Life after Infertility

Being a mom is hard. My house is messy, there is a never ending pile of laundry, my kids cry, whine and don’t sleep, I’m sleep deprived. The cuddles, smiles, giggles and I love you’s make it all worthwhile, but it doesn’t make easy. Yet as a mother who struggled with secondary infertility, I feel like I shouldn’t complain. I expect myself to simply be grateful. infertility Erica Schott

life after infertility: A browned haired, light skinned mom and a 6 month old light skinned baby girl taking a selfie in a dirty mirror
Taking selfies in a dirty mirror

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Fun Beach Activities for Kids

After spending a week at the beach I realized that while I can sit endlessly in the sand, doing nothing but staring at the lapping water, my son and niece need entertainment. We came up with a number of fun beach activities to play using a pail/shovel and items found at the beach. beach activities

Fun Beach Activities!

Sand Hopscotch

Using a stick (or your finger) create a hopscotch grid and then play with a rock. beach activities

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Rutabaga French Fries- Recipe

Why health conscious restaurants aren’t serving rutabaga french fries is beyond me. Since discovering them a couple of months ago my husband and I eat them twice a week. Nutritionally they have some obvious benefits compared to white and sweet potatoes.  Also, they are delicious and easy to make. They pair well with just about anything, we eat them with burgers, steak, chicken and fish. Most recently we discovered Parkdale Sausage Co. at our local farmers market and had our ‘ruta-fries’ with their ‘bangers’. Erica Schott Rutabaga French Fries

Morris dips them in ketchup, I like them in a mixture of mayonnaise and hot sauce, my husband eats them plain.  If you’re looking for a summer salad to add to the mix try Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad or Beet SaladErica Schott Rutabaga French Fries

a baking sheet with cooked Rutabaga French Fries on it by Erica Schott

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Sleep Training- A need for a more gentle approach

I sleep trained Morris when he was 5 months old by letting him cry and ssshhhh’ing him. He started sleeping 12 hours a night after 3 nights, prior to that he woke hourly.  I felt like an expert on sleep training. I preached how easy sleep training was (apart from listening to the crying) to anyone who would listen. Well guess who just threw in the towel on that method of sleep training? (points finger at self)

baby girl smiling, laying in a dockatot looking to the side (can only see half of her face) wearing a sleep sack having just woke up after failed sleep training attempt
Rose in her Nested Bean Sleep Sack (it has a gentle weight on the chest to simulate a parents touch)

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Milestones

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…

My new body… for now.. and my weight loss plans

I gained 50 lbs during my pregnancy with Rose. Since she weighed a whopping 6.2 lbs at birth, I was still quite a bit larger after she was born than I am used to. And so my weight loss journey begins. Over the past few months I’ve shed about 20 lbs, mainly thanks to breastfeeding. But no thanks to Nutella I haven’t been able to lose anymore.

Shop Pink Blush

My current uniform is tights and whatever lose fitting top/sweater will cover my butt. I’d love some new clothes, but refuse to spend too much money on outfits that (I hope) will not fit me for too much longer. I selected a few pieces from Shop Pink Blush that I can wear now AND continue to wear once I shed the extra pounds. These clothes are reasonably priced, soft, cozy, and cute.

a smiling light skinned woman sitting on a couch wearing black tights and a white and black long cardigan

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Sleep Training 101

Up until Morris was 5 months old he was a terrible sleeper. He would wake hourly, for no apparent reason, and would need to be rocked/nursed/walked around the house until he fell back asleep (I wish I had had a dockatot). I was exhausted and frustrated. I did a bunch of reading and was given some sleep training info from a friend who had done it successfully.  We desperately needed our evenings back as a couple and our sleep back at night.  And so the day Morris turned 5 months this is what we did to sleep train him.  (*Disclaimer: I am NOT a sleep coach, this is just worked for us… please see below for a recommendation of a gentle sleep coach if my method doesn’t work for you)

a close up photo of a two hour old fair skinned baby boy sucking his thumb, when he's older his mother would sleep train him

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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).

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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!

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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…