Trucking into Two

Saturday was Maxton’s second birthday party. As I mentioned, I chose to do it two weeks after his actual birthday, to give me some additional time to recover from my c-section. My plan was to have the party in the backyard, with our wonderful new deck, but mother nature had other plans. It has rained a handful of times this summer, and of course one of those times was Saturday.

I was expecting close to 40 people (14 of which were kids, including my own), so I knew it was going to be chaotic to say the least. Boy was it ever. Maxton had a great time, and although there were stressful moments, I am happy we went ahead with it, and didn’t cancel because of the weather.

The theme? Trucks! Maxton is LOVING trucks these days, and he has more than enough to keep him occupied. I was debating the theme of his party; the choices being “My Big Big Friend” (his favourite TV show) and trucks. I decided trucks would be more fun.

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My favourite part about his truck themed party? The cake!

I flip-flopped with what I wanted to do for his cake. I knew that I wanted it to be homemade this year, so I searched Pinterest for some ideas, started brainstorming, and came up with something fun and creative. Steve wanted to make the cake, so I communicated the idea to him and he did an amazing job executing it. It turned out perfect!

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This entire cake cost less than $10! The little trucks I got in a package from the dollar store – Maxton loved them!

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What’s the one thing I didn’t do during the party? Take pictures of everyone at the party! I was so busy with food, keeping the house in one piece, and tending to Maxton and Everly, that I only took a couple. Thankfully my sister snapped a few for me as well.

Here is a mish mash of the party:

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I still can’t believe he is two…

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Happy Birthday, Maxton! xo

Two Years of Maxton

On Saturday my baby boy turned two. I really don’t know where the past two years have gone…

He is such a big boy, and keeps us on our toes 24/7.

Here we are with another newborn on our hands; but it feels like just yesterday I was holding Maxton as a newborn…

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Now he is such a little boy…

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My last detailed update of Maxton was at 21 months, which feels like a lifetime ago development wise. This kid talks. He talks A LOT. He repeats anything and everything you say to him. I mean EVERYTHING. Steve and I have really had to watch what we say around him these days.

Here are a few words that he puts his own spin on:

– Max and cootie (Max & Ruby – a TV show)

– Antibocic (Antibiotic)

– Strawbobee (Strawberry)

– Cobicumber (Cucumber)

– Petatin (Penatin)

– Nyogurt (Yogurt)

– Wee wee witch (Which Witch is Which – a book)

– Paceeso (Police car)

– Gappy gappy (Spaghetti)

– Owely (Everly)

He uses full sentences when speaking, all the time. Steve has a CD in his car with three songs that Maxton loves: Turkey in the straw, Bumblebees and Silly Silly Shapes. Every day he says: “Tukey in da shtaw, bumboobees, silly shepes, Dada’s car.” So cute. He also walks around saying “Iss okay Owely” whenever he hears Everly crying. He is just the cutest.

– He is still very very independent, with everything. “Do it self” or “Go self” is what we hear multiple times a day.

– He looooves to play with cars and trucks, and to point them out while we are walking or in the car.

– He knows the alphabet, can count to 10 no problem and to 30 with some probing. He can recognize every letter of the alphabet, every number, and the following shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, pentagon, oval and octagon. He also knows most of the basic colours, and loves to colour.

– He still loves to play outside, and it is going to be interesting when the temperature drops to -20 degrees celcius.

– He is such a great big brother, and loves his baby sister so much.

I think I will continue to do a detailed update of him every three months. It’s fun to do, and will be great to look back on.

We had a little BBQ for him on his birthday, but his actual party is a week Saturday. I needed to push it back a bit to allow some more recovery time for myself. He doesn’t know the difference. I am looking forward to it, and have already started on some little projects for it. I’m keeping the theme a secret for now…

Here are a few photos I captured on his birthday!

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Maxton! We love you so much! xo

Little Miss Everly

I’M BACK!!!

Sorry for my absence. It’s been quite the adjustment around here with two kids under two!

I cannot believe my little girl is already four weeks old!!!

Time has been flying by, and it has been a whirlwind.

Our daughter arrived on her scheduled C-section date; and everything went according to plan. All the doctor’s and nurses were AMAZING and I thank God we are both safe and healthy. This birth experience was a lot different from Maxton’s – much more mellow and relaxed.

We love her name, it seems to really suit her. Her middle name Nela, is after my grandmother, and May was Steve’s grandmother’s middle name; and we liked it because we were both born in May and we were married in May.

If you had been following my pregnancy, you would know my prediction was a girl. I had a strong feeling from the beginning, like I did with Maxton. 2-0 for this Mama!

I am not even sure where to start with, with this post.

Everly is a good baby. She has a fussy period at some point every evening, lasting anywhere from 1.5 hours to 4.5 hours. She is up every 2-3 hours at night, typical for a newborn. She was spending most days awake, but seems to be sleeping more in the day now, like a newborn should. Haha.

She is very gassy like her brother was, so I have her on Ovol drops and probiotic drops. My milk comes down quickly so she takes in a lot of air trying to keep up with swallowing it.

Maxton LOVES his baby sister. He always wants to touch her and kiss her. The first thing he wants to do when I take him out of his crib, is run to my room to “touch da baby”. He loves “baby owely”, as he calls her (how cute is that?). The tough part will be keeping his germs away from her – that will prove to be challenging.

Here are a few photos of her over the past four weeks:

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Such a cutie!

On another note, my big boy turned two this past Saturday! Can you believe it??? Check back tomorrow for Maxton’s two year update!

Happy 28th

Yesterday I celebrated my 28th birthday. With Steve having turned 30, I am just happy to still be in my 20’s – even if it’s only for two more years…

We had such an amazing weekend weather wise. It was gorgeous all weekend long, including Victoria Day. I was actually born on Victoria Day, so it’s always fun when my birthday falls on the holiday.

We got a lot accomplished this weekend, including grass cutting, gardening and outlining the perimeter for the deck – which I am happy to say we are starting this coming weekend! Woohoo!

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I’m loving the way the garden looks thus far!

Be sure to check in next week for the progress on the deck, or perhaps a big reveal! My dad is coming to help Steve on Saturday, so hopefully they will get a lot accomplished. While they are busy with that, Maxton and I will do some patio furniture shopping…

We went to my mom’s for a birthday dinner on Sunday, which included lots of cake. Yummy! Steve, Maxton and I went out for breakfast on my birthday to one of our favourite breakfast places.

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Steve spoiled me this year. I was lucky enough to score this beauty on sale, and it was my Mother’s Day/birthday present.

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I am looking forward to sporting this Coach diaper bag when the new babe arrives! As if that wasn’t more than enough…We saw a commercial last week for a keyboard made by Logitech that connects to the iPad. I told Steve that would be awesome to have, but I wouldn’t spend the money on it now. So guess what else I got?

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I am one lucky birthday girl!