Blog Plans

I thought I would write a quick post today about my overall plans for this blog and give you a sneak peak at some of the ideas I have for upcoming posts.

As you know from my first post, this blog is mainly a lifestyle blog about motherhood. In addition to this, I also plan to blog about some of the other pieces of my life that make me excited.

Crafting and crochet. I love to craft. Once upon a time I ran my own crafting and sewing business called O’Darlin. Nowadays, I enjoy crafting for fun and love best of all to make projects for my home and my little one. Here’s a taste of some of my most recent projects.

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Breastfeeding Chair. I decided that instead of buying a new chair for breastfeeding, I would refresh an antique one that I already had. I gave the frame of the chair a good clean and reupholstered the cushion. The original chair had a gold cushion with purple, wine and navy paisley designs. It was a pretty chair but didn’t match the vision I had for my nursery/bedroom.

I took apart the existing cushion cover and used it to make a pattern. I salvaged the zipper and the cording for the piping. I sewed everything together on my home sewing machine and I think it turned out great! I have the chair next to the crib for late night feedings and story time. It’s not the most comfortable but sometimes a girl has got to with style over substance.

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Christmas Eve Countdown Advent Calendar. One of my favourite childhood memories of Christmas was counting down the days to Christmas Eve on the felt Christmas tree advent calendar my mother made. I loved when it was my turn to take the ornament out of the pocket and put it on the tree. As the younger sibling, my sister inherited the calendar when she had her first child. Wanting to keep the tradition alive, I made my own!

I hand sewed and beaded each ornament out of felt, seed beads and sequins. Some of the ornaments, like the snowman and jack-in-a-box are exact replicas from my mom’s calendar, while others like the hot chocolate and pink mitten were inspired by Pinterest. It was definitely a labour of love, and I hope my baby girl remembers growing up with it like I did!

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Baby’s Crochet Bunny Rabbit. I love browsing Pinterest for crochet tutorials. I wanted to crochet a stuffed animal for Cerys and came across this great tutorial from One Dog Wolf. I followed the tutorial exactly down to the yarn used, with the exception of the glass eyes – I just used black yarn. I love how it turned out and I might make another one with  regular, worsted weight yarn for one of my nieces. It is definitely a pattern for intermediate crocheters, but if you have the patience (and a lot of stitch markers), I recommend giving it a try. I imagine that when Cerys gets a bit older they will go on lots of adventures together.

Home Improvement and Decor. After 13 years living in the city, my husband and I are selling our 1 bedroom condo in downtown Toronto and moving to a small town 2 hours away. This means fulfilling a lifelong dream of buying our very own detached house. I can’t believe it’s finally happening!

I will being doing a blog series called Sweet Pretty Home chronicling finding our house and transforming it into the home of our dreams. Decorating, renovating and DIY-ing! I’ve got my Pinterest board ready to start gathering my project ideas and inspiration. We’re hoping to have found a house and be moved in ready to start the fun by the end of May – I can’t wait!

Here’s a look ahead at my upcoming posts:

– My Newborn Baby Must-Haves

– How I Soothe My Crying Baby

– The Best New Mom Advice I’ve Received So Far

I hope you are as excited about my blog plans as I am. Let me know in a comment below what posts you are most looking forward to.

see you soon!

Dominique

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A New Mom Blog

On November 14, 2017 my life changed forever. At 6:10pm, I became a mother. At 41 weeks 3 days pregnant, after 36 hours of induced labour and an eventual c-section, my beautiful daughter Cerys was born.

I decided to start this blog as a way of sharing my experiences as a first-time-mom with others who are also navigating motherhood and maybe going through the same things as me. I don’t know where I would be without the advice and guidance of the countless mummy Vloggers and Bloggers I subscribed to during my pregnancy. Tips, routines, must haves – so much wisdom passed down to me from mamas around the world. I’ve learned so much already and have even started building up tips and must-haves of my own.

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My sweet baby girl is now a month old and these last 4 weeks have been quite a journey. The first couple of weeks in particular were quite a struggle.

Firstly, Crying. Cerys cried far more than we expected. Aside from when she was nursing or the little time she spent asleep, Cerys screamed and cried. There was literally no awake time where she was settled. I am going to do a separate post about the things we tried that did and didn’t work to soothe her, but for now just know that while Cerys was spending all her time crying, so was I.

Secondly, feeding. I was instilled very early on with worry and doubt about the baby’s weight loss and my plan to breastfeed on demand. Cerys was born 9lbs 8oz and had lost 10% of her body weight when she was discharged from the hospital. The pediatrician at the hospital told me this amount of weight loss was worrying and that I would need to supplement my breastfeeding with either pumped breast milk or formula and wake her every 2 hours to feed. I decided not to supplement and it turned out to be the right thing as I was able to establish good breastfeeding and Cerys has been gaining weight rapidly. In the beginning though, going against the advice of the doctor really had me second guessing my mothering instincts and almost had me going against them.

I did however follow the advice of waking to feed every two hours which I wasn’t really onboard with. I was noticing that night feeds were long, difficult and always ended in Cerys screaming and crying. It would take at least an hour to calm her down which meant she only got an hour of sleep before she had to feed again. At around 2 weeks, I decided  to stop waking her to feed and instead feed on demand as I had always planned. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen a massive difference. She tends to wake on her own every 3 hours during the night to feed and the feeds are much better. She’s also a lot less fussy and rarely has a crying fit that lasts more than 30 minutes. Lesson learned – always trust your mother’s intuition!

Lastly, sleep. Sleep has by far been the greatest challenge. Not only our own sleep deprivation, but the challenge of getting her to sleep on her own. We have a crib set up in our bedroom but she would only sleep in it for 10 minutes before having a screaming fit. The only way Cerys would sleep for long chucks would be to literally sleep on one of our chests. This meant my husband or I would have to sleep sitting up with one eye open and Cerys asleep on our chest. We tried a bassinete next to the bed, co-sleeping with a mesh guard rail, I even ordered a handmade baby nest from Etsy but it has yet to arrive. Since stopping the wake-to-feeds, she has been able to sleep in her crib for much longer and we’ve been able to phase-out the co-sleeping. I will do a separate blog post on the details of our sleeping struggles. Even though sleeping is still a challenge, getting her to sleep in the crib for 2 hours is definitely a victory.

My first month as a mom has been tough but also extremely rewarding. Nothing beats the feeling of unconditional love.

I’m really excited for all the milestones that lay ahead for Cerys and I on this journey, and I hope you’ll enjoy coming along with us!

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Lots of love,

Dominique