Monday, April 13, 2015

Mommy & Me Styled Photos

Recently Arianna and I got to be models for our very favourite photographer, Carol-Ann! She had a vision for a styled Mommy and Me shoot and I loooooove how they turned out! That girl's got talent! Her mama made the crowns, I believe. I love how the styled ones turned out with the floral crowns but I also love the simple ones in our white dresses. Such a gorgeous backdrop, I wish this was how my bedroom looked!

So, here is Arianna's very first photoshoot! First of many many many!

haha I love this picture her face is hilarious! Would be nice if she was smiling but babies don't behave! :-P


Almost makes me miss my hair a little...but not really!

Ahh I just love them so much. How will I ever choose which ones to put up on my wall?!

Carol-Ann Photography Webpage
Carol-Ann Photography Facebook Page

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mama Makeover

I posted in January about how I was struggling.

I am doing a lot better. Since then I've lost over 10lbs and several inches (3 around my midsection!) and I'm feeling a lot better. I am active every day, especially with living in an apartment with a dog, we go for many walks every day. But I still didn't feel like my old self. That's because I'm not my old self. Parts of me are the same but I feel like a different person. That's not a bad thing, at all, but I didn't really know how to adapt so I felt GOOD about this new person, especially since I felt like I looked like a very tired, old, not the best version of myself. I want to be the best mom and wife and person I can be while feeling good. For me, looking good (healthy, happy, taking care of myself) on the outside = feeling good on the inside. 

My hair has been a DISASTER lately. Let's see, tons falling out (normal postpardom) messy bun every single day, haven't unpacked my hair straightener, tons of split ends, haven't dyed it in over a year, plus Arianna loves to grab it and get it all tangled.  Time for a change for sure.

So this is the start of my mama makeover! 

Of course, thanks to my beautiful sister at Salon Fifty Five, who always makes me look like my best self!

Now I need to learn how to style it haha! The great thing with this cut is that I can straighten it easily or with some level of difficulty, curl it! There's lots of different looks I can try which is fun.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

First Weeks In Our New Home

Where to begin?!
I can't even believe it's been almost 3 weeks! We are loving living here so much!
Our favourite hang out
Getting our keys was a super awesome surreal moment. Naturally we invited the whole family to see our place so we had four parents, my sister in law and my nephew running around like he owned the place, plus the little lady of course. My mom came prepared with food so we had a quick bite and headed out, leaving my parents there. My dad painted Arianna's room and my mom scotch-guarded (aka Layla guarded) the carpets and our new rug, and also sealed our kitchen and bathroom grout.

Layla's bedroom ;-)

Moving felt super easy. I am so grateful that we had so much help! I woke up with seriously Wonder Woman energy. I hauled ass the moment we picked up the truck. First we loaded boxes from my mom's garage, which was all our kitchen stuff and also our patio set. Then we took the truck back to my in laws and my father in law and brother in law helped Leigh and I load up the truck while my mother in law watched the baby. We were done loading like two hours early so we headed to our new place even though we didn't have the elevator booked till 5. I had three awesome friends show up as well as my in-laws to help which made it go super super fast. While they unloaded the truck,I put the boxes in stacks in each room. We finished so quickly that my girlfriends were able to help my mom and I unpack the kitchen and the bedroom. By 8pm the apartment looked like a home, seriously! Thank goodness I had help with those two rooms because they are both SO organized!

Patio! I scored this set on a Facebook buy/sell page for $90. I plan on recovering (with my mother in law's help) these cushions as the colours aren't my style but they're fine for now!

This place has some seriously awesome perks such as an ice/water machine in our fridge (so easy to keep refilling my cup so I stay hydrated) as well as something that looks like a wine bottle holder in the fridge. At least that's what I'm using it for. We had Telus previously but this place comes with Shaw included in our strata for 3 years. I was so surprised that they also set up everyone with a PVR. I also signed up for a free trial of shomi which is basically Shaw's version of Netflix. There's so many things I love about our place. It's SOOO BRIGHT. Like crazy bright. I've ordered fabric for room darkening curtains and even though my bedroom curtains block out a lot of light I will probably need blackout curtains in there too. Especially when the sun comes up at like 5 am in the summer! I seriously love my bathroom, it's huge and the bathtub is so deep.

About 1/4 of my dresses, the rest are in storage right now 
I'm probably more organized than I've ever been in my entire life. I know where everything is in my house for once. I've been working on little corners to get them super organized. The other day I color coordinated our closets. Who am I?! It makes it look so much neater this way.

Leigh gets one rack, that's it! Haha

Adjusting to living in an apartment with a dog and baby has actually been surprisingly super easy as well. I pop Arianna in the ergo, and take Layla for a few walks each day, although they have not been long ones because it's literally been pouring for a week! Leigh usually will take her out for the first and last bathroom break of the day. We have been going for family walks every night. Somehow we usually end up at Starbucks which is not good haha.

A peek at Arianna's not finished room
My dad has been working on refinishing my dining room set so I will share that when it's done. He sometimes even lets me and my mom help!

FINALLY being here after 14 months of waiting has actually been so strange in the way that it feels so normal. I feel like we've lived here forever. When I get up in the morning to make coffee, I don't like wander around forgetting where everything is, I just kinda know where to go. It feels so natural to be here. That probably doesn't make any sense. I can't even really explain it. It just feels like home.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Arianna {5 Months}

This little munchkin is just getting cuter and cuter...and sometimes more and more challenging.

Weight:  16.1 lbs!

Height:  Around 25.5 inches (90th percentile for weight and height!)

Feeding:  Still mostly breastfed, some nights she will have 1 bottle of formula. We have also started her on a little bit of cereal and she has had a taste of apples! I will be trying making my own baby food very soon! It is a little bit earlier than they recommend (as they change what they say every 5 minutes) but I felt she was ready and she gobbles it up like crazy.

Sleep: 4 month sleep regression can seriously bite me. Started early and is still going. Her sleep is honestly worse every night, thrown in with a 6 hour stretch every once in awhile just to give me a tiny smidgen of hope. Goes something like this: 630pm: bath, feed, snuggles, singing. Put her down, she cries, eventually she nods off, wakes up like 10 minutes later. Repeat for like 4 hours. Finally get her to sleep. Watch one episode of show, go to bed, she wakes up between 1-2, feed, will not go back to sleep, laughs like she really enjoys my under eye circles, I bring her into bed with us, she passes out until 5-6. Seriously. It's horrible. I know babies can be challenging but I always thought if I worked at it, she could be a great sleeper. She's like "No, thanks, Mom, I'd rather keep you on your toes." 

*Rolls over from back to front in the blink of an eye. Has no interest in rolling the other way, even though she did it at 11 weeks. 
*Holds toys, grabs EVERYTHING in her reach, hair, clothes, doctor's stethoscope, whatever. 
*Giggles, smiles and laughs are the best. 
*She definitely is starting to recognize faces, she smiles so big when Leigh gets home and loves all her family members.
*She's starting to babble and make different noises, according to my Wonder Weeks app it's because she's using consonants instead of just vowels.
*Is very strong, has such a tight grip. If you try to help her sit up, she will just stand up instead. Not interested in sitting, just standing!

Clothes: Still in 3-6 months thankfully, I hope that will last awhile! She still has a bunch of cute outfits she hasn't gotten to wear yet since we were so busy with the move.

Diapers: Just bought a box of size 3.

Likes: She's generally a very happy girl. 
*She absolutely adores Layla, she smiles so big around her and Layla will come up and give her little tiny kisses. 
*She loves going for walks, whether in the ergo or stroller. Any books or toys that are bright colours. 
*She absolutely loves having baths, I put her little whale tub in the big tub and sit there for 10 minutes just pouring water over her belly and she is so happy. 
*She loves music, especially wheels on the bus. I also sing to her (even though I suck) every night before bed, I wanted to have one bedtime song so I sing "A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella every night before bed. Usually like a hundred times.

Dislikes: Sleep.

Baby gear we love: I'm still using the magic sleep suit, and it definitely helps keep her snug and cozy. We are loving having her room all set up and can't wait to finish it off with her curtains and some shelves. Also we are using our Ergo TONS! It's so perfect for quick little walks to take Layla out. Also sometimes if I really can't get her to nap, I pop her in and she's usually asleep within minutes.

Things I don't want to forget:
In the middle of the night when I crack and bring her into bed with us, she gets so happy. I never wanted to co-sleep but when she is nestled in between us (not the recommended co-sleeping position but it works best for us) she sleeps with one hand reached out touching Leigh basically the entire night. Melt. It's not what I want to do long term, but I can't say I even remotely mind waking up with my whole family in my bed (Layla included). 

Looking Forward to:
We are just enjoying being in our own little pad, even if our little princess is giving us a serious run for our money in the sleep department. The weather has been nicer the last few days which makes me look forward to summer of course!