Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happy Spring

Spring has officially sprung over here. It's been lovely out and we've taken full advantage by starting up a routine of daily walks. I've sketched out a route that takes about an hour and Marc sleeps very well during and after. It's been lovely.

I also updated my table centrepiece and exchanged some more seasonal dishes on our sideboard.
And of course I couldn't resist picking up a $5 bouquet at the grocery store because... well, does anyone really need to justify flowers? Flowers = spring in my mind, that's for sure!
Happy Spring everyone, and Happy Easter to those who celebrate. We'll be heading North to visit with family this weekend - Marc's first big trip. Hopefully he handles it well and isn't too overwhelmed by all the excited faces wanting to meet him!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

2017 Goals: March

Still going strong working on my goals - there are a few I want to focus on this month: namely finishing a cross-stitch, working in my sketchbook regularly and getting into a simple exercise routine.

17 GOALS FOR 2017:

  1. Read 30 books. (7/30)
  2. Finish 2 cross-stitch patterns. (0/2 - basically done the Woodland Sampler, just want to modify a few of the summer panels)
  3. Finish Amber art book and start a new one. (no progress)
  4. Take monthly baby and family photos. (3/12 - except for the family photos, Pat and I tend not to take photos together very often..)
  5. Journal or sketchbook daily. (14/30)
  6. Set a schedule for blogging (weekly) (3/5), crafting (daily) (14/30) and getting out of the house (3-4x weekly) (2/5 - the other 3 weeks I only made it out twice).
  7. Make and freeze meals for post-partum. (done - will blog later)
  8. Gather 10 good crockpot recipes. (3/10)
  9. Set a routine for exercising (3-4x weekly). (0/5 though I have been fitting in some walks and a bit of yoga while Marc plays)
  10. Catalogue library. (no progress)
  11. Host Thanksgiving. (looks like this won't happen as there will be a surprise birthday party in Pat's family on that weekend)
  12. Organize, declutter, minimize, purge. (no real progress)
  13. Figure out cloth-diapering (just washed the 6 pairs I have and will be trying them out this week), nursing/pumping (we're finally really getting the hang of nursing; I just need to figure out how to get letdown when I pump) and making baby food (not there yet).
  14. Stay in touch with friends while on maternity leave. (yes)
  15. Tackle a new "kitchen challenge" monthly (challenging recipe / technique). (1/12 - made chicken pot pie for the first time and it was pretty good!)
  16. Be intentional deepening relationship with Pat. Set weekly date nights. (5/5 - nothing elaborate, mostly just walks or watching TV together after Marc is asleep for the night)
  17. Plan a family trip (overnight, not counting grandparents' house). (not there yet)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 8 + 9

I'm still working on incorporating sketchbooking into my daily routine. I'm trying my best - it's just hard to find time and energy when you have a little person around to entertain (and feed)!


2/18 + 2/21 Monster friends

2/25 Maze runner
2/22 Mark making

2/26 Washi wonder
2/26 1 month

2/27 Plant kindness
3/4 Love life

List of supplies:
  • various scrapbooking papers, stickers 
  • masking tape 
  • washi tape
  • Pilot Precise V5 pens in various colours 
  • Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (orange 113 and indanthrene blue 247) 
  • Sharpie paint pens (white, silver, gold) 
  • Prismacolor Premier (crimson red)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2 Months Old

Marc turned 2 months old on Sunday. I can't believe how fast time is flying by - he's growing and changing so quickly. At the same time, it feels like we've had him forever! I can barely remember what it was like being 9 months pregnant, never mind what life was like before we conceived. It all seems so long ago...

I don't break out my good camera very often (my phone is getting a workout though!), but I do want to at least use it for these monthly photoshoot. It will be so nice to look back on these and remember how tiny he was.

These "blue" photos were taken at 8 weeks (last Thursday).

And then these "white" photos were taken on Sunday:
I know I'm biased, but he's pretty darn cute!!!

Marc really hit some major milestones this month: he can lift his head like a champ (as seen above), he's sleeping in his bassinet (instead of in bed with us) almost all night and for most of his naps, he's no longer fitting into his newborn clothes (except the onesies), he's "talking" up a storm and we've made some big strides with breastfeeding. On that last note, we are currently working on weaning off of formula. I wish we had never been convinced to supplement in the first place... he's just a small baby and gains weight slowly with or without formula. But now that we're really getting the hang of things, we're slowly cutting down and it's going well.

Marc loves his playmat/jungle gym (especially the light-up, music-making elephant), taking a bath and snuggling with mommy in the sling. Marc hates his swing, getting out of the bath (so cold!) and not much else. He's still a pretty chill baby!

So much love! I can't wait to see what the next month will bring.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017 Goals: February

We are well on our way into March, but I thought it would be worthwhile to look back on my progress for February. I certainly didn't have as much time to focus on some of these, but I'm pretty happy with what I was able to accomplish considering.

17 GOALS FOR 2017:

  1. Read 30 books. (6/30)
  2. Finish 2 cross-stitch patterns. (0/2 - basically done the Woodland Sampler, just want to modify a few of the summer panels)
  3. Finish Amber art book and start a new one. (no progress)
  4. Take monthly baby and family photos. (2/12 - except for the family photo, need more of those)
  5. Journal or sketchbook daily. (17/28 - not back considering)
  6. Set a schedule for blogging (weekly) (2/4), crafting (daily) (17/28) and getting out of the house (3-4x weekly) (3/4 - one week I only made it out twice).
  7. Make and freeze meals for post-partum. (done - will blog later)
  8. Gather 10 good crockpot recipes. (3/10)
  9. Set a routine for exercising (3-4x weekly). (0/4)
  10. Catalogue library. (no progress)
  11. Host Thanksgiving. (not there yet)
  12. Organize, declutter, minimize, purge. (no real progress)
  13. Figure out cloth-diapering (not there yet), nursing/pumping (still working on both) and making baby food (not there yet).
  14. Stay in touch with friends while on maternity leave. (yes)
  15. Tackle a new "kitchen challenge" monthly (challenging recipe / technique). (0/12)
  16. Be intentional deepening relationship with Pat. Set weekly date nights. (4/4 - counted having a few moments to ourselves while Marc is not in our arms)
  17. Plan a family trip (overnight, not counting grandparents' house). (not there yet)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1 Month Old

Marc turned 1 month old on Sunday, February 26th. It is incredible to think that he has already been with us for a whole month! It still seems so surreal... although we are settling into a routine (more or less), it is still mind-boggling to think that we are parents! To this perfect little man no less! And really, we are beyond blessed. He is such an easy-going baby - he barely fusses, eats and sleeps like a champ, and is just all around so sweet!

Here are a few photos I took to remember his first month with us.
He's so tiny, and yet he's already changed so much! He's putting on weight, as evidenced by his chubby cheeks. He's losing his hair too, which makes him look like a little old man, especially when he makes his serious frowny face. He makes the sweetest little noises and is just starting to smile. He still isn't sleeping in his bassinet - he'll only go about 10 minutes sleeping independently on his back - but we're working on it. He's starting to enjoy his swing and playmat and really loves being in the sling/wrap while I walk him around.

We went on our first walk last week (using the sling) and he slept the whole way. Last weekend we also went on our first outing (not counting doctor's appointments), and he was so good - wide awake in the car on the way to Babies'R'Us, and falling fast asleep in the store, not waking until we returned home. We are slowly getting the hang of being parents and I'm so in love with watching Pat interact with Marc. He's such a good father!

The days go by so fast - I want to savour every second. I know I'm going to miss him being this small and yet I'm so looking forward to watching him grow. I just wish it wouldn't happen so fast!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Weeks 6 + 7

As a busy mom, I don't have much time for my sketchbook. So I've resorted to simple designs, quick doodles and playing with patterns so that I can get something on the page. Here are my pages from the first 2 weeks of February:

2/5 Red arrowheads
2/6 Blue shells

2/7 Our breastfeeding adventures
2/8 Wavelengths

2/11 Green grasses
2/12 Our little life

2/12 Red botanicals
2/12 Layered journaling

2/14+15 Framed doodles
2/16 First day alone

List of Supplies:
  • Pilot Precise V5 extra fine pens (various colours)