Odin’s First Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! We hope your day is full of treats 🙂 This is Odin’s first Halloween. We opted for a festive outfit as opposed to a costume this year. He loves watching his sweater glow in the dark. Odin will be helping us hand out candy tonight, as he is still a little too young for trick or treating.

We hope you all have a spooktacular day!

Halloween 2013

Fall Favourites

I absolutely love fall. The colours, the smells, yummy fall food, Thanksgiving, Halloween, cozy clothes, Starbucks salted caramel mochas – sign me up! I particularly enjoy October, as it’s the month that my husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary and I feel that it’s perfectly acceptable to watch Hocus Pocus every day.

Playing in the leaves when I was a kid

Playing in the leaves when I was a kid

Here are some of the fall favourites in our house:

Cozy sweaters: I recently bought some new sweaters from Zara. They are super soft and warm, making them perfect for Canadian falls and winters.

Apple crisp: My favourite fall dessert is apple crisp – especially when it’s accompanied by some vanilla ice cream. Apple crisp tastes best when it’s made with apples fresh from the orchard.

Halloween movies/tv specials: Hocus Pocus has been my all time favourite Halloween movie since I was a kid. You can usually find me watching it at any given time during the year, but I watch it way too much during October. Another fall favourite is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This year we also added Toy Story of Terror to our list of Halloween specials to watch.

Salted caramel mochas: I’m not a pumpkin spice person (please don’t hate me!), but I love salted caramel mocha season. This drink keeps me content until the red cups come out after Halloween.

Football: Football Sunday is a tradition in our house, as I discussed in this post here.

Pumpkin carving: My husband and I aren’t very artsy. Our pumpkin carving skills are sub par, but we enjoy picking out our pumpkin and a design to carve into it. No Halloween is complete without a pumpkin on our front step.

Leaves changing colour: We live in the country and the fall colours are BEAUTIFUL out here. I love taking family walks around our neighbourhood and watching the leaves change. I also love the sound of crunchy leaves under our feet.

What are some of the things you love about the fall?

Running During Pregnancy

For those of you that don’t know me, I’m a runner. In this post, I want to focus on what I did to continue running throughout my pregnancy with Odin. In a second post, I’ll cover running after pregnancy and selecting a jogging stroller 🙂

Pre-pregnancy, I would run roughly 10km a day, and long runs on the weekend would range from 15-25km per run. That’s a lot of kilometers each week. When my husband and I decided to start trying for a baby, I modified my training schedule. I run with a Garmin, so I was able to make sure I was running at a slower pace and started to cut back on the distances I was running. For some reason, I thought that making these adjustments before I got pregnant would be beneficial.

Ottawa Race Weekend Half Marathon, 2010 (I think)

Ottawa Race Weekend Half Marathon, 2010 (I think)

Once I found out I was pregnant, I wasn’t overly concerned about continuing to run, as I had been running for a long time beforehand and had done a lot of reading about running while pregnant. However, I knew I needed to make some changes. I discussed my previous running schedule with my doctor (as anyone should do with any exercise routine when pregnant) and we worked out a plan to stay safe while running when pregnant.

Some of the things I did to continue running while pregnant included:

  • Monitoring my heart rate to keep it below 140
  • Run shorter distances
  • Slow my pace down
  • Avoided running when it was too hot out
  • Ran with water to stay hydrated
  • Stuck close to home in case of emergency (or pee breaks) – I actually resorted to running up and down my street so that my house was close by and left my water at the end of my driveway. My neighbours probably thought I was crazy, but if I needed to pee, I wanted to do it at home.
  • Listened to my body

I adjusted this plan by further reducing distance and pace as my pregnancy progressed. I also added some walking into my runs to give myself a bit of a break. Listening to my body was extremely important. There were days I wanted to run, but my body definitely didn’t, so I listened. I stopped running and resorted to walking when I was 6.5 months pregnant. By that point, I was big, it was a hot summer, and running just didn’t feel the same. I was happy I was able to run for as long as I did, as I believe that exercise while pregnant is extremely important and played a huge role in the way I felt during and after my pregnancy.

Are you a runner who ran while pregnant? What adjustments did you make to continue running while pregnant?

Stay tuned for part 2, where I will talk about how I started running again once Odin was born and the life saver that is my jogging stroller.

Football Sunday

From September to February, you can find us watching football on Sunday afternoons. It’s become a tradition in our house. We make “football food” – wings, pizza, nachos, chili, etc. , and rock our Patriots jerseys on the couch. Even Odin loves football. I’m not even kidding. When he was 3 days old, a football game was on tv and he wouldn’t look away. When he was a few months old, all you had to say was “touchdown” and up went both hands.

For Week 1 this year, we went to Buffalo to cheer on our team, the Patriots. Advice: when wearing an opposing team’s jersey to an NFL game, bring a baby. Everyone loves babies. We got to the stadium early and went down to the first row to watch the Patriots warm up. Odin loved being just a few feet away from the guys he watches on tv every Sunday.

Hopefully we will be able to take him to a game each season.

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Football is one of our favourite things about the fall and Football Sunday’s are just one of our family traditions. What are some of your fall family traditions?

Mommy Lessons (So Far…)

There are all kinds of things that we learn when we become parents for the first time.

Odin in the hospital

Everyone’s experience is different. If one of my girlfriends were to ask me what the biggest lessons I’ve learned so are, here are the ones that would make my top 5 list:

1. Time truly flies by: It’s super cliche and everyone says it, but it’s true. Soak up every moment with your little one. The dishes and vacuuming can wait.

2. You see the world differently: I love watching my son learn. Seeing the world through his eyes makes me appreciate the small things and reminds me how amazing the world is. My son has changed my perspective on life, love and everything in between.

3. The motherly instincts kicked in fast:  I hadn’t had much experience with babies and was afraid that I wouldn’t have a clue what to do when my baby was born. Within hours of my little guy’s birth, I felt like we had known each other forever. It didn’t take long to figure out the different sounds he would make based on what he needed and we quickly found our groove.

4. People give you advice (whether you ask for it or not):  This is probably the most frustrating thing I have encountered as a new mom. Some people need to be reminded that there are as many ways to parent as there are babies on this planet. I’ve learned to do what works for my son and me, and not what others think is best. Go with your gut. No one knows your kid like you do.

5. Cuddles cure everything: This one is self explanatory 🙂 Cupcakes (for mom!) also help!

What are some of the lessons you learned when you became a parent?

Welcome to Growing Up Khan!

I’ve been tossing around the idea of starting my own blog for awhile. When I was pregnant with my son, I wanted to start blogging about my pregnancy, but I never followed through with it. Now, my son is almost 11 months old and time is going by way too fast. I want to start documenting the things we do as a family, what our son’s favourite things are, and other fun stuff that happens as our little guy grows up. 

I hope you will join us on our adventure 🙂