Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Sunday Currently

Our 2nd wedding anniversary is coming up in August and I've been using all my free time lately to work on a "Making Of" video as a gift to my husband.  Ok, a gift to myself too! We don't have extra money this summer since we've been on one salary for the past 2 years because I was in school -although that's about the change as I've mentioned in a recent post- so we won't be going away this year.  Last year we went to Lake Placid for our 1-year anniversary :)

I was trying to think of something special to do for our 2-year anniversary that wouldn't cost too much and had the wonderful idea to create a wedding video/slideshow that we can watch on our anniversary.   And yes, I will be sharing it here on my blog for all who wish to view it! I don't know if you're like me, but I LOVE wedding photos and videos.

August 4, 2012 - Our wedding


R E A D I N G : I'm still reading Reiki - The Healing Touch, by William Lee Rand. I'll be reading this for the next few weeks since I'm taking Level 1 (and maybe 2) Reiki training.

W R I T I N G :  I'm writing inspirational prayers.  Sometimes when I pray, I'm too tired to figure out what to say to God.  So by writing my own prayers, I can pick and choose which one I want depending on what I am praying for at the time. 

L I S T E N I N G :  I remembered I had this on my Ipod!  Love this song.  It's so happy.

T H I N K I N G : about the road trip I will be taking (leaving August 6) with my two boys to visit my family in New Brunswick.  Just me and the boys!  Husband will be staying home this time around.

S M E L L I N G : Humidity from all the rain today. 

H O P I N G : for an early night.... I'm so tired today.  Sleep deprivation at its best.

W E A R I N G : Leopard-print slippers.

L O V I N G : the power of positive thinking.  It creates positive circumstances.

W A N T I N G : Answers to big life decisions. 

N E E D I N G : A haircut, manicure, pedicure, massage, and hey, a spa day please. 

F E E L I N G : Y'know how I wrote about how I was looking for a church in our new town and that I was probably going to go with church #1 which came up in my search?  Well, long story short, it turns out that church #1 "coincidentally" brought me to another church this morning (which for some reason hadn't come up in my online searches!) And I LOVE it peeps!  I have a feeling this newly discovered church IS my new church.  I'm even tempted to say that it was love at first sight!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kaid's 1 Month Update (catch-up)

A lot of my blogger friends are having babies!  Yay it's a blogger baby boom!  Since I was just  recently pregnant myself, I enjoy reading all the weekly pregnancy updates.  It actually gave me the idea of doing a monthly update of my baby boy.  I'm thinking these updates is also a nice way of recording his progress, which I can even add to his baby book later on.

So, my little man Kaid will be 3 months in a couple of weeks.  That means I need to "catch up" on the past 2 months.  This post is about his 1st month.  You can also read his birth story here: Kaid's Birth Story

{ Month 1 }
Our first few moments with baby were surreal.  Both Dad and I fell in love with him right away.  I read that this doesn't happen to all parents.  The funny thing is that we were both freaked out throughout the whole pregnancy.  The moment Kaid was born and they put him in my arms, we were mesmerized.  It was one of the happiest moments of my life.  And this "babymoon" feeling lasted well over week.  We spent hours and days in the nursery taking care of him, admiring him and talking about how amazing this all was.  There were even a few tears of joy during that first week.  Personally, I felt like I had just won the lottery.  I wasn't even suppose to have another child!  The future we were planning did not include kids.  But here I was with a brand new, healthy and beautiful baby boy in my arms.  Yes, it felt like I had just been given the best gift in the world.  The Universe/Life/God (whatever you want to call it) knows best.  I'm so grateful for this gift!  I can't thank God enough for this unexpected surprise pregnancy. 

But to start from the beginning:

We brought Kaid home the very next day after the birth.  I was so scared of the long drive home.  I'm not sure why.  I kept watching his little head so it wouldn't move too much.  He ended up sleeping the whole 45-minute drive from the Queensway-Carleton Hospital in Ottawa to our home in Smiths Falls.

On the first night, we made a baby burrito just like the nurse had showed us.  He slept relatively well but still, we were sooo nervous.  I barely slept.  This was the first of many sleepless nights.  We broke all the rules about "not letting baby sleep with blankets/cushions".  I'm just following my instincts and doing what works for our baby.

We noticed he also slept very well in his bouncer chair.  He absolutely loved this chair from the moment we put him in it.  He made cute little "I'm comfy" sounds and slept in it at night all through the first month.

Kaid was SO CALM during the first few days/weeks (especially the first few hours after birth).  I wouldn't say it was eerie but it was definitely unknown to us.   Perhaps it was because he *just* came out from the womb where he lived in water and everything was so calm and peaceful? 

Breastfeeding went well from the beginning although I would worry about everything (is he eating enough? is he coughing?  why is he spitting up?  is this normal?)   But once I got to know him, what he liked, what he didn't like, everything started to fall into place.  It feels like the most natural thing in the world.  It probably is. 

We also chose to give him the soother (again, breaking rules of not giving a soother to a breastfed baby before at least 6 weeks) and he did great.  He loves his soother and it does what it's suppose to do, it soothes him, especially when he's about to fall asleep.

Cuteness.  Kaid did this very cute thing during the first couple of months.  I wish I had recorded it (lesson learned: record everything that melts my heart, I can always delete it later on).  When he was happy/excited, he would start "shakin' and bakin'" (as we called it) moving his arms and legs and head from side to side, like a little "twist" dance.  It was adorable.  Even this early we could see his little personality.  I will never forget the shake and bake; it's in my heart forever.

Kaid's 1-month photo


Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Sunday Currently

This summer has been amazing.  My days are filled with everything baby!  I never thought that would be me.  Friends who have known me a long time will laugh if they read this :)  Taking care of Kaid is so much fun; I love hanging out with him and being as close to him as possible.  I'm actually not looking forward to going back to work possibly sometime this fall (but this is for another post). 

This photo was taken at a babywearing group meet-up I just joined this past week (a future post too!)


R E A D I N G : Reiki - The Healing Touch, by William Lee Rand.  I'll be reading this for the next few weeks since I'm taking Level 1 and 2 Reiki training.

W R I T I N G : I'm happy to finally be able to take care of my blog. 

L I S T E N I N G : I'm trying to be a better listener, in every sense of the word.  I read this quote on Facebook and it inspires me to listen better not just to others, but to myself too, and mostly to God: "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know, but when you listen, you may learn something new", Dalai Lama.

T H I N K I N G : I'm still thinking a lot about work/finances/new home renovations.  I need to go back to work to get our finances back on track and start our new home renovations.

S M E L L I N G : Sangria. It smells lovely.  I made sangria for our guest yesterday.  Somebody's got to finish it!

H O P I N G : Hoping baby falls asleep soon so I can finish my blogging for the day.  We keep having to go back to his room because he's waking up every 10 minutes.

W E A R I N G : I'm starting to fit better into my normal clothes. I thought I wasn't losing any  more weight a few weeks ago because I had plateau-ed at a certain weight.  But I've started losing again in the past couple of weeks.

L O V I N G : The summer.  My time with family at home while hubby is on parental leave and I'm jobless.

W A N T I N G : A poutine.

N E E D I N G : more sleep.

F E E L I N G : happy that I reconnected with an old friend today.  We met when I did my first degree in the late 90s.  We coincidentally saw ended up in the same translation courses during our 2nd degree these past 2 years!! and we were also pregnant at the same time and due just a week apart.  Our sons ended up being born 3 weeks apart.  So today we finally were able to get together.  It was so nice.  She gave me a bouquet of flowers from her garden.  I thought that was very sweet of her.

Here is the bouquet on my mantle in the living room.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Finding a church

Ever since we moved to our new town, I've been looking for a spiritual community.  Not an easy task!  
We moved from a big city where everything was available. I was part of a Christian church and I attended a Buddhist center/temple every once in awhile as well (I find Buddhist teachings and philosophy very helpful.)  There isn't as much variety here so I had to be a bit more thorough in my search.

I started with an online search and read about all the different options in our new town.  I've narrowed it down to two churches (Christian) that might be a good fit.  So I visited them.  Both have aspects I like and aspects I dislike.

First church
  • uses a somewhat more modern lexicon to speak about God (I can relate more)
  • openly and freely speaks about their acceptance of same-sex couples
  •  each time I visited (twice), the sermons were very inspiring
  • warm welcome by some people and they invited me to join the choir
  • when I mentioned I had a baby, I was told that baby was welcome to attend the service with me (also mentioned I could nurse!) and that if I chose to, there was also a sound proof nursery in the back where I could listen to the service on tv
  • nobody my age as far as I know (although I was only there twice); everyone looked over 50
  • was asked to "wait at the door" by a church attendant when I came in 30 seconds late and the congregation had just started singing the national anthem on Canada Day
  • no communion as far as I know
  • the 2 times I visited, the music was "meh"

 Second church
  • warm welcome, people smiled and chatted amongst themselves; they looked happy
  • it felt comfortable
  • half of the music was pleasant
  • a few people my age, one mom & kids
  • communion (I don't consider this a required criteria, but it is something I appreciate in a Christian church)
  • no mention of inclusivity anywhere
  • old-fashioned words/lexicon to speak about God
  • I was there once and the sermon was just not inspiring.  It also had way too much mention of how people should behave and how they shouldn't.  I couldn't relate to it at all.

It was a tough decision but an important one for me.  I just find that to give to my church/community, I kind of want my church to give to me too.  It's an energy exchange that is needed to keep things balanced in life (a spiritual principle I read a long time ago and that makes sense to me). 

I appreciate that church #1 inspires me and that members were quick to invite me to different activities.  I plan on going back to church #1 on Sunday, and if all goes well, this will become my new church. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Sunday Currently

This photo was taken just last week.  My family: husband Sean, sons Alex and Kaid, and me. It's at my favourite park in our new town.  How did I get the teenager to hang out with Mom?  Bribery, my friends.  I made a deal with him.  Each family outing involves a treat.  Last week's was ice cream.  Yep, that still work! (I'm a big fan of bribing my children.  It works.)


R E A D I N G : Reiki - The Healing Touch, by William Lee Rand.

W R I T I N G : my resume.  I've been working on updating my resume (post-graduation) since I will be looking for a job in the next few months.

L I S T E N I N G : to my pug scratching.  Poor thing has had skin issues for years.

T H I N K I N G : I've been quite creative lately with organizing our new home.  I keep thinking of new ways to make it more comfortable.  I am planning on doing a new home related post soon.  I can't believe it's been 6 month since we moved!

S M E L L I N G : The smell from the garbage in the boys' washroom is getting out of control.  I didn't want to get a Diaper Genie but I might have to.

H O P I N G : I find a church soon.  We moved in January and I've only now started to explore the churches in our new town.  So far, there are two that I think might be a good fit for me.  I wish there was a Buddhist centre close, or a place to group meditate, but I haven't found that yet either.

W I S H I N G : that I wish we had more money.  Enough said.

W E A R I N G : my wedding and engagement rings, FINALLY!!  I was so happy to put my rings back on!  It took 2 months post-pregnancy for them to fit back on my fingers.  Who gets fat fingers when pregnant??  This girl right here.

L O V I N G : the nice weather so far this summer.  I can't believe it's already July!?  I'm just dreading another winter.  Sean and I have actually talked about us possibly moving somewhere warmer *should* I get super job offer.  I guess this could go in "Wishing".

W A N T I N G : to see my friend Ang.  I haven't seen her in months.  She moved away because she's the one who got a good job offer.  I miss being able to make plans with her last minute, have brunch on Sundays or Thai food after work.  :(
N E E D I N G : a shower.  Now that I have a newborn, morning showers are pretty much luxury.  I shower at night, before bed. That being said, I totally need to wash my hair tonight.

F E E L I N G : grateful that my husband cooked up a wonderful meal tonight.  I was busy nursing baby all day (some days he wants to feed more often).  My teenage son had his girlfriend over and I really didn't have the energy to cook.  Thank you for cooking, Babe! Dinner was delicious!