Thankful Thursday

 

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A couple bloggers that I follow, Louise of Talk Nerdy to Me and Shannon of The Voice He Gave Me, both do posts each Thursday titled – Thankful Thursday. I always love reading their posts as it is such a good reminder that we have so much to be thankful for. We may be having a bad day, there is always something to be thankful for. With some encouragement from Shannon, I’ve decided to join them. I’m not sure just yet if I will be doing this every week or what. We shall wait and see.

1) A break from my laptop. As some have noticed it has been quiet around here for the past week. I took a needed break from my laptop, and blogging. I was feeling a bit grumpy and run down from a lot of things, add in pregnancy hormones and I knew I needed to focus on other things. I am considering trying to start posting on a more regular schedule.

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2) A lift up. Without hesitation Jason will lift Evie up to get a different perspective to things in life. He is always so quick to help her out in any situation. This little girl is going to grow up knowing that her Daddy will always be there for her.

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3) Little friendships. We were thrilled to get to attend a gender reveal party for my friend Andria of The Cheerio Diaries this past weekend, and Evie was excited to get to see one of her friends who she sadly hasn’t seen since her birthday party. Hopefully come my summer break during the school year, we’ll get a few more play dates set up for these kiddos. Soon enough Andria and I will both be on maternity leave so hopefully all our kiddos will get to hang out.

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4) All things flamingo. My little girl is loving flamingos lately. She has two shirts, and now a bright pink toddler sized hooded towel that she adores. Ever since we went to the zoo, this has been her animal of choice. I’d say it’s the perfect summer animal.

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5) Story time with Evie. Lately Evie is all about reading her books to us. If she does not want us reading to us, we get a very loud “No, I read!” and she will proceed to give us her rendition of what is happening. Some of the story books I’m pretty sure she has memorized from our reading them to her night after night.

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6) Sidewalk chalk. I came home from a blogger event the other evening to sidewalk chalk art work all over the driveway. Aunty had been over to watch Evie. I love seeing this little bit of what they got up to. Bring on many more late afternoons of art work outside.

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7) Marigolds. In honour of Florence Marigold: Project #FlorenceMarigoldinBloom To remember a sweet, precious girl who has impacted the lives, and hearts of so many through the writing of her mother. Through her incredible smile, and the twinkle in her eyes that will always be remembered.

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8) Sunny weather and hats. We have been having some incredible weather, if its a sign of what is to come this summer we are in for a hot one. I am so thankful that Evie has two hats that she will willingly wear. One she picked out on her own, and this one with Minnie Mouse I got for her recently. The first one I got was too small, and with the help of my former manager, I was able to get her the size she needed. She loves it and it’s proven to make for no fights getting her to wear a hat in the sun.

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18 weeks {Pregnancy Update}

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Shirt/Tank/Jeans/Shoes How far along? 18Weeks, 1 Day Maternity clothes? Yuppers. Loving belly bands on pants. Bring on Thanksgiving dinner this October (baby so better be here before then... I hope). My problem right now is that shirts have never been long enough really, and add in a baby bump. Well, I needed more length. Thankfully that is where the tank top comes in for layering. I'm also braving wearing skinny jeans. I would have never done that before pregnancy, but I found a pair I really like. Stretch marks? Still no new ones to count for, just the old ones showing up a bit. Belly Button in or out? Still very much in. I would be surprised if my belly button pops. Sleep: I have not … Keep Reading!

Getting set for preschool

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Soon we will be taking Evie to preschool twice a week, and she is excited to start going. She will have to wait a bit though because she does not start til this fall. This past weekend we had our orientation at the preschool she was attending, and I was not sure exactly what to expect. We all got into the car and headed there early in the morning on Saturday and waited with several other parents and toddlers... soon to be preschoolers. While waiting to go in the kids were all playing on the outdoor play equipment. It seems that this is the place where bad behaviours often come out of kids. I see it at my work daily. Sure enough I spotted a child who was picking on the other kids, and … Keep Reading!

Modern Bump Social {giveaway}

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I've had the opportunity to attend several Modern Mama events, and each one has been a great experience. I've met many fellow moms, and learned about different things that make an impact on pregnancy and life after pregnancy. I had no idea that there were specialized physiotherapists to help with pelvic floor and stomach problems after baby had arrived. The one event I was even thrilled, surprised, shocked, and so thankful to win a Medela double pump. As many of you know I pumped for 16 months. Winning this was a huge blessing. Coming up this month on May 20th from 5:30 - 9pm at West Coast Kids is the Modern Bump Social. I'll be there along with a couple of my blogging friends and we'd … Keep Reading!

What’s in a name?

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When Jason and I stated dating we soon found ourselves looking to the future. We'd often put out names that we really liked, and veto the ones that we didn't like. We soon had a list of names we really loved by the time we were married. I can remember waiting to find out if we were expecting a boy or a girl. We had a boys name and a girls name picked out. As soon as we saw the face the precious little face of our baby, and then found out that we were expecting a little girl her name was confirmed right there. We stumbled across the name Everly after seeing the name Ever for a boy, and loved it. Simple, unique, and pretty. We gave her two middle names. One that is shared by all the girls in … Keep Reading!

She knows me

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  My daughter knows me. There are days where it seems like she knows me better than I know myself. She can read me like a book most days.   She sees me in a different way than others. I'm mom, mama, mommy, da-ma. Whatever name she wants to call me by.   It doesn't matter if I'm in my pajamas without makeup on, or dressed up super fancy. She anyways knows it's me. Even when looking at old photos of me as a kid, or ones from when Jason and I were dating right away she points me out. I'm surprised that she recognizes me, especially in photos when I have glasses on. I shouldn't be surprised though. This little girl has studied my face since the moment she arrived. Wide … Keep Reading!

Sushi Night Out

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When it was just Jason and I we would go for dinners out fairly regularly. Since having our daughter outings for dinner are definitely not as frequent. I can remember when I was pregnant with Evie that we had several date nights during the last month of pregnancy. The night before Evie was born, we went out to a local restaurant and I knew something was up, and that this was likely our last dinner as two. Contractions had started during dinner, but were nothing major. We enjoyed our last date night out as just a family of two... don't get me wrong, Jason and I still enjoy the odd date night just the two of us. Since Evie has joined the crew, going out is a bit more challenging. We can … Keep Reading!

Too much judgement .

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We definitely live in a time filled with lots of criticism and judgement, and recently the remarks that come from it seem to be directed at women who are pregnant, or women after pregnancy. First there was the remarks towards a local meteorologist who ended up calling out all of the bullies who were sending in hurtful and rude remarks, and letters to her about how she was dressing while pregnant. Then the hosts of a local radio station make known how they feel about women and their post pregnancy bodies and when the baby weight needs to be gone. What's next, a local councillor says that women look like sausage casings. Sadly before all of this were the comments directed to Kate Middleton … Keep Reading!

Outfits

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We almost didn't have a going home outfit for Evie. We had been told that our daughter was going to be big, the doctors had been guessing 9 to 10lbs. I packed almost all 0-3 month outfits, no newborn ones except for one. One that my sister had sent out to me that had been my niece's. We were pleasantly surprised that our daughter was 7lbs 7oz, into the little outfit she went after her first bath. We also did a little shopping trip soon after going home to get a few more newborn sleepers. I've been going through my daughter's closet recently, getting ready for the warmer weather that is coming. I've been slowly pulling out the fall, and winter pieces but leaving a few laying pieces because … Keep Reading!

This time around

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For me, this pregnancy has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. With having gone through miscarriages I have had that lurking in the back of my mind. You never forget what happened. When I saw the word pregnant show up on my at home test I was over come with so much joy, and thankfulness, but I was also swallowed up by fear. I didn't tell Jason right away. I found out in the morning and headed off to work. When I got home, Jason said he needed the car to run out and get some groceries. Perfect! When Evie woke from her nap, I put her into her "Big Sister" tshirt. We waited for him to get home. As soon as he opened the door Evie went running to him and Jason's eyes popped out of his … Keep Reading!