9 Months Of Jack

Jack will be 10 months old in a week, but better late than never I guess!

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He is the SWEETEST little guy. I think all babies have a sweetness, but he has this special, calming presence about him. He’s been such a gift to me.

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He used to be a HARD, HARD baby (which was probably because he had open sores all over his body thanks to eczema), but he’s really mellowed out and is generally a chill little chap. He only really cries when I leave the room. We’ve entered the separation anxiety stage, and it’s a hoot!

He is ALL over the place, and climbs onto everything. He pulls himself up and walks around all the furniture, and climbs on top of anything that’s low enough to get his little leg up on. He’s still a speedy crawler, and has started letting go of furniture and trying to stand up by himself (he’s lasts .01 seconds haha). It’s crazy to think that Piper was already walking at this age!

With that, changing his diaper/getting is ready is the most frustrating job in the world. He’s so wiggly and contorts his body is the most bizarre shapes to get away.

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He hasn’t had any more teeth come through this month, so he still has 8. He bites me at least a couple of times a day when we’re nursing, and it’s SO painful. We’re still going strong with breastfeeding though, and I don’t have plans to stop anytime soon. I’ll wean whenever both of us are ready.

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He squeals and kicks his legs with excitement when I put him down for naps, and goes right off to sleep. He has been waking up at 8am recently, and then goes down for his first nap around 9:30am. He sleeps for 1-2 hours, and then goes back down for another nap (timed for the same time as Pipes) around 2:00pm. He sleeps for another 1 1/2 -2 hours, and goes down for the night at 7pm. His sleeping habits have been a struggle up until this point, but we’re finally in a good routine again and him sleeping through the night is the BEST THING EVER.

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He’s a tiny bub and only in the 7th percentile for weight He’s following the growth curve perfectly though, and his pediatrician isn’t concerned at all, he’s just little for his age. He eats 500x more than Piper, so I have no idea where he puts it all. He’s a great eater, and because he has a lot of teeth, he’s eating pretty much any solid food. He likes to only feed himself though which means we have lots of bath times around here.

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He lights up and kicks his legs when he sees Piper after his naps, and tries to do whatever she’s doing. I’m still working with her on being soft and sharing (“careful” is the most used word around here), but they have such a special bond and I swear I could cry every time they just look at each other. He’s always by her side and tries to copy everything she does.

Not their best picture haha, but this is their favourite thing to do lately. They’re the best duo.

Not their best picture haha, but this is their favourite thing to do lately. They’re the best duo.

Dealing With Stress

Thank you to Febreze ONE for sponsoring this post. I was compensated for my time, but the product review reflect my own opinion.

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Being a mother of two littles so close in age is obviously a bit stressful, and becoming a single mum while doing it has added a liiiiiittle more stress to the mix. I wouldn't say I am a pro at dealing with it by ANY means, but I am learning, taking it day by day, and doing what I can.

No matter what kind - or degree - of stress is going on, I think it's incredibly important to acknowledge it - and find simple ways to handle it. Stress has a HUGE impact on our health, and overall well-being, and it can wreak havoc on our system if we don't find healthy ways to address it.

5 WAYS I DEAL WITH STRESS

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ENVIRONMENT: One of the biggest things that adds to, or takes away from, my stress is my environment. If there are piles of laundry to put away, toys everywhere, etc., my stress level increases by like 100%. There's not a whole lot I can do about the toy situation, because Piper is a messy tornado, but keeping things as clean as possible makes me feel like I somewhat have my life together.

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Febreze sent me their newest product, Febreze ONE Fabric & Air Mist, that is free of aerosols, dyes, and heavy perfumes, and I've been spraying it around the house daily. Having a clean and fresh smelling environment helps so much with stress and brings me a "ONE state of mind". Febreze ONE doesn't have that overpowering "fake" smell that a lot of air fresheners have (and that leave me with a headache, honestly). Having a nice smelling environment seems so simple, but it has made a massive difference for me. My favourite is the bamboo scent because it leaves a light, simple freshness, and bamboo is actually known to help people feel calm. Sign me up!

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MOVEMENT: It's only obvious that I'd include this one, but it has been a huge help. I don't have any postpartum goals like I did after having Piper, because I'm in a different stage in life now. Instead, I tune into my body every day, and figure out what it wants and what will help me feel the best. Sometimes it will be a hard, sweaty workout, but most of the time it's a long walk outside, or an easy run, or even just some stretching. Often my body just wants rest - and I respect that. Sometimes exercise can be the BEST stress reliever, but other times it can add to stress and make the situation worse. Checking in with myself every day helps me figure out what my body needs.

JOURNALING: I used to be an avid journal writer, which is probably why I like blogging. I actually haven't done it as much since having Piper, but my therapist got me started on writing in a journal every day now. It helps me get my thoughts out on paper, acknowledge how I am feeling, and address my emotions. While it hasn't taken away any stress, it helps me deal with it in a healthy way.

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NOURISHMENT: Another no-brainer, but this one is huge. It's no secret that there's a huge link between nutrition and stress. We can't often change the amount of stress we're facing, BUT we can choose what we put into our bodies - which can either help, or make the situation worse. Sure there are days I don't have much of an appetite, or there are days all I want is chocolate and ice cream, but for the most part, I try fueling my body up with tons of nutrients because it makes me FEEL good. 

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RELAXATION: The last thing that has helped me deal with stress in a healthy way, is doing something relaxing every day. Having two little ones makes this a quite challenging, but I often take just 5 minutes during nap time, spray some Febreze ONE to set the mood (I'm not just saying that, I really do), put some calming music on, and just clear my head. It helps me check in with myself and let go of the stress and negativity that's circling through my head. 

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Toddler Favourites

I posted about all of my baby items HERE, and good toddler books HERE, so I wanted to finish it off with my favourite toddler items that Piper and I love. I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple of things, but below are toys and products that keep both of us happy, and more importantly, keep me sane. 

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STASHER BAG

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Stasher Bags are THE BEST!! I hate wasting plastic, so I love these silicone reusable bags for snacks. I always have a Stasher bag of snacks in my diaper bag for when we're out and about. You can also steam food in them, freeze food (I have a bag full of frozen bananas in the freezer), and wash them in the dishwasher. I've had some for over a year now, and they're still in perfect condition. I can't recommend them enough!

NUK BOTTLES

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I wrote a post about these bottles last week, but they're obviously going to be included in my toddler favourites because they're the best. It took me a loooong time (and a lot of different bottles) to transition Piper from baby bottles, and these Nuk learner bottles are the only ones she liked. She took them immediately and they're the only ones we use now. 

BUILDING BLOCKS

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These blocks are one of Piper's very favourite toys. She plays with them alllll the time and they're so good for motor development and creative learning. We count them a lot and I talk about colours a lot with them too. I've recently been throwing these into the bath to keep her entertained for longer. It works like a charm!

TUBBY TODD

I've been using Tubby Todd products on Piper for long time now, and LOVE them! Piper has super curly hair, and this shampoo gets all of the tangles out and leaves her hair so soft and smooth. I rub this lotion on her after bath time and I swear it's her favourite part of the day. She requests her "sotion" about 100x a day (not exaggerating here). I have to buy more of this bubble bath because her excitement over the bubbles will always be one of my favourite memories of her. I love their products, and love that they are 100% natural too!

AVANCHY

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I've posted about Avanchy a few times already because I LOOOOVE their bowls and plates. Piper is a true savage when it comes to food, and their products suction to the table so she can't throw the plate off her high chair (one of her favourite past times). I love how they look too. 

IKEA HIGH CHAIR

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This Ikea high chair is the cheapest one I've come across, and it's also my favourite. It works great, I'm all for the minimal look, and it's easy to take apart. I don't know why it's showing as a little more expensive online, because we got ours for like $15 in the store. 

FRESHLY PICKED

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Piper wears Freshly Picked moccasins about 99% of the time because a) I think they're super cute b) they're comfortable for her and c) they're easy and quick to put on and off (my favourite thing about them). Piper has recently learned how to put them on herself which keeps her busy while I'm scrambling to get everything ready to go somewhere. Win-win! **She wears a size 4 and she's 21 months old, if that helps!

LOLLIPOP CAMERA

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We actually had another baby monitor before getting this Lollipop Camera, and this is by far my favourite one! You can wrap it around the crib (probably for when they're a little younger. Piper would attack it in 2 seconds now), put it on the wall, or sit it on a flat surface. It's an app on your phone, so I can check in on her 24/7 (so can Jordan). You can play music through it, and also speak through it if you want to. It has the best night view I've ever seen on a baby monitor. **PS. her crib is also from Ikea and it's great!

HATCH REST

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This sound machine is amazing. I mean it. You can control it from your phone, and you can create specific timers, so certain music starts at a certain time every day. I have a lullaby that comes on about 15 minutes before bed time to help calm her down and prepare her for bed, and then it switches to a water sound throughout the night. It also has different colours that you can select, so older kids can use it to let them know when it's okay to get out of bed. 

BABY DOLL STROLLER

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Piper puts everything and anything in this stroller and pushes it around throughout the day. It apparently never gets old, and it keeps her busy. The other day I found her pushing around my bras. So that's nice. 

SLICEABLE FRUIT & VEGETABLES

My mum bought these for Piper for Christmas, and she loves them! She slices them all up, and puts them all back together a few times every day. Again, it's so good for motor development, plus she gets super excited when she recognizes real "carrots" or "broccoli" and connects them with their names. 

WOODEN PUZZLES

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Pipes and I do lots of puzzles together, and I think they're so good for development! I don't have these exact ones, but we they're similar, and the number puzzle we have has taught her to count everything. She counts whenever we go down stairs, put toys away, etc. I love toys like this that are fun for her, but also teach her. 

BATH LETTERS

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These bath letters keep her so busy during bath time. She loves counting them and lining them up which keeps her preoccupied so I can clean the bathroom, or get ready.

TODDLER-APPROVED FRENCH TOAST

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I’m writing this post on my phone today, so if there are even more grammatical errors than normal, please fourgiv.

I made this breakfast for me and Piper before we left for Christmas, and we both demolished it! She’s been such a freaking picky eater lately, so this felt like a small victory. 

RECIPE

  • 4 slices of sprouted bread (better for your gut and digestion) 
  • 1 pasture-raised egg
  • A splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Toppings: berries, coconut flakes, raw honey, cacao nibs

DIRECTIONS

Whisk the egg, almond milk and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Soak both sides of the bread in the mixture and cook on a skillet (I love melting ghee or coconut oil on it first). Cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Top with whatever you want! I used the ones listed, but also like using natural peanut butter and chia seeds too!

 

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