Growing up, I was never close with my extended family.
Christmas day would consist of just my immediate family.
Don't get me wrong, I loved having a small and simple Christmas.
Since Alex has a very close knit family, it's been nice to celebrate Christmas in a way I never have before.

I haven't been connected online for the entirety of Christmas, and it has been so nice.
Instead of taking millions of pictures, I just sat back and soaked it all in.
I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas with those you love.



How far along are you? 27 weeks

Weight gain: 20 pounds

Sleep: I did the mistake of taking a nap at 6:30 last night. Woke up at 9:30pm and didn't end up going back until about 1am. Slept all the way through the night though which was nice.

Movement: This past week our little one has been really loving pushing his way up my ribs and squashing my lungs. Just exploring every little place he can I guess.

Favourite moments: Every morning Alex goes under the covers and has a little chat with the baby. It's so adorable. I'm completely smitten with this excited father-to-be.

Weird pregnancy things: A couple days ago I woke up screaming in pain. Alex ran in from the living room and looked pretty worried. I had my first calf cramp and oh my goodness it was painful!! I was limping for a couple days and I couldn't fully stretch my leg. Luckily it's gone away for now.

Happy or moody? Happy

Belly button in or out? In

Stretch marks? Still none.

Looking forward to: Alex and I are packing up for out trip as I type. We are in desperate need of a vacation. 10 days of no school, no work, and seeing family. WAY too excited!!



You can tell it's Christmas break when you loose track of time and end up staying up pretty late playing Password with family.
Watching Alex with Adelaide absolutely melted my heart.
Can't believe that in a few short months, he'll be holding our son!!



How far along are you? 26 weeks

Weight gain: Still at 20, thank goodness.

Sleep: I'm still waking up about twice a night. This morning I woke up at 5, and couldn't get back until 7. I have started taking a late morning nap on a daily basis. Definitely helps me get through the day.

Movement: This little guy has started the habit of having a little party in my belly in the middle of the night. Thankfully now that I am done work, it's not that much of an issue.

Favourite moments: Feeling him move when I sing. I don't know whether he's annoyed, or comforted, it's still precious to feel him respond.

Weird pregnancy things: It takes very little effort for me to become out of breath. The past 3 Sundays we've been rehearsing a song for our Christmas Sunday, and the amount of extra breaths I have to take while singing is quite entertaining. Luckily we're only singing the song once, because by the second time through it I can barely sing.

Happy or moody? Pregnancy has been such a great experience for me. I've had some little hiccups, but on the whole I've never been happier!

Belly button in or out? In

Stretch marks? Still none.

Looking forward to: CHRISTMAS!!!!! Can't wait to see family that we haven't seen since our wedding! Hopefully the baby co-operates and will kick for his Grandma and Grandpa.



I must admit that for the longest time, the concept of raising a child in this world terrified me.
There are so many things about this world that are so messed up.
I wish I could just completely shelter him and keep him close to us his whole life.
I don't want the world to destroy him.
Then I heard this quote and it gave me comfort.

The world is going to get much worse before it gets better.
It's inevitable.
We may not be able to control the world, or the experiences our son goes through, but we can control one thing.
We can control how we raise him, and what we teach him.
I want to be 100% invested in his life.
I want him to feel loved, accepted and valued.
I want him know that home is a place where he will always be safe.

Parenthood still terrifies me, to a certain extent.
But at the end of the day Alex and I will always do what is best for this little one.
I just hope he realizes that.



Well it officially happened.
I am no longer a retail worker.
This is the first time in since I was 5 years old that I haven't been in school, or been employed, or both.
I must admit, I feel slightly strange with this whole concept that I am not returning to work.
Don't get me wrong, all I've ever wanted was to be a stay at home mom, and now that things are actually happening I find myself thinking:
"Is this for real life?"
I'm terrified, excited and completely dumbfounded.

So you may be asking:
"What on earth are you going to be doing for the next 3 months?!"
Well let me tell ya:
Me // First and foremost I plan on listening to my body and taking care of myself. A little bit of pampering and naps. Lots of naps.
Cleaning // Like I said previously I've been in a crazy nesting mood recently, and I plan to take full advantage of this and de-clutter our apartment.
Cooking // Now that I am no longer working, there's is no reason for me to be exhausted by the end of the day that I can not start becoming more adventurous with cooking. Making my first pork roast this week! Eeeek!
Cuddles // Since I used to have to wake up super early all the time, I usually went to bed a couple hours before Alex, so we couldn't cuddle to sleep. Taking full advantage of that now!

I just can't wait until I can meet the little boy growing inside me.
But for now I plan on making myself busy so time will just fly by :)



While I was reading an old journal last night, I had a thought.
Is this how I want to be remembered?
I wrote in this journal only 4 years ago, yet I cringed at how selfish and prone to complain I was.
Even though I was going through a pretty rough patch, I wish I had written in a more thankful and optimistic way.
I wish I could have handled those situations and trials with more maturity and strength, as opposed to pointing the finger at other people and talking about their faults.
I wish I had written more about how I was feeling, and less about events that have had absolutely zero significance in my life.

I can't help but think what my future ancestors would think if they read this journal.
What would they learn from me?
How would they imagine me?
What characteristics would they want to emulate?

After that little epiphany I've come to a decision:
It's time to start journaling again.
But this time I want to really ponder and take time to write about my thoughts, my feelings and my testimony.
I want to be remembered as loving, gentle, and honest.
Someone who was less concerned about herself, and more for those around her.
Someone I want to become.



How far along are you? 25 weeks (!!)

Weight gain: 20 pounds

Sleep: I now only wake up twice every night, which is a big improvement! Again my body temperature is constantly changing so I wake up once because I am sweating, and then one more time because I start to shiver. But hey I'll take over the restlessness I've been having the past 2 months!

Movement: I'm feeling him all the time now. Unfortunately he likes to play around when other people try to feel him move. It's as if he knows when it's my hand and when it's not. Little stinker!

Favourite moments: Having customers at work ask me when I'm due. I love how I look obviously pregnant now. And I love even more talking and getting excited with complete strangers. Babies just make everyone happy :)

Weird pregnancy things: (1) Nesting, nesting, nesting. I did a serious clean out of the second bedroom last Friday. I had 7 garbage bags of random stuff to get rid of. My plan for this week is to conquer the shelves in the closet. (2) My sciatic nerve is still giving me grief. If I am on my feet for longer than 2 hours it really starts to pinch.

Fitness: I have been trying to do minimal workouts. Especially since I am going to be done work soon, I want to start an actual weekly schedule so I can keep my body moving for the next 3 months before baby arrives.

Happy or moody? Still happy!

Belly button in or out? In. Although I think it is getting ready to pop. Time will tell.

Stretch marks? Not yet.

Looking forward to: Being done with work. I officially have 2 more shifts... it feels weird to think about it, but a good kind of weird.



Nesting has officially begun around here.
Yesterday Alex and I picked up the crib, and couldn't help but set it up right away.
I have spent the last 3 hours cleaning out the second bedroom.
The closet especially was full of stuff that I just couldn't part with for whatever reason.
But I decided I needed to brutal with myself, and 7 garbage bags later I feel much, much better!!!!
It's starting to actually look like a nursery, instead of a makeup/dumping ground room.


Last night Alex kept whispering to me: "There's a crib in the other room"
We would then get giddy just thinking about the fact that in a few months there will be a baby sleeping in that crib.
It's getting real people.



1// Solly Baby Wrap - I've heard great reviews about this baby wrap, and I can't wait to carry around our little one in it :)
2// Moleskine journal - I really want to start journaling everyday again, and I love this bright yellow journal.
3// Initial Necklace - I've been wanting one of these with an "A" on it for a while. I just love the simplicity and sentimentality of it.
4// Sleepshirt - The only comfy types of PJs right now are nightgowns. Only problem is my flannel ones are too hot to wear at night, and I only have one that fits right now.
5// Girl Online - Since I'm going to have couple months off before baby arrives, I want to read as much as I can before my time becomes completely focused on the little one.
6// Orla Kiely baby books - I'm absolutely in love with baby books right now, and these ones are so adorable! I love the colours
7// Bath Bombs - You can never have too many baths!
8// She & Him Classics - She & Him are among one of my favourite musicians



I must say I look forward to the day when decorating for Christmas also involves outside decorations.

Yesterday we had the prettiest, fluffiest snowfall.
There is nothing better than being inside, having nowhere to go and watching the snow come down.
Makes me feel more and more Christmasy.

And now I am currently cuddled up in a flannel nighty after having worked a 5 hour shift.
I must admit I wasn't too happy when I first found out that I would have to finish work 3 months earlier than I planned.
Financially it made perfect sense for me to go as long as I could at work so we could continue to add to our cushiony savings.
However with it being retail, and Christmas being impossible to book off (literally impossible) my last day is December 23rd.
After the past 2 weeks I am actually relieved to have a few months break before the baby comes.
My sciatic nerve has been acting up and it hasn't exactly been fun.
Only a couple more shifts to go!!!
And then I will be done with retail indefinitely.



How far along are you? 24 weeks

Due Date: A couple days ago when I told someone how far along I was they commented: "Only 16 more weeks to go!". It literally blew my mind! I can't believe it's close to 3 months away!!!!!

Weight gain: 20 pounds

Sleep: Again, no improvement. He's become quite active while I'm sleeping, so of course it wakes me up. To be honest, I don't really mind it. Makes me smile.

Movement: Tons and tons.

Favourite moments: Last night I spent the evening with Andrew, Kelsi, Norah and Adelaide. Since Adelaide is a few weeks old, I've become obsessed with snuggling her. She slept on my chest for about 2 hours. She slowly slid down to my belly and her hands spread across it as if to give her little cousin a hug. He was moving around quite a lot and it didn't bother her one bit. Such a tender little moment.

Happy or moody? Happy, happy!!

Belly button in or out? In

Looking forward to: Visiting family in Winnipeg for Christmas. I can not wait to see everyone and have lots of "baby topic chats"

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