Kayla’s Birth Story

olive chan —  August 4, 2014 — Leave a comment

Dear Kayla,

You were born in a rather unconventional manner. I gave birth to you right in the master bedroom of our home, wedged between the dresser and the bed, with my left leg on the floor and my right leg propped up on the bed frame. Awkward, but it worked. How did we get to that point? Let me tell you the story. Continue Reading…

Mornings and I don’t get along. Even on the best of days without children, mornings are hard for me. Add round-the-clock nursing into the mix and getting up, let alone going out, takes herculean effort. All this to say, if I make a public appearance before noon these days, you can be sure it’s someplace that matters to me.

Now that we have two young children, getting out of the house is quite a production. In the three weeks that we have existed as a family of four, we have made it out as an entire family a grand total of 4 times. Of those occasions, only once have we gotten out the door in the morning.
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[This is a guest post by Jessica Everingham, originally published as "My Identity Is Broken".]

Insignificance. Failure.

Few words chill me like those two. I hate them even more than doing my taxes.

Why?

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We are deeply proud to introduce you to our baby daughter, Kayla Elizabeth Chan. Kayla was born on Friday, July 4th at 10:13pm. She weighed 8 lbs 1 oz and measured 20 1/4 inches long.
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As I write this, I’m 37 weeks along with my second child. There have been similarities between the two pregnancies, but also differences. I thought it would be fun to do a little comparison post here, in case anyone is interested, but also for the sake of my second kid who’s barely gotten any “airtime,” unlike big sister who got a gazillion blog posts while she was in the womb. Hah.

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We met the summer before I entered university. He was handsome, sporty, and impressively intelligent. A year my senior, he looked out for me during my first months as a frosh.
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With my first child, I got to experience Advent in a deeper way as I anticipated the birth of my baby in the months leading up to Christmas. With this second child, I am experiencing Lent on a new level as I journey with Christ toward the crucifixion and Easter. Continue Reading…

[This is a guest post by Dr. Nareeta Stephenson, a Port Coquitlam Chiropractor specializing in family chiropractic, women's health and sensory processing disorder.]

Picture your baby before it’s born, it’s floating warm, safe and cushioned. Then gradually there is less room to move and stretch, things start to become cramped and then all of a sudden the walls start squeezing in, the fluid disappears and things get very intense. Finally after much pushing and squeezing your baby makes the shortest and longest journey of its life down the birth canal, and if all goes according to our bodies’ direction with no interventions, baby comes out just fine on its own. This is a naturally traumatic event, even without the influence of possible interventions.
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Happy Chinese New Year!

olive chan —  January 31, 2014 — 1 Comment

Happy Chinese New Year! This year is the year of the Horse. It’s become a tradition in our family to create a Chinese New Year video greeting, as we are unable to celebrate with many of our friends and family during this time. Hope you enjoy this year’s video!
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Ever since we got married, Tim and I have set aside a day at the start of each year to dream, evaluate and plan for the upcoming year. We call it our “Blue Day.” (We explain this concept in detail in our book, “Fight With Me.”) We continued our tradition this January and left Allie to cavort with her grandparents while we borrowed our friends’ place for a day of reflection.

Last year, our word was “Courage.” We needed that word. It guided us, encouraged us and gave us strength as we wrote and published our books, chose a faith community to identify ourselves with, found out about our second baby and made the (crazy) decision to start our own marketing company.

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