Brynlee’s Favs These Days

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Favourites [as per January fifth 2018]

Colour: still blue

Game: cheek kisses

  • ask her to kiss your cheek & at the last second turn your head and plant one on her

Food: toast

Drink: milk (of the cow, chocolate & snowman variety)

Best friend(s): Addy, Morgan, Eli, Molly & Sam

Thing to do: ‘play in my ice cream stall’ aka her fort

Princess: Princess Jessie!

Animal: elephants, horsies & elephants

Book: bedtime stories about Princess Brynlee (obviously!)

Thing to wear: pink snowsuit & donut jammies

Still obsessed with horses, trains & her baby sister. Insists daily on going outside to play in the snow & jump on Mom and Dad’s bed. Loves to ask people what their name is, their favourite colour and what they’re ‘doing here’. Still debating between becoming a baby doctor, astronaut & princess

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Winter Bucket List

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A fun little list of things we want to do with our littles around #yeg this frosty winter

  • Take the girls on our first winter vacation as a family of 4
  • Enjoy an afternoon at the Festival of Trees decorating gingerbread men & trimming trees
  • Set up and decorate our real Christmas tree
  • Make sugar cookies with Lola (& other various Christmas baking)
  • Build a snowman on our front lawn
  • Cozy up on the couch for some hot chocolate and a Christmas movie
  • Check out some amazing Christmas lights
  • Take Brynlee for her first skate
  • Decorate the Hunt Gingerbread House
  • Visit and take a photo with Santa
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Write a letter to Santa and his reindeer
  • Visit the YEG Ice Castles
  • Go tobogganing with friends
  • Take Brynlee for her first ski-doo ride for a wiener roast
  • Make New Years resolutions that we do not intend to keep
  • Keep the girls up late to watch the NYE fireworks
  • Put out a jar to collect special memories & moments of 2018 in

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Brynlee Lately…

Favourites [as of November first 2017]

Colour: blue

Food: fishies

Drink: chocolate milk

Best friend: Addy

Things to do: dance, skip & run

Place: the park

Thing to do at the park: build sand castles

Princess: Rapunzel

Why? Because of her castle

Animal: giraffe

TV show: Peppa Pig

Song: Twinkle Twinkle

Blanket: her duvet & sheep sheets

Book: Up Up Down by Robert Munsch 

Quirky things she says these days

“Hmm… very interesting”

“I’m just doing my best!”

“Yes, I promise!”

“Why?……. Because????”

What’s your favourite colour?”

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4 Months

Monthly Jessyyy

This little beauty is already over 4 months old and weighs 16lbs 11.6oz. She is 24.75in long and already has her two bottom teeth (which I find crazy because Brynlee got her first tooth at 8 months!!). Accompanying her two little chompers is non-stop drool, tons of snuggles & the want and need to put everything in her mouth – including her adorable little toes! Her favourite things are watching her sister play, jumping [falling asleep] in the jolly jumper & bath time. She can roll from her tummy to her back and enjoys popping her soother in & out of her mouth.

Things I want to remember about right now:

  • how her tiny jaw quivers ever so slightly when she nurses
  • the feeling of her body getting heavier & heavier as she drifts off to sleep
  • the sound of her adorable baby raspy voice as she coos & babbles

Navigating Life With Two


This week my Mom and I took the girls to the Muttart Conservatory. I’ve realized that planning activities in the morning – whether it be a special outing or a quick trip to the park, makes life with two kids much easier. I’ve recently made it a priority to stick to routine and be back home by nap time. This is because Brynlee experienced a significant sleep regression when we switched her to her big girl room and again when Jess showed up. Nap time was hit or miss for a few weeks in our house and it was extremely hard on all of us. Now with a newborn, I definitely count on Brynlee’s afternoon snooze to catch up on some zzzzz’s myself.

Anyways, back to the Muttart. I had only been there once before but knew it would be a hit with Brynlee. While we toured the pyramids, I wrapped Jess up in our Solly Baby Wrap and had an amazing time checking out the pretty flowers and cool and interesting trees and plants. Unfortunately we had picked a time where the feature pyramid was undergoing a change so it was filled with a bunch of beautiful flowers. Brynlee insisted on having a tea party with Lola complete with milk and fishy crackers in it since there were wrought iron patio sets scattered throughout. She is just too adorable.

Brynlee’s favourite parts about the Muttart:

– hanging out with Lola [always a fav]

– watching the water falls

– spying on other children

– and the koi fish in the pond to which she said “takeit … home”

Perhaps we will look into getting her a pet goldfish.


First Few Weeks With Jess


Jessica Olive is now 5 weeks old and is as sweet as can be. She currently has bright blue eyes just like her sister did as a newborn and the most amazing smelling chocolate brown hair. I am convinced she’s going to end up looking just like Brynlee with her long eyelashes and little button nose, but people keep saying they can see more of me. Ya well, I’m not going to get my hopes up just yet.

Jess is a fantastic sleeper… as long as she’s tucked into our bed at night. Right in the middle of our king size. This is the total opposite of Brynlee who slept in her crib in her own room from day one. Once again breastfeeding has been wildly successful and at one month she weighed 11 lbs 9.6oz, which is 3lbs 7oz more than her birthweight of 8lbs 3oz. She has already outgrown our limited selection of newborn clothing and is filling out 0-3 month onesies. Whoever came up with “big babies are happy babies” was bang on.

We introduced a soother pretty early this time and Jess has now taken a bottle from Craig twice. Our fav bottle is the Comotomo because it’s super easy to wash and is suppose to be great for breastfed babes. Brynlee was never great at taking a bottle so it was extremely difficult to get any baby-free time. One of the most important things I’ve learned since becoming a mom is the value in taking time to focus on yourself. In the end, that time you spend away from your babe absolutely makes you a better mom. Plus who doesn’t enjoy getting a well deserved pedicure 😉

Brynlee These Days


This little girly is growing up so quickly… here’s a little update

– says she wants to be a doctor when she grows up

– obsessed with singing “happy to you” and getting people to blow out “cannels”

– has stopped jamming the soose in Jess’ mouth

– when we ask her what color something is, she always says pink… followed by blue?

– has successfully escaped her crib twice. Time to take down the railing

– loves being outside and “wunning” in the backyard with her pup

– will accept crackers as cookies and thinks yogurt is ice cream

– requests songs about dinosaurs and choo choo trains before nap and bedtime