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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
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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
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Ashley, Me, Myself & I, Travels

A Dry Baby Is A Happy Baby Tips for travelling with a baby

Guten Tag from Germany.  After a 20 hour travel day from door to door, we finally made it to Germany to see Jeremy.  As you all know, I am down an arm at the moment, so my mom came with me to help us out for a few weeks.  Travelling with a baby is never easy, but with one arm it would have been impossible. Here are some tips (including my favourite Pampers diapers!) that helped me get through the flight, as well as how I am dealing with Olivia’s jet lag. Hopefully these will help any of you travelling with babes over the holidays.

  1. Keep Baby Dry—this is most important!  We all know a wet baby is a cranky baby, so I use Pampers Swaddlers to keep Olivia dry and happy.  I love Pampers Swaddlers because they are a blankie soft diaper and have a unique absorb away liner, which keeps wetness and mess away from the baby’s skin.  Swaddlers also have the wetness indicator, which changes colour making it a breeze to check her to see if she needs a change when we’re in public.
  2. Let There be Light—I learned my lesson the hard way on my last trip to Germany.  I arrived at noon after flying all night, and promptly took Olivia to bed with me in a dark room for 8 hours.  A 6 hour time change is never easy to combat, but I’ve learned that light makes all the difference.  It took me two weeks to get her back on track after mixing up her day time and night time. I now make sure to keep her in the light all day, even for naps, and the dark for the night, even if she wakes up. Dimming the lights when you’re getting your baby ready to sleep, lowering them more and more as bedtime approaches is a great way to create a soothing atmosphere. It’s amazing how much faster she adjusts to the new time zone just by light and dark.
  3. Keep it Cool—Olivia will not sleep if the room is too hot or too cold.  Each baby works differently, but for Olivia the cooler the better.  I keep her room at 18 degrees and I put her in a sleeper and sleep sac. Rule of thumb is to dress your baby in no more than one more layer than you would wear yourself, based on the room temperature.
  4. White noise—I don’t know anybody who doesn’t sleep a little better with white noise, and this goes for baby too. Babies sleep better with the washing machine or the vacuum running, so feel free to go about your regular routine during naptime or after bedtime. I use a fan on high facing away from Olivia to keep her sleeping soundly all night long.
  5. Relax!  Babies pick up on our anxiety and frustration.  If I’m stressed out, Olivia feels it, and the last thing she will do is go to sleep.  Just know that you are doing a great job, and enjoy every minute with your beautiful baby.

Pampers has some great resources with more tips on how to keep baby sleeping peacefully.  You can visit them here:

I will let you know how our jet lag goes, but so far it is looking great! 
-Ash
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