Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Thank you!

To all of the tireless daycare workers who look after our children while we make a living. To all of those warm women, tireless men who make sure our children are safe while we can't be there. To all of those people who teach our children to play, to laugh, and to love. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Loss of a Loved One

By loss, I mean lost. And by a loved one, I mean little M's Cabbage Patch doll. Affectionately referred to as "baby" (or in M speak "babieees"), we have lost you to the sidewalk somewhere between our house and Chester. Mom actually thought she lost you once before, but M had just hidden you in the pantry. Then Mom did lose you on the walk from daycare to home, but Dad found you laying on the sidewalk, and rescued you with all the valour of a knight in shining armour. Then, last Sunday, Dad lost you for good. At some point during the walk, you were ejected from the stroller and nobody noticed. Dad kept walking. M didn't make a peep. And baby lay on the ground, content, probably taking a nap. Dad was home before he noticed, and the walk was way too long, and we had far too many things to do to retrace his steps.

Full of guilt and doubts about ourselves as good parents, we bought M a new baby. With a stroller and high chair so that hopefully M wouldn't notice that the new baby was not the same as the old baby, even though the new one wasn't a Cabbage Patch doll. 

M noticed, but didn't seem to mind. Thank goodness. 

But now we have to hide the iPhone so she won't see pictures like the one below, and demand her babieeees back. 

Have you ever lost your child's favourite plaything? Did everything turn out ok??

Bye bye, little doll, I hope another child has found you and will love you forever.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lil' Helper Cloth Diaper Review

Tooling around the web, as I am wont to do, I came across Lil' Helper cloth diapers. I was excited. Not only are they a Canadian company, but they are from Toronto! Also, they were selling a trial diaper for 30% off an no shipping. How on earth could I pass up a deal like that? I really am a sucker for free shipping. A big old sucker. Give me free shipping, I'll probably buy your diaper.

Sorry. Sidetracked. By suckers.

It arrived vacuum packed with a bag of mint tea! Nice!
You get to pick your top three colours, so I went gender neutral. I was pleased to get the chocolate brown diaper - I don't have any in this colour yet. I also chose the charcoal diapers, because again, I don't have any like this. The diapers are made in China, but the package insert reads that they are designed in Canada. The feel of the diapers is great - high quality with well fitting and nicely designed leg elastics. I also like the charcoal - it dries fast and feels very soft.

M likes them a lot! (As does Moz in the background)
The diaper arrived with 2 inserts - of two different sizes. That makes the diaper very customizable, so you will be sure not to get any leaks! (We definitely haven't!).

Perfect fit! Allows her cute little belly to hang over.
All in all, I do like this diaper. It is well fitted without feeling bulky. If I didn't have so many other diapers, I would buy several more of these for my stash.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ill Prepared Mommy Tip #2

Plop a diaper in and you are good to go!
Forgot the diaper bag? Left it in the car? Don't feel like bringing it on a short jaunt? Forgot the diaper bag again? (so guilty of that one). For my second ill prepared mommy tip, I advise you to put a diaper in your regular purse. Heck, put one in all your purses. Then you will never be without one if your little one poops at the park, grocery store, mall, etc. You can always use wet paper towel in the bathroom to wipe, so don't clog up your purse with the unnecessary. One diaper will do in a pinch!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Out on the Town!

M is visiting a random neighbour in a Gap coat and an iPlay hat.
The best part?? It isn't our house!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Last Few Weeks of Lasts

Now that baby-making has started in earnest, I've started to do things that I normally wouldn't do, knowing that in a few weeks, I might not be able to.

Like drinking. Vodka Mudshake anyone? I'm downing them like they're going out of style (OK, one a night is all I can handle), but I know that it might be at least a year before I can have even a little sip again. So I am enjoying them. Even on week nights. So there.

Also. Caffeine. Now that I've rediscovered it, I'm downing black tea with a vengeance. It tastes oh so much better than decaf. And decaf coffee really is minging. And I know it's all I'll get once there's a bun in the over. So I go about my days wired, my evenings tipsy. It's all good, right?

Did I mention deli meat? I go by Subway salivating for a cold cut combo. And I get one. In fact, I remember that being one of my first meals after I gave birth. There is something about not being able to have something that makes you want it so bad. I haven't wanted cold cuts for a long time, but thinking about not being able to have them makes me want to start hoarding ham. Mmmmm. Ham.

Late night television. Early pregnancy is a time of extreme tiredness. So that means TV will be a luxury I won't likely be able to afford. So I'm getting in as much as I can. Overdosing, so to speak, so I'll be sick of it and be ok with falling asleep at 7:30pm every night.

Did I miss anything? Rare juicy steak?

Cross your fingers that next month I won't be able to have any of these things!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Time for Yourself

I find it to be really important to carve out time for myself. Yes, one could argue that I get time to myself when the little one is sleeping, but those moments are often filled with the rush to eat lunch, do laundry, load the dishwasher, etc. One needs to be able to take a step back and leave the house alone.

Let me tell you, it isn't easy.

Finally, thanks to the miracle that is my husband, I now have Sunday mornings all to myself. He is in charge of little M, and I am free to go out to do whatever it is I please. Which is, at the moment, a yoga class. I found one just down the street that starts at 10:15 and has an amazing teacher. I'm sure I'll write the review for that studio soon (especially for the prenatal pilates class... here's hoping I can sign up next month ;)).

It feels like heaven to go there and not feel guilty, knowing that my child and my husband are having some amazing quality time together, while I have some amazing quality time with myself (and my girlfriend, who is also attending the class).

Now, all this freedom didn't come cheap. In exchange for having Sunday morning to myself, my husband now gets Saturday mornings to himself, and he plans to go for a long bike ride now that the weather is so much better. But... that is OK. I am willing to be a single parent for a few hours if he is. And who wouldn't want to spend time with this little monkey??