So Today I Eat Baloney

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So I’m sick… again. Seems like since my son started junior kindergarten he has been perpetually sick which leads to our house being a den of germs. I have a deep cough. I don’t “feel sick” but I have this ball of gunk way deep down in my lung that just won’t go away no matter how hard I try to hack it up. Which makes me feel even more stuck in the life rut I spoke of in an earlier post. Just can’t get ahead. I wanted to have at least three blog posts done per week and I haven’t had the ability to meet my goal. I feel so down about it.

I have had a few things going on that had me out of the house and that for sure put me behind. We have been taking a course at our local Early Years Centre on Mondays called “Making the Connection” about early baby development and parent interaction. Which is great and I have met a great group of mothers with babies the same age as my daughter. Getting out of the house is important. We also had a big family Christmas party which had a lot of build up and running around involved last week. My house has been a disaster.

I am so lucky I have a baby that is good. She naps very well at home… about an hour at a time at least three times a day. I can also set her down and she is happy to play on her tummy while I run around and do the things I need to do to survive life! Today I put her on the floor and put on my favourite playlist on slacker and went to work!

So today the heat isn’t working… again. I used my brain though and decided that it would be an ideal day to get the oven cleaned (clean oven + heat = a good day over all!)

I tried to nap while this was happening but of course I had a million things on my mind that I needed to accomplish (first and foremost my blog… so here I am typing this post) while the baby napped so onto laundry I go…

So it is clean… its not all folded but it is clean. This is the most I can hope for on a day where I feel crummy and have to take care of a 4 and a half month old. My almost four year old will be home from school soon and then I will have no chance to do anything else… so ON to getting my kitchen clean before I have to mess it up making dinner.

Dishes done… now if I’m going to get a blog post done (while breastfeeding the baby of course) I need to eat lunch and because I don’t want to cook for fear of more dishes… today I eat a baloney sandwich

I am yet again doing what I can to obtain that feeling of being accomplished and less overwhelmed day to day but tomorrow will be another day…

How do you other moms do it? What steps do you take to get ahead? What are the most valuable lessons you have learned about the day to day grind? I’m still working it out… some days I feel I’ve finally figured it out and then I get another curve ball. I’m finding that the best recipe for me is to throw on some music and do the mundain tasks first and get them over with. Today a lot of my favourite songs came on that really had a “motherhood” theme and all the feels for my kids!

SO I’m going to share my “Baloney Sandwich” songs for a Mom playlist:

You Really Got a Hold on Me – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

Yer So Bad – Tom Petty

If You Leave Me Now – Chicago

Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie

Hey Mama – David Guetta

AND a good one to end on…

Believer – American Authors


I believe things will always get better… sometimes they get a little worse but then it can only go up from there! CHEERS to a positive LIFE ATTITUDE! 

So I’m sure there are many more songs I can recommend but I am just running out of time and can’t think of anymore! If you have more that should be on the list send them to me and I’ll add them here!!

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Things To Learn Before Starting Kindergarten

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SO I realized when my son was about to turn 3 (he is a December baby) that in 9 SHORT months that he would be starting school. My baby would be a BABY when he started junior kindergarten. I was very freaked out… and PREGNANT with my second baby. It was all I could do to not cry about it… my decision to get prepared was out of fear of him being completely unprepared. There were a number of things I did to get him ready AND he WAS ready ans I am so glad that I did. I was advised by my cousin who is an Early Childhood Educator, the school supplied suggestions, as well as a lot of online research. I am in no way an expert and that being said the following article is just how I prepared my son and myself and is in no way expert advice! Use this info as you see fit!

One of our greatest resources was the Ontario Early Years Centre in our town. We are so blessed to have such a great centre for parents to lean on and learn along with their kids. I have taken a few parent programs and we were going to the centre almost weekly (sometimes up to 3 times a week) to just play and enjoy the facility. Where we live the facility has a running room (a big room with bikes and space for the kids to move even on a rainy day) as well as a family room with toys, books and craft supplies. On most days the ladies that run the centre do story time where the kids learn about sitting in a circle and listening to instruction. They also have a program called Kids First which is like a nursery school program run by some of the most wonderful ladies. Unfortunately my son never made it off the waiting list but any of the kids in his play group who got in got very OBVIOUS benefits from that program to prepare them for kindergarten.  I learned a lot about what my son needed to get prepared from the OEYC for sure. I learned that he hated sitting in a circle, he was good at play learning, he was a very visual learner and he was good at making new friends (as long as he introduced himself by his full name). I suggest if you live in Ontario that you see what the Early Years has to offer in your community. Like I said before we are SO lucky that we have such a great centre and our county helps a lot with funding.

My local OEYC Facebook page posted the video from Today’s Parent that sums up some really important things.

The most important thing (especially for the younger kids starting when they are 3) is potty training. Teachers can’t help kids in the bathroom so it is VITAL they can use the toilet, pull up their pants and wipe themselves clean. I know that we worked really hard on getting my son prepared for this before school. The Early Years Center was an excellent place to practice him going in on his own and doing it all by himself. I can say we accomplished this task before school started even if he had a few accidents at the beginning.

This next item goes “hand in hand” (pun intended) with the potty training point. Washing their hands on their own is VERY important. I know that my son has been in school for three months and is on his third round of a cold. I’m still working hard on getting him to use soap every time but he is getting better all the time. If you want to ward off the gross bugs that go along with starting school get your kids used to washing their hands before and after eating, after the washroom and anytime they touch community toys. This is hard I know with toddlers but they will catch on if you make this normal. The video above suggests getting them to sing a song while they do it to ensure they do it long enough and this has worked for my son and myself. We sing twinkle twinkle little start start to finish every time!

Another important thing you and your chid must master before school is dressing themselves. There are usually up to 30+ kids in each kindergarten class and the teacher can’t help dress each and every one of them. This is very helpful for your teacher if you can get your kid to dress themselves. If they have an accident (trust me it will happen no matter how prepared you are) you want them to be able to put on their own underwear and pants. When they get wet socks they should be able to change them on their own. When going out for recess and home at the end of the day you want them to be able to put on their own coats, gloves and shoes. Get them shoes that are velcro or have no ties so they can put them on easily.  Mabel’s Labels has a great product for helping them put on their shoes on the right feet as well as label them so they come home:

You will also want to work on recognizing their own name. You will have to label everything (and I mean EVERYTHING… three months in I’m still using labels from my Big Kaboodle Mabel’s Label pack!) now you have them labeled you need them to be able to recognize the labels. No use in having the things labeled if you have to go into the school every other week to collect it. I put cute dinosaurs on our labels to start to help him have something familiar to look for. Now he knows his first and last name and knows to bring home his things every day! The next step is to have them write their own name. They will learn this in school but you will be so much further ahead if you can have their first name mastered. We tried practicing during the summer prior to school but my son refused. He was doing it all on his own within two weeks of school so sometimes you can’t push it… sometimes the teacher will have an easier time and that is ok too.

Another very important thing to learn is how they can open and close their lunch containers. The first step is to get kid friendly containers. I talk a lot about this in my post about What To Buy For Kindergarten. I love love LOOOOOVE the Yumbox  and how easy it is for the little hands to get open and closed and it is leak proof. Teachers and classroom ECE’s have a lot of kids to support in a day and they can’t open containers for everyone. I still help my son along by opening applesauce pouches and replacing the lids, taring the wrapped items like granola bars and I even take the straw out of the rewrapped package and tape it to his juice box to help him do it on his own. This will help his teachers and the support team by freeing up that little bit of time for other kids who might actually need the help.

We faired pretty good on that list of things to learn. We got most of them mastered or nearly mastered by the end of August. My son is lucky to have a smaller class with only 20 kids and so I don’t have to worry too much about him not getting the help he might need. Some kids aren’t so lucky so if they have a parent who can help them with the above list they will be that much further ahead when they start kindergarten! Best of luck to all the moms and dads who have kids who are starting the big JK this coming fall! Time to get to work!

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Do You Ever Get Stuck In A Life Rut?

Do you ever get the feeling like no matter what you do you can’t catch up on LIFE? Never ending laundry, dishes, waiting for the bus to come, picking up after kids and the circle goes round and round? I have for sure found myself in this predicament currently. I feel like my wheels are spinning in place no matter how I try to get ahead.

I wonder if it is just this time of year. That no mans land between summer and winter called autumn where winter routines haven’t kicked in and the change in time affects everyone to varying degrees. Sleep isn’t what it was in August and the weather is just BLAH to say the least. Things just seem to keep ticking on like we are just going through the motions. I feel this hardcore today and for the last week. I’m not feeling depressed just UNACCOMPLISHED and underwhelmed at the same time.

I want to get so much done with my limited free time but I feel like that free time is getting eaten up with the day to day things that never seem to stay DONE! I would LOVE some ideas you have out there in the world on how to get past these things. This is one of those rare blog posts where I don’t have a solution and DARE not give a gimmicky made up solution either. I want to hear from you!

So this is the time in the post where I’m going to go through all the ways you can contact me!

INSTAGRAM: I use Instagram quite often if not every day. Lately I feel like I haven’t even had time to do that! NONE the less you can contact me there @meganplainandtall Please follow me even if you don’t need to contact me. I’m always up for sharing fun photos and not so fun ones like the one above!

EMAIL: You can email me anytime! I am really good at getting back to emails as they come right to my pocket computer (AKA my phone ha ha ha) and love feedback and blog ideas so send what you may!

CONTACT FORM: Oh yes… I have one of those! If you don’t want to leave my site (and why would you want to right?) you can zip on over there to the Contact Me page!

FACEBOOK PAGE: This is in the works… I will update this post when it is ready so you can obviously just click through… One of the things I want to be done but can’t get to until I have fed, bathed, put the kids to bed and all the many other life chores are complete… Check back for that!

PINTEREST: If you are over at Pinterest more than anywhere else… I’m there too! Message me or follow me if you want! @meganplainNtall

NEWSLETTER: I have a newsletter! You can sign up to and get all the site updates on the regular HERE! Do it. For Me? So I feel like I have gotten something done today?

GOOD luck all with getting YOUR life stuff done… when you do… let me know how you did it!

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My First Birth Story

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So I guess it is finally time to do a post about MY FIRST BIRTH STORY. I know a lot of people enjoy reading all the details of how a special little baby came into the world… So here goes:

So I had just turned 29 years old and started thinking about how the next birthday coming around for me was going to be my 30th. This made me think that if I was going to have a baby I had better start to seriously think about it. I had been laid off from my job (which I didn’t love anyway) the Christmas prior to my 29th birthday and that spring started to discuss seriously about getting pregnant with my husband. We hd been together for 9 years and married for 2 so it wasn’t an outrageous thing to talk about. My husband was on board and we started trying in March of 2013 and to my surprise we got pregnant pretty well right away. We can’t be sure but we think he was conceived while we were on a March Break trip to Myrtle Beach SC. My original due date was January 10 2014. So began my first experience with being pregnant.

So this magical journey of being pregnant started out PRETTY rough. I had extreme morning sickness (I liked to call it ALL DAY sickness) from morning until night, bedtime started being 5:30pm some nights, for the first 15 weeks. I would say the first trimester was my least favourite time in my entire life. The second trimester I started to feel less sick and had a pretty easy time. The third trimester was very uncomfortable. I had a very long baby inside me that had a knee or a foot in my ribcage at all times. I can say honestly I didn’t LOVE being pregnant but I enjoyed the experience of learning what it was all about.

Some of the books I read included:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting is a GREAT book that walks you through pregnancy. My mistake was putting it on my Kobo and syncing it to my Facebook for all to see. I got a message from one of my husbands cousins asking if I was pregnant and I was horrified LOL I immediately took down all my Kobo settings ha ha ha. This book I highly recommend! It is a great gift to a friend who is pregnant for the first time.

Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy by Rosie Pope was another book I read and LOVED during my first time pregnancy. She is very knowledgeable and I had watched her show Pregnant In Heels and enjoyed her British ways. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who is pregnant.

One THING I highly recommend if you are pregnant or planning to be:

The Jolly Jumper Mama Sleep EZ Body Pillow was a life saver and ABSOLUTELY worth the money. I used this sucker for both my pregnancies and I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I didn’t. I was so grumpy as I was getting less and less sleep and this was a life saver!

I was originally due January 10th but when I had my ultrasound the tech changed the date to December 27th 2013. I really wanted a January baby. December babies are the youngest in their classes and a baby born at the end of the month has to share his/her birthday with Christmas. My doctor was planning on being on holidays during the Christmas season so he agreed to leave me unchecked while he was away to hope to stretch out the date until January.

I worked up until the last day of work before the Christmas season. Everyone made the holiday plans local so I didn’t have to travel. My mother in law came for a few days and left Christmas day. I was so tired I decided to leave the dishes until Boxing day, ate a turkey sandwich and went to bed early as I was exhausted. Above is the last picture of me before the big event lol a little blurry but real lol. I woke up about midnight on Boxing Day with my first contraction. I wasn’t sure I was actually in labour, I thought for sure they had to be WAY more intense and if I went to the hospital they would send me home. I went into the spare bedroom and laid down to try and go back to sleep. I also used my phone to start timing the contractions… it didn’t take long for me to realize they were about 5 minutes apart. I called the hospital and the nurse in the maternity ward told me to have a hot shower and then head in. I took this advice. Then I went and woke up my husband. It was about 3am at this point and I thought for sure we would still be sent home or have HOURS and hours of labour to deal with so I wasn’t anxious or in any sort of rush. My husband sprung up and we jumped in the car. It was a brutal snow storm so it took us a slow go to get to the hospital which is normally a 25 minute drive. We got to the hospital safe and sound about 4am.

My first question was “When can I get drugs?” the nurse checked me and said “Oh you are already 8.5 cm dilated so you are too far along.” I couldn’t believe it. This meant I would be doing it naturally. I laid on my right side for an hour and progressed quickly. My doctor was on holiday so I had the doctor on call deliver my baby.   I was pushing by 6amI also did get an episiotomy to help with the delivery. My beautiful baby boy was born at 7:05am. He was an amazing 7lbs 1oz and 21inches long. AND I WAS IN LOVE. We had to call my mother in law to drive back the two hours and all my family was up north at the cottage. They all came back to meet the bundle of joy we had on Boxing Day 2013.

I learned that it IS possible to give birth without drugs. If I did it anyone can. Not everyone is as lucky as I am with a 7 hour start to finish labour and delivery but women are strong. You are stronger than you think but that doesn’t mean you CAN’T have the epidural. I went in wanting to have it but wasn’t able to get it. Choose a birth plan that suits you and if you have to change your plan during the event don’t worry Mama once you have that baby in your arms you won’t have time to regret the things you did or didn’t do… all that matters is your baby is healthy and you are happy. I know I was.

Writing this post brought up ideas for other posts… the days and weeks after having a brand new baby for the first time was a whole other learning experience. Let me know if you have questions or ideas you want me to write about.

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Things To Buy For a First Time Kindergarten Student

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My boy and his friend checking out their new school

So MY SON started Kindergarten in September. I had a very VERY mixed bag of emotions leading up to that life change. With a 2 month old baby I was looking forward to some one on one time with my girl but on the flip side he was my first baby starting school at 3 and a half and I never really was away from him. After he was born I had such an internal shift I never went back to work full time. When he turned One Years Old and it was time for me to go back to work I started to freak out. I couldn’t bring myself to put him in any sort of daycare SO I started one of my own. For a whole year I did home daycare. I loved it. Within that year though we had downsized from a house to an apartment and doing daycare just wasn’t feasible anymore. About his second birthday I got a part time job cleaning in the evenings so I could be with him everyday. That year was great. We did toddler music class, swimming, play dates with play group and all sorts of fun stuff every day. When it was time for him to go every day ALL day I felt a little bit lost and a LOT sad.


Waiting for the School bus on the first day


ME crying like a blubbering idiot after he got on the bus… I took this to remind me in July how I felt when I left for the first time!

I am a planner and a list maker and I got on top of things in April in preparation for September. I didn’t want to have to go in August to and spend a bunch of money in one big shot. I knew there would be a new baby coming in July so money was going to be tight! So here is my list of what I needed to get, what I got, and my quick review on each item. I hope this helps some moms who have kids who leave to start school for the first time next September! This list will also work for those sending kids to a nursery school or pre-school program as well!

Here Is What You Need:

A Good Quality Backpack:

I did a lot of research on which backpack to get my little man for the big transition. I eventually settled on the Lands End back pack. I decided on this for a few reasons. The main reason was these bags have a lifetime warranty. If my kid drags this bag on the ground all the way from the bus stop to school and it breaks they will replace it no problem. This is HUGE value for me. I have a rough and tumble child so I think its best to cover these bases! They have a great chart for measuring the size of the bag to make sure they will fit your child before you order. I also ordered the previous years design so I saved a substantial amount of money on a great quality bag. I went with the medium size for my guy and its a bit big but I’m hoping to get at least two years out of this bag. So far its needed very little cleaning and has stood the test of a 3 and a half year old starting school and taking the bus on his own.

A Good Quality Lunch Bag:

This is the lunch bag that I decided to go with. It is a large bag that has the ice pack built into it. This was a bonus for me as I see it as one less thing for my kid to loose at school. With the ice pack built in his lunch and snacks will stay cold whether he likes it or not! I did some research to see if I could find a lunch bag that will fit a yumbox (see below) because I had decided early on that I was getting him one for his lunch. Its also a fun pattern and easy to open and close for little hands. It has a zipper but also velcro on the flap. While writing this post I came across this other bag from the same company:

I bought this bag today to try out and see if its a good second option for when the other bag is messy or he doesn’t need to take as much to school. If you want a review on this bag let me know and I’ll do that!

Easy Open and Close Containers For Lunch:

So the word is OUT and a Yumbox is the way to go. The best part about this container is its easy to open AND close for little kids AND adults. The next best part about this product is the leakproof design. The lid has a silicon that suctions to the tray making it leakproof (as long as its closed correctly). You can put liquid or things like yogurt or salad dressing in the tray and it won’t seep into the other compartments. In the picture above I put yogurt and dressing in for dipping. Each compartment is also conveniently labeled so you can give the appropriate amount of each food group. On the right is Protein (I put chicken in this one), the top is Dairy (I put vanilla yogurt with honey in) then top right is Fruit (apple slices of course) and the bottom is Vegetables (cucumbers always go over good at our house) the big compartment in the middle is for Grains (a bowtie pasta salad with Italian dressing and peppers). I bought two of these containers, one in blue and one in green. I ordered these from and I warn you they are a bit pricey but in my opinion TOTALLY worth the price. After school started I went to a local shop and bought a snack size version:

This one only has 3 compartments and no labels. It is about half the size of the regular one. This one pictured I put in some Honey Dew melon, gummy candy in the middle and home made nut free trail mix on the right. There are two other sizes of yumbox so you will be able to find one that is right for you and your kids. The hard part is sometimes finding them as they sell out quickly!

Labels for EVERYTHING:

Big Kaboodle™ Label Pack
So now you are sending your kid to school with all this stuff its probably for the best that you send it all with labels on it.  I HIGHLY recommend Mabel’s Labels I was told by a friend they were the best and they really ARE. I use them on everything. My son’s clothes, his lunch bag, his yumbox, his boots, his shoes, his coat… EVERYTHING. They withstand the dishwasher and the laundry so they are high quality. I also tried the iron on labels and put them in his clothes including his underwear. I got the Big Kaboodle™ Label Pack and still have tons of the labels left over so anything that needs replaced or new labels I’m still covered… best value in my opinion!

Easy Open Thermos or Insulated Food Jar:

For the winter months I thought my son would want a warm lunch on occasion. This is the “thermos” I bought him at Walmart. I put a label on both the lid and the metal container so both will come back home at the end of the day. The reason I picked this one instead of a fancy one is simple… I took him to the store and asked him to try and open a few and this was THE ONLY one he could open and close himself. It has a great kid friendly lid that is easy to get on and off.

Easy Open Water or Juice Bottle:

I send juice boxes to school but it is always a good idea to send a water bottle as well. Some days I even fill the bottle with milk so he gets an extra serving of milk. I like this bottle for a few reasons. One is its really easy to clean. Inside the lid is two separate spouts that are removable but stay attached to the bottle. This insures you aren’t getting any mold build up. I always clean mine in the dishwasher and it has lasted a long time. Again I put labels on the lid and the bottle just incase busy hands take the bottle apart. I got this one at Walmart as well but you can also get them from the Contigo site.

Easy On and Off Pants:

They start kindergarten so young now a days. I started when I was 5 years old and my son started at 3 and a half! That being said he was only potty trained for less than a year when he started. It was essential that I sent him in pants that didn’t have buttons or zippers or we would have been in big trouble! Carters and OshKosh have a great selection of pull on pants that are stylish and practical. I also really love the Gap pants as well because they have track pants and other styles that are pull on with or without a draw string.


You will need a good pair of Indoor and Outdoor shoes (and boots in the winter months). I didn’t put any recommendations here as this totally depends on what your child likes and or has already. Both pairs of my son’s shoes have velcro straps for him to do himself as he is not yet able to tie laces. Get what fits and you like. That is the main thing… you both have to like the shoes they wear! As far as boots go I HIGHLY recommend Boggs although they can be very pricey they keep their feet warm and are waterproof. I always splurge in this department and get my son Boggs.


Here I am waiting on that first day for the bus to drop him back at home. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be and we all survived. You have to put on that brave face for your kid so that they will not be afraid or timid when it comes to school. I didn’t start crying until my son was out of site and really now he loves school. He doesn’t want to miss a day and I’m not sure if its because I was brave for him or if my big girl pants had anything at all to do with it. In the end we all have had a good school experience and everyone deserves that. I hope that you manage and don’t have too much heart break when it comes to starting school.

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Get Out YOUR Old Toys

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SO as most mothers do I am always looking for ways to keep my young kids occupied! When every toy has been played with and every game has been exhausted what do you do? I’ve spent many an hour looking on Pinterest for ideas on how to keep my boy active, interested and engaged. He is a busy guy. He always has been. I am always up for ideas on how to keep him engaged so if you have any please post a comment or message me on social media with any ideas!

This post is about how I decided that some of MY old toys were still relevant and good enough to keep my son entertained. Last summer my parents sold our childhood home. This meant that it was time to clean out any of the remnants of US that remained in that house on the way to staging it and getting it ready for the new owners. When I was 13 our house had a horrible flood so a lot of our favourite toys that “lived” in the basement were destroyed. It was kind of a GROW UP now incident as our childhood memories were wiped away in a day. The things that meant the most to me as a child were forever destroyed and made instant lifelong memories. A few of these things included our VAST Barbie collection (which included a few New Kids On The Block dolls and Brendan and Dylan from 90210), baby dolls and accessories, the My Little Pony collection, a large collection of Treasure Trolls and various awesome toys from the 80’s and 90’s

There are a few toys that made it through the flood and lived on to tell a tale or too. I also had a few of my husbands childhood toys to pass on as well:

My Husbands Etch a Sketch is still very much working and played with. My son uses this to draw “maps” and get driving directions when needed. I’m no expert but I’m fairly certain this toy is good for hand eye coordination. I’m also positive that its not got any dangerous parts to it that may be dangerous 30 years after manufacturing. If you have one of these gems tucked away get it out and your child will thank you for it!

My Little Pony sure has changed since I was a kid. The show that is now on as My Little Pony brand is unbearable to me. However when I was a kid I’d probably love it! When I was a kid I loved My Little Pony and I’m sure that part of the reason was the little girl on the show’s name was Megan… just like mine! One year for my birthday I got the most amazing gift of Megan’s Place Pony House. This is one of the toys that was salvaged from the toy destroying flood as it was made entirely of plastic. None of the furniture or parts made it back into my possession but my sister was able to dig it out, clean it up and gave it to me for Christmas. The beauty of this toy is that they make new pony toys so we were able to get a few new ponies and now my son plays with the toy as if it was made in the last 10 years instead of 30 years ago!

Another toy we came across while packing my parent’s house was one of my most favourite baby dolls. I got him when I was 8 or 9. He has all the boy appropriate parts and is the size of an average baby. He was a Real Baby to me and I named him Jonathan. The thing about this “real” baby is that he was made of plastic and was easily washed and brought back to life with a little love an care. It doesn’t matter much to my son that Jonathan is missing two toes although he does like to hear the story of how our childhood dog Sandy chewed them off and was “a very bad dog.” It is nice to share these random childhood memories with my son while he makes memories of his own with MY toys.

I was a very girly girl back in the 80’s and 90’s but I had a few (what was considered then) “boy toys” as well. We weren’t able to save the G.I. Joe motorcycle that I had or any of the Matchbox/Hot Wheels that we would play with. If you have a collection of these kinds of toys they are the perfect thing to pass along. The cast iron stands the test of time and I’m sure they are models of cars that you just can’t find now. I’ve noticed when trying to buy cars for my son that there aren’t as many “real/everyday” style cars like there used to be when I was a kid.

Any toys that can be properly washed or disinfected are a great thing to pass onto your kids. I know that as a kid we got a kick playing with the Barbie dolls that my mom and her sisters played with in the 70’s. Let your kids make memories with the memories that you once cherished. There is no reason you won’t want to get down on the floor with them and play with YOUR toys too!

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A Slight Delay To My Blogging Adventures

So I tried my very hardest to be extremely prepared with this blog. I have set up the rough templates for over 72 posts starting back in April 2017. As I got progressively more pregnant my energy level depleted and I got all of a whopping 2 posts complete and scheduled to start posting July 1st 2017.

My plan was to get more done than I ever possibly could but FEAR NOT! I will be back at it soon because…

Early in the morning July 1st 2017 SHE CAME! Without warning and faster than expected a whopping 8lbs 9oz my second baby arrived! A full head of dark hair that I never expected and I’m totally in love!

That being said it will take me a few weeks to get used to this juggling act that is having two kids! After that I should be able to fire out 3 posts a week as I have them all set up and ready to finish!

Thanks for reading what I have done so far and stay tuned! I promise it will be worth it!


Our First Trip to The ER

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I have been pretty lucky as a mom. My son has mostly only been to the doctor for his scheduled checkups and has over all been pretty healthy. When he was about 15 months his winning streak changed and we had to make an unexpected trip to the Emergency Room.

The little guy hadn’t been himself all day. I had a feeling he was getting sick but he didn’t have a very high temperature. I decided to give him a dose of baby Advil or Infant Tylenol before bed and that seemed to do the trick. He went to bed without any issues at all. I was running around after he was in bed doing dishes and laundry didn’t think much more about how he was feeling hoping that he would sleep it off. About 9 o’clock my husband headed downstairs to his man cave and I settled into the couch to watch something on HBO likely.  About 10 o’clock I was getting ready for bed with the baby monitor in hand. As soon as I had my pyjamas on I heard something on the monitor that sounded like knocking.  My gut told me instantly that something was wrong. I give TONS of credit to my Motorola MBP16 Audio Monitor. When I went in to check MY BABY was having a seizure with his head banging on the crib and I went into complete INSTINCT mode. I picked him up and put him on the floor in the hallway where there was light and yelled at my husband at the top of my lungs “CALL 911!!!”

My husband ran up the stairs as fast as he could grabbed the phone and ran to where I was with the baby on the floor (still convulsing) and communicated between myself and the dispatch person. The longest minutes of my life that felt like hours as he reassured me that help was on the way. It didn’t feel like very long our local police department were walking through the door. At this point the seizure subsided but my little boy was whimpering on the floor like I had never seen before. I could tell that he was warmer than normal and that something wasn’t right. I kept repeating over and over “Its OK baby, you are going to be alright.” In hindsight I feel kind of embarrassed about that but in the moment there wasn’t anything else I could do as we waited for the paramedics. When they finally arrived they checked him over and decided to take him to the hospital as a precaution.

I grabbed my coat without thinking that I was still in my pyjamas (shorts and a tank top) and followed my baby boy on the stretcher into the back of the ambulance. My husband hopped into our car and followed us on the 20 minute drive to the local hospital. Longest 20 minute ride of my life (followed in a close second to the drive to the very same hospital to have him only a year and a bit prior) but I was glad he was on his way to see the doctors. At this point he was scared. He cried the whole way there even with the amazing paramedic trying to cheer him up with a teddy bear. He was unconsolable. My poor boy seemed as though he had woken up and became aware of all of what was happening and he did not like it at all. It was like waking up to a horrible dream. We finally arrived at the hospital and waited only a little while before a doctor came to check him out. The doctor assured us that he was fine and that it is common for babies to have seizures when they have high fevers. These are called febrile seizures. I went through the timeline of our evening and the doctor explained that I probably didn’t give little man the correct dose of Advil for Infants or Tylenol.

My baby at this point had come around and was smiling and flirting with the nurses like his usual self. I can’t recall (as it was so long ago) if I had given him Tylenol or Advil but it was right around the time of a huge Canadian recall of children’s Advil and in hindsight I wonder now if I had one of the recalled bottles? It isn’t important anyway because it all turned out in the end. No harm done but a big wake up call for all of us!

I thought it would be a good time to go over what to do if your baby has a fever. You can never go over this info enough! Be prepared so you aren’t caught off guard! I got this information from The College of Family Physicians  of Canada website so be sure to check what applies where you are from.

Most Doctors would consider a fever a temperature over 37.5°C (99.5°F) when taken orally (by way of the mouth). It is also important to remember that a fever is the way the body is naturally trying to fight whatever the cause is so try to remember it will be more scary for you than it is actually dangerous! The site says:

“If your child is between 3 months of age and 4 years of age and has a low-grade fever (up to 37.8°C [100.2°F]), you may want to avoid giving him or her medicine. If your child is achy and fussy, and his or her temperature is above 37.8°C (100.2°F), you may want to give him or her some medicine.”

The site also recommends the following for dosing of Tylenol (or Acetaminophen):



Acetaminophen dose (every 4 hours)

0 to 3 months Less than 13 pounds Ask your family doctor
4 to 7 months 13 to 17 pounds 80 mg
8 to 18 months 18 to 23 pounds 120 mg
1.5 to 3 years 24 to 32 pounds 160 mg
4 to 5 years 33 to 45 pounds 240 mg
6 to 7 years 46 to 61 pounds 320 mg
8 to 9 years 62 to 78 pounds 400 mg
10 to 11 years 79 to 98 pounds 480 mg
12 years or older 99 pounds or more 650 mg

It is also recommended that no matter what to keep your child well hydrated and comfortable. You should call the doctor in the following situations:

  • Under one month old. Call your doctor right away if your baby’s temperature goes over 38.0°C (100.4°F) orally or 38.5° C (101.3°F) rectally, even if he or she doesn’t seem sick. Your doctor may want to see your baby and may want to put him or her in the hospital to find out what’s causing the fever. Babies this young can get very sick, very quickly. Also call your doctor if your baby has any of the warning signs listed below, even if he or she isn’t running a fever.
  • One to three months old. Call your doctor if your baby has a temperature of 38.5°C (101.4°F) even if your baby doesn’t seem sick, or a temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) that has lasted more than 24 hours. Also, call if your baby has any of the warning signs listed below.
  • Three months to two years. If your child has a fever of 38.6°C (101.4°F), watch how he or she acts. Call the doctor if the fever rises or lasts for more than three days, or if your child has any of the warning signs listed below. If the temperature is 39°C (103°F), call your doctor even if your child seems to feel fine.
  • Over two years old. If your child has a fever of 38.6°C (101.4°F), watch how he or she acts. Call the doctor if the fever rises or lasts more than three days, or if your child has any of the warning signs listed below.

Call your doctor if your child has any of these warning signs:

  • Changes in behaviour
  • Severe headache
  • Constant vomiting or diarrhea
  • Skin rashes
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat that doesn’t improve
  • Earache that doesn’t improve or pulling at ears
  • Stiff neck
  • Fever persisting over several days
  • Stomach pain
  • High-pitched crying
  • Swelling on the soft spot on the head
  • Irritable
  • Unresponsive or limp
  • Not hungry
  • Wheezing or problems breathing
  • Pale
  • Whimpering
  • Seizures
  • Sore or swollen joints

I hope this helps you to know what to do with a sick baby. I also hope that you never have to go through what my family did that night!


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Why I Wanted a Second Baby

So I am due with my second baby this week! As any of you other moms who have had babies know the last 4 weeks seem to be the longest of your life! This pregnancy seemed to fly by in comparison to my first. Although I have been reminded almost daily how much I’m “not really that into” being pregnant. I’m ready to welcome my next miracle into the world and start this new phase of mothering.. being a parent of two!

So both of my kids were “planned” and in that period of time there were a lot of check lists and mental notes that were made. The one that I’m going to talk about in this post is “Why I Wanted a Second Baby

When I was the ripe old age of two I became a big sister. I do not remember this time in anyway at all LOL that being said I don’t remember a time I didn’t have my little sister in my life. We of course went through our normal sibling issues of jealousy, bickering and physical violence. I know that there were some bad fights (especially in our pre-teen years) where we both decided we would never be able to live knowing the other and could never forgive one another for some horrible fight. After some maturing we both made it out the other side as best friends. I know that my sister is the one person in the world who has been through a lot of similar experiences and no matter what she will be there to lean on or just to listen to what I have to say without judgement. I don’t have a lot of friends still kicking around from elementary school… except her. I have a few high school friends I keep in touch with but NONE that I talk to as much as her. When I had issues with my parents at anytime in my life the ONLY person who could relate this with was my sister. My baby sister is my tried and true shoulder to lean on. My husband was an only child until he was 20 years old. He went through all of those same experiences without someone to be his “forever buddy.” The security of having that person who is a piece of you but a different person completely is something that I have always wanted for my children. I can’t fathom a world in which I didn’t have a sibling so I think it is only fair to my offspring to have that same relationship in their life.

When August 2016 rolled around and I realized that my first born son would be heading off to kindergarten in September of 2017 I realized how the stars were aligning for my second child. I had a very similar realization with my son when I saw my 30th birthdayon the horizon and planning for baby #1 became a serious discussion for my husband and myself. Both times I got pregnant pretty much right away thankfully (so many people aren’t so lucky) almost quicker than expected or planned! Timing will work out this time that as precious baby #2 arrives I will be home for 6 weeks with both kids then Mr. Baby #1 will head to kindergarten. This will be hard as I’ve been home for the majority of his 3 years but also good for myself and Miss Baby #2. I think I would be a lot more lonely with him off to school (even if I went to back to work full time) if the timing didn’t work out this way than I would be able to admit.  I’m hoping to have posts up in the coming months that address these feelings and topics more!

I am naturally a long term thinker. It may sound morbid but I do on occasion contemplate a world after I am dead and gone and more so since becoming a mother. That brought up feelings of what if tragically my husband and I were gone at the same time leaving my son behind. I would want him to have that “forever buddy” to continue family traditions with. Extended family like my parents and sister would of course be part of his life but I would “rest” easier knowing that he had that one (or more…) person in his life that had childhood memories and rituals to relate to. I’m not delusional and realize they may not get along and they may not see eye to eye their whole life but I hope that I can teach them about how important and rewarding a sibling relationship can be.

The last point I’m going to make about this topic is that OF COURSE I had baby fever and this played a part in my choice to have a second baby. My sister, two cousins and a few friends all were pregnant. I longed for that sweet sweet smell of a baby in my arms again. Of course I could have subdued this urge with one of the many babies around or on the way but there is nothing like having your own sweet sweet babe in your arms or snuggled into your chest in a baby carrier. I could not imagine NEVER feeling that feeling of embracing my own brand new child close again. Now that I’ve been THIS pregnant for what seems like forever I have come to terms that this is most likely my last baby. I don’t think I can manage being pregnant again… and come out sane on the other side. I’m not going to say never or its impossible but I think that two babies is a good number and a family of four is a pretty perfect round number. Stay tuned though… you never know when that baby fever is going to hit again!