Thursday, March 24, 2011


My poor bestest had a mouse invasion yesterday...she was all by herself and freaking out (I would have too....I don't deal well with rodants or spiders!) I told her instead of standing on a chair all day to make a baricade, since she knew the mouse was in her front room. This is what she came up with....pretty good if you ask me!
The cats gave her a pretty good indication of where the mouse was throughout the day...

Steph and I had made plans a week ago to go out last night to a great little restaurant/bar called Atmosphere. We both needed some girl-time and a drink...or two; the weather decided to turn for the worst (out of nowhere!) and we got about a foot of snow, but didn't let that stop me from hanging with my bestest!

Daddy, the girls and mavie while mommy was out

Annika helping her baby sissy Selena got a clean bill of health from the doctor. She's maintained her 50th percentile for height and weight, now weighing 13lb 8oz and is almost 24 inches long. Like her big sister, she's already showing her tough side and barely flinched for her needles!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Daddy’s home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s been probably the longest, most exhausting two weeks of my life!  James has been in Florida for his annual LPC triathlon camp.  This year I decided to stay home because of the kids – with Selena still nursing, it makes road trips, or a flight, with Annika in tow too, quite difficult, especially traveling by myself.  James had the trailer packed to the rim, and drove down with Ryan Power.  The camp was a huge success and a lot of fun, as always.  I’m looking very forward to going next year, and might for the first time actually participate in some of the workouts!….I won’t be pregnant or nursing or have an infant to take care of…I don’t really know what life without at least one of those three things feels like anymore…. :)

Needless to say, Annika was overjoyed to see her daddy last night…couldn’t fall asleep, and had to be tucked in with the soccer ball that daddy got for her.  She’s been as hyper as can be today and is soooooo very happy to have her daddy home!  Selena, of course, is all smiles too!!  Happy family!!!


Last night sleeping with her soccer ball “prize” from daddy


Eagerly anticipating daddy’s arrival last night


Sporting my first ever Lululemon pants from my amazing Jamsie ♥

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Guess who can crawl???!!

my godson Jamie took his first official crawling steps today at 8-months-and-8-days-old, and I got to witness it!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patty’s Day!



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Cool dudes getting ready for our walk

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 14th…

What a day yesterday turned out to be….

2:00pm – Put Annika down for a nap in my bedroom (something that hardly ever happens, but thought I would give her a “special” nap in mommy’s room)

3:10pm – I check to see if Annika is sleeping and see her sitting up.  When I look closer, I see a pill bottle…opened….pills everywhere on bed (heart immediately goes to throat and heart rate sky rockets).  It’s the iron pills that we have in our ensuite bathroom.  Annika had very quietly snuck into the bathroom, opened the drawer and found them – and somehow magically figured out how to unlock the “child-lock cap”.  I opened Annika’s mouth and could see that she had chewed at least one pill.

3:15pm – In my panic state I call James to see if he can remember how many pills he had used from the bottle (I found only 60 pills out of 100).  He wasn’t sure.  He had me call 911 (my very first time ever dialing 911).  Operator immediately answers and dispatches an ambulance.  Trying to stay calm, I answered all of the questions…somehow remembering my address and which intersection was closest (this is very difficult when in a panic state-I felt like I was seconds away from having full blown amnesia…)  I called my bestie and she and her husband Ryan were on their way over immediately.

3:18pm – Ambulance arrives and paramedics immediately hook Annika up to their “machine” to check her vitals.  All was okay, and Annika was still acting completely normal (thank God!).

3:20pm – My amazingly awesome best friend arrives with her husband Ryan and baby Jamie to take care of and feed Selena while we headed to the hospital (thank goodness I have been stashing away a milk supply over the past four months)

3:21pm – Annika gets a little panicked when getting into the ambulance, squeezing mommy’s fingers harder than she ever has.  But, once moving and the ambulance bouncing around from the rough road on Victoria, she thinks she is on a rollercoaster and is having a great time.

3:30pm – We arrive at hospital, get registered and are to wait in the waiting room until further notice.

3:35pm -  Called back in by nurse who informs us that Poison Control was contacted and they advise an abdominal x-ray (to identify any pills that may be in the stomach), and blood work (to check iron level).

3:45pm – Annika has her x-ray, with mommy never leaving her side, and doesn’t mind at all.  In fact, is loving the attention.

4:00pm – Doctor reviews x-rays results and gives us the good news that there are no pills seen in her stomach.  Now to wait for the blood work results…

4:30pm – Blood work is drawn – Annika continues to be very brave and doesn’t even flinch with the needle.

6:00pm – Doctor advises us that her iron levels are, in fact, elevated at 70 (normal range is 17).  We have to get another round of blood work taken at 9pm. (iron levels will have peaked within 6 hours of ingesting the pills, so levels should be dropping by 9pm).

8:00 – 9:00pm – Annika is still feeling her usual happy-go-lucky self, and enjoying the books and stickers that the nice nurse gave her.  Steph is giving me updates on the “Bachelor”, and blood work tech arrives just before 9pm.  Has trouble trouble finding vein in Annika’s arm and Annika is in agony, but stays completely still and shows her truly tough side!

10:10pm – Doc advises us that her iron levels are dropping!  We can go home!!!!!  Her levels dropped to 55 in three hours, which was a very good sign.  We are to keep a close eye on her and bring her back if anything seems abnormal with her behaviour.

10:20 – Ryan arrives at ER doors to pick us up.  Annika falls asleep in car.

10:30 – Annika is in bed, mommy is pumping because she wasn’t able to feed Selena since 1pm.  Daddy, nana and papa and uncle David are all reassured that everything is ok!

11:30 – Trying to fall asleep after an extremely stressful and exhausting afternoon and evening….


I really don’t know what I would have done without my bestie Steph and her husband Ryan yesterday.  They were amazingly helpful and helped me stay sane amongst the chaos.  They took great care of Selena and Mavie, and I am so very, very thankful!!!!!!

I’m so relieved that Annika is okay, and evidently would have only swallowed one or two pills.  We learned a very valuable lesson yesterday…never underestimate the brains and capability of a 2.5-year-old – never leave pills or anything hazardous in draws or cupboards that are within reach of a 2.5-year-old (even if they have child protection caps) – if you change your routine, double check to make sure that things are child-proofed.

Ironically – last year on March 14th, Annika was diagnosed with bronchitis and we spent some time at an Urgent Care facility in Florida.  March 14th seems not be a lucky day for us!  The Ides of March are upon us…

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Mommy and Annika at the hospital


Coming into mommy’s room this morning to cuddle with her baby sissy and her new bear that the friendly paramedics gave her.


Tired after a big day at the hospital….

Monday, March 14, 2011

cute video

Selena has now learned to hold onto things. She was so proud yesterday when she grabbed hold of her hanging toy, she didn't want to let go...she held it for a good five minutes straight!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Annika’s Photo Shoot


Showing off her new boots and pretty dress





Auntie Steph joined in on the fun!


Monday, March 7, 2011

our walk…

kind of blurry pics… I think the neighbours thought I was going to topple over.…I love the contraption annika is in, lots of hikes and walks this spring/summer!  Selena is strapped onto me in her baby wrap.

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….AND….Selena giggled and laughed for the very first time on Saturday…cutest little thing ever! :)  will try to get video soon

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Recent cutness at BJAMS

....some pis of Selena and Annika trying out some of Daddy's bike stuff..


and a small clip of some new footage of the girls and Mavie...Selena can now roll to one side when she's on her tummy - well...technically not a "roll" but more of a "lean and fall to the side". Mommy's calling it a roll!