RAWR – She’s 4!

Maeve’s birthday is still 9 days from now, but with Easter and another family get together the weekend after, we decided to have her birthday party yesterday.

4 years old. This one stings a bit. She’s getting bigger physically, mentally and emotionally and she’s clearly not a little one that needs us so much anymore.  The door is officially closed on a second child and we’re all on with life and it’s proving to be going faster and faster with every year.  She’ll be starting JK in just over 4 months?!

Saying Maeve is creative and imaginative is an understatement. You just TRY and get her away from her craft table if she’s working on a master piece, and several oft those are made each day and usually before noon! She still deeply loves music and singing and “Hey Google, Play the Into the Woods soundtrack” is one of her favourite sentences LOL.  She makes up her own songs about daily life and these can rival dozen minute long Queen ballads. She is just as bit as stubborn and independent as she’s ever been and this wears me out to no end. I am slowly coming along to understanding that this is life with her. I keep trucking with teaching her life lessons and make sure her actions stay “non-life threatening” but other than that, this girl knows what she wants and pretty much knows how to make it happen by herself and I know she’s a good kid with a kind heart and we’re ARE all going to be okay hahaha

She’s 34 lbs and 40 inches tall. She love and excels at gymnastics. She has requested swimming lessons and we’ve got to get her signed up for soccer or ball hockey this summer. She loves numbers and adding and counting to 100. Slime is 1000% her new jam. She is funny as hell. Her little voice, natural inflection, delivery and timing kills us daily. She loves when people laugh at her. She stands in the spotlight with ease and soaks it all up. She is kind and compassionate and I am seeing that what we have been doing, in terms of parenting, IS actually working for her hahaha and she is just one fucking awesome little person. We are often at our wits ends but we are also so proud of her everyday.

We had a “Roar I’m Four” theme this year and this Triceratops loving little girl was in absolute heaven all day long xox

It’s Apple Orchard Season

It was 30 degrees and every bit still summer but Maeve was a trooper and wore her “fall outfit” to the apple orchard. Not because I forced her but because it was a new outfit and that meant she just HAD to wear it.  Kids are so awesome. And I am now fully convinced also don’t feel things the same way us adults do.  Long sleeves AND a VEST in 30+ degrees with ZERO complaints? Common.


First Day of School

Maeve is back for her second year in the CASA classroom at Montessori. I guess technically it is pre-school. So wild to think she’ll be in JK next year! Right now the plan is keep her at Montessori 2 or 3 days a week for her JK year and also take her to her regular JK class at our local elementary school on the other days. She is still just 2 days a week at Montessori and she is on a wait list to be bumped up to 3 days. I was told this will not happen during this school year, which honestly was a little disappointing but the best for bank account as the moment.  It was a pretty uneventful lead up to the first day this year. She knows her school and teachers and it wasn’t her “first day” of ever going to school so we really didn’t talk about going back to build the excitement or get her used to the idea. She is super easy going and doesn’t need to be prepared for days that are out of the ordinary which it made it very easy as well.  I did decide last minute (as all my mommy ideas are usually planned) to set up a little “When I Grow Up” session in the backyard before we took her to school.

Right now Maeve wants to be  – “a doctor for peoplemen, not animals, so I can take you (her dad and I) to work with me and take care of you and help make you feel better”.


Work hard, DREAM BIG!



Maeve is 2

our wild little sweetie is 2.

i can totally believe it and not believe it, if that makes any sense?

maeve is totally wild and stubborn and challenges us on many, many things but she is equally as loving and thoughtful and kind and i feel like my heart could explode many times in the day.

her new thing now is whenever she has to leave the room, even if she is just going to the next room to get a toy or go up stairs to get dressed with daddy, she has to come give me a “nice kiss” a “nice hug” and tell me “see you soon mommy!”.  i could just die every time. i never want her to stop doing this.

she likes to talk about emotions.  she will say “mommy so happy”  or  “daddy so happy” when we’re doing different things throughout the day.  she started saying “maeve so sad” and making a sad face recently and i didn’t know why she would be saying this at first.  i would tell her i don’t want her to be sad and would give her a kiss and hug to help her feel happy. then i realized she got Scout for her birthday and he says “i’m sad, i need a hug”.  she was saying this so she could get extra hugs and snuggles. once we called her out on it she got a sheepish grin on her face and nodded that that is exactly what she was doing.  what a girl! LOL

she loves to sing!  wheels on the bus, old mcdonald, twinkle twinkle, rock a bye baby are her number ones.  she is starting say chunks of the alphabet song and “la las” the parts she is not sure about. she is counting 1-10 and is starting to say 11, 12, 13, 14.  she is on a kick with just saying 2, 3, 6 all the time. not sure what it means but it is definitely an important combo for her right now haha.

she is doing ballet and gymnastics and going to “school” (montessori) two days a week. she is growing up so much and we are so proud of her.

she is stubborn and challenging.  she knows how to get what she wants but not in a bratty way (yet!).  she just knows if she asks we’re likely to let her do things because, hey, why not! we only have her.  her favourite is “MAEVE COMING!” she wants in on the action at all times. and really, unless it completely unsafe, which it never is, why can’t she be coming along?  she loves to help daddy  do “fixing”. just give her the measuring tape and screw driver and she thinks she is doing the job herself.

at school she loves playing outside (obvi!), doing sorting games, playing at the pouring station and playing in the discovery bin.  she does cutting in the kitchen station and loves to  hug her friends and teachers.  she has always been so affectionate. i love this quality about her. everyone is a friend.

her birthday was a “Rock Star” party and she had an absolute blast!  we built a stage and got her a little drum set.  she was rocking out HARD all day and was so amazing at sharing her things with all of her friends and cousins.  it was over a week ago and she still says “maeve a rock star”, “mommy a rock star”. we do concerts everyday and she loves when i sing in the microphone. she keeps saying “maeve birthday coming up soon” and gets so sad when i tell her that her birthday has passed. she wants to have another party! takes after her mommy!

we could not be more proud of the little person she has become.  she is destined for great things and i can’t believe i get to be her mom and join her on her journey through life.

13 months

maeve is a couple of days over 13 months.

this past month has been full of love and so fun BUT also full of frustration and at times anger.

maeve is a smart little cookie and is learning many ways to express herself and let us know what she wants (or doesn’t want).  She signs for all done, more, food, give.  this is amazing and has been so so helpful in understanding her and communicating with her.

she also learned to wag her finger in a “no” response and have little laying on the floor temper tantrums.  although pretty funny, it was a little alarming that she learned these actions so young.  i have never wagged a finger at her.  my husband, however, does use this gesture and i didn’t no know this until just a couple of days ago…. sigh. the finger wagging and tantrums were also followed with slapping and biting.  we have absolutely NEVER slapped her!  so this was all just her testing out her different forms of communicating and testing limits.

the slapping and biting was HARD to deal with guys.  so hard because you can’t make them stop.  i actually did a couple of time outs on the stair.  not because i thought she would understand the time out but to separate her from the situation and get her out of the aggressive state she was in.

i am happy to say that she has stopped her finger wagging and biting the past two days.  i am now getting so many hugs and cuddles it’s crazy.  they know how to take you right the absolute brink and then wrangle you right back in.  i better get used to this! hahahaha

she is starting to say “words” now.  she calls me “may-me” and “ma ma”. we give her water in her bottle and she asks for “wa wa”.  she started saying “uh-oh” this week and it is so cute. we ask her if she wants to eat and she will either shake her head “no” or she will walk towards the kitchen pointing at her mouth.  we can present her with different things and ask her if she’d like it and she will open and close her hands in a “give me” gesture or will shake her head no.

She loves to come up behind me  and “push me over”, then she climbs on my back for a piggy back ride. she climbs up the stairs of her little slide and goes down all by herself. she is so proud when she reaches the bottom and she has a big, goofy grin.  god i love it!

she loves her little snack container where she can put her hand in and get her cheerios. she loves drinking out of a bottle with a straw. you can just see that is so proud to be so grown up.

she reaches out to complete strangers to be held.  it’s is scary in a way that she would go to anyone but also very cute and it makes people so happy. she brings a lot of joy to people and it just makes me so happy to see it.

she is really into books and her little motorized cat and dog. she will pick up these items and give them to me and then back herself up to sit in my lap and play with them or read. i looooooove this.

she has a little car for riding in a outside and there is a handle so that i can use to push it. when we go for walks this is her fav mode of transportation.  she waves to all the cars and people she sees on our walks.  such a friendly girl.

we got her over sized magnets for the fridge and she loves walking around just holding them.  one day she had 5 of them with her hahaha.  i have a feeling when she’s older and told to pick “just one thing” she will have a very hard time doing that haha.

this morning i said we had to change her diaper and for the first time she walked to the ottoman where i change her and patted it like “get me up here”.  proud moment.

so so many things she loves to do but she’s up from her nap now so we’ll leave it here for now 🙂