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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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