Change is in the air

On Wednesday September 15 Reuben’s worked his last day at his job. We are spending the next 6 weeks of time together while I finish my maternity leave and then he will be a full time stay-at-home dad. He is very excited about this life change. I’m slowly warming up to the idea of going back to work – I’ve really enjoyed my time off with the two kids and have loved spending so much time with them.

I’ll only be going back to work for about 7 months though. Another change is in the air in our little family, a change we’ve been planning for the last 2 years. One of our dreams has been to do a cross country cycling trip for a year. We either have to do it while the kids are young (and lightweight) and we’re able to pull them or we have to wait until they are old enough to bike. We’ve decided to go ahead and leave around next May/June. To prepare us for this trip, we are currently cycling for 18 16 days around Michigan. We’re having a blast and so are the kids. While I type this, Eden and Harper are taking licks of Reuben’s ice cream cone at a small cafe in Empire Michigan. We’re sharing stories of this mini adventure on our blog Pedal Powered Family. You are more than welcome to share in our journey over there. We’ll be documenting this trip, our preparations for our bigger trip and anything related to biking. Join us by clicking here.

My beautiful kids

Eden has been really interested in letters and words lately. She loves to ask what letter words start with and how to spell things. She loves puzzles and building things with her tinker toys now (and is not obsessed with babies as much anymore at all). She gets very excited about camping and biking and visiting friends.

Harper is getting into everything. He can crawl very quickly now, pull to a stand, climb stairs, open cupboards and drawers etc. He’s a busy little guy. He also likes to laugh when we say “no” and crawl faster if he’s going somewhere he’s not supposed to go (ex. to the plant to pull off leaves). He’s waving, signing a few words, and ‘talking’ in a conversational way. I just love watching him explore and develop.

The best thing recently about these two is that they are starting to play together which is so cute. Most of the time it ends in Harper pulling hair or grabbing at a toy Eden has and Eden escaping to the couch or bed.

Little Beetle Nursing Pads – a review

If I were to drape myself completely in one fabric, it wouldn’t be velvet like George Costanza; I would choose merino wool. Smartwool socks in my stocking for Christmas (thanks mom and dad!) a few years ago were my introduction to merino wool and I’ve been in love with merino wool ever since. So when Anj at Re-diaper gave me a pair of Little Beetle merino wool nursing pads to try out, I enthusiastically volunteered.

Wool – isn’t that supposed to be itchy and difficult to wash? Not with merino wool. Traditional wool has a much thicker fibre which causes the itchiness. Merino wool has a fine fibre – no itch. It is probably the most environmentally responsible fabric – it’s equivalent to borrowing a natural resource instead of exploiting it. Plus it is also recyclable and biodegradable. Wool is comfortable – it absorbs moisture by wicking it off the skin immediately in its vapour state which keeps you comfortable and the fibre also retains warmth while wet. It regulates temperature and repels odour (it’s antimicrobial) – so pretty much the perfect fibre for a lot of baby stuff including nursing pads.

Pro’s of Little Beetle’s nursing pads:

  • thin – could not see them through my shirts like cotton ones (which are thicker)
  • moulded to me – I didn’t need to spend time smoothing them out in order to prevent wrinkles which were visible through my shirt
  • long-lasting – I’m on day 10 of using this pair during the days (letting them dry out at night if needed) and there is no smell at all. I will have to wash them once a month or so.
  • so soft and comfortable, it never feels like I’m wearing a nursing pad.
  • all you need are 2 pairs – no other nursing pads required!


  • they do need to be hand-washed but only once a month or so. Best to have 2 pairs so you can wear one while the other is drying
  • some are dyed a flashy colour on the one side which makes them fun but the dye leaked through to my bra and stained it so it’s not colourfast (and also not necessary). I would recommend the un-dyed version.
  • they didn’t last all night. Nothing for me seems to last a full 12 hours without breastfeeding. However, I layered a cotton and wool one and that was enough coverage for night time use.
  • they are more expensive than other pads, but again, you only need two pairs. The cost will still be considerably cheaper than disposable nursing pads.