48 days

Told ya time goes by even faster with 2 kids now!

It has been 48 days since we welcomed Olivia into our lives!

 

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It is funny, though, how time can be so relative! Sometimes it feels like 48 seconds, especially when I look at her and see how quickly she has changed and evolved already. Rolling from back to front, holding her head … 

Sometimes it feels like 48 years, as in I can’t recall what life was like before she was here. Actually, before BOTH of them were here.

It is cliché, I know, but life would be so boring, meaningless without them! 

  
Take this summer, for instance! We have been out and about, having so much fun! Before they exhisted, 80% of our free time would be spent in front of a screen. We would waste so much time just trying to figure out what to do.

I want my kids to look back someday and feel good about their childhood. I want them to remember how much fun they had growing up. Obviously, there are bad moments, too, which  always brings along a life lesson with them, so they, too, are important!

  
I love my baby girls so much! 

Helena is finally over her jealousy! It seems like there were three stages.

First, she was excited about her sister . A feeling of novelty, perhaps? Which lasted a few days.

Then she realized that baby wasnt going anywhere, which brought us to the second stage! She was constantly mad at me. She was able to associate the (brief) disappearance of my belly (I’m fat again, already lol) to the appearance of baby. To her, I was a traitor! This lasted a few weeks.  She was extra attached to daddy which, in turn, led us to the third phase! She would snap when Dan would have Olivia!

Now, nearly 7 weeks later, she has been wonderful! She doesn’t snap out of jealousy anymore! Sometimes she does ask us to put the baby away because she wants us to play or dance with her, but she doesn’t freak out.

When Olivia cries, Helena tries to help! She rocks the baby, gives her the pacifier… The other day I caught her giving  Olivia a bottle! It was the cutest thing ever!

  
She is such a loving big sis! I am so proud of her! 

Helena doesn’t talk much yet, but, in the last month or so, she had a crazy spike in her vocabulary. I’m pretty positive it is due to the fact that she has been socializing a lot!

I think it is abaolutely adorable that her friend, our next door neighbor, comes looking for her almost everyday to play with her outside. She loves it too!! So excited when he is at the door!

All of this makes me extra excited about her starting pre-school this fall! It is only once a week, which will be a nice break for me, but I am not gonna lie – I miss her already! It wasnt too long ago she was my 48-day old baby! 

Last Monday, the three of us had appointments. My 6-week appointment and paeditrician to the girls!

As a parent, it is always relieving to hear everything is ok with our kids!

Olivia was already at 10lbs even. Helena is still petite, at 25lbs, but the doctor said no to worry! It is just who she is! A petite girl! I don’t care what she looks like as long as she is healthy. 

  

There was a time I did care about people’s constant comments on her size because I thought it meant something was wrong or I was doing something wrong. Now that I know it is not the case, I dont care.

  

  
Olivia has some rash on her body, mostly on her face. I thought it was heat rash because it looks worse when she is really hot, but doc said it is most likely eczema. She also said it is normal in the first months. 

Other than that, I’m just trying to get more and more time alone with my girls to ease into this reality because my mom will leave soon enough.

I think I am doing much better at juggling two kids at once. Unfortunately, in order to get certain things done, it does take a little bit of not rushing to them whenever they cry.

I’m certainly proud of how much I can do on my own with them.

I’m also glad I got to have some alone time. I went to the movies twice with other moms ( MAGIC MIKE both times lol)! And to the salon with my mom! 

I’m still very sleep deprived, not so much because of Olivia, but mostly from anxiety! I cant just shut my mind off. It is constanly running!

I askedy my doc to put me on meds for a bit. This postpartum anxiety is a bitch! Excuse my language! I am a naturally anxious person, but it is definitely worse now! 

I’m fantasizing about an 8-hour uninterrupted sleep. I’m the only one on night-shift… Hopefully the pills will help me relax enough to get a better sleep, quality wise.

Dan finished changing the living-room flooring. There is still a bit of renos to be done, but I’m not stressing over it anymore.

   
 My goal is to get the house to look as good as possible, and be happy with it!

We have had out first guests in 7 months!!

I’m looking forward to having more playdates! Helena loves having friends to play with (duh! I know!).

 I guess that’s all for now!

My inspiration to write is gone! I am going to go back to facebook before I get too bored!

We are on our way to Midale, Saskatchewan.

 About a 13-hour drive!

  
Crazy, I know! 

 
Wish me luck!
L.

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Quick Meals For The Busy Mom

Nearly 6 weeks into my new journey as a mom of two, I feel like I’m finally (somewhat) getting the hang of it ! Being able to make decent-ish meals while juggling a baby and a toddler requires quick, easy meals! Going to be sharing some of these with y’all!

When I go to the supermarket, I try to buy quick, easy pre-cooked meals so that when it is time to “cook”, I just mix and match whatever I have in the freezer/fridge!

I’m going to share a quick meal that turned out to be very tasty! Everyone loved it… no leftovers!

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I started with the baby potatoes since they were going to take the longest!

I seasoned them with Italian and some vegetable oil and left them in the oven for 20 minutes at 425 F.

While the potatoes were busy in the oven, I moved on to mixing up the ingredients from my ceased salad kit which takes like 2 seconds haha

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Once the potatoes were done, I got my fish into the oven right away. They usually take 25 minutes to cook, but since the oven was nice and hot, it only took 10 minutes!!!

When the fish was almost done, I got one of those frozen pasta meals in the microwave for about 5 minutes. AND THAT WAS IT!

A quick, health-ish, delicious meal ready in just 30 minutes!!!

I hope you and your family enjoy it too!

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The First Three Weeks

I thought time went by fast after having one kid, now with two …  Let me tell ya!

I had been meaning to post since the first week, but couldn’t find the time.

Unlike posting a status on facebook, I need some inspiration to post on here. And that requires my mind to be relaxed!

Right now, I’m alone with Olivia. In bed, listening to classical music. I have been hit by the wave of inspiration. 

Olivia is only 3 weeks, as of today, and it is amazing to realize that, even at such a young age, she has a personality of her own already!

Week Old Olivia

We were expecting her to behave somewhat like Helena as newborn, but they are nothing alike!

She is very calm, very quiet. She doesn’t even cry to eat at night, she mostly moans lol

Sometimes, I’m super busy with Helena and I can’t get to her rigjt away, then she cries. But, even then, it is not that loud.

In the first week, she would sleep a lot! To the point where I’d wake her up to eat, or else my breats would blow up.

Eventually, we had to get a pump…

She slowly transitioned to where we are at now. She still sleeps lots, of course, because she is a baby haha but she does spend quite a bit of time awake. When she is awake, she doesn’t want to be lying down. She wants to be sitted or walking around, she wants to be interacting, stimulated … 

I’m not sure what our feeding pattern is. I feed her on demand and haven’t paid attention to the intervals yet. But she has been eating a lot this last two days. Growth spurt, maybe? 

We have been co-sleeping again. It is the best way to get the most rest for me. I have been doing the night shift on my own because Dan needs to get up early to go work during the week. And during the weekend so that he is rested enough to take care of Helena during the morning so that I can stay in bed longer. 

  

My mom’s presence has been priceless. Having the opportunity to drop Helena off with her is giving me the chance to spend time with Olivia without the guilt of feeling like I’m neglecting Helena.

On the contraty, Helena wakes up in the morning and asks to go to Vovó’s place right away! It will be hard when she leaves!

  

I intend to try and spend time alone with the two before my mom leaves to try and get the hang of it slowly rather than suddenly once she is gone. I have spent very little time on my own with them.

  

It is summertime and it is going by so fast. We are trying to take advantage of it as much as possible so we haven’t really spent that much time at home.

Poor Olivia is sick of the carseat haha

Dan and I have managed to go to the theatre once since she has been born. We left them at my mom’s. It was awesome! Definitely helped us feel closer after all the changes in our routine.

  

If it wasn’t for the endless reno’s in this house, which puts a restrain on us, it would almost feel like honeymoon even with a newborn. It causes us to fight a lot because I am so sick of it. I can’t wait to have my home back and to be able to have guests!

My disgusting stairs

Speakin of renos… They are not done. Dan took a week off the week Olivia was born and he caught up a lot, but it has been slow again since he went back to work. I wish he would just let me hire somebody to wrap it up. As there isn’t much left to do. The biggest problem is the stairs. He has no clue what to do with it and wastes time trying to figure it out. All of this time is time he could be spending with us… enjoying summer. I’m about to just hire someone !

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As for Helena, I believe things have played out as expected. She loves her sister. Loves to hug her, kiss her and hold her. She tries to play with her, it is so cute! She brings her toys, and even tries to share her food with her.

  

Her problem seems to be with me. She seems to be mad at me, like I cheated on her or something… I naturally spend more time with Olivia than anyone else, and she realized she was the reason why my belly was big ! 

But nothing is worse than when Dan as Olivia! She snaps! We talk to her, but it is definitely a matter of time.

She also decided to use pacifier again, the carseat and tried to wear clothes of hers that were passed onto Olivia… 

  

Everything expected, so no surprises here! You just don’t realize how easy newborns are until you have a toddler!

How dif I ever think a newborn was a lot of work the first time around? LOL