There’s a reason why I picked Lace as my babe’s middle name. Lace and eyelet detailing have always been a favourite of mine. There’s something so elegant, pretty and timeless about lace. Continue reading
We have tried various brands of diapers since Emsley was born and have found Pampers to be the best in terms of fit, breathability, absorbency and smell. Knowing they are hypoallergenic and have extra channels for adequate absorption has put this mommy at ease when we go out and about. The yellow stripe wetness indicator, which turns to blue when wet makes it so easy to know when to change her diaper and has reduced diaper rashes! Today I have partnered up with @walmart and Pampers to challenge myself to create a ‘mother’s promise’ to my baby girl.
Winter is upon us whether we like it or not and instead of complaining about the upcoming -40 degree celsius weather, I will embrace it by hiding in my home with a hot chocolate in hand and a computer on my lap to online shop for all things red, plaid and faux fur!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.