Tis the Season

I read somewhere that if you want to attract and keep readers interested in your blog, you shouldn’t post multiples of essentially the same photo. Well I say phooey to that because I can’t NOT post these.

And yeah yeah I was super safe with him and these lights. Although it may look like he’s touching the actual bulb in some photos, he isn’t. In between just about every shot I had to drop the camera and grab them to make sure all was good!


















From the Week


Mondays. Mondays are already ew on their own. But to start it off bright and early with a consultation for my wisdom teeth? Barf city. On the way to the appointment, I had a pretty delicious smoothie (vega chocolate nutritional shake, pb2, quinoa, greek yogurt, almond milk.)


I put Wes down for his nap as soon as I got home so I was able to fit my workout in. Once he was up, we played for a long ass time. My knees are starting to take a severe beating with all the up and down from the floor with a heavy baby!


After Wes went down for his afternoon nap, I headed out for yet another appointment, this time for my annual physical. The good news- my blood work came back with flying colors and I was in and out of there in about 20 minutes.


For dinner, Tyler whipped up some fajitas. SO DELICIOUS. It’s one of our go-to’s when we can’t decide what to have. I could probably eat them every day.


The evening was pretty typical- I walked the dogs, Wes got a bath, and we hung out until it was time for the dude to get to bed. I put him in his jolly jumper to wear him out a bit before bed time, and the kid.can.jump.

Wes jumping from Jen Linton on Vimeo.


Same old same old kinda day. Lots of playing with Wes.


Baby boy is obsessed with flipping now. He even slept on his belly during his naps! Layla’s not super impressed, but she’s tolerating it. Reggie could care less since he hardly touches the floor (he sticks to his bed or the couches as often as possible).

Long naps are great because I can get in my workout, shower and attempt to look somewhat human.


Later, I met up with Leigh and Brie at Craft for dinner. It was really nice to get out of the house and have some girl talk- even if I did stay up way past my bed time! Fish tacos for the win. The only downside: it started to snow while we were out. Ewww.



I woke up at 5 and noticed that Wes was on his tummy again, so I slept pretty crummy for another hour or so before getting up- it’s still a new position for him so I’m a bit paranoid he will suffocate or get stuck and freak out. (I know, I know, he’s most likely fine but I can’t help it!)

I did a lower body workout in the late morning that left me absolutely dead and wobbly. This means not only was it a great workout, but it was a CHORE trying to walk back up the stairs afterwards.

We had an appointment for Wes to check on a scratch he has on his nether region which turned out to be fine. I’m betting he just wanted in on the doctor-appointment action.


We picked up some groceries before heading home for lunch.

You know it’s a pretty decent day when you can take a 2pm soak while the baby sleeps. I’ll take it.


We had pulled pork sammies for dinner and went to bed just after 8pm.



It wasn’t even hard getting out of bed at 6:15am when you’ve had about 72 hours of sleep. That was fantastic. And yet, my cardio workout for the morning was ROUGH. I was gasping for air like a fool- but it was so worth it afterwards.

Wes has been really great going down for naps lately- he’s out in almost 5 minutes each time. I think I have finally started to pick up on his tired cues so I don’t haphazardly attempt a nap time when he’s not ready.


He slept on his tummy the entire night before, so I won’t be wrapping him in a blanket anymore.

Another thing- he figured out how to use a straw! I bought one of the Playtex straw cups and had him attempt it only twice before he got the hang of it. Solid food feedings are now just too funny- he wants to eat EVERYTHING and drink EVERYTHING and throw EVERYTHING.


And I somehow manage to still get in my snack plates. Even if it does come with a staring owl.

I also baked a loaf of apple cinnamon bread that is delicious! I didn’t make the topping as listed in the recipe, but instead topped with sliced apple pieces and dusted with cinnamon/sugar.


Dinner was a stuffed sweet potato (loaded with pulled pork, broccoli, cheese and green onions).


I took the pups out for a walk and it was SO SLIPPERY. Goddamn snow and ice. No wait, goddamn dogs. They’re terrible on the leash (better lately) and when combined with inclement weather..I am doomed.

I poured myself a glass of wine after Wes went down, but ended up only taking a couple of sips before calling it a night. WHO AM I.

Weekend Recap


I opted out of my morning workout in order to do my hair and slap on some makeup. I am so over the whole process of attempting to look human, but it does make me feel better to do it once in a while! After Wes’s morning nap, we headed wayyyyyyyyy down south to attend the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market. There were a ton of vendors, but it was too packed for me to navigate the stroller (solo, I might add!). Wes was getting antsy and it made me get anxious and antsy as well, so we left after a couple of hours. Plus, it wasn’t as good as people were hyping it up to be. I only bought a couple bars of locally made soap!




At least it was something for us to do and get out of the house. Wes did seem to enjoy looking at all the lights. I was glad I remembered to pack some food for me to snack on because there was practically nothing offered at the market. As soon as we got home, I also toasted a piece of banana bread and topped it with chocolate chips (mmmm melty!) and peanut butter.


 I did my workout just as Tyler was coming home from work, then played around with Mr. Wes while Tyler made us turkey child for dinner. Might I add that Wes is starting to look more and more like me?



I had a glass of rosé once Wes went down and we watched Vacation before heading to bed. I thought the movie was hilarious.




I woke up around 7am and was about to start pumping when I checked the monitor and saw that Wes had just flipped! Rather than having a slow-starting morning, I ran into his room and got him. Nothing major, but it totally woke me up for the day!

We had Wes’s pool class in the afternoon and he fell asleep just as we got back home. I ran out to pick up some toys for him off Kijiji, got some groceries, came home and he was STILL sleeping. Cut to 2 1/2 hours later and the kid finally woke up.



Tyler made DELICIOUS lasagna for dinner and I had to restrain myself from inhaling a piece once it was ready. (my stomach hasn’t been loving cheese/ice cream lately. OH THE TRAGEDY!)



We watched Avengers and most of Selfless before heading to bed.



Ok, so Sunday was supposed to be my day to sleep in. BUT…I couldn’t. I TRIED SO HARD. Tyler got up at 7:30 and fed Wes while I pumped. Once I got back in bed, my mind was going a mile a minute thinking of all the things I wanted to get done for the day and I felt bad that I was in bed. So after another hour of trying to sleep, I finally got up.

I added some quinoa to my usual Sunday BAE and it was good!


Before putting Wes down for his nap, I took some 7 month pictures of him and managed to type up his 7 month update post while he slept.


Later in the afternoon, I took Wes out for a walk and a trip to the library. It was really nice outside! Fingers crossed we keep getting similar weather for a while.



While Wes was taking his second nap of the day, I did my workout and walked the dogs at a mucho brisk pace. I figured, hey, these pups need HIIT too. Cardio for the win!


Tyler made us chili lime chicken with sautéed veggies and rice. I am seriously spoiled with a guy that likes to be in the kitchen. He cooks, I bake. That said, I made some BANANA chocolate chip cookies right after dinner (you know, to use up the brown bananas). They’re really good- I highly recommend giving the recipe a try!




I’m thinking the above photo would make for a great wallpaper for my iPhone. I’m also thinking if I did that, I’d eat 352092732x more cookies every day.

Once Wes went to bed, Tyler and I picked out our Christmas cards and then it was time for b-e-d.

How was your weekend?

Weekend Recap


The day started of with a major party foul: I changed up my pancake recipe. Gasp, I know. I didn’t have enough greek yogurt, so I played around the with ingredient list and BAM- yucky pancakes happened. I still ate all of them though because: BREAKFAST IS MY FAVORITE.

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(These were a mix of oats, greek yogurt, applesauce, egg whites and vega)

We had a later morning than usual, so I decided to throw any potential outings out the window (plus, there was frost outside, EWWWWWW). There were naps, snacks, a workout, jumperooing, book reading…the usual. And Wes is trying so hard to sit on his own. PS: If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see a hilarious slow-mo video of his sitting venture.

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It warmed up a bit in the afternoon, so I took Wes for a nice long walk around the neighborhood. It’s so nice to walk around when it’s sunny and quite and potentially peep into everyone’s windows. I meannnn…check out their Halloween decorations. Which reminds me, we need to buy pumpkins and candy. We’re the house that gives out full sized candy bars!! nomnomnom

I was craving grilled cheese and soup for dinner, so I had Tyler pick up a couple of the needed ingredients and we DEVOURED it all in about .4 seconds. Tip: add bacon to your grilled cheese.

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After Wes went to bed, we finished Pixels and started to watch Minions, but I fell asleep. You know you’re old when you BOTH go to bed before 10pm on a Friday night.


We finally took some family pictures! I was excited to get the three of us outside and take some photos with my fancy camera, but didn’t realized until we reached the park did I leave my memory card IN my computer. UGH. Thank goodness Tyler’s phone came to the rescue!















Most of the photos caught some of the picnic table, but I’ll be cropping those out when I get some prints done to frame.

After our impromptu photo shoot, we headed to the Y for Wes’s pool class and Tyler was the designated parent this week!

Then of course it was off to Costco. Enough said there.

Wes and I hung out in our comfies upstairs while Tyler was working on the insulation in the basement. We are getting better at tummy time! Layla included.

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I tried to put him down for a nap, but he wasn’t too keen on it, so I bundled him up for a walk where he ended up getting around a half hour of shut eye.

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Tyler made us an amazing steak dinner- I could eat this for every meal. And chocolate cake.

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After Wes went to bed, we finished Minions then went to bed ourselves. Downside of parenthood: feeling like old people and getting to bed not long after baby. Upside of parenthood: I go to bed early and wake up sans hangover!


Slept in until 7:23am! That’s like….unheard of.

I fed Wes and quickly scarfed a Quest bar before getting in a 21 day fix workout. While he took his morning nap, I was able to shower, do the laundry, clean up the kitchen and bake another batch of Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

Tyler also made us a DELICIOUS brunch of bacon, sausage, eggs and hash browns. Oh, and a bit of Baileys in our coffee. NOMS.

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I inhaled that whole plate.

Since winter is pretty much here, I needed to swap out a ton of clothes in my closet. I got rid of a LOT. It feels really good to purge some stuff that haven’t seen the light of day in ages. Plus, I found my Michael Kors bag that I so desperately wanted last year and have used about 2 times. So I’ve decided to sell it. Anyone want to buy it? Pretty please??


Seriously, I don’t think I’ll use it at all and I could really use the extra $$. Please email me if interested!

Tyler made us some delicious burritos for dinner and I ate way too much and still feel sick to my stomach.


Throughout the afternoon and evening Wes was OUT OF SORTS. He was so grumpy Tyler and I couldn’t figure out what to do for him! So we tried everything. There were some temporary solutions, but WOOF it made for quite the challenging day. He finally went to sleep at 8pm. I am really hoping this was just a one day thing because I have no idea how to tackle the day if it’s anything near the same and Tyler is at work.

At least he’s cute.

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How was your weekend?