Friday, October 17, 2014

Little Emery Valentina is 7-months old. Time has of course flown by and this space has been so neglected. Our family of five is a bit crazy, and I don't have the time to post here like I used to... but trying. Isn't she the sweetest?! We are so enjoying her super chubby knees, huge bright eyes and how she fits into our family.

Morgan and Cove are always showering her with kisses, and mommy and daddy can't get enough cuddles and smooches either. She knows she's loved, thats for sure. Happy Friday everyone. Its Friday right?! (This is my life.) xxoo

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Greatest Adventure

I'm going to miss the days of miniature old man sweaters and bright rubber boots. Cove will be three at the end of June. Life is all about trucks, trains and tools. My baby is getting so big, and seems like a giant now next to tiny Emery. I love watching the kids take on their new roles of big brother and sister, and I'm so glad they have each other when mommy is nursing and busy with Em. Cove is doing well, and seems to not mind having a baby around to hold and kiss, although he's doing this weird slobber thing on her now- marking his family territory maybe? Who knows. Some days he can be as sweet as honey, and other days, watch out- a little wrecking ball of crazy. But, that big smile and porcelain soft skin steal mommy's heart every time.  

Emery Valentina

Its so good to be back here- its been months and months. The biggest change is that we have welcomed a new addition to our family. We've blossomed into a happy broad of five. Our third child, Emery Valentina, was born right on her due date, March 15th, 2014 at 1:45 am, weighing in at 9 pounds and 8 ounces. I delivered the dark haired beauty at home in our living room with our incredible midwives. She came by peaceful water birth, and Morgan and Cove were by my side to see their baby sister being born. More details about the birth to come, but I really wanted to share some pictures captured over Emery's first month.

Baby girl-
Emery Valentina Edwards,
just hours after birth. 

First time out of the house in 2-weeks.
(After birth outing- sunshine please.) 

Brydon's mama, Cathy, aka 'Nanabelle', 
meeting her granddaughter for the first time. 

Mmmmm- vanilla latte.
This mama's Sunday treat.
S L E E P D E P R I V A T I O N 

Dreamcatchers have always intrigued me. We picked up this one from
a street vendor in the Mayan. His wife made them using wild turkey feathers. 
I love the unconventional colours.   

Valentina means 'brave'. 
My mother's name was Valerie. She was born on Valentine's Day. 
She was the bravest woman I've ever known. 

I love having a wee baby in our home again. My heart, so full and radiant with our family of five. It was a really tough year losing my mom and getting pregnant literally in the same breath. To our surprise, when my mom's time on earth was over, Emery's began. Timing so impeccable and ironic, surely a gift from my beloved mom.

Mourning the loss of my mother and nurturing my unborn child (while juggling two other little ones and a blooming business), was an incredibly emotional and challenging experience. I had to be so present to every emotion that came over me. The pregnancy hormones elevated everything. Utterly vulnerable, I had to allow the tears to come whenever they wanted. The more I acknowledged and embraced the depths of my loss, the easier it became to find peace. The last thing I wanted to do was lock up my emotions and burden Emery, so I was a bit of a free flowing mess at times. Gratefully, I have amazing support and love in my life. I was able to lean on its abundance.

What did I learn? What did I gain? To always remind myself to keep the FAITH- plant it deep in my being and trust in the life process. We are all so taken with lil Em, and I can feel my mom with me now more than ever. Our darling girl has blessed this home with so much more love and happiness. Didn't think it was possible, but Emery does mean 'strength of the home' after all.