Easter in Canada

April 21, 2014 § 1 Comment

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This past week, Nick had to cover a show in Toronto, so all three of us flew up for a few days. We didn’t actually get to celebrate Easter Sunday in Canada, but we got to spend Good Friday with family!

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For a baby whose normal modes of transport include the Ergo and a stroller, Henry did very well in his car seat and on the plane. On the flight there, he stayed awake the whole time, smiling, giggling, and making friends with a flight attendant. The only time he lost it was when he had to get his diaper changed in the airplane bathroom, but even as a grown woman, I cry a little bit inside every time I have to use one of those too.

We spent the three nights of our trip at my sister’s house in Oshawa. It was so nice that they had an extra room (the future nursery for the twins!) so Henry got his own space for naps and nighttime.

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On Thursday, the Martins had to work and go to school, but my parents drove down to visit and take us out to lunch. They also bought Henry a crazy amount of new clothes! That was actually my first time in a store shopping for a baby since I’ve had one of my own. So many cute things!

Thursday night, we had a pizza party. Henry enjoyed his first highchair experience even if he didn’t get any pizza.

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My niece and nephew were definitely more interested in Henry now that he’s less fragile and more fun than he was at Christmas when he was only 2 months old. Ben liked to tell us the words he was saying whenever he’d make noises.

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It was so great to see Jenn and her cute little (big) belly. Each night, I’d tell her it was okay to go to bed early, but she stayed up until 10:30 with me two of the three nights. She is the best.

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On Friday, my grandparents, parents, brother & his wife, and even an aunt, uncle, and cousin I haven’t seen in a few years came over. I insisted we take a big group photo. I am turning into my Dad and taking over as the family photographer, even if I’m only around 3 times a year.

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We enjoyed an amazing holiday dinner and I ate about 27 cookies. Luckily, the breastfeeding diet is really a thing because man, can my Mom bake.

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Isn’t it the best to just sit around with family and talk after a big meal? And aren’t those some handsome men?

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Saturday morning, the Easter bunny came and Henry got his first basket. Ben and Jillian found out they were going to Great Wolf Lodge that day and lost their minds. When we came downstairs after waking up, they were already wearing their new bathing suits. We left for the airport shortly before the Martins left to drive to their mini-holiday.

It was so great to see everyone. I wish it was a longer trip because I would love to introduce Henry to my friends in Toronto. Hopefully next time. (Babies are time eaters ;)

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Henry had such a good time with everyone, but he was definitely happy to crash in his own crib once we were home.

See you in the Summer, Canada!

Signs You’re A New Mom

April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

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You know you’re a new mom when you discover a new season to be excited about: the first time the weather is nice enough that all your local shops have their doors propped open so you don’t have to clumsily navigate your stroller through the door you’re opening for yourself.

Yay, Spring!

Jen Mussari

April 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

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My new design crush is lettering artist, illustrator, and self-proclaimed Jack Of All Trades, Jen Mussari! Jen is a Tattly artist, and has collaborated with some pretty great modern clients like Squarespace, Airbnb, Kickstarter, EMI, Capitol Records, Target, West Elm, Penguin Books, Creative Mornings, and more.

Here are a few of my favourites.

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Check out her website and follow her on Instagram to see more.

5 Months with Henry

April 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Henry is officially 5 months old today! The last month has been our favourite by far. He’s developed a sense of humour (who hasn’t seen the video of him laughing at Nick folding laundry yet?), he loves to play, he likes to be thrown in the air, carried around like Superman, still enjoys hanging out with me in the kitchen while I cook, and is “talking” nonstop.

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He still lets me take countless pictures of him everyday and poses like a tiny model.

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He’s almost sitting up on his own too! Well I suppose he is now, but still topples over to one side or too far forward if he’s examining his feet.

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The fourth month was a transformative one for both Henry and I: we both starting losing our excess hair! For me, it was the extra hairs I had from pregnancy, but for him, it was the dark hair he was born with. He’s now a strawberry blonde, except for his little mullet which is still brown.

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All three of us have been reveling in Henry’s new and improved sleeping habits. It’s been over a month since his sleep training and he’s still doing great! He gets about 11 hours of sleep a night and has 3 naps a day. (I’m currently enjoying the 1 1/2 hour one he’s taking right now.)

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He’s also ruling at tummy time! He kicks those legs and swims with those arms like he wants to crawl so bad, but that tummy is staying firmly planted for now. Phew! Nick and I aren’t ready for crawling yet.

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The only downside of sleep training was that Henry will no longer take a bottle. Oh well, I’ll take sleep over more freedom any day. And although I’m proud to say he’s still being exclusively breast fed, soon he’ll be on to real foods!

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Nap time is over, so this blog is too. See you next month with another update!

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