Monthly Archives: June 2013

Food for thought – new mums need better support

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Apologies for arriving late to the conversation about the fall in breastfeeding rates but I have been trying to compose my thoughts and gain some views before I wade in…

The press has been full of the arguments, the thoughts, the passion about feeding our babies. And the breastfeeders are at war with the formula feeders once more. I could analyse the arguments about the benefits but that is not really the point. Feeding is rarely about the facts, how we feed our babies is an emotional and complicated issue and women formula feed for so many different reasons. I don’t have an issue with women who want to formula feed their babies, why should I? But I do have an issue with the situation that many women find themselves in – stopping breastfeeding before they want to. This often leads to guilt, resentment  and sadness and these women are…

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Seashell Craft

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IMG_0821Now that Rainbow has arrived, I’ve been trying to keep the Princess amused as I cannot move as fast as I once did.  We had craft time over the weekend and I had some seashell’s laying around and I thought, why not make these into a craft.

 

 

SUPPLIES

  • Assorted Seashells
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Assorted decorations such as buttons, sparkles and ribbon

DIRECTIONS

  • Wash the shells and let dry
  • Paint the desired colour and again, let dry
  • Decorate!

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June

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JUNE

June – and school is over soon!

Then all we’ll do each day

Is play and play – hooray!

Summer arrives June 21st – the longest day of the year.

We’ll laze on the grass and listen, and hear:

Bees buzzing!  Hummingbirds whirring!  Worms wiggling!

June is laughing, golden, giggling!

Today I’ll visit the book and di in my toes.

I’ll perch at the edge, and hope a butterfly lands on

My nose.

By Patricia Scarry

5 Best Things After Giving Birth

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Giving birth can make you exhausted so it’s not surprising that women sigh with relief after it’s all over.  Here are my top 5 favourite things after giving birth.

  1. The Baby.  Obviously, this is number 1.  Seeing the face of your little one and counting all the toes and fingers and giving kisses.  Seeing my children’s faces for the first time was simply unforgettable.
  2. Showering.  OMG!  This is easily my second favourite.  I cannot tell you how good it felt to finally have a shower.  You feel so sticky and sweaty and to have that hot water wash it all away is just spectacular.  After 32 hours labour and a C-section with the Rainbow, it was almost 3 days before I could shower.  I was afraid that after my shower he wouldn’t be able to recognize me.  “You’re not my mom.  My mom smells like sweat, blood and local anaesthetic.”
  3. Eating.  With epidurals and chances of caesarean, more often than not, the only thing you can eat while in labour is ice chips and we all know how filling they are.  After my C-section, I made hubby to a food run.  It had been 2 days of no food and I was HUNGRY!  And let’s be honest, hospital food isn’t that great.
  4. Laying on your Back.  I’m a back sleeper.  I have my pillow under my neck and one under my knees and I have to say sleeping on my side was one of my least favourite things about being pregnant.  Too bad now I barely sleep because I have an infant who has his days and nights mixed up.
  5. Sleeping in your own bed.  I was so happy to finally get home and crash into my bed.  After soaking my hospital beds with amniotic fluid, blood and sweat, I just wanted my nice clean sheets, with my nice fluffy pillows in a room that didn’t smell like a sterile hospital.

Things to do in Toronto this Weekend

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It is supposed to rain this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy all that Toronto has to offer this weekend.   Here are just a few of the many things happening this weekend that you and your family can enjoy.

  1. Toronto Jazz Festival Free Music Series at Don Mills.  This weekend at Shops at Don Mills, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Free Music Series will be showcasing free concerts from a wide array of talented artists.  This event will be continuing right through until June 30th, a day longer than most venues throughout the city.  Come stay dry and listen to some fantastic music!
  2. Nature Play at Evergreen Brickworks.  Do you have a budding environmentalist at home?  I know I do!  At Evergreen Brickworks, located at 550 Bayview Ave, Nature Play invites children to play and engage their growing minds with weekly activities based on changing seasons and weather as well as the environment around them.  Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 – 4.
  3. The Redpath Waterfront Festival.  This weekend only, the Tall Ships come to Toronto!  A free event for people of all ages, there will be food, boats, an after-dark lights and multimedia show as well as a War of 1812 interactive theatre taking up over 2 km of the Toronto Waterfront.
  4. Under the Sea at the Ontario Science Centre.  Does your child love Finding Nemo?  Then the Ontario Science Centre is where you want to be this weekend.  This IMAX film takes you on an incredible journey through the locales like the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Triangle to see some of the spectacular inhabitants that live there.

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