As a parent, it’s a basic instinct to look after your children. You feed them well, make sure they lead an active lifestyle, and strive to keep them happy so as to ensure they’re mentally healthy and strong in the future. Of course, whilst that’s all well and good, many of us are better at keeping our children healthy than keeping ourselves healthy. You might work so hard to keep your little ones in good shape that you neglect the importance of your personal health. But it’s important for everyone in the family to live healthily; that includes parents. If you’re not sure whether all residents of your household are living as healthily as possible here’s some advice you should take on board.
We’re all told, time and again, as we carry the little bump in our bellies that will one day become a fully functioning human being with thoughts, dreams and aspirations of their own. We’re told by friends, family and parents. We’re told words to the effect of, “When that baby’s born, everything’s going to change”. They’re right, of course they are. The birth of your children usually heralds a top-down reorganisation of the psyche as well as being a complete paradigm shift. There’s a sense that you in yourself are reborn as your baby is born. As soon as you stare down at that wriggling bundle of wonder the problems that seemed enormous and insurmountable seem trivial, and your sole priority becomes taking care of this little person whoever they turn out to be. [Read more…]
Back in October, our second baby, Pip, was born.
As most newborns are, he was squishy, sleepy and cuddly. I was pretty prepared for this. What I wasn’t prepared for was the emotions I would feel. To the point where I thought I had postpartum depression.
When Sweet Girl was born, I had absolutely ZERO negative effects. I was SO in love with being a mama and amazed at how we lucked out with such an easy baby (she slept through the night at 3 weeks!). Of course, I didn’t expect future babies to be as perfect, but I also didn’t expect what I experienced with Baby Pip.
Becoming a new mother can be a very chaotic time. You will notice that your sleep quality and regulatory takes a nosedive, as does your ability to relax as you become more and more attentive to the life of brand new little human. Worrying about a million things at once is stock in trade for a new mother and father. This is fine of course, because any worry or sleepless night is repaid over a thousand times in having a bundle of love to call your own. It truly is a special experience like no other.
However, that doesn’t mean neglecting your peace of mind and sleep is something advisable. It’s not necessarily a complete requirement every single day in order to enjoy and look after your child well. Sometimes, it pays to be smart, and self-care is always smart. Now, you might be reading this thinking ‘well that’s easy for you! Am I supposed to tell my infant baby to stop waking me up?’ Well, of course not. However, what you can do is improve the quality of your sleep. [Read more…]
Last summer I read something about how soft play is great for toddlers’ cognitive and physical development. Never hearing the term, I figured soft play meant toys that aren’t plastic, but rather, soft.
Needless to say, I was wrong.
*After writing this post, I contacted Amazing Adventure to see about any incentives for my promotional write up. They sent me out some indoor playground passes, and I’m sharing 2 with a lucky winner! Be sure to enter here.
After reading a bit more about it, I realized soft play refers to indoor playground type facilities with loads of foam (and germs?). I quickly started researching the closest arena to us. Unfortunately, it’s 2+ hours away!
So, when we were planning a trip to Regina for a hotel + water-slide overnight before the new baby was due to arrive, I figured we should take the opportunity to check out Amazing Adventure. [Read more…]
At the risk of having my woman card stripped, I’m being completely honest when I say that I never have been a fan of Valentine’s Day. Yes, it’s nice to get flowers + chocolate, etc., but I really believe that every day should be used to show those around us that we love them. Right?
That being said, V-Day grew in meaning for me in 2017. My daughter’s first Valentine’s Day.
Growing up, my mom would always have a little something for us, and there would be cards and goodies to pass out at our school party. We even had a coinciding week dedicated to a “secret friend” exchange. It was exciting and all, but, was it really necessary?
Now that I’m a mama, I appreciate all the effort my own mother, the teachers, and my classmates’ mothers put in to making our Valentine’s Days memorable and fun, even if I didn’t back then.
So, in the spirit of the season, I’ve been thinking of ways to make Sweet Girl’s second and Pip’s first Valentine’s Day a good one. While Pip will be a bit small (4 months) to really enjoy anything, I still feel the desire to make an effort for him.
Since it isn’t really a true holiday, and since my husband is in school (final term, yay!), I’m brainstorming for inexpensive or free ways to celebrate the day of love. Who knows, maybe you’ll create a lasting tradition. [Read more…]
Even before I became pregnant for the first time I knew I didn’t want to be the family that had the 3 year old in diapers. Early potty training, to me, was just going to be potty training. I didn’t consider it a “fad” or a “thing”. It was just the way we were going to do it.
Fast forward to the delivery room, take 1. I distinctly recall, with a slimy newborn on my chest, talking to the nurse about how we’ll start training Sweet Girl at 9 months old. Her reply was along the lines of “oh, you’re one of those.”
I didn’t realize there were “those” to be categorized. But, as I soon found out, with any parenting decision there will be distinct divisions and “sides”. And yes, a lot of the time we are “those” parents.
Can we dedicate today’s post to one of the most adorable things on the planet? No, I’m not talking about all the cute trick-or-treaters you had your way last night. I’m talkin’ about baby clothes! All those teensy-weensy little garments that really have no reason for being so adorable other than they’re, well, teensy-weensy. Specifically, shirts. We’re going to talk about turning a onesie into a T-shirt! [Read more…]
As the Christmas season draws near, we’re all busy thinking about gifts. The stores are filled with tacky mugs and tasteless sweaters, urging you to make some much-regretted purchases for everyone on your list. Commercials of expensive gadgets flood the TV. All you want is to make your presents memorable and thoughtful. Something the recipient will actually use and not just stuff in a closet never to be seen again. Enter, The Ultimate Gift Guide.
I bet there’s at least a couple individuals on your list who are notoriously hard to buy for. Enter, The Ultimate Gift Guide.
If you started your shopping early, there’s no doubt you still have a few gifts or stocking-stuffers to pick up. Enter, The Ultimate Gift Guide.
Whether you’re looking for gifts for kids, men, women, or trying to stay under budget, I’ve got an idea for you! I’ve put together this MEGA list to give you some inspiration and motivation to get your shopping done before the rush gets real.
By knowing what you want to pick up, you’ll be in and out of the store quick enough that you only have to listen to one awful rendition of “Jingle Bells”.
So grab your pen and paper and get list-ing.
If you’re new to hampersandhiccups.com, let me catch you up. I have a 17 month old Sweet Girl, and we just welcomed our new bundle of joy – Pipsqueak. You probably don’t want to do the math, so I’ll tell ya – that equates to me being pregnant for roughly 18 months out of the last 26. 69%! While both pregnancies were relatively uneventful and, dare I say, easy, they were still pregnancies! As I’m sure you’ve heard, no two pregnancies, births or babies are the same. I can agree with this and I’m going to share with you 7 of my pregnancy differences.