidly wearing 3 month clothes. The Costco brand sleepers fit length wise, but are pretty big in the body. He also has a long torso and short little legs. 

  • to eat
  • being swaddled while sleeping
  • constantly moving if he's sleeping during the day 
  • making noises
  • pooping!
  • being on the change table and smiling 
  • when I wear him in the wrap if he's tired
  • kicking and moving his arms/legs
  • if he wakes up and I take too long to feed him 
  • being tired. You wait two seconds too long and it's a screaming battle at times to get him to sleep
Eating: still no real pattern to his eating. I pretty much feed him whenever he seems hungry, which could be 1-4 hours. He loves to eat! 

Sleeping: no real pattern here either, as I find it's hard to get him on a real schedule with Amelia and being on the go. During the day, he either sleeps in the car seat (while we go on walks/run errands), in the swing, in the bouncy chair or our arms. At night, he's still in the bassinet beside our bed for a couple more weeks until we move Amelia out of the crib. Swaddling is a must!

He slept 11-6am the other night and it was glorious! I woke up and was like did I sleep through him crying?! But Brian would have woken up for sure if he did. Most nights, I feed him before I go to bed around 10-10:30am and then he's up again anywhere between 1:30-4am. He will go back to sleep at that point until 6-7am depending on when he was up last. He settles fairly easily during the night, which I appreciate!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Scenes from the week + end

Figured it was about time I sat down and wrote a blog post! I find it so hard as in the evenings it's the last thing I want to do and don't have much time throughout the day. But, I'm trying to get better about it.

Let's rewind to last week:

Monday: it was Amelia's last day at the day home for full time, so we dropped her off in the morning. She will be going on Wednesday's only now, which I think is a good thing for the both of us. After we dropped her off, we got groceries, and I have no idea what else we did.

Tuesday: the weather wasn't the greatest that day, but we decided to venture down to Bowness Park to get out of the house. Amelia had fun at the playground and throwing rocks in the river. She even managed to ping a rock off the side of my face - such good aim on that one ;) The wading pool had opened a couple days before and of course Amelia wanted to go in when I had nothing for her, but she still had fun in her t-shirt and regular diaper (don't worry, her diaper didn't go in). We ended up taking her home in just her diaper and a swaddling blanket thanks to Gabe. 

Wednesday: Amelia was at the day home, so Brian headed out with a friend for a mountain bike ride in the morning. Gabe and I didn't do much- took Harley for a walk and I did a workout.  The rest of the afternoon was spent hanging out at home and not chasing after a toddler or listening to mommy a million times ;)

Thursday: in the morning, I ventured down to East Village with the kids to go to Tara aka Top Knot Mommy's workout class with Alison and Brie. It's nice to get out of the house and have someone else kick my butt! Amelia had fun running around and eating snacks while I worked out.  We headed home after the class for Amelia's nap, and once she was up, we packed a picnic and headed back to the wading pool in Bowness since it was a gorgeous day. It was quite busy when we got there, but it cleared out a bit around dinnertime. I ran into Sarah and her kids there, which was fun to meet her in person!

Friday: struggling to remember what we did this day- I know the weather was crummy in the morning, so I made some edible finger paints that Amelia could use in the bathtub. It was a huge hit! I'm sure there was a park visit in there somewhere too.

Saturday: we went for a little adventure in the morning to the new park in Confederation Park. Amelia loved the huge slide, but I wasn't a big fan as I couldn't get her up there. Good thing Brian was with us. After the park, we made a pit stop at a mural wall for an IG picture, and then headed to MEC. There were a few meltdowns in the day as I had bribed Amelia with some fries to get the mural wall picture (do what you have to do!) and she was mad that we went to MEC first instead. Ah, it's tough being a toddler! Once we got her calmed down, we headed to McDonald's for fries and then home for a much needed nap! 

Sunday: Amelia had got a gift card for the zoo for her birthday, so we finally headed to the zoo and got a membership. It wasn't too busy when we got there around 9:30am, but holy, it was insane when we were leaving! The line up was back through the blue egg and into the parking lot. Minus some more meltdowns, we had a good morning at the zoo.  

Monday: after a busy weekend, we had a quiet day at home. In the morning, I had a nap with Gabe, while Brian made sprinkle pancakes for Amelia. We played outside, listened to music, took Harley for a walk, and just enjoyed the day around the house. It was actually quite nice not to be rushing anywhere or doing anything! 

Tell me: how was your long weekend? What's new with you?


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