It's been a pretty busy October and Fall in general and between life and raising these two littles I haven't found myself reaching for this blog that much lately which always makes me sad but sometimes it's just the reality of life these days. I have always been so inspired by those moms out there who can work and do life and parent AND keep up with blogging at the same time. But awhile back I promised myself I'd let it go: when it works it works and when it doesn't I just have to focus on the other things that make a day busy! And this month that's been operating on less sleep (hello sleep regression!), battling (another) wicked sinus infection (really really need to do something about that) and trying in-between to spend some time outside in the beautiful Fall before it completely turns to winter before our eyes! Also, making Halloween costumes because last October I promised myself that this would be the year I would learn to sew so that I could make June's costume by this halloween. I almost didn't make my deadline it and I came in right under the gun frantically finishing these up last sunday in a furious fit of sewing in which I completely left our spare/sewing room covered in millions of pieces of scrap fabric and even more tiny pieces of thread (driving my family crazy in the process!). BUT! I finished. As I told mike it was more about the goal of seeing this through then it was about the costumes when it got down to the wire. I was so happy with how they turned out though and I can't wait to show them to you here!
It was my birthday yesterday! I was born on labour day so it happens quite often that my birthday falls on the long weekend. I can't be the only 33 year-old that still makes a big deal about my birthday? (Tell me I'm not). Earlier last week we saw some friends we hadn't seen in a while and I blurted out "it's my birthday this weekend." I completely felt like a 10-year old as soon as I said it! Only embarrassed a little bit though because that's the good thing about getting older - I care less what people may think and I'm more settled on the person I am. I have not however settled on this haircut I got on Friday ^^ I know aging is inevitable but there are some things I've realized I need to do to stop the process somewhat: a) drink lots more water; b) eat waaaayyyyyy less sugar; d) exercise and do some yoga; and c) don't get a mom-hair cut.
when Flora was 3 weeks old, our midwife discovered one of her hips was "clicking" during the routine newborn exams - which if you're new to this like I was at the time, clicks can be a sign of hip dysplasia... despite the fact that I actually had hip dysplasia as an infant as well but I had never really heard much about it from my parents. so as it turns out, This is a pretty common and treatable condition - caused most often by breach birth (because of baby's position in the womb) or passed on through genetics. our midwife kinda waved it away when she mentioned that normally the clicks normally firm up as the ligaments grow and harden, but that she was going to refer us to the specialist at any rate. We visited the specialist at 4 weeks who confirmed the clicks and then at six weeks old we were told that she'd need treatment.
Sometimes I have existential crises about the internet and my life on it. I started this blog forever ago not really thinking what it would mean to share my life publicly... and I've been conscious of that and I think I do a pretty good job of filtering out what's "real life" and what would be considered... oversharing (for lack of a better definition but I think you get what I mean?!) It's a hard balance between being transparent and real for the sake building authentic relationships with readers (because if not that, then what *is* the actual point?),
To be honest, Mother's Day has popped up on me this year. The other day Mike asked what I'd like to do on Sunday and it had completely slipped my mind; I guess I've been so focused on this new baby life and getting things ready which is pretty ironic; I've been thinking constantly about being a mother but forgot that I get a special day! Ha!
Hey there Valentines. Full disclosure - I bought myself flowers. My husband is many, many wonderful things but he is not the flower buying type. It's a trade off because he is the "he-remembers-the-things-I-say-I-want-or-need-even-though-I-may-have-forgotten-myself" type. Always with the little packages, the little acts of service.
hooray for the first day of fall!! the past few weeks have been absolutely crazy bananas at work and it feels fitting that today, as projects wrap up and things start to slow down a bit, it's also officially fall! it all lines up neatly in my brain and i think it's safe to safe i've officially released my grasp on that awesome summer we had.
Take two on getting this ol' website up and running again! After having spent the better part of early August trying to clean my blog up, you may or may not have noticed that this place was completely out of business for the past week because of an issue with my domain - I've taken some breaks from blogging before, but when all of a sudden I couldn't write even if I wanted to, it was kinda painful in a weird way! I kept thinking of things I wanted to say and do and it's crazy but true, you don't know how good something can be until it's gone...
Popping in quickly from a hot and wonderful weekend to wish my Dad and my baby daddy and my Father-in-law a wonderful Father's Day! We did Sunday just as Mike requested: sleeping in gratuitously, Bratwurst for lunch and fried chicken for dinner.
Families are a beautiful, messy creation aren't they? Sometimes you can't picture life without them, and then other times you find yourself taking a trip across the ocean just to get away from them. Of course, the minute you meet someone in your travels, your stories circle back to where you come from:
Mike had a big birthday on the weekend and I'm ashamed to say this, but I didn't get him a present. In all honesty, I've been so exhausted and tied up during the day, particularly in the past few weeks trying to assemble some sort of routine around our house and it fell by the wayside. My brain couldn't take it on.
know I haven't blogged in forever but I couldn't let today go by without marking it somehow! In case this wasn't obvious, the logistics of blogging are significantly more complicated with an infant. Never before have I wanted to blog more - to write it all down so my foggy, sleep deprived brain remembers the details- and never before have I been less able to find five minutes to do so! I hope that changes because there really are so many things I want to say.