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Happy Tuesday!!

Here are some random, rambling thoughts for you today :)

1. We were supposed to get a huge winter storm overnight. I woke up to sunshine and cold weather but not 5-10cm of snow. Funniest part of this winter storm - the base shut down early yesterday and was minimum manning all day today. With no storm.

2. I can't believe how much French Bear can speak now. It's unbelievable. For a child that's only been in French since September- she can fluently speak the language and she has an amazing French accent as well. I only hope that she continues to do this well throughout her schooling.

3. I hate disruption of schedules for Bug. She's been having a bit of a rough time since Bean was born - trying to find her place and that's normal. However - Momma is tired of all the accidents. They usually happen after Paul either goes away or right after he comes back from a trip. And she will do so well for a few weeks and then bam - it sucks. Argh. I'll just keep being patient with her and hope that we can end them soon.

4. Perks to Paul going away - I get the king size bed to myself. Downfall - there are usually at least 2 out of 3 kids in the bed by the time I wake up lol. Downfall of him coming home - I have to actually sleep on my side of the bed lol.

5. I spent the day rearranging some things in our bedroom and moving a dresser that was used in the dining room for paperwork into the bedroom to use for Paul's overflowing closet. Do you think he has enough blue work shirts??


6. I miss Target. I know a lot of people in Canada didn't really care for it and thought it was overpriced. But I really enjoyed being able to just browse the aisles and search for good deals. And the dollar spot. I think I miss Target the most when I'm trying to plan birthday parties. Sometimes it's hard to find good party supplies up here for good prices.

7. I miss Disney. And so do my children. We dealt with an epic meltdown at bedtime on Sunday with Bear screaming Disney at the top of her lungs in between sobs. Can we say 5 going on 15??? I do feel her pain though. I definitely miss the Magic.

8. Bean is in the I only want Mommy phase of her life. Sometimes it's nice and I love the snuggles especially because she's most likely (well according to Paul she definitely is but I can bring myself to say it yet) our last baby but sometimes I just want to put her down so I can get stuff done. Today, she was awesome and took a two hour nap and then sat on the bed and played while I was cleaning. Super thankful for that.


9. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. It's a Wednesday Moms group day - a nice way to break up the week.

10. We had dinner and a movie downstairs tonight. It was fun, but I'm convinced that the girls probably don't eat as much as they should when we are watching something. We watched Brave though...so I'm prepared for the likelihood on some bad dreams about bears tonight. Fingers crossed that doesn't happen.

Happy Tuesday y'all!!!

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Homecomings and Goodbyes




Growing up in a military household - I know all about the hellos and goodbyes. I don't think I ever really knew how strong and amazing my mother was (and still is lol) to keep things going when my Dad was always on the go. Fast forward 25 or so years and boy do I get it lol. Life with an Air Force husband sure isn't like having a normal 9-5 job. I can't remember the last time Paul went to work like that lol. Although I wouldn't change a thing about it - he's gone on some pretty cool adventures and we've been able to do some cool things as a family too. 

These past few weeks seem to have been a little bit rougher for our little family though, perhaps it was because this last trip was very unexpected (he came home on a Wednesday and said I leave tomorrow morning), it was only supposed to be 48 hours and that stretched into 15 days, and possibly because he came home, had the weekend and then turned around and left again.  However, things that make everything worth it - the look on those two little girls faces when he walked in the door to Grandma and Grandpa's house on Friday night (they were kind enough to babysit so we could go to the Jets game!!)  They had NO idea he was even coming home or that I went to the hockey game with him lol.  It was such a great surprise.  I also think that in terms of military separations - we are very blessed at the moment - we live in the same city as Grandma and Grandpa.  Not many military families can say that.  I will definitely be taking advantage of this because as per usual in this lifestyle - you never know when you may be posted out and where you may be going.

 

New Addition




So I figure I should finally tell Little Bean's birth story. Ya know, now that she's 6 months old!! I can't believe how quickly time has flown by since she was born - she seems so old yet still so brand new.

Her original due date according to my personal calculations should have been the 25th of August. According to my midwife, it was the 28th of August. In June I had been to the Women's hospital here for a special ultrasound because during my first one, the doctor and tech were concerned about the placement of my placenta. At the second ultrasound - everything turned out to be perfectly fine but they thought that my due date should be moved up to August 23.

August 23 came and went with absolutely no signs of labor. I thought for sure I would be early this time around. But I wasn't really too concerned, I was mostly just happy that Paul was home from being away for 6 weeks (he had left at the beginning of July for an exercise in Hawaii - poor guy lol).

For some strange reason - on the 25th of August, I decided to wear one of my nice maxi dresses, I made some cookies and went to visit my coworkers (and to also ask some questions about my ROE because my mat leave hadn't kicked in yet). And I took a picture. One of the few full body pregnant selfies I took. I felt a little bit off but I thought it was because I hadn't been sleeping well.


After I was done there we picked the girls up from daycare and had dinner. Then we headed to the volunteer appreciation night at the MFRC. I had called my mom earlier and had told her I was feeling off but definitely wasn't in labor yet. She offered to take the girls for a sleepover that night, whether I was in labor or not - so I could get a good nights sleep. While at the MFRC I definitely was feeling some contractions but I thought they were partially due to the fact that I was eating rich ice cream - and that doesn't always sit well with my stomach lol. Fast forward to 8pm - definitely feeling more contractions so I told Paul we needed to go home to let Bella out and I needed to call Jen my midwife. We left the MFRC quite quickly after saying goodbye to the girls and on the ride home I had three or four very strong contractions very close together. We called Jen and she said to meet her at the Birth Centre - I still wasn't convinced that I was in full labor but she said she would check things out and if I wasn't, she would just send me home. We got there and we were the only ones in the facility which was awesome. She checked and I was already at 4cm - she looked at me and said there was no way I was going home now lol. By now it was about 9:45pm. I labored in the birthing room which was an amazing room, it had a rocking chair, a birthing tub, a walk in shower, a queen size bed. By about 11:15 the contractions were much stronger so I decided to try the shower - went in for about 2 minutes and it was horrible - it made my back hurt more and I got cold and shaky. At that point Jen said we should do another check and lo and behold I was at almost 10cm. So I hopped into the birthing tub and immediately was warm and more relaxed. I told her I felt like I needed to push and she said to go right ahead. My very first push, my water broke - and that was when Paul said he wasn't going to get in the tub with me hahaha. Three more pushes and our little bean arrived into the world at 12:06am on August 26. She was so relaxed and having a water birth was seriously one of the coolest experiences of my life and such a great and positive birthing experience. The other different thing about the Birth Centre is that you don't stay long for recovery - by 3:30am we were leaving for our house to start our new life as a family of five. We even got to stop at McDonald's drive thru so I could eat something lol.






And that my friends - is Little Bean's birth story!

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Disney Loving Family




I'm ba-ack!! This time I swear I will be writing more regularly.  We have finally settled into somewhat of a routine in our household now.  This whole three kids thing is definitely more work than just two little gals lol but I wouldn't change it for the world.  They may keep me on my toes - ALL. THE. TIME.  But life would be nowhere near as fun as it is now.



Speaking of fun - we recently returned back home to cold, cold Canada from a week in beautiful, sunny Florida!!  That's right folks - #hanfamdoesWDW2017 happened.  You can check out the pics on Instagram if you would like and I will be blogging more about our phenomenal trip and offering some tips to those of you out there who want to visit the most Magical Place on Earth.  It was only our second time going (the first being when the Bear was only 6 months old - it was our honeymoon) and it was such a different experience.  I highly recommend staying on the resort - it makes things so much easier when you are traveling with small children.  If you have any questions - let me know!! I'd love to answer them :)






Today is also Ash Wednesday - the first day of Lent for all of us Catholics where usually you "give something up" - I've decided this year that I'm going to try to do things a little bit differently.  Instead of giving up something - my goal is to send one card a day to someone in my life just to say hello and let them know I'm thinking of them and when I'm writing in their card I will also say a little prayer for them.  However, I just came up with this idea tonight (at 10:45pm) so my first card will get sent tomorrow along with card number 2 lol.  I'm also going to try to give up talking negatively about life with friends.  There are some people in life that you can just get sucked into thinking negatively about things with them and I need more positive vibes in my life as opposed to all the negative feelings in the world right now.  Obviously sometimes in life you do need to vent, but I'm going to try to be more selective about the people that I do that with (aka only vent to my husband, my sister and my mom and not the general public lol).  Hopefully I can keep it up for the next 40 days :)



Are you giving anything up for Lent this year?  Or are you making a positive change in your life during this season?  

Welcome 2017




Well 2017 - you haven't quite been super nice so far - 3/5 in our family have been sick with the flu now. It wouldn't be so bad if we were at our own house but we are visiting family right now so it's never nice to be puking in someone else's house lol.

I'm hoping that maybe 2017 will be better than the beginning- we can only go up from here lol. Here's hoping you and your families have had a wonderful holiday season!!













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November News




So I haven't blogged in what feels like forever but I've been a bit busy. The newest addition to our house - Jana, arrived on August 26. We've been super busy since then with visits from all the family, Daddy heading back to work (which included being gone for the majority of October), Nora starting school and Grandma and Grandpa being away for a month. November is showing some signs of slowing down a teensy bit but not much lol. Anywho - I hope to be blogging a bit more regularly this month ☺️


There she is - about two hours after she was born. She weighed in at 7lbs 2oz (exact same weight at Nora) and measured 21". I'll write more about the birth later but it was an amazing experience! 


 

August???




August?  Where have you gone??  Oh right... Vanished into thin air lol.  I do have some reasons for being absent last week and they are valid reasons lol.  What I didn't blog about at all was how my darling husband has been gone for the majority of June and July into August but he did get home finally on the 4th - and then he had a whole bunch of time off of work so we spent the majority of it doing family stuff together and prepping for this new baby.  While Paul was away we definitely kept busy, I finished off working full time, the girls were still in daycare full time, we went to two weddings, finished tumbling classes, went to the wading pools and splash pads, did Grandma/Grandpa Camp (one of the hits of the summer thus far lol) and really just tried to not focus on Paul being away at all.  He had his last day off today so life will be back to "normal" starting tomorrow (but seriously - define normal while you're waiting for a baby to be born lol).  I really enjoyed our time together this last week but it will be nice to have no real commitments tomorrow and I can just take a nap if I want to without feeling like I should be doing something else lol.  Now for some pictures :)


His arrival home (guess where he had been for 5 weeks lol).


Afternoon craft time with the girls - they love paint.


Spending time together :)