Monday, November 24, 2014

It's starting to look a little like Christmas

It was really nice having my parents in town recently. Axel is a really good baby, but it's still great to have help looking after him. Chris and I were able to catch up on our sleep and make some progress on some projects around the house, including some work on the nursery.

Ornament wreath

While my mom was here, she and I hit up a few local craft sales and hung out at YuKonstruct's holiday craft night. Inspired by all the craftiness, we put together some easy holiday decorations including a fun wreath from some ornaments and wire I already had lying around.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

One Month

It's hard to believe that Axel is a month old today. He was due to arrive tomorrow!

Inspired by Young House Love and Making It Lovely, I've been taking Axel's picture every week.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

He's started to grow so fast! Over the last week he's been putting on over an ounce every day. His clothes are still all too big, but at this rate he'll be filling them out in no time

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Axel's First Halloween

Halloween 2014
My mom brought Axel this cute Halloween stuff when she came to visit us
Even though we kept our Halloween pretty low key this year, we still had a lot of fun.

Halloween 2014 

We decorated the house with the Zero ghost dog and Oogie Boogie Man I made last year.

Halloween 2014

One new addition was a teal pumpkin sign that Chris painted. Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? Displaying a teal pumpkin is a way to show that you have non-food treats available for kids with allergies or special diets. We handed out little tubs of Play-doh and toy whistles along with candy and it was a huge hit with the trick-or-treaters who came to our door.

Halloween 2014
Our little pumpkin
Originally, I wasn't sure if I'd have to work my costume around a pregnant belly, so there was no grand plan for this year. A jack-o-lantern costume came with some second hand clothes we got recently from kijiji, so even though it was meant for a baby twice his size, Axel dressed up as a little pumpkin. Chris and I raided our tickle trunks and he decided to pair most of the Ludo costume with his wedding jacket for a fairy tale beast while I wore a cloak and painted my face.

Halloween 2014

We weren't planning on going out, since we didn't want to take Axel to a bar or big event, but a friend convinced us to go to a house party nearby and I'm really glad we did. We ran into some people we knew, had a good time and Axel slept through the whole thing.

Halloween 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Happenings

Baby Axel's early arrival has necessitated some changes to our Halloween plans this year. Since he's not ready to join us for any big parties and costume contests, we're going to focus instead on decorating the house and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. I still don't even know what costumes we'll wear! (but there's no shortage of options as my archive of costume blog posts will attest)

Monster Mask Workshop
Axel at his first YuKonstruct workshop

While we haven't worked out our outfits yet, we have been helping others get their costumes ready. Chris and I have been teaching a mask making workshop at YuKonstruct.

Monster Mask Workshop

It's been a lot of fun showing people how we've made masks like the ones we use for Ludo and Bebop and Rocksteady. The class participants have some really great plans for their masks and I can't wait to see how they all turn out when the workshop wraps up this weekend.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Welcome to the world Axel!

Friday was officially my last day of work, but I still had a bunch of loose ends to tie up so I was planning on going in over the weekend to clean off my desk and wrap stuff up. Chris was out of town for a wedding and I was looking forward to having the weekend to get stuff done around the house before we jumped back into the kitchen renovations. I remember thinking on Saturday morning how great it was that I would have the next month to focus on getting everything ready for our baby since we were so unprepared.

Like many mornings over the last 7 months, Saturday started with me eating breakfast and then promptly throwing it up. I was feeling pretty miserable about still dealing with morning sickness at that point, and without Chris to complain to, I turned to facebook for a little sympathy.

Status Update

I really should have known better than to write "the baby can't get here soon enough" when Chris was halfway across the country.

Sure enough, I was about to wrap up for the day at my office around 2 pm when my water broke. In our prenatal class they told us that it's not really like on tv, but that's exactly what happened. Just 'Whoosh!' and I was drenched down to my socks.

So there I was, soaking wet, alone in an empty office on a Saturday.

I called Chris but he didn't answer because he had shut his phone off for the wedding ceremony. Then I called an amazing coworker who had told me to call her if anything happened while Chris was away. She rushed to my rescue. I wasn't having any contractions so I tried to convince her to take me home so I could change, but she insisted on driving me straight to the hospital, pantless. I'm really glad I wore a long coat that day.

At the hospital they immediately checked me in to the last available maternity room. Whitehorse averages only one baby born a day, but all 8 rooms were full (ultimately 7 babies were born October 4, 2014!).

The nurses and doctors were quick to set me up on antibiotics and told me I was 2cm dilated and mostly effaced. They'd give me until 2am and then they would have to induce, but if Chris could change his flight, there was still a chance he could make it in time.

They asked me if I had a birth plan or go bag they could get for me, but no, Chris and I hadn't gotten that far. We had just set up an appointment to meet a doula the following week!

I wasn't having much in the way of contractions or pain, so I hung out in my hospital room with my incredible coworker. Eventually I got through to Chris on his cell phone. He got the news while in the wedding receiving line and held up the whole line while he got over the shock.

Just before 8pm our friend Fawn came to the hospital to keep me company and relieve my coworker. Fawn is amazing. She's a mom and knew exactly what to expect, so she came prepared with snacks, movies and even candles.

My last text to Chris before giving birth
my last text to Chris before the birth

The baby must have know that Fawn would make an excellent doula because not long after she arrived, things started happening very quickly. She rubbed my back, mopped my brow and fed me ice water all while keeping Chris updated on our progress. Chris got a ticket for the quickest available flight, but he wouldn't land in Whitehorse until noon the next day, so having Fawn there for me (for us both) was so wonderful.

Before my labour, I wasn't really sure where I stood on pain medication, but in the end there wasn't time for an epidural. I am however grateful for the laughing gas, even if only because it forced me to focus on my breathing (which was much better than my natural desire to scream through the whole process).

At 11:01 pm on Saturday October 4, 2014, baby Axel was born, weighing 5 lbs and measuring 18" long.

While he caught us by surprise, Chris and I couldn't be happier with our healthy little boy.

Chris meeting Axel
Chris met his son the next day and it was love at first sight. The proud father has been doing a fantastic job of looking after us. Because he's premature, the doctors and nurses have been keeping a close watch on Axel and we'll be staying at the hospital for another few days.

Some photos from our hospital stay:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


This morning we woke up to snow!

2014-09-30 Whitehorse

Whitehorse was hit by over 10 cm of snow today. I guess I should get around to harvesting the vegetables from the garden, eh?

2014-09-30 Whitehorse

Sunday, September 21, 2014


As you may have guessed from my 32 week photo outfit, we've been working on the kitchen renovation.

Kitchen Renovation

We started by taking out the floating floor, which came out really easy. We were a little worried about what we'd find underneath, but we were pleasantly surprised by the condition of the plywood subfloor.

Kitchen Renovation

After the laminate flooring was safely stored in the basement, we tore out the kitchen closet.

Kitchen Renovation

Unfortunately removing the cabinets was not as easy as the floor and closet. I had originally hoped that we would be able to keep the cabinets to reuse in the basement or garage, but they were built in place with an excessive amount of glue and nails, so taking them down required tearing them apart. At least we should be able to reuse some of the wood from the cabinets.

Kitchen Renovation

After pulling out the cabinets, we discovered that we'd need to do more work on the walls than we'd originally expected. We removed the thin wood sheets, so we can put up a vapor barrier and gypsum board.

Kitchen Renovation - wood paneling behind the wood paneling
behind the wood paneling, more wood paneling!

The next thing to go was the ceiling tiles.The naked wood ceiling actually looks really cool and Chris and I are both a little disappointed that we're going to have to cover it up. But we can't have sawdust and insulation falling into our food while we're cooking in the kitchen.

Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen Renovation - hidden message
message on the back of one of the ceiling tiles
Kitchen Renovation