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  • Momming Level 104

    It seems like just yesterday that my two tiny humans were in the throws of the "4th Trimester" a.k.a the newborn phase. Now my youngest is 4 days shy of being a threenager! Holy shit. I vividly recall a the love/hate relationship of that newborn phase. The endless cuddles were absolute bliss. The delicious smelling newborn head. Oh my. The wee baby grunts, yawns, stretches and coos. Adorable. But there was also the struggle of sleep deprivation, the feeling of constant dependency, isolation and the weight of maintaining a household while also keeping this new tiny human alive. At least when my family was experiencing the newborn phase, we weren't also surviving through a bloody pandemic. The isolation then was very real for me. I cannot imagine the feeling of going through this phase in today's world. As if Mother's weren't already wearing a goddamn cape, bringing new life into the world right now takes on a whole new level of divine strength and resilience. Lindsay is 8 weeks into this Ultimate Momming Level 104. Sleep? What sleep? She closes her eyes when she sneezes. That counts, right? It's hard to get into any sort of routine when fatigue is the in the forefront. So let's talk routines. When I was pregnant with Odin (now 4.5) I read "The Baby Whisperer" by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau. I don't read much - it's just not my thing - but I read this book cover to cover. Take it with a grain of salt. It's not everyone's cup of tea. Tracy's parenting style is very British but has a middle ground, commonsense approach. I wasn't on board with some things and I'm a true believer of "To Each Their Own" in that what works for me and my family might not work for yours and vice versa. And there's certainly nothing wrong with that! Tracy suggested the E.A.S.Y method - a routine to follow with a tiny human. Let's be honest, a baby can't follow a schedule. They can't tell time. They don't have an alarm. But they can get into a routine and for a new, sleep deprived Mom, a routine might be the medicine for not just surviving but thriving as a parent. E - Eat. A - Activity. S - Sleep. Y - You time. E stands for Eat. When a baby first wakes up from a nap or bedtime, the first thing you do is feed the baby. Whether it's a snack or a full blown meal (milk or solids, depending on the age), it's important that this is the first step. A stands for Activities. After eating, it's time to play, run errands, or do any other activities that are not eating or sleeping. The amount of time spent doing activities will vary depending on the child's age, as very young infants cannot play for long without becoming tired, but older infants and toddlers can often go several hours. With Odin, our newborn activities included staring out windows, tummy time, looking at black and white high contrast books, listening to nursery rhymes and going for a walk outside followed by a diaper change. S stands for Sleep. Tracy stresses the importance of sleep directly following activity. When a child has played until they begin to show signs of tiredness, and then transition directly to sleeping there's no need to feed to encourage sleep. According to Tracy, bottles and nursing to sleep provide "props" that a baby relies on to fall asleep, preventing the baby from learning how to self-sooth. Take it with a grain of salt but this is what worked for us! To each their own. Y stands for You Time, and it's what you get when you follow the rest of the routine. For me, having a structured routine was crucial. Knowing what happens next helped me feel like I had a wee bit of control of my new life that I really actually had very little control over! So wear that cape with pride, folks. And don't let the tiny humans kill you. Jade + Lindsay xox

  • Garden Mayhem

    My garden is going to be interesting this year. The kids helped me plant the seeds. I had a plan of where each veggie seed would go and researched “companion gardening” because turns out some veggies thrive beside their friends and some don’t do so well. Well I’ll be damned. All the seeds went everywhere. It was as if a confetti seed bomb went off. “To hell with your plans, Mom. We run the show now.” Okay, they didn’t actual say this but I’m pretty sure this mantra was playing in their heads. A few weeks ago I would have taken over and done it my way. Oh my, have things changed. I took a course a few weeks ago (The Landmark Forum!) that has really allowed me to be free of the need for control over each and every little thing. It’s so incredibly freeing. It really opened my eyes to my blind spots - things I had NO IDEA we’re controlling my life. I feel like I’m able to enjoy these tiny creatures for who they are instead of incidentally and quietly (or not so quietly) stressing over the little things. So stay tuned for a wild crap shoot of growth in our garden. Don’t let the tiny humans kill you. Jade + Lindsay xox

  • New Arrival

    Okay, so things got a little bit crazy these past few months. We registered Odin for Kindergarten. (Um, what the hell?!) He had been calling it "Flower Garden" for the longest time. We swapped daycares, bought a new car and have been working on the house exterior. My photography stuff has exploded for the better too. Okay, maybe that’s it but it sure as hell seemed busy. We’re about to get even busier with our newest little bundle! Lindsay had a baby boy! And, in true Lindsay fashion, she has the most epic delivery story. She had a rocky pregnancy right from the start. An early diagnosis of cholestasis, a shit tonne of puking her guts out, a quickly thinning cervix- all that super fun pregnancy stuff that we quickly forget as soon as babe busts out the gate. She was expecting to be put on the induction list on April 4th at 37 weeks to decrease the chances of complications from the cholestasis for both her and the little bub. Bub had different plans. The nurses noticed mild contractions during Lindsay’s Non-Stress Test early that morning but was ultimately sent home to wait it out. The contractions grew stronger on the drive home. Yes, she drove HERSELF home while in early labour! She’s a bloody warrior. As she reached her house, the contractions grew more frequent and much stronger triggering a call to the hubby, Trevor, to get his ass home. This was happening all too fast. She called her Mom to update her on the situation. Baby was definitely coming and 4 weeks early to boot! Mom’s neighbours happened to be a Nurse and a Paramedic. They urged Lindsay to call for an ambulance as Trevor arrived home. The paramedics pulled into the driveway. They got Lindsay into the back of the ambulance. She knew she was at least 3cm dilated from an exam earlier that week but now she felt her body urging her to push. The paramedics were hopeful to get her to the hospital in time but NOPE. Lindsay’s body knew exactly what needed to happen and 2 pushes later a glorious baby boy was born. Owen William 7lbs 9oz - 36 weeks gestation March 30th, 2021 - 4:10pm Everyone is settling in nicely. And by nicely I mean there is utter fucking exhaustion, heaps of laundry, spit up everywhere but an immense amount of love. Stay tuned for more adventures. Don't let the tiny humans kill you, Jade + Lindsay xo

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  • Snazzy Silicone | Brumbly Baby

    Silicone: The New Plastic Ever since the conception of plastic in the early 1900s, it’s not surprising that the versatile material has become so widely used in today's society. It can do all the things; it’s flexible, durable, washable, and can be made into pretty much any shape or size. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ But in recent years, consumers have opened their eyes to the adverse effects of plastics. With more and more studies around BPA, BPS, phthalates, and microplastics , plastic is now in the glaring spotlight for being both bad for the planet and bad for our health. ​ That’s why silicone has taken center stage. Silicone boasts the advantageous features of plastic but without any of the nasty toxic side effects. But how does silicone differ from plastic? ​ What is silicone? ​ Think about sinking your toes into sand. Nearly every kind of sand contains this stuff called silica, which is a form of silicon–one of the most abundant element in the crust of the Earth. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ The type of silicon we’re talking about here, silicone (with an “e”), is a synthetic polymer created by mixing silicon, oxygen, and a bunch of elements (carbon and hydrogen). This polymer has been found to have a large variety of properties and can be a liquid, gel, hard, soft, and even rubber-like. ​ But unlike plastics, silicone has a high resistance to temperature (we're talkin' a melting point of over 1400 degrees Celsius!). Silicone also flaunts low reactivity with chemicals, it doesn’t support bacterial growth, repels water, and is resistant to UV light. These convenient attributes make silicone the new MVP material and most definitely a strong overall alternative to plastic. Easy to clean - check. Perfect for cooking - check. Great for hospitals - check. Perfection for tiny teething humans - check. ​ Plastic vs. Silicone: How it's made. ​ Crude oil is the lovely main ingredient in most plastics. Crude oil, a non-renewable resource, is extracted from the Earth, the oil's carbon compounds are modified and then transformed into plastic. Because crude oil is a non-renewable resource, that means that when it’s gone it's gone. There will be no oil left to produce new, raw plastics. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Silicon, on the other hand, is abundant (although not 'unlimited'). First, silica is extracted from the sand, heated with carbon in a super duper hot furnace to pull out the silicon. Silicon is then passed through hydrocarbons to produce a new synthetic polymer with silicon and oxygen as the foundation compound. This makes silicone a hybrid material in that it's far better in terms of resource extraction than plastic. Talkin' Toxic Toxins ​ In the late 70s, the US FDA and Health Canada ruled that silicon dioxide, the backbone, raw material that goes into silicone products, was safe for food-grade applications. This ruling was based off the theory that silicone’s key material, silica, does not contain the nasty chemicals that are found in petroleum based plastics. Furthermore, BPA and BPS, the super fun hormone-disrupting chemicals found in plastics are not found in silicone. More research on the health and safety of silicone is always welcomed but, for now, we'll happily dance to the tune of non-toxic. ​ Longevity and Durability ​ Silicone is top notch in terms of durability. Let's have a look at a plastic spatula. For the first few years, the spatula will appear in good shape but eventually that plastic will become unusable, The edges might be slightly melted, scratched, cracked or broken under too much pressure. A spiffy, silicone spatula (which often comes in brilliant colours!) can withstand huge amounts of pressure, heat (and even cold), and will resist cracking. These very convenient attributes ultimately mean you'll be saving money by not needing to replace your stuff nearly as often, cutting down on adding to the landfill and give you a sense of confidence knowing that silicone won't leach nasty chemicals like its plastic adversary. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Because silicone is so darn durable, it doesn’t easily biodegrade or decompose. Wait- isn't that a bad thing? Well, according to environmental activists, normal plastics break down into dangerous, tiny, microplastic pieces that can be accidentally ingested by wildlife. Silicone pieces are larger and are less likely to be devoured by hungry fish meaning that the nasty cascade of health problems resulting from plastic fed fish and marine life is avoided. ​ Recycling Silicone ​ Like some plastics, silicone can be recycled multiple times. But recycling silicone can be a bit tricky. It usually has to be sent to a specialized recycling center to be properly recycled. Because of this, many people opt to simply throw away silicone at the end of its life. When properly recycled, or sent to a company’s take-back program, silicone can be downcycled into an oil that can be used as industrial lubricant, playground mulch, or another lesser product. We're working with local recycling programs to implement a take-back program of our own so stay tuned! ​ ​ Sources: EarthHero.com ​ ​ ​ ​

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