The Anatomy of a Mum-Mum

Baby Mum-Mums. For parents of teething babies, they are saviour and anathema at once. How do they work? No one knows exactly. I am baffled, myself. They are delicate enough to be crushed to smithereens in your purse (preferably inside the package). They yield appropriately to the gentle crocodile-fierce pressure of a teething baby’s jaws. Read More

My Son’s Epic Third Birthday Celebrations

Wow, it’s been a crazy week. I started out writing a sweet little birthday note to my firstborn, on his actual birthday, and then the celebrations overwhelmed the blogging time. (Putting together the yearbook and writing report cards didn’t help either.) There’s been so much partying that it must seem to him that his birthday Read More

Why I Love My Midwives

As you know, baby-in-progress and I are receiving shared prenatal care from a renowned hospital ob/gyn clinic and our midwifery team. (All of this care is covered by our socialized medicine in Ontario. Thank God.) I’d like to dedicate this blog post to my midwives, because they simply rock the casbah, on so many levels. Read More

Click, Clack, Moo – Cows That Type

Here’s a taste of story time with Auntie Em and the whiz kid. (Sort of. Usually story time occurs in the rocking chair, without quite so much playing with random objects… but hey, he does okay.) The story is “Click, Clack, Moo”, by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. It’s a cool, silly little story Read More

BAM-BANG Music Review: Barenaked Ladies’ Snacktime

I find the more I listen to Snacktime, the Barenaked Ladies’ album for kids, the more I want to listen to it. When we look for kids’ music in our household, our main criterion is that it be fun to listen – for us. It’s not that we don’t care whether E is entertained; it’s Read More

BAM-BANG Music Review – Sleepy Sky Lullaby

I know this guy named Eddie Douglas. He is a professional substitute teacher (meaning he does only short-term jobs). I’ve crossed paths with him at all four elementary schools I’ve worked at, and we always enjoy a chat when we see each other. He also happens to be a Juno-nominated musician. Eddie has three albums Read More

BAM Baby Stuff Reviews – Nursing

Here’s the nursing gear that works for us (and some that doesn’t), in case you’d like to know: “My Brest Friend” nursing pillow. It is firm, sculpted foam, flat on top but for two bumps for baby’s head, with a removable slip-cover, and an adjustable clip for your waist. We LOVE it. (Even Daddy uses Read More

A Letter to Galen Weston, Jr.

Dear Mr. Weston, I am writing to you to let you know how much I appreciate your company.  Perhaps you get lots of letters like this; it wouldn’t surprise me, since in your commercials you seem like a very nice, approachable guy, someone who might even read letters from random people.  (Good job on those Read More