Online Canadian Children’s Consignment (2016 Version)

Back when M was a fetus I posted about finding children’s consignment clothes online. The world of online consignment has certainly expanded since then, particularly in the USA, and there are a few more Canadian options now, too. Unfortunately, my favourite (Perfect Threads) shut down quite some time ago, but I’ve managed to keep M in a lot of inexpensive consignment clothing over the years, and now that I have to ditch all my beautiful baby girl clothes and go shopping for a boy, I’m looking in an all-new section! ...more

It’s a…

A few weeks ago, I had a telemedicine consultation with a geneticist visiting Thunder Bay, as well as the genetic counsellor in Thunder Bay with whom I’ve been working for several months, trying to get as far down to the bottom of my genetic risk for hemophilia as we possibly can. Here’s some background info on how hemophilia has factored into my health care, from when I was pregnant with M. This time, I was set up with genetics right away thanks to the OB/GYN specialist I saw early on, and with their help I managed to get access to some family medical records earlier on ....more

Not a Book Report: Lean In

I went on a reading tear at the beginning of the year, into spring — I’ve stopped but should really get back into it (the honest truth — I lost my Kobo charger and all of my library books have been checking out without me). I read...more

Toronto Trip

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with a group of friends I had never met before, in Toronto, for a long weekend getaway. Because I was travelling domestically I didn’t have the awkwardness of telling the border guard that I was going to meet my internet friends, but about halfway through my five hour drive to Thunder Bay I kind of caught myself like, what the heck am I doing?! Luckily, they are not axe murderers ....more

First Trimester Catch Up

I can’t believe I’m in the second trimester but — I’m in the second trimester! THREE WEEKS I found out earlier than some people would, because I can’t resist testing, and I’ve gotten pretty good at reading my body to know when I may be pregnant. I wasn’t shocked by the positive result but it didn’t really sink in until two or three days later — I just shut my mind off of that topic and tried to think about other things ....more

Feeding Yourself Through First Trimester Aversions

I’m one of those unfortunate people who seems to get hopelessly sick during the first trimester of pregnancy. It’s a cross between a hangover and the flu, for me, plus the occasional gnawing stomach pain/insatiable hunger feeling. While not everything works for everyone — yes I’ve tried saltines, I’ve tried ginger, so on and so forth — basically, you gotta find a way to eat ....more

Early Pregnancy After Loss

Early pregnancy after loss is visceral fear. It is waking up every morning expecting to be bleeding. It is wondering, when you are not bleeding, if and when it will begin ....more

REVIEW: Theo PB&J Bark

A friend hooked me up with a few offerings from Theo, straight out of Seattle — now that I can finally stomach chocolate again I’ve jumped right in and the next several chocolate reviews are a Theo-palooza, starting with my new favourite. This is the Theo PB&J bark, which, as far as I know, you can’t get anywhere other than the factory. Just look at this picture: I usually try to keep a bit of what I sample aside, because I’m not the only one in my family who likes chocolate ....more

Food Quirks (or: It Took Me 20+ Years to Like Nutella)

I had a BLT for lunch, which got me thinking about all of the ‘normal’ foods it took me forever to eat and/or enjoy. I’m infamous in my family for being one of those kids who only ate chicken fingers, and that picky eating continued for quite some time. I have historically not been very brave about various textures and tastes of food, though I’ve gotten much better in my journey to adulthood ....more