Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Enter to win anything you want from Agoo! That's right, only through urbanbaby & toddler magazine, you can enter to win any ONE fabulous item from Agoo, designer of athletic wear for kids.
Visit the Agoo site, browse their products and then email me with:
1) the one item you'd like to win (be sure to tell me the size, colour etc.)
2) your name, email address, and phone number.
Email your entry to email@example.com with "Agoo" in the subject line.
Deadline to enter: Dec. 5, 2008, midnight.
Here are some of my favourite Agoo products, in case you need some help choosing!
New All Weather Coat
My son has one of these and, for a little guy who doesn't like coats of any kind, it is pretty amazing that this is the only coat/jacket he'll wear happily. It's lightweight yet still protects him from the elements. Love the water-proof material, the warm fleece inside, the reflective strips, the longer back (protects him from the rain but gives him room to run around with ease), and kid-friendly zipper that he can do up himself!
Long Sleeved Onezie
This is a great layering item for your baby. It's warm, wicks away moisture, has a stain-resistant finish, and its smart seaming makes it a very comfortable fit. And on those sunny days, this onezie has a UPF rating of 50+! Comes in pink, black or gray, all with contrast stitching.
Now your only problem is to pick just one. Happy Shopping!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Wow. I can't get over how detailed it is -- as only a first-time mother would have it! Here it is for your reading pleasure. I don't blame you if you can't get past Feeding. (To soften the wave of boredom you may encounter while reading this, here's a photo of my boy when he was about the age I would have written the instructions for.)
Benjamin eats about 6 - 8 oz per feeding, every three to four hours. He will start to get cranky for the 30 - 40 minutes leading up to a feeding. Use the 8-oz bottle to feed him. Warm the bottle up by placing it in a container of hot (not boiling) water for about 5 minutes. The milk needs only to be lukewarm. Put on his bib so his clothes don’t get dirty. I usually undress him from the waist up when feeding.
When feeding, he will cry a little when you first put the nipple in his mouth, but he’ll take it. Just put the nipple fully in his mouth. Sometimes, he will cry after he’s eaten just half his milk. He may need a burp or diaper change. Burp him first, then try the bottle again. If he still cries, change his diaper. He will also rest during a feeding. He’ll just pause for a minute or so with the bottle in his mouth. Keep the bottle in his mouth – he isn’t finished yet. A feeding, including all breaks, can take about 40 minutes. Crying doesn’t necessarily mean he’s finished feeding, so be persistent and patient.
Discard whatever formula he doesn’t finish in the bottle.
*If you can see him sucking but don’t hear the liquid being sucked into his mouth or see bubbles coming up into the bottle, there may be a lump of undissolved formula clogging the nipple opening. Clear the nipple and resume feeding.
He’ll cry if he needs a change, but he will typically let out an explosive bowel movement near the end of a feeding. Sometimes, his poo will shoot right out of his diaper and up his back (record distance: up to his armpits!).
Typically, Benjamin: 1) eats 2) plays 3) sleeps – in that order.
He will usually fall asleep after playing by himself for a while. He’ll cry for 5 - 10 minutes and then fall asleep on his own. He naps for about 30 - 45 minutes.
Cranky time: He starts getting cranky from 5 pm to bedtime. He will probably cry because he’s tired.
Last feed: 6:30 pm (this may just be a top-up of 6 oz or so if you fed him not too long before)
Down for bed: 7 - 7:30 pm. I put him down even before he’s sleepy looking. He soothes himself to sleep – he might cry for 5 minutes or so. He sleeps through the night!
Awake: 5:30 am. I feed him an 8 oz bottle and when he’s done, put him back down to sleep. He’ll sleep for another 1 to 3 hours. After that, he’s awake for the day. Morning is the best time to see him laugh and smile a lot.
1) people talking to him
3) bright, bold colours and black & white pictures
4) to watch things moving around above his head
They grow up so fast.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This creation looks like Las Vegas show girl meets rocker chick. My 3-year-old Lauren made this for me to cheer me up. She left it quietly on my bedside table as I slept in one morning. It's made of an egg cup from an egg carton and all kinds of crafty little bits. I love it.
My first-grader Benjamin is learning to read and spell words. I love his message and the balloon that says, "Are you okay?"
Any of you parents feeling sick out there? I hope you "faeul beddre" soon!
Monday, November 17, 2008
He was an advertiser and wanted to give me, the production manager for the publication I worked for at the time, his ad copy.
He gave me his ad information, but still he was chatty. But I was busy and, being the task-oriented person I am, wanted him to leave so I could get back to meeting my deadlines.
“Be careful out there,” I said, as I tapped his motorcycle helmet with my pen, as a subtle signal to him that I’d like him to leave. “It’s raining.”
“Have you ever been on a motorcycle?” he asked, either not taking my hint or ignoring it. “I could take you out on my bike sometime after you’re done work. When are you off work on Friday?”
“Uh…well, Friday? I…uh…don’t…” I stammered, completely taken off guard. “I get off at 4:30.”
“Great! I’ll come by the office then and I’ll take you out for a ride,” he smiled. “Okay?”
“Oh, um, okay,” I agreed.
We went out that night for dinner at a restaurant that no longer exists. I remember how he leaned in to listen to everything I had to say. I remember telling myself I didn’t care if he liked me or not. I would be completely and unapologetically honest with him and I would not try to be anything other than who I am. If he didn’t like me, it was fine with me, as long as I knew I was true to myself. Our easy conversation touched on everything from our religious views to our life’s ambitions, from the TV shows we like to watch to how we grew up. We ended up talking until 2 am before parting ways.
That was 10-1/2 years ago. And on December 27, 2008, we will celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary.
We don’t talk until 2 am anymore. Although, my husband will tell you that I constantly try to talk to him when we’re lying in bed and he’s just about to fall asleep. When we go out for dinner without the kids, we always end up talking about them most of the time and we always get home by 9 pm, latest. And the motorcycle? We sold it a few months before our first child was born and replaced it with a family-friendly car.
But even though our hearts don’t flutter when we see each other enter the room anymore, we have become each other’s best friend. And I trust him more than anyone. He encouraged me to start urbanbaby & toddler magazine. He helped me overcome my intense fear of dogs (stemming from childhood). He is the first one to tell me everything will be okay, even in some of our darkest days. And he has bought me a size small bikini (not my size or my style!) for a present because in his eyes, I am beautiful that way.
So, what do I give my husband for our anniversary? I am at a loss. What could I give him that would show him that I appreciate our years together and what he’s been to me? Do you have any ideas?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The ABC Canada Literacy Foundation announced today the 4th annual Munsch at Home contest for a chance to win a visit from Robert Munsch, the best-selling children's author and honourary chair of Family Literacy.
To enter, families must mail their applications to ABC Canada Literacy Foundation by 5 pm (EST) on December 12, 2008. Download your application from the Family Literacy pages of the ABC Canada website at www.FamilyLiteracyDay.ca. Each entry must include a short description of how the family plans to celebrate Family Literacy Day together.
The most interesting and creative event is selected, allowing the winning family to host a party for Robert Munsch, their family and friends on January 17, 2009. Families are also asked to name a public library or literacy organization of their choice that will also receive a special visit from Mr. Munsch.
So, put your creative thinking caps on, people, and enter away!
Friday, November 07, 2008
When I got sick with the flu the first time after I had my son, I had a hard time comprehending that I couldn't just lie down and sleep the day away until I got better. I still had to take care of this baby, who couldn't care less that I was feverish and nauseous.
Anyway, my little 3-year-old daughter Lauren decided to cheer me up today with a get-well card that she made. It features her delight-du-jour: mermaids. This mermaid, as you can see, has 2 legs because she is Ariel AFTER she's turned into a human, as Lauren explained carefully.
This drawing almost cured me of my flu. Almost. Sniff.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Everyone loves a sale -- especially moms who want to buy hip baby brands but don't want to spend a lot. I found these two smart websites that offer a variety of baby and children's products at deep (at least 50% off) discounts!
The Mini Social provides private access to the most hip and modern designer clothing and accessories for mom, baby and child, all at up to 60% off. The invitation-only site features clean, simple design, paired with a super easy shopping experience, and will host two or more designer socials each week. www.theminisocial.com
Buy baby or maternity product every day at 50-80% off until it sells out. Baby Steals drops one amazing steal a day at 9 am MST until it's gone (I'm told they sell out fast). On the weekends you a second chance on steals still available and you might get lucky and find more than one steal a day. Visit early every day or sign up for the Daily Steal Email Alert. www.babysteals.com