Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hey mommies :) The first few months are hard. Very hard. You go without sleep, without showering, without eating...all for your wee little baby. It does get easier. As every mother out there can relate, its not without the help of some very useful products though. Certain products have become a lifesaver for me. My boy is currently 5 months old, and have come to rely on some things that I am so glad that I had/have. Here are my holy grail, could not get through life without them, products. If you interested in hearing about my newborn must haves click here. Want to know what in my babies diaper bag? Find out!

Fisher Price - Music and Lights Elephant


We have a smaller home, and with that comes that fact that you can hear everything. Having some white noise in the background in baby boys room has been extremely helpful. This cute little elephant has multiple sound setting from rainforest animals, thunderstorm, ocean and rain. You can also play a few lullabies that come loaded. There is the cutest nightlight feature on the trunk of the elephant, which can be turned off if you don't find you need it. My favourite feature though is the fact that you can set it to run all night, which is what we use. It has a nice long cord that is helpful for moving it around the room. I do not know where I would be without this! You can find it on Amazon here for less than $20.00CAD



Jamieson Probiotic Baby Drops


I can not even tell you how much these saved us! As we were trying to figure out which formula would work best for our son, we become constipated. We tried a few things and nothing seemed to work. I had done some research about baby probiotics and decided itcouldnt hurt, I would try anything. I put 5-6 drops in his bottle every morning and within 2 days he was regular! I was so happy, and so was baby boy. It is a small jar, but you get over 100 drops. The bottle lasted about a month. I did not even need to continue with probiotics, as one bottle seemed to get his gut in check and we have not had to continue. You can find them on Amazon here for approx. $18.00CAD




Jolly Jumper Babysitter Cushion

All hail the breastfeeding pillow! This trusty item is amazing! Yes, its main function is for breastfeeding, but because I couldn't breast feed baby boy, I found many other uses for it, as to not waste money. I started using it for my baby to nap on (supervised of course)! He developed a flat spot so I used this to keep the pressure off his head whenever I could. I also used it to prop him up, so he could sit like big people :) Its also come in handy for support during tummy time, and even using it as a neck pillow for myself! You can buy covers for them separately too if you feel so inclined. You can find the on Amazon here for $23.00CAD


Sleep Sacks

Wonderful inventions! Baby boy loved to be swaddled, but he outgrew those when he was a few months old. I was at WalMart one day and found a very thin cotton sleep sack for up to 6 months. They are so light! Perfect for the warm summer nights. I love that the arms are out and free, and that it zips from top to bottom so the zipper wont leave its nasty claw marks on my boy! Unfortunately they seem to be discontinuing the George Brand Sleep Sacks but I have found something comparable on Amazon for a similar price point of $18.00CAD here.



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Friday, May 4, 2018

It all started on a Friday, one of the coldest nights in the year. The next 36 hours would be a blur of emotions.

Here I was, 40 weeks and 6 days pregnant, the day of my induction. My little squishy apparently had no plans of joining us anytime time soon. I had 3 sweeps done, and I had not even dropped. So early afternoon I had a gel inserted to help jump start his evacuation...his rent had come due, haha. The whole induction process went well. We were told to go home, relax, and come back about 6 hours later so they could see if I had started to dilate or if they would have to repeat the process with the gel.

When we got home, we had some dinner and I felt some mild cramping but nothing I had not already been feeling for about 20 weeks, so I decided to go and take a nap. Well, I could not sleep for the life of me. I was way to pumped to meet my little man. A few hours after my induction I started to feel tightening, so exciting! My hubby and I started to time my contractions, and about an hour before we went to the hospital my contractions were about 5 minutes apart...go time!

At this point I am not going to lie...I started to feel sick with nervousness. I knew I was having a baby for 9 months, but when I knew I would be meeting my little squish any time, it all become very real. Even though I was having contractions I was worried that I would not be dilated enough and they would send me home...I was expecting that to be honest. Well, the doctor checked me out and all I remember hearing is "2 cm...lets break this water". I was shocked, and ecstatic. Finally! It was all happening. When she unpacked what I could only describe as a GIANT crochet hook I got nervous. That was painless really, and was over quickly. We were told I could walk around to try and jump start the dilation process, so we walked. I could only do a few laps of the ward because my contractions came on HARD. It is hard to describe the pain. It pretty much felt like the little bowling ball I was carrying was trying to fall out. After a few hours my doctor gave me morphine for the pain because I could not et my epidural for a little while yet. At that time I felt like Morphine was a big lie. I was still in pain, I was just slurring my words.

Epidural came around, which was a BREEZE. It did not hurt me at all, but it took a long time to kick in, and later come to find out the baby was in a position which can cause extreme back labour. Eventually the pain went away...thank the lord for epidurals. It is about 10pm and was told just get some sleep....right. I tried, did not happen. They came in to check me periodically and I was making progress. 8 am rolls around after a long sleepless night. I was nauseous and throwing up due to the pain medication, and then they tell me that I was stuck at 6cm. I had been at 6 since 4 am and had not progressed further. They told me that they could let me keep laboring, but baby was starting to get a bit of a cone head trying to come down, and I started to get a mild fever, so it was in my best interest to get a C-section. I was devastated.

Logically I knew it was okay, it happens, but I felt in that moment that my body had failed me. We had trouble to get pregnant, and now my body can not even push out a baby. Why was my body fighting me constantly? I felt like I could not do what came naturally to everyone else. In that moment I felt scared and alone, even surrounded by people. They told me they were booking the O.R and that my hubby could come in once I was prepped. No time at all they were wheeling me down, not even 2 hours later. The whole process was very quick. I remember feeling so scared and cold as they took me in the operating room. The room was bright, sterile and cold. They started the spinal block and poked me and said "can you feel this" and I said no...until the last time they asked me. I felt them poke me with something shard on the left side of my belly. We waited a few more minutes and they check again...I could still feel it. They then said this sometimes happens and they were putting me under general anesthetic, so I would be asleep. ASLEEP for  the birth of my child! I asked if my husband would still be able to come in, and they said no. I broke down into tears. Not only had my body robbed me of being able to witness my child being born, my body robbed the chance from my husband too, that made me feel terrible. The nurses tried to be comforting, but nothing made me feel better, I just wanted my husband and my baby. They told me to count back from 100...I made it to 98.

I woke up in recovery. I opened my eyes, confused, I completely forgot for a moment where I was and why I was there...Then I heard a cry. Its hard to explain that moment when you first hear your baby cry. By the time I woke up, the baby had already been check over, had his tests and ate. I missed it all. I cried. Of course I was so happy and thankful our baby boy was here and healthy, but I felt robbed. I always dreamed of the moment you delivery your baby and they put them on your chest and they are one of the first people they see. That did not happen for me. I missed the first few hours of his life. I was never going to get that back. In that moment I felt like a terrible mom. It still plagues me to this day.

The rest of the time at the hospital was standard. I was not in too much pain thanks to trusty old painkillers. When we got home though, I needed lots of help due to the caesarian. I could barely lift my baby, I couldn't even walk standing up right. It was all very emotional. I felt like a horrible mom, and was worried he would resent me.

Eventually I came to realize, he does not know what happened. I came to realize I tried! I tried to stick to my birth plan, but I couldn't. I tried to do everything for him when we came home, but I couldn't. That's okay! As mothers, we are so quick to judge and shame other moms. "Oh well I gave birth with no meds" or "I was able to push out the baby", or even "I was able to breastfeed exclusively for a year". Who are we to judge what works and what doesn't work for another mom. We are still moms! No matter how you gave birth you are a mom. You expelled that child from your body...good for you! C-sections are not easy and recovery is usually a lot worse than having your baby naturally. My point is, try not to doubt yourself, and don't beat yourself up. You cannot control everything, believe me, I tried. All that matters in the end is that you have your happy healthy baby in your arms. Cherish it.

XO
STACEY

Monday, April 30, 2018

Happy Mommy Monday to one and all.

Today I thought we would go through what I feel is one of the most essential tools in the parent toolkit...the trusty diaper bag, which also doubles as my 'going out' purse, haha. I carry this bag everywhere I go when I have my wee boy with me. One time I forgot it and I felt lost, a truly horrible feeling. I am lucky that my sweet baby is not a very messy baby. He doesn't spit up much, really does not ever have blow outs...but one can not be too prepared. So here are the items I must have in the bag at all times.

Receiving Blanket

Whether you call it a blanket, a flannel, a burp blanket or a spit up catcher, its very important. My babe is going through a very drooly stage and I use this to keep drool and any other unfortunate bodily fluids off my shoulder. If its cold outside I also use it as a blanket (if its clean of course). These blankets by Lulujo are some of my favourites! They are super soft and wash very well.

Extra Clothes
 I do not like packing a bunch of clothes in my bag, so I find putting an extra sleeper in the bag to be extremely helpful. If its cold outside I will also toss in an extra sweater but I find the full sleepers just easy. If its warm out I make sure to was a few t-shirt onesies. I love the ones that come in a pack of 4-6 from Carters! Great bang for your buck, and we use them everyday.



Diapers and Wipes

I do not think I need to tell you why these are a must. I try to keep 3 in my bag at all times for a small outing but if we are gone all day, you better believe my bag is packin' the diapers. (TIP: I also keep dog poop bags so if baby has a nasty poop I can wrap up the diaper in a poo poo bag to help block the smell). So far my favourite brand of Diapers has been Huggies, I find they leak less than the Pampers, but its all in personal preference. We also purchase our wipes from Costco, but if you do not have one near by, I really enjoy the Pampers Big Box. They are unscented and will not irritate your lil ones skin.

Toiletry Bag

 This is my favourite item in the bag. I keep all the little things in here like a travel size bum cream, baby powder, comb, clippers, thermometer, alcohol wipes etc. I have found this little bag to be extremely helpful, and it keeps all the little items together rather then buried deep within the diaper bag itself. I fid it helpful to keep his health card I here as well, just so I remember where I put it.  I also keep an extra pacifier in here just incase we lose the other one. There are so many great ones to chose from. I currently have one that came in a kit with a bunch of useful items like a thermometer, brush, nasal aspirator etc.


 Bibs and Cloths

 As I said my babe is going through a phase where he is drooling constantly. If it were not for the bib we would go through many more outfits then we do. I make sure to always have a clean bib in my bag, along with a soft cloth for any messes that we may encounter. You can find value packs of bibs and cloths at most stores that sell baby items. I love the value packs because we go through a LOT of bibs, between meals and teething!



These items are what's consistently in the bag. When its warm out I would add things such as a hat and some shades. When its cold I would maybe add an extra blanket, a hat and mitts etc. I also add my personal things such as a wallet because I am not going to carry around 2 bags AND a baby. I am not superwomen, haha.

The bag in my first photo is not being sold anywhere that I can find, so here is a great replacement. Same size and comes with a change matt as well. Plus the grey colour is beautiful and gender neutral.


Did I miss anything that you feel is essential in your bag? Let me know below.

XO
STACEY



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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Admit it, we have all gone to sleep with makeup cake face, its ok, we all do it. Its part of being an adult. After cleaning all day, cooking, running errands etc...you finally get the baby to sleep. You go and look in the mirror and think...'f**k it' and go to bed. I understand! But I am also the first to admit that my skin needs help and I realized that if I did not want to look like I'm 60 when I am 31, I must take action.

I find the key to any skincare, be it high or low end is consistency. I find the fewer the steps and the easier it is, the more likely I will be to do it. So here we are, my everyday skincare routine.....drum roll please....

Cleansing:

My least favourite step...hence the holy grail makeup wipe. I use the Kirkland brand wipes
because I go through a ton of them. I use them at night to remove my face before I cleanse and also to wipe my face down in the morning.  (No I do not wash in the morning...no thank you). After I take off my makeup I use a foamy face wash to remove the rest of the gunk. Currently using the Neutrogena Deep Clean but I am no brand snob, I buy what is on sale.

Serums:

This is my favourite part...serums. I am currently obsessed with a company called "The Ordinary". They make luxury skincare at very affordable prices. I usually alternate which night I use which serum, but my favourite out of the two is "The Buffet". They are a tad on the sticky side when first applied but its so worth it. After a week of using these serums I noticed a major difference in my skin. My fine lines seemed to be less noticeable, my skin look more hydrated and even, and it gave me this glow from within. very impressed. I will do a whole post on this skincare line...its soo good!

Moisturizer:

My skin is very dry. Like desert dry. I have these horrible red patches of flakiness on my face, back and shoulders. Usually this is a winter problem, my skin seems to behave in the summer for th most part. In the morning before I put on makeup, I use this moisturizer from "The Ordinary". It gives me great long lasting moisture but its pretty lightweight, making it ideal for under makeup. The cream is nice and smooth and feels very refreshing going on the skin. At night I use my Nivea Soft Cream. Its my work horse. I love the fresh scent, and the texture is thick and really feels like its working on my dry skin. You can not beat the price, as this tub cost me 6 bucks! Talk about a win.

There you have it, my skincare routine. I have watched many routines on YouTube and read many blogs and I have to say, my routine is pretty small and tame compared to others, but its what works for me. I am a mommy now afterall. Let me know ur favouorite skincare in the comments, it will give me some new ideas on what to try.:)

XO
STACEY












Monday, April 23, 2018


Hello again everyone! Welcome to Mommy Mondays on my blog.

Today I am going to be reviewing the Fisher Price Portable Jumparoo :) This to me is a mommy life saver! Lets "jump" in...:)

I recently purchased the portable Jumparoo because not only is my baby almost 4 months old and becoming extremely active, I needed a way to keep him off his back as much as possible to his ever flattening head (more on that next Monday). I also have a small home, and the regular Jumparoos I found were pretty large and can not be folded down to save space...enter the portable Jumparoo.

I purchased mine at Walmart but you can order it on Amazon here. It was super simple to put together, its a push and click set up, so no tools are needed. Its also nice because the seat can come out easily and be tossed into the washing machine, which is very important if you have a drooly baby. The rest can be easily wiped down for optimal sanitization. :)

A nice feature about this product is the 4 level system. It can adjust to your ever growing baby to create the best bouncing experience possible. It has music and animals sounds that can be played continuously or be set to making sounds when your baby is moving, encouraging their activity. There is lots of fine motor opportunities as well with moving parts and flashing lights to provide visual stimulation. My favourite part of this activity centre though is the fact that I can collapse it down with the push of a button and store it away when not in use, or easily load it into my car and take it with us when we go away. It lies flat for optimal storage, which is great for a small space.

What products keep you sane as a mommy, and what would you recommend for a small space?

Until next time. ;)


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Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Hello everyone! I am back. My baby boy was born on January 6th 2018 and he is almost 2 months old already! Time is flying by. I wanted to share with you what I believe are must have essentials for your newborn baby. These products have been a god send for me in my journey as a new mom and I think you would find them useful as well. Every mom and baby are different so these ideas may not work for everyone, but they have sure worked out for myself. These are in no order, as they are all number one in my book. All products will be linked in the descriptions.





Pack n Play


I received the Ingenuity Soothe Me Softly Play yard off of my registry. It comes in so handy for travel as it folds up nicely, so you can take it anywhere you need to go. I specifically chose this one due to its many very useful features. It has a section that zips into the top to create
the bottom of the play yard higher, which is helpful after birth, especially if you had a C-section life myself. It has a tray and change table for those mid night bum changes. My favourite part is it has a bassinet attachment, which is so handy if you do not want a separate bassinet that takes up for space. It also has a attached mobile which shines starts on the ceiling and plays assorted sounds like rain, music and forest sounds. For the amount that you get with this product, the price is fantastic.
Swing














Swings are great. They lull your precious baby into dream land, and in turn give you a chance to relax or get some of that much needed house work done. I currently have the Fisher Price Deluxe Portable Swing. Its a swing and vibrating seat in one. It has multiple swing speeds, it has a vibrate setting as well as music and assorted sounds. My baby boy loves to sit in his swing and drift off. It folds up flat so its really easy to take with you on the go, it fits great the trunk of my tiny car. Again, its great because it takes up less space then aa giant swing and a separate bouncy seat. This does it all.

Glider











This was a must have for me. The problem I had is my nursery is so small it was hard to find a chair that was comfortable and small enough for my space. I purchase the Delta Nursery Glider in the colour Charlotte. It is so important to have a comfortable place for you and baby to sit and relax together. I find it extremely helpful for those late night feeds to help keep good posture. You can find this brand at Walmart or on Amazon.

As my baby gets older, I will update new products that I am in love with. This post does not include all the little essentials like clothes, blankets, soothers, etc as that would be a much, much longer post. But I hope you find these suggestions helpful, and I would love to hear your thoughts on your favourite products for baby.

Until next time...

Stacey :)
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