Ezri's birth story

Ezri [ez-ree] is just over a month and a half and we have been blessed with a little babe that sleeps so here I am, finding some time in Oregon while both kids are napping, to write out her birth story.

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California. One of our favourite vacation spots and the place we found out that we were pregnant with Ezri. She was our rainbow baby. After our loss in November 2016, I was hesitant to get my hopes up when it said "pregnant" on that Clear Blue stick on March 11, 2017 in our hotel bathroom in Palm Springs. But HOPE is a funny thing...it's impossible to push that desire for good things to come and I found myself overjoyed that Cairo would have a sibling. We celebrated pool side for the whole 2 weeks we were in The Golden State and those 2 weeks slowly turned into 9 months of excitement.

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Here we go...

November 24
2:30am. I wake up with mild contractions. 3 days overdue and I didn't want to get too excited because these things take time so I urge myself to go back to sleep in-between contractions. 
4:45am. Contractions have gone from 10 min to 8 min so I hop in the shower and keep telling myself not to get too excited because it still may not be today but silently cheering in my head that it could be!
5:30am. I wake David up using these exact words "Ok David, this could be the day."
6:30am. Load the car up, take Cairo and meet my parents at the hospital so they could take Cairo to their house. It's a funny thing explaining to a 2 year old that this is the day that they will get a sibling. For some reason he wasn't as excited as we were.
7:00am. "Go time." We arrive at the hospital. 2cm dilated. great. "Could you walk around for an hour to see if you progress at all?" Would love to. There is really nothing better than thinking you are further along than you think. 
8:00am. 4cm dilated. "Ok we are going to need you to stop walking because we don't have enough nurses right now and we will probably need to transfer you to another hospital." Oh really? Would love to, would love to slow down labour #saysnopregnantwomanever
8:30am. Dr. Hansen (my doctor, aka life saver) comes in. Tells me to walk around my room; they can't transfer you if you are too far along (5 cm). I walk around that room like I'm a freaking race walker and it's working. I ask for the gas because this is when things get a bit dicey. 
side bar: they have called in for a transfer for me but the transfer call centre is backed up. 
9:00am. Dr. hansen checks me "5 cm" hallelujah. Can't transfer me because I am too far along but they tell me I can't get an epidural because there is not enough nurses. *in my mind: no problem, I've got this*
9:45am. They get me into a room and I am able to still walk there, we are at an 8 out of 10 for pain at this moment but things only ramp up from there. I try the bath with David holds the running water on my lower back and I'm basically in dream land...pain goes down to like a 7 out of 10 with the hot water - thank you Jesus.
10:30am. I get out of the shower and the pain is at an all time high: 11 out of 10 for sure. Why do we as women joyfully sign up for this?
Dr. Hansen comes in, checks me, I'm 7cm, breaks my water and then asks the nurse if she wants a coffee (I distinctly remember hearing this and she asked for a vanilla latte and I told the nurse "Oh that's what I drink too" in between contractions). While he is gone for roughly 10 minutes, THINGS START MOVING! I go from 7cm to 10cm in a matter of minutes and they page him to come back, meanwhile telling me to not push and "pant" through the contractions. Ya easier said than done. When Dr. Hansen walks back into the room with two coffees in hand the nurse is yelling "+ 2! + 2!"...I think that meant it was time. 
11:04am. After Dr. Hansen quickly put on gloves, I was allowed to push and 5 minutes later she was on my chest and David was cutting the umbilical cord. Praise Jesus she is here and breathing and healthy. 

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We didn't have a name for our baby girl for a while (too many good ones to pick from) but she was 8 lbs 10 oz and 21" long. She came out with a full head of hair and 10 fingers and 10 toes (I remember counting them right away for some reason). We got to go home that night and sleep in our own bed and just snuggle our girl while Cairo stayed at my parents'. I felt like the whole thing was short and sweet and we have been smitten with her ever since!

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Now at a month and a half she is just a delight and we're quite overjoyed that we now have a girl and a boy to love here on Earth. We think she has a bit lighter skin than Cairo but they both share the same jovial disposition. She loves smiling and sleeping and we couldn't ask for anything more. 

It's Always a Tetley Tea Party

When it rains, it pours here in the Fraser Valley. We can't complain because we love where we live but as moms to 4 under 4, we are constantly cooking up creative ideas for inside days with our kids.

When Lauren and I lived at home, before we were both married, we grew up drinking Tetley tea. Our mom was constantly putting the kettle on throughout the day to enjoy a cup of tea in the morning, a cup of tea with a friend or a cup of tea with her girls. 

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Now, as a mom myself, I can't help but pass on the tradition to my children. My kids are always seeing me drinking tea or coffee around the house, out in the city or with friends. We will pop in to my mom's house weekly for a cup of tea and a cookie. So we have started having little tea parties at home! It is the perfect rainy day activity and we love getting the kids involved. Everyone picks a napkin, everyone chooses a mug and we all sit together sipping our tea and eating cookies. 

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For me, I'm all about the caffeinated teas; anything to help this tired momma out! But, for my children, I love the variety of decaffeinated teas Tetley offers. Pure Peppermint was a hit at this tea party but I love a cup of Camomile Lemon whenever I feel a cold coming on.

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I'm hoping that these moments will one day pave the way for deep conversations, times of great encouragement and discussion with my kids. Somehow, everything seems a bit easier to talk about over a cup of warm tea. 

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It is Tetley's 180th birthday this year! I didn't know Tetley Tea had been around for so many years! No wonder it is a staple in home, my mom's home and my grandma's home. A tea for the generations!

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Cheers to the rainy days ahead; may they bring about some sweet, sweet moments with you and your loved ones! Put a pot of hot Tetley tea on and enjoy a tea party with someone you love. 

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Merry Christmas Eve

Think back to one of those rough nights that you have had as a mom or dad.
You know the one.
Up multiple times in the night, some times for multiple hours.
Maybe multiple kids are awake at 3am.
Oh the joys of parenthood...

For me, that was a few weeks ago. Kinsley had about 10 days in a row of terrible sleeps, and that "terrible" is probably an understatement. I had tried anything and everything and I thought for a last resort I will put her in the same room as Jake. I told her that if she woke up in the night that Jake would be there sleeping in the bed next to her so she would be ok. Magically it worked. Kind of. 

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Nights don't always go perfectly in our house but these bunk beds have been a huge bonus to helping Jake and Kinsley sleep in the same room and we are finding that they are waking us up less in the night. These bunk bed are from Wayfair Canada and I loved them because: A) They're white :) B) They have a double bed on the bottom! Most bunk beds I found were twin over twin and I loved the extra space on bottom. 
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The ladder is the perfect size for little feet to climb up and down and the space underneath the bed is perfect for storage and hiding extra toys. 

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I shared a room with my sister for a few years growing up and we have many fun memories of sharing clothes, swapping toys and chatting into the night. When I take a step back and watch these two climb into their beds at night my heart is full. I love watching them interact and play with each other more and more as they grow up and I love seeing their bond grow stronger. Tonight these two will be nestled all snug in their new bunk beds, dreaming of a magical Christmas morning! I'll probably sneak in late at night and just peak in at these two sleeping angels who are the most perfect gift to me! Merry Christmas Eve!

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All Dressed Up

The Christmas excitement is at an all time high in our house. We are so blessed to have many family members who live close to us so the holidays are a busy and wonderful time. I find most years I end up wearing black when I get all dresed up for Christmas Eve service or Christmas dinner, but this year I relaxed the reigns a bit and went for a softer Christmas palette when choosing everyone’s Christmas outfits. 

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Doesn't take much to excite Jake these days. At even the sight of a present he is all in! I love the burgundy tones in his plaid shirt. It has a wintery, cool feel but I can button it up and add a bow tie for Christmas eve service or keep it open with a darker tee underneath when he is ready to play. Kinsley's top I immediately fell in love with as it has a beautiful light pink embroidery detail just under the collar. The ruffles add a bit of charm and elegance but the material is comfortable and cozy for her. 

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Wayne and I couldn't have chosen more classic colours - boy blue and girl pink!! However I love how the colours play off of Kinsley's darker top and the burgundy in Jake's plaid button up. I used to think family photos meant everyone wore the same colour (I still have an all blue O'Reilly family photo that I love), but now I think it is beautiful to add different textures, colours and patterns when coordinating outfits. 

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These shoes!!! Winners and Marshalls always have incredible deals on shoes. I loved the strappy detail of these blush pink suede flats, complete with a gold zipper detail at the back. Wayne's neutral coloured shoes will work with so many different outfits and are the perfect accessory for all of our Christmas functions. 

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It's always a mad dash getting everyone dressed, out the door, and off to our Christmas events. However, this year at least I know our outfits are already planned and were so affordable at Marshalls and Winners. Kinsley's 2 piece outfit was $16!! That’s a steal in my books.