Alessia’s Birth Story

By the time I was 38 weeks pregnant, I had already been having Braxton hicks and “false labor” for weeks. At 38 week midwife appointment they told me that I was 3 cm dilated and I thought maybe I would be giving birth sooner rather than later but I was disappointed when I made it another week. At my last midwife appointment when I was 39 weeks plus 3 days I was still 3-3.5cm dilated and I was so discouraged but I asked for a sweep and went home to continue on my day. That evening when my kids were in bed I felt that I was going to go into labor in the next few hours but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. As I was going to bed at 9pm, I still didn’t have any “real” contractions but I still felt like my body was getting ready. I kept this all to myself, not telling Daniel that I felt like this was the night because I wanted him to be able to sleep at least the first part of the night.  I took a Tylenol and gravel and headed to bed.

On Thursday, October 29th at 12:30am I woke up with my lower back hurting. It was 3 days before my due date. I got up to get a drink down stairs. I decided to have a drink with electrolytes just in case this was going to be real. I went back to bed but at 1am I woke up with a contraction that was still small but more noticeable then most of the “false” labor I was having in the week’s prior. I decided to try to sleep longer but every 7-10 minutes I would wake up to a contraction. The contractions were getting strong, and more often but tolerable. “They” always say, if you can walk and talk though them it is not active labor… so I ran a bath to see if to the contractions would ease up. At about 2am Daniel woke up from the bath running and he came in the bathroom. He sat at the side of the tub timing contractions and rubbing my back as they just got more uncomfortable and closer together. At 2:30 am I asked Daniel to call my sister to come over. He was hesitant about calling her this “early” in my labor so I could hear him on the phone telling her to take her time.  We moved from the bathroom to my birth ball and my sister showed up about 3:30am. This was about the same time that I started throwing up (Its kind of one of my specialties) I was also asking Daniel to call the Tiffany (the midwife I knew was on call) He again seemed hesitant about calling to early so he decided to ignore me for a couple more contractions until I finally told him that I would punch him in the face if he didn’t call. After calling the pager, Daniel came back into the room and said that it was actually Jenny (the student midwife) and that she said she would call us back after she talked to Tiffany. So strange right? What I found out later was that there were 4 midwives that wanted to be notified when I was in labor because they all wanted to be at the birth. My midwife, Jenn, pulled rank for primary midwife and got to my house around 4:15am.  As soon as she walked into my bathroom I told her I felt like I needed to push. I could hear Daniel say in a soft voice ‘oops’ cause he knew that may have had waited a little too long to call for the midwives.

My midwife, Jenn, called for the second midwife, Chelsea, who had dibs on being at my birth and pulled the “I live the closest to her house” card.

Having those 2 midwives at this birth was special for me because Jenn was the midwife at my birth for Aria and Chelsea was the midwife at my birth for Alaina. I have been in the care of these ladies since June 2016 when I found out I was pregnant with Aria.

By the time that midwife, Chelsea, arrived I was clearly in transition. Walking around trying to get a position that felt somewhat comfortable and just feeling like I couldn’t go on much longer. At 4:45am I felt the need to push with every contraction which were now completely on top of each other. Standing hunched over at my bathroom sink and pushing out Alessia’s head (if you have ever felt the ring of fire, you know the pain), I tried to convince everyone that I was just going to keep the baby inside.

A few pushes later out came Alessia, caught by my midwife Jenn.

Alessia came out weighing the biggest of all 3 girls of my girls at 6lb 7oz and 18.5 inch long. My active labor started at about 2am and Alessia was born at 4:58am.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Little Larch – Natural Playdough (YYC based)IMG_3205
Little Larch believes in play-based learning. The play dough is made without the use if synthetic dyes or scents. They use plant-based dyes and essential oils for a mild scent. This is a great gift for toddlers and kids a like. You could include cookie cutter or the child’s favourite figurines so they can create further.
They have over 10 different colours to choose from. I love supporting small shops.

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Pebble To Peak – All things Teething (YYC based)img_3207.jpg
This company was made by moms for moms and I love all the products have bought from them. The have everything from teethers to teething rings, pacifier clips and chewerly. These products would be a great gift for the babies in your family or a stocking stuffer for your own little ones.

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Bloom Body Co. – Bath and Body Care (YYC based)IMG_3206
Bloom Body provides effective products that are hand-crafted with love and car in small batches. Their products are 100% toxin-free and packed with plant-powered ingredients. This is a great gift for the young adults, moms and friends in our life! They have a combination on sets and individual products for purchase.

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(expires December 31, 2019)


Little Lily Shop – Pretend Make up/Custom Apparel/ Mugs (Kelowna Based)IMG_3146
A mom entrepreneur that inspires creative play with her beautiful pretend makeup collections made little Lily Shop. Aria received some products from this shop for Christmas last year and she hasn’t stopped playing with it.




Dinklebo – Personalize Gifts

My kids love these books. They are always so excited when they receive and read the personalized books. They have books, calendars, photo books, bags, pencil cases and more! These gifts are all well priced. These would be a great gift for any age or gender of child.


Board Game Bliss – The Board Game Store (Toronto based)

Board Game Bliss has a huge variety of board game for every age and gender. I love giving board games as gifts to encourage a family together night. Do you have siblings you are buying for? Why not give one child a board game and their favourite snacks and they other child a movie and their favourite snacks? A movie night and game night for the entire family!


Amazon – So. Many.Things.

Creative Construction Ages 5-10+

Kids Doctor Kits

Melissa & Doug Floor Puzzles (ages 3 and up)

Cookbook for Kids (best for children that can read)

Kids Outdoor Explore Kit – All ages

Magnetic Building Tiles – Ages 2/3 +

Marble Run Set – Ages 3+

Magnetic Dart Board for kids – Ages 4+

Magic Doodle Mat – Ages 2-7

Hubs Favourite Vegan Pasta Sauce

A creamy spicy sun dried tomato sauce that’s simple and quick to make. Uses simple ingredients which makes it perfect for a weeknight dinner. Vegan and gluten free when using your favourite gluten free pasta.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


  • 500g uncooked pasta
  • 1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 to 5 garlic gloves, minced (2 tbsp)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower
  • 210mL sun dried tomatoes (jarred in oil, with garlic and herbs included), drained from any oil
  • 500mL roasted red bell peppers with liquid (or 2 large red bell peppers roasted in the oven if doing your own)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cups chopped fresh  spinach

Preheat over to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Chop cauliflower into pieces, slices onion, chop garlic  and to baking tray with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast cauliflower for about 20 mins or until tender with a bit of colour.

Boil water for pasta. And cook according to package

Add cauliflower (with onions and garlic), sun dried tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, nutritional yeast, almond milk, and salt/ pepper to the blender and blend until smooth.

Heat ,on medium low, 1/2 tsp of olive oil to a large sauce pan. Add oregano and chilli flakes for about 30 secs. Add sauce from the blender and heat through. Add chopped spinach and stir till wilted.

Add finished sauce to cook/drained pasta.


Welcome my dear, Alaina.

On Tuesday, March 26th at 1am I woke up with back contractions. It was 6 days before my due date. They were more noticeable then most of the “false” labor I was having in the week’s prior. The contractions were strong, often but tolerable. “They” always say, if you can walk and talk though them it is not active labor… and I was texting. I was texting my sweet friend about if the contractions were going to progress or if I should try to go back to bed.

At about 2am my friend advised me that it was probably time to wake up Daniel. When I woke Daniel up, he was under the impression that he was snoring and I had come to kick him out of bed, Ha! After I explained that I thought that it was time to meet our little girl he proceeded to ask me multiple times if I was sure. I drew a bath to see how my contractions would act in the water. (Did you know that water will slow down contractions if they aren’t “real” and speed them u if the are? So cool right?)

At 2:30am we called my sister to come over and then we called the midwives pager. The midwife (Bayli) could hear me working hard with each contraction do they decided they would head over.

My sister arrived around 3:30am and not to far after that midwives (Bayli and Chelsea) were here. After we chatted about what had been happening they checked my dilation and I was only 3cm. I felt so defeated. These contractions felt intense and they were coming quicker. I decided to head into the shower to attempt relieve some of my back labor. As I was in the shower my sped up rapidly, contractions every 1.30 last 1 min ( 30 sec recovery time was feeling pretty brutal)  My midwives headed downstairs to start some paper work and I spent some time hanging over my birth ball with my sister and Daniel taking turns putting counter pressure on my back as my labor processed. As the involuntary pushing and baring down started I heard Bayli run up the stairs and I knew I had dilated fully and baby was going to be here soon. She didn’t even check me at this point. She just said’ We are going to set up for baby’s arrival now.

Finally about 4:55 I started to transition. For those who don’t know, this is the final and most intense part of labor. This is when a woman’s strength is tested. I felt there was nothing I could do to cope. I just remembered feeling the next contraction without a break from my last. I was just repeating “ no no no no no”.

My midwives had ran a bath for me and they suggested I see if being in the tub made end more tolerable. I moved around the tub trying to get relief from the contractions and involuntary pushing. I really thought Alaina was going to come out my bum but my midwives reassure me that they had never seen that before.

They asked if Daniel wanted to catch baby and he very quickly declined that job which was a good thing because as I stood in my next contraction, I pushed and Alaina came out extremely fast and was caught mid fall but the student midwife. (I kinda picture she looked like a baby giraffe being born, where they just fall out and toward the ground)

Alaina was born at 5:44am and the first thing Daniel said “S**t I am glad I wasn’t in charge of catching the baby”. I held my baby to my chest as I walked to my bed; we laid down and stared at each other as we waited for the placenta to be delivered.

I nursed Alaina for the first time and the midwives did all the checks on both of us that they needed to. They cleaned up and started laundry. My sister got Aria up and made her breakfast as Daniel and I just stayed in bed staring at our new addition.
The one thing that I really wanted was for Alaina to weigh more then my first daughter (Aria) who was 6lb 3oz. My heart sank, Alaina came out weight a tiny 5lb 8oz but she latched really well and is growing like a champ.

Veggie Pasta Sauce


  • 3 cups cauliflower chopped**
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp hemp heartsimage1


  1. In a pot, with a steam basket in the bottom, steam cauliflower until it falls apart easily when pierced with a fork.
  2. Drain cauliflower and add to blender or magic bullet
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth
  4. Season with a little salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  5. Prepare your favourite pasta and combine

** I have uses a number of different veggies along as it adds up to be 3 cups.

I have prepared the sauce with butternut squash and carrot to imamate a cheese sauce and Aria loves my spinach, zucchini and broccoli version.