Top moments of 2017

Happy New Years Eve, friends! It is bitterly cold here. -33 C (-27 F) and feels like -42 C (-43 F). People are doing the boiling water vs extreme cold challenge and videoing boiling water turning to snow when thrown in the air, that’s how cold it is. Brrr.

Anyways, I can’t finish off the year without doing a year end recap. In 2015 I did my top 15 moments of the year and in 2016 I shared my top nine moments off of Instagram along with some other reflections.

2017 was a big year. Huge.

But I’m also typing this up at 9:30pm after only 5 hours of broken sleep last night and knowing I’ve got a couple of hours still before me and baby are going to bed and then only a few more hours after that till I will be up again. Ah, life with a newborn :).

Soooo… Here are my top nine moments as shared on Instagram yesterday. These actually aren’t the top nine that Instagram generated for me based on photo likes (I’ll share that photo at the end but it was ALL Olivia and one photo of Webster when he came home after escaping for 48 hours in the spring). The below is a collage I compiled on my own sharing my top moments from 2017.

Top left to right…

  1. The kitchen in our new home we purchased in February and took possession of in March (we also found out we were pregnant 2 days before taking possession!)
  2. In front of Big Ben in London
  3. Heading to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London
  4. One of the many incredible stops on our Iceland road trip 
  5. Announcing our pregnancy online
  6. Pregnant belly progression from 16, 24, 32 and 40 weeks
  7. It’s a girl! Olivia Mabelynn is here! 
  8. My favourite photo from our newborn photo shoot.
  9. Olivia’s first Christmas.

And here is my top nine on Instagram based on photo likes…

Honourable mention moments that also definitely are part of my top moments from 2017…

In my 2016 recap blog post I said:

One year ago today I never in a million years would have guessed that my life would look the way it does right now.

The same is true for this year. I definitely would have never predicted that my life would look the way it does now at the end of 2017 but I am so so so grateful it does and I cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store for us.

Happy New Year! 

What were your top moments of 2017?

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4 weeks of Olivia!

Read my 2 weeks of Olivia update here. 

On Christmas Eve, Olivia Mabelynn turned 1 month old. I cannot believe that this little girl has been in our lives for 1 month already. It feels like she has been here forever and no time at all. The days are long but the years are short, that feels especially true as of late.

Around 3 weeks old Olivia went through her first development leap. If you are a new parent I highly recommend the Wonder Weeks app. I have also ordered the book to read, but right now have been relying on the app for knowledge. Normally the first leap doesn’t happen until 5 weeks, however since leaps are based on due dates not birth dates and Olivia was 11 days late, she went through the leap early – when she was about 3 weeks old.

We went through some major fussy-ness in the evenings at that time and all of a sudden Olivia was so much more awake and alert! The first two weeks of her life all she really did is sleep and eat. She could easily be laid down in her baby nest to sleep and slept through almost anything. In the last 2 weeks putting her to sleep has been harder and harder. As I’m typing this we have all the lights dimmed and she is swinging in the swing while we whisper to each other. You gotta do what you gotta do!

An adorable outfit and a fussy baby! My grandma – Olivia’s great grandma – made her this adorable little outfit. 

Eric went back to work on December 12, when Olivia was 2 weeks and 3 days old, and while I sobbed like a baby the night before and the morning of, I have to say Olivia and I have been making out pretty well. Our days are busy and I try to plan at least one outing each day. Of course we had all the busyness leading up to Christmas, and with all of the family we have around we always have at least one visitor every day.

One of my favourites from our newborn photo shoot.

Olivia and I also went on two lunch outings with former coworkers of mine and she was such a good girl on both occasions. I also breastfed in public for the first time at one of those lunch outings and it went well.

All dressed up in one of her nicest sleepers for a lunch outing! 

We also go to the walking track almost every day with my mom and push Olivia around in the stroller. I got a used BOB Revolution stroller off a Facebook Buy & Sell page and then we were gifted the car seat adapter from our registry so her infant car seat snaps right into the stroller. It’s super handy and I LOVE the stroller.

We are SO lucky that Olivia is such a good sleeper. She has slept for 3-4 hour stretches right from the beginning and in the last 2 weeks those have increased to 5 hour stretches with the occasional 6 hour stretch of sleep thrown in there.

I’ve noticed in the last week or so that her wake-ups at night seem to last much longer. Before she’d eat, get a diaper change and be back to sleep in 30 – 45 minutes. Even though she only wakes up once, now we are up for 2 hours by the time she eats, gets a couple diaper changes, and goes back to sleep. The other night she was up from 4 – 6 and the night of Christmas she was up 3:30 – 5:30. I am glad she only wakes up once per night since the wake ups last so long!

She has also become so so alert and bright eyed since her first development leap. It’s so fun to watch her looking around with her big beautiful eyes and she has also started smiling.

We went for our first outdoor walk using the Boba Wrap when it was warmer out a week or so ago. There are three carriers I’m using right now regularly; the ring sling, the boba wrap and the Ergo 360. I will have to do a separate post sharing the pro’s and con’s of each one once I’ve used them all more.

Another lunch date and another adorable outfit! 

Olivia’s preferred place to sleep is ON someone. She gets into the deepest sleep on mommy or daddy or grammy’s chests. And she is just so sweet, these are the moments I know I will yearn for one day.

Olivia also met Santa for the first time when she was 2 weeks old! I can’t wait to compare this photo to the one next year, I have a feeling it will be very different 🙂

And on the day she turned 4 weeks old, Olivia took her first bottle! We have been lucky enough to be able to exclusively breastfeed and I have been pumping about once per day over the last 4 weeks, so have stockpiled a decent amount of milk in the freezer. We wanted to try giving Olivia a bottle so Eric could take care of a couple of middle of the night feedings during his time off over the holidays, and also so we can hopefully have a date night. She sucked the bottle back like a champ, and Eric and I are looking forward to going on our first date night since she was born later this week!

I’ll leave you with this hilarious outtake from our 1 month photoshoot. This little girl seriously lights up our lives! Despite her being such a good sleeper, I’m still exhausted as I’m not used to only getting about 4-5 hours of sleep in a row before being woken up and also sleep with a newborn next to my bed isn’t exactly great (though it is better than it was when I was 40-41 weeks pregnant!) but it’s completely worth it. She is such a sweet little baby and we love her so much.

I am looking forward to soaking up lots of time with my little family over the next few days as Eric is off work until January 2. Then he goes back on night shift, boo!

If you celebrate, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of November!

November is a bit of a blur honestly. My maternity leave started on November 1 at 38 weeks + 3 days pregnant and then 24 longgggg days later we finally welcomed our beautiful baby into the world. Time since then has absolutely flown by.

But I will attempt to recap November as best as I can!

Podcasts

I basically listened to podcasts non stop the first couple weeks of November because I was on maternity leave and doing a bunch of organizing, cleaning and cooking around the house. I really enjoyed the ‘It’s a Real Mother’ series on the Longest Shortest Time. Man did it ever make me feel extremely grateful for my 12-month paid maternity leave! Though a disclaimer to that is that it is not fully paid, for me it works out to about 1/3 of my normal salary.

Workouts

Walking, walking and more walking. I walked at the track with my mom for 30 – 60 minutes almost every day in November. I went to 3 prenatal yoga classes in November and 1 or 2 beginner yoga classes. I also swam 2 or 3 times. But, for the most part, walking was my go to in those last few weeks of pregnancy.

Books

I read 3 books before going into labour and then it took me like 14 days to finish a book post baby being born. I am hoping that once we get more established with breastfeeding I will be able to read books on my kindle while feeding Olivia. Right now I need both hands to adjust her / help her latch etc. but I have recently started listening to podcasts while feeding her because otherwise I was just mindlessly scrolling my phone (when I could use my hand) or watching whatever Eric had on TV, which has been Smallville as of late 🙂

Anyways… in November I only read 3 books but 2 of the 3 were 5 star books for me!

  

Two by Two was our family book club pick for the month. It was a typical Nicholas Sparks book. Kind of mindless and not terrible, but way way too long. Also it was written in the first person and the main character really annoyed me. 3 stars.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies is probably going to be my favourite book of 2017. I loved this book so much. It follows the life of Cyril, a gay man in Ireland in the 50’s and 60’s. The dialogue between the characters is amazing and Cyril’s wry sense of humour is fantastic. I can’t recommend this book enough. These are the exact kind of books I love – it’s long, it follows a character for their entire life so you really get to know them well and it covers some incredibly deep and complex topics while also having some lighter and more humorous parts. I would recommend this for fans of A Little Life, though it’s not nearly as depressing as A Little Life.

This is How it Always Is was also an excellent book that got 5 stars from me. It’s very well written and includes some quirky, interesting and lovable characters. It also tackles some very relevant and current societal issues around raising a transgender child and what it even means to be transgender as a child.

Looks

I did get my hair cut in November – one last pre-baby do. Other than the day I got it cut I’m pretty sure it was in a ponytail for the majority of the month.

I basically lived in stretchy workout clothes in November. Here is a picture taken at 41 weeks – still 4 days before Miss Olivia would make her appearance. Remember when I had a 10 lb baby in my belly?? Yikes. I do NOT miss being pregnant.

November 2017 is one for the books for sure since we welcomed our sweet daughter on November 24th! And life will never be the same again, but in the best way 🙂

What were your podcasts, books, workouts and looks for November? 

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