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whats goin’ on?! let’s catch up.

ahh been so long, i really miss writing out my thoughts. i go back on all my older posts and love reading what oak did at that time in his little life. so sweet. ANYWAYS! been crazy, obviously. but no excuses here.

We went to mexico! did i tell yall? it was amazeballs heavenly beautiful. Tyler and I got married four years ago at the Barcelo in the Mayan Riviera and loved it so much we went back and took Oakley for a little vaca/xmas gift/anniversary gift for one another. we had seriously, SO.MUCH.FUN. Although vacationing with a 2 year old was trying at times, we just had the best of time. Oakley was obsessed with the kids club, chocolate milk shakes, and late night dips in the pool. I was super worried he was going to get TMI Travellers …(poops)…. but he didn’t. so all was well and i’m super looking farward to our next vacation.

In other news, Christmas was awesome. Oak got spoiled, rotten. a ton of typical boys stuff. cars, trains, more cars, books, and more cars, haha you guessed it!!

Tyler and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary on Jan 11. i cannot believe its been four years!! its flown by, seriously. FLOWN! obviously when you have kids it does fly by.. but its just feels like the blink of an eye. i’m sure 10 years married will feel like 6 months passing.

Not sure if i’ve ever mentioned anything about it? Oakley has had a speech delay for basically as long as i can remember. He never really started even making sounds other than mama and dada till 18 months. Currently he is behind about 10 months, and for the last year we have been working with a speech pathologist, doing one on one’s, group play-and-say’s etc, and this month we have his assessment to see where he’s at, at if he will get government funding for school that has a SLP  and OT in his classroom, regardless i registered him in pre-k, tuesday-friday 845-1145, which is alot but for his speech it will be great!!! & let me tell you… when i registered him for classes, i went to the school, and cried. and when i say cried i mean UGLY CRIED. One of the teachers pulled me in her office and gave me a box of Kleenex. It was epic. and yes i’m THAT MOM. i’m so excited for him to go to school, make friends, have fun, expand his speech and learn a TON… but i’m seriously going to miss our all day everyday mommy and oak days. wahh. The school is awesome, they have field trips all over to ex. the science center, swimming lessons, music shows, etc, eek hes going to have SO MUCH FUN!!

As for ME?!@!!!@#$(!@&*# WELL. i’m pretty stinkin good. I cant complain. Im feeling good.. currently i’m on a cleanse, which ill tell more later, making a commitment for gym time 3 days a week. doing some serious clean eating. and i’ve finally realized i cant eat like a 15 yo anymore!!! it does straight to my ass, and belly!! bahaha. i’ll be posting my fitness journey soon.

OH AND ONE MORE THING.

i know your all still wondering, and NOPE i’m not pregnant now, and still no plans to anytime soon, if ever.

So thats if for now i think? im sure theres more i forgot to say…. ill be doing an in depth update of oak soon. if you arnt already make sure you follow my instagram i update pretty well daily there.

xox

Nicole

Oakley is TWO & perfectly perfect

How Old: TWO years old on July 2 {pure insanity}

Height & Weight: 37 1/2 (95%) & 27.5 lbs (40%)

Teeth: he now has all his baby teeth, except his two year molars

Sleeping: great! 1-330 nap and 8pm-8am, hasnt awoke an night in months! WHOOP

Drinking: 2 % – he was on whole milk however he was SO constipated, even after introducing a high fibre diet and restoralax (sp?) that after a couple months we switched to 2% and he hasn’t had not one hard poop since then

Eating: everything, he has days he doesn’t love food and other days he eats as much as me.. he does eat white meats but doesn’t really like red meats!

Diaper Size: happy to announce hes not in diapers!! FULLY POTTY TRAINED BABY. has been for about 3 weeks now, started around his 2nd birthday and he took it like a champ. very minimal accidents like 3 the first day and 1 since then, i’m so proud of him.

Clothing Size: 2T in basically everything, theres a couple pairs of shorts with adjustable waist pants i had to pull out in 24 months cause since we lost the diaper and his booty is so skinny he needs the smaller waist again lol.

Love’s: still his big cousins, and really loves outside, everyday he wakes up and says out mama knees (please) its supa cute.

Loathe’s: well he used to love bath time but its hit and miss lately.. he still takes one every night as part of our routine, however sometimes he just plays in it for 30 minutes other times 30 seconds after he has been washed body hair and teeth.

Words: although he does talk alot more then my last update, it’s not enough 🙁 recommended amount is about 50 words at his age and although i’ve never sat down and counted i dont think hes really there yet, he has been working with a speech pathologist/therapist/ and will be starting play and say group classes with other kids his age that are behind in speech. he will also be getting tested in march( or earlier ) to see if he qualifies to go to a funded speech pre-pre k. some words he does say are things like mama out, again, more, please (knees), hi, bye, up, down, oh no ( i’m sure atleast 20 more) and says some spanish words weve been working on like besos (kisses), hola (hi), rojo (red), adios  (bye) and more…

Personality: Oakley is so loving, caring, sweet, and fun! he loves to have a good time and make others laugh by laughing at himself

Milestones: besides potty training, he knows all of his body parts even harder ones like armpit and nostrils, which is cute i say where’s your nostrils oak, and he puts both fingers in his nose holes. he’s a gem

incase you missed my last post here’s a couple updated pics of oak from our family shoot june 22. 2014 just two weeks before he turned two.

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Oakley’s 1 YEAR old!

SO crazy talk right there! number one i’m late on this post because my laptop battery AND power supply crapped out, what the?! so i finally got my replacments in the mail, so happy! anways — i’m going to get right into Oakley bears update!

How Old: ONE YEAR on July 2 {pure insanity}

Height & Weight: 33 1/2 inches (95%) & 21.5 lbs (45%)

Teeth: 3 bottom, 4 tops, 1 more bottom coming in on the bottom, and 2 more tops coming in on the top, so 7 now, soon to be 10!

Sleeping: pretty well the same as the last update…TYPICALLY you sleep through the night. Except when teeth or belly aches wake you.

Drinking: completely weaned from breastfeeding to whole milk

Eating: still everything! loves all food, ive come to learn though it has to be fresh ie. fresh fruit or fresh cooked, he refuses to eat left overs.. what the?

Diaper Size: still cloth diapering in a size 1 applecheeks, when hes being babysat hes in size 3 swaddlers

Clothing Size: i need to do some serious shopping, he’s in all 12 month clothes only i dont have very many so some stuff hes in 9 and it doesnt fit. {shamefull i know!!} still in 18 month sleepers although those are now getting tight and soon hell be in 2T sleepers… and i did actually buy him some big boy jammies in a 2T and they fit great, and he looks SO cute in them!

Love’s: loves his big cousins! when my SIL watches him my neices and him have a blast, he loves to play with them, just the other day i went into the room where he was playing and he was kissing one of the girls’ doll’s. Jezz better be kissing only boy!

Loathe’s: i cant say he really hates to do anything, however lately he has shown signs of little tantrums in we tell him no, which i thought never came till like 18+ months buttt apparently not!

Words: mama, dada,  hi & no,

Personality: hes just the sweetest little toddler ever, he is so go at loving and showing it by kisses and hugs, and is really getting to be a smart little cookie!

Milestones: hes a walkin’ machine! loves to walk walk walk! and hes so cute when he does it! Also, he knows how when i sign to him for eat, milk, more, all done, thankyou, and please, and he can sign back to me milk, more, and eat. ALSO were working on matching words to pictures, so in his books he knows where the puppy is when i say wheres the puppy? he also knows kitty, fish and bird!

We didn’t do much for his birthday, we just went to my inlaws and had a little sunday BBQ for him, he was just getting over his FIRST real sickness {which was NOT pretty & involved a trip to the stollery childres hospital, many doctor appts and alot of vomit} so just BBQ and a little cake! which ill post photos of soon…more to come soon, like i said i’m so happy to have a new charger and battery for my laptop so expect more posts and pictures!

HAPPY Mothers Day!

HAYYYYYY! So although I’m still posting from my phone 🙁 I wanted to show you all these amazing little photos of my lil man and my sweet nieces. My sister in law & i got this done for mothers day, and think they turned out fabulously. It’s easy when the kids are so darn cute to photograph. Here’s just a few of our favorites. They were taken at a local park just 10 minutes from my house! And although it was cold the kids did great! Photos were taken by Tricia Moskal Photograhy & we couldnt be any happier! I Hope everyone had a magical mothers day and hope you all got spoiled rotten. xox

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my laptop is dead!

where does the time go? Just as I was going to get back into being a crazy blogger we went on vacation for 3 weeks to Florida to see my family and take Oakley to Disney! And then when I returned – my laptop was dead, dead! 🙁 I’m so sad because it has all my pictures, blog stuff, my photo editing programs etc. so this post is being done from my crappy little phone….so it’s off to get fixed and then I can’t wait to share with everyone all the exciting things going on in our lives. I’ll leave you with Oakley is crazy! And I can’t keep up with him! ……..IPROMISEEEEE as soon as my laptop is back ill be blogging cause I miss y’all! xox PS. Make sure you are following me on instagram because I upload pictures of Obaby, daily 🙂 my username is nrothe, or you can click the link at the top right of this page!

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October Favorites!

ahhh! i feel like I’ve been seriously slackin’ in the posting department & I’m so so so so sorry but the plague hit my house and we’ve all been sick with the stomach flu! started monday and im finally starting to feel better! Any who i just wanted to give everyone my October Favorites as well as leave a pic of my cute lil bambino on Halloween! WHICH BY THE WAY I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A FANTASTIC DAY! Like always leave a comment below and let me know some of your favorite October items!

  1. UGG Classic Cardy Boots (approx 200$): forreals INLOVE with my uggs. I have been since the first time I seen them in 2006. I have I think 5 pairs that i rotate in and out of, they are perfect and keep my toes toasty warm with the cold winter weather that we’ve been having here. and the 10cm of snow we just got today… gah =(
  2. Rimmel’s Stay Matte Translucent Powder (approx 5$): I think this is the PERFECT setting powder. it keeps my face from being shiny! I’ve been using this powder for about 3  months now and it’s just overall my fav of any I’ve ever used.
  3. ERGO Baby Carrier (approx 120$): I’m in love with baby wearing, I put Oakley in it and he instantly falls asleep, I just got this about 2 months ago and use it ALL THE TIME. to walk to the corner store, to get groceries, for a walk around the lake, anything! I love that the material is thick, so its keeps baby warm against the cooler elements!
  4. MAC’s Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish (approx 30$): I love how this gives your skin a perfect little glow and shimmer. I’ve been using this in place of my blush and I think it gives you a beautiful luminous bronzed shimmer look!
  5. Aden + Anais Sleep Sack (approx 40$): Now that it’s so cold here as an extra layer for Oakley at night, these sleep sacks come in super handy, since blankets are a nono these are perfect to keep him warm at night! I’m a a+a lover, there’s no denying that! bwaha I have I think almost one of every one of their products! I love the muslin cotton!
  6. Prince Lionheart Wipe Warmer (approx. 40$): Again because its cold a perfect little warm me up for his little bum is this wipe warmer, I love it and I know Oakley does too!

annnnnd for my baby love!
thought it was perfect as he was born ‘year of the dragon’ : )

*This is my opinion of these items which I’ve purchased myself from one of their retailers. I am not affiliated nor have I been paid for this

Halloween Favorites!

Well this is a special post as i usually only do favorites monthly but I thought it would be fun to do ‘favorites’ for holidays! So like usual I’ve compiled a few of my fav fav Halloween items that I just can’t go without when Halloween is around! I hope you all enjoy. and of course, like always, leave me a comment below and let me know what some of YOUR favorite items are for Halloween!

1. S’bux Pumpkin Spice Latte (approx. 4$): I think this is a given! it’s the perfect drink for Halloween time with the pumpkin and the succulent whipped cream, and its nice and hot for my cold Canada weather! melts my heart every time I drink it. mmm
2. Halloween Inspired Babylegs (approx. 13$): Now that Oakley is here, holidays are super fun, and well I don’t think babylegs are just for girls! get a cute boy-ish or unisex pair like this one and pair it with a onesie, SUPERCUTE!
3. My First Halloween Onesie by Carters (approx 8$): Common! Its his FIRST Halloween, I have to be THAT mom and dress Oakley up for a picture to remember this for ever! So super cute, affordable onesie to showcase the big day! I actually purchased this to also go under his Halloween costume as another layer!
4. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle Bath & Body Works (approx 20$): I think any pumpkin spice or pumpkin candle would do the trick I just love walking around the house smelling pumpkin, since we only get this one time a year, I savor every smell of  it I can get!
5. Hocus Pocus (approx. PRICELESS): This is legit hands down my favorite movie! Like when I was growing up every Halloween my baba and papa would take my sister and I to get this movie from the rental store and I just can’t ever get enough of it, like it’s a classic for sure, and I will defiantly be sharing this oldie but goodie with Oakley when he is old enough!
6. Candy Corn (approx 3$ a bag): love candy corn! It’s just a classic Halloween candy AND it’s so colourful AND you can do so many great little DIYs with it! love. love.

*This is my opinion of these items which i’ve purchased myself from one of their retailers. I am not affiliated nor have I been paid for this

DIY Chic Halloween Wreath!

So since halloween is around the corner, and with a 3 1/2 month old baby its hard to find the time to do crafts right now, however I have one here for you that is SO SUPER EASY! and it’s SO chic. The nice thing about this DIY Wreath is is very inexpensive and its very customizable to what you want for ex. if you have a certain theme or colours etc. This could also be a wreath you can make for any holiday just by changing up the colours! so if you like this wreath keep reading on how to create this wreath at home yourself for under 25$. ENJOY :)… let me know in the comments below if you want more DIYs projects & what type you want to see!

Finished Wreath

What You’ll Need

1 Syrofoam Wreath – I purchased this from Michaels – the largest one they had (13$) – I had a coupon for 40% off any one item so this was the item I used it on. so it costed me 7.80+tax
5 yards of tulle – I purchased this from fabric land but you can also purchase it at Michaels – this was 2.30$ a yard so 11.50$+tax
1 glue gun – i’m sure every DIYer has this. but if you dont you can also purchase this from Michaels, so this didn’t cost me anything but when i bought it, it costed about 5$? really cheap!
2 stems of flowers – I purchased this at Michaels as well. Mine had 3 flowers on each so 6 flowers total, 0.99$ each, so it was 2$+tax. However if you really want to halloween it up instead of flowers you can buy like spiders and cob web or anything really!
*optional is a door hanger to hang it, OR if you already have a nail in your door like me, then use this : ) & combine it with another piece of coloured tulle as a “hanger”

What You Need
How To

1: Cut the tulle to any lenght you like, if you like a fuller puffy look go longer, if not and you like it shorter go shorter! mine are cut to approximatly 7inches x 10inches. this is the most time consuming part, it took me about 1 hr to cut all of my tulle.
2: Once all the tulle is cut one by one tie each piece  into a [tight] double knot around the wreath.
3: As you tie each one, push them tight together.
4: Once the wreath is full, fluff up your tulle as desired. i liked mine all facing up and forward [none to the back as that will be against the door and no one will see]
5: Pull off your flowers from the stem and start putting the flowers or decorations on the wreath in a position you like. [i wanted my wreath quite simply however you can glam it up with tons of flowers different colours tyles textures etc]
6: Once you found a place for all your decor, heat up your glue gun and one by one glue them to the tulle on the wreath
7: Voilà! all finished! hang in your house, on your front door, over the fireplace anywhere!..

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happy [canadian] thanksgiving

While this year im thankful for all my family and friends, as well as my health and happiness. I’m especially thankful for my husband and son. Today Oakley wanted to give me ‘thanks’ by ‘giving’ me a gift I don’t ever want to receive again. While I was giving him snuggles and kisses, he spit up IN my mouth. I choked. & swallowed my regurgitated breastmilk…….HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? I don’t really know… but i looked down at him and he’s laughing like ‘what mama i just wanted to share, you don’t like?’

I was lucky enough to have TWO turkey dinners this year spending quality time with my husband’s family! besides my favorite breaded turkey breast the best part is truly coming together and making memories. My husband’s cousin also had a baby 2 months after Oakley was born and the babies just seemed to lighten everyone’s spirits [even though Oakley cried most of the night.. he’s one shy boy!] leave me a comment below and let me know what you are thankful for & your favorite dish at dinner!

happy thanksgiving all!