Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood virus. It is caused by the Coxsackie virus. This virus is common in the summer and early fall. It is highly contagious!!!! Often it will show up 3-7 days after your child has been exposed to it. A child is most infectious during the first week, easily spreading it to other …

Achieving Balance and Motherhood

A few weeks ago, I posted on my Facebook page. “What defines your success?”. I was expecting a lot of numbers. I was expecting people to define success in life as a number beside their name because traditionally, we judge our self worth on our pay cheque. To my surprise, not one single person replied with the key to their …

3 Effective Ways to Help Your Preschooler Self-Soothe

Preschoolers kiddos have big hearts and vivid imaginations which can test our patience at bedtime when we want our child to sleep. My daughter is a great example of this— everything she worried about comes out around bed time. “Mom, I’m so tired but my eyes just can’t close”. “Mom, let me tell you about this REALLY exciting thing that …

6 Tips for Becoming a Mother-Runner

Before I started running I would have laughed if someone told me I would become a long distance runner after having kids. I was not able to run around the block without feeling winded. Two pregnancies, bedrest, sleep deprivation, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation (did I mention, sleep deprivation?) were all valid reasons why I couldn’t start running. For proof, I have …

When Things Don’t Go as Planned: Giving New Moms the “New Mom” Experience

Our visions of having a new baby are often about going for stroller walks in the sunshine while baby naps, rocking baby to sleep in our arms in the most beautiful chair money can buy, watching for those first smiles, first laughs, first gassy grins. As a nurse who has worked in pediatrics, intensive care and neonatal intensive care for …

Returning to Work and Coping with Separation Anxiety

If someone could create a living example of separation anxiety in a toddler, my little girl would be your case study. Before having my daughter I couldn’t have truly understood how children so young can struggle with such strong fears with seemingly no known cause. Then after learning and growing along beside my daughter, I realized that this can happen. …

Sleeping Babies and Vacations: You CAN have both!

When my first son was 8 weeks old my husband and I decided to set off for a weekend vacation… with our little dude. We thought it would be a relaxing, recharging weekend. Not sure why we thought sleep would come in the hotel and not at home! We packed the entire house, and three trips to the car later …

Mothers not Martyrs

I had an “ah-ha” motherhood moment the other day. It came to me as I was driving down the highway with tears rolling down my cheeks. I had been looking forward to these few days to myself for a month, and was doing a silent countdown in my head every time I had a challenging parenting moment, which occur at …