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OUR CHRISTMAS, 2016

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CHRISTMAS HAS COME and gone, the holiday decor has been put away, and we're settling in to a new year while embracing Hygge and making the house as cozy as possible to get through this bitter cold (hello -20... I did not miss you). And yes, I know this post is about a month after the fact but I wanted to have this memory recorded somewhere - never too late, right??

I love traditions and it has been so fun over the past few years to start to making our own little traditions as our family grows. This year was particularly fun because Finn was finally old enough to understand it and was so excited the whole day.

CLOTH DIAPERING 101

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OKAY WE DID it. We dove head first into cloth diapering and I have to say, I LOVE them. We had cloth diapered Finn off and on with some Royal Fluff diapers that we owned already. But we didn't own enough to even diaper Finny consistently let alone diaper Atticus as well. So we bought a whole bunch of Apple Cheeks and have been cloth diapering them both for about four months now.

COST: The initial draw towards cloth diapers was definitely how cost effective they are. We spent around $400 to use disposable diapers for Atticus in the first five months of his life. Both our boys have reacted badly to Pampers and Huggies so we have to use natural and biodegradable diapers (We started with Naty Care which we love but switched to Seventh Generation since they work just as well and are a bit cheaper). But once I did the math I realized that for $700 I could cloth diaper both boys (and all future children). So it is a large investment up front but it will save us thousands of dollars by the time we are done having children.

ENVIRONMENT: It's no secret that cloth diapers are environmentally friendly which was definitely incentive to use them. We still use a disposable at night or when we are traveling but knowing that we aren't filling the landfills with more diapers makes this a really easy choice, only adding in three loads of laundry a week.

CUTE: Okay, let's be honest though. One of the biggest draws to cloth diapering is just how stinkin cute they are!! The bright colours and the little bubble butts! I can't even. Not to mention Finny loves to pick out the colours that Acey and he will wear so they can be matching! They spend most of the day just in their diapers together and Finny walks around saying "Look Mama! Finny and Acey have matching diapers!" and I can't handle how cute they are.

I KNOW... Most people's aversion to cloth diapers is the that they are gross. Well, yes, they are... BUT so is changing any diaper! As someone who has done both cloth and disposable I can say that I only marginally touch more poop now that I am cloth diapering. Using liners allows you to simply lift and drop the poop into the toilet, and if you don't want to incur the extra cost, I have found that simply inverting the diaper over the toilet 95% causes all the poop to fall into the toilet without having to touch it at all. The odd time I do have to scrape it into the toilet I use a wipe or toilet paper and it all goes down. I figure I always wash my hands after changing a diaper regardless of cloth or disposable so it makes very little difference to me.

One of the reasons we love Apple Cheeks Diapers (and no, this post isn't sponsored, I just really love them!) so much is because the liners agitate out in the wash, MEANING once you have disposed of any solids you just put the diaper in the bin until you wash it... no fiddling with liners or inserts! This was a selling point with Sam who hated having to pull inserts out and borderline refused to use cloth diapers before. It really feels as easy as using disposable diapers!

If you are interested in cloth diapering it is a GREAT week to buy them! Apple Cheeks are amazing and a great Canadian company (love shopping local!) and are available at WELL.CA which I love since they deliver right to your door for free!

I recommend buying 14 size one diapers (they go through them faster since they have many little pees) and 12 size two diapers. Don't be suckered into buying the starter kits, they come with a bunch of things you don't need and won't use... You are better to either buy the bundle (that comes with a bamboo three fold liner) or to buy the covers separately and then enough inserts and boosters to have one insert and one booster in each diaper. Definitely go for bamboo as terry just doesnt have the same absorption!

HOW TO: I use one bamboo two-ply, three fold insert plus a booster for each diaper. I fold the bamboo insert in three (like a letter for an envelope) and then fold the top of the folded insert down to make it extra absorbent (see photo). Then I just insert them into the diaper and voila! Cutest tushies in town!

 Size two (left), Size one (right)

Size two (left), Size one (right)

Feel free to comment below or ask me any questions and I'll do my best to help!

 

MY NEW FAVE ACCESSORY + A GIVEAWAY

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ONE OF THE things you may or may not know about me is that as much as possible I like to be on time. Having kids has definitely made that a challenge for me, which is frustrating at times, but as much as it depends on me I try to be punctual, if not early, for things. Before kids I loved wearing a watch but then once I was lugging babies around the extra weight and clunk of heavy metal watches was annoying and I stopped wearing them. Until now that is. I love how light this watch is, you hardly feel it on your wrist and because of its unique look it definitely attracts attention!

As far as Christmas gifts go, watches make excellent holiday gifts since they are practical, timeless (see what I did there ;) ), and never go out of style. You can pair this one with other accessories or on it's own and it is a show stopper. They also feature some really beautiful men's watches which may help me cross off a number of items on my Christmas shopping list!

I went with the Zebrawood and Champage watch as I was drawn to the lighter wood and lighter colour of the face which you can see HERE or click HERE to browse the other women's watch styles!

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HELLO SEPTEMBER

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SEPTEMBER IS FINALLY here and I am THRILLED about it. It is without a doubt my favourite month. As someone who loves structure and routine I feel as though there is a change in the air! My birthday falls on the first of September (I am officially 27 now!), Finny's birthday is on the 30th of September, it means autumn is underway which means the best fashion, the best weather, root vegetables and apples + everywhere you look is so beautiful because the leaves change colour. We have this gorgeous giant Japanese maple tree outside the front of our house and it turns this incredible fiery red in the fall, I can't wait to show you! Truly, there really isn't anything about this month that I don't love.

Now that summer is over and baby Atticus is six months and we are all sleeping and feel like our normal selves again, I am looking forward to writing a lot more regularly on here. This blog gives me a lot of joy and a lot of life and I am so grateful to all of you who follow along with our daily happenings in the city. As I plan out the next month or so I wondered what you guys want to read more of: family, marriage, recipes, city adventures, travel, cloth diapering, fashion, beauty, etc? Let me know and I can definitely start to include more of those things in the regular posting schedule!

Happy September friends!

ATTICUS' BIRTH STORY

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ON FEBRUARY 25, at 9:10 in the morning, our sweet Atticus came into the world. It was such a special moment and an experience I never want to forget.

As I mentioned in this post, Finn was ready and rawring to come out... he was born at 37 weeks and surprised me by breaking my water. Atticus however was a smaller baby and was a little cozier inside of me and wasn't as keen to come out. By the time I hit 38 weeks I was really over being pregnant. At that point I was getting up to pee so much in the night and start having issues sleeping that I figured I might as well be up with a baby if I am going to be awake. So on Tuesday, February 23, I began "Operation: Bring On Labour".

I literally did every trick in the book. I had a stretch and sweep on the Monday. Tuesday I went on a 10km walk - half of it uphill! I ate pineapple, eggplant parm, did pressure points, bounced on an exercise ball all day, everyday. I even did 100 jump squats throughout the day on Wednesday to try and make my contractions (which were happening sporadically throughout the day) more consistent. I don't know what one of the previously mentioned tricks worked, but something did.

My contractions were inconsistently 8 minutes apart all day on Wednesday, February 24th. I'd have a few hours where they would be consistent and then I'd get distracted with Finn or with tasks around the house, and it would be more like 30 minutes between contractions. It was a crummy, cold and wet winter day outside, and being as pregnant as I was, I wasn't up for venturing out with Finny to try and walk the baby out. So I did jump squats and bounced on that ball all day. Sammy got home around 6pm and we hung out for a bit and we got Finny to bed and that's when things started to progress. We were hanging out and decided to start timing my contractions while I bounced on a ball, from 6-8pm they were roughly 6 minutes apart. Then at 9pm the pace picked up dramatically and they changed to every 2-3 minutes, but I could still talk through them which is unusual at that rate of contraction. At 9:45pm we called my mom who was on standby to come watch Finny if we needed to get to the hospital. We called an uber and made it to the hospital by 10ish.

A fun twist to this story is that my friend Amanda is a labour and delivery nurse at Mount Sinai, and we had planned it out that I would text her when I was in labour and going to the hospital to see if she was around and could connect me with a nurse that I would like. So I texted her and she contacted triage so when we arrived at the hospital they knew we were coming in! I was brought into a triage room right away to monitor my contractions. I was only 3cm dilated but since my contractions were strong and frequent they admitted me and it was such a relief to know that we were going to meet our baby within the next day or so!

It was about 11:30pm at this point and I walked laps around the cafeteria for about an hour before we decided to head upstairs to our room to rest up for when it came time to push this baby out! They checked and at 12:30am I was about 4-5cm dilated and not effaced at all so we knew it was going to be a while and both decided to try sleeping. After an hour of sleeping my contractions had slowed to 6-7 minutes apart so we agreed it was a go ahead to break my waters (around 2am). The contractions came strong and quick after that, every 2-3 minutes for 45 seconds or so. I laboured like this until 4:30am, gripping the bed and trying every labour trick in the book to no avail. I started vomiting at 4:30am so they checked me again and I was only 5cm and 80% effaced. My mantra, which had been "It's hard work. It hurts a lot. You can do this." went RIGHT out the window once the vomiting started, ha! I opted for the epidural which arrived about 5am. Bless that thing... I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's like a baby angel kissing your uterus! Once the epidural kicked in around 5:30 we decided to try and get some rest so I could be in top form for pushing this babe out! I slept until about 7:30 and woke up to see that the nurses had changed over and that my friend Amanda was going to be our nurse! She was so great. I obviously made some jokes about the fact that she would know me better than most people, especially since 5 minutes after she walked in the room she had to check how dilated I was! Ha! At about 8am I was 10cm but still didn't have the urge to push. Sammy and I hung out and talked for the hour until I got that classic urge to push and we decided to give one push a try with Amanda to see how far along the baby was (and since there were four women across the hall pushing! A busy day at the hospital!). Well, one push later and he was RIGHT there! She marched out of the room, grabbed one of the doctors by the arm and brought them right back in since this baby was coming right then! 10 minutes later, at 9:10am our sweet Atticus was born. Since we had waited to find out the gender (and I was SO sure it was a girl, as were all the nurses), when Sam said "It's a BOY!" I literally laughed out loud and said "What!?! Ha! Of course he is!" and looked at him, laying on my chest and said "Of course you are, my sweet boy!". 

Once he was on my chest I just looked between him and Sam with big shiny tears in my eyes and felt so overwhelmed with how special this was, how incredible birth is, and how blessed I feel to have another son.

We took the next two days really slowly, having short visits from family and savouring our time alone with him at the hospital before we went home to begin life as a family of four.

As much as I love to write, there are just not enough words to fully describe this feeling. You can't prepare for it. You can't prepare for the love. Or the fear. You want to give them everything you can, and you just have to wake up every day striving to being the best you can for this little person to make them even better than you could ever be.

Oh Atticus, how we love you. I am so proud to be your mom!

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It's blurry, but it's one of my favourite pictures!

FINNY SAYS

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ONE OF THE main reasons I have this blog is to document all the little moments and memories from this special stage of life. I know that these young years with babies goes by so quickly (how is Finny almost two!?) and I want to remember as much of it as I can. Finny has been chatting up a storm lately and he is really quite funny and very bright, here are some of the things he says lately:

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1. Every morning the first thing he says when you open his bedroom door is "oats!", the boy loves his oats and he loves to eat.

2. While we are eating breakfast I like to ask him how his sleep was and if he had any dreams. He says "Dream! Doggy! Bunny!" (his favourite is his bunny!) and then there is usually an activity like "Walk! Car! Swing!" that he did with them in his dreams.
3. When I am making coffee in the morning in our Chemex Coffeemaker, he always comes over and says "Up! Blooooooming!" and makes his arm do the wave to show how the grinds bloom, it is so funny!
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4. Daily he will grab a protein powder scoop and a little plastic measuring cup and hands one to me and says "Tea! Drink!" and we sit and drink our tea together.

5. One of my favourite things he does and arguably the sweetest, is when we are praying with him before bed and thanking God he volunteers people and things that he is thankful for. "Cher! Water! Sandals!" (for his new saltwater sandals we got him ;) ) was the newest one from last week after we went to the wading pool with Aunt Cher. He also likes to pray during meals and sporadically throughout the day. He has such a sensitive spirit and remembers people that we often pray for, like the other day at lunch when he said "Pray!" and I asked him what he wanted to pray for or about and he said "Baby Jubi!" (Our cousins sweet baby who is in the NICU, you can read more about her here).

6. Now that he is able to run, he loves to race, and we spend many hours at home racing from the couch to the kitchen and back again and he loves to shout "Race!! Race!!"

7. The other day we were sitting having lunch together and the subject of cars came up. Our neighbour has a blue car and Finny decided he would like to drive one day... "Car! Blue! Raz! (neighbour) Finny! Green! Car!" Me: "Finny wants a green car?" Finny: "Yeah! Drive! Myself!" Me: Finny is going to drive the green car by himself!? Finny: "Yeah!" Me: One day! Finny: "Cooool. Awesome."

8. Finny has great timing and is quite funny, so when he does something he know was funny (Like when he sits on you and then goes "Tootah!!!!") he then goes "Finny! Funny!" and it makes it just that much more hilarious.

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9. Lately he is loving spending quality time with each of us and if I'm in the kitchen and he's on the couch in the living room I will hear this little voice say "Mama! Come please!"... How could I refuse that?!

10. We were at a friends cottage for the Canada day long weekend and Finny got to watch a water plane land on the bay right in front of their cottage. Our friends dad named Tom, but Finny calls him "TomRocks" is the one who showed him it landing and Finny still recollects the story to us! "Airplane! Land! Water! TomRocks! Coooool." 

I am loving this stage, getting to have conversations with my little man and learn more about him and teaching him lots of new things. He is such a joy to be around.

ATTICUS | FOUR MONTHS

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TWO WEEKS AGO our sweet Atticus turned four months. (I know, a little late, but with two kiddos under 21 months and a husband who works 90+ hours a week I only have so many hours in a day ha!).  I can't believe how quickly these past four months have gone. He is such a joy to our family, with his big smiles, half moon eyes that are always wide open taking in everything around him. He has been so much more alert lately, with lots of smiles, coos and giggles! Baby giggles are the best, he is much more ticklish than Finny and as soon as you tickle the bottoms of his feet or his belly he smiles his huge grin and starts chuckling. It just makes my mama heart want to burst!  

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He loves his big brother so much and spends all his awake time tracking Finny around the room. Finny has really taken to him and will fetch toys that he thinks Acey will like and gives him kisses and hugs and tries to comfort him when he's upset. It really is the sweetest thing. 

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He is so strong, he was always breaking free of his swaddles so we have officially unswaddled him (and use these sleep sacks) instead!) and he rolled over for the first time this past weekend and is grabbing his toes as well! He also has slept through the night from 7-7 for two nights in a row... here's hoping that is here to stay!
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He is really vocal, if he's happy you know it... If he's unhappy you also know it.  He can be a little dramatic, I wonder where he gets that from, ahem ;). 

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We just began introducing solids to him this month and I am so excited about it. I love introducing food to my kids and try to instill a love and passion for flavour in them at any chance I get! I gave him peaches a few days ago and he loved them! Lots of lip smacking and lip licking!

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MONTRÉAL, WE LOVE YOU

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LAST WEEK WE stole away to our home away from home, Montréal, for some quality time as a family and with our friends there. Montreal is such a special place for us... It holds all of our newlywed memories - I still remember loading up a Uhaul truck after our wedding and feeling all the excitement and anticipation of what our new life together in a new city would hold. It is where we found out I was pregnant with Finny, and I loved wandering around the city while super pregnant on missions to the bagel shop and all the cafés. It is where we welcomed our sweet Finny into the world. We walked through major joys and major hardships while we lived there.

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We made some of the best friendships we may ever have while living there. You know, those friends who are like family (especially while you all live away from your families) and you feel right at home with the moment you get together after any time apart. Once in a lifetime friendships that we are so thankful for.

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So when Sammy got a week off it was a no brainer that we should go to our home away from home. There is nothing quite like being in Montreal in the summer time. Maybe it's because the winters there are so hard, but the city comes alive in the summer. The parks are full, the patios are always bumping, people walk or bike everywhere. It's incredible. 

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We spent our time relaxing with our friends, enjoying great food, catching up, playing with the kids, going for walks and taking time to unwind. We even managed to steal away for a double date night out to Chuck Hughes' restaurant "La Garde Manger", which was a really fun and delicious night out.  Finny had his first experiences with ice cream and sushi while we were there!

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I even got to be pregnant with one of those friends and our sweet boys were born only two hours apart! Finny had a blast hanging with our friend's daughter, Cotton, who is one of the sweetest little ones we know. He always learns so much and advances so much after spending extended amounts of time with her. This time he came home speaking way more two and three word phrases and is much more willing to try to do physical things (climb on the couch by himself, step down stairs etc) by himself.

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We had some car troubles while we were there which were annoying but probably slowed us down and forced us to vedge out a little more than we would have. 

We did the drives there and back at night around the boys bedtimes so we could capitalize on sleep. Finny is a pro at the Montreal-Toronto trek since he has done it at least 10 times. We weren't sure how Atticus would do but he was such a champ and slept the whole way both directions! 

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We are home now, and it's good to be home. It was so sad to say goodbye to our friends and that city but thankfully it's only 5 hours down the 401 and we can't wait for our next time back!

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HAPPY DAD'S DAY

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TO MY SAMMY... Today we celebrate you! You are an incredible father, friend and husband. You work so hard to provide for us and still manage to come home with a smile on your face and time for your kids and wife - even after working 30 hours straight. 

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I love to watch you with our boys, you are so kind and patient with them and they both look up to you in a big way. If they turn out to be half the man you are then we can rest assured that we did this parenting gig right!  

Here's to you, Sammy, and to our dads, and to dads everywhere. You make the world a better place! 

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ADVICE FOR NEW MOMS | ERICA

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I’ve so enjoyed reading through Morgan’s blog series for new mamas. I honestly still find myself soaking in other’s experiences and ways that they thrive as moms.  We all know about the advice, and the MANY opinions that are EVERYWHERE on how to parent, but the truth is- there is no one right way, and no one really knows what they are doing. Something could work one day, and the next day that perfect piece of advice could cause a serious toddler meltdown. For me, I feel like I never have it figured out, and that’s why I love hearing other’s journeys… Its so important to be REAL in this world of mommy hood. So I’m honoured to share a little bit of my heart here.

I don’t have it together.

I’m not always a joyful parent.

I’m tired most days.

But I’m not alone.

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I became a mom 6 years ago. March, 2010 I took that pregnancy test after being married for just 2 months. I took a second one, because i thought that’s what everyone did.. still pregnant. Annnnd the third one was the same.
The next 6 months of my life were filled with a blur of never ending “Morning” sickness, Dr’s and constant fatigue, all while dreaming about how my life would change. Nothing could prepare me for what was ahead. I never knew how hard it would be, how selfless it would require me to be, and how amazingly rewarding it would be.
November came, and after hitting that “so done with pregnancy” I felt blessed to be induced 3 weeks prior to my due date.
7 or so hours later, my 6 lb baby boy was in my arms.

I remember vividly, being taken to my hospital room, my husband left for the night, and there we were, my Eli and me-his mom. It was weird being called “mommy” ..it sort of hit me all at once. This 21-year-old girl, a mother. It was all on me. The diapers, feedings, 24 hours a day. …all me. How Overwhelmed I felt. I think that definitely describes motherhood. “overwhelmed.”   

It’s hard to believe that he is now almost 6, and the older brother of 2 sisters. I still have so much ahead, and so much to learn, but I’m at this surreal point now, where I can look back some and see how far I’ve come. I don’t have the answers on how to get your baby to sleep through the night by 6 weeks, because my 18mth and 3 year old still wake me up. Or how to get them to breastfeed the right way, because all three of mine were bottled, I don’t have answers on how to get them to eat their dinner, because mine done. I don’t have answers on a lot of things, but I know the things that I’ve learnt so far, what I’ve been taught from being a mom.

So lets see how much I can communicate while one watches Toopy-Binnoo, and the other naps. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet, because we all know how little time you new mama’s have.  (Keeping in mind I haven’t slept in over 3 years, so this all could make very little sense...) ;)

1// This too Shall pass
I hated this advice. Hated it. Maybe its because I struggle with patience. I want the teeth to pop through today! I want her to sleep tonight! I want him to follow my direction the first time! ..But I think the more years I parent, I realize the reason I hated this advice is because its so t r u e.  I’m typing and my wee baby boy is in Kindergarten. The little boy who screamed for 2 months with colic, the one who finally started on formula because I couldn’t take any more breastfeeding pain, the one who cut naps right when he baby sister was born, those tired days and blurred nights have all ended. And he’s already talking about his own house one day. One where he can play Mario kart 24 hours a day, and chew gum whenever he desires.
This advice I find myself repeating over and over.  Time is moving so quickly. I’ve packed up my newborn gear. I’ve given away a crib. I’m down to one size of diapers. Soak this in. Soak this in. Hug them. Read them their stories. Kiss them. Where is time going? There is SO MUCH FUN ahead, but saying goodbye to what was, is hard. Especially when you blink, and it’s gone. Soak it in.


2// Take pictures.
Maybe its because I’m a photographer, or because we grew up with thousands of photos everywhere. Take pictures and print your pictures, and then hang your pictures. You may not believe me, but you will forget those tiny fingers and toes. I love that we live in a day where photos are everywhere. Pull out the iPhone and take tons of photos. (And PLEASE back up your photos! Drop box is my best friend!) And most importantly Mama’s-be IN those photos. Your kids with thank you one day.

3// You Matter.
Whether it’s a bath, a night out alone, or a date night; take care of yourself. It’s so easy to burn out, and your kids need you. Remember yourself, because you matter too. One way my husband and I try to set aside time is to have late night dinners. We feed the kids, put them to bed and he runs out to grab some of our favourite foods. Probably not the healthiest of ideas, but eating a meal together in quiet can go a long way. Find ways that work for you, but make sure you take a break. It’s always been really important to us to have routine for our kids. 6:30pm is bath. 7pm is bed for the girls, and 7:30 for our son. That way we have a few hours to sit and talk, watch our fave shows, and just breathe together.

4// Pick Your Battles and teach them to Grow.
This was some advice I received from a dear friend that impacted me deeply. We are not meant to policemoms. Your 1 year old stole a toy, and now their baby friend is crying? Your toddler is melting down about you flushing, because she wanted to? Your kids are arguing with their play date? Sometimes, its ok to walk away, and to just let them figure it out.  My favourite words are “Work it out guys.” Sometimes, letting them have their meltdown, walking away until they’re done, and moving on with your day is the only option you’ve got. Obviously there are times to step in, and take over- but it’s so easy to “over mom” and be TOO “on our kids.” You’ll just exhaust yourself. Life will require them to know how to work things out, teaching your kids independence is important for them, and for your sanity.

5//Ask for help.
I’ve been so blessed to have a family that is always by my side. Sometimes I’m sick, and they come to my rescue. Sometimes I just need a break, and they come watch the kids. It’s so important to find someone who you trust with your kids, and that you feel comfortable leaving your kids with. It honestly takes a village, don’t feel like a bad mother if you need to send your kids to their grandparents for a night or two.

6//Pray & Seek God.
God has entrusted you with the huge task of raising these sweet babes. How amazing is that? One of my most cherished memories of motherhood thus far, was putting my then 4 year old son to bed one night. After praying and saying goodnight, we started talking about God and Eli curiously asked me lots of questions about praying and about loving God. God worked in his little heart that night, and God allowed for me in that moment to help Eli understand His love for my son, and I prayed with Eli who wanted to accept Christ into his life.
I am so unequipped as a parent. I don’t always get it right. I don’t always set the best example for my kids. But this task we’ve been given is huge. It matters more than formula vs. breast, it matters more than co-sleep vs. crib. Raising these little humans is holy work, so take what God offers you. In the end, His strength is what we need as parents. Look to Him, and ultimately they will too.

{I wanted to include of few of my practical tips to end.  Because these have been lifesavers to me, and I always want to share with my friends for their same moments of desperation }

For the kiddos: Nothing is worse than a sick baby. This Cough and Cold Nighttime Syrup is my fave! It’s anatural product and is honestly amazing! It makes such a difference when those babes are stuffy, we always keep this in our cupboard. Another go-to is this Johnson and Johnson's Vapor Bath. Seriously try it! For the Mom: Something that I love about social media, is all the ways it can be used to edify. I don’t find much time in my day to sit and soak in God’s word. One way that I try to focus on my walk with God is by following some instagrammers who glorify God in their feeds. Some I would recommend following are @gracelaced @lifelivedbeautifully & @thrivemoms If you find time in your week to read, I would suggest Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sally Clarkson & Sara Mae and Surprised By Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker.

Probably the best to end with is our favourite coffee, because without coffee where would we be? Buy these beans Kicking Horse Coffee , and brew.

I feel like there is so much more I could write, but every Journey is so different, and every child is so different. Parenting one way probably won’t work the same way on another child. You were created for this and you’ve got this. Follow your heart, and smile often. One day at a time Mama, and soak it in.