Guys! I love Fall for SO many reasons (hello Thanksgiving, apple picking, sweater weather, crunchy leaves, ALL of the pie, cute baby clothes etc.) but at the top of that list is Soupfest! Soupfest is an annual event that takes place in Holland Landing that consists of about 25 soup makers gathering under a big white tent to serve all different types of soup to about 2000 event attendees! It's just the best! David and I have participated in Soupfest on behalf of Bijoy's restaurant for the last 4 years and it's become a fave Fall tradition!
This year I thought it would be cool if my church (Richmond Hill Community Church) made and served a soup at Soupfest. Honestly...I had NO IDEA how much work it would be to make 40 litres of soup in a non-industrial kitchen with household pots, food processors etc. Let's just say it was a LOT! Next year we'll be starting the preparation at least two days in advance and gathering a bigger team to help! HA.
In the end all of our hard work definitely payed off! Not only did we get to connect with hundreds of people from our community, but we also ended up winning the award for BEST homemade soup! Woohoo!
So what was our award winning soup? PUMPKIN, CURRY, COCONUT SOUP! And YES- it tasted as good as it sounds! Check out the recipe below and if you end up making the soup...be sure to let me know!
Before I delivered Lotte I had BIG plans for my maternity leave. I envisioned myself heavily investing in this blog, crushing my fitness goals, starting a business (LOL), joining every single mommy-baby class offered and cooking bangin' meals for David to come home to (HA HA HA)!
Well, I think David's reaction to one of my most recent 'bangin'' meals- "It's okay Julia... you're just in a Summer slump. Why don't you stick with something you already know how to make.... like tacos!"- serves as a pretty good indication of how my mat leave plans have been going!
So, if not blogging, exercising, class-taking, business-starting etc. then what HAVE I been doing?
Well let's see...
Lots of bouncing and cuddling
Lots of documenting- first smile, first 'standing', first grabbing, first bike ride, first boat ride
Lots of singing- countless repetitions and renditions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Head and Shoulders and My God is So Big
Lots of walking, talking and cottage time with Nana and Grandpa
Lots of coffee drinking
Lots of celebrating little things like eye contact, smiling, holding, grabbing, standing and rolling over
Some lunch-ing with friends
A little bit of crying
Lots of diaper changing and outfit changing
Lots of mall walking and window shopping
Daily belly-laughing with David about being parents and the funny things that Lotte does
Lots of wondering- What will Lotte be like when she's older? Are we doing this parenting thing right? And most importantly... what colour will her eyes be?!? ;)
Lots of storytelling, stuffy naming and character inventing
Lots of kissing and rocking
While the first 4.5 months of my mat leave may have looked different than I imagined, these seemingly "ordinary" activities have filled my days with so much JOY and I'm so thankful to have had the time to enjoy them! What a gift!
Here's to the next 7.5 months of mat leave being filled with no fewer cuddles, convos, kisses, walks or laughs... but hopefully at least a couple more blog posts! ;)
Lotte at 3 Weeks:
Weight: 7ish lbs (her next check up is Friday)
Hair: Brown…and lots of it!
Looks Like: a mix of mommy and daddy
Looks Great In: PINK!! And headbands of any colour! ;)
Sleeps: SO WELL! Lotte sleeps for 5-6 hours at a time during the night which means I really only feed her once in the middle of the night- SUCH A GIFT!
Loves: Going for long walks outside, shopping (favourite stores: Gymboree and Baby Gap), bath time, cuddling with mommy and telling “stories” after eating!
One pleasantly surprising thing:
I’m so in love with Lotte that the little things I expected to be difficult just aren’t as bad as I pictured. For example….getting up to feed in the middle of the night. When I hear her cry I think ‘ughhh’….but as soon as I see her I’m so excited because I just love her so much!!
One Fun Thing:
Everyone is SO friendly when you have a baby! Strangers come up to talk to us all of the time when we’re out and about… and I love it!
One shocking thing:
The number of diapers we’ve gone through! WOW!! In 3 weeks we’ve gone through approximately 200 diapers! It’s crazy! Sometimes I’ll JUST finish changing Lotte’s full diaper when she goes again. Sometimes I’m in the middle of changing her diaper when she goes again. Ha….at least she has a healthy digestive system!
One ‘WOW’ Thing:
Every time I look at Lotte I can’t help but say “WOW”. At first it was more about the fact that her body was so perfectly formed- how do 10 fingers, 10 toes, lips, eyes, ears all end up in the right spot, all inside of my body? It’s incredible! But now I’m amazed at her ‘person’. At 3 weeks Lotte already has a personality of her own. And already she’s learning so much- Lotte’s curious about what’s happening around her, she TOTALLY recognizes David and I and she’s started to try communicating with the cutest vocalizations. It’s incredible that this tiny babe is actually a complete person- an individual! David and I feel so lucky that we are the one’s who get to love on her and watch her develop into the person she’s going to be! What a blessing!
During the last 3 weeks David and I have had so much to be thankful to God for. First, we’re thankful for Charlotte’s safe arrival and healthy body! We’re thankful for a complication-free recovery for me. We’re thankful for the energy David’s had to go to work and then come home and invest in Lotte. We’re thankful for friends and family that have loved on us during this time of transition and who have been SO excited about meeting and loving on Charlotte, too! And finally, we’re thankful that she’s ours! WOW- God is so good!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,