Penelope's Favourite Books at 5 months old

Tuesday, 14 August 2018


I made myself a promise that I would share Penelope’s favourite books as soon as I thought she showed some interest in them. 
Since she was born we would read her books, her newborn self would watch mommy and daddy’s hands change the pages, while she would drift off to sleep. 
Now, at 5 months she is like a completely different baby. She is genuinely interested in books, and even thou she may not understand everything yet.. She does love starting at her book shelf while she is getting changed in the morning. Our routine now includes reading a book in the morning after she gets changed and before she gets fed. Then again at night before her bedtime, we try to read a different book for her. 

Reading is the easiest way to develop your Childs brain, and when you read your child the same book over and over again it is a great way to increase your child’s language development.  



COCO -  My first Coco Chanel Little People, BIG DREAMS
This was a fun book I found at Winner's when I was looking at the children section. I saw another one called Amelia, which was about Amelia Earhart. I love fashion and thought this would be a nice decor piece as well as a fun book to read to Penelope. 

Say Daddy - by Michael Shoulders and Illustrated by Teri Weidner
This was one of the first books Penelope was given by her Aunt Michelle. I love listening to Tony read it to her at night. We are still waiting for her to say her first word and I am hopping its "Ma-Ma", but I'd be proud of anything she said. 

Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram
This is a MUST for any nursery!  It is such an adorable story of two hares, Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare who tell each other how much they love one another. 

The Pout-Pout Fish - by Deborah Diesen Pictures by Dan Hanna
 This is one of my favourite books to read Penelope! It is one of those books adults look forward to reading, and the pictures are amazing. P really loves fish, and we enjoy reading her books of fish. 


I found this Language Development PDF which was created by Carissa Stuck from www.stucktogether.co, she is a speech-language pathologist who also has son and a great blog and you can check out her work HERE

 Let me know what books your children love at the moment! I love adding to Penelope's library. Also what books are you loving right now!? 


G R A T E F U L

Monday, 13 August 2018









 Is it really a boat trip without someone falling asleep in the cubby? Its hard not too, when your literally getting rocked to bed by the waves, and when your listening to the sound of the water lapping against the bow of the boat. 

We woke up at home on a Saturday morning. Relaxed and ready to meet up with my parents to go for another awesome boat trip on Georgian Bay. Most of the morning was spent trolling along the West Shore of Penetang Harbour, in hopes of catching some perch. I didn’t pay much attention to the amount of fish they caught or what kind of fish they were, personally I would rather not make a personal connection to my food like that. 

Lunch time, we kept trolling to the “Worlds Famous Dock Lunch” where I split a (bad choice) large poutine and a mini hot dog with Tony and I had no doubt that I would get a tummy ache shortly after. 

One of my favourite moments yesterday was this moment, when Penelope realized she could kick her legs back and forth in the water, before she was still kind of unsure of this new element. Each time she would grow braver and braver, now I think she looks forward to dipping her toes in the cool water. It just makes my heart so happy watching my parents with my daughter, when I think back to when I was younger I would dream of this moment and think that this is the moment of true happiness. 



















 The next morning we woke bright and early, 5:30 am to be exact so Tone and my dad could go fishing. Those two have a love for fishing like no other, to be honest I could never be with a man who didn't like to fish because our family is all about that fishing life. 

As always, they came home with their catch of the day which was a salmon each. I love showing Penelope new things every day, today we got her to touch the fish and feel the slime and talk to her about this beautiful creature who gave its life so we could eat. I want her to have the same respect Tony and I have for the fish we catch. 





 He was so proud of his fish!, and Penelope loved it I promise, even thou in this pi sure she looks like she's trying to squirm her way out of there,



This August has been good to us, in all its warm air and water that is forever refreshing. I am at peace with things in my life right now, more than I have ever been before. I feel strongly that as a mom I am doing things the right way for us as a family, that Tony and my relationship is stronger than ever before and we grow more in love with each other and Penelope every single day.
I know that things won't always be this easy, and that the green crisp leaves will reluctantly turn to golds and reds soon.. but right now I am living in this happy moment with my little family and I could not be grateful.

#thedailymoments

Friday, 10 August 2018

Its Friday! I am finally getting #thedailymoments blog post up, and if you didn't know Steph Pullock who is an amazing photographer started a tag where other bloggers, and photographers, mamas and who ever else wants to join along. These are moments from my day, as a stay at home mama, wife (to-be .. HINT, HINT...) and legit the most exciting person ever (kidding)...







1. I have wanted a headboard since we moved in to our home. Finally, I got one and I couldn't be happier.
2 & 3. I couldn't pick just one photo, because she looked so happy in the blurry one! I love her so much.
4. The calm before the storm. I am the happiest when I can stop and enjoy the simple moments.
5. OMG, Penelope is in a mood today! She is crying and whining constantly.
6. The only way I can get her to stop crying. I never thought I would be that mom who puts her baby in front of a tv, but there are just some days where you HAVE to do what you can.

Next Friday I will try to have another #thedailymoments up on the blog.

You can find #thedailymoments from Steph Pullock here

A Fever & A Baby

Tuesday, 31 July 2018






"Fever" and "Baby", are definately are two words that shouldn't go together, especially for the first time! And in true new mom fashion, I panicked.  It was Thursday morning, I was helping my grandmother by taking her to her optometrist appointment. It was there that I felt Penelope's head and it was way too hot! I knew something was wrong by the way she was snuggling into my neck and letting her body weight rest on my shoulder. I was scared. I called my mom who worked as a baby nurse for years and she said to take her to a walk-in clinic. 
I probably looked like a crazy lady, all sweaty and wide-eyed and panicking when I walked into the doctors office. A quick 5 minute appointment, and I was told to take her immediately to the hospital. 



Thankfully Penelope's fever went down the following day, but that was scary. More scary for mommy and daddy then baby P, but we learned a few things.
1.) A good quality thermometer is a necessity!
2.) Always have children/infants Motrin or Tylenol in your diaper bag.
3.) Pay attention to your child's fever because children under 6 months can deteriorate very quickly.
4.) Keep baby hydrated, and cool!
5.) Give lots of lovin' and snuggles.

Thanks for reading! 
I post every Tuesday and Saturday! 


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. 

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