Khloë: 7 weeks old

Baby Girl is a growing machine! She nurses like a champ, spits up a lot, but still continues to gain weight. A few days ago she weighed just over 11 lbs. She’s still in size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothing fits her well. A few onesies are getting snug in length and belly, but that’s probably just the brand. The onesie in the picture is one of the snug items!


7 weeks old

7 weeks old (January 21)


On the weekend I ended up having to go to the ER in Deep River for mastitis. My right breast had a swollen, hot, red patch that was incredibly painful. The night prior, I had suffered from headache, chills, fever, and sweats. I thought I was just getting sick but a friend tipped me off that it could be mastitis. The doctor took one look and said, “Yep, that’s an infection!” and wrote me a prescription for clindamycin. I have been taking the pills all week and only have another two days to go. Some of the antibiotic does enter the breastmilk, but I was assured not a significant amount. By Sunday night, poor Khloë had suffered from diarrhea all day. I only realized that’s what it was after changing the ninth dirty diaper and looked it up in a book. I quickly called TeleHealth and the nurse advised us to take her to see a doctor. So back to the ER at 9 o’ clock at night–but we were the only ones there so it was a fast trip. The doctor wasn’t worried as Khloë was still drinking and wasn’t getting dehydrated. She said just to keep an eye on the poop to make sure there’s no blood.


Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

Dressed for church

Dressed for church


Khloë still sleeps a lot during the day. When she’s awake we play hand games or go on her play mat. She gets excited when we put her on the change table and she is definitely starting to smile at Mommy and Daddy. For such a happy girl, a few evenings a week she gets really fussy with gas pains and cries constantly. It’s hard to handle seeing her in pain and not being able to make it all better.

I don’t know how long baby acne lasts, but her face is always covered in little red splotches.

Time to play catch-up!

Where did December go? I am a terrible blogger. I feel like time is going by way too fast and that I never have time to write anything down. Maybe that should be my New Year’s resolution? Except that I never make New Year’s resolutions, so why should I start now? Let’s play catch-up.

This Christmas both Jordan and I were sick. He came down with the flu on Christmas Eve, so I went over to my mom’s on my own. My aunt and two cousins came over; Keesje, Luc, and Ashe were there; my brother Mark came from Kitchener-Waterloo area; and Crystal was home from Thunder Bay, with Lukas. A nice little gathering for celebrating the holidays. I left a little early due to headache. Christmas morning I woke up at 5 am with an upset stomach, and twenty minutes later the nasty flu started! I haven’t been that sick in ages and I never want to be again! It was horrible! I missed my nephew’s first Christmas and missed a turkey dinner that I know was delicious. And I missed my Boxing Day shift which would have brought in a lot of money. But by December 27th I was perfectly fine and hubby and I went over to Keesje’s to give Ashe his gifts. I also tested out my brand-new Canon 60D on that cute little guy!


Ashe @ 5.5 months old

Happy Christmas smiles!


Stacey from work had her baby girl, Hannah, on December 12th, which happened to be her due date. I’ve been to see her a couple times but I feel like I’m always at work or my shifts just don’t align with a good time to visit. We had to cancel on each other twice last week due to various things. Baby Hannah Marie is now 3 weeks old and I definitely need to make more of an effort to get over for a visit. I need more photos of the cuteness!

New Year’s weekend Jordan and I spent in Ottawa at his sister’s and brother-in-law’s house. Serena is due the first week of March and I’m getting pretty excited! They came back from spending Christmas in New Brunswick with garbage bags full of baby clothes and items; it was so much fun to go through them. They’re fairly certain they are having a girl; let’s hope that’s true because there was an awful lot of pink girly outfits in the bags.

Other friends of ours also had their baby girl, Sofia Elizabeth. She was born on December 27th. After returning from Ottawa, we went over to Ryan and Stacey’s and met 5-day-old Sofia. She’s a quiet little thing with chubby cheeks – so cute!

And I believe everything is now up-to-date!

Europe – Part VI

***Continued from previous post.

{October 20 – 9:11 pm – Amsterdam, The Netherlands}
Still not feeling well, big surprize. Couldn’t get up for the alarm and ended up sleeping til 10 am. Before heading out for lunch we went down to the lobby and I asked if there was any store nearby that I could buy cold medication from. The lady said to try “D.A.” since I would need a prescription to visit a pharmacy. So we went there and got some Kleenex packs and some cold medication. The store didn’t have anything like Advil or Tylenol and the lady there gave me some medication with Dutch all over the label and she explained to take a couple pills every hour.

Found lunch at “Small Talk”. I had a cheese omelet with toast and black tea while Jordan had fried eggs with toast and a cappuccino. Can’t remember how much it cost. While we were waiting for the food it started to rain and a bunch of people surged into the restaurant. After eating we hopped on a tram to Centraal Station (to get out of the rain) and bought two train tickets to Sittard, for tomorrow. Tickets cost 44€ total and would get us to Sittard before 4:30 pm, just in time to be picked up by Tyler & Tammy. Then we boarded the #9 tram, got off at Plantage Middenlaan, and walked to Hortus Botanicus. Entrance fee of 7.50€ per person. It was a little disappointing because I expected to see more flowers, but there was a butterfly conservatory and a cactus greenhouse, etc.



After spending some time there, we walked from the Plantage district to the Heineken Experience building. Even if you don’t like Heineken, or beer for that matter, it was still cool to go through the tour for 15€ per person (on VISA again). Kind of neat to see the process of how it’s all made. Myself, definitely not a Heineken fan, but we’re in The Netherlands! We had a sample partway through and then at the end of the tour we could use the buttons on our wristbands to trade for two more drinks. I kind of hurried us out of there since I was feeling pretty awful and was getting a pounding headache. Too cold out to do anything else, and getting late, so we returned to the hotel and sent Tammy a message to let her know what time we’d be arriving tomorrow. There’s still so much that I wish we could have seen, and I regret not getting to Leiden, but with our limited time and illness it is just not possible.



For our final dinner in Holland we ended up at “Mezzaluna” for pizza and pasta. Unfortunately I couldn’t taste my food, nor smell it, but it looked tasty. Add in green tea and a hot chocolate and the meal came to 23€. Now back to our room to rest and take some more drugs, which aren’t working very well. Why is there no Advil Cold & Sinus here?!

{October 21 – 11:50 pm – Tüddern, Germany}
Woke up to the alarm at 8 am to start packing. Now I have one small suitcase, my purse, the Salzburg bag, and the Amsterdam bag, plus Jordan’s suitcase, all crammed with stuff. Yikes! At 10:45 am we went over to the bakery for a sandwich, cookie, and apple turnover (7.10€). I ate half the sandwich, Jordan had the cookie, and we packed away the food. Checked out a little before noon. Hopped on the #2 tram to Centraal Station and boarded the 12:38 pm Eindhoven train rather than the 1:38 pm due to a very tight transfer schedule between trains. We figured that, if we did happen to miss our connecting train, we wouldn’t be late for Tyler & Tammy. At Eindhoven we got on the bus to Weert, and then took the final train from Weert to Sittard (still in The Netherlands), arriving at 3:18 pm. Waited inside in the warmth til 4:45 pm for our ride. Long day, but it felt great to be back at our friends’ home. Later that evening we ordered food to be delivered: pizza, fries, and schnitzel. Didn’t eat much as I still was not feeling well. We watched “The Hangover” and then I took some Nyquil (yes, REAL drugs!) and fell asleep.

{October 22 – 11:12 pm – Tüddern, Germany}
This morning I was still sick so I decided to not accompany Tyler and Jordan to the Düsseldorf Airport. I had a granola bar and apple turnover for breakfast, and some water. My nose is sore. Jordan and I have our suitcases packed, finally. Tyler picked him up before lunch and left for the airport. Even though Jordan and I are parting today, with him heading back to work in the Middle East, I’m glad to be going home tomorrow. I had a nap from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and ate leftover pizza for dinner. Tammy and I watched the new “Robin Hood” movie and then I went to bed. Coughed all night.



{October 23 – 10:30 am – Tüddern, Germany}
We leave in an hour for the airport. I made myself some tea with sugar and peanut butter on toast for breakfast. Trying to stay away from milk, as that makes my cough worse. I have no idea how I am going to handle the two plane rides home in my state. My ears are plugged and I can hardly breathe. I should be in Toronto by 8:15 pm tonight, then a looooong drive home!

{October 23 – 3 pm EST – Somewhere Over Atlantic Ocean}
Tyler & Tammy drove me to Düsseldorf Airport. Before checking in I thanked them profusely for allowing us to stay with them. Got my boarding passes. The first flight to Amsterdam was only 30 minutes on a little plane. Once in Amsterdam, I found my gate after passport control. I’m on my way home! What an amazing trip!

***End of journal.

Made it home in one piece. The last flight home was great, no turbulence, however my plugged ears caused a lot of pain on the descent to Toronto Pearson Airport. Such excruciating pain, I don’t know how I stood it. During the flight I kept myself pumped with cold medication, otherwise I got coughing and couldn’t stop. Home sweet home.

Europe – Part V

***Continued from previous post.

{October 17 – 11:45 am – Bruges, Belgium}
We got up around 8 o’ clock to pack up our things. My bags are getting pretty heavy. Ate breakfast in the hotel at 10 am, then checked out for eleven. Caught the #12 bus at Markt Square heading to the train station. Stood in line for 15 minutes to buy two tickets to Amsterdam (94€ total, put on VISA). Looks like an hour ride to Brussels Midi station and then another 3 hours from there to Amsterdam Centraal.

{October 17 – 3:15 pm – Rotterdam Train Station}
Train just pulled away from Rotterdam station. We should arrive in Amsterdam sometime after 4:15 pm. The ride to Brussels Midi station was fine. We got off the train and went looking for a restroom and something to eat for lunch – only twenty minutes until our next train. Cashiers at the fast-food restaurants there were really slow; finally just bought two slices of pepperoni pizza (8€) and ran for platform 7, only to realize we were at the wrong platform! The train tickets are confusing. Ran back downstairs, pulling our luggage, and realized we needed to be at platform 19 in the next couple minutes. Train already there but we managed to get on and find a seat before it left. So far the weather looks good.



{October 17 – 11:50 pm – Amsterdam, The Netherlands}
At the train station we caught a tram heading toward Museumplein and got off there. Took awhile to find our way to Koninginneweg with my map printed from Google (didn’t have all the streets labeled). When we finally found our hotel we checked into the Park Plaza Vondelpark close to 5:30 pm. Unpacked. Around 7:30 pm we went down to the lobby to use the free wireless. Then headed out looking for dinner. We ended up walking all the way to Leidesplein where a whole bunch of restaurants are situated. Pretty crowded for a Sunday night. Decided on a Mexican restaurant, “Mathias”. I ordered an iced tea (carbonated, of course) and chicken enchiladas while Jordan had a Hoegaarden and a huge plate of nachos (27€, on VISA). Food was very good. We paid the bill at 9:18 pm and then proceeded to get lost on our way back to the hotel. We finally made it back, in the freezing cold, at almost midnight. My body feels terrible.



{October 18 – 11:30 am – Amsterdam, The Netherlands}
Woke up late so we’re just heading out to breakfast now. This hotel doesn’t include breakfast with the room rate and wireless internet is only available for free in the lobby. My throat is sore and nose is running. Pretty certain I’m catching a cold, after last night’s two hour adventure trying to find our hotel.

{October 18 – 6:45 pm – Amsterdam, The Netherlands}
Found a bakery just down the street and bought a sandwich to split and a blueberry muffin (5€). Good price to fill our tummies before lunch. We ate in the lobby while checking emails, etc. Then we walked up the road to Museumplein to the Van Gogh Museum. I purchased tickets before we’d left Canada so we didn’t have to wait in the long line, just walked right in. Looked at the paintings and checked out the exhibition downstairs. Nothing in the gift shop caught my eye. After we left the museum we started walking toward the Jordaan neighbourhood where Anne Frank House is located. Found a free city map at a tourist kiosk. It was quite a walk, a little chilly, but we were determined to use our feet rather than pay for trams. Lined up at Anne Frank House and waited about half an hour to get in (around 3:30 pm). I hadn’t purchased advance tickets because we didn’t know what day we’d do the house. The cost is 8.50€ per person. Very moving experience and incredible to see. The walls inside are covered in excerpts from “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” and there are short videos to watch as you walk through. Hard to believe the Frank family, and the other people, lived in these little rooms. In the bookshop at the end of the tour I picked up some postcards, two of the softcover diaries (one for Stacey), another book about the Frank family, and “The Last 7 Months of Anne Frank” (51€, on VISA).



When we came outside it had started to rain lightly so we ran up the street and I found a shop called “Boathouse”. Spent 30€ on three pairs of wooden clogs, a picture frame, and keychain. By then the rain had stopped and we walked back down Prinsengracht. Stopped for dinner at “De Oude Wester”. Delicious hamburger, fries, and hot chocolate for myself, and beer, a Dutch dish of meat, potatoes, and cabbage for Jordan (27€). Raining yet again so we caught the #2 tram to the Emmastraat stop, then walked the last few minutes to the hotel. Asked at reception if the hotel can book a tour for us, but the man handed me a pamphlet and said I could call myself to book. I asked how much the phone call would cost and he said “not a lot”, whatever that means. Not very helpful.

{October 18 – 9:00 pm – Amsterdam, The Netherlands}
Very chilled after our excursions so after washing up some underwear with liquid Tide, I felt like getting a hot tea or chocolate. We bundled up again and walked for 15 minutes trying to find a place that sold hot beverages to go. That was a bust, nothing really available in this end of the city. Ended up buying bottled water, juice, and a Snickers bar. Now that I really want a take-away hot tea, I have noticed that no one seems to be out carrying coffee cups. Maybe people just don’t do that here? I feel like crap. Why must I be sick in Holland? I have wanted to come here all my life and I am miserable.



{October 19 – 10:20 am – Amsterdam, The Netherlands}
Woke up with my throat still dry and sore, nose running, sneezing, etc. Lymph node to the left of my throat feels tender. Don’t have any cold pills left, as I gave them to Jordan when he was sick in Belgium. Already showered and waiting for Jordan so we can grab some breakfast somewhere.

{October 19 – 10:30 pm – Amsterdam, The Netherlands}
Walked down the main drag from our hotel toward the Rijksmuseum. There’s a park and a strip of souvenir shops, and a huge “I AMSTERDAM” display that people are climbing on. Stopped for a hot sugar waffle, an apple turnover, and a cappuccino. Then we made our way to the “Tickets & Tours” information booth near the Marriott Hotel. We booked a countryside tour of Volendam and Marken for 74€ (on VISA). From there we hopped on the #1 tram to Centraal Station and then went to the “Tickets & Tours” building to exchange our tickets for passes. At 12:45 pm we boarded a big bus and left the city through the tunnel under the harbour. Passed the “sleeping village” of Monnickandam, called this because there is a housing shortage in Amsterdam; people will work in Amsterdam and commute to the village to eat and sleep.



Our first stop was in the former fishing village of Marken, where the bus dropped us off. It’s started to pour and my umbrella is sorta broken, but Jordan’s managed to fix it for now. The guild led us on a walk through the village, pointing out all the green houses, and she explained that the water used to be salty but after the dike was created it gradually turned to fresh water. We walked to the ferry that would take us over to Volendam. While we waited for the ferry, we were allowed to go into the souvenir shop (I bought a magnet). At 2 pm we hopped on the boat for the half hour ride across the water. At Volendam we were given until 4:20 pm to do whatever we wanted to. Jordan and I strolled through the village, enjoying the beautiful day now that the rain had stopped. We ate fried cod pieces with lemon and tartar sauce and fries for lunch. I tried some Dutch pancakes called poffertjes while Jordan had an ice cream cone. At another store I purchased a pink bag with “Amsterdam” all over it, a couple magnets, and a postcard for 19€ (on VISA, as I’m short on cash now). At 4:30 our group walked over to the Volendam Museum (boring), then we boarded our bus and drove to the cheese factory! We were introduced to Iwan, who showed us how Dutch cheese is made. He wore wooden clogs with Nike symbols painted on them which Jordan thought were cool. Joking around, Iwan gave me a piece of cheese as he was demonstrating the slicer, and asked me if I was married. I laughed, said “yes”, and Iwan pretended to look embarrassed and replied, “Oh is that your husband behind you? So sorry!” We tasted a whole bunch of flavoured cheeses and they all tasted amazing. After that we walked over to the clog shop across the parking lot for a short demonstration. At 5:45 pm we drove to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. The windmills there aren’t active anymore but the people who live in them must maintain them. Our group was given time to walk around for a half hour, taking photos. We were back in Amsterdam by 7 pm.



The bus dropped us off at Centraal Station. Walked to Leidesplein and ate dinner at “Mai Thai”. I love Thai food! Spent 34€ on iced tea, Sprite, Heineken, spring rolls, a huge bowl of rice, sweet n’ sour chicken, and a spicy coconut dish. After eating all that delicious food, we walked back to our hotel (about 15-20 minute walk). I think I need to find some cold medication tomorrow. I’m exhausted!

***Continued in next post.

Sticky rolls

I seem to be at the tail-end of my cold. The first few days of holidays, I was completely miserable and tired. We didn’t do much; watched some movies, played video games, read. We left the house on Sunday to go to church and pick up some groceries. I threw some veggies in the slow cooker to make soup for dinner. This morning we wanted to get out of the house and went to the grocery store — again — but this time for baking ingredients. I ended up making caramel pecan sticky rolls. Oh my, they are heaven. At some point this week I’m going to make cheesecake-filled chocolate brownies and German chocolate cake. We’ll have lots of goodies!