Showing posts with label Parenting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parenting. Show all posts

4 Jul 2012

Splurging

I am cheap thrifty - sometimes to a fault.  We have a budget for almost everything, and we very rarely veer outside of it.  Sometimes though, if it's an item that I know we are going to have for a long time I will research, research, research and spend the money to get a quality item.  I scour the internet for reviews, we usually go to more than one store, and we think about it for quite a while before we splurge.  We also make sure we always have the cash to buy it - I won't splurge if we don't have the money in our account already.  And of course, it has to look awesome.  

So what did we splurge on you ask? Well, let me start with the back story....

Back when I was pregnant we went to Toys R Us and scanned about a bizzillion things for our baby registry.  When it came to a high chair though I really couldn't decide.  They all just seemed so blah and kiddish.  I know, that sounds ridiculous since obviously we were having a kid.  I do try hard though to have Fin's stuff fit in with our style as much as possible.  Her room is decorated for her, but the furniture still fits our style and doesn't look out of place with the rest of our house.  I also really have a thing about everyone eating at the kitchen table.  We eat dinner together every night that we can (except when Fin has a meltdown and I have to finish eating in the bathroom while she has a bath.....please tell me I am not the first mother to do this...).  I wanted to be able to have Fin at the table with us, not in a high chair that was off to the side.  

So after much debate I chose a travel type chair that would clip onto our table.  We received it as a gift and I was super excited for her to try it out (when she could sit....which meant I had to wait about 5 months before trying it out).


It served its purpose.  It took up basically no room and she seemed pretty comfy in it.  That was until she got big enough to start swinging her legs.  Our kid has some serious strength.  She would swing her legs so hard that the table would shake and our drinks would slosh everywhere.  She also got into a fun habit of chewing food and then opening her mouth up (while still full) and chewing the fabric arms of the chair.  The food was totally mushed in.  It was gross to say the least.  But, the straw that really broke the camel's back was when she figured out how to get one foot up and started to stand up in the chair.  What good is a high chair if I can't turn my back for even one second? No good.


So....we started researching.  I was still adamant that I didn't want a traditional high chair.  

We finally landed on the Stokke Tripp Trapp (great name, right? I call it the Tripp Trapp all the time just because I like saying it).



It was not cheap....not by any stretch of the imagination.  It was double what a regular high chair would have been.  But we decided to splurge for a couple of reasons.  It comes right up to the table, so Fin eats at the table just like we do (minus the dishes and cutlery of course...that girl with a knife in her hand would be a scary sight).  It is crazy sturdy.  There is no tipping this sucker.  She can swing and bounce around and it never even shakes.  It has a 5 point harness. Shoulder straps are critical for keeping our kid in place.  The seat and leg rests move so as Fin grows the chair grows with her.  It's rated for up to 300 lbs, so when she is done with it, the leg rest can be removed and it can serve as a stool of sorts for any adult.


I love, love, love it.  Yes, it was a lot of money, but it was so worth it in the end.  Fin loves it too and dinner has become much less stressful now that I don't have to worry about her standing up and dancing in her chair.  She will even sit in it and watch her cartoons while we prep food.


And to add the craziness in our house, Diefenbaker has now discovered that Fin drops food on the floor all the time.  For some reason it took the Tripp Trapp for him to realize this fact.  This is the view we see all too often as he tries to nab some chicken.


How about you? Any splurges?



13 May 2012

10 Things I Know Now That I'm A Mother

In celebration of Mother's Day, here is a list of 10 things that I have learned since becoming a mother 10 short months ago.

1. Sleep is not overrated - it really is essential to functioning. When I wander around panicked that we've run out of powdered formula because I can't find it ANYWHERE, and then realize that I put it in the freezer - that's when I realize how important sleep is.

2. A 10 month old has a reach about 5 times longer than you think she does.  If the ipad or my cell phone is what she's after then the reach becomes even longer. I swear she has Inspector Gadget arms and she uses them when I am not looking.

3. Having other new mom friends is essential to survival. Even better if they like to drink.

4. Waking up for the day at 5 am on a Saturday is not much fun, but at least it's a little bit better when your alarm clock is a baby laughing hysterically by herself in her crib. 


5. Dog food is still my enemy #1  (read more on that here). It's even worse now that she can haul herself up on the dog dishes and can reach the disgusting slobbery water.

6. The smile when I come in the door at the end of the day can make any bad day turn right around.

7.  Dreaming about Baby Max and Ruby and their grocery shopping adventures is really not cool.

Max is hungry. What's for lunch?
Let's buy carrots in a bunch. 
Max, don't drop that on the floor
or we'll have eggs scrambled in the store.

I can keep going since I know the whole book by memory, but I'll save you the pain. Just trust me, you really don't want to dream about Max and Ruby. 

8. Labour sucks. It really does. The baby at the end totally makes it worth it, but I still haven't forgot the pain. 

9. My mother has a heart of gold. I knew this before, but seeing her with Fin makes me so happy. I can't wait to see how their relationship grows.

10. Letting your kid eat day-old dried up toast cubes and old Cheerios off of the kitchen floor is really not that big of a deal. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there, but especially to my Mom. My Mom does so much for us and I am so thankful for all of her help.  If you think we are a bit of a gong show family now, I can't even imagine what we'd be like without her.  I am grateful that she is not only my Mom, but is also such a great friend.


2 May 2012

My Favorite Room

We are still plugging away at the office space in the basement (painting baseboards really is a horrible task), but I thought I'd take a break from the office to show you my favourite room in our house - Fin's room.  I think it's actually funny that it's my favourite room, since I spend quite a bit of time in there being completely frustrated with my daughter and willing her to go to sleep.  Our kid struggles with sleep - a lot! She often goes to sleep just fine and then wakes up half an hour later and has such a hard time getting back to sleep.  She wants to drift off into dreamland but her body seems to fight her and it's often a very frustrating time for all involved.  I sit in the rocking chair and rock her quietly while her eyes flutter closed and then pop back open, over, and over, and over again.  Although we have frustrating times in the room, it's also the room where we get the best cuddles (in the morning for about 2.6 seconds) and the hugest smiles (when we go get her after naps).  It's the room we get some Mom and Fin time to just sit and read books or talk about the day (mostly I talk while she plays with my necklace, earrings, hair, buttons etc).  I am so happy with the choices we made in this room and can't wait for our little girl to grow up in it. 

Forest Themed Nursery
Crib: Oeuf Sparrow Crib in grey. West Coast Kids. Change Table: Oeuf Sparrow Dresser. West Coast Kids. Wall Decal: Tree with Forest Friends. Simple Shapes on Etsy. Crib Sheet: Nook fitted crib sheet. West Coast Kids.  Laundry Hamper: Real Canadian Superstore. 

Woodlands Nursery
Owl Bookends: Chapters. Wall Decal: Tree with Forest Friends. Simple Shapes on Etsy.  Window Valance: DIY, covered with fabric from Spoonflower

Mom & Baby Rocking Chair
Rocking Chairs: both are antique, refinished using Benjamin Moore Advance in a custom mixed colour to match the fabric.  Fabric: Spoonflower


Linking to:

Thrifty Decor Chick


10 Mar 2012

The kibble death trap


Clearly the big wigs who make dog kibble do not have a baby crawling around their house.  Dog food has become my new enemy #1. When Fin is crawling around on the floor I turn into a crazy woman who is only out to spot dog food, and let me tell you, I am getting pretty damn good at spotting it!  To be fair, I have a giant dog so his food is also huge.  They are perfect little round pieces that seem to me to be the exact size of an 8 month old's trachea.
The deadly kibble
My daughter has radar for a couple of things.  One radar has to do with us going to bed (she knows exactly when you lay your head down and then starts crying) and the other is zoned in on dog food. There must be something about the smell (blech) or the taste (as she has managed to lick a few - double blech) that just draws her right to it.  Diefenbaker (the lovely dog) also has jowls the size of Texas.  He eats and eats and eats and then goes right into the middle of the kitchen and shakes.  Uneaten kibble flies out of his jowls.  This is the worst type of kibble because not only does it fly right towards Fin, but it is also covered in dog drool so it's nice and sticky.  It sticks in her hair (of which she has barely any), it sticks to her clothes, it sticks to the underside of her blanket so I can't find it, and sometimes it even boomerangs back and sticks to the dog.  Diefenbaker has an obsession with shaking.  He is like a self conscious 14 year old girl - if you touch his hair he needs to react immediately to smooth it back out (i.e. shake his ears and jowls wildly to get them back into place).  Since Fin has arrived the shaking has increased 10 fold. I swear sometimes it's because he is trying to secretly kill her with kibble.  It really doesn't help that our dog food bowls are about 2 feet off the ground, and Fin is completely obsessed with climbing things now and lifting herself up (be it food bowls or the dog himself - he is her Mt. Everest that must be conquered). She lies underneath of them and plots how she can pull herself up and reach her hand in for a big fist full of kibble without making a sound and before I turn around. So far she hasn't been successful.

The lovely Great Dane bowls
I will admit that I have thought of smashing up the kibble, food processing it and soaking it in water before feeding it to Diefenbaker so that it's mushy.  In the end though none of that seems fair to the dog and I guess we all just need to learn to live with it. 





4 Mar 2012

Organizing Smorganizing

I used to be one of those people who did things ad hoc - then I had a kid.  All of a sudden I had limited time to get things done and was so tired that the option of starting a project at 9 p.m. was long gone. I went back to work in January and was feeling slightly overwhelmed with everything that needed to get done in the house.  After all, now I only had 2 hours a day to see Fin before she went to bed and to try and pick up all her toys, make lunch for the next day, etc, etc, etc.


I won't go into the details here as Modern Parents Messy Kids does a much better job explaining it than I ever could.  I can't say that I have followed it to to a tee, but I have tried to incorporate a few of the ideas into our daily life.  Having a daily cleaning schedule on the fridge is actually working (mine is WAY shorter than suggested in the project), and it's totally lame but I sure get excited about crossing off that I wiped the counter tops!  If you are needing some motivation to organize I highly recommend you check it out.




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