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My boys have always been earlier teethers, and it is nearly impossible to find a product that they can hold on to and chew.  Jack started teething at 2 1/2 months, and got his first tooth at 4 1/2 months.  Wesley had a tooth at 3 1/2 months, and Justin certainly doesn’t want to be out done, and has started teething in the last 2 weeks.

Also at such young ages, they don’t like anything too cold.  So finding a teething product that works for us, is an ongoing battle.

I recently received a Teething Bling necklace from SmartMom.  They offer several different products in their online store: Tween Bling in various shapes and colours with scented items coming!, Teething Bling in different shapes, and colours both solids and patterns, gift sets, coordinated bangles, even Teething Bling Keychains!  And just in case, that wasn’t enough for you, they even have gift cards, so you can let your Mommy friend pick out her own gift!

I received the Blue Camo Donut Teething Bling.  I really wasn’t sure how it would work for us, as I really haven’t had much luck until the boys are much older.  Justin isn’t really all that interested in my Mommy Necklace at this point, so wasn’t sure he would be that interested with this one either.

The Blue Camoflage Donut Shaped Pendant hangs on a silky cord with a breakaway clasp.  The pendant itself is made out a rubbery teething material, which is perfect for teething babies!

It is very light, comfortable, and fun to wear!  The only thing I wasn’t completely in love with was the length.  I felt it was a little long on me, however Justin disagrees.  Whenever I am nursing him now, or holding him  close he grabs onto it, and holds on for all he is worth.  He likes to pull on it, and old it.  It is thin, so his little fingers can grasp it, as he is only just going to be 3 months.  Also, because it is a donut shape his hands will clasp on either side, or I often find him holding it with 2 fingers on either side of the cord.  My Mommy Necklace was too high for him unless I bent over.  I am starting to really like the length because when he is holding it I am not bent over or constantly taking it off. 

The breakaway clasp is durable, but does break away if it is needed.  Justin has never broken it away, but I did get it caught under neath him once when he was sleeping and I was putting him down.  I pulled back and it came apart for me. 

Although Justin has not held it in his mouth on his own yet, I have done it for him a few times when he was biting me and I popped him off.

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This weekend was a long weekend here in Canada.  Usually on a long weekend, my hubby has all kinds of jobs he wants to get accomplished, and we do our best to let him get them done.  I don’t know if this one he didn’t have plans, or he just didn’t bother to mention them as it has been a long few weeks around here!   He did get some things done, but we spent a lot of time hanging 0ut as a family.

It was so nice to sit on our deck with the boys playing in the yard, the baby either gooing, or sleeping, and chatting with DH who was laying on our swing, while I was doing some knitting.  It was almost like one of those cheesy hallmark movies. 

After Dinner on Sunday and Monday we went for a family walk around the sub-division, and ate some ice cream.  Monday night the boys got ice cream from the ice cream truck, which they thoroughly enjoyed, but is probably not going to be pleasant for me now since they know what that truck is!  They usually just get excited that the truck comes by playing music.

Here is a pic of them eating their ice cream.

Wesley doesn’t like the ice cream so much as it is too cold.  He will take a lick here and there, so hubby kept giving him empty cones to finish eating.  This next pic I think is so cute and so funny all at the same time.  The look on his face as he looks at the empty cone seems to say “HEY! What the heck…where is my ice cream?”  But really hubby just caught him eyeing it for his next bite.

So a pleasant weekend, is setting a good tone for what should be a fun week.

Today, I received a hair clip I won in a give away from Jenni’s Bowtique on facebook.  Although I have 3 boys, I have tons of friends who have girls, so I am going to surprise one of them with it on Thursday!

Wednesday, my in-laws are picking up the older boys to take them back to their place for a sleepover.  They live about 1 1/2 hours from us, so we don’t get to see them nearly as often as we would like.  I am one of the blessed ones who loves their in-laws.  The boys go over and get thoroughly spoiled.  I stay here and enjoy the break, but miss my boys terribly while they are gone.  I think it’s because we are together pretty much 24/7 so when they aren’t here it is quiet and lonely.

Thursday, I will go to my Mommy and Me group with just Justin.  Which pretty much means it will be super easy on me.  Then in the evening my ILs will bring back the boys, and that night is Jack’s orientation for school.  This is a fun thing, but also something that makes me sad.  I am sure you will all hear plenty about this over the next 3-4 months.  Nanny and Papa will be watching the 2 younger ones, so Jack can go with just Mommy and Daddy.  This will be exciting for him, and me.  It will be the first time since Justin was born that I have left him at all, that is if I have any milk for him!

Friday, my friend is coming over with her baby girl, I can’t wait to meet her.  I have been meaning to go over there, but we had chicken pox in the house, and it is also hard getting over there when I have 3 boys.  She wants to get out of the house, and I think also realizes if she ever wants to see me, coming to my house is probably the best idea.

Some time this week, I will hopefully be getting my new iphone!  Which I am way too excited about.  Also, some of the items that I will be doing as reviews and give aways should be coming this week, and I can’t wait to try them out.  Also I can’t wait to be able to post them as giveaways so you can try them.  All of the items are so fun, exciting, and funky! 

Ok well this is enough rambling for now.  I have some cleaning and knitting to do while the boys are napping and hubby is on his way home!

As a gift for the birth of my youngest baby Sheryl from Babyappleseed gave me some of her Nursing Pads.  She has many different fabrics you can choose, and I told her to surprise me.  Sheryl brought me 4 sets, and this is one of the sets I got, so cute, and funky:

 

Here are my thoughts and experiences:

I am a very tactile person, and have very sensitive skin.  Whenever I use any kind of nursing pad I always feel like they are a little rough, even the ultra soft ones.

When I put these in, it felt so soft and comfy!  I was so excited.  This was the first time I enjoyed putting on nursing pads!  Even though no one will see my breast pads (unless they fall out of my bra when I am nursing, thus causing me to be horribly embarrassed), they are very stylish.  They make me feel a little sexy, even when I am in need of a shower, and in my pjs at 4 pm. 

The following is some info on the nursing pads:
These pads are made with layers of super soft (and cute) flannelette (or flannelette on one side and quality cotton on the other) which sandwiches a just the right thickness layer of 100% cotton and very absorbent quilters batting. These three layers provide great protection that allows air flow and prevents nasty bacteria that can develop with some waterproof styles. We surge our pads because it provides the best protection from fraying and also flattens the edges to reduce visible pad lines.

Disclosure: I received nursing pads as a gift. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine.

There was a time in my life, before kids, that I had a boring life.  I remember thinking I wished I had a more interesting life….silly me!  I wouldn’t change a thing about my crazy life now, but there are times I wish I had cherished those times a little more. 

I thought that I would take a few minutes to give you a little insight as to my life, plans, and goals.

Right now, my oldest son, Jack, is going through speech therapy.  We have that every Monday morning at 8:30 am for 1 hour.  He is in a group with 2 other boys.  We go over different concepts that are supposed to help in his speech, and there are games that go along with it.  We usually have some project to bring home to work on.  I find it hard to get time to do the homework she sends home, but we always work on the concepts and play some games.  Our therapist has already noticed marked improvements, and this was our 3rd week!  YAY!  Jack seems to need visual clues on how to speak, or you to tell him how to say something.  But once he has it, he will use it regularly.

What I have just instituteda flexible schedule in the last week, so that I might more easily accomplish some tasks with the boys, and to have the days more interesting for them.  Plus I am hoping it will help me have more time for cleaning and my own crafts.  Basically it is 1/2 hour increments, of things that may take less than that to do.  If we miss a certain item, or go over on another item, I am not going to worry about it.  It is just to have a guideline so the days don’t slip away from us, and the boys will have fun, and help in their development.

I am trying to keep up on my blogging, but with 2 busy boys, a brand new baby, and a craft business I am trying to get off the ground sometimes things lag behind. 

With my craft business, I am trying to work on baby blankets right now.  Ones for babies, and even “fur babies”.  I have an etsy shop www.shairbearg.etsy.com, but my Sis-in-law and I have a shared fan page on Facebook called Choice Crafts that we would love for you to join to keep up with us.  Currently the etsy shop is empty because I changed my focus, and am changing up the shop a bit.

I was given some items from BabyAppleseed to try out.  I will write more on that in the near future.  Check out her page on face book, or her etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BabyAppleseed  I love trying out new items and products.  So if you have anything you would like to have a review on, please contact me.

I am having a hard time keeping up with laundry now that we have an extra person.  I have 3-4 loads a day to do right now, and with everything else it seems overwhelming some days.  Also I am not sure how families manage to have dinner on the table each night, but I have to figure it out, as even my 2 year old knows what McDonald’s are, and he knows what the Swiss Chalet delivery driver looks like.  When he see the driver, he yells “Chalet!  Get in your seat!”, and runs and gets into his booster seat!  That’s probably not good.

My 2 year old wants to be potty trained, he is always asking to sit on the potty, and he has even ran in sat down and peed in his pull up.  That is telling Mommy she needs to get moving on this.

So my current goals are:
– have 5 items posted for sale by the end of the month
– get some routines working to keep up on dinner nightly, laundry, and Jack’s homework
– potty train Wesley
– get steps back up to 10,000 steps consistently on pedometer – it has went down during the pregnancy and postpartum

So these are my current goals.  Once I get some of them accomplished I will add more.  What are your current goals?

When we had our first son, I received a visit from the welcome wagon, and in their package was a promotion for a free 8×10 picture of my baby from Canadian Baby Photographers.  All I had to do was have them come in and let them take some photos of my baby.

I thought it sounded fun, and who wouldn’t want a free 8×10 of my new baby?? 

Everyone I dealt with at Canadian Baby is professional and very pleasant!  They have exceptional picture quality, and the prices are comparible to an in home photo shoot.  My husband got them done when he was a baby and even though the pictures were kept in a photo album that has eaten away at all other pictures, they are still in good shape.

A photographer comes right into your home with all their gear, and sets up the shoot.  They are able to pose your baby in very cute poses.  They will personalize some shots for you, and they also have standard ones that they do.  I have enjoyed every shoot that I have had done (one for each boy).  It is very interesting to watch them work.

We have bought a package with each boy, and we were given a free gift each time, just for having them in.  If you order the proofs, you are given a nice photo album with 3 spare wallet size pictures for free. 

I highly recommend Canadian Baby Photographers, and their product.  Even if you aren’t sure you would want to make a purchase, I would suggest having them come in and do the shoot. It is fun, and you will get a free gift with a picture of your baby on it.  With our oldest we received an 8×10 with the other 2 we have received a mini calendar with their picture and first year of their lives.

Justin is my 3rd breastfed baby, and I have always gotten so confused as to which breast I had last nursed off of.  I tried many different tricks such as:

– a paper clip on the bra – that ended up scratching me or falling off

– leaving 1 side unclipped – except it would fall down if I was walking around

– just remembering – that only works for an hour or so, and then in the middle of the night or after a dozen feeds in a day I would be so confused. 

– I tried writing it down – except I would never feed near my journal and would forget to write them down

and I had done many more. 

Not to mention forgetting when I last fed the poor baby. 

I had a Kidsmart Party held by Jayda (Check out Jayda’s Kidsmart group on facebook), and they were selling Milk bands.  What appealed to me at the time was that it had right printed on one side and left printed on the opposite side, while I was nursing it would be on my wrist and all I had to do was reach over with my arm and flip it around.  That to me was worth buying it.

Here are the features as listed on www.milkbands.com

Milk Bands™ are a uniquely designed nursing bracelet that enables the mother to quickly and conveniently identify which breast she last used to feed her baby by simply turning the bracelet inside-out!

Milk Bands™ breastfeeding bracelets have time measuring sliders that can be used for multiple purposes such as tracking how long your baby fed or what time!

Milk Bands™ work regardless of which wrist they are worn on and are so easy to use it only takes one hand! Our breastfeeding bracelet works in the dark and can be worn during any and all activities!

When the time comes, Milk Bands™ can be used to help you wean your baby!

Let Milk Bands™ keep track of the basics so you can worry about more important things!

Milk Bands™ are available at your favorite maternity clothing stores, such as Motherhood Maternity and Destination Maternity.

I really do like my milk band, and it has made breastfeeding a non-thinking event for me, which is wonderful as I have enough on my mind.  Flipping it over is easy, and the sliders help me remember when I last fed him.  That is something that I didn’t think I needed, but I have found I sometimes think he just fed and realize it has been longer than I thought so I will wake him to feed him during the day.
The only negative things I found are the following: 
The sliders break fairly easily, which then eliminates one of the features.  I have broken 2 so far, and have had it about 1 month.  The good thing was that I went on the milk bands website, and found that they replace them for free, you just have to pay for shipping.  I ordered 2 sets and have went through 1 set already.
The other negative is, I find sometimes it can get caught on something and flip over thus making for some confusion.  I do usually notice it has done it and flip it back.  Although when it has got caught halfway through a flip I have had to try to remember which side I last fed on.
Overall I do recommend this product as the 2 potential problems were easily dealt with for me, and most of the time it made my life simplier having it. 
ETA: I actually no longer recommend this product, as the sliders break very easily,  or fall off.  It became more frustrating that it was worth to use.

I just recently had my 3rd boy, and picked up a few new products I wanted to try in order to make life easier.  With 3 young boys around I need to make life as simple and convienent as possible.  So I will be doing product reviews as I go along.

The first thing I got my hands on was a Mommy Necklace from http://www.mommynecklaces.com/.  Basically this is a necklace that is fashionable, but sturdy for little ones to grab on and should not break!  They are also designed to help keep your nursing baby entertained instead of getting distracted by life going on around you, while you are trying to nurse.

My opinion?
Basically I love love love my Mommy Necklace. 

When my middle son was 18 months old, he got a hold of a beautiful necklace I had purchased from a friend who makes necklaces.  My son gave a good yank, and it snapped!  The beads all went scattering into the grass, and there I stood with my hands grasping the few beads I could catch, and tears in my eyes. 

When he grabs onto my Mommy Necklace, and gives a good tug nothing happens.  It does have a break away clasp so that it would give there first.  He is 2 now and we have never had a problem.  It is also a good necklace for teaching him not to pull on it. 

My youngest now gets a grasp on it as well and it is perfect for working on grasping.  I also see him staring at it as he is feeding and it keeps his attention.

Although it may not be a necessity, it is something I wish I had previously.  I am not a person who wears a lot of jewellry, but I love my Mommy Necklace and am very rarely seen without it.  I just need to get more colours so it matches more outfits!


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