As Christmas quickly approaches and we are all running out of time to find that perfect gift, some of us may be stuck and unsure of what to buy that special someone. Watches in my opinion are always a great Christmas gift. One can never have too many watches (I may have too many lol), because there are so many different style options. I’ve partnered up with JORD Wood Watches again to share one of my favorite new watches that they have, the Conway Series. This watch is actually a men’s watch, but who says women can’t wear them too?! The watch that I chose is Sandalwood and Burgundy, and is even more gorgeous in person!! What I really like about this watch is the colours, the beautiful wood band and trendy burgundy face will leave that special guy or girl thrilled with their new gift!
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This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, all opinions are my own.
Hello friends! I have been so MIA for a while. It has been difficult trying to post regularly with a newborn and a 3 year old. I think that as mom's we sometimes can forget how crazy and exhausting the newborn stage is, especially if you have spaced out your kids like we did. The lack of sleep, the constant feedings- add to that a high energy threenager and we our friends have chaos! Even though it is chaotic, it is the best chaos there is…there is nothing better than being with my babies and being their momma! I had promised Charleston’s birth story a while back, so here it is. Here are some of her stunning newborn photos too!
A week before my due date I started to have contractions in the middle of the night, of course I thought I was in labour but the contractions subsided and I fell back asleep. The next morning I woke up and felt really sick, like I had a bug of some sort. We went to the park, relaxed and I continued to feel ill. At around 7 pm the contractions came back and started to get worse and didn’t subside. So at around 10 p.m. my husband, mom and I went to the hospital. When we arrived, I was 5cm dilated and we also found out that I had a fever, which unfortunately indicated that I had an infection and illness. Because of this, I had to (if possible) have two rounds of antibiotics before baby came, which meant that if my water didn’t break on its own then the doctor would break it at 3:45 am. After multiple attempts at an IV, finally that was in place and so were my antibiotics. The doctor wanted me to walk around for a while before I received the epidural, so I walked around the hospital breaking for painful contractions and spending time chatting with my mom and husband.
I received my epidural at midnight and all was good in the world again. I did still have to wait for almost 4 hours to meet my baby, but the pain was gone and I was finally able physically to rest. Mentally and emotionally I was worried because the doctors had said because I had an infection there was a 50% chance that my baby would be sick too. They also mentioned that the pediatrics team would be in the room right away to check baby and if the baby was ill to, they would have to take him or her. The longest 3 hour 45 minute wait I ever had. I passed the time chatting with my mom and husband and resting. I definitely didn’t sleep- how could I when I would be meeting my new babe soon!
3:45 a.m. was finally here. The doctor broke my water and I had my daughter Charleston at 3:57 a.m., she weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces and was 22 inches long. She wanted to meet us so badly that she came out so fast! The doctors checked her right away and she was perfect- she wasn’t sick and was the most beautiful baby girl I had ever seen. If you have been following my blog, than you know I have been convinced that I was having a boy the entire time, so much so that I called her ‘he’! Sorry baby girl! When she made her grand entrance, my mom was the one to tell us that she was in fact a she; we were all shocked and of course thrilled!! So much so, that Charleston was Baby Girl for a couple of days because we didn't have a girls name picked.
My recovery has been much easier the second time around and Charleston is a great baby. She loves to party at night, but she is so calm and easy going. Jaxson at the beginning had a very difficult time accepting Charleston and my new role, which broke my heart. But slowly, and on his own (I didn’t push) he now is obsessed with his baby sister. He is so sweet and says she’s my Baby Charleston. There is nothing more beautiful than your babies, being a mother to my baby boy and girl is the greatest blessing! To say we are smitten is an understatement! Thanks for reading!
How far along: 37 weeks (full term) baby could come any day!
Size of baby: Swiss Chard (6 1/3 pounds/ 19 inches).
Total Weight Gain: 30 pounds
Labour Signs: I have been experiencing some contractions/braxton hicks, nothing too painful or intense.
Sleep: I wake up multiple times a night to go to the washroom or because I am too hot or uncomfortable.
Stretch Marks? No stretch marks to date and my belly button is still in!
Wedding Rings On or Off? I feel like with the heat my hands and feet have started to swell. I can get my rings on, but some days its difficult to take them off. So I have decided to go without wearing them until after I have this baby!
Baby movement: This baby likes to kick momma's ribs, just like their big brother did!
Gender: We don't know...but I am so excited to meet this little boy or girl. If I do have a girl, I will be completely shocked!
Challenges this week: I am beyond tired, walking around for 30 minutes exhausts me. We went out this past weekend with our little boy and the day completely wiped the two of us. We came home, snuggled and had a 3 hour nap. Spending these last few weeks with my little boy as my only child has been a challenge because I feel guilty knowing that his little life and world will be rocked. He is going to be the best big brother!
Best moment this week: Knowing that in 3 weeks or less I will be meeting my precious baby boy or girl. Can't wait for that!
Hopefully my next bump post there will be a little baby!
Dress: Thyme Maternity, Sandals: Payless
A couple of weeks ago we went and had maternity photos done with Lori. She photographed my bridal shower and my first pregnancy photos. She does beautiful work and I couldn’t be happier with how our photos turned out. It is so difficult taking photos with an almost 3 year-old, I can’t imagine what it will be like when Baby #2 makes his or her appearance.
I haven’t been posting as often as I would like because I have been so tired and this third trimester is exhausting! I will be 35 weeks on Saturday and I honestly cannot believe Baby R will be here in 5 weeks or less! I can’t wait to be a family of 4!
Thank you so much for continuing to read my Blog!
Happy almost Friday!!
Xo , Tara
How far along: 32 weeks.
Size of baby: Squash (4 pounds/ 18.9 inches).
Must have items:
Cravings: Nothing to crazy...same things I have been liking the whole time. Lemonade, ice cream, fruit, salads and smoothies.
Baby movement: Feeling this babe move a lot, I know that movement does slow down as there continues to be less and less room in there!
Gender: We didn't find out..I think its another baby boy!
Challenges this week: Trying to not think about my exhaustion and focus on spending a lot of quality time with my little boy and enjoy what is left of this pregnancy. Its gone by so fast!
Best moment this week: I have another ultrasound this week, I love that I get to see the baby. I am having another one because at my last ultrasound baby was breech, so my OB wants to check and see if the baby has moved around. Fingers crossed!
Here are a few of our maternity photos! Stay tuned for some more next week!! Happy Thursday!
, How far along? 28 weeks- I am now officially in the last trimester. So crazy to think that this little bun will be here in 12 weeks or sooner.
Size of Baby: Baby R is the size of an Eggplant!
Must Have Items: I am loving both of these for stretch marks..still haven’t gotten any. Here’s hoping it stays that way.
Maternity clothes: Comfortable underwear, I just bought these ones from Thyme- I don’t know why I didn’t do this earlier. Also, I am loving any maternity legging.
Belly Button in or out? My belly button is still in, with my first pregnancy it stayed in the whole time. I have a pretty big innie, so I don't think that's going to change.
Sleep: I was feeling pretty energetic for a few weeks and I am back to feeling exhausted like I was in the first trimester. We had a really busy weekend which completely wiped me out, I had a 3 hour nap yesterday.
Best Moment of the Week: Taking my Glucose test..just kidding. Finding out that I don’t have gestational diabetes and that my baby is healthy is always great news…oh and feeling my baby move and flip even more!
Challenges this Week: Being extremely busy with work, a course that I am taking and being a momma.
Movement: Yes, lots of movements- kicks, twists and turns!
Food Cravings: Fruit (same as my first pregnancy), lemonade (also the same), Mint Chip Ice Cream? Which I hate when I am not pregnant..so weird.
Gender: We didn’t find out. I think I am having another little man, but recently a lot of people have been saying they think I am having a baby girl. We will find out soon enough!
Looking forward to: My next OB appointment, there is nothing better than hearing your babies heartbeat- with the exception of seeing their little face of course. I am definitely looking forward to that!
Purse: Kate Spade, Shoes: Winners, Maternity Dress: Motherhood Maternity
The first time I was pregnant, I spent most of my pregnancy in my regular clothes. I did purchase a few maternity items: leggings, tops, dress pants, jeans, shorts and tank tops. I didn’t however spend very much money. My reasoning is not because I don’t want to spend money on clothes (I have no problems doing that), but more so that I have a hard time spending money on clothes that you will only wear for a short period of time. This time around I have purchased some more maternity clothes because I plan on having at least one more baby after this one. If it was solely up to me, I would have 5 kids and my husband and I would have a starting lineup for a basketball or hockey team (haha).
I love a good deal, I mean who doesn’t. Within the past few years, I have really adopted the principle of not paying full price for pretty much anything. It angers me so much when I have bought something full price only to see a few weeks later its on sale! How many of you has this happened to?
Maternity clothes are very expensive and ugly…I mean ridiculously expensive. However, you can find some really good deals. Most of the maternity clothes I have seen and tried on I haven’t been a fan of They’re frumpy and I would never wear these styles when I am not pregnant, so why would I start now?!
That being said, I have also found some really cute things. My favorite stores to shop for Maternity clothes have been The Gap & Thyme Maternity. Here are some of my maternity must haves for the second trimester and some of my favourites that I have purchased!
1. Basic T-Shirts
Even when I am not expecting I am a huge fan of basic t-shirts. They are comfortable, can be dressed up or down and can be styled with anything. These Gap ones are my favorite. They have a little bit of stretch to them and can be layered underneath cardigans, sweaters and jackets.
Every pregnant momma needs at least one pair of maternity leggings. My favourites are these ones from Thyme Maternity. They’re super comfortable and they go with everything.
The struggle is so real to find a nice pair of maternity jeans. There are a lot to choose from, but also a lot that don’t fit properly, that are uncomfortable and also that aren’t stylish. I just recently purchased these ones from the Gap and I love them!
4. Pregnancy Pillow
I recently have been struggling to get comfortable when I sleep. I am almost into my third trimester, I cannot believe how fast it’s gone and I can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep. A pregnancy pillow helps with that and is so worth the money!
5. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for Stretch Marks
When I was pregnant the first time I was worried that I would get stretch marks, so I searched high and low for a product that would work. I love this cream, the smell and the fact that I haven’t gotten any stretch marks from either pregnancy. I am sure that some of it has to do with genetics, but I lather this stuff on twice and day all over the place.
Hope this helps some of you momma to be's! I will be sharing my third trimester must haves too!
Let me preface this Blog post with this.
I know that my son isn’t perfect. He doesn’t listen some times, he cries and whines, he throws tantrums when he doesn’t get what he wants and sometimes he can be rude. He’s also two and a half. I also know that he is kind, loving, energetic, smart and sensitive. As a parent, it can be difficult to see your child’s faults.
What’s interesting about this concept is that as adults we have many faults too. We sometimes don’t listen, we whine and cry, we throw tantrums (in private- hopefully!) and sometimes we can be rude. The difference- we know better.
As a mother, not many things bother me. The unsolicited advice from others, the judgmental looks and the questions, unfortunately are all part of parenthood. One thing that really bothers me, however, is when other people try to parent and discipline my son. I will say as a side note, there are and can be some exclusions to this rule: parents, grandparents and child care providers.
I was recently at someone’s house, both my husband and I were there with our son. He was the only child there. There were other adults all there as well. The entire time two individuals in particular (who are not parents), who never really see my son or spend time playing with him spent the entire time disciplining him. They would tell him ‘no’, ‘don’t touch that’, ‘say please’…you get the point. Now, I would and could understand if my husband and I weren’t there the entire time or if he was causing harm to himself or others. Neither was the case.
What I really struggle to understand is why someone would even want to discipline someone else’s kids. It’s exhausting. I am sure that these types of people really believe they could be doing a better job, that their child will never behave like my son and that they will never throw a tantrum. To them, I say Kudos. Kudos for believing that, and for living in a world full of rainbows and butterflies. Enjoy sitting in judgment. Leave the discipline and parenting to the parents or those charged with the responsibility- that’s our job.
So as I sit here slightly ranting about the sheer and utter annoyance that I feel when people try and parent my son, I leave you with this. We live in a world where it is very easy to make assumptions and judgments based on very little fact, evidence and experience. My advice is to always remember, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things” (Romans 2:1).
One of the most common questions that I got after I had my son and one that I still get is, “how are you in such great shape after having a baby?” I think there is a common misconception that as soon as a woman becomes pregnant and has a child, she is forever going to be battling the weight she put on during her pregnancy. The reality is that when you are pregnant, you’re going to gain weight. No question about that- I gained 28 pounds with my son and lost it all pretty quickly.
The amount of weight of course varies from woman to woman and each pregnancy is different. The recommended amount of weight gain during pregnancy relies on a variety of factors, your age, weight and current health condition. Medical professionals say that on average you should gain anywhere from 25-35 pounds. Most women that I know gain above the suggested weight gain, but that doesn’t mean they can't and don’t lose it all. I know a lot of momma’s who have and who look so fab!
Prior to becoming pregnant, I wasn’t too worried that I wouldn’t return to my pre-pregnancy size and shape. It’s funny how we tend to worry about things that are so trivial. I knew that I was healthy before my pregnancy that I would be healthy during my pregnancy and of course I would be healthy after my son was born. Any concerns that I may have had soon dissipated once I was pregnant with my son because all that I cared about was that I was healthy and most importantly that my unborn child was too. I wanted to make sure that I was eating the right amounts of nutritious foods so my baby would thrive in my belly. Here are some of my tips for Staying (not GETTING) fit when pregnant.
35 Weeks Pregnant with Jaxson
Stay as Active as You Were Before Pregnancy
Pregnancy is not the time to get into shape or start a new workout regimen. If you ran and did yoga prior to becoming pregnant than of course you can continue with that. Don’t start training for something while your pregnant. If you’re not a runner, don’t start now. Doctors recommend that you continue with whatever your daily activity was prior to your pregnancy to help keep you and your baby healthy. If you didn’t exercise at all, I would suggest doing some light to moderate exercise. Some great workouts for us pregnant gals are: walking, prenatal Yoga, Pilates and swimming.
10 Months Postpartum
Force Yourself to Exercise
Pregnant or not pregnant, there are so many days when we just don’t feel like exercising. Maybe you are tired or didn’t get enough sleep or just not feeling great and exercise is the last thing on your mind. As a pregnant woman and a mother of a 2 ½ year old (I’m sure many of you can relate) there are so many days when I don’t want to even move, but once I force myself, I feel so much better. This is essential for a pregnant woman, we really do need to force ourselves to exercise (whatever that may be), there are so many benefits during pregnancy, during delivery and once baby comes!
Two Years after Jaxson was born
Eat Healthy & Have some Treats too
Growing up I always had homemade meals, there was never a night that I didn’t. Both of my parents are amazing cooks, I am pretty good but I am working to be on their level. It’s so important to me that my children grow up with the homemade meals that I did. Because of the amazing meals that we always had and still do, we learned the importance of a balance diet. We ate healthy and fresh, but we would also indulge. I have always eaten what I wanted to, even before I was pregnant. If I wanted a Blizzard from DQ (my dad is my DQ partner lol) than I would have one. I was the same way in my first pregnancy and I eat that way now. I don’t believe in neglecting or ignoring what it is you want to eat. That said, I also don’t think that anyone should eat too much of anything- everything in moderation !So my fellow pregnant momma’s- if you wanna eat that bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream, than dive right in! (maybe just don't eat the whole tub in one sitting).
20 Weeks with Baby #2
I attribute my quick loss of my baby weight to a few things, the biggest being nursing. I remember waking up one morning about 4 weeks after having my son and I felt like myself again, my stomach was flat and I looked like I hadn’t had a baby. Nursing has so many health benefits for our babes, it also burns calories and reduces the size of your uterus after birth.I nursed my son for 11 months, the beginning was definitely a struggle, but I persevered and it was so worth it for both of us.
My next secret is; play with your kids. The amount of time I have spent chasing and running after my son is endless. We play so much and we always have- he is my greatest workout! Lifting a baby up and down as much as new momma’s do is an amazing workout; you don’t need to go to a gym!! When my new babe makes his or her debut, I will be showing you some of my workouts with babe- no equipment needed!
My last secret- don't stress! Each one of us is unique and so is each pregnancy. Don't compare yourself to others who are pregnant. As long as you feel healthy and you're eating well and your baby is healthy- that's all that matters! Once you have your brand new baby, you wont even think about weight loss. You will be too obsessed and consumed with your beautiful miracle that it won't and shouldn't be your first thought or worry!
I will be doing some Bumpdates on my Blog now that you can kind of see a bump. This is Baby #2 for us and we are so excited, well most of us are. My little boy doesn't really love talking about the baby but I know he will get used to the idea and be the best Big Brother!
How far along? 20 weeks! This pregnancy has definitely been flying by!
Size of Baby: Baby R is the size of a Banana!
Weight Gain: 8 pounds.
Maternity clothes: I have been wearing some maternity tops and some regular tops with my own regular legging bottoms. When I was pregnant with Jaxson I’m not sure exactly what I wore the whole time lol. I have gone and bought some tops though. I will be sharing some of my favorite maternity must haves in another post!
Belly Button in or out? My belly button is still in, with my first pregnancy it stayed in the whole time. We shall see how this one goes!
Sleep: I haven’t slept well since my son was born 2 ½ years ago. I mean how many parents actually sleep great anyways?!
Best Moment of the Week: Feeling Baby R move! One of my absolute favorite parts of being pregnant is feeling my little bundle doing somersaults. If this baby is anything like their big brother, my tummy is going to moving like crazy!
Challenges this Week: My little boy has been sick with the flu this week, which meant I got even less sleep than normal. Gosh, it’s awful when your babes are sick. You just wish you could take all of their sickness and pain away.
Movement: Yes, this little bunny has been hopping around in there!
Food Cravings: Fruit (same as my first pregnancy), Smoothies & Lemonade (also the same).
Gender: We don't know and we’re not going to find out! I think I am having another baby boy, but time will tell.
Looking forward to: Having my ultrasound in the next couple of weeks. It’s so nice to see your beautiful baby on the ultrasound, and to make sure that they’re doing ok and everything is growing and looking the way it should be.