On the mend…

December 6, 2011

Thankfully everyone in our home is on their way to being healthy again. Both boys are still coughing, but I remember with past colds/flus this is what hung around the longest, sometimes even weeks. Harold also quickly recovered, and thankfully so far, I’ve managed to stay healthy.

Christmas is in full swing in our home. Each year I patiently wait until December 1st to roll around before dabbling in anything Christmas (okay…except for Christmas shopping…I’ve started doing that year round!). But since this past weekend marked the first weekend in December it was full of everything Christmas.

On Friday night we watched Mission’s Candle Light Parade. It was beautiful. The night sky was clear, it wasn’t too cold, and the boys loved seeing each float go by. The 10 or so fire trucks at the start of the parade were definitely a favourite of both boys. Caleb was still feeling a bit under the weather, and snuggled up with Daddy during the last half and fell asleep.


Saturday was getting the house ready and decorated for the holidays. This year we started off with a huge pre-Christmas decor clean. We vacuumed all our nooks, crannies, dusted baseboards, washed the floors, etc. It felt so great to have Harold’s help in tackling this task and in no time the house was spic and span. After the boys’ naps, we decorated the Christmas tree as a family. Unfortunately, they both lost interest really quickly and I was left to put all the decorations on by myself, while Harold distracted them with books. Otherwise they were acting like hooligans – jumping on the couch, kissing, hugging, and running around like crazies! Maybe I’ll have to try this: http://pinterest.com/pin/698154646/ with the boys  🙂



Last night, I participated in my first bake exchange of the season. Anyone want to come over for coffee – I have WAY too much baking, and unless I want to visit the gym every day the week of December, I can’t eat it all…



Round 1

November 29, 2011

Ding ding ding. Round #1 of cold/flu season has hit the Louwerse household. Unfortunately it’s only November, it’s going to be a long winter!

Lucas started off with a nasty cough at the end of last week. The first morning he thought the sound of his own voice was funny, and every time he coughed he said “I like hurt” Ha! He thought being sick was all fun and games at first. He had a couple of rough nights and one or two super long naps, but thankfully despite being sick for over 5 days, he is in pretty good spirits and is on the mend. He knows how to work the system though and frequently says during the day “My tummy hurts, I need to watch a show”

Caleb got his first taste of this cold/flu last night when he woke up hoarse and coughing. He is in much worse shape than Lucas was. He’s been battling a high fever 101-103, a nasty cough, almost no voice, and yucky diapers. We are very thankful for Tylenol and Advil, as they give him bouts of happiness throughout the day. Today he even asked to go to bed, bringing me his sleep sack, I asked “Do you want this on?” “Ya” he nodded. “Do you want to go to bed?” “Ya” he nodded again. Thankfully he is still eating and drinking, and is perfectly content to sit on my lap and cuddle.

Last but not least, Harold’s symptoms appeared today as well 😦 He has more of the sneezing and runny nose right now – more a head cold than the boy’s chest cold?flu?  Hopefully it’s not a completely different virus and round #2 is actually knocking on the door.

So far, I’ve remained healthy. I was sure to take some Vitamin D this morning, and think it’s time to restock on Echinacea and Vitamin C as well.

Hopefully this round has our free pass through the Christmas season and we can make it to January healthy!

Must get sleep!

November 23, 2011

The first thing that comes to mind when I recall the past few weeks in regards to the kiddies is the lack of sleep they (and in turn me) are getting. We are in TRANSITION mode right now for both of the boys, which makes it doubly tough.

Lucas is 3 years old and (almost) 3 months old. And he is starting to drop his nap. I am so very thankful that up until this point he has mostly napped everyday for 2-3 hours. He generally went to bed happy, and woke up happy (well after some snuggles, a snack, and sometimes some TV). However, over the past month or so, he has started resisting naps. He’s still pretty good about heading into his bed, but once the door is closed, he quietly sneaks books/toys into his bed and plays. This I don’t mind, as long as he is quiet, and resting. The last few days though, he is getting braver and will move stuff around in his room, come out frequently because he has to pee, he needs a drink, etc. Unfortunately, this is usually the cause of short naps for Caleb. Which is a lose lose situation for Mommy.

(Despite less sleep, he’s still a happy boy!)

Caleb is transitioning from two naps down to one nap. I have vague memories of how terrible this phase was with Lucas too. Constant crankiness, not enough day time sleep (he’s gone from 3 hours of napping during the day, down to 1 hour of napping), not enough night-time sleep (several night wakings, and early rising) and lots of snacking to avoid said crankiness. Thankfully I think I maybe seeing some improvement. He is increase the length of time he is napping each day! Yay!! It’s closer to the 1 1/2 hour mark now. He is also settling a bit better in the early morning, and going back to sleep, or at very least being quiet. This morning Harold sat with him for almost 1/2 hour and he went back to sleep until 8:15AM!! This is a record in Caleb’s books.

(One of Caleb’s favorite things to do – read books!)

Things are not all bad. I’m enjoying having my mornings free and not being tied down to a 9AM nap. I also now have some free afternoons, since Lucas is often not sleeping, and Caleb is usually done napping by 2:30, that gives us a couple of hours to do things in the afternoons. Plus, Lucas not napping = Lucas going to bed before 7AM which means SUPER quiet and long evenings to ourselves.

Trying to stay positive that my quiet afternoons to myself have become quiet afternoons to myself with several interruptions and way to short!

My first 5km run!

November 21, 2011

This weekend I accomplished something I’ve been working towards for several weeks, my very first 5km run!

(before I knew what I was in for!)

In September I joined a gym (for the first time ever!) I found a great deal for She’s Fit on one of the many deal find sites (Groupon, Swarmjam, etc) that I just couldn’t pass up. Plus, I had been telling myself for months already that I wanted to get into shape. I had tried fitness classes at the rec centre, Jillian Michael’s, and the Wii all without really getting into it.  Since getting pregnant with Lucas I was either pregnant or nursing until this past June (with only a short break) I felt I owed it to myself to do something 100% for myself.

I still have a love hate relationship with the gym. The thought of going, and getting my butt out the door is tough. But once I’m there, running on the treadmill, or using the other machines, I love it! I completely trained for this 5km race on the treadmill, so I was terrified of running outside, in the cold, on rough terrain. (The Couch to 5km Running Plan) Thankfully the course was almost entirely flat, and paved!

But, I DID it! I kept telling myself there was no way I would ever reach my goal, and even contemplated quitting several times. I’m so glad I didn’t.

(Post race!)

Some fall yummies…

November 16, 2011

Although the sun has been shining, it is COLD outside. I’m not a huge coat wearer, I usually just slip on my vest, but lately I’ve been remembering to bring my jacket along to combat the cold. I’ve also been making lots of yummy fall recipes that will warm you to the core. (Oh and PS: most of these recipes are quite budget friendly, especially if your hubby lets you get away with serving a meatless soup for dinner!!)

Please please give one of these a try, you will not be disappointed 🙂

*Turkey Chili – Yum, yum! I shared only a few days ago on here, but this is a reminder to go make it!!

*Creamy Cauliflower Soup: One of my favorite food blogs, Annie’s Eats, didn’t let me down with this delicious soup. Cauliflower was on sale a few weeks ago for $0.79 a head, so this was a SUPER economical dinner choice! Do NOT skip the Dijon Mustard, at first I was skeptical but it is SOOO good.

*Bacon Mushroom and Brocoli Quiche – This is the most adaptable recipe EVER! Use what you have in the house, even if you just opt for cheese and bacon or ham, so good. This recipe also freezes great. I usually bake it as usual, and then freeze it, however, I’ve heard you can freeze an unbaked one as well. They reheat awesome, and are perfect for those long days with the kiddies.

*Cream of Asparagus Soup: A favourite at our house. We had it for dinner tonight, and for the first time in weeks, Lucas gobbled up dinner without any prompts. Needless to say this is a near miracle for this kid 🙂

*Homemade Sandwich Bread: If you are looking for a go-to bread recipe, look no more, this is the ONE! The Hungry Mouse gives a fantastic step by step blog post on how to make this bread that it is almost error-proof. I’ve been meaning to substitute whole wheat flour for at least half of the white flour, but I haven’t been willing to sacrifice that oh so yummy slice of white bread fresh from the oven. I’ll let you know how it fares..

*Cheddar Bacon Dip: Okay, okay, so this totally doesn’t fit the whole cold weather food, but this is perfect dip to have on hand while watching TV at night, or hosting friends, it’s YUMMY! My favourite thing is that basically all the ingredients are straight from what I usually have in the fridge – the best kind of recipe.

Have a good evening! The couch and my book are calling my name 🙂


Our stay-cation!

November 14, 2011

Harold and I had a much overdue getaway without the kids this past weekend, although instead of getting away, we stayed in! It was glorious! 2 whole days sans kids. We were able to catch up on some much-needed rest, we could come and go as we pleased, we dined out at restaurants we would never dream of taking the kids, and we shopped! I hardly lifted a finger for 48 hours, no cleaning and no tending to others…I was selfish and enjoyed some me time (and of course some quality time with Harold)

On Thursday we took a day-trip to Seattle and enjoyed some shopping at the Seattle Premium Outlets, Pikes Market, Downtown Seattle, and then enjoyed a fabulous dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. It was a long, but fun day. We both were shocked at how quiet a car ride can be when there are no kids talking, demanding attention, or crying. We could just have pleasant conversation without being interrupted!

Believe it or not this is the first time we have left Caleb overnight! And it was much-needed. I love my boys to pieces, but a break from the hub-bub of life with two boys is BUSY! And never-ending. After 1 day with the boys, my Mom texted me saying she was in awe of all I did during the day, if it was only taking care of the boys. That made me smile and feel appreciated and needed.

It’s Monday, and it’s back to the grind. The boys are being very well-behaved after a few fights and rule breaking this morning. Caleb had a nice nap which allowed me to catch up on some cleaning.  Lucas quietly and happily played Lego.


A shitty night (literally)

November 9, 2011

Ahhh, night time wakings are so hard when you are used to staying in your bed. Most nights, the boys don’t usually make a peep until 6AM or so. Last night however, Lucas’ sore tummy took a turn for the worse and for several hours we were back and forth from bed to the bathroom. He was such a trooper though. Despite having a sore tummy, and needing to make frequent trips to the toilet, he would climb out of bed on his own, run to the toilet, and patiently wait for me to come to his rescue.

This morning, I checked out HealthLink BC which is a great website with symptom checker tools. It helps set any worries at ease, and gives you GREAT suggestions for home treatment: what they can have or not have, etc, when to see a doctor, signs of dehydration. Such a great resource! For instance this morning I offered Lucas apple juice, which is not a great way to replenish liquid in his drained system. Orange juice is a better alternative. I would have never guessed.

I’m praying that whatever is bugging him passes quickly, and that none of us catch it. Harold and I were hoping for a weekend away, but that won’t happen with a sick little boy.


UPDATE: Lucas seems to be feeling much better. He’s playing normal. And just ate an entire sandwich for lunch. Whew! I hope that was the worst of it.