Oliver’s trip to the Agriculture & Food Museum

Agriculture Museum

On July 4th we headed to Ottawa for a visit to the Agriculture & Food Museum. We were supposed to meet up with another SMA family but unfortunately one of Shawnna’s kids was sick and she had to cancel. We decided we would enjoy the day anyway and show Oliver the animals at the farm!

Agriculture Museum

Agriculture Museum

I slathered sunblock on Oliver, got him comfy in his Bugaboo Donkey, and on we went! We had taken out a museum pass from our local library so admission was free. I encourage everyone to do this! You can have a fun day out with the family for free. 🙂 Oliver was 8 months old for this trip.

Agriculture Museum

Oliver got to see horses, cows, goats, and pigs! A huge cow moo’ed right in his face and I thought Oliver would cry but he just watched the cow. I think he was very curious. He was amused by the rambunctious goats and loved looking through the window at the piglets.


Agriculture Museum

Agriculture Museum

Agriculture Museum

Oliver’s Aunt Serena and two cousins, Zoe and Mëa, met us at the farm later in the day. We spent some time exploring the tractors together and then we had to leave to go check in at Rogers House. I think Oliver enjoyed exploring the animals and being out in the sunshine.

Global Genes: World Rare Disease Day 2016

On February 29th, we celebrated World Rare Disease Day by wearing our #ilovesomeonerareandbeautiful shirts from the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation.

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On the rarest day of the year we showed our love and support for those living with rare diseases, especially Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Rare Disease family

Our Rare Family

For my babies, Khloë & Oliver.

Ashe: Four years old

On July 6th, my nephew Ashe turned 4 years old. FOUR! I can hardly believe it. We had a small birthday party for him, on the Sunday, at my mom’s cottage. Close friends and family attended. My sister and I made special cupcakes and “Paw Patrol” decorations. These are some of my favourite photos from the day:

Paw Patrol party

Playing a game

Huge smile from Ashe

Sunglasses collage

Happy birthday!

Birthday balloons

Scooter fun

Holding his adopted puppy

Birthday cupcakes

Cupcakes are delicious!

There were sandwiches, cookies, hot dogs, and other goodies for lunch. My sister had a few fun activities for the kids, like “Pin the Badge on Marshall” and decorating dog bones. There was also a little pool to keep cool in and squirt guns! It was a great party and I’m pretty sure that Ashe had a great time!

Second trimester: Weeks 14 – 17

Week 14 (May 4)
Hello to the second trimester!

Mothers Day occurred this week. I wasn’t looking forward to it. Last year at this time, we took Khloë to the zoo and spent the weekend in Toronto. This year, she is gone. The hardest thing to come to terms with is being her mama but not having her with me to celebrate. Spending all these special holidays without her truly sucks.

On Saturday I felt the baby move for the first time! I felt a rolling sensation while I was sitting on the sofa. I felt it again later in the afternoon. In the evening the baby pushed right up against my lower belly.

Weeks 14-15

Week 15 (May 11)
My weight gain is 6.8 lbs according to the pregnancy app I use. I’m interested to see how much I gain this time around. With Khloë, I gained 38 lbs and gave birth two weeks early. My belly keeps getting in the way; I am definitely bigger this time around, equivalent to around 18 weeks with Khloë. I’ve been sleeping on my left side but tend to wake up on my back.

On Thursday I saw my midwife. The baby’s heart rate is 150 bpm and my blood pressure is low at 100/60. Weight gain was at 8.6 lbs.

We also spent Friday to Monday in Kingston for the long weekend. The Nicholsons looked after the baby chicks for us. On the Saturday we went to Leeder Monuments and picked out a beautiful red heart-shaped monument for Khloë. Then we stayed overnight at the cottage. I slept poorly because I kept having nightmares about saving Khloë’s life over and over again. My mom did a nice barbecue lunch for us on Sunday.

Week 16 (May 18)
I’m getting so anxious for the anatomy scan! A few more weeks away… Not much to report this week, other than we had the Nicholsons over for dinner. Their two boys love our chickens. They still talk about the time they were “chicken farmers” while we were away.

Weeks 16-17

Week 17 (May 25)
I cleaned up the blender and made my first summer smoothie this week. I love drinking them when it’s warm out–milk, banana, frozen berries, greens, yogurt, and probiotic. I even poured the leftovers into popsicle molds. And then later I made home-made fudgsicles! I was outside catching chickens on Thursday when I heard someone call my name. I turned around and there was my mom and aunt and uncle! They decided to stop in on their way up north for a quick visit. On the Sunday they actually stopped in on their way back from my cousin’s graduation. I made pasta salad, sausages, and lemon cream squares for lunch. I’m at 12 lbs gained.

A new beginning

I haven’t updated in a long time and I hope that I can begin to get things back to normal around here. I loved putting together the weekly updates about Khloë, and now that she is gone I haven’t felt the call back to this blog. But today I want to start again.

My angel's resting place

My angel’s resting place

On April 11th friends and family gathered at the Willowbank Cemetery as we buried our sweet little girl. The sky was blue, the snow was finally gone, and the leaves blew in the breeze. The weather was perfect and allowed us to say goodbye in sunshine.

Afterward, everyone came back for a small reception at the church Jordan and I were married at. Some amazing people provided sandwiches, fruit and veggie platters, and desserts. We are thankful to each person who came out to let us know how much Khloë touched their lives.

We also recently announced to the world that Khloë is going to be a big sister! As of today I’m 12+4 weeks pregnant and my due date is November 2nd. 🙂

Big Sister

I used the above image to make the announcement! This was the surprize we had for Jordan’s parents, too. I texted my mother-in-law that picture right before we boarded our planes (in two different cities) and she was so excited that she had to tell some passengers on the plane. 😀 Needless to say, we are all excited! Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a scary aspect to this pregnancy, but I’m determined to stay positive and believe that God will give us the baby we need.