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Isn’t my baby girl adorable? ๐Ÿ˜€ these are two of my favourite pictures right now. On Saturday we went out to Nauman’s pumpkin patch in St. Clement’s and picked out a pumpkin. I’m even contemplating letter her get mucky when we carve it! <heehee>

So, the giveaway. There is a great carrier called the Lillebaby EveryWear Baby Carrier
and Organic Girl is giving it away here . It looks really great, allowing for multiple kinds of carries!


ok, so i suck

i apparantly don’t know how to blog on a regular basis. ๐Ÿ˜› well, i don’t know how to do anything on a regular basis anymore. that comes with the inability to sleep for more than 2 hours at a time, thanks to my lil’ one. lack of sleep = no memory. also, my babe is very much a mama’s girl right now, only willing to settle for Mama and not Daddy, and wanting to be in our arms whenever possible. i’m trying to keep in mind that i need to cherish the time i have with her, and not begrudge her needs.

that being said, i want to focus my blog right now. i think i would like to make it more of a photo blog, updating what Ruby is doing, and how she is growing, and to share great giveaways!

so, the first giveaway is at:
a great blog, filled with reviews of useful and cute (:D) products for us and our babes. please feel free to pass it along!

i used to:

– shower every 2 days
– wash my face twice daily
– sleep only with my hubby
– wear pretty bras
– sleep through the night
– shop for clothes for me
– go out by myself
– have energy for…anything
– do laundry once a week
– not smell like cheese
– not think about my boobs all the time
– not whip out my boobs in public (can you see a theme starting?? :D)
– go out with just a purse
– be able to clean on a regular basis (not that it happened all the time :(, but had the ability!)
– fall asleep only lying down
– sleep on my stomach all the time

this list sounds very selfish, and it is. i have realized since having my daughter, that i am very naturally a selfish person. it is true, God gives us children to make us grow up, and to show us how He sees us. i am trying to reconcile my love for my daughter with my need for alone time (very important for a mommy – to be able to continue to give to the child 24/7), and to adjust my attitude to one of selflessness. i regularly need to remind myself that God has given me this blessing, and she is a blessing – not just a taker of sleep, energy and milk ;). she is a joy and a beauty and will teach me and grow me greatly.

needing to post

but not really sure what to say…i’ll write about being confused about what to write.

so, i’m online a lot, and i have a number of blogs that i follow, however not as consistently as some people might. i find so many people are so eloquent in the way they write! and i feel like my posts are more train of thought posts, and not fit for my blog. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
i will try to get over this. after all, a blog is for blogging. not thinking how crappy a blogger i may be. ๐Ÿ˜›
so, i will try to blog once a week. plus, i promised a friend who is about to have a baby, what my thoughts are on how a baby changes your life drastically. so, that is my thought for tonight. i may get on before a week is up, but i wanted to post something. thanks for reading… ๐Ÿ™‚

i have a good reason…

for not posting in so long – I had my baby (as many of you know)! Ruby Audrey Lake was born January 28th, 2009 at 9:35 am by ceaserian section 24 hours after my water broke. She was a surprise, arriving 3 1/2 weeks early (at 36wks, 4 days) with her parents completely unprepared.
I laboured with my wonderful husband and one of my best friends Jordin, who was my amazing Doula. ๐Ÿ™‚ I could not have done it without both of you. I love you.

Ruby is doing well, gaining weight steadily (lots of cute baby rolls!) and is a good baby, only crying when she’s hungry, has gas, and is ready to go back to sleep. that being said, mommy & daddy get considerably less sleep than Ruby, but that will hopefully get better! ๐Ÿ™‚ Our Family
Our Ruby

will post my birth story at some point…pretty tired and busy with my lil’ one…

I’ve really been debating posting my thoughts lately. Not because I don’t want to share them, but mostly because I don’t want this blog to just be a space for me to vent/rant, and to not scare the women who read this who are first time mothers/gestate-ers…My goal in reading pregnancy forums, googling information, etc is not to scare myself, but do give myself a dose of reality to prepare myself for what is coming/what I’m experiencing. That is part of my goal in this blog.
What I’ve been feeling lately has been less than positive. I’m currently very uncomfortable, and to boot I slipped on some water on Saturday and fell, so my hips and lower abdomen and low back are pretty sore. It’s getting better, but I haven’t had the most positive attitude about things.
The major thought of this post is that I didn’t realize that 3rd trimester is very uncomfortable. People have always talked (with humour) about how they get kicked in the ribs, can’t breathe, have sore hips, but you don’t really know until you experience it. I found a book at the midwives office last week offering some help – it’s called The Pregnant Woman’s Comfort Guide: Safe, Quick and Easy Relief from the Discomforts of Pregnancy and Postpartum by Sherry Lynn Mims Jimรฉnez. It was published in 1992, so it’s a bit older, but it has good suggestions for ways to relieve most of the aches and pains I’ve experienced in this pregnancy and has suggestions for postpartum as well.
I’m currently looking forward to when my baby engages its head in my pelvis, because it means it’s little butt and feet won’t be in my ribs. *sigh* Although I hear I’ll be feeling different things in my pelvis at that point…it’ll be a change of pain location, but I will be able to breathe…

wet spots….

so, my ‘what they don’t tell you’ for today…is that your milk may come in early…how early? well i thought maybe mine would come in after 30 weeks. after all, the baby books i’ve been reading didn’t say anything about lactation starting in the 6th and 7th month chapters. well, mine started in the 24th week! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

it was rather shocking for me. i felt a tingling, and then felt wet. looked down and there was a wet spot on my shirt! so i flipped up my shirt thinking, maybe it’s just water i spilled, and squeezed my breast and – OH MY GOSH! I have milk….well, it’s just colostrum right now, but it was shocking. 5 minutes later the other boob did the same thing! so, my abundance of friends who are already mothers (for the 2nd and 3rd times) just laughed at my shock and said, yup, it’s a good thing. you won’t have any trouble with your milk coming in…and then one gave me some breast pads to wear…<sigh> so yes…that is one thing “they” didn’t tell me…and now you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

Feeling better and Merry Christmas!

So the cold is mostly gone and I’m feeling a lot better than I was.ย  Just trying to sleep through the night as much as possible now, but mostly unsuccessfully.

What they don’t tell you….for this post is that your ribs may hurt so much (from baby kicking them/ from general stretching of the ribcage) that it will wake you up in the middle of the night and force you to turn over. That is, after you’ve woken up to pee umpteen times as well…<sigh> Other mothers tell me that the hormones running around in our bodies right now that wake us up in the night are preparing us for having a newborn. But what if I want to sleep more now so that I am more prepared for a newborn?? I guess I don’t have a choice…and yes, I know it is worth it in the end (something you’ll probably hear from lots of people about what mamas -to-be have to suffer through…

Merry Christmas everyone! This time next year I will have ~10 month old for their first Christmas…things will definitely change!


so, i’ve been fighting a cold for about 2 weeks now – it only got horrible last Saturday night. well, it still sucks. the majority of sniffling, blowing and excessive mucus production seems to have died down, however the dregs of it are continuing to drip down the back of my throat. and i hate post-nasal drip. i wish i could take some drugs, but i feel that the research really isn’t clear about what is safe to take during pregnancy for a cold and what isn’t. yes, i want to protect my baby, but man, would i like to be healthy for the Christmas season! i want to see my family and not be comatose and miserable all the time. *sigh* end rant…

how i feel...

how i feel...

Hello world!

Welcome to my very first blog. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a few months, and finally jumped in. I want this blog to be both informative to mamas-to-be, as well as a way for my thoughts to get out…as most blogs are. Hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚