Quinn – 8 Months!


Oops. I disappeared again. Sorry about that! 😉 How is maternity leave SO busy and yet at the same time days go by where I accomplish nothing on my to-do list?!

Anyways. Not like I have much maternity leave left anyways. Tear.



18lb 1oz – 59th percentile


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Mostly 9 month, some 12 month (Pekkle – of course).

Christmas Dress

Christmas Dress



Going strong. Quinn usually eats 5-6ish times a day still. I think maybe she has dropped one feed? Honestly we are pretty feed on demand still over here and I try to make sure she is offered milk before any solids. I’ve had a few (maybe like 2 max) thoughts about weaning to formula.. but then I think about the dishes and the cost and the process of getting it ready and I am way too lazy for that. So we will continue on.


Lol :)


Gah. So Quinn decided over the last month that she doesn’t know how to take Quinn-sized bites, or chew the large bites she takes. She will shove EVERYTHING on her tray into her mouth all at once. Even if her mouth is full. Then she gags and spits it all out. She’s made progress in that she can now bring small pieces of food to her mouth, so instead of stick shaped I am cutting up everything small enough so she won’t choker herself if she shoves 5 or 6 pieces of food into her mouth, but I still have to give her only a few pieces at a time.

I’ve also given her prunes a few times for constipation. She doesn’t mind eating off the spoon so if we are eating soup or chili I will serve her up a little bowl and spoon feed it to her (because girlfriend would go cray if I let her have liquid and a bowl and spoon).

She likes pretty much everything but is partial to carrots and broccoli. Her favorites are mashed potatoes, chicken, puffs, peas and black beans.

Thanks to Jen for the recommendation of the Playtex sippy cup! It only took Quinn a few minutes of gumming the straw and she picked it up right away. She now drinks water without choking (YAY! NO DRY DROWNING!) and she even tried my Jugo Juice smoothie the other day haha. Excited to start making her some smoothies at home as well!

Night Sleeping

I think this last month was the month where I can say with confidence that Quinn is “sleeping through the night.” She still gets her 10pm dream feed (which I am going to wean around 10 or 11 months), and then she eats again at 5am and is usually back down until 6:30/7am. If she sleeps till 6am she’s up for the day. Bedtime is 6:30/7pm.

Day Sleeping

2 Naps a day and they are lengthening out! *hallelujah* Morning nap is usually 8:30-9am and afternoon nap is 12-1pm. They range from an hour to 3 hours (and boy, the 3 hour naps are glorious). If we are out and about she doesn’t nap so that throws her off, but we try to be close to home for her naps so she isn’t a dragon.


Pouty Lip On Point ;)


Aside from the 2 times she was constipated all is well in the health department!

Still toothless 😉



Umm, you guys. Quinn is slowly crawling now. The sitting-up-but-staying-in-one-place stage was maybe like 3 days long. Then she started always getting herself forward on to her tummy or her hands and knees. Then she started to rock back and forth and pull herself along the carpet. And just the other day she successfully and slowly crawled across her room to get a toy. While I am so excited, I am also sad. She is going to eat a lot of dog hair and dirt. I can’t keep my floors clean enough. Why did I think it was a good idea to get 3 dogs?!

She recognizes books we read often and gets excited when we get to the end of the book (there’s a mirror).

She kisses herself if she looks in a mirror. She gave me a kiss *one time* it was the cutest thing ever.

Her “talking” has slowed a bit this month in favor of her learning to crawl.

Pincer grasp is getting better!


I think I officially have to baby proof my house/living room now. Sigh. Her favorite things to play with are her mobile, the thermostat, light switches, and heating vents. She also loves to lick the dog bones (UGH). Anything that makes noise will also do.

She met Santa for the first time ever. She was not a fan. She also met the Grinch. She was even less of a fan of him. 😉


  • Trying to Crawl
  • Eating Dog Hair
  • Licking the Dog Bones
  • Sleeping on her stomach
  • Mama
  • Cuddle Kitty
  • Playing Airplane with Dad
  • My Cell Phone



  • Strangers
  • When Mom takes away something she wants (like the Dog Bones)
  • Being ignored
  • Having her face wiped
  • Santa


On Teaching Yoga

AmieHalfLotusBlogYoga. This beautiful, fulfilling practice that has become a beacon back to Myself. While I took pretty much my entire pregnancy off of practicing, I have added it back in to my life postpartum and I have once again been reminded of how important it is for me to maintain a regular practice. My life feels fuller and more balanced with it.

Back when I decided to do Yoga Teacher Training (Part 1, 2, and 3), I never actually imagined that I would be teaching yoga. It was more so a final adventure or hurrah before settling down and having a baby. It was something I wanted to do to deepen my practice, to learn more about the foundations, the philosophy, and how to incorporate yoga in to all of my lifestyle, not just as part of my exercise routine.

I got pregnant 2 weeks after returning from my trip. I like to think my trip played in to this… I can’t recall a time in my life ever that I have been more present for such a large chunk of time. The memories I have of Yandara and the experiences are vivid in my memory. I can recall all 5 senses of being there… The sight of the early morning sunrise through the windows of the paviliion, the sound of the waves lulling me to sleep at night, the taste of papaya and oatmeal with homemade granola, the feel of the hot sand between my toes as we walked to the beach during our lunch break, and the smell of the hot apple cinnamon tea that was consumed in large amounts instead of coffee. The trip centered me. I treated myself to massages, an astrology reading, and more importantly a reiki session to balance my chakras – something I think I needed for a long time and something I attribute to me finally getting pregnant after 16 months of trying.

So then I didn’t practice for close to 10 months, and when I did start practicing in the spring with Emily and Ebb & Flow Yoga, I was excited to make it a regular part of my life again and was hopeful she would continue teaching in Blackfalds. Then I found out she was pregnant herself 😉

When Emily asked if I wanted to rent the space she was renting to teach I was actually pretty taken back by it… Me? Teach Yoga? It honestly sounded a bit absurd at first. This was a practice I kept fairly private. Something I did for myself without blasting it on Social Media. Something that I incorporated into all aspects of my life, not just as physical asanas. Could I really teach? Would people even want to take my class?

After thinking about it for a few days I decided to give it a go.

So I went about navigating the process of setting up a class – advertising it, registering people, getting some things together to set the vibe, and sequencing my very first class.

I thought I had it *just right*. I was going to go into that classroom and kick ass at teaching Yoga. I was going to make the most zen experience for all those yogi’s they weren’t even going to know what hit them.

And then the day arrived.

And I got nervous.

And you know what energy I created in that classroom?

Nervous Energy.

I can’t deny it. There’s no point. I was really freaking nervous. I was so worried they were going to see right through me as a sham. Someone who wasn’t good enough to teach yoga. Sure, I was able to adapt the sequence to their level during the class. I was able to tone it back because what I had put together wasn’t a good fit for their first class. But it threw me for a loop.

And therein lies the problem. I let my thoughts of what others may or may not think of me cloud my thinking and take me away from the real purpose of teaching yoga. I let my energy change the feel of the class and so I fumbled on my words and I mixed up my lefts and rights and I left feeling awkward and unsure that I made the right choice to try this whole “Yoga Teacher” thing.

I took the next day (during nap time of course) to reflect on the previous evening and what I would like to do differently the next class.

I decided the next class would have a different energy. I was so worried about who I thought I should be that I forgot to just be ME.

Since that first class the vibe has changed, it’s become more fun, less like I thought it “should” be and more how it is supposed to be. Does that make sense? I’m probably just rambling. 😉

It’s been a fun ride so far. I look at my practice differently. And while I never intended to “teach” that seems to be exactly what I was meant to do and I hope to continue doing.

Namaste, ya’ll. 😉

Quinn – 7 Months


Another month gone. This one has seriously been the funnest one yet! I wish I was a better photographer.. my picture quality is all over the place month to month haha.



17lb 4oz – 57th percentile, she is fitting perfectly into her growth curve *type A*


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Mostly 9 month, some 12 month (Pekkle – of course), and some 6 month.



I think this month we finally started spacing out our feeds to the 3 hour mark. Breastfeeding is still going good. I’m so lucky we have had an easy time with this. I know so many women struggle with it and I am grateful this part of our journey together hasn’t been a disaster. I will miss this special time with Quinn when it is over.





& Meatballs. #NotAVegetarian

This last month I really jumped in with BLW. I had been dabbling here and there for a month as Quinn was showing signs of being ready to eat but didn’t push it until this last month. Quinn normally gets offered food once or twice a day right now, depending on when she is up and what we are doing that day. Breakfast is usually a combo of eggs, toast, oatmeal, fruit or avocado. Lunch is usually leftovers from supper the night before and veggies. And if she is up for Supper then she gets whatever we are eating. I’ve tried spoon feeding her on a few occasions (yogurt, pumpkin soup, mashed potatoes, oatmeal) and she will usually only let me give her about a tbsp of food before she wants to do it herself so then I scoop whatever shes eating right on to her table and let her go at it (except for the soup – that would have been extra messy). She gets covered in food but manages pretty well. She is a lot less gaggy than at the start of the month but still isn’t great at swallowing. She has “choked” a few times but managed to work it out herself a few times (hence why it is in quotations). I’m most nervous about giving her water in a sippy cup. Any suggestions on good baby cups? Brie – I’d be interested to know which cup you used with the straw and how you taught your little guy to drink from a straw. No teeth yet! She’s liked all of the food we’ve given her so far!

Night Sleeping

I successfully weaned the 3am feed! Wahooooo! It wasn’t too hard. She cried a bit for a couple nights but not for longer than 5 mins and the one night she did cry for longer than 5 mins I went and fed her and that was that. So now she goes to bed around 6:30/7, gets fed at 10, and then gets fed again anywhere from 4:30-6 and then is up for the day between 7-8. Not too shabby. I’ve made it an unofficial rule that she isn’t allowed to get up before 7… so I pretty much just don’t go in until 7am haha (after her earlier feed of course).

Day Sleeping

We actually made some strides in day sleeping this last month. She naps 2-3 times a day and her naps are now at least an hour. I decided I’d start leaving her a little longer to see if she would go back to sleep and lo and behold she often did! So that’s nice. Now hopefully I won’t jinx it all by telling you all this!


Little Lady Matthias haha

Little Lady Matthias haha

Quinn had her first cold over Thanksgiving weekend. She was a coughing, runny eyed snot machine. Poor girl. I was, of course, overly anxious about her – I was scared she would stop breathing, the SIDS fear is REAL. So she slept in our bed one night and then she improved a bit and I felt better. It took about 5 days for her to be her normal self again.


She started sitting this month! She can sit for extended periods (>10mins) and only flops over if she gets lazy or reaches for a toy or gets knocked over by the dogs (oops!) haha.

She is thisclose to crawliIMG_5065ng. She shuffles/army crawls off the rug now on to the dirty hardwood. And she gets up on her hands and knees and rocks back and forth. She also eats a whole lotta pet hair and dirt. I can’t keep my floors clean enough even though I vaccume every day. Aggghhhh.

She started babbling a TON at the end of the month. She says mamama, and bababa, and yells like it’s nobodies business. Next we will work on dadada.

IMG_5394She can even hold her own bottle! And she only ever gets a bottle once every couple of weeks.


Sitting has been so great for playing! She likes to sit and throw things around and play with things that light up and make noise. I’m hoping to get a few more interactive toys this month but have been frugal and only checking the FB buy and sell pages. Maybe I should check out Once Upon a Child too.

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I wore Quinn this last weekend for 2 naps during the trade show we were at! Hallelujah! It was wondering. Girlfriend rarely naps in my arms or cuddles. I need to keep practicing my back carries. The ring sling is our favorite carrier I’d say because she can see out and it is easy to put on.


  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • The Pets
  • Rolling Over
  • Being with Mama <3 – This month Quinn has become a Mama’s girl and cries/whines/reaches for me if she is passed off to her dad or anyone else. I know it is just a phase but I am relishing in it to make up for those first horrid months I thought she didn’t like me. She will only sleep in my arms when we are at my dads house for Sunday night supper so now I look forward to it all week haha.
  • Fuzzy Bee Book
  • Hitting and Throwing Toys
  • Yelling/Babbling



  • Strangers
  • When Mom tries to hand her off to Dad when he gets home from work
  • Being ignored
  • Having her nose wiped
  • Having her earrings cleaned


The GLOW Run {Race Recap} & Super Sunday

So my goal is to publish two posts a week. I think that is manageable and will push me to keep this space active. Plus I finally feel like I have that spark lit within me again so I have A LOT to talk about.

This last weekend was a fun one!

On Saturday I ran a 5k called the Glow Run in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. I signed up for this run months ago, and almost forgot about it until I got an email last week reminding me about package pick up. I was signed up for the 10k originally but decided to drop it down to the 5 because I haven’t been consistently running.

The race was an evening race – my second one ever. My first was the RnR Las Vegas 2 years ago. The race started at 7pm. I tucked Quinn in at 6:20, got dressed up in my Glow Gear, and headed out!

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The weather was PERFECT. Like, it doesn’t get much better than +15 with a cool wind and no snow (yet) in October (I don’t know what it felt like out with the wind, maybe +7?).

The race started out and I fell into a steady pace behind a mother and her son. We were running down the Delburn Highway towards the Westerner and then into the paths over by that sub division. Haha – sorry for that terrible explanation.

Anyways, we were running along and then I saw this bald guy (like shaved bald) wearing a suit, carrying a dufflebag, walking down the sidewalk … at 7:15pm…. on a Saturday ….. *cue the Red Flags* He was very weird. So I decided to pace myself with the mother and son in front of me so that I wouldn’t ever be alone on the trail/path in the dark. Yes, I’m a wuss.

Well… the mother and son didn’t stop running… the entire 5k. I wanted to walk. That would have been easy to do a few times. But I kept with them the entire time. I wasn’t worried about my pace as long as I could keep up with them. And needless to say I was SUPER pumped to cross the finish line at 33:21.

That’s 10:45min miles.

Last time I ran I was doing 12:30min miles. Seriously.

I was OVERJOYED with that time! Shout out to my pacer bunnies – you helped keep me speedy and I didn’t get raped! (bad joke.)

I will definitely do this race again next year. It was a fun evening out :)

Then, on Sunday, Quinn woke me up at the lovely hour of 5:30am.

I grumbled around and drank coffee and then hit the road at 9:30am to go to Super Sunday in Edmonton. Super Sunday is a quarterly event for Beachbody where coaches get together to learn about whats coming up, listen to motivational speakers, and do a workout together.

IMG_5321This was my first Super Sunday and I was pretty excited to go! Matthias had the day off so he hung out with Quinn :) In true Amie Fashion I was an hour early.. but I hit up Planet Organic. Then it was time for the event!

IMG_5318Caleb Thomas was the “Celebrity” Coach they brought in. He has a Youtube Page (here) and he is seriously hilarious. I’ve watched a ton of his videos to help me learn how to work my business so I was very excited to see him speak!

It was an energizing event, we did a T25 workout, they had a Shakeology Bar, and there were a lot of coaches there (Don’t let this picture deceive you – this was taken when I arrived … extremely early.)

I left with a renewed sense of optimism and the desire to live authentically. Coaching isn’t about being a sleazy salesperson. It’s about impacting lives and leaving a positive impact on those around you. :)


So that was my weekend! I have another busy one coming up this weekend too! Tomorrow I am headed to Edmonton for a nursing meeting and leaving Quinn behind with Matthias again (you know your baby is growing up when you can be away from her for 8 hours :( – the engorgement part sucks though) and Saturday is going to be EXTRA fun.

I’m signed up for the Rock Your Bump, Baby, and Beyond show at the Westerner! It’s from 10am-4pm. I’d really love to see you there. It’ll be me and Quinn taking on the day together.

Some thoughts I’ve had about the day – How are you supposed to leave your table to go pee if your the only one manning your table? Also, has anyone ever done a trade show with a baby?! What have I gotten myself in to?! Hahah. If you stop by the event I’d super love it if you could let me run to the bathroom for a couple minutes and/or take Quinn on a walk around the venue. I’d be forever grateful 😉 I’m also doing a giveaway so you’ll want to make sure you come by to enter that!