SUMMER ESSENTIALS


Is it just me or does anyone else think that summer is going by way toooooo quickly? We're almost halfway through July...and I'm kinda freaking out here! Anyone else? I thought it would be fun to round up a few summer essentials....because everybody needs a giant inflatable flamingo in their life...right!

Essentials for summer time!

1. Straw Bag
2. Rose Gold Inflatable Flamingo
3. SPF 40 Sunscreen
4. Blue Jays Hat
5. White Arizona Birkenstock (living in these alllllll summer long #pregnantwomandreamshoe )
6. Red One Piece Swimsuit
7. You Are Gold Water Cup

Such cute things hey!!? Would love to know what's on your summer essential list?

XO!
laura

 

LUCA THE LION // ONE YEAR OLD


Baby Boy's 1st Birthday

LUCA AT ONE YEAR

My baby is ONE! Actually tomorrow he'll be 13 months so this update is coming at ya a little bit late...whoops! 
 

This past year has been one of the craziest, most challenging yet so rewarding years. I think I've shared this before but before Luca was born, a very respected prayer warrior came up to me and gave Luca a word from God....The word God gave him for Luca was Delight. Luca would be God's delight, a delight to us and to everyone he meets....and boy is he ever. My sweet delight, sweet baby boy, Luca.

WEIGHT: 26.5lbs
Luca loves to eat !! (just like his parents lols...praying he gets his dad's metabolism, not mine!) He's now in the 97% for weight and is probably heavier now considering he was weighed about a month ago. Let's just say I get pretty tired holding him for longer than a few minutes, ha.

HEIGHT: 31 inches and I swear he's even taller now. He jumped from the 50th% in height to the 95th!! I think he inherited his dad's height.

WEARS: Pretty much wearing 18 month clothing on the regular. I bought a few things from Zara for him and LOOOVE them so much. Seriously, cutest and comfiest jeans I've seen. Can't wait to go there in August when we go to Vancouver!

baby boy 1st birthday

SLEEPS: Sleeping through the night 7-7 still. Mostly doing two naps (one 1-1.5hr at 9am and another 1-1.5hr at 2pm) but sometimes resisting (maybe once a week?) I'm really hoping he'll hold onto 2 naps for a few more months but we'll see. When did you mama's go down to one nap?

EATS: He pretty much eats whatever we eat. I still give him pouches on the go and if what we're eating is not baby appropriate. HE LOVES FOOD THOUGH. His favourite food would probably be carbs carbs carbs (toast, fries, etc)...a man after his mama's heart!

PLAYS: And he started WALKING!!! He took a few steps before his first birthday and this past month has grown into a full walker. It's sooo cute. I'm surprised at how sturdy he is on his feet. He's had a few bails but honestly nothing crazy...yet! 
His favourite game to play is throw all our shoes over his baby gate, down the stairs....reaaaalll fun to clean up...

HIGHS: Oh man, so many highs. Obviously walking has been such a highlight. He also loves music and dancing...cutest thing to watch! But my favourite time is putting him to bed at night. Our bedtime routine looks like...bath then bottle while I put him in a sleep sack and night time diaper then brush teeth then story time and cuddles! I'm such a sucker and end up reading him like 6 stories because I just love the cuddles so much. We then have a sweet hug while I rock in the chair and sing to him...it's seriously the sweetest ever. He calms down or gets all silly and tries to give me kisses...ah! I then stand up with him, pray for him then put him in his crib with his blankie and bunny. Just the best.

LOWS: He recently popped two more teeth on the bottom. Unfortunately we were on vacation when this happened, and he was the crankiest he's ever been during teething. Thankfully he's come out of it but man, it's hard having a cranky, velcro baby when you're also 27 weeks pregnant!!

PARENTING: I love love love love being a mama and James loves loves loves being a dada. Luca has been one of the greatest gifts we've been given and yes life is sooooooooo different now but I wouldn't trade it in for the world. James and I are going away for two nights sans Luca (thanks Grandmas for taking care of our boy!)  and we're so excited to go so hard on a little Vancouver/Target getaway. I honestly don't even care that I'll be 31 weeks pregnant...baby girl is on the inside aka I can do whatever I want, whenever I want and don't have to worry about nap time....FREEDOM lols.

Baby Boy and Dad

POSTPARTUM: Let's chat in October when I'll be postpartum again lols lols.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO: Oh man this will be Luca's last update until he's 2! So many things to look forward to...watching him become a big brother, seeing Christmas through his eyes, family Halloween costumes, so many more memories to be made.

It's a complete joy and privilege to be your mama Luca. I am so proud of who you are and who you are becoming. I better stop now before ALL THE TEARS!

 

XO!
laura

BABY GIRL'S 3D DEBUT


baby girl 3D ultrasound

A couple weeks ago I got to take part in the sweetest thing...seeing baby girl in 3D from the comfort of my own home!

The amazing thing about Blooming Baby Images is they do the ultrasound in your own home!  Narissa who runs the show is so wonderful. Makes you feel super comfortable and allows you to see your baby in an amazing way. I've been fortunate to have only good experiences with hospital ultrasounds but I've heard many cases where mamas have left feeling that it was a cold experience instead of the warm one they imagined it to be. 

With the 3D/4D you get to see so much detail. Even though she was only 25 weeks at the time, I was able to see her so clearly. She looks sooo much like Luca when he was a newborn, it was so crazy!

Check out the interview with Victoria Buzz! 

Funny story, baby girl was totally curled up in a non-cooperative position at the beginning and she would not move after tons of poking and prodding. I eventually had to go on all fours and try some yoga moves to get her in a different position...which sounds totally fine but is a little awkward to do with 4 other adults in the room, lols. It worked though and we ended up getting some super sweet photos and videos of her. Anything for the shot, right!

So if you live on Vancouver Island, I highly recommend getting an ultrasound from Blooming Baby Images. You'll get to see your baby in a whole new way and be so comfortable the whole time!

XO,
Laura

 

6 MONTH BUMP UPDATE


maternity shoot

Ok, I'm sneaking this 6 month pregnancy update in...because on Saturday I'll be 7 months pregnant...AHHHH this pregnancy is FLYING BY!!!!

maternity style

How far along are you?

Almost 27 weeks! One more week and I'm in the third trimester.

How big is baby?

Baby is about 14.5 inches and weighs almost 2lbs. Some sites say she's the size of a head of cauliflower!

Feeling:

Large and in charge. Lols. I have to be honest with you. It's definitely hard to see my body go through sooo many changes. I saw some photos of my pre-pregnancy self enjoying life and got kinda bummed. So many thoughts running through my head...will I ever be that small again? why on earth would I ever think I needed to lose weight then? James has been so amazing through all the changes, he constantly reminds me that I'm most beautiful when pregnant...I'm carrying LIFE! I look at Luca and gaining the 45lbs with him was SO worth it. Babies are a beautiful blessing and I'll have the rest of my life to lose weight...it's just hard seeing your body grow so much when it's been much smaller.

Other than that stuff, I'm feeling pretty good. A little tired, but I'm not complaining! Heartburn has been creeping up but other than that, nothing else crazy going on. Still praying for that placenta to move up! We won't know until my next ultrasound at 32 weeks.

Food love:

Everything sweet...but man, my dad brought over steak tonight and it was THE BEST EVER. I could seriously eat steak all day errrday.

Food hate:

Not really avoiding anything anymore!

Exercise:

With Luca's care and one car and getting home in time to relieve a babysitter, I've been taking the bus more than walking...it's also summer now, so the heat gets to me on that 35 minute walk! I've been doing yoga a couple times a week but I know I need to do more. SO HARD with another baby and a billion things on my to-do list but it's so important. Hoping to get some more evening walks in!

Clothing:

I received another order from PinkBlush and I'm SO PUMPED. I actually feel good in their pregnancy clothes! I will be heading to Van early August so I'm also hoping to scoop up a few things from topshop maternity! I am yet to find nice maternity shorts though...every pair looks like you have serious camel toe...not fun.

What I'm looking forward to:

My next prenatal massage and chiro!! Those things are a MUST for every pregnant woman!!

 

BTW, how pretty is this beach we discovered on Pender Island? It's kind of a funny story. We had a little date night and wanted to find a beach. We went to one but I refused to get out of the car because it looked like there was a hike down. James was bummed because he wanted to go to a beach before it got dark. We ended up driving away from the other parking lot and randomly turned down a road and found this perfect spot! 30 foot walk to the beach and totally private with no one around! I'm convinced it was God smiling on us :)

XO!
laura

LUCA'S LUMBERJACK FIRST BIRTHDAY


Lumberjack first birthday

My baby boy is ONE! He's actually almost 13 months now but I guess I can't really count in months anymore, can I? It feels like he has grown a billion years the past month. Right before his first birthday, he got his first haircut and now he's taking steps everywhere!! Slow down my baby boy!

Lumberjack First Birthday Invitation

Luca's birthday is on June 11th (which was his due date btw!) and I think it's the perfect time for a birthday party! June is usually a safe month to have an outdoor party....well, for most years. This year our weather has been a bit crazy but thankfully, June 11th was sunny enough for a backyard bbq!

I went with the Lumberjack theme and we held it in our backyard. I designed the invites myself. We went all out on the cake and purchased it from Rachel Cakes. It was soooo delicious....and let's just say Luca LOVED his first taste of cake!

We kept the food pretty simple. Pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, mac + cheese and a few appies. I made cheap cupcakes for the kids and the adults (and Luca) enjoyed the cake!

He was a champ through the party and only cried when everyone was staring at him singing happy birthday....awe sweet boy.

Thanks to all our friends and family who came out to love on our little lion! Can't believe I have a ONE year old!!!
 

xo,
laura