WE DID IT! Mamas, we survived Kindergarten orientation. 2 weeks of an hour here, a half day there… We’re finally full time Kindergarteners now! The twins ended up in a Kindergarten/Grade 1 split, which was not my preference but unless something drastic happens this is what we’re dealing with. I’m sure since my children are
geniuses really adaptable, they will be just fine.
I was saying as this “gradual entry” process was happening that it felt like it was just as much for me as it was for my kidlets. I had to gradually get used to the fact that my little babies – these two littles that made me a mama – are growing up. Try as I might, I just can’t slow down or stop time. I did “gradually” stop crying at drop off. ha! Anyone with me?
We’re adjusting at home too – Silas seems much better now that I’m off dairy. Anyone else do this? It seems like a common issue… I do plan on bringing my dairy sacrifices up when he’s complaining about something as a teen. “Hey – Remember that time I gave up CHEESE FOR YOU??” Yeah kid. You know it’s love when… But really, I’m happy that it seems to help him. It makes his awake time so much more pleasant! He’s starting to smile socially and when he looks at us he’s really looking intently. He’s been trying to find his voice and the little sounds he makes are so sweet. I’m loving getting to know him.
Ok so I just wanted to share some of my favourite things that have been getting us through these last days of summer, first days of school, early days of baby.
Puj tub – this thing is GENIUS I tell you, genius! It fits in any sink, including the little bathroom one. We have the Puj Flyte, which is small enough to fit in a suitcase (and will be perfect for our trip soon!) And Silas just settles in and makes this face:
Bebe de Luxe Coconut and Oat Milk Bath – I love to shop local and this is made right here in the Lower Mainland. It’s made with all natural ingredients and no yuckies or secret scary chemicals to put on his body. I’ve heard you can actually make this into a paste to help skin issues like cradle cap etc, so I’m going to try that this week! And once I get the all clear to have a bath (I’m not sure when I’m allowed one after a C-Section??) I’m so using some of it for me too.
This trampoline! HUGE FAVE around here. Even when it’s been not so nice out, as soon as I mention the trampoline these two go running. … and jumping. It’s just a small one but it’s perfect for our small backyard. And perfect for my super-energetic children. Melting down inside? Go jump on the trampoline. Kids fighting with each other? Go jump on the trampoline. You’re hungry? Go jump on the trampoline. (That one doesn’t last as long, ha!) They absolutely LOVE it. We hadn’t given them a birthday present this year (we really didn’t want to get gifts just because we felt obliged to, so we waited until we could think of something substantial or more worth our money) so we said this trampoline is partially their birthday present, and partially a “big sibling” present. It’s worth every cent.
This artwork by my friend Tori. She started hand lettering a while back, got really good at it and I fell in love with her work! When I saw this one she posted I knew we had to have it – I say this to my littles all the time. I ordered two and I *will* hang them on their walls. I will. (Gonna play the newborn card here. Decor got put on the backburner a little!)
My nursing bracelet has become as much of a necessity as my phone these days! My brain does NOT work right now. Sleep deprivation will do that to you I guess. Do you think I can remember which side I fed Silas on last? Nope. Not at all. Enter DearLovesCo. and their super-pretty-but-also-totally-functional bracelets. They’re made with a soft elastic so you can switch wrists to remember where you left off feeding. I may or may not have two of them and even want another… #noshame
They are also a local company and my friend Julie who makes them is also a super talented photographer. She took our lifestyle newborn photos here at home and I am absolutely in love with them!
Ahhh crafting. I’m feeling the pull, the draw towards creativity again. Usually photography is my go-to creative outlet, and it will always be, but I used to be really into jewelry making as well as sewing and some other fun crafty activities. I find myself dreaming up ideas and craving the peace that comes with working on a project and creating something beautiful. I’m hoping to set aside a little bit of time during the day while the biggest littles are at school when I can play again. I’ll be sure to share what I make here 🙂
So Happy Friday friends! (though by the time I post this it may be Saturday. You can’t win them all…) How did you survive the first weeks of school? Drop me a note in the comments, would love to hear from you!