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Posted on October 20, 2017

Mom Of Three | First Borns, Second Borns & Third Borns

First borns, second borns & third borns

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I did not think I could love a baby the same as I did with my first born or my second born.

First borns steal your heart, and rock your world.

Second borns rock your world, and try to stay your baby as long as possible.

Third borns, as soon as they are born, charm you into thinking you could do this baby thing again and again and again.

When the 2 month smiling milestone hit, well you’ve seen Adeline‘s beautiful little smile, she erases the first trimester of intense morning sickness I experienced. And trust me I was vowing in those 3 months that I did not think I could survive another first trimester of morning sickness. Not even 2 months later I have baby fever from my charming, little baby!

The first few months of having a newborn are hard – there’s little sleep, in the first week you will cry for no reason, your social life goes out the window, your postpartum hormones are insane, you want to guzzle coffee but if you’re breastfeeding that is not an option, you still fit your maternity clothes but you long for cute pre pregnancy clothes. There’s a lot going on that causes me stress. 

Do you know what helps with anxiety and stress? Prayer.

I’m in an amazing Beth Moore Entrusted women’s bible study at my church, and from the first meeting one of the older women told us each morning she prays and gives her day to God.

She asks God to give her the energy and focus she needs for that day’s tasks, the compassion and patience for others she’ll meet. Now every morning I give my day up to God, and I add in patience with my children because the Lord knows I need more patience!

I don’t know how I would juggle all the hats I wear without God. Especially becoming a mother, I can’t imagine living without giving Him my burdens and walking in His grace

Do you feel the pressures of motherhood?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on October 12, 2017

The Breastfeeding Mom’s Guide To Pumping | Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump Review

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump Review Canada Mom Blogger

As a mom who (almost) exclusively breastfeed her babies, having a manual breast pump is must.

This weekend I’m doing something I have never done before. I’m taking a day trip to a conference with my mom, without my 2 month old baby!

The idea seemed impossible when the opportunity came up, since the conference was baby/child free. But after thinking about it and talking it out with Matt we came up with a plan!

At first he suggested we could feed her formula for that day, which would have been fine, but I wanted to try to leave as much breast milk as possible. I had my Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump, so why not put it to the test?

Thankfully, we came up with our plan 2 weeks before the date and I was able to pump once a day to build up a supply for Matt to feed Adeline. And now I’m so excited to let him have a day of feeding her and receiving all her milky baby snuggles.

Tips I have for moms who are planning to pump and be away from your baby:

  • Start pumping as far in advance as you can! Your baby has worked hard to set up a certain supply and demand with your body, pumping once a day will not mess up your current milk supply. 
  • Pump at the same time everyday! If you are pumping once, twice, three or four times a day try your best to pump at the same time everyday. Your body will know what to do when you set up a loose schedule for yourself to pump.
  • Use the UGrow App to track your nursing and pumping sessions. It’s also a wonderful resource for milestones and everyday questions you have about your baby.
  • Drink water! If you notice your body is not increasing your supplies for pumping drink lots of water and eat supply increasing foods like oatmeal, spinach, almonds, sweet potato, and lots more other foods.
  • Don’t be discouraged! Pumping is hard work and know you’re not alone in your frustration.
  • Bring your Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump with you the day you’re away! When you don’t have your baby to relieve your milk, you will need a way to drain your milk supply throughout the day. Don’t get me started on clogged milk ducts!

The Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump is the ideal travel breast pump, it is one of the many Philips Avent products that has won the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) seal of approval. This means their products have been rigorously tested and reviewed by real parents.

When I go on trips or overnight stays I bring my breast pump. It’s simple to use, easy to clean, and stores neatly into my purse. I love that I don’t need to lean forward or twist myself into an unnatural position – I can sit comfortably and relax. 

Plus, anything that is dishwasher friendly is a winner in my eyes!

Have you tried any PTPA seal of approval products?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on October 3, 2017

Cold & Cough Season | Relieving Kid’s Cough Symptoms With Boiron

This blog post is sponsored by Boiron. All opinions are 100% my own.

Cough Symptoms With Boiron

These past few weeks were exhausting – it feels like the girls and I have passed colds, coughs, and fevers back and forth since school started.

Not cool!

I’ve used homeopathic remedies and medicine for sore throats and colds ever since being pregnant with Annaliese nearly 4 years ago – I suffered from the worst sore throats. And unfortunately, when you’re pregnant you are to avoid all traditional cough and cold medicine, so I had to get creative to relieve my symptoms.

Spoonfuls of honey became a staple for my sore throats, as well as gargling salt water.

You would think having your children (children all over 1-year-old, honey is not to given to children under 1 year old) swallow a spoonful of honey would be easy, but they found it was too thick and they’d spit it out. 

When I discovered Boiron’s homeopathic line for children I knew I needed to try it. The Children’s Stodal Honey cough syrup is honey based. Honey is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, so it soothes red, sore throats.

Pairing their cough syrup with the Coryzalia nose drops, to alleviate their congested or runny noses, is the perfect combo for bringing my sick kids some comfort.

Now that we’ve been through another sick spell I’m implementing new daily practices for us to stay healthy:

  1. Wash hands when you come home, and before you eat.
  2.  Sanitize door knobs, cell phones, light switches, high chairs, and dining table.
  3. Don’t touch your face and especially your mouth (we’re trying to break Abigail’s finger sucking habits).

And if one of my girls starts to get a sore throat they can be assured they’ll receive lots of fluids, rest, snuggles, and Children’s Stodal Honey syrup.

How do you relieve your children’s sore throats?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 28, 2017

Committing To Potty Training With Pull-Ups On-The-Go

This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups. All opinions are 100% my own. #PottyPartnership

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Parenting is hard. But I find potty training takes the cake if you’re not prepared for it.

Unfortunately, when you’re a new parent it’s a lot of trial and error.

With our eldest daughter it took us and full month of (on and off again) potty training. It was maddening!

With the new school year and daycare starting it’s the perfect time to commit to potty training to give your toddler that independence they need to take on the change of schedules.

This time I am changing a few strategies for committing to potty training with Abigail (who is almost 2 years old), for even when she’s away from me (while at daycare, with a sitter, etc.):

  • Keep it fun! As a parent who has already potty trained a toddler, fun is the last word when I think about potty training… but the more you engage your toddler in their potty training journey (stickers, games, mini rewards, charts, books, etc.) the sooner you can achieve success. And then they will get into a more confident potty training routine that they can bring wherever they go! The Pull-Ups website has many resources available to help engage you toddler while their potty training! 
  • Stock Up!  Let’s be honest, you will need a lot of Pull-Ups training pants. The main setback we had with our first potty training experience is we would give up and put her back in diapers. It may seem like an easy break for yourself to use diapers during potty training, but it’s confusing for your child. Which brings us to my next strategy!
  • Stick to it! Consistency is key – even if there are setbacks and accidents – maintaining patience and consistency will pay off. When you take them out of diapers, keep them out! Now it’s time to use Pull-Ups! Using Pull-Ups training pants helps them be able to take them on and off by themselves when using the toilet, almost like regular underwear. And if there are any accidents (which there will be), be patient. Your toddler will respond better to positive reinforcement
  • Set them up for success (on the go)! It’s impossible to put your whole life on hold while potty training. I involve Abigail in packing her own little backpack full of her favourite stickers, her potty training chart, colouring pages, sippy cup, bento box, favourite books, and Pull-Ups training pants to bring her into the process to show her that we’re in this together I also follow the Pull-Ups tips and tricks on potty training outside the home, they’re really helpful!

I’m in for a wild ride with potty training Abigail. She’s my little firecracker, my spit fire, the daughter with the cutest dimples and the most selective hearing I’ve ever endured. Wish me luck!

For more ideas on potty training with Pull-Ups ideas and tips visit Pull-Ups.com!

I’ve partnered up with Pull-Ups to giveaway a Prep For Daycare Backpack Kit, to enter:

  1. Follow @honeyandbetts and @pullups on Instagram
  2. Tag 3 friends who would love this giveaway on the original Instagram post

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 14, 2017

Chicco KeyFit 30 Review | A Car Seat That Grows With Your Baby

This blog post is in sponsored by Chicco Canada. All opinions are 100% my own.

Car seats aren’t made how they used to be. I hear that a lot whenever someone from an older generation sees Adeline in her Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat (Orion), but it’s always said with admiration and praise.

You can see her car seat is made to protect her. The thickly-padded newborn insert supplies extra head and neck support, the shell is lined with energy absorbing foam, and one-pull harness makes tightening and loosening quick and easy.

She is snug as a bug when strapped in.

Many new parents and grandparents do not know how to properly instal a baby into a car seat, which makes perfect sense if you’ve never needed to do it or if you haven’t done it in along time!

When your baby is installed in their car seat, ask yourself:

  • is the chest clip properly closed and is it at arm pit/nipple height?
  • is the harness tight on your baby?
  • are the harness straps just at or below your baby’s shoulders?

The number one concern for babies in car seats is that the harness is not tight enough – often you hear someone say that looks too tight on them, but a tight harness will save your baby’s life.

To check the tightness attempt to pinch the webbing of the harness with the thumb and forefinger. If you are unable to pinch the harness, then it is sufficiently tight.

Some of the reasons we chose the Chicco KeyFit 30 Car Seat:

  • accomodates babies 4 lbs to 30 lbs to sit rear-facing (Woah! I don’t think Abigail, my 2 year old, weighs 30 lbs yet…).
  • easily installed into your car – the first car seat we ever owned has us inspecting the installation process of every future potential car seat. If it’s not easy to instal and uninstal it’s not for us, we like to keep our cool when installing car seats.
  • neutral colour choice – it’s chic, easy to clean, and gender neutral.

You can find the Chicco KeyFit 30 Car Seat at Toys R Us.

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 1, 2017

Invitations For Any Occasion | Celebrating From Birth To Graduation With Basic Invite

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. All opinions are 100% my own.

There are even cuter ways to send printed party invitations now, using Basic Invite you can make any invitation custom to what you want!

As soon as Adeline was born I was planning out her birth announcements – I’ve stuck to sending out snail mail announcements and invites since that’s what I grew up with. I love the nostalgic memories of seeing my family’s fridge covered in announcements and party invites.

There are even cuter ways to send printed party invitations now, using Basic Invite you have almost unlimited colour choices with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the elements of the card to one of 180 different colours available. The card will be exactly what you want it to be!

I’m terrible at colour coordinating and designing, I’m always doubting my choices – does the coral and navy actually look good together? So, it’s very helpful that Basic Invite has the option of ordering a printed sample of your card for you to physically be able to see if you like the colours and paper quality you chose before you submit a whole order.

And the newest accessory to your birthday invitations and announcements? Standout envelopes! Basic Invite has over 40 different colours of envelopes for you to choose from – plus they offer free address collection and printing. All you have to do is: share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing!

From baby showers, to birth announcements, to kids birthday party invitations, to graduation – Basic Invite has a card for every occasion.

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

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