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Category Archives: my life

Meet our little Eli Promise

Happy Tuesday everyone, and yes it’s a happy one for me because I get to introduce to you our newborn son, Eli Promise…  After 28 hours of labour (I know… crazy right?), Eli was born weighing 7lbs 15oz.  He’s only 8 days old and proving to be already such a cool kid!  As our friend Femi wrote on my facebook wall: “the globe’s in need of a makeover. it needs an Eli. it certainly needs a Promise. can share your excitement, as Eli arrives.”  And he’s finally here…

Here’s just a few photos of our little guy at 3 days and 6 days!

Justin and I want to give a big shout out to the nurses and doctors at the Guelph Genereal Hospital.  They were so amazing during our stay there.  We also want to thank so many of you for your lovely comments and for loving Eli already…

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Justin & his watermelon…

Ohhhhh Justin.  He’s pretty much a great, compassionate, and passionate guy all-around.  But there’s something you need to know about him.  He has a dark side when it comes to his favorite foods.  He does NOT like to share.  Most people would think that I’d be the non-sharer-of-foods but it’s actually untrue, Justin is the culprit.  Over the years, I’ve learned a few things:

1. to divide up “treats” that we buy while grocery shopping or my mouth will never see its existence.  (2 for you, 2 for me… I KNOW, it’s pathetic!)

2. if he’s given chocolates or cookies at work for “the two of us”… I probably won’t find out about it until that kind person asks me “how’d you like my cookies?”.  Then I usually have to lie to cover up his cookie-eating-eagerness.  (you’ll be glad to know that his coworkers now require him to bring some home for me… it’s a big joke!)

3. don’t mess around with HIS watermelon. If there’s any fruit that he loves more than grapes, it’s watermelon.  We bought one the other day and he ate at least 3 quarters of it.  Last night I told him that I wanted to eat the last bit so this morning before leaving for work, he kindly reminded me “Mel I hope you will eat that watermelon today…” NO PRESSURE!!!!! ha!

In his defense… I don’t always share.  I like to, most of the time, but when it comes to my “chocolate eruption” or “chocolate explosion” cake obsession, I absolutely hate sharing!  And for your information you can find this deliciousness at William’s or Boston Pizza 🙂

IN OTHER NEWS, our “little” watermelon is still growing, even at 39 weeks!  Yikes… how big is this boy gonna be?!  Here’s a photo of me taken by Justin a few weeks ago!

If you’ve been wondering where all the photos are, well… I’ve been taking a break until our boy is born.  Then you can expect to see a lot more of him until I start my weddings in July 🙂  Also, we’ve been busy with our new branding… SOON our new BLOGSITE will be up and running.  We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on!

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am I ready?

The days are counting down quickly to the arrival of our little Eli, which will turn our family of 2 into a family of 3.  I have to admit, I have complete mixed emotions about this ‘event’ on a daily basis.  I have moments of freaking out “EVERYTHING’s GOING TO CHANGE” to “I CAN’T WAIT to meet him”.  Here’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately:  How can I better prepare myself (emotionally/mentally) for this baby?  I know everyone tells me “you’ll never feel ready”… but I’m wondering if there are any unique ways that helped some of you mother’s out there prepare yourselves for your first baby.  I’d love to hear your stories!

On another note… Last Saturday, Chris & Christine had their baby girl Leah Joy Vienna (isn’t that a great name?!) and I can tell that even since meeting her something inside of me got really excited for Eli.

Here’s a few pics of baby Leah Joy whose not even a day old!

More of Leah to come soon…

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Our Gender Reveal Party | It’s a BOY!!!

FINALLY…. the wait is over!  We now know that in approximately 16 weeks, there will be a little boy who’s added to our family and Justin & I are SO excited 🙂

I had many people questioning why I wanted to throw the party or why I’d want to even know the sex of our baby.  “Keep it a surprise!” they said.  But… there’s something in me that really wanted to know and to prepare.  And so we asked some of our friends and family to join us for a GENDER REVEAL party on Saturday.  There were a few steps that had to be taken to keep it a secret (mostly from ourselves).  Here’s what we did:

Step 1: At 19 weeks, I had an ultrasound and the technician sent the important information to my midwife.

Step 2: My midwife put the gender of the baby in a SEALED envelope.  (It was so hard not to look in the envelope… but I knew it would ruin the whole surprise!)

Step 3: I then gave the sealed envelope to Diane Tavares from Have Your Cake and Eat it Too.  Her job was the most important… she had to make a FABULOUS cake, and the icing INSIDE the cake would be the colour of the gender of our baby (pink or blue).

Step 4: We invited all of our amazing friends and family.  But no big deal if you couldn’t make it, because Justin setup a LIVE feed which streamed during the night so that our far away friends and family could be part of the surprise too!

Step 5: PARTY TIME!!  Everyone who was invited came dressed in blue or pink, depending if they thought we were having a girl or a boy.  Justin & I both thought we were having a boy… so we dressed in blue!  (I’m still shocked that we were right!)

Step 6: CUT THE CAKE 🙂

We had the best night ever.  We didn’t know whether it would be as exciting as we had hoped… but it was.  And everyone who was there made it so special for us!  THANKS AGAIN!  Here are some photos of the night:

The main event: Our CAKE!

Ustreaming LIVE to friends all over including my sister Amy in Australia!

The ICING was BLUE!!!!! It was such an amazing moment 🙂

Justin & I just minutes after finding out we were having a BOY!

Photobooth FUN times…

My crazy dad and lovely mom (drove all the way from Timmins to find out with us!!)

Here’s a familiar face… Christine & I holding our baby colours.

Me and some lovely ladies… and I’m the only one who’s actually preggo!

Suggestion:  If you’re wanting to find out the sex of your baby, but would still LOVE to make it special…. Consider having one of these parties.  SO FUN!

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Olympics: Bringing the country together!

As the days go on in these Olympic games, I continue to ask myself “Why am I NOT in Vancouver?”  Dang.  I’m feeling the PATRIOTISM more than ever before… always wanting my TV to be tuned into the games – as I’m sure you are too.  I so wish I could be out west!

Call me sappy (or maybe it’s the hormones from the pregnancy! ha!), but every time I see a montage of medal deserving clips to the tune of “I Believe”, or see an athlete succeed in the sport they’ve been training in — SO many emotions well-up inside!!!  I think it’s the fact that the medals they’re collecting for themselves are a part of our Canadian heritage as well.  And it’s also the inspiration these athletes give because they are so EXCELLENT in their sport. This is their thing.  This is what they’ll be known for.  It makes me think of what I will be known for…

Anyway, this afternoon as I spent the day on my computer in front of the TV watching the ladies’ snowboard cross qualifications through to the GOLD medal winnings of Maëlle Ricker… I couldn’t help myself but yell ALOUD.  Mr. Reu freaked a little, I may have shocked myself as well 🙂 but I couldn’t help it!  I have a hunch that as these Olympic days continue, my Canadian PRIDE may get out of control 🙂


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