Cutest Dress Alert!

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When our family found out we were having a girl… people got excited.  We love all the boys in our family… but it was time for a girl!!  …or two in our case.  My sister in law sent us this dress, and we LOVE it!  In fact it’s our current Sunday favourite.  So cute, but also super comfy.  I love the cute dresses from this little dress shop, Joe-Ella.  Here’s a few of my favourites from the toddler section, the Ellie, the Madeline, and the Brice.  You can’t go wrong with a dress you can wear to church, then use on the slide when you get home.

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I love this!

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Want to feel a little fancy, without worrying about it becoming undone within 5 minutes?  Sparkle nail polish!  I am addicted!!!  Even if a bunch peels off after using baby wipes to take mud out of your toddlers hair, you can’t tell.

This idea came from themomedit.com.  They have about a million more amazing ideas, you have to check them out.

This nail polish is Nicole by OPI,  pick of the glitter.

Postpartum belly band… worth the investment?

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Have you had a baby or are you about to pop that first baby out?  Have you checked out the post baby belly picture gallery on babycenter.com?  After looking at some wrinkly, stretch marked, pendulous tummies you might be scared. … dare I say it… for good reason. *gasp*

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(but clearly totally worth it!)

You may or may not have heard about this trend of wrapping your belly post partum.  Is it going to undoubtedly get you back into your pre-baby jeans a few weeks later.  I’m going to go with – no.

This pregnancy, facing my third c-section in 3 years I wanted two things.  I wanted people not to innocently ask me “when are you due”, while I am holding my 1 month old baby.  And I wanted less back pain postpartum.  With my first two pregnancies, within a few days of leaving the hospital, I was in tears putting on my underwear, (not just cuz they were that uh-gly) and needed help walking to the bathroom.  … giving birth is so glamorous.

I dove right in to this trend.  I bought the least expensive option though.  It went on as soon as I got home from the hospital.  I noticed right away that it really helped reduce the uterine bulge within days.  So I didn’t look pregnant!!  I felt a lot more confident leaving the house.  Mission accomplished.  I also felt a lot of relief on my back, and had little to no back discomfort.  When I wasn’t wearing it, I really noticed how much support it was providing me.  The long stashed away chiropractor inside me was smiling.

The negatives I found were that it was very weird to wear the band underneath clothes.  There were a lot of strange lumps and bumps.  There were also a few times that I found it irritated my c-section incision.

When I ordered my belly band, I also got a hip binder.  I would not recommend wasting your money on this.  I really really really wanted to love the product, because these hips just keep widening to prepare for natural births that never happen.  These hips DO lie (ack, sorry, couldn’t resist).  I could never get it to stay in place, and it was too annoying to remove every time I had to use the bathroom. … let’s face it, with 2 toddlers and a newborn, this lady does not need any more hassles trying to pee!

Now, at just over 6 weeks postpartum, do I look any different than the other two deliveries? …. Nope. But would I do it again? Definitely. I was a lot more comfortable chasing little people around.

As a disclaimer, I wore the belly band 24 hours a day, from about 3 days postpartum, until I hit 5 weeks postpartum. At 5 weeks, I started to wean myself of the postpartum wrap.  At 6 weeks postpartum, I was happy to completely ditch the belly band.

 

Stinky Diaper Solutions

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Uh! Oh!  You smell that too, don’tcha!?

You’re at a friend’s house and baby drops a bomb.  Besides leaving immediately, and suggesting they open every window in the house, here are a few things to try:

1. Carry doggie poop bags everywhere you go, you’ll need them.  If you’re visiting an understanding mommy, ask her which trash can to use, and PLEASE seal up that stink bomb nice and tight.  In every other case, double or triple seal up that sucker, and stick back in your diaper bag for later disposal.

2. Have a mini bottle of herbal spray in the diaper bag, leave a spritz behind.

3. After changing a stinky little person, often their clothes still smell bad, even when freshly changed.  That’s because it clings to not only your nose hairs, but also the fabric of their clothes.  Have some lightly scented baby vaseline or diaper rash cream in the diaper bag.  After a change, baby smells fresh again!

4.  Make sure you have a change pad, blanket, towel or take off your shirt and lay it on the furniture before you change baby.  We’ve all been there, when we find a surprise blow out.  Your friend does not need leftovers on her new white couch.

5.  If you’re low on wipes, and have a messy situation, take the cleanest part of the diaper (usually the front) and use it to do a thorough wipe front to back.  This should get the majority cleaned off.

6.  Limit your kid’s intake of dry fruit to a small handful a day, unless you’re prepared to change tomorrow’s diaper outside.

7.  If you’re sleeping over, and are questioning your kid’s ability to keep the guest bed dry, please pick up GoodNites bed mats, they are in the diaper section.  Have at least one of these in your diaper bag at all times.  They pick up anything wet, including a whole juice box from your carseat.  They are also good for long car trips, stick one under “potty trained” kids.

Backpacks, not just for high schoolers

For the last few years, I’ve been struggling along using a free diaper bag that I got with my pump.  medelafreestylebreastpump-1

(I love my Medela freestyle pump.  The bag is just not ideal for every day outings.)

 

As we’re about to welcome another baby to our little crew, I think it might be time to upgrade.  The main issues I’m trying to resolve are wanting use of both arms/hands at all times (heck, I could use a few more arms, not less) and that my shoulder diaper bag is constantly sliding off my shoulder and knocking over one of my littles.

 

I’ve been looking around the internet universe, because, really who has time to go to a store anymore, to find a backpack that’ll carry stuff for the 3 year old, the 1 year old and new baby.  But I still want it to be cute, and it can’t be crazy expensive.  These are my favourites,

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1. Ying ying for kids, $70 CAD, amazon.ca

2. Lassig, $148 CAD, amazon.ca

3. Ying Ying for kids (brown dot for fashion), $62.50 CAD, amazon.ca

4. Ju-Ju-Be Be right back backpack, $140 USD, zappos.com

I think I might be leaning towards #3, they have a blue polka dot version too, which might be really adorable.  Coincidence that it’s the least expensive on the list…. I’ll never tell.