Now that almost 2 weeks have past, I am ready to share our story with you all. We were planning on vlogging the whole journey and did video a lot at the beginning, but when Shiznet hit the fan, the cameras were thrown to the side and all that mattered was being present as a family.
So, now that I’ve hinted about things going aray, I guess I should probably start from the beginning. As you know if you had been following our journey, I had been diagnosed around 32 weeks with Cholestasis, a liver disease that shows up during pregnancy that can end up being very dangerous for baby if born past 38 weeks. Because of that, I had had weekly Ultrasounds to check in and make sure Baby D was growing well and that everything else was staying the way it should. With all that in mind, they decided that it was best to induce me at 37 weeks and 6 days, just shy of 38 weeks.
That day I went in and everything went as planned. I hadn’t dialated past 1 cm and was not effaced so they decided that Cervadil to help ripen my cervix was the best course of action. I had Cervadil with Poppy (also had Cholestasis) so I knew it worked pretty fast for me and was expecting it. After waiting an hour and nothing happening, the hospital released Rob and I, telling us to return either when my contractions started, or at 1pm the next day, watever happened first. We decided to leave and meet my mom and sister for lunch to kill time instead of risking the hour long drive home just to turn around and come back.
While all of this was going on, my mom was on her way to the city to run some errands while she also waited for labor to begin. But, her car broke down on the side of the highway. Not wanting to miss the birth (shes always in the room with me) she joined us for lunch and then asked us to take her just outside the city to a car rental place so that she could get her errands done and home later. That was fine with us as nothing was happening besides back pain for me, and we needed a few things at Walmart. We dropped her off, headed to Walmart, and as soon as Rob left me in the car to go in my contractions began. At first, I didnt want to believe they were real. I had suffered from braxton hicks for weeks previously that were eratic so I just tried to push these aside as though they must be that because they were hitting one after another. Finally after about 10 mins, I started to get scared because the pain was extreme and texted Rob to come back to the car.
We got to the Hospital in about 10 mins and Rob took me straight up front to register and go into the Early labor Clinic. While I waited for him to park and return, the pain was excruciating and just felt like one long contraction. The monitors were hooked up right away to my belly and showed I was getting 8 contractions in 10 mins and the Baby’s heart beat wasnt handling it well. So, the fantastic nurse made the call to get the Cervadil out ASAP and get me in a shower to help with pain until the contractions calmed down a bit. It worked and I finally felt the normal contractions I had expected. But, even though I was dialating, she didnt know if it would be enough. Still worried about the baby’s heart rate, she sent us on an hour walk to see if we could get thengs moving along but wanted us back to keep checking on Baby D. We walked all over the spring garden area, and soon enough, I knew I needed to get back.
Within 10 mins of returning, my contractions began to speed up again and the pain was getting pretty bad, they checked and I had dilated 3-4 cm and it was go time to move upstairs to the birthing unit and get an epidural to help the pain. This is when everything went a little sideways. from the walk from early labor to birthing, my contractions became unbarable and the tears began to fall. they hooked me up to laughing gas and rushed the team in to do the epidural immediatly or I wouldn’t be able to get one. As soon as it was done, a sense of calm came over my body. Finally a feeling of labor that I remember. My doctor arrived and checked to find I was 9 cm dialated but my water wasnt breaking. We decided due to the heart rate of baby D being a little all over the place she would break it. That was when they realized something was wrong. Along with my water breaking, came blood, more blood than usual. I couldnt see it and everyone was a little mum on it, so I didnt think anything of it. But, then shortly after, with each contraction, Baby D’s heart rate would disapear. Something was wrong.
My family doctor called in obstetrics and NICU as she knew there was something wrong. the heart rate kept disappearing and they kept mentioning my bleeding. I just laid there not being able to see anything but Rob and my mom looking scared to death and the doctors huddled around me trying to get a heart rate with an internal fetal monitor attached to his head. Finally, they gave me direction. I was only 9 cm dilated, wasnt 100% effaced, but they needed me to push, hard, and constant and get the baby out RIGHT AWAY! It felt like an hour but with only 5 mins of pushing I got the baby out without any help. The room was quiet and they put him on my chest, not even announcing the gender, just working away at getting him to scream. AND HE DID, And it was beautiful. The tears began to fall and next thing I know, Rob, baby and I were holding eachother crying, waiting for the doctors to tell us what comes next. It went from the scariest moments of our life, to everyone being so happy and me holding a healthy 8 lb baby boy.
You see, within the last 24 hours before being induced, my placenta began to detach itself from my uterus, causing me to be at risk to bleed to death. If I had been anywhere but the hospital for the birth, I may not have made it. On top of that, Emmitt had his cord wrapped numerous times around his entire body and neck so as my stomach contracted, the cord would essentially strangle him. If I wasnt able to push him out as fast as I did, who knows what would have happened.
But, as fast as that had become a nightmare, it was just as fast to switch to sunshine and rainbows. I know we are so very lucky that it was a happy ending and that so many of you have had worse stories happen to you. We as parents go through so much to bring these beautiful creatures into the world. and this is just the beginning of a lifetime of risks. But, it all is 100% worth it, and although, that birth solidified that we are done, I would never let this story stop you from having babies beacause even at 13 days post partum, I already forget the pain and fear.
It has been 6 days of pure newborn bliss, mixed with Baby Blues irratical hormones, and periodic sleep. I will admit, with each baby, this peroid, though busier, gets easier. Emmitt sleeps most of the day, he’s on a good 3 hour feeding schedule already now that my milk is in, and I’m too busy to pace and worry about each little noise like I had with Aubrey and Poppy. So far the adjustment to 3 kids has been natural and I already cant picture our family without this baby for everyone to coo over and surround all the hours of the day.
One thing I find that is different this time around is my body. I’ve done this twice before, so I know what to expect. The bleeding, the extremely soft jiggly belly, the sore, swollen breasts, and those crazy contraction like cramps you get with each feed ( they are from your uterus shrinking back to its regular size). But, mentally, looking at my post baby body gets harder each time. We can blame it on Instagram, with all its perfect baby bumps and then those mamas going back to a size 0 as soon as the baby is out. But just like supermodels, less than 1% of moms are actually that fortunate. For me, I judge it on my previous pregnancies and that also is a big problem. With Aubrey, I became pregnant at 25 and at the height of my gym obsession, the fittest I had ever been going into it and stayed extremely active in the gym until 32 weeks pregnant. All the while working a job that required me to be on my feet for 9 hours a day. So obviously, the bounce back was insane. With Poppy, having suffered a misscarriage, it was the total opposite, I wasnt very fit when I got pregnant and was scared to lift a finger the whole 9 months. So, the post partum journey was hard on me, and long. but I was busy with an active toddler and lived where I could walk him to daycare and back each day. Which helped with bouncing back.
Now, here I am, 32 years old, 3rd baby delivered, pretty active my entire pregnancy besides the last 2 months, and for some reason, even though I know better, I still struggle with looking in the mirror. I mean, my uterus hasn’t even shrunk to half the weight it was with a baby in there and I’m already struggling. THIS IS REAL LIFE MAMA. We do this to ourselves. We expect too much from our bodies after they have literaly created and protected a person inside of them for the last 9 months. It takes 6 weeks for your uterus to get back into place and around the same size it was pre baby. Your skin may never bounce back, especially as you get older with each pregnancy.
My advice to you mama struggling is to do your research about the facts of healing postpartum, look at the scientific timelines, to show yourself that it takes time. You are allowed to take time. Create daily affermations for those moments you feel your mind dipping like I have. Mine are, “You just created a third life in your body, you are healthy and active and are doing everything right to make sure you and Emmitt are getting everything you need, your body is beautiful and magical and you need to embrace this time as it is your last”. Its not much but just saying that to myself the past few days has totally helped.
Lastly, if you are a new mom or about to be, remember that even this post partum period, you are going to miss. I know because ive been there twice before. So take in each moment, look at your body with wonderment and embrace that beautiful soft belly that is all that remains of the bump you will miss a year from now. YOU ARE A SUPERHERO!
As you all know, we are a bit of health fanatics. We love to try the new superfoods, new workouts, and just research the death out of things until we know if it’s right for us or not. As parents of 2, almost 3 kids, they make us strive to make sure we are not only treating our bodies like temples so that we can be around for them, but also because we want them to learn how to make those decisions themselves.
I will 100% be the first to admit that I learned it the hard way, moving far away from home for school and not realizing how important those balanced meals with pretty much all organic home-grown vegetables and meat were (my dad is a hobby veggie farmer, and my grandfather, our neighbour, raised cows to feed our families). I made the wrong choices working with only the meal plan in our residence to survive on and gained 35 lbs in 2.5 months. Yes, it was insane. But, after taking a full year to figure out why I was gaining weight and what worked for me now that I was out on my own, I had a whole new appreciation for the taste of healthy vibrant foods and the energy they give you.
When it comes to our diet, we focus so much of our time on making sure we are eating healthy, I think sometimes people forget that you need a little help getting all of your vitamins and minerals from diet alone, Especially in a Northern climate like Canada. Because we don’t have a plethora of fruits and vegetables available to us year-round, no matter how healthy we eat, we all should still supplement for those things we lack to ensure we are getting our daily maximum in the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to work.
I gravitate to Jamieson Vitamins for many of our supplement needs, especially their daily vitamins. Right now, due to being pregnant, I take the Jamieson Chewable Prenatal Vitamin daily, but swear by their delicious Multivitamins For Women gummies(after I have weaned from breastfeeding). Not only are they easy to take because they are gummies, but they also are tailored to what women need, taking into consideration that time of the month, healthy skin, and our metabolism. I think that is very important when choosing a Multivitamin, because men and women’s bodies are so different.
Jamieson has a wide range of Vitamins and Supplements tailored for women, and I feel like many of them are important in my day to day. You may have watched our video on adding their Women’s probiotic to my morning routine, but they have so many others that I take daily. From Vitamin D for the Winter to Iron for my anemia, Jamieson has everything a woman needs to make sure her body is running as efficiently as possible.
If you want to see for yourself, head to the Jamieson siteto figure out what you may need in your day to day.
Thank you Jamieson Vitamins for supporting our family by sponsoring this post
It seems so far away now, and if you are not a reader from the very beginning, you may not even know, but this blog wasn’t started for the reasons that many women start them now. I was 20 weeks pregnant, about to celebrate my 26th birthday. The last year of my life was very dark. I had been in a very emotionally straining relationship off and on for 2 years prior, fighting off depression and suicidal thoughts. I had sought therapy and cut the relationship loose, just to jump right back into another relationship.
When I finally made the decision to take time for myself and call off the new relationship before it got too deep (which was too late, I was totally smitten with him), I discovered that I was pregnant. Prior to this news, I was told that it would be difficult if not impossible for me to become pregnant by my gynecologist because I had been under watch since the age of 18 for precancerous cells in my cervix. The scars alone from the ample biopsies I had had over the years until then, could cause an egg not to attach. Obviously I was in shock.
I was single, fighting depression, fighting with the baby’s father (who is now my husband btw) and now pregnant with no one else in my circle being even close to that stage in their life.
My therapist said that I should start journaling. She urged me to write down my thoughts, good or bad, each day. That way I could reflect on them from an outsiders opinion and it would cause me to think through things. But to me journaling didn’t seem to have a point. Why write when no one including me would ever read them again.
I started to search Pinterest for advice on pregnancy and fashion as my belly grew, but began to feel worse and worse about myself because each site that I would turn to from the original mom bloggers (think Cara Loren and The Daybook Blog) were young moms were all married and very religious having babies into these perfect families. I was not, did that mean I was shameful and doing it wrong?
That’s when the blog launched. At that point I had run out of my small amount of benefits for therapy from work, and couldn’t afford to continue to go. I decided to listen to my therapist, but instead of a book by my bed, I created an online journal talking about my battle with depression and my fears of becoming a single parent. I wanted it to be out there so that no other girls in my position would feel as alone as I was feeling. And then it grew and grew and my story evolved, and Rob and I worked things out over time. But, our journey to this place has made us stronger.
Therapy was such a huge turning point for me. Learning coping mechanisms and how to work through my feelings and step back when I needed to saved my life. Without it, I probably wouldn’t be here and neither would my beautiful children. But it is a continuous battle and can evolve from one thing to the next.
Recently, Rob and I found out about an online digital therapy that can be accessed from anywhere called BEACON. We were intrigued as we both have lived through the insane expense of therapy for our issues. We had amazing coverage yet I believe were only covered for 3 sessions each. Trust me, that is not enough.
Now, living in rural Nova Scotia with or without Healthcare, we wanted to know more.
Let’s start with the basics first of all. BEACON is fully online based, giving you access to a therapist and a program fully tailored to your needs and issues. It provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT which is a form of psychotherapy that aims to improve your mental health and change your thought process. It teaches you coping strategies to get through the times when your mind may be triggered, as well as helping you regulate the high and low emotions that come with your mental health. So instead of trying to turn to a motivational speaker who just tells you to fix the issue and here’s everything that can happen if you do, CBT actually teaches you how to.
Anyone who’s struggling with difficult emotions should check it out.
If you are finding yourself overwhelmed with life, that you are having more negative thoughts than positive, you are run down and lost, or even just feel extremely alone like I did, this is for you. You may not know what’s wrong, but with the 30 minute assessment that you need to take to sign up, it will bring up specific questions that pertain to everything from anger, to mood and health history. This form of therapy works best for people who have mild to moderate depression, anxiety, and or PTSD.
When you join BEACON, you will have access to your own personal therapist that will select and guide you through readings and activities that will help you build skills need to have a resilient and healthy mind. You will be able to message the therapist at any time and they will get back to you within 1-2 business days. All of these therapists are Registered Mental Health Professionals, primarily registered social workers. They are all trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and are also trained in providing it through a digital service to make sure you’re forming a strong relationship with them through messaging interaction.
What also is great, especially for introverts like me, is that there are no phone calls or one on one chats once a week. Instead, if you work through your resiliency-building activities through BEACON from the privacy of your own home, whenever you’re comfortable. That way, you can put your nerves at bay and really open up.
As you work through the program, and keep communication open with your therapist, they are working constantly behind the scenes on your program, tweaking and tailoring your next steps to what you are needing as you progress. But, this program is meant to be built on independence because you are the only person able to make a change.
How long does it take?
The program is designed to take about 12 weeks, but most of the users find that they have developed the proper skills by around 8 weeks.
How much does it cost?
So the cost, this I think is a huge part for many of us. As much as we may need therapy, to actually be able to afford it and have access to it is another issue. BEACON was created with that understanding. Unlike when I went to therapy, where I had to pay $150 per visit without knowing when I’d feel well enough to stop, BEACON wants to be there for everyone and costs $125 for a review of your assessment results by a therapist followed by three payments of $170 as you progress, or a one-time payment of $595.To help you budget the cost is the same for everyone for a full course of therapy, whether you need more or less time to complete it. And BEACON is working with many employers and benefits plans to provide it at a discount or even no cost – so be sure to check with yours.
I think the thing I love about the program besides the idea of changing the way we think and the cost, is the fact that it is completely private. I know that I live a very public life and many may think that I overshare. But, I also know the opposite side to that. The parts of your life that you don’t want everyone to know about. Therapy can be one of those things for so many people. There is still a stigma surrounding it. If you are going to therapy, you must have something seriously wrong with you (which most of the time isn’t the case). The idea of having to explain to your work that you need time off for therapy, or running into people on your way to your session can be nerve wracking and add to the issues you might be seeking to change. Having this available on your own time, in your own space, is so beneficial.
So, to the mama who just feels like she’s lost herself, or the dad who can’t seem to get a grip on his worries around the kids. I see you, I am here for you, and I want to help. That I why I am sharing my story and why I started this blog. You are not alone, and there is a way to change.
Thanks to BEACON for supporting our family by sponsoring this post
When we start to build our registries, I find we always think about the day-to-day items. A place for baby to sleep, where to have them hang out when they are awake, what they should wear, etc. It can be overwhelming, especially for a first-time mom. You always feel like you don’t know enough and end up giving up and just submitting what you have for your family and friends to choose from.
As much as those items are important, I mean, yes you are going to need a crib for the baby to sleep in, we sometimes forget about a few important things to keep on hand for those less frequent issues. The days with fevers, teething, snotty noses and rashes all come with the good days of first smiles and first time rolling over.
With having gone through that first year twice and soon entering into our third, with baby #3 due in the next 2 months, we have built a pretty good list and understanding of what health-related products we should have on hand for those hard days with under=the-weather babies. To help you new mamas out, we broke it down into the top 6 products to put on your registry to keep baby healthy and parents prepared.
What You Need On Your Registry To Keep Baby Healthy
This is a parenting game changer. Especially for babies who have yet to figure out how to blow out their noses. The Cool Mist Humidifier will help break up all the yuckiness that is built up inside during your baby’s first cold and keep the air in the nursery well moisturized while they sleep. We also love it because you can use it in conjunction with the Vicks VapoPads®, which ,when inserted, add the soothing vapors from menthol and rosemary into the air, similar to how the chest rub works, but is safe for young babies.
Knowing your baby’s temperature can help decipher whether you should wait it out at home with a bath, or rush them to emerg. Because of that, making sure you have a properly working and accurate thermometer that is made to last is important. We love the new Braun ThermoScan® 7, not only because it’s one of the most accurate on the market, but also because it knows that a fever temperature range changes as a baby ages. It takes that into account and provides a temperature reading based on your child’s age. We also are huge fans of its colour-coded screen, which displays green for a normal temperature, yellow for an elevated temperature, and red for a high temperature, which takes out a lot of the guesswork and stress off a new parent.
Yup, you heard that right. There are many of these on the market now from electronic, to ones you use your mouth with. But, at the end of the day, babies can’t blow their own nose and being able to suck out anything blocking their breathing can help your sick baby nurse better, sleep better, and be happier overall. This is a total must in our eyes and I can’t tell you how many times it has saved one tired mama.
Great Bum Rash Cream
Baby’s skin is so sensitive and so are their bellies. Bum rashes can be caused by either. Even if you are using the best diapers and wipes, and breastfeed, your baby can develop the most awful bum rash in one bowel movement if they didn’t like something you had for lunch. Because of this, we always have a good quality tube of rash cream nearby. For me, the best bet is a natural based one that is thick and creates a barrier. But, ask your mom friends, they always want to share their favorite brands with you.
We never want to give our babies medicine, I get it. But, if a fever is looming and they are just feeling like garbage, make sure you always have a baby-specific liquid medicine or a homeopathic version on hand. You will be happy you did when that day comes.
You may never need it, but gripe water is always good to have in the cupboard during those first 6 months with baby just in case. Going back to that point where if you are breastfeeding, what you eat may affect the baby’s belly, a dose of this all natural licorice tasting thick water like substance could help them with any gas bubbles in their bellies that causes them to scream in terror for hours.
So, there you have it. These are 6 health related items we make sure we always have on hand with a baby in our home and many, like the humidifier and thermometer, we still are using on our kids 6 and 3 years later.
Thank you Braun Thermometers/Vicks Humidifiers for supporting our family by sponsoring this post. For more information or to purchase these products click HEREfor the Vicks® FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier and HEREfor the Braun ThermoScan® 7.
When we bought our home and moved, we did a huge purge. That meant that many, if not all of the baby gear we had been using since having Aubrey, and our family and friends also used, was passed on to new owners or donated. Our home is quite a bit smaller than our last, and to be totally honest, when you have had a miscarriage, you always seem to doubt that you’ll be able to have another baby. We had Poppy after the miscarriage, but that doom is still strong. We didn’t want to hold onto things just in case a third didn’t happen.
Well, little did we know that less than a month after moving in, our luck would hit and I was pregnant. But, with a small house, and the worry of something happening to the baby in the meantime, we wanted to wait until closer to my due date to start to collect what we needed.
In all reality, when a baby first arrives, they can survive with only food, diapers, clothing and their mama. Because of that, we were very precise in what we decided to order. With buybuy BABY’s newer location only 45 mins away, as well as a super simple online store, we thought they were the perfect place for one stop shopping so that we didn’t have to waste our time and bounce from store to store.
After selling the crib that housed both Aubrey and Poppy until they each were 2, we knew that was one thing we needed to invest in. We wanted something that will grow with this baby because they will probably have to stay in the crib longer due to sharing a room. We also knew that the crib was going to be in our bedroom for the next 6 months to 1 year. Because of that, we picked the crib to match our furniture in our room. This Babyletto one is stunning and fits our room esthetic perfectly.
This is one of those products that I read a lot of reviews on before purchasing. We have used a few previously, but wanted to have something that fought odor better and used less plastic waste. The Dekor seems to hit all those marks.
I’m not sure if its the shape of the top, the feel of the rubber, or what, but the Como Tomo bottles are without a doubt, the easiest to get baby to latch onto. And, although I plan on strictly Breastfeeding, you always need to prepare for the times where that might not go as planned. A fed baby is a happy baby no matter how they are fed.
With a new gorgeous farm sink in our kitchen, I knew I wanted to utilize it for baby baths. And, obviously my postpartum back is going to thank me for not bending in a tub or carrying a huge tub of water back and forth to the kitchen table. This whale shaped pillow like seat makes sink baths possible and comfortable for baby. We also got the matching rinserto help wash both the baby and big kids, as well as some organic washcloths from burts beesfor baby’s sensitive body.
We are big advocates on co sleeping. But, with two older kids who need to get up for school and daycare, one parent needs to have a rested night sleep. This light up diaper caddy is going to be awesome for those nighttime bum changes where you can easily keep it by the side of your bed and the light will help you find everything you need so that you can get back to sleep.
The perfect addition to make any bag a diaper bag, this station has the ability to be equipped with everything you need for diaper changes on the go. I also love the handle, allowing you to head to the restroom with just baby and this in your arms, instead of all your gear.
Nursing pillows are so handy to help easy breastfeeding back pain. They bring the baby up to your height and allow you to have a free hand or 2 while you nurse. I love the design and quality of this Ergobaby one, and its simplistic color so that it won’t stick out no matter which room you just used it in.
This came on the market just as Poppy was at the age where she didn’t really need it anymore. But, with the internet booming about how much of a life saver it is, we knew this was a must for this baby. I’ll let you know if it’s as good as they say.
Thanks to buybuy BABY for supporting our family by sponsoring this blog post
I have been living on my own since I graduated high school, from Toronto to London, Eng. and back to Halifax. I can’t tell you how many times I have locked myself out of my apartment. Even when living in Hubbards up until last year with two kids and a husband, we have found ourselves left outside for a grandparent to come to the rescue with their spare key.
We have planned ahead, we have hidden hide a key, we have cut extras and passed them out to the whole family, yet still, someone at some point always is left outside.
Then we bought this house. We knew the plan, the number of keys needed to be cut. One for each grandparent, in case of emergency and for babysitting. One for a hide-a-key just in case one of us locks the other out, and an extra for the visitor or worker who may need access to the house. But, the keys from the previous owners had some weird notch in them that made them uncuttable. In all the years and all the keys we have had and lost, this was a first for us.
It was then that we knew we needed to get keyless entry onto our front door. It would save the world of trouble, time and energy being able to plug in a code and enter the house without thinking twice about losing our keys. But what do we get?
Living in a century home, we have all original door knobs, with skeleton key hole and all. We loved that detail and the fact that they all matched so getting something ultra new and modern would stand out like a sore thumb. On top of that, our door is also original hardwood from 1917 and, to replace the door handle, we would have to fully strip down and redo the door as the etch of the original knob was in the wood from being on it for so many years.
We started looking and discovered August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. It only connects to the deadbolt on the inside of your door so the original facade remains untouched. You can control it from an app on your phone from wherever you are, or by purchasing their Smart Keypad which can be placed anywhere you’d like by your front door. It was perfect for what we needed. And, in case of a power outage or other situations where you don’t have your access to the app, it can be manually locked from the inside and still works with your original key.
I think the thing we liked the most, besides the ability to unlock it from our app while we were still in our car, was being able to program a personal access code for each family member to get in. This allows us to know who is entering into our home and when. Mind blown yet? You can also create a code for guests even when you are away from your home just by adding the app and text it right to the person. And, deleting that code is just as easy, especially if it’s for someone like a painter.
We have been playing around with the app for the last week and are super happy with its performance. The one thing to be aware of is that it is quite large on the back of your door, but we also have an antique doorbell on our back of our door so for us it doesn’t stick out too much.
To celebrate being Keyless YAY!!! We teamed up with Best Buy to give you 15% off ANY Smart Lock that they sell using the code BBY15WD until May 9. You won’t be able to go back once you switch, and now that we have one, I can vouch that they are worth every single penny and then some.
Thank you Best Buy Canada for Supporting our family by sponsoring this post.
I have touched base about this on the blog before, but online shopping is my thing! Mix that with the PR packages that come with being a blogger, my husband has been asked on numerous occasions by delivery guys if I was a shopaholic and how does he feel about my online shopping. Little do they know about him…
As many of you moms can agree, taking two kids into a store and thinking you will have any time to shop is laughable. I mean, strapping them into the stroller helps. But as they hit toddlerhood, there is no tying them down. It seriously gives me a whiff of nausea just thinking of it. So, with pretty much any store nowadays, even the small shops that I love to support, having an online shopping store, why put myself in that position when I can shop during nap time or after bedtime from home and it get here in a few days.
But I don’t stop there. Our last trip to Oregon, I was able to not only book our hotel online but also choose our car rental for the trip, it was so easy and was great for knowing what to budget for at each destination.
Last year, I shared about using the Aeroplan eStore to direct you to your favourite shops online and earn Aeroplan Miles for your purchases. I ended up earning over 1,000 Aeroplan Miles just for finishing up my back to school shopping, and when 15,000 Aeroplan Miles equals a free round-trip flight to Toronto, those miles will be well used.
Aeroplan has a booking tool for all your trips. Not only can you book everything from your hotel accommodation and car rentals through the tool, but you can also pay for it with cash or your Aeroplan Miles you have already collected, and for cash purchases you earn more miles in the process. Four miles per dollar spent to be exact. I am also loving the fact that it will all be put into one cart so you know how much the basics for your trip costs. That way, you can check out in one easy transaction.
Each location will show you the TripAdvisor ratings straight on the tool so that you can see from real people what they think of the property prior to booking. We used this feature in LA and stayed at an inexpensive 2-star hotel that we would have never trusted by just looking at it. But, all of the reviews on TripAdvisor had given the hotel a 5-star rating and it was seriously right. Best beds on the whole trip.
From March 18th until April 14th, if you use the booking tool, you will earn double the miles on your hotel and car rental if you pay with cash. Yup that’s eight miles per dollar spent on your hotel room and car rental. I’m right now trying to do the math on it, and that is INSANE!
We are so excited to start travelling regularly with the kids around the world we hope, and this tool makes booking those trips so much easier, as well as less expensive if we’re using our miles.
If you’ve been following for a while, you probably already know that not only do I have the most sensitive skin in the world, but I also have a lot of premature aging from years abusing the tanning bed. I have been complaining about it for years and now I have taken the initiative to dig deep and figure out how to rectify my skin. Makeup is one of those things that, if you don’t use the proper formulas, premature aging can become more noticeable with makeup caking into your fine lines and wrinkles. After over a year of trying new products our to see what works best for aging skin, I have compiled a quick and easy (5 mins or less) make up routine that can work for your every day and so easy that you can do it in your car, like I do most days.
Head to the Video below to learn all about what I do and the products I use. There aren’t many, but I have learned as I age that quality of make up over quantity is EVERYTHING! take your time building your makeup with products that are worth the investment and last a long time. that’s what I do and my skin is finally thanking me!
AGING SKIN MAKE UP ROUTINE | Quick Make up For The Busy Mom | Make up In Your 30's - YouTube
As you all know, with this pregnancy, I really am focusing on keeping myself strong and healthy. After experiencing a pretty healthy pregnancy with Aubrey, having minimal back and hip pain until the last few weeks and remaining very active in the gym until 32 weeks, I did the entire opposite with Poppy. We had just moved 45 mins for the city, I was depressed, the winter hit hard, and because she was our rainbow baby after a Partial Molar Pregnancy that ended in Miscarriage, I was literally afraid to do anything but be stagnant and eat all the food.
The problem is, Poppy’s pregnancy was hard both physically and mentally. Not, just because of the miscarriage and the health issues that had come along with her pregnancy, but because exercise and healthy eating is really a vital part of life and creating life. That mental sickness followed through during postpartum recovery, and unlike Aubrey where I was super active and strong right after delivery, I found trying to recover from Poppy’s pregnancy the worst mental state I had been in for year. I hated my body and what it turned into and struggled so hard to get the excess weight off and get back into a healthy, active lifestyle.
Now with Baby #3, I know the difference between a very active pregnancy and not. And yes although there will be a 6 year difference in my age since being pregnant with Aubrey, I know that eating healthy and being active with make a huge difference in my postpartum recovery both mentally and physically.
Lately, as I continue this journey into my 26th week of pregnancy, many of you fellow expecting mamas have reached out asking for details on what workouts I am doing and can they do some at home? YES I do both, but you can totally do them at home. So here is a list of all the ones I have been doing since becoming pregnant. As always, please clear any workout with your doctor following your pregnancy before you take it on.
My Favourite Prenatal Workouts
Twice a week, usually Monday and Friday mornings, I head to the gym with rob after we’ve dropped the kids off at school. I really enjoy weight training and know, as a woman, it is extremely important to maintain my bone density and overall fitness level. so, on these gym days, I start with 30 mins on the elliptical going at whatever pace my body feels good at without over pushing myself. Next, for me, I find the best way I work out is to divide the two days up into Lower body on Monday and Upper Body on Friday. Lower Body consists mostly of many different squat variations, deadlifts, and gluten bridges. Upper body is a mix of back, chest and Biceps where I sometimes only use machines, and others only use free weights. This workout is a great place to start If you need something laid out for you.
If you have been following me for a while, you probably already know my love for Tone It Up and the whole community. I have never been sponsored to write about them, but have seen so many great results and love the fact that its always a different workout. Over the past year, one of their founders Katrina, became pregnant with her first baby and created a whole new pregnancy workout section on the app during her pregnancy. These are simple workout using minimal equipment (think a light set of barbells, a kettle bell, and workout bands) but are super effective to get you sweating in less than 30 mins. I like to do one of the upper body workouts and one of the lower body back to back as my body responds better to longer workouts. But when I am not pregnant and working out 5-6 days a week, I just stick to one of the 20-30 min workouts. Either way, the $18/month for the app instead of an expensive gym workout is 100% worth it.
If you are more of a fan of pilates and moving your body without the restrictions of weights, Ballet Beautiful Prenatal videos are perfect for you. I discovered Mary Helen Bowers right after I had Aubrey because she is the personal trainer for many of the Victoria’s Secret Models. She is all about sculpting strong lean muscles with her Ballet inspired workouts. I credit her to much of my bounce back After Aubrey as I did her workouts twice a week once I was cleared by my doctor. You can get her Prenatal series for $30 USD one time fee and they truly are both beautiful and hard.
If paying for workouts just aren’t in your budget right now, you can find a plethora of workouts to fit your pregnancy and fitness level on Youtube for free. From yoga, to weight training, you can find it all. If using this, I would make sure to do some research as to the personal trainers and background on youtube, as really anyone can post on there without training or proper knowledge. If you are wanting something basic, here’s a good one, Heres a yoga one, and here’s a weight lifting one.
Another perfect example of something anyone can do no matter your budget is walking. With spring right around the corner, create a walking routine, schedule it into your day and just get your body moving. For us, we have many loops around our town that we enjoy doing, or even just taking our dog for a long walk on the local trails and woods. Be consistent with this and you will find that walking can even make your labor easier.
So as you can see, there are so many different options for working out, no matter your level or budget. For me, I know the difference and would never want to experience a pregnancy like Poppy’s again. So get cleared by your doctor and get that body moving. It will thank you once baby is here.