Baby Shower Recap!

This past weekend I flew down to Kamloops for a baby shower for Baby H! My mom and some of her friends hosted it at the lake where she has a place and several of my wonderful friends from Kamloops made the trek out for it.

My shower outfit. Both the dress and the kimono are from Pink Blush Maternity, and I’m really hoping to be able to wear both after baby as well!

A great spread of food!

My mom’s friend also organized some super fun shower games. We played “Price is right” for baby items, guess the gestation in days of individual mammals, people wrote notes on diapers for us to read in the middle of the night and they had a build-a-baby station set up with playdough, which was my personal favourite. My friends built some good babies ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was very thankful we did not play the tasting / smelling chocolate in a diaper game ๐Ÿ˜‰

Don’t be fooled by the “it’s a boy” balloon ๐Ÿ˜‰ There was also an “it’s a girl” balloon right under it.

And of course the best part was seeing so many amazing faraway friends from different areas of my life. A friend from my old book club, my running group, a university friend, my old coworkers and just long-time friends all were there to help celebrate with us. It was so great to see everyone and I just wish I could have had more time with them all!


My good friend Katie is also pregnant so this was the first of many pictures of our little babes together. She is due in March ๐Ÿ™‚


Life comes full circle sometimes. The picture on the left was 2.5 years ago when my coworker Geralyn was pregnant and then on the right, it’s my turn! We had just started trying to start a family when the photo on the left was taken, so I feel SO blessed and grateful that it was my turn to have a baby shower this past weekend. <3

32 weeks!

It was a wonderful day and I can’t say THANK YOU enough to my mom and her friends for planning it, for all my friends who made the trek out to the lake to see me and to shower Baby H with love. This little babe is so so lucky!

It was an incredibly quick trip down south as I only had one more day down there before we drove back yesterday. On Monday, my mom, grandpa and I made the trek to Vernon to visit Davison Orchards and pick up some honey crisp apples. We left with 7 cases of apples total, 2 of them may or may not have been for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also got some cute home decor ๐Ÿ™‚

Then yesterday my mom and I made the trek home. 1,050 km / 650 miles and 11.5 hours later of driving and we were home. This pregnant lady did not to bad for such a long trip. My mom graciously did ALL the driving.

Now it is time to get the nursery organized. It currently looks like this…


My goal is to get you an after photo by October 1 at the very latest. Stay tuned ๐Ÿ˜‰



The high of my week wasย / is having Eric home. He is on days off right now before going back on a long 14 day long night shift. The night shifts are the worst because we are passing ships in the night, so I’m soaking up all the extra time with him this week while I can.

The low of my week wasย not sleeping well, which I’m sure is just going to be the story of my life for the next 3 or so years. Ha. I’m at that point of pregnancy (almost 32 weeks) where by the end of the day I feel really big and my back is also killing me. I have been going to the chiropractor and/or getting massages weekly to try and help but it’s still been bothering me a lot. I honestly cannot really fathom how this belly is going to grow for another 8+ weeks (being my first baby, likely 10ish more weeks). I seriously feel SO BIG by the end of the day now.

A podcast episode I loved wasย One Crazy Summer by Matrimoney – I started listening to this since one of the co-hosts is Kelsey from The Girl Next Door. It’s fun to listen to a husband and wife talk about money and finances! I also enjoyed my other favourite husband and wife podcast, Young House Love Has a Podcast and their episode about money.

For my workouts, I completedย a Fitness Blender workout (Fun Upper Body Workout) on Monday, prenatal yoga on Tuesday, another Fitness Blender workout (At home butt & thigh workout) on Wednesday, rest on Thursday and today I’m doing another Fitness Blender workout. I really miss the pool right now and can’t wait for it to open again on October 1!!

The best money I spent wasย on booking our prenatal sessions with a doula and on our maternity photos (which as you can see the sneak peek is sprinkled throughout this post!) It was an expensive week as those two things combined cost over $500, but so worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

My plans this weekend includeย Saturday afternoon I am flying down to Kamloops, arriving that night and then spending Saturday – Tuesday at my mom’s lake place before we drive back up north together. On Sunday, I have my first baby shower with all of my wonderful friends down there – I cannot wait to see everyone and am so grateful I have such an amazing group of friends who are like family in my 2nd home to celebrate Baby H with <3

What podcast episode did you love this week and what was the best money you spent?ย 

Photos by Christina Marie Photographyย 


Birthday Weekend Recap

Thank you all for your kind comments on my birthday post! I love reading back through those yearly reviews every year, I actually prefer them to January reviews!

Anyways, I had a great birthday weekend so I thought I would do a recap.

Saturday morning (my actual birthday) I got up and had some coffee while reading my book and enjoying a piece of toast. At 9:30 my friend Janine picked me up to go to yoga. One of the local yoga studios has a Saturday morning deal where if you go to the 75-minute flow class you get a coupon to have 1/2 price brunch at the restaurant across the street! I decided that would be a fabulous way to celebrate my birthday with friends and was so grateful to have so many people come out. We got our sweat on at yoga and then enjoyed a delicious brunch. I wish I’d taken a photo of my meal because it was sooooo good, but alas I forgot.

Eric took the day off work (at my request) so we could spend it together. We get so little time together I really just wanted to hang out with him. When I got home from yoga he had the table all set up with some birthday surprises ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a goof ball.

The cereal is a bit of an inside joke from the first trimester of my pregnancy when I was so sick and ate a lot of cereal, and also just a few nights before we were talking about how much we were craving cereal but didn’t have any. Clearly that will not be a problem in our home for awhile.

I loved the flowers. He even asked her to add a pink rose (the first flower he ever brought me for our very first date on Valentine’s Day in 2005) and a sunflower for our wedding flower. What a guy <3 <3

I had a shower and got dressed and we headed out for some shopping. There was a block party happening in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market so we picked up pumpkin spice lattes and wandered through that.

I bought myself a little birthday present. This is from a local small business and I have been eyeing up their jewelry sets for quite some time!

After we were done wandering the block party and perusing the Farmer’s Market we headed to the movie theatre to catch an afternoon matinee. I wasn’t super interested in anything that was playing but the movie that looked the best to me was Wind River so that is what I chose. Oh my gosh I’m so glad I did, I really really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it! It was very well done and tackled some relevant social issues about missing and murdered Indigenous women.

After the movie we went to the book store. I sure do love browsing the bookstore. There are so many GREAT new releases out this fall that I want to read and some of them are not available at my library yet so I was very tempted to spend all the money.

I resisted and only bought one that was on sale and had been on my to read list for a long time. Really looking forward to getting into this one.

We headed home and I read my book for a bit before getting changed to go for dinner. I chose Spicy Fusion, our local Indian restaurant, for my birthday dinner and it did not disappoint!

Soooooo good.

It was fun doing my makeup a bit nicer and getting a bit dressed up. I used to do that all the time at my old job, but I don’t really do it anymore. I admit I am not feeling at ‘my best’ with being pregnant (pregnancy weight gain is tough ya’ll!) so it was fun to get a bit more dressed up and feel pretty.

31 weeks at 29 years old!

Sooo thankful and appreciative for a wonderful day with this guy <3 After we got home from dinner I had a lovely candlelit bath and then we laid on the couch and watched Big Brother.

On Sunday Eric was back to work and after a day of indulgent food and not much movement on Saturday I woke up wanting to MOVE my body on Sunday morning! So immediately after getting up I loaded Chloe in the car and headed to our local trail network for a walk / hike. We did a 50-minute hike while listening to a podcast and it was seriously lovely.

I had to take more rests than normal on the steeper hills but overall this preggo did pretty good if I do say so myself.

My sister-in-law and nieces came over for coffee and a visit once I got home from the hike and then I spent the rest of Sunday doing things around the house. Hauling in some stuff from our garage, doing laundry, purging… general nesting stuff. It has felt really good to cross some big home to-do’s off the list.

Sunday evening my aunt hosted a birthday dinner for all the September babies (my cousin, my uncle and me). We ate fresh crab and salmon they had caught on their recent fishing trip to the ocean. It was soooooo good.

And I got to request dessert! I requested peanut butter cheesecake, also sooooo good.

I was definitely sufficiently stuffed after that amazing meal! Huge thanks to my aunt and uncle for hosting everyone. Next time I need to be better about getting a group photo.

And after all of that I was in bed by 8:00pm on Sunday night ๐Ÿ™‚ So yes, overall a pretty perfect birthday weekend. Time with friends, family and my lovely husband but also a bit of alone / quiet time thrown in. Can’t believe this was my last birthday without a little sidekick. 30 is going to look veryyyyy different, isn’t it?! This year already looked super different from last year when we had a very active hiking / camping weekend.ย I feel pretty good about how much activity I’ve continued to fit in while pregnant, but I definitely don’t think I would have been able to handle all that hiking at 31 weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

How did you celebrate your last birthday? And, if you remember, how did you celebrate your 29th birthday?ย