Sunday, August 24, 2014

Water Infuser Review and Giveaway from CCDD

So as I mentioned in a previous post, being late in my pregnancy, I drink like a thirsty camel! I have found it hard to find enough different and appealing drinks to get me through the day while avoiding any artificial sweeteners. Well just like a magic fairy Calgary Cloth Diaper Depot dropped this Peace Love AppleCheeks fruit infuser bottle on my doorstep. This definitely offers a new option for my daily hydration. I have been interested in the idea of fruit infused water, but this definitely kicked my butt into gear!

It came with a cute little recipe book, but most of them are a bit too adventurous for me! I really like the idea of using frozen fruit as sort of an ice cube as it is seriously hot here and cold water is definitely appreciated. I am also excited to try cucumber water, I have had it before and enjoyed it. However I will have to wrestle some cucumber away from my toddler as she requests nearly 6 inches of cucumber a day.

I tried out the frozen berries first, as you can see, in these pictures were taken about an hour apart, the berries are clearly "infusing" efficiently. However I learned not to use frozen raspberries if you do not like bits in your water. the way there bottle is designed they water passes directly though the infuser to the mouth piece, so I got a little surprise several times.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pregnancy update

So I know it has been awhile since I updated you guys on my pregnancy.  I am now 31 weeks and am beginning to feel like I am hitting the final stretch, I know that I still have unto 9 weeks left, but things are starting to get real.

We have 99% decided on a name, well I guess we have since I made and put up his nursery letters (watch for a coming DIY post!). We ended up going with the name I love but felt was too popular, I still have moments of doubt, but it seems pretty set in stone now. DH has really started loving it I think, but whenever I mention it to the few chosen secret-holders, they mention they knew so-and-so with that name and I die a little inside.

I am pretty much organized for his nursery nook, most things have been ordered and arrived, but are
still in boxes. My nesting craziness would love to unpack things pronto, but I am still missing some key big pieces that are holding me back, plus DH keeps being practical and saying we still have time.

This pregnancy has definitely been harder for me than my first one. I guess it is due to carrying a lot higher this time. With Evie she was super low and breech almost the whole time and I still felt pretty great at this point. This little guy enjoys hanging out a lot higher which means he likes to mess with my lungs and digestion, fun fun! Last time I honestly could say I really enjoyed being pregnant, this time not so much. I have some really great days (thankfully today I feel vital and accomplished) and some not so great days and nights which are very unpleasant.

Thankfully Evie is taking naps again so I get to take a little down time during the day. I have learned to slow down when I need to and above all to just keep drinking water! I jokingly refer to myself as a camel but I easily drink 15 cups of water/assorted drinks during the day. Though I must admit that I had a real struggle finding things to drink that do not have artificial sweetener in them. Yes, I should be drinking straight water, and I do get about 4 cups plain a day, but I honestly drink more of something with flavour. I usually resort to 1/3 juice 2/3 water mixture, but I get tired of that pretty quickly. Please shout me out some ideas if you have them!

One thing I was dreading with this summer pregnancy was the swelling. With Evie I totally blew up! I had my wedding ring of by second trimester and pretty much gave up on shoes. Miraculously this time I have had very little swelling. My hands and feet do swell periodically, but it usually goes down over night and, dun dun dunnnnnnn..... I am still wearing my wedding ring!

I admit that while I have not hit the desperation of full term I am getting  near the end of my rope. For some reason I have always had the inkling that this little man may decide to make an early entrance. But with my assorted EDDs and the fact that I am measuring big, I may not be mistaken.  So time to put on my big girl panties and ride out theses last few weeks until I have my little man here to cuddle!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Evie goes to School

So I have decided that with the new school year approaching that Evie is ready to go to school as well. At 2.5 I feel she is ready to learn some of her early learning concepts in a more formal way. She has already done excellently learning in an informal play-based way, but there are some skills which need to be nurtured in a more standardized setting.

I am a big fan of the play to learn movement and am happy to let her learn in her own way most of the day, but I have decided that her nature requires that we being to learn in a formal manner as well. While learning her early learning material she is also learning to follow instructions and to practice focusing on one thing for an appropriate amount of time. She is a very physical, very busy girl and it is a great exercise for her to be still for a short amount of time. She is of course all over and under her chair the entire time, but as her  ability to focus her brain grows so will her ability to focus her body. I feel the biggest thing at this stage is not to push it or cause any negative associations. We work when she is in a good mood and stop when she is done.

For now we are not looking at a large curriculum, basically we are learning letters, numbers,  colours and shapes.  I have downloaded and purchased several workbooks which look fun and useful, but I would love some suggestions of curriculums that have worked for any of my readers as well.

Now maybe my post is premature as we have only been working on our program for 2 days, but I am

kind of excited about it! Everyday Evie chooses a book and we choose one page for the day. Yesterday she chose the Letters book and we started our work on "A". We traced the letter twice together and I asked her to make one herself. To my surprise she then made a very passable (though backwards) "a". Maybe I am overly excited, but draw great encouragement from that. After her success she was done. Our lesson lasted all of 5 minutes, but it was a good start to me.

Todays lesson was a little different, she chose her "Colours and Shapes" book. She was fairly focused for a surprising half hour, I think most of that was enjoying changing her art mediums in the designated colours. Therein lay her greatest challenge of the day, she very much enjoys free art and would have preferred to go crazy on her pages. This was an excellent moment of learning for her, she needs to work on following instructions from others. Fortunately it only took some gentle reminders to keep her on task. When we were down we got out her colouring books and she got to express her creativity unharnessed.

I am also hoping that once the new baby gets here this will be something just for us. Hopefully while this baby naps (fingers crossed he does!) or even if we have to wait until Daddy gets home, I will be able to stop and give her all my attention for even a short time everyday.

I am just getting my feet wet in this program, but I am really excited about it. Not only to get Evie a head start on her learning concepts, but also to help her work on self-control and focus, skills upon which all of us could use a little work! So fingers crossed it works out and please send me any suggestions with what has worked for you.