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Hello, my name is Sandra. I’m married to the-best-guy-ever and have a stepson who is the-best-stepson-ever. I have a great life – my dream job, a loving family and friends, a lot of hobbies. But, I always have spare time for one more hobby. I have been fighting infertility for some time now. It seems that I want to stop having spare time. You know, I have my cake, but the cherry is missing.

Six random facts about me… and my infertility

Just like Sandy, I also think these lists are always fun to do so here I go: 1)   I have a recurring dream in which my loving mom denies me as her daughter (I believe Freud would relate this to my infertility). 2)  I am not jealous of your pregnancy or motherhood, please share it with me. 3)   I’m infertile for 15 years now. That’s many years of dreaming of names for possible future babies. It also proves to me that names have...

May 31, 2013 Read Blog

Five Celebrity Moms Who’ve Had Mastectomies

Mother-of-six Angelina Jolie shocked fans with the news of her recent preventative double mastectomy. After testing positive for a faulty BRCA1 gene, the Academy Award-winning actress put the spotlight on the sensitive procedure that many other women have elected to have. Angelina is not the first famous woman to open up about this surgery. Let’s take a look at 5 celebrity moms who have undergone the procedure. •    Angelina...

May 31, 2013 Read Blog

Macaroni & Cheese

Every kids favorite. So convenient in a box, but lacking any nutrients! This is one meal that needs a makeover! Add pureed vegetables and whole wheat noodles and Mac 'n' Cheese becomes a quick dinner everyone loves! Ingredients: Whole wheat noodles ¼ cup butter 1 onion diced (my kids prefer no onions) ½ cup whole wheat flour 2 cups milk 2 cups shredded cheddar ½ cup pureed squash ½ cup pureed zucchini/cauliflower or...

May 27, 2013 Read Blog

Six Random Facts About Me

These are always fun to do and I love Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop so thought I’d give it a go: List six random facts about yourself. 1)   I’ve always been afraid of the dark – it’s one of the reasons I am compassionate and understanding when my kids tell me they are scared. 2)   I’ve donated my hair to Angel Hair for Kids twice. 3)   I wanted to name my daughter Clementine but didn’t because of the mockery...

May 23, 2013 Read Blog

School Is Out for Summer

I know, I know; I always get that song stuck in my head, too (cue Alice Cooper now). And sometimes, at the beginning of summer, it can feel like there’s no end in sight. But trust me, not Alice Cooper, when I say school is not out forever. And I’ve compiled a list of ideas to help you and your child have a fun and constructive summer. Camps: Camp doesn’t have to be a weeklong overnight stay in the woods somewhere. There are plenty of...

May 23, 2013 Read Blog

Bed Rest or House Arrest?

As soon as I found out we were expecting twins a lot of things changed. At the 12 week mark my doctor's visits to the GP became trips to the OB. I became a regular at the ultrasound technician's office getting multiple photo's of my babies-to-be. Twins, in our case mono-di twins, meant I was a high risk pregnancy. Being high risk, especially following my miscarriage, meant trusting my OB completely in all aspects of the pregnancy including...

May 22, 2013 Read Blog

MAM Anti-Colic Bottle

The MAM Anti-Colic bottle ensures that babies drink calmly and relaxed.  Its vented base provides a smooth milk flow, which reduces gas, burps and air swallowed by baby.   The MAM Anti-Colic bottle is BPA- free and features a soft silicone nipple designed to make the switch between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding easy.   Visit your local Target to purchase the MAM Anti-Colic bottle and other MAM products.   mambaby.com

May 21, 2013 Read Blog

Erasing your mommy footprint

When you have a baby, everything changes. Suddenly, the idea of a 30-minute nap is more exciting than watching your favourite reality-T.V. show. A typical Friday night is transformed from going to concert with your friends to singing sleep-inducing lullabies to your little one.  Yoga classes are traded in for Mommy-and-Me classes, and your designer handbag becomes a fond memory that is replaced by a bulky, yet practical diaper tote. Your...

May 21, 2013 Read Blog

Swaddling Newborns: How, Why, and for How Long?

The act of swaddling babies has its roots in thousands of years of human history. Today, it is still a common practice in many parts of the world. However, there has been an ongoing debate as to whether swaddling is good or bad. It can be a confusing time when every person you talk to gives different advice! The general consensus is that swaddling is safe when done properly and supports the baby’s transition from the womb to the outside...

May 17, 2013 Read Blog

Breastfeeding In the First Six Weeks

Breastfeeding in the first six weeks is a learned behaviour for moms and babies, and the breastfeeding experience is as individual as the pregnancy and the labour experiences are. As the baby is gently placed on your belly and you gaze into your child’s gorgeous eyes, the next step for most women is to begin to breastfeed their child. Upon reflection, most women are overjoyed that their pregnancy is finally over. For some, pregnancy was a...

May 15, 2013 Read Blog

Q & A: My 3 Month Old Wakes Every Hour

Hi Rosemary, I just discovered your site and love it! My little girl will be three months in four days. I thought she may be overtired as she was waking constantly at night so I made her bedtime earlier, as a friend suggested that might help but she still wakes every hour, sometimes 1/2 hour, wanting to eat. Could this be a growth spurt? I'm going crazy and don't know what to do anymore, I can see my little one is also tired during the day...

May 15, 2013 Read Blog

Natural relief for nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are synonymous with early pregnancy. Roughly 80 percent of women suffer from morning sickness and in some cases; expectant mothers may experience morning sickness (or all day sickness) until their third month of pregnancy or beyond. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop because you’re pregnant or nauseous, so we are sharing two natural remedies for relieving morning sickness. Vitamin B6 Vitamin B6, also known as...

May 14, 2013 Read Blog

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