Monday, 19 February 2018

The Pacifier

I find that there are a lot of debates going around about the use of pacifiers. Some people are 100% against them saying they will cause tooth issues, some people say they wont cause tooth issues unless baby is using it all the time, some say they are fine as long as you use an orthodontic pacifier and then there is the whole issue of your child becoming addicted to the pacifier and becoming overly relent on it.

Soo many opinions from so many so called experts. At first my husband and I decided against using a pacifier with Addison. We figured if she was never given a pacifier she would never miss it. We received a few pacifiers while I was pregnant from  from attending baby shows and opening our baby registry as well as baby gifts.

After a few weeks...being first time parents with a newborn...we caved and tried some of the pacifiers anything to get baby to be quiet and sleep at that point. Thankfully Addison was receptive to the pacifier and it calmed her and she spit it right out as soon as she was calm again. Now at 4 months old we have tried a few different pacifiers here's what we like..


Philips Avent Classic 
Received a free set from the Babytime show, but have since purchased another set.
Pros
  • So far defiantly Addison's Favorite
  • Cute designs and colours
  • I like the handle
  • Comes with a cover so its great to throw in the diaper bag and I don't have to worry too much about it getting dirty 
  • Orthodontic and BPA Free
  • Sold pretty much everywhere
Cons
  • Its my dogs favorite too and he keeps trying to steal it when Addison spits it out
  • Condensation gathers in the nipple when sterilizing


Chicco NaturalFit
Received as part of a baby registry gift
Pros
  • Orthodontic
  • Single piece construction  (no small parts that can break off)
  • The nipple is hallow so I can see how well the suction was 
Cons
  • Addison only accepted it a few times but mostly just spat it out right away
  • Difficult to find in store mostly only available for online purchase
  • No case to put it in so it was constantly needing to be cleaned

MAM Ultra Soft
Image result for mam pacifier
Received One as part of a baby registry gift and received a 2 pack as a baby gift
Pros
  • Cute patterns and colours
  • Came in a case that can be used to sterelize
  • BPA Free
  • Addison sometimes accepts this one
  • Sold pretty much everywhere

    Cons
    • Addison does not consistently accept it but likes it better when daddy gives it to her
    • When she sucks to hard on it it leaves little marks on her face
    • I cant attack it to a leash because it has no handle

    Hipster Kid Mustache Pacifier-The Gentleman 
    The Gentleman Mustache Pacifier - Black
    Received as a baby gift from my silly uncle
    Pros
    • Addison likes this one
    • Its comes with a cover so I leave it in the diaper bag in case we need it
    • Orthodontic and BPA Free
    • It is absolutely hilarious seeing my daughter with a mustache
    Cons
    • People give you VERY dirty looks when they see babies with this pacifier
    • Condensation collects in the nipple when sterelized
    • You cant clean under the mustache so dirt might collect there

    Nuk Orthodontic Pacifier

    Purchased because she loves her Nuk bottles
    Pros
    • Cute patterns and Colours
    • Easy to clean
    • Orthodontic and BPA free
    • Addison will accept it
    • Nipple is shaped more like mothers nipple
    • Sold mostly everywhere
    Cons
    • Addison wont always accept it
    • No cover so the nipple needs to be cleaned often

    Philips Avent Soothie

    Purchased to use while teething
    Pros
    • I can put water in the hallow nipple and freeze it for teething relief
    • Most popular pacifier
    • Cute colours and mine are shaped like teddy bears (very cute)
    • One piece design
    • Orthodontic and BPA free
    • Easy to clean
    • Sold everywhere
    Cons
    • No handle
    • Addison wont keep it in her mouth long
    • No cover so it needs to be cleaned often

    These are our experience with pacifiers Addison will not sleep without hers (she usually spits or it falls out once she is asleep and me being a paranoid mom I move it away from her) If you are considering using a pacifier keep in mind that every baby is different some will and some will not accept it. There are many positive and many negatives when it comes to using them but so what works best for you and your child. Sometimes its worth getting that 10 minutes of quiet.

    Sunday, 18 February 2018

    Motherhood

    My Daughter is 4 months old and I swear I am still learning the complicated art of 'Adulting'...I realized that pretty much everyone has there own opinions on what is and isn't good for baby, I have found my sibling and friends to be invaluable resource of knowledge and advice when it comes to products, and when I have no idea what I'm doing (most of the time...) my hopes are just that I raise my daughter to be a well adjusted person.
    I am going to share some of the things I've learnt in hopes to help another mom somewhere out there. But be aware I am by no means an expert and these are just my experience and isn't the same for everyone or every child.

    Saturday, 3 June 2017

    The Dog Quilt

    From a young age my grandmother always encouraged me to make things with my hands. I remember getting so excited when Bubbie (This is what I call my grandmother) was going to babysit me and my sister, because it meant that we were going to have craft time.

    My grandmother always had a huge box or scrap fabrics and we were allowed to make what ever our hearts desired with her sewing machine. Sometimes she had a specific pattern for us to use but usually we used our imaginations.

    2 Years ago I asked my Bubbie if she would get me a sewing machine for my birthday as the one my mother had was...well probably double my age and didn't like to work. She got me my own machine and recently I decided I wanted to try to follow in her footsteps and try making a quilt.


    I went to my local craft store and saw a magazine with a really cute quilt on the cover that was Westie dogs on it (I am obsessed with Westies) I decided this is going to be the quilt I make.

    I realized pretty fast that quilting is harder then it seems and even after sitting down with my Bubbie that this pattern was REALLY hard and more complicated than it needed to be. She found this handy chart online for me and I fount it so much easier to follow.

    Image result for quilt westie block pattern
    I cut all my fabric into 2" squares for the dogs and then 10"squares for the boxes between dogs. I assembled my dogs in Vertical rows (I don't think it would have mattered if I did horizontal though) then sewed all the vertical rows together. I then measured it to make sure they were the right dimensions (Did some trimming on uneven edges)
     


    Then spread all of my squares out to see make sure I liked how it looked and it was the size that I wanted it to be...I quickly learnt that large projects and small puppy's are a difficult combination and My dog wanted to be a part of my project at all times. (He sure is lucky hes cute)

        

    After I layed it out I then sewed all the squares together Starting horizontally then sewed those strips together and made a border with strips of the same colour.

    Adding the batting and back layer I have to say were easily the hardest part of the whole quilting process.. You need ALOT of space, Lots of extra machine needles (I went through easily 5), Lots of safety pins, and clamps...also alot of patience. I did a lot of research on Pinterest as to how to do this step one of the sites I used was http://colormequilty.blogspot.ca/2013/04/board-basting.html as a guide.

    TIP: Cut your batting and backing much larger then you anticipate, you can always trim but you cant add fabric.


       

    For the edge of the quilt you can always use bias binding...but at the is point I was a little over confident that I had gotten this far and though 'I can make my own Binding' I cut my fabric into 2" strips, sewed them together so they were a bit longer then the distance around my quilt....then came the Ironing...NOTE: Do not make your own binding if you hate using an Iron or have a tenancy to burn yourself..like me...First I had to iron the strip folded in half then again in quarters...here are some helpful links with steps on how to add the border
    http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2013/12/how-to-finish-and-bind-quilt.html
    http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/put-an-end-to-ufos-with-quilt-finishing-smarts/

    Once I finished the border I was done, I sent some photos to my Bubbie and she was so proud of what I was able to make.
     
    Keep in mind this quilt took me over a month to make. It may sound/look easy...its not...you need to be extremely precise with your measurements. Overall it was fun...but I am not sure I want to attempt another large quilt any time soon...or at least until I have more space. 

    Friday, 2 June 2017

    Guess who's back? Back again

    Ok, so it has been a crazy year for me. I got married, My sister had a son and my sister in law has another little girl...oh and yeah I'M PREGNANT!!! Life is crazy!! but don't think I've forgotten about my crafting. I swear the yarn in my hand is all that is keeping me sane. I am going to try harder to remember to update this blog on my latest creations.

    Monday, 20 July 2015

    Wedding card box

    So as I mentioned on my last post Me and   Erik are engaged so there should be lots of DIY projects coming my way. Here is the frist of many our card box. we found a box at winners that we absolutly fell in love with, I went to Micheals and purchased some letters as decoration then painted them our wedding colourhten realized I hadd no pain in that colour...So I painted the letters with Nail Polish :D gotta get creative sometimes!!




    Who's gunna be an aunt? This girl!!!!

    I keep disappearing and I'm sorry been really busy with life. Since my last posts a lot has happened in my life. Biggest of all I'm engaged!!! My Boyfriend on 3.5 years got down on 1 knee and asked me to marry him...and of course i said yes!!!
    Also his brother and sister in law announced in April that they are expecting a baby...but wont tell me if ts a boy or girl...:(. So I am soo excited to b an Aunty, and as any good crafty aunty should and I have made some things for the baby. 
    1 Beige and yellow chevron blanket that was adapted from a pattern I found on ravery.(http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chevron-blanket-with-a-straight-edge)(I cast on 200 stitches and it measures 45"x35") 
    1 Teddy bear (Pattern purchased on etsy 'Pooky the Bear')
    1 super adorable pair of mouse baby booties (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/field-mouse-baby-booties) (I lines the inside of mine with white felt and used hot glue on the bottom to make a grip)

    The Blanket I measured off the dimentions of my baby blanket from when i was born. The colours ar ebeige and yellow so that boy or girl the blanket will work.

    Post your thoughts!!!



    Friday, 5 June 2015

    Captain America

    Haven't really been doing a lot of original crafts these days. I managed to land myself a full time job and its sure does take up a lot of time. I did start working on a costume a little while ago. A sexy costume too 😉.
    So I purchased a royal blue corset and my goal is to turn it into a Captain America costume! I did start a few months back but I'm going to have to start again as the first corset I purchased was damaged and fell apart I am currently waiting for another to come in the mail here's what it looked like so far!!!