Annie and Sybelle: One Month

This picture just makes us laugh so hard, they were squirming around like crazy and it looks like Sybelle just clocked Annie

This picture just makes us laugh so hard, they were squirming around like crazy and it looks like Sybelle just clocked Annie

My sister was going through their clothes sorting out what was too small and Annie just loved sitting and staring at all her pretty outfits

My sister was going through their clothes sorting out what was too small and Annie just loved sitting and staring at all her pretty outfits

Well, one month with these sweet twinnies of ours has flown by. It has been the most challenging, breathtakingly beautiful adventure of my life. It still blows my mind that Kyle and I get to raise these babies and love them forever. They're ours. They made us a family. They made me a mother, what I always dreamed to be. 

It has been so much fun to see the people (and pets) in our lives interact with these new little ones. Kyle is just the most fun to watch, he loves to play with his girls and always misses them when he's out at work. My heart could burst everytime I see them together. It's so special to see the twins' grandparents light up when they hold them, and their aunts and uncles fight over who gets to snuggle the babies next. My mom and sister come over basically every day to help us (bless them), and if they miss a day they're aching to see the girls again. They are just so incredibly loved and it brings me so much joy to know that they will grow up always having a village to turn to, love on, and grow with. 

We had a few really rough days around the 4 week mark, the girls decided to go on a sleep strike and eat every hour and a half day and night. By the time I had finished feeding both babies, I would have about a 45 minute break before the first baby I had fed would start getting hungry again. I thought I was going to loose my mind, but last night they slept almost 4.5 hours in a row through the night!!!!! I almost had a heart attack when I woke up 4 hours after their last feeding and nobody was crying yet. I feel like a whole new woman. After that 4 hour stretch, they slept 3 hour stretches for the rest of the night. It was seriously the best night ever. I even woke up before them this morning and got myself ready for the day! (Which includes and is limited to: braiding my hair, brushing my teeth, and slapping on some mascara). 

Our sweet Annie weighed in at 7.5 pounds and 23 inches long at her 1 month check up, and holy moly she is getting so sweet and chunky! The thigh rolls are coming in nice and strong and I love it so much! You can definitely not squeeze a newborn diaper shirt over her big noggin anymore, so she's pretty much exclusively in 0-3 size clothing! 

Little Sibby weighed in at 7 pounds and 23 inches long at her check up! You'd think .5 of a pound wouldn't make much difference but you can totally tell when you're holding her how much tinier she is than Annie. She still wears newborn diaper shirts, pants, socks, etc., but is getting too long for anything with feet.

We are loving every minute of these little beans! 

Take care, lovelies! 

Welcome to the world, Annie & Sybelle

"holy shit is this real?"

"holy shit is this real?"

Kyle changed almost every single diaper at the hospital.

Kyle changed almost every single diaper at the hospital.

Sybelle

Sybelle

Annie

Annie

This thing saves me when I have two crying babes (Annie)

This thing saves me when I have two crying babes (Annie)

Sybelle

Sybelle

My sweet tiny angels arrived on September 22nd, 2016. I was 37 weeks and 6 days when we went into triage on the 21st to have the babies monitored and hopefully be induced. My doctor had put me on the induction list for Monday the 19th, but it kept getting pushed. Thankfully they decided to keep us after the monitoring at triage and start the induction on the 21st, because I don't know that I could have lasted another day with those little ones on the inside. I'm still so surprised we had to be induced, I was convinced these babes were coming by 36 weeks the latest! 

Around 5pm we were sent upstairs to labour and delivery to start the induction, and after that it was go time. Labour lasted 10 hours, including 3 hours of pushing and then our pretty girls were here. I think maybe one day I'll write a more detailed birth story, but I'm still trying to come to terms with how everything went. I am so thankful my girls made it into the world safe and sound, but my birth plan was essentially thrown out the window. All that matters now is that my girls are healthy and happy, but I'm still trying to work through the interventions that we went through. For now, I'll just say how blessed I am to have such an incredible husband. Kyle was just the most perfect support person and I couldn't have done it without him. He was perfect. 

Annie Elizabeth Louise was born at 3:07am, weighing 5lbs 11oz, 20 inches long, and Sybelle Kendall Lynn was born shortly after at 3:15am, weighing 5lbs 7oz, 18 inches long. 

We stayed in the hospital until Saturday the 24th, and then we were on our merry way home! The first few days home were incredibly difficult, but every day is better and better. We have had the most incredible support that I could have ever asked for. We have been showered in gifts, meals, love, and babysitting services so that we can get a wee bit of sleep. There are honestly no words for how lucky I feel to have had such incredible support. 

The girls are two weeks old now and night time is as dreamy as newborn nights can be! They sleep for about 3 hours and then one wakes to be fed. We change her diaper, feed her, and shortly after I'm finished feeding the first baby, the second one will start to stir. The first baby will then be swaddled and will go straight back to sleep. We do it again with the second little one and then back to sleep I go for about 2 hours until next feeding time! Mornings are great, afternoons are good, but by the evening both babies get fussy and sassy and I get incredibly overtired. It's nice to have the night to look forward to when I know the girls will go down and I can get a little break. They both take a soother now which has been super helpful during their evening time fussiness. Our favourite is the Wubbanub, because their favourite thing to do is spit the soother out and then scream because they lost it. The Wubbanub stays right where we need it to be and sometimes they can even get it back into their mouth on their own! It's seriously a Godsend. 

The girls are breastfeeding incredibly well, and I'm so grateful for that. It's been such a blessing to be able to feed both babies my milk. We had to supplement a little bit at the hospital because their glucose levels were low, and then a little bit at home when we needed a little break, but at this point they're both 99% breastfed and that makes me feel so proud. 

Annie makes the world's craziest faces when she's awake, it cracks Kyle and I up so much. She's got the longest, fluffiest hair ever, it's the sweetest. We think she looks so much like the Gerylo side of the family, which is so fun because she's named partly after Kyle's grandmother who's name was Annie. She loves this little fisher price vibrating seat that we have, she could sit in it for hours. But beware, do not turn off the vibrate even if you think she's in the deepest sleep. She will scream. 

Sybelle is the quieter of the two, she makes faces sometimes but mostly just stares wide eyed at everything. She looks exactly like I did when I was a baby, which is so fun! She loves to be held and rocked in the glider, but loves to be bounced even more. She'll keep you on your feet rockin and rollin if you let her. 

Both girls love to eat, sleep so well at night, love to be swaddled, and love to be sung to. When they're being fussy or sad, if you hold them close to each other they'll turn to look at each other and settle right down. It's just the beginning of their sweet twin bond and it makes me so so happy.

I just want to remember all of these little things about my first few weeks of motherhood and my girls' first few weeks of life. Kyle and I are just so in love with them. It has been the hardest few weeks of my life, and the most rewarding and beautiful all at the same time. Kyle is the most incredible father, he is a dream come true. It's so hard to believe that just a few short weeks ago we were day dreaming about what these sweet girls would look like, and now they're actually here. My world is turned upside down in the most wonderful way.

I hope you're doing well, lovelies. Take good care! 

 

 

Twin Nursery Tour!

Hi lovelies! 

Here is the room that will be home to our baby girls when they decide to arrive! As I'm writing this, I'm 37 weeks pregnant with these two girlies and I'm just itching to rock them in our glider and dress them in all of their sweet clothes! 

The way their room came together has just been absolutely amazing. I picked up little things here and there with no real theme in mind, but the way the colours and gifts we received all fit together in this room with such ease and I couldn't be more happy with how it turned out! Every time I walk in I just feel so relaxed and happy. I love it. 

I painted this room long before we were expecting these babies but with the thought in mind that it would be a nursery in the future. I'm still so happy with the colour we chose, the pops of pink make it so girly, but it could have worked for a little boy's room too! 

We got the curtains from Fabric Land and my mom (the incredibly talented, crafty lady that made this room come together) hemmed them up so they would fit with the changing table there. The change table was handed down to us from my sweet sister and her babe Sadie, and the little rug in front of it is from Ikea! It was like $4.00, how could I say no?!

I admit, my plans for this room had to change when we found out it would be the room for two babies and not just one, but I'm super impressed that we made everything fit! Two cribs, a glider, side table, change table, dresser, diaper genie, laundry hamper, and even their bassinet can fit in here! It was a bit of tetrus, but I'm so happy we were able to make it work. 

Their crib quilt and little knitted blankets hanging on their cribs were both made by my absolutely wonderful mom, the twins will have those blankets for ever and ever and I know they will cherish them just as much as I do. Speaking of my momma, our bassinet was hers when she was just a tiny baby! I love it so much, it's absolutely perfect and the fact that it has been kept in my family since my mom was just a baby is so special. 

Our glider was a gift from my aunts, uncles, mom, dad, and sister. It is so incredibly comfortable and I know we'll be spending hours upon hours rocking in that chair. I thought I might need a little side table for the long nights of breastfeeding and snuggles to keep some essentials on (hello lip chap and nipple cream) and this table we had hiding in the basement was the most perfect fit! Kyle made it in high school and it has just been sitting in a corner forever. 

Quick story time, we chose a giraffe to be these babies' "theme" animal when we were on our honeymoon in Florida! When we were strolling through the Naples Zoo Gift Shop Kyle said, "lets pick out a stuffed animal to take home." My heart was set on the giraffe, and when we finally decided to choose, we said that this would be the first item we would buy for our future baby.  Now we have it sitting up on their shelf above their closet! But that is how we decided to include giraffes in their little nursery and it just makes me so happy to think that these babies were thought of way back on our honeymoon before they even existed! 

Without further ado, here is our twin girls' nursery! 

Pretty presents from Spain! They're absolutely stunning I can't wait for the twins to fit these!

Pretty presents from Spain! They're absolutely stunning I can't wait for the twins to fit these!

How gorgeous are these teething things from Elephant Shoe Teething Co.!? Their shop is absolutely gorgeous, we love it so much! www.elephantshoeteethingco.com - I'll be doing a complete post on these bad boys once the girls arrive!

How gorgeous are these teething things from Elephant Shoe Teething Co.!? Their shop is absolutely gorgeous, we love it so much! www.elephantshoeteethingco.com - I'll be doing a complete post on these bad boys once the girls arrive!

How sweet are these little mountain blocks? Our sweet friend brought them back from a market in Canmore, BC. from a little shop called St. Brendans Folk Art! www.stbrendans.etsy.com

How sweet are these little mountain blocks? Our sweet friend brought them back from a market in Canmore, BC. from a little shop called St. Brendans Folk Art! www.stbrendans.etsy.com

I hope you're having the most wonderful day! Take care, lovelies! 

36 Weeks Pregnant!

How stunning are these flowers from my lovely friend Sara?! They smell amazing too! 

How stunning are these flowers from my lovely friend Sara?! They smell amazing too! 

After Jack and I go for our walks, he tends to pass out... and take over half of our bed. 

After Jack and I go for our walks, he tends to pass out... and take over half of our bed. 

He also thinks this cool new room is just for him! Stay tuned for our nursery tour coming in the next post! 

He also thinks this cool new room is just for him! Stay tuned for our nursery tour coming in the next post! 

A really blurry picture, but this is Kyle showing off our ultrasound pictures to our family and friends. Every time we have an ultrasound he loves to show our family the pictures and I could cry just watching how proud of a dad he already is showing off pictures of his daughters. I love him so much!

A really blurry picture, but this is Kyle showing off our ultrasound pictures to our family and friends. Every time we have an ultrasound he loves to show our family the pictures and I could cry just watching how proud of a dad he already is showing off pictures of his daughters. I love him so much!

Well, we're 36 weeks pregnant with these twin girlies of mine! I truly cannot believe how fast time is flying with this pregnancy. This week we've pretty much been napping, walking in this gorgeous fall weather with little Jackie boy, and being spoiled by my sweet friends and family. My mom and I have been walking together almost every day with our pooches, and we've had lots of visitors that bring us coffee, flowers, and just wonderful visits which really have boosted my spirits. 

The girls both reached 5lbs this week! We are so so blessed that they have been growing so well thus far, however Baby A has slowed a little too much in her growth so we have another ultrasound this week to decipher if they need to induce a little bit early. Likely her placenta is starting to degrade due to the lack of space in there (I feel ya lady), so the girls might be better off on the outside at this point. But 5 pounds!! Hallelujah! 

The end of this pregnancy has been incredibly uncomfortable, so those visits and little outings have been super helpful to boost my mood when I start wallowing in self-pity. I've been struggling with a torn ab muscle for the past few weeks, and the pain has just been getting worse and worse as these babes pack on the pounds and run out of space. I've been experiencing a little bit of sciatic pain, sleeping troubles, and crazy heartburn, but the worst of it all is PUPPP (Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) on my poor belly. I got some crazy stretch marks on my belly and these past 2 weeks, they've been so so so incredibly itchy... I finally did some research and figured out it isn't just itchy skin, it's actually a rash that commonly happens in a multiples pregnancy. Definitely looking forward to seeing the end of that! I've also been having some pretty crazy, but irregular contractions over the past few weeks which keep making me think labor is coming, and then they just stop. At my appointment I was 100% effaced and 2cm dilated so it really could happen at any time, but so far these contractions have just been a big old tease! 

But enough of the woahs! I'm so so excited that the time is so near to meet these sweet little girls... my doctor has told us that we will be induced for sure by September 23rd, but after this week's appointment it could be sooner! 9 days or less until these babies are in my arms and I just can hardly wrap my brain around that fact! Our bags are packed, car seats installed, all that we need now are the girls! 

I hope you're having the most wonderful day! Take care, lovelies! 

DIY Potted Plant

I saw a pot painted like this while perusing Pinterest one day, and I absolutely loved the idea of painting plain clay pots white! I think painting a few with a couple different designs would make such an adorable touch to any room. I love that you can also make it as messy or as neat as you would like, and it just spices up the plainness of the clay!

This particular one that I decided to make was a gift for the twin's Godmother, our friend Heather. I knew I wanted to give her a gift that would represent the twins, something handmade that she could have and enjoy for a long time. This seemed like the perfect idea to me! I chose two funky cacti to represent the twins, and then the fluffy succulent behind them to represent Heather looking over them. You can use any plants that make you smile! And can I just say how much I love giving homemade gifts?! And really, who doesn't love a good succulent?! Giving a gift like this just never gets old to me. 

Here is what you'll need! 

To begin, choose what colour/design you'd like to paint. I just decided to paint the bottom half of the pot white, and have it look a little bit messy and rustic. 

After letting the paint dry for about an hour, I decided to write a little quote on the front of the pot using a fine tip Sharpie. I did write their names underneath the "Love" but those will be shared when the girls are born! 

Fill your pot about halfway with potting mix of your choice, and then set your chosen plants on top! Once you have the placement of your plants where you'd like, fill in the rest of the pot and pack it tight with soil. 

And there you have an adorable little personalized gift, or just a perfect pot for any corner of your home! 

This was the first DIY that I've had the energy to do pretty much since I got pregnant, and it was so nice to just sit and create something. I absolutely love doing little projects like these, I'd love to know if you give it a try! 

Take good care, lovelies!

Life Lately 10.08.16

Goodness me, third trimester with twins is no joke! As per the last photo, you can find me in bed for the remainder of this pregnancy... Thank goodness we got away last weekend for probably the last time! We went to our really good friends' cabin for the weekend and it was sooo nice to spend the day at the beach and just spend time with really good people. 

Of course, however, I came home and got hit with a nice little flu bug. Some kind of head cold + regular pregnancy discomfort = a really really miserable me this week. We have our 32 week ultrasound tomorrow and my doctor will tell me what that means for work - I'm going to be done working by the end of August for sure, but she was concerned at our last appointment it might be a little bit earlier. I'm starting to think that she's right... The discomfort is so real. The only thing that I find really gives me relief is a trip to the chiropractor, but unfortunately, the discomfort comes back within a day of my adjustment. My trips to the chiro will be becoming much more frequent until these babies arrive, I'm thinking. Sleep at night isn't really a thing anymore, so napping during the day is the only way this girl is getting any sleep. The most comfy place to nap so far is the glider we have in the nursery! It makes me so happy to snooze in the girls' room. I just sit and dream about all of the moments we'll be sharing with our twins so soon. 

This is just a silly rambly post, but I just want to remember all of the moments that are making up this beautiful life of mine. This blog of mine hasn't been too interesting lately, I know. But It's a documentation of these sweet moments. It's all I've ever wanted it to be. 

I hope you are doing well, lovelies. Take good care!

Our Maternity Photos!

We got our maternity photos done a few weeks ago and I am so in love with how they turned out! My sister in law took the photos for us, if you're in the area I highly recommend checking out her Facebook page and book her for any of your upcoming moments that you want captured! We will cherish these photos forever.

Take good care, lovelies! 

30 weeks pregnant with twins!

These babies are 30 weeks today! They are each the size of a cantaloupe - and as of our last ultrasound, they were both measuring the average size of singleton babies - Baby A was even a few ounces above average! I'm so so happy these girls are doing so great, we've really had such a smooth pregnancy so far, especially for twins. Not long now until we're holding them in our arms! 

I'm definitely feeling how large these kiddos are, my rib cage has been having a really hard time expanding to fit these little kicking feet. It sometimes literally feels like the bones are starting to break, so that's been a little bit hard to handle. Other than that, sleep has been a little bit hard to accomplish, and I have to put my feet up after the smallest little chores. I'm a little anxious to see how the next few weeks are going to go, as these babes just get bigger and bigger. But I definitely know the bigger the better! So grow babies, grow! Momma can handle it :) 

I've been only wanting to eat carbs... I get my morning green smoothie down, but for the rest of the day I could live off of bagels, cereal, pizza, perogies... you name it, if it's a carb, I'm all for it! I think it's because it's quick easy energy and these babies have been stealing all of my energy. 

Kyle has been the most incredible help over these past few uncomfortable weeks. He has been working long hours, then coming home to start doing housework that we want to be done before the babies come. Our living room is finally done, we painted and rearranged and I'm absolutely in love with how it turned out! Now he's been working on ripping up the carpet in our basement, organizing our disaster of a storage room, and taking care of daily chores like the cat's litter boxes, laundry, even cooking dinner. I am SO thankful for him and all of his hard work.

We have absolutely everything we could possibly need to bring these sweet babies home. We have cribs, car seats, a baby monitor, a top of the line pump (lucked out on that one!), diapers, clothes... Their nursery is complete and I absolutely love just sitting in my glider imagining snuggling them both. I can't believe there's only a few weeks left until they're here for real. Even though I've been incredibly uncomfortable lately, and unable to do most of my regular life things, every day I get more and more excited for their arrival, and less and less terrified. I think with every passing day I get more confident in my ability to handle these sweet girls, and more importantly, more confident in the fact that they are going to change our lives forever, in the most beautiful way. 

This pregnancy has been the hardest thing I've ever done, and the most beautiful thing, all at the same time. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world. I feel like my life is a fairytale. I used to dream about being married, making our first house a home, and then filling it with pets and babies. I truly have it all. 

Though it has been hard, it has been the most wonderful adventure of my life. I can't wait to meet you, my sweet baby girls. 

Finding Peace

These days, with the complete and utter overwhelm I feel, I’ve been forgetting why I started this blog in the first place.

I am overwhelmed with life. I am overwhelmed in the most wonderful ways, but also in the scariest ways. The way feelings have been washing over me lately really shake me – whether it’s these wild hormones from growing two little humans all at once, or just regular life feelings… It’s been really hard to take it all in and appreciate every little fleeting moment.

Then it occurred to me, how am I supposed to appreciate these little moments, every little feeling, if I am not giving myself room to breathe? I have not stopped thinking about preparing for babies, getting enough sleep to help me make it through the work day, making sure there are groceries in my house, making sure the dog gets walked… When was the last time I took 10 minutes to myself to just sit in silence and just be?

On our way to Kyle’s parents’ house the other day for my Mother In Law’s birthday dinner, I asked Kyle if he could just pull over on one of the gravel roads. I’m sure he thought I was having a relapse of morning sickness or something, so he pulled over nonetheless and we just sat. We only had a few minutes before we would be late for dinner, but just those few small moments of beautiful, fresh country air was like a five course meal for my starving soul.

I got Kyle to snap a few pictures before we left because it was simply so beautiful, and I wanted to remember this moment. I wanted to remember that sometimes all it takes to ground yourself is a few minutes of quiet, just for you. This is why I started this blog. To remind myself, and hopefully others, the importance of finding sweet moments amongst the mundane. 

This is definitely something I will turn to when the twins get here and my overwhelm takes over, but knowing that a few moments is all it takes to bring peace is so incredibly comforting.

I hope you lovelies can find a few moments to soothe your soul when the going gets tough. Let me know what you do to during your me time in the comments below! I’m always looking for new things to try!

Take good care, lovelies!

Our Twin's Baby Shower!

My family threw us the most incredible baby shower for our little girls last weekend and it. was. amazing. I feel so overwhelmed with all of the generosity and excitement our family and friends have showered us with during this pregnancy, and we honestly would not be able to bring these girls into the world without each and every single family member and friend. It truly takes a village and we are just so grateful to have such wonderful people surrounding our growing family.

The babes were showered with gifts and beautiful handmade goods while the guests and I ate good food, played silly games, and just enjoyed visiting with the most wonderful group of ladies. We ended up receiving absolutely everything we could possibly need to be prepared for the girls' arrival! Diaper genies, diapers, a beautiful glider rocking chair, baby monitors, and so many freaking adorable outfits, just to name a few! I am having such a hard time picking their coming home outfits because we just got so many sweet little baby things I just cannot even handle it! I can't stop going through their dresser just staring at the little diaper shirts, onesies, and gosh some of the summer outfits we got for next summer could make me pass out with an overload of cuteness!

We're pretty much all set to go, and just in time for trimester number three! We had our Fetal Assessment ultrasound on Thursday and it was so much fun to spend an hour just looking at their sweet little selves! Baby A weighs in at about 2lbs 8oz, and Baby B weighs about 2lbs 5oz! Right on target! There is nothing like seeing your babies to give you reassurance that everything is going okay in there. We're now booking doctor appointments every 2 weeks, and my next ultrasound is booked for 4 weeks from now! Time is flying, and I just want to remember every sweet moment of carrying these girls. I feel so lucky.

Can't wait to meet these little baby girls! I hope you're all doing well, lovelies!

Take good care!

 

 

I am the love.

In a time where the world is shaken by headlines of murder, injustice, and despicable violence, I find us all asking, "Where is the love?"

I have found the answer.

It is in us. We are the love. We decide how this world will turn every single waking hour of every single day. The way we think about ourselves, the way we speak to others, the way we vote with every penny that we spend. WE are the love. I am the love. It is in all of us, blocked.

Soon these headlines will fade and people will lose interest in the fight for justice. We will move on to the next trend or fad. We will return to the safety and comfort of our blindfold. Until the next tragedy, where we will be thrust back into darkness, wondering where to go from here.

Normalcy will come back, inevitably. It will always come back. But our normal will not create the change that this world needs to rid ourselves of the horrific darkness that sneaks up on us every single day. Every single time a lost, broken soul takes another.

We are the love. It is cultivated in the deepest corners of our souls, the corners we fear to share with our fellow humans. The corners that could bring a little bit of light, a little bit of love. We need your light. Desperately.

What is your light? Whatever it is, unblock the fear that holds it hostage. Release your fear from your body, where it has been thriving off of your insecurity. Throw it away. It is of no use to you, to any of us. We need your light.

I beg of you. Share your light. Show your love. Be vulnerable. Be strong. Be open. Release what is holding your heart back. Hurt is inevitable, but the love is worth it. It will change this world. I can promise you that. We will change this world, we must only love. Love is enough.

Take good care of yourselves, lovelies.

Day Date!

Note the nice set of scrapes and road rash on my leg... turns out pregnancy makes my clumsy self  1000 times more clumsy!!! 

Note the nice set of scrapes and road rash on my leg... turns out pregnancy makes my clumsy self  1000 times more clumsy!!! 

I had the loveliest day today catching up with one of my most favourite ladies! We went for breakfast at Stella's, strolled through the farmer's market for some fresh produce, and played with my sister's foster pup! It was such a beautiful day outside, and there's just something about exploring the farmer's market with an old friend. I loved every minute! And oh my, did I ever eat my heart out at Stella's... We're talkin a waffle, side of hashbrowns AND a side of toast... that I polished clean. I am super impressed with myself. Now I've got a pot of homemade stew brewing with the fresh veggies I got from the market! Everybody there was so sweet and it just makes me feel so happy to be eating locally grown food that helps support the livelihood of families that could very well be my neighbours. Not to mention, it's much more delicious than grocery store produce! 

This outfit has been my go-to for the past week or so! The tank top I'm wearing I mentioned in my last post has been worn an obnoxious amount because my priority is comfort now, and this tank is all comfort! I got these shorts probably about 8 years ago for 4$ at Urban Behaviour! It was such a steal of a deal probably because they were definitely not in style 8 years ago, but I've been wearing them none stop these past few years! I was so happy when I pulled them out for the summer and they still fit my super pregnant self! They're incredibly comfortable, not to mention airy and breezy for the super hot days! My kimono has been worn a whole bunch lately too, I just love the layered look, but it's still super breezy and light! 

I've been just loving these warm summer days spent with my girlfriends lately. I am taking full advantage of all of this me time before the girls get here, and it just is making me remember that me time is just as important as work, housework, having homemade meals ready every night, and all those everyday chores. I'm making such an effort to remember this when guilt takes over that all those things have been taking a backseat lately. Remembering what makes me the most happy in life and making those things my priority has made this time so wonderfully blissful. 

I hope you remember to do something nice for yourself, wonderful people. You deserve to make yourself a priority, it makes life so much more wonderous! 

Take good care, lovelies! 

Summer Pregnancy Must Haves!

I am SO thankful to be pregnant during the summer months, because Lord knows I wouldn't be able to bend over to pull on my winter boots, but dang sometimes it's tough lugging around this big belly in the summer heat! Here are a few things that have made life a little bit easier for me over the past few months! 

Firstly, and most importantly, Welch's freezies. I die for these, you guys. It's actually kind of pathetic. In fact, Kyle is out picking up two more bags of these bad boys for me because heat + this twin belly + my sudden sweet tooth = I NEED AT LEAST 2 A DAY!!!! But I don't feel as guilty as if I were to eat actual sugar filled freezies, you know?! These taste sooooo good, especially the cherry flavour. They're life savers in this heat, that's for sure! 

Birkenstocks. I wear these bad boys as long as I can every single year before it gets too cold and snowy to put them away for the winter, but I have a brand new appreciation for them during pregnancy! The support from these sandals is absolutely incredible, and they are perfect for when my feet start to swell throughout the day at work. I haven't needed to loosen them due to swelling yet, but I know I'll be glad I have the option when the swelling gets too much! Birkenstocks even have a whole vegan section of their website, so you can enjoy your Birks guilt-free! 

Coconut oil everywhere, all the time. Sometimes I even put it in the fridge to cool it off a little before I slather it all over my belly, legs, arms, feet, everywhere. This stuff is seriously a godsend for my itchy skin, especially before and after I've been in the sun! 

I'm getting to the point where clothes need to not touch my body, so these dresses that are fitted at the top, but leave your belly with lots of room to breathe are my go to! I still really try to look cute and put together as much as I possibly can, it definitely helps me feel a bit better about myself during these months, so having a fitted top is something I really like to look for. I've had the best luck with cute dresses like these at Motherhood Maternity! They have some incredible sales on right now, too! 

I've been wearing these pants to work almost every single day for the past week! They're so incredibly flattering and are incredibly comfortable! I've had some problems with my maternity pants stretching right out after an hour or so of wearing them, which always bothers me, but these particular pants have been incredible at holding their shape! Not to mention the adorable army green colour. I absolutely love these, also from Motherhood Maternity

Last but definitely not least are these tank tops. My wonderful friend Kristen (go check out her incredible blog!) recommended these to me when I was just a few weeks pregnant, and I knew I had to get my hands on them! I was hesitant at first because they're $30.00 a piece, but they are SO worth it. Seriously. I bought two when they were on sale at Motherhood and I actually live in them. And Kristen is still able to wear hers post pregnancy, so how could you even go wrong?! 

And here's me trying desperately to beat the heat with my big ol' 25 week belly! I'm 26 weeks today, the very end of my blissful second trimester, and I can definitely feel it! So you can find me in bed with a hand full of freezies all slathered in coconut oil this long weekend! 

I hope you all have an incredible weekend, you deserve it! And let me know in the comments if you have any tricks and tips for making it through summer pregnancies!!! I can use all the help I can get ;) 

Take good care, lovelies! 

25 weeks & a sunny pool day!

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I can't believe that in only a few short months I'll have two little babies here in my arms! These last few weeks have been flying by so fast... I love having this bump of mine, but holy moly is it growing so fast! My OB said at 25 weeks I'm measuring about 29-30 weeks with a singleton pregnancy! I definitely feel like I'm in the third trimester already, the aches and pains have definitely arrived but I'm still so thankful that I am feeling the way that I do. I wouldn't go back to my first trimester sickness for a million bucks! 

I've been eating Subway pretty much every single day of my life, loaded with spinach and green veggies, seems to be the only thing the girls can gobble down. I'm still not a huge fan of popcorn which still surprises me because I lived off that stuff before I got pregnant! The heartburn has been real over the past few weeks, mostly in the evening times - I hear that means babies will have a full head of hair - we shall see! 

These nuggets move and groove all day long, especially when I'm lying on my back reclined. It's my absolute favourite thing! Just the other day I felt an actual punch for the first time! It's just been little wiggles, moving around and such, but I finally felt a little hand or foot really kick my hand, and it was so surreal. I just can't wait to hold those little hands!!! 

The nursery is almost done, just waiting on my glider and crib mattresses and then we're all set! All of their cute tiny little clothes (which consists completely of diaper shirts and sleepers) are washed and put away in their little white dresser, cribs and changing table are built and good to go, and I'll be getting the bassinet any day now! I feel really ready for these babes, and after our shower we will be ready for sure! 

Today I spent the morning lounging poolside with one of my favourite people on the Earth. It was absolutely incredible to float in the pool, it took so much pressure off of my back and even my ribs! What I would do to lounge in a pool forever... but back to work tomorrow! I'm so happy that I'm pregnant through the summer months, I absolutely love the heat, and I honestly can't imagine dressing this bump in pants and sweaters every day. Give me all the bikinis, flowy shorts, and dresses!!! 

That's it for my little update, I think! I am feeling so lucky and grateful for these little baby girls growing nice and strong inside my tummy. Though some days I have endless doubts in my ability to be a wife and mother of twins, the joy I feel is so much bigger. I'm so happy!

Take good care, lovelies!

Homegrown & Handmade: Hogwash Bath & Body!

Welcome to Homegrown & Handmade! I've decided I want to shine a little light on some really incredible local companies with really wonderful stories. It is so important to me to find and support local companies that are making a difference in this world and to know exactly where my money is going. Hogwash Bath & Body is one of those companies that I'm so proud to support with my dollar, so here's a little look into their wonderful company!  

I have raved about them before, and my love for this company will definitely not end anytime soon! 

About the company: 

Hogwash Bath & Body is a local, luxury, cruelty free bath and body company with the most incredible values. Their products are made with natural, plant-based ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, and more. All products are incredibly affordable - it always surprises me every time I make a purchase that I'm only spending a few dollars for these products that are absolute gold!

My favourite products: 

Hogwash Facial Cleanser & Lotion:

This cleanser is freaking incredible. It takes off all of my makeup, leaving my face feel as clean as ever after just one wash! I've always had to use a makeup remover, and then a cleanser just to feel like my face is clean enough after a long day, but this bad boy does the trick all in one wash. Not to mention, it's all natural and has completely cleared up my hormonal acne! The lotion is the perfect balance between moisturizing and absorbent. I have oily skin, so I tend to have a hard time finding the perfect face lotion for morning and night, and this is perfect for both! I'm obsessed. They also carry a cleanser and lotion for dry skin, which I'm sure is just as incredible!

Pretty in Pig Soap:

I'm obsessed with this stuff. I gifted it to my mom and mother in law for mother's day and they both love it too! It comes in such a generous size, so I cut mine into three chunks and it seems to last forever! Not to mention it just makes your hands feel so clean and moisturized and smells absolutely incredible! 

Pouty Pig Lip Balm:

Absolutely obsessed with this lip balm! It's so inexpensive and is such high quality, I'm really not sure how they do it! That's all I really have to say about that ;)

Those are just a few products that I'm so excited to share, but I can't wait to give their body wash and body lotion a try as well! I'm on a mission to have a whole collection of Hogwash in my home. 

Where you can find them: 

I always place my orders online, and if you're local here in Winnipeg, you'll likely get your products the very next day! If you'd like to shop their range of products in a cute boutique setting, you can find them at these wonderful shops listed below!

  • Tharnzie Boutique 108-100 Osborne Street, Winnipeg MB

  • The Forks Trading Company 1 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg MB

  • Burton Lysecki Books 527 Osborne Street, Winnipeg, MB

  • October Boutique, 847 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg MB

  • Fort Whyte Alive, 1961 McCreary Road, Winnipeg MB

  • Just Breathe Spa and Boutique 559 Academy Road, Winnipeg MB

  • Gone Scrappin In Bloom 20 Victoria Avenue E, Rossburn MB

They do ship outside of Winnipeg, but is limited to Canada - so any US folks, I'm sorry! Maybe someday soon - I'll keep you posted ;) 

Take good care, lovelies!

Love Conquers All

The world is so full of tragedies lately and it truly breaks my heart.

This week has brought me personal struggles, which in hindsight are completely irrelevant to what is truly important in this life. My house is a mess. Half of our upper floor is in the process of being painted. I have an exam on Tuesday that I am nowhere near ready for. I haven't done laundry in what seems like a year. I don't have a bathing suit that fits. 

And then you hear about the death, violence, and fear that strikes the world every single day, and all of my insignificant "struggles" are completely washed away. 

We all need to focus on love. We all need it, no matter how small or large our problems are. We all need to give love in every single way that we can. We all need to be kind to the people who need it most - the people who have so much hate in their hearts that they commit treacherous crimes that will stay with the world long after they've been committed. That's who we need to love. That's who needs our kindness most. We need to raise loving babies, kind babies, courageous babies, to grow up and to bring this world peace. 

If there is one thing that I wish for my girls to know deep down in their core is that love conquers all. Love can and will save lives - if we are taught that it can. 

If we could spread love as fast as tragic headlines in the news, this world would be a completely different place. So spread love. Tell someone that they are beautiful, that their soul is beautiful and that they deserve happiness. We all deserve happiness. 

Take good care, lovelies. 

Twenty

Twenty weeks with my little twin girlies. 

Twenty whole weeks have gone by, and now we're closer to the end of this pregnancy than we are to the beginning. We are half way until my girls are actually here, in my arms. I still find it so hard to believe that there are actually two babies all squished inside. We have had two ultrasounds to see these little beans and it still doesn't feel real. This is most definitely the most incredible adventure of my life. 

I am so full of joy. I am full of joy, but I think I am equally full of fear. I am bombarded with comments like, "congratulations, say goodbye to your sanity" or articles on "How to Survive Twins". I am terrified of the concept of merely surviving life with my twins. My goal is to thrive with these babies that were placed with beautiful purpose into my life. I don't know much about motherhood just yet, but I do know that this experience is too important to me to just survive it. I know that this is the most beautiful time of my life. I know that I have been waiting for this for a very, very long time. But I find myself slipping into the fear that I will just barely make it out alive. 

So with half way yet to go, my mantra is this: 

We are meant to thrive. 

My girls will thrive. I will thrive. Our family will thrive. I was made for this, and every time my husband leans towards my tummy to whisper to our babies, I am reminded that he was made for this too. We were blessed with double the love, double the joy, and likely double the trials. But we will not survive. We will thrive. 

Take good care, lovelies.

 

 

Yoga and Sunshine

You can check out the Evergreen Falsa Blanket in the Shop tab at the top of the page! 

You can check out the Evergreen Falsa Blanket in the Shop tab at the top of the page! 

I am SO happy moments like these are finally here! The sunshine has such an impact on my mood so I'm so happy spring has finally sprung in cold Canada! If I could spend every second of every day outside with these silly goof heads I would be never ever set foot indoors ever again!

I went a little too long in my first trimester without the peace and joy of yoga, and the second I stepped back into it I noticed the biggest difference in every aspect of my days. My heart feels so whole and my body feels more like my body, even with two little ladies growing in there! There really is nothing better than sunshine + yoga! 

My practice has made me feel so grateful to be feeling well during this pregnancy! I could not ask for a better second trimester so far, it's truly been incredible. I am starting to be able to feel these little kiddos kick and roll a few times a day! It makes everything feel so so real, and it makes me so excited to meet these little babes! And hanging with my cute niece just makes me SO excited for next summer when all 3 girlies can be little besties and hang out all summer long! 

This life is just such a wonderful gift. I sometimes forget to count my blessings, and when I realize just how many things I have to be thankful for it literally sweeps me off my feet. I am overwhelmed with this love, with this life.  

I hope you all are having the most wonderful spring, don't forget to count your blessings! Also, don't forget to check out my Shop, if you haven't already! You can find this handmade blanket in a few different colours over there! 

Take good care, lovelies! 

Momma's Day

I love Mother's Day. Though we should shower our mothers with gifts, love, and appreciation every single day, having a day to treat your momma extra nice is always so much fun to me!

I always love brainstorming about what gifts to give to people, gift giving is my absolute favourite thing, but this year I've been really trying to focus on purchasing less materialistic things, nick nacks, and such, because everybody already has so much of that! I also don't feel like I can give my mom a framed picture of us both every year, the woman's gonna run out of wall space. And she may also get sick of seeing my face all over her house ;)

Here are a few things that I thought of this year for my Momma, Step Mom, and Mother In Law! And in case you're wondering (if you're a last minute planner like so many of us - welcome to the club) you can throw these little thoughtful gifts together in an hour, slap a bow on top, make a card from scratch, and you're all ready to celebrate the moms of the world!

This year I thought it would be fun to provide my mom with a fun day spent together, just me and her. I wasn't quite sure where to start, we're both not fond of pedicures and manicures, going out to eat could be nice but you know, what's something more fun? More special? Well, my mom loves to garden. She has the most beautiful flower gardens in her yard every year, so I thought it would be so special to provide her with a coupon for a gardening day! We will go shopping for flowers and materials together, and spend the day making her gardens look beautiful again after the long winter. It isn't warm enough here yet to actually start planting, so the coupon thing works better for me! If it's warm where you are, you could spend actual mothers day out in the sun with your beautiful momma! To throw it all together, I purchased a little soap from a brand that I absolutely love, Hogwash Bath and Body, to attach the coupon to, and voila!

A few months ago I found out that Cheerios was giving away wildflower seeds to anyone who wanted them to help save the bees! I absolutely loved this idea, and ordered some with my Step Mom in mind. I thought this would be something fun for us to do together, and also got her some soap and lip balm from Hogwash Bath and Body! You can probably tell that quality time is the trend here, you really can't go wrong!

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For my Mother In Law I wanted to get her a few pieces from Hogwash Bath and Body as well (I'm just kind of obsessed with them and all that they stand for, and who can't use an extra lip balm?!), but my Sister In Law also told us that she had her eye on the Cobalt Falsa Blanket from my Shop! We are going on a road trip together next weekend and I thought it would be the perfect road trip blanket for her! I wrapped it all up together and thought it was the perfect cozy gift for a lovely Mom.

There are tons of other fun things you could do with your mom, too! I think there is so much value in spending the quality time with your mom - hang with me, I know you've heard it all before... She really doesn't need another mug with her name on it, or decadent hand bag to add to her collection. What she really needs is some time with you, whether that's doing something new and exciting like a local art class, or just hanging out in the backyard with some lemonade. Those are the things she will always remember, the moments that you took the time to plan for her. And a hand made card never hurts ;)

I hope you all have the most wonderful Mothers Day! To all the moms out there, keep doing what you're doing, you are the most hardworking people in the world and are appreciated every single day of the year!

Take good care, lovelies!