long weekend discoveries: tummy time, chai and veganism.

July 2, 2012, Michaela Evanow, 10 Comments

It was Canada Day this weekend, and although Canadians can be intensely patriotic when hockey is in full swing, or when we’re abroad, we’re rather tame when we celebrate Canada Day on July 2 nd. And so, with that being said, the family and I did not partake in any Canadian activities this weekend, unless you include watching the fireworks in Gastown by the side of the urine/beer stained railroad….and that was with a recently married best friend of mine, so…

The weekend in pictures:

I started to harvest some of my potatoes from the garden. I didn’t plant them. They just appeared from last year’s crop which was planted by our neighbour, an old Italian man. He was using the garden plot in exchange for doing yard work on our massive (rental) yard. Sadly he passed away last summer while I was pregnant and sick as a dog, so the garden was overgrown and died and went crazy. I’m still finding it incredibly difficult to maintain because it’s HUGE. But, these potatoes taste great! And it’s totally worth it. If you haven’t picked potatoes, well, you should try, because it’s real nitty gritty dirt under your fingernails, sweat on your brown, heel on a shovel kind of work. I can’t remember the last time we had potatoes in our home, so I baked them all, diced them, and threw them into Ziploc freezer bags for those lazy Saturday morning brunches.

While walking around the neighbourhood, I discovered a great little poster that has my name written all over it! I want to go SO badly! I love anything and everything to do with birth, and would consider myself a “birth junkie”. One of my favourite reads is “Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born” by Tina Cassidy. Anyone want to go with me? I’m not entirely sure Jay would be interested…

“BIRTH is a funny, touching and eye opening look at the midwives, doctors and mothers who have shaped the way we give birth today. Based on historical figures and modern day testimonials BIRTH celebrates the shocking and many times hilarious characters who have built the modern birth experience. Written by up and coming playwright Rebecca Ryan, BIRTH is a carefully crafted dramedy that informs while it entertains. It is a playful and thoughtful ride through a history we all share and an experience we all have taken part in.”

Speaking of plays, I watched a very compelling documentary called “Forks Over Knives”. It kind of blew my mind a little. I would consider myself a vegetarian. I was one before I got pregnant at least. I’ve slowly been weaning myself off of meat again, or rather I’ve just been losing my taste for it. This documentary has some hard facts about health and our diet, from a vegan perspective. I think becoming a vegan is pretty intense, but let me tell you, after watching it, I didn’t want to touch milk or eggs! It is not from a “it’s inhumane to kill animals and eat them” perspective, but strictly from a health standpoint. They introduced some incredible studies on patients reversing cancer and heart disease from a vegan diet alone. Watch it, it will probably change your mind on some things, more than you’d like to admit.

I also made some chai concentrate, which was stupidly simple. It was a good ol’ Pinterest recipe that I adapted. This is not vegan, nor is it healthy. Ahem.

Stupidly Simple Chai Syrup

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • a pinch of ground white pepper
Pour half the milk into a glass jar. Add all the spices. Stir very well. Add the remaining milk and stir again. Seal with a lid. Should last about 6 months in the fridge.
Add it to double strength black tea, or green tea, or even coffee. It’ll be nice to have around when we run out of cream for coffee 🙂

Little Miss Marigold has been doing very well on her tummy these days. Not every day and not very often, but she has the strength! It’s very encouraging to my mother heart, since we were a bit worried about her strength specifically in her lower legs. Although the paediatrician thinks she’s hypotonic, I don’t know that she will be for long! We go see the neurologist tomorrow, and frankly, I think it’s a bit extreme, but it can’t hurt and I hope to learn something…and pick the doctors brain…pun intended.

Florence has also officially discovered the joy of sucking her thumb. It happens frequently now, and it really is amazing to have a self soothing baby. She has slept through the night, from 7:00 PM to 7:30 AM (yes I’m counting that 30 minutes) more than a few times! Although I still wake up like clock work around 3:30-4:30 AM, sometimes she doesn’t! And if she does, it means she can’t find her thumb fast enough, so I give her a pacifier (which I never thought I’d do but she loves that thing!)

 And that is the end of a rainy, overcast but cozy weekend. My little one just put herself to sleep with laughter and smiles. I am a blessed mama!


  • Reply Christi F July 5, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Of condensed milk, that is.

    • Reply Michaela. July 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Ha oh, just a small one. A few ounces. I think they only come in one size?

  • Reply Christi F July 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Michaela, what size can for the chai?

    • Reply Michaela. July 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Whatever size your can of condensed milk is!

  • Reply lucy @ motherwho July 4, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    That birth play looks great! If only I didn’t live over the other side of the world… Totally know what you mean about the waking up in the night even when they don’t, your body really does adapt in a strange way! Now that my Nell is 2 (and still wakes up a couple of times a week in the night… no one told me THAT was a possibility!!!) I find getting up or being awake in the night so much more natural now than I used to. I also find it weird that I can hear her breathing from my bedroom when I lie in bed at night… weird mother-gifts!!! Looking forward to hearing about the play. You should definitely go!

  • Reply Christi F July 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Definitely making the chai concentrate right away! Haha if I were in Van I would go to see the play!

  • Reply Going Coverless July 3, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    I’ll have to check out that documentary. And Flo is just so adorable. Fae’s been sleeping longer lately, and I find myself still waking up too.

    • Reply Michaela. July 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      It’s amazing, isnt it? Our bodies learn how to do so much without us even trying.

  • Reply Mrs Loquacious July 2, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    If you can’t find someone to go with, I’ll see it with ya! I’m not a birth junkie but it does sound interesting 🙂

    • Reply Michaela. July 3, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      nice! I will let you know! You could come anyway…I’m pretty best friend will want to go 🙂

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