July 30, 2014

on mamahood :: month 10


it's funny how every month i think "this is my favourite month!" with mila. i guess it's just fair to say that i really enjoy having this little lady in our lives. month ten has been incredible though! she engages more and seems to be learning at a faster pace. she has these little personality traits that are all her own and every day it seems like she is growing more and more into her own little self. it really has been the best to spend every day seeing her grow and change. i swear it happens so fast!

on a personal note, i know i have openly talked about my mixed emotions about going back to work. selfishly, i am very excited to get back to it, really. but mom guilt always seemed to creep right in there making me think the worse about daycare and the worse about leaving her. over the past few weeks, my thoughts on it have really changed. we had family come and visit a few weeks back and i was pretty much non-existent, but i really needed that. it was good to see how she interacted with others and how much fun she had with new faces. for the first time, i'm really excited about taking her to daycare and giving her the opportunity to become more of an individual, to learn from other people and make new friends. it's a pretty great little feeling i tell you.

LAAV on mamahood, month ten:
  • tooth count: four
  • she is a crawling master!
  • she taught herself how to sit from a crawl in one morning and can't stop doing it.
  • my stomach is finally seeming more "normal".
  • weaning is the new thing i am fully freaked out about doing. especially when she strongly refused formula for over a week.
  • she scrunches her nose every time she smiles.
  • when she throws her head all the way back we say "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes.yes." and she nods with us.
  • she fake giggles in the nerdiest way and genuinely giggles in the cutest way.
  • climbing the stairs is her greatest victory.
  • she grabs books and holds them up for you to read. she'll still turn every page for you too.
  • yogurt is her most favourite food along with anything fruity. except mangos, she doesn't like those. (which is weird because mangos sums up my first trimester. all day. every day. couldn't get enough!)
  • she pulls things out of the carpet even though i swear we just vacuumed.
  • she fits in 12-18 month clothes now.
  • pulling cards from our wallets is her favourite morning activity and guarantees us at least 10 more minutes in bed. 
  • she cuddles in to my shoulder at every sleep while i sing to her till there was you.
  • she'll drink from her sippy just fine until she is done with it. then she puts the sippy to her mouth and spits water all down her shirt until she is soaked. she smiles the entire time she does it too.
  • brown bear brown bear what do you see, ten apples up on top, m is for maple, highlights hello magazine and wake up night are the book winners for the month.
  • she cuddles with her toys (fluffy or not) and my heart implodes.
  • her "dessert" (which is partially frozen fruit) comes out to the tune of star wars or the rocky theme song depending on if mom or dad is bringing it to her.
  • she hates grass.
  • she'll throw all of her soothers and her teddy bear out of her crib and call for us to come get them. she rarely does this more than once per sleep so we don't mind indulging her.
  • she refuses to sit in baths, only stands, making it a two man job again. please send reccos on how to best wash their hair without getting water all over their face.
  • she understands more and points to things when you ask her to find them. our noses/eyes/chins, pictures of her cousins, or sheep and trucks seem to be the most fun to find.
  • i love taking her to museums even though she can't fully grasp how great they are just yet.
  • i say to her "one day, dad and i will take you to rome, or prague, or the amalfi coast, wouldn't that be fun!?" one day.

July 21, 2014

a bit of our weekend

we got around to exploring more of our new hood this weekend! saturday we spent a rainy afternoon walking around the leslieville spit. it rained our entire time there but it was nothing two umbrellas and a rain guard for the stroller couldn't fix. it was our first time walking around there and while it was a really pretty walk, biking it the next time (preferably in the sun) may be a bit better. on sunday we got lucky when the rain held off so we could tour around the beaches jazz festival. both jay and i are pretty happy about our east end living now. there is always so much going on in the summer and it's nice to be so close to it all!

we took some video of our weekend to share. 
hope you had a great weekend too!

music by the apples in stereo (who are from denver for all you colorado folks to swoon over)



more little family videos can be seen here!

July 11, 2014

on mamahood :: month 9


holy smokes is this a late post, and regretfully i didn't update my list as the month went on like i normally do. so sadly, this is a recall of month nine rather than a running list of all the little things mila did or discovered. month ten will be a good one i promise (seriously, because she has been so fun this month)!

LAAV on mamahood at nine months:
  • tooth count: 1
  • she commando crawls like a pro!
  • first splash pad experience = major cool parents 
  • i'm convinced she will never fill up if she is eating strawberries, blueberries, or cheese
  • she tried peanut butter for the first time and my panic level raised to code orange- she was fine and actually really loves it
  • her little bum sticks up in the air when she sleeps and it's the cutest thing
  • i have worried every night about the temperature in her room because i can't seem to regulate it
  • waving to herself in the mirror her favourite game
  • she's a mama's girl and i love it more than i can explain
  • stroller naps are officially a no go now (unless we exhaust her enough to finally fall asleep on the go)
  • she hates eggs in all forms even masked with cheese
  • i took her to her first museum trip and she pointed our way around the dinosaur exhibit

June 21, 2014

longest. move. ever!

a quick vent.

i swear it doesn't matter how many boxes i unpack or how many times i organize one construction filled corner of a room, i still feel unsettled. i can't find anything, anything! okay that's not entirely true but i have been looking for one box of mila's clothes for two weeks now. it's the one box i set aside because it is filled with the clothes she wears on a regular basis. where are they? yeah. wish i knew. so much for setting aside.

typically, i take mila's nap times as an opportunity to relax but there is no resting in this house. not now and it feels like not ever. yesterday was the first day i put on makeup and did something to my hair other than throw it back since last week. i actually made myself keep it down all day despite how much humidity messed with it. i may have spent the day in the same shirt i slept in (whatever) but my hair stayed down.

how do you other mamas do it? i swear i see so many well put together moms and babes out there. 

anyone want to come help me unpack and find a home in our house for things i forgot we owned? anyone? actually, until this home is up to snuff we may be more visitors than hosts. but one day, one day i will sit with tea on a couch thinking "homeownership is the best". because it is, right? okay that's all. 

June 14, 2014


this man. this man has always been some kind of amazing. watching him as a dad over the past few months has been the most incredible experience. he is kind, patient, helpful, funny and will do anything for this little girl of ours. mila sure is lucky to have a dad like him and i sure am lucky to have a partner like him in this crazy parenting journey.

happy father's day to all the papas out there but a special one to you handsome. there is no one who can make this little girl laugh as easy or as much as you can. the relationship between you two is something i could sit back and watch all day long. thank you for being the great father you are!




June 11, 2014

a little update - our first home!


i haven't posted in a bit but there are good reasons i promise; we bought our first house, ahhh!! it is something jay and i worked pretty hard for and are happy to have made it work without sacrificing our love for city life. i haven't posted any pictures because frankly there are boxes and paint cans and contractor tools in every corner of every room. i thank god mila isn't fully mobile yet and is in a somewhat 'cuddly want to be held a lot' stage. 

the move process has been a tiring one for all of us but for different reasons. everyone's schedules have been fully thrown and i don't know how we had packed away so much stuff in that tiny apartment of ours. but we managed to get it all packed and moved over the course of a month and with help from some amazing family members. 

it was a bittersweet move and i'll admit, i cried, i usually do when an old chapter closes and a new one begins. i'm a sap, there i said it. 


jay and i moved to that complex after we got married. it was our first place in the city. we lived in the first floor apartment then moved one floor up to score a private balcony a few years later. i wrote a little post here when we made the move because i was pretty excited about the charm that apartment had compared to the one below it. while we were finishing up cleaning the last day i saw mila playing ever so contently with just her soother in our old living room and that's when all the tears started. there are a lot of memories wrapped up in that place that i'll always be fond of.

we have been spending most of our days making sense of endless boxes or giving the contractors some space to work freely. i mean how can you ask someone to drill quietly? most of our days consist of day trips to the hardware store but last week mila and i had ourselves a little date at the royal ontario museum. dinosaur bones are way more fun than hardware aisles.


since moving i have been craving new designs with fresh looks and seem to be falling more and more in love with all mid century modern designs. it really is the perfect mix of old and new, simple but bold, and structured but cozy. now to figure out how to get the look on a budget...

on mamahood :: month 8



this month i couldn't stop looking at photos from when we first brought mila home. she has grown so much in month eight. her face seems more mature and her interactions with others are more engaging then last month. it's also been a ton easier to get ready in the morning or have her hang out in her exersaucer while i make lunch because she can easily entertain herself now. for at least for 10 minutes i have two free hands before she wants to get picked up again. i may complain daily about how my arm hurts or my back hurts from carrying this little lady around all day, but secretly i love it a ridiculous amount. 

LAAV on mamahood at eight months
  • tooth count: 0
  • she has bedhead all day, every day. 
  • the first laugh where she threw her head back was because of me. and i died right there. 
  • when i try to kiss her she grabs my mouth and pulls her forehead to it. then pushes me back and gives me a big smile.
  • getting her face and hands wiped is her most loathsome time of day.
  • she can scoot from one side to the other and wiggle herself backwards but we are still working on the forward motion.
  • she can't get enough of standing or walking with support. 
  • tummy time is no longer a peaceful protest. it's a pretty obvious protest at this point.
  • at her 8 month checkup we asked how mila is progressing and she said "socially she is really advanced". she is our daughter for sure. 
  • she laughs when jay and i kiss in front of her. 
  • she turns off light switches at bedtime all on her own.
  • we are over goodnight moon. it's now the goodnight train for every bedtime read.
  • one word to describe this month: throwy (i know,  that's not a real word, but you get it)
  • dance parties to the beatles radio station can last forever and it's still one of my favourite times!
  • she waves hello and goodbye with her entire arm and with everything she's got. 
  • i dress her in denim every chance i get.