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I’m Victoria, a 20-something, soon-to-be first-time mom who grew up in a big, loud Italian family that deserves its own reality show. I’m also a slushie-loving sports fanatic who loves watching movies almost as much as sleeping. When I’m not travelling or getting mad at my husband for sending me Candy Crush requests, I’m an university teaching assistant, and most of my students are taller than I am. Read More >

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Blog: Happy Father’s Day

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Historically men have been the family ‘providers’ and the women were the ‘caregivers’ whom maintained the home. I’ve heard stories of how men never really had a hand in the day to day upbringing of...Read More »

Blog: Happy Mother’s Day

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Growing up, Mother’s Day was just another ‘holiday’ where I’d go through the motions- go out, get a card, buy a gift certificate from a spa and sign it from my brother and I…and sometimes...Read More »

Blog (Product Review): VTech (VM343) Safe & Sound Pan & Tilt Full Colour Video Monitor

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Guest Blogger Alert! Last time I featured a guest blogger it was my sister-in-law Catherine, a great writer, teacher and mom to my 2 year old niece Eliana. Well this time around, I thought I’d...Read More »

Blog (Product Review): Go Grippers Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles…no not the movie, I’m talking about the toys my little guy is playing with these days. We’ve tried (key word = tried), to minimize the amount of toys and ‘stuff’ MJ...Read More »

Blog (Product Review): Safety 1st Recline and Grow Booster Seat

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Guest Blogger Alert! When I was sent the Safety 1st Recline and Grow Booster Seat to review, I immediately thought of my sister-in-law and niece Eliana, who is 4 months younger than MJ. I’ve already...Read More »

Blog (Product Review): Double Duty (Summer Infant’s 3DTwo Double Convenience Stroller)

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Play dates are always fun for kids, but most of the time us moms like to schedule these days so that there’s a great reason to leave the house for a bit and talk to...Read More »

Blog: Smart…Clean…High Chair…the ultimate oxymoron? (Ingenuity’s™ Trio 3-in-1 SmartClean™ High Chair)

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I never really understood how messy mealtime could get until MJ started eating solids. We were spoiled at the start though. At 6 months, he was eating purees, loved all food and never threw anything...Read More »

Blog: Product Review: Graco 4Ever™ All-in-One Car Seat

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Most often when new parents, or even second-time parents, are prepping for baby, one of the most daunting items to choose is the ‘right’ car seat. Depending on the couple, a funky colour might catch...Read More »

Blog: Don’t Forget the Kitchen Sink!

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I remember being about 8 months pregnant and thinking to myself, ‘Wow maternity leave is going to be fabulous. So much time to get things done around the house, leisurely summer days in the backyard,...Read More »

Blog: Product Review: Philips Avent Bottle Warmer

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I find my mom constantly saying, “I wish we had this when you were little!”, when she finds things at my house or on the shelf during a last minute shopping trip for diapers. As...Read More »

Blog: It Took Six Weeks…

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I don’t remember where I saw this saying (probably a greeting card), but it rang true when MJ was six weeks old: He’s a little bit of sunshine; he’s a smile to light your days....Read More »

Blog: Newborn Pictures – Not What Meets The Eye

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I had been going back and forth with the decision to get professional newborn pictures for a while and finally contacted a photographer when I was 38 weeks along. She said the date would be...Read More »

Blog (Product Review): Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump vs. Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

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So my milk came in on day 4, and in one word….OWWWW.  I was excited and curious, but when I woke up that Thursday morning…oh…my…goodness…I was pretty sure that I had two 10 pound bowling...Read More »

Blog: The First Five Days

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I’ve always been quite honest and blunt with my blogs. This one will be no different, but I’ll start it off with a disclaimer: Read at your own risk…the first few days of parenthood might...Read More »

Blog: Delivery Day: Take #2

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Fast forward 2.5 weeks, I’m just about 1 week overdue…and… still no baby! Alright, I cave, time to get induced. My OB schedules me in on a Monday morning, when she has her shift, and...Read More »

Blog: Today’s The Day!…uhh maybe? (Delivery Day: Take 1)

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Grandparents are in the waiting room. Mommy has fasted. Daddy didn’t sleep. Miserable receptionist has checked us in. We make one more video for baby prior to the big arrival. I’m not nervous. I’m excited....Read More »

Blog: Not As Planned (Cesarean Section)

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I forgot to mention in a few posts back that we found out at one of our ultrasounds that our baby is breech. I think I left it out of previous blogs because I sort...Read More »

Blog: Third Trimester Fun

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As I had imagined, things aren’t getting any easier. I passed the glucose test (thankfully!) but weeks 30-36 have brought on my first real issue with my very best friend – her name is sleep....Read More »

Blog: What a Hoot! (Decorating the Nursery)

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Want a challenge? Ok…here’s one…decorate a gender neutral baby nursery that both you and your partner agree on! My husband usually stays out of anything decor related. He sticks to the ‘outdoor’ stuff, and can’t hide...Read More »

Blog: What Will It Bee? (Baby Shower)

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Organizing events is one of the many things I do for a living. It’s part of my role at work, ‘event planning’ is one of the subjects I help teach at University, and I like to...Read More »

Blog: Registering for my Registry…Part 2

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Welcome back! Enjoy part 2 of my (hopefully) helpful registry checklist and a few of the rationales behind the choices I made. Breastfeeding Breast Pump Hopefully I will be able to breastfeed and I use...Read More »

Blog: Registering for my Registry…Part 1

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Who knew that babies needed so many things? Do they really, or am I just being sucked into the ever changing and inventive world of baby retail? To be honest…I don’t know…Nemo is my first...Read More »

Blog: Nemo’s New Ride (Choosing a Stroller)

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I’m not a visual learner…I can’t just look at a picture and decide to purchase something…I need to touch and feel the product…most importantly I need to write things down and make actual notes when...Read More »

Blog: Mr. Waddle meet Mr. Willy

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Over the last few weeks, I've had a lot on my mind (starting the nursery...setting a date for my baby shower and coming up with a theme...figuring out what I need to register for, etc,...Read More »

Blog: It’s only half-time?

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Well, I'm officially over halfway through my pregnancy and here's my report: I've been gaining a pound a week (!) and by 3:30pm, I'm done. Exhausted. Thanks for...Read More »

Blog: Movements…baby and bowel!

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I’ve always been an outspoken, type A person, who doesn’t fear speaking in front of people…but…when it comes to speaking about ‘butts’ I’ve always been a VERY shy person. What am I referring to? I’m...Read More »

Blog: The Ultrasound Experience

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It’s been the longest twelve weeks of my LIFE! After we finally told our parents the good news, it was time for our first ultrasound. We’re using an OB, not a midwife, so we had a...Read More »

Blog: To Tell or Not To Tell?

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So now that we know we are expecting, who are we going to tell first? Are we going to find out what we’re having? What should I be feeling? When’s my expected due date? What...Read More »

Blog: Let’s Start ‘Trying’…..

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Let me just say that once we got married (which was 2 years prior, at that time) everyone decided that it was their business to ask when we were going to have a...Read More »