book review: the day that a ran away

“The Day That A Ran Away” is the second book that I will be reviewing by author B.C.R. Fegan. 

The description of the book reads:

“Master Jet has forgotten to complete his homework … or has he? Jet’s teacher is surprised to find that instead of the alphabet, his page is completely blank. Jet tries to explain that it really isn’t his fault. After all, how can he help it, if none of his letters want to stay on the page!”

An adventure-themed plot makes this picture book unlike your typical alphabet story. I would almost argue that this is intended for school-age kids. While each page is dedicated to its own letter, the writing is on the smaller side than what is found in a board book intended for younger children. Every letter of the alphabet is uniquely transformed into an animal or creature often befitting of that page as well, which, at first glance, can make it confusing for small ones.

Each page discretely has a few other items surrounding the anthropomorphic letters. For instance, “K” resembles a king, and also pictured are a kitten and a kite.

During the initial read-through with Remy, I pointed out every item that would start with the letter in question. The correlations were not obvious to her at first. From the second time onward, she pointed out those objects that began with the letter on the page. She absolutely loves the book, and finding these somewhat hidden objects. But I can see why it is most likely intended for older audiences, and not 2-year-olds.

Nevertheless, if your child likes ABC stories, then I recommend this for them. No matter their age. If you are a teacher of a younger grade(s) or a library worker needing an engaging read for story time, I also suggest this book!

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This book was graciously sent to me to review on my blog. All words and opinions are mine.

Emory

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28 weeks

Helloooooo, 3rd trimester! It feels almost surreal to be saying that. In the early stages of this pregnancy, I felt like this day would never come. Now that it’s here, I can’t believe just how the time is flying by. Having a toddler around certainly makes the days go by quicker.

So much has happened baby-wise over the last month. From eyes, to nose, to teeth, to weight, it’s as if it picked these few weeks to become more like an infant, and less like a fetus. If that makes sense?

As for me, my heartburn has diminished, and my swelling has gone away! My Braxton Hicks contractions have intensified, however. I now experience them pretty much all day long, everyday. I’ve resorted to wearing a belly band- something that I didn’t have to do with Remy. But I was also never this big with Remy! I now weigh what I did when I gave birth to her, but at 28 weeks as opposed to 38 weeks. It looks as if I’ve swallowed a basketball.

My sleep has gotten worse, which makes my hormones worse as well. I feel like I’m getting along better with family members, but I seem to take out my pain and tiredness on my husband. I feel incredibly guilty for that, and can’t wait until my hormones go back to normal.

Until then, I’m glad that little babe and I have made it this far. As my doctor put it- two more weeks and we’re in the home stretch!

Thanks for joining me, everyone.

Emory

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24 weeks

Friends! I’m now 24 weeks pregnant. Or 6 months, if you are counting literally. This will also be the last month of my second trimester.

I have been so lucky over these last 4 weeks. I have had next to no symptoms, aside from daily heartburn, the nightly swelling of my legs and feet, and periodic Braxton Hicks contractions. Looking back at this time with Remy, I see that I was also feeling great and established a really productive routine during the day. This must be the magical time of pregnancy for me, at least. I cannot say the same for all mamas with great certainty. If only all pregnancies were this easy. ;-)))

Here are a few more facts about growing babe:

– he/she weighs about 1.3 lbs
– now measure him/her head to toe
– his/her skin has a pinky hue
– he/she can taste what I eat

So far, I’ve gained around 18 lbs. It’s more than I would have hoped for, but as long as we get a healthy little one, it is worth it!

Emory

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what i bought baby

Hi friends! I cannot believe that I am publishing a post about what I have bought (or am intending to buy) our baby-to-be. It seems like ages ago that I created posts such as these. And it was! Sort of. Three years ago, to be more precise. I was pregnant for the first time with Remy, and was trying to navigate my way through becoming a first-time parent. I was so lost as to what to buy. This time around, I certainly feel more confident in what to get him/her. Let’s begin!

1. Milo’s Corner Rabbit Blanket

It sounds silly to admit this, but I didn’t know the power of swaddling babies until having one. I thought that they would like to feel free and move around in their sleep, just like adults. I actually thought that swaddling was almost a form of punishment! I knew nothing, apparently.

One thing that I did not have enough of with Remy was muslin blankets. I think that we only bought three, all of which were used heavily! With this baby, I’m going to ensure that we have more than our fair share just so that he/she will always be able to be wrapped up nice and snug.

2. Gerber Onesies in White

Onesies onesies onesies. Give me all the onesies. This seems like such an obvious thing to have, but we did not buy enough onesies, nor any in a Newborn size. My sister usually has big babies that she dresses in sleepers for basically the first year of their lives. I didn’t know if we preferred sleepers or onesies, so I chose to copy what she preferred. With 6 children, I considered her an expert! I also only bought 0-3 month size. It turns out that I make small babies, and I dislike sleepers. We ended up having to do many extra shopping trips just so we would have Newborn clothes to fit our newborn. This time, we won’t make the same mistake.

3. Solly Baby Wrap in Camel

Having my own wrap this time around is a must! When I was pregnant with Remy, I had it in my mind that only crunchy mamas wore their babies in a wrap. Utterly defiant, we purchased a front carrier instead. It looked like a small backpack, only for babies. After I had given birth, I quickly found myself dreading the witching hour each day. Remy would cry nonstop from 4-7 pm. Desperately seeking any advice that I could find, I turned to Instagram and asked other mothers what they did to soothe their fussy babies. All of them said to wear her. So I tried. I put her in the carrier, but she was so small and it just wasn’t a safe option. I gave up until a few days later when I borrowed my sister’s Moby Wrap. Remy was instantly calmed, and I mean instantly. She immediately fell asleep against my chest and so wearing her everyday just became our thing. Eventually, I had to give the wrap back to my sister. Now, I will own one for myself. After much research, I am choosing the Solly Baby Wrap.

You can see my baby wearing post here.

4. Reverie Threads Beanie in Black + White and Camel

I seem to be sensing a Camel theme happening. Colours aside, I really didn’t think to purchase any beanies or bonnets with our first baby. In fact, an entire section was devoted to not covering your newborn’s head during my prenatal class. I forget their reasoning, but I took it as putting a hat on your child was wrong. That was wrong. My sister ended up giving me a bin of girl clothes once Remy came into the world, and I noticed that she had a ton of beanies in it. Curious, I took a few out. After Remy’s bath one night, I put one on her while I was dressing her. It immediately warmed her up, and softened her cries. After that, she wore one every night after her bath until bedtime. Once again, I am making sure that we have a few of our own with this baby! (So far, I have purchased these two.)

Finally, today would have been my due date for our second baby. While being pregnant doesn’t take the pain away, it does give me something and someone to look forward to. Sweet Rowen, we will see you again someday.

<3<3

Emory

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surprise! i’m pregnant again!

My beautiful friends and family- today is something that I have been wanting to share with you for months. I’m currently pregnant for the third time! We literally cannot be more excited!

As you may recall, I experienced a miscarriage in December. We lost our second child when I was two months pregnant. While we were going through it, Geoffrey and I both agreed that it would be my last pregnancy. I was convinced that it was my fault, and I didn’t want to carry that guilt again. However, shortly after it ended, I knew that I needed to have hope in my life again. I wanted to look forward to raising another tiny human and everything that came along with it. Its perfect scent, its milky breath, its little smiles, its cooing, even the sleepless nights and blowout diapers and colic cries. I wanted Geoffrey to have another child to love and Remy to have a sibling to play with. I wanted our family to grow. So, two months later, we conceived.

I am currently 4.5 months pregnant. Our little babe is due to join us mid-November. I’m scheduled to have my next ultrasound in a week’s times. We can opt to know what the sex is during that appointment, but we have decided to wait again until baby is here. We have so few surprises in life and I love not knowing what I will be having until we meet him or her. It’s usually a shock, but a good one. :-)))

I haven’t yet been as ill this pregnancy as I was with Remy. With her, I was sick several times a day and had the worst migraines. Then I was put on bed-rest at 31 weeks until I delivered her at 38 weeks. With this pregnancy, I’m only sick once or twice a day. So far, I haven’t had one migraine, just regular headaches. However, being ill assures me that baby is healthy and growing. While I don’t wish for it, it does bring me a sense of peace. That said, fingers crossed that I won’t be confined to a bed for my last trimester!

I hope that you will enjoy taking this journey with me. Motherhood is such a wonderful gift, and I’m so lucky to be able to do it once again with another child.

Love you all!

Emory

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