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Easter Bunny

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Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny’s feet,
Go hop, hop, hop.
While his big pink ears,
Go flop, flop, flop.
He is rushing on his way,
To bring our eggs on Easter Day.
With a hop, flop, hop, flop, hop.

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Image c/o gilbert-news-blog.dailyprss.com

 

Poem from rhymeslyrics.blogspot.ca

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Finding the Balance

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In the last 9 months since my son was born I have had difficulty finding the balance between being a Mom and all the other things I have to do. I will admit that writing frequently on this blog has taken somewhat of a backseat and so has my laundry, eating regularly, showering, my mental sanity, the list could go on forever. In my quest to be the ultimate Stepford Wife/Mommy/Maid/Chef Extraordinaire, life has served me a heaping slice of humble pie. I guess that’s a good thing since I haven’t eaten breakfast in 3 months.

The Princess gave me a false idea that I was some sort of parenting aficionado. She nursed on a schedule, slept through the night, had 3-2 hour naps a day, and was content doing her own thing. I could clean my house, do laundry, shower, eat, have dinner on the table by the time Hubby got home, I could do it all. Back then I thought myself as the parenting superhero, full cape and costume. Oh why I yes I will gladly accept that parent of the year award. Turns out, that had NOTHING, NADA, ZIP to do with me. It was her personality as a baby. Granted it has changed now, but back then, she was an EASY baby.

Now my son, whom my family doctor asserts has been ‘touched by fire’, is NOTHING like my daughter. Complete opposite in fact. At 9 months, he is still not sleeping through the night and must be carried at all times when he is not climbing onto, under and into whatever his surprisingly nimble little body will allow. He is also insanely attached to me. It’s not all bad. I mean who doesn’t love snuggles by their very own cuddle monster? But when I am attempting to make dinner and I have a fiery ginger screaming himself apoplectic to the point in which he begins to gag and vomit, it becomes stressful. Hubby will often hold him and stand in the kitchen just so he can see me and have his needs of being held fulfilled.

In the beginning of my maternity leave, Hubby would often come home and ask ‘What did you do today?’ Cue the hand waving, heading bobbing ‘oh no you did not just ask me what I did today!’ Sleepless nights, up-all-days, 2 children needing every ounce of attention I could muster had set me on the precarious edge of sensitivity and insanity. And poor Hubby was catching it in all directions. A few months later I sat him down and made a very frank confession. That Mom that had the spotless house and dinner on the table with baby #1 is gone and likely will not return for a few more years. Not until my baby boy is sleeping regularly, more independent and I have caught up on some sleep. I couldn’t be that Mom without something, such as my children being left behind. I love a spotless house, but never at the expense of my children’s happiness and well-being. He would just have to settle for a tidy house that gets cleaned thoroughly on the weekend, dinner an hour after he gets home and a slightly crazier wife.

Life isn’t so bad though. I am still searching for that elusive thing called balance, but I get done what I can in a day and stop trying to beat myself up for what didn’t. I may be a raggedy mess of a Mom, but I am doing my very best that I can and I am ok with that. As I lay here, typing this post on my phone, laying next to my baby boy who is getting some cursed molars, I know that this too shall pass.

Family Fun in Toronto This Weekend

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Since relocating to Toronto 5 years ago, I have never been let down by the endless supply of family fun things to do. Whether you are in the East End or the West, the Beaches or Scarborough, the GTA has lots of great outings and events for the family to enjoy.

  • Free Pooch Pics with Santa.  Dogs are man’s best friend and even they deserve to get their holiday wishes heard by Santa.  Tomorrow, November 30th, the Holiday Studio at 25 Karl Fraser Road will be taking photos of Santa and your pooch from 1 – 4 pm.  And as if it couldn’t get any better, the photos will be emailed to you free of charge and your dog will receive a free treat!
  • Karma Yoga. On December 1st, come by the Shops at Don Mills where people of all ages can bring their mats for free yoga sessions and a few moments to relax during this stressful time of year from 9:30 – 10:30 for FREE!
  • Markham Santa Claus Parade. You cannot kick off the holiday season without seeing a holiday parade.  November 30th from 11-12, people of all ages will line up from Hwy 7 to 16th Ave to witness the 41st Annual Markham Santa Claus Parade.
  • Santa Experience at Sherway Gardens. Everyone gets their photos done with Santa, but what if you could have sing-a-longs, stories and play with the big man in red?  For only $12 per child (tickets not required for accompanying parents), your little ones get 30 minutes of pure holiday fun with Santa at Sherway Gardens.

Pet Photos with Santa

5 New Things That Surprised Me After Giving Birth

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When I first started writing this blog, I had wrote a post on 5 things that surprised me after giving birth to my daughter.  They included what my stomach looked like, people asking if she was a boy or a girl and a few others.  So when I gave birth to my son, I thought “Hey, I know what it will be like.”  Wrong-O!  Like every pregnancy is different, every post-pregnancy is different too.  So here are my new 5 Things That Surprised Me After Giving Birth.

  1. My Skin.  All throughout my pregnancy with the Rainbow, my skin was perfect.  Nary a blemish to be had.  As soon as he graced us with his presence, my skin went haywire.  I started breaking out in full on teenage zits.  Every day there would be new ones and I would be saying “What the hell is going on.” Turns out, hormones are to blame and my doctor said once we stop breastfeeding it will all clear up.
  2. My Hair.  After my daughter was born, hair fell out.  I could run my fingers through it and cat sized hair clumps would be in my hands.  My stylist said that was normal so I this time I braced myself for the inevitable hair loss.  Nope.  This time my hair didn’t fall out.  It went greasy beyond belief.  Need oil for your car? Not to worry, come take some from my hair free of charge.  Again pesky hormones are to blame.
  3. Weight Loss.  I gained a whopping 40 lbs with my daughter and lets just say I still have that baby weight hanging on like a bad boyfriend.  However, with my son, I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight within a week.  Granted I only gained approximately 10 lbs with him but I lost it fairly easily and quickly.
  4. My Appetite.  After my daughter was born, I found my appetite diminished.  Perhaps because I was adjusting to life as a new Mom that I barely remembered to eat.  The complete opposite with my son.  Good Lord, as soon as I gave birth I was begging for food.  I have never been so damned hungry before in my life.  All day I am hungry.  If I don’t eat, I get what I like to call “hangry.” A cranky mix of hungry and angry.  I chalk it up to breastfeeding a very hungry little boy.  Breastfeeding can burn up to 800 calories a day so I am blaming the increased appetite on that.
  5. The Recovery Time of a Second C-Section.  I’ve had 2 c-sections and I was luckily given advice from my aunt that post surgery, try to get up and stand straight up as soon as possible.  With my daughter, it took my a least a month to be feeling somewhat normal.  My scar took forever to heal, but I only had 1 baby to worry about so my days were fairly easy going. When I had my son though, I was feeling back to normal within 10 days.  The nurses gave me grief at the hospital because I had my surgery at midnight and by noon I was asking them to unhook me and let me get up and move around.  Generally for a c-section you have to stay 3 days in the hospital, I was released after 1 day.  I was still slow moving the first week, but I was healed up by that Friday.  It still sucked going from laying down to standing up for about a week, but with my second c-section, I was up and going pretty quick.  I think it was because I had 2 children to chase after.

YTV’s The Next Star

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groupThis Sunday, YTV’s The Next Star will be chosen!  Whittled down from the thousands of people who auditioned all across Canada, Kat (Belle River, ON), Dante (Amherstburg, ON), Alicia (St. Lazare, QC), Jaden (Toronto, ON), Paige (Winnipeg, MB) and Alex (St. Albert, AB) will be competing for the top prize of a 1 Song Recording Deal with Sony Music, $5000 shopping spree and an Epiphone Masterbilt Guitar.  A wonderful prize for all their hard work and talent.  Throughout the series, the finalists have been put through a series of experiences and assignments such as recording their own single, making a music video and all the stuff that it takes to make it as a superstar.   They had some help from Vocal Coach and Musical Director Jasmine Denham-Baird, Choreographer Michael Riccio, Stylist Peter Papapetrou, and Make-Up & Hair Dee Daly.  Judges Juno Award winning R & B artist Keshia Chante, Country Star Tara Oram and expert Mark Spicoluk will determine the cream of the crop this Sunday, September 22nd at 7 pm live at Canada’s Wonderland. Tune in and see who wins to top spot as YTV’s The Next Star!