Elle’s Birth Story

Elle Sunday Havens // June 5th 2015 // 7 lbs 5 oz / 6:32pm

I’m so excited to finally share Elle’s birth story on the blog. Elle’s birth was a really amazing and healing experience for me. For those of you who don’t know, my first birth experience was pretty challenging and ended up in a c-section (you can read about Dexter’s c-section birthHERE) so when I became pregnant with Elle, I was determined and hopeful that I would be able to have a Vbac. Attempting a vbac was a big decision for me to come to, and we spend the entire pregnancy preparing for it, but in the end it was the best experience and it went so much better than I ever thought it would.

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I should warn you, this post is pretty long. I am so happy to share it with you guys but I also want all the details down so that I can read back and remember too. I’ll paraphrase where I can.

Here’s how it all went down:

Thursday we went to the splash pad near our house with Natalie and the boys. I was a week away from my due date, super uncomfortable and ready for this baby to come. When we were done at the splash pad I decided that instead of driving home with Zach, I would walk home to try to get things moving. Later that night Natalie and I went to get mani/pedis and Starbucks to get in some girl time before baby’s arrival. I went to bed that night feeling nothing until….

4am on Friday I woke up to cramps. Nothing super painful but just like a deep period cramp in my belly and back. I noticed they were rhythmic (probably every 20 minutes) but I would easily fall back asleep in between. I decided that I would see what was going on at 6am and go from there.

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I woke at 6am and things felt about the same but they were much closer together (10 minutes ish). I told my husband that I was feeling “something” but that he should totally still go to work.  After a couple more minutes in bed and some more cramps I hopped in the bath to try and see if the “contractions” would stop or space out at all. I got into that bath fully expecting them to stop, Zach would go to work and we would wait at least another week to have this baby. Once in the bath things picked up a bit and I started to entertain the idea that this might be it. I hung out there for a while but then felt lonely and anxious and Dex had woken up so I went to snuggle with them in bed. Pretty much as soon as I got out a I had a couple really strong contractions and noticed that they were super close together. My husband was saying “Call Erika” (our amazing doula) but you never want to be the preggo who cries wolf and regardless of my increasingly strong contractions, I was still in total denial. I got my phone out to start timing and paced around the room. I timed a couple and when I looked down at my phone they were all 45 seconds long and less than 2 minutes apart. That’s when I knew (and finally admitted) that this was it. We called Erika and let her know what was going on and to head over whenever she could. I called Elleana (my midwife) and filled her in too. We also called my mom and sister who began the 5 hour drive to come be with me for the birth. This was it!!

I started packing and trying to get in some time with Dex when I realized that this would be my last time with him as my only child. Erika showed up around 9am (thank goodness) and contractions had gotten pretty strong. No closer together but they were starting to stop me from talking and puttering around. I needed counter pressure on my back for each contraction and a hot water bottle to help with the pain. At this point I started getting coupling contractions where the first one would totally kick my butt and then about 10 seconds later there was another mini contraction (so fun!) that was shorter and less painful. My midwife arrived and I immediately wanted her to check me. Already this labour was so much more painful than with Dexter so I assumed I had dilated quite a bit……… I was one centimetre! ONE CENTIMETRE PEOPLE! Last time I got to 3-4 centimetres without a whole lot of pain and here I was dying at one cm!!? I tried not to cry or get discouraged and got back into the bath. We all hung out in the bathroom while I laboured for another hour and things got REAL. I was literally crying “no no no” with each approaching contraction and making a host of other sounds that I never knew I could make. An hour later, we checked again and I was a four! Finally some progress.

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We then decided to head to the hospital. I wanted to stay home as long as I could but with being a vbac we did want to be in the hospital just in case of any complications. It was the longest 10 minutes of my entire life (seriously though, there are few things as torturous to me as labouring in a moving vehicle) but we arrived and got settled into our room really quickly. My awesome midwife was already filling up the tub for me and I got right in. The water didn’t help much with the pain and we ended up having to move to a different room so after getting out and moving rooms I was ready for an epidural. This was a tough choice for me. Everything I read about vbac said that you have a higher chance with a natural birth but my contractions had been less than 2 minutes apart for 5 hours at this point and I was desperate for a break. It was now noon, the epidural was in place and perfect because I could still feel a lot and move my legs and toes. We did another check and I was at a 6. This number is significant for me because with my son that’s the most I ever dilated. As thrilled as I was to be 6cm, I was terrified that I would stall there again.

I rested for the next couple of hours. It was such an amazing experience to be in labour during the day, in a room with big windows and the sun shining in, with my closest family and support. We chatted on and off about baby names and made our gender predictions for this baby. It was honestly such an amazing time. I remember laughing so hard and some points and thinking how it was just the best day ever, and my baby wasn’t even here yet.

We checked me again at 5pm and I was 9cm dilated. I instantly started crying. This was such a big deal for me because it told me that my body can do this. I didn’t stall at a 6cm like last time and I was one cm away from our meeting our baby. It was then that my doubts completely went away and I knew. I knew in my heart that this vbac was happening.

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We waited another hour (6:20pm) and when we checked again I was still a 9 but my water hadn’t broken yet. While my midwife was checking me, my water broke anyway and I was instantly a 10. We talked about letting me labour down for another hour to get the baby nice and low but then Elleana (midwife) suggested that I do a little practice push just to see where we were at. At this point,  I’m assuming I’m going to practice a couple times, not be very good at it, wait an hour, and then maybe push for two hours before this baby actually arrives. I wasn’t even taking the practice push too seriously, nor did I have a clue what I was doing so I just went for it and pushed as hard as I could. I could sort of tell that something exciting was happening based on everyone’s reactions but when the push was over they told me they could see the head and it was time to have a baby.  I could barely process what was happening. I wasn’t emotional (which I’m usually super emotional), I didn’t even know where anyone was standing, I just became fiercely determined to push this baby out. My vbac was within my grasp and it was the moment I had been preparing for and praying for for so long.

I pushed the next contraction and her heart decelerated. They threw the oxygen mask on me and told me to take deep breaths (which totally scared me) and there were loud beeping noises coming from the monitor. I was losing my mind on the inside but knew I had to stay focused. After another push and another decel, they called in the NICU team just in case, which also scared the crap out of me and I knew that something about these pushes was stressing my baby out. I literally thought to myself, I’m getting this baby out next push. Sure enough, next contraction (so three total) her head was out. Her shoulder however, was stuck. Without a contraction, my midwife looked me in the eyes and basically said “push as hard as you can right now”. I did (I swear my head was going to pop off) and out came our precious second born. They placed her on my chest briefly which was a moment I had longed for for so long. I was so focused on getting her to cry/breathe that I didn’t even think to check what this baby was. I was so in the zone but I heard my mom say something like “she’s okay” (trying to reassure me because I was scared) and then Zach said “It’s a girl??”. I still hadn’t reacted to the gender thing yet because I just wanted her to cry. After a minute they took her across the room so the NICU nurses could check her out. I heard my baby cry and then I just started bawling and processing everything that just happened. I had a vbac! I did it! I have a DAUGHTER?!

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My husband went with our baby and was at her side for her first moments. He brought her back to me in a pink hat and kept saying “She’s perfect, she’s so beautiful”. Something about seeing that pink hat made everything so real and I let all the emotion of the last 10 minutes out at once. My baby girl on my chest, in her pink little hat and everyone I love around me – it was easily the (tied for first) best and most intense moment of my life. It took me so long to process everything. I had stressed about the vbac for so long and now it was behind me, and I did it! I had wondered for 9 months who this baby was and here was my daughter, in my arms, healthy and peaceful.

We took forever to name her because we had so many girl names that we loved but we finally settled on Elle Sunday Havens. Elle is a name we loved back when we had Dexter. We thought it sounded strong and stylish and classic and cool. Sunday (we get asked about that one a lot) is just a special name to us. We thought it was a beautiful name and just gives you good vibes. Sunday is the best day and it just felt pretty and peaceful and full of light. It suits her so perfectly.

I feel very blessed to have had the birth experiences that I have had and although they could not have been more opposite (one 3 days of labour and a c-section, the other, 6 hours of labour, 10 minutes of pushing and a vbac) I love both experiences for different reasons. If there is one thing both experiences have taught me, it’s that birth is just the first step in a long and amazing journey. I used to put so much pressure on birth but I am learning  that birth is beautiful no matter what and down the line a few months/weeks/years when you hear your baby say I love you, your birth plan not going exactly to plan will be the last thing on your mind (that’s been my experience anyway). I know all of our journeys are VERY different (some very easy and some painful and difficult) but bringing a child into this world (adoption, birth, the desire at all to be a mother) is incredible and beautiful and I love that us mamas all have that in common and how brings us together.

Thank you so much for reading!

Britt

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Elle: One Month Update

Everyone warned us that since Dexter was pretty easygoing, that our second baby would surely be more wild but my littlest love is calm, snuggly and pretty even tempered. Our month has been filled with amazing support from friends and family, Zach being super dad and spending so much amazing time with Dexter, me getting some bonding time with my girl, and the 4 of us figuring out life together.

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We named her Elle Sunday. It was the most difficult decision and unlike Dexter’s name (which we knew long before we even started having babies) this one took time. We honestly waited overnight to name her. We went into the hospital with really no boy names and like 4-5 girl names we loved. So when she was born, we loved all of our girl names so much it was really hard to decide which one was the most her. We sat there writing out all the options with middle and last names and stared at the registration page just going back and forth forever. We looked at her and expected to just ..know. But, to be honest, we didn’t “just know”, like at all! We could eliminate a couple for sure but we were left with three that we LOVED. In the end we went with the name we had liked the longest and had the most feminine sound because “OMG it’s a GIRL!!?!” To us Elle sounded chic, feminine, pretty and strong. We felt like Elle Havens sounded sweet and bright and also a little bit like a supermodel. ;) My mother’s name is Shelley and naming her Elle felt like a little “piece” of my mom. Sunday, we get a lot of questions about. Honestly, we just love the name. It has the best vibes and Sunday makes us feel peaceful and restful and cozy and happy. I know it’s a little a lot different and we weren’t necessarily trying to be WAY out there it just has a lot of meaning to us and now it suits her so well.

On to the update!

We left the hospital less than 24 hrs after she was born, which was great. It was such a gorgeous day out and Elle was so calm and happy in her car seat. She was so tiny that all those first time mom nerves about driving with a new baby came flooding back. Thankfully, our drive was uneventful and we came home to a clean house (thanks mama), pink flowers on our dining room table and a peaceful house. I was missing my boy though and even though I was exhausted, I was dying for them to meet.

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Dexter and Elle meeting went really really well! We were at home and Zach’s parents (who had Dexter overnight) brought him to us. We didn’t have time to plan or prepare anything but Dexter is pretty chill so I expected him to take it well. Zach went out to get him and brought him to see Elle and I in our room. He came in so excited and he was holding a pink carnation and I just about died. He looked at her and kissed her and called her “Ivy” which is his cousin’s name haha. I got some snuggles with him and we took some family photos and overall it was such an amazing moment. All of us together for the first time. He was so interested in her and gentle (which we’ve sense been working on).

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So puffy and so happy. ^

Some details about our girl. Her little girly cry makes us melt. It’s so surprising after having a boy for two years the true GIRL sound of even her cries. Zach aways calls her a damsel in distress. She is so so sleepy. I’m sure my memory from when Dex was born is a little foggy, but I believe she is waaaay sleepier and less alert than he was. For the first week of her life I legitimitely worried about her vision because I never ever saw her open her eyes.

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Our first night home as a bit of a disaster. We tried Elle in her bassinet but she hated it. I think it was being flat on her back (she’s crazy gassy and spits up a lot) and away from me but it did not go well. Desperate for sleep we let her into our bed with us (plenty of room, firm mattress, no blanket – and if you still have a problem with it then that’s cool, but this is what got us through the first couple of nights) and it went much better. She loves snuggling more than anything. As long as she’s touching your skin, she’s happy. She dislikes being changed, or passed around. She’s a pretty light sleeper too and the littlest sound wakes her up, but then she will fall right back asleep.

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We had our first outing about 8 days post partum. I was WAY too sore to be out walking around and I paid the price the next day but I was desperate to get out and Elle needed some girly clothes! We grabbed a couple onesies and sleepers and I think grabbed some iced coffees and headed back home.  Seeing TWO kids in the back of the car was insane!

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She also had her first time at church. I was all excited and had saved this adorable yellow dress with a peter pan collar and she slept in her car seat the entire time so no one even saw it…or her haha. Zach and I also got in a couple date nights with just Elle since it’s basically like she’s not even there.

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So far our first month with our daughter has been heaven. It’s hard, don’t get me wrong, two kids in no joke and I’ve cried a lot of overwhelmed tears but having a baby again is such an amazing time. I adore the newborn stage and baby smells and baby feet and honestly I never want this to end. I am sore and hormonal and exhausted but I’ve got pink things all over my house and a baby girl who is healthy and lovely and I couldn’t feel more blessed.

Dexter’s 18 Month Update

This past week my baby boy turned one and a half! I actually feel like the worst mama ever because all week I was like “Oh the 19th is coming, he’s going to be a year and a half that day.” and what do you know, the day came and went and I didn’t even realize it. The day after I looked at the calendar and was like “nooooo”. Any one else literally not know what the actual date is on a given day without actually looking at their phone? haha Oops!

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I wanted to do a little 18 month update. He has changed and learned more in the last month than any other time span before. I can see him turning into a big boy right before my eyes. It kinda makes me sad but, this stage is by a long shot, the most fun stage so far. It’s so amazing to actually be able to communicate with him and do activities together!

Here’s what’s new with Dex:

The good stuff:

  • He has started talking so so much lately. He will say almost anything we tell him to, or at least try anyway! My faves are “cookie”, “Barry” (his stuffed bear), and “breakfast” – and if these words are any indication on this kids priorities then I’d say we are killing it at this whole parenting thing. He has also nailed “Baby” and knows where the baby is – which makes me excited!!
  • He started saying some 2 word sentences this week! “Bye dad” and “blue ball” or “big ball”.
  • He hasn’t ever said “NO”. He’s never even shook his head no. This seems amazing but I’m also starting to think he has no idea what “no” means when we say it. More on that later.
  • He has become super nurturing. When with friends he loves sharing things back and fourth and making sure everyone has their cup and soother. Practicing to be a big brother I assume.
  • He knows lots of animal sounds. Dog, horse, elephant, snake, sheep, pig.
  • He started doing puzzles which is super cool. I mean as a parent, things like this just blow my mind. One minute all the pieces are out and I’m focusing on something else and I look up to the puzzle being like done and him clapping. Do you get up in the night and practice these things? (we’re talking like those big wood 6 piece shape puzzles here – just fyi, nothing crazy).
  • His fave foods are any kind of fruit, pasta, chicken noodle soup, oatmeal, yogurt, meatballs and cheese. His least favourite foods are anything other than what I listed above (heeeelp meee!)
  • He sleeps 8-7:30 and naps once a day from about 10:30-1/1:30.
  • He has FINALLY befriended a stuffed animal! I always tried to get him to take to one in the past but he usually just wanted to carry around a toy hammer or drumstick but now (not all day but at bedtime and in the morning) he LOVES Barry. Barry is just a stuffed Bear I got from Indigo – you can see him here! 
  • He knows how to say “Show” and hand me the remote. Ugh sooo bad! He only cares about one show and that show is Bo on the Go. It’s a super strange show about being physically active, but if you even go near the remote he starts shouting “GO GO! BO GO!” And I usually give in, because that’s about the cutest thing ever.
  • He recognized the letter D the other day. That was cool. Every day it’s like he needs me less and less. I just see him learning things that I can’t even remember teaching him. I guess it’s the whole “more is caught than what is taught” thing.

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The hard stuff: 

  • He has become the pickiest eater ever. If it’s not fruit, carbs, cheese or covered in some sugary “dip” then he’s not touching it. I know this is normal kid stuff but it’s making me crazy. I almost feel offended when I make this big healthy meal and he refuses every bite! I am getting sneaker at hiding veggies in smoothies and muffins and as always getting lots of use out of our Baby Brain Organics!
  • Toddler discipline is in full force. It’s the weirdest stage actually when they cross over to being deliberately defiant. He used to do things all the time out of curiosity and that was okay but now I can see it in his eyes. Just watching me, waiting for me to notice him doing that thing I just told him 100 times not to be doing. Discipline is hard. You don’t want to (or even feel like you know how to as a first time mom) but it is so necessary in their lives. Dex responds so much better and is so much better behaved when he has boundaries and they are enforced. It’s just taking like months for him to grasp the whole “stop throwing food off your high chair” thing! AHHHGGH
  • His seizure! Ugh! If you follow me on Instagram then you most likely already know about this – I’m planning on doing a full post just to inform anyone because I had no idea these existed and after sharing on IG and with some other moms, many of them didn’t know either. Anyway – Dexter had a febrile seizure 2 weeks ago and it was the scariest night of my entire life. It happened because his fever rose too quickly and that is how some babies bodies cope with the sudden temperature rise. It hands down was the biggest LOW of the last 6 months but we are so so so thankful that he is okay and that the pnumonia is gone and we are all 100% healthy for the first time since before Christmas!!

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(obsessed with our new soother clips from Loved by Sophia Claire – check out her shop here!)

What else is new?

We are working on Dexter’s toddler room and can’t wait to get it all together. We have been so on the fence about the whole toddler bed thing. I don’t know if he is ready and to be totally honest I’m dreading how it might affect his sleep but we will have to do it sooner or later. I can’t decide if it’s better to do it now, before baby, even if it might be too soon for him. Or wait until the baby is here but risk having TWO babies who don’t sleep through the night! Any and all advice is welcome on this one!

 

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Dex you have grown so much the past couple months. You are wild and curious but also so gentle and kind. You have become so much more cuddly and I love our time in bed snuggling every morning. I love how you need me when you are hurt or tired. I love how you go wild when you see your dad and either immediately run away to be chased by him or prepare for a tickle fight/wrestling match. I love how things always need to be even between dad and I – if I ask for a kiss and he’s around, you walk right over and give him a kiss too. If you hand something to me, you will go find another one to hand to dad. I love that we are a little family. You seriously complete our lives. We ask ourselves all the time, “What even mattered before Dexter?, What did we think about and care about? Why did we want to make money and be healthy?” Because now those things are all you. You are every good piece of my day, you are more than anything I have ever sacrificed, you are the reason for every decision we make. I can’t wait to see you as a big brother. You are going to be the perfect brother and the best influence on another little Havens. Wild and funny at times, but so soft and shy at others. We love you, I tell you about 300 times a day (secretly hoping one of these days you will say it back) but really we could never say it enough. We love you, we love you, we love you so so so much.

 

 

 

Weekend Recap // Where the HECK have I been?

Okay sooo I know I have been so MIA lately! If you follow me on instagram you will already know most of this. If not, here it goes. If you hadn’t heard I started a new blog with my best friend and twin mama Natalie Young. We have been working so hard on launching and preparing content for that blog that I have slacked a little a lot on this one. Now that the dust has settled a little bit I will be back blogging more personal/family posts here at Oh Baby Havens. The new blog, Three Little Crowns, is going to be a little less personal and feature more DIY, recipes, style, beauty tutorials and other mom things that we are into. What happened was, I was getting a ton of emails and requests on Oh Baby Havens to do beauty posts, product reviews, cloth diapering posts etc. I do LOVE writing about all those things but in the end I felt that Oh Baby Havens is more of a memory book for me and Dex and I imagined him being older and reading through the blog (I know, I know, he will be a teenage boy and not care like AT ALL about my blog but a mama can dream right) and come across all these product reviews and his mom doing her makeup and it just didn’t seem to align with my original vision for this blog. So – for updates, family adventures and thoughts on motherhood Oh Baby Havens is your jam. For style, beauty, DIY, mom life and twin mama tips, product reviews, giveaways and a ton of other topics we love chatting about you MUST check out Three Little Crowns and follow us on instagram. Hope that’s not too confusing and that you will follow Natalie and I on our new blogging adventure. It’s been such an awesome start and we have so many awesome things planned for the rest of the summer! Today we have our first style post. We are showing you how to style some of our summer style staples 2 different ways!! Here is a sneak peek :)

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Now, let’s get you caught up!

I never do a weekend recap because to be quite honest our weekends aren’t that exciting.   Mostly just hanging out on our deck, making yummy food and staying in comfy clothes all day. Not something I think you guys are dying to see photos of. This past weekend though was one for the books blog. We had so much fun and now that Dexter is sleeping so much better we were able to be a lot more flexible and go out a bit! Hallelujah! It was the weekend that never ended and we are so thankful for that. I remembered to snap some iPhone photos (yes!) and thought we would do a little weekend post! Hope everyone had an awesome Canada day and 4th of July!

My mom visited this week! It was so amazing seeing her and Dex interact and even more amazing having a friend around to hang out with when Dex was asleep or just someone to talk to while we shopped. We spent the week making yummy meals, drinking tea, sitting out in the sun and taking endless iPhone photos of Dexter. She bought him all these cute festive Canada day things so he could celebrate in style!

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Moccs are Stitches&Soles and we are obsessed! Use coupon code DEXTER for 10% off any mocc purchase!

LOVED having some girl time with my mom!

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Kiddie pool hangs with his besties.

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Friday we went to this awesome farm/zoo near us with our best friends and their twins! We didn’t know what to expect but it ended up being so legit and having Zebras, Lions and even this huge anaconda snake! I know Dex is a little young to enjoy the zoo but it was cute showing him different animals and just walking around together.

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Saturday my husband and I went on our first date night since February! We couldn’t believe it when we realized how long it had been. We do a ton of fun and romantic things together but Dex is always around or asleep but still there. It was so nice to get glammed up and go out to an amazing steak dinner! We only got one pic because we promised to keep it a phone free date! Best. decision. ever.

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Sunday was the usual. Church (we walked to church which was awesome) and then just backyard hangs and chasing this little monkey all over the place. His walking is getting amazing. It scares me and makes my heart explode with pride every day. 

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Essie Fiji – all day. every day!

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ALSO – I tried Jamberry nails and holy moly these are amazing! If you are a mom and give an average of like 2 baths a day these will change your life. Mine lasted over a week with no chips before I took them off because I thought the popsicle print (!!!!) was a little much for a wedding I was attending but they would have lasted way longer! I am actually obsessed!

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And here’s a shot from that wedding I just mentioned. Congrats to some of our best friends Justyn and Krista!

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Alright, thats it! I know this post was all over the place but they don’t call it a weekend photo dump for nothing! Hope you guys had an amazing weekend and that your monday is off to a good start!

xoxox B

 

Dexter’s 9 Month Update

Dexter is 9 months old and honestly, more fun than ever – Here’s a little recap of his month and what’s new with my main mini man!

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Wolf shorts – Sugar Plum Lane Baby Boutique

Weight: We haven’t had him weighed since his 6 month appointment. If I had to guess I would say around 22lbs. He is so much more mobile now and leaning out a lot even though that belly sometimes says otherwise.

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Sleep: Two days ago I would have said “horrible”. Then we tried a sleep training technique and that was a total fail and then the past 2 nights he has been the best sleeper ever!! Honestly, it changes every day.

Eating: He’s still an awesome eater. We have cut out purees completely because he just doesn’t like them anymore. He has been loving all the fresh fruits that this season brings.  I posted this photo of a typical lunch on Instagram this past week.

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Diapers:  Cloth diapering. No new diapers but so many of you have asked me for a review of the different brands I use so I’ll start working on that post for you guys!

Clothing: Dex wears 9-12 or 12 month clothing and size 2 shoes and moccs. I have been loving dressing him as her gets older and getting him into more toddler looking clothes and separates and less baby stuff. So stylish!

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Triangle Shorts : (also) Sugar Plum Lane Baby Boutique // Moccs : Freshly Picked 

Mood:  His mood has been great! He loves getting outside and is still happiest when he is in water or when he is eating. He is still SO not into cuddling (insert broken heart emoji here) but I’m hoping that will change as he gets older.

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 Loves:

▪   Being outside. He is so interested in cars passing and grass and birds. It’s an incredible honour to be the one who gets to introduce him to the world and all it has to offer.

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▪   Swimming/water – we just got him a littke backyard kiddie pool and he goes wild splashing and crawling in and out on his own.

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▪   Music – he is really starting to react and love it when we sing to him or play music. Taking after his musician dad on this one (i hope!!!) .

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▪   Dogs – he has taken so much interest in dogs whenever we are around them. Zach and I LOVE dogs but after tragically losing our dog Padme (3 days after I gave birth) we have been holding off on getting another one. It just didn’t feel right until now. So now the search is on for the right dog for us. We are in no rush and trust that the right dog will come our way. We miss our first dog(ter) so much and she will never be replaced but we would love Dex to grow up with a doggy.

Doesn’t Love:

▪   Sleep training. HA!

▪   Sun in his eyes/wearing hats.

▪ Looking at the camera when it’s time to take a picture.

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What I Want to Remember:

▪   He stood on his own mother’s day weekend! So exciting to see him be all cautious and psych himself up and then finally let go. He gets pretty excited and proud of himself when he does it.

▪   His teeth. We have 8 teeth now and his little top teeth killllll me when he smiles. Makes him look like such a big boy.

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▪ His hair is really starting to curl (YESSS)

Looking Forward To:

 ▪   I’m really looking forward to his first birthday. I know, I know. He’s only one. He doesn’t care about a party. All that is totally true but it’s so exciting and fun for me. Even though he is only one, this year deserves a celebration. It’s been the hardest, most amazing, challenging, messy beautiful year of our lives. Not only has Dexter gone from helpless newborn to intelligent, independent, curious baby, but Zach and I have gone from clueless, terrified parents to only sometimes clueless and terrified. haha Kidding, but really so far it has been such an awesome year of growth and I can’t wait to celebrate! I picked a theme and started looking for some cute memorable gifts for him today!

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Thanks for reading xoxoxo B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recap: Our Vacation To Jamaica

Well, we made it. Our first flight/vacation as a family of three was a success!

On April 11 we traveled to Jamaica for my sisters destination wedding. We stayed overnight at a hotel in Toronto and left on our flight at 6am Friday morning. Going into this I was pretty nervous about traveling with an 8 month old. I read countless blogs about flying with a baby and was prepared for the worst but as the trip got closer I decided that I was going to look at it a different way. Instead of seeing the trip as stressful or difficult I decided to look at it as our first vacation together and getting to spend every day for a week straight with both my guys!

The trip was incredible and traveling with a baby was actually so fun and so smooth thanks to some careful prep!

This post is just a little recap of some vacation highlights.

We stayed at the Gran Bahia Principe in Runaway Bay Jamaica.

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An umbrella stroller was KEY on the resort to get around. This one is the Quinny Zapp. It folds super small and can even be stored in the overhead compartments on an airplane. Big thanks to my sister in law for letting me borrow it for the trip!

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My sister and her beautiful daughter Ivy.

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Beach Day!

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Ladies, if you feel insecure about your post baby body, your baby makes an awesome and adorable shield haha

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Probably my favourite photo from the entire trip. Those little toes digging right into the sand! I die!

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Pool time!

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Ummm yeah, I basically glow in the dark. I think Dex was more tanned than me by the end of it.

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Thanks so much for reading!

xoxox

B

 

 

 

He’s SIX months old!

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6 months. Half a year. If you’re a mom and you’re reading this I don’t even need to say it but I’m going to anyway. How on earth did this happen? Where did the time go? Wasn’t he just inside? It’s been such a joy watching him grow so far. I honestly am a changed woman since knowing Dexter and I am so beyond blessed to be his mom. I miss having a little baby from time to time but this stage is still my favourite so far!

Update time…

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Weight: No idea. He hasn’t been weighed since his 4 month appointment. I think we go next week. Big. Super big.

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Sleep: Sleep is going well. Dex is getting awesome at putting himself to sleep. Like most babies he sleeps through the night one night and the next he is up 4 times.  Good times Dex. Currently he’s in bed around 730pm and still wakes at 12am and 5am. We’re getting there. His naps are 9:30 and 1 and sometimes a short nap at 4. I’m thinking about posting our daily schedule on here if anyone is interested.

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Eating: We started solids! It’s been going so well. This babe loves to eat! He is still nursing frequently but enjoying some solids for dinner around 5:30. He loves sweet potato, egg yolk, avocado, and banana.

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Diapers:  Still cloth diapering. Still loving it. We have changed some of our cloth diaper routine lately and it’s working even better than before. When he wears disposable diapers (for travel) he is a size 3 and we have been using The Honest Company.

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Clothing: He wears 6-12 or 9-12 month clothing now. I just did a ton of shopping with my mom for Dex for Jamaica and I can’t wait to see him in all his summer clothes. I’m going to be doing a post on things we bought for Jamaica. Preparing for a trip to Jamaica has been so fun, if I’m not careful buying things for Dex to wear in Jamaica will end up costing me more than the trip. No really.

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Sweater – Baby Gap HERE / Bandana Bib Vonbon HERE / Moccs Freshly Picked HERE

Mood:  He has been in the best mood lately. He is curious and always smiling. He loves attention (especially from the ladies) and is happiest in the mornings! He is such a thinker and it doesn’t take long for him to catch on to something new. He is generally pretty laid back like his Dad. :)

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 Loves:

▪   Trying to crawl. Forget the exersauser or jolly jumper or even being held. If this kid isn’t on the ground he is not happy. He is so close to crawling it scares me. He can get into the all fours position and bounce his little booty up and down. He can also do like a downward dog position right up on his hands and tip toes.

▪   Pureed Foods – As I mentioned we started some solids and he has been loving it. Can’t get it into his mouth fast enough!

▪   Swimming – We took him swimming for the first time and it was awesome. Mostly because he wore little baby swim trunks! I died.  Here’s a little peek. Ignore my running mascara, I had no idea he would be able to soak me with his splashing.

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▪   Babbling – he is getting so much more vocal and trying out new sounds every day. He always has Zach and I laughing with the weird noises he makes.

Doesn’t Love:

▪   Teething and everything it involves.

▪   Not being on the ground

▪   Being still – he is becoming so so active. He is not much of a snuggler and that kind of breaks my heart but I also love and embrace that he is a busy boy looking for adventure and wanting to be active all the time. I guess it makes the snuggly moments more sweet.

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What I Want to Remember:

▪   Got his second tooth at 26 weeks. Took it like a champ. WAY better than first tooth.

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▪   Took him for his first swim on family day (25 weeks). We wanted to start some little family day traditions and we thought swimming would be fun. We went to the Y and they have an awesome kiddie pool. Dex loved it! He splashed so much and didn’t want to get out. I love that he has no fear of the water.

▪    He learned to sit up on his own. I still hang close by just incase he face plants but he has got it down.  It totally freaks me out when I look over and he’s just sitting playing with his toys!

▪   He has started sleeping on his tummy every time. The first time he slept on his belly was his longest sleep ever and since that day I don’t think he has ever slept on his back again. He gets his bum up in the air and wedges both arms underneath his body like he is all swaddled.

▪   He learned to roll back to front. Thank God. We used to have to roll him once he got frustrated on his tummy but now he just rolls back on his own. Downside: he goes from back to tummy, back to tummy until he has rolled clear across our entire living room. No more leaving him alone on the floor while I do anything haha.

Thanks so much for reading guys! Means so much to me!

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How old does he look in this pic!?! My heart explodes.

xoxox

B