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I HAD A BABY!

Finally here!

Finally here!

Well!  It would be an understatement to say that life has taken over since I last posted (almost two years ago).  I kind of lost my edge for a while.  I now have exciting new things to write about (most days).

Just over a year ago we found out we were expecting a baby (January, 2013).  We were splendidly surprised by this news, embraced it and haven’t looked back since!  We were due September 5, 2013.  As soon as we were able to, we found out the gender of our baby-to-be.  GIRL GIRL GIRL!

We were fortunate enough to have two Baby Shower’s thrown for us.  One by my friends at work and one that combined both my family and CB’s family and friends. We were both blown away by the generosity and the love that everyone showered upon us.  So lucky!

I stopped working about ten days before we were due.  I was still feeling great but was secretly hoping to deliver early (I didn’t want my daughter to have to deal with her birthday landing on the first day of school her entire life).  Work helped me keep active during my pregnancy.  The last few days at work I felt like I dragged my butt, no one was really expecting much from me at that point though.

I tried not to let myself worry about labour and delivery (I am a notorious over thinker). I managed to keep an open mind and not let myself get panicked – what needed to happen would happen and everything would be fine! I think that the baby calmed me on this.  Thankfully that is exactly how it happened.

Labour Day weekend hit and I was still pregnant.  My Mom came up to visit in the hopes she’d be lucky enough to be here if I went into labour.  CB, my Mom and I headed in to the city on Sunday to pick up a few odds and ends for the baby’s room and really just do something to keep busy.  We had a great day shopping and grabbed lunch.  We were home late and our downstairs neighbours were having a party.  I attempted to be patient with the party and managed to get a few hours sleep through the noise.

My Mom headed out-of-town early Monday morning as the weekend came to a close. By the time she got home (about  2 1/2 hrs later) I was pretty certain I was in labour. Of course!  I was pretty cool and calm – figuring this would be a long process, I headed to have a nap.  Around 4:00 pm I decided that maybe I should start timing my contractions.  They were coming quite often but not consistent in length so we waited.  (I was going on the theory 5-1-1, 5 minutes apart, 1 minute in length for 1 hour – HA!)  CB was anxious.  I told him to go ahead and start making dinner and if anything were to happen we’d just put dinner in the fridge and head out. And that’s exactly how it happened.  CB finished cooking and he decided enough was enough (luckily he did).  We were headed to the hospital around 5:30 pm, checked in by 6:00 pm (4 cm dilated) and pushing by 10:00 pm.

We welcomed Baby SB at 10:20 pm, September 2, 2013, 7 lbs 4 oz and 20″ long. She was perfect (and still is)!

We did it!!

We did it!!

 

An Update!

A lot has happened in the last two months since I posted last.  Life took over and unfortunately I was feeling fairly uninspired to come on here and tell you fun stories.

I finally got a job that has me out of the house and working.  It was a major adjustment due to working shift work which includes 12 hour shifts switching from day shifts to night shifts.  I was terrified of the change but I was able to embrace it and make it work as best as possible.  Unfortunately right now, work has slowed down and I have been temporarily laid off (for about 10 days).  With the days getting nicer as summer approaches it is actually quite difficult to think about going back to work.  Unfortunately the bills don’t stop so back to work I will go!

Shortly after I started work I became an Aunt.  It was a whirlwind of a day and we are all overjoyed to have this new little bundle of joy in our lives.  Her birth meant we were able to have everyone together for Easter which doesn’t get to happen as often as we’d all like with all of us spread around the country.   My brother and his wife have adjusted splendidly to having their beautiful baby girl at home.  I love that I am only ten minutes away so I get to hang out with the new family whenever I want as well as being able to babysit when needed.

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The Victoria Day long weekend has just recently passed and CB and I managed to get away for a three-day camping weekend that was much-needed.  I have never camped this early in the year but we were lucky enough to have three days of temperatures over 25 degrees.  We canoed into the camp-site, set-up our stuff and waited patiently for the rest of the crew to show up.  In total there were eight of us camping which made for an entertaining weekend.

CB’s plan for the weekend included fishing, fishing, fishing and more fishing!  He got a fair amount of fishing in but unfortunately there just weren’t a lot of big fish biting.  He did manage to catch two clams while we were trolling (which ended up being the most memorable catch of the weekend)…Perhaps his lure was going a little too deep….dragging the bottom of the lake!

I think we all managed to come home looking like we had a case of the chicken pox from the swarms of mosquitoes that were waiting in the wings ready to pounce whenever a fresh piece of skin became available.

The camping weekend also gave CB an opportunity to have fun with his GoPro camera.  Check out the Time Lapse photos and video below to enjoy a taste of our weekend!

Sunset at Camp

Canoe Trip to go Home

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CB requested I make a new favourite cookie recipe to take camping.  We received more than a few good reviews on these cookies.  And we may have used these to make S’Mores (talk about decadence! WOW!).

The Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect chewy cookie.  I have made these in a single batch as well as a double batch and both worked out perfectly.  I found that the cookies don’t cook down very flat so when I made these the second time I pressed them down a little bit on the cookie sheet before baking mainly just for aesthetic purposes.

I am off to make a Thai dinner feast.  It feels great to be back here writing away to you and I will try to keep the information flowing.  Please feel free to let me know what you have been up to the past little while and what you are looking forward to most this summer.