Monkey Update: 12, 13 & 14 Months Old!

Happy 14 Months Hilary! Yes, she’s 14 months today! It’s been a while since I’ve given an update on our not-so-little monkey. Her last update was for 11 months old and I haven’t managed to pull together her 12 month update so I’m combining the last few months since they all mesh in my head 😉

Hilary: hours old to 6 months

Hilary: hours old to 6 months

Likes:

  • Christmas
  • Dancing to any music
  • Putting barrettes in her hair
  • Playing outside in the snow
  • Middle of the night snuggles with Mummy
  • All food, especially asparagus, blueberries, humus and bananas (not together).
  • When Daddy comes home – the excitement just explodes from her body!
  • Love, love, loves her BIG sister – plays with her, laughs with her and sheds a few tears because of her 😉

Dislikes:

  • When certain people leave the room
  • Grapefruit – we tried this the other day and her head just shook back and forth..oy!
  • Witching hour – between when we get home at the end of the day and when dinner is ready
Hilary 7 - 12 + months

Hilary 7 – 12 + months

What she’s been up to:

  • Crab crawling, standing and then started walking on December 31st ! ! !
  • Eating normal meals – I make ONE meal (90% of the time) and we ALL eat it! LIFE – CHANGING – MOMENT!
  • Talking, talking and more talking. Some favourite words: hot, dada, muma, up, apple, ball.
  • Sleeping pretty good unless she’s getting MASSIVE molars 😦
  • Exploring everything and absorbing everything her sister does and then trying it.
Hilary and Lillian

Hilary and Lillian

If your new to the blog (there are a lot of you – yeah!), you can catch up here:

Pregnancy Page 1 and 2 Months ; 3 Months ; 4 Months ; 5 Months ; 6 Months ;

7 Months ; 8 Months9 months ;10 months ; 11 months  ; First Birthday.

This is my last Monkey Update 😦 But you’ll see the girls, my parenting fails (joking), attempts at running/working out and maybe even some new recipes.

Thanks for reading!

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Silent Snowy Saturday

Snowy Saturday 

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Tobogganing 2

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Hope you are having a great weekend!

What are you up to?

Piper’s Run in 2013

All I can say is, What a Year! Lots of fun things happened at Piper’s Run in 2013; little feet, outdoor fun, running, time with family and friends, hard days, hard nights, gatherings, play dates and a whole lot more.

A few of your favourite posts (and mine too):

January: A New Year a new way of living life as a family of four. This was the month of figuring out life with two little girls and managing them on my own as my husband worked days and nights. I struggled for a little while with How to Love Two Children Equally but in the end managed to figure it out. I started to get active postpartum and start the long haul of losing the baby weight.

February: Blogging took a backseat to everything and I was okay with that. I had a baby and toddler to focus on. I tried to get out as much as possible but sometime would take Baby H walking indoors.

March: This was the month I had the BEST PARENTING DAY EVER, along with feeling like Super-Mom for a day! This was a good month 🙂

Mommy and Lilly skiing on the Bunny Hill at Ski Martock.

April: Lilly had her first hair cut, I went stroller running for the first time and had my first Mama’s night out!!

May: This month was the month I started (and never) finished monthly challenges. At least I tried. I also started my Operation Get Fit  for the bridesmaid dress. I was rather focused on working out so I could fit into the dress – hard work pays off.

June: All of a sudden I had a 3 Year Old and6 Month old…just…like…that!

July: I struggled with trying to balance it all and the fact that I take on too much and turned 33.

Testing the water

August: It felt like a quiet month yet busy with the girls. I gave up milk and Coca-Cola (no, I didn’t drink these together) and posts on the TOTS family page about How it’s important for Girls to play in the dirt too!

September: We traveled with the girls to Halifax, hit up Target for the first time and went to a wedding and we ate some good food from a local Food Truck.

October: I managed to do two runs this month: Valley Harvest 5k, the Miles for Miracles 5k but more importantly, Lilly ran her first race and we survived Halloween. We also had a great Thanksgiving with my family.

November: My husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. I signed up for the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge and blogged almost every day – sometimes twice a day. A few of my favourite posts from the challenge were:

  1. Rest Day on Day 2 of the Challenge {Crazy, I know!}
  2. The Value of a DVD workout
  3. Don’t Judge a Book by It’s Cover
  4. What’s a Workout ?

December: This was a BIG month for us! I returned to work after a year of being on maternity leave, my husband became a Canadian Citizen, we celebrated Hilary’s 1st birthday and celebrated Christmas!

Citizenship 1

After writing this post I have to admit, it’s been a pretty amazing year. I’m thankful for my little (and big) family, my friends and all the opportunities I’ve had in 2013. I’m all ready for 2014! Let the fun begin!

What’s one of your memorable moments in 2013?

Anything you can look back and wish you did differently?

 

Christmas with a 3 and 1 year old!

Christmas is starting to feel different again, in a good way. With a 3-year-old and 1-year-old, the excitement of Santa’s arrival stirring and lots of questions are being asked. When does Santa come? Did he come last night? It can make for some funny conversations.

This is what Christmas looked like in our house:

Christmas 2 2013 girls together

It took 4 shots to get one good picture of the girls together!

We opened presents, played for a bit, spent a few hours making our Christmas dinner (WIAW to come) and a little family walk on such a beautiful Christmas Day!

The Sherwood's Christmas 2013.

The Sherwood’s Christmas 2013.

It’s now time to recycle wrapping paper, put away gift bags for next year and take down the decorations before we celebrate New Year’s!

PS – Next year – no noisy toys allowed 😉

Have you finished all your Christmas events?

When do you pack up decorations?

The Joy of Children (not just your own)

When you plan on having children you never expect the outcomes that will happen besides sleepless nights, dirty diapers, spit up everywhere and toys crunching under your feet in the middle of the day OR night!

What I wasn’t really expecting but has developed into this amazing group of friends/families and kids was a play group from our prenatal class! There was 7 of us in our prenatal class in March of 2010 and we try to get the whole group together once or twice a year which is always great. We also had a smaller group of 4 that got together regularly during that first year.

Four Christmases

What amazes me and what I wasn’t prepared for was the love that these kids have for each other. They simply LOVE one another. I feel very lucky to witness it and be apart of this little group of friends. This is what having kids is all about.

As a child I loved Christmas until I got older and it changed. I’m not talking about Santa, I’m talking about when my Grandmother was no longer with us and then 2 years later on Boxing Day we lost my Grandfather. Christmas was just another day spent with family, giving and receiving gifts. It was lovely but it wasn’t the same.

I find myself more excited about Christmas as our girls get older and because of their friends. The excitement in their eyes, the joy in writing a letter to Santa and then receiving one back and the magic that sits int he palm of their hands is the spirit of Christmas (to me). I love that Lilly has had these friends since they day they were all born and hope she get’s to spend many more years playing, growing and celebrating Christmas with them.

Happy Christmas Eve! 

Happy Birthday Sweet Hilary

A full year gone by…just…like….that!

Hilary Elise

Hilary Elise – 7 hours old 🙂

Tears, laughter, joy, little sleep, lots of nursing, first smiles, coo’s, cuddling and moments of frustration.

Kisses on your head, your toes, your hands and poking your face, Lillian couldn’t get enough of you.

hilary first months

Then sitting up, crab crawling and following your BIG sister around with such love it was oozing out of you.

You are such a sweet little girl who loves to dance, play with her big sister, talk, discover how to play with toys and be outside.

I wouldn’t change anything this past year…okay, maybe just a little more sleep and Daddy home all the time. I will miss our days together, lunches with no one else around, taking you running to see if you’ll sleep …. when really, I know you just want to look at the world around you.

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Most of all, I’ll just miss spending all my time with you.

I love you sweet Hilary Elise.

Happy 1st Birthday. 

Hilary’s 11 month update here

*12 month update to come next week*

Five Things Friday

This Elf 4 Health challenges has opened my eyes a little:

1. Unroll.Me – fantastic app/website that un-subscribes you from any/all email list you want. Look it up!

2 – a: When your body is stressed out it will take the good out of you. I need intense workouts 1-2 days of the week. I just need to run, don’t get me wrong the yoga, walking and climbing extra stairs this week was nice but I just need some fast paced workout. Sure happy I have a soccer game tomorrow night and I am planning on packing my running gear for work on Monday.

2 – b: The girls are in their beds and I’ve got to clean the house, prep more for the party, do the typical dishes/laundry and in between all that, I plan on doing a few rounds of squats, sit-ups, jumping-jacks, my new bird-dog move, tricep dips, and russian twists. This should be interesting and I’m going to time it on my watch to see how long I end up “working out”.  #FallintoFitness30DayChallenge.

Other things…..

3. I spent quality time with my biggest girl today…wrote a letter to Santa, made cup cakes, cake and other food for Hilary’s party tomorrow. We also did some crafts for Hilary’s party …. party favours … polka dot theme.

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4. I don’t like planning children’s birthday parties. Totally thought I’d be all over it but in reality I don’t love it. To be fair, my husband is away and was away for Lilly’s party last June, so I’m doing it all on my own. Not fun 😦 Oh well, the good news is that Sai will be home for Hilary’s party tomorrow and I’ve got some good vegan and non-vegan eats. Keeping it simple for my own sanity.

5. The next week is going to be intense (Sat to Sat): birthday party, soccer game, Lilly’s soccer, I start work, personal event happening, I’m back at work and I travel for work two days next week, Sai is away….oh man, I am already looking forward to next Friday! HA!

What’s happening in your world? 

Any Black Friday purchases?

Weekend events happening?