2017 was a year of growth, new business ventures and beauty.
This year has brought huge changes to our family, many ups and some downs but I feel in my heart that this was the best year of our lives thus far.
My kids have grown and changed so much, it amazes me! Owen turned 8yrs old, has become a gamer and likes hanging out with friends. He has a love for math and science and a heart of pure gold. Even though I’m supposed to be protecting him, he is always looking out for me too. He is everything I could have hoped for in a son and I know he’ll do wonderful things with his life.
Ella’s been more nice than naughty, and we all agree she gives the best hugs. My sweet girl turned 2yrs old and we had a very special party for her. It was decorated by our friend Melissa at Party Girls Co. Ella and I shared an unforgettable evening at the Magical Winter Ball Gala. It was by far one of the most special days/nights we’ve ever had together. She is still a mommy’s girl, and I know that our bond will be this strong forever. I can feel it in my soul.
Rick, I have never felt so secure in the person that I am today because of you. You accept my faults, you show me strength, and I always feel how proud you are of me as your wife and as the mother to our children. I am also proud of your new business ventures, and your dedication to our family. You are our rock.
Last but not least, the most memorable and important part of 2017 was welcoming our baby Mia Rose in to our lives. Below is my most favourite blog post of 2017, the birth of our daughter and the most beautiful last piece to our puzzle. My heart is full. X0
From the moment we found out we were pregnant with Mia I felt a sense of inner peace. She was my “peace baby”. My pregnancy with Mia was wonderful and the greatest gift that I could have asked for.
The night before she was born, Rick and I had just gone to bed and as I fell in to a deeper sleep I woke up to feel a trickle of water. You’d think my first reaction would be that my water broke, but instead I thought that I must have wet the bed. I tried to lay back down and, while still in denial, the contractions came. I told myself, its just Braxton Hicks contractions… I mean, I had just been to the doctor and she had told me that Mia was FOR SURE not coming any time soon so this couldn’t be the real thing. Could it?!
I tried to go back to bed for a little while longer but my mind started to wonder, what if I was going into labor? I would have to get to the hospital. With that, I woke my husband and called my mother to come and look after Owen and Ella while we went to be assessed at the hospital. Sure enough, when we arrived at the hospital I was 5-6cm dilated and my water had broken.
We were admitted at around 2:30am. Nine hours later, I gave birth to Mia Rose Reaume. The night was very long but the moments leading up to before she was born were surreal. I had three contractions to work through until she was born and in between the contractions, the doctor, nurse, Rick and I were looking out the windows and talking about the weather. I even spoke up and said “How are we talking about the weather right now?” Our doctor apologized and I then laughed and said no- no need, this is peaceful. I may have even used the word “zen” lol (which I’ve never used in my life)… but it was.
After the third contraction she was placed on my chest and a sweet cry came from her lungs. I had been praying to hear her cry as she was preterm and the NICU would have to take her away to be looked at if she didn’t. Her voice, at that moment, was the most beautiful sound I could have ever heard.
She was more gorgeous than I could have imagined and also much smaller. She is the teeniest and tiniest of my babies yet I was the biggest I have ever been pregnant. Almost lost in her hospital nightgown she was our tinniest but you couldn’t miss the fact that she was healthy and strong. That was all I could have asked for.
Later that day my Mom brought Owen and Ella to see their baby sister for the first time. I have never seen Owen so proud! Immediately he asked if he could hold her, then for me to take a photo to show his classmates. He held her for awhile, kissed her a million times and named her “peanut”. Our sweet Ella, all of a sudden, looked older. She wasn’t a baby anymore; she had turned into a toddler and now, a big sister. Ella held the baby for a little then let me take the baby back as she maneuvered herself to sitting on my lap. Ella and I ate my hospital food and cuddled for the rest of the visit.
We had to stay in the hospital for a couple extra days just to keep an eye on Mia but she made great strides and even “made records” as the nurse said, putting on weight which is usually the opposite. After our final check in with the doctor, we were sent home—now a family of 5! J
What I want to remember about Mia…
The peacefulness of the way she sleeps.
When she is awake, the look she has when she studies my face.
Her coos, her little gas smiles, and her giggles.
Her long lovely fingers that barely wrap around mine.
Her beautiful brown hair, and her lovely hazel eyes.
Her long slender feet, and her sweet belly button.
The way I feel about her, I love her right down to my soul.
Rick and I have been so busy with the kids and different side projects lately that when Mont Tremblant asked to host us, we decided a couple’s getaway was just what we needed before the holidays. Since we only had the weekend, we decided that flying with Porter would be the easiest way to travel. The flight was only an hour long and we were there in no time to enjoy all the activities that we could fit in.
What to do during the day:
Tour the village, do some shopping, go ice skating or hit the slopes! There is something for every time of year and age group (see past posts Our Trip to Mont Tremblant and What Summer is like in Mont Tremblant) but with all the snow they have had and runs they had already opened, our heart was set on skiing. We toured the mountain with our private guide Guy, and it was a great way to venture out to places we had not been before and learn more about this breathtaking mountain.
Where we ate:
We both agreed that on this trip we had THE BEST food we have ever had in Mont Tremblant. For lunch, I suggest Le Q.G. which is right in the main village. We had calamari and beef tartar to start, followed by steak and fries for myself and Rick had the fish of the day. Everything was seasoned and cooked perfectly – it’s a must for your next visit!
For dinner, I suggest Altitude Restaurant located in the Mont Tremblant Casino. It was a quick shuttle ride from the hotel and besides the fantastic food that we ate, you can stay, play and make a night of it! We sat down to dinner at Altitude, ordered a bottle of wine, and listened to the performers sing as we were served dinner. Rick and I ordered the Octopus to start and for our main courses Rick ordered the AAA Sirloin Blue Cheese Steak and I had the Slow cooked AAA Prime Rib. For Desert, you could eat as many sweets as your heart desired at the dessert table. It was all fantastic!
After dinner, we had fun playing a selection of virtual games before heading over to the tables to test our luck at black jack and roulette. We ended our night by the dance floor with the clubs personal DJ, it was an evening we have been talking about since we’ve been home.
Where to relax:
The following day we had the pleasure of experiencing the Scandinavian Spa Mont Tremblant which is a 5-minute cab from the village. For a couple getting away for the weekend, this was the perfect way to relax and unwind on our final day. When we arrived, we were informed about the benefits of their spa’s hydrotherapy baths, and we went from cold pool to hot pool, then from cold pool to the relaxation rooms. This hot and cold cycle helps to both energize and rest your body and improves blood circulation. It also helps to release your endorphins. Rick was brave enough to take a dip in the river which was only about 2 degrees Celsius for one of his cold cycles. At first, I could barely put a toe in the cold pools (lol), but once I did, I almost immediately felt the benefits. By the end, it was me saying “Okay, are you ready to go back in?” It’s amazing.
Back at home, I realize even more just how much we needed this getaway. We are recharged, refreshed and ready to take on the busy holiday season ahead.
Thank you Mont Tremblant! See you again soon!
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Christmas is almost here and we are celebrating different stages of Christmas with the kiddos. We have little Mia who will be celebrating her first Christmas. Ella, who talks about Santa on the daily but is completely terrified when she sees him in person and Owen who’s starting to question whether or not good ol saint nic is real. He asked me last year if Santa exists and not expecting this question to come so soon, I don’t think I said a word for a good 3 minutes. After a long pause, I simply replied: “I absolutely believe that his spirit is real” and it ended there.
The love and laughter that this holiday brings makes it my favourite time of year. It’s a time that we have to spend as a family, we eat far too much food and I get to enjoy my moms top secret/super awesome/won’t tell anyone the recipe “adult” eggnog. It’s the best!
Roots Canada has undoubtedly been a part of our gift giving over Christmas and growing up, their clothing would be first on my wish list. Besides loving Roots for its comfort and style, Roots is a company that does its part to be environmentally responsible. Roots uses oraganic cottons, recycled cottons, recycled polyesters and sustainable fabrics such as wools, bamboo, hemp and soy. It’s a brand that we love and that will last you for years and years to come!
Wishing you all a very special holiday season!
x0x The Toth-Reaume Family
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After many questions and lovely comments from my product shoot, I thought I would give you a little behind the scenes look.
The photographer Kendal Hunt lives in London and specializes in newborn, maternity and family photography. I met her for coffee one day and I just knew she was the right fit for our photoshoot. She’s very kind, creative and wonderful with the kids which is very important to me. She took great lifestyle and product images – I couldnt be happier! 🙂 www.photosbyknh.com
Our lovely outfits are from Anna Maria D Nicolantoni, Founder of Olivia Rose. The skirt, lace top, pettiskirt and dress are exceptionally made with every attention to detail. I had seen Olivia Rose in Chapters many times and to wear this beautiful line with my girls was really just the icing on the cake for me. These pieces are timeless and went perfectly with out shoot. Olivia Rose is what little girls ( and big girls) dreams are made of. You can shop the collection by visiting www.oliviarose.com
It’s been 8 months since launching Baby Be Mine Natural Coconut Bath and I am completely humbled and grateful for everyone who has supported me along the way. Since launching, I have been a vendor in The Modern Mom Show, The Bump to Baby Show and have been invited in to Chapters and Pottery Barn. Baby Be Mine is now in three retail locations in London. You can purchase it at Lofthouse Living downtown and both Cheeky Monkey locations. I added Oil & Carol all natural bath toys to our gift sets and I hope to add additional options in the near future. I couldn’t be more proud of the line and I’m so thrilled so many people are enjoying it.
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