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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekend Highlights

It was yet another great weekend for the Stymiest clan!  Our weekend started off with a walk to a nearby Thai restaurant for supper.  It was really good but we regretted not ordering more!  So we popped in to Subway and picked up a few cookies to enjoy with our coffee once we got home.

We had a few minutes to sit and relax once we got home since this little love bug fell asleep on the walk home.

Saturday morning we got a few chores done around the house and played with Jules.

I met up with a couple of friends for lunch at The Palate while Dan and his girl hung out at home.  I came home to find my guy hanging out his hockey jerseys on the clothesline.  Since we still have a lot of snow, he had to wade through it to get to the line.

It's so weird to have such beautiful, warm sunny days and yet still have so much snow!

Later in the day we went out to do some shopping.  We didn't find anything for ourselves but got this cute ball hat for Julia.

We enjoyed a very lazy and boring Saturday evening at home (just how we like it!).

On Sunday after church we headed to Quispamsis to celebrate Madeline's birthday.  I can't believe she's 10 years old.  Time flies!!

Both girls were so excited to see Julia and of course took lots of turns holding her.

And here's Papa & Nana Stymiest with all their granddaughters! 

And of course Auntie Dee just loves her niece!

Madeline and Kate gave Julia an Easter card that they had both written on.  So sweet!  The Thibodeau's also gave her an adorable summer dress and a new book.  

Julia has no idea how much she is loved and adored!  Hopefully someday she will understand how blessed she is.  I know that we are SO blessed to have her!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Julia's Nursery

I am finally getting around to posting pictures of the nursery!  I just recently did the finishing touches to her room and I'm quite satisfied with how it turned out.

The end result is not exactly how I envisioned it, but it's pretty close. 

Come on in and take a look!

The letters on the wall came from Michaels.  I used coupons and got them for 40% off.  The crib is from Walmart in the U.S. (it was much cheaper!).  The bedding came from Amazon and the quilt was made by my grandmother with the fabric purchased from Etsy (So Tweet shop).  I made the tissue balls myself.

We got the glider and ottoman from friends and got it reupholstered and painted it white. 

The nightstand is from Costco; ceramic elephant from HomeSense; picture frame from Marshalls; lamp and basket from Winners.  The gray curtains were purchased from Wicker Emporium (although now I wish they were lined!).

I ordered this print from Etsy (can't remember the shop but the owner's name is Dana).  The frame is from Michaels.

We got the dresser from a second-hand furniture store in Woodstock.  It was a "new" dresser that was to be sold by Costco out west but wasn't able to be sold (there's a minor scratch and yellow mark on the top).  We saved big $$ getting it from this shop and we're really happy with it!

The wall gallery frames are from Michaels (using coupons, of course!).  Some of the prints were purchased from Etsy (and printed myself) and the others were found online for free.  The middle picture on the far right is the ultrasound profile.

 The nice thing about having 9+ months to get the nursery ready was that we were able to take our time in picking things out and making purchases which meant that we got what we wanted without breaking the bank.  Win-win!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fun Fact Friday

We've had a busy and fun week! I can't believe it's Friday already!!

Some fun facts about our week:

1.  Julia and I went swimming a couple of times this week.  Actually, Dan joined us yesterday as well.  So much fun! 

2.  Dan and I got out on a date night!  We went to see Captain America and enjoyed a coffee with friends after.

3.  The weather has been a lot better and we were able to get out for some walks - and even got to use the sidewalk!

4.  I tried out the Tim Horton k-cups this week and really liked them.  They're my new favourite!

5.  I am loving these bags from Spring. They're perfect for Spring! ;)

6.  I made a long to-do list of Spring cleaning tasks and got started this week.  It was very minor (cleaning the baseboards and scrubbing the floor in the bathroom) but it's one of many items I got to scratch off!

7.  I don't know what it is about remotes and cell phones, but it seems every child wants to play with them.  And they know the difference between toy ones and the real thing. 

8.  Julia and I hung out with her cousins this week.  They all loved on her lots!  It's really sweet to watch them interact with her.  I took a couple of pics but they didn't turn out well. :(

That's all I've got.  Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Julia: 5 Months

Look who's 5 months old!

One of the biggest changes we've noticed this past month is how light Julia's hair is getting.  And it appears she's lost quite a bit of it too! 

Weight & Height:  At her doctor's appointment last week, she checked in at 14lbs 4oz and 25" long.

Clothing:  Jules is wearing 3-6 month clothing.  She has a lot of clothes in this age range as this is the size that was received the most at her showers so it's been fun dressing her up!

Eating: Julia has started extending the time between feeds and usually nurses every four hours. Just in the last week or so she has gotten into a pretty good feeding schedule and it makes life so much easier for planning purposes. 

Sleeping:  Jules has made significant progress in this area this past month!!  As far as night time sleep goes, most of the time she will sleep through the entire night without a feeding, getting about 10-11 hours straight.  She goes down for the night between 7-8pm and wakes up for the day between 6-7am, sometimes later.  

Although she is "sleeping through the night", we are usually up to "plug" her at least a few times.  Some nights are better than others and then there are other times that she'll "squawk" and one of us will go in to give her the Sookie and she won't take it and is sound asleep.  We are learning to wait it out a bit to see if she really does need us. ;)

As far as naps go, they are still very much a work in progress, but this last week she has shown a lot of improvement! I was about to give up and I'm so glad I stuck with it!

- Sophie the giraffe
- feet!! (She enjoys watching people's feet and she loves to chew on her own!)
- people talking to her
- the pull toy that hangs in the car
- chewing on anything and everything she can get in her mouth!
- grabbing faces and hair

- sitting in her Bumbo chair
- being held too long when she's tired

Social: This month has been so much fun! Every single day it seems that Julia is learning and growing and doing new things. She now rolls all the time.  She rarely will roll over completely but will roll on to both sides all the time.  
Jules is quite the social butterfly and absolutely loves it when people talk to her and smile at her.  She will smile back and then get excited when anyone gives her attention.  I love that about her and hope she will always be friendly and show off her sweet smile. :)

Fun Things We Did This Month:
- celebrated Grampie's 63rd birthday
- went on a sleigh ride
- hung out with her cousins Madeline & Kate during their annual March break visit
- had a sledding date with Daddy
- visited Papa & Nana Stymiest in Tabusintac
- stayed with a (non-family member) babysitter for the first time

Mama:  I have to admit that this stage/age is my favourite and I'm pretty sure it's going to continue to get better as time goes on.  Every day is a new adventure and I just love interacting with the Snookers and watching her discover everything around her. 

As far as the issues from last month go, the anxiety has subsided completely (hallelujah!).  I have come to the conclusion that I need to pump a few days in a row about once a month in order to keep up my milk supply.  I'm not sure why or how but it seems that is what works best so I'm going with it! :)

I've been able to workout a lot more this past month which has been so great!

All in all, although I still have my moments of pure exhaustion or frustration, I am loving life right now!  I'm sure it helps that we have a very happy and content baby.  We fall in love with her more everyday! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekend Highlights

We had a really great weekend together - so much so that Dan had a hard time going to work today! He wanted to stay home with his girls. The Snooks and I are just a blast-and-a-half, what can I say. :) 

Dan actually had Friday off because he was playing in a hockey tournament and had a couple of games.  Jules and I made it to the rink a couple of times.  On Friday, she wore one of the sweaters that her Nanny (Danny's grandmother) knit her. 

Who knew that Friday would be such a nice day and we didn't need to wear a winter sweater! Oh well, she looked super cute in it and better warm then to freeze!

After the game on Friday afternoon, we headed out to the Porter's for a BBQ.  Peter and Jenn came too and we had a really nice evening just hanging out. 

On Saturday, we went to the 10:30am hockey game and then went to Isaac's Way after for brunch.  Dan and I got their special of the day ("smashed breakfast") and it was SO good!!

The rest of the day we just relaxed at home.  Oh, and we also took some time to take a few shots of our 5-month old!

On Sunday, we went to church and then did our usual lunch at Tim's.  Julia and I took an afternoon nap while Dan worked on his taxes. 

Then it was off to Target! We didn't have anything that we specifically needed to get but we ended up getting a few things for Jules' Easter basket. So fun!

We made a little pit stop at DQ for an ice cream treat before going home and putting our sweet girl to bed.

Chocolate soft serve with double the Reese peanut butter cup toppings, just in case you're wondering. 

Julia had a quick sponge bath before going to bed and I wanted to see how her new sunglasses fit.  They're a little big yet (she has such a tiny head!) but I'd say she rocked them pretty good. ;)

Poor little Jules put in a rough night last night (as did her Mama!).  I swear she must be teething! 

She woke up happy as could be this morning and our week has started off pretty fantastic! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Day in the Life

I like to keep track of my day every so often so I can look back and remember what moments in our life looked like.

This is what it looked like yesterday:

7am - Julia wakes up and I nurse her right away.  Once she's fed, I change her and then get my breakfast (and a coffee!!).  Breakfast included an English muffin with peanut butter and a smoothie.  Jules hangs out in her chair while I eat and do my devotions.

8am - Dan comes in from snow blowing the driveway (we had about 25cm fall the night before!) and we chat while he eats his breakfast.

By 9am Julia is down for a nap.  I make the bed and get in a short (but tough!) arms & abs workout until I hear her wake up.  We're still in the midst of nap training so I hung out in the hallway by my "station" while she tossed and turned and then quickly showered once she was back to sleep.

My "station" has a magazine and a stool so I can somewhat relax while in between going in and out of her room a bunch of times (can be anywhere between 5 - 45 minutes!!).

Jules is up at 10:25am and since it's not quite time for her to feed again, I finish getting myself ready for the day while she plays in her gym.

11am - I nurse Julia and get her dressed for the day. Then we play on the floor together while I also fold laundry.

12pm - I have lunch (KD for me!) and play with Julia for a bit before putting her down for a nap at 12:45pm.  Once she's down for her nap, I pick up her toys, do dishes, grab another coffee and sit down to check email and catch up on some blogs.  

At 1:25pm, I hear Julia wake up so it's round two of nap training!  I do this until 2:15pm and then get her up.  I notice that she has a big mess in her diaper (and all over her clothes!) so I change her and then soak her clothes.  I decide to clean her crib sheet and changing pad over too so I throw it all in the wash.

Julia watches some cartoons and I trim her nails.  Watching TV is a great distraction for her!

3pm - I feed Julia and we play on the floor for a while.  By 4pm, she's asleep in her crib. I grab a snack and work on her baby book while she naps.

Julia wakes up at 4:40pm and bounces around in her jumper while I prepare supper.  

Dan gets home at 5pm and we eat about 45 minutes later.  Tonight's supper is shake 'n bake chicken with salsa & cheese, roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes.

6pm - We watch the news while cuddling with the Snooks.

6:30pm - Jules has her bath, then it's time for another feed, books, and bed.  After I'm done nursing, I go out to pick up some groceries while Dan puts Julia down for the night.  

When I get home, I put the groceries away, tidy up the house, and get into my pj's.

8:30pm - Danny and I watch Master Chef Canada.  I decide that my favourite chef is Mike.  I hope he's the winner and becomes Canada's first Master Chef!

9:30pm - I do my knee exercises and get ready for bed.  And with that, my day comes to an end. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Weekend Highlights

It's the last day of March today and it's been freezing rain all day and now it's snowing. I have to admit that this winter weather is discouraging and I am very anxious for spring to arrive!

This past weekend was rough in the sleep department.  Jules didn't nap well and we were up quite a bit in the night with her.  This morning she took a two-and-a-half hour nap.  Guess she was making up for the weekend! ;). 

We still had some highlights even though we were dead tired!

On Friday, my grandparents popped by for a visit.

Julia watched some cartoons for the first time - she's watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. 

I got some hugs and kisses from my girl before her bath that night.

On Saturday, we did some errands.  We weren't rushed so it made for an enjoyable afternoon.  Then we got a babysitter and went out for a coffee and did some shopping by ourselves! So nice!!

We had a snow storm on Sunday but we still managed to make it to church.  We pretty much lounged in our pj's for the rest of the day. :)

Julia and I were pretty much stuck at home today because after the snow plow went by, there was a huge pile of snow and ice at the end of the driveway that I wasn't about to shovel! Instead, we played, watched TV, and did some laundry.

Here's to a new month starting tomorrow - let's hope that April will bring lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures!