Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Pre-planning for Post-pregnancy

I took a couple of weeks off of work before the baby was due, to spend some extra time with Xierra before she had to head back up to Canada to start the school year. The time off also gave me the opportunity to get a few things done around the house, before the baby was due. 
One Sunday, I spent an entire morning cooking. My plan was to make a bunch of meals in advance and freeze them, so that once the baby was born, we wouldn't have to complicate our days with figuring out what to do about dinner.

Here are a few shots of my creations:

Baked Sticky Garlic Chicken Legs:


Chicken Carbonara:




 Chicken Marsala Over Angel Hair Pasta:


 Spinach and Meat Lasagna:



 I also made some Korean Beef in the slow cooker and paired it with some brown rice and green beans. Yum!

Surprisingly, it only took me a few hours to make all of these meals - but I know that I'll be glad I took the time to plan ahead. Bon appetit!


Monday, 8 September 2014

A baby was born

Well, whattya' know...I gave birth to my baby boy last weekend and just like that, life just got a whole lot more interesting again :)

Here's how it all went down (as written via email to my coworkers, 3 days after the birth):

We spent Saturday night at home and had a couple of friends over for dinner. With a sink full of dirty dishes, Brian and I headed to bed.


1:30am:  I was awoken by my first contraction. Fifteen minutes later, I felt another one.
Being experienced at this, I knew that this was it. So I jumped into the shower in anticipation for a potentially long night at the hospital..
Contractions continued, approximately 8-10 minutes apart but weren't extremely painful. 


2:00am: we called the in-laws and they headed up to our house to stay with Xander so we could head to the hospital. While waiting for them, I did what every woman in early labor would do -- fixed the bed, tidied up my room, unloaded the dishwasher and started loading the sink full of dirty dishes into the dishwasher. With my in-laws on the way, I didn't want them to feel obligated to clean while they were here!
With only a few more dishes to load, my water broke. (Eek!)
But the in-laws were still 20 mins away... So I went and blow dried my hair :P (bad hair during delivery was not in my birth plan).

2:40am: 
Once the in-laws showed up, Brian and I were on our way.
We got to the hospital and were admitted immediately and wheeled right into the delivery room.
A few heavier contractions started closer together over the next hour and a half or so.


Waiting to get wheeled up to the maternity ward
4:00am: the anesthesiologist was done giving me the epidural. Within 10 mins, I was no longer feeling any pain.

5:30am: I started feeling pressure, which I knew was the baby ready to come out.
The labor progressed so quickly after my epidural.


6:00am: I was ready to start pushing

6:11am: Mr. Knox was born!



The only scare we had was that he had the cord wrapped around his neck...but he was still okay. Also, he took over 2 minutes to let out his first cry.. Which is more than double the 'acceptable' time frame that they are comfortable with.

All in all, it was only 4.5 hours of labor - thankfully!

Knox started nursing immediately with no issues. Now he's a monster and I'm his milk-making machine...it's my new full-time job and I could not be happier about it :)

Xierra is bummed that she missed meeting her brother by just a couple of days, but has already facetimed with us a few times to see the baby.

Xander is the happiest big brother in the world -- he has been such a help and cannot resist giving Knox constant hugs and kisses. This morning he told me that he loves the baby more than I do :)
And asked Knox "will you miss me while I'm at school today?"
So sweet!



As for myself, I'm almost fully recovered already. Aside from having a sinus cold, physically, I'm doing well.
I'm still adjusting to being mobile again -- whoa! What a difference it is to not have that gigantic belly! 


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After 2 days in the hospital, I was glad to finally come home -- and what a sweet homecoming it was. My mother-in-law decorated our front porch with blue balloons and inside the house, we had flowers and gifts waiting for us.







The 39 weeks of pregnancy seemed like an eternity and I'm glad that the waiting is finally over. As expected, it's been quite an adjustment to have this little guy around, but I'm glad that he's finally here!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Oh, hello.

It's me. I'm back!
I've been gone for over a year because, well... life happened. And by "life" I mean, we finally moved into the new house, I got a full-time job, and we found out we were expecting baby #3. Those are some pretty significant milestones.

So here I am, a week and a half from my due date and a mix of emotions. I started this blog years ago, when Xander was born. The main purpose was to give myself an outlet to express myself while I was on my maternity leave -- I (secretly) went through some postpartum depression and I needed a way to distract myself from the jumble of thoughts in my head. Perhaps you can consider my blog return as a pro-active approach to what could potentially be a PPD repeat. Let's just hope that I can cope with the baby blues and that I can just focus on blogging the fun and fantastic adventures that I like to call "my life".

I'm glad to be back to share some fun crafting projects, kitchen fun, family updates and everything in between.

Cheers!
- Roxy


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Xander turns THREE at Chuck E. Cheese's house

Xander went through a phase of loving Chuck E. Cheese -- like, he didn't just enjoy going there to play the games, he loved seeing Chuck E. Cheese whenever he'd come out and interact with the kids.
He even called it "Chuck E. Cheese's House"

So we thought it would be fitting to have his birthday party there, bearing in mind that it would likely be INSANE and OBNOXIOUS for the parents, but wildly amazing and fun for the kids.


Invitation design by none other than Terlie Design Co.



The sample cake was MUCH nicer than the one we got :P

Xander and all of his friends :)

The birthday boy had a blast...

...and some AWESOME gifts!

A big thanks to everyone who showed up and helped make Xander's 3rd birthday party a fun one!


Spring with my men

Spring in Chicago got off to a quick start, but summer took a little longer to make an appearance.
It was important for me to take advantage of any opportunity I could get, to spend time outdoors with my little Xander man.

Helping grandma in the garden
 We visited numerous parks and playgrounds all around the suburbs

We visited the Brookfield Zoo for the first time, but got there pretty late in the afternoon and only stayed for about an hour and a half

This is his first mold-a-rama experience, which would eventually lead to a future addiction..



We went up to Milwaukee and spent some time with dada during the week.  Got to go to AJ Bombers, where they have the best peanut delivery system I've ever seen....

Oh.. and they have POUTINE
Officially my favorite restaurant in all of Milwaukee ;P
 While up there, I took Xander to the Milwaukee Zoo where he got to see a lot more animal friends

More mold-o-rama fun, and four less dollars in my pocket

Back down to Chicago.  Bri started playing in an outdoor soccer league, so we would go to cheer him on (and to kick a ball around in the open fields)

We visited the Graylsake flea market at the Lake County Fair Grounds, just a 5 minute drive from our new house

A couple weeks later, we headed back up to Milwaukee to soak in the rays at the beach...



 Aaaaand to celebrate THIS guys THIRD BIRTHDAY!

 How lucky is Xander?! The staff at the aLoft hotel made him a little birthday package :)

Enjoyed a fun date-night with the hubby at Just for Laughs in Chicago - got to see some talented comedians and laughed our asses off


We were delighted to receive an invitation to a birthday party for our friend's son Carter.
Xander got to make PIZZA! at California Pizza Kitchen in Oakbrook.  He had so much fun and made some friends along the way :)


Playdates are always fun when it involves these two kiddos:

We met with our friend Lucille and her girls Ryler and Baya, for a fun day at the Buffalo Grove splash pad.  



 It was a little cool that day, but this was no problem for little X -- he figured out that the cement was warm, so every time he got a little chilly, I'd find him on the ground like this:


So this was just the beginning of our adventures... Spring stretched itself out as long as it could, and Summer eventually showed up to the party --  that's when the fun REALLY started!
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