Sugar High

Halloween is tomorrow and I'm sorta excited! D will be dressing up in the pink butterfly costume from Old Navy. (I love their toddler costumes because they're so warm and fall in the 'Peg can get incredibly chilly - most years we already have snow on the ground!) And she is JACKED about trick-or-treating. She's also pretty excited about all the candy we'll be collecting. What kid isn't?

Up until now, trick-or-treating has been more for myself and my husband than for D... She had only just turned 2 last year, so it was more about the photo op than the actual treats. And of course, most of said treats went straight to my hips! Haha! This year, however, I think we're going to have to put some rules in place. D has a thing for chocolate, and she would sit there all day long chowing down on bars if I let her. Our saving grace here is that she doesn't like most traditional "candy" - things like lollipops, rockets, gummi bears, etc. she won't touch. And that's completely fine by me. I'm in no hurry to introduce another source of sugary junk into her diet.

So my question to you is: How do you manage your Halloween candy? Do you share it amongst the family? Toss it out after a week or two? Donate it? I'm looking for ideas here, because no one - I mean NO ONE - needs the amount of junk food that usually enters a home with kids at this time of year. (Even though it's super fun to collect it!)



Life With Baby

Adjusting to life with a newborn has been interesting. For the most part, I already knew what we would be in for - sleepless nights, a TON of breastfeeding and diapers - but having a 3 year old at home adds a new challenge! D has been doing really well with her baby brother. She loves him to pieces and tries to get her cuddles in with L as much as the rest of us. She gives him his pacifier when he's crying, and tells him it will be OK (totally adorable :) She asks for me to "bring him back" when I take him from their bedroom for a feed at night.

Having said that... We've had a few less than stellar moments with D as well. She gets up a lot at night lately, and I think it's because she knows that L gets so much attention when she's asleep in bed. She certainly misses the one-on-one time she used to get with us, so we've been trying to do as much with her as possible when there is a spare hour or two. One thing I've started doing is including D while I'm making lunch and dinner. She LOVES to help in the kitchen, and since this is time I have sans baby anyway, it's a good way to get a little alone time with her.

For those of you with 2+ kids... How did you go about making sure your older child wasn't feeling left out?



Winnie The Pooh DVD/Blue Ray Combo: GIVEAWAY!

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, for the latest adventure featuring the world’s beloved bear, Winnie The Pooh! Join Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Christopher Robin, Owl, Kanga, Piglet, Eeyore, and all of the classic characters you know and love when Walt Disney Pictures releases Winnie The Pooh on DVD and Blu-Ray October 25, 2011!

Growing up, I always loved Winnie the Pooh and being from Winnipeg there's a special little bit of History there as well. D loves watching Pooh Bear too, which I think is fantastic. I can't wait to pick up a copy of this fabulous new movie for me her! Want to win a DVD/Blue Ray combo pack for your own little one?  Entering is a piece of cake!

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What To Expect: Review

As mentioned in my previous post, pregnancy can be pretty darned complicated. And you know what? Once your little precious bundle is born, things don't always get a whole lot easier! There's establishing breastfeeding and sleep routines, all kinds of newborn "conditions" to worry about and more. I've learned that just because it's your second baby, that doesn't mean that these things become old hat! You still worry. Just. As. Much.

One of the first items I purchased when I found out I was pregnant with D was what so many women (and even my own doctor!) refer to as the "Pregnancy Bible" ... And I can see why they'd call it that.  What to Expect When You're Expecting is a comprehensive book about pregnancy, and includes everything from Baby's development week by week, to what symptoms and feelings Mom might be having at the time.  I loved being able to refer to it every time I had a concern about a symptom or about the birth itself, and reading up each week about where my little one was at developmentally.

What To Expect has just released an all new version of their popular book What To Expect When You're Expecting, and I was fortunate enough to receive 2 copies of this as well as their two newest books What To Expect The First Year and What To Expect The Second Year.  I found the new book to be extremely useful during my pregnancy.  I even took it to the hospital with me when I was on bedrest!  I looked up symptoms and conditions to learn more about them after speaking with my doctor, and read the entire chapter on breastfeeding so I'd feel more prepared before L was born.  I gave the second set of books to my Brother and Sister in Law who are expecting their first baby this February. 

The What to Expect series of books would make a wonderful gift for any new parents.  Have a look for yourself at What To Expect online - a great resource in addition to these wonderful books!   



He's Finally Here!

These last few months have been anything but easy. With a pregnancy complicated beyond complicated, and having spent nearly 5 weeks in the hospital without internet access - then time on complete bed rest at home due to threatened preterm labour - it was difficult for me to get into blogging. But it was all so, SO entirely worth it because HE'S HERE!!!

L was born on September 19th at 10:57am via c-section.  Weighing in at a whopping (all things considered!) 8lbs. and 11oz. and 20.5 inches he was not nearly as teeny-tiny as I thought he might be.  He was over a pound bigger than D when she was born!  Thankfully, he is healthy and lovely and wonderful.... And such a good baby.  We are thrilled.  D has been an awesome big sister, she loves having the baby at home with us and enjoys giving her new brother hugs and kisses, holding him and even helping to change diapers!  Ha!

We're feeling so blessed.  And now that we're all settled in at home - my sweet baby will be 1 month old tomorrow! - I have more time to get back to some of the things I enjoy doing... like baking cookies, and reading lots of books, and of course blogging.  I just paid for another year of Born2BeMom.com, so now I am committed.

Anyway.  Here's a pic of L in his car seat for the first time :)

 Thanks for stopping by!