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?
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
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?
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.
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!
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:
- 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 😉
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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?
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
It’s been a pretty busy few weeks! I expected things to be different, and I expected being in survival mode. So I’ve been looking around for some secrets and tips from real life moms on how to make the transition from one to two children that much easier. Here are some of the tips I’ve found super helpful:
“How I Get Things Done with 2 Under 2” by One Hoolie Mama – this is a major tip, and one I’ve definitely done, too.
“Surviving Life with a Newborn and a Toddler” by The Stay-at-home Life – this is part one of a series, with lots of amazing ideas for staying sane.
Dorothy Nada offers some insight on what it’s like to have three under three, which is definitely helpful if you’ve only got two under two – “On being a Mama of three”
Mom on the Side writes about what “The First Year With Twins” is like, which definitely has some crossover into two under two.
These “10 Mumma Hacks for Surviving a Newborn and a Toddler” are so fantastic. I especially love the one about getting the older sibling to show the little baby how to do things. Excellent Mumma Hacks
Mind, Body & Soul After Baby is a wealth of knowledge on surviving 2 under 2. There are so many posts on there worth checking out for tips 🙂
Motherly Adventures shares “My first two weeks of being a mom of two“, which has some ups and downs of having a newborn and a toddler in the first two weeks.
What are your tips for surviving two under two? Feel free to share them in the comments!
Our son, Aiden James <3
He was born almost 2 weeks past his due date at 4:10pm! I will share my birth story in a few days as well. I’m just so excited that Aiden is finally finally here! It’s been so great getting to know him over the last couple of weeks and I’m so excited to see the little person he grows up to be.
Autumn’s announcement <3