Tips for maternity pictures

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tips for Maternity Pictures

GET THEM! - the first step is convincing yourself you need maternity pictures (bottom-line: you may be feeling like a beached whale, but you'll want to capture this moment, I promise.)

Now, you've made the decision to take the dive and get the pictures done, here's what you need to know:

Get professional - unless you or a family member is actually a very talented photographer who knows what they're doing, it's best to stick with a professional.
Do your research: solicit your friends for recommendations (Facebook is great for this) and find someone you get along with and that fits in your budget. Check out their portfolios ahead of time to make sure it meshes with what you want to see.

Have a budget - pick a budget and keep that in mind when you're shopping for a photographer.
Most photographers offer a variety of packages for every price range.
Bonus tip: a lot of photographers offer 'mini-sessions' at a significantly reduced rate. You won't get a full 1-2 hour shoot and tons of wardrobe changes, but you will get some budget-friendly, professionally done pictures that will last a lifetime.

Pick the right time - our photographers recommend getting your pics done between 30 and 34 weeks. This allows for your bump to be big enough to capture on film but also not so huge that you're uncomfortable and can't easily change positions or move around (read: you're not quite ready to send your babe an eviction notice).

Use props - those tiny shoes you're saving for the baby? Bring them! The itsy-bity little hat from your favorite sports team? Include it! There are TONS of ideas out there and the sky is the limit. We've used baseball gloves, bow ties, hats, baskets.
Bonus tip: your photographer may have some props or ideas - make sure you ask ahead of time.

Include siblings - both of the human and furry persuasions!I'm not saying get crazy and invite the entire fam-jam, but you'll want other children and possibly furry friends to be a part of capturing this special time.
Bonus tip: bring treats for bribery positive reinforcement... for the dogs AND the kids.

Pinterest is your friend - good photographers will have tons of their own ideas BUT they'll also be open to capturing a couple shots that you'd really like to see. Hit up Pinterest for ideas for poses, locations, props etc.

Find a location(s) you love - again, your photographer will probably have some recommendations on this one BUT ultimately, you decide what you'd like to see. A lot of people want the warmth of pictures done in home but also some fun outdoor shots. Our photographer suggested an apple orchard for our last maternity pics and the result was amazing (and something I would have NEVER thought of).

HAVE FUN! - I'm not supermodel (obviously) and I'm not exactly super comfortable in front of a camera (read: I'm super awkward) BUT you can have fun during a photoshoot. Plus, I promise, if you're having a good time, it will show in the pictures!  During both of our maternity shoots we had a few great laughs and looking back, those are some of the best shots.

**photos c/o MillerEllis**

you can find more of our maternity pics HERE

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must haves for life with a newborn

Friday, August 28, 2015

5 weeks in and I'm slowing coming out of the the haze that is new motherhood. Life is certainly not easy but it's getting more manageable.

The last 5 weeks have been exhausting but sweet. Looking back, it's very clear that I needed some help along the way and aside from my amazing husband, family and friends, there are a few other things I couldn't live without.

Here's my list of must haves for any parent with a newborn:

carrier/wrap // rompers // bibs //

  1. Receiving blankets - I didn't appreciate these so much the first time around but given that baby #2 is a 'spitter-upper', I cannot have enough receiving blankets handy. They're great for the obvious spit-up, but also for throwing on the floor for an impromptu change-pad as well as using as a nursing cover.
  2. Soothers - again, first go around, we didn't use a soother and I have mixed feelings about them; having said that, little man is a 'sucker' and when he has gas the soother helps significantly. My rule with the soother is that I don't use it unless I know he's full and clean/changed. Little man is partial to the soothie but you may have to try your little on a few different brands to see what their preference is.
  3. Nursing pillow - whether your nursing or not, this is a must-have. It's great to have that extra support when you're sitting down holding baby. Yes, I use it while nursing but Mr. B also uses it to support his arms while holding a sleeping little man.
  4. Wrap/carrier - a lifesaver for the mom of a baby who constantly wants to be held. We have this wrap and it's literally the only way I can get anything done most days. I pop him in there and he can chill/sleep while I vacuum and/or do dishes/laundry/play with mini-me etc.
  5. Rompers - being cute, comfy and easy to change makes rompers a must-have especially if you have a babe born during the hot summer months. Little man pretty much lives in these.
  6. Bibs - see the note above about spit-up. I was changing little man 5 times a day when I realized that there was a use for all of those matching bibs that were gifted to us! Sure, we go through 4-8 bibs a day now but that's way easier to manage than 4-8 outfit changes.
  7. Diapers - first, you're going to NEED diapers but don't buy too many pre-baby because all diapers are made different and you'll find you have a preference. What works with one child might not work with the other. If you're finding you're little is having lots of blowouts or leaks you may want to consider sizing up or trying another brand.
  8. Tear-free soap - you'll need a good, tear-free, baby soap. We LOVE the Hugo Naturals chamomile and vanilla. It makes little man smell so nice and is perfectly gentle on his skin. 

There you have it, our list of newborn must-haves! 

What was on your must-have list for life with a newborn???

what I will be wearing - fall outfit preview

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

You've seen my 'what I wore' and 'what I wish I wore' posts so this week I thought I would change it up a bit!

Given the looming end of summer (ew) and the rapidly approaching fall, I figured I'd check out some fall trends and put together a fall outfit preview.

Fall Outfit Preview

Where to start?!

Plaid is back (again). I find plaid a little intimidating but I also know the perfect (and least expensive) way to incorporate a trend you're unsure about is to do it with a scarf!

"Dried Herb" aka "Olive Green" is one of Pantone's it colors for fall 2015 and this cute (and inexpensive) little dress is a great way to add this color to your closet. PLUS it's  a great summer to fall to winter transition piece.

I am dying for a nice, good quality leather jacket. This one needs to be mine. I promise I will wear it with everything.

You know I love all things Jamberry so obviously I had to find a way to incorporate a fun, fall design for my nails AND I just happen to have these babies in my collection. Perfect.

I need some kind of jewelry so bracelets it is!

Love me a good handbag!

Combat boots are back in a BIG way this fall! I'm opting for a comfortable and good quality pair and these Dr. Martins make me all nostalgic for my old brown pair that got mistakenly thrown away when I came home from university (I'm still sad when I think of that story).

How cute are these tribal tights? And apparently funky print tights are also a thing this fall and the perfect way to add some character to a so many of our favorite dresses!

What fall fashions/trends are you loving/hating?

Linking up with:

The Pleated Poppy
Pumps and Pushups
Pampers and Pearls
Tucker Up
The Mummy Chronicles
Cappuccino and Fashion 
Classy Yet Trendy
Shopping My Closet
Jo Lynne Shane

Do I need maternity pictures?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Maternity pictures - do you really need them?

My very biased answer is YES. Two pregnancies and two maternity shoots later and I'm still saying the answer is a resounding yes, you do need maternity pictures.

If you're having a hard time convincing yourself (or your partner) that professional maternity pics are a necessity, maybe this will help!

WHY you need maternity pictures:

  1. It's fun! - I'm no super model (obviously) but there's something awkwardly fun about having your picture taken by someone who knows what they're doing. I do need to confess though, I consider our photographers friends so it's pretty much just  hanging out with people we really like who just happen  to have cameras.
    Bonus tip: make friends with your photographers, it'll make all subsequent photoshoots that much easier (and enjoyable).

  2. Memories - this is probably a given, but you'll really be happy that you captured this stage of your life. Being pregnant isn't always fun or glamorous but it is a beautiful and special time that you'll hopefully want to remember with some fondness. What better way to evoke memories than pictures? Plus, I have NEVER heard of someone regretting having professional pictures taken (by a good photographer, of course).

  3. You're BEAUTIFUL momma! I get it, this might be the most weight you've gained in your life, your skin might be breaking out and you may not always recognize yourself when you look in the mirror. All of these reasons that you might not feel like getting your picture taken are the exact reasons why you SHOULD! Trust me when I say that a good photographer will help capture best and most beautiful pregnant you.

Maternity pictures serve to capture what can sometimes feel like forever but is really such a short snippet of time in our lives. They're about documenting a significant change in your life and being able to reflect on a really special time.

Bottom-line, if you're on the fence, just DO IT!! I promise you'll be happy you did.

couple maternity picture winter in blanket

black and white maternity picture against fence

**photos c/o MillerEllis** 

you can find more of our maternity pics HERE

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What inspires me - positive thinkers!

Friday, August 21, 2015

  1. 1.
    the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

That begs the question: what inspires me?

Well, my first inclination is to write about my children because at times when I feel my worst, they really make me want to do more and be a better person. That is, when I'm not so freaking exhausted, which is the case more often than not these days. There will be many more posts about my family so while they inspire me, I'm not focusing on them (for once).

I find that I am most inspired by people who are everyday heros. More specifically, people who embody the things I'd like to be myself. I often feel like life gets challenging, I get tired and when things are tough I easily revert to negativity. Having said that, I truly believe that being positive takes work but that it's worth it. Unfortunately, I sometimes suck at remaining positive. Luckily, I am inspired by people everyday who remind me of the importance of being positive and help me break my negative thought cycles.

Case in point, my beautiful friend, Nicole. Nicole was diagnosed with breast cancer and fought like hell. After believing she was done with cancer, she found out that her cancer had spread. She continues treatment; however, she will require treatment for the rest of her life, which will eventually be taken by cancer. Despite her struggles, Nicole remains a beautiful and positive spirit. Her presence on social media and her willingness and openness about her journey has inspired thousands (likely more, she's everywhere!). Whenever I find myself being negative, I'm reminded of some of her beautiful messages and that if she can find the strength, so can I. The world needs more people like Nicole. Read more about Nicole HERE.

I recently learned about a company, Zella Mae Inspirations that blend two of my favorite things: positivity and fashion!! 

Tashina and Brooke are cousins who created Zella Mae (named after their grandmother) with the hope of combing their love for fashion with their strong belief in the power of positive thinking. 

So you can buy awesome clothing that spreads a positive message AND for each shirt purchased these beautiful ladies donate a shirt with a positive message to someone in need. Their website shares a list of people they have donated to including children cancer patients and burn victims.

You can find Zella Mae online HERE
On Instagram HERE
On Facebook HERE

I can't think of a better way to rationalize buying a new graphic tee! 

Here are some of my favs:

Positive thinking isn't about someone having it worse, it's about being grateful and hopeful. 

Spread the positivity!!

What inspires you??? 

So this is the last linkup EVER for the Style Me Bloggers BUT there are exciting things to come. Some of my fellow bloggers and I will be joining forces to create The Blended Blog! Stay tuned for more information coming soon!!!!

Don't forget to linkup with the Style Me Bloggers one last time below!!

what I wore - baby-wearing edition

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Let's be real: I have an almost 4 week old baby and a toddler. At this point my wardrobe consists of whatever is moderately (and I use that term loosely) clean, comfortable and provides easy access to little man's food (for the record: breastfeeding is NOT style-friendly). I'm still (heavily) relying on my birkenstocks for footwear and my makeup routine is non-existent. I try to find time to put on mascara and brush my teeth each morning but it doesn't always happen.

Soooooo I'm not exactly a fashion maven over here.

My most worn items these days are yoga pants and little man.

I'm telling you little man wants to be held ALL of the time. Baby-wearing has become the only way I can get anything done and I'm not exactly trying to accomplish a lot - mainly keep the kids alive and moderately content as well as trying to eat enough to sustain my existence (easier said than done).

So here's a little idea of what my life has looked like as of late:

What do you mean I look tired?! Also, you don't see mini-me running around like a crazy person which is exactly what she does.

Moral of the story: 1. you are getting no outfit post today. 2. Baby-wearing is the only thing saving my sanity.

I received this wrap as a gift for our shower for mini-me. It took me forever to figure how to use it and with mini-me I had all of the time in the world to just sit around and hold her. Enter baby #2 and things change. I've quickly become a pro at throwing on this wrap and plunking little man in it. Yesterday mini-me and I had a picnic while little man chilled in the wrap, she made me a few pretend meals and we sang lots of songs. Today, it allowed me to do dishes, vacuum and eat two meals while pretending to be on a bus with mini-me and her princesses (ya, my life is pretty glam these days).

If you're a new mom like me, I highly recommend baby-wearing. Whether you choose a fabric wrap or something more structured, you will absolutely find more freedom.

Recommended Carriers:

The Maman Kangourou Wrap(see above) - I'm biased because I have this and use it all the time but this is a GREAT carrier. It's quick and easy to put on (and take off) and little man loves it.

The ErgoBaby Carrier - I haven't used one (yet) but these carriers have great reviews,

The Tula Carrier - I KEEP hearing about these carriers but they're tricky to find in Canada. They have awesome reviews and super cute designs.

Linking up with:

The Pleated Poppy
Pumps and Pushups
Pampers and Pearls
Tucker Up
The Mummy Chronicles
Cappuccino and Fashion 
Classy Yet Trendy
Shopping My Closet
Jo Lynne Shane

Laundry tips for parents of newborns

Monday, August 17, 2015

Laundry tips for parents of newborns

Having recently had a baby, I have been quickly reminded and yet still astounded by how much laundry such a little person generates.

Prior to the birth of little man, it was Mr. B, mini-me and I and we could usually wait until the weekends before doing 1-3 loads of laundry. Even with that amount, I could barely stay on top of folding and putting away but now, well, now we've entered a whole other territory.

Since we brought little man home I swear I am doing a load of laundry a day.

Little man is a spitter-upper so that's a factor. Then there's the whole 'I like to projectile pee every time you change my bum' thing. Oh, and the breastfed baby poop. I forgot about breastfed baby poop. 

Not surprising, between caring for little man and attempting to entertain mini-me, the unfolded laundry is mounting (hey, it's clean, so that's gotta count for something). I will catch up one day... who am I kidding? I'm destined to have baskets full of clean, unfolded laundry in my bedroom for life.

Anyways, the practical part of this post...

Laundry tips for parents with newborns:

  1. Use baby-friendly detergent - these wee creatures have crazy soft but sensitive skin so it's best to (at least initially) stick with a detergent free of dyes and tons of chemicals. Most brands have a 'free and clear' line that works well. My favorite detergent for little man's clothes is Rockin' Green. We use the one for hard water but there's a number of options. It smells good, cleans amazing and I've had no issues with sensitivities with either child or Mr. B or I.
  2. Rinse IMMEDIATELY - I cannot stress this enough, especially if we're talking about poop and specifically poop from a breastfed babe. Breastfed baby poop is water soluble so if you rinse right away, you should be okay; however, if you let it sit, you're going to have a shirt (be it yours, or your littles) with a nice yellow stain.
  3. Pre-treat stains - if you really can't rinse right away you're going to need to attempt to beat that stain another way. I have OxiClean spray handy in the laundry room. It's a must have. It usually is enough to get the stain out. Sadly though, we've still lost a few cute clothes due to pesky set-in stains.
  4. Stain-fight on-the-go - personally, I'm a big fan of the Tide to go stick; however, they add up in price and I've noticed if I use it on white, I sometimes get a lasting yellow stain where I've used the stick. The best and most cost effective way to fight stains while out and about? Make your own to-go stain remover. It's as easy as picking up a spray bottle from the dollar store and mixing 3 parts water to 1 part detergent. Easy peasy.
  5. Wash before wear - okay, I'll admit, I didn't know this prior to actually having kids (and googling EVERYthing) but newly purchased clothes come with all kinds of chemicals on them. For the most part, I always wash the kids' clothes prior to them putting them on.

Work Wear Challenge - registration is open!

Friday, August 14, 2015

As much as I love dressing myself (at times) it's also one of those things I don't always have enough time or energy for. Enter Alison and her Style Challenges.

My regulars know that I'm a HUGE lover of these Style Challenges. It's super helpful to have someone give you a list of clothes and accessories and then tell you how to put them together in a number of different ways. It's cost and time efficient and as a mom, well I'm all for things that save me time and money.

Alison is at it again and registration for her Work Wear Challenge is NOW open!! As the title suggests, this challenge is geared towards a business casual working environment (there will be no jeans Mon-Thurs) and is PERFECT for those struggling to keep some fun in their work wear.

Also, as an added bonus, Alison is throwing in the 2014 Work Wear Challenge when you sign up for the 2015 Work Wear Challenge.

I'll admit, I'll be sitting this challenge out for now seeing as I'm on maternity leave BUT if you're interested in signing up, I'd love to hear about your experience. Plus, if you sign up HERE through my affiliate link, you'll help me out (by getting $ I'll use towards future challenges - fall challenge is quickly approaching!).

Work Wear Challenge Important Dates:
  • Early Bird Registration Opens:  8/14 (TODAY!)
  • Shopping List Release:  8/21 
  • First Outfit Release:  9/6 

see my previous posts on style challenges HERE


my dream birthday wishlist

My 34th (yikes) birthday is quickly approaching. 
Given my new mom status (yes, I will remind you of this for quite some time) and my brother's impending wedding, there will be little-to-no celebration this year. I'm over it. Birthdays are overrated. 
I'm also not expecting gifts. We're trying not to spend too much these days (maternity leave and all) and I dropped the ball on getting Mr. B a birthday present (I did give birth a week or so before his birthday so I kinda figure Oliver counts as a gift, no?). 

Despite the above, I thought it would still be fun to create and share my dream birthday wishlist! (Mr. B, if you're reading, you may wish to bookmark this post for future gift-giving reference - you're welcome). 

My Dream Birthday Wishlist

  1. Sleep - that 'new mom' status I was talking about... ya, well it doesn't come with much sleep so I could use that. Good luck figuring out how to make that happen.
  2. Fit Bit - apparently these are all the rage. Honestly, I don't know a ton about them and it's totally one of those things |I want just because everyone else is doing it. I also think the sleep tracking feature would be comical (to say the least) at this point.
  3. Makeup brush set - what woman can't use a new, good quality, makeup brush set?!
  4. Joe Fresh grey maxi - I love this and I think this skirt would allow me to find a way to incorporate a maxi skirt into my fall wardrobe. Must-have!
  5. H&M scarf - scarves are the perfect addition to any wardrobe. I love that it has some mustard accents (a great fall color). Clearly, I'll be needing this scarf.
  6. Kate Spade 'tied up' gold plated earrings - I'm OBSESSED with these earrings. I feel like I need them.
  7. Blue Jays Dooney and Bourke Crossbody - I'm a Jay's fan normally but right now they're on a streak like you wouldn't believe. What better way to support my team than by sporting a designer purse with their logo on it? Perhaps if I convince Mr. B that it's good luck, this purse will be within my grasp?! No?
  8. Roomba - we have a golden retriever, need I say more? Maybe not so much right now, but when I go back to work, it would be a small miracle to have something cleaning up dog hair when I'm not even home. Don't judge.
  9. A day off (with wine) - it's not so much me wanting this as NEEDING it. Fingers crossed there's one in my not so distant future.

There you have it... what's on your dream birthday list?

what I wore - Tenaj Boutique

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

For this weeks 'what I wore' post I'm excited to be collaborating with Janet @ Tenaj Boutique!

Tenaj Boutique is an online store with some really unique and affordable (like, really affordable) pieces (clothing AND accessories) for women AND children (girls and toddlers).

Why is this awesome? You can find awesome stuff for you and your little all in one place. Also, if you live in the US, Tenaj ships free!

Okay, so Janet (the lovely owner of Tenaj) sent me both an outfit for me and for mini me to review.

I somehow managed, even with my hectic new-mom-of-2 schedule, to get the dress on and write about it (go me!).

My dress can be found HERE and mini me's shorts HERE

Clearly, I wasn't able to fully pull together my hair and makeup, but little man is not quite 3 weeks old and parenting the two of them is taking some getting used to.

The dress is super comfy, causal enough to wear just out and about but easy enough to dress up a little. Also, added bonus as a new mom, the fringe covers my still squishy tummy! 

Here are some Tenaj pieces I'm loving:

Mini's turn:

My dress can be found HERE and mini me's shorts HERE

Where is mini me you ask? WELL, my darling 2 year old was slightly on the uncooperative side when I tried to dress her (numerous times) for a picture. I'm being generous, it was like wrestling with the poltergeist. She liked the outfit, even fussed over it when it arrived and I opened the package. I suspect the issue was that it was me actually wanting her to put it on. I also suspect now that I've written this post, she'll probably pick this to wear tomorrow.
One day she'll appreciate me dressing her... one day.

Here are some pieces I'm loving for mini me:

Tell me the little girls stuff isn't seriously the cutest?! I'm finding it quite challenging not to just buy ALL of it.
I mean, the jean jacket might be the cutest thing I've ever seen. Ever. AND it's only $22!!

Make sure you check out Tenaj Boutique, I promise you'll find a wallet-friendly piece that you'll love for both you and your little princess (whether she's 2 or 12).
Also, check out their Facebook Page for pictures of their pieces in real life.

Linking up with:

The Pleated Poppy
Pumps and Pushups
Pampers and Pearls
Tucker Up
The Mummy Chronicles
Cappuccino and Fashion 
Classy Yet Trendy
Shopping My Closet
Jo Lynne Shane

how does your garden grow?

Friday, August 7, 2015


Here's the thing: I love a beautifully landscaped yard but I'm kinda lazy when it comes to actually doing the work.

Thankfully, Mr. B is quite dutiful when it comes to our yard. I take 2% credit for the state of our gardens and other 98% is all Mr. B.

I did help pick out flowers in the spring... I even helped plant some of them (some of which Mr. B decided to move because apparently my placement wasn't ideal - seriously). I sometimes participate in decisions about the yard which bascially means Mr. B asks my approval prior to removing a giant plant/shrub/tree (by 'ask' what I mean is he tells me he needs to get rid of something for the sake of the yard).

Here's how our gardens grow (thanks again to Mr. B)

the front (obviously) - probably won't look like this next year because Mr. B is itching to get rid of the cedar-like trees as well as the climbing vine. Also, Mr. B is not impressed that I took a picture of the burnt grass. Apparently the fertilizer he bought had the opposite effect and he is not impressed. 

Our pear tree!! This bad boy produced so many delicious pears last fall. I'll be honest and tell you we ended up throwing out a ton because we didn't realize they were ripe. I will be on the ball with pear-picking this year! On that note: anyone have any great pear recipes?

From the left side of the deck. See those pretty planters on either end of the deck?! Ya, I can actually take credit for those (well, planting them, Mr. B and mini-me are the flower waterers).

Happy gardening!!

Feel free to link up with us below, any post will do but bonus points if it's gardening/floral :)

what I wore - regression

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I have a confession: this second-time mommy has somewhat reverted to her frumpy-mommy ways.

No, I haven't ditched the hairbrush and opted for 24/7 flannel pjs BUT I have been wearing yoga pants as bottoms (with no yoga involved - unless you count the 4 poses I do with mini me) paired with loose, mismatched tanks/t-shirts.

3 days post-partum... feeling tired and lacking motivation, yoga pants for the win. Not a flattering pic by any stretch, but this is real life.

It's not that I don't want to appear fashionable at this point, it's just that throwing on anything more than comfy clothes really requires a lot of effort that I don't particularly have time/energy for. Then there's the whole I just want to be comfortable thing.

Yoga pants and a tank/t-shirt have become my new mommy-uniform (again).

I had envisioned myself as this quasi-put together new mom with her newborn and toddler in tow. What was I thinking?! And then I had little man and am simultaneously trying to parent my spirited two year old. Fashion is sliding down my priority scale. I need to be practical and fast. Little man needs easy access to food and mini-me doesn't allow much time for me to put myself together.

this sums up my life... piles of laundry on the bed and a baby kinda sleeping. The only thing missing is my mini-me who was likely tearing apart the playroom when I took this picture. Again, zero makeup, hair in a pony and threw on the easiest/most comfortable thing I could find (that hadn't been peed, pooped or puked on).

Looks like, for now, I'll be reserving mascara, cute outfits and no pony-tail for the weekends (i.e. when Mr. B is home for backup).

Although, I must admit, accessorizing with little man is pretty much the best addition to any outfit ;)

baby-wearing is a lifesaver (and the only way I can get dishes/vacuuming done most days)

I'm very much looking forward to all the Wednesday What I Wore posts this week so I can live vicariously through all of you!!

Linking up with:

The Pleated Poppy
Pumps and Pushups
Pampers and Pearls
Tucker Up
The Mummy Chronicles
Cappuccino and Fashion 
Classy Yet Trendy

July in numbers

Monday, August 3, 2015

Quickly linking up with Deena over @ shoestoshiraz for my July in numbers post (see June's numbers post HERE)

July in Numbers

1 - number of babies I gave birth to. Come on, you knew I HAD to start with that. 
little man's numeric stats:
9lb 1oz, 22.5 inches long 

1 - Canada Day celebrated - one of my favorite holidays and it would appear that mini-me shares this affinity. So cute. Unfortunately, we had unseasonably cold weather that day but it didn't stop us from celebrating!

9 - number of pictures I posted to Instagram

2 - number of children I have now. WEIRD. I catch myself laughing in disbelief every time I reference having two kids. I will get used to that, right?

15 - number of blog posts written. That's the most I've posted in a month since October 2014. Wonder if that has anything to do with the fact I was off work?! I suspect that number will not be maintained in August given the above mentioned 'new mother of two' status. 

1 - trip to the zoo with mini-me.

25 - pounds lost. Yes, majority of that was baby but it just feels good to say I lost 25lbs in July lol. Now, I just need to get working out. I have a bridesmaid dress I need to squish myself into at the end of the month. Yikes.

I've lost countless hours of sleep and changed an obscene amount of diapers as well. We have also had more visitors than I can count and received so many lovely gifts and lots of meals (which is the best gift EVER when you're home with a new baby!). Even the lovely Deena sent us supper from Saskatchewan (seriously, how thoughtful is that?!). 

I owe a bazillion 'thank yous' to a ton of people and am very very aware how lucky we are to be surrounded by so many awesome people who care so much.

If you have a 'month in review' post you'd like to linkup, head over to Deena's blog and post your link!