Life Lately…

It’s been so busy around here lately.  There’s been so much going on, and I swear that these last few months have been on fast forward.  Of course it’s gonna feel like that, because it’s already March.  The last few months of a baby’s first year always seem to go by super fast, it’s science.

We’ve been doing a lot of things lately, and it’s been a lot of fun.   As I updated yesterday, Aiden has been crawling more and more, and getting into things.  It’s so much fun to see how curious he is about his surroundings.  Of course, that means that I need to get back on top of cleaning up.. because there’s nothing so talented and magical as a baby to find the one spec that you missed sweeping.  Oh well, it’ll build his immune system, right? 😉

We are a one vehicle household, and usually I don’t get to use the car, but lately, we’ve been able to!  So we did a bunch of different things as a little family during the day.  We went to the new Save On Foods, and it is fantastic.  We went to the Children’s Museum, which was a lot of fun.  We were also able to go visit friends during the day.  It’s nice to be able to get out and do things during the day, though it’s also a little nutty.  Luckily, for the most part, it’s been warmer lately, so Autumn will actually walk to the car.  It’s sooooo nice that she’s finally on board with the snow… you know, just as it’s about to be gone haha

The beginning of March, I had the May Market on facebook, and so I was working toward that a lot.  I’m also in general working on creating more bonnets for my etsy shop.  I’m excited to share the bonnets I’ve made!  Watch the shop, new things will be listed soon!

Otherwise, I’ve been working on my temperature blanket.  It’s nice to have a little bit of something to do every day.  I am pretty sure that my technique is improving, too.

What have you been up to lately? <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Our Valentine’s Day!

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and it was so much fun with two little ones this year.  Last year, we made some cute Valentines for our friends and family.  This year, Autumn coloured pre-made Valentines and we gave those to family.  It was a lot of fun!

This year was also really fun!  I spent the day with my two adorable little ones.  They wore special Valentine’s Day bonnets, and outfits I picked out special.  Autumn LOVES bunnies, so I was so happy to find this little shirt from Joe Fresh.  I was a little disappointed with the variety of Valentine’s Day clothes in the baby boy section, but I am in LOVE with the shirt I found for Aiden.  It’ll fit him for a while, too, which will be so great since it’s adorable!

For dinner, I made us pizza twists, and for dessert: Chocolate Lasagna! (though, a pink-ified version 😉 )

Then, what was probably the best Valentine’s Day present ever, both babies went to bed super easily and we got to have our romantic date night-in!  We watched Armageddon and had dessert, and Starbucks.

It was a lovely day <3

How was your Valentine’s Day?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Church Retreat at Camp Cedarwood

church retreat

This past weekend, we were able to get out of the city and go totally off the grid, to spend time with our church community at Camp Cedarwood here in Manitoba.

We’ve been going to our new church for a few months now, and it was so nice to get to know a few more of the people who go to church with us.  There’s only so much time on a Sunday morning, and all summer we’ve been busy pretty much every weekend, so this was such a great opportunity for us.

Plus, it was absolutely beautiful out there! It was so great to be able to worship together, and just be in community all weekend long, without any distractions.

Hope you had an excellent weekend, too!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Five on Friday: Bye August

What a week, y’all! But then, I feel like I say that every time. Having 2 under 2 sure makes life busy 😉

01 // Having a vehicle
This week, I was able to use the car all week, and it’s been SO GREAT.  Andrew usually takes the car to work, so I am at home without a vehicle.  It’s not a big deal, and we are able to use the car when we need it for doctor’s appointments and things like that.. but overall, we stay home or go places we can walk to.  I plan to start taking the bus places, but anyway! This week we had the car, so I wanted to use it as much as possible.  On Monday, I went grocery shopping during the day. Awesome.  On Tuesday, we went to the library.  It was really fun, and I liked being able to let Autumn walk around there.  She likes being there, too.  On Wednesday, I went to pick something up from a buy/sell group person, and we went to Michaels.  On Thursday, it was raining, so initially I thought we’d stay home.. but we went to a thrift store that’s supposed to be good for records (and it was). And today, we’re going to visit my Amma and we’re having lunch with her! It’s been a great week.


02 // I bought a LOOM
One of the things I found at the thrift store yesterday was a wooden loom.  I need to figure out how to use it, but I’m excited to see what I can make with it

03 // Autumn’s getting a big girl bed
We bought a twin bed for Autumn last week, and she’s going to be switching to her big girl bed TONIGHT! Wish us luck.  I’m so excited for her though! My mom saved my old Beauty and the Beast sheets from when I was a kid, and we picked up a railing.  It’s going to be the cutest little bed.  <3


04 // Christmas
I know it seems a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but I don’t really care? haha I love Christmas!! My goal for this year is to be finished Christmas shopping by Halloween.  Aside from one or two gifts for like a gift exchange or something, which I won’t know who I have to buy for until November/December.  All the people I know I need to buy for, I want to have their present ready to go.  Last year, I did a thing where I purchased from local shops, or handmade gifts, and I want to do the same thing again this year!  I am starting earlier with the homemade stuff, because that does take time.  I’m excited with what I have so far 🙂 (And, for fun, there’s a picture of Aiden wearing one of his sister’s Christmas sleepers haha bc when your first baby is born in November, their Christmas sleepers might fit your second baby in August 😉 )


05 // Little Stitches by Brandi Little
I was chosen to be a brand ambassador for this amazing little etsy shop, and I made my first order this week!  I’m so excited to receive it!  You can visit her shop here! Isn’t everything just adorable?

Hope you have an excellent weekend!

xoxo,
Alysa

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World Breastfeeding Week – My Breastfeeding Story, Part 2

my breastfeeding story part 2

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! Last year, I shared my breastfeeding story with Autumn, and a lot has changed since then.  So, in honour of it being World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I’d share part two of the story.

After the initial difficulty of breastfeeding Autumn, we went on to nurse for almost 18 months. I always said that I wanted to keep nursing until Autumn decided it was time to stop. She stopped pretty slowly, but it was very clear she was done! I am very happy that we went as long as we did.

Leading up to when Aiden was born, I got kind of nervous that things would go the same way they did with Autumn. It was a huge relief when he took to breastfeeding right away! He latched on at the birth centre a little while after he was born, and knew exactly what to do. 

Nursing Aiden has been so great! There hasn’t been any pain or anything and I’m so glad we haven’t had any issues with it. This is the breastfeeding experience that I had been hoping for! He’s growing like a little weed and I just love the time spent and the cuddles I get when I’m feeding him. 

I’m also loving how I feel so much more confident this time! When I was breastfeeding Autumn, I would get nervous about feeding her in front of other people but now it’s like its not a big deal. I just do it! I really love that I’m more confident. 

Looking forward to seeing how long he’ll want to nurse for!

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Xoxo, Alysa

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tiny red slide & flower crown

mama style

dress: thrifted // bralette: La Senza // shoes: Toms // hair band: homemade by my sil

mama style mama style

How’s your summer been?  We’ve been keeping ourselves busy.  There are always things to do, and people to see.. which is just the way I like it!  Plus naps to have, and chocolate to eat.  It’s been a great summer so far, and I’m excited for the rest of it.

A lot of it is being spent in our very own back yard.  It’s nice to have a pretty good sized yard that we can roam around in.  There are rocks to pick up, and sticks to look at, and a little red slide!  Perfect for a little girl in the summer.  And next year, it’ll be perfect for a little girl and a little boy.

xoxo,
Alysa

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How to make frequent doctor visits with your baby easier

how to make frequent doc visits with your baby easier

Autumn was a small baby, and she’s still a pretty small toddler.  She’s healthy and growing, which is the important thing anyway, but at first the doctors we saw were concerned with her slow growth.  And so, we got to go see the doctor fairly often.  At first, we were going every week.. then it became every other week, and it was such a wonderful thing to hear when our doctor said “see you in 6 months when she’s a year old.”

Since we were going to the doctor so often, we became almost experts at making the visits easier on us.  Here are some of the ways that we made doctors visits easier:

  1. Dress the baby in a sleeper
    Chances are the doc is going to want you to strip your baby down to their diaper at some point in the visit. The little outfits are so cute but they’re also a little trickier to put on and take off.  It’s faster and easier to put on and take off a sleeper.  Plus, then your baby will be warm and happy sooner. Then you can put the cute little outfit on when you get home and leave it on for the rest of the day … or the next diaper change 😉
  2. Be ready for any kind of parking situation
    Depending on where the doc’s office is, you might have to pay for parking, or walk a long distance, or both. You may have to move your car after two hours or go to plug the metre. Being ready with a bunch of change and being prepared to move your vehicle if needed when you get there will take away some of the stress from the visit.
  3. Plan the appointments for around the same time
    Though it’s hard to get a newborn baby onto a real routine, it does help if you have a vague routine.. at least for your sanity.  So having your appointments at roughly the same time every time you go will mean that it’ll become part of your routine and you’ll be more ready for it than if it’s random.  For example, when Autumn was a newborn, we got a lot of good sleep in the mornings together.  So, when the doctor had us come in at 7:30am, it threw off our whole day and I got accused of looking terrible and not taking care of myself (our doctor was a real peach).  When we switched the appointment to 11:00am instead, it meant that Autumn and I got to have our morning sleep, and our doctor said I looked MUCH better (gee thanks).
    Additionally, since we were going due to weight issues, going at the same time every time meant that the weight was more accurate (in my opinion).
  4. Bring moral support
    Not only is is good to have a second set of ears,  but sometimes you need to advocate for yourself and your child, and having someone else there can help with that.  There are many reasons why you might be needing additional doctors visits, and doctors don’t know everything.  If something doesn’t seem right to you, it might not be.  So another person there to also ask questions can be hugely helpful.
  5. Treat yo’self
    Doctors visits can be hard, and having a sick child sucks.  We would stop by Starbucks on the way home and get a little pick-me-up.  Just a small way to boost your spirits after a potentially crappy visit.  Alternatively, it was a nice “reward” for having an excellent visit.  Either way, treat yo’self!! It helps and it’s an excellent form of self care.

What are other ways to make frequent doctors visits easier?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Our Summer Bucket List!

Our Summer Bucket List

The other night, my husband and I sat down and talked about the things that we want to do this summer.  We’re so excited for the summer and all the fun things we’re going to be able to do as a family of four this year. Plus, since we have a toddler, it’ll be even more fun because we’ll be experiencing things for the first time again through her eyes.  So excited! Here are some of the things we’d like to do this summer:

  1. Victoria Beach
    My family has a cottage out at Victoria Beach, and I’m so excited to do all the things with my daughter there this year!  We’ll go to the beach (obviously), go to the park, get ice cream at the Moonlight Inn, and get smiley face cookies at the bakery.  It’s gonna be awesome!
  2. Assiniboine Park Zoo
    We haven’t been to the zoo since the new Polar Bear exhibit opened last year, and I think it would be really fun to go.  Especially with the Dinosaur exhibit there, too!
  3. Strawberry Picking
    There are a few places nearby where you pay for the bucket, and you pick your own strawberries.  I think it would be a lot of fun to do that with Autumn. I think she would really enjoy that.
  4. Andrew’s family cabin
    It’ll be fun to see how Autumn likes the boat this year!
  5. Monarch Butterfly Festival
    This event looks like so much fun!
  6. Islendingadagurinn
    The Icelandic Festival in Gimli!  I’m so pumped for it. I haven’t been in a few years.
  7. Morden Corn and Apple Festival
    A nearby town has an awesome festival every summer. You get free corn on the cob and free apple cider, and a bunch of other stuff! Again, I haven’t been in a few years so I’m excited to go again.
  8. Harry Potter Midnight Release Party
    The last Harry Potter book came out almost 10 years ago, and McNally Robinson celebrated with a party in the park.  Well, since the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is this summer, they’re doing it again!  I’m so pumped to go to another midnight release.  And I can’t wait to read the book 🙂

What are your plans for the summer?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Secrets for Surviving 2 Under 2

Secrets for Surviving 2 under 2

It’s been a pretty busy few weeks! I expected things to be different, and I expected being in survival mode.  So I’ve been looking around for some secrets and tips from real life moms on how to make the transition from one to two children that much easier.  Here are some of the tips I’ve found super helpful:

How I Get Things Done with 2 Under 2” by One Hoolie Mama – this is a major tip, and one I’ve definitely done, too.

Surviving Life with a Newborn and a Toddler” by The Stay-at-home Life – this is part one of a series, with lots of amazing ideas for staying sane.

Dorothy Nada offers some insight on what it’s like to have three under three, which is definitely helpful if you’ve only got two under two – “On being a Mama of three

Mom on the Side writes about what “The First Year With Twins” is like, which definitely has some crossover into two under two.

These “10 Mumma Hacks for Surviving a Newborn and a Toddler” are so fantastic.  I especially love the one about getting the older sibling to show the little baby how to do things. Excellent Mumma Hacks

Mind, Body & Soul After Baby is a wealth of knowledge on surviving 2 under 2.  There are so many posts on there worth checking out for tips 🙂

Motherly Adventures shares “My first two weeks of being a mom of two“, which has some ups and downs of having a newborn and a toddler in the first two weeks.

What are your tips for surviving two under two? Feel free to share them in the comments!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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Happy Day: what’s the up?

flowering tree

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted, so I thought I’d do a little catch up!  It’s been a really busy few days, too.  Of waiting, of celebrating, of waiting more…

  1. I had two fetal assessments last week, and they measured my baby at 8lb 11oz. Which isn’t too bad! And good fluid levels.  What was nice was that Andrew got to come and see the baby in the ultrasound, since he hadn’t seen him yet.
  2. We celebrated all day Saturday, pretty much.  We had a first birthday party to attend, and then a graduation party! It was a great day filled with friends and family.
  3. On Sunday, I laboured all day and gave birth!! This is definitely the biggest thing that happened in the last few days haha.  But he’s here, he’s wonderful, he’s healthy & I love him so much.  I’ll post more details later.
  4. Getting settled as a family of 4 has been good so far.  Looking forward to seeing how my two children get along with each other as they grow <3

Hope your weekend was excellent as well!

xoxo,
Alysa

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