10 weeks of Olivia!

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On Friday Olivia was 10 weeks old. It truly amazes me how quickly the past 10 weeks have gone. It feels like it was November and we were waiting for her to be born just yesterday. Never in my life has time flown by so quickly. It’s true what they say, the days are sometimes (often!) long but the years are so short.

She has changed a lot since my last update. We are now on somewhat of a schedule as she goes down for a nap every 1.5 hours during the day. At night she is still sleeping for 4 – 5 hour stretches with the occasional 6 hour stretch thrown in there. She is doing almost all of her napping in her crib now, except for usually 1 nap per day where I baby wear her. I already miss those hours snuggled on the couch with her on my chest as she doesn’t really nap like that anymore.

She is the happiest little girl. Always smiling and talking. She knows what she wants, and when she’s not getting what she wants she lets you know loud and clear but 95% of the time she is extremely happy and content. The above photo was taken when she woke up from a nap. Girl loves her sleep and is so happy after! I don’t blame her ๐Ÿ™‚

Our days all kind of blur together right now. With the winter weather it’s been very cold and snowy so we don’t really venture out much other than for our walks at the indoor walking track. We go about 4 – 5 times per week. We’ve also started going on Tuesday’s with a group of moms who had their babies between August – November, so it’s been super fun to get to know them and their little ones!

We get lots of compliments on the matching toques my grandma made us ๐Ÿ™‚

Olivia is now very awake and very alert! She doesn’t really nap anywhere other than at home, in the baby carrier or in the car seat when the car is moving. When out and about there is too much to see! She won’t even nap in the stroller at the track anymore. She still sleeps in a bassinet beside our bed at night but all of her daytime naps are in her crib and we’ll be getting ready to transition her to her crib at night very soon.

She has started reaching for toys and she did grab a toy and move it around for the first time this weekend. She also rolled from her back to her side for the first time in the last couple of weeks.

Olivia loves it when her daddy comes home from work and proceeds to “talk” to him for 10-15 minutes to tell him all about her day. Her babbling and goo’s and gurgles are SO CUTE.

Her favourite time of the day is still bath time. This little girl is so happy when she’s in a warm bath. We are trying to establish somewhat of a bedtime routine that looks like this: bathtime, visit with her daddy when he gets home from work, eat, get snuggled in for sleep. We try to have her down by 8:30 – 9pm however the last few days she’s been going to bed later again due to being in her third leap.

At 2 months old Olivia had her first round of immunizations and took them like a champ. She was more mad than anything! I tried to nurse her through them but by the third needle she was screaming so hard with a bright red little tomato face that nursing wasn’t happening. It was definitely her MAD scream though and she calmed down soon afterwards. Can you blame her?!

Tummy time is still not a favourite so I have started propping her up on the boppy or breastfeeding pillow for tummy time. She seems to prefer that. She has a pretty strong little neck and has been able to kind of hold it up ever since she was born – another benefit of a big baby!!

We are still a huge fan of baby wearing. Especially for those fussy evening hours. She usually has at least one nap per day in the carrier. The boba wrap is still our favourite for around the house while the Ergo 360 (pictured up above) is our favourite for walks at the track or outdoors (when it’s warm enough).

She’s started doing this thing where she sticks her left fist up in the air in her sleep. It’s pretty adorable and hilarious!

This cool dude also got some sunglasses recently as mommy and daddy are in serious talks about a sunny vacation this year so we wanted to get her used to them! Also, it can be VERY bright here on sunny winter days with all the white snow. She doesn’t love them but usually will tolerate them after whining for a bit when they first go on.

Ohhh, and I will spare you a picture of this… BUT the poop explosions are back!! We dealt with these a bit when she was only 1 – 2 weeks old and between newborn and size 1 diapers. She was in between 1 and 2 for a bit there which seemed to result in a poop explosion almost every day. She’s now fully transitioned to size 2 diapers and the poop explosions do seem to be less frequent. We’ve also tried Pampers, Costco diapers and Huggies and the brand doesn’t really seem to make a difference.


Weight & Heightย 

Olivia weighs right around the 12.5 lbs mark and is 57 cm (22 inches) long. I’m not entirely sure on her weight because when we weighed her before her 2 month immunizations she was 12 lbs 12 oz but was wearing a light sleeper, a onesie and a diaper. We weighed her at home naked a few days later and she was 12 lbs 3 oz.

So even though she was a very big baby when born her weight really seems to have evened out!


Around 9 weeks we started following a schedule of going down for a nap every 1.5 hours and eating ever 2.5 – 3 hours and it’s been working out very well! She is still being exclusively breast fed. At night Olivia will sleep for 4 – 5 hours stretches regularly and occasionally 6 hours. Her record sleep is 7 hours straight the night after she got her shots!

After not filling out a single thing in her baby book I’ve decided to try and make an online baby book and spent a good chunk of her naps yesterday organizing my google photos.

Any suggestions for a good place to make online photo albums where I can also add notes/information like a baby book??ย 

We are so lucky to have such a happy and sweet little girl. We love her so!


7.5 weeks of Olivia!

So I totally dropped the ball on doing a 6 week update on Olivia, and we are already closing in on 8 weeks, so a 7.5 week update it will be ๐Ÿ™‚

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In the 4 week update I talked about how awake and alert Olivia was becoming, and that increased tenfold in the last 3.5 weeks. Now when she is awake she is full on looking around, making eye contact and following you with her eyes. As Olivia has started to awaken more to the world this means she sleeps less… and in the last 3.5 weeks that sometimes meant a lot less!

Around 5 weeks she started smiling and now she is smiling all of the time and it is beyond adorable. The above photo was taken at exactly 5 weeks old.

We also started giving her the pacifier around this time. Nothing cuter than a little baby with her suckie ๐Ÿ™‚ I know some people have a love/hate relationship with the pacifier but it has been a lifesaver lately, especially during the middle of the night wake ups!

We were still getting the long stretches of sleep up until about 6 weeks. Then suddenly at 6 weeks it was like a flip had been switched and for the past 1.5 weeks Olivia has been fighting sleep like crazy. Suddenly it was taking several hours to get her down for the night and when she woke in the night she was often awake or 1 – 2 hours. This made for a pretty tired momma!

Baby wearing was key during some of these more fussy periods in the evening especially since her daddy has been working night shift the last two weeks!

And, when all else fails, I would just let her sleep on my chest during the day as it seems to be one of her very favourite places to sleep and really how can you not absolutely adore these baby cuddles!

My laundry assistant!ย 

It was so fun watching Olivia start to really look at things over the last few weeks. Every morning I lay her down on her play mat and usually prop a book in front of her while I get ready for the day! She also LOVES looking at the collage wall behind our couch in the living room. We call them “her pictures”.


She also got baby sat for the first time! She went over to my moms one evening while I got my nails done and then Eric and I rented a movie and ate sushi. Below is grammy giving her the bottle ๐Ÿ™‚

And here she is cuddling with grandpa (my dad) and below sitting with her great grandpa (my grandpa). This is one loved little girl!

As mentioned, around 6 weeks Olivia went through the 2nd leap in her mental development. We noticed she was more awake and alert than ever and all of a sudden getting her to sleep took concentrated effort. For the first few weeks she would eat and you would rock her and she’d be asleep. If you got her into a deep enough sleep laying her in her bassinet was no big deal and she would always stay asleep.

Suddenly you’d lay her in her bassinet and no matter how deep of a sleep she was in her little eyes would fly open! Argh! So we had to start getting creative and making sure she was really swaddled well and also give her her pacifier – and sometimes prop that pacifier in her mouth because otherwise it would fall out and then she’d really wake up!

We’ve also started to create a bedtime routine over the last couple of weeks that includes a bath, changing into her PJ’s, nursing her and then rocking her to sleep. As mentioned, sometimes the rocking part lasted 1 – 2 hours. Oy! Olivia REALLY loves her baths now though and no matter how upset or fussy she is being she always calms down and relaxes in the bath.

Olivia is still sleeping in the bassinet beside our bed at night but during the day she is taking naps in her crib. Luckily the amazing baby nest my grandma made us makes the transition between bassinet and crib really easy. We will probably start to transition her to sleeping in her crib at night around 10 weeks or so but we’ll see how it goes. Eric was just on night shift for 2 weeks so I felt more comfortable having her in our room. Also when she was suddenly waking up every 2 – 3 hours after going for 4 – 5 hour stretches before it was nice to have her in our room as I’d just quickly nurse her in the chair in our room or in the bed in the middle of the night. I can handle walking down the hall to the nursery for one wake up per night but it got pretty exhausting with 2 or 3!

My aunt hosted a baby shower for Olivia last weekend and she was absolutely showered with amazing gifts and love! We are so lucky. She got so many cute outfits and she wore this adorable outfit that Aunty Lisa sent up for her. Dressing a baby girl is so fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and Olivia went to the doctor at 7 weeks and weighed in at exactly 12 pounds! She has been exclusively breastfed for the last 7.5 weeks and I have to say it’s a pretty cool feeling to know that the food my body is creating for her is keeping her happy, healthy and thriving!

I will leave you with this amazing photo my sister-in-law captured of her smiling the other night ๐Ÿ™‚

We are so lucky and we love this little girl so much!



What’s saving my life right now newborn edition

As mentioned in my December recap post, one of my favourite podcasts series last month was the What’s Saving My Life Right Now series on The Simple Show. I thought I’d do my own post about what is saving my life right now the newborn edition…



We have both this fisher price swing, which was gifted to us, and the 4 moms mamaroo. Olivia really liked the mamaroo when she was little little, but now seems to much prefer the swing. I would not eat lunch, pee or get anything done on some days without this swing! Usually she will happily swing away in it for a good 20 minutes, which is precious time with a newborn who always needs to be held / entertained when they are awake and alert.

Baby wearing

As mentioned, I have a bit of a fuss pot on my hands these days and baby wearing is another way I am managing to get things done with a little babe who wants to be held all the time. I love the ring sling for around the house, I find it the easiest to get on and get her in all by myself. The other day I did a couple loads of laundry and cleaned and organized her room while wearing her in this sling.

When we had some warmer weather last week we got out for some nice outdoor walks using the Ergo 360. This is a much sturdier carrier and nice for outdoor walks or if I’m going to be wearing her for a longer amount of time. I’ve also figured out how to get this carrier on all by myself!

I also have a boba wrap but I need to practice with it more because the material is soooo stretchy and I have trouble getting it tight enough. The one time we did walk in it I felt like I had to have my hand under her bum the entire time. But I know some people who love the boba and carry their little one in it until they are a toddler so I think I just need to practice more.

Indoor track

So a couple weeks ago it got down to -44 C (-47 F) and this week it is around -35 C (-31 F) with the windchill. I am soo grateful for the amazing indoor walking track we have available to us (for free!). Olivia and I have been going almost daily with my mom. We push her in our BOB stroller, which is also a baby product I LOVE.


Eric is on night shift right now, which means he leaves for work around 6pm and isn’t home until 7:30 the next morning. This means he is gone during the hardest time of day with Olivia, 6 – 1oish pm. She is usually quite fussy during this time and the last few days especially putting her to sleep has been a several hour process. If I was staring down the barrel of handling 14 of these evenings in a row all by myself I don’t know how I would have handled it. Thank goodness for family, mostly my mom, who have been coming to help in the evenings. The above photo is Olivia cuddling with Grammy (my mom) the other night.

Wonder Weeks App

I’m so glad I downloaded the Wonder Weeks app. I haven’t read the book yet, but even just the app has been super useful for understanding what is happening in that little head of hers. Since Olivia was 11 days overdue she goes through her leaps early. She’s only 6.5 weeks old and already going through the second leap, which is part of the reason she’s been so fussy in the evenings and so hard to put to sleep lately.

Nursing Nightgown

I was never a nightgown person, but I love this nursing nightgown from Motherhood Maternity and now wear it to bed every single night. It’s super duper comfy to sleep in and perfect for those middle-of-the-night nursing sessions. I plan to order myself a second one!

What’s saving your life right now? Doesn’t need to be baby/child related ๐Ÿ™‚ย