Monday, April 30, 2012

Bedtime Routine

I'm linking up over at Growing up Geeky for Toddle Along Tuesday where we're discussing Bedtime Routines! I'm definitely a routine person and I think J benefits from them too. He knows what goes on in the morning when we're getting ready for daycare and in the evening when it's bedtime. Here's our routine:

Every other night (unless we have a diaper rash or a messy dinner) J takes a bath. His baths are usually fairly long because he loves playing in the water.

After the bath, it's pjs and teeth brushing.

This picture doesn't really  match the next step, but J usually snuggles with Daddy and has his last bottle of the day. This is actually the only bottle he gets, everything else is sippy cups. We're hoping to adjust this part of the routine before Baby #2 comes.

Once the bottle is done, J will either start fussing or point to the crib which tells us he's ready to go down. He cuddles with his blankie, sticks his bum up in the air and proceeds to sleep through the night (most nights)!

He's typically in bed around 7:30, but it depends on what's going on that night and how long his nap was at daycare. This has been the routine for probably 6 or 7 months now and it's working great. We're hoping to add reading time in there to replace the bottle sometimes soon, but we'll have to see how things go. I'm sure the new baby will throw a wrench into the system, but we'll figure it out quicky!

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Creativ Festival

Last night, my mom and I went to the Creativ Festival. It's the huge crafty sale where tons of quilt stores, knitting stores, yarn stores, sewing centers and prety much anything else crafty is sold. It happens twice a year and for the past 3 or 4 years we have been going both in April and October. I love it and it is really difficult to not spend money. I actually have to create a limit for myself of what to spend.
The October show is amazing! It has tons of stuff for Christmas and there are so many more vendors than at the April show. However, the April show is still tons of fun. My mom and I always get pizza, watch one of the runway shows and run into my aunt (every show so far!).

I bought only a couple things last night because my craft space has disappeared for now, but I want to show you pictures at least!

This was a quilt that I got for J. I have the full kit and just need to cut and sew, however it has to go on hold for now.

Another blanket I got was for the new baby. I saw these baby blankets with owls on them (I love owls!) and they had pink, blue and green. Since we don't know whether Munchkin #2 is a boy or girl yet, I went with the green. The picture below is what the front look likes, the back is a polka dotted minky fabric. It's a simple project. Just line up the corners and sew. I'm hoping I can grab my sewing machine during the summer for a rainy afternoon and get it ready.


I've been MIA for the past week, but I had open house at school, doctor's appointments and just overall craziness! I can't wait to update you this week on my bump and I'm going to be linking up with Growing up Geeky on Tuesday!


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Issues with finding out the gender

Yesterday, I posted my 17 week update and I talked about how we hopefully we'll find out whether Baby #2 is a boy or a girl. I would normally say hopefully because I know that sometimes the baby doesn't always co-operate and it is difficult to tell whether the baby is male or female.

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Apparently the policy of ultrasound areas here is that they aren't allowed to tell the gender of the baby because it is a diagnosis and the techs aren't allowed to make a diagnosis about anything. However, most ultrasound techs will still tell you whether you are having a boy or a girl.

Well, that might go back to the way it was before where they aren't allowed to tell you anything. Apparently, here in Canada, where there are lots of different cultures, we are beginning to read stories of the concept of selective abortions, where the parents find out the gender at the ultrasound and then abort if it isn't what they want or female feticide (specifically aborting a girl).

In order to avoid this happening, ultrasound techs are refusing to share the gender. Thus, I'm worried about my ultrasound on the 2nd. I don't know if the clinic I go to is going to be one of those refusing to reveal the gender. We've been waiting so long already to find out if this baby is a boy or a girl that part of me is fine with waiting until the 17th, but another part is ready to start thinking of names.

I know I can find out from my OB, but I have heard a story where the tech didn't write down the gender and therefore the patient had to tell the OB what she was told she was having. I don't want that to happen. I'm not one that can wait until the baby is born to find out.

I get that some people don't care about the gender and only focus on the healthy, happy baby. Of course I want a happy, healthy baby, but I loved knowing that J was a little boy. Honestly, I'll be disappointed if I don't find out on the 2nd.

On another note, I'm putting a poll up on the side of my blog as to whether you think this baby is a boy/girl. Please vote. I want to see what you all think! (I'm thinking boy, by the way).



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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

17 week update!

Time for a Bump-date!

The last time I updated I gave an update about my first trimester. I'm going to try to update every Wednesday for the remainder of the pregnancy. I've been taking my bump pictures every week and I'm going to start posting them as well.

So here's my bump. It is a lot bigger than I was with J at this point. I even got a comment from one of my students today that my stomach was getting bigger (the plus of teaching older kids is they have a little more tact and don't say you're looking fat).  


This week, Pumpkin (nicknamed so because he/she is due in the fall, originally October), is the size of an onion.
I have my next appointment on April 24th where I'll be hearing the heartbeat again with the doppler. My anatomy scan is on May 2, where hopefully we'll find out if Pumpkin is a boy or a girl (I'll have a post on why my fingers are crossed on this tomorrow). Lastly, I finally get to see my OB on May 17. I love her and can't wait to start visiting with her again.

In terms of all the "survey-y" type stuff. I have felt little movements here or there, but I wish it was more. Weight wise, I gained two, lost two and I'm not sure where I stand right now. Morning sickness is mostly gone but I'm still exhausted. Hopefully, I'll be getting the rest of my energy back soon!



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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring Polka Dotted Pots

A couple weeks ago, I posted about J being moved up from the infant room to the junior toddler room and the fact that he was a genius. Since I love being crafty and appreciated everything that J's teachers did for him and me since the beginning of January, I decided to make little gifts for his teachers.


He had three teachers that were with him consistently. Also, because it was the spring, I decided to paint little flower pots. I've seen polka dotted pots like this but they cost a pretty penny. I already had the paint and paintbrushes, so all I needed to do was buy the pots. They are the simple clay pots (medium size) and I did two or three coats depending on the colour.


The only other "crafty" thing I bought was a circular sponge so that my polka dots were easier. I also went to the dollar store and found 3 little jelly bean filled bunnies that I stuck in the pots. They loved them!

I love simple little crafts that can make someone's day!

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Green Works (Review & Giveaway)

Since we're moving at some point in the near future and it's the spring, I jumped at the chance to review GreenWorks products. Now that J is into and climbing onto everything I was looking for something that is friendly to him if he was to be rolling on the floor or picking up and putting something in his mouth.

I couldn't wait to receive my package! It finally arrived and look at what I got! Here's the list:
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • All-purpose Cleaner
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Glass and Surface Cleaner
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Glass Cleaner

There are so many positives about these products as well (aside from the way the leave my house looking and the nice, clean smell):
  • Green Works products are made with plant- and mineral-based cleaning ingredients. These ingredients are biodegradable and are naturally derived.
  • GreenWorks products are not tested on animals
  • GreenWorks products are acknowledged by the EPA's Design for the Environment Program
Here's the best part! One of my lucky Canadian readers is going to get the chance to win the same gift pack that I won!

This is a flash giveaway and will end at 12:00 tonight. Enter below using Rafflecopter.Good luck!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My Grandma

Some please hold my hand. The Husband, J and I are heading out on a 5.5 hour road trip to Montreal. Yes, that's 5.5 hours in one direction and then 5.5 hours backs. Crazy right!?  Unfortunately, this is a trip we need to make.

During the Easter weekend, we lost my Grandmom (my Dad's mom) and J's Great-grandmom. As sad as the situation is, I fully believe she had actually left many years ago and there was literally just a shell of her still here on Earth. She'd been stuck in her bed for years, didn't talk anymore and was suffering from dementia as well as many other ailments. I haven't been able to see her for a few years and unfortunately, she never met J.

I have so many good memories of her. We'd always visit during March Break on our way to Vermont and she'd cook vichyssoise or potato and leek soup. She'd also send us off with a bag full of English mints. She dyed her hair a bright red colour, but before things went downhill, she found out the she was allergic to the dye and decided to go her natural white. I think it suited her much better.

So, my entire family (my parents, 3 siblings, 2 significant others, The Husband, myself and J) is taking over a hotel in Montreal. Some of us are flying, others are driving but we're all heading East.

I really wish I had a picture to post. Hopefully I can get one next week to post and show you my amazing Grandmom.

Because we're away, this means there won't be any new posts until the weekend. I'm planning on showing you my flower pots I made for J's teachers as well as a review and giveaway for cleaning supplies and an update on our house hunting!

Have a good weekend and cross your fingers that our trip goes well!


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

House Hunting!

What is it that you love about your house?



If this was my house, I'd love it but also weigh 1000 lbs!

Now that The Husband and I are house hunting, I'm finding I have to answer this question with each house. We've gone to see about 4 or 5 houses already and I find myself asking these four questions in order to give my opinion on whether the house is for us or not:

1. What do I love?
2. What do I like?
3. What do I dislike that can be changed easily?
4. What do I hate that can't be changed?

Now that Baby #2 is on the way, we need to vacate our 3 bed, unfinished basement home and start looking for our "forever" home - the one that The Husband and I will be living in for most of the remainder of our lives.

Simply put, we need more space. We need an extra bedroom. It would be wonderful if we could have J's grandparents visit and stay in our house as opposed to a hotel.

Don't get me wrong, as much as I'm not a huge fan of our current house. It's our house. J was born here, I've lived here for 4 years, The Husband 6 or 7. I will be sad to leave but I think it'll be worth it in the end.

So while we continue to look at houses do you have any advice for me? I'm new to this. This is the first time I'm house hunting and I'm beginning to get overwhelmed.




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Monday, April 2, 2012

Toddle Along Tuesday - Snap a Picture!

This week's Toddle Along Tuesday post over at Growing up Geeky is:

your favourite picture you've taken!

For me the choice was fairly easy:


I love this picture (hence the reason for it being my button). J and I were playing around and he decided he was going to go in and out from under his jumperoo. The big front window gave us the sunlight that makes this picture "dreamlike" and I love the look on his face. So innocent, so curious, so cute!

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

First trimester recap!

On Monday, I'll be 15 weeks pregnant and the baby will be the size of a navel orange! I'm hoping to start feeling some little punches and kicks soon. With J, I felt the first kicks around 16/17 weeks and I've heard that with the second you feel the kicks earlier.
 I figured I'd recap how the first trimester went since I didn't do any updates at all.

I've felt nauseous majority of the days but I was never threw up. There were days that were close, especially when brushing my teeth, but I'm one of the lucky ones. It didn't happen with J either. The exhaustion has hit me extremely hard this pregnant. With J, I wasn't working full time so I was able to nap here or there. I also didn't have a toddler to take care of (especially one that has started having temper tantrums). J's been good, but it definitely adds to the difficulty.

In terms of weight gain, I actually lost 2 pounds. I started at 180lbs (*gasp*), gained two pounds in my first two months and lost them both in my 3rd month. I got in a little bit of trouble from my doctor about it, but I explained that majority of the time I was too nauseous to eat anything.

Luckily, the nausea is starting to go away. The exhaustion is slowly starting to go away, but it's taking longer than I'd like. I still want to curl up on the couch and nap often.

Lastly, I've got a new symptom that wasn't around with J's pregnancy. I get massive headaches that last for hours and hours. I've tried Tylenol, but so far it hasn't worked. I think part of it is the torture my students put me through but I'm hoping they end soon too.

I'm just starting to get into maternity clothes. Because I didn't gain any weight for the first trimester, my regular jeans still fit. However, I find that the maternity pants are much more comfortable now. I can't wait to go shopping for some new maternity clothes. All my other ones are wintery because J was due in January and I was biggest during the late fall/winter so I think I wil die of heat exhaustion if I wear it in the middle of the summer. I'm going to get lots of shorts and tank tops!

That's it! I don't think I'm going to do weekly updates until later in the pregnancy. I still feel as though I look fat, not pregnant. Hopefully that'll change soon. I'll probably do monthly updates or every two weeks but we'll have to see how busy I get!

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