He’s here and he’s home

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May 19th 2015

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Sullivan Francis Johnson, aka. “Van”.

Born May 9th and weighing 7 lbs. 10 oz.

I definitely jinxed myself by exclaiming that the baby might make an early appearance! Sullivan was born 11 days late ha! I had to be induced, which was disappointing but I was pretty excited to not be pregnant anymore and, more importantly, to finally meet this baby of ours. My first experience with an induced birth was far from pleasant (read: traumatizing) so I was going into this ready to face quite a lengthy and difficult battle. Thankfully, things were so different this time around. I was induced at 10am and Van was born at 5h42pm. I was up and walking around shortly after giving birth. Breastfeeding, albeit painful, happened almost immediately. I couldn’t believe it. It was a good thing that I was in fine form physically because after 2 great days at home with our little guy, he had to be re-admitted to hospital for a possible cord infection. It all happened very suddenly and unexpectedly and I cried every tear in my body. He spent 4 long days in the nursery, hooked up to an IV. Our families rallied and surrounded Theo with lots of love and ice cream while we spent 12 hour days in the dark hospital nursing room we commandeered since they had no spare bedrooms for us to hunker down in. We took Van home on Saturday and it felt like Christmas.

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We’ve now had 3 days to settle into a new routine as a family of four and it’s been amazing. It’s so true what they say about it being easier the second time around. Despite the complications and delicate balancing act we faced in Van’s first week, I find myself so much more present and able to soak in every moment of this little one’s first few weeks of life. We trust our instincts and they are serving us well. More importantly, he is healthy and he is home.

Thank you for all your kind words of encouragement over the last month. I am truly sorry about the extended absence. Now let’s get back to business shall we?

Meve xo

the waiting game

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April 24th 2015

Hello hello. I am coming out of my little late pregnancy bubble to give you all a quick update. I met with my doctor earlier this week and she informed me that, unlike my first child, it looks like this little one is planning an early arrival. This 39th week of pregnancy has involved a lot of pre-labor signs but nothing concrete. It can be challenging to not get discouraged every time contractions stop but I am trying to follow everyone’s advice – rest while you can, go for long walks, savor these last fews days as a family of three…I’m also watching a ton of Friends, baking banana muffins, eating said muffins and cleaning every single surface in our house.

I am literally on the edge of my seat, anxiously awaiting for this little man to tell me he’s ready to make his big entrance into the world. We are so ready to meet him. Until then, I will be signing off from the blog. I’ll be sure to return once we’re ready to introduce the newest member of our family (WILD!!). oxo

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Last day of work

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April 9th 2015

So today is my last day of work before I start my new job as a mother of two. I am both a little sad and a little relieved to be putting the brakes on all work commitments. Mostly because I can’t bare the morning traffic grind and running around that make up a good part of my daily routine. Physically, I feel about 45 weeks pregnant. Emotionally, I am in total denial that I have to give birth to a baby in the very near future. My brain constantly shifts between sheer panic and total excitement.

I won’t be taking on any new interior design consults or work projects for the next few months at least. I’ve been asked by many of my clients when I plan on starting things up again and my answers tends to be “I have no idea.” I wish I had an answer but the truth is that I’ve never had two children and I have no idea how I will feel/handle it all. So I’m taking the summer “off” and re-assessing things in the Fall. Thank you for your patience.

As for the blog, I certainly do plan on keeping up the posts but they will surely slow down once the baby arrives. For a little while anyways. I’ve been writing this blog for 7 years now and it feels like an extension of my brain so I really hope that I’ll get back into a normal blogging routine following the little guy’s arrival. Obviously you will get a formal introduction when we’re home and settled in 🙂

In the meantime, here is a look at one of my last work projects – the magazine cover featuring the dining room I designed for the Godfrey family as part of Home Sense’s latest campaign. Spring is in the air!

Extra long weekend

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April 7th 2015

Mike and I decided to go with the flow this Easter and I am so glad we did. We ate more carbs than is probably recommended (NO REGRETS), watched a lot of cartoons, napped, went for walks, and totally broke away from our weekday routine. Although this is my last week of work before beginning mat leave (WHAT), I definitely felt like my body was thankful that I slowed down a little bit. For a non-napper like myself, napping 2 days in a row is a clear sign that I am wiped.

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Although I did take it easy, I did manage to sneak in some spring cleaning and bake. Yes, I baked. And it was actually rather successful. Turns out that when I’m very pregnant, I nap and I bake and it’s glorious. I made these cheese biscuits for Easter brunch and these sticky pecan buns just because it’s Easter and one should always eat sticky pecan buns at Easter. I have no photos because, well, we (I) ate all the evidence. Here’s a picture of our lovely Easter table though.

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On Monday, we joined family and friends for a long brunch at Lawrence who, it turns out, make the best scones on Planet Earth. They’re almost like a cronut scone. So buttery and flaky with caramelized edges. Topped with clotted cream and jam…I’m sorry I blacked out there for a minute. Where was I? Oh yes, these scones. To. Die. For.

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The highlight of my long weekend, however, was last night. Last night, Mike, Theo and I sat around the table to snack on Easter leftovers. We were listening to great music and joking around. Theo was in a fantastic mood and being all cuddly with me. We talked about the baby and Theo asked a lot of good questions and, when discussing what he would do to help us with the baby, remarked the following: “I will show him my orange scotch tape.” Then he got up to dance around and Mike and I both had tears in our eyes. I think we were both hit by the realization that evenings as a family of three are numbered. We smiled at each other and I knew we were thinking the same thing. We could not be more excited to meet our little guy but it’s also the end of a major chapter in our lives. I would be lying if I said that there wasn’t some anxiety about what the next few weeks will bring.

37 weeks and counting.

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Hope you had a lovely long weekend! xo

 

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