Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The hours between 9am and 3pm seem to vanish within moments and post bedtime, the evenings are spent behind the laptop, but I am trying to get back on the blogging track.
So aside from working away and spending precious moments with my clan, what's been taking up a ton of time are elementary school open houses.
This seems to be the topic of conversation these days among the nursery set. While kindergarden is still a year and a half away, we have already visited four open houses and had numerous discussions (some arguments) about where to send Hannah in 2014. The issue isn't so much public vs. private but rather secular vs. Jewish. Our most recent open house was today and we just may be one step closer to making a decision. But chances are the discussion will continue for weeks to come.
On another note, night time work hasn't been starting till post 9pm. The reason? Late in the summer months Hannah started having sleep issues and ended up in our bed every night. We were able to quell the co-sleeping by the start of the new school year but in its place needed to stay by her side until she fell asleep. Not fun when the process takes over an hour.
So last night we began the process of sleep training our 3.5 year old. Crazy, right? The past two nights she has fallen asleep (one and one and a half hours respectively after we began) with my husband standing outside her door. Progress, but here's to hoping that night 3 is the magic number.
That's an update of where I've been. What's new with you?
I promise there will be more to come, more frequently.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
But there is one exception to the rule. The songs of Jennifer Gasoi.
This homegrown artist is one part children's entertainer, one part jazz singer. We've been following her for two years now, through various special events and Mummies List Music in the Park summer afternoons. We love music from her Songs for You album including Monsieur Glouton, L-l-lemons and Butterfly. And we are so so happy to have just received an advance copy of her newest CD Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well. Filled with more fun songs for the whole family, new hits like I'm a Bubble and Little Blue Car are already filling our car daily.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
What was intended as a pitstop on a longer drive (with just one of the families) to Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA turned out to be too long of a stop. Call me a bit of a snob but I'm one for ocean beaches and non-chain restaurants so the small lake beach and less-than-healthy food options will likely keep us from returning to this Adirondack town.
So after three days in Lake George, we re-packed the car and made the long drive to Sesame Place. We arrived at the Sheraton Bucks County, a lovely hotel just across the street from the park. As it turns out Langhorne does not have any sidewalks so while we were in close walking distance to Sesame Place we had to rely on the hotel's shuttle to get us to and from the park. Considering that the shuttle made trips every half hour this was actually quite convenient.
So, what is Sesame Place all about? It's a theme park for the younger set, essentially. Rides that smaller kids can go on, a huge water park, a variety of shows performed throughout the day and parades twice daily. Best of all, it is entirely walkable in one day. Unlike other Florida theme parks that completely exhaust you with the walking alone, Sesame Place is manageable. And with restrooms, restaurants (with themed free tableware) and snack shops everywhere you don't have to walk too far to get anywhere.
Here are just a few of the hundreds of photos we snapped during our two days at Sesame Place. They speak for themselves about how much fun a family can have at one of the friendliest neighborhoods around.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
I'll remember a month filled with a hectic but extremely fun vacation with my kids and family friends to Lake George and Sesame Place (more on that to come soon). I'll remember weekends in the country, time in the pool and watching my little man's hair turn blonder by the minute.
I sit at home today, alone. I can literally hear a pin drop. I'm trying to figure out why it is so quiet seeing as I usually sit down to the computer in the morning when Alex is taking his nap. But then I realize that his monitor is off so I don't have the sweet tunes of his baby mix playing in the background.
Yes, it is perfectly silent.
And I like it.
Finally, a chance to get my career back on track. Finally time to put myself first. But also finally time to miss him.
Yesterday was a big day meeting Hannah and Alex's teachers and they both did amazingly well. Today, they go in for half a day (the clock is ticking) and drop off went so much better than expected. Yes, I keep looking at my phone expecting the daycare director to call but I have a feeling everyone will be good. Fingers crossed.
So while I enjoy the peace and quiet I can't help but smile (and have a tiny tear in my eye) when I think about these guys and their first day of school.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
It was a wonderful trip filled with family, food and fun in the sun. It was most definitely a vacation for the kids with visits to the beach, hours in the pool and visits to the East Hampton Library and the Children's Museum of the East End. I will be putting together a recap of our holiday hot spots (some less kid friendly and more adult appropriate) for Urban Expressions where you can read more about my East Hampton, NY finds.
Like most vacations sleep was an issue. Our first night the four of us packed into a hotel room. And while it was just a one night stop over Hannah didn't get to bed until 10pm (since she was swimming in the hotel's indoor pool while I put Alex to bed) and we were all up at 5am when Alex awoke with the sun. Needless to say we were at a local breakfast spot at 6:45 (it only opened at 7) and were shopping at the nearest Target by 8am.
Hannah decided to stay up with her cousins most nights and Alex decided he wanted to be up before the three dogs we were staying with, waking up at 5am sharp each day. While we were all exhausted it actually worked out well for our activities since he was up from his early nap by 9:30 most mornings.
But the most exciting part is that he totally regulated himself back to his regular schedule on his own. I had fears of post holiday re-ferberization but within a day or two he was back on schedule and even sleeping in until 7am. Yahoo!
So we're back to reality and into the groove but I have officially ended my maternity leave. I've upped the job search and am working on building my freelance career but at the same time leaving Alex each morning in his future daycare class while I bring Hannah upstairs to hers. I figure better to ease him into it seeing as we are in the building daily. Oh yes, reality is totally setting in. And while it's there I still want to enjoy the summer and my last 2 months at home with Alex.
So if you know of anyone looking for some freelance help in marketing, public relations, social media or editorial please send them my way!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Maybe you're heading off on a family vacation or celebrating St Jean Baptiste/Canada Day in town. Either way, take a little mommy time for yourself.
- What's Happening this week
- Maison Boulud
- Dita Pilates
- Inniya's Cupcakes
- Sweet Lee's Rustic Bakery
- Bruxe General Store
- Top 5 Cupcake Shops in Montreal
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
High fevers, followed by a few days of whining and then pop, out came a bright red rash. Poor guy. And all along I thought the fever was due to teething. So I gave in and went to comfort and feed him during the night, just days after he had finally conquered a 7:30pm to 5:30am shift.
And now that the red rash is gone so are his wonderful sleeping habits. Last night, he was completely inconsolable so after 2 hours of crying we gave up on Ferber, turned off the lights and the monitor and just let him cry. I honestly don't know how long it lasted but when he was still asleep at 7:30am this morning I was panicked to make sure he was still breathing. Oh, the wonderful world of cry it out.
The email below was forwarded to me by Riley's mom. This one is great for a chuckle.
Sleep Training For Adults
(From A Baby’s Point Of View)
OK, here’s my situation. My Mommy has had me for almost 7
months. The first few months were great – I cried, she picked me up and fed me,
anytime, day or night. Then something happened.
Over the last few weeks, she has been trying to STTN (sleep
through the night). At first, I thought it was just a phase, but it is only
getting worse. I’ve talked to other babies, and it seems like it’s pretty
common after Mommies have had us for around 6 months. Here’s the thing: these
Mommies don’t really need to sleep. It’s just a habit. Many of them have had
some 30 years to sleep–they just don’t need it anymore. So I am implementing a
plan. I call it the Crybaby Shuffle. It goes like this:
Night 1–cry every 3 hours until you get fed. I know, it’s hard.
It’s hard to see your Mommy upset over your crying. Just keep reminding
yourself, it’s for her own good.
Night 2–cry every 2 hours until you get fed.
Night 3–every hour.
Most Mommies will start to respond more quickly after about 3
nights. Some Mommies are more alert, and may resist the change longer. These
Mommies may stand in your doorway for hours, shhhh-ing. Don’t give in. I cannot
stress this enough: CONSISTENCY IS KEY!! If you let her STTN (sleep through the
night), just once, she will expect it every night. I KNOW IT’S HARD! But she
really doesn’t need the sleep, she’s just resisting the change. If you have an
especially alert Mommy, you can stop crying for about 10 minutes, just
long enough for her to go back to bed and start to fall asleep. Then cry again.
It WILL eventually work. My Mommy once stayed awake for 10 hours straight, so I
know she can do it.
Last night, I cried every hour. You just have to decide to stick
to it and just go for it. BE CONSISTENT! I cried for any reason I could come up
with. My sleep sack tickled my foot. I felt a wrinkle under the sheet. My
mobile made a shadow on the wall. I burped, and it tasted like pears. I hadn’t
eaten pears since lunch, what’s up with that? The cat said “meow”. I should
know. My Mommy reminds me of this about 20 times a day. LOL. Once I cried just
because I liked how it sounded when it echoed on the monitor in the other room.
Too hot, too cold, just right–doesn’t matter! Keep crying!!
It took awhile, but it worked. She fed me at 4am. Tomorrow
night, my goal is 3:30am. You need to slowly shorten the interval between
feedings in order to reset your Mommies’ internal clocks.
Sometimes my Mommy will call for reinforcements by sending in
Daddy. Don’t worry Daddies are not set up for not needing sleep the way Mommies
are. They can only handle a few pats and shhing before they declare defeat and
send in the Mommy.
Also, be wary of the sleep sheep with rain noises. I like to
give Mommy false hope that listening to the rain puts me to sleep sometimes I
pretend to close my eyes and be asleep and then wait until I know Mommy is
settling back to sleep to spring a surprise cry attack. If she doesn’t get to
me fast enough I follow up with my fake cough and gag noise that always has her
running to the crib. At some point I am positive she will start to realize that
she really doesn’t really need sleep.
P.S. Don’t let those rubber
things fool you, no matter how long you suck on them, no milk will come out.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
You see, Alex has a mild fever and runny nose all weekend. Possible symptoms of teething. At 8 months, he is more than due. While I can't feel anything poking through in his mouth I know the poor guy is in a lot of pain. My sweet, smiley boy has become a total grump. Crying, kvetching and sleepy, he just isn't himself.
So plans to go to a 12 o'clock Pilates class quickly got shelved as the tears came streaming down his face before I could even get out of the door.
Then, Hannah who seems to be having some sort of "tantrum threes" pulls a few fast ones on me. The worst of them all was running from the park to my mom's house (right next door) by herself, not listening to my commands. All this following our morning activity of making a behavior chart with Xs marking the bad and stickers marking the good. At the end of the week, if there are more stickers than X's she gets a present. Needless to say, the 10 X's I gave her for running away are currently not working in our favor.
But in all honesty, the moment that lightened up the day was on the walk back home from my parent's house. The storm clouds were rolling in, I was pushing the double stroller and coercing Winston to stop smelling the roses. All of a sudden the skies opened up. Without a rain cover on board, we all got drenched (except for Alex who is small enough to stay sheltered). And we laughed about it.
I still smile writing this post. But think I have an even bigger smile on my face with one kid in daycare and the other happily napping :)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
And now with life settling back to normal, news that I received earlier in the month is finally sinking in. Sweetspot, the website I have been writing for over the course of the past 7 years shut down. It was an abrupt ending with literally no notice that has left my freelance writing career on the fence.
A deep sense of panic had me networking within minutes of hearing the news and I now have many prospects on the horizon as well as a new gig writing a What's Happening column for Urban Expressions.
While there is a definite void in my weekly writing schedule I know everything happens for a reason and now its time for me to sow new seeds and see what the future holds.
So to new beginnings...but before I officially say goodbye I wanted to share one of my last articles for Sweetmama that never ran. This one is definitely worth sharing with all you Montreal moms.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Although he is just a week and a half shy of the 6 month mark, he has been eyeing our food for a couple of weeks now and is more than able to sit in the high chair himself so we figured we'd give it a try.
Day one was 1 teaspoon of rice cereal which he lapped up and cried a bit when it was all done because he wanted more. Day two was 1 tablespoon which he couldn't quite finish.
I thought the feeding was going well until I realized that at 10pm last night he still hadn't pooped all day. At that point he had woken up after just 2 hours after a previous night that was full of crying and hourly wake ups.
And then I made the connection. The rice must have been constipating him, causing a tummy ache and numerous wake ups.
So we promptly gave him a bottle with some water in it.
Finally asleep at 11 he woke up again at 2 and 5 (pretty normal for us) and his diaper was full both times.
So we're taking the day off from cereal today. I'm contemplating trying oats tomorrow.
And here I slightly believed that old wives tale of solids helping sleep :)
Friday, March 16, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
So looks like our mission was accomplished.
Except in the process, it failed to dawn on me that without a pacifier to suck on he wouldn't be able to fall asleep on his own.
After being asleep for almost 2 hours he woke up hysterical at 8:45pm with no comfort from the now-cut pacifier.
So while we didn't want to attempt Ferber after the weekend's tears, we now have to find a way to put him to sleep without creating a new crutch like nursing or rocking to sleep.
Fun. Hadn't really planned on this being in the cards for tonight's itinerary!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
After snack and getting dressed we headed out to the car. Or at least tried to. As we were leaving the room, Hannah noticed all of the other girls' pink backpacks...Dora, Hello Kitty, princesses. I had packed her things in her brothers' Skip Hop dog backpack that he is currently not using.