Oh, glorious second trimester, how I love you. This is the best time of pregnancy (other than when you meet the baby of course). You start to show (and look super cute), you tell everyone about your pregnancy and you have more energy and motivation than in recent memory. It’s also the fastest-passing period of the pregnancy.
My second trimester for me started right before Christmas, and we went on a decently long road trip down to Nashville and Louisville (from Ontario) to visit family and friends. I was adamant that we needed to break the drive into two days (could be done in one) because pregnancy, yo. Also, we were traveling with a toddler and had no idea how it would go. Anyway, I’m glad I had a bit more energy for that trip!
Until week 17, I was still working full time, although at a relatively non-demanding job, and have been home with my toddler ever since. I started feeling the baby move earlier this time, probably about 16 weeks (vs 19 weeks during pregnancy round one).
Haven’t really gained a ton, not particularly troublesome but I started this pregnancy ten lbs lighter (not really a good thing in my case) than my previous pregnancy so I’m kind of hoping for more weight gain this time around. I’d like to end up the same (or close) net weight as with my first. Can you say net weight when referring to humans? My son has to have very minor day surgery (on his ears) halfway through this week that my husband was going to be the go-to parent on and then my husband got the flu at the last minute. In my pregnancy app I’ve marked these days as “crying: severe.” Nothing quite like springing it on a pregnant woman that she has to take her precious toddler in for surgery alone.
19 – 20 weeks
Feeling a bit of anxiety, over everything. We flew home to Calgary these weeks and then drove four hours and attended a wedding. It was extremely snowy but all around pretty good. I didn’t faint at my father in law’s office this time, and any time that doesn’t happen, I call it a win.
20 – 23 weeks
Feeling my first (of both pregnancies) sustained bout of rage, directed always at the nearest human. It passes in about 10 days, but is coupled with a post-vacation, post-grandparent, slight time-change toddler hangover that really compounds the matter. I’m really starting to feel more sore than the first pregnancy which I’m aware is because my muscles have already done this and I also didn’t work too hard in the last two years to get them back in shape (read: not at all). 20 week ultrasound showed everything in order. I’m still more tired than my first pregnancy, a LOT more tired, and I nap when my toddler naps regardless of what needs to be done around the house. Also the weight gain has picked up substantially – 9 lbs in 5 weeks, much better than the measly 1lb I gained from 13-17 weeks.
I don’t want to wish this pregnancy away as it may very well be my last but I’m getting sore and tired (so much talk about being tired!). My sinuses have gotten soooo bad and I’m trying to do everything possible to help them! I have re-created the pillow fort I used to sleep on and that has really started to help but then it hurts my back, hahahaha! There is no winning sometimes! I’m finally making progress on the guest room and on Harrison’s new room which means soon I will be making progress on the baby’s room. The only thing that is changing in there is the wall decor, but with being tired, chasing a toddler, trying to move the guest room, sell everything from the old guest room and the office and set up a toddler room from scratch its somehow made it’s way to the bottom of the list.
Overall, in one word I would describe this pregnancy as “tired,” if you hadn’t ascertained that just yet. I’m trying to do a push (ha!) to get all things on the list done before I’m too far into my third trimester because I’m already familiar with the increasing fatigue and would hate to lose momentum before doing crucial things like packing my hospital bag!
Building on its tremendous success “Down Under”, Australian company Valco Baby has now established their brand all over the globe and we are excited to bring these products to Canadian families nationwide.
Designed not only to look great, Valco Baby strollers have outstanding performance features as well. Their strollers are able to meet the needs of your growing family as they are infant car seat compatible*, offer a double stroller option in each of their series and the X series even has the option for a third toddler seat!
*specific models only with adapter
Lightweight Convenience – Snap 4 and Snap Duo
Valco Baby’s urban strollers, their Snap series, are known for being lightweight. In fact, their Snap Duo is the lightest full featured double stroller in the market today. Weighing just 21.5 lbs., the Snap Duo combines an ultra lightweight frame with individual canopies, adjustable footrests and roomy comfortable seats.
If you’re in looking for a convenience stroller boasting first-class features, the Snap4 is the ideal one for you! Coming in at only 14.5 lbs. the Snap4 sets the benchmark for comfort, manoeuvrability and portability in compact strollers.
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The Snap Ultra series establishes a new level of style in addition to function for parents looking for a lightweight ride from birth & beyond without sacrificing on features. The Snap Ultra and Snap Ultra Duo not only makes a fashion statement, but incorporates great features such as an ultra-lightweight frame, super extended canopy, adjustable footrest and reversible, roomy, comfortable seats. YES! Both seats are reversible! And as a bonus feature, the strollers INCLUDE beautiful luxe boot covers!
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Valco Baby’s all terrain stroller options are the TriMode X and TriMode X Duo. Both strollers in the TriMode X series folds compactly allowing you to take it anywhere and the full reclining seats allow children to sleep anywhere. The pram seat also has no contact with the outside when folded so it stays cleaner for longer so you don’t have to be afraid to take it wherever you go.
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Caramia Furniture is voluntarily recalling their Jaxson and Cameron 6 Drawer Dresser, Night Table and Tall Boy Chest as they may tip-over if not securely anchored to the wall, posing an entrapment hazard.
The affected items were sold between November 2013 and October 2015 and have the following item codes:
|Item||Colour||Jaxson Item #’s||Cameron Item #’s|
|Tall Boy||Cottage White||JAXS-TB-CW1||CAM4D-007|
|Night Table||Cottage White||JAXS-NT-CW1||CAM2D-007|
The item code and date code can be found on a label on the top right corner at the back of the product or on the product packaging.
As of March 30, 2017, the company has received one report of the furniture tipping over in Canada, and no reports of injuries.
If you have this recalled product in your possession, please stop using it and order your free anti-tip kit from Caramia Furniture’s company website.
If you have any questions, please contact Caramia Furniture Ltd. by telephone toll-free at 1-877-728-0342, Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.
Thank you for your attention to this matter,
Everyone with a baby has had someone tell them to “sleep when the baby sleeps.” But when you have a toddler that no longer naps or is on a different schedule than your baby, that is pretty much impossible advice to take. And I have discovered that the first communication among siblings is to send secret signals at night to one another to take turns waking up their parents in 30 minute intervals. This gives you juuuuust enough time to fall asleep before the next one startles you awake and you forget that REM sleep ever existed.
With my first child I never wanted to sleep train. I figured rocking her to sleep was temporary and I was all about the extra cuddles even if sleep was hard to come by. And eventually by eight months old she figured it out on her own and started sleeping through the night (with the help of a good environment and routine) and has been a good sleeper for the most part since then. Once baby #2 arrived, the topic of sleep became an entirely different conversation. I couldn’t rock him to sleep endlessly as I had another child waiting to be put to bed. If he screamed for a two hour witching period, it would wake up his sister. I could get him to sleep after a feed and then his sister would call out wanting a drink at 2 am and there would go my break in between feedings. My husband was convinced that he would be like his sister and just learn to do it on his own, but I was sure of only two things:
- There are no guarantees with babies – the second one seems to do things completely different from the first.
- 1 toddler + 1 baby + 0 sleep = very little patience
The four month sleep regression hit us hard and naps were extremely short, night wakings were frequent and I was willing to sell my soul for a good snooze. So, this time around I began to explore my options beyond reading books about healthy sleep and gentle methods of sleep training. I am a pro at putting all the right tools in place (consistent environment, dark, white noise, cool temperature, sleep sacks, on their back, etc) but I needed help with a plan. So, when my son was five months old I went to see the best in the biz, Alanna McGinn of Goodnight Sleep Site. She runs a free sleep clinic the first Wednesday of every month at the Nestled store in Burlington and the first step was to check in with her there and seek out some tips. I found solidarity at this clinic as there were at least ten other families with the same issues with naps and sleep. Alanna provided some great advice about timing of his naps and sleep and I went home feeling more confident and ready to try.
I implemented some of my new tips and saw an improvement right away. It wasn’t perfect but it was better and I started to feel a glimmer of hope that maybe I would one day sleep again. We worked on naps some more and tried a bit of sleep training at night. Though we saw success, I was wavering. Should I be cuddling more? Should I go in and check on him more often? Should I let him cry it out? Am I damaging his brain? Am I teaching him not to trust me by not going to him immediately when he cries? The thing is, there are all sorts of methods to teach your child to sleep and learn to soothe themselves. You have to find what is right for you and your family and then STICK TO IT. This was the issue I was having. I had some of the tips, I knew I wanted to do it and move towards much better sleep, but I just couldn’t stop second guessing my methods or wondering what to do when it didn’t work. This is when I knew I needed more help and support.
So, I booked a consultation with Alanna to work on a full plan for our situation and our needs that we would be comfortable with. After our very first phone conversation I immediately felt better. I had a plan and I was ready to stick to it. It was detailed and involved a schedule, and I thrive on both of those (turns out, babies do too when you do it right). The difference this time around was that I had advice from a certified expert, it was one set plan, and I could have confidence that it has worked for hundreds of other families and that I could reach out to Alanna to troubleshoot and give me the push I needed to continue. Learning to sleep train from articles on the internet is similar to diagnosing your medical problems on webMD- there are real and possible solutions there but you don’t have anyone to provide the support you need to confirm your diagnosis and take you through the treatment. Alanna told me right away that the plan itself is really only about 10% of the service. The support of the consultant is where the other 90% comes in and is the real reward and pay off lies. For me, this was 100% true. I had so many questions about what to do if my first solution didn’t work and in times when I was ready to waver, she was there to guide me and talk me off the ledge, knowing that if I stuck to the plan, it would work out.
And the results? I have a 6.5 month old baby who is currently sleeping through the night and taking naps that are 1-2 hours long every single day. (Here is the part where I pray and cross everything that I have not jinxed myself by publicly saying this). The training was hard, I won’t lie about that. There was guilt involved and some tears from us all. But I don’t regret it and we are all much happier now. I am proud to have a baby who has learned to fall asleep on his own. I love that he wakes up cooing in the morning instead of crying. I have taken back some “me” time in the evening and can’t believe how good that feels. And I have resumed my own love affair with sleep. I do miss some of the extra cuddles though so I am taking those in the day when and while I can!
The bottom line with sleep and your baby is, you have to do what works for you. You love to co-sleep? Awesome, enjoy the snuggles! You bond over breast or bottle feeding to sleep? Perfect, eat up, baby! Your rocking routine is the most peaceful time of day? Amazing, rock on! I will never judge anyone for their sleep strategies because I know as well as anyone else, you do what gets you through. And the only thing worse than being extremely tired is feeling like you are being a bad mom/parent on top of it all. For me, sleep training worked to ease my anxious, slightly depressed, overtired, growling, guilt ridden self. I am a disaster without sleep and regaining it has turned things around for me. And though it was hard to do, especially when I was so against it the first time around, I am thankful I did.
So, to all of you struggling with sleep and the guilt/sleep deprivation of second baby syndrome, let me be the first to tell you, whatever you decide, you will get through. Do what makes you all happy and rested and, if you can, take some time out for yourself. When your baby is eighteen he likely won’t be sleeping in your bed or asking to be rocked to sleep so know that it isn’t forever. The love you have with your pillow and your bed is unconditional, it will welcome you back to solid sleep whenever you are ready, even if it is just in time to send baby off to college!
Katie is a new mom of two and will be sharing her experiences in parenting a toddler and a newborn though this series “New with Two”.
While most little ones don’t sprout their first tooth until around six months, oral hygiene is important even before we see any pearly whites, and long after. Like any healthy practice, it can be hard to develop at first, but it’s always best to start young to form the habit of oral hygiene. After years of taking care of their teeth, my kids don’t question teeth brushing or flossing – though it can still be a pain for us parents if I’m honest!
With each stage of development there are different practices for keeping your child’s mouth and teeth clean, starting with their gums in the early months. Keep their toothless grin clean by wiping the gums twice a day – ideally once in the morning, and after their last feed at night. When milk or formula rest on the gums, and eventually the teeth, over night, teeth may decay. Check out the Natural Gum & Tooth Wipes from Jack n Jill, or their Silicone Gum Brush. A baby wash cloth like the MAM Oral Care Rabbit will also do the trick. The goal is to clear away any bacteria, but it will have the added benefit of soothing any teething pain.
Sucking and Pacifying
Habitual and long-term sucking can cause problems for your child’s teeth, especially if the habit continues after baby teeth start to fall out. If your baby uses a soother or drinks from a bottle, it’s a good idea to cut both by age two. Sippy cups with straws, like the ones from Munchkin, keep liquids away from your child’s teeth, and babies can easily begin taking water from them around age one. Avoid letting your child fall asleep with a bottle in her mouth or nursing to sleep regularly – these soothing practices allow sugar from the milk to decay their teeth and cause cavities. If your baby needs something to suck on to fall asleep, try a bottle with water instead of milk, or a pacifier.
It’s the sweetest thing seeing those first couple of teeth pop through the surface. Suddenly their smile is totally different and time seems to be going by too quickly (like with all major milestones!). As soon as your baby has even one tooth, it’s time for tooth brushing. Start without toothpaste and a small, soft bristled brush, such as the Jack N’ Jill Buzzy Brush or the MAM First Brush. While parents should always brush their baby’s teeth (many dentists encourage this until primary school!), consider getting a child-friendly brush to let your little guy try it out for himself. Having a toy toothbrush is also very helpful in normalizing teeth brushing if your baby is resistant to it. We love the Angel Brush tooth brush or the Banana brush and your baby will too! Make sure toothbrushes, even the toy ones, are always kept in a safe, clean place.
Babies under age two do not need toothpaste. Simple brushing and regular cleaning will be enough for their sprouting teeth. The Canadian Dental Association reminds us that unless a child is at high risk of tooth decay (which is to be determined by a dentist), they do not need fluoride tooth paste until over age three, so make sure you’re using fluoride-free tooth paste, like Jack N’ Jill’s Natural Organic Toothpaste for your little ones. I also love the safe to swallow Happy Mouth Anti-Cavity Rinse for babies as young as nine months.
Above all, it’s important to visit your dentist regularly and model good oral hygiene for your children. In my case, my kids are now old enough to remind me to floss, and they do regularly! Starting those habits young is so crucial. Save sugary snacks and drinks for special occasions and only offer water before bed; not milk. Before long, you’ll be enduring your children wiggling their loose teeth and hiding teeth for the tooth fairy, all in the blink of an eye.
Emily is a Montreal-based writer and blogger, but most importantly, a mom of three littles (age five and under). She geeks out over cloth diapers, lattes, and will do just about anything to travel. You can find her on Instagram @emmorrice where she profusely overgrams pictures of her meals, kids and city.
Leave a comment in this blog post that answers the question “When do you plan to start or did you start your child’s oral care routine?” and log in to the Rafflecopter contest below. Click “I commented” for your chance to WIN one of two oral care prize packs, that include a MAM Cooling Teether, Jack N’Jill Baby Gum & Tooth Wipes, Chewbeads Bangle, Boon Gnaw Teether Tether, and a Jack N’Jill Tooth Keeper (for the future!). Contest ends Friday, April 21st at 11:59PM EST. Full contest rules can be found here.
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