Aiden at 5 months

5 months old 5 months old

So… a few weeks ago… Aiden turned 5 months old!  (But then Halloween happened, and Autumn’s birthday, and this post got put on the back burner, so to speak haha)

Aiden is growing so much! He’s mostly in 6 month stuff, but in some 6-9 and some 6-12, depending on the brand.  He’s constantly on the move and he is so strong.  If we’re holding him, he wants to be upright, and he wants to be standing (with help).  He’s always kicking and always moving something.  Aiden has gotten to be VERY grabby.  He loves to grab at toys, books, coffee mugs, my hair, ANYTHING in front of him.  He has a very strong grip, too.

His favourite thing is to watch his sister.. he’s started grabbing at her, too.  He loves to listen to her talk to him, and he loves to watch her play.  He’s not yet crawling, but he’s moving so much that I have a feeling it will be soon that he’ll start trying.  His favourite toy is the Happy Driver toy (which is a steering wheel and dashboard), and he loves being held.

Aiden is still sleeping about 95% of the night in his crib, which is great.  He had a bit of a rough patch or a sleep regression, but seems to be back to sleeping normally.  We have our lovely bedtime routine, and it’s really working for all of us.  Aiden celebrated his first Halloween and went as Pugsley Addams!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Supported In Breastfeeding: Book Review + Free PDF

It’s 3am, and I’m sitting in my son’s nursery.  It’s quiet, with only the small amount of light coming from a little owl lamp on his bookshelf.  My husband is asleep, my daughter is asleep.  It feels like it’s just us two.  I’m tired (exhausted), but I love this.  I love cuddling my little one and helping him fall back to sleep again.  I love holding him in his sleep, and I love knowing that I can give him everything he needs in this moment.  This is what breastfeeding looks like to us, right now.

But, breastfeeding didn’t always look like that for me.  It can be hard.  It can be painful.  It can be stressful.  Sometimes I accidentally flash an entire room of people without trying.  Sometimes, I don’t care because I need my baby to eat.  Sometimes it feels as though I am all alone in this.

And that is why Supported In Breastfeeding is such an important book for breastfeeding moms.  If you’re breastfeeding, or planning on breastfeeding your baby, you should read this book.  Because none of us are really alone in this.  We’re all going through very similar things with breastfeeding.  Whether your baby takes to it immediately, or you struggle with it.. we’re all in this together.  Supported In Breastfeeding has 20+ stories from real life moms who have been right where you are, and that was so encouraging to read.

As I read through this book, I could relate to so many of the different stories.  I found myself nodding along with all the struggles and triumphs that these breastfeeding mamas described.  I felt so connected to the women in the book, even though I’ve never met any of them.  Their stories are so similar to my story.  I would recommend this book to any woman who wants to breastfeed their baby <3

Supported In Breastfeeding book review

Are you currently breastfeeding, or about to start breastfeeding when your baby comes?  Check out this PDF – Essential Breastfeeding Guide – free just for you! <3

Find more information about Supported In Breastfeeding & buy it here!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

I was able to read this book in advance of release in exchange for this review, the opinions stated here are my honest ones.

 

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To My Daughter on Her 2nd Birthday

to my daughter on her 2nd birthday

My dear Autumn,

You turned two today! Which feels almost impossible because I’m pretty sure you were just born.  These last two years went by so fast, but especially this last year.  You’re growing up, and it’s much too fast.

This past year, you started walking, you started talking more and more, and your little personality is shining through even more.  It’s so much fun when you let us know exactly what you want, exactly the way you want it.  This year, you got your big girl bed, you got to go to Touch-A-Truck, you made so many new friends!

This past year, you gained a little brother.  He is one of your favourite people, and you love to bring him toys (and take them away), wipe his mouth, and kiss his cheek or hands.  He is totally captivated by you as well.  It’s amazing to see how much you two love each other.

You want to do and see everything, you just love to explore your world.  Whether we’re at the park, the library, or in our own back yard.. all you want to do is check everything out and see how things work.  You especially love walking around and around in our house.

You have so many favourite things right now.  You’re obsessed with anything that has to do with bunnies, or boats.  You love Disney, especially Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Beauty & The Beast, Zootopia and Frozen.  You love to sing “Let It Go” and “Beauty and the Beast” in your sweet little voice.  You love to take care of your baby doll, and you enjoy feeding her just like mama.  You still love books, and you love colouring at your little table in my studio.

I love you so much, and I’m so excited to see how you change and grow over the next year <3

xoxo,
Mama

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Baby Review: Bummis Diapers!

bummis diaper review

Recently, I recieved a set of cloth diapers to review.  I’ve been cloth diapering Autumn for nearly two years (eek!) and I love using cloth diapers!  I received two diapers from BUMMIS, one that is an all in one, and one that is a swim diaper.

bummis diaper review

First of all, how freaking adorable is this diaper.  I almost didn’t want to put a bathing suit bottom on to cover it up! It’s so cute.  It works perfectly for swimming in any kind of water.  And I love that it’s gender neutral, so I can use this with either of my children.

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I need to gush over how adorable this diaper is as well.  I love the little woodland creatures on this diaper, and Autumn had fun pointing out the fox and the owl and birds.  She is really into animals right now, so this diaper was really fun for her to wear as well.  Plus, the cuteness!

I had never used an all in one before, and I must say that it’s so easy to use.  Lately, I have been stuffing the diapers after I wash them, and that takes extra time.  With an all in one, it’s pretty much ready to go right out of the dryer.  I don’t have to do anything extra with the liners or anything.  It makes cloth diapering that much easier.

bummis diaper review

 

I also really loved learning about the company that makes these.  BUMMI is a Canadian company that uses fabrics sourced in North America.  It’s made right in Montreal!  I love that about these diapers.  They use organic cotton, and believe in sustainability as well.  Overall, I really enjoy these diapers and I think I need to get more, too 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

 

I received these diapers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own.

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Aiden at 4 months

4 month old 4 month old

My little gentleman is 4 months old!

It’s crazy how fast time is going by.  He’s growing so much and learning so much every day.  He’s currently sleeping most of the night in the crib.  He wakes up a few times in the night for cuddles and to eat.  He knows how to roll from his back to his stomach and back again, which has made for some scary little moments when he’s tried to roll off the bed.  He’s very strong and loves kicking.

Aiden’s favourite song is Rainbow Connection.  He likes watching his sister do ANYTHING.  A new thing that he’s doing is, if he’s fine but he sees Autumn getting upset, he starts getting upset, too.  It’s like he sees that she is upset and thinks “Oh, is this what we’re doing now?” and gets upset with her.  Even if he was previously totally happy.  It’s very cute.

He’s currently in sizes 3-6, as well as 6 months and 9 months clothes, depending on the brand.  He’s the sweetest little guy.  He loves to laugh, he loves to grab at toys and my hair.  He loves to be held.  Aiden’s favourite toys are Captain Calamari, and any toy that is colourful and makes noise.  He also loves to suck/chew on his wrist or my wrist.

Can’t wait to see what the next month has in store for us <3

xoxo,
Alysa

Autumn at 4 months old 

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What I Love about Babywearing

sakura bloom love Babywearing at Assiniboine Park Zoo

It’s International Babywearing Week from October 5-10th!  And, as you can see, I am a big fan.  I currently have two baby carriers, and I love using them for so many reasons.  I thought I’d share them with you here in honour of this week!

Here are 5 Things I Love About Babywearing

01 // Instant Nap
For both my babies, babywearing was a great way to get them to actually have a nap.  Autumn always slept in my arms, and Aiden tries to.. but has a hard time sleeping in my arms due to chasing Autumn around… but when I plunk him in the wrap, he falls asleep right away.

02 // Hands-free
Babywearing is a wonderful way to be hands free during the day.  Currently, I babywear when I’m going for walks with Autumn in the stroller.  I have also worn my babies when I want to cook, or when I’m doing light cleaning around the house.  I also like to babywear at bigger events and parties.  That way, I’m able to enjoy myself and mingle without worrying about a little one getting cranky.

04 // Discretely breastfeeding
Babywearing is a great way to discretely breastfeed in public.  Others can’t tell what I’m doing, and I can walk freely around the grocery store while breastfeeding AT THE SAME TIME. It’s pretty much the best thing ever.

05 // The closeness
Above all, I love babywearing because of the extra cuddles I get.  I love having my little ones close to me like that, and the benefits of babywearing for the baby are HUGE.

What are your favourite things about babywearing?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Aiden at 3 months

3 months 3 months

Aiden is now three months old! Which means that he is officially not a newborn anymore 🙁

He’s growing lots and lots.  He’s grown out of all of his 0-3 month sized clothes and is fitting in his 3-6 and 6 month sizes.  I’m not sure exactly how long he is, but he seems to be really long!  Granted, he was long at birth, too.

He has really good head control, and he’s starting to want to sit up on his own.  He likes looking around and seeing everyone who is there.  He likes playing peek-a-boo, and he likes when I rub my nose against his.  He LOVES his sister, and is always watching her.  When she’s around, he gets some of the biggest smiles.

He is a very good sleeper.  After Autumn and I wake up in the morning, he usually stays in bed and can sleep there for another couple of hours on his own.  He also does that at naps.  His longest stretch is 6 hours in a row at night.

Aiden fits in very well with our little family! <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Best Snapchat Stickers for Mamas

The Best Snapchat Stickers for Mamas

I love Snapchat.  I’ve been using it a lot in the last little while.  It’s fun to share little moments of our day in quick photos or videos.  I also LOVE to use the stickers and filters.  In my opinion, that’s the best part about this medium. It’s fun to kick up your snaps a little bit with stickers.  And as a mom, sometimes I feel like I need to add a little sarcastic or hilarious sticker!

Here are my favourite stickers for mamas:

For when your kids are finally asleep in bed and you get to spend time with your spouse!

When you’re not sure what your child is doing something weird, or throwing a fit, or getting into mischief

When you’re finally allowed that precious me-time… like at the grocery store :p

When your child is being adorable and precious <3

When your child is doing something they shouldn’t.. like taking all of the plastic containers out of the cupboard and leaving them in the living room…

What are your favourite snapchat stickers?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Aiden at 2 months

Aiden turned 2 months old at the end of July, and in true second child tradition, I’m taking my sweet time posting this.  I did take the pictures right on the day, so at least there’s that, right?

Aiden is such a happy little baby! He loves to smile, and he especially loves to smile at his big sister.  She’s usually able to calm him and settle him when he’s starting to get fussy in his swing.  She loves him, too, and dotes on him completely.

He’s growing out of his 0-3 month clothes, and he’s started to wear his 3-6 things!  He’s growing so much, and it’s so great to watch! Though, of course, at the same time all I can think is that it’s too fast and time needs to slow down.  But that’s life. He did great with his first needles at the doctors office.  He wasn’t a fan, but who is?

He sleeps between 4-6 hours in a row at night, which is so lovely.  It varies day to day. Some nights it’s closer to 4 (or even 3) hours, other nights it’s 6.  He keeps us guessing, that’s for sure.  Otherwise, he likes to be with his mama. He does NOT like the car seat or car rides, unless the car is going really fast, or turning, or both!  He is ok with his swing, but gets bored of it very quickly.  Sometimes he’ll sleep in there (like right now as I type haha).

I’m so excited to see what this next month will bring, all the things he’ll learn and who he’s becoming.

xoxo,
Alysa

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World Breastfeeding Week – My Breastfeeding Story, Part 2

my breastfeeding story part 2

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! Last year, I shared my breastfeeding story with Autumn, and a lot has changed since then.  So, in honour of it being World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I’d share part two of the story.

After the initial difficulty of breastfeeding Autumn, we went on to nurse for almost 18 months. I always said that I wanted to keep nursing until Autumn decided it was time to stop. She stopped pretty slowly, but it was very clear she was done! I am very happy that we went as long as we did.

Leading up to when Aiden was born, I got kind of nervous that things would go the same way they did with Autumn. It was a huge relief when he took to breastfeeding right away! He latched on at the birth centre a little while after he was born, and knew exactly what to do. 

Nursing Aiden has been so great! There hasn’t been any pain or anything and I’m so glad we haven’t had any issues with it. This is the breastfeeding experience that I had been hoping for! He’s growing like a little weed and I just love the time spent and the cuddles I get when I’m feeding him. 

I’m also loving how I feel so much more confident this time! When I was breastfeeding Autumn, I would get nervous about feeding her in front of other people but now it’s like its not a big deal. I just do it! I really love that I’m more confident. 

Looking forward to seeing how long he’ll want to nurse for!

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Xoxo, Alysa

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