This past weekend our family vacationed for 4 days at Sherkston Shores Beach Resort in Sherkston, Ontario. The twins have declared it their favourite beach vacation to date and Ron and I are in agreement. If we hadn’t driven the 2 hours ourselves, we would have never known we were so close to home. It had that tropical beach resort feel and once we were there, we didn’t have to leave the resort at all. Everything you need is right on site including a grocery mart, cafe (with the best iced coffee! yesss please!) and a Boston Pizza for that night you’re so wiped from swimming all day and can’t muster up the energy to even fire up the BBQ.
The little cottage we stayed in was so cozy! It was completely updated and so clean and had everything we needed. We didn’t have to worry about bringing dishes, sheets, towels etc., That was a relief! And the twins were obsessed with their bunking arrangement….mostly because they had a T.V. in their room!!
During the daytime, we took advantage of the on site pools, splashpads, skateboard park, minigolf etc., that we had unlimited access to. And every evening after supper, we would go down to the beach with a blanket, throw rocks in the water and play in the waves. We rented a golf cart to get around the resort and this was hands down the twins favourite part of the trip. They thought it was the coolest thing and loved “helping” Ron drive.
This 4 day getaway was the absolute best end to our summer and we began planning our next trip back to Sherkston Shores before we even left the resort!
I haven’t done a favourites post in a long time so thought I was due for one! I just wanted to share a few of my current favourite baby items that I genuinely love and use on a regular basis.They are all items I would highly recommend to every new mama out there. I’ll also be sharing some #mamalogues throughout the post from my very own journey through motherhood thus far.
This post is shared in partnership with Philips Avent. Product choices and opinions are my own.
Philips Avent Baby Bottles – For the most part Everest has been exclusively breast fed since day 1 but being a wedding photographer, I have had to leave him for 9-10 hour days from 3 months onwards. Finding the right bottle for him while I’m gone these long hours was so important to me as we’ve tried different ones in the past and he’s fussy with different nipples and such. We love the Philips Avent bottle as it has a nipple that resembles the natural form and feel of the breast. Everest seems to really like it as well and it’s made it easy for him to switch between breast and bottle feeding. This is so reassuring on my mama heart to know that I can leave him and he’ll be fine for food while I’m gone. My mom gave him 3 bottles without a problem the first time I was away! And even though I know he’s fine now when I’m gone, it’s always the best feeling in the world to come home for snuggles after so many hours a part from him. I remember after my first wedding, he was sleeping so soundly when I got home but I picked him up to snuggle because I missed him so much. Just so thankful we have found a bottle that he takes without any issues.
Wild Bird Modal Sling– Baby wearing has always been something I’ve been passionate about and I wanted to be able to do it more with the twins but it was always tricky to do so with two of them. So this time around I am LOVING it and after trying several different types of baby carriers with Everest, the sling is something we both love the best. I find it so comfy and supportive to wear and Everest loves being worn on the side where he can look around and also snuggle in for a nap when he wants to instead of being snug against my chest. This sling is the Carmine Modal. The Modal material is so so soft!!! I highly recommend.
Fawn Design Diaper Bag – I’ve gone through several different diaper bags since the twins were born and this is by far my FAVE!! It might be on the pricier side but worth every penny in my opinion. I don’t mind investing in things that I know I will love and get so much use out of and this was one of those items. I love that it’s a backpack because with three kids, I NEED my hands/arms free. It’s such a pretty and chic bag and I always have people who aren’t even moms asking me where I got it from! (It can totally be used just as a purse/backpack.)
Gathre Change Mat – We are huge fans of the company Gathre in our home. We have a different mat in almost every room and this is another item that is SO worth the cost. They are such great quality and so easy to clean too. We use them for everything. Crafting, beach days, at the park, in the backyard, for Everest to roll around on in the living room and of course as a change mat for on the go. This one is the admiral color and I absolutely love it.
Our Little Arrows Soother Clip: I love that this clip is not only so handy for not losing Everest’s soother 10 times a day but that it also doubles as a teether. It’s honestly his favourite teething item right now. He loves chewing on the silicone balls. The marble balls and wood combo is my fave!
Thanks so much for reading guys! Watch my video below for a more detailed description of why I love each product!
The twins love helping with Everest whenever they have the chance. Unless it’s throwing out a poopy diaper…than they fight over who has to do it! But they were so excited when we asked them to help us bath him a few weeks back and I had to grab my camera and document it of course.
We just love this natural coconut bath by Baby Be Mine. It’s formulated with only organic and natural ingredients and I loved using it for baths during pregnancy and now with little Everest as well. It’s amazing!
It seems surreal some days that we finally have a precious newborn in our arms. We are just so grateful and over the moon in love with this beautiful gift. Our sweet sweet, Everest.
If it had been according to our own plans, we would have had 4 children earth side by now – our twins along with a two year old (gender unknown) and also a 7 month old – our baby girl Paisley. But life doesn’t always go the way we hope it will and as hard as it was to suffer two painful losses over the past few years, I can’t imagine life without our son Everest in it, whom we otherwise might not have had the chance to know.
In the hours leading up to our daughter Paisley’s birth last March, I was such an emotional mess and had decided I did not want anymore children. But as soon as she was born, as soon as I laid eyes on our sweet girl, so wonderfully and perfectly made, everything changed. Ron and I both knew that we wanted to try and have another baby as soon as possible. We wanted a big family and it was such a strong desire placed on both of our hearts, more now than ever before.
But the hardest part in moving forward after we had had time to grieve, was not knowing what lay ahead for us. Combatting the fear of losing again was what I battled on a daily basis from the moment we began to try for another baby. Even though I had made the decision to trust the Lord with the future of our family, I had to continually re-surrender it all back to Him. I had to just wake up each day through this pregnancy and make the conscious decision over and over again to give all my fear and anxiety back to Jesus. And yes, we were blessed almost immediately with conceiving another baby and we’re so thankful for that. But I think about this often… what if the next chapter in our story had gone differently? The reality is that we could have still been trying today or maybe for another 5 years, or what if we had lost again? And again? Would we still be trusting and praising Jesus through it all? Yes, I absolutely believe we would. And that isn’t to say we wouldn’t have been upset and heartbroken had that been the case. But God used our daughter Paisley to teach us so much during that difficult season….We discovered ourselves what it truly meant to trust and be joyful when to this broken world, there wouldn’t have seemed like a reason to be. We both gained an entirely new perspective on life and what it means to be parents. We saw complete strangers question their faith and friends and family come to know Him better. And we have learned to own our story. The good parts and the bad.
I have learned to now stop and remind myself when I’m walking through a difficult season, that I will get through it with the Lord on my side. That He will hold us up when it’s too much to handle on our own and that we will come out of it stronger. And although I miss my daughter dearly each and every day and wish we had gotten the chance to know her, I’ve truly become grateful for that season in our life. For the way God changed us and used our loss for His glory.
So here we are today, with three beautiful boys and I can’t imagine it any other way. Everest Isaiah has brought so much joy and healing to our hearts. He is such a precious gift from the Lord and we thank Jesus for him every day. I often just stare at him and can’t believe He is ours.
So now onto the birth story of our sweet little man… My induction date was set for Tuesday, February 6th. I had requested an induction as we just wanted this baby boy healthy and earth side as soon as we possibly could. So my OB scheduled me in for 38 weeks. It was great to be able to put a date on the calendar that we could all count down to.
But the thing with induction, is that they give you a date but no time so you have to be ready anytime between 7 am and midnight with the odd chance that you may get pushed until the next day if they are too busy. Well apparently it was a BUSY day, because I didn’t get my call until 10 pm at night. The twins were disappointed as they had been waiting all day long for their sibling to arrive and had to go to bed not knowing when he’d be here. But we were happy to get the call before we went to bed and headed across the city to the hospital, ready for a long night ahead.
By the time we got settled in the room with our nurse, ready to begin the process, it was just around 11:30 pm. The resident on call began by breaking my water and gave me the option of starting the oxytocin as well or waiting it out a bit. We opted to start as I was just wanting things to move along as fast as possible by that point. I began to feel the contractions within an hour or so and athough the pain wasn’t all that bad at first, we ordered the epidural so I could get comfy and try and rest a bit through the night. It’s funny how every pregnancy and birthing experience is so different. I just assumed my induction experience would be pretty similar to my past ones but I felt different side effects this time with the epidural. I felt pretty nauseous until my nurse got me some gravol and got extremely itchy at one point through the night as well, it felt like my entire body was on fire. I’d never experienced any of these side effects with past epidurals. Other than that, it seemed to do it’s job and I was able to sleep for short periods of time. Although I was really just too excited to sleep much at all. During an induction, they check to see how dilated you are about every 2 hours. At around 5:45 my night nurse checked me for the last time before she switched shifts and I was approximately 5 cm. We assumed it would be a while before I was ready to birth. But after resting for another hour or so, right as our morning nurse was checking in at 7 am, I began to feel intense pressure as if I needed to push ASAP. I told the nurse what I was feeling and she agreed to check. Sure enough, I was fully dilated. She ran to get the OB and prep everything and it wasn’t long before I started to push. After about 30 minutes (what seemed to me like 3 hours) Everest Isaiah Young was born at 8:05 a.m., weighing exactly 8 lbs. They laid him on my chest right away and Ron and I just looked at each other and cried and cried. It felt completely surreal that we finally had our baby boy in our arms. All 8 lbs of him. We were in love.
My mom brought the twins to the hospital later that morning to meet their baby brother, the moment I had been looking forward to most. To say they were excited to meet this baby they had been talking to in my belly for months is an understatement. They had been counting down the days for what seemed like forever and it was finally here.
Since everything had gone smoothly and as planned, we were able to take Everest home that evening and by 8 p.m. we were all snuggled up in our living room, loving on our sweet boy. Below is some video footage of the boys meeting him for the first time. I cry every time I watch it. God is so, so good.
At the end of October we took a road trip out to Nashville. It was a special trip for us for several reasons. First of all, my husband has been a die hard fan of the Nashville Predators for about 15 years now so watching them play live in their own city has been on our bucket list for a while. Secondly, with our next baby arriving in just a few short months, it was our last little holiday as a family of four. So we really took in every moment together, knowing that things will be a lottttt different on our next trip!
The drive from our city to Nashville was about 10 hours long but we’ve been doing long road trips with the twins since they were young so they’re used to it! I always pack them a fun bin full of activities for the car….scavenger hunts, travel bingo, coloring books, a few surprises to open, lace trace toys,water wow books, a bunch of dvd’s from the library and of course lots of snacks and munchies!
It was a quick trip once we were there. We were only gone for 4 nights but I’d say we got a good taste of Nashville life. The only thing we didn’t experience with our kids along of course is the night life, but being 25 weeks pregnant, that didn’t bother me much! The highlight of our trip was definitely the hockey game. The boys were so into it too as we’ve been taking them to hockey games since they were a year and half old. It was great to see how stoked my husband was to be there, taking it all in amongst so many Nashville fans.
I feel like everything else we did involved eating of some sort. We had some good ole’ BBQ while walking Broadway mid afternoon the first day we were there. The scene downtown was quite the experience! Live music for miles and people partying at 11 am in the morning. Not exactly my style but an interesting experience for sure!
The Frothy Monkey was such a fun spot for breakfast and coffee!
We also spent a morning in an adorable small town that a friend of mine is from about 20 min from the city, called Franklin. It just so happened they were having a fall festival that day so it was fun to get out and do some family activities together. And the highlight of Franklin was this amazing bakery we checked out called Five Daughters Bakery. My gosh, the donuts were like nothing I’ve ever tasted. So flakey, so melt in your mouth fresh, so so good! A must-visit if you’re in the area!
A maple bacon donut….not my thing, but he LOVED it.
And then we jumped over to Greece…haha just kidding. This amazing structure is a historic site in Nashville. It’s model of the Greek Parthenon and it was so neat to see! The boys loved running in and around the huge pillars.
We had the most amazing taco’s one night at this Mexican place called Mas Taco’s that was recommended to us and that was where we also tried grilled corn on the cob for the first time. (They cover it in parmesan cheese and some other spices and my gosh was it ahhhh-mazing!) They seemed to sell grilled corn on a stick everywhere in Nashville so I was happy we were able to try it!
Our last day there happened to be my birthday and my husband planned a little coffee shop hop for the morning. He knows me well! We hit up 6 different spots and split a drink at each spot. The twins had had it by the end saying “Not anotherrrrrrrr coffee shop Mom?!?!” but we had fun! And you guys, the coffee in Nashville is a whole other ball game. I could barely go back to drinking starbucks once we got back. The shops we visited were:
Eighth and Roast
At the end of our coffee hopping, we stopped at Biscuit Love for breakfast donuts again. Beware if you go, that getting into this place meant waiting outside in the freezing cold for an hour. BUT, it was well worth the wait! SO so so good!!! Another must visit in Nashville!
So I think that’s a wrap! We heard some good music, watched some good hockey, and ate a TON of amazing food. Another State checked off our list!