Can I please freeze time?

October 16th, 2016

It’s been a little while since I’ve updated this blog. Okay, maybe “a little while” is not accurate and should be replaced with “forever”. Life has been super duper busy!!! But busy in a good way! The kidlets are doing great, my photography business is booming, we had a phenomenal Summer and life is good!

Squeaks finally started rolling over at 7 months old, but since she spent SO much time on her back, she developed brachycephaly (a flat head). I hummed and hawed over whether I wanted to get her a helmet to reshape her head, since her facial features were still symmetrical and eventually her hair would cover the flat spot. BUT, because of the brachycephaly, her head was wider and shorter than it should be. However, a helmet would still have been considered purely cosmetic since her health wasn’t suffering because of her flat head. Her paediatrician said he thought that helmets are pointless and her head will round out on its own by 18 months, to which I replied, “but what if it doesn’t”? And so he gave me a referral to Sick Kids Hospital to appease me.

As our Sick Kids appointment date approached, my thoughts were to get Squeaks’ head measured and make a decision based on the numbers. There is a scale of mild/moderate/severe when it comes to assessing flat heads:

Normal: 75-90%

Mild: 91-93%

Moderate: 94-97%

Severe: >97%

If her noggin measured in the mild category or lower end of the moderate category, we would forego the helmet and let her head round out on its own. If it measured in the severe or higher end of moderate category then we would most likely get her a helmet. I read a lot of studies that said that mild and moderate flatness will round out on its own, but severe flatness most likely would not and her head would continue to grow wider – yikes! The measurements came back and her Cephalic Index (CI) measured in the severe category at 98%!!! OMG…so helmet it was!

Squeaks had to wear her helmet for 22 out of 24 hours a day. I wanted to get her a DocBand, as they seemed much smaller and lighter than the StarBands, but here in Canada, we didn’t have that option and had to go with the StarBand. The good news about the StarBand is that it’s covered by insurance (for some reason the DocBand is not). I can tell you that these helmets will run you a couple of thousands of dollars, so insurance coverage was important to us.

I had to obsessively clean her helmet, per the specialist’s orders, and wash her hair every single day, so this helmet thing turned into a full time job. The first couple of days in the helmet were not fun, but we slowly weaned her into it, and by day 5, she didn’t even notice it was there. She wore the helmet for a total of two months and when her Cephalic Index dropped to 92%, we decided to ditch the helmet. Squeaks is almost 15 months old now and her head is still a bit flat, but at least it’s in the mild range and will hopefully continue to round out on its own.

Squeaks sporting her new StarBand

We did find out another reason why Squeaks was hitting all her gross motor milestones somewhat late – she is hyper flexible! This basically means that her joints bend further than other people’s (extremely “double jointed”) and the increased pliability made it more difficult for her to achieve her gross motor milestones. One day she was sitting up, went into the full splits and put her tummy all the way down to the floor while still in the splits. I looked at her and thought, that can’t be normal… Luckily, her extreme flexibility wasn’t accompanied by any other conditions, like low muscle tone, as it is quite common for these two to go together. Squeaks was army crawling at 9.5 months and crawling on all fours at 11.5 months. Naturally, I figured she would be a late walker, but nope – at 13.5 months, she was taking her first steps!

In other exciting news, my very first niece was born at the end of June!!! I am thrilled for many reasons, one of which being that my kids finally have a first cousin! I’m the oldest of four girls, so cousins were bound to happen sooner or later! And of course, another baby girl was destined to be born because my family does not produce boys 😉

My sister, brother-in-law and their sweet little girl

My sister, brother-in-law and their sweet little girl

Squeaks celebrated her first birthday in August and I decided to go all out! I threw her a Storybook first birthday party and photographed her in different children’s book scenes for her party invitation, complete with an “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” Cake Smash!

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Squeaks was the happiest birthday girl EVER!!!! She was laughing up a storm and socializing with everyone, which was surprisingly unusual for her at the time! I find that a lot of babies hate their birthday parties, but not this kid! She was loving every minute of it!

We also bought a cottage this Summer! Well, technically my Dad bought the cottage, but he says it’s for all of us, so we’ll call it our cottage for simplicity’s sake. It’s on Lake Muskoka, which is a gorgeous area a couple of hours North of Toronto, for those that are not familiar.

Squeaks and the hubs at the cottage

Squeaks and the hubs at the cottage

Chuckles playing at the cottage

Chuckles playing at the cottage

P-nut and Chuckles started school the day after Labour Day. P-nut is now in Grade One and Chuckles is in JK (Junior Kindergarten). It’s nice to have them at the same school and they are both doing extremely well there! Everyone at the school seems to know who both of them are, I’m guessing because they are extremely social and make friends easily. I often tell them that one of the many things I love about them is that they are nice to everyone! They will befriend any kid who so much as speaks to them. I feel very lucky to have such sweet and loveable children.

P-Nut and Chuckles on their first day of school

P-Nut and Chuckles on their first day of school

P-nut kicked off the school year by losing her very first tooth!! She was super excited! I bought her a tooth shaped pillow to put the tooth in and hang on her bedroom door. The tooth fairy tells me it’s much easier to find her tooth and leave her money this way 🙂 When I looked at the gap in her mouth where her tooth had once been, I noticed that her adult tooth was already growing in behind. To be honest, it kind of freaked me out because I know that adult teeth are supposed to grow under the baby teeth and not behind them, but I was assured by the dentist that it was normal (it’s called a “shark tooth”). Sure enough, that shark tooth and a second shark tooth beside it pushed forward into the correct position once both of her front bottom baby teeth had come out.

P-nut, very happy that she lost a tooth!

P-nut, very happy that she lost a tooth!

We are in the process of getting ready for Hallowe’en! The girls still let me coordinate their costumes, although to be fair, I do ask for their input to make sure they’re happy with their costumes. Last year they dressed up as Flora, Fauna and Merryweather and this year they are going to dress up as Superheroes. It was such a beautiful day out yesterday, so I took my little superheroes outside for a photo shoot.

My superheroes are ready for Hallowe'en

My superheroes are ready for Hallowe’en

Aren’t they adorable??? I looked over at my girls the other day – all playing together, giggling, joking around and all I wanted was to stop the clock. P-nut just turned 6 years old, Chuckles is about to turn 4 years old and Squeaks is living it up at just shy of 15 months old. They are all at amazing ages! Of course, we have our challenging moments, but they are all so loving, spirited and fun to be around. They still want “huggie and kissie” good night, but are somewhat independent (except for Squeaks…she’s not quite at the independent stage yet). AND they all sleep (kind of)!! I don’t want this to end! Has anyone come up with a reliable method to freeze time? 😉

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The Half Birthday Girl!!

February 1st, 2016

Apparently this is a thing now – celebrating half birthdays when your baby turns 6 months old! I’ll jump on that bandwagon! Any excuse to take photos of my kids is okay with me!

Squeaks turns six months/half a year old today!! Where has the time gone?!?! She has the most amazing personality and I love her to pieces. Squeaks loves to “talk”, laugh, have staring contests, and move all over the place ALL the time. Although she wiggles across the room, she’s still only rolling from front to back and not from back to front, but I’m not (really) worried – she’s almost there! I’m sure it’s partially due to third child syndrome…i.e. being toted around to all her older sisters’ activities and not getting enough tummy time opportunities, although we do tummy time every chance we can. Or maybe she’s just not ready yet! Who knows. If there’s one thing you learn when you have three kids is that they’re all SO different! Squeaks is a bit ahead of the game when it comes to chatter – her favourite word is “loose”. How many 6 month olds do you know who can make the “L” sound?!? Smart cookie, this girl!

Here’s my 6 month sweetheart – cute as can be! Happy half birthday, Squeaks!! You are such a blessing!!

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The days are long but the years are short

December 9th, 2015

It’s hard to believe that baby Squeaks is already 4.5 months old, yet it seems like time is going by incredibly slowly at the moment. It feels like I don’t have a second to breathe and am always on my toes. I’m sure all you parents can relate – having a newborn is far from easy. Having three kids is even more of a challenge. When we had Squeaks, I assumed that I was in for three times the work. Wow, was I ever wrong…more like three HUNDRED times the work! I kid you not! And she’s not even that difficult of a baby! She definitely is her own little person with a very big personality, but overall she’s a pretty “easy” baby (whatever that means). And she’s ADORABLE!! Seriously!!! Her older sisters, P-nut and Chuckles have taught her to fake cough and it’s hilarious! She also has the cutest, full hearted baby laugh. It makes me smile! My three kids are AMAZING and they are the lights of my life, despite the challenges that come along with raising these little munchkins. AND I have LOTS of help!! My parents help, we have a part time nanny, P-nut is in school from 9am until 3pm Mondays through Fridays and Chuckles is in preschool Tuesdays and Thursdays. And yet I STILL find it hard! To be honest, I didn’t find having two kids to be that much of a challenge, but three?! Oh boy!

Here are a few of Squeaks’ monthly photos. When I look at these, it makes me realize that time is in fact going by quickly.

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In other news, the holidays are in full force in the Lawrence household. We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, so last Sunday we lit the first Hanukkah candle and also decorated our Christmas tree…which came crashing to the ground and half our ornaments shattered into a gazillion pieces – absolutely heartbreaking!! But it’s back up now and I’m happy to report that the ornaments the girls made last year, although glass, managed to survive the catastrophe!

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I also somehow found the time to hold a day full of Holiday Mini Sessions, which were a huge success!! Next year, when the shock of having three kids somewhat settles, there will be more days of minis 🙂

Toronto Holiday Christmas Minis

Happy Holidays to everyone!!! May you cherish every minute with your families because as they say, “the days are long but the years are short”!

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Welcome, Baby “Squeaks”!!

September 26th, 2015

Eight weeks ago on August 1st, we welcomed our newest family member, “Squeaks”! I call her (our third baby girl!!) this because that is what she does – she squeaks…a LOT!!! It’s super adorable! When she’s eating, she squeaks. When she’s sleeping, she squeaks. When she’s smiling, she squeaks. Even when she’s breathing, she squeaks! At first I worried there was something wrong with her, as adorable as it was, but my midwife and paediatrician assured me that she’s healthy as can be!

Here is Squeaks at 5 days new…

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She has grown a TON since this photo!! And sadly enough, I’ve had to pack away her newborn clothes. Even more sad is that I will most likely never use them again, since Squeaks will probably be my last baby. It’s bittersweet. I’ll be the first to admit that there are things about the newborn stage that I don’t love – mainly the sleepless nights, the “Witching Hour” (which I really think should be plural because it seems to last more like 5 hours), the spit up and bright yellow poop that is all over everything and having to tell everyone to wash their hands constantly so that my fragile little baby hopefully stays sickness free. But there are also things that I will miss. I will miss her teeny tiny little toes and fingers, her little sleepy smiles as she falls asleep on my shoulder and her sweet milky breath. I will miss how portable she is and that I am able to stick her in a carrier or stroller and take her everywhere with me without having to worry about nap time or schedules. And of course, I will miss her squeaks, because I’m guessing once she’s not quite as little, those squeaks will stop…but she will always be “Squeaks” to me!

Here is Squeaks at one month old…

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In less than one week, I’ll already be taking Squeaks’ two month photo! Hard to believe!

In other news, my older girls, P-nut (almost 5) and Chuckles (almost 3) started school recently. P-nut started SK and Chuckles started at her new preschool (which is at P-nut’s school). They are both loving school and adjusting well! Here are my silly girls all ready for their first day…

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Other than that, everything is going well! We finished our huge home renovation (almost…) and are back in our house (hooray!), we’re settling in and adjusting to life as a family of five, which I will admit is MUCH more difficult than I thought it would be, hubby started a new amazing job, Squeaks is starting to sleep for longer stretches at night (we got 9 hours straight one night!!! Usually it’s more like 6 or 7 hours, but hey…I’ll take it!) and P-nut and Chuckles are super busy doing tons of activities (swimming, ice hockey, gymnastics, Sportball…) and having play dates! Life is good…and BUSY!!! Speaking of which, time to go…Squeaks just arose from her short nap…the 45 minute intruder strikes again! Adios!

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Sleep (or lack thereof) and other third trimester woes

July 6th, 2015

My plan was to update this blog on a more regular basis, but obviously that has not been happening. It takes me soooooooooo very long to write a post, to edit photos, or to basically do anything that involves sitting at my computer because, well, IT’S HARD TO SIT!!! This pregnancy has plagued me with back aches, varicose veins, my first ever stretch mark (gasp!) and tiredness beyond belief!! Perhaps my body is telling me that three kids is my limit?!? I’m okay with that. To be honest, I am NOT one of those women who LOVES being pregnant…and I say that in the nicest possible way. If you are one of those women, wow – I envy you! Yes, I am thankful and happy that I am able to bring life into this world, to experience a miracle growing inside me and to be able to look at my perfect little children every day and think, I MADE YOU!!!! It doesn’t get any better than that. BUT what’s to love about being told you’re “borderline anemic” (yes, this happened), have a low platelet count, which means no epidural if it’s still low during labour (yes, this happened too), morning sickness, varicose veins, stretch marks, insane weight gain, diet restrictions, never ending tiredness, and having to pee every 20 minutes???? What is there to love about all that? The baby that comes AFTER all these pregnancy woes end…that’s what. And to me, that is the ONLY thing that makes every minute of these LOOOOONG 9+ months and my last two pregnancies worthwhile.

You know what else sucks? The comments from every friend, family member and passerby. Even the nice comments, which are all SO repetitive!! “How are you feeling?” is a question I would never like to answer again. I’m feeling pregnant. That’s how I’m feeling. I’m feeling like I’m SO ready for this baby to come out and yet not ready at all because we’re still renovating our house and I would like her to hang in there for a little while longer until we can move back in (which will hopefully be in a couple of weeks). I’m tired of answering pregnancy questions. And I’m tired…in general…plain tired. I’m 35 weeks and have reached the point where I wake up every 20 minutes at night to pee, so I don’t get any sleep. Ever. Yes, I realize I will not be sleeping again for a loooooooooong time. I have had two other babies after all. Sigh…sleep. Hubby must stop telling me how tired he is or I may have to punch him. I raise you your tired, Mr. Hubby and give you beyond exhausted. Wanna trade? I would be in heaven to get the amount of sleep that he does. Men 😉 That’s okay – he needs to get his sleep now, because I can guarantee you I’ll be handing over our newborn to him at 3am to rock back to sleep for 3 hours straight…mwahahaha!

As you can probably tell by now, this pregnancy has been pretty draining on me! Thank goodness the outcome will be worth it 🙂

Bye bye, toes! See you in August! (33 week belly)

Bye bye, toes! See you in August! (33 week belly)

I wanted to do a little something to celebrate this munchkin, so I had a little “Baby Sprinkle” (mini baby shower, no gifts, casual affair) a couple of weekends ago. It was fun! I think every baby deserves to be celebrated. I didn’t get a baby shower or a baby sprinkle with Chuckles and I was very sad about it. Of course I got a lovely one when I was pregnant with P-nut because she was my first baby. This time I threw one for myself. Why not, right? It’s not like I’m asking people to bring me expensive gifts and things I already have – I simply wanted to welcome my (more than likely last) bundle of joy!

Toronto Family Photographer Baby Shower

Five weeks to go…will she hang in there that long? Sure doesn’t feel like it, but we shall see!!

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Legoland Toronto!!!

May 4th, 2015

Have you ever been? It’s pretty amazing!! My family and I had the opportunity to visit Legoland in Toronto last weekend and we all had a great time! Okay, so maybe the little ones enjoyed it slightly more than the adults, but in all honesty, it was very impressive and a great place to take kids!

We started the day off on a ride where you travel through a tunnel and attempt to rack up points by using laser guns to shoot at different Lego scenes along the way. I’m slightly embarrassed to say that P-nut (my 4 year old) got more points than I did, but I blame my poor score on attempting to take too many pictures and helping Chuckles (my 2 year old) with her game 😉

Toronto Family Photographer Legoland 1 Then we entered this room that I like to call, “A Lego lover’s dream”! My kids headed straight for the bins of Lego where they could construct their own Lego cars and race them down these neat race tracks!Toronto Family Photographer Legoland 2 Toronto Family Photographer Legoland 3 After which, P-nut decided it was time to check out another ride!Toronto Family Photographer Legoland 4 Chuckles was a little too small to go on the ride, so she headed straight to the Karaoke “bar” and sung her own rendition of “Mr. Sun” (too cute!!!).Toronto Family Photographer Legoland 5…and then played with a big tub full of Lego, while her big sister ventured towards this huge Lego climber/construction site!Toronto Family Photographer Legoland 6We took in not one but two 4D Lego Movies, which the girls LOVED! Obviously, since they wanted to go right back in and watch a second movie as soon as the first one had ended.

Just before lunch, the girls took a rest on a couple of very cool Lego flower shaped stools, while admiring the girl made out of Lego!Toronto Family Photographer Legoland 7And no visit to Legoland would be complete without a visit to the gift shop on the way out. The girls each picked out a special gift. Chuckles knew what she wanted immediately (a Duplo princess castle set), but P-nut was overwhelmed by the choices. She finally settled on a Lego Disney princess set of her own!
Toronto Family Photographer Legoland 8‘Til next time, Legoland! We WILL be back 😉 Toronto Family Photographer Legoland 9

 

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It’s a…

March 24th, 2015

My family is filled with girls! If you’ve been keeping up with my blog posts, you’ll know that I have two wonderful daughters of my own – P-nut who is 4 years old and Chuckles who is 2 years old (or “three and a half” as she’ll tell anyone who asks her how old she is). I also have three younger sisters and my hubs has one older sister, so yes – lots of girls in our family!

Naturally, when I got pregnant with baby #3 back in November, I assumed “she” would be a girl. However, my pregnancy this time around has been VERY different from my first two (which, mind you, were also very different from each other). This time, my hips did not immediately expand the minute I got pregnant, I was hugging the toilet quite frequently and I was eating a lot of red meat (which is unusual for me in the first place, not only when I’m pregnant). None of these things happened with my first two pregnancies. So I started wondering…could there actually be a baby boy in there? Hmm… When people asked what my instincts told me, I would say that some days I thought it was a girl and other days I thought it was a boy…so that’s not saying much 😉 Hubs and I didn’t have a preference one way or the other, so whatever the gender, we were happy as long as baby was healthy. I know it sounds cliché but it’s true. We feel extremely lucky to have healthy children.

I became very impatient to find out the gender since they won’t tell you the baby’s sex until 18-20 weeks here in Canada for fear of making a mistake (apparently it’s easy to do before that time). I decided to go in for a 16 week gender scan at one of those 3d places – big mistake! We get in there and the ultrasound tech starts saying things like, “your first two babies moved a lot? This one doesn’t. This one isn’t moving at all.” ummm…okay… and then the tech decided to tell us that our baby has a teeny tiny little itty bitty button nose. Ummm…okay…fine, except nobody in our family has a teeny tiny button nose except maybe my Father-in-law and Sister-in-law. So of course after the ultrasound I go straight to Dr. Google and find out that a teeny tiny nose could be a soft marker for Down Syndrome…begin freak out! Anyway, back to the gender, the ultrasound tech said “it’s a…GIRL” except she didn’t seem too sure. She attempted to show me the “three lines”, but neither hubs or I saw anything…no girl parts, no boy parts – just nothing. We went home extremely happy but slightly confused and decided to believe that we were having another baby girl, but not to go all out buying girly things just yet (not that we need anything since we already have two girls).

Yesterday, I had my 20 week ultrasound and sure I enough, I saw the “three lines”!!! We are definitely, without a doubt having another baby girl!!! YAY!!!! We’re thrilled! Hubby may need a man cave, but is thrilled nonetheless. The best news however, is that this little girl is super healthy and VERY active!!! She has a nasal bone, so the small nose is just that – a small nose (lucky little girl 😉 ). I still can’t feel her move much yet because I have an anterior placenta, which acts as a buffer between my stomach and the baby.

We have mountains and mountains of gorgeous baby girl clothes, so technically I don’t need to shop for this little one…BUT…we all know that’s not possible for me. Every baby deserves a special new outfit, and so…ta da…

F/1.6, 1/125, ISO 250, 50mm

F/1.6, 1/125, ISO 250, 50mm

We can’t wait to meet our third precious little angel this summer! As my younger sisters like to say…

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Here we go again!! Announcing Baby Three (arriving this summer)!

February 2nd, 2015

Yep, that’s right – baby Lawrence #3 shall be here in August of 2015!!! Now what to nickname this baby…I’m open to suggestions?!? I’m only 13 weeks along, so I’m not sure whether it’s a boy or a girl and before anyone asks, NO – WE DO NOT CARE!!! It’s funny how when you have two girls, everyone assumes if you have more kids you’re “trying for a boy”. Nope, not the case. Yes, it would be fun to have a boy since we already have two girls, but it would also be fun to have another girl because my girls are so fantastic, perfect and fun! Just give me a healthy baby (preferably one like Chuckles who sleeps through the night almost instantly) and I’ll be a happy Momma!

Why three kids? Well, pretty simple answer to that question – before we even had kids, hubby and I discussed how many we wanted. I wanted four and he wanted two, so we compromised on three and are both happy with the decision! Honestly, after this pregnancy, I’m not sure I can do this whole having a baby thing again anyway. I mean, I LOVE the outcome (who wouldn’t love a sweet little mini-me who gives you more love and affection than you ever thought possible), but NINE MONTHS??? NINE WHOLE MONTHS of carrying a little bean who then turns into a big bean?!? The morning sickness, the hip pain, the weight gain, not being able to eat anything I want, etc….it’s tough! I’m not complaining (not really anyway) because I feel very fortunate to have had relatively easy and low-risk pregnancies, but being pregnant is by no means a piece of cake (unless you count the number of pieces of cake I like to ingest on a daily basis)!

Blogging has been especially tough. Anything that involves staring at a computer has been tough. Staring at a computer is NOT good for morning sickness, in case anyone is wondering. Luckily, I (purposely) didn’t book many photo sessions these past few months because it’s taking me forever and ever to edit my images. I’ll only be booking a limited number of sessions for the next while, but I will still be booking, so please contact me early if you’d like to schedule a shoot! Because my pregnancy with P-nut was relatively sickness-free, I figured it would be the same with every pregnancy and scheduled SO many photo shoots for when I was pregnant with Chuckles. Let me tell you – it was a nightmare because I was so sick with her!! I knew better this time and decided to take it easy during my first trimester.

It’s interesting how every one of my pregnancies has been different. With P-nut I was slightly nauseous for the first trimester, but nothing too bad. With Chuckles I was ridiculously nauseous – couldn’t move off the couch and always felt like I would vomit, but I never did. In fact, aside from a nasty round of food poisoning I had mid 2014, I hadn’t vomited since I was nineteen years old!!! So you can imagine my shock when I was vomiting almost every morning in the first trimester with this current pregnancy! Attractive, yes – I know. Still, this pregnancy has been easier than my pregnancy with Chuckles, because at least by mid-day, I generally feel like an ALMOST normal human being this time around. And now the morning sickness is fading (I hope) and I am happily entering my second trimester! August can not come soon enough!

We’re also preparing to start some major renovations on our house in April and will be moving in with my Mom until they’re done. I’ve been told everything will be done by July so please say a prayer for me that this will actually happen…or else we’ll be bringing a newborn baby home to my Mom’s house :S No offence, Mom – you know I love ya!

We didn’t tell the girls about baby three until about a week ago. Hubby so desperately wanted to tell them right away, but I knew for certain that once we told P-nut, the whole world would know. P-nut was SOOOOOOOO excited!!! She was jumping around screaming, “Mommy has a baby!!” non-stop and asked if she could tell everyone. I told her that she could only tell family. I guess she considers a LOT of people family…

Chuckles’ reaction was slightly different. She said, “I don’t want a baby! I’m the baby!” and ran away and hid in the kitchen. She’s slowly coming around and seems to be getting more excited by the day!

Here are the photos I took to announce baby three to our family and friends! I love how both my girls have so many expressions!

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(P.S. All photos were taken at 50mm, ISO 2000, 1/160, f/2.8)

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Slacker Mommy Blogger stopping by from Blog Hiatus

January 13th, 2015

Yes, it is true. I have been a blog slacker. There are no excuses…only there are. There are always excuses, aren’t there? My excuse? Life. Life gets busy! Especially when you have kids and the holidays are here – busy, busy! I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about and have been there yourselves. I’m still in “GO, GO, GO” mode, but wanted to stop by my blog to update all you long lost friends on what’s been going on over at my end.

First, let’s travel back to October. P-nut’s birthday is at the beginning of October and we decided to throw her and Chuckles a joint birthday around that time. Their birthdays are less than one month apart and most of the invitees are the same, so it just made sense (and saved this Mom many a headache). P-nut turned four years old and Chuckles turned two at the beginning of November.

October was filled with family visiting, birthday celebrations (the girls’ joint party and P-nut’s actual birthday), Halloween and of course lots and lots of photo shoots for me (families wanted holiday card photos, so October and November were busy business months for me). Of course, I had to take the girls’ photo for our holiday card too – what do you think (below)?

One of the photos on our holiday card | F/3.2, 1/320, ISO 320, 200mm

One of the photos on our holiday card | F/3.2, 1/320, ISO 320, 200mm

P-nut coming downstairs on the morning of her birthday to find a ton of balloons! | F/2.8, 1/125, ISO 3200, 70mm

P-nut coming downstairs on the morning of her birthday to find a ton of balloons! | F/2.8, 1/125, ISO 3200, 70mm

My Thing 1 and Thing 2 all set to go trick-or-treating on Halloween | F/2.8, 1/200, ISO 200, 45mm (using on-camera flash)

My Thing 1 and Thing 2 all set to go trick-or-treating on Halloween | F/2.8, 1/200, ISO 200, 45mm (using on-camera flash)

As November rolled around, we continued the birthday festivities by having some cake for Chuckles’ birthday (do you think she looks excited?).

Happy 2nd Birthday | F/2.8, 1/200, ISO 200, 70mm (using flash)

Happy 2nd Birthday! | F/2.8, 1/200, ISO 200, 70mm (using flash)

At the end of November, we picked out our Christmas tree and had loads of fun decorating it.

F/1.8, 1/200, ISO 1600, 50mm

F/1.8, 1/200, ISO 1600, 50mm

F/1.8, 1/200, ISO 1600, 50mm

F/1.8, 1/200, ISO 1600, 50mm

And then of course, the year ended with Hanukkah and Christmas (we celebrate both) and a lot more family festivities and fun!

Christmas Morning | F/2.0, 1/125, ISO 2000, 50mm

Christmas Morning | F/2.0, 1/125, ISO 2000, 50mm

In other news – P-nut is enjoying JK (Junior Kindergarten) and is making a lot of new friends! Chuckles continues her adorable mischief around the house and has decided that she thinks it’s appropriate to take off her warm pyjamas every morning before we come to get her (and sometimes at night before she goes to bed). Does she not know how cold it is?!? The girls will start swim lessons in March and they are both super stoked!! P-nut is still doing ballet and loving it! Chuckles starts Sportball this week! Between play dates and all their activities, it’s hard to keep up with their busy social calendars! Me? I go to bed at 9pm and shuttle them around to their activities. Now that, is a Mommy social calendar at its finest!

2015 begins with loads of travel! To start, I’ll be heading to Whistler for the NAPCP retreat, which I am super excited about!! Family travels will continue for the next few months – Florida twice (must escape this frigid winter!!), Nebraska and Philadelphia. It’s a US world tour (sort of…)! So will I be going on another blogging hiatus you ask? Hmmm…who knows. We’ll see if I can get my act together. I make only one promise – I will do my best to not neglect this wonderful Mommy blog 😉

 

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Boogie Wipes to the Rescue!

October 20th, 2014

I absolutely love Fall – it really is the most gorgeous time of year!

F/2.8, 1/500, ISO 320, 182mm

F/2.8, 1/500, ISO 320, 182mm

F2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 70mm

F2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 70mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 320, 123mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 320, 123mm

Everything about Fall is magical EXCEPT the start of cold and flu season. Especially when you have kids in school – getting sick is inevitable. Both my kids have had runny noses since the weather started cooling down and the leaves started to change color. However, a little runny nose won’t stop my leave jumping warriors! They simply grab a Boogie Wipe, wipe their little noses and go right back to playing and jumping in the leaves!

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 320, 70mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 320, 70mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 110mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 110mm

I love Boogie Wipes because they are so gentle on my precious girls’ tender little noses and they clean their boogies up so quickly and so well! Boogie Wipes gently clean and soothe runny, stuffy and otherwise tender noses with natural saline, aloe and vitamin E. They are invented by moms, recommended by pediatricians and infused with fun in refreshing scents kids love.

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 320, 70mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 320, 70mm

There are so many benefits to using Boogie Wipes, including the fact that they are alcohol, phthalate and paraben free. They are also hypoallergenic, extra soft and lightly scented.

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 190mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 190mm

Boogie Wipes come in 30 Count Flex Packs, which are amazing for travel, and also in 90 Count Canisters, which are great for keeping around the house. In Canada, the Flex Packs can be found at Walmart, Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, Lawton Drug’s, Toys R Us and London Drugs. The Canisters are available at Walmart, Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore and Target.

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 320, 95mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 320, 95mm

Don’t let a little runny nose stop your kids from having fun!

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 200mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 200mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 145mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 145mm

Grab a Boogie Wipe and let them play!

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 320, 70mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 320, 70mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 165mm

F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1000, 165mm

 

 

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