My experience and honest review of wpbeginner

Exciting annoucement! Family Chatter has moved and thanks to wpbeginner, most of you probably didn’t even notice. The transition was painless. Keep reading and I’ll tell you exactly how it all happened. Continue reading “My experience and honest review of wpbeginner”

How we kicked the soother habit

Anyone else have a two and a half year old in love with his soother (sous, pacifier, su-su)?

From day one of Elijah’s little life our MAM pacifiers were a sanity-saver. He and I struggled to get a good thing going when it came to breastfeeding but he seemed to  want to suck on something, anything really except my breast. My mom went out to Walmart and brought back some infant pacifiers. 

So Mom, Elijah’s soother addiction was your fault 🤣

I can remember going for a walk up town one day when Elijah was about two months old and having to turn around because somehow I managed to leave without grabbing the pacifier. I had hopes and dreams of running errands, enjoying the sunshine, stopping in for a visit at the office. All these hopes and dreams were crushed as soon as Elijah started crying (and boy could he cry!) and I realized I had forgotten the magic pacifier. 

I turned around and walked the seven minutes home with my screaming baby. I am sure we disturbed the whole neighbourhood. Grabbed his pacifier and realized I had lost valuable time and sanity and chose to stay home and enjoy the sunshine outside instead.

This incident (and the 100s like it) are why we had no less than six pacifiers within an arms reach at all times. They were in the diaper bag, the car and truck. Several rooms in the house. Everywhere. 


Fast forward two and half years. Many pacifiers died a sad used death, a couple got snipped by a frustrated parent *cough*wasn’t me*cough,* or lost. He had one left. 



Then, one day after being warned that his sous would disappear if he didn’t leave it in his room, Elijah was forced to say goodbye to his last pacifier. Gone. One minute he had it, the next it was in two pieces. 

I snipped it. Not in front of him, that may have traumatized him for life. But I snipped it and presented him with both halfs. The following pictures accurately describe how he accepted he news. 


I admit I did it out of frustration, but I might have never found the motivation otherwise. 

How did the first bedtime go? Flawlessly. As did every nap and bedtime after that. He has asked for his sous at bedtime a handful of times but after being reminded that it’s gone, he moves on.

So how did we kick the soother habit? Cold turkey. And it worked. 

I hope we’ve inspired you who are trying to figure out how to muster up the courage to kill the soother. There is no right age in my mind, do it when you feel ready. Good news is that if snipping your toddlers soother is a terrible mistake – every Walmart, grocery store and Shoppers has replacements 😄

Next on the toddler to do list: Potty training. 

We’re not moving…yet

Almost every month since the day I moved west from my family home in Ontario, someone has asked me when I am coming back.

At first it was three years, 2013 was the year I was going to return to Ontario and enter the media field there. But, I met a boy and fell in love with him. He proposed and we got married in October, 2012.  Continue reading “We’re not moving…yet”

Salt Dough Ornaments

The other day I looked at my toddler’s hands and was shocked at what I saw. How did his hands get so big already?

I can remember holding them when he was a newborn, amazed at how detailed and functional such a little thing could be. His chubby baby hands were my favourite.

So in order to preserve them as they are now, as well as his brother’s very chubby little hands, I decided to make salt dough ornaments. Specifically little Santa hands. Continue reading “Salt Dough Ornaments”