Montessori Floor Bed

I had read about the montessori bed before I gave birth. The concept is simple, you do not have a crib. You have a mattress on the floor. While the baby is a newborn you use a cot like a moses basket, and either place that on the matress or in your room. After a few weeks you transfer baby straight onto the mattress and go from there.

Honestly, I was too afraid. Even with the bumpers under the sheets to prevent them from rolling off, I still felt scared that he would roll into the sides and stop breathing. Whereas with the crib I could keep his mattress bare and knew he should be okay. Plus I liked the look of the crib and my mother-in-law really wanted to gift us a crib. So we decided to crib it for a few months.

But we both knew that once Eesa was able to stand in his crib and we had to lower it to the lowest level, we would want him out of there. I did not want him to learn of the crib as a restriction for him. I wanted him to have his independence within his own room and make the decision to sleep.
I also expected that to happen around 10-12 months old. So when he was able to stand at 7 months old I was a little thrown back. I waited until about 9 months old honestly just because I got busy, not because I felt like he needed the extra time. So at 9 months old we dismantled his crib (but kept the pieces in our room in case this went horribly wrong) and laid his mattress of the floor in the exact same place.

I then made sure the room was clear of anything he could potentially hurt himself with because he would now have the freedom of playing without my supervision. He quickly figured out that he was no longer restricted, and for the first 2 nights he would crawl to the door and cry until we went to get him. The second night he woke up in the middle of the night, ate and then decided he wanted to play. So I left him in his room with his nightlight on, and he played for a bit and then went to sleep. It was wonderful.

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It is super plain and not pretty right now, I will redesign his room around his 1st birthday when he gets used to the bed πŸ™‚Β 

He crawled into his own bed and decided to sleep. I was ecstatic. He now sleeps like that every night. Some nights we pat his back to sleep, some nights he is knocked out before we even put him down after nursing, and some nights he is upset for a few minutes but eventually crawls himself into bed and sleeps like a baby πŸ™‚ We do the same thing for naps.

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All in all, I am very happy with it. His room needs a redesign because it now feels very empty without the crib. His toy shelf got a makeover, with his bins gone and a variety of toys displayed for him to choose.

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Sometimes, we end up like this, and that is okay too.Β 

He’s growing up *tear* I love you Eesa.

Montreal Auto Show

Every year at the Palais de Congres in Montreal they host an auto show. The last time I went to one was when I was a little girl with my daddy. My husband likes to go so this year we decided to go with Eesa. If you like cars or are interested in a weekend activity, it was a lot of fun! Here’s a few pics from the show:

My favourite cars are Audi’s, and here’s the one I want, and Eesa driving it πŸ™‚

Here are some of the fancy cars

and Eesa’s face when he saw how much they cost

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and here’s a photo of the two loves of my life ❀ (and no, I’m not referring to the car)

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and that’s it! I had fun, and would recommend it πŸ™‚

Newborn Photoshoot

When Eesa was 3 weeks old I did a at home photoshoot with him. I highly recommend taking newborn pictures of your little babe, the newborn phase goes by so quickly and is so precious! There were some pro’s and con’s to doing it myself that I’ll share on here, and then I’ll share the pictures I took πŸ™‚

Pro’s

  • You can do it at the time most convenient to your baby
  • You are in your own environment where your baby is comfortable
  • You can take as many breaks as you need without paying studio time
  • If it is not a good day you can just stop and try again another day
  • You can feed your baby during the photoshoot as needed

Con’s

  • You can’t be in the pictures
  • You may not have the proper materials/skill level
  • You’re biased towards your baby ergo you don’t have a subjective view
  • Your husband can coincidently be napping at the only time your baby is co-operating eliminating him from the photoshoot (okay maybe that’s just me)

The setup for the photoshoot was simple, I took his nursing pillow and draped a fluffy blue blanket that was given to me by a friend. I placed both these onto his glider and worked from there. Here are a few of the shots we got: