Category Archives: Family

Attempting to be slow

We had a parent and tot music class scheduled this morning for 10.  I decided to skip it. The decision to bail felt unnatural, yet so easy at the same time. Elizabeth was having her morning nap. I knew that if I woke her up, and tried to rush everyone into the car to make it on time we would all be cranky. I just couldn’t rush this morning. So instead, we took our time.

I let Joe paint while Elizabeth was sleeping. We used an old bouquet a friend brought over and used the flowers as stamps. He loved it! Eventually he used his paintbrush, but I really honestly did love seeing what he created. You know why? We weren’t in a rush to move onto the next thing. Continue reading

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Finding a balance

This morning has been a nice nice, because I feel like it was wholesome for Joseph and Elizabeth. I signed Joseph up for a little music and song class through Halifax Recreation and we went to our first one this morning. He really loves singing and dancing, so it was so wonderful to see him having fun and learning new things.

I’ve been reading lately, and a lot of it has been focused on parenting. I’ve discovered the richness of reading about different parenting philosophies, and I feel like I’ve really benefitted from it because it has allowed me to reflect on what I believe is important to our family. One of my friends is a behavioural psychologist, and she has always lauded the importance of unstructured free play for healthy development in children. She recommended the book, “Balanced and Barefoot” by paediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom. What an amazing read! Basically, the moral of the book is to let kids be outside because it is good for them. A little by little, allow them to have more and more freedom to be unsupervised. Continue reading

Can’t see the forest for the trees

Photo by Vladimir Kudinov on Unsplash

I had to drive through Dal’s campus to get to and from Elizabeth’s physiotherapy appointment today. The sidewalks were jammed with students, as it’s only the beginning of the semester, so students are still keen to make it to class. I love the start of semesters. I love the promise they hold. Of new beginnings, the ideas to be learned, of being better, of going places. Had all worked out according to my plan, I was going to be a nursing student this semester. I was overcome with the thought of how fortunate they are to be students. How much I wanted to be walking with them. Continue reading

A Week Without Dad

Josh has been gone for 5 days, and we have survived. Actually, I might even say that we have thrived. A few rough patches, but the kids have been pretty wonderful. I’ve been getting to sleep earlier, and the early morning wake ups haven’t really been that bad. I’ve even managed to shower every day this week. Haha!

Monday we headed out to a playgroup run by one of my best friends. Have I ever mentioned how much I love playgroups? I love them so much. Snacks, toys, and other grown ups. I mostly love how little supervision I need to give Joe. He is pretty free to do whatever he wants, and I think it is so good for him.  Continue reading

Legacy

We visited my Papa over the weekend, and I came back home with a pretty big gift. A window into my childhood. A video of a fishing trip I took with him when I was three. At dinner at his house, we started chatting about where his roots began, in the Goldboro area of Nova Scotia. It is fascinating to me, to hear about the childhood of my parents and grandparents. In an age where constant documentation didn’t happen, to hear them recount based on sparse memories is something to be savoured. Upon talking about his upbringing, he remembered that he had taken a couple of home videos in the early 90’s, when he and my grandmother travelled here to Nova Scotia. My family met up with them in the Goldboro area, where a couple of my Papa’s sisters still lived. My Papa, and his sister Carrie took me out on a fishing trip, and he captured it on video! Of course! I knew my Papa took lots of pictures and videos when he was able to visit with us, but I have never seen those videos! I was so excited and asked if I could borrow some of his VHS. He told me to go downstairs, and I grabbed the one labeled “Fishing Trip”. Continue reading

Day 2: Toddler Sleep Training

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Watching him from the iPad. He looks so small in that big bed!

This is going MUCH better than I expected. Joseph did the dreaded wake up last night, but it wasn’t nearly has dramatic as I had thought. We continued to do the 5-minute check-in with our script, “It’s time for sleeping. Mommy and daddy are right outside. I love you. Night night.” After 15 minutes he was back to sleep. Then he slept until 8:30am! That’s 13 hours of sleep!  Continue reading

Day 1: Toddler Sleep Training

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I actually wasn’t around for this first night of getting Joseph to learn how to sleep in his big bed. For the past 3 days, my heart has felt so anxious at the thought of going through the motions of this day. Today at dinner, I told Josh that I thought it would be better if I left. Not that he thought I couldn’t do it, but he knows how these things twist me up inside, and agreed that I should take a break and let him handle the first night.  Continue reading