Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
I told Ainsley Friday morning that we had a special night planned for her and that we were going to see the Princesses. It was probably a mistake to tell her so early in the day as all she could talk about the rest of the day was going to see the princesses. I also showed her a clip of the show http://disney.go.com/disneyonice/. She didn't nap because she was so excited. She rushed us through dinner and was all ready to go out the door well before we needed to leave. Finally, to her relief we headed down to see the Princesses.
I was a little worried that the show might not live up to her increasing expectations but from the moment it started Ainsley was mesmorized. She's seen a number of Disney movies including Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Tinkerbell. She was thrilled to be able to see recognizable characters dancing on skates. She was especially excited to see Ursula from The Little Mermaid and was introduced to the Blue Genie from Aladdin who is now all she talks about.
My husband and I enjoyed the show but what was the greatest part of the night was watching Ainsley's obvious enjoyment of the show. She had a huge smile on her face throughout and excitedly pointed out the characters.
All in all this was a great night and for any of you who have little girls you should definitely check it out.
The Toronto shows run from December 18th-December 27th at the Rogers Centre.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thank you to the Healthy Baby Network for including Baby's First Journal in your list!!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
This year I have spent weekends on planning Juliet's 1st birthday party, decorating the house, sending out Christmas cards, wrapping presents, getting new products into production, and we have yet to get a Christmas tree. That's on the to do list for this weekend. It feels like there is no down time.
Don't get me wrong, I love this time of year. I love decorating the house and now that Ainsley is older we can all get excited about Santa's visit. This year, I will be getting my tonsils out too so I will either get more rest due to this surgery or it will make the whole month seem even more hectic.
Add some sick children into the mix and I look forward to a more relaxing January. Maybe a few snow days are in order so that we can all stay home for the day and hibernate.
Friday, December 11, 2009
If you are 30 or older you will think this is hilarious!!!!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their
tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were
growing up; what with walking Twenty-five miles to school every
Yadda, yadda, yadda
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no
way I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about
how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!
But now that.... I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help
but look around and notice the youth of today.
You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live
in a Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good
you've got it!
I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet. If we wanted
to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up
ourselves, in the card catalogue!!
There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter -
with a pen!
Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in
the mailbox and it would take, like, a week to get there! Stamps
were 10 cents!
Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a
matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission
to kick our ass! Nowhere was safe!
There were no MP3' S or Napsters! If you wanted to steal music, you
had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!
Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the
DJ would usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up! There
were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our
favorite tape and "eject" it when finished and the tape would come
We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the
phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it!
And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either!
When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your
school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, a
collections agent, you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up
and take your chances, mister!
We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with
high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games
like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your guy was a little
square! You actually had to use your imagination!! And there were
no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... Forever!
And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and
harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was
on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to
get up and walk over to the TV to change the channel! NO REMOTES!!!
There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on
Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL
WEEK for cartoons!!
And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we
had to use the stove! Imagine that!
That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it
too easy. You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted five
minutes back in 1980 or before!
The Over 30 Crowd
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I have been meaning to put up a posting for the past couple of days. Life is getting pretty hectic around here. I am working on two new products for announcement in January, I am planning for Juliet's 1st Birthday party on the weekend, preparing for the holidays and getting everything done before I get my tonsils out Dec 21st. Oh and I keep getting sick.
I have also just set up a new Facebook fan page for Glow Baby where you can get up to date info on press, new products, specials, new stores, and any interesting tidbits I find about babies, family life or life in general. I would love for you to check it out
I wish you all a fabulous holiday season with lots of joy and great memories.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Glow Baby (me) is offering a special holiday promotion this year. Buy 3 notepads and get 1 free. This promotion will start Nov 30th and run until Dec 31st. To select your free notepad you will be asked to select one from a list upon check out (in the same section as your billing details).
Use these pads to stay organized this holiday season with Glow Baby's To Do List and Shopping List.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I have recently received information that the Ontario Ministry of Health has stepped up to become a reliable resource for up-to-date H1N1 vaccine information in Ontario.
For updated flu information you can visit http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ccom/flu/h1n1/public/clinics.aspx
The following link has tips for what to do if your child becomes sick. The Ministry of Health has an influenza assessment tool that can help us moms determine if our child needs medical care. The link for this information is http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ccom/flu/h1n1/public/tools/assessment/default.aspx
Other useful information can be found at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ccom/flu/
I hope you find this information useful and that it helps get you through this year's flu season.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
My favourite part is the menu planning. I love sifting through my many cookbooks to plan what mouth-watering meals I will be making for the week. I usually plan for three to four recipes for each week and write out all the ingredients I will need. I check the fridge and cupboards to figure out what we need to buy and what we already have. I then make sure I have the staples in the house. I always have pasta, spaghetti sauce, hamburgers, hot dogs and other kid friendly items. I then check to see what snack foods we have left and write down what we will need for the week.
This process of menu planning is very important to make sure that I have the right amount of food for my 10 month old, favourites for my 2 ½ year old, lunches for my husband and the right amount of food for our dinners. Aside from my enjoyment of menu planning, there are some very important benefits.
1. Planning saves money – If you stick to your list, you will buy only what you need. You can also plan around coupons and store specials to help with a budget.
2. Making Healthy Choices – By planning ahead and listing healthy options it is much easier to avoid the barrage of unhealthy choices you are faced with in the store
3. Efficiency – By doing a bit of prep work before your trip to the store, you can make your shopping experience much more efficient. You spend your time getting what you need, you have a focus and you won’t waste time trying to decide what to get.
4. Avoid multiple visits to the store – By menu planning, you will only need to go to the store once saving time. This also saves money as the opportunities to buy extra items are limited.
All in all, menu planning may seem like work up front but in the end it saves you time and money. It is definitely worth it!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I just realized that I haven't posted pictures of the new note pad series now available at www.glowbaby.ca. If you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone who likes to stay organized in style check them out.
I love using lists. They help me stay focused which is especially important when my attention is often divided between Ainsley, Juliet, my husband and the business. To make sure that everything gets done I rely on a to-do list and so I wanted to make a pretty list that would fit on the fridge so I would always know where it was and what needs to be done. It's also great for listing chores for Brett.
The Shopping list is great as I always do a list each week but I would often loose it so having the list on the fridge works well. We haven't been sick yet (knock on wood) so I haven't had a chance to use the medication pad but while it was in the design phase I desperately needed it. Both girls were sick and Ainsley can take medicine that Juliet cannot and it would have been nice to have had something to keep all this straight without having to explain this to my mom and husband multiple times.
Check them out and tell me what you think.
Have a great day!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I am excited because one of the editors of Today's Parent (Canadian parenting magazine) has written about "Baby's First Journal" on their blog. Please follow the link and check it out. Feel free to leave comments and let them know what you like best about the journal.
I appreciate all of your support!!!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Brett went today to the North York Civic Centre in Toronto for the first day of the "high risk group" clinic. It opened at noon but people lined up hours before. Brett got there at 1:30 and already the health care workers were setting up an end of the line as they would not have enough to go around.
The gov't has been warning us of the Swine flu threat for months now and urging us to get vaccinated when the vaccine became available. Yet, the vaccine is now "available" but it is almost impossible to get. Who was the brilliant thinker behind only having 10 flu clinics for a population of 2 million??? Not to mention all the red tape that doctors have to jump through to get a supply to give out to their patients.
I cannot believe the line ups or the fact that there is not enough vaccines to go around. I even called around to see if anyone had heard of a black market vaccination clinic. Now there's a thought.....
I'm hoping that the gov't will smarten up and open more clinics with longer hours and get the vaccination to the people. What use is a vaccination if only a small percentage of people can get it?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Anyway,check out the article to see what I said.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
We bought this program a month ago as we decided we probably should start now when things are not too busy. It keeps track of inventory (which is fabulous) and it can be passed off to my accountant at the end of the year for tax preparation. I installed the program and quickly went to work. As I went along it became very clear to me that I had no idea what I was doing.
One peice of advice to new business owners - Recognize when you don't know what you are doing and ask for help. I knew I was in over my head but it wasn't until I went for "accounting classes" at my accountants that it became evident that had I continued on my own my book keeping would have been a TOTAL disaster.
It took two three hour classes but now I am confident that I am doing everything I need to be doing. I have a life-line if I encounter a unique situation which is a relief. Even though I have paid for the time of my accountant to set me up, in the long run I have probably saved money as they won't have to fix my mess.
I have been busy for the past week inputting all the expenses and sales since the business started in March. I am at August now so I am getting there. Sigh......
I never wanted to be an accountant but it looks like I will be now. I am also the PR department, Sales department, Shipping department, Creative Department.......
I am Glow Baby and I am proud of my accomplishments thus far.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thanks to all the mompreneurs who answered my questions and shared their own press releases with me. It is so helpful to hear from other women going through the same things as me. If only I had a huge PR budget and could hire an expert. For now though, I have to be a jack-of-all trades and rely on the goodwill of others.
I am proud of myself for this accomplishment. It feels huge as it has been looming on my to-do list for months but it is finally complete. Here is the link to the release.
Please feel free to pass on to anyone you think would be interested to learn more about Glow Baby and Baby's First Journal.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I cannot believe how quickly this past year has flown by. I am starting to plan Juliet's 1st Birthday Party and I started to realize that she will be leaving the baby stage very soon.
She's starting to pull herself up and will probably be walking within the next 2 months. I have started to wean her as well. She had pancakes yesterday for the first time.
I have mixed emotions about this. I love watching Juliet learn new things every day. She's a big explorer and it's great to see her explore her world and learn new things. The perplexed look she gets on her face sometimes is adorable! On the other hand, the snuggly hugs she gives me and the cute baby sounds she makes will end as she gets older and that makes me sad.
I have the same thoughts as Ainsley gets older too. I just cannot believe I have a 21/2 year old and an almost 1 year old. I am going to be a bit mushy now so please excuse me. I am a proud mommy and I am so thankful that I have two wonderful, adorable, kind and smart daughters. I can't wait to see what they do in the future but I am trying to cherish every moment of the present as they are the most special people on earth to me.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I am very excited to announce that Glow Baby will be attending the Market Moms Event in Uxbridge on November 7th!! I submitted Glow Baby to a contest Market Moms hosted to help feature new businesses and I won!
There will be some really great vendors in attendance at this show. It will be a great opportunity to get some of your holiday shopping done. I know I will be visiting the booths (while my husband helps out at my both).
If you live in the GTA check out the event at www.marketmomsonline.com.
Would love to see you there.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I love nap time. This is the only time that I get completely to myself. The past couple of days I have kept Ainsley in her room to play quietly. So far, she has been playing nicely by herself so at least I still get some time by myself.
I miss the days of 2-3 hour naps. I hope this is just a phase but I don't think so.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
While things are getting busy on the business side, life is also getting busier on the family side. Juliet is getting older (she's 9 1/2 months already!!) and she is so much fun to be around. Ainsley is also getting older (she's 2 1/2) and she is starting to drop her nap (Booo!!). A huge part of my day is spent seeing to their needs. I'm still breastfeeding Juliet so that is added to the equation.
My days are a blur. I get up, feed Juliet, take Ainsley to school, put Juliet down for her nap, (1 hour break to work if I'm lucky). Then we go pick up Ainsley from school, have lunch, play, feed Juliet, put Juliet down for her nap. Play with Ainsley and then hope and pray she goes down for her nap. Lately, Ainsley has not fallen asleep for her nap until 3pm and then Juliet gets up shortly afterwards leaving the evening hours the only other time to really focus on work.
Trying to fit everything in is getting tough and I rely heavily on my own organizational skills and ability to prioritize to get through my days. I am feeling pretty exhausted this week. I need a vacation but will have to wait until I finish breastfeeding. If only there were a few more hours in the day then maybe I could find some me-time.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here are my favs for this week:
Actual Word V. Ainsley's Word
Smarties V. Parties
Music V. Me-Cass
Aunty Amanda V. Aunty Panda
Juliet V. Julielette
Tinkerbell V. Tinkerbelt
I love these special little words.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I wish I could travel down myself, but as I am still breastfeeding, this year is not an option. Maybe next year?
Check out the link for some great products that Amy is taking with her. http://whrrl.com/experience/story/18424741
For more information on the Type A Mom Conference please visit http://typeamomconference.com/.
For more information on Mom Made That please visit http://mommadethat.com/
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Tweet-A-Day founder, Gina Robison-Billups, recognized the need for this service when she was promoting her own giveaway for MomsMakingaMillion.com. It was very difficult to find sites to contact. The submission links for most of them didn’t work, and their promotion of the giveaways just drove traffic and comments to their own sites, not hers. In addition, Moms Making a Million didn’t have a product to review with a picture because it’s a service. Service providers are left out in the cold when it comes to giveaway promotional opportunities.Tweet-A-Day Giveaway is also free. There are no advertising fees for posting giveaways, and no shipping of free products for review – a practice that has been recently scrutinized for tax implications and conflict of interest issues.The program is still in its beta phase, but the first week has seen real results. The Tweet-A-Day giveaways were re-tweeted to 12,000 twitter-ers in it’s first week of operation, and many of the companies offering giveaways have reported results and sign ups.
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Check them out. Great concept. I will definitely be following.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I believe that if I had done additional research into prenatal classes in Toronto and the different philosophies out there, I would have been in a better frame of mind.
I recently came across The Nesting Place http://www.thenestingplace.ca/ which is run by Amanda Spakowski who is also a doula. I met with her and we discussed her philosophy of Birthing from Within. As it says on her website "Birthing naturally means birthing in the way that comes naturally to you". This was a refreshing thought as Amanda prepares her parents-to-be for their ideal birth but also for the unexpected. The question of "How would you deal with your worst case scenario" is asked and parents have time to answer this question which in turn prepares you to handle the unknowns of labour.
What was also interesting in my conversation was Amanda's deep understanding of the difficulties of the post partum period and I was happy to learn that this is discussed in her classes as well.
Amanda addresses what you need to know about your delivery including:
•The stages of labour and labour support
•Specific techniques for pain coping, including compassionate use of epidurals and other medical support
•How to communicate with your health care provider
•Handling the unexpected during childbirth, physically and emotionally
•Birth art to explore feelings, fears and positive intentions
•Becoming a parent – the partner’s perspective
•Preparing for postpartum
•Caring for your new baby
I wish I had found her classes before I had my girls.
For more information on the Birthing From Within philosophy please visit http://www.birthinfromwithin.com/.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Boy, is having one child easy. I had forgotten what it felt like to only have to focus on one little person. So Juliet and I went on walks to get coffee. We had a girls night in and I actually got chores done and the house did not look like a disaster zone.
Nights were tougher as I never sleep well when I'm by myself in the house despite our alarm system. I have an active imagination and I'm a bit of a worrier.
All in all we had a peaceful weekend together and Juliet started to crawl!!!
I definitely missed Ainsley. She called me each night and told me about her day. Thankfully she is getting old enough to be able to sustain a fairly decent phone conversation. I was very happy to see her upon her return today and I gave her TONS of hugs and kisses.
I think its important to spend quality one-on-one time with each child as they are both unique and deserve the undivided attention. I will definitely be planning more Juliet and Mommy days and Ainsley and Mommy days soon.
As a side note, I need a Mommy day!!! That's my next step. I'm thinking of an over night spa day once I have weaned Juliet. Ahhh....sleeping in....I have forgotten what that feels like.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
When I was pregnant with Ainsley, my eldest, I fantasized about her delivery. I dreamed about going into labour, calling my loved ones to come to the hospital, and delivering her naturally and quickly. I figured it would hurt and that I would have my epidural, push her out and then cuddle her and all would be well.
I started to get an inkling that my dreams would not come true when I had my 32 week ultrasound which indicated that she was face up. I googled this and found out that being face up during delivery made a natural delivery more difficult and often came with back labour. I read this and thought that won't happen to me. The baby will turn.
When I finally went into labour 2 days before my due date I was so excited!!! My water broke at 10:30pm just as we were getting ready to go to sleep. I then googled what this meant. The website said my contractions would start probably 12-24 hours later. I decided to have a shower and then try to go to sleep. Well, 40 minutes later my contractions were 4 minutes apart and Brett and I were heading to the hospital.
Thank goodness we went when I did because within 20 minutes of arriving at the hospital the contractions went from uncomfortable to down right unbearable. I was having contraction on top of contraction (they never told me about this in my prenatal class) and I couldn't get away from them. Yes, I was having back labour.
When the doctor came to check if my water had indeed broken, I asked if my baby was face up and she confirmed that indeed that was the case. That is when I had a sickening feeling that a natural delivery may not take place.
Soon after this I was begging for the epidural and as soon as it went in about 45 agonizing minutes later I started to feel much better. I was also 8cms. I was hopeful that maybe things would go as planned and quickly. However, when I was 10 cms, Ainsley was not making her way out and no matter how hard they tried to turn her she wouldn't budge.
I pushed for two hours and would have kept going but when they came in to check on me after pushing I could see in their faces when I asked if they thought I could deliver her naturally, that they really didn't think so.
So my dream scenario did not happen. In fact, my worst case scenario happened and I was not prepared. I had come into the hospital saying that my birth plan was to avoid a c-section and that was what I ended up having.
The c-section was not great for a number of reasons (other than having major surgery). I didn't get to see Ainsley for about an hour after the delivery which is a long time to wait to see your new baby. My milk didn't come in right away so she lost a lot of weight and so breastfeeding also did not go as I had fantasized. My body felt alien to me. I was swollen and in pain. It was hard to not be able to get up to change my new baby's diaper because it hurt so much. I felt inadequate.
I mourned the loss of a natural delivery for months and to this day I still feel a little bit sad that I will never experience that. I intellectually know that I am lucky to have had a healthy baby and to have recovered well from the experience. However, emotionally I was not prepared for this eventuality. We never talked in our prenatal class about how we would feel if our births did not go according to plan. We didn't discuss what would happen in the post-partum period (other than depression) and how we could deal with these situations.
If I could do it all over again with what I know now, I would have searched for a prenatal class that talked about our hopes and dreams but made us look at our fears and how we would deal with them should they happen.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
"Baby's First Journal" has been reviewed by Tatiana - here is the link:
Check it out and let your friends know. There is a giveaway of one journal with this review.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Women Entrepreneur Groups:
These are fantastic places to meet other entrepreneurs who are happy to share their knowledge. My fav's this month are:
- The Mom Entrepreneur Online Support Group http://groups.google.com/group/mom-entrepreneur-support-group?hl=en
- Connect2Mums http://connect2mums.ning.com/
- Mom Bloggers Club http://www.mombloggersclub.com/
Some Great Resources for PR Information:
Links for media requests:
I would also like to thank those individual women entrepreneurs who I have found through these various groups and twitter. Your advice and wealth of knowledge has been invaluable!!!
We mompreneurs must stick together.
Monday, August 17, 2009
My sleep-deprivation started the moment Ainsley was born and I have never been able to catch up since. This state leaves me open to all of the germs Ainsley brings home with her and then some. What compounds the problem and leaves me sicker for longer, is the fact that I do not get a sick day.
No longer are there days where I can lounge in bed or on the couch watching TV and taking naps to get over an illness. These days, I'm lucky if I can get a 9 hour stretch of sleep at night to get better. My days are filled with meeting the demands of a toddler and an infant who don't care that mommy doesn't feel well.
I just hope that as the girls get older and I get more sleep, my immune system will get stronger or I will be able to find the time to rest and recuperate.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I am brainstorming for new products to add to the Glow Baby line and I've been asked by a few people to create a sick log for their children. I have been lucky enough to not have gone through any serious illnesses (neither of my daughters have had a fever yet) so I am asking other moms to weigh in on this.
What do you track when your child is sick?
What would you want to see included in a sick log?
Thanks to all who participate. I appreciate getting feedback from other moms. Please feel free to invite your friends to comment.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
We left this morning at around 10am and since we don't get to spend a lot of alone time just the two of us, I decided today would be a special day. We started off going to Tim Hortons for an apple juice and a bagel with cream cheese (her favorite). I had a large coffee of course.
We then headed off to Vaughan Mills, the factory store mecca just outside of Toronto. The Gap had sent me a 30% off coupon so our plan was to hit the Gap and Old Navy. Ainsley's attention span is iffy so I figured two stores would be about the max she could handle. We got to the Gap and she immediately picked out a few dresses (big surprise) but they were summer dresses so I steered her towards the fall clothing. She then picked out a pair of shoes. Dresses and shoes are her must haves. I was able to find a sweater she liked (pink) and a lounge suit (also pink) and we bought the pink shoes she liked and a purple dress.
We then headed off to Old Navy where (big surprise) she picked out pink running shoes and two skirts. I picked out a few tops to go with the skirts. I also picked out a cute little outfit for Juliet.
We then finished off our special day be heading to the Disney factory store where Ainsley picked out two princess dolls and princess pyjamas. Since coming home she has seemed to have forgotten about the princess dolls so I think they will be put away for Christmas. We then went and picked out a treat, Smarties, for the car ride home.
All in all it was a fun and successful day. She and I got to spend some time alone and she got my full attention. As soon as we got home, she put on her new shoes and skirt and is now napping in them.
I hope to do this twice a year with Ainsley and once Juliet is old enough she will get her own special day. I think its important to spend alone time with each of my girls so they get my undivided attention and we can spend some quality time together.
I look forward to the day they are old enough to go on mother/daughter spa days!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
My eldest the first time and never did it again. Seriously. She hated being on her tummy. I was a bit concerned about this but then she started sitting at 5 months and I thought, if she can sit the rolling over thing musn't be too important. And then she sat and sat and sat and did nothing else. She was perfectly content sitting and playing and was not interested in moving. I took her to gymboree classes and tried to get her interested in crawling but she would not go on her tummy. For about 4 months, she did not have any gross motor developments.
Around 10 months she started to "walk" holding our hands and that was it. This was all she wanted to do which killed our backs. She finally walked on her own around 13months and never looked back. The first time she crawled was around 20 months (way behind according to milestones). She is now 2 1/2 and has totally caught up to her peers and I have realised that milestones are a general map for parents but should not be looked at too closely.
My youngest daughter has been rolling non-stop since 4 months and at 7 months just became steady while sitting. She is not interested in sitting. She much prefers rolling around on the floor. I look forward to seeing what route she will take in her development and now know not to worry if she takes the road less travelled :>.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I had some great activities planned for me and the girls. We were going to go to the public pools a couple of times a week (they are water babies) and we would go to the parks with wading pools. We also love going to High Park to see the animals. Ainsley was also supposed to take her first gymnastics class starting next week. It saddens me to think we have missed out on these fun activities because of this strike. If I go back to work in January then I have missed my last summer to do this with the girls.
I am really loosing my patience with those involved in this strike. Those on strike, I really wish they had some perspective and realise this is a tough economy right now and that to be blunt it is not the best time to ask for raises and benefits that most companies do not offer employees. A lot of people are loosing their jobs so honestly, people should sit tight and wait for better times to make demands. I feel sorry for those kids who rely on summer jobs to pay for their tuition. I was one of them and if I had not been able to work during the summer, I would not have been able to afford University.
I am not even affected as much as some people. I don't have my kids in daycare, nor were they enrolled in summer camps. This strike is hurting families, both those who cannot access city programs and those families on strike who are not getting paid.
I am really hoping that an agreement is made this weekend. News reports are stating that if an agreement cannot be reached by midnight on Sunday that one of the locals will walk away from the table (whatever that means).
All in all, this strike needs to end. Okay, I'm finished my rant.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This went on for months and then last weekend we visited some friends in Milton and Ainsley and her friend Hannah watched "Elmo's Potty Time". As soon as it was over both Ainsley and Hannah spent the rest of their time together in the washroom bare bottomed trying to go potty. When we got home I asked Ainsley if she wanted to wear her pull-ups and she hasn't looked back.
This is a good thing as at least we are talking about potty training. However, she is only passingly interested in the potty and she refuses to wear a diaper at night and the wet pull-up wakes her up. Fun times.
Ainsley is a very opinionated toddler and I know there is no point in pushing her when it comes to potty training. I know that one day she will come to me and tell me she is ready. Until then, at least we've taken one step towards that day and we will just have to put up with a middle of the night wake up every now and then.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Today was the first time I had been to Canada's Wonderland in over a decade. Some things had stayed the same and some perceptions I had when I was little were totally wrong. The drive to the park took all of 20 minutes. Not the hours I swear it took when we went as kids. The park which had felt huge when I was little, despite expansion was a lot smaller than I remembered. Even the mountain didn't seem so big.
Some things were the same. I knew exactly where to find Hanna Barbara land. My favorite ride, the Ghoster Coaster, was still in operation although Ainsley was too small to go on it. Sigh....We had a blast on the kiddie rides and she loved the splash park which was not there when I was a kid.
Despite the fun we had, I left thinking, how did my uncle stand to take his 2 neices and 1 nephew every year. It was extremely loud and at times crowded. Waiting in line was tedious and everything cost a fortune. I think it is time I made a quick call and thank my uncle for the fun memories I made when he took me and also give him props for being so brave.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I was very surprised but said ok no problem. I will stop calling him 'hubbie'. So now as I am typing that I realize I should be the one to have a bone to pick with him. He's just now reading my blog????? What's up with that?
So Brett, hubbie, if you are reading this, I am glad you are finally doing so and please note this will be the last post with the word 'hubbie' in it.
Love your loving wifey.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I finally received copies of "Baby's First Journal" on Friday which was so exciting. To see my vision in print was amazing. I am so excited to bring these books to stores so other expecting parents can use them. They are now being sold at DearBornBaby in Toronto!!
The next step is the website. I sent a few copies of the books to my friend Lindsay Stephenson who owns Penny People Designs www.pennypeople.com. She specializes in customized stationary. I asked her if she would be interested in designing our website and to my delight she agreed. I love what she does. Her stationary is beautiful and she has adorable art prints perfect for decorating your child's room. Her design aesthetic was what I was looking for on my website and I was confident that she would be able to design exactly what I wanted. I was right!
I am so thrilled to announce that thanks to Lindsay, the website is up and running at www.glowbaby.ca. We still have to work on the shop portion of the website and my hubbie is feverishly reading Dreamweaver for Dummies so he can figure out how to do this. I have my fingers crossed that this will be working soon.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I didn't know it was teething at first. Ainsley would go through fussy periods for no reason and we didn't know why. She didn't have any of the 'usual' teething signs. She didn't put anything in her mouth, didn't have a fever and she never drooled. These moods came and went over the next few months and we just told ourselves that maybe she was having a growth spurt or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
At 7 months, Ainsley got her first teeth and for a few weeks her temperament was great. The light bulb went off. Those months of mood swings were teething related!! Ahhhh!!!! Now we got it. Then we realized she had only gotten 2 teeth and had 14 left to go!!!! Nobody told us about this!! Teething can make the sweetest baby a terror when they are in pain and there's nothing you can do about it (Tempra didn't make a difference with Ainsley and I didn't want to use any 'holistic' products out of fear of allergies).
After two years of on and off teething, we are still waiting for Ainsley to cut her final set of molars. Every once in awhile, she sticks her hands in her mouth and now that she talks she can tell us her mouth hurts.
So we have almost gotten through one child's teething process and now we are entering another. Juliet is 6 months old and she is teething with a vengeance. It affects her sleep and a usually easy baby becomes very agitated. She even tries to bite our faces: HARD!!! This time around we know what to expect and are prepping ourselves for the worst. At least this time we know we will get through it and see our happy baby again between teething episodes.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Now, this may not work for everyone but one suggestion is to have someone else come in to clean 1 or 2 times a month. Depending on where you live the cost of this can be $45-$100 per day. I have someone come twice a month and she does the dusting and major cleaning of the house. With the economy as it is, we may have to cut down to once a month but this is a necessity in our household. Another option is to share the major cleans with your hubbie over the weekend and take turns with the kids.
Another thing that has helped me is that I have found a co-operative nursery school in our area that Ainsley goes to 3 days per week. The cost is approximately $200 per month but it gives me time to get stuff done while Juliet has her morning nap and I also get to spend one-on-one time with her. Again, this may not be an option for some but a suggestion would be to try and find another mom in your neighbourhood to share babysitting so that you could get housework done.
As for the daily grind ie. dishes, laundry etc....I do dishes while Ainsley has her lunch or snacks and during this time Juliet now can eat her Mum Mum crackers in the high chair and this gives me about 10-15 minutes to rush around and do as much tidying in the kitchen as I can get done. Laundry is never ending as every mother knows but we have worked out a system that my hubbie will put the laundry through and I fold at night while I watch TV.
With these little tips/suggestions that I use, I have lots of time with my children throughout the day. My house is not perfect and I am now ok with that. It took me awhile to get to this place but I have realized that playing with my kids is THE most important thing and that they will not remember that my house was messy. They will remember the fun things we do together. And as for having guests over, if they are other moms, I don't care because most of the time their houses are just as messy as mine.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I love the summer. The fruit is great as are fresh vegetables. What better season to start eating healthier than the summer. I could eat berries or peaches all day. I have bought a new cookbook which is suprisingly good. It is the new Weight Watchers cookbook. I am finding the recipes very tasty and so is my hubbie. A good start. I love to cook but since having children it's a challenge fitting it in the schedule. However, this cookbook claims that all of their recipes can be done in 20 minutes. So far this seems to be true. I am all for speedy solutions.
As for the work out regularly. This may be more of a challenge. I am working on getting my youngest into a sleep routine which means the stroller for long walks is off limits as she will fall asleep. My solution has been to order excercise videos on line. I haven't received them yet but I fully intend to work out 3-4 times per week. If all goes according to plan and Juliet and Ainsley both nap in the afternoons then I will have time to work out. If not, I will be working out in the evenings. At least television sucks in the summer (not including So You Think You Can Dance), yet another reason summer is a better time to try my resolutions.
Well, wish me luck. I will keep you posted on my success.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The first night that Ainsley was born she slept all night. Unfortunately, the other baby we were sharing a hospital room with did not and I was cursing it and its parents for not letting me sleep. I thought my baby is perfect. She's already sleeping like a champ. Well, I was in for a rude awakening. Ainsley was not a sleepy baby AT ALL. She would sleep for 40 minute stretches as the most and she had to be in the baby bjorn, stroller or car seat and we had to be moving much of this time. The best thing I did as a new parent was enroll in a new moms class. This was the first step (although I did not know it) towards sleep success. I was able to chat with other moms and found out that the majority of us were not getting much sleep and it wasn't that something was wrong. Being able to commiserate with other moms was wonderful and it helped keep me sane in the early months. I highly recommend all new parents to take a class such as this or join a moms group for support.
In this class I was introduced to Marc Weissbluth's book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child". I devoured this book hoping for a ray of light on the sleep issues. I found this book very helpful as it explained what was happening developmentally with my child and thus set some expectations as to what Ainsley could do sleep wise and what she couldn't. I also read Ferber's book as well for a 2nd opinion. As a result, I was able to put together what I had learned from each book and devise a sleep solution that worked for Ainsley and our parenting style. I worked very hard on getting Ainsley to learn how to fall asleep on her own for both naps and nighttime. It was a long and stressful process. I often called my husband crying as Ainsley cried in her crib but I was determined to teach her to fall asleep on her own. It took about a month but it finally worked. The strategy I used was the gradual extinction as explained by Weissbluth. I would leave Ainsley to cry for 5 minutes and then go in and pat her tummy. I would leave her for longer and longer periods of time until she fell asleep. Eventually I could put her down for her nap awake and she would chat for a bit and fall asleep. It was wonderful!!!
This lasted until about 10 months and then she started teething. We started having trouble putting her to bed at night. When once we would get a big smile before bedtime, we were now greeted with screams and Ainsley would not go to bed before 10pm. At this time she started sleeping through the night. We finally decided it was time to let her "Cry it out" as explained by Ferber. It broke my heart to hear her cry so I went out with my moms group for dinner and Brett stayed home. She cried for 40 minutes the first night and slept through and then 15 minutes the next night and slept through. That was it. From then on she went to bed and slept through with no complaints. This has continued except for teething and illnesses.
It took a lot of advice, reading and a tough resolve but we were able to get through sleep issues and gain more sleep for ourselves. Now that she is a toddler we have other issues, but I will address those later. For parents struggling with sleep, be assured that eventually it will fall into place and that it can be a challenge but if you are committed you will have success. Happy Sleeping everyone.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Then it happened.....a few weeks ago, the port for the charger started to loosen and it got harder and harder to charge the laptop. As we all know, the point of a laptop is that you can take it anywhere as you can charge it and go. So this was a big problem. I put off taking my laptop to get fixed as I was in denial and hoped the problem would somehow fix itself. I know, not likely.
So finely I realised that I must take it in and I did that a week ago tomorrow. I have been missing my laptop ever since. I still have the good old desk top but it's just not the same. I can't check my emails as much as I have to go all the way down to the basement and the computer is a lot slower then the laptop. Finding time to visit with the desktop is tough with two young children, one of which has strong opinions and often does not want to accompany me thus causing me to abort my plan.
I am counting down the days until said laptop is fixed. They told me 3-4 weeks but I will definitely be calling them at 2 weeks just to check in.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Over the past year, we have had many playdates and have had a number of calls after the playdate warning us of illnesses. This has happened with school as well. We've been exposed to whooping cough, various gastro infections, lice, Fifth disease and now pneumonia. Luckily, Ainsley and Juliet have not caught any of the major illnesses thus far (we're waiting to see if pneumonia will strike as this happened over the weekend). Boy is this part stressful.
I hate it when the kids are sick. You can't really do much for them and they are so unhappy. Any time I hear of another kid getting sick I worry for days until we are sure they will not get the illness. Hopefully Ainsley's and Juliet's constitutions are strong and they will not get many illnesses. My doctor was quite surprised that at 2 Ainsley had not had an ear infection and had never been on antibiotics apart from the days after her birth.
Keep your fingers crossed for us!!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Now that I have two little munchkins, nap time has changed. Ainsley still has her 2 hour nap in the afternoon, but Juliet is not quite old enough to have a regular long afternoon nap. She still naps in 40 minute spurts and I am lucky if she naps while Ainsley is napping which would give me a 40 minute break. Gone are those restful afternoons that I used to enjoy. I can't wait to have them back. Juliet is 5 months old and I really hope that in the next month we will be in a good routine.
The worst afternoons are when I put Ainsley down for her nap and Juliet gets up from hers and then when Juliet is ready to go down again, Ainsley gets up. Today I had a 30 minute break. I'll take what I can get at this point.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
She does not get the from anything I've said to her as this was the first time I had seen a bee with her and I don't react. I asked my husband and he hasn't seen a bee with her yet either although he is afraid of bees. So I wonder if this in an innate reaction or if she heard someone at school freak out when they saw a bee. I guess we will never know but I hope she get over this fear as she would not leave my lap for the rest of our time outside. Kind of tough when you have a 5 month old as well :>.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
To combat this we have a little ritual we do for when she is sick. Ainsley gets to hang out in mommy's bed all day and watch movies with Apple juice. Now she does not usually get apple juice (we are big on water or milk) and she certainly doesn't get to watch TV all day, ever. She has her favorite movies and watches them over and over again. Last illness we watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang a million times. This illness it looks like a Mary Poppins marathon. I try to introduce other movies for variety but the only other movie that has stuck is Sound of Music. I guess she's a musical girl.
Hopefully this will be a short lived illness and Ainsley can get back to her fun, charming self.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
This year I have an idea to incorporate a special gift for my hubbie from both our girls. I would write about it in detail, however, my husband follows my blog and therefore I cannot give away the surprise. I will however post about it one he has received his gift.
For now, I am looking forward to Mother's day and what my family has in store for me. I'm hoping it includes lots of hugs and kisses.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009