Highs & Lows – Week of February 13


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The week just flew by. It seems that as soon as Monday rolls around life is on fast forward as we cruise through the week to Friday right? We’re pretty much on a fixed schedule around these parts when it comes to day to day life which although kinda boring helps keep me stay organized and top of Margs’ needs and all the household stuff that needs doing. Mer has been up earlier than usual these days (thank you winter snowpocalyse) to head to work and is usually arriving very late into the evening thanks to traffic and snow mayhem so I’ve been sorta parenting solo all week.

On that note, I found it really helpful to talk about my highs & lows last week so I decided that I’d make this a recurring series on This Tiny Blue House. I really enjoyed sharing both my ups and downs with you fine folks but more importantly I loved reading yours.

So here we go – installment two!


[1] Valentine’s day was literally amazing. I woke up at 7am to find baby missing from her cot. I stomped down the stairs (my hips and feet are still messed up from bed rest) to find Mer and Margs sleeping on the couch. I promptly woke him up and told him he was going to be late for work (Mer is a sleepy sleepy guy – not a morning person at all) when he kindly informed me that he took the day off to be home with me and baby for the fine consumer holiday we call Valentine’s day.  So, not only did I get to sleep in but I got to take a nap late afternoon and lounge around with my 2 favorite people. It’s all about simple pleasures folks!

[2] Sleep training is working (most nights) and by consequence my sleep habits are improving too! Margs  usually only wakes up one time per night (a bottle of water and a back rub usually helps her fall back asleep promptly) but spends the entire night in her cot. This is such a game changer for us. Not only do we get to sleep in the same bed again but we’re both getting far better sleep. We’re just crossing our fingers that she doesn’t revert back to wanting to co-sleep.

[3] Mer surprised me with a Valentine’s day gift this year. At first I sorta looked at him strangely when he appeared with this red bag with hearts shmeared all over it. When I opened it I found this Weekly Planner and the coolest oversized mug. So, although we never buy gifts he decided to break the rules and buy me an agenda so I could have a place to keep track of all my blog post ideas (I suppose he was fed up of finding scraps of paper everywhere). The mug is precious and he bought it to replace my giant mug that we had to retire recently after our cat nose bumped it right off the counter.


* I love love love this Weekly Planner. First, it’s huge which means there is tons of space to brainstorm, doodle and jot down ideas. Second, it’s super cheap as far as planners go – Mer told me that he had looked at a few at Walmart and Staples and that they were all in the price range of 20-30$. At roughly 8$ this is totally worth the money especially if you combine it with another item or two to score free shipping.


[1] Snow. Folks, it has snowed so so much over the last week. On Monday we got 30 cm of snow – the wet heavy kind that makes shoveling really hard. Then, on Wednesday we got another 20 or so centimeters making the grand total somewhere in the ballpark of 50 cm. It’s enough now, my body seriously cannot handle shoveling any more snow. We’re also stuck putting it on our property because this suburb doesn’t pick up snow – there’s honestly no room left on our front lawn. If you come driving down our street you cannot even see our front door – that’s how much snow has accumulated. We’re starting to get a little nervous about the spring thaw – flooding is a huge concern for us right now because this much snow is going to create a ton of water.


[2] Locking myself out of my fucking house, not one but TWICE this week. So this house has a fancy key pad on the front door which means that I don’t have to worry about forgetting my keys (one of my recurring bad habits). Well, wouldn’t you know that the key pad refuses to work in -10 degree weather or colder. The first time we thought it was the batteries so we swapped them out – then it happened again. Needless to say I’m going to make it a point to bring my keys with me from now on. Thankfully, Mer was on his way home both times so Margs and I weren’t stuck outside in the cold for too too long.

[3] Dirty laundry. We’ve been dealing with blow outs pretty much all week. The extra bottle of water at night time means that Margs’ diapers are extra wet in the morning. I’ve been washing sheets, blankets and her cot mattress protector basically every single day this week. I’ll take it though – if it means she’ll sleep through the night in her cot and not in our bed, I’ll just deal. Eventually we’re hoping she wont need the extra bottle which will reduce her output at night time. There’s no way I’m waking my baby to change her in the middle of the night and risking having to put her back to sleep.

What are your highs and lows for this fine week of February 13th?






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  1. February 17, 2017 / 7:20 am

    Highs- thenhubby took our son (4 years old) to get me a gift. We never exchange so getting anything was a surprise. Wyatt picked out a cute necklace all by himself and was so proud of it. It was the best day.

    Lows: work. I own my own business and things have gotten really busy which is amazing but I can’t keep up anymore. I don’t make enough to hire another person but I’m drowning a bit by myself. Then some big equipment failed and ugh.

    • February 17, 2017 / 7:46 am

      This is so sweet! What a thoughtful present!

      And I hear you on the small business thing – I had my own small business about 10 years ago and it was so incredibly stressful.

  2. February 17, 2017 / 7:31 am

    Ugh – I hear you on the snow! I live on the Atlantic coast and we got absolutely buried this week with one blizzard followed by a storm followed by more snow. The banks at the end of my driveway are twice my height. That was definitely a low! The high was definitely getting back into my knitting and finding some podcasts that really inspire me. Knitting for me is such a physically creative outlet and a great counterpart to the writing which is more mental and hasn’t been going as well as I’d like this week.

    Yay on the lovely valentine’s day though and I’m a sucker for a great planner!

    • February 17, 2017 / 7:46 am

      Ack you guys got hit really hard. Hopefully this is the end of it!

      Love that you knit! I do also but haven’t really had the time/energy to pick up my needles lately. I should make time to let my hands get creative again.

  3. February 17, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Lows: feeling completely emotionally drained all the time, and super frustrated that closed down highways kept my husband and I from our tradition of going ice fishing on Valentine’s Day (I live in Northern California and we’ve had just a bit of rain/snow that is basically threatening to wash away a third of the state…).

    Highs: my baby has discovered that sleep is not the enemy and will sleep most of the night without waking in her co-sleeper! I still have to wake to dream feed her, but sharing a bed with my husband again is quite wonderful (previously we were taking turns sleeping in the couch).

    Glad your little one is sleeping in their own space! Definitely feels freeing.

    • February 17, 2017 / 9:21 am

      I’m so sorry. Can you get some alone time to refuel this weekend?

      Huge congrats on getting little one to sleep in her co-sleeper. We were doing the same as you guys, alternating couch sleeping to accomomodate Margs.

      • February 17, 2017 / 9:28 am

        Husband is very good about giving me alone time, but the Little still nurses A LOT! So it makes it hard to really get enough time to reset…

        • February 17, 2017 / 9:45 am

          Yeah breastfeeding is really difficult. Hopefully you can squeeze in a few hours of alone time at some point.

  4. February 17, 2017 / 9:43 am

    I love hearing about your life with a little one. My daughter and daughter in law both have little ones and they are facing the same challenges: blow outs & sleeping. It’s all pretty normal and believe it or not I sometimes miss those days. Thanks for sharing!

    • February 17, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Thank you!!! I’m figuring it all out as I go since I’m a first time mom. I do my best 🙂

  5. Michaela Cox
    February 17, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Great article and I agree I think is most helpful to talk about the good, bad, ugly and nice of daily life. Your material is most relatable

    • February 17, 2017 / 10:28 am

      Thank you Michaela!

  6. February 17, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    Highs: Quite time up in the mountains this morning:) Lows: Feeling overwhelmed this week.

    • February 18, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      I’m sorry you’re feeling overwhelmed. Fingers crossed you get some you time this weekend to refuel.

  7. February 19, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    High: Valentine’s Day, my husband made it special and my daughter kept hugging me and telling me “I luv you”.
    Low: Thursday, my daughter was a tornado she destroyed every room she went in also decided to mark on the walls, counters and floors! Needless to say by the time my husband got off of work I was exhausted. And on top of all of that the Chicken I sat out the night before to cook for dinner was still frozen. I was done.

    I like your high and low recurring series idea, I think it’s good to vent.

    • February 20, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      Awwww that is so sweet! I cannot wait for Margs to start saying it too!

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