She eats everything….

I wouldn’t have guessed my 10 month old would be eating these things, but she has a mind (and flavour palette) all of her own. And growing up in our house, there will be no shortage of interesting things for her to try. Here’s a few of her oddest choices:

1. Pickled burdock root.

We get it from Sanko (Japanese food store in Toronto) and she gnaws on it like it was licorice. She doesn’t bite into it or swallow, but for gumming it has been her favorite teething food. Bizarre! (The vinegar level is probably higher than recommended, but burdock itself is a reputed calming herb, and she had no bad reaction)


2. Hummus.

I’m not a huge hummus fan myself but I wanted to try something with veggie protein since I don’t cook with many beans or lentils. Lo and behold, she loves it. Particularly with pita and cheese.


3. Jambalaya. She went nuts for this clam-juice and tomato soaked rice. (I left out the meats for her portion.)

creole jambalaya

4. Cranberry sauce It was her favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. She loved the turkey quite a lot too.

cranberry sauce

5. Mango. This might not sound strange, but my kid isn’t a fan of apples really, or bananas, or strawberries. Her pick is mango. Eats it for breakfast 7 days a week. Funny little monkey. I buy the Europe’s best frozen mango, blanche it, and cut it up small.


Chief Household Officer

It’s 2013, and I have a household. Small, but hungry.

If the frequency of my brain was turned into a song it would probably sound like the Chipmunks crossed with Yoko Ono. I’ve been in a constant high speed, super-efficient, plan, cook, solve, hyper-mom mode around the clock for months.

Not complaining. In fact, I love every minute. I am utterly in love with my little family.

But man…. I’m tired.

After the necessities — the lesser known must-haves of the nursery

This one’s dedicated to our friends Adrian and Shraddha who are expecting their first baby in a few weeks.

1. The quick ‘maybe she has a tummy ache’ fix 

Gripe Water

This stuff was a godsend. Raquel didn’t have colic but she did have a bit of tummy trouble sometimes… now and then she would have trouble keeping things down… who knows what’s actually happening in those little baby bodies. But Gripe Water is a cure all. We’d give her a drop of gripe water and it seemed to calm her tummy really well. Also, it’s sweet so… there was no argument from her. Works great for the hiccups too.

Shoppers Drug Mart sells it (in Canada). We used Life Brand. I don’t think it matters.

TIP: It comes in a useless bottle that is hard to maneuver one-handed in the dark, so we switched it to a bottle with a dropper. Easier to control the amount and also to get it in the right place (i.e. baby’s mouth, not dribbling down chin)

2. The ‘She needs something educational to do in her crib!’ fix aka. It will entertain the baby for 20 minutes? Yes please. 

Tiny Love Sweet Island Dreams Mobile

I did a lot of research on this. Mobiles can be a lot of things (stimulating, calming, educational) and this one seemed to have it all. The reviews were fantastic, also. We found great success with it, just like the reviews said. From birth onward, it’s entertainment for them for 20 minutes. (And ohhh the cute faces she made while watching it!)

Tiny Love Sweet Island Dreams

TIP: If you don’t choose this particular one, make sure you do get one that moves on its own. ‘Cause you don’t have the time to wind up that sh*t.

3. The ‘she won’t sleep unless she’s bouncing’ fix 

A Pilates ball

pilates ball

Apparently boys like to swing and girls like to bounce. Our pilates ball was a lifesaver – it calmed her instantly just to be held and bounced. Definitely beats some of the other things I’ve heard parents doing to get their kids to sleep, like driving around the block at 2 am.

4. The ‘all these other fancy swaddles sort of suck’ fix

Aden and Anais swaddles

Swaddling is back in style (apparently it was out of fashion for a while). As you’ll find in books like Happiest Baby on the Block, a good swaddle means a baby that doesn’t whack herself in the face mid-sleep and wake her and you up. We only used them until she was about 8 weeks old, but for the first little while, it worked like a charm.

Aden and Anais Swaddle
Aden and Anais Swaddle

Also, check out all the different types of swaddling on YouTube

5. The ‘I know wipe warmers are indulgent and ridiculous but she cries when the cold wipes touch her bum!’ fix 

Prince Lionheart Warmer

Love this brand. They also make a caddy and wash clothes that are the best out there.

6. The ‘We need the best, most natural bum cream available to man’ 

substance nappy rash ointment

Substance Nappy Rash Ointment, $17.00 for diaper rash, cradle cap, winter dryness, chapping…. 
One thing about new babies… their skin goes through all sorts of freaky weird things.
This ointment is a cure all. I swear by it. You can put it anywhere on a baby, or on yourself. It’s soothing, moisturizing, un-fragranced, and the ingredients are all pronounceable. In Toronto I know Ella + Elliott sells it, Mini Mioche, and BBBuggy. I’m seriously considering using it as a face cream.
7. The ‘how did I ever live without this’ nursing pillow 
Boppy! The thought of nursing without this makes me shudder. How did women function before these?

The B.S. “low amnio” diagnosis is getting exposed, finally.

Ladies, especially mammas to be… be aware that “low amniotic fluid” is being over-diagnosed at the end of pregnancy as a reason to induce. Inform yourself : )

Read this article on the low amniotic fluid diagnosis (Oligohydramnios). Please read the comments too (many are women who regret not knowing this information pre-labor).

And here’s the story of how this diagnosis affected me personally.

It’s scary stuff. I’m not in any way saying to go against doctors orders (although we did) because every situation is different. But I am definitely saying to know in advance what you might be facing in your last days of pregnancy.


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