How to get out the door quickly with kids

Morris is out of daycare and home with me full time for the summer. I’ve realized that since we’ve added Rose to our little crew it is not nearly as easy as it used to be to get out of the house in a timely manner. I love a lazy day at home every once in a while, but most days we are out and about. Here’s how I manage to get out the door quickly with kids.

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Morris’s Cactus-Inspired Bedroom

It’s a good thing Morris thinks cactus’s are “pretty cool” because his bedroom may have a few of them in it. The room is designed around this amazing rug from Lorena Canals. I added a few pieces from a couple of local artists who I adore (a print and a pillow from Paula Lukey and prints and play-tent from Whimsy & Kind), some simple IKEA furniture and repainted an old bookshelf and dresser that I already had.

kids bedroom with black rug with white cactus's on it, a kids play-tent, and a shelf with three real cactus

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Its hard as a mother not to obsess over baby development.  I’m trying to be a bit more relaxed this time around and let Rose ‘meet her milestones’ in her own time. That being said, it’s so much fun to watch her learn new “tricks”; smile, giggle (my all time favourite), grab toys, roll over etc. I was amazed at how quickly she started to track objects above her and started using a play gym while she relaxed on her back in her Dockatot. Read more…

A Good Night’s Sleep

I knew before she was born that I wanted to co-sleep with Rose.  Morris was a terrible sleeper as a baby and only slept well in my arms while I spent the night awake making sure he was safe and I wasn’t rolling over onto him. We tried 3 different bassinetes and a swing, but he wanted to be close to me. I was dreading the same sleepless nights with Rose so when a friend told me about the DockATot it sounded like the answer to my baby sleep prayers, and it has been.  I sleep soundly next to Rose, in her DockATot, knowing that she is safe.  .

The DockATot is handmade in Europe from all natural, 100% cotton material that is OEKO-TEX certified.

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Final Stretch

I have 1 week and 1 day left until this babe is due to arrive… there is a constant dance party going on inside my belly, which (literally) jiggles like a bowl full of jelly when I laugh (very suiting for my December 20th due date) and I’m loving every minute of it. There were many points over the past few years when I genuinely thought that I would not be able to become pregnant again, I knew that one way or another we would have another child, but wasn’t sure that a pregnancy would be possible. I’m very thankful for the advances in modern medicine (IVF) and for my Acupuncturist, Yuval Blum (anyone in the Toronto area going through fertility I HIGHLY recommend him).

Thankful for this amazing Bridge the Bump coat insert which is keeping me warm now that the temps have dropped, and its reversible so I can wear it with baby under it as well!

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Time Flies!


I can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy is flying by, this week marks the start of the third trimester and, at the risk of sounding like a total cliche, it feels like yesterday I found out I was pregnant. I am really trying not to wish the time away, as excited as I am to meet this baby. It’s so easy to think ahead to the future and I want to enjoy being pregnant and the time that I have left with Morris on his own. Read more…