On my 31st birthday on the 31st of December I am reflecting on how the last year has flown by yet been full of more change than I could have imagined possible in 365 days.
Most notably on this day in 2012 I had no premonition that Ben and I would be having a third baby. Quite the opposite. We were exhausted with Jethro who was not sleeping through the night and when he wasn’t nursing would shriek like a banshee for hours on end due to excruciating teething pain. As far as I was concerned we were done conceiving or at least we would wait a good couple years before breaching the topic of a third child. Look at me now. I have a four week old, fuzzy headed infant at my breast. A little Ezra. A lot can happen in a year, never mind nine months.
Merry Christmas and may you avoid the Boxing Day madness at all costs!
Yesterday we had a delightful morning spent at home with our boys, experiencing their pure delight as they unwrapped gifts. Their gift to us was a decent night’s sleep. Thank God! In the late afternoon we headed out to the Valley for Christmas dinner with Ben’s extended family
Yesterday Vancouver experienced its first winter wonderland of the year. Granted it lasted only through the morning but like all good Vancouverites we enjoyed it while it lay pristine and powdered, blinding white on the ground. Unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of that. Instead we went out for another jaunt in the afternoon when the snow had turned to muddy slush on the roads and side walks.
Let’s talk hair and outerwear.
Last night I was treated to the ultimate mommy’s night off at Salon Haze in Vancouver. I had a three hour appointment that included a cut and colour, uninterrupted tea drinking and cover-to-cover magazine reading. I might be a couple years late to the trend but I went for a sun kissed ombre look.
On numerous occasions I have said to friends as their babies have gone to the specialists or ER at Children’s Hospital, “Thank God we live near an amazing medical facility.” No matter how big or small the health issue may be, it is always reassuring to know that our children are cared for by the best.
Ezra has come to us in need of the Orthopaedic Clinic at Children’s. I have gone from reassuring others to being reassured that we have a great team around us. Right now we are at the clinic every Friday for eight weeks having Ezra’s foot recast. Our first appointment was not without stress, and I cried.
Ezra Peter finally made an appearance on Thursday, November 28th at 5 PM. I kept telling the little buddy that a day labour would be a nice gift, get ‘er done before dinner time. When labour pains came on in the morning I knew that by the end of the day we’d be meeting Ezra. Our midwife came by the house just before two, and we were at the hospital by three.
Local. Art. Innovative. The combination of these three factors at play in the life of a business or organization always makes me eager to share the story of the creative mind(s) behind the endeavour. When I received an email from Dani of www.danipress.com I kind of fell in love with what she does.
I thought I’d quickly put together a Christmas stocking stuffer guide for the ladies in our lives, as a needed distraction from my over active uterus. Yesterday was my official due date and while I’ll soon be enjoying getting to know the newest member of our family, I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favourite items before things get quiet on Elasticpantcity until after the holidays (I say that now but blogging may become a form of survival, so make sure to check back for new posts occasionally). You can use this guide for gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers or as a hint to your hubby.
Before every baby I’ve created projects to keep my sanity during the last three weeks. With Levi I sewed a million pillow covers, with Jet I washed every last one of those covers and now waiting for Ezra’s arrival I’ve been filling up blank walls in our house with art. Right now I’m on a watercolours binge. The images I create are not straight from my imagination to the canvas but rather I take images that inspire me and try to recreate them as a learning method. Nothing I create is for any monetary gain. I always want to give credit where credit is due so make sure you check out my Pinterest link for the original inspiration!
My cookbook shelf reads hypocrisy or at least indecision. The books run the gamut from raw food vegan to paleo and every thing in between. For the last six years I would have called myself vegetarian but once again, I’ve been reevaluating how I nourish my body. There are two main reasons why:
I’m trying to avoid more gall bladder attacks
I want to lose baby weight in a healthy manner
When I was teenager I deliberately chose the fattiest foods I could shovel into my mouth; ice cream, chips, and cheese.