I struggled today watching the IG stories of other mom’s sending off their little one’s to the first day of school because today Alastair didn’t go… It’s not that he didn’t want to, or that we didn’t register him or didn’t prepare him for the big independence day. Today I got told the Community League of Newton in Edmonton would be dissolving their preschool program, leaving me high and dry. I think what frustrates me the most, the fact that there was no forewarning and they waited this long to announce the news. Yes folks, I just got to hear his program wouldn’t be running on the day he should have been starting. It’s not that there are not enough kids registered either. Apparently, it comes down to “staffing” issues.
Now I know some of you are rolling your eyes right now. It’s just preschool right? Wrong! For me, working on this blog from home Alastair hasn’t been to daycare. He hasn’t formed many little kid relationships. Nor has he had the opportunity to get learning ready, have structured time, or get to experience group activities. I’m devastated. I tried to do everything in my power. Registered him the moment that began in March of this year, paid his deposit, started having conversations preparing him for his new classroom. Just to have it cancelled on it’s start date when almost all our local programs are full or stopped taking registrations months ago is brutal.
I haven’t had the heart to tell him yet… instead we lined up his new clothes and shoes from West Coast Kids. Gabbed about how great it’s going to be… and told him, “that Mommy was wrong about the start day…” For now, I’m going to live that little white lie while I hustle for him to try my best to fix this. So like most moms, today was a teary one. It just wasn’t for the reasons I thought it was going to be. Instead I had a good cry in private because I let him down and I got to see that excitement fade in his eyes when I told him we were’t going today.
I was going to tell you all about all the sweet shoes he found. Take first day photos and do a little Q&A with him. I thought about not sharing this, since I feel so defeated. Like I let him down. But it’s real and sometimes we all need a little real life in the blogging world too. Because it isn’t always rainbows and butterflies… sometimes it just plain sucks.
I’m so honoured to partner with Huggies to help promote Global Hug Your Kid Day. One of the most valuable gifts we have is right here in our arms. Skin-to-skin hugs are the most valuable gifts parents can provide their baby in the hours, days and weeks after birth as it offers many psychological and physiological benefits for both baby and parent. An easy time to get in a skin-to-skin moment is after each diaper change, as baby is already unclothed and feeling comfortable in a clean diaper. On average a child requires up to 5,000 diaper changes in their little lifetime – that’s 5,000 opportunities for hugs!
Harper loves a fresh diaper. Huggies Little Snugglers diapers have tiny, soft pillows that provide a cushiony layer of protection between Harper’s skin and the mess – ensuring she is extra comfortable at all times. A diaper change is the perfect time for us to have that one on one girl chats, you know? She gets so focal and gives me all her coos and goos. I live for these moments. When she’s down to just a diaper I love to give her a relaxing massage with baby lotion and give her those all important hugs. It’s the perfect time to take 5 minutes and bond. Join me and share some very important love with your little one!
I want to preface this with the fact that I didn’t get paid to create this post, instead it’s a charity I feel very passionate about. I’ve partnered with McDonald’s to spread the news about McHappy Day this May. Each year, $1 of each hot McCafé beverage, Big Mac or Happy Meal purchase goes towards Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) as well as other local children’s charities across Canada. When a child is sick or injured a family needs support and that’s when RMHC lends a helping hand across Canada. It’s a cause that has made an impact in the lives of Canadian families with sick children since 1981. Join me May 3rd to make a difference! Continue reading →
Let’s start with the facts, studies have found bullying occurs once every seven minutes on the playground and once every 25 minutes in the classroom (www.bullyingcanada.ca). Through awareness campaigns like Pink Shirt Day, our Edmonton community continues to take a powerful stand against bullying. This is an issue close to my heart and I would love for you to join the pink shirt revolution across Canada and especially here in Edmonton.
The theme of this year’s t-shirt is ‘Kindness is One Size Fits All” and is now available in both adult and youth sizes at London Drugs in the Capital Region at a cost of $9.80 plus applicable taxes. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts supports Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area.
How Can You Participate in Pink Shirt Day on February 24th
1) Purchase an official Pink Shirt Day t-shirt at London Drugs to show your support.
2) Challenge your friends and co-workers to show off their pink style with a Pink Shirt Day fashion show. Prizes for best dressed!
3) Get creative with your kids: break out the craft supplies and let them decorate their official Pink Shirt Day t-shirt.
4) Host a “Pink Event” (assembly, classroom event, or anti-bullying rally) at your school or place of work. Offer students or employees incentives to wear pink.
5) Host a pink potluck with pink food and beverages served during lunch.
6) Show your support on social media by sharing photos or by making an anti-bullying pledge using the hashtag #PinkShirtDay and #PinkShirtDayYEG.
Join me this week, wear some pink and spread some awareness about this issue!
I’m so spud to be an organic food ambassador through Spud.ca. Not only do they promote healthy sustainable eating, they help local organizations too! We’ve paired up with Edmonton’s WIN House Women’s Shelter to help bring practical items to those in need.Place your new clothing, pyjamas, feminine hygiene products, underwear, and cosmetics in your SPUD bin between February 15th – March 15th, and we’ll donate them to support our community.