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Welcome, my name is Ashley! I am a Canadian actress, best known for my roles in Life with Derek, Suits, Criminal Minds or The Good Witch Series. Here you will find a more personal look into my life: from my day to day activities and travels to what it’s like to be on set and, now: what it’s like to be a first-time mom!

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Ashley, Me, Myself & I, Pregnancy

Happy Mother’s Day

I’ve always loved Mother’s Day because I’m obsessed with my mom and any day that is all about her makes me the happiest. I spent 30 years saying “Happy Mother’s Day” to all of the moms I know, until one day something magical happened. My first Mother’s Day.

It was the greatest feeling to have someone wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. Even though my little bundle of joy (who was 3 months at the time) couldn’t say it, the words didn’t need to be spoken. The image of my sweet little Olivia peacefully sleeping in my arms was the best gift anyone could have ever given me, and I will cherish that memory forever.

Now I’m an old vet at Mother’s Day. It’s officially my second one and it’s gotten a lot more exciting. Olivia is walking all over the place and greets me daily with “mama!” “dog” and lots of yelling in what appears to be a different language. I don’t know what she’s saying, but the sound of her sweet little voice happily yelling while she knocks everything around the house down, will be the greatest second Mother’s Day gift I could ever ask for.

Now that I am a mom, I realize it isn’t about the breakfast in bed (although that’s nice), or the gift card to mom’s favourite restaurant. I will spend my Mother’s Day simply sitting back and taking in the gift of getting to be my little princess’ momma.

Motherhood is loud, exhausting, wild, fun, hard, joyful and life changing. It isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s truly a blessing if you are fortunate enough to get to have a baby. I am so thankful to spend my days and nights nurturing and protecting Olivia, and Mother’s Day reminds me just how lucky I am.

So here’s the biggest and loudest HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to those who have given every part of themselves to another little being. It’s the most rewarding job in the world and you are all superheroes!

Pampers and I would love to hear your story! Tell us about a Mother’s Day (your 1st or 12th) that stands out. What made that day special? Help us celebrate all the moms…. the pregnant ones, the first-timers, the veterans, etc! Can’t wait to hear your stories!

Ash
Xx

I’ve been using Pampers since day one and only partner with brands I truly love, prior to being contacted. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Ashley, Pregnancy

Baby Registry Do’s and Dont’s

Creating a registry for your new bundle of joy seems like it should be super easy and fun right?? It wasn’t for me… I made some crucial mistakes when picking my registry, so here is what I have learned.

As I sit here looking at boxes of things I thought I absolutely NEEDED to have (which I have never used), I feel super guilty that I didn’t do a little more research on what the essentials actually are when having a baby.

After reading a recent Pamper survey to see if I’m the only mom who made this mistake, I found that more than half of moms said that diapering items including diapers, wipes and changing pads were the registry gifts they used the most often. Yet more than 1 in 3 (35%) of moms who included diapers on their baby registry felt guilty about registering for them! (I’m not alone) SO I am making this post to help you out so you don’t become a part of the statistic 🙂

MORE EVERYDAY ITEMS 

This is a big one. You don’t need that expensive bottle sanitizer or a high tech wipe warmer. Seriously, you won’t use them. Stick to the basics. My biggest regret was not asking for diapers. I had NO idea how many diapers a baby goes through, and if I had put them on my registry (in different sizes to grow with her) I would have saved myself a lot of money.

HINT – there is actually no such thing as too many diapers. 9  in 10 moms wish they had included more diapers in their registry.

WRITE IT ALL DOWN

My sister-in-law is truly the most organized person I have ever met, and she has a great tip to keep all of your new goodies organized. Write down on the back of the card what the person got for you. This is a LIFESAVER when writing your Thank You notes!

PLAN AHEAD

Don’t go into the store or online without a plan. If you do, you are likely to go scan crazy and end up with gifts that you didn’t actually want or need. 56% of moms who created a registry felt it was more overwhelming than expected, so make some lists beforehand. Pampers & Babies R Us have a great resource to help organize your registry. I wish I had known about this when I was making mine! https://www.pampers.ca/en-ca/pregnancy/baby-shower/article/digital-baby-registry

BORROW FROM FRIENDS 

Before you go out and buy a new highchair or bassinet, ask your friends or family who have children if you can borrow theirs. As long as the item is in good condition, you can save some spots on your registry for more every day necessities like diapers, wipes, or a change pad.

RELAX

It is super daunting preparing for a tiny human that you are responsible for keeping safe and alive. I promise you though, the only thing that baby needs is a full tummy, a dry bum, a warm and cozy house, and all of your love. Everything else is just a bonus <3

Good luck and enjoy making your registry with all of your new found tips 😉

Ash
xx

I’ve been using Pampers since day one and only partner with brands I truly love, prior to being contacted. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Me, Myself & I, Pregnancy

It’s Daylight Savings Time!

It’s Daylight Savings Time!

Dealing with any sort of a time change is hard, but with a baby, it can be downright painful. Sleep specialist Kim West, The Sleep Lady, partnered with Pampers, and has provided insights on how to navigate Daylight Savings Time (DST) with minimal effect. I have gotten used to time changes in my travels from North America to Europe, and these are the biggest MUST-DOs for a smooth time change:

Keep Baby Dry:
Thankfully Pampers Baby Dry diapers feature 12-hours of overnight dryness protection to help keep baby dry, and asleep, no matter what the time difference. I stopped giving Livi her midnight diaper change when I started using the Pampers Baby Dry diapers. I was worried about her getting diaper rash after being in the same diaper from 7pm to 7am, but thankfully, she is dry and happy every morning!

Slowly Shift Bedtime:
Shift bedtime back or forward 10 to 15 minutes gradually for the week leading up to DST.

Early Sunrise, Means More Sunshine:
Unfortunately for us, DST in the spring means baby’s new wake up time will be an hour earlier (Boooo less sleep time!!) Open the blinds and expose baby to at least 30 minutes of sunshine to help their body’s adjust to the time change.

Adjust Nap Schedule:
Reschedule naps according to the new time. This will ensure baby isn’t too exhausted before bedtime.

Be Patient:
DST can cause a disruption to sleep patterns that can take up to a week to adjust to. As baby gets comfortable with springing forward, Pampers 12-hour overnight protection helps minimize unnecessary sleep disruption.

Follow the Light:
It’s amazing how baby will respond to sunlight and darkness. This is an easy way to signal to baby if it’s time for sleep or time for play.

For more tips go to https://www.pampers.com/en-us/pregnancy/trending-now/article/expert-advice-adjusting-babys-sleep-for-daylight-savings

For over 50 years parents (like mine) have trusted Pampers to care for their babies and is the #1 selling diaper worldwide and the #1 choice of Canadian moms. For more information about Pampers complete range of diapers, wipes and training pants, please visit www.pampers.com or follow @Pampers on Twitter, @PampersCanada on Facebook, or @PampersUS on Instagram

Good luck everyone!!
Ash
xx

Ashley Leggat
Ashley, Pregnancy

Pamper’s Baby Dry

Pampers has come out with its innovative Baby Dry Diaper and we have been trying it for the last couple of weeks. I have to say, we love it! It’s been amazing for Olivia’s sleep as well, as she sleeps 12 hours with no leaks or wake ups from a wet bum.

New Look, Same Protection: 

Pampers Baby Dry diapers are now enhanced with the same Extra Absorb Channels that exist on Swaddlers and Cruisers, so now they’re thinner and drier (which makes me a well-rested mama)!

A Thicker Diaper is Not A Better Diaper:

Pampers Baby Dry is now thinner than before, which allows for a more comfortable fit and has extra absorbing channels, to help distribute wetness and lock it away, so babies are even drier than before and can sleep soundly all night. I’m loving the 12 hours Olivia sleeps now!

Researched and Proven:

With Pampers Baby Dry, I feel super confident because Pampers Diapers undergo testing with pediatricians, dermatologists and parents to ensure products meet and exceed the needs of their most important customers – our little babes –  I wouldn’t trust any other product on her!

Stretchy Sides:

I certainly don’t like wearing something tight around my belly when I sleep, and Livi doesn’t either. Pampers Dry has all around stretchy sides for a comfortable fit and a soft like cotton touch.

Wetness Indicator:

LOVE THIS. Available in smaller sizes, it changes colour to let me know when Liv needs a change so I’m not having to open her pyjamas and wake her up each time to check.