Penelope’s Playroom

I’m not gonna lie – we had the BEST time planning Penelope’s playroom. It’s just so fun creating a space that’s meant to be fun and spark creativity and adventure for our little girl to enjoy. We took advantage of Pete being off for the summer to create the perfect space for Penelope. Right now, since we spend most of our time in our living room, we have a bunch of her favourite toys in there – her play mat, Jolly Jumper, activity centre, toys and some of her books. But after a while, we were ready to have our living room back to being a living room and NOT a toy warehouse.

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I started by looking on Pinterest (where else??) for ideas, and compiled a few ideas from different posts to create P’s playroom. Our goal – comfy and cozy but also clean and bright, LOTS of storage, and incorporate a place for her to sit and read. The most important part: it needed to be able to grow with her. Most of the furniture was purchased from Ikea – we didn’t want to spend thousands on organizational furniture, but we’ve also always loved Ikea’s modern and clean pieces.

We decided to paint the room white – clean, crisp, and it really helped to brighten up the space. The room has 2 corner windows and we really wanted to showcase them. I love the white paint because it makes the view out of the windows even more beautiful! We’re still debating on if we want to have an accent wall, but we just can’t decide!

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READING NOOK

For Penelope’s main storage area and reading nook, we purchased 2 of these shelving units from Ikea. We laid them out so that the one of them lays on the ground and the other one is stacked on top of the other one to frame the window & create a bench seat she can sit on as she gets older. It’s also good because it adds storage to the room to hold some of her toys and books – we bought a few white storage boxes to put in the cubes to hold toys and help keep the room look a bit more organized. The square, pink pillow is from Wayfair, the pink velvet pillow is from Urban Outfitters and we used a body pillow for the seat cushion (it’s a perfect fit)! Next to her reading nook is a chair we used to keep in our living room, but sometimes it’s nice to have a chair to sit in while she plays on the carpet, so we gave ourselves a little spot to hangout.

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CRAFT AREA

We wanted to create an area for when she gets older so we can sit and do crafts, or just have another spot to hangout. After some searching, we landed on this table and these stools – and one of the coolest parts is that the table has storage you can add to it, so we bought two of these storage boxes! It’ll be a while before we can use these to their full advantage, but I’m happy we have them in the space.

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The rug is from Overstock and we are so in love with it – it’s super comfy too, and a really low pile which we liked for this space. And it combines our love of everything neutral with some accent colours which is perfect for a playroom.

We’ve put all of her toys in this room now, and it’s just so nice to have an entire room dedicated to her toys. We bring some of them out during the day to sit in the living room so we can play as a family, but just knowing that at the end of the day they go back to their respective places makes me feel way less stressed.

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What do you think? Do you think the room needs an accent wall in a fun colour or pattern, or are you loving the white? Let us know!

— Rachel & Peter

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Penny’s Six Month Update

Six months. SIX MONTHS. I can’t believe this little peach has been in our lives for six whole months. This has been the most incredible six months we’ve ever had, although time is moving too quickly for my liking.

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Penny is 18 pounds and in 6-12mo clothing. She’s growing so fast, I can’t even believe it. She sleeps 11-12hrs at night, and roughly 3hrs during the day which leaves a LOT of time for activities!! I like that she’s able to stay awake longer between naps because it gives us the opportunity to do more with her. She loves touching her toes and playing with them – even REALLY early in the morning in her crib (Penny sometimes misses the memo that we like to sleep after 5:30…) but I still can’t help but smile because I hear her cooing and it just melts my heart. She’s also sitting up completely unassisted and pulls herself up onto her feet when she’s holding your hands!! She’s taken a HUGE liking to our cat Marshmallow, watching her walk around the house and trying to pet her. Her version of “petting” is grabbing fistfuls of fur – we’re gonna work on that whole “gentle” thing.

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We’ve started introducing solid foods which has been QUITE the adventure. We started with baby cereal around 4.5mos and she seemed to be okay with it so we moved onto sweet potatoes, peaches, avocados, green beans, strawberries, apples, peas, spinach, carrots, eggs, mango, broccoli, raspberries, cucumber, some peanut butter and watermelon (which she is SO in love with, especially by the pool). We are taking the approach of baby-led weaning, where we’ll cut veggies & fruits into pieces she can hold and feed herself – helps her develop motor skills and it’s a fun activity for all of us (although SUPER messy but I think that’s what makes it even more fun)! Our pediatrician told us since we’re giving her breastmilk, “food before one is for fun” – basically she’s not replacing any of the breastmilk with solids, it’s just to get her used to new textures and flavours for when we wean her off breastmilk so we don’t need to worry about how much she’s eating. I purchased this book off Amazon – it has a bunch of different recipes for purees, finger foods and more for every stage! I wanted to get a baby cook book because personally I don’t mix things up a lot (I have a pretty basic diet, nothing spicy, nothing super adventurous), but I want Penelope to experience a lot of flavour combinations that I might not be able to think of. I am so excited to try a bunch of foods with her – it’s so fun!!

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Penelope is OBSESSED with the pool! We are super lucky to have access to two pools (Pete’s parents & my sister) so Penny is able to spend a lot of time in the water! We purchased kiddie pools on Amazon (click here for them) for our house, Peter’s parents and my sister’s so that we can create a warmer pool experience since neither of their pools are heated – that way if she gets too chilly, OR if the water isn’t warm enough to begin with, she can still take a little dip. We also made sure to purchase swim diapers (a pack for each pool) since regular diapers don’t really do well with being submerged in water. Another amazing find was this Mambo Baby pool float my mom bought her – it’s the BEST. She can lay on her back or on her tummy and float around the pool (I shared a few pictures of her in it in this post)! She’s loving the pool life – who can blame her!

She’s growing so fast, I can’t believe she’s already half a year old. Sometimes it feels like yesterday that we had a newborn in the house, and now we have this girl who’s becoming more independent everyday.

I can’t wait to share more with the blog as she gets older! Instagram is the best place to keep up to date with our lives, be sure to check it out!

— Rachel

Penelope’s First Pool Day!

This past weekend we celebrated Canada Day with a nice long weekend & the nicest weather we’ve had yet this year!! My sister invited us over for a pool day (two of them, actually), and it was Penny’s first time ever in a big pool. She LOVED being in the water!

My mom bought a Mambo Baby pool float which is basically the best thing ever invented for babies, and let her float around the pool. She’s able to lay on her tummy to practice her swimming skills, but right now she’s mostly all about that lounge life (although she did enjoy being on her tummy, but preferred laying back looking at the trees). We’ve got a water loving babe on our hands!

We can’t wait to spend the rest of the summer by the pool watching Penny enjoy the water – and enjoying some much appreciated family time too!

Happy summer everyone!!

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Hanging out with daddy in the pool
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After her first dip, she needed some snuggles from her great-grandma!
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I can’t get over how relaxed she looks – she was living her best life.
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My little water lovin’ babe!
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Day two in the pool, this time working on our tummy swimming!
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Penny loved pushing off our legs underwater and scooting across the pool.

0-3 Month Newborn Favourites

Penny is 3 months old. Let me just let that sink in before I get started on this post… I can’t believe it! Time is FLYING by and I wish I could slow it down! She’s now in 3-6 month clothing (we started transitioning her over around 9 weeks), we get a TON of smiles and coos, and she’s really starting to show her personality.

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Penny’s Three Month Update

Our little Penelope is THREE MONTHS OLD. I have no idea how and when that happened. Some days I feel like she just got here, and then I look back at photos and am amazed it’s only been three months. She’s grown soo much in the past few months and we love watching her learn and grow everyday.

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Her sleep has been INCREDIBLE, we are sooo lucky. In Penelope’s One Month Update, I shared that she had started sleeping 2-4 hour chunks at night which was amazing. Now at three months, she sleeps 8p-8a (with a little snack/diaper change between 3-5a) with a couple naps during the day! She mainly sleeps in her bassinet with the occasional snooze in her DockATot or Rockaroo. I have told everyone – if her love of sleep at night is the only thing she inherited from me, that is a-okay because we are loving it! That 4 month regression is going to really be a shock for us (any tips would be so welcomed).

She loves playing so much nowadays! We still use her activity mat, but we also use her Finding Nemo activity centre because her head and neck control is really good! She likes interacting with the toys and gives them super big smiles. Next up will be the Jolly Jumper when her head and neck control gets a bit better.

Penny also is starting to fall into a routine – eating, playing, napping, repeat – and has responded really well to her nighttime routine (you can read more about that here, How We Got Penny to Sleep Through the Night!). And now she loves bath time – so do we because she’s starting to splash around and really loves kicking her arms and legs in the warm water! It’s a great way to end the day and get her ready for bed.

She’s getting a LOT more vocal and we are obsessed with all her little noises she makes. Cooing, giggling, blowing spit bubbles – we love it all! She also gives the entire family biiiiig smiles when she sees us! It’s so cute watching her recognize us and get this big smile on her face. UGH she kills me.

We are loving life with our little big girl, and I can’t wait to share more with the blog as she gets older! Instagram is the best place to keep up to date with our lives, be sure to check it out!

— Rachel

How We Got Penny to Sleep Through the Night!

I wanted to create a blogpost for any new parents (and for us to look back on) looking to try and create a routine to help their babe get a good night sleep. Penny has blessed us with sleeping through the night, and I really think our routines helped us!

As soon as I got pregnant, everyone said “ohhhh be sure to get as much sleep as you can now – once baby comes, it’ll be a long time before you’ll get a full night’s rest!” (Do these people not realize that when you’re pregnant you pee like 4,000 times at night??)

So Pete and I were pretty anxious about our soon-to-be upside down sleep schedule. I LOVE sleep. I would go to bed at 9p and wake up at 6a – like, really I love sleep. Obviously the first couple weeks were tough for us. Adapting to life with a new baby, not getting a lot of sleep due to middle of the night feedings and diaper changes, taking care of my healing body – it’s hard to adjust! Pete and I decided to try and create some routines throughout the day and evening to help Penny adjust her nights and days and try and get a general rhythm going on to help all of us sleep better at night.

Penny is now almost 12 weeks old, and has been sleeping from 8p-8a for several weeks now (with a little diaper and snack in the middle of the night between 3-6a)!! Below is what worked for us.

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Sleepy Penny when she was just a couple days old!

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My Recovery & Postpartum Necessities

I felt like when I got pregnant, everyone talked about what pregnancy is like for all 3 trimesters and what delivery is like (the good, bad and ugly) – but not a lot of people talked about what postpartum was like on their bodies. And surprise surprise, it was one of the biggest parts about having Penelope that I was scared of.

As my pregnancy progressed from the first to the second to the third trimester, my sense of fear of what my life would be like in the 4-6 weeks after I gave birth to Penny was growing. How bad does everything hurt? How long does it hurt for? How could I possibly take care of her if I was going to be such a mess? What can I do to make it less painful?

Now that I’ve healed, and Penny is 9 weeks old (um can time slow down please???) I wanted to share the knowledge I received from friends, YouTube, blog posts and website articles and what worked and didn’t work for me! (I’m spilling some details, so if you think that might gross you out – you might wanna skip these.) Also, if you’d like to read about my labour & delivery, click here! Continue reading “My Recovery & Postpartum Necessities”

My Labour & Delivery Story

I wanted to document my labour and delivery story for other mom’s to be, but also for me to look back on since I know I’ll forget a lot of this! While I was in the hospital, Pete took down notes so we could recount exactly what happened, and I’m SO glad we did.

Before I get into my labour and delivery, I should share that in December I went into preterm labour – I was 34 and a half weeks and woke up with really bad stomach pains. I went to triage, and learned that I was having contractions and was already 2-3cm dilated. The OB on call admitted me to labour and delivery (at which point Pete and I were like “ummm are we having our baby 6 weeks early?!”) to try and stop the labour. I spent 36 hours in the hospital getting steroid injections and magnesium drips to slow down the contractions and keep her in me for a few more weeks. ALL the doctors and nurses told us we’d be lucky if we could keep her in for just a few more weeks – and then my due date came and went. Penny did NOT want to come out anymore!!

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Induction day – February 10!

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Penelope’s One Month Update

I have no idea how a month has passed already, but here we are – Penny is officially one month old!! This has been the craziest and most fulfilling month of our entire life. I wanted to share a little update on how our first month as a family of 3 has been – read on!

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Penelope doll from Cuddle & Kind, onesie from Carter’s, bow from Three & Me Accessories

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Nursery Tour

Welcome to Penelope’s nursery!! If you didn’t already know, I gave birth to our baby girl Penelope on February 10 – you can check out my quick post here and check out my Instagram for updates.

We had such a fun time planning and designing her nursery while we waited for her to arrive. Our main goal was to keep it gender neutral with pops of colour here and there – we didn’t want a hot pink nursery just because she’s a girl, it’s just not our thing! After a lot of planning & hard work (on Pete’s part), we have the nursery of our dreams!!

Right now, the chair, change pad/diapers, bassinet and my pumping stuff is in our living room. It’s more practical than me having to walk up and down a full flight of stairs 100 times a day! We’ll transition things back upstairs soon once we have a bit of a routine!

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