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It’s been awhile… this blog has definitely gone by the wayside.  Life is just too much right now.  With 3 boys under the age of 5… my free time (read: after bedtime) is spent with Wine and TV and Instagram.  Or sleeping.  But mostly wine.  I do not have the capacity to form coherent thoughts and put them down in a coherent way, as much as I wish I did.

EasterBoys

Look at these guys.  Trouble.  But goodness me do I love them.

Today though I am breaking my blog silence.  My dear, lovely, kind, too-generous mother has taken the 2 younger ones to kinder korner and the oldest is in school.  Peace.  Hot coffee.  Quiet.  I can think.

And boy have I been doing a lot of thinking lately.  My 3rd and final mat leave is coming to an end.  Just 2 weeks left before I go back to work – for good. So a lot of thinking, and a lot of emotions.  As parents we crave those “firsts” – first time the baby smiles, rolls over, sits up, crawls, walks… etc.  But lately all I’ve been doing is dwelling on the “lasts”.  This is the last time that I’ll have the freedom and opportunity to spend ALL day EVERY day with my kids.  And that makes me sad that I didn’t do enough with them.  And we did a lot (thanks again mostly because of my dear, lovely, kind, too-generous mother).

One of the things that I have done consistently over the years of pregnancy and maternity leaves is attend FITMOM classes – all the Fitmom classes: Prenatal, Baby, Stroller Strength and Bootcamp.  The owner of Fitmom Ottawa is Sue.  Who I have now had the pleasure of knowing for 5 years.  Sue.  Sue. Sue. What can I say about Sue.  What can I say about Sue without getting too emotional.

Sue&Kip

Sue is… she is the one that is always in your corner, and you don’t even realize when it happens, when you don’t even know you need someone in your corner.  She is the NICEST person ever (she even said nice things about me {https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FFITMOMOttawa%2Fposts%2F1203354873009132%3A0&width=500” target=”_blank”>here}, so you know she has to be THE nicest).  Sue has been there from the beginning and has helped me in more ways than just the physical.  Although she will kick your butt big time at class.  90 second wall sits, while 38 weeks pregnant, oh ya, she makes you do those, no excuses.  Burpees.  Ugh.  I think Sue secretly enjoys watching our faces after she says “And now burpees!”.

Sue has created something special with Fitmom Ottawa.  A wonderful, safe, fun, challenging space that is disguised as a fitness class.  While you work out, you get the added benefit of being surrounded by amazing ladies, and before you know it you are sucked in to this community of support.  And usually with the added benefit of feeling stronger, faster, more fit, more beautiful.  Sue has done what few can do, she has provided somewhere for women to go and feel completely at ease, while working out!  I have met some incredible women through Fitmom, some whom I am privileged to now call my friends.  Who can see by the look on someone’s face that they need some extra support, or to vent, or have questions.  Sue is judgement free.  Her classes are judgement free.   No topic is off limits, no question too silly, no conversation too repetitive.

The success of Fitmom Ottawa, why we all keep coming back for more, is 100% Sue.  It is ALL her.  You can tell by how she leads the classes that she LOVES doing it, and truly cares about you, as an individual.

So while I am sad that my days of prenatal, and baby-wearing, and strollercizing classes are over, I look forward to continuing with the Fitwoman bootcamp classes.  And spending at least one evening a week, and maybe the odd full pint, with the magical Sue.  Who I am so lucky to call a friend.

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Expect the Unexpected

This is such a bullshit saying.  “Expect the Unexpected”  Gah.  I feel like people bust it out when something doesn’t go as planned.  Because if you had expected the unexpected then you would have known it would have gone to shit.   Like, it means something happened that you Did. Not. Expect.

Now that my sour puss is out of the way, here is something that I didn’t expect – a nice family photo!  We recently had a photo shoot with the uber talented Natalie Spencer Photography, and one thing I did expect was uncooperative behaviour from Big Mac.   And yup, he was quite uncooperative.  But it goes to show you how talented Nat is that she got this great family shot out of it!

FaMiLy

FaMiLy

Don’t we look like a happy family?  Nat is pure magic.

She is also a great planner and decorator and coordinator – and many more wonderful things, but imma gonna stop being a creepy stalker super fan now.  I had asked Nat to help us with a project, and she definitely delivered and produced these amazingly awesome pics:

Guess what!

 

Guess what?!?!?!

And here it comes:  EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

We are going to be a…

Party of Five

 

Holy.  Shit.

Which is basically the reaction we have been getting from people.  A shocked look, followed by “What?!?!?!”.  And then a hesitant “Congrats!…?”    I can say for sure that the reactions to hearing the news of your first vs. second vs. subsequent impending children are vastly different.  Yes.  We are happy about this!  We are!  I swear.  Right?

Not going to lie.  This was unexpected.  But now that we have had time to let it marinate, pretty sure we are super pumped.  We are in for a real treat.  A couple/few/many hard-ish years, but hopefully as they get older, and more independent, it will get easier.  Right?  PLEASE TELL ME THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!!!!!  As I would imagine others go through, hubby and I have had mild bouts of stress (bringing back all the baby stuff we sent off to store, realizing we’re going to need a bigger house, maybe a bigger car etc.), which have led to brief moments of panic (I have to birth ANOTHER one!!!!).   But we usually end up circling back to being happy about this.

And for those of you who feel compelled to ask, I am feeling very shitty.  Meds are helping significantly, except they make me drowsy, add that to  chasing after a 3 yo and an almost 1 yo, and it is starting to take a toll on me.  My first trimester is just about over, so hopefully things will improve and I won’t be such a nightmare to live with.  Thank gawd for my hubby.  Not to wax poetic about him, but… well… #blessed (used unironically).

And I just realized we are going to have to come up with another nick name. Big and Little Mac are already taken.  Any suggestions???

3 kids.  Fuuuck.

(excuse the profanity, just in one of those moods)

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Hey Good Lookin’

[Disclaimer:  I have been going through a lot of pictures the past couple of days – so this post is heavy on the pics and nostalgia]

One thing that I wish I was better at is taking photographs.  I have got a good grasp on a selfie… but I am talking about good photos… ones with the proper lighting, and framing, and aperture… (??? is that a thing???).   Hubby and I bought a “fancy” Canon  before Big Mac was born, and lord did we ever take a lot of pictures.  Probably not all of them are amazing.

Case in Point:

Big Mac ready for his close up

Big Mac ready for his close up

But I want family pics of all of us in it.  And it is kind of hard to take a family pic that doesn’t look super awkward when using the self timer option.  You set it, then run over, then it doesn’t go, and then just as you move it takes the pic.  So I am all about getting a professional to take GOOD pictures of us.

Case in point:

Big Mac's first Christmas December 2011 (super awkward self timer)

Big Mac’s first Christmas December 2011 (super awkward self timer)

Our first experience with a professional was when we got maternity shots when I was preggers with Big Mac.  We had them done by Shona Reid – definitely check her out!   She was super fun and managed to make us not look too awkward. We had her come and take pictures for Big Mac as a newborn, and then again when he was ~10 months.

 

"Big Mac"

“Big Mac”

Big Mac maternity session on the beach - Aug 2011

Big Mac maternity session on the beach – Aug 2011

Big Mac 10 days old

Big Mac 10 days old

Big Mac 10 days old

Big Mac 10 days old

Big Mac 10 days old

Big Mac 10 days old

Big Mac 10 months - Petrie Island August 2012

Big Mac 10 months – Petrie Island August 2012

Big Mac 10 months - Petrie Island August 2012

Big Mac 10 months – Petrie Island August 2012

Love that these are fun pictures, that are good – i.e. frameworthy.

Then Shona moved to Alberta.

So then when I was preggers again, a good friend recommended the lovely, talented Natalie Spencer.  Nat took my maternity shots, and newborn pics of Little Mac, and then another great shoot when Little Mac was 4 months.

"Little Mac" August 2013

“Little Mac” August 2013

Little Mac

Little Mac

Little Mac

Little Mac

Little Mac getting some early love

Little Mac getting some early love

Little Mac newborn (so small)

Little Mac newborn (so small)

Little Mac newborn sesh

Little Mac newborn sesh

Little Mac newborn sesh

Little Mac newborn sesh

Big & Little Mac's - March 2014

Big & Little Mac’s – March 2014

March 2014

March 2014

the Mac's - March 2014

the Mac’s – March 2014

Little Mac - March 2014

Little Mac – March 2014

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Nat.   She is such a creative person… super nice too.  And super easy going.  I felt kind of like we had been friends for a loooong time.

I am so happy that we have these professional photos.  We look gooood.  Mostly thanks to the professional and their editing skills.  Now I just need to get some of these printed out to frame…

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