Category Archives: Family Life

Oh hey. Remember me?

I used to blog here… Almost daily. I haven't written here in two months which is like two decades in internet years. This used to be my place to talk about being preggo, and running, and having babies and sleep deprivation. Do you remember that? There are no more babies here, at least that's what my youngest keeps telling me. The only thing that's the same now is the running, and even that has morphed into swimming, cycling and running. Oh and the sleep deprivation, but that's much more self inflicted than it used to be (6am swim or bike anyone?).

(I'm not a baby anymore, mommy, I'm Katy Perry)

My motto used to be “Speeding through life with a toddler in tow”. Well that toddler is now 8. Eight freaking years have gone by since I started this blog! Where does the time go?!?

My preemie, colicky baby is now a bright, sassy eight year old hockey star:

And her baby sister that used to wake up every two hours all.night.long. is a spunky running buddy:

Time. Fighting it is like fighting a losing battle. So I give up. I'm embracing my age and enjoying a whole new set of personal bests, trying new things – like triathlons, obstacle races (not the Lego on the floor kind – though that happens too), and family Color Runs.

And I'm ready to be back. Back to sharing the ups and downs of being a mom on the run 'cause I missed you, did you miss me?

Has It Been Two Years Already?!

Dear “Baby” Amber,

Happy Birthday! You’re two years old today!

The time sure has flown by – though I think I say that in every single letter that I’ve ever written to you or your sisters. (Which reminds me – perhaps I’ll do a monthly letter addressed to all three of you from now on instead of three individual ones).

Two years ago I was waddling to and from Sierra’s school 5cm dilated and scared to death that my water would break at any moment. Thankfully our Midwives came over to check on us that night because while they were over my water did break and the contractions started almost immediately. 67 min after those contractions started I was holding you! You were in such a hurry to come meet your sisters!

Here we are two years later… You are one independent woman! You want to do everything yourself, and everything that your sisters are doing. And man, do you ever get mad when we try to stop you! You’re taking parent & tot swimming lessons and gymnastics classes with daddy and absolutely LOVE them! You are doing really well, and are one of the few toddlers who really TRY in your classes. You watch your teachers and try to do what they’ve taught you to do. It’s really cute watching you practise your gymnastics moves at home.

This week you went trick or treating for the first time.

Your sisters zig zagged across the street going from house to house, while you stayed pretty much on one side. The funny part was that you came home with just as many treats as them, even though you went to half the houses. You were really cute in your butterfly costume, and everyone shelling out enjoyed talking to you while you just smiled back at them. You got really mad at me when I tried to carry you from house to house, and you also insisted on doing as many houses as you could. Of course, when we got home, you wanted us to open every single candy so you could try one bite from each thing.

Potty training… You are doing awesome! You go potty at daycare twice a day and every night before bed. We tried undies on you one night recently and you stayed dry the whole evening! Soon we’ll start on a Saturday morning and try undies through the weekend, then daycare on the Monday morning. I can’t believe we’re at this stage already – but like I’ve said, you’re so independent.

Independent Woman

Soon it will be Christmas, and winter. I can’t wait to take you sledding at the hill, pull you around the block and shower you with Christmas gifts. Oh Amber, we love you so much and you are such an important part of our family. Happy Birthday girl!