Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Wow, this week has been long and trying, if I'm being honest, but I find the week after a holiday to be that way most of the time.   
 Em has been stuck between taking a morning nap and not taking one. If she doesn't then she gets super fussy by 11:30 and if she does than she is hard to put down for the afternoon nap! I will say today she is on a roll with no nap, but it's also not 11:30 yet haha.  
 She is almost done her antibiotics and I made an appointment to follow up on her ears to insure the infection is gone. Can we just all be healthy already???

 Also on the topics of Em, she has taken her first steps!! One of my favorite milestones to witness. She will just do little stints, as she is not confident of the new found skill yet!!      

 We also got Noah's ultrasound results back and it is a lymph node, it looks fine, she isn't overly concerned and we will just watch it!!

     He's been having the rough week!! Three is hard!! With all this time outside lately, he hasn't not been coming in great and only wants to be outside. He is also taking FOREVER to eat meals lately, especially supper. It's painful. His new line on repeat lately is "but mom, I want to listen" or "I want to be a good boy". I'm sure you can imagine the response going through my head... at least he means well right??   
 We have made great strides in the potty training. He had a major regression with preschool, because he doesn't feel comfortable telling the teacher and then since he was getting away with it there, he thought he could pull it at home, well one big threat of going back to diapers did it and we have pretty much ditched pull ups all together. He did almost a week without issue, but yesterday wasn't a great day. So we have a sticker reward system in place and big prize after 2 weeks accident free with nap and bedtime exceptions. 

 Maggie's training has beeen going much smoother. She is getting better with not jumping up on people, and walking is going much smoother. We tried a family walk and she isn't quite ready for that yet, too distracting. It's a good thing Gracie isn't too upset about missing walks. She hasn't enjoyed walks since we lost Lily. Maggie's nose was a little out of joint when my Dad's dog spent the night, so we have had some behaviour issues with that, but I think we fixed that last night with a LONG training walk. I booked her spay for next month.

 What else has been going on? Oh this weekend we are going to see Peppa Pig Live!! Noah doesn't know yet, so we are looking forward to surprising him!!  
 I need to get Em's room done, it's driving me crazy and it's just all piling up in there! So hopefully I will find time for that this weekend! 

And it is officially 12 PM and Em is still surviving without melt down!!! Yay!!  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Last Weekend Rewind

I know... this recap is from LAST weekend, I will get caught up one day??!!    
Friday I nursed Em for the last time. It was bittersweet. I loved that time with her, but with her being one, I just knew I was ready to be done. If she had her way, we would have kept going I'm sure, but she was down to nursing once a day. She is super snugly and demands that one on one time snuggling still, so I'm happy we can still snuggle and cuddle a lot!!          
 I went out with my girlfriend shopping for the evening and that was about it. I can't even say that I bought anything too exciting, aside from a decorative box for Em's hearing aid and some make up organization sorters.         
 Saturday morning was gymnastics, Noah did pretty good with the separation anxiety, but not so great with the listening. I don't know  how the coach does it. One coach with 7/8 kids is crazy. It's like herding wild cats really. It seems as though just most of the, didn't feel like listening and well she didn't really have control over the class, so while it was sang entirely Noah's fault, we did have a talk after and he didn't get a special treat after that class.          

 After nap, we spent the rest of the afternoon outside. I power washed the deck, while M and Noah did some yard work. 

Oh and my 3 year old taught me how to drive the backhoe. Crazy the things this kid knows. I'm really not joking either. His instructions also included "be careful Mom, you can't hit anything" and when we approached the stop sign "you need to stop here and look both ways." When we got home, he gave me a big hug and told me I did a great job!! I love that kid... 

Miss Em enjoyed her first bubble bath!! 

Sunday morning we had our first swimming class!! Noah did pretty good, he cried a bit, but worked it out and had fun. It was his fist class without us in the class with him!!  Em also had her first class and she LOVED it!! She pretty much smiled the whole class!! 


After nap, we had some friends come over dinner and they helped take down our fence on our driveway side. We haven't heard anything regarding our fence in the backyard- as you can see we are still sporting the snow fencing. I think I will miss the brightness.

We smoked ribs for supper, and the kids sure did have fun playing and they all played soo well!!  

 And since the deck was cleaned, that meant this little Miss could crawl around on it without getting too dirty!! She loved the new freedom!! 

Sunday night I started the dreaded leash training with Maggie. Holy heck it requires a lot of patience and stopping and correcting. I ended up figuring out a method for her and it got better as we went on. 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Things

Sorry these weeks have been busy and we are all still down with this bad cold, add in nice weather means I am not finding time them sit and write. I have lots of posts started, but not yet finished!    I've been staying up too late for this body of mine and I am thinking after Easter I might just relax and slow down, well as slow as starting up the 21 day fix will permit that is! Yes, I am finally ready to make a change and get back on track! This mama wants her body back and we have officially stopped breastfeeding, so I have no excuses!! I am actually looking forward to it!!    So what have we been doing?    We took a fence down, we are training Maggie, Em got her hearing aid, lots of family walks, tonight I am hosting a dōTERRA make and take class, we are hosting Easter this weekend with my family - which I am looking forward to!! All my favourite people together celebrating at my house!! It's going to be fun!!   So what I will say is that I am trying to get back to this space of mine!!     

Friday, April 7, 2017

Emilya's Birthday Weekend

Wow, what a whirlwind weekend!! 

Friday night was spent working on Em's slideshow, we didn't really do anything exciting, yet somehow I stayed up past 11:00... only to wake up super early on Saturday morning.

  I was all about getting out of the house before 7:30, that way I could get to market early to get buns for the party. Well it was going good, I was gone by 7:30, got all the way into town, just about to go in the market and realized I didn't have my wallet. Happy April Fools to myself... ugh!!! If only there was someone to jump out and say just kidding... So I went in, ordered the buns, the lady was willing to hold them for me while I went back home to get my wallet. So it was after 8 before I got back to market, where I bought some lunch meat, the buns and flowers. Then it was off to run the rest of my errands. I finished right at 9:50 and of course Noah had gymnastics at 10:30 in town, so I ended up meeting them there.  

Gymnastics went much better today. He was welling up, but he pulled it together, I may have bribed him with a treat if he didn't cry, but it worked. He enjoyed his class, was able to understand was was expected of him and he did great! We were soo proud of him!!! 

I brought Em right home afterwards while the boys grabbed lunch. I unloaded the car, just in time for the boys to get home. We had lunch and then next thing we knew it was naptime!! Which meant more party prep time. I worked on the slide show of Em's first year. The rest of the day was pretty much spent tidying up the toys in the basement, playing, supper and then bedtime. Once we got the kids down, we decided to change the great room around and well, it was a big fail. We didn't like it at all!! I guess now we know? But a big waste of time. 

We also bathed Maggie before the kids went to bed- needless to say we had lots of help!!

I stayed up way to late again, and woke up super early again. But Sunday was party day!! Unfortunately Em wasn't feeling her best, her cold was back with a vengeance. We made her party a morning party, since that is when she does best, but either way it didn't matter, as she wasn't at her best. Add in 30 people and she was just not feeling it. She was pretty much just there, no smiles, just overwhelmed and happy to be held. Poor girl!! 

  I of course failed at taking before pictures, just as I did with Noah's, but it was cute!! Our theme was pink and gold unicorns. I'll let the pictures do the talking:  

We had all the kids make a handprint unicorn to take home:

I soo regret that birthday cake banner!!

All the cousins kiddos together:

The party décor - picture I took after!!

Her smash cake:


We were soo pleased to have soo many family and friends come over, heck my cousins from Saskatchewan made a special trip down. I was soo surprised and soo happy to see them and catch up!! It also gave Noah some time to play with Briar!! 

My cousins stuck around for a bit, giving the kids some one on one playtime and letting us catch up! Em was much happier with the smaller crowd and seemed to be back to her happy self! I think she was just overwhelmed with the large crowd, on top of not feeling the greatest!

After everyone left, we got both kiddos down for a nap. We tidied up and enjoyed some downtime ourselves before waking the kiddos to head to the park for some family fun, letting us take in the gorgeous weather.

We had a low key evening, just what we all needed after a busy day/weekend!

Monday was also a quiet day. These two had fun entertaining each other!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Emilya - 11 Months

Eating: Baby girl loves to eat!! Her favorite snack is puffs or grapes. She loves her oatmeal and apple sauce in the morning and overall isn't all that picky anymore. She will throw food on the floor if she doesn't like it! She is eating pretty much everything we are now.

Emilya is nursing 3 times a day, before naps and before bed. We are slowly weaning her, which I am not at all used to because with Noah, he did it himself, so it was easy. If she doesn't nurse before her morning nap, then she wants to after.

Sleeping: We started sleep training Emilya, and by sleep training, I mean we started to just put her down in her crib at bedtime without rocking or bouncing her for hours. The first night it took her 40 minutes to work it out, second night was 20 minutes and the third night it was 2 minutes. She won't do it naptime yet, but we will work on that part. I remember with Noah it took longer for naps too. She is still napping twice a day, but with the time change, it has kind of screwed us up a little. Em will goto bed around 7 and wake up around 7 or 7:30.

Clothing: Emilya is wearing 12 month everything, with the exception of 12-18 months shirts. Em has a long and lean figure, which makes shirts fit kind of funny. She is in 12 month sleepers and size 3 diapers. 

Features: Emilya has blue eyes and her hair is definitely blonde!! Her hair is growing a bit more again. Em still has 8 teeth!!! 

Weight: 10 Months: 19 lbs 10 oz.  30 inches 
              11 Months:  20 lbs 13 oz  

What The Doctor Had To Say: We didn't see the doctor this month. We did see her ENT. Her hearing is still about the same, however she had a cold, so fluid was present in her ears. Turns out the last time she saw Emilya, Em was also sick with fluid in her ears, so the ENT recommended tubes. However, we will not be getting tubes at this time, because when she sees her audiologist it is also tested and fluid only seems to be in her ears when she is sick, which is normal. So we are going to watch her closely and only go that route if needed!

Nicknames: Emma, Em, Ems, Emmy Bear, Emmy Bunny, Emma Hope, Little Miss, Littlest Squish, Baby girl, Baby Bunny, Emilya Hope, Sis

Big Brother Update: Noah is such a good big brother. I just love watching them together. Emilya really looks up to him and he is pretty good with her for the most part. They definitely have their little spats like siblings do, but for the most part they get along great and enjoy each others company.

Likes: Swimming! She's a water rat!!! Little people, the dogs, her baby, her bunnies in bed, blankets, her brother, bath time, books, eating, Patty-Cake, dancing, playing with the play kitchen and play food. She is also super snuggly lately, which I love!

Dislikes: her face being washed, and her brother taking toys from her 

Personality: She is for the most part, a happy little girl. You will often find her smiling about something, and she has a good sense of humor. She is getting better at communicating when she doesn't like something or if she wants something, and she will tell Noah off if needed, but she is pretty laid back. Emilya is getting stronger and stronger with walking with her walker and along stuff and will stand on her own as long as she doesn't know she is!



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