If you need us this summer, this is where we will be.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

This morning I did not hear the phone ring, or remember Tony waking up to get it, all I remember is Penelope 'baby-talking' through out the night. At one point I woke up somewhere between midnight and 3 am, to feed her because I could hear her making noises.. to my surprise she was still asleep! 
I think she is starting to talk in her sleep because she was having what seemed to be a happy conversation with someone full on sleeping still. 

"Do you want to go boating? we could have a picnic?" my dad said, as I answered my cellphone. 

It was 7:15 which was unusually late for us to sleep in until. I made a Sunday breakfast that comprised of locally sourced peppercorn and molasses bacon and spinach sandwich for Tony, and Strawberry and Prune mush for Penelope. 

We were out the door by 8:15, and at the shore a few minutes later. My dad pulled up with the boat as close to the shore as possible, we loaded the baby in her raft safely with a life jacket and her dad holding on to her very tight. She was a very brave little girl this morning, I am so proud of her. 
I did manage to forget my memory card for my new camera somehow! which I pleaded for my family to wait for me while I swam ashore and ran back to our house across the street to grab it. 
Thank goodness they did! I am so happy I was able to catch some of these moments of our great day together. 

Tony and my dad, did a series of fishing stops along the way. Stopping at little islands here and there to try their hand at catching dinner or two. 

I wasn't sure if it was just too much sun but Penelope slept for what felt like hours, and my mom and I took turns napping with her. The sound of the waves hitting off the bow, and the gentle rocking of the waves would put anybody to bed if you let it. It was one of my favourite sounds that reminded me of my childhood, since we were always boating. That is what I want to my daughter, to recreate some of my best memories as a child for her. 

A few hours later, we ate peanut butter and jam sandwiches for lunch and split an orange it was time to move to another island and to the next fishing spot. The guys caught several small mouth bass, and only my dad would end up catching the monster of Georgian Bay on his lure. It measured as long as the baby! we took a picture just as proof it wasn't just another fish tale. 

Tony was as happy as a clam catching my mom and dad's dinner tonight. They had never tried pike before, and they were happy to make it for dinner tonight after they dropped us back off at our little beach. 

 Somewhere, in the middle of nowhere we found a little island that was only home to the seagull's that lived there. We pretended we were pirates, finding a deserted island in search of a hidden treasure. I wish! The only thing we found was this lonely flower that grew in the middle of this deserted island, in the middle of nowhere. 
But, it was a nice little stop to stretch the old legs and teach Tony how to use my camera to take pictures (next time he can take the pictures of me and Penelope instead).

The ride back home was quick, as it always is when you've had such a good time out on the boat. 
We packed up our extra swimsuits, hats, and my camera put those on the Penelope's blowup duck so that it wouldn't get wet and we pushed it ashore. Tony went back and got Penelope who was slowly waking up from her long afternoon nap on the water. 

I am tired. The kind of tired you feel when you got too much sun for your own good. The kind of tired that not even two cups of coffee can keep you awake for. The kind that babies cry from because they are just exhausted and need to go to bed early tonight. 

Its 7:30pm and Im off to bed. Good Night. 

Canada Day Long Weekend

Thursday, 5 July 2018

I know it has been a little quiet around here lately. P and I have been enjoying every single day together, we like to wake up early every morning and either take a nice long walk or sit out on our back deck and listen to the birds, squirrels and other sounds that speak for these summer days. 
Penelope has grown so much and is learning more and more each day. This weekend her daddy came home from school and instead of staying in doors we thought we would check out our little beach across the road from our house. 
So Saturday afternoon turned out to be record breaking temperatures, and thankfully we live where we do and were able to literally walk across the road and jump in the lake. 

I tried to dip P's little toes in the water for the first time. She didn't like it and cried a little every time her toes went anywhere close to going in. 
In her defence the water was still so cold. 
 Sunday morning of the long weekend, we met up with my parents who picked us up at a dock not too far from us to go boating. This was Penelope's first time on our boat, and fishing. She was so content and happy. I am honestly so impressed and thankful she's our little baby, because I know some experiences can be overwhelming for some babies.
We spent all afternoon boating and fishing. For some reason there was not a lot of fish around, which is super weird. My dad who's like the greatest fisherman around made sure we still had dinner.

This is my absolute favourite picture ever! Baby P already making her daddy and Grandpa proud! 

This is another favourite picture from our long weekend, because it's of P's first time on Beckwith Island. Tony carried her to the beach from the boat, and we thought we would let her dip her feet in the warmer water close to shore. 
She still didn't like it.
 But I love that I got this picture of them two. One day she won't be so little and we'll show her these pictures of her first adventures. 

My dad and P. She had his heart the moment she was born

Life Lately // From my iPhone

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It has been a few weeks since my surgery, and I am finally starting to feel so much better. 
As you know Penelope is already three months old, and she's growing quick! So I'm trying to put her in a new outfit every single day so that I can at least say she wore all her things. 

I have been doing a little shopping downtown of our small town, and honestly there are so many pretty things I found for our home. 

I have been walking every single day for at least 45 minutes, my goal is to work my way up to jogging three miles by next month. Slow and steady. 

This is the progress I've made on our front yard so far. I'm learning to garden, and actually have plants that last longer than a week (I'm notoriously good at killing our poor house plants).

Our sweet Bella, forever looking in the water in front of my parents home. It's almost summer and I am so excited for all the experiences Penelope will have. 

   This is everything I bought from American Eagle. Shoes are from Old Navy. 

This is just a glimpse of our beautiful neighbourhood! 
We live on the edge of a Provincial park, and there is so much nature that surrounds us. 

This is a real #MOMLIFE moment, breastfeeding in a change room. 

Isn't she adorable!? 

Saying Goodbye

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

I don't think loosing someone ever gets easier, and it doesn't matter how long we had to prepare. On Tuesday morning we lost Tony's grandma to cancer. It was a long hard battle, and she was finally laid to rest in the most beautiful place, outside the prettiest little church.
Im writing this to tell Penelope one day, what a beautiful woman her grandma was. Tony loved her more than anyone, so much so that we named Penelope "Frances" after her.
So one day, when I tell her how she got her beautiful name.. we can tell her it was because of Saint Frances, her wonderful grandma Frances Gibson.

I want to still respect the family, but I also want to share a few pictures of Penelope and her great grandma.

3 Month Update (14 weeks old)

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

It's so amazing and miraculous how three months can entirely change your whole twenty-seven year old world as you know it. I have learnt so much in only twelve weeks, about my baby but also about myself, as a mother and as a person. 
Milestones this month:
- she mimics the sounds, movements and expressions we make. 
- can raise her head for more than a few seconds and turn to either side while on her tummy. 
- she opens and closes her hands, usually holding her toys now and gives them a good shake.
- she has increased hand and eye coordination which she can now use to grab at toys, and objects. 
- she also bats at handing toys above her
- can kick like no tomorrow and swing her arms so fast. 

Five Senses: 
- Not only is she working on becoming a great communicator, but she makes eye contact with everyone and give s a little smile. She also recognizes faces now, like me and her dad, my sister and my parents. 
- She can follow objects with her eyes, and watches her parents doing things around her. 
- One of my favourite things she does, is she smiles when she hears my voice. Every morning while Tonys away he Facetimes us and her eyes light up, she squeals, smiles and kicks when she hears/sees him. 

Weight, Clothing sizes and how much she's eating: 
I haven't weighed her recently (in the last week), but the last time I did she was already 14 lbs! She is currently wearing 3-6 month clothing which makes me sad because I went through all her clothes and put away her 'newborn' outfits. She can still barely fit her 0-3 month outfits, but ill probably be putting those away really soon too. 
I don't ever pump because I never leave her, but I did go for surgery recently and I wasn't able to breast feed so we supplemented formula. I found that she was able to drink a full 6oz bottle like nothing and most of the time she would cry for another bottle. Which means she's getting enough food from breastfeeding! 

Her favourite things: 
Books, light up dog, musical/light up book, sucking and chewing on her hands, chewing on her blanket and teething rings!   

3 month schedule:
Penelope usually wakes up by 6:00 - 6:30.  
Eats and hone is sleeping again by 9 for her first nap. 
We usually go for a morning walk, come home and eat breakfast in the back yard and she goes for another nap around 11. 
I wil eat and get some work done before she wakes up again. 
We usually do something fun and spend time together singing or playing in her room with her sensory mat. 
Usually she will take a nap between now and dinner, then after dinner its time for her bath.
Penelope love her baths! She is defiantly a water baby, and is going to love swimming when she's older. 
If P isn't in bed and sleeping by 6:30 -7:00pm she will start to FREAK out, you know the turning red and boogers everywhere kind of freak out. So I make sure I have a set bed time routine for her, that includes reading one of her baby books and singing "hush little baby" or "amazing grace" (haha I don't know why I always sing her this song but she loves it).   
As for sleeping all night, she still will wake up around 12 and 4 to feed and I don't really expect that to change until she's done with breastfeeding all together.  

Other updates:
Penelope has started TEETHING!! Like seriously she is only 3 months, and is drooling and defiantly working on something in there. She is starting to talk more, and make more sounds like