Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lace on Lace

Sometimes I like to pretend I'm a model. This week I sported Lace on Lace for my Outfit Of The Day! I am a sucker for lace. Anything lace, I'm there. And I had to add a little colour pop of Tiel. Who doesn't love a pop of colour! I also decided I wanted to actually style my hair and gave a curling iron a try. And holy moly do I love what it does to my hair!! I felt like a whole new woman. People would always say that Im 'Fun and Crazy Brittany' with Curly hair and 'Serious and Fierce Brittany' with Straight hair. So I guess maybe with this style I'm a bit of both!?? Anyways it's my new favourite.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Mango


I have a new love you guys.
This year I was introduced to the Mango.
I had my very first one while living in Hawaii and I almost died it was so delicious!
My husband hates Mango's so I guess I just assumed that I also would hate them so I never had one.
And I can't believe i've been going so long without them!!! They are so delicious!! And they are PACKED full of good stuff for you!

Did you know:

-They help fight against cancer
-Lowers cholesterol
-Helps to clear skin (I will need to find a DIY face mask for mango's!)
-Increases the health of your eyes
-Alkalizes the body
-Helps with Diabetes
-Very high in Vitamin E (which helps to increase sex drive)
-Very high in fibre, which in turn improves digestion
-It cools your body down. So if you are prone to heat stroke (like me) Mango's will help to cool you off!
-And it just overall boosts your immune system!!

(source from http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-health-benefits-of-mangos.html )

I know that Mango's are a hit and miss with tons of people. But for me, it is my new favourite fruit!!!
I could eat 3 a day. In one sitting.
Love Love Love.

Friday, September 5, 2014

All About Aurora

As promised I am going to dedicate this whole post to my sweets! I feel like a need to write about so much because so much has happened this summer! But one at a time...

Once upon a time I became pregnant with a little baby girl. I was super uneasy about how I felt about raising a girl. I loved having a little boy and I had no idea what was in store with a girl. But once I gave birth I was overcome with joy for her!! I mean how could I not...look at that face!! She was so little and looked just like her daddy. Her most 'daddy' looking feature is her nostrils haha. Those things are huge! She still has dark curly hair (with some red undertone) and brown eyes with long skinny fingers and toes. She is Lowry.

It's bitter/sweet watching her grow. I want my teensie weensie baby back with her sleep cuddles! But I love watching her grow. She is starting to get personality and I love it. She smiles with her whole entire face and I die everytime. She has always been really good at lifting her head up and she started rolling at about 4-5 weeks old. She's a strong one. She is also super smiley! It's my fav! Ben didn't start smiling till about 8 weeks and she was busting out the gums at about 3 weeks.

As far as the sleeping. Her nights and days were switched for about 5 weeks. It was so brutal. She would go 4 hours in the day and 2.5 hrs in the night. It really sucked. And it was especially hard to get my naps in with having two kids. I try my best to sync their naps but it doesn't always work out. But my saving grace is Maikal being a night owl! Every night I will feed her right before bed (about 9 or 10pm) then I will pump some milk. Maikal will then take her next feeding! So i will be able to get at least 6 hours of straight sleep before getting up and feeding her again, then I go right back to sleep. So I rarely feel exhausted during the day! It's amazing. With Ben, Maikal was in school in the beginning so I was taking every feeding. It was too much for me. But I feel like I get a decent amount of sleep in the night.

Currently she sleeps in her bed about 10-12 hours in the night and waking up for 2 feedings. She usually goes two 5hr stretches. I am hoping she will do 8 hrs straight then go another 2 or 3. The goal is 9pm-5am, feed, then 5:30am-8am. Crossing my fingers is happens soon! She absolutely hates being on her back. She will freak out as soon as it happens. So she's been sleeping on her belly for a month now and she loves it. We also put her in her own room at about 8 weeks old. It would have been sooner but we were up at my parents house for a few weeks.

And can we just take a second and talk about the clothes and accessories please. I've never seen so many cute clothes in my life! Most of them are for when shes a bit older, but im so excited! I have a feeling I will be dressing vicariously through her.

Onto the nursing. She's pretty good. She's no chugger like some babies, she really likes to take her time which is annoying. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. There was a problem with my milk supply. I was like a milk cow in the beginning month or so and then all of a sudden, my milk goes down to about 1/4 of what I was producing before. I definitely don't want to be done nursing this early so I looked up some natural milk producing stuff. I am currently taking Fenugreek and it seems to be doing the trick! It took a few days to kick in but I could feel my supply increase so im less worried about that now.

I won't lie though, I have broken down a handful of times. Nothing too serious but I am keeping an eye out for post-partum depression. Definitely don't want to go through that again. For the most part, I am extremely happy! Life is so wonderful. This summer was packed full of good memories and fun activities!

She has an amazing and sweet spirit around her. We love that she was sent down to us. I can't wait to see her change and learn new things! We love our little girl!

Now onto the best part, Pictures!




1 week
3 weeks
These are Aurora's Besties.
Aurora 2 weeks. Lexi 9 weeks. Ellie 4 weeks. Ethan 11 weeks.

1 month
2 months
10 weeks

I hope you all have a great weekend xoxo!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Blog!




So as you can see, I decided to give my personal blog a little make-over!! I've been meaning to do this since forever ago but didn't seem to find the time. And with two littles at home, I just sat down and forced myself to do it. It still has a few tweaks that need to be done, but i'm liking what I've done so far!

And apparently I am seriously lacking in the blogging department.....I always say I will get better, then don't. But this time I mean it! I will be a more dedicated blogger. So get ready for some serious updates this week!!

And while I'm here, I might as well start with an update:

This summer has been my favourite. Life is great. Although the hot weather is basically over....boo. It's not even the end of August and I've already had to turn the heat back on for some nights. I shot a wedding this past weekend and I could see my breathe!! Oh Canada, why must you be so cold for so long?? But I must say, living in Hawaii for two years, I missed the Fall Season!! It's by far my favourite! I am so excited for the colours! And the clothes!!! The cute scarves, boots, jackets, mittens, hats, etc!

Aurora is now 2 months old and I can't even believe it. She's so big. Can we just rewind and go back to the newborn snuggles please!! Just for a day. I will dedicate a whole post just for her this next week on how she's growing and what's she's learning and doing.

Ben is is 2.5 and he is such a handful. He is all over the place these days! Always wanting to do something and play his hardest. He never stops talking. But It's adorable. With all that energy comes so much love from that little human. He is always asking for hugs and kisses. He tries to tickle you and wrestle you down to the ground. And he LOVES his baby sister. Always asking to hold her and his constantly giving her kisses. He is a great little helper as well. He throws away her diapers for me and puts her soother in when shes crying. One thing I do worry about is him PILING blankets onto her. I came in the room the other day and there were probably 4 blankets covering her. So ya....I need to keep an eye on that!

Maikal is all finished with applying to dental school and we are still in the waiting game as to where we will go.....if we get in. Fingers are still crossed! And I seriously can't thank him enough for all the help he does with the kids. Today I really needed a nap so my body could catch up on some sleep. He took the kids out for 3 hours so I could have some peace. He even takes a feeding in the night so I can have that extra fews hours. He is amazing.

I am currently working on some mashup summer video's of the past 3 months of what activities we've this summer so far and I can't wait to show them! So stay tuned.

Thats it for now!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Newborn Photo's

Amongst the the dirty diapers, feedings, bathing, playing, burping, stretching, cleaning, cooking, entertaining a toddler, visiting family and friends, and of course sleeping....I found some small time in my day to do some newborn photo's of Baby Rory!
I don't claim to be an excellent Newborn Photographer, but I think I did a decent job haha. And thanks to Teina for snapping some of me and sweet babe!

So far, my favourite features that she has are her juicy girly lips and big eyes! And of course the fact that she has curly brown hair! I still can't believe I have the baby I've been dreaming about :)


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Aurora's Birth Story

*warning* If you are pregnant and about to give birth, I warn you that this story will not make you feel more confident or happy. This labour was terrible from start to finish, but the after part is pretty wonderful.

If I were to describe this Birth Story into one word, I would say horrific. It was nothing short of Hell for me. There were complications that made things scary and made labour and delivery way more painful than the first. So here we go:

On the Wed before she was born, my doctor said I was aloud to strip my membranes (at 37.5 weeks) if I wanted. I of course said YES!! Be done with pregnancy faster!?? Ummm...yes please. It didn't hurt at all. So the next 2 days past and I was bummed that nothing was happening. A lot of the women I know who have had their membranes stripped had their babies the next morning. So I just assumed it did nothing. But the Friday afternoon (5pm) I took Ben to the park. When we were done and I was putting him in the car seat I felt some liquid coming out. I thought I just pee'd myself since it was just a small amount. But since that moment I was having very small gushes every 20min or so. It didn't take me long to realized that my water was 'breaking' but very slowly. I called up Maikal at work, but told him not to worry since I wasn't feeling any pain or contractions. When he got home (around 9pm) I said I have been having small and unfrequent contractions, so I thought it was going to be a while until we had to leave. Now I don't know why I thought this since my doctor said this baby was likely to come faster than the last, which if you remember was FAST!

So I decided to take a bath. I remember with Ben that it felt so nice to sit in the warm water while dealing through contractions. They were still small at this point. Now, here is where the complications begin. While I was lying there, I just took a towel and closed my eyes to relax. About 10 min later I look up and see that I am soaking in a sea of blood with clots the size of my palms! I immediately stood up and screamed for Maikal. He came in and saw all the blood and said 'WE NEED TO LEAVE!' And seriously thank goodness for family that live so close. Teina came within 10-15 min and were off! The contractions started to really intensify. I called me mom on the way to the hospital and told her what happened. She told me that when i told her what happened in the tub, she said she tried to keep a cool and calm voice when really her and my dad were freaking out and praying for the whole time. I personally have never heard of bleeding to be a sign or cause of labour so we had no idea what was happening.

We got to the hospital around 10:45 pm June 20th. As we were walking down the hall I just started bawling. I knew the pain that was about to come and I was so scared. The pain was very close to what I was feeling with Ben at about 8-9 cm when we got to the hospital with him. SO I was expecting the pain to come fast and hard. But nothing could have prepared me for the pain I was REALLY about to feel. So we go into the examination room and checks me and see's that I've been bleeding a lot. She told me I was only 6-7 cm....WHAT!! THAT'S IT! I was so disappointed and shocked really. Since I was bleeding they immediately moved me into the delivery room and called my Doctor. Unfortunately she was in surgery so I had to wait about an hour for her. The it was time for the IV needle. In my opinion, it's one of the most painful things ever. I screamed in pain when she put it in. It felt like venom. I was also going back and forth about whether or not to get the epidural, but about 30 min of this ridiculous pain I said get me the drugs!! The guy took 30 freaking minutes to get to us, and in this time my contractions were intensifying by A LOT! I was in so. much. pain. But thank goodness when the guy finally came in. I was so happy to see him. I have hurt both ends of the story when it comes to an epidural. Some people say they don't feel a thing and others say it felt like a 2x4 going into your spine. I personally didn't know how an epidural worked. I thought they just stuck a needle into your back and that was it. But no. They sterilize the area with this EXTREMELY cold goop, they take the first needle and freeze your back. This was by far the worst part. IT HURT SO BAD!! More than my already unbearable contractions!! Then they put this tube into your spine, where is stays there until labour is over. It was the worst. But I made it through and was so happy that the pain was about to less-in. But, the doctor said it would take another 10 min for it to work. I just sat there and sat there screaming through these terrible contractions they just got worse with every turn and NOTHING was happening. I was down right angry at this point. So then the doctor finally comes in and checks me. She is also shocked to see so much blood. She also says I was then 8cm and it was almost time to push. She also felt some pressured liquid behind the babies head. At this point I am screaming blood murder through my contractions. Why were they getting worse and not better!!!!!!!! No one was giving me answers. I looked down to see my doctor putting this long rod thing into me, and then.....holy heck....I have never, in my life, experienced so much pain. I jumped from 8cm to 10cm probably within 60 seconds she said. The contractions were 30 sec apart. It literally felt like my insides were RIPPING open with every contraction. My eyes were at the back of my head, I couldn't keep my body still, I was screaming at the top of my lungs, I couldn't see, I couldn't hear, I couldn't feel anything but pain, and of course...some swears had to come out...don't judge me. The doctor came over to me and said "Brittany, I really need you to pull it together and focus". I was told this for both labours....I guess Im really outrageous lol. But I kept saying that the epidural isn't working and I can't do this anymore!! I threw up. Then it was time to push. Everything felt different. I couldn't focus on anything so I wasn't able to feel that pressure when it was time to push. I kept saying that I wasn't going to push until this epidural was going to kick in!! But this is 30 min after he told me it should start working soon. At that moment I hated that epidural man with all my heart. He gave me a faulty epidural!!! It wasn't working, morphine wasn't working, I was out of control. I didn't know the body could be in so much pain and not pass out! Seriously. But alas, it was time to push. I remembered how to do everything so I pushed with all my might! I tried to keep in mind that if I just focused hard on my pushing and get it right, that it will be all over. 1 contraction came and went and I was about to die, but the next contraction was it, I pushed so hard. I didn't take a breathe and just pushed and pushed and pushed and BAM, I feel the head pop out. she tells me to stop and I did this time, then  gave one more push and the rest of her came out! The pain of pushing her out was so small compared to my contractions so I was able to push through that. I must say that since i was focusing so hard on just getting her out, that I felt every single thing happen. Her head coming, then the rest. Even though it hurt, the feeling of birthing a baby was pretty cool. I gave birth at 12:15am. about 1.5 hours after we got there.

Then, it was just over. I leaned over to Maikal with a huge grin on my face and said, "Im done! It's all over!" I look over to see my girl in the little heater and saw brown curly hair! YESSS! Exactly what we wanted! So now it was time to pass the placenta, this is where a lot of answers came. She pulled it out and said, "ahhhh, this explains all the bleeding and probably your increase of pain". She showed the nurse and she was like, "woah". She told me to look and showed me that my placenta had ruptured during early labour. The placenta was ripped in half when it came out. It was so gross. But that explained all the blood. I had very shallow tarring so i didn't need any stitches. My doctor left for a few min then as soon as she came back, I just started apologizing over and over for my lack of control. She laughed and said, "honey, you were in labour, you're aloud to be crazy".

She wished us good luck and left for another delivery. It's crazy baby season I guess! The nurse game me my little girl and I was so happy! I always thought people were crazy when they told me that you forget all the hurt and pain of labour as soon as you see your baby, but for me, this time around, it was exactly that. I still remember how horrible it was, but I just didn't care anymore. She is so worth it! I put her straight onto my breast and to my surprise, she latched immediately and stayed there for a good 1.5 hours! It took them over an hour to move us from the delivery room to the regular room. Not sure why, but I was ok with not moving for a while. I just sat there and held my tiny girl and just starred at her. I couldn't believe how pretty she was. She has darker skin with brunette hair, dark eyes, skinny long fingers and toes. Uh I just love her.

So it was finally time to move. I get up, have a quick shower, then she wheeled me into my new room. The hospital was good this time. My roommate was quiet and the food was alright. The service was really good and the nurses and dr's were quick and efficient. We were out of the hospital in 15 hours. So nice.

This recovery has been the total opposite of Ben. I have very little pain. I can move around with no problems. I was out and about the next day going to the park and running errands. I feel amazing. She sleeps all the time. She's up every 3 hours in the night, which is also her 'awake' time. We are working on get her switched. But she sleeps so much during the day that I am able to rest. She is a pro nurser. She has no problem latching and I have more than enough milk. I've actually already had to freeze 3 full bags. Im like a cow this time round. I am so glad my mom was able to come out to see her. I loved having her and can't wait to show the rest of my family my adorable little girl.

I am so grateful that everything post labour has been a piece of cake. Ben loves her and is very gentle. Maikal loves her to death and always steals her away from me to cuddle her. He has been such a big help. Anything I need he will go do it.

We love our little girl and can't wait to see her grow! But in the mean time, we will just enjoy her sleepiness and cuddles for as long as possible :)



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Post-Appointment

So as I was saying in my 'whats in store' post, I had an appointment booked for this past thursday to see if my baby was growing properly and if everything was fine. The days leading up to this appt were taking forever! I just wanted to know if it was nothing or something.

It was one of those awesome appointments where you're exposed to the doctor. So comfy.
Anyways so she measured me and felt the baby and determined that the baby is right on schedule with the due date and she feels good! She must have just been positioned weird last time. This baby really likes to lay from side to side instead of straight up and down. But her head is down and low which is good. AND the Dr said I am 2cm dilated already (when i was at 35 weeks), so the Dr said this baby will most likely come earlier than later, but no promises of course lol. But it got my hopes up that it won't be that much longer!! I know I shouldn't expect another early baby because it will make the days and weeks just that much longer.

I am still feeling TONS of movement. She stretches so much during the day but especially at night. It can get pretty annoying when you're trying to sleep though. But I love it. Sometimes, it feels like she is literally trying to escape! She will stretch so long and hard that it feels like she is trying to push herself right on out!! Its pretty uncomfortable for me, but it doesn't last very long. My favourite is seeing her little foot bulge out the side of my stomach. And when I touch it she immediately springs it back like I was tickling her haha.

Here are my stats:
36 weeks
I never got this photo with Ben because I was a little busy giving birth to him that day
Stretch marks for dayssssss
Belly isnt really growing that much now
My weight is really steady
Very little swelling
A few Braxton Hicks every once and a while
It's pretty hard to get a good nights sleep
I bought her first little outfits yesterday. I love girls clothes!
I have quite the waddle going on
I can't sit for very long since everything goes numb. So church is difficult.