Thursday, 31 December 2015

Own it

Well, its that time of year again. Christmas is over and its time to make those New Year resolutions!
I didn't get to do all the creative Christmas gift ideas I had up my sleeve but thats ok.. It turns out life had different plans for this mama. David and I ended up running out last minute and buying gifts for our family members which was really nice. Buying gifts for people ended up being a lot of fun.

Todays blog is strictly about my New Years resolution.. Like most people I rarely ever stick with my "resolution". This is probably because they are usually something silly like "I won't eat as much chocolate this year!" but honestly who am I kidding? This year I have decided to be more realistic and really put thought into it. My resolution this year is inspired by my favourite commercial.


This coming year I am going to stop worrying about what other people think of me. I'm hopping out of the GOOOP (the Good Opinion Of Other People) and moving on with life. I can't stop the bags under my eyes or the little stretch marks Christian has left behind. These things are apart of me and I shouldn't be so concerned about what other people might think. Bathing suit season is going to come around and I for one am going to own this bod. Even if it takes a little push from David.


Favorite songs of 2015;
1. Gold by Gabriel Rios (Thomas Jack remix)
2. Hide Away by Daya
3. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
4. 2 Heads by Coleman

Favorite Pictures;
















"Life is not about competition, life is about helping and inspiring others so we can each reach our potential." -Kim Chase

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Where Does The Time Go?/ Christmas Pictures

Ive been meaning to post some pictures from our family Christmas shoot but haven't gotten around to it until now. I have been busy with a lot of different things, one of them being my grandmother. She is in the hospital quite sick and will probably be with the Lord soon. Please pray that she won't feel anxious or any pain; right now she seems comfortable.

I really have to start working on getting everything ready for Christmas, today there is officially 10 days left! I plan on running errands tonight to make sure I have everything. This is definitely my favourite time of year. I love looking at the Christmas tree and stockings hanging by the fireplace, it just makes me feel warm inside! 






This picture makes me laugh because you can see the big bags under my eyes but Davids are fine, hahah! 



David and I decided not to post pictures of Christians face before he was even born. Some question this and the answer is always the same. I don't have anything against people who post pictures of their children, sometimes I seriously have to restrain myself. However we have decided not to post pictures until he is old enough to make that decision. There will be a day where he wants his own instagram account (or whatever there is in the future) and he can decide what pictures to post. Now let me tell you! This is not easy.. I wish I could show him off to the whole world because he is so beautiful! He has the most beautiful blue eyes (just like his grandpa George) and everyone is always telling us he should be in commercials.


Quick little side note! Christian has been sleeping a solid 7.5 hours for the past 5 nights!!! Wahoo we are making progress here people! He has two teeth at the bottom and I can feel some on the top starting to poke their way through. 


"If I could sit across the porch from God, I would thank Him for lending me you." -Unknown

Thursday, 12 November 2015

That Time Of Year

Everyday when Christian goes down for a nap I have to decide on one of two things. 1) Catch up on my Z's or 2) enjoy some quiet alone time. Today I have chosen quiet alone time! So hmm whats new...

Well David and I have decided to do Christmas cards this year which I am super excited about. A family friend who is an amazing photographer has said he will help us out which is really nice! We are trying to save money for our future so we have been trying to get creative with our Christmas gift ideas! I'm not going to say what we have planned incase someone reading this happens to be on our list! So all I can say is I seriously have my work cut out for me. However I will definitely post pictures after Christmas. I am so beyond excited for Christmas because not only is it our first Christmas as a family but its also another first for Christian.


(So close to growing out his swing)


This week we had a doctors appointment and got to see how much he's grown. This is always a little scary because you never want the doctor to say your baby is not growing enough, or gaining enough weight. I wasn't to concerned this visit because judging by my aching muscles from carrying him everywhere, he's growing just fine. The doctor said he is in the top 3% for his height and now weighs 18.9 pounds! This seriously doesn't surprise me because everyone in my family is pretty tall and Davids family is a little above average. When Christian was first born the nurses told us that one day he will be towering over us and now I'm really starting to believe it! It's so crazy how fast he is growing!




Before I was pregnant I had a lot of food allergies. When I say a lot I mean A LOT. They weren't serious food allergies but I would get really sick to my stomach and the doctors told me that in the future I would have problems with my intestines and stomach. The foods that I'm allergic to are: dairy, casein, wheat flour, yeast, corn, kola nut, anchovies, red kidney bean and a few others.. For those of you who aren't familiar with casein, it is a protein in milk products, all processed foods and most sauces. Kola nut is found in soft drinks such as Coke Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pep, ect.


The reason I'm sharing this is because by a miracle the only thing that bothers me now is dairy! Yep thats right, I can eat pretty much anything and feel fine. Im pretty excited about this, especially with Christmas right around the corner. When I was pregnant I would eat more-less what I wanted because I wanted Christian to be healthy and grow. I started to notice that I wasn't getting sick! I talked to my doctor and she said its not uncommon for people with food allergies to feel fine while they're pregnant. She told me that it may not last so enjoy it while I can (this is probably why Chrisitan was such a big baby­čś│.. 9 pounds 11 ounces) Luckily my body was able to bounce back pretty quick. When he was first born all the nurses looked at me and then him and were so confused, they always asked me what I was eating. I probably went through the same story about 5 times . David always laughs at me because I always repeat my stories , word for word.



"Its the most wonderful time of the year!"

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

To Each Their Own

Earlier this evening as I was sitting in my bath I began to think about how my life has changed since I've become a mom. Not too long ago I was hanging out with my friends, going to bed early, and getting my nails done. Well now I'm lucky if I get a straight 3 hours of sleep and the closest I get to having a French manicure is getting Destin stuck under my fingernails (for those of you who aren't familiar with Destin, google it). Now don't get me wrong, these are not complaints.

My blog is most certainly going to be all about my family because that's my life. Every blog will probably consist of what Christians doing next and how many hours of sleep I'm getting. So where do I begin!? Well for starters Christians almost 6 months old now and is doing everything from rolling over to sitting up on his own (still working on that one). It is so crazy how the time has flown by. I read this quote recently and it said "The days are long but the years are short." It hasn't been a full year yet however I can totally relate to that quote. For the past few months I haven't been getting the most sleep. My little guy has been getting teeth and growing like crazy. At first this was so exhausting but now in a weird way I like it! Its nice having someone wake up and want nothing and no one but you.

People always told me that everyone would have an opinion on the best way to mother a child.. Ya, well they weren't kidding. Everyones favourite question seems to be "is he sleeping through the night?". Truthfully he wakes up every 1-3 hours at night but not for long periods of time. I have had someone tell me not to feed him at night because he's getting to attached. I honestly like this person and have a lot of respect for them but I was still a little shocked to hear that one. Well to each their own! I can't really find it in me to make him "self sooth". In one of my classes from last year there was a group discussion on self soothing. Personally I never really believed in it but I would never judge someone for doing it either. If theres one thing all moms can agree on its that all babies are so different! My teacher asked us to raise our hands if we had a significant other. I raised my hand and she went on to ask us if we would rather be cuddled by that person or ignored if we were scared, sad, or in pain. That was definitely the moment I decided not to let my future children self sooth.



"We never know the love of a parent until we become parents ourselves." -Henry Ward Beecher

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Here Goes Nothing

I've always thought about writing a blog but convinced myself that my life wasn’t interesting enough or I simply just didn't have the time. The past year has taught me so much about not only about myself, but about the importance of family. So I've decided to share a few chapters of my life with whoever decides to read this. Here goes nothing!

                              

In mid September of 2014 my fianc├ę David and I found out I was pregnant. I always wanted to be a mother but I wasn’t expecting it to all happen so quick. I had just started my first year of post secondary to become a CYW, and moved away from home. I was excited to hear that I was going to be a mom but I knew it wouldn't be easy. I knew that once word got out to old peers and my church family that the rumours would spread quickly and so would the judging. I decided to clean up my instagram account and remove people I thought would not understand or support us. I posted a picture announcing to my friends that we were expecting a baby boy. To my surprise the photo was leaked from my blocked account. Im not sure why this was such a surprise to me, I guess you really cant trust people.. People began to try and follow me to see what was going on inside my account. It started to get under my skin so I thought I better figure out why it was bothering me so much. I've seen the way people speak about women who become mothers at a young age. I knew I would get looks and people would say things behind my back. I struggled with this for a while because I didn't want people to think I would be a bad mom based off of my age. I decided it wasn't worth my time. I knew I was going to be a good mom and give my son my absolute best.

In the beginning of May 2015 our lives had changed forever. Our beautiful, strong, and sweet boy was born. I’ll never forget the first day with our baby and how unbelievably emotional it was. My heart had never felt so much love before. That night our nurse told us that Christian had an infection in his lungs and had to be moved to the NICU. I will never forget how helpless and heartbroken I felt in that moment. All I wanted was for him to be in my arms and healthy. I remember sitting in the NICU sobbing for hours before being sent back to my room. I’ll never forget how I felt walking back to my room at 4am without my baby. David and I spent days in the hospital being tossed from room to room while Christian was on an antibiotic. Several days later the nurses said we were aloud to go home while they watched Christian, but there was no way we were leaving him behind. Ill never forget the day they sent us home.. Mothers Day! That was the best first Mothers Day present I could have asked for.

I can truly say I am beyond blessed to have David in my life. He has given me the best gifts of all: family and true love. I can't think of any other guy our age who would be willing to drop everything and start a family. Every waking second he has been there to support Christian and I in all ways imaginable. I always knew I loved him so much but I learned to love him in more ways when I saw him with our son. He is such an amazing dad! I love watching him talk to Christian in goofy voices and watching them both laugh.


"Family: where life begins and love never ends." -Unknown