Can you guys believe we are coming to the end of the summer? It’s always that way, I find. Zips by in a flash. We have been trying to keep a balance of soaking up the season with fun activities and outings to our family cottages, mixed with some weekends at home dedicated to exterior projects around the house. We have had a stone pathway to lay, our porch to work on, a deck to build, etc. Lots going on – all of which I’ll update you on soon!
We did our annual summer holiday down to Dan’s family’s cottage in the Adirondacks (where we got married). Maya LOVED getting to hang and play with her cousins every single day. Even though we’ve been back for a few weeks, she still talks about each of them when she’s going to sleep at night. So funny.
While we were there, we held her 2nd birthday party (Mexican themed!). I’ll do a whole post on the party, but it was tons of fun. I know everybody always says this, but I can’t believe my baby is TWO!
We also dealt with some not-so-fun stuff in August. Without going into all the nitty gritty details, our poor girl had a UTI (surprisingly common in potty-training aged girls), which went undiagnosed for a while and ended up resulting in pretty acute symptoms – stomach pain, vomitting, fever, dehydration, that lasted for days and days. Once we finally found out what it was, we have been on another rollercoaster with trying to get antibiotics that would work properly. The infection was resistant to some, and then Maya had a super scary allergic reaction to another – resulting in a hospital visit. She is feeling so much better now, thanks to this fourth antibiotic we are on, and Dan and I are hugely relieved. Her funny, cheeky personality is shining through again – something we had practically forgotten about, as she was so miserable for such a long time.
[ Hate her being sick… but I’ll take the snuggles!! ]
For those long days of being at home with her, I could barely get myself fed. Totally reminded me of the difficult newborn phase. I relied on fruit, nuts, and “breakfast for lunch” comfort foods. Many days it was granola…
And others it was a bagel. Do you guys remember how we used the Gay Lea cinnamon and brown sugar butter in our french toast recipe a while back?
Well I bought some cinnamon raisin bagels (my weakness!) and topped off a toasted one with the same butter. You guys, it was TO DIE FOR. This little bit of quick comfort food was exactly what I needed when I was feeling tired, worried about M, and had about 3 minutes to make myself lunch. Since the butter is spreadable straight from the fridge, it takes all of 5 seconds to spread it on your toast. Oh and she wasn’t eating much for those few weeks, but would have a small bite of my bagel – a total win (they were THAT tasty).
Now that we’re on the mend, Maya and I got to escape the boys working on our walkway and landscaping, and headed off to a two year old’s birthday party. Girl-time! You can kind of see the progress we’re making on the walkway behind us in the photo. We currently have no steps up to our porch, which means some very ungraceful pregnant gal hoping up and down… #sorryneighbours.
This week we are back to our regular routine, and boy do I have so much work to catch up on. I just got a new contract (I work in public health & community development as a consultant part-time), am trying to finish up my workshop material for BlogPodium (eeeee can’t wait!!), get organized and stock prepped for a super busy Fall/Christmas season of craft fairs with my Etsy shop, and stay on top of this blog. Plus you know, do a bunch of stuff around the house (my pre-baby list is long… let’s see how it pans out). Lots going on! I love it.
How are you guys doing? Have you had a great summer? Do any travelling or other fun things? Hope so!
Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.