Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dear Violet: One Month

Each month, I'll be sharing a letter that I write to Violet as a way to recap her growth and progress. I'm writing these letters to include in her baby book, but I'm excited that I get to share her monthly highlights with you, too. 

Dear baby girl,

Well, Violet, we're one month into this gig. We got off to a rough start, but your healthy little self made each day a little brighter. We spent a lot longer recovering than I had planned on, but you're totally worth it. I'm sad that I missed out on our first few days together, but we've more than made up for it in the time since. Watching you grow, change and develop seemingly every minute is an amazing thing to witness.

Watching you and your daddy interact is incredible. During our first rough week together, you guys really bonded in a special way that was entirely God-sent. If the situation had have been any different, I don't think that you would have had quite that opportunity. He loves you so much - his face lights up the moment that he spots you. He's been there every step of the way, falling into his role of a parent with ease. Not even your stinky diapers scare him… well, maybe a little ;) Seeing you two together makes me love you both even more than I ever thought possible.

Violet, you've been showered with grandparent love from all angles. Your grandparents adore you - they were each such a huge help during the first month. Your Nana flew in from Alberta to spend time with you within two weeks of you being born. Your Nanny MacLean spent so many hours with us, both at the hospital and once we got home: she love you girlie, her very first grandchild. Both she and your daddy were great mama stand-ins when I wasn't feeling so great. Your Gampy was delayed in meeting you, as fate would have it, but once he arrived he soaked up every moment he could spend with you. Your MacLennan grandparents did the same - everybody loves a Violet snuggle.

You got to meet so many new friends! I can't wait until you begin to recognize their faces and voices like you do with your mama and daddy. Between your baby shower and all of the drop-in visits, we were able to introduce you to a lot of awesome people. Everyone is so eager to be a part of your life… and no wonder. You're once special little kiddo.

Already, you're ten pounds and 22.5 inches long - you've grown so much since you were born. (Although I'm writing this a week after your last measurements, and I know that you're even bigger now! Wowza!) Because of our complicated start, you weren't too quick to gain weight and get back to your birth weight. Once you started gaining, you little stinker, you just don't seem to want to stop. Your new-found love of food is satisfying our health nurse and doctor… I think they may have created a milk monster. There's not much of a worry of you not thriving!

Your looks are already beginning to change. You're losing that newborn dark blue eye colour, and I think that you'll have your daddy's bright blue eyes. What a lucky girl! You're keeping your mop of hair, but it's getting so much lighter than when you were first born. I think that you may end up being a ginger as a child, just like your mama. Your uncle will be excited to share his hair colour with you.

Baby doll, I'm excited to document each month that I spend with you. Writing up this little letters to you is such a neat thought - someday I'll get to share them with you. Together we can read them and giggle at all of the silly things that you do. For now, I'm content with cuddling your warm little body and kissing your sweet nose.

Love always,
Your mama.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Multitude Monday

As I prepared to write my Multitude Monday list this morning, I glanced at the last MM post I wrote. Good heavens, it feels like it was written in another lifetime. Pre-Violet, pre-school ending… pre-sunshine! I don't know how I'll write a Multitude Monday list that doesn't revolve around our baby girl. She's pretty much the biggest thing in my life right now!

What is Multitude Monday? Well, starting out, each week I would write a list of ten things that I was currently thankful for. Now, it's not quite as regular but the idea is still the same. Compiling a list of positive things in my life is a great way to take a look at my daily blessings and to take the focus away from the less than great elements. For example - I'm thankful for naps… as opposed to being woken up several times during the night ;) I'd love for you to chime in! Feel free to use the idea and come up with a list on your own blog, in a notebook, on your fridge, or even in the comments in this post. Try it! You'll feel better instantly.

Today, I'm thankful for:

761 - a healthy little baby girl to spend my days with
762 - daytime naps - they're the only thing to keep you going after a sleepless night
763 - texts from friends and family - there's not a lot of time for phone chats or visits, but texts are awesome!
764 - lots of meals and goodies dropped off for us over the past month
765 - having Dan home on the weekend
766 - my graphic design graduation is this coming Saturday!
767 - a grad photo shoot this Friday with my awesome classmates, taken by one of our talented instructors who's also a photographer - can't wait!
768 - friends with stylish little gals that have sweet hand-me-downs - it's the best!
769 - stolen moments alone to catch up on my blog reading… which isn't very regular these days ;)
770 - the support of our families. I can't imagine the past month without their help.

What about you? What are you currently thankful for?

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Our Newest Addition

A month ago today, Dan and I welcomed our newborn baby girl into our lives. Little Miss Violet was born on May 10th at 3am weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces and 20.75 inches long with a whopping head of hair. She's taken our world by storm already. I had a really rough delivery with her that's taking me a while to recover from, but our baby girl was totally worth it.

Miss V is a healthy little bug that's growing like a bad weed already. She's changing daily, but one thing that's a constant is that she's a snuggler. Violet adores being cuddled by her mama and prefers my arms to her cozy crib for most naps. Can you blame her?

Here are a few photos that I've shared on Instagram of our girlie. If you'd like to follow along, all of her photos are tagged with #ohmyviolet. I hope to do a monthly progress post this week, so let these photos tide you over for a bit. After almost two months hiatus between finishing school, my work term, giving birth and caring for a newborn, I hope to be back to semi-regular blogging. I've missed my little online space!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Multitude Monday

Well, neglected little blog, I think it's time for a little update! Since it's Monday, I think I'll tackle another Multitude Monday. What's that? In case you're unfamiliar with the concept, or new to the blog, I'll explain the theory behind it. Each week, I like to list ten things that I'm currently thankful for. It's a great way to start my week off on a positive note, especially on Monday morning - which is usually a down-in-the-dumps time of the week. Feel free to chime in through the comments, on your own blog, or in a journal - you could even list a few things on your fridge as a gentle reminder this week.

This week, I'm thankful for:

751 - a fun maternity shoot with Hind Heart Studios - I'll share more about that this week!
752 - a health scare last week that turned out okay after all.
753 - finally seeing the light at the end of the school/work tunnel. I'll be done soon!
754 - putting my first load of baby onesies in the washer this morning.
755 - an unexpected gift of a ginormous amount of diapers from a thoughtful couple.
756 - snuggling on the couch while Dan and my bro watched the newest Hobbit movie.
757 - adding cheery quotes to our chalkboard by our front door as gentle reminders.
758 - running out of almond milk for my morning smoothie and finding a can of coconut water. 
759 - positive feedback on work term materials!
760 - a splurge on new magazines that I can't wait to sink my teeth into.

What about you? What are you currently thankful for? Do share!

Happy Monday!

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