Buy Buy Baby Winner: 200 Newborn Diapers

Thank you to everyone who attended the Grand Opening of Buy Buy Baby this past weekend. It was a huge success as over four hundred people came to the event! We had swag bags, giveaways, balloon animals, face painting and amazing vendors! I had a great time meeting and connecting with all of you, thank you for taking the time to chat with me when you arrived!

As part of the event, we had an awesome giveaway! We had a prize package with 200 newborn diapers we are giving away! The lucky winner of the diapers is ….

Amanda N.

Congratulations Amanda! Check your email from us to arrange your pick up of the diapers! Thank you again for all those who attended! Stay tuned for more fun at Buy Buy Baby!

Spreading Awareness: Lindsay’s Story

By Lindsay Craig

Pregnant with my second I thought I had it in the bag. I had been through this before, endured 26 hr labour that ended up in a c-section, got through those postpartum blues, exclusively breastfed through thrush and nursing strikes- my learning curve this time was going to be much smaller. Our second daughter arrived in early May, and those first two weeks I had with her were ignorant bliss. I truly understood what people mean when they say my heart is full. I had help and was recovering much faster this time. I felt, dare I say, like a bit of a supermom.

That bubble unexpectedly burst in a moment a month later. Our daughter failed the quick short test they do in the hospital and we were referred to the audiologists for further testing. As I held our perfect sleeping newborn in a dark quiet room soaking in uninterrupted cuddles the audiologists clicks and calculations seemed to take forever. I thought to myself, she only has fluid in her ears because she was breach- what is taking so long!? After 3 hours the audiologist turned to me and said your daughter has a sensorineural hearing loss in her right ear.

In the weeks and month following I slowly put together the pieces and implications of what it meant to have a permanent hearing loss. This means she would need a hearing aid for life, it means her speech and development could be affected, it means I am a mother of a child with (uncomplicated) special needs. Enter a new learning curve, the world of hearing loss; audiograms, speech bananas, types of hearing loss, communication methods, hardware choices and how to keep that damn thing on her head!?

The newborn hearing screen has only recently been brought back in Alberta, and my older daughter wasn’t tested. Once she passed her test and because my daughters loss was only in one ear, genetic causes were probably off the list. It ate at me. What did I do to cause this? Was it that non-alcoholic beer I drank? Or maybe the cat walked on the counter and passed on toxoplasmosis? How could I be so irresponsible?

Researching causes I came across Cytomegalovirus (cCMV). It is a common virus that 50-80% of the population has and it is typically harmless. cCMV is the leading cause of congenital disabilities, it’s effects vary from nothing at all, to hearing loss, to cerebral palsy, to death. The virus is so common that infants must be tested within the first 3 weeks of life to confirm that they were born with it. I thought our window had passed and we would never know.

CMV is related to the viruses that cause chickenpox, herpes and mononucleosis, it is spread through bodily fluids, it is commonly spread amongst toddlers. We had potty trained our first child while I was pregnant and I routinely ate off of our daughters plate. Something inside me knew it must be cCMV. We were being followed by a pediatrician who had just finished her infectious disease specialization that told me cCMV was a likely cause.

I started contacting different CMV organizations and researchers around the world for their advice and expertise. Research on CMV is still emerging and is one of the factors why there isn’t enough awareness. A volunteer from the National CMV foundation in the states told me to get her metabolic screening card tested. I had no idea this was an option! I called our midwife and bless her, she got the card sent off to Ontario- where they have just introduced a CMV screening program.

We got a positive result a few weeks later, and once we did I went into fight or flight mode trying to get her seen as quickly as possible by infectious disease at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. There is an antiviral that has demonstrated improved outcomes for children who have received it. The standard of care is to treat infants with this anti-viral within the first 4 weeks of life- that’s why our pediatrician had never mentioned testing as she thought there was nothing that could be done about it now. The prognosis of not treating children with cCMV with just hearing loss is that they will likely go on to completely loose their hearing. It’s worth a shot right?! The antiviral suppresses their bone marrow function, which increases the chances my daughter could be seriously harmed by a bacterial infection. Weekly, then monthly blood tests mean she can safely take the antiviral and luckily for us she has been doing well on it.

How many of you or people you know have adverted travel plans because of the Zika virus? What baffles me is that everyone knows about Zika, but there is another virus right here that only 9% of woman know about.

It is the leading cause of congenital disabilities. Let that sink in.

While there are no fool proof ways to prevent transmission, there are ways you can reduce your risk while pregnant. Don’t kiss your child on the mouth, don’t put their soother in your mouth, don’t eat off their plate and wash your hands thoroughly after helping them with the toilet.

In todays world we have a lot to worry about. I am not trying to add to that plate, rather I hope for an awareness. 1 in 4 woman who are pregnant and have a smaller child in the home will get CMV while pregnant. Of that, 80% of those kids who get CMV while in utero will be absolutely fine. It is a very small percentage of the population that are affected, but the consequences are life changing. It is worth knowing about and taking precautions against. If you have been previously exposed, it is possible to be re-infected- this is an area that is still being researched.

As mothers we want to know that at the end of the day we have done everything we can to give our kids the best possible success in life. While I will never know, and I can’t blame myself for something I did not know about, it is possible that my actions are what caused my daughters hearing loss. So the next time someone brings up Zika, please also bring up CMV. Mothers have a right to know.

cCMV is a complicated world, and research is still ongoing. For more information please go to www.cmvcanada.comor https://www.nationalcmv.org/. There is a facebook group for parents called Alberta CMV support group if you or anyone you know has been affected by this virus.

 

Easter Egg Hunt: Hatley Boutique Calgary

Celebrate Easter with a fun in-store event at our local Hatley store! Shop their incredible new Spring line-up, and scratch and save 15-40% off your entire purchase*

There will be complimentary face painting as well as an in-store Easter egg hunt! Your little bunnies can search the store for the special hidden eggs, and then exchange their basket with the cashier for special treat.

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Hatley Boutique Calgary
201 8th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1B7

*Offer valid from April 18 to 21, 2019 exclusively in participating Hatley boutiques. Scratch and save coupons can only be redeemed on the day they were received. To be valid, the coupon must only be scratched at time of purchase. The percentages offered are: 15% off, 25% off, 30% off or 40% off. The discount can be applied to anything available in store, excluding gift cards. Limit of one (1) scratch card per person, per transaction. This offer is not valid on Hatley.com. It cannot be combined with any other promotion, nor can it be applied to past or future purchases. We hope to see you there!

Summer Camp: Flying Squirrel

Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

Flying Squirrel is excited to announce the debut of our Summer Camp program! Register your children to come fly with us, while making new friends, exploring different types of physical movement and developing teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Our instructors will lead groups through age-appropriate games, activities and challenges, while encouraging an active lifestyle and co-operation with other children.

Our program is designed to get kids moving, with plenty of high-energy activities that promote physical coordination, strength and creativity; while also offering quieter activities to relax and recharge. Campers will be divided into 4 teams of 5 (within each age group), which will encourage teamwork and problem solving throughout the week to earn points toward winning the “Golden Acorn Cup”.

Monday to Friday (Tuesday to Friday on holiday weeks)

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

5-day week: $150+tax

4-day week: $125+tax

Additional siblings save $25 each

Early drop-off: $30/week (from 7:30-8:30 am, includes all siblings)

Late pick-up: $30/week (from 4:00-5:00 pm, includes all siblings)

Daily early/late fee: $10/am OR pm (if not pre-registered for the weekly option at registration or 7 days prior to your start date)

All 9 Weeks of Summer!

Week 1: Jul 2-5 (4-day week)

Week 2: Jul 8-12

Week 3: Jul 15-19

Week 4: Jul 22-26

Week 5: Jul 29-Aug 2

Week 6: Aug 6-9 (4-day week)

Week 7: Aug 12-16

Week 8: Aug 19-23

Week 9: Aug 26-30

Three age groups: 4-5, 6-8, 9-14,

20 jumpers per age group

Campers receive Trampoline grip socks and a Flying Squirrel bracelet, and are permitted to bring their lunch from home or purchase lunch from our Café.

Winner! The Mom Community Market Grand Prize Basket!

Thank you for everyone who attended The Mom Community Market this past weekend! Our vendors set intentions of how they wanted to show up for you and it truly was inspiring. They were committed to creating meaningful connections with all of you and it showed. It was a beautiful energy and an engaging group that came through. Thank you to everyone who supported our first market of this kind. We will do it again in February or early March of next year!

We had two giveaway baskets, one from Mommy Connections Calgary and one GRAND PRIZE giveaway basket with goodies from the following vendors:

Global Equity Law
Forever September Creations
Psyched About Kids
Ruby Moments
Swim Kids Calgary
DIY Kids Cuts
Elan Family Wellness

Avery’s Legacy
Calgary 30 Minute HIIT
All Natural Beeswax Wraps
Renard & Elliott
Tammy Peter Massage, RMT
Lil’Organics Inc.
Yellow Canary Apparel Ltd.
Jim Jam
Jennifer Bago Health Coach
Lyndsay Chollak Life Coach
Balletiques
DIY Kids Cuts
Revolution Dance
Dragonfly Maternity
Hot Mama Fitness S.E.
Her Leather Co.
Kate Rhodes Photography
Bryn’s Little Dreamers
Woollies Dryer Balls & Fibre Works
Make It Night

Mommy Connections Calgary

The winner of the Mommy Connections Calgary basket is: Alice B.

Congratulations Alice, we will email you with the details for how you can pick up your basket!

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER of all the goodies from so many awesome businesses is: Melissa S.

Congratulations Melissa! We will email you with all the awesome details for picking up your basket!

Thank you once again for attending the market. We will do it again next year!

 

The Mom Community Market: Why This Market Matters

” We are all meant to shine. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” – Marianne Williamson

When I began running Mommy Connections Calgary back in 2013, I had no idea what the future would hold for me. I was a new mother, I had big ambitions and I knew the life I wanted to lead MUST include my children in it, more than just at the end of a 9-5 workday. What I never expected in my years as a director was to meet and be so motivated, so inspired and so empowered by other women who were also running a small business. It truly changed my life.

This Saturday March 23rd from 9-2, we are hosting our first ever market. 35 women vendors, who also have a dream. Who started their own businesses and with a lot of hustle and heart have been making it happen. I have been so fortunate to meet so many women entrepreneurs over the past five years, it was a natural fit to want to support this community of women.

The market this Saturday in association with The Mothering Vine is more than just a market. It’s a movement. It’s supporting, connecting and empowering women just like you and I, who are letting their light shine. Who are working to make life better for themselves, their family and their future. Only they’re doing it on their own terms working nights after kids go to bed, waking up early mornings to sneak in some work before kiddos wake up and or finding cracks during the day. We all make choices everyday that shape who we are and what we become. These ladies have chosen to stand out on their own and push themselves everyday to be the best they can be.

If you can make it, I encourage you to come out. There is never anything lost when a community comes together to support each other. There is only something gained. It is family friendly, so please bring your friends, your parents, neighbours, bring them all. This community appreciates it, as do I.

Here are the details of the market, I look forward to connecting with all of you this weekend. Thank you for your support, as always. I am truly grateful for this community.

https://www.themotheringvine.com/store/the-mom-community-market-saturday-march-23rd/

Life Unexpected: Why Having A Will Matters

“They Kept Meaning to Get That Done…”

What Actually Happens When Parents Die Without a Will

By Chelsea Thoms – Global Equity Law

Life Unexpected

I remember after I had my first child, over three years ago, I had so many intense emotions as I sat in my hospital bed holding my newborn son. Having just experienced a very traumatic and life-threatening birth, I was very aware all of a sudden of the reality that terrible, unexpected things can happen when you least expect it.

I realized that day, I now had a little one to care for and protect – which meant I needed to both protect him in the day-to-day reality of life, as well as to protect him for the future should any unforeseen circumstances ever arise.

What Happens When There is No Will

Parents often do not realize what happens if they have minor children and they die without a will.

If parents die without a will, if their will is not properly drafted, or if it is missing a guardianship clause, a court will be the one to decide who will care for their minor children.

If this happens, potential guardians will be located and screened to determine who is the best option to be appointed to care for the children. The courts won’t necessarily know that you wanted your children to be raised a certain way, or that you and your one sibling don’t even get along. The court will take into account the information that is presented to them, and ultimately they will make the choice based on limited evidence of who they believe should raise the children. And it is quite likely that it would not be the individual that you would have chosen.

What is just as bad, is that during the time period after parents have passed away or cannot be located, and before the court has made its decision as to guardianship for the child, the children will quite likely be in the care of the province, which means that while they are grieving the loss of their parents, they would be in temporary foster care.

Choosing a Guardian

I often meet parents who say that they just cannot decide on which individual to appoint to care for their children. After all, no one is going to raise them like they would, and I completely agree. However, if something terrible happens, your kids will be much better off if you consider all of the options and make the best decision you can as to who would best raise them if you are not able to.

We cannot control everything that happens, but we can do our best to take the precautions needed to protect the ones we love. And in the case of our children, it is always worth taking the time to ensure that no matter what happens, they will be safe, cared for, and loved.

That Was Easy

If you need a will drafted to protect your family, we would love to help you. We often hear clients tell us that they put off getting their wills done for years, but once they come in they realize that it was not nearly as difficult, expensive or time-consuming as they expected, and that they are so happy and relieved to have it done.

Give us a call at (403) 926-9620 to set-up your free consultation today.

Winner: Calgary Baby/Tot Show Mastermind Toy Basket!

Thank you to everyone who came by our booth, took time to connect with us and or entered our draw at the Calgary Baby & Tot Show!  We are so grateful for the time you took out of your weekend, to come down to the show and to meet as well as connect with us! Thank you!

We had two amazing giveaway prizes filled with toys courtesy of our friends at Mastermind Toys! Thank you always Mastermind for being such a true supporter of local community businesses! The winner(s) of these baskets are:

Tiara D.

Alanna L.

We have sent you both an email, with details on what you’ve won and how to pick up your prize.

Thank you again to everyone who entered, we will see you again this fall at the next show!

All Your Sleep Questions Answered: Chelsea – WeeSleep™

Hi there! I’m Chelsea and I am a Registered Nurse. My husband and I decided to sleep train our son at 11 weeks. There I said it. In all seriousness, sleep training can be such a sensitive topic. I refer to it as the “s” word- shhhhhh’d by many. SO let’s clear the air! Teaching your baby to sleep does NOT mean letting your baby cry it out. There is no “right” way to get your child to sleep through the night. In other words, whatever you chose for your child is the “right” way. Why? Because you are their world and they are yours.

Before I (hopefully) answer all your questions about infant & toddler sleep, allow me to introduce my philosophy on sleep training. As parents, we teach our babes how to breastfeed, crawl and walk- it is just as important, if not more so, to teach them healthy sleep habits. I’m not saying that if you have not sleep trained your baby, that it is unhealthy. I’m saying that it can take as much hard work and consistency as teaching your baby to crawl, how to stand, eat…all of it.

There are so many questions about infant and toddler sleep. Million dollar questions. You can drive yourself nutty with Dr. Google. They’re overtired…no under tired. Put them down to sleep awake? How? All of these questions are answered in a hundred different ways. So what I’m going to outline are some strong facts. So when you finish reading this, you will walk away with value, feel empowered, knowledgeable and more confident. The beautiful thing? If you still need help and support, I’m a phone call away. Ok…ready, set, go!

1. Why does my baby wake (and cry) as soon as I try to put them in their crib?

If your babe is always put to sleep (by rocking, feeding, rocking out with mommy to Mariah’s greatest hits (yes I love her- or Aerosmiths’ – no judgement here) etc. then they will be upset when placed in their crib (hello scary world). As tough as the process can be sometimes, it is important that your babe be placed in their crib awake so they can have opportunities to learn to fall asleep on their own. My suggestion is to try the first nap, it is often the easiest.

2. Why does my baby only nap for 45 minutes?

Mercy, that 45 minute nap – here is the lowdown: 45 minutes is exactly one sleep cycle for a baby (I get it, it doesn’t allow for a workout, shower and meal prep). Babes who are not comfortable falling asleep on their own (or don’t know how/haven’t had the opportunity etc.), will be WIDE awake at this point, looking for whatever (or whomever!) got them to sleep at the beginning of the nap, to get them back to sleep again (to their next cycle). “Ummm hello Mama? Where’s my soother? Start bouncing…”

3. How do I deal with the time change coming up (psssst it’s March 10)?

Time changes are hard on all of us (the fall back one is easy breezy without kiddos), but it seems the “spring forward” coming up is a tough one. Guess what? There are things you can start doing RIGHT NOW to help YOU, and your baby.

My suggestion: three days before the change, you can start pushing their naps later by 15-30 minutes (e.g., noon nap happens at 12:15/12:30, 7:00 bedtime moves to 7:15/7:30 etc.) so that when the time does change, you can move to the old schedule pretty easily.

If your babe wakes consistently at 6 a.m. no matter what you do…guess what? Do nothing. You are in for a treat when you hear your babe, up and at em’ and you look at the clock and it says 7 a.m. Celebrate that “extra hour” as it feels more reasonable and also like a sleep in (even if you went to bed at the same time). It can take us all approximately a week to adjust and babes are no different.

4. What’s the best sleep environment?

Comfy (insert sleepsack), cozy (babes prefer a room temp of 20-22), dark (hello, blackout curtains) and non-stimulating (insert the white noise here).

Unless you’re a gold medal napper, most of us need optimal conditions (above) to sleep, babes are no different (other than the fact their burps and toots are cute).

5. I’m interested (…still reading), when is the right time to sleep train?

Are you guzzling any type of caffeine in view? Is it hard to remember yesterday’s events? Did you get dressed? Is sleep deprivation robbing you of any joy? It’s time. YOU need rest to have the most important job in the world.

Got a pacifier-addict on your hands? Are you your babe’s soother? Are you essentially standing on your head to get your babe to sleep?

Are you singing welcome to the jungle (bedtime is a circus): one more sip of water, one more kiss for hop-hop, goodnight stars, goodnight moon (on repeat). Then it might be time for us to talk!

If your babe is cranky within less than an hour of waking for the day; if your toddler is a crankpot; if your little one is yawning and eye-rubbing constantly throughout the day…there’s a good chance they are missing out on some very important zzzzz’s (and so are you). This is often because a sleep “prop” is in place.

Sleep “props” are any external stimuli your babe relies on to fall asleep, which often keep our little ones from learning to fall asleep on their own, fall back to sleep to get uninterrupted rest at night, and/or take long naps. If your babe relies on feeding or rocking to sleep it is often a sleep ‘prop’ and it is a great time to think about sleep coaching (call me). When your babe falls asleep using a sleep prop, and then wakes during the night, they are thinking “Umm, what, hello, why am I here, where is my soother (breast or pacifier), I need you”. When I work with clients we use gentle, supportive, and positive methods to remove sleep props (you are a part of it, EVERY STEP of the way).

Most babes can sleep through the night (10-12 hours) around 3-4 months; however, it’s crucial that they are a healthy weight – nutrition is number one. Developmental milestones are important to consider; therefore, it is always best to discuss with a Sleep Consultant who can educate you. Is your babe younger than this and you still want support? No problem. We can always work on sleep shaping (this by no means they will be sleeping through the night, nor should be). Over time, with the right skills, they can transition to beautiful, full night sleepers within the blink of an eye (see what I did there?).

6. How do I choose a Sleep Consultant?

You are trusting us with your child, your heart, your everything. You should feel understood, acknowledged, validated and HEARD. You are leading this change for your little one and need to feel 100% supported. It is about choosing a professional who will be working 1:1 with you and your little one. Do your research, ask the questions (what is your education, how many families have you worked with, what is your philosophy, how will we problem solve TOGETHER, what support will I have afterwards, how do I handle a regression etc.) and be informed. Not all sleep coaching is equal. When choosing whom you are going to work with, whom you will trust to work with your entire WORLD, it is of utmost importance you feel safe and connected.

I want to thank you- for taking time out of your day, especially if are an exhausted parent or caregiver. I hope this information has reduced some anxiety in your heart or uncertainty in your mind. It can be a confusing time, especially if you are not well rested. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out (contact information below). I would love the opportunity to support you in this journey of parenting. It can be a lonesome ride and I am here to help. Ultimately, the choice you make for your family is always the right one.

With gratitude,

Chelsea

Registered Nurse & Sleep Consultant

e: chelsea.hamill@wee-sleep.com

t: 403.993.1043

IG: @weesleep_chelsea

FB: @WeeSleepChelsea

Valentine’s Swag Bag Winners List

Hello Ladies!

Thank you to everyone who entered to win one of 18 Valentine’s Swag bags we’re giving away! We had almost 1,000 entries! The list of winners is below, congratulations to those lucky ladies who won! We will send you an email with the details for pick up!

And don’t forget our March – April Mom & Baby registration, as well as Travelling Tot programs, are now open for registration! To see if there’s a class that’s the right fit for you, please head to ‘class dates’ and check it out! We hope to welcome you in March!

Valentine’s Swag Bag Winner List:

Amanda P.

Jessica R.

Dana G.

Nicole C.

Carah G.

Heather S.

Christina D.

Rachel S.

Anna P.

Danielle R.

Rebecca O.

Rhianne C.

Natasha W.

Kelsey V.

Amanda L.

Meghan K.

Christine B.

Selena B.

Thank you to everyone who entered to win!