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 🙂

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 🙂

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 & Height 

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?? 

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


January 24

Not only was yesterday Olivia’s 2 month ‘birthday’ it was also a significant day because one year ago on January 24th is when the cycle started for me that would allow us to (finally!) get pregnant. I know I have hinted many times on the blog about our infertility journey and I’ve always planned to share the story. I’ve written it in my head so many times but have never been quite sure how to start it as it’s a long one, so for now I will start here.

The treatment plan I was going on required the start of a menstrual cycle, if you don’t have regular cycles, or really any cycles at all like me, you can use hormone therapy to make one start. However, my body started this cycle on it’s own which was unexpected. It was only my 3rd or 4th natural cycle in two years.

Of course then there was the logistics of getting the (very expensive) medication to me. I live in a very rural community and the fertility clinic I was working with was over 1,000 kilometres away and local pharmacies did not keep the expensive medication required in stock. The plan was for my clinic to rush ship the medication to me.

Here was the part, that looking back, I feel was more than a coincidence. I was supposed to start my medications on January 27, 2017 and I also just happened to be flying to Vancouver that day for work. I was frantically emailing with my clinic and a clinic in Vancouver about how I could get my medications once I arrived there. I had a 2 hour gap between meetings and I was going to have to take public transportation to get to the clinic on the other side of the city to pick up my medication and then give myself the first dose in a hotel room that night. To say the logistics of this was stressing me out is an understatement.

That morning I arrived at the airport and my flight was delayed. A little unusual for the early morning flight but not unheard of. Finally we boarded and started the 1.5 hour trip to Vancouver. I was still turning the logistics of getting the medication over in my head. We flew for 30 minutes when it was announced that our flight was heading back. What?! Turns out there was a mechanical issue and they needed to turn around. We weren’t going to be able to get on another flight until that evening and by then we would have missed the meeting we were flying down to attend so our trip to Vancouver was canceled.

I went home and started my treatment plan at home, as originally planned, that night.

I guess it depends on your perspective and outlook on the world. Some would view this as a simple coincidence. It happened to work out in my favour in the end, and that’s great, but there was also a good chance it wouldn’t have. I could have went to Vancouver and dealt with the stress of getting my medication and still gotten pregnant or I could have stayed home and started my medication and not gotten pregnant. However, I can’t help but look back on this and think that it was meant to happen.

And this was the very first step to holding this adorable little girl in my arms.

More to come.


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!