I have consistently posted monthly updates for my kids on the blog and in every one of them I always speak about my children’s sleep habits. It seems that after each one I post, I always get someone asking a question about how my babes sleep so well, starting at such an early age. I’ve shared my experiences openly when people have inquired but I’ve never posted my thoughts, choices and behaviors publicly on the blog. The reason being, is because I know sleep, just like breastfeeding, has a lot of opinions associated with it. So, here’s my disclaimer: I am NO sleep expert. I have never read any sleep books, taken any classes or trained myself in any way. I am a mother of two who has followed her gut on what she thinks is best for her kids. I know I’ve made choices that others will not agree with and will not feel comfortable doing and I totally understand that. I am sharing my experiences with the hopes it can help another mama out. But, please know I am not telling anyone that what I did was the right way or the only way. What’s right for each baby and each mama (and their partner) is obviously totally up to you and what you’re comfortable doing! I thought maybe we got lucky with our first being a good sleeper but after doing what we did with both and getting the same great results, I’m thinking we might have had a part in it.
Our little big guy (as his sister calls him) has been growing like a weed since he came out of me. He was bigger at birth than sissy was and hasn’t slowed down since; they are currently only four pounds apart! Since Ever was a bigger baby, we very quickly made the switch from our infant car seat into a “big boy” car seat. If we didn’t already own an infant bucket seat from our daughter, it probably wouldn’t have made any sense to get one for our son as we barely used it. When I first bought our bucket seat I didn’t even realize that you could get car seats which are made to grow with your babe, all the way from infancy to childhood. The Safety 1st Grow & Go Air 3-in-1 Car Seat is just that. Continue reading
In late July we celebrated Emsley’s third birthday with our close families! I started bugging her a couple months earlier as to what she wanted her theme to be so I could watch out for decor items that matched. That way I didn’t have to panic and rush a couple weeks before the big day. She originally picked a cat theme and I was purrfectly okay with that! Continue reading
This year for Emsley’s 2nd birthday I decided to do a bunny theme. It seemed fitting as her favourite stuffy is a Jellycat bunny which she carries around with her everywhere she goes and is a MUST have item to cuddle when she falls sleep. I recently got her a smaller version of the same bunny so she now carries “big bunny” and “little bunny” around everywhere together. When I told her the theme for her birthday party was bunnies she immediately requested a change to a mermaid theme but I kindly explained to her that it was a little too late for that as mommy had already started to order the bunny decor. Gotta love the 2 year old personality that’s emerging! Here I thought birthday party requests wouldn’t start until next year… lol. Oh well, after a quick explanation and some convincing she was in agreement with a “bunny birthday”.
If you pay attention to my Instagram account you might notice that this little guy has popped up in Miss Lace’s bath time pictures many times. And if you pay extra close attention, you might also notice that I like to switch up the toys I have in certain rooms for Miss Lace. For example, her pink play kitchen is no longer on the main floor and is now in her bedroom, and her table and chairs have now replaced the play kitchen on the main floor. I find that when I take a toy that we have had around for a while to a new location, it brings a whole new life to it! And taking our little octopus bath time friend outside to the kiddie pool and water table did just that! When Ems recognized her purple friend from her usual bath time routine she was super excited to show him the ropes outside!
I am always on the lookout for new and exciting products to try for Ems. (I think all moms probably are!) So whenever I am shopping and out and about I always wander down every baby/toddler aisle looking for new toys, accessories and feeding items. In this last month Ems has become very independent with her eating, choosing to self feed with a fork or spoon almost every meal. Anything that can make meals less messy and easier for her to self feed are great by me!
It’s officially February! Annnnnd the only way I can make it through this cold and rather drab month is to focus on the wonderfulness of Valentine’s day!