Monthly Archives: January 2017

Weekend Recap

We had a great weekend between having an extra day off together and the beautiful weather!

Friday

Dayhome was closed so I stayed home with the girls, we had a morning appointment then I took Avery to yoga and had a coffee date with this gal:

She kept trying to hand me toys when I went to take her photo:

After we went into my work for an hour so I could do a few things, then grabbed smoothies for lunch and headed home. Both girls napped so i worked more – fun, fun 😉

Later we put up Valentines decorations – well the few things we have:

My chalk art is not getting any better!

Avery is obsessed with this cat book a friend gave her and we are now experts in cat breeds 😉

The girls had so much fun with these noise makers I found!

Chad ended up with hockey tickets so we decided to go last minute and invite my Mom. The girls did great but after the second period we noticed Avery was really warm so we headed home.

I took her temperature and it was 103! She has never had any fever so I did not even have anything at home to give her so ended up going out to buy medication.

Saturday

Avery woke up with no fever and said she felt good so off to dance class we went. I peeked in a couple times and she was doing so good too!

We ran errands, came home for lunch then Avery and I headed to see Peter Pan (a play) with Becky and Liam. Despite insisting she was not sick and felt fine, she was not herself but still really loved the play.

We checked out a showhome we bought tickets to win later, then had saw a Chicken and Waffles food truck and had to stop:

Boys 😉

We had a quiet evening, Avery ended up with a fever again, but Advil took it down pretty fast.

Sunday

Avery got up and was her normal self and wanted food right away – two good signs! We had a quiet morning and just played until my Mom came to watch the girls so we could tackle our long run alone.

We ended up doing 21km and could not have had a better day to do so!

We spent the day doing house chores, laundry, washing floors and then headed to the park after Chloe had her afternoon nap.

Despite Avery having a fever on and off we still had a great weekend!

LINDSEY

Foodie Friday

These weeks are flying by and for now I am not complaining, every week closer to spring we are = happy Lindsey 😉

I ran 4 days this week! I mean who am I?! Usually this would exhaust me but I am feeling pretty good about it these days. Yoga helps me a ton now that I am back there as well. And watching Fuller House while running helps too!

The girls had a good week, a couple cranky evenings but that is bound to happen!

Joint baths are (usually) still a hit:

Chloe’s awesome toque hair:

Onto meal planning…I finally bought myself a new cookbook, Run Fast. Eat Slow so this week is a few recipes from there.

Saturday – Burst Cherry Tomato Linguine with Shrimp –Run Fast. Eat Slow

Sunday – Recovery Quinoa Salad & grilled chicken –Run Fast. Eat Slow

Monday – Gimme Veggies Fried Rice – Run Fast. Eat Slow

Tuesday – Pesto grilled cheese & soup

Wednesday – Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas – Kim’s Cravings

Thursday – Chicken Pesto Bowls – Damn Delicious 

Friday – Copycat Panera Apple Chicken Salad – Kim’s Cravings

This weekend is supposed to be beautiful so we will be outside as much as we can, and we also are going to a kid’s play with Becky and Liam Saturday 🙂

Lindsey

My SAHM Experience

This post has been sitting in my drafts for months and has been deleted and rewritten many times. At times I convinced myself to forget about it all together. But it is something that for months has been on my mind and I want to share.

Being a Stay at Home Mom is not for me. 

I think there is so much judgment in that statement it is hard for many to say and if they do there is that instant guilt that comes with it. But I refuse to feel guilty over it. Every single one of us is different, our personalities, our needs/wants, our families so why feel guilty?

I live in Canada where we are beyond lucky to get a full year of paid maternity leave and the majority of us take that full year off. I did when I had Avery and truly loved that time with her but something was missing near the last bit of my leave. Like any new Mom, my return to work was filled with anxiety of the unknown. Will my child hate me for leaving them with a stranger for 40+ hours a week? How will I balance working and taking care of my family? You loose a huge sense of control giving your kid(s) to strangers (at first) and that is scary.

It was within a couple week of going back to work that I realized something huge. I realized that missing piece of my puzzle. I was my career. I missed work. I promise, I am sober writing this 😉

A couple things to note at this point. My dayhome is amazing and Avery had no adjustment issues, from day one she loved it there. Two – my work? Equally amazing and we have a family first policy so never have I had to pick work over a child that needed me.

Fast-forward to when we found out I was pregnant again. I knew instantly that that a full maternity leave was not going to happen again. I will admit that the fact that my maternity leave should have ended in March played a huge role too. I mean a 9-12 month old and 3 year old at home in the winter when I go stir crazy if we don’t get out daily? Not for us.

I am sure many people questioned if I would go through with this and I got a few odd looks when I would tell people happily “I am going back to work three months early”. Usually people assumed it was for financial reasons and while that was a perk it was not one of the top reasons I chose to go back early.

I put myself first.

I strongly believe that in order to be a good Mom you need to sometimes put yourself first. A tired, cranky and unhappy person can’t equal a happy and content Mom. This is why I went back to work early – self-care.

Did I feel guilty over leaving Chloe at 9 months to go and work? Of course, I did! But I also know it will not scar her for life and she certainly will never hate for me doing so.

I am in on my third week back to work now and guess what? My kids still love me! Most days Avery cries to leave dayhome – and those are the only tears we see. Not only are the girls beyond happy at dayhome I am happy to be back at work. It is a win-win for US.

So to the Mom(s) out there that love their job and have their kids in care- do not feel guilty. We can be working Moms and still be great Moms – and for some of us, better Moms.

These two little souls are my everything, regardless of the hours I spend with them:

Lindsey

 

Weekend Recap

Such a busy weekend! I have no idea how it is 8pm on Sunday already.

Friday

Lets face is Fridays are rarely exciting these days after the work week, pretty sure we were both in bed by 10pm.

Saturday

Avery had dance and it was the watch week so we got to go in after class and watch what they have learned so far. I wish I could say she nailed it but she just stood there (mostly) and stared at us. Maybe the next one will be better 😉

Chloe was a tad off so instead of going into work for a meeting I decided to stay home with her. Turns out I accidentally gave her something with feta in it Friday, poor girl. We did get some smiles though!

During nap time we did some paint touch ups and Avery loved the climbing the ladder – she told me she wants to do climbing lessons – haha.

We are making it a new goal to sit and work on letters and numbers for 15 minutes a day now. She had NO interest in learning most of her letters still so I need to work on this.

Later we met my Grandma for coffee and both girls slept the whole time basically! Oops.

That night my brothers and their girlfriends came over for games night and we stayed up until 1am!

Sunday

We all slept until 7am! It was too early and cold to run outside with everything so instead I hit the treadmill for my long run and watched Keeping up with the Joneses.

The rest of the day was crazy, we had pancakes and Avery and I headed out to a baby shower I was planning. It turned out so good!

I was not going to bring Avery at first but so glad I did since there was a ton of kiss there and they all played so good all afternoon. By the time we got home it was time to make supper and Avery passed out before we even ate!

Our weekend ended with the usual things, – packing lunches, finishing laundry and blogging 🙂

Lindsey

 

Foodie Friday

A few highlights of our week before meal planning:

1- I got in some great workouts this week, a spin class, lunch yoga class, 9 miles of running nad Hard Corps! Of course most went un-pictured.

5 mile run while watching Fuller House – which is not as corny as I thought it would be.

2 – Chloe had her monthly appointment and at 9 months her and Avery are the exact same weight and length! She moved up another curve and we talked about her issues with dairy and the next steps. For now, I am just happy she is not puking!

Clearly she hates the doctors 😉

3 – Our PVR quit working (it was 10 years old) last week so we have not been watching much TV – but evenings seem so much more productive and meaningful now! We did buy a new one though so now I am hoping we can cut down on the shows we watch.

Onto meal planning:

Saturday – Shrimp Stir-Fry with Noodles

Sunday – Turkey burgers (freezer) & salad

Monday – Slowcooker Chicken Noodle soup (Cooking Classy) & biscuits

Tuesday – Turkey Tacos – Kim’s Cravings 

Wednesday – Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bowls – Recipe Runner

Thursday – Roasted Baby Potatoes, Chicken Fingers and Greek Salad

Friday – Tuna Casserole

We have a busy weekend ahead, it is watch week for Avery’s dance class, having some family over Saturday, then one of my best friend’s baby shower Sunday that I have been planning.

Lindsey