Mission Completed

30 Days. 30 Posts. I did it!

When I first decided to participate in NaBloPoMo, I wasn’t sure I would have the time/creative energy to pull off a-post-a-day for an entire month, but I did! I will definitely make an effort to blog more often, maybe not every day, but I always try to aim for at least three posts per week.

I’m not sure where the month of November went, it’s hard to believe tomorrow is the 1st of December. I have so much Christmas shopping left to do, with little time left. It’s not the easiest to drag a 15-month-old from store to store, to browse and shop – I don’t blame him. I can barely drag myself to do it…

I have a lot of items to check off my to-do list, this coming month: Decorating, Christmas cards, Christmas baking, Christmas shopping, wrapping, cleaning,…So much to do!

Prepare for an overload of Christmas related posts over the next few weeks. The countdown is on!

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Car Seat Safety

A huge pet peeve of mine, is when parents/caregivers fail to properly secure their children in their car seats. Children are your most precious cargo!

Parents are too quick to forward-face their child’s car seats. Many forward facing seats can hold children up to 45 lbs (20 kg) while rear facing! Often parents will switch the direction of the car seat because their toddlers have started walking, or are 22 lbs (20 kg), or feel their child is too bored facing the back. Rear-facing is much safer, so don’t be afraid to keep your child that way as long as possible (providing they are within the manufacturer’s height and weight restrictions for rear facing).

With the cold weather setting in, we all want to make sure our little ones are bundled up, and protected from the blistering cold. In doing so, we often compromise safety in the car seat. Winter coats and snowsuits are designed to be thick, oversized and bulky to keep our babes warm; therefore, compromising the security of the harness.

Maxton was “voluntold” to demonstrate:

Here he is just sitting in his seat, with his winter coat on. His coat is clearly very bulky and I had to let the straps out a lot to accomodate it. He hated it and that was enough of that.

Here are his straps after I pulled them as tight as I could with his winter coat on. You will notice how loose they are now, even with him in a thick fleece sweater. I was able to stick my entire hand behind the chest buckle, and pull it forward.

The solution? Dress your child in a warm sweater (that’s not too bulky) and take their coat off before strapping them in. You can place their coat on backwards once they are buckled, and a blanket for extra warmth. This will make it easy for them to remove it themselves if they feel too warm. Yes, this will take extra time and you may consider it to be a pain, but it’s safer.

Test it out yourself and you can judge whether or not your child’s winter coat or snowsuit is safe for their car seat.

Here is a link for some additional safety tips and regulations in Canada.

Keep your child(ren) in car seats for as long as possible (before moving them into a booster seat), providing they are under the manufacturers height and weight restrictions.

Happy travels!

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Two weeks ago we started decorating our home for our favourite holiday. I LOVE decorating the house for Christmas. I can’t wait for Maxton to be as excited about the holiday season as his Mommy and Daddy are.

One of my favourite things thus far is our dining room table.

It feels so inviting and ready for a group of people to eat, and be merry around. No, I am absolutely not hosting Christmas dinner at my house, but I am sure there will be a few dinners around it with family and friends before the season is over. (Tip: Don’t feel you need to have a formal sit-down dinner for holiday parties. You can have a cocktail party and set the dining room chairs up throughout your home, and have the guests help themselves to a buffet-style dinner set up on your dining table. This way you can show off your beautiful centerpieces without cramming everyone uncomfortably around the table).

This past Sunday we put up the best decoration of all: the Christmas tree!!!

Maxton LOVES to try to pull off the bulbs. We didn’t hang very many at the bottom, and hung all the glass ornaments towards the top, out of his reach.

Only 26 more days until Christmas!!!

Laugh & Learn

A little over a month or so ago, we discovered Maxton knew how to unlock our iPhones. He knew to push the button, and then to slide the arrow across the screen. I guess he saw Mama and Dada do it one too many times…

I started to search for baby apps that he would be interested in. I downloaded a few, some he liked, some he had zero interest in. I stumbled upon the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn apps which he LOVES. It’s now on my iPhone and the iPad.

He knows how to navigate his way around the app, and each time he touches the screen, a little star appears. He loves that.

Steve and I only have a couple of apps on our phones for him; and if he wants either of our phones and we don’t give it to him, this happens:

No iPhone = Major tantrum.

It can be a good learning tool, but only in moderation.

Makeshift Monday: Christmas List

I have to start off by saying, my Mom told me to write this post. “Helen, why don’t you write a post about how many times I have asked you for a Christmas list, and how I still don’t have it.” Those were her exact words. So here you go, Mom.

Every year, my mom asks me to come up with a Christmas List well in advance. Every year, around this time, she starts making scary threats like “All you will get is money in boxes to open on Christmas. How fun is that?!”. Umm, cha-ching! Very fun. All kidding aside, I always have a hard time coming up with a list. I’m sure there are a lot of things I would “like”, I just can’t come up with anything…

On Saturday while preparing salad at my Mom’s for dinner, I noticed her super-cool-spaceship-like salad spinner, and decided I would like one exactly like it. One item – check.

Stella & Dot also had a great Black Friday sale this past weekend, so I picked out a ring I liked, and ordered it (for my Mom to give me). Two items – check!

I’m sure come December 26, I will think of ten things I want for Christmas. That’s how my mind works. Perhaps I can attribute it to years of procrastination. Although as a child, I had no problem coming up with a Christmas list of 20 items or more. Barbie’s, a Baby Alive, Polly Pocket’s, My Little Pony’s…Ahhh, when Christmas was simple…

Don’t worry Mom, I am currently working on item number three…