Crissie's Corner

I am a 30-something Stay at Home Mother to my trouble making toddler Emma (AKA Dilemma) and a wife to my wonderful husband Bohdan. I am an artist, writer, and the queen of multi-tasking. Family is the most important thing for me and mine is truly the reason I wake up everyday. I was born and raised in Toronto into my boisterous Italian family and I continue to this day in the traditions I was taught, homemade wine, cured sausages, jarred tomatoes and so many others. I have embraced my husband and his Ukrainian roots as my own. (I must say I have learned to make a mean patychky and a delectable borsht.) I want to beat my infertility a second time, maybe even a third. I think life is precious, and aim to enjoy every single moment of it, even on my worst days of Dilemma supernova meltdown, tantrums, cold and projectile vomit I remember what a blessing it is to have her as my daughter.




Sex and Infertility

SEX… it’s a big part of getting pregnant naturally. I am not going to go into the details of it, but trust me when I say; you need to have sex to have a baby. So of course when I was diagnosed with infertility it took a huge toll on the quality of sex I was having in my marriage. Then I got pregnant, and had a baby and the lack of sex in our relationship became more due to lack of sleep which we gladly traded in for our little bundle of...

January 19, 2012 Read Blog


Do Breast Implants Affect Breastfeeding?

Whether you are considering breast implants, already have them, or are wondering when the right time to have breast augmentation is - chances are if you have a desire to breast feed, new studies show that it may be best to wait. Breast augmentation surgery is the procedure of using silicone or saline implants to restore size, make breasts seem fuller due to sagging after weight loss, reconstruction for mastectomy and even pregnancy....

January 18, 2012 Read Blog


Not a good mama!

As you all know, I was expecting baby #2 over the Christmas holidays.  That baby made his arrival on Christmas Eve.  Things have been quite hectic since then and are finally starting to settle down.  It has been interesting getting used to life with a toddler and a newborn but I think I have finally figured some of it out. One of the things I have been trying to get used to is all of the attention my 3 year old wants now.  She was always...

January 18, 2012 Read Blog


Finding A Donor or Surrogate

Whether it is because of a medical condition or just fate, many couples in Canada need to rely on a third party to have a baby. But where does a couple find a third party whether it’s a surrogate or a donor? Assuming you have no family or friends who can help, you need to find a stranger more or less who will help. Unfortunately there is no provincial or federal government agency that organizes a database to make this search easy.  Instead,...

January 18, 2012 Read Blog


Dads-to-Be Survival Tips

When you’re an expectant daddy you’re up against the world – or so it seems. You’ll be on the roller coaster ride of your life complete with a pregnant, hormonal wife and seemingly endless questions and preparations – not to mention a possible hormonal rollercoaster of your own complete with a bit of weight gain. Go with the Flow: It’s a proven fact that’s dads-to-be go through some serious changes during their wife’s...

January 17, 2012 Read Blog


Q & A: Two month old doesn’t nap!

Hi there, My two month old son doesn't nap during the day. He cat naps for maybe 15-minutes after he falls asleep nursing, but very rarely has longer naps. If we go out during the day (car ride or stroller ride) he will nap the entire time we are out, but at home, it's party time. Any tips or advice on getting him to nap longer? Please & Thank you. Carri Hi Carri, As a general rule, it's tough to predict what any 2 month old...

January 13, 2012 Read Blog


Hollywood Baby Boom: 10 Pregnant Celebrities

Three cheers for last year's Hollywood baby boom! We met David and Victoria Beckham's adorable daughter Harper, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's sweet twins, and our favorite baby of 2011, Flynn Bloom! Who will be adding to their families in 2012? We can't wait to see pics of Jessica Simpson's first child. Not to mention baby No. 3 for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner! Read below for the 10 most-anticipated pregnancies of 2012. ...

January 12, 2012 Read Blog


tag*a*long

Meet the tag*a*long: a simple, fun way for kids to walk comfortably next to a stroller. Attaching the tag*a*long requires no tools and will fit on most strollers, providing a dedicated and fun place to hold onto. www.tagalongkids.com

January 11, 2012 Read Blog


Make bath time fun!

We all know how nice it is to get our hair washed and our back massaged, so why do babies sometimes cry when getting bathed. You would think they would love it! Many parents are confused and lost when it comes to making bath time less stressful. Here are some tips to help make your bath time more fun with less crying….from both baby and parents! Babies hate the cold so you really need to limit how long they are feeling that cold. Make sure...

January 11, 2012 Read Blog


Warm it up!

I like spending my money on the latest gizmos as much as the next mom, but certain products just never appeal to me. I find that this reflects the products that I feature in Oh Baby! Magazine and here on the website. I would say that 95% of the time the products featured have been used by me or have my seal approval as something that I think is cool or will make a mom’s life easier. Lately I’m noticing an increase in products that will...

January 10, 2012 Read Blog


Ear Infections and Chiropractic Care

Otitis media (middle ear infection) is very common among infants and toddlers. In fact, 60-85% of children will be affected within the first year of life alone! A middle ear infection is the second-most common reason for a child to visit their pediatrician and the most common reason for antibiotic prescription, costing the Canadian medical system over 600 million dollars per year (not including work time lost due to parents staying home to care...

January 10, 2012 Read Blog


Vitamin B6 for your healthy body

Vitamin B6 is a valuable, yet often overlooked substance essential to health. For women in particular, it can play a significant role in health and well-being at various life stages. Long known to be a factor in morning sickness, vitamin B6 deficiency has been linked to nausea in scientific studies. Even for those women who are lucky enough to have escaped the most unpleasant symptoms of morning sickness, including vomiting, vitamin B6...

January 9, 2012 Read Blog



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