Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day (and Happy Birthday Mom!)

Today my mom turns 60!

She's off celebrating the "big milestone" (my words, not hers) in Las Vegas with my stepdad Lester. Nothing makes my mom happier than warm weather, sunshine, the ocean (she's settling for a pool) and great company. I know she's sad the kids and grand kids aren't there but she deserves a break.

My mom is my best friend. It's unusual for us to go a day without talking or texting (even before she moved here) so it's weird not to be able to pick up the phone and reach her right now. She gives the best advice and is always the voice of reasoning. She speaks the truth but softens the blow if it isn't what you want to hear. She's also funny. We share the same sense of humour (and laugh!) and I love spending time with her. In fact, I'll often spend my whole vacation back in Vancouver/White Rock with her and my stepdad, and miss out on seeing friends, because I love their company so much!

I also love that she thinks LOL means "laugh a lot" and messes up sayings, specifically "the long and the short of it!" Ha Ha! She's too cute!

My mom gave up everything-- her home, friends and retirement to move to Lethbridge to take care of London when I returned to work last year. She put my heart at ease. I can never say thank you enough for that! 

London has learned so much from her and his love for his Nana is so easy to see. I can't think about them moving back (in 6 weeks!!) without getting so sad! We've lived in different provinces for 12 years but I'm already used to this "normal." 

I hope to spend LOTS of time together before she moves!!! 

Thank you mom for being my rock. I love you so much!!  Happy Birthday and Happy Mother's Day!!! 


This will be my second Mothers Day. I've always wanted to be a mom and it's a role I've loved more than I could have ever imagined. It has its fair share of tough moments but the rewards are incredible. I love helping shape the man London is going to be. I've also learned a lot about myself from him. 

Most importantly, I've learned that I may not always know what I'm doing but trusting my gut has never steered me wrong. I have done a lot of things differently than my other mom friends and that's okay! We co-slept until 15 months, breastfed until 16 months, gave him a soother, and cuddled for EVERY nap until my maternity leave was over. It was what worked for us and I never regret a single moment or decision.

I also changed the way I spent my "free" time since having London. I would rather spend my nights as a family then out on the town while someone else is with him. Don't get me wrong, I love girls nights and date nights but he makes me so happy. I don't want to miss any moments with him. 

He also taught me the importance of being a good role model and loving myself. I want to show him what it means, and takes, to be healthy. I hope I'm a good example and he shares my love of (mostly) healthy food and exercise! I loved the "Kaella" before London but this version is so much better! 

I hope any moms who are questioning themselves realize you know what's best for your family. You will figure it out. It may take time and you will probably stumble but it will happen.

(Last Mother's Day)

London, thank you for picking me to be your mama. I love you so much!

 To my mom friends... Happy Mother's Day! Your littles are as amazing as you are. Thank you for being an incredible support system. 

I'm heading out for my longest run before the Calgary Half (12 miles) and then we will see what my family has planned. 

Happy Mother's Day!! 

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