The Healing Power of Water

The Healing Power of Water

Last week I injured myself. In a pretty stupid way. I’d been resting in bed, doing some drawing with Luella, when there was a knock at the door. It was a delivery I didn’t want to miss and the door was way at the either side of the house, so I quickly sprang up from … Continue reading

Little Lulu at Three Years

Little Lulu at Three Years

Now that she’s three I can’t really call this cheeky little kid “Baby Pickle” anymore. On Sunday we celebrated the occasion with a sparkly dance party. Lu helped me decorate the house (I may have gone a little crazy with the glitter and the glue gun) and helped Jim make super delicious strawberry chocolate cupcakes. Poor … Continue reading

When Did I Get So Pregnant??

When Did I Get So Pregnant??

At 21 weeks, I can’t believe I’m over halfway through my pregnancy! Things definitely seem to be flying by a bit more this time. And I swear, I don’t remember feeling and looking “this pregnant” last time around either. On Tuesdays I volunteer teaching art workshops for newly settled refugee children. This past week I had … Continue reading

My Kid Does Not Exist For Your Amusement

My Kid Does Not Exist For Your Amusement

Let there be no mistake, my kid is hilarious. I mean, I think so anyway. Her dance breaks in the middle of LAX made even the grumpiest of travellers smile on our last trip stateside. In general, she’s a pretty happy kid. Except, when she’s not. And this seems to be a problem for some … Continue reading

Adventures in Potty Training

Adventures in Potty Training

This past week I finally forced myself to confront a task I’ve been dreading since before Luella was even born: potty training. It’s funny because when I was pregnant I naively thought that nappy changing would be one of the hardest parts of child-rearing. Projectile poo stories fill the internet. But in three years I’ve … Continue reading

Oh Boy!

Oh Boy!

When I tell people that I really wanted Luella to be a girl, I often get looked at like a horrible person. The “right” answer of course is “I just want the baby to be healthy.” But the first time around I realllllllly wanted a girl. This time I genuinely felt I’d be happy either … Continue reading

Book Reviews: All About Siblings

Book Reviews: All About Siblings

I was thinking recently about how I hardly ever read anymore and that I should really set a better example, by letting Luella see me reading. Not going to lie, I probably haven’t read a book that wasn’t parenting-related in over three years. I’m not even going to tell you the last time I read … Continue reading

Coping With Anxiety in my Pregnancy

Coping With Anxiety in my Pregnancy

When you’re blogging (or posting on social media at all) about your family and motherhood, there’s a really delicate line to balance between painting life as nothing but roses and sunshine, and painting life as nothing but sleepless nights and regrettable life decisions. I try to walk that line by simply posting honestly about it all. The … Continue reading

Choosing Home Birth and Choosing to Trust Myself

Choosing Home Birth and Choosing to Trust Myself

I’ve written a bit in the past about my mental health struggles following Luella’s birth. When you tell people you have PTSD they expect that there was a big traumatic incident, but for me it was more a chain of events. It started with a week of start/stop prodromal labour, followed by a “failure to progress” … Continue reading

Announcing Baby Sauce Face

Announcing Baby Sauce Face

I don’t remember where Luella’s in-utero-nickname, Pickle, came from, but it’s no mystery who came up with “Baby Sauce Face”. The curse of the second child, already subject to its older sister’s whims, there was really no chance for this kid not to be given a cheeky nickname. In all seriousness though, Jim, Luella and I are … Continue reading