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A Month in Review: July 2019

Whoa – is anyone else wondering just what happened to July? This month zoomed by but also saw a lot of milestones! So let’s dive in.

The blog!

First things first – the blog came back! It’s been so much fun sharing this journey with all of you. I know it’s been pretty #motherhustle focused around here but I do have some non-mom related posts coming up in August alongside some mom-realness! Can’t wait to share it all with you – and thank you for checking back in here and your ongoing support. It means so much to me.

Road trippin’

We went on our first road trip as a family and visited our nation’s capital (Ottawa, ON for those of you not from around here). It was our first drive longer than 40 minutes with Eli in tow and overall I think we all crushed it. On the way there Eli did have two meltdowns (presumably from boredom), to which I sang the Itsy Bitsy Spider approximately 1,000 times but we learned our lesson for the way back – leave right before nap time instead of right after. Eli doesn’t nap longer than about 30 minutes in the car but that’s nothing an early bedtime can’t fix and it made the drive so much more pleasant – he was in a great mood the whole way back! Our time in Ottawa was wonderfully low key. We stayed in Hintonburg (so cute!), got in a ton of visits with friends and went out for dinners with Eli in tow. Our AirBnB was SUPER baby friendly (full nursery AND a finished basement to hang out in during nap time!), which made it so much easier to see more people – anyone who was able, could come over for a visit with Eli and then stay through nap time. It was perfectly low key and seamless.

The best dinner date – it was so fun trying new places in Ottawa with Eli! Paul and I are also perfecting the art of the dinner trade-off (one person eats, the other watches the baby and then you switch)

A bit of a rough few weeks

The end of our trip did start a series of unfortunate events for Paul, Eli and myself. On our last full day there my eye started to swell up, but nothing major. Overnight it swelled up so badly it was almost shut when I woke up in the morning – we assumed it was allergies and high-tailed it out of our AirBnB. Turns out it was a pretty legit stye. It was so painful and gross – why are these a thing?! After about 2.5 weeks it’s ALMOST gone 🙏🏻 I never thought I’d be so happy to see my full eyelid.

Just trying to calm down the CRAZY swelling with some chamomile tea… did not work 😩

Last week the moment every parent dreads, but knows is inevitable, happened – Eli got sick. He woke up from his morning nap on Wednesday and felt hot. I took his temperature and immediately called the doctor. Luckily I was able to snag an appointment 20 minutes later.  Earlier in the day he had thrown up on me (not spit up – like a full-on baby vomit) but it was, ironically, after taking a new medication for reflux so I didn’t think much of it. But then the fever showed up I was terrified! I was told it was a virus and there wasn’t much I could do except wait it out and manage his fever. That evening was so rough – Eli is a very happy, independent little baby but he was miserable. He played for about five minutes before melting down and we could not put him down. He always wanted to be in our arms but was even uncomfortable there – he would just whimper or cry and there was nothing we could do to comfort him 💔 His fever mostly broke overnight and was gone by Friday but then something new happened – he broke out in a fully body rash. From his face to his feet he was covered. We went back to the doctor and were told it was a viral rash – I didn’t even know that was a thing! Again, the only thing we could do was wait it out (ugh so hard to do!). The rash started to get better on Monday and Eli’s mood has been improving with each day and he’s finally back to his happy, chatty self💃🏼

So naturally, Paul got sick. It looks like he got what Eli had and it’s honestly only made us feel even more heartbroken for our little babe – it was terrible! He’s finally on the mend but wow, let’s hope August is far less eventful!

Finally starting to feel better!


On the brighter side we did have two things to celebrate this month – Eli is six months old (!) and my birthday! As crazy as it feels to me that we have a six month old, those cold, early newborn days also feel like a very distant memory (thank goodness). This age has been the best one yet – he loves to explore everything and it’s so much fun to bring him along on our adventures. He wants to crawl so. damn. badly. He’s spinning himself all around his play mat and rolling all. over. the place. I swear one day I’m going to blink and he’ll have rolled himself across the room.

My birthday was wonderfully low key. Had some family time, some me time (though I did also back into a concrete planter box trying to parallel park in front of the gym and scratched/cracked the car🤦🏼‍♀️) and some time with Paul. His mum was lovely enough to come over and hang out while we went out for an amazing dinner at Buca. All in all, a pretty great little day.

What’s next

We’re now getting ready for some work that’s being done on our house. Nothing sexy – just those beautiful homeownership things like windows, doors and the roof… okay one sexy thing – new closets! And we’re heading down to the sunshine state to join some friends for a week of pool hangs and babies. It will also be Eli’s first international flight (he’s already flown in Canada to BC and Montreal)! This kid is going to be such a travel pro by his first birthday. I am so excited for Florida and to see what other adventures the rest of summer has to bring!

What did you get up to in July? Anything you’re looking forward to for the rest of the summer? Let me know in the comments below!

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