Mama Things: September


Jennifer Bennett Malcolm

So much of my life these days is focused on Malcolm, so I thought it might be a good exercise for me to share about myself on a regular basis. I’m going to start with sharing 5 little things going on with me (Mama) lately. (And don’t worry, I’ll still share about Malcolm too. How could I not talk about that adorable little guy?!)

We were blessed with so many gifts and clothes for Malcolm, but most of them were in smaller sizes. I’m excited that I now get to pick out some adorable and local clothing for him. I just received orders from The Stitched Arrow and This Kid Clothing Co. and the items are just so adorable!

We mostly stick to our usual meals aka nachos and pizza, but lately I’ve also been trying out some recipes for cheap meals. Tonight I’m going to give these veggie tacos a go. I came across this free downloadable cookbook as well. All the recipes are designed for a $4 a day food stamp budget – so this book is great for saving some money and eating on the cheap.

It’s about a month to my birthday so I started updating my Pinterest wish list at Jordan’s request (does anyone else do it this way?). Right now this letterboard is at the top of my list. All I need are some sassy quotes 🙂 I’m also hoping to get my hands on some beautiful linen fabric (and some freetime!) to sew myself this blouse. By the way, if you sew you should check out Seamwork Magazine. They have beautiful new patterns every month and helpful tips for building your own custom wardrobe. Use this link for $3 off your first month (it includes a pattern of your choice as well!).

Struggling with:
Sleeeep…. I know, I know, it’s definitely gotten better, but some nights are still tough. This week we were able to cut out one feeding for a couple days in a row so we’ll see if it lasts. We’ve also started testing out sleeping in our living room (on the pull out couch) in order to give Malcolm some space, but I am not finding it all that comfortable. I probably wouldn’t complain about it though if it means we could all sleep through the night! I also have a problem with going to bed on time. That doesn’t help…

On my mind:
I’m trying to deplete the massive pile of stuff in our hallway/living room. How do we collect all this clutter so quickly?! Now that we are sleeping in the living room it feels even smaller and more cluttered. I have an ongoing list of things to deal with so I can forget about them. Somehow I never seem to get very far down my list. Anyone else have this problem…? After I finish writing this post I think I’ll attempt sewing some crib sheets/duvet covers so I can make use of those silly flat sheets we never use. How do you make up your bed? We are all about simplicity over here and make do with just a fitted sheet and duvet.

Thanks for letting me share about myself. I’d love to hear about what’s going on in your life lately. Comment below or send me a message on Instagram or Facebook.

Pregnancy Update: Baby Beanie at 38 weeks

Maternity photoshoot Pregnancy

Time is just flying by! I can’t believe I’m 38 weeks today. There’s only 2 weeks left to go until our due date and Beanie could come at any time now.

We enjoyed spending a lot of time with family and friends over the holidays. We are trying to get out as much as possible while we still can. I hope we can still enjoy a few date nights together while it’s just the two of us. I’m dreaming of going to Burgoo for some delicious comfort food. Yum, I love their soup and salad combo! We recently visited Guilt and Co. with a few friends to see some live jazz, and I love the vibe there. If I wasn’t twice my usual size and off balance I might have tried to join in the swing dancing. I love the 1940’s feel.

Jordan took some photos of me just before Christmas when I was 35 weeks. Time is flying by so quick. I can’t believe I’m already 38 weeks. This baby will be here in no time! We have been doing a bunch of prep around the house now that the holidays have passed. I’ve been doing some sewing and organizing, and I’m working on putting together a binder of all the helpful information we will need to access come time for labour and parenting. We bought a carseat last week, and I’ve started packing our bags for the hospital. It’s getting close guys!

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Everything is starting to feel real. I’m still having trouble getting my head around the fact that there is a little person inside of me. Soon this babe will make their appearance, and I’ll get to hold them and care for them.

I think the transition to motherhood will impact me more than I expect. Pregnancy seems easy in comparison. Yes, throughout pregnancy there have been physical struggles where I have felt less like myself, but I have generally felt very special and taken care of. I’ve been told to enjoy and take advantage of this time. I feel entitled to massages and special treatment. As a mother, I will need to give all of that up in order to care for someone else. It will be this little babe who is helpless and who receives all the attention.

I imagine I might be filled with joy and pride knowing that I was able to participate and create such a lovely, complex, and intricate human being. It’s really the most incredible thing I will ever make in my life.

But in the selfish place inside of me I realize that everything will no longer be about me. I will need to transition from entitlement and being loved and cared for to tiredness and loving and caring for someone else. I can imagine this will be quite difficult, and compiled with exhaustion and hormones I understand how many women struggle with depression postpartum. Luckily Jordan has always made me feel special and loved, and I have a great community of family and friends who I know will be there for me too.

How did you other mamas survive the transition? Was there anything you experienced that you didn’t anticipate?

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Click here for my other pregnancy posts: Our announcement and 32 week update.

Our Growing Family: New Baby

Jennifer and JordanWe are getting ready for a baby! I took some time away to focus on my body, my health, and my family. Maybe you’ve noticed I haven’t posted in quite a while. I was just finding a rhythm when I needed to take a bit of a break. I didn’t anticipate being away for as long as I have, but that’s life. Our new family member is expected to arrive January 27th and we couldn’t be more excited!

12 week baby bump22 week baby bumpWe are filled with anticipation and joy as our baby grows. I have been feeling all sorts of kicks and watching my belly and this little one grow. It is so amazing to feel this babe moving around inside me. I’m becoming aware of the fact that there is actually a human living inside of me. It’s kinda weird – like sci-fi movie weird – but it’s so incredible.

beanieAround the time our baby was the size of a jelly bean we began to call our baby ‘Beanie’, and it stuck. It’s nice to have a little nickname we can use rather than saying ‘baby’ or ‘it’. It seems a bit more personal, though we are incredibly excited to actually meet our little one and call them by name. We decided not to find out the sex of the baby, and so we are dreaming about who this little guy or little girl will be.

My energy has been pretty low throughout the pregnancy. I’m now beginning to regain some energy and feel a bit more normal. Overall, I’ve been quite lucky with my pregnancy symptoms and my work schedule. Even though at times I’ve been tired, I’ve had minimal sickness. I’ve often felt nauseous and had dizzy spells, but I was able to rest and I didn’t need to push myself so hard.

18 week baby bumpThe last month or so has been much better, but I’m continuing to take it easy. I’m so lucky to have such a supportive husband. Shout-out to Jordan for all the back massages and cuddles and for washing the dishes more often. Sometimes I feel like a useless human being, but he graciously reminds me that it takes a lot of work to grow a human.

We have been doing lots of organizing and trying to make some extra room at home. We’ve worked on a few projects around the house and hope to get some more done before I lose all my energy and the Christmas festivities begin. It will feel great to freshen everything up a bit.

20 week baby bumpI’ll try to post some updates about my pregnancy as it progress. Ask some questions in the comments. I would love to keep you updated and share about my experiences.

You can also read more about our history with pregnancy and miscarriage here.

Hello there!

About me - Jennifer Bennett

Hi there! I’m Jennifer. I live just outside of Vancouver, Canada with my best friend/husband Jordan.

I’ve taken up blogging as a creative exercise. I intend to stretch myself creatively, to begin building a brand, to practice my photography, and to connect with people who are experiencing some of the things I am. It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun and rewarding. All My Delight is about learning to appreciate the little things in life and to overall live a happier life filled with gratitude.

Jennifer and Jordan Bennett

I have a crazy talented husband who records incredible music at home for me to listen to. No really. You should check out his site. I’m his number one fan (biased? – maybe)!

We are expecting a new addition to our family late January and are excited to become parents.

We had the opportunity to travel for a year and study abroad in Germany. We had an amazing experience and were able to visit over 20 different countries and make some amazing friends!

Some things I like:

  • Drinking tea
  • Visiting with friends
  • Knitting
  • Eating
  • Spending time with family
  • Watching Netflix in my cozies
  • Doing yoga  
  • Cuddles
  • Sewing
  • Chocolate
  • Gardening
  • And also chocolate

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I also sell delicious tea! Here’s a link for Canadian friends to purchase (sorry if you live elsewhere – If you live in the States you can click on find a consultant to find someone near you!)

Photography by Ivy Hofs @ivyrachel_