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When my Little Bear was a baby, he cried all the time, unless my husband or I was holding him and moving around with him. He had to be constantly in motion. If I set him down for just a minute to wolf down some food, or run to the bathroom, there would be continuous howling.


I didn’t know it at the time, but he was always uncomfortable from his severe silent reflux. Although all of his crying and fussing makes sense now, at the time I found it very frustrating because I couldn’t figure out how to fix his problems. I have always been a fixer, a doer, and a problem solver, and I knew that I was doing all of the right things for him, so I was completely baffled and slightly annoyed that I couldn’t soothe my baby.


“It will get better,” my husband would tell me, “At least when he is older, he will be able to talk and he can tell us what he wants.” For me, that was a glimmer of hope. Maybe when he was able to talk, I would be able to figure out what he wanted so that I could better meet his needs. Talking would open up his world for me so that I could understand what was really going on inside of him.


As the months passed, I waited for his first words to emerge.

They didn’t come.

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Before my son was one year old, we had him assessed by a naturopathic doctor. Among that doctor’s many recommendations was the suggestion to give him castor oil tummy massages.


Although it sounded like an odd suggestion to me at the time, I was desperate to relieve his discomfort, and I decided to try it.

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Since out little one has so many allergies, we introduced a system at our house where he trades in his collected Halloween candy for homemade treats and other fun items.



After my little guy had fun getting dressed up and collecting candy from the neighbours last night, the real entertainment began in a lively trade-off. Continue Reading…

I have had some questions recently from people whose little ones are having a hard time transitioning to solid food, so I decided to write more tips on what helped me as I encouraged our son to learn how to eat.


This post will expand upon my experience with feeding occupational therapy which I talked about in How I Got My Tot to Eat a Lot. Continue Reading…

One of my favourite methods of calming our stomachs is drinking this soothing tea made from marshmallow, licorice, and slippery elm. This tea is very healing and soothing to the gastrointestinal tract.

marshmallow tea

The marshmallow and slippery elm both contain mucilage which expands in water to become thick, like syrup. This slightly gelatinous tea then coats the mucous membranes of both the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. It forms a protective lining that moistens and soothes. Continue Reading…

“So what do you eat?” is a question that I hear a lot from family, friends, doctors, nurses, and even strangers at the grocery store. Although it is an interesting question, I sometimes have a tough time trying to answer it because I am not sure where to start.

real food

My family’s unique diet happened very gradually. And my incredible fascination with food, cooking, and experimenting in the kitchen happened by accident.

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I grew up on a farm, and as a child, my parents, grandparents, and neighbours always hung their laundry outside to dry.


Although I now live in a busy suburb, and it is not politically correct to display laundry outdoors, I have continued the farmland tradition for these ten reasons: Continue Reading…

Toddlers have a way of making the most simple and ordinary tasks a lot of fun.
Because they are so excited by the little things in life, they bring so much energy and vitality to everything that they do.  When I include my little guy in my activities of daily living, then chores become adventurous and entertaining.

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