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Things I’ve learnt since becoming a mom…

Mothers know everything, this is just a plain and simple fact.

Ask a mother any question, and she’ll give you the answer. Ironically if you ask 20 mothers the same question, be prepared for 20 different answers. Going into motherhood, I knew exactly what kind of parent I was going to be, how I would raise my child, my ideas of teaching and discipline already well thought out,, but OH, how wrong I was…

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These are thing I never knew until I became a mom:

I didn’t know I could love in such an unconditional, proud way.

I didn’t know what true and complete sacrifice was. Sacrifice of your body, your time, your sleep, your days, your things, your self.

I didn’t know the sound of nails on a chalkboard is soothing when compared to a child who won’t stop screaming

I didn’t know when the screaming stopped, instead of being grateful, I would panic—and then proceed to awaken the baby to make sure my bundle of joy was still breathing (and the cycle would continue…)

I didn’t know how intensely moms can support each other.

I didn’t know the excitement of hearing “Mommy” for the first 100 times

I didn’t know the annoyance of hearing “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy” 100 times in a row

I didn’t know that shopping by myself would be a mini vacation.

I didn’t know the the bliss of smelling a freshly bathed baby.

I didn’t know something so small and so cute could smell so bad

I didn’t know how one smile could brighten my entire day

I didn’t know I’d try almost anything to get my baby to sleep or eat or to stop tantrum

I didn’t know Adrenalin runs out after about 3.5 months

I didn’t know how dark children’s literature can be

I didn’t know how strong a Mother’s Intuition really is

I didn’t know that I would have to say “No” a million times a day

I didn’t know I’d ever have to use the Heimlich maneuver

I didn’t know the power of Barney

I didn’t know the joy of singing the alphabet song over and over and over and…

I didn’t know what real suffering was—until I saw my child suffer

I didn’t know what helplessness was—until I realized there was nothing I could do to stop the pain

I didn’t know I wouldn’t want to know some things

I didn’t know how long this list would be, and that I could probably add another million things to it.

I didn’t know the joy of a simple glass (bottle) of wine after my son has fallen asleep.

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I didn’t know that having a baby would be the best thing in my life ever!

I’d love to hear some of the interesting things you have learnt since becoming a parent!

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Admit It, Mama: You’ve Googled It Too!

As a mom I often find myself Googling the most random phrases and questions, my most memorable searches include the following:

  • Ways to figure out the sex of your baby at home – Despite the fact that I was told the sex of my baby from the get go, I was still interested to see if cravings let you know the sex, I even did an online baby gender predictor and it came up with boy!
  • How to induce labor – I literally followed EVERY single way there was, it didn’t help,, lol
  • How little sleep can a person actually survive on? – Apparently very little :/

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Google can be your best friend as a mom, but sometimes, I have found, it can get things very wrong…

So on Friday my son had a fever, and didn’t want to take any meds, so after a stop at the local pharmacy I walked out with a bag of remedies, one of which included suppositories. Having very little experience in this department, I decided to google the following:

How to Insert a Rectal Suppository

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I got the following advice:

Have the recipient lie on their left side with their right leg pulled up towards their chest. – Well my son thinks I’m changing his nappy, so so-far he is lying on his back, so oblivious…

Lift the right (upper) butt-cheek up to expose the rectum. – Still good, he thinks Im just putting on the bum cream

Insert the lubricated tip of the suppository into the rectal opening. – Just like that? Oh God, he saw it, he has started squirming.

Hold the buttocks together tightly for a few seconds after insertion. – Wait, Im still on step three… I have pinned him down with one hand, suppository aimed at butt in the other…

Remain lying down for several minutes after insertion. – He’s up now, trying to crawl away butt naked,, maybe I should have another go while he’s trying to run

You should insert it as soon as possible. Holding the suppository for too long will make it melt in your hands. – Yip this is happening

Make sure that the child is not moving around while you insert the suppository. – How Google? You left out the part of what to do if the other party isn’t willing.  Goooogggle??? Anyone???

Needless to say Boy – 1, suppository – 0

He took his panado syrup later, after he felt less traumatized, and his fever broke. I think he also realized what would happen if he didn’t. The next day my boy was back to his busy self! Sometimes Google just doesn’t have all the answers.

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Teaching My Child How to Garden

I recently read this list of reasons why gardening is good for toddlers, and decided it was about time my three year old and I tried it out :

Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from

Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food

Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork

Physical activity – doing something fun and productive

Reasoning and discoverylearning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction

Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown

Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place

Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)

Responsibility – from caring for plants

So I don’t have much of a green thumb, in fact even my plastic cactus from Checkers didn’t make it. But be that as it may, gardening is exceptionally important for kids.

So I’m taking it upon myself to try to teach my son about gardening, with the hope that we get to harvest what we plant and not kill everything.

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At this point I feel I need to make a confession: I bought the first plant and didn’t start it off from seeds.

First we watered the plant:

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Then we unwrapped the planters, I think this was my sons favorite part,

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Still playing in the wrapping, I think he has totally forgotten about the plant…:

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I’m sure we had a plan here…

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After both of us getting distracted in play time, we put the plant in his home for now

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(Note the plant still needs to be re-planted) Im really not great at gardening, Oh well we’ll get there eventually, baby steps.

We will get some more plant ‘friends’ for Basil soon.

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What is Bento? And other life saving products.

If you are a mom you might have heard of the term “Suicide hour”. Its a real thing, and most times it lasts much longer then just one hour. This is the definition on Urban Dictionary for those who don’t know:

the time of day between getting home from the school run and placing prepared food in front of one’s fractious offspring. Sometimes extends until children are dispatched to bed. Can often be halted by the pouring of drinks….
Suicide hour in my house usually consists of screaming, crying and hair pulling, and that’s just my reaction.

So, as I stated earlier, my son recently turned three, and those with small kids (or even big kids) will know that all kids go through picky eating phases. Some are more extreme than others, but its a phase they all go through. My son will eat everything and anything that I put in front of him one day, and the next, only eggs. And everything else is yukky!

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So my best (and healthiest) life saver is Squish 100% Fruit & Veggie Purée. This will stop a tantrum in its tracks. I usually have to hide them in my fridge, because if my son sees one he will instantly want it. Its a super awesome way for any picky eater to get in some good veggies. (I know a few grown ups who love the products as well) The packs are convenient, I can just open it up in seconds and my son is happy until dinner is served.

They are great for travelling, and even a school lunch snack. Squish have just launched a new breakfast range that I cant wait to try out!

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Now for Bento…

What is Bento? Wikipedia has it as the following:

Bento  is a single-portion meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. However, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch for their spouse, child, or themselves.

While I didn’t spend too much time and energy on my first attempt, I think with time I will get much better at it.

This was my first attempt:

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After googling the bear mould (the box was in Chinese) I realized that after pressing, it should go in the toaster, and I should have colored in the eyes and mouth. But my son loved it.

I also got the Dinosaur and Butterfly sandwich cutters. My son loved the dinosaurs and only half of the butterfly,, haha… Kids!

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I cant wait for my next bunch to arrive, I think I will try the Bento egg molds next! Let me know if you have any more fun ideas, I would love to hear from you!

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Please note that all opinions expressed in this post are my own, and I was in no way sponsored or endorsed.

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New Pamper Pants – What the packet doesn’t tell you!

So, alot of moms who potty train use some sort of nappy pants. I thought I’d give the new Pamper Pants a try since I’m already a huge fan of Pampers.

So firstly, what does the pack tell you, and does it live up to the hype:

– 2 Dry-zones: Quickly absorb liquids and lock them away from your baby skin
-All-around fit: Stretchy waistband and leg cuffs adapt to baby shapes and movements for a perfect fit in all positions
– Breathable: Micropores enable vapors to travel from inside to outside of the diaper to help your baby stay dry
-Soft like cotton – Crafted with soft like cotton* materials for your baby to feel comfortable in underwear like pants

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So far I found all the above to be true. I’ve had no problems with any leakage, and my son has had no problems taking his own Pampers Pants off and bringing them to me, with a huge smile on his face, especially when we have company.

But what does the pack not tell you?

The packs can withstand the full force of a bouncing toddler!

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The Pampers Pants make great gloves for chilly winter mornings!

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The Pamper Pants also make a great hat!

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And who doesn’t love a quick power nap!

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New Pampers Pants made for boys, girls and happy morning!

(Please note all the opinions in this post are my own, and I was in no way sponsored by anyone)

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What are little boys made of…?

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What are little boys made of?What are little boys made of?

Snips and snails
And puppy-dogs’ tails

That’s what little boys are made of!

With my little boy recently turning 3, this poem has never been more true! I never thought I would ever have to say the following: (Note that most of these are said numerous times a day!)

  1. It is NEVER okay to pee into the bed of your toy truck.
  2. Stop touching your penis.
  3. The toilet is not a car wash or dino bath
  4. Did you just lick that worm?
  5. Don’t touch my boobies
  6. You JUST ate.
  7. We don’t put our feet in our food
  8. Don’t run around the house with a blanket on your head
  9. If you lick the book again story time is over.
  10. Good job, you peed in the potty, I see it all over the floor, yup, and the wall, uh huh, and the out side of the toilet…did you get ANY IN THE BOWL?!
  11. Where are your pants?
  12. Please, put on your pants.
  13. Seriously. Where are your pants?
  14. No, I said ‘trucking.’ Your ‘trucking’ dad.
  15. Put down the dog poop!

Comment below some of your funniest Mom-isms! I would love to hear from you.

Keep an eye out fro up-coming product reviews and maybe a giveaway or 2!