Baby’s First Christmas

IMG_3532 Christmas has and always will be a special time of year for us to spend with family. I have always been someone who loves engaging in traditions and the Christmas season is a time of year that is filled with many for us. I can’t wait for Emsley to be a bit older so we can create new traditions with her and watch her as she anticipates this season. It feels like yesterday that we were sharing our exciting news with our families of being pregnant with our little “blueberry” exactly one year ago today. Crazy to think that it has been a whole year since we were discussing how different this Christmas would be having a little baby around and here we are now living it! Emsley brings us so much joy each and everyday but it’s on holidays and events like Christmas that we gather with family and are able to see the joy that she brings to everyone she encounters. There is nothing greater than being her parents and witnessing this!

I don’t ever really need an excuse to play dress up with my babe but the Christmas season does excite me as there is nothing cuter than seeing babies in dresses, frills and “Santa” apparel. I realize that Emsley is only going to be this little for so long and therefore I feel it’s important to not only enjoy dressing her (while she still lets me!) but also to capture all these special moments, as I am already seeing how fast time is passing since she made her arrival in this world.

Merry First Christmas baby girl!

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Trick or Treat

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I’ve always enjoyed putting together my own Halloween costume, even though there are tons of awesome options out there to purchase. The excitement for me is pulling together items from stores that I can customize or finding the perfect article of clothing that screams an idea at me from the local thrift store. For Emsley’s first Halloween I knew I needed to channel my creativity into her costume as these days I no longer have anywhere to wear one! Being that Emsley is only three months old I knew I needed a costume that would look cute on her from a top down view as she spends the majority of her days lying on her back. I randomly saw a picture of a “Cotton Candy” costume from Pottery Barn Kids and knew I could easily make a version of it.

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To My Husband: What I Never Knew I Always Wanted

I heard the song, “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted”, by Carrie Underwood this past week for the first time and it instantly brought me to tears. There isn’t often that I can completely relate to an entire song. Sure, there are times parts of a song’s lyrics will touch me or connect with me for whatever reason but in this case the whole song immediately resonated with me.

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A Love Like No Other

IMG_8071 My initial feelings when Emsley was born were shock and disbelief. I truly couldn’t believe that I was a mom. I remember the nurses placing her on my chest and instead of looking at her, I turned to look at my husband with wide eyes and an open mouth. I couldn’t believe there was a tiny human on me. Even though I had carried her in my belly for 8 and a 1/2 long months, it was still such a strange thought to me. I remember thinking, “this belongs to me?”, “SHE belongs to me?”. These thoughts lasted for quite some time, even after we came home from the hospital. I would regularly hear people refer to me as a mother or to Emsley as my daughter but it constantly felt as though they were talking about someone else. People would often ask how I was adjusting to my new role as a mom, but I never had much to offer in terms of a response. Looking back now, I think it was because I didn’t really believe that she was here to stay, that she was really mine to keep.

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Baby Girl Fall Favourites

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Fall is my absolute favourite time of year to shop for clothing. As the temperatures change and the leaves turn, I gravitate to the beauty of the indoors to purchase chunky knits, large scarves and layers upon layers which make my heart sing and my wallet empty! This year having a little a girl to shop for has given me a whole new reason to be excited about fall shopping, and has really cut down my own personal shopping (baby clothes are just so much more fun to buy, aren’t they?). Even better is that Emsley is finally starting to fit into 0-3 month clothing which is very exciting as it has opened up a whole new shopping world for this momma! Here are a few of my favourite fall items that I have purchased for her so far!

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The Truth About Breastfeeding: Part 2

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When I first arrived home from the hospital with Emsley I was struggling with the whole concept of breastfeeding as well as the incredible amounts of pain that was associated with it, (see The Truth About Breastfeeding part one if you haven’t already read it). Within a few days of being home, a large, hard mass formed in my right breast and I soon learnt that I had developed a plugged duct. My right breast felt as though it was engorged again; hard and uncomfortable as well as extremely painful. A day after I noticed the lump, I also started to experience some minor flu like symptoms. I felt achy, sore and just “off”. I also didn’t have as much energy as I normally did. Despite feeling unusually yucky, I chalked it all up to the fact that I had just given birth, not realizing at that time that it was connected to the plugged duct.

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2 Months Old

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Our little pumpkin was 2 months old yesterday! Some days it feels like just yesterday that we came home from the hospital whereas other days it feels like we have been doing this for a long time (mostly when we are experiencing the 3am fussiness after feedings!). Yes, that’s right; to all of you that absolutely hated us after reading our 1 month update we have now officially lost a few night’s sleep. But perhaps to your dismay it’s only been a FEW nights. Our babe is still an amazing sleeper overall and on average we are still stretching 6 hours between feedings each night. Typically we feed her around 11 pm and she doesn’t wake up until somewhere between 5-7 am, which makes mommy very happy. It also makes mommy even happier when she falls back asleep for at least another 4 hours! She feeds anywhere between 3 to 5 hours in the day but is still usually more consistent with the 3 hour mark.

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Baby Girl’s Baby Shower

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Last Sunday my mother hosted Emsley’s baby shower at our place. It was wonderful to be able to have both of our families and a few close friends gather and celebrate the arrival of our sweet girl. As the guests arrived my little pumpkin cried her head off upstairs as mommy attempted to get dressed. The song “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to” played in my head as I tried my best to calm her down. (Hard to take her seriously in her cute tutu dress). However, enter the boppy, aka soother and our girl was good to go!

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