Moving, and Graduating, and Babies (oh my!)

Friday, 12 June 2015




Oh, hey there! It's been a while!

Things have been all kinds of crazy around here the past few months. On a bit of a personal note, here's a sampling of life lately:

First off, we moved! We are now renting out our friends' house on an acreage outside the city...and loving it. I have always romanticized the idea of living on an acreage, but was kind of nervous about the reality of it, y'know? Good news! It's awesome. Although...I have a feeling renting is getting off easy; we don't have to worry about as many of the nitty-gritty details as as we would if we owned the place. It's a great way to try it on for size, though! We don't live crazy-far out of the city, but the short distance is just enough to make life feel a little slower and calmer somehow. I also feel the need to brag mention that I survived this move at 8+ months pregnant. I thought it wasn't going to be so bad, but then it was. However, I lived to tell the tale so two thumbs waaay up!

Second: my hubby graduated with his Bachelor's of Design! Which is really what made the move possible; we were no longer tied to the city for the sake of being close to school. Now 'real life' begins, whatever that is...(yikes!)...


Third: I had a baby! Our fourth little munchkin (boy!) arrived 2.5 weeks ago via c-section and we are all in loooove. The older three kids have unabashedly pronounced him as their favourite member of the family, and have had to let Dad know that his self-proclaimed title of being "The Best" has been usurped by a 9lb 10oz butterball that smells like heaven. He seemed to understand. Breastfeeding has been rough this time around; the lactation consultant suspects a tongue tie, and I've been ordered to pump and bottle feed for several days to let my (TMI alert!) poor shredded nipples heal completely. Oh, yes. That is just as awful as it sounds...owie...But! I'll fight as long as I've got it in me. I really love breastfeeding! However, I'm hoping I'll also be wise enough to let it go if that is what's healthier for everyone (emotionally, physically, etc.) without feeling too sad or letting the ever-present mommy-guilt get the better of me...I can dream, right!? Haha! I'm all about sad breastfeeding stories right now, so if you want to share yours with me to make me feel better, I'm all ears! (...Or eyes, because I'm reading it...)

I don't know if there's ever been a "regular program" around here, blog-wise, but I'll be getting back to it here in the next little bit.
In the meantime, enjoy this overload of (non-iPhone!) pictures of my baby because I love him.


10 comments:

  1. Congratulations! To all of it.....moving, the newest member of your family, and for finishing school {the both of you -- yes...it's team work for sure}. :) My hats off to you!! I am still suffering the effects of moving just 6 weeks ago. I can't even imagine moving with 3 little ones.....plus being expectant. Okay....maybe I did do that all those years ago when we moved to Calgary....but it probably was so traumatic I can't even remember the details. lol. Hope you get some relief soon from your *ahem* chest pains. OUCH! Love ya' guys. Enjoy that cute new little one.

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    1. Thank you! And I would totally believe that you blocked all memories of moving while SO pregant...it was traumatizing! Haha

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  2. Oh! I just love him already!!! I had trouble in the beginning with Ash. Had to use a nipple guard, but that stopped it hurting! And then when he got better at latching on, I threw it away! (It was a killer weaning him off of it and just wanted it GONE!) and now he's a nursing champ! Have you tried them? I just got mine at London Drugs. But he's oh so delicious. Can't wait to meet him!

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    1. I totally went and asked the LC about a nipple guard after I read this...and it has helped lots! Well, when he doesn't CHOMP down on it. But thank you! Saving me many tears!

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  3. If there is a tongue tie, try to get it clipped soon. We didn't find out until m was almost 2 months and by that time it hurt a lot (I guess it doesn't hurt much when they are little) then the Dr told me to put her on the breast immediately and she thought that was what hurt her so she didn't breastfeed again. But if you do have to stop I have lots of knowledge about pumping if you want info because we did that until she was just over a year. Hopefully, though, you get through it and are able to continue. It's nice bonding time for sure. Good luck!!

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    1. I am amazed you pumped for a year! Way to go! We did get it clipped and it has improved some so...yay!

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  4. I am so sorry about your shredded nips! That is the worst! I had the hardest time with my oldest, Norah. But I didn't know any better so it took a good three months before it stopped hurting- I just thought it was like that for everyone! Gah the bleeding, cracked, blistered, awfulness! Then with charlie we both got thrush and it was quite possibly one of the worst experiences of my life. I bawled every time he ate, which was a lot (every 2 hrs at least) and had that constant fear of latching him on- you know how you hold their head and you are about to go for it and then pull back at the last second cause you are scared? Yup. Ouch. I still can't believe I made it through. But we did- and here we are 12 months later and he is still going like crazy and never wants to quit! Lol hang in there, if you can, but seriously don't beat yourself up! It's tough work, especially with three other little ones needing your time and attention. That's the thing; if you could just rest and focus only on him it might be different, but there are other people in the equation!

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    1. Oh my gosh. I can TOTALLY relate to that chickening out at the last second thing! And the crying. Oh, ugh. Thanks for sharing, I needed this!

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  5. The pictures are so cute! He looks so squeeze-able! So I've already given up with the breastfeeding at the actual breast with my little one. Soooo painful and I had to laugh at the girl above who perfectly described that moment when you're about to go for it and pull back at the last second because you know the pain that is about to come lol. OUCH. Anyway I'm just pumping and bottle feeding because a) I'm a wuss and b) with the three other kids I feel like "ain't nobody got time for that" when it comes to actual nursing. My two year old was taking advantage of the nursing mama situation and shredded a sheet with scissors, put a bead up her nose, rubbed lotion all into the carpet, peed all over the place, and probably a bunch of other stuff that I can't remember just in the short week I was actually attempting to really nurse. Pumping and bottle feeding is just better. Plus then I can enjoy the feeding time and cuddle my baby instead of holding back tears and wishing it was over. So don't feel bad if you decide to take a different route. Other awesome moms (hehe) do that, too.

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    1. Right!? With the other kids thing!? Every feed an exhausting emotional roller coaster...and then, oh ya, I have other kids, too. Ha! And also...thank goodness for the validation of other awesome moms. ;) haha!

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