Friday Ramblings

On The Baby…

My little babushka is just grand! She’s starting to laugh more and is extremely interested in touching mine and A’s faces.

She’s sleeping pretty good, sometimes for an 8+ hour stretch, sometimes not. She’s still quite young and according to what I’ve read, it’s normal for her to wake hungry still. I’m leaning towards a ‘when she’s ready’ approach to sleeping and won’t even consider cutting out any night time feedings right now. We’re OK with how things are going and that’s all that should matter at this point. She’s ‘usually’ asleep by 8:30/9pm and ‘usually’ sleeps until 6-7am. Not too shabby for a four month old! Last night she was awake at 4am to feed and didn’t nurse back to sleep like she usually does. I put her in her crib, wide awake, and after a few minutes of shuffling around, she fell asleep on her own! So she is developing the skills to go to sleep on her own, just at her own pace.

I’m starting to think about introducing solids. I’ve read about the baby-led weaning technique and after discussing it with A, we’re leaning towards it. Basically it means introducing foods cut up into manageable pieces and letting her feed herself, rather than us feeding her pureed food. The idea is to let her decide how much she wants to eat, and that she won’t eat until she’s ready to. In the meantime breast feeding will continue as usual. I’m going to read up on it a bit more, but the concept appeals to me. More on that later…we have a couple of months to develop a plan of action! I’m not going to introduce anything until she’s six months.

On Finding Balance…

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was floundering a little. I just couldn’t find the time or energy to do what I’d hoped to be able to do while on maternity leave: be a true homemaker. I think the culprit was my low iron, because since I’ve been taking my supplements, I feel like I have things under control! I’ve developed a loose schedule that seems to be working well for me and Molly and I feel like I’m in my element! I love being a wife and mother! It’s my dream job πŸ™‚

On Baking FAIL…

Day 6 of my 12 Days of Baking was supposed to be a scrumptious recipe I found: White Chocolate Coconut Truffles. I’m not sure exactly what happened but they did NOT turn out how they were supposed to. Ergo I will not be posting about them. I’m bummed, because white chocolate and coconut are one of my favourite combos! Ah well. I still have plenty on my list to bake, so Day 6 will be coming soon πŸ™‚

Happy Friday all!

Friday Ramblings

I really need to start writing things down.

Throughout the week something will happen and I’ll think to myself, I should mention this on Friday Ramblings, but as soon as I sit down to write, I draw a complete blank! Ah well. I suppose I’ll manage to come up with something…

On The Baby…

Molly has decided she likes sleeping on her tummy, much to Mommy’s initial horror. All of a sudden last week (maybe it had something to do with her cold?) she rolled over during a nap and stayed that way. She did the same thing that night and I checked on her a bajillion times to make sure her head was turned and she was still breathing. I’m not usually so paranoid, but all those nightmares I had for the first couple of months about her suffocating really go to me. Not to mention how ‘they’ put the fear of God into new moms when it comes to putting babies to sleep on their backs.

But of course, she was fine. She’s had excellent neck control pretty much since birth and has no problem turning her own head. And what am I going to do, go in and turn her over every time she rolls? I’d be up all night!

I don’t think so.

I still put her to bed on her back and sometimes she’ll stay that way for a couple of hours, but more often than not, 5 minutes after I put her down she’s rolled over. Strangely enough, she’s actually become more adept at soothing herself when sleeping on her tummy, as well as falling asleep on her own if I put her down and she’s still awake.

On Feeling Good…

Have I mentioned to y’all that I have low iron? It explains why I’ve been so exhausted lately, more exhausted than I should be considering my daughter sleeps 8-10 hour stretches at night and consequently so do I. My doctor has put me on a high-dose supplement and she told me I have to take it for a year! Apparently it’s quite common for women of child-bearing age to have low iron and mine was low before I got pregnant. Pregnancy and delivery just added to the problem, what with the baby taking nutrients from me and bleeding post-partum.

I’ve been on the supplement for about two weeks now and I feel great! My energy levels have increased and I no longer feel completely dragged down.

It also helps that I’ve lost 12 pounds and feel good about myself physically. Even though I have another 12 to go before I hit my target weight, I feel like I look amazing and that has a huge impact on how I feel. Christmas is going to cause my weight loss to slow a bit (I’ll be darned if I’m going to avoid the tasty treats of the holidays! I just won’t go overboard), but I’ll pick up where I left off when the holidays are over.

On Netflix…

We are so addicted to Netflix we barely watch any regular TV anymore! Together, A and I are watching Charmed (my pick) and Reaper (his pick), and on my own during the day I’ve been watching Stargate SG-1, embracing my quiet love of Sci-Fi. Soon though I’ll have to start with more children’s programming, because Molly is starting to respond to what’s on the TV (she loves Richard Dean Anderson…who doesn’t?).

On Christmas…

My inner crafter appeared again last week with the creation of this Christmas wreath:

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Made from a coat hanger formed into a crude circle and decorative Christmas balls (I picked up a package of 100 for $12!), I think it looks pretty spiffy! My inspiration was from a Pinterest pin (of course). It was a bit tricky to maneuver some of the balls onto the wire and some of the popped off at times (I skipped over the hot glue step in the interest of time), but it was a pretty easy craft to make!

And on that note, I shall take my leave. This is a rare morning when I’m up well before Molly and have a bit of time to myself. She’ll be up soon though and I need to finish my coffee. Happy Friday!!

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Joining Weight Watchers has succeeded in motivating me to cook again! But not only do I have to consider how healthy something is, I also have to think about how much time is needed to make it. This is less of a concern for dinner, since A is usually home when I start cooking. Lunches though, are another matter and unless Miss Molly has decided to nap, I have to navigate caring for her and making something for myself at the same time. Not always an easy task!

One night while nursing, I came across a recipe for Avocado Egg Salad Sandwiches on Pinterest (click the link to take you to the original post and recipe). I’m not normally a consumer of egg salad, but I was intrigued by the addition of avocado and using curry powder to add a little pizzazz. A few weeks ago I followed this recipe, and the result was amazing. Seriously amazing. I loved the texture and the flavour from the curry was lovely. However, preparing the eggs (they suggest hard boiled) took a bit of time, time that is precious when it comes to eating. Also, using the measurements in the original recipe made a bit too much of this yummy sandwich filling for one person and since my darling hubby is not a fan of avocado, a bit went to waste.

So I sat down and tweaked it. My version goes something like this:

1 egg, scrambled

1/2 avocado, diced

1 tsp mayo (Miracle Whip is my preference)

1/4 tsp curry powder

Mix all the ingredients, slap between a couple pieces of bread and voila! C’est tout. It took minutes to prepare and was just as tasty as the original recipe. Serve with a side of veggies and you have yourself a healthy meal (in the Weight Watchers world, that’s 9 of the plus points)!

Diced avocado, scrambled egg, Miracle Whip and curry powder

Side note: I highly recommend rinsing the mixing bowl as soon as you can, while it’s still wet. In my experience, avocado is hard to get off once it’s dried.

It’s so tasty, even the yellow/green colour doesn’t bother me!

Enjoy!

Friday Ramblings

On the Baby…

Molly is becoming a bit more assertive. She’s still amazingly calm but if she wants something, you know it! She’s discovered new, louder sounds and has almost mastered the back arch. Her favourite thing lately is to stand up. She loves it! We’re going to get the jumparoo from my sister soon for her to enjoy. For the most part she’s sleeping through the night, but there are the odd nights where she’s up once or twice. Like last night. Coffee is my friend today (don’t worry! My lactation consultant gave it the ok and I only have one cup a day. Two max).

On Breastfeeding…

We’ve been breastfeeding exclusively for three months now! Yay! And all of a sudden, it just clicks. It was never horribly difficult, but for the first little while Molly had a shallow latch and that pinched a bit (ouch). She’s got the hang of it now though! And is recognizing that her food comes from mama. Some of her cutest moments are when she pulls off and looks up at me and does her quiet ‘boo’ and ‘goo’.
We tried pumping and feeding from a bottle, but to be honest it’s just one more thing to think about doing and I’ve got my hands full already. I have no problem being her food source and don’t mind the time it takes.

On Getting Out…Alone…

I’m going to endeavour to go to the drugstore on my own this weekend. I don’t feel particularly desperate for my own time, but it won’t hurt either of us (Molly and I) to be apart. Molly has started getting a bit upset if I’m not visible to her when she’s with A. This is completely normal and I’m not looking to ‘break’ her of this, but a little bit of independence won’t hurt her.
And it won’t hurt me either. The other day I thought about leaving her with our parents for the night (which won’t be until I stop nursing) and got extremely anxious thinking about her missing me. The thought of her being sad kills me. So it’ll be good for me too, to get out even for just a half hour.

On Weight Watchers…

Almost 10 pounds lost people!! 15 to go. My goal weight is five pounds more than my pre-pregnancy weight, but I’m allowing for the fact that my boobs are significantly heavier than they used to be. I’m sticking with the point system and though last week I didn’t make the best choices (pizza and cheesecake), I’m back on track this week! With the exception of a piece of cranberry bliss bar from Starbucks. So. Good.

On Christmas…

Whee! We’re entering the holiday season! Molly’s first. Awwww. She won’t remember it, but I will, so I want to make it special. Still, her needs come first so we’ll see how much I get done. Hopefully more than last year. I was only 9 weeks or so pregnant last year and so tired!
I have one Christmas craft done and will share that soon. I hope to do some baking this year and then there’s shopping! That’s going to be interesting. Thank goodness I can go out during the week. Navigating the malls/shops on the weekend/evenings with a stroller is not appealing.

And that’s about it! Happy Friday all!

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Friday Ramblings

On The Baby…

My little miss blessed me with 8 straight hours of sleep last night! She went down at 9pm and slept until 6:30!! I remember waking up at ten to three, thinking she’d be up soon but I fell back asleep. The next time I woke it was 5:15! I was shocked! I even woke A up to tell him πŸ™‚ Of course I was then wide awake, having had the most sleep in a row in months. Plus my boobs were so full I was afraid to roll on them lest all my milk squirt out, haha.

On Weight Watchers…

I’ve been doing it consistently since Monday and since last Friday am down five pounds! I imagine the initial loss is mostly water, though I’m making sure to get all the water I need. And, at the risk of TMI, my, uh, colon has never been cleaner πŸ™‚ All the fruit and veggies I’m eating (all zero points) are paying off in more ways than one! I’m finding it fun to calculate my meals and plan ahead what I’m going to eat, rather than scrounging at the last minute, which leads to making bad choices. It’s also given me a renewed interest in cooking, which,Β towards the end of my pregnancy, waned a bit and hasn’t picked up since. But now I find myself really enjoying the preparation of our meals. Feels a little bit like normal πŸ™‚

On TV…

I’m soooo thankful the fall TV season is upon us. I’m watching a lot less of the more trashy shows and enjoying the comedy’s and dramas I’ve taped from the night before. Together,Β A and I love to watch Franklin and Bash, New Girl, Suburgatory, and Modern Family, but on my own I catch NCIS, Up All Night,Β Once Upon a TimeΒ and the Vampire Diaries (OMG, I think Elena and Damon will finally hook up this season!! I heart him).

On It’s Almost November…

What?? Where did October go?

This weekend is one of household chores (vacuuming for me, outside stuff for A) and the first birthday party for my friend M1’s darling girl! Makes me misty to think that soon enough we’ll celebrate Molly’s first b-day. Sure she’s only 2.5 months old, but on the other hand she’s already 2.5 months old! Time is flying by.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m going to now try and pull ourselves together to go shopping. More to get out than to actually buy anything.

Ta!

Weekend Wind-Up

It was a good news/bad news kind of weekend.

Good news: we bought a couch! The third and hopefully final one to go in our basement. The first two didn’t fit. Ugh. We ended up going to Laz-Y-Boy and found a recliner sofa we both like. A recliner is the only option left for a sofa, as it comes apart. It’s more than we wanted to spend, but we decided it’s our Christmas present to each other.

Bad news: I got sick. Like super sick, though my symptoms are few: fever, aches and chills. The fever though, spiked at 102 deg F yesterday. Not good! Right now it’s hovering at 100 deg F and I’m planning on going to the doctor later, if I can get an appointment. Sounds like the flu, but it’s been three days and no end in sight. My first thought was mastitis, since I’m breastfeeding and flu like symptoms are a sign but my breasts aren’t sore. Who knows though. Crossing my fingers I get in to my doc. I don’t relish the thought of going to the walk in clinic with Molly.

Speaking of Molly, taking care of her while sick is the first major challenge of motherhood for me. Luckily A was home on the weekend but today he’s off to work. So we’re chilling in bed together. So far she’s escaped whatever plague this is and breastfeeding will help give her immunity against what I may have.

So that’s it. Not my favourite weekend ever. I was bummed I had to cancel a visit to BFF B and her family, as well as not being able to go to my parents for Thanksgiving #2. But we did get turkey! A popped over and brought back a couple of plates of food. All was not completely lost πŸ™‚

Hope your week is off to a good start!

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Friday Ramblings…on Saturday

On Blogging…

When it comes to prioritizing what I do with my time, spending time with my daughter is my number one job. All else comes second!

Still, I miss creating posts in my head, of doing things to share with y’all. But my absence is for the greater good! Once Molly is on more of a schedule (and actually naps for more than an hour during the day), I’ll be able to write a little more freely.
In the meantime, I’ll write what I can, when I can, and enjoy the time I have with Molly. She’ll only be this young once!

On The Baby…

A and I are lucky to have been blessed with an extremely good baby. She’s quite active, in that she’s alert most of the day, is quick to kick off her blankets and wiggles while feeding (behaviour deemed “challenging” by What To Expect The First Year) but has only had one major meltdown in her 7.5 weeks and on the whole has an amazingly sweet temperament. I think we’ve managed to decipher her “code” of what sounds mean what. Funny enough I watched a You Tube video this week if this woman who has identified the five universal words all babies use. She was on Oprah.
I see these in Molly, which is neat.

On The Avengers…

I came home with a copy of the Avengers on Thursday. So did A, haha! So we took advantage of our little miss going to sleep at 7:30 to watch it! What an awesome movie! Highly entertaining and some really great effects. I love that whole franchise (Robert downy jr? yum!)! And it was great to spend some baby-free time with my hubby πŸ™‚

On Post Baby Me…

I’ve been feeling a little bit like a raga-muffin lately. My pre-pregnancy pants don’t fit, so I’m still wearing my maternity jeans when I go out (at home it’s yoga pants baby!),I’m limited in tops to wear because I’m nursing (and my boobs are gigantic), my hair will not cooperate and I’m sweating up a storm on a daily basis (hormones are still regulating I guess). Ew. But steps are being taken! I worked out a few times this week (between the elliptical and walks), which feels great, and on Monday Molly and I are meeting up with my friend L to shop! Even though I am a ways from my pre-pregnancy weight, it’ll make me feel heaps better to have non-maternity and nursing clothes that fit.

And now I shall sign off. A piece of cake awaits me! I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Ours is going by way too fast! But then, time seems to have sped up since Molly arrived. I’ve heard that happens when you have a baby πŸ™‚

Friday Ramblings

On the Baby…

I had my bi-weekly OB appointment this morning and all is well! Nothing amiss from my ultrasound and I am indeed measuring larger than the 31 weeks I am today (though not by much, just a week, and at this point they won’t change due dates).

On the 24 Hour Flu…

I’m not sure what it was, if it was a virus or something I ate, but I woke up early yesterday morning and things were not so right in my tummy. So I was home yesterday to recuperate from that nasty experience. I took a Gravol in the morning to soothe my sensitive tummy and it knocked me out completely! I had a marathon 3 hour nap (I awoke at noon!), which of course meant I had trouble getting to sleep last night. But I’m right as rain today, which is apt since it’s been pouring all morning here in Toronto.

On It’s My Shower Weekend…

Speaking of showers, this Sunday is my baby shower and I couldn’t be more excited!! Seeing as my sister has a two month old and a 2.5 year old and barely has time to shower, BFF B took up the challenge of throwing my baby shower for me and from what I already know, she’s done a stellar job! I look forward to seeing everyone who’s planning on coming…make sure you’re properly amazed at the fact that though I’ve gained 30 lbs thus far, it totally doesn’t show πŸ˜‰

On the Baby’s Nursery…

It was a momentous week in decorating the nursery! Not that I’ve physically done anything yet, but we did order our crib the other day. We went with this one from Sears, but in white:

We chose this one because it’s a solid construction but doesn’t break the bank (we only paid $100 for it! The rest we had in gift certificates). And I love the look of it (which is very important).

And I also received the fabric I ordered from the US! I LOVE it and as far as I know, managed to avoid customs fees. So this weekend I’m hoping to get started on some sewing. Since it’s supposed to rain most of the time, it’s the perfect indoor activity!

And that’s really it for this rainy Friday. I hope wherever y’all are the weather is treating you better!

Friday Ramblings

On the Baby…

I’m 30 weeks today and people, the countdown in weeks now heads into the single digits!! Our little girl is growing bigger everyday and definitely getting stronger everyday, if her kicks and wiggles are any indication πŸ™‚

On Work…

Today marks the last busy day of my three week busy stint at work! Whew. I’m pooped. Seriously pooped. There’s lots to do before I head out on maternity leave mid-July, but I have an intern who’s helping out right now and my replacement will start mid-June, so she’ll be able to help out as well.

On the Weekend…

I have a massage scheduled for tomorrow morning (much needed), then I’m going to head out and buy some perennials for our back and front flower gardens. A will be occupied with his dad, who’s coming down to help with the basement, so I’ll be left to my own devices. In addition to planting the flowers/plants I buy, I also need to address our wedding thank you cards, which I finally finished writing, and start painting the dresser for the baby’s room. Never a dull moment around our casa!

On Awkward Moments…

I was a little late leaving work the other night and a little late getting to the train, which meant all the seats were taken. I was walking up to the third level and asked a woman (in her 40’s I’d say) sitting on the steps if there was anything up there. She shook her head no. A man, sitting in a seat behind her, spotted me and offered me his seat, which I graciously accepted (I’ve been super achy lately with ligament pain). You’d think others would see this as a kindness, but the lady on the steps kind of huffed and said “Huh, looks like I have to be pregnant to get a seat next time!”. I then had to sit behind her the whole trip and she kept turning back to look at me. Sorry lady! I’m not going to apologize for needing to sit down. You may be older but my body is not it’s normal self right now.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Weekend Wind-Up – Victoria Day!

It was Victoria Day weekend here in Canada, or May 2-4 as we like to call it, signifying a case of 24 beer, a must-have for many for this first long weekend of the summer! Though not for me…root beer was my beverage of choice this weekend.

Flax, from our front garden

A and I started off our weekend early. I left work at 1pm on Friday, after working several late nights last week, not to mention I had a 4pm doctor’s appointment and I was nervous about long weekend traffic. Luck was on my side and it didn’t take me any longer than normal to drive home. Whew! I had time to pick up A, and off we went to my bi-weekly appointment. All is well with the baby! Her vitals are strong, and so are mine. My glucose test was just fine and my blood pressure remains low-normal (I’ve always had somewhat low blood pressure).

After our appointment we decided to do a little shopping. We headed up to a newer shopping area in Oshawa and visited Carters/Osh Kosh, where I picked up a set of five bodysuits for the baby for only $10! Then it was over to Thyme Maternity where I bought a couple pairs of capris, and then we went to Marks Work Warehouse to buy shorts and a couple of tops for A (he had a gift certificate left over from Christmas).

Dinner was East Side Mario’s, where I had a super yummy butternut squash ravioli, but what I had really wanted was their signature garden salad. Yum

The rest of the weekend was crazy busy! I honestly can’t remember what happened on what day, so I thought I’d post some pictures instead, which will show you what we were up to. It was all outside chores, since the weather was AMAZING!! 27 degrees Celsius every day!

First, the backyard:

I forgot to take a before pic, but what you see above is the after! You might remember the raised bed in the middle from last year, but everything else is new (we have plans next year or the year after to move the middle bed. Our original plans for the layout of the backyard are different from what we would like to do now, which includes having space for kids to play).

My darling hubby built us a new raised bed for growing vegetables, but this one is longer and narrower (about 12 x 2 feet) to make it easier to access tomatoes and peppers as they grow:

In this bed I planted cucumbers (from seed), four cherry tomato plants, one beefsteak tomato, four Shepperd peppers and one cayenne pepper (in the pot).

In the 4 x 8 bed from last year, I confess that none of the seeds that I planted a few weeks back took, with the exception of the peas you see in front of the trellis. All of these plants we bought at our favourite garden centre. I planted four romaine lettuce, four kale, 8 broccoli and 8 beets. We’ll see how these turn out, especially the lettuce and kale, which tend to not do as well in summer heat. At the end of the bed that seems empty, I planted zucchini seeds:

And in the other corner of the yard, we not only enclosed the bed that was already there with a wood frame, building it up a bit to add a foot of good soil, but also bought ourselves a little shed:

The shed is 4′ x 6′ x 6.5′ high and has just enough room to store our garbage, compost bin, recycling bins and lawn mower. It’s adorable! A and I had a fairly easy time putting it together early Monday morning before the sun started touching the back yard.

I haven’t planted anything in the bed next to it yet, other than the two hostas that were in that space before which we transplanted. I’ll most likely plant shade-loving perennials, and there was also talk of rhubarb.

Other than a basic patio which we might put down once the basement is finished, big enough to hold a table and some chairs, that’s about it for our backyard for awhile! We’re super happy with how everything has turned out.

As for the front of the house, while A looked after building the beds and moving soil, I took care of a couple of paint jobs. Here’s the before:

Notice the faded blue paint on the door and the patchy pillars (this is after I’d sanded down the flaking bits)? All are gone now!

A fresh coat of paint on the pillars really brightens them up. And the new door colour, and earthy green, suits our somewhat green thumbs! I thought it would be a bit darker, but it’s growing on me πŸ™‚ Now we just need a new mat for the front door…

With A’s help (I am not willing to get on a ladder 7 months pregnant), I hung planters in which I put geraniums and nasturtium. I love nasturtium! They’re so pretty (once they flower…ours haven’t yet).

Notice the colours? Orange and bright pink! Our wedding colours πŸ™‚

We’re hoping to do a little revamping to the front garden, but aren’t quite sure when we’ll get to that.

And there you have our insanely busy, but super rewarding long weekend. There was no basement work. No work on the baby’s room, but how could we possibly have done inside chores when the weather was so nice out? Right? I knew you’d agree!

We did manage to get some down time in there…on Sunday afternoon, during the hottest part of the day, A and I took ourselves to the movies to see Battleship. It was pretty good, but not enough world destruction for my taste. I really love disaster movies, be them natural or alien in nature πŸ™‚ I’m weird that way, haha! And Monday morning I popped over to visit my sister and the kids. I haven’t seen them in awhile! Life has just been too busy!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!