5 on Friday: End of July

1 // 2 months
If you can believe it, Aiden is 2 months old today! The last two months flashed by and I need time to slow down a little, k thx.

2 // Library
We went to the library this week and it was so much fun!  Autumn loved walking around and pulling books off the shelves to look at them for like 30 seconds and then reach for the next one.  I’m really happy with the ones we borrowed, too.

3 // Thrifting
I went to our nearest thrift store the other day and I am very happy with what I found. In particular: a HAIR CRIMPER!  I was very upset with my sister for getting rid of the one we had in the 90’s, but now I don’t have to be because I have my own.  We’ll see if it works, but that’s another story haha

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4 // Prettified bookshelves
I have been sitting staring at my bookshelves for so long, thinking about doing this to them and I am  so glad that I did it! I love the way it looks.

5 // Iced Coffee
You know how it’s a mom cliche to forget you have coffee and leave it so long that it’s cold, and then when you go to microwave it, you find the mug that you microwaved YESTERDAY already in there.  So no coffee for moms, basically? Well, I’ve been combating that by having iced coffee in the afternoon and I love it! 🙂

What are your favourite things about this week?

xoxo,
Alysa

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I ♥ Winnipeg: Assiniboine Park Zoo

A few weeks ago, we were able to go to the Assiniboine Park Zoo with my parents. We hadn’t been since before the Polar Bear exhibit opened, and that was also before Autumn was born. We were excited to see polar bears up close and personal, as well as the other things they did at the zoo.  Here are a few of the pictures we took when we were there:

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It was a gorgeous day to go, and we had an amazing time.  Autumn especially loved being able to walk around and look at the animals.  I think one of her favourite ones to see were the horses.

xoxo,
Alysa

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5 on Friday

1 // Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go has now been available legitimately in Canada since last Sunday, but I have yet to actually get it to work. I think it’s my phone. It’s too old.  It looked like a lot of fun, and I’m so glad that it’s bringing a lot of different people together.  I missed the Pokemon faze growing up, too.. so I’m mostly okay with not being able to play this.  It would have been fun, but oh well.  Andrew has it and plays it, so I’ll play through him instead.  And keep using my phone for snapchat 😉

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2 // Adventures in Cloth Diapers

We’ve had Autumn in cloth diapers pretty much since she was born (aside from over Christmas that year, and for her first few meconium poops). And apparently, I had been doing something wrong with my wash, because the diapers were smelly, even right when they were “clean”, and they were starting to affect Autumn negatively.  When that happens, the thing to do is to do a full strip and bleach.  It’s a way to “reset” the diapers back to the way they were originally.  It’s not something you want to do all the time because it takes a really long time.  But the diapers smelled really bad, and I didn’t want her to be in disposables forever, so that’s what I did this week!

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3 // Babywearing to the Rescue

Especially with two kids, babywearing has been my saving grace.  I’m actually able to go out, take the kids to the park, go for walks, and, most importantly, get things done while my babies are napping.  It’s incredible and I love it.  My current fave is my Boba stretchy wrap.  It’s so handy and I feel that Aiden is super secure in there.  Plus, then I’m hands free to be a person and do stuff.  I love it!

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4 // RAW: Winnipeg presents REVEAL

Last night, my friend had an art show through a group called RAW.  It was so much fun!  Not only was it a wonderful way to support a good friend of mine, but I also got to go out by myself… as an adult. Without a kid strapped to me. To a BAR!  It was pretty much amazing, and though I didn’t stay the whole time or for all that long, I will have to do things like this more often.  It made me feel like a real actual human person, instead of just the sidekick to my children.

5 // Alysalovely Littles

I think I’m almost ready to actually start something here!  A few months before Aiden was born, I got this idea to start a little side business, and I’ve been dreaming about it and working on it for a while.  I’m actually able to work on it on a more regular basis now, especially now that I can baby wear during naps.  If you want more updates on this, check out the instagram @Alysalovelylittles <3

Hope you had a lovely week!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Thoughts From Beneath a Sleeping Baby

 

  • I’m hungry
  • I need the bathroom
  • I’m parched
  • Oh goodness.. this baby is a furnace!
  • Cutest furnace ever though
  • Where is this baby’s daddy?? I need something!!
  • I can’t reach the remote or my phone
  • I love this
  • This is the best
  • Look at how cute these little hands/feet/ears/etc are
  • Screw the dishes/laundry/floors, holding this baby is WAY more important
  • I wanna have another one
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I ♥ Winnipeg: Sub Zero

Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, so I thought I’d share this great local ice cream place with you today! Not only is it a wonderful small and local shop, but we love it because we can walk there.  What can be better than being able to walk a short distance to get ice cream in the summer?  Nothing I can think of!  But it’s even worth it if you have to drive a little, because this shop truly rocks.

Sub Zero Winnipeg

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You can find them at 298 Jamison Ave in Elmwood.  They have a Facebook page here as well, if you want to check out their hours 😉  The owner is the nicest lady, and the shop is constantly crowded with ice cream lovers.  There are places to sit outside, and I believe that it is actually a Poke-stop as well, if you’re a Pokemon trainer!  The shop is LGBT owned and operated as well, they had a special parfait during Pride to celebrate.  They even have little treats for your dog, so they include everyone who might want a small treat.  I love going to Sub Zero because of how friendly and welcoming the owner and staff are.  It’s obvious that they care about the community and really want to get to know their customers.

My personal recommendation is to get the specialty parfait of the week.  I’ve never been disappointed.  Just remember to bring Cash!! That’s all they accept.

Where is your favourite ice cream shop?

xoxo,
Alysa

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tiny red slide & flower crown

mama style

dress: thrifted // bralette: La Senza // shoes: Toms // hair band: homemade by my sil

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How’s your summer been?  We’ve been keeping ourselves busy.  There are always things to do, and people to see.. which is just the way I like it!  Plus naps to have, and chocolate to eat.  It’s been a great summer so far, and I’m excited for the rest of it.

A lot of it is being spent in our very own back yard.  It’s nice to have a pretty good sized yard that we can roam around in.  There are rocks to pick up, and sticks to look at, and a little red slide!  Perfect for a little girl in the summer.  And next year, it’ll be perfect for a little girl and a little boy.

xoxo,
Alysa

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How to make frequent doctor visits with your baby easier

how to make frequent doc visits with your baby easier

Autumn was a small baby, and she’s still a pretty small toddler.  She’s healthy and growing, which is the important thing anyway, but at first the doctors we saw were concerned with her slow growth.  And so, we got to go see the doctor fairly often.  At first, we were going every week.. then it became every other week, and it was such a wonderful thing to hear when our doctor said “see you in 6 months when she’s a year old.”

Since we were going to the doctor so often, we became almost experts at making the visits easier on us.  Here are some of the ways that we made doctors visits easier:

  1. Dress the baby in a sleeper
    Chances are the doc is going to want you to strip your baby down to their diaper at some point in the visit. The little outfits are so cute but they’re also a little trickier to put on and take off.  It’s faster and easier to put on and take off a sleeper.  Plus, then your baby will be warm and happy sooner. Then you can put the cute little outfit on when you get home and leave it on for the rest of the day … or the next diaper change 😉
  2. Be ready for any kind of parking situation
    Depending on where the doc’s office is, you might have to pay for parking, or walk a long distance, or both. You may have to move your car after two hours or go to plug the metre. Being ready with a bunch of change and being prepared to move your vehicle if needed when you get there will take away some of the stress from the visit.
  3. Plan the appointments for around the same time
    Though it’s hard to get a newborn baby onto a real routine, it does help if you have a vague routine.. at least for your sanity.  So having your appointments at roughly the same time every time you go will mean that it’ll become part of your routine and you’ll be more ready for it than if it’s random.  For example, when Autumn was a newborn, we got a lot of good sleep in the mornings together.  So, when the doctor had us come in at 7:30am, it threw off our whole day and I got accused of looking terrible and not taking care of myself (our doctor was a real peach).  When we switched the appointment to 11:00am instead, it meant that Autumn and I got to have our morning sleep, and our doctor said I looked MUCH better (gee thanks).
    Additionally, since we were going due to weight issues, going at the same time every time meant that the weight was more accurate (in my opinion).
  4. Bring moral support
    Not only is is good to have a second set of ears,  but sometimes you need to advocate for yourself and your child, and having someone else there can help with that.  There are many reasons why you might be needing additional doctors visits, and doctors don’t know everything.  If something doesn’t seem right to you, it might not be.  So another person there to also ask questions can be hugely helpful.
  5. Treat yo’self
    Doctors visits can be hard, and having a sick child sucks.  We would stop by Starbucks on the way home and get a little pick-me-up.  Just a small way to boost your spirits after a potentially crappy visit.  Alternatively, it was a nice “reward” for having an excellent visit.  Either way, treat yo’self!! It helps and it’s an excellent form of self care.

What are other ways to make frequent doctors visits easier?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Aiden at 1 month

Aiden’s first month went by like a flash, as months seem to when you have babies.. it was such a great month though!  Aiden is fitting really nicely into our family, it’s like he’s always been here.

It’s been a month of growth though. Aiden eats every 1.5-2 hours during the day, and every 3-4 hours at night (which is really nice). He’s a great sleeper, and he constantly wakes up in good spirits.  He has already started smiling, and it’s the cutest thing!  He has a lot of kicks and punches to do, and he really enjoys being upright so he can look around.  I’m not sure of his exact measurements, but Aiden has grown out of most of his newborn clothes.  He’s mostly in size 0-3 and 3 month things now.

He LOVES his sister.  I shared that top picture because of the look on Autumn’s face, she loves him, too.  But he can be fussing in his swing, and he calms down when she comes up to him.  The way they look at each other is so great.

Autumn has been adjusting really well.  She loves to bring us his hat, his shoes, or a blanket.  She likes to bring books over to show him.  She just likes looking at him and pointing out his facial features.  There has only been one incident where she poked him in the eye, and everyone cried after that, but she is very gentle with him.  She just wants to be near him.  Which made taking the 1 month photos a little more difficult 😉  It’s sweet how she dotes on him.

Looking forward to seeing what his second month will be like <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Life with two

new mama style

shirt: thrifted // leggings: SweetLegs // necklace: c/o The Vintage Honey Shop

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These pictures are a double win.  Not only was this the first time I was able to take outfit pictures since my son was born, but I also managed to do it before anyone spit up or peed or snotted on me!  #mamawin 😉

It’s been really fun around here with two, but definitely different.  There’s always someone who needs me.  I’m constantly getting up and getting something for someone, and it’s usually right after I sat down. It can be hard, too, though.  Sometimes I have two babies crying at the same time, and two little people who require my attention at the same time.  Most of the time, I can only take care of one need at once and so someone else is unhappy with the choice.  It’s not always easy, but at the end of the day when I look back over my day, I can (usually) honestly say that I love what I’m doing.. and I think that part makes all the difference.  Even if I get frustrated. Even if we are ALL crying (though that hasn’t happened yet haha). It’s important work and I am so happy to be able to do it <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Guest Post: Activities for Little Hands

Hi! I have a lovely guest post here from Kate from the blog “Amazing Beautiful Individual“. Make sure you check out her blog and her social media at the bottom!  When I was nearing the end of my pregnancy, I started to wonder about the kinds of things that I would do with Autumn as I was taking care of a new little baby.  Kate has some great ideas, and I can’t wait to try them 🙂

Preschool Boredom! It’s that restless age where your child is determined to get into things and is screaming to be engaged more than ever! You may be struggling especially if you are carrying or have welcomed more children into the world. With a baby on one hip and a preschooler on the other what can you do to entertain the hyperactive toddler?

Preschool boredom can be a thing of the past if you fill your cupboards with sensory activities & interchangeable tools for mid morning playtime. This is the time your child is most alert and you have the opportunity to wear them out, fill their tummies after play and enjoy some rest in front of a movie once your finished.

Here I give you some Preschool Boredom Busters. Some which can be played with in combined activities which I feature more of in my own blog “Amazing Beautiful Individual“. I write about the highs and lows of parenting and keeping your children engaged. I also write about the days where your children sometimes need to take a back seat and Mummy Time is just as important.

So Lets Discover these boredom busters staring with Preschool Boredom Buster…

Activity 1 – Two Ingredient Sensory Play Sand

This activity has 2x Ingredients! Can you believe it? Plus it can also be kept in containers for a longer shelf life. Say goodbye to expensive doughs and sensory clay and make your own. Please note for a less or more mouldable version of your sand adjust the oil to your likeness.

  • 2 Cups Of Flour
  • 1/2 a Cup of Vegetable Oil, Coconut Oil or Baby Oil
  • Optional Food colouring (Mixed with the oil)

All you need to do is add the oil to your flour and mix away! you end up with a fluffy mixture of mouldable flour which feels like soft silky sand.

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Activity 2: How to Colour Pasta

This is a more complex activity which requires more preparation however once done can be reused and kept in storage containers for a longer shelf like. I suggest doing both Rice & Pasta in the same preparation session which can be used on different days to entertain your child.

You will need:

  • Uncooked hollow pasta like Penne or Macaroni (you can also use rice)
  • Paper Towel to line your tray (you can also use baking paper)
  • A tray to dry your pasta in or an outside table lined with paper
  • Zip lock bags or containers
  • Vinegar (white)
  • Choice of Food colouring

How to Colour Pasta – Instructions

  • Set out the chosen amount of pasta or rice you will need in individual bags. One bag of pasta for each colour you are using
  • In each bag of pasta pour enough vinegar in to wet the contents without too much excess in the bottom of the bag. Add a few drops of colouring. If the colour isn’t distributed enough just add some more.
  • Now that each bag is coloured put it in your tray which should be lined with paper . Pour the pasta out and spread to dry. The paper will soak up any excess vinegar
  • Drying time will vary depending on how wet it is. I prefer to prepare this activity the day before.
  • Now the pasta is dry you can put it in Zippy bags, Containers or play with it straight from the tray.

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3. Shaving Cream Sundaes

You will need:

  • Plastic Party Shot Cups
  • Shaving Cream (organic for sensitive skin recommended)
  • Natural Food Colouring

this is a neat little activity for outside or in the shower. Fill your little shot cup up with shaving cream and dip a spoon into some food colouring and spread it throughout the top of the cream. Kids think these are hilarious initially because they look just like a tiny ice cream sundae! What do my kids do with them?

  • Pretend Feed Their Babies
  • Play Ice Cream Shops in the shower
  • Use a paintbrush and paint with the cream on some paper
  • Wash things in the outside paddle pool

In my blog I create videos & show you how to combine the projects I write about over a series of weeks so you can continue to engage your child with the items you have made!  I hope you enjoyed these basic activities and your children enjoy them for many months to come!

Author: Kate Shelby

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