A New Mile in the Marathon of Life

This past year I was lucky enough to be blessed for a third time – Sweet little Amber came into our lives on November 2nd and showed us that there is far more love in our hearts than we ever imagined. We were very pleasantly surprised to have another daughter join our family and we welcomed her with open arms:

Brooke, Sierra & Baby Amber

Being a Canadian, having Amber also meant that I could spend a wonderful year at home with my daughters on Maternity Leave. (Trust me, I’m very aware of how fortunate I am for that opportunity, and I definitely made the most of it). The year off meant I could spend time getting to know my daughters better and enjoy some quality time with them.

We went tobogganing:


We built snowmen:

Brooke, the snowman, and Siera

I went to Hawaii with Amber and met some great ladies at Stroller Strides Honolulu:

One-legged dead-lifts with bicep curls (you can see Diamondhead, a volcano crater between Michelle and I)

I did some crafts with the kiddos (ok, so I’m not exactly the most creative person there is):

What's Healthy?

What's Healthy?

And I took the girls to the park and running with me nearly every day once the weather was nice:

Amber, Dad, Myself and Brooke

Tomorrow I’ll enter into a new mile of this marathon we call life. Yes – I’m heading back to work. I’ll get to wear heels, and makeup and talk to adults!

I’m looking at this from the positive – I just had an amazing year of fun with the kids – it was a fantastic mile in this marathon, and I’m taking that momentum with me into the next mile. We’ll all be really happy to see each other and ready for evenings and weekends full of fun activities.

Bye bye maternity leave, I’ll miss you!

PS – Please congratulate Jeni who ran her first marathon yesterday!


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  • Andrea
    October 30, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I too have the opportunity to take a year off with my third. I am thankfully cherishing it as I remember how difficult it was returning back full time after 4.5 months with twins and still nursing/pumping. Very glad to be able to focus on the nursing mostly now. Good luck and may your kids race to the door to greet you and only miss nap time on weekends because they are excited to see you.

  • Lisa
    November 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    What a lucky deal! I wish that Americans were able to take long maternity leave like that. I think it’s important for the mom and baby to bond. Unfortunately where I work I think I only get 6 weeks? Maybe 2 months. 3 months if there are complications. It’s really tragic.

    • Janice
      November 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      Yes we’re very lucky! The maternity leave is mandated by our government & our employers must hold a job for us. We do collect a small income over that year from our government as well.