Monday, 22 August 2016

Back.... with a bump!

Hi, is anyone still out there? I don't blame you if you've stopped following. Truth be told, this summer has been incredibly quiet and I've been totally uninspired. Thankfully, I have a reason for the radio silence.... I'm baking a baby!

Have you ever seen a cuter / more excited big brother? No idea what's coming!

We are so excited to be pregnant again and can't wait to welcome our baby GIRL in mid-February. You read that right, a sweet baby girl is joining our family. I'm so excited for all shades of pink, florals and headbands. 

We found out the baby's gender at 10 weeks after doing the Panorama test which most importantly, showed that the baby is healthy! Finding out its a girl was the icing on the cake.

I had a feeling that this baby was a girl from day one as I have been so sick. With Henry I thought I was nauseous but nothing could have prepared me for the all day sickness of this pregnancy. I lost 5 lbs during my first two weeks of pregnancy and I still haven't been able to gain it all back. My doctor prescribed medication which certainly helped take the edge off and as long as I take it religiously I'm able to eat. McDonald's fries and milkshakes have been a diet staple but salads are slowly making their way back into my life.

The first trimester exhaustion was also quite intense this time, being pregnant while running after a toddler is no joke. Thankfully I'm 14 weeks and change and finally feeling motivated again. I honestly haven't cooked and have hardly worked out for the past three months. I'm so excited to get back to my healthy self.

On the work front, I was so lucky to have a quiet summer. As a freelancer I'm constantly hustling to find work but this summer, I just let it be and other than a few projects, I was able to rest and focus on my pregnancy.... plus, wrangle Henry! Now that I'm feeling better, I'm keen to be busy again! I have a few exciting things in the hopper and I'm constantly pitching new clients. My maternity leave plans are TBD but I do plan on working until I pop!

Last time around I shared weekly updates. There is NO WAY that is happening this time but I do plan on posting monthly updates. At the very least, I'd like to use this blog as a way to look back on my second pregnancy. 

Baby #2 @ 8 weeks!

Baby #2 @ 14 weeks!

I hope that you follow along on my journey! Feel free to post comments / questions.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Loving Lately!

I thought it might be fun to share a quick post of a few things that I'm wearing, eating and loving these days. It's no secret that things are BUSY around here and while I am really enjoying my new role, convenience is key which means everything I'm sharing can be ordered online or made in one pot!

I'm obsessed with these GAP denim joggers that I bought during the last 40% off promo. They're comfy but look pulled together, especially when paired with a button-down. I wore mine cuffed but also love how they look in the above photo. They also come in a lighter colour that I'm tempted to buy!

I love my slow cooker, especially these days as I like to maximize my time working or playing with Henry, no time to waste on cooking! This Paleo recipe from SkinnyTaste is delicious and so easy. I went easy on the spice so that Henry could eat it as well.

My home office is slowly coming together and I love it! The desk is actually a dining table from IKEA - I saw that Erin Gates (Elements of Style) used the same one in her home office so I was sold. I have a fun desk chair (not pictured) that I'm having reupholstered in pink velvet, I'll be sure to share a photo once it is done. I also need some photos, extra storage, etc but my current set-up works for now!

Henry is lucky enough to have a playroom in our basement and while his "stuff" is all over the house, we do try to keep his bigger toys in the basement. His current favourite is a play tunnel from IKEA that he has crawled through no less than 50 times since we brought it home on Sunday. Less than $20 and so much toddler entertainment, I highly recommend!

What are you loving lately? Feel free to share in the comments!

Monday, 9 May 2016

The "M" Word

I've always wanted to be a mom. When I was a little girl I always played with dolls, tried to "mother" younger kids and imagined a house full of kids. A couple of decades later I'm lucky enough to see my dreams coming true. The thing with dreams is that they aren't always perfect and sometimes there are some bumps in the road.

Being a mom is the most rewarding thing that I've ever done and I love my son more than anything but some days it is HARD and some days it SUCKS. There is nothing more tedious than preparing three meals a day and then see all three of them thrown on the floor. Diaper changes are full wrestling matches in our house and always end in tears.

And just when I'm on the brink Henry will give me a hug, rest his head on my shoulder or flash a big smile and all is right in the world. 

While I always knew that I would fiercely love my child but I didn't anticipate the sense of fear that would come with being a parent. The world is a scary place and I want to protect Henry for as long as possible. It's such a balancing act between protecting him and sheltering him and every day I hope the choices that I'm making are the right ones. There's no handbook on parenting and while I embrace the amazing village that surrounds me, my husband and I are shaping this tiny person and I just hope that we're setting him up for success.

I look back to Mother's Day last year and I was a bit of a postpartum mess. My hormones were everywhere, I was pumping 8 (!!) times a day and my body was a wreck. This year I am much more confident and realized that it is okay to share the load (hello, part-time nanny!). One thing has stayed the same though, being a mom is the best thing to ever happen to me.

Wishing you all a beautiful Mother's Day. Extra special thoughts go to those who are still waiting for their bundle of joy!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

My new life: Stay at home, work at home

Time for some real talk - working from home is amazing but is does come with some unique challenges, especially when juggling an energetic toddler. 

I often feel confused about how to describe my work situation. Yes, I work but only part-time and always from home. That means that I am still responsible for "keeping the home fires burning" and sometimes it is hard for people to understand that when I'm working I'm not available for mid-day walks or lunch dates... as much as I would love to!

Apparently there is a phrase to describe my situation - I'm a stay home, work at home mom. Confused? That's okay, I am too! I thought it might be helpful to share some insights on a "typical day". I'm nosy so I always love reading these posts.

6:00 AM: My alarm goes off and I head to the gym to take a HIIT class. It's an amazing workout that really challenges me. The only awkward part is when they have us skip... my pelvic floor muscles sure aren't what they used to be!

7:15 AM: Home and in total mommy mode. Chug coffee, feed Henry, feed Molly, shove a piece of avocado toast into my mouth, empty and load the dishwasher, sweep the floor, wipe the counters, make breakfast cookies....!

9:00 AM: Henry goes down for a nap and I answer emails, review my work for the day and do some invoicing for about 45 minutes. Then I frantically shower and get ready.

10:00 AM: Get Henry up and dressed and out the door!

10:30 - 11:30 AM: Music class with our friends!

11:45 AM: Lunchtime for both of us. I frantically make a salad, review emails and throw some food on Henry's tray. 

12:15 PM: Out the door for Henry's 12 month doctor's appointment and shots. It goes well except my peanut has grown 3 inches and gained zero weight so we have to go back next month.

1:30 PM: Back home and Henry goes down for a nap. Our nanny arrives and I race out the door to get some work done.

1:30 - 4:30 PM: Crank out emails, media pitches and updates like crazy.

4:45 - 6:00 PM: Back home with Henry! Play, feed Henry dinner, prep turkey burgers for adult dinner, put away the laundry (our nanny washes / folds everything!), read to Henry and practice walking

6:00 - 6:30 PM: Bath and bed routine

6:30 PM: Lights out for Henry

6:30 - 9:30 PM: As much work as possible! I usually bill 4 - 6 hours a day so I need this time to catch-up.

10:00 PM: SLEEP!

There you have it! My days are busy but I love them. I am so thrilled that I get to spend so much time with Henry while still doing what I love. Some days there is no balance and I'm on my iPhone ALL the time and my mom comes every day to help me but I'm trying my best to make it work. I am the first to admit that having some help makes a huge difference. I couldn't imagine doing it without assistance. So impressed with you stay at home, work at home moms who do it all on your own!

Monday, 2 May 2016

A new adventure!

The last month has been a big one for the T fam! Our sweet baby boy turned 1, we settled into our new home AND I started my own PR freelancing business. They say that you shouldn't make too many major life changes at once but we decided to throw caution to the wind and I'm so excited to be following my gut.

I had the most amazing experience working at a big PR agency for the past seven years and making the decision to freelance was a hard one but I am so excited for this new chapter. My goal is to work 20 - 25 hours a week and spend the rest of my time being a stay-at-home mom to Henry. When I am working we have two wonderful babysitters who help with childcare and of course, two grandmas who are always quick to jump in.

I feel so lucky to have been able to make this choice and I truly believe it is the best decision for me and my family. 

There are so many exciting things that come with starting your own business, including full creative control! I'm so excited to introduce you to hank PR (full website coming soon!).

My goal with hank PR is to provide all aspects of communications support including program strategy, media relations and event management. I'm excited to take on new challenges and can't wait for what's next.

I do hope to continue updating the blog, especially now that I'm balancing my own business, an energetic toddler and everything else that comes with being a mom! 

Monday, 21 March 2016

A life changing recipe!

Ok, so maybe this recipe isn't quite life changing but I promise you that it takes almost no time, requires literally no kitchen skills and is a crowd pleaser. 

Ready for the ingredients? One pack of chicken breasts and one jar of salsa. That's it! You can use a little salt and pepper but I usually forget and I haven't noticed a difference.

Dump chicken and salsa in your slow cooker, set temperature to low and go about your business. If you're lucky enough to be a stay at home mom the smell will taunt you all day long.

After 4 hours or whenever you get home from work, shred cooked chicken with two forks, give it all a final mix and eat!

Salsa chicken can be enjoyed a ton of different ways - I eat it on a salad, my husband uses corn tortillas and Henry gobbles the chicken by the fistful. One of my girlfriends served it to her toddler over pasta - mexican-italian fusion at its best!

Let me know if you give this recipe a try! All credit goes to Gimme Some Oven, I'm just the happy taste tester.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Planning Henry's Big Bash!

Somehow I've blinked and my sweet baby boy is almost a whole year old. It felt like I was pregnant forever and here I am, about to become a mom to a toddler! My emotions are on overdrive with the thought of my mama's boy growing up. And as much as I wish that time would slow the F down, I know that the days, months and years are going to keep passing by so I need to do my best to enjoy each and every one.

I think one of the best parts of enjoying life is celebrating moments, especially the big ones and I definitely think that surviving 365 days of full-time mommy hood deserves a big bash! I'm trying (keyword trying) really hard to not let Henry's first birthday become over the top. I know he won't remember, it's silly to go crazy, we just moved.... I know all the reasons not to but I honestly just can't help myself! I just can't do any party on the small-scale. That being said, we are keeping the guest list small and the theme manageable. Also, don't be fooled by the use of "we" my husband is a mere bystander when it comes to my crazy party planning ways!

After way too much time on Pinterest I decided that Henry's first birthday should have the same theme as my baby shower - little man! When you search for "little man" themes on Pinterest you are hit with an onslaught of moustaches and since I hate moustaches (with the exception of Movember) we're keeping our little man theme classy with bow ties! 

Image via Pinterest
It all started with the perfect invite (spoiler to friends and family!)

And then the cutest garland

So yeah, I'm keeping it low-key... promise!