Mom Guilt with a second child

Mom guilt is real and it is constant, at least in my experience. I feel guilty about everything. For not giving my son, Morris, ALL organic food, for getting mad when I should have been more patient, for being too lenient, for letting him have too much screen time, for not playing with him enough, for not allowing him to be bored, for him being bored and so on… it’s exhausting. For years I felt guilty about not being able to give Morris a sibling. Most recently my mom guilt revolves around dividing my time and attention between my two babes equally.

photo of a light skiinned mother sitting on a blanket on grass with a 4 year old boy and a 5 month of baby on her lap
photo by Little Moments Photography

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Morris’s Cactus-Inspired Bedroom

It’s a good thing Morris thinks cactus’s are “pretty cool” because his bedroom may have a few of them in it. The room is designed around this amazing rug from Lorena Canals. I added a few pieces from a couple of local artists who I adore (a print and a pillow from Paula Lukey and prints and play-tent from Whimsy & Kind), some simple IKEA furniture and repainted an old bookshelf and dresser that I already had.

kids bedroom with black rug with white cactus's on it, a kids play-tent, and a shelf with three real cactus

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My new body… for now.. and my weight loss plans

I gained 50 lbs during my pregnancy with Rose. Since she weighed a whopping 6.2 lbs at birth, I was still quite a bit larger after she was born than I am used to. And so my weight loss journey begins. Over the past few months I’ve shed about 20 lbs, mainly thanks to breastfeeding. But no thanks to Nutella I haven’t been able to lose anymore.

Shop Pink Blush

My current uniform is tights and whatever lose fitting top/sweater will cover my butt. I’d love some new clothes, but refuse to spend too much money on outfits that (I hope) will not fit me for too much longer. I selected a few pieces from Shop Pink Blush that I can wear now AND continue to wear once I shed the extra pounds. These clothes are reasonably priced, soft, cozy, and cute.

a smiling light skinned woman sitting on a couch wearing black tights and a white and black long cardigan

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Rose Penelope- A Birth Story

Rose’s birth story

The night before Rose was born I woke up a couple of times to Morris yelling that he was thirsty. I didn’t think that this would be the start of her birth story. At 5am I got up to get him something to drink again I noticed my water had broken.  Not knowing what this meant in terms to labour progression, I paged my midwives. I was told that I would likely go into labour, “sometime soon, in the next 24 hours or so”.

So my husband stayed home from work and we made plans for Morris to be taken care of that day. My midwife phoned mid-afternoon to check in.  She said that we had a 24 hour window for labour to start naturally. After that we would need to go to the hospital to induce it medically. She suggested using a breast pump to start contractions. Although I had heard of this I was skeptical, but was willing to try to avoid induction.  Using the breast pump caused contractions instantly. Unfortunately, they were mild and didn’t progress over the next few hours.

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Home Tour

We recently listed and rented our house with Airbnb and somehow we qualified for professional photographs. I thought I’d take advantage of having great photos of our super clean and tidy house to post a little home tour.

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View walking in the front door. The hallway has photos that we purchased from the Toronto archives of our neighbourhood around the turn of the century.   Straight ahead is the kitchen and to the left the living and dining rooms.
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Living Room- the weird split wall on the left is because before we bought the house the fireplace was permanently closed up. I did a family photo wall in an attempt to make it less obvious (not sure I succeeded) To offset the black and white we bought two amazing and colourful pieces from Skeir Gallery

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