Looking Back

I’ve often shared Looking Forward posts on this blog, but I thought that I would do a looking back post today because this first week of March has been significant for us over the last few years…

Three Years Ago 

Life was good and at the time I would have described it as “perfect”. We were both working jobs we enjoyed a lot, even though admittedly we did not have a lot of extra money. We spent our weekends going to the gym together, going for brunch or going for hikes and trail runs and we spent all of our disposable income on traveling. We were gearing up to head to Maui in a month and after three years of being married we were finally ready to start trying for a family!

Two Years Ago 

After a tumultuous year that included Eric being laid off from his job twice and our infertility diagnosis we made the huge, huge, HUGE decision to rent out our house, for me to quit my job and for us to move back to our hometown for new career opportunities. Still to this day the hardest decision we’ve ever made. And while I will never regret this decision because of what came afterwards, I will always miss aspects of our life down there. Especially the amazing friends we had.

One Year Ago 

At this time a year ago we had just found out we were 4 weeks pregnant. We also took possession of our house that week. It was the start of a very anxious filled several weeks as we’d waited so long for this pregnancy and early pregnancy is a scary time as you know the chances of something going wrong or losing the baby are very high. I was also insanely sick.


I’m 4 months into my 1 year maternity leave with our amazing, adorable, hilarious, fun baby girl. She absolutely lights up our life. Eric just started a new job where he will only work 8 hour shifts 5 days per week instead of the 12 hour shifts, 14 days straight he has been working for almost two years. This new schedule has just started this week, but we’re already so excited for the extra time we will have together as a family and I am excited that he will be able to participate so much more fully in parenting even on the days he is working.


There have been many trials and tribulations for us over the last three years, and life certainly isn’t perfect. But it’s also not about having a perfect life anyways. The messy parts can lead to something beautiful, they did for us. And I wouldn’t change the journey for anything!

What were you doing three years ago, two years ago and one year ago at this time?

What are you doing today?

How does your life look different? 

PS: Wishing my brother a very happy 25th birthday today! Also send him all your good thoughts today as he heads out on his Appalachian Trail hike – today is day 1 of his hike!


Random Monday Morning Thoughts

Good morning and happy Monday / Tuesday. I was going to do a weekend recap, but as mentioned a few times the days really blur together for me right now and also weekends don’t mean much when I’m on maternity leave and Eric works a 14 and 7 shift. I could probably talk about Eric’s days off in lieu of a weekend recap but right now the weather sucks and Olivia is so young we don’t really do anything ‘fun’ or out of the ordinary. A couple of days we didn’t even leave the house!

So random thoughts post it is!

So with having a baby I knew sleep would be an issue. Talk to any new parent – or parent of young kids for that matter – for longer than 5 or 10 minutes and sleep will come up. However, what I didn’t know was how young it would start and how all encompassing it would be. I really thought I would have a little newborn who just slept and ate for the first 12ish weeks. Ya, that lasted 2 weeks – ha. I have to say Olivia is going to sleep MUCH easier than when she was going through her recent leap, however she still doesn’t really fall asleep on her own and needs to be put to sleep. And if we wait even one second too late until she’s overtired she fights sleep… hard. And the next 5 year battle with sleep begins.

On the note of sleep, there are sooo many things I want to do when she’s napping that sometimes I just find myself standing there mindlessly looking at my phone. Waste of time! I can do that when she’s on me! So I’m starting to prioritize things I know I can’t do when she is awake or sleeping on me – like working out. It’s hard for me to leave a super messy kitchen behind and head downstairs to get my workout in but I feel 100x better when I’ve gotten my sweat on for the day and I know that I can clean the kitchen later while baby wearing her. Actually… I could be writing this blog post while baby wearing so on that note I should head downstairs for my workout 😉

I started writing this post at 10am this morning and I’m finishing it up at 10pm tonight. I probably should be asleep because my baby is asleep, but I really wanted to get a blog post up.

Speaking of baby wearing, I finally figured out how to tie the boba tight enough to hold her on me securely and I did a ton of stuff around the house this past weekend while wearing her. Bonus points because she always sleeps while in the carriers so it counts as a nap for her as well. On Saturday I did the dishes, vacuumed the whole house and folded laundry. Then Sunday night I folded more laundry and got her bath all ready while wearing her around!

On a non-baby related note, my family book club read The History of Bees and I provided homemade bread and honey for snacks for our book club chat this weekend.

I’m currently reading two awesome books! Little Fires Everywhere is SO good but taking me forever to get through because it’s a paper book from the library and Born a Crime is also really interesting and good and I’m getting through it fairly quickly as I’m reading it on my phone.

I am planning to create a family photobook every year starting with 2017. Any advice on where I should order one from? Also, here is my favourite recent photo of Olivia. She’s started laughing and smiling ALL the time now and it is so so cute. I snapped this picture when I went to get her after a nice long nap (the one that I worked out during!)

I had my first night out on Sunday night. A great dinner and big glass of wine with a friend. It was so nice to get out and Olivia got some quality time with her Daddy before he goes back to work so a win all around.

I really really miss yoga. I’ve never been good about having a home practice but I think I’m going to have to start one now. I did manage to go to one class while Eric was off work this week but I used to go to 2-3 classes a week!

On the topic of exercise, I’m loving working out again but I’m really anxious to start running again. I have the itch to sign up for a race too. BUT my pelvis still doesn’t feel 100% so I really want to give myself a bit more time to recover before adding in something as high impact as running.

Ok, now I’m really going to bed!

Tell me something random that is up with you! 


A weekend recap full of SO much thankfulness <3

For the last three years I have done a recap of our Thanksgiving weekend with a special focus on all I have to be thankful for. This year my heart feels so full it could burst, so despite barely having any photos to go along with this post, here is my annual weekend recap of thanks.

Eric’s weekend off fell on the long weekend, which I was so so grateful for. We decided to take a small ‘babymoon’ and jet over to Grande Prairie (the “big city” – ha) for the night. We got a hotel room, went out for a nice dinner and then spent Friday doing some shopping.

I am thankful for every second spent with my husband these days. He works so much and our schedules almost never line up, so time together is so so important to me! 

Our main reason for the trip was to acquire a new couch for our living room. We bought a couch at IKEA when we did our one day trip last year but it really only had space for 3 people to sit and wasn’t the most comfortable couch. I loved the look of it, but it’s not the kind of couch you get all cozied up on. We wanted either a love seat + couch combo or a sectional.

Well we ended up with a microfibre sectional with recliners on either end – something Eric has wanted for a long time! I admit I was not sold on this couch at first and kept saying I was having buyers remorse when we first put it together. However, after having it for a few days it’s really grown on me. It’s SO comfy and the reclining feature is pretty nice. It’s also nice to have room to seat more than 3 people side-by-side.

I am thankful for those sweet pets of ours. 

Other shopping that happened included some fun seasonal decor at Homesense (Oh how I love that store!), some more maternity clothes for me and a few baby things :). I was trying to resist buying any more maternity clothes but the bigger I get the more I need them so I got two more pairs of leggings and 3 tops. We also got two adorable little sleepers and a sweet Christmas sweater. I have to say though, baby clothing stores are SO gendered. One whole wall was BOYS (aka blue) and the other whole wall was GIRLS (aka pink) and there was one tiny sliver of wall for neutral stuff.

I am thankful for a house that I absolutely love. While there are a few things I would change about our house, for the most part it is perfect for us and I am obsessed with the layout of it as we really couldn’t ask for a better layout. 

Friday night I went to a get together with extended family, it was great to see so many second cousins and aunts and uncles.

I am thankful to live close to family again after so many years away. 

On Saturday morning Eric and I went to our first prenatal class together, we are doing private sessions due to Eric’s work schedule. It was a great chance to learn more about labour and afterwards we went out for lunch together and chatted about what our birth plan will look like based on some of the things we learned in the class.

Off to prenatal class at just shy of 35 weeks in my new maternity clothes 🙂

I am so thankful to be planning for the birth of our sweet babe. We waited a long time to get pregnant and truly wondered if it would ever happen for us. No matter how many downsides there are to being pregnant, it is something I feel blessed and grateful for every. single. day. 

Saturday afternoon Eric’s parents and his nephew came over and we made our first Thanksgiving dinner together. It was really fun to host them and after dinner they played a couple of rousing games of Settlers of Catan and then my in-laws spent the night. I unfortunately got quite sick, so did not participate in the board games.

Again, I am very thankful to be near family and also have a home where we can host people on a whim.  

My Thanksgiving weekend did take a small turn for the worst on Saturday evening as I spent the night puking my guts out!! Something definitely did not sit right with me from our dinner and my body wanted it OUT. Even in all my sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy I did not puke as much as I did that night. I’m not really thankful for anything here – puking just plain sucks 🙂

Sunday morning I woke up feeling much better and so I continued with my plan to go to yoga. I met my friend Robyn, who was in town for the weekend visiting family, at the studio. Yoga has been one consistent over all my Thanksgiving recaps over the years as I always try to fit it in this weekend.

I am thankful for my yoga practice. I am especially thankful that at 35 weeks pregnant I am still able to go to regular flow and vinyasa classes at my local studio. Don’t get me wrong, I modify a lot, but I’m very thankful for a body that has continued to do yoga throughout this pregnancy. I’m also thankful for how good yoga makes this pregnant body AND mind feel! 

After yoga Robyn came over to see our house and have a visit. I had been teasing nagging Eric about how messy the house was and he had it cleaned up so it was absolutely spotless!! I was so proud 🙂 It was more clean than when we’ve had a cleaner in.

I have known Robyn for over 10 years now and it was wonderful to catch up as we only see each other once or twice a year in person.

I am thankful for the friendships that pick up right where they left off even if you have not seen each other in awhile. 

On Sunday evening we had Thanksgiving dinner #2 at my aunts house. There were 13 of us and my grandpa flew up for the occasion. Of course I failed to take any pictures other than of the three pies my grandma made.

I’ve already said how thankful I am for family twice, and I felt that way again after our dinner on Sunday evening, but I am also thankful for delicious pie and super thankful to live so close to my grandma who I’m very close to and is an amazing whiz in the kitchen. These pies were ah-ma-zing! 

Sunday evening Eric and I both fell asleep on our new couch with full tummies 🙂

Monday was a very quiet day and I had no plans, which was perfect. I slept in until 8 and then laid in bed until 8:30 or so. When I finally got out of bed I made myself some breakfast and then curled up on the couch with my coffee and my book. Eric was also just puttering around the house that day.

I am thankful for quiet and relaxing days with no plans! 

The weather was too nice not to get outside, so I texted my mom to see if she wanted to go for a walk. Chloe and I joined her and her dog Murphy for a walk/hike in the local community forest.

I am thankful for beautiful weather on the Thanksgiving weekend this year, especially considering last year we had 1/2 a foot of snow! 

After our walk we did a bit of shopping and then she dropped me off at home. I did some more puttering around the house that afternoon before going over to my mom’s place for our family book club chat. My two aunts, my mom, my brother and I all have a book club and we get together once a month to discuss our most recent read. My one aunt doesn’t live here so we video chat her in. This month we discussed Behold the Dreamers by Imbolu Mbue, which was my pick.

I am thankful for my love of reading. It is my most treasured hobby and I would choose reading and books over TV any day of the week! 

And that pretty much wraps up my weekend. It was early to bed on Monday night before kicking off a short work week. As of yesterday I officially only have 3 weeks left at work before I go on maternity leave. Time is flying!

This shirt (also one of my new maternity clothes purchases) basically sums it up <3

For my Canadian readers, how was your Thanksgiving weekend? For all readers, what are you especially thankful for this week?