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Let’s play catch up!

let’s fill you in. Last i left off i was 12 weeks pregnant! HA, feels like a life time ago. We welcomed Haynes Xander to the fam on October 3 2016 on his due date after 24 hours of labour (birth story coming soon) since then we’ve been adjusting to life as a family of 4+a pooch!

Where have you been? having a baby and raising a strong willed almost f i v e year old

Why have you been gone so long? adjusting to life. being a momx2 is no joke, add in exclusively pumping, a baby with allergies, school for the first born, not sleeping at all in the first 6 months of life after baby, yeaaaaa.

Hows the first born? Oaks it great! graduating from prek in 3 weeks and off to kinder he goes. hes becoming such a little man, its so fun to watch him grow.

Hows the 2nd born? so sweet, hes such a happy baby. The first 6 months were a blur. He didn’t sleep, he didn’t want to nurse, he has allergies, he had the worst gas, upset tummy, diaper rash that lasted months, but we’ve finally hit a semi sweet spot ( besides teething because he has almost 6 of those now!)  we’ve got the allergy thing under control and its made a world of difference!

How are YOU feeling post partum? SLUGGISH! i mean, im sure its cause i didn’t sleep, ot even a wink, since he was born. But i dont feel as great about myself pp as i with with oaks, maybe its cause i was younger than, maybe its because its just a 2nd time thing, maybe its a combination of things. I will say i cant wait to wean from the pump, and get ME back. my body, my boobs, my life, ME.

Besides having a baby, whats happened in the last year? Well, not alot has changed. We have renovated our 2nd floor of our house. We got a puppy. Had Haynes, my hubby started a new concrete company! life just been busy, but its been fun!

Plans for the next year? Enjoy life. i want to soak in all the baby snuggles. I want to take a few classes. I want to go on vacation! and i want to see where life takes me!

Furture of the blog? i really hope to start to document more of the kids. i want to be able to look back and remember all of what happened over the years of the kiddos growing up. they truly are the light of my life. i love being able to watch them grow and be able to document it for everyone near and far to see. i hope to post once a week as that is currently an obtainable goal. anything extra and we will be golden!

Oakley & Haynes

photos taken May 31 2017

 

 

 

 

a broken foot & preschool!!!

i. cant. even. three. years. old. in prek. HOW did this happen? how did he get so big? why doesn’t he even miss me when he’s there LOL. On Sept 6th 2015, Oak’s started prek. He was so excited to see his teacher “miss amanda” and play with “all his friends” that he told me he had (although he had never met any of them haha) i kept thinking this is the day weve been working up since summer started and its here. in the blink of an eye. He goes 3 days a week 3 hours a day. its perfect for me to clean house and do laundry and make supper. about a week before school started i decided it was time to take away his naps as he was still sleeping his 130-400 everyday but then he wouldn’t go to bed till 9 at night and then sleep in the next morning till 830… and that wouldn’t work as he had to be at school at 830. so now our day is up at 730, plays for 15, has breakfast, get dressed, and out the door at 820. i come home clean prep dinner, etc. and hop back to get Oak’s at 1130. its the perfect amount of time for me, and the perfect amount of time for him! his teacher, his SLP, and OT, all say he is doing wonderful. he truly is becoming the perfect little man.

prek, pre air cast

prek, pre air cast

In other news if you didn’t see on my Instagram, 2 days before school started, we were at a family BBQ, and oak’s got caught in the cross of a bigger dog, and he got hit, flew, fell, and broke his foot! At first i just thought it was like sprained or something less severe, but after 8 hours with alternating Tylenol and Advil we decided to go to the stollery to get it looked at. We wernt in the waiting room long however once we were put in the room we waited about 2-3 hours before the doctor came in and sent us for some x-rays. When the Dr came around after he was thrilled to tell us Oakley didn’t break his foot but he had to talk to the pediatrician on call and then he would release us. Well, i guess they chatted and looked more closely at the x-ray and it was broken or fractured as he said. it was the metatarsal bone connected to his big toe…The Dr at the time said we didn’t need a cast because of where the break was but he did tell us we needed to follow up with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and off we went. 1 1/2 weeks later we met with this awesome peds’ specialist and she was shocked that he didn’t have a cast and shocked that the Dr. even said he didn’t need one. We tried to put a cast on and well that didn’t go as planned, he was hysterical.  I kept yelling wheres plan b wheres plan b,  as you could have guessed they didn’t have one. about 10 min goes by and she comes in with the tiniest air cast ever. we put it on and Oak’s was thrilled. ” i can walk again ” he screamed! it was so sweet. all the nurses and technicians were giggling at how cute he was. we left rebooking for 3 weeks later.  so on Sept 30th we the went back and they re x-ray’ed the foot. turns out Oak’s broke 4 bones in his foot. They didn’t show up in previous x-rays and they aren’t quite sure why but the Dr. did say its one of the weirdest breaks shes ever seen in her career. She told me like it is – “if this break happened to an adult, they would have been off work for 3 months, no walking, and multiple surgeries” HOLY CRAP! The specialist also said that although Oakley is healing great there are 2 bones with abnormalities on them, which we will keep an eye on. We have since taken his air cast off and he is walking, with a bit of a limp but that’s to be expected. We have another follow up in 6 weeks and then again in 3 months

3 stages of the break!

3 stages of the break!

thrilled to have his air cast on.

thrilled to have his air cast on.

besides school and his broken foot, we are all doing wonderfully, and now that this is my new normal i hope to blog more often, i really love looking back and remembering all these memories and milestones oakley has had.

Nicole

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

HEYYOU!

i have NO excuse! WORST BLOGGER EVERRRRRRR! somehow the holidays get the best of me and I seem to fall out of blogging! Quick update were all great we went to Mexico we had a great Christmas and New Years and 2015 has treated us very well so far. So much to update on and I PROMISE its coming in a couple days! I’ll probly do a post on oakley and then one on me 🙂

xox

Nicole

BABY number TWO

now that Oakley is two i hear it all the time, whens the next one coming? so have you decided on another? are you pregnant yet? are you trying? and to be honest before i had kids i used to ask the same question to other women, not thinking anything of it, but now i find it pretty rude, maybe that’s the a-hole in me ha! i dont think people realize when they say comments like this it could hurt someones feelings or even say these things not thinking just maybe they don’t know the whole story, maybe someones having infertility issues this time around, or maybe miscarriage? or maybe juuuuuuuuuuuust maybe they don’t want to have another baby now or {just yet anyways} and thats where i fall into place. i’m SOOOOOOOO happy with just Oakley right now, he’s at the age where hes just easy. well NOT easy but he gets stuff, when i say eat he does and i don’t need to feed him, he pees/poops on the potty like a big boy, he gets dressed pretty well on his own, and well all around hes just an easy kid. he wakes we play and read and go plavces and eat and then we have lunch and then we do that all over again and then its nap. and again all over again and we eat and yet again you can get play read etc bath bed. we have such a routine and its easy. its just easy. any maybe that’s selfish of me but one works and thats’ that : ) maybe in a couple years we will want another baby because we miss that baby stage but i truly think right now and probably forever one is good for us. i also hear so many things like

‘that’s so mean only having one child’
‘your child will grow up so spoiled’
‘your so selfish’
‘that’s child abuse’
‘only child kids are so sad’
‘if you don’t have another he will be so lonely’

its amazing what people will spew out of their mouths without thinking about it. Just because somthing is right for someone else’s family does not mean its right for mine. We have one kid cause like i said its nice and easy and its our lifestyle too. we like to go places, see things, have things, do things, and i want Oakley to have things, see things, go places and do things, AND i want to be able to give him all that and more {and not the he gets what he wants spoiled little brat stuff but stuff like university tuition}. He deserves it. & if we have more kids we might not be able to do just all that. They cost a pretty penny! Luckily i get so stay home with Oakley and so we basically live on my husbands salary and i’m thankful every single day for this, but again because of this too affording one child later on in life also makes sense for us. Aside from the money and all the other little things, Tyler and I have for the longest time felt one is right for us, we feels so happy and complete and i think that’s the most important part for us, to feel complete. as for peoples comments i just agree to disagree and i don’t give it much thought, people say the darndess  things, and as long as i’m happy with my decisions that’s all that matters to me.

till next time loves.
Nicole

BLOG got a facelift!

& i love it. seriously though. LOVE it. i’m still working out a few kinks, migrating everything all together but so far so good, shes a beauty. i am forever greatful for Kathy at Nudge Media Design she has been my savior. Apparently i was just fooling dreaming when i thought i just had to get a template and pop in in somewhere, oh no, not so simple, but she has done all this hardword for me installing stuff and doing everything step by step to help me with what i could help her with. shes super awesome super fast at responding and has been so kind and patient with me, i thought i was techie, yea no. if your looking for templates for YOUR blog check her out, shes bomb. Kathy it has been a pleasure to work with you and i am pretty stinkin’ positive i will return if the blog needs a facelife again.

till next time.

Nicole

LONG TIME NO TALK! & family photos!

wow, i’m so lame! i cant believe its been a year or so since i last posted. i feel like i have no excuse other than life just takes you by! Oakley is now TWO YEARS OLD, say WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHTTT?! not possible. i just was pregnant like yesterday.. well that’s what it feels like anyways. i will do a separate update for him since hes changed so much in the last year. hes just such a little man, seriously i’m so blessed.

Anyways, i wanted to update you all with some adorbs family photos. i asked the photographer that did my boudoir photos (for my hubby for a wedding gift) and she did our engagement photos to recommend a family photographer in my area as Jennifer moved to Vancouver, and well, she recommended a lady Carla, who seriously is UNREAL. she spend like 2 hours with us and just captured Oakley so well, all his little looks and gestures. hes such a ham. Carla was like 33 or so weeks pregnant when she shot the shoot end of june and she rocked it. i’m so happy i listened to jennifer and chose carla for photos. i got 88 photos back from her and i cant choose cause i seriously am obsessed with every single one of that, that’s not an a joke either!!! here’s a couple in the mean while till i do Oakley TWO year update.

 Oakley + mama oakley 09 oakley 13oakley 12 oakley 09oakley 47oakley 49oakley 52oakley 56oakley 59

HOW CUTE IS MY BOO BABY?

seriously though i want to give another shout out to Carla, she is amazingly talented and i just couldn’t have asked for better pictures capturing my little family. i feel so blessed to have these memories i can look at forever. chat soon!

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!

My Eleven Month Postpartum Update

well i usually don’t talk about me. or the way i look. ESPECIALLY since i had a baby. but here it goes.

Pre/Post Preg Weight: 124lbs pre, 11months out 114lbs

Pre/Post Pre Cup Size: 34C pre, 34C/D post

Postpartum Period: i got this at 6 months PP. & i still get it, however it’s not normal.. i have sometimes 26 day cycles and other months 34 day cycles.

Contraceptive: at my 6week PP checkup my OBGYN prescribed me the pill & the IUD. i went on the ‘mini’ pill (safe for breastfeeding) for 3 whole days, and it made me SICKER then a dog, i was so dizzy, nauseous, headache etc.. needless to say i stopped taking it. We are definitely practicing SAFE sex haha ( i’m 23 and practicing safe sex, i know COOL LIKE THAT )

Clothes Size: shirts small, sometimes medium, Pants depending on the brand a 2-4 is typical

Feel: i FEEL pretty good, i have good and bad days. Some days i feel like i look pretty good after having a baby, other days i still hate my postpartum body. You may or may not know i got a few hundred stretch marks which are silver and they don’t bother me, but what bothers me is the saggy skin it left cause i got SO many of them. it sucks. but i would do it 300 times over to have my sweet baby.

Other: Since i had Oakley, other things have changed. my hair is STILL falling out, it is slowly growing back too ( i have those awesome horns of hair on the top of my forehead ) but mostly falling out haha. My nails wont grown with the crap!! i had really long nice beautiful nails and then i had a baby.. ive noticed i started breaking out again, which sucks, its like i’m 12 again getting my first period which i’m sure coincides with the fact that PP i’m super oily. i think maybe my hormones are still outta wack?

Baby No. 2: HAHA, yea, right 😉 im SUPER DUPER content with my baby boy right now, and maybe down the line we will think about another one.. not any time soon for sure. although my husband definatly wants another one, im just not convinced…

I think that’s about it for me as for an update, if you have any questions feel free to leave a question below and i’ll be happy to answer 🙂

heres me about 10 3/4 months out..

11 Month Postpartum