Sunday, June 21, 2015

Deleting my blog

Hi everyone, it's been awhile since I posted. Life has changed a lot for us these past couple of years and I don't find time to keep up with the blog the way I would like. Even if I don't write, it still takes some of my energy because I think about it often. So, I've after thinking about it for awhile, I've decided to delete my blog. And I'm ok with that. Actually, I feel relief. I can now focus (all) my energy elsewhere. My translation business has launched beautifully and I'm grateful for that. Having my own business while taking care of my family is taking most of my time right now. Also, I've started writing a novel and hopefully will be publishing by next year. So that said, my blog will disappear in the next few days. Thank you to all my readers. I'm so grateful for all the amazing friends I have made these past few years. For those of you who would like to remain in touch, you can follow me on Instragram or Pinterest (on the right side of my blog). I am still reading YOUR blogs through Bloglovin' :) xoxoxo

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy LOVE Day!

Is there anything cuter than a baby with a pompom? Nah, I didn't think so. Well... perhaps a pug with a pompom. 

My nose is red,
My pompom blue,
What I like best,
I'm sharing with you.

Happy LOVE Day, from Kaid!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Book review: The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles

I just finished the second book for my book challenge.  I read the French version (Les yeux jaunes des crocodiles, by Katherine Pancol).

It's a beautiful story, with vibrant personalities interconnected to each other through life events (separation, family, friends, finding oneself, birth and death).  There is no plot but more a gradual reveal of  each character's personality and life.

The story unfolds over the course of three years.  That explains why the book is so long: 649 pages. I think it might be the most voluminous book I've ever read.  And although at the end of it, I was glad I read it and happy with the story (it's a feel-good book), I did find  it a bit too detailed.  I would've probably enjoyed watching the movie a lot more (something I might do very soon).

 I give it 3.5/5

Monday, February 2, 2015

Currently - Week #1

Sean went back to work last week after a nine-month parental leave. 
I'm not going to lie, it wasn't easy.  I have a feeling it was harder on him though, judging by the fact that on that first day back he couldn't look at Kaid without crying :( It broke my heart. To think that we weren't going to have (more) kids. And look at us now, totally in love with our little guy, totally absorbed in this beautiful life of parenting.

Having Sean go back to work made me realize even more how grateful I am to be able to work from home and spend time with our little boy. There is nothing I want more in the world.  All that said, he is transitioning very well overall.

In an attempt to keep myself and the family organized, I've started to plan our meals on a weekly basis.  So basically, on Sunday I plan and write down the meals for the week ahead.  I also made a "master list" which contains all our favourite meals.  I have over 50 recipes on there that I can pick from every week; we keep adding to it as we remember or find other favourites.  And I stick all this on the fridge for the guys to see.

My newly launched translation business is going well.  I have to say that working from home has its advantages and challenges (like any job, right?)  I had to work out a schedule to work around Kaid's naps.  So far so good.  I put in between 2-3 hours work days.  There were a few days last week though that I worked after Sean came home from work.  I might have to do more of that (working evenings and weekends when Sean is here) with the 3 contracts I'm about to start.  But that's fine if it means I get to take care of my baby all week!  

Another very exciting thing is that I'm starting my 3rd book for the book challenge. Woohoo! That's more books than all of last year's reads (with the exception of school manuals, of course). Second book review to come this week...

And for February, I've started a yoga challenge!  I tell ya, I haven't worked out in years, so this is definitely a challenge.  But I like the philosophy behind yoga that you shouldn't push your body, but instead be patient as it progresses. If you're on Instagram, come check out my progress or join in, there's still time!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kaid - 8 months

My big boy is growing up!  Kaid turned 8 months on January 4 (yep I'm a bit late again...)

This past month my baby:
  • started to sit by himself.  
  • recognized his name.
  • enjoys songs that we sing to him (Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes; Open Close Them)
I've also weaned him a bit.  I breastfeed mostly only evenings/mornings and at night when needed.  Weaning him was a hard decision; I wasn't sure I was ready at first but so far so good.

Kaid loves to eat all types of food that I make.  Actually, Kaid LOVES all food.  He enjoys whatever I give him.  Still no teeth though, so we keep the pieces soft and small.  He picks them up with in tiny little fingers... is there anything cuter than little hands picking up food!?

My baby's daily routine now (yes, we finally have a routine thank goodness!) is:
  • waking up around 7-8 am
  • play in bedroom while house heats up
  • change diaper and get dressed
  • go downstairs and play some more in play room
  • eat breakfast (which consists of rice cereal and fruits)
  • then play some more.  
  • by 10 am I put on the Teletubbies and give him a bottle for down time.  
  • by 10:30 am he's down for his first nap.  His morning nap is a good one.  He sleeps until 12 or 1 pm.
Then we repeat somewhat the same routine until his second nap at 3:30 pm.  The afternoon nap is always a bit more of a struggle and he doesn't sleep as long.

Bed time is around 7:30 pm.  He wakes up often at night... some nights are better than others.  We think he's teething, but then again, we've thought this for the past 5 months.  When are those darn teeth going to come out?  Supposedly I was walking before I had teeth.  I was 13 months when I got my first tooth.  Let's see if this happens to Kaid too.  Nonetheless, he still sleeps waaaay better than 6 months ago, so we are grateful for that!

And if you didn't know yet, I love being a mom to a teenager and a baby.  Who would've thought.  There is a higher power who knows what is best for me and has graciously blessed me with this gift.  So here are a few photos of some of the people who make me so happy.  If you're wondering who's the handsome guy in the last photo, that's my son Alex -16 yrs old with Kaid at Christmas. #proudmama