My Favourite Moments During my very first week of motherhood

Wednesday, 28 February 2018



She's here! I have been MIA (Labour and Delivery story coming soon I promise). I’ve been trying to put words to what I’ve been feeling this past week, let alone make sense of all these emotions I have right now. Being a mommy has completely changed my world, and this entire week and three days that I’ve been Penelope’s mother has been the most magical and oh-so-tiring week and three days of my entire life! 

Penelope, Penny, Princess P, or Sweet Pea…which ever nickname you fancy. 
I can not believe the amount of well wishes, messages and congratulations we have received from everyone! Midland is such a small town and honestly baby girl is famous. I have gotten messages from so many girls who said they’ve been waiting for me to go into labour like Kylie Jenner, and hitting that refresh button! 
(Mama changing Penelope for the first time, and this was her first night at home) 

As I am starting to feel more and more like myself again, its great to have help from my parents or the new "Mama and Deda”. They rushed up from Florida the day I went into labour, and are staying the rest of this week. They are lifesavers and I wish that they would stay forever. Thank goodness for them because I am able to have a semi quick shower, or write a little journal post so I can document our new life. 

(Since she came home we did not let her leave our side, and she spent the first night tucked in right between us. This is our family, we are complete)
 
Some of my favourite moments this past week and three days. 
-Penelope only cries when she’s hungry, needs to be changed, or burped. Other times she just smiles (or passes gas), and watch the world around her.
-She loves to be held, and that does not exclude in the middle of the night either. I wouldn't want it any other way, I love her and love holding her and rocking her to sleep. 
-Ive been sleeping on the couch lately, because it feels more safe when I can cuddle her on the couch and not have to worry about pillows or a big duvet. But, watching that cute little face while she dreams the sweetest dreams makes those long nights worth ever second. 
-She fits newborn clothes now. Ever since she officially is over her birth weight (6lbs 13oz) and now weighs a whopping 8lbs 10oz! Haha she is defiantly my child, and loves to eat just like me! 
-Penelope does skin to skin with me every single day, and with her daddy when he gets home from work. 
-I love the way you watch me when your in your grandmas arms. 
-You smell amazing, that baby smell you have is what I will always love!
-I love the way everyone is so excited to meet Penelope, I get stopped so many times from people who are excited to catch a glimpse of our little princess.  
-This is the week of firsts. Her first nap, her first time breast feeding, her first time drinking formula, her first burp, her first diaper change, and her first bath. 


(Penny's first bath at home, with mama and daddy while I took pictures. We washed off all that yucky hospital smell, and put on some comfy newborn clothes for bed.) 

I cant stop starting at her, and as much as I need sleep I am surprised by how little the human body actually needs to function. I would not in a million years have imagined that I would ever feel so happy in my life. I am obsessed with how much I love her, and how much I love her daddy. We have both wanted this for so long to finally feel complete, and we can now say we are a family. 

(What a beautiful life we now have because of our little Penelope Frances Gibson.)

The BEST pancakes you will ever make!

Thursday, 15 February 2018


It was Pancake Tuesday (never to be known as "just Tuesday" again), and I was having some major cravings for a sweet breakfast treat. I decided I would seek out the best damn pancake recipe I could find and make them all for me!

Well Tony was gone to work, and I've been spending days at home trying hard not to do too much because Im hoping baby girl won't make an early appearance before my 40th week which is on Monday. I have been at home, cleaning and cooking and I LOVE every second of it!!
This recipe is super simple and I originally meant to share this for Valentines day, but we ended up going to dinner instead. 

Me and Tony aren't big on celebrating holidays or anything really, we just never felt the need to since almost everyday were doing something nice for each other. One thing we really love doing, is making a big breakfast together on the weekends and it usually includes hash browns, pancakes, coffee and a source of protein. 






Ingredients: 



1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour 
3 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder 
1 teaspoon of salt 
1 tablespoon of white sugar 
1 1/4 cups of milk (we use almond milk) 
1 egg
3 teaspoons of butter, melted. 

optional: 1 teaspoon of vanilla OR any fruit of your choice. 
I have also added cinnamon to the mix and it tastes amazing! 


Directions: 


Mix together all wet ingredients (milk, eggs and melted butter) and whisk together in a small bowl.

In a large bowl add dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt and white sugar) by sifting or just mixing with a large spoon. 

Mix together both bowls, I used a whisk. 

I make sure my pan is on medium-high heat, add small drop of oil to a stick-less pan. 

I choose to make 3 small pancakes at a time, but its totally up to you if you like one giant pancake or small ones. 

I pour the batter on the pan and add any additional fruit of your choice. 

Flip when it is golden brown, and your done! 


5 ways to be Healthy, Happy and Stress Free in your Third Trimester

Saturday, 10 February 2018

I know, your at a point where you are exhausted and you really want to not be pregnant. Im sure by now it feels like you’ve been pregnant for what seems like EVER! I don’t blame you, I am currently 38 weeks and 2 days which surprised me. I thought I was only just starting on my 37th week. I felt a whole lotta anxiety after my appointment with my midwife today, knowing that its literally a week and a half until our daughter is born! 

The anxiety, and stress you get while your pregnant not only has a negative affect on you but on your baby as well. It can cause premature births, low-birthweight (anything under 5 1/2 lbs is considered low), and other health problem like heart disease and high blood pressure. So it is in everyones best interest to find a way to manage your stress. There are certain things that I have found that works best for myself (someone who is diagnosed with anxiety and depression). 

  1.  Go workout or get a sweat on!                                                                                                    I know in your third trimester your back is sore, your legs are swollen and you may have no energy to leave your bed let alone do a workout. I have found that getting in at least a 30 minute walk, doing yoga or if your able to do a light training circuit similar to the one i've mentioned here, will make you feel so much less stressed and will pump your body and brain with the “good feeling” chemicals. 
  2. Have some ‘ME’ time!                                                                                                           Which in my world, that means reading, writing or pampering yourself with a nice bath, doing your hair and painting your nails! It is a simple way to DIY at home relaxing spa. I usually add lavender scented bubble bath, epsom salt and light some candles while I pick a relaxing playlist on Spotify or listen to a mommy podcast. 
  3. Eat right!                                                                                                                                       I cant tell you that I have been eating the way I thought I would have this whole pregnancy. I can tell you that I defiantly had a Big Mac from McDonalds this afternoon, but I can also tell you that it made me feel icky. I never feel good after indulging in some bad food, and we all know its bad. I love how I feel when I have my protein shake in the morning, with a homemade meal made with all the protein, complex carbs and good fats that us pregnant ladies need. 
  4. Spend some time with the people you love.                                                                            For me thats my partner, its my most valued time of my whole day. After he’s home from work, we hang out just relax and make dinner. Nothing makes me more happy (until baby girl arrives). Its also my time to vent about all the stuff I’m thinking of lately, worrying about or just excited for.  
  5. Finally, my favourite and most challenging tip. REST!                                                I have been a struggle bus with this lately. It has been so hard for me to get comfortable at night, because I am nearing the end of this pregnancy I have been experiencing early labour symptoms and man they are no joke! My midwives are awesome thou, If Im not getting enough sleep they will help with some pain management so that when the real labour happens I won’t be so exhausted. Nobody likes to be a miserable and sleep deprived pregnant women.
The last bit of my pregnancy has defiantly been the most comfortable, and stress free I've felt during the whole time I've been pregnant. I had gone through so many ups and downs, and during my first trimester I was so stressed out I was starting to get depressed. It wasn't the best time but you learn to work with it. 
xo 
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