what ‘type’ of baby will you or do you have?

My Experience

I found this quiz on the Baby Whisperer Forums back in 2006 & I had to repost it as I think it is interesting and important.  I got mostly A’s with a couple B’s so I have an Angel Baby which is what I thought as she is really easy and adaptable!  Everyone wishes for this kind of baby and thank God she is after the horrible pregnancy and delivery I had (read First Trimester 24/7 Nausea & Hyperemesis and From Drug-free Home-birth to Drugged-up Hospital) – I’d do them both all again to have a happy baby 🙂

But I also would like to think certain things I did while I was pregnant also contributed to me ‘creating’ a happy baby – who knows as none of them can be proven per se but there’s no reason not to try as none of them are difficult to do or harmful to you or your baby.

Continue reading

how I chose a daycare/day nursery

My Experience

I started looking for daycare (day nursery) when my baby was four months old.  All the moms in my classes that I would meet up with for coffee were talking about waiting lists and needing to register a year in advance – I was just still trying to get my head round being a mom.  One mom started visiting childminders and nurseries and reported back to the group so that really kick-started my process as I didn’t want to be left with no options and forced to use one I wasn’t really happy with.

Continue reading

books I highly recommend reading while you’re pregnant

My Experience

I love reading but I didn’t go crazy and buy a lot of baby and parenting books to read while I was pregnant.  I chose to instead do lots of research online specifically for what I wanted knowing that I already was confident in what kind of mom I wanted to be.  I didn’t need to read up on the trendy new ‘style’ of parenting like attachment, helicopter etc I just wanted to be me and do what comes naturally.

So while I was pregnant I came across three books that were all given to me by friends and family.  Even though I only read three books I believe that all three of them are worth reading for different reasons.

Continue reading

will you get to 30 million words by 3 years old?

My Experience

In honour of World Book Day last week I thought I would write something about books.

I’ve always loved reading.  My mom read to me when I was little and when I could read on my own she would take me to the library every summer so I could enroll in the reading program.  It was exciting, I got a paper map with all of the types of books I could read and when I completed one I would get a stamp on that space.  I never completed the map but that wasn’t the point it was the experience of doing it with my mom and my love for books.  I always had a massive bookshelf in my room growing up proudly displaying all my books through my childhood and adolescent years – from Is That You God It’s Me Margaret, the Nancy Drew series, The Babysitters Club and other more serious books like Julie of The Wolves and The Pigman.  I know that having a really strong foundation of reading lead me to be confident in school with vocabulary, reading harder school books and writing book reports every year from elementary school to senior year.  There have been loads of studies linking reading to better achievement in school, better SAT scores and even higher intelligence.  I know that every summer during high school I would read at least ten books and some would be from the suggested reading list aka difficult and/or boring.  Books challenged me, broadened my horizons and took me to places I never imagined In Cold Blood, Rebecca, Animal Farm, The Metamorphosis, Slaughterhouse Five, Crime & Punishment and they made me interesting and well-read as an adult.

Continue reading