how to : get our baby to sleep

I must admit that prior to having a child, I thought that all babies would drift off to dreamland on their own. Was I ever mistaken. While sometimes this does happen, generally when it comes to her naps and bedtime, we can usually be found rocking and shushing her to sleep. Yet, this is not always enough. Cue the sounds.

Sam Smith

It was definitely trial and error when finding something to play that would lull Remy to sleep. Let’s start with vehicle music. I ended up trying every genre before finally settling on one. I thought maybe she would like oldies like her mum. Nope. Upbeat radio music. Nope. Hip hop? Definitely not. Heavy metal? Worse. Finally, it was by accident that I was listening to Sam Smith and she became a quiet baby once again. I’m not sure if it’s his voice or the piano, but every time that she hears his songs she falls asleep. That’s fine by me since I also love his music.

Womb Noises

Now let’s discuss naps and bedtime. Until she was five weeks old, nothing I tried would get her to fall asleep. For the first few weeks I constantly played lullabies for her. Yet, I found myself crying over them more than she was. Then it was white noise. She didn’t care for that either. A whirring fan? Nothing. Vacuum cleaner? She would stop crying but it didn’t make her tired. Then while scrolling through YouTube one day I clicked on noises of the womb. I’m not lying when I say that her eyes instantly closed and she fell asleep within minutes. I couldn’t believe it. Now it’s all that we play for her. It’s an incredible thing to see, and also makes me very sad. Perhaps she misses being in my uterus.

While every baby will be different, this is what Remy prefers. Do you have any good suggestions that we can add to our list?

<3

Emory

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time lapse video

Hello, everyone! It’s been one month to the day since my last blog post. The time has both flown and has slowly gone by, and I’ve been relishing every moment with my little one. 

I wanted to share a video with you that I made documenting my pregnancy. I had my photograph taken every two weeks whilst being pregnant, as I was curious to see how my body would change over the nine months. I also wanted our future baby to see how she grew inside of her mum.

While I won’t quite be returning to three or more posts a week, I do plan on getting back into the swing of things. I also did not take maternity leave, so things have been extra busy around here. In the meantime, it’s great to return to such a familiar and positive space, and I can’t wait to start talking to all of you again!

Have a great weekend, and enjoy.

<3

Emory

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dear future husband

This is my second post that will be dedicated to Miss Meghan Trainor. This girl is awesome. After falling in lust with and discussing her song here, I subsequently came to adore her next two singles as well. However, it wasn’t until her newest song, “Dear Future Husband” that I considered myself a full-fledged MegaTron (fan).

“Dear Future Husband” speaks to me on so many levels, from satisfying my ears to understanding my modern-day womanly needs. Each line in the song has been something that I have said to my own husband at one point or another in our marriage. I couldn’t believe it. Finally, I felt as if someone was on the same page as me. Only, why did it have to be this lovely lady instead of my spouse? Why can’t all men think like this? 

Before playing this song for Geoffrey, I said to him that I think that Meghan and I would be friends in real life. She just gets it. I also told him to take in every word if he never wanted to fight again. Guys, if you are reading this, then the same applies to you! Seriously, it’s just that simple. 

Turn up your speakers and listen with your ears, head, and heart. This song is for everyone.

<3

Emory

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nightcrawler film review

hr_Nightcrawler_6Nightcrawler is not for the faint of heart. It’s a film for those of you who love true crime. I mean really love it. Love the suspense, love the gore, love the shock, love the twisted nature of it, and are always left wanting more. This movie is incredibly twisted, but in such a way that the sociopathetic tendencies of the main character are considered almost comical. In a dark humour sort of way, that is. You find yourself laughing all the way through the film, if not because his actions are so unbelievable, but because they are so believable that you do it as a coping mechanism. 

While the film is obviously fiction, it is shot more like a documentary. Consequently, that makes the events that occur feel much more intense and realistic. As the movie progresses, your involvement in the storyline also deepens. By the end of the film, you’re on the edge of your seat with anticipation. It’s nothing short of amazing.

If I were you, I would be running to the theatre to catch Nightcrawler on the big screen. That is, if you like real life crime stories. If you don’t, go and see it anyway.

Have a great week!

<3

Emory

put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up.

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I realize that this may be a strange title for a post, however, when I was thinking about how to cleverly add the word ‘kitchen’ to the title, I could only think of the Harry Nilsson song. You know, from the film Practical Magic when they’re dancing in the kitchen and this is the music that is playing in the background? My mind works in mysterious ways.

While we’re on the topic of kitchens, the one that was featured in that film is pretty much the look that I am trying to attain with ours for The Little Barn. It’s funny how you can completely put something that you like in the back of your mind, and suddenly when you’re writing a post for your blog, it comes rushing back to you with many other childish memories that tie into what you’re discussing. Come to think of it, I don’t ever recall seeing the movie in its entirety. Dammit. Now I have another one to add to my list.

I digress. I need to stop doing that. What this post is really about is Pinterest and it’s unending supply of rustic industrial kitchens. Who needs books and magazines anymore when you have the internet? Wait. I work in a library. Who needs the internet when you have … Ok, so we need it all.

Here are my most influential finds so far:

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And just to add a little music to this post, and because Halloween is nearing, here you go!

<3

Emory

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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