Hello blog world!
Today I had wanted to do a Foodie Friday post, but instead I spent hours trying to get my new washer and dryer installed. Well, and my old ones removed! Why was this such a big deal? Because I hadn't had a washer and dryer for a week, which is a pretty big issue when you have a little one with a spit up problem. To make up for missing my intended post I promise to post a Foodie Friday post late and tell you all about my appliance adventures!
How do you guys cope when your world gets turned upside down and your day doesn't go to plan? Do you go with the flow or plan,plan, plan? I'd love to hear from you so don't be shy!
First off, not to brag, but this is the closest an update has been to Finnley's actually birthday. I'm very proud.
It's funny how I keep feeling like I'm saying the same thing over and over, which I likely am, but despite that every day feels so different. If we're talking truthfully, I would say that being a mother has been the best experience but also the hardest. I have never experienced such extreme highs and lows; from being totally excited about one of his new advancements, to crying in the hall at 2am because he just hates sleep.
Normally for these updates I talk about what I've loved and what's surprised me, but for this one I think I will just be a little more straight forward. If you have a baby that has difficulty sleeping (or I would assume if they were colicky or simply had a bad temperament) it can be really hard to enjoy the newborn/infant stage. During the day I love this stage and my little guy is so sweet and full of smiles. But at night he sometimes checks his loving baby self at the door and turns into a night terror.
I've struggled with if it makes me a good mom or not, the fact that I can't get the kid to sleep to save my soul. But my husband keeps reminding me that I'm a great mom, and that babies need a lot of help with sleep, and we'll get there eventually.
So... if I was to give you a five month update, it would be this:
What I love - my family and friends for trying to help me.
What surprises me - how accepting help made me feel like a failure.
Truth time - last night my husband took the monitor and I slept for 7.5 hours IN A ROW. So say yes to the help, a rested mom is a better mom.
This past week was a hard one in our house, I lost my Grandma, Finnley's Gran. Though she was in her nineties, her passing was still a surprise. I suppose by now I just assumed I would just always be fortunate enough to have her in my life, though I know that's not realistic.
My Grandma had a sense of humour, a sarcastic wit and a lot of love. I have many fond memories from being a small kid and having sleepovers, to going shopping for her outfit for my wedding, to lunches at Swiss Chalet, and introducing her to Finnley. I'm so lucky I got to have her for so long and I will miss her dearly.
Losing her made me think of my own Mom and Finn and how I hope that they get to enjoy the same depth in their relationship that I had with my Grandma.
When I was little I told my grandma that I loved her "Up to God and down to the subway", which at the time were the highest and deepest points my little mind knew. Sine then I have left her little notes with that message every time I visit.
So, for the last time:
Grandma, I love you up to God and down to the subway.
Spring began at the end of March, unfortunately in my neck of the woods the weather didn't get the memo. That being said, I love Spring because everything starts to feel new and fresh. You can open the windows and doors and let out the stale recycled air, I'm inspired to deep clean (kinda), and I start to fill the house with flower and live stuff. It just makes the place seem cheery on the days when it's more grey than beautiful. I also like to update my hand soaps, it's basically the only time of year I stray from my traditional vanilla based scents.
As you may know from my other home posts, I love me some Bath & Body Works, but I do really struggle outside of the fall and winter to find ones I love. this year I was excited to find Sweet Strawberries & Cream and Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla. I admit, Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla really isn't too far out of my comfort zone but I was happy that I enjoyed the Strawberry soap so much.
I tend to like sweeter scents in the restroom and lighter scents in the kitchen. If I'm cooking chicken I don't always want to smell like a cookie in the middle of my chefing. To round out the scents I also got Eucalyptus Mint & Dancing Waters.
I have to ask - what are you guys gravitating towards these days?
I absolutely adore tulips in the Spring, and I tend to get mine at Longo's. It's out of the way (please Longo's peeps if you read this you need to open a Longo's in the Whitby area), but the flower are fresh and totally reasonable. If you read my previous Spring post, you know that I always put a penny in my tulips to make them stand up. Why you ask? Because when I was little my mom told me to, so that's what I've always done.
As much as I love tulips, they are cut flowers, and cut flowers die, so I also got some succulents and a potted arrangement in the hopes that i can keep them alive. To me it doesn't say spring unless you have new life blossoming, and since mother nature wont let us do that outside yet it seems only fair to bring the flowers indoors.
How do you get ready for Spring? Are you interested in hearing about my Spring cleaning tips and tricks?
I love to cook, entertain, craft and create - all while being a wife, friend, daughter and a mom to a little boy.