Prior to having a baby I didn't really understand what all the fuss was about regarding "wearing your baby". I knew I'd want to cuddle and love him but I didn't know how often I would actually, physically, be wearing him (or how much this would benefit my day to day productivity!).
A good friend gave us her Baby Bjorn. At the time we thanked her, not knowing just how thankful we'd really end up being. If you are expecting your first baby (or your second or third) and haven't yet experienced the magic that is the Baby Bjorn I highly recommend you get one, or a similar product that allows you to wear your baby!
When Finn was really little he liked to fall asleep to movement. Sometimes it was the only way to get his final nap in each day. I know a moving nap isn't the same in terms of its restorative effects for a baby as a nap in a crib. But at some point a nap of any kind is still a nap! I would strap Finn in and walk on the treadmill while he slept (winter baby... treadmill was better than trudging outside through the snow).
Now that Finn has truly "embraced" the witching hour before he goes to bed we find using the Baby Bjorn and walking around the block or even around the house is a great way to help calm him down (and also give him some exciting and varied scenery to take in).
This is one piece of baby equipment I really didn't think I'd use. But now I use it EVERY DAY.
And you may wonder, why the Baby Bjorn and not something else? (on top of the fact that the Baby Bjorn was generously gifted to us)
Well really, it comes down to comfort. I got myself a wrap style carrier and found I didn't use it because I was never confident that I had him in it securely. And I haven't found a sling I liked either. Admittedly, I'm a bit of a klutz so I didn't like that Finn's safety was dependant on my knotting and wrapping skills...
So, I've always felt comfortable with the Baby Bjorn from day one. I like how it fits around my back and that the straps are padded for extra comfort. It's easy to click the baby in when I'm by myself which is handy too. I also like how much it grows with the baby and that I have gotten consistent use out of it for six months (which is like years because of how quickly babies can grow out of things). I can't imagine not having the Baby Bjorn and love how it has helped up show Finn the world and calm him down during his fussy times.
To all the moms out there - how do/did you wear your babies? What's a product you didn't realize you couldn't live without until you started using it?
When my husband and I purchased our house we knew that we would have to replace all the appliances in the not-too-distant future. They were original to the house and about 10 years old. None of them were high efficiency and beyond that they just weren't really to our taste.
Those of you who are familiar with my blog know that I love to cook, so it would come as no surprise that I was voting for the kitchen appliances to be replaced first! In fact I had my new fridge already picked out (also Samsung oddly), but then our washer sprung a leak, and since our washing room (aka closet) is on our upper level and we like clean clothes we needed a solution ASAP.
Off we went on a Sunday afternoon to our local Home Depot. Thankfully my husband had done research before (apparently he knew a wing and a prayer wouldn't keep the appliances going) so when we walked into Home Depot we were able to make a quick decision and order our appliances right away. I'd say the one downfall is that we went in on a Sunday and the earliest we could get the new washer and dryer delivered was the following Friday. That's a long time without a washer as a new mom!
We had great service at the Home Depot on Sunday and I excitedly awaited the arrival of my new washer and dryer on Friday. Unfortunately, when the delivery guys got to our house they told us they couldn't take our old appliances because they weren't unstacked. This was rather upsetting as NO ONE TOLD US THAT.
My boss once told me one of my strengths is that I was quick to escalate (compliment?) and that skill came in handy as I started my negotiations. Round one on negotiating didn't go well though, as my old appliances were still in place in the upstairs closet and my beautiful new laundry pair were in my sewing room on the main floor.
That's when I called Home Depot, ready for a fight, and was pleasantly surprised when the manager's attitude was "We'll take care of it, no problem". An hour later I had three really friendly Home Depot employees removing my old appliances and installing my new ones. Hallelujah I could finally do laundry again!
On a side note: I was so happy with the Home Depot associates. It was clear that appliance removal and installation we're not part of their everyday activities but the guys worked quickly to take down my stacked appliances, install the new ones, and even stayed to do tests cycles to make sure that everything worked perfectly. I was beyond impressed with their commitment to making things right. Especially since this was a Friday, in the late afternoon. And as charming as I am I'm sure the guys wished they were at home. However, thanks to their quick action I was able to use my washing machine that evening... A day before leaving on a week long trip... I may have been slightly panicked about the fact that we had no clean clothes and empty suitcases, but with my fancy new machines I was able to make quick work of the heaping piles of laundry I'd been collecting all week.
I really love our new Samsung machines. Our old ones sounded like they were about to take flight when they went through a spin cycle, and I felt like they didn't have enough space to do a full load of laundry. The Samsung washer and dryer are what I consider to be super quiet. Before the washing machine would wake up baby Finnley, now it's quiet enough to that he stays sound asleep.
Also, they're super pretty with easy to use settings. This is important because we basically use the same setting every time (which it remembers), so if I had to do something new I appreciate that it is easy to use. I really love the lint trap in the dryers, it's like a cage/box so it collects all the little bits which is cleaner and likely a huge safety plus (no lint fires). The only thing that I don't love is it's hard to use the dryer settings since our units are stacked and I'm not vertically gifted. But I've got a step stool in the laundry room now so that should help!
This is our washer: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.48-cu-ft-front-load-washer-in-platinum.1000792494.html
This is out dryer: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.75-cu-ft-electric-dryer-in-onyx.1000799896.html
This was a rather long post to basically tell you that Home Depot was amazing and saved the day, and I love my Samsung appliances. Any recommendations for kitchen appliances? Leave them in the comments below!
It seems like just yesterday that I was pregnant with Finn, so it's hard to believe that he's already six months old.
It's been a crazy half year. From getting used to my new job as a mom, to learning what he likes and dislikes (he's actually pretty clear about his preferences), to figuring out how to find myself in the midst of being a mother... it's been a busy time!
I had thought that given my challenges in getting and staying pregnant that I would be blessed with an easy baby. If you've read my posts you know that hasn't really happened. The purple unicorn of sleep combined with allergies, eczema, and "failing to thrive", I feel like we've gone through a fair bit with little Finnley. Still, I feel very lucky. I know there are families who manage through much harder times than us. I know that one day he'll sleep better (at least I'm fairly sure he will). And most of all I feel so grateful simply to have him in my life.
His personality is really starting to shine through. He's an emotional, loving, goofy little guy. He loves to observe the world around him and be in the middle of all the action. He smiles and laughs more and more every day and it's amazing to see his mind at work.
He loves to eat. Like, LOVES, to eat. I don't think he's had anything he's truly turned his nose up at. And it's exciting to see him growing and developing his own preferences.
As I reflect back on how much has changed in the first 6 months on life with Finn, I find myself also looking forward to the next 6 months and what we have in store for us. Sitting, crawling, standing, finally figure out what colour his eyes are, and maybe a tooth or three? So many rapid milestones ahead!
Any words of wisdom from the other Mommas out there on months 7 through 12 with your first baby? Leave them in the comments below!
So I had every intention of posting this yesterday, but it was yard day and we got super caught up getting our yard ready, and then since my life has changed, it was 8pm and I was ready for bed.
I asked you on Instagram this week to vote for what recipe I'd post this week and it went in favour of the muffins! Sorry beet salad - better luck next time!
I make these at least once a month for my hubby and if I do say so they are delicious!
What would you like to see next? Leave your answer in the comments below!
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
3 bananas smooshed (I normally mash 2 really well and leave the third a little lumpy)
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/2 - 1 cup dark chocolate chips (depending on how healthy you want to be or if your like me how many chips go missing while you make the muffins....)
Preheat oven to 350
Mix first six ingredients. Stir well.
Add the last ingredients.
Tip: add the chocolate chips at the same time as the flour. When they're coated in flour they don't all sink to the bottom.
Pour better into lined muffin tins (save the calories and line your tins vs spraying with oil)
Bake for 15-17 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean!
My husband and I recently got back from a trip to Chicago (which is about nine and a half hours away by car). We had gone there as one of my best friends lives there with her family, and we wanted a 'safe place' for our first trip. What do I mean by safe place? A place where everyone would understand that we have a baby who is a crappy sleeper with food intolerances, and who would welcome being flexible with our activities as they also have a young one (though their little girl is a little more than a year older than Finnley).
I am happy to report that the trip was a success! We got there in one piece! We got home! We went to the aquarium and the zoo! That's two major outings!!! I thought I would pass along my limited words of wisdom as tips for your first road trip with baby.
Where was your first trip as a family? What did you do? Any tips for flying with a baby (our next adventure)?
We eat a lot of frozen meals at our house, mostly because bedtime for baby and dinner time for mommy and daddy basically happen at the same time and frozen meals SAVE me. That being said I don't like the idea of eating a lot of prepared foods, so I like to make our frozen meals from scratch and wanted to share one of favourite recipes. This one does have some prepared food elements, but it's so good I had to share it.
Creamy Chicken Bake (8 x 2 person servings)
To enjoy during the week cook from frozen at 400 for about one hour or until chicken is cooked and topping is a yummy golden colour. We typically serve this with rice and another veggie.
Leave your favourite frozen meal ideas in the comments below!
Yesterday was my first true Mother's Day. To say it didn't go as planned is an understatement. I imagined a beautiful day with my little guy in a cute outfit sitting on my lap being all lovey. Maybe my hubby would let me sleep in and I'd feel rested and refreshed for the first time in a long time. It would be an Instagram worthy kind of day.
Instead I handed my son to my husband at 5:55am blurry eyed and desperate for sleep. Finnley had a cold. Every sneeze and cough had woken him up. I got maybe two hours sleep. My "sleep in" was actually a 3-hour nap that morning to try to recover from the sleepless night. Then we spent the day trading off baby duties and feeling like garbage.
Finnley's cute outfit? A soggy onsie. My beautiful family photo? Instead I took pictures of his developing rash. My Mother's Day attire? An old shirt and comfy pajama pants which by the end of the day were covered in snot and spit up.
Hubby and I tried to have a relaxing dinner together but when your baby wakes up thirty minutes after he goes down you know you're in for a long night.
Somewhere around 11:30pm, while binge watching old episodes of Bones and holding Finn while he slept so he was at an incline, it hit me that this was actually the perfect Mother's Day. The baby we had worked hard for over the past two years was here. Yes, he was sick. Yes, he was miserable. Yes, we were tired. And yes, the only person who could help him get any sleep at all was his Mom. And "Mom" is finally me.
Happy belated Mother's Day all! If you have a story to share, leave a comment below letting me know about your own Mother's Day adventures.
This week my family is on vacation. We have never traveled as a family of three before, but we decided to be brave and give it a shot. I can't wait to tell you all about our experience. I'll give you a hint, we traveled far by car (which has only been somewhat terrifying with a five month old).
Look for more posts around the end of the week when we're back but in the meantime tell me in the comments below what your first family vacation or road trip was?!
I love to cook, entertain, craft and create - all while being a wife, friend, daughter and a mom to a little boy.