The high of my week was starting to exercise again! I was 6 weeks postpartum last Friday and even though I don’t have my official doctor check-up until January 24 (almost 9 weeks postpartum) I’m feeling good so have added in some exercise again. I’m following the Fitness Blender Burn program and it’s felt so good to get my sweat on again. I am taking it very easy and really paying close attention to how I feel and sticking to low impact.

The low of my week was dealing with my little sleep fighter. Little miss Olivia is going through Leap #2 and a few days ago started fighting sleep like crazy. It has been taking 1.5 – 2 hours to get her to sleep at night and also for her daytime naps. Thank god she still sleeps quite well and for about a 4 hour stretch once she does go to sleep.

The low of my week was also the FRIGID temperatures we are having. It felt like -50 F yesterday with the windchill!! Insane.

A podcast episode I loved was The Lazy Genius Loses Weight. Such a great message for this time of year when so many people are setting weight loss goals. I am really focusing on NOT thinking about weight loss postpartum and rather focusing on feeling good and eating foods and moving my body in ways that make me feel good – who cares about some number on the scale!

For my workouts, I completed Fitness Blender workouts on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I went to mom & baby yoga on Wednesday and I walked Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Plan is for another Fitness Blender workout today!

The best money I spent was on purchasing the Core + Floor Restore program after reading about it on Fannetastic Food. It’s been so fun to follow Anne’s blog since her daughter Riese was born the same day as Olivia!

My plans this weekend include our baby shower! Tomorrow my aunt is hosting a baby shower for Olivia and I’m looking forward to showing her off to a bunch of extended family 🙂 Other then that, not much. Since Eric works for 14 days straight and then has 7 days off and I’m on maternity leave weekends really don’t mean much to me right now. It’s just another 2 days. However, Eric will be on days off starting next week and that we can’t wait for. Just watch Olivia start to sleep perfectly again 😉

What was the best money you spent this week? What was the high of your week? What is the weather like where you are? 



First off, thank you to Leigh for this wonderful Christmas ornament for the Canadian Bloggers Christmas Swap. What a perfect ornament to add to our tree this year 🙂

The high of my week was I feel like this is a kind of sad SAHM type thing to say… but my high of the week was watching episode after episode of Life in Pieces on Netflix yesterday. I just cuddled up on the couch with my sweet girl on my chest and binged Netflix. Life in Pieces is SO FUNNY and the perfect mindless show for me to be watching right now. Also, ALL the newborn cuddles was a high of my week. I seriously love the snuggles at this age and I am soaking them up.

The low of my week was Eric going back to work on Tuesday. Luckily he only works until the 22nd and then he has 9 days off for the Christmas holidays. But then in the New Year he goes back on night shift. I can’t even think about it, it makes me too sad.

A podcast episode I loved was The Mom Hour episode on Newborn Attachment. Obviously very relevant to where I am in my life right now considering I spend all day with a newborn – who is 3 weeks old today!

For my workouts, I completed walks. Still just doing short walks of 15 – 20 minutes right now. Today I am going to go for my first slightly longer walk at the walking track. I’m 3 weeks postpartum today and plan to wait the full recommended 6 weeks until I start actual workouts again, but I do want to continue walking daily and keep slowly adding time to my walks so I can build back up to walking for a full hour. I am feeling pretty great and on my way to healed at 3 weeks postpartum, which is great! Also yesterday was my first walk with Olivia in one of my carriers. I will have to do a full blog post on the carriers we are using at some point. It went pretty well but I didn’t have it quite tight enough so felt like I had to have one hand under her bum for extra support the whole time.

The best money I spent was on mailing our Christmas cards! We don’t always do Christmas cards but this year I wanted to because we took some adorable Christmas-y photos during our newborn photo shoot. I kind of combined them into a birth announcement for Olivia too. So excited for everyone to get them!

My plans this weekend include going for lunch with a friend on Saturday and that’s about all I have in the way of actual ‘plans’, You just never know what each day is going to look like right now because my boss is only 3 weeks old. Plus with Eric working through the weekends and me on maternity leave weekends don’t really feel ‘special’ at all. They are just two more days of the week! So no real plans this weekend other than lunch with a friend, going for walks, hanging out with my baby 🙂

What was the high and low of your week? What are your plans this weekend? 


TGIF – Weekend Edition!

I didn’t take enough photos (or do enough fun things) for a full-fledged weekend recap, so here is a weekend recap TGIF style!

The high of my weekend was the beautiful weather we are having up here! We have woken up to little skiffs of snow twice now (see above picture from last Thursday morning), but it’s always melted by the end of the day and it’s still getting up to around 10 C (50 F) during the day with the sun shining. Considering last year we had full fledged winter by this time I will not complain even a little bit and am continuing to enjoy this as long as it lasts.

I also had a prenatal massage on Saturday, and while it was quite painful and uncomfortable at the time it really helped with some of the aches and pains I’ve been having in my legs and back so the after effects of that could be considered a high of the weekend 🙂

The low of my weekend was waking up with a sore throat yesterday morning. Eric was quite sick last week and had to take a day off work and I was scared I’d caught it. But spending all of Sunday morning on the couch watching Netflix / reading / dozing seemed to have nipped it in the bud. Fingers crossed!

A podcast episode I loved was the Fall Extravaganza episode on The Girl Next Door. It was ah-ma-zing. I have binge listened to the episodes since the beginning over the last 4 months and I’m so sad to officially be all caught up now. However, this may have been my favourite episode yet. I was actually laughing out loud while listening to it on a walk with Chloe. I’m sure people thought I was a bit crazy as I walked along with a giant smile on my face and laughing out loud. The part where Kelsey is ordering their drinks at Starbucks is the best.

And because I was inspired by that episode, here is a photo of my fall decor on our front porch! 

For my workouts, I completed a yoga class on Saturday morning, a 20-minute walk Saturday afternoon and another 20-minute walk on Sunday. Definitely slowing down a lot in these last few weeks. It was a vinyasa flow yoga class, but I am definitely not flowing anymore! My yoga practice includes blocks, knees down always and no more downward dog right now BUT it still feels great to move my body and stretch.

The best money I spent was on nothing. I only spent money on boring adult things this weekend like groceries and a mechanic bill for my car going into the shop. I guess if I had to pick something it would be the coffee I bought after yoga on Saturday morning.

My plans this week include my last full work week! My last day of work is October 31, so I still have 2 days next week, but this is my last full 5-day work week before maternity leave. It definitely feels very surreal. I have been working full-time since the spring of 2009, so it seems weird to have a long stretch of no structured work schedule ahead of me. It also feels a bit strange to be going on leave not knowing for sure when this baby is going to come. I could have 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks or even (god forbid) almost 4 weeks off work before we have a baby!

Anyways, it is also Eric’s week off from work so in the evenings and on the weekend we are going to put the finishing touches on the baby’s room, go to our last prenatal class, install our car seat and just do a bunch of baby prep! I am 37 weeks today, so baby could literally come anytime now.

What was the best money you spent on the weekend? What was the high of your weekend?