Tuesday, October 30, 2007

growing pains

Ever since Baby K reached 6 months, she's been hitting one milestone after milestone. It's all coming so rapidly that I'm finding it hard to keep up. The latest, she's just started to pull herself up and doing some unstable "table walking".

So what does this all mean? More sleepless nights! Just when I thought it was getting good again. There she goes changing it up on me once more. Now she wakes up in the middle of the night and instead of putting herself back to sleep, she's learned to pull herself up using the crib rails. Then she stands there crying out for me to help her down. After two nights of this, it's getting pretty exhausting, especially since I've been staying up late this week in order to prepare for this weekend's show.

So what's the fix? The first night this happened, Baby K and I just slept together in the spare room since I had no idea what to do. Since then we've been reading up on parent forums and a lot of the advice has been: go in, put her back down and keep doing this until she stays down. Well that all sounds good in words. Hubby tried this last night when she woke up standing at around midnight. I have to say, it's pretty tiring and sad at the same time. I'm watching her in the monitor struggling to get up and hubby picking her up and putting her back down over and over again. Breaks my heart. I'm sure this is yet ANOTHER phase we'll get past, but the end couldn't come soon enough, especially as she's started doing this in the day during her nap times, too!

On other thoughts....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

mr. sniffles

My babe has her first cold. A runny nose, a little cough...poor thing. It's so sad to see her struggle to nurse and breath through her stuffy nose. But she's doing okay.

Actually she doesn't really seem all that bothered by the cold. Other than the constant dripping nose, accompanied by teething drool, the cold doesn't seem to bother her too much. She doesn't like it when I try to wipe her nose. But she's been okay at night, waking up every so often, but able to put herself back to sleep.

It's sad to see your babe struggling, but I guess there's a first for everything, even colds. I've even labelled this post under "milestones"!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

take me out to the b-ball game!

Baby K watched her first Raptors game yesterday! It was a late night for all the kids, but worth it! The lights, music and activity was so exciting for Baby K. She was bopping to the beat in her own unique little way.

Here's a few shots from our evening out (our first in a long while).

: : eagerly watching the action below

: : the boys

: : the girls (Baby K in her PJs ready for the trip home).

Thanks Big K for suggesting it and making it happen!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

retail therapy

It's been a flurry of activity these past few weeks. Not only am I busy preparing for my upcoming shows, but I've been fielding requests for wholesale orders from some really cool retail shops lately.

I'm happy to welcome Tulips & Sunflowers, a totally fab home-based, by appointment only, gift shop for kids, run by Toronto mom, Michelle, to the FlowerPot Designs family. Her recently launched web store showcases the fabulous finds that she's put together for families. Look for my collection of hair clips in her shop.

One of my favorite west-end shops is the newly opened Hello Sunshine - Creative Baby Shop. Located in the heart of High Park, this trendy little boutique - run by husband and wife team Delko and Christina - is a gem of cool and creative things for kids. It's one of my favorite spots for gifts for Baby K's little friends. Stop in and you'll find my entire collection of clips, toys and knit wear there next month!

Finally, I'm so excited to welcome Red Chair Kids, a sweet little shop in Ottawa. Owners and parents, Monica and Mike opened the store after searching the city high and low for the perfect items for their three children.

I'm so warmed by all the wonderful feedback I've received thus far on my designs and products and I'm grateful to all of you who have welcomed me into your shops. Thanks for a wonderful and hopefully a lasting relationship!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

no, no, no!

Nine months old today and she's picked up a few tricks! Her favourite - saying NO! Baby K has learned to shake her head from side to side when she doesn't want to do something - like lying on her back for a diaper change or eating. Although quite amusing at first, after a full day of NO's the funny factor has worn off!

A quick update on the napping and weaning situations:

Nap times are getting a little better. We had two good naps yesterday and today for 1-1/2 hours each. Boy, have I missed those. It's amazing how much I can get done during her nap times. I'm certainly more productive post-baby than I ever was before! I guess loss of personal time does that to you.

And she's finally taken to the bottle again - this time switching back to the Avent bottles - don't ask how or why - I am still trying to figure that one out. She instantly took to the bottle once I put the handles on them. Little Miss Independent just wanted control of her own! Now if only I can find out how to get her to drink formula instead.... one more thing on my GREAT BIG baby list of things to figure out!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

trade offs

I know that being a parent, compromises and trade offs come with the territory. Although, I always figured it would come later, possibly when Baby K is 4 years old. But funny enough (well, not really as much laughable as ironic) I find myself making a lot of trade offs with a babe who is yet not 9 months old!

For instance, we've seemed to have traded off daytime napping - which was going so well up until two weeks ago - for night time sleeping. Baby K is FINALLY sleeping through the night completely (from 7:30 pm to 6:30 am). The trade off - she is no longer napping during the day! She doesn't even take the half hour "power naps" she used to take when she was 4 months old. It's actually zero naps during the day. Incredible, huh? I don't know how she does it. I'm not sure how we'll get over this hurdle, but I really hope it passes soon because it is truly exhausting.

Anyways, there will be fewer posts this month as I am busy preparing for 2 shows next month. Come out and visit, and do some fun holiday shopping at the Green Holiday Show at the CNIB Centre and Children's Trunk Show at the Distillery District in November! Hope to see you there.

Happy Thanksgiving! Here are some photos from fun our weekend so far! And, it's pumpkin picking time tomorrow - hurray!

: : Kayla exploring her toy box (this was all hubby - I came into the family room to find her in the box!)

: : Our first trip down a slide!

: : Just horsing around!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

safety first

This past weekend we attended a car seat clinic hosted by St. John Ambulance and we're really glad we did. It was a great FREE service that really put us at ease knowing that Baby K's car seat is safe and secure, especially since she's moved on from her infant carrier into her big girl car seat a couple of months ago, which is actually a lot harder to install properly.

It's staggering that over 70% of car-related deaths involving children are because of improper car seats installations. So, if you haven't already attended a clinic, I highly suggest going. For us, it was a 45 minute wait, but well worth the time spent. The technicians are required to take a 2 day certification course, then 50 hours of practical hands-on training. And to think we install car seats on our own by reading a vague instruction manual for no more than 15 minutes or so! We learned a lot at the clinic and met some really nice people too!

Monday, October 01, 2007

gingerbread lane

Earlier this summer I visited this fun family play centre that had just opened up in my neighbourhood, and I realized that Gingerbread Lane was more than just a playground for kids. It's a place for the community - where moms can connect and kids can be just kids.

That's why I'm so excited that fellow neighbour, mother, and founder, Tracey, will be carrying my hair clips in her gift shop. The Gingerbread Lane gift shop is the first brick and mortar store to carry my product line, and I'm so happy that it's a local mompreneur business. It the perfect fit for the vision I have for my little business - to create unique, one-of-a-kind children's accessories and support the the mompreneur community.

So if you're in the neighbourhood, stop by Gingerbread Lane for a play date, a homemade treat, a unique gift for your babe, and a little companionship - you might just see Baby K and I there!