Another lesson in life…go with your gut!

Since we’ve moved London had to move to a new day home/care situation. Because her birthday is at the end of August she can’t start kindergarden until next year even tho I’d love for her to start today and be empowered with knowledge.

It was gruelling, we searched high and low for a good fit we probably talked to or saw 15+ places. Some were horrific some sounded okay. Then we found One in Highland Park area less than 10 minutes from home. Perfect, right? NOT!

London came with me initially when I met The women who ran this place, she played for a few hours with the kids while I was there observing. It felt okay. The parents seemed happy enough but how do you really tell?

First sign: She was annoyed about me changing my mind on London’s start day even tho I’d phoned Her and told her that she wasn’t going to start until the Tuesday as I was going to finish off the month at Jens. What does it matter I’d already put down my hefty deposit for the full time spot starting April first and I’d left a message letting her know.

Second sign: London was crying so hard from the time she would wake up. She didn’t want to go. She’d cry at night about not wanting to go. I was chalking this up to the move. Jeff was out of town this first week of April the new day home. Just so many factors.

Third sign: we would both be crying when going. Poor London Jean and mom. Mona would tell her not to cry that she was a big girl. She’s only 2.5 years old. Poor bugs. She would roll her eyes at me when London and I were having a rough morning. Me not wanting to leave her and her not wanting to stay.

To make a long story short, we had to jail brake her out of there. The women kept saying we were to kind to our daughter and needed to be cruel to be kind – not the other way around – crazy I know. She wouldn’t give us back our money deposit nor the payment for the first month well she was only there 8 days and we paid for a month and a half..

Eight days was enough to know that that wasn’t the right fit for London, she was loosing her spark and we weren’t handling it well either…go with our gut instinct and get her out of there.

We moved her a better-safer place. We all feel better. Huge sigh of relief…

Have you heard of KidsU it all started with an idea that kids need education in their first 2000 days instead of a daycare/dayhome scenario…so after this horrible experience up above, we need a different option and we found an amazing place with KidsU.

Not sure if she didn’t want her picture taken or if she was looking at something but I just love that her backpack is almost as big as her – adorbs!

Bugs (358)

…I was taking a gander through some photos today and came across this one…what a doll – it was a nice frsh Fall day, I was taking some pictures of another quilt – took London out with me and she slept so sound with the crisp air around here…she was about 3 months old here…my friend Debbie made this chenielle quilt for her – my favourite quilt (sorry mum).

London and Me (343)

Well it has been a while since I’ve posted an update of London for my loyal readers and friends…here we are spending the day in Banff…we had a fabulous time with Jeff..walking around in the wintery air…how absolutely delightful.

Making a skirt for London (341)

Fabrics…hmm not sure about the stripe but this little skirt is a cutie! Needs to be done for her Santa visit on Saturday. Just putting on the waistband. I wanted red dots for Christmas. 
Suggestions for the top, colours, plain maybe with the polka dot fabric for trim?

London’s turns 1! (338)

 

…well August 28th and it’s baby Girls Birthday today Yes she’s turning one TODAY…isn’t that amazing? Here one of her first of many photo shoot pics…this is a quilt my Mom made for her…I’m so in love with this little beauty…bliss is what I see.

Recent Purchases (303)

At the beginning of January, London and I met up with some of my bestest quilting buddies for a day out to lunch and one of our favourite quilt shoppes…

here’s what I purchased:

I thought this was a super cheery pattern for London or any little girl or boy…

my friend Jen was saying these Oliver patterns are super good..so I thought well of course I have time to whip up this little outfit as it’s so super cute!

how about a pair of these super fun “jammers” (pj’s)

look how cute the gathered trim is?

 

Me Mondays: Baby Girls Room (300)

What a delightful post number 300 is all about London’s room and how much sewing I’ve been doing – not a lot of projects mind you but alot of sewing…here’s what I’ve been working on.

It all started with London’s room being a bit cold with our dipping temperatures, and she likes it really dark when she sleeps, so I picked up block out material also.

I wanted the dots to be larger – so I found a good template, nothing like a Christmas plate to brighten any job.

Pink, of course

good paid of paper scissors and fabric scissors – 40 circles later

all randomly appliqued in place with an iron, then by machine. I got it down to sewing 10 dots on a panel (there is 4 panels) to 1 panel in 1 hour – all while she slept.

Super cute!!

Me Mondays – London (282)

I started this Me Mondays post sometime ago because I wanted to share my personal thoughts about things and not necessarily about Quilting – are you all okay with this?

Since I had Baby Girl, things in my life have changed drastically but for the better – it’s amazing having this little person around all the time – absorbing everything around them. I so looking forward to Christmas and all of the firsts that are to come…It’s the “firsts” that are the BEST. It takes me back to simpler times when the little things in life truly mattered – now they DO.

I belong to this local Baby Talk group, it’s put on by the Town and gathers like mom’s together with a Public Health Nurse and teaches us different things about parenting – from the baby’s eyes and general health to preparing their food.

I always learn something from either the Health Nurse or the Moms – more then not it’s from another Mom. It’s amazing seeing all of these little people change from week to week and seeing the differences between one 3 month old like London to the next 3 month old. I’m loving it. It also seems to keep me from going crazy or little things and just knowing that I’m normal 🙂

Do you or Did you belong to a baby group? If so, tell me what you loved about it!

It’s also amazing how your time just isn’t about you anymore, it’s about this little person’s schedule. I love that I’m fortunate enough to have London be part of my business, hang out with me during the day – every day and I don’t have to think or decide about a day home or day care – I’m very greateful for this. Thanks to my wonderful Husband for this opportunity. 

So I wanted to share something that’s helped tremendously since becoming a parent and scrubbing all those baby clothes because the disposable diapers haven’t done their job (if you know what I mean). I recently mentioned these at Baby Talk and the mom’s hadn’t heard about them, G Diapers – Check out this video

This is the BEST thing I’ve found (well my Sister bought us our first kit) for London, saves her night gowns, onesies, pants and everything else. They are completely bio-degradeable, flushable and super cute!

They come in a variety of colours – super cute. They are soft around their bellies, have stretch so they can be snug without digging into their bellies and so far no leaks (fingers crossed). They are an investment initally with the covers but you only need a few pairs of covers and then the pouches get a few more, and the disposable liners which are the flushable part. You can also use cloth liners – if you choose.