What’s in my Diaper Caddy?

As today marks my due date I thought maybe i’d post something regarding how i’ve been preparing for the arrival of the baby. The house is in full swing of welcome a new little person, including having these little diaper caddies around our house. They’re perfect to have on each level for quick changes.

0085 Diaper CaddyThis caddy mainly focuses on prefolds as we’ll be using them the most in the newborn stage. We have two American made diaper covers; a Blueberry Capri hook/loop in green & a Duty Diaper US Special Forces custom cover in Multicam. (Stay tuned for a full review on this amazing Duty Diaper cover, we’re so in love with these veteran made diapers). The prefolds we’re using are OsoCozy BetterFit & Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefolds. Can’t forget the adorable Snappi cloth diaper fasteners!
0086 Diaper Caddy Moving on from our lovely prefolds we have two AIO Charlie Banana cloth diapers, a few dozen cloth wipes, a spray bottle for water, some diaper liners and a flat mat to toss down to save our surfaces! We also have a couple disposable diapers in the basket. 0087 Diaper Caddy No diaper caddy would be complete without a change of clothes for those lovely mishaps that happen to babies! We have an adorable drool bibdana, socks, some incredible soft pants (I picked up the material when we were in Hawaii earlier this year) and a custom made onesie designed by Devon’s sister Kana. 0088 Diaper CaddyI hope this helps when deciding what you’ll need in your babies caddy! If you’re interested in purchasing your own custom diaper cover head over to Duty Diapers. If you’re looking at starting cloth diapering check out Lagoon Baby for more information and diapering accessories. Stay tuned for my full review on the Duty Diapers cloth cover after the baby arrives!

Let’s Talk Potty

Whoever said that potty training comes naturally to some children.. It does! It’s us parents who either hinder or encourage our children. Sadly I’m admitting Devon & I hindered Gryphen from reaching her full potential of no diapers. Gryphen was beyond excited that she was using the toilet on her own and we encouraged her, we would hangout with her in the bathroom for several minutes waiting for her to pee/poop BUT here’s where we f’ed up. When we were went for long drives; diaper, activities; diaper, bedtime; diaper. See the pattern pretty much we taught her she didn’t need to diaper at home but our and about she did so she regressed. Shit..

To that point we rarely rewarded her for going to the bathroom in the toilet well now she knew our game and she was now an active player and was winning. We set out a set amount of diapers (I think 10) and told her that once they were gone there would be no more. Step one for us was NO MORE MILK AT BEDTIME. This was I think tougher for us at first, it was a comfort to her and she loves milk but after her falling asleep within 5 minutes without it I know she could do this! Then came sticking strong to no diapers after the 10, it was beyond tough. She was crying, screaming, demanding a diaper. All I had to offer her was a large kinder egg with a toy inside. She ran to the bathroom, pee’d and was eating the egg once she was all washed up.

That was it, we resulted in bribing our 3-year-old with candy and toys to get her to do what she’s been doing for months. So now instead of leaving on time we start getting ready 30 minutes before we need to so she can pee since it’s a 5 to 10 minute process at times. Now I’ve just mainly talked about pee… well poop does happen and when it does she gets a sucker! But that has turned into a lengthy process with several tantrums. But after some time she does go. I have found that making sure she gets daily probiotic help as well as “Constipation Candy” which are very simple to make and she really loves them.

Constipation Candy Recipe
Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of lemon juice (mix & taste as you go along)
  • 2 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or with a handheld mixer; once everything is very well mixed pour into candy moulds. Store in fridge and enjoy as required. (source: Mommy Potamus)

If I can give any advice or tips there would be it!

  • Get rid of diapers
  • Buy a manufacture approved dry seat insert for the car seat
  • Say goodbye to the bedtime drinks.
  • Put a mattress protector on the bed (buy two if you can afford it)
  • Have bribes.. I mean rewards on hand. You might not need them at first but better to be safe.
  • Bring extra changes of clothes & shoes EVERYWHERE.
  • Encourage your child and create a fun song for bathroom time!

I wish you the best of luck! Sometimes kids just aren’t ready and you need to respect that but if they are stop hindering them 🙂

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Saying Goodbye and Hello to New Beginnings 

It’s hard to believe that after almost 4 years, today is Devon’s last day at Air Georgian! And in true GGN fashion he is being extended 😉 (Photo below: Top: First day of flying in Halifax. Bottom: Last day in Toronto.) IMG_5351    November is going to be a very busy month for us as Devon begins his new job & we welcome our second child. Devon seems to love taking jobs when I’m in my last month of pregnancy, thankfully this time we won’t need to move! Can’t wait to share some of our favourite baby items over the next couple months 🙂
 

Hangar Fun

Today was bit of a crazy day! I had a million things to get done this morning since Devon’s stand-up schedule got incredible messed up and he never ended up coming home! Gryphen was so happy to have her Daddy home for a few hours in the morning, she didn’t want to let him leave 🙁 We ended up driving him to work, which meant she could explore one of the planes in the hangar.

This kid LOVES planes.. Well she loves helicopters and settles for planes 😉 She ‘let’ us snap a few photos during her adventure in the Beech1900 today.
These two are so adorable!! Hard to believe after almost 4 years with Air Georgian we still haven’t been on one of his flights! Perhaps we’ll join him on his last flight at the end of the month 😉

DIY Pattern for Kids Pants

I’ve noticed that at least once a week I’m making Gryphen some pants! I either use an old shirt that I’ve come across or some very adorable fabric I’ve purchased but she’s always getting new pants! Unless you’re shopping just sales or lower priced stores kids clothes can really add up. I want to share with you today my very quick way of coming up with a pattern for kids pants! I adore making different types of pants this way and slightly changing them to fit perfectly to my skinny long-legged Blondie!

Materials:
Paper of any kind that’s durable
Scissors to cut paper
Marker or pen
Pants in the size you want to remake.

Step 1
I roll out some paper and tape it to the table to ensure the paper doesn’t move while I’m tracing. Once it’s taped I trace around the folded pants creating one leg.
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Step 2
I like to write all the info on the paper so I can quickly identify the pattern later.
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Measure the waist band. Then on the paper measure out and cut the proper size. I find if you try to measure the waist band it’s self you will get one that’s too small. 0079 DIY PantsStep 4
Once the pattern is completed I pin all the sheets together for safe keeping (and organization).
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I love these little pants that I’ve created for the baby & can’t wait to try them on. I’ve made them to fit around 3-6 months and used an old pair of roots jogging pants. 0082 DIY Pants0083 DIY Pants

Hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make an easy pattern for kids pants! If you want to see any other patterns please leave a comment below 🙂

DIY Nursing Cover

I’m very excited about this little project! After making an infinity nursing scarf earlier in the year for my sister-in-law it really had me thinking about what I’d like out of a nursing scarf. Since realizing that I’m in my third trimester now I’ve been starting to organize and prepare things for the baby (yes for this entire pregnancy I haven’t been focusing on any sort of time frame, just enjoying everything slowly happening to my body). Have you seen the Nuroo nursing covers? I fell in love once I watched the video and learned how versatile they actually are. Sadly though they don’t come in many colours so I went to work on deciding what fabric I’d love for my own.

Materials Needed
Fabric – 70in long x 29in wide (I purchased 2 meters)
Thread to match fabric
Cotton Twill Tape – 60 inches
Snaps – 30 total/ 15 per side (I used my Babyville Snap Pilers & snaps)

Step 1
Press and cut pre-washed fabric to length (70×29). The fabric I purchased was 58in wide, I was able to make two scarfs. Which was great!

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Step 2
Measure 1 inch, fold & press fabric. I find ironing the fabric assures a nicer seam. Once you’ve done that pin on the twill tape. Make sure to cut the twill take slightly longer.
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Step 3
Time to sew! I use two different colours of thread to ensure it blends nicer but you can do whatever works best! Sew the edges of the twill tape0074 DIY Nursing ScarfStep 4
Here’s the fun part; attaching the snaps! This I found took the longest, mainly because Gryphen decided she needed to help. I spaced then just over an inch apart. I used a block plaid which made spacing VERY easy.
0075 DIY Nursing Scarf Since we don’t have a baby yet I’ve been wearing this perfect scarf on the colder days (which seem to be a lot). I can’t wait until the baby arrives so I can put this nursing scarf to work! With the left over material I made a fabulous infinity scarf for Gryphen & some bibdana’s for the baby. Once Gryphen seen my scarf she was asking where her’s was and so excited when I told her she had one as well, Nothing cooler then matching your parents when you’re 3 years old!! 0076 DIY Nursing Scarf 0077 DIY Nursing Scarf

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Nuroo inspired infinity nursing scarf project, we’d love to hear and see how yours turns out.

Toddler’s and Golf

Well it finally happened! Gryphen talked Devon into taking her golfing. He figured after an hour of putting that she’d be done with it but guess what.. she was not! After a quick bite at the restaurant she was ready to start golfing. Parry Sound Golf and Country Club is pretty relaxed about etiquette for children especially when they’re only 3!
Gryphen wore her khaki shorts from Gap, a very light Under Armour tee (bright orange to stand out) and her green shoes (that she’s completely obsessed with right now), she did wear a hat but decided half way through she no longer wanted it!
What better way to play her first game then with her Daddy, Auntie Kana, Uncle Mark, Mummy and her Gramma!! Gryphen LOVED riding in the cart and did so well at paying attention and listening to the rules of golf. Other golfers were so impressed how well-behaved she was during the game. We’ve spent some time taking her out to the Club all summer to get her comfortable with being there. Which really paid off.
  We’ve purchased Gryphen’s clubs from Golf Town starting last summer with a putter and this summer we got her a wedge, a 7 iron and a driver. So far the total cost of her clubs have been $45, really not that much to get her loving a sport that her Daddy does! Our next purchase for her is a golf bag, I want something that she’ll be able to pull behind her or that her Dad can strap on to his and carry. We’ve been really working with Gryphen holding the club correctly and getting her to keep an eye on the ball. This really great women we meet while ordering our food just loved Gryphen and before she left for her tee time gave Gryphen a little gift. A bright & shiny silver golf ball! Gryphen was excited to hit her ball and play golf with her family.

If you’re wondering if you should take your kid out golfing, just do it! Kids won’t truly learn unless you’re allowing them to learn and experience the game. We can’t wait to take her out again very soon!

Moving Day is Near!

Well tomorrow marks the first half of our moving! Devon and Jegan will spend the late afternoon filling up our uhaul truck while I have my last visit with Judy at Georgian Bay Midwives. I can’t believe the day has finally come; it’s only been 11 months! We were in Thorold on Friday signing all the paperwork with the lawyers and stopped by to take a look at the house before leaving. It’s just so hard to believe that in just a few short days we’ll officially be home owners! (Below is Gryphen playing on her iPad as we wait for Lana, she was loving the very Blue Clue’s style chairs).
Wish us luck as we collect all of our belongings from our storage unit, Joanne’s house & the Toronto apartment over the next few days! It’s going to feel so amazing to have ALL of our things in one place for the FIRST time since Devon started working for GGN.

 

Aroma Espresso Bar – College Street

Near the start of my pregnancy Devon’s cousin Annie took me to the Aroma Espresso Bar in Markville Mall and I was hooked! My sandwich was delicious and oh so fresh. I’ve been craving avocado during my entire pregnancy so I was very happy to find Aroma.

I decided to give the location on College Street a try (since it’s a 7 minute walk away). Well that was a huge mistake! I ended up VERY VERY sick moments after my first couple bites. For those of us who have children and a spouse in aviation you have zero chance of taking time to yourself while you’re sick, you can just hope your child is feeling in a compassionate mood that day. Mine was not!

After I was starting to feel slightly better I sent an email off to Aroma Espresso Bar. I received a very apologetic response and was assured they’d be investigating the location further. Oh and sent a gift card to use at any of their locations.

0060 Aroma Espresso BarI can say after my experience I’m much more hesitant about eating at any of their locations. Gryphen and I have went back to the Queen Street location to enjoy one of their great sandwiches and smoothies on them! I personally don’t see myself ever using the location closest to us on College Street.

Have you eaten at Aroma? What did you think of your meal? I’d love to hear from you!

 

What happened to June!

Well I have to admit I have no idea where the month of June disappeared to! We’ve been so busy keeping busy that I ran out of time to actually sit down and update my blog 🙁 If you follow us on Instagram you’ll know we’ve been pretty busy enjoying the sun, celebrating birthdays and visiting friends and family before we move off to Niagara Falls.

0061 June Update Gryphen did a lot of sleeping this month and as a result she grew a couple of inches. I feel so lucky that no matter where we are she sleeps with no major issues. As all four photos are in different places! 0062 June Update Sewing! I did a lot of sewing this month, I still have a ton left to do ideally before we move into our house. I really want to get Gryphen’s teepee completed before we move so that her room is all together and some what organized for her. (Above are some bandana bibs, an infant dress for Devon’s niece, and Gryphen’s Princess dress she’s been requesting).0064 June Update Gryphen has been going through a lot of emotions toward her Father lately thinking that he’s “leaving” her for work. Which has been utter hell for me. I’ve had to wash her car seat about 5 times this month from her vomiting on it and we made one fun trip over to the Woodbine Centre Fantasy Fair! She’s also taken to dressing like her daddy! haha so she’s been sporting her DIY Pilot shirt A LOT! 0065 June UpdateDevon having a few days off we took some family time to get Gryphen back centred. She loved EVERY moment she had with her Daddy, pretty much all 1 on 1 reassuring that he’s always there for her even when he’s flying. We also took Gryphen for her first ever tube right behind the boat! haha it was a love/hate trip! But she LOVES to drive the boat.. shh she doesn’t have her boat smart card yet 😉 .
0063 June UpdateWho doesn’t love cotton candy from the Taste of Italy! My good friend Saskia returned from France to a VERY VERY happy little girl! Gryphen couldn’t stop smiling when she seen Saskia haha 0066 June Update After a lot of fun in the sun and refusing to listen to Mummy, Gryphen received her first sun burn. She decided it would be more fun to keep pulling off her rash guard at the beach. Sadly she learned the hard way why she needed to keep it on. She was such a trooper about it and has promised to always keep her top on next time! 0067 June Update Devon is officially 32! Or as Devon likes to remind everyone it’s now only 6 months until Christmas presents! haha Gryphen loved helping Devon unwrap his gifts in prepping for her birthday! 0068 June Update What better way to celebrate a special little girl turning 3 then at Santa’s Village! We told Gryphen all of options and after some careful decision-making she choose Santa’s Village. 0069 June Update Who doesn’t want to spend a perfect day enjoying rides and climbing on things! The weather was honestly amazing, perfect for a tee & shorts; sun with some cloud coverage. Seriously perfect weather for the park.. oh and apparently everyone believed the weather channel because the park was dead! Gryphen loved going on every ride pretty much as many times as she wanted! haha She still isn’t too keen on meeting Santa though! Avoided him at all costs. 0070 June UpdateOur big 3-year-old went on an adventure to help her Auntie Kana get the stuck ROV!(Devon was also helping). Gryphen slept for 13 hours and woke up in the best mood and couldn’t wait to see her Auntie so a trip to Aqua Cage was in order for this Miss. They rescued the ROV and celebrated by opening Gryphen’s birthday present, now we’re taking a full Hello Kitty makeup set every where 🙂

Well that more or less sums up our June (and few days of July). What’s next? We go for our 20 week ultrasound to make sure everything with the new baby is growing perfectly. Stay close for some photos of the newbie!