All Your Questions Answered About Early Phase Orthodontics

Many moms will have a lot of questions when it comes to orthodontics for their kids.  This is especially true when it comes to younger children. Today, kids as little as 7 years old are requiring orthodontic intervention. We spoke with Dr. Preet Virdee, owner of Hometown Orthodontics in Mississauga, to get the full scoop on orthodontics for children.

What is early phase orthodontics? 

It is preventative treatment for younger children to help avoid costly or invasive procedures when they get older.  If you have heard statements such as “he/she has a small mouth”, “there is not enough room for all the adult teeth”, “he/she needs to stop sucking their thumb”, “this baby tooth should not be here still”, then you most likely need to see a licensed orthodontist.

Who does early phase orthodontics? 

It may sound simple, but many people are unaware.  You should see a licensed orthodontist, not your general dentist.  Licensed orthodontists are specialists who have trained multiple years beyond dental school to learn about the nuances of teeth alignment.  This is akin to your family doctor performing surgery for you. They definitely have some knowledge about it, but you would want to have a licensed surgeon, who has had much more training and education, perform the procedure.

When should early phase orthodontics start? 

The answer varies depending on the issue that needs to be resolved.  However, The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your child’s first orthodontic check-up by age 7 to address subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging permanent teeth.  This is not to say that something will be done, but it will allow a licensed specialist to continually monitor your child’s dental development as they grow older. Treatment would only be recommended when it is necessary.

Where should the work be done?

Early phase orthodontics should be done at a licensed orthodontist.  No referrals are needed to visit them. If you do not know one, you should consult with your dentist. You can also speak with family members or friends.

Why should you do early phase orthodontics if it is a recommended treatment? 

Many parents worry about doing orthodontics for a young child and how they will handle something in their mouth.  However, early phase orthodontics work in alleviating irregularities early on will avoid issues becoming increasingly complex as the child gets older.  These issues may require extractions of adult teeth or surgery to correct if they are not addressed early on. Age is a crucial factor as most treatments only work with the aid of your child’s growth and dental development.

How do licensed orthodontists treat issues in young children? 

There are a multitude of ways that a licensed orthodontist can help a child. Contrary to popular belief, orthodontists utilize much more than braces. The best approach is to speak directly with a licensed orthodontist regarding any questions you may have about your child’s orthodontic needs. Additional info and resources can also be found on the website for Hometown Orthodontics.

Hometown Orthodontics is a boutique orthodontic practice in the heart of South Mississauga, caring for patients in Port Credit, Lorne Park, Clarkson, Lakeview and surrounding areas. Treatment options include early phase orthodontics, conventional or regular braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign for all ages, from children to teens and adults. Call 905-278-6513 or email hello@hometownortho.ca to book your complimentary initial exam.

Mommy Connections Mississauga celebrates and recognizes all the moms in our community, the ones who are tirelessly raising the next gen of Canadians to be compassionate, smart, and fearless individuals.

Our “Meet a Mom” series continues. Today we’re chatting with Heba.

MEET A MOM: MEET HEBA

Hi Heba! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
I have a 4 month old daughter.

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
I’m a corporate lawyer.  

What do you like best about what you do?
I love that I get to work with and learn from really smart people every day.  And each day my job is different, so I’m constantly learning new things. 

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
I’m fascinated by how quickly my daughter is able to learn new skills and recognize faces and places. She has such a strong personality, and she isn’t shy about asserting it. Watching her learn and grow into her own person is an amazing experience. Also watching my husband’s face light up whenever he’s with our daughter.  Seeing two people you love share such a deep bond is incredible.

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom? (i.e. work-home balance, lack of ‘me time’, constant feedings, lack of sleep, changing identity, etc.)
Yes to all of the above – I’m not sure which I’d rank as the ‘most’ challenging!  I do believe a lot of these issues stem from being thrust overnight into a situations where you have almost no control!  For many professional women I imagine that’s a universal struggle.  Also I actually do think lack of sleep exacerbates a lot of the other issues, so I do hope that improves with time.

What’s the best, or worst, piece of advice you’ve gotten as a mom?
‘Sleep when your baby sleeps’ and ‘be sure to relish every moment’ are probably both universal pieces of advice that didn’t work for me – especially in the first few weeks after birth!  The first just wasn’t practical – my newborn’s nap times were so short in the first few months that by the time I dozed off she’d be wide awake, and the cycle repeats! And the problem with the ‘relish every moment’ concept is that in those first few weeks we new mums are so busy adjusting to this seismic shift to our lives, and are so massively sleep deprived to boot, that it can be very hard to ‘relish’ moments and do anything other than hunker down and hang on for dear life.  On the other hand, the best piece of advice I got was: The first few weeks are going to be really tough. But once you survive them life does get much easier!

What’s the one thing you can’t live without as a mom?
(I never thought I would say this….)  My breast pump! As tedious as the whole pumping process can be, I think every nursing mum at some point may want to consider getting one, so that others can take over feeding your baby (while mum hopefully gets some much needed sleep).

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
Walking.  I’d probably gone walking/running a handful of times around my neighbourhood before I became pregnant, but now me (and my daughter!) go crazy if I can’t walk outside for a day.

Current fav show on Netflix or Crave?
Netflix’s Formula 1 documentary! It’s something my husband and I watch together, and there’s something so relaxing about watching people deal with heaps of a totally different kind of mental and physical pressures! No previous interest in Formula 1 racing necessary (I had none…)

You joined Mommy Connections this January. What did you enjoy most about the program?
Our coordinator Jen went to painstaking efforts to make sure all sessions were interesting, relevant and interactive. So I felt I got a lot of benefit from things like our sessions on introducing solids, pediatric therapy, etc.  But I will say my favourite part of each session was getting to speak with the other moms in the group about their experiences.  I learned so much from them, and also took solace in knowing that we were all dealing with such similar issues and emotions.

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
For any mums grappling with the changes of new motherhood like I was – and still am – I can’t emphasize enough how much signing up to a group activity like this can help! I always looked forward to the Mommy Connections sessions, and even on the days when getting ready and out the door was a struggle, I always felt so much better after that day’s session.

~ Last Updated April 1, 2020

Physical distancing. Self isolation. Quarantine. This is our current reality as families around the world adhere to new guidelines in an attempt to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (#flattenthecurve!).

It’s a challenging time for everyone. And especially for moms and dads with babies and small children home from daycare and school, who suddenly find themselves at a loss for how to keep the kids busy while still craving those social connections.

The fact is we’re in this new reality for weeks, minimum. But it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of your favourite activities, or do it alone.

Here at Mommy Connections Mississauga we’re all about helping keep you CONNECTED. Connected to your community. Connected to other parents. Connected to resources. And, connected with your children. It’s our mission, it’s what we love to do.

We’ve compiled the definitive list of virtual things to do while physical distancing. We’ll continue to keep it updated as new offerings are added to the mix.

Online program you love and don’t see it below? Drop us a line! We’d love to hear from you at jennifere@mommyconnections.ca.

 

MUSIC

Little Rebels – Little Rebels classes are carefully crafted and specifically designed baby and kids classes to encourage cognitive learning and muscle development through music and movement. Most of the songs are adaptations of, or inspired by musicals, which is fun for babies and grownups. Private Instagram Live classes are available for Spring Session families.

TipToe Music – Run by the marvellous E-J, TipToe Music’s “Music Together” classes build on your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. Baby and Mixed Ages music classes provide your child with the basic musical skills needed to enjoy school and social musical activities, and to study an instrument should they choose to when older, all while having fun. Current, past and future families are invited to join online music making over the next few weeks via a private TipToe Music Families Facebook group. You can request access here – it’s free and available for all TipToe Music families.

Rainbow Songs – Rainbow Songs are known in Toronto for their music classes for babies, toddlers, and 2-4 year-olds. Curriculum includes sign language, repeat after me songs, fine motor and gross motor actions, tickling tunes and more. They’re offering free live streaming Instagram family singalongs, every weekday at 10 a.m.

Amici School of Music – Amici offers Music Together classes for infants up to 5 years old in Streetsville and across the GTA. All spring classes have been moved online with fun programming that includes three mini videos each week, special Spotify playlists and more. Use promo code MCM10 for $10 off registration.

FITNESS

Fitness by the Lake – The GTA’s only fitness and yoga studio dedicated to expecting moms, new moms and families, has switched all studio offerings to online. Virtual 30-minute, minimum to no equipment required classes including mom & baby yoga, bootcamp, barre and core, plus prenatal yoga & fitness. Online personal training sessions are also available, in 30- or 60-minute sessions. Sign up via Mindbody app. Existing members can apply class passes. Use promo code MOMMYCONNECTIONS for 15% off any Mom & Baby package.

Virtual Mama Moves, presented by Mommy Connections Burlington – Mama Moves is a fitness class designed for your postpartum body. It’s a safe and fun way to get moving post-pregnancy – with babe in tow (of course)! Burlington Director and physiotherapist, Katelin, leads short, informal and free workouts to try from the comfort of your home. Minimal equipment required, open to all fitness levels.

Yoga – Creative Soul Yoga is live streaming six classes per week, including yoga, mindfulness, meditation, HIIT, and Kundalini yoga. Mississauga-based instructor, Stephanie Crocker, is also offering Monday night prenatal yoga at 7 p.m. via Fitness by the Lake, and Wednesday night prenatal yoga at 7:45 p.m. via Creative Soul Yoga.

Virtual Fit Club – Diamond Beachbody Coach, Jennifer Hill, has launched a free 14-day Virtual Fit Club for Mississauga moms, including daily at-home workouts via ZOOM, meal ideas, mindset focus, habit tracker, morning routine guide and kids activities and worksheets.

Revive Pilates & Yoga – Pilates fans are in luck—Mississauga’s Revive studio has taken their mat classes online, with multiple classes offered six days a week.

DANCE

Salsa Babies – Salsa Babies is for moms who love to dance, from prenatal Salsa Bellies to postnatal Salsa Babies, Tots, and Kids. Their spring session will be exclusively online. Participate from the comfort of your home, stay active, safely socialize via a private Facebook group, and have access to a recording of the live class.

Family Groove – Family Groove is out now on Body Groove On-Demand. Led by Toronto-based instructor, Michelle Hillier, this interactive and playful dance workout is fun for the whole family. There is a 30 day free trial for all Body Groove On-Demand content.

ZumbiniCreated by Zumba and BabyFirst for kids ages 0-4, the Zumbini program combines music, dance and educational tools for 45 minutes of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning, and fun. Lauren Shepherd runs parent and baby classes out of KidzKove on Tomken Road as well as her new location of Liberty Junction Theatre on Dunwim Drive. Lauren has been running vitual classes during March Break. Watch this space if they continue. Mommy Connections mamas get a 15% discount using code MISSMOMMY.

First Position Dance Academy – This boutique Mississauga-based dance studio has created a series of online dance classes for budding ballet dancers, including Pre-Level (ages 3-6) content, Junior (7-12) and Senior (13+). Free for current students and PWYC donation for unlimited access to videos for the rest of April.

The School of Creative Arts – Port Credit dance, theatre and music studio, The School, will be launching a YouTube channel where they will be posting videos, live classes and more. Check their website or Instagram for more info.

SPORTS

Little Kickers Toronto – The Toronto team of Little Kickers has been posting daily videos with at home soccer tips on their Instagram account. Check out https://www.instagram.com/littlekickerstoronto/.

ART

4Cats Art Studio – 4Cats is running free online sculpting tutorials where kids can watch or create along, with themes such as sloths, unicorns, dinosaurs, bugs and more. Purchase oven-bake clay kits in advance (free shipping) or use what you have at home.

Looking for ideas on how to keep the kids busy this March Break (March 16-20)? There are fun events taking place around Mississauga — and many of them are free. We’ve rounded up a few not-to-miss activities where your little ones can try something new, be creative or get outside, and every member of the family can have fun.

Photo by Bridges Festival


Get up close with puppets at the Bridges Festival (March 13-15, 2020)

Bridges Festival is a new three day puppetry festival in Mississauga filled with exciting shows, interactive workshops and a free exhibition of a giant dragon. The all-Canadian talent lineup includes works by Puzzle Theatre, Montreal; Puppet Mongers, Toronto; Our Space, Mississauga/Milton; and Les Panaches, Montreal.

With five different shows (ages 3+) and three different workshops (ages 5+), families can enjoy both puppet watching and puppet making. Kids and adults are invited to participate in free interactive workshops at the Maja Prentice Theatre and Burnhamthorpe Library, dance with large scale animated puppets at Celebration Square and Port Credit Landing, and discover a twenty-two feet long giant dragon puppet at the Small Arms Inspection Building.

Maple Magic at the Bradley Museum (March 14-22, 2020)

Mississauga’s favourite maple tradition, Maple Magic, returns to the Bradley Museum for March Break. Families can learn all about maple syrup and take a maple sap tour, sample maple treats, enjoy pancakes at the Sugar Shack, and visit the petting zoo. Daily, noon – 4 pm.

Photo by Mississauga Library, City of Mississauga

Story time and more at Mississauga Libraries (March 16-21, 2020)

Libraries across Mississauga are gearing up to welcome families for a wide variety of activities — entertaining performances, live shows, educational and interactive workshops and more. Topics include animals, arts and crafts, author visits, building, city heroes, gaming, magic, movies and music, and nature and science, to name a few. Many of the programs are free; some require advance registration.

Experience nature at The Riverwood Conservancy (March 16-19, 2020)

Kids and parents can get up close with wildlife at The Riverwood Conservancy. Various free events include learning about reptiles and mammals with Party Safari, meeting birds of prey from the Mountsberg Raptor Centre, and popular Hot Chocolate and Wild Birds hikes. Riverwood is tucked in a beautiful plot of land near the Erindale Go station. Spaces are limited but registration is free.

I am doing something completely out of my comfort zone this spring. I am running the Mississauga Marathon 10K race on May 2nd.

Let me back up to put things in context. Before getting pregnant with my first child, I would run a solid 5-7K after a lazy Sunday breakfast. Oh, the luxury of a weekend, pre-children! I’ve always been an active person by nature, and running was a regular part of my fitness routine.

Everything changed when I became pregnant; I slowly stopped running. And then my first was born in winter 2017 and I never got back into it. It seemed daunting for some reason. Oddly, I never flinched at doing a spin class, Zumba, TRX or Pilates, but running… go figure.

In October I gave birth to my second child. Queue jumping into the fourth trimester—yet again—in the height of the winter. Add to the mix not being off on maternity leave, and finding time to workout seems almost impossible.

Out of the blue around Christmas a friend of mine asked, “Would you like to run the Mississauga half marathon with me?” I didn’t really know what to say and told her I’d think about it and get back to her. I confess that since I stopped running I’ve been dreaming about running a half marathon. A little seed of thought constantly in the back of my mind. “Maybe one day, when the girls are a little older…”

That same night I found myself on the Mississauga Marathon site registering for the 10K race. 10K feels right to me right now. Starting to train just three months postpartum, having only two times a week when I am able to get out for a run. I’ve never done an official race, and I am very excited and a little nervous.

This is something just for me. Not for my girls. Not for my husband. Not for my work. This is for me, for my mental health, for my postpartum body, embracing all the thoughts and feelings, how my body now moves, where it feels tighter than it did, looser than it did—heck, where it jiggles more than it did.

And it feels good.

*I will be collecting donations on behalf of Mommy Connections Mississauga for a local charitable organization. Thoughts on where we should donate? I’d love to hear them. Email me at jennifere@mommyconnections.ca

Probiotics. There’s been a buzz about them for many years. It seems like most people I know are using them to help promote optimal gut health for themselves and their children.

According to Harvard Medical School, “since the mid-1990s, clinical studies suggest that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women.” A pretty impressive resume for these bacteria!

I admit I’ve been late to the probiotics party—we’ve never used them in our family, and were skeptical at first.

When my first daughter was born she had some bouts of gas and digestive issues, especially in the first few weeks of her life. We used comfort measures—tummy massage, leg pumping, nursing—to help alleviate any discomfort.

With my second daughter born this autumn, my husband and I did more research into probiotics, and following the recommendation of our paediatrician and a nutritionist decided to purchase an infant probiotic. Anything that could potentially help mitigate the discomfort of gas or tummy issues in babies is worth investigating!

If you go to any big-name grocery store or pharmacy the shelves are lined with various probiotic products. It can be overwhelming. You want to pick only the best and most suitable for your child. In our research and through word-of-mouth we came across BioGaia. We were reassured by the fact that their ProTectis Baby drops are evidence-based and backed in science, and approved by Health Canada. The drops have been proven to soothe common tummy issues in newborns and older babies including regurgitation, occasional constipation and infectious diarrhea, and also help to prevent and reduce colic. I have friends who use only BioGaia and swear by their products.

My 2 1/2 month old has been on them for a few weeks now and she hasn’t had any digestive issues—no constipation, no regurgitation. It’s hard to say for a fact whether this is directly related to the probiotics—she’s been such an easy-going, well baby since birth—but we feel we’re giving her the best start possible and this includes her gut health with the introduction of probiotics.

As a side note, the drops are so easy to administer—via a spoon or I drop them directly onto my nipples when nursing.

Also, the BioGaia ProTectis Baby drops are free from artificial colours and flavours, GMOs, preservatives, dairy, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts, sesame, egg, fish, wheat and sulphites, giving us peace of mind that we’re exposing her to only the highest-quality ingredients.

If you have a little one at home with tummy issues, give probiotics a try. It just might make all the difference.

Mommy Connections Mississauga celebrates and recognizes all the moms in our community, the ones who are tirelessly raising the next gen of Canadians to be compassionate, smart, and fearless individuals.

Our “Meet a Mom” series continues. Today we’re chatting with Gessica.

MEET A MOM: MEET GESSICA

Hi Gessica! Thanks for speaking with us. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
I have two boys. Sebastian Duke is two and Benjamin Maxwell is six months old. 

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
Before I became a mom, I worked as a residential mortgage underwriter for a mortgage lender.  

What do you like best about what you do?
As a mortgage underwriter I like being able to help people attain their dreams of home ownership, especially given how difficult that has become as of late. 

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
I LOVE seeing the smiles on my children’s faces. I love hearing them laugh and giggle and I love seeing them learn new things. I guess that’s more than one thing… lol. 

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
The biggest challenge has been the death of my previous life. I could eat when I wanted, sleep (wake-up) at my leisure and go out when I wanted. Being a mom, the lack of sleep is like nothing else, especially at the newborn stage. It really affected my state of mind, especially with my first baby. Overall though I’d say the lack of true “me time” is a huge challenge. While I’m thankful for the 10 minute shower alone or the odd times I get my nails done, I’m really craving a full night away where I can truly relax for at least 24 hours and come back to my kids feeling refreshed.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without as a mom?
The internet. It sounds funny but it can be the key to a lot of unanswered questions where kids are concerned. If I’m looking for a new recipe for my picky toddler, need answers to sleep issues, developmental leaps, etc. the internet is there to help!! 

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
I like to listen to music. It’s the one thing that helps me to clear my head and just be still. 

Current fav show on Crave?
It’s between Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale

You joined Mommy Connections in summer 2019. What did you enjoy most about the program?
The AMAZING group of moms I met there. It happened by chance that I ended up at that particular group as the Mississauga North location was cancelled. I’m so glad I decided to try out this group instead of opting out altogether. We have a great rapport and get along so well. We even get together once a week outside of Mommy Connections! 

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
I know sometimes motherhood can be tough and you can feel isolated but my best advice is to get out there and join a mommy group or visit an EarlyON centre near you. Find others who are going through it so you can share your experiences and feel less alone. Plus, you never know when a simple meeting could turn into a beautiful friendship! 

With just over a month to go until Christmas, and the first big snowfall of the year behind us, the talk about Santa has probably started in your house.

Luckily for us here in Mississauga, Santa will be making several local appearances over the coming weeks. We’ve rounded up the top spots to see the big man in person.

Christmas at the Lighthouse – FREE
Saturday, December 7 – 6-9 p.m.

Christmas at the Lighthouse is a festive family-friendly event in the heart of Port Credit including selfies with Santa, live music, market shopping, ice sculptures, lighting of the historic lighthouse and more.

Christmas in the Village – FREE with food donation for the Compass Food Bank
Thursday, November 28 – 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy the annual lighting of the Clarkson Christmas tree at Christmas in the Village, taking place at Clarkson Community Church on Lakeshore Road. The family-friendly event features a visit from Santa, a petting zoo for the kids, live music, and complimentary hot cocoa and cookies.

Erin Mills Town Centre
Daily – Various Hours

How delightful is this year’s Santa display at Erin Mills mall? Photos with Santa are happening daily from now until December 24, with a special Santa Storytime and Carol experience November 19, 26, December 3, 10 and 17 at 10 a.m.

Photo by Adam Pulicicchio for Mississauga.com

Light Up the Square 2019 – FREE
Saturday, November 23 – 5-9 p.m.

Lace up your skates and hit the ice while celebrating the wonder of the holiday season at the annual Light Up the Square event at Celebration Square. Kids can explore the Little Borealis with glowing snow domes, visit Santa’s Cabin for photos with Old St. Nick and his elves, snap a photo at the Let it Snow Selfie Stop with friends from Disney’s Frozen, giant Jenga and an 8ft Light Brite Wall, and be wowed by the Pop up Planetarium with northern lights in a 360 degree theatre. The whole family will enjoy free ice skating, the official Christmas tree lighting, live music, food trucks, and more.

Santa arrives at The Mississauga Santa Claus Parade

Mississauga Santa Claus Parade – FREE
Sunday, December 1 – 12:30-2 p.m.

The Mississauga Santa Claus Parade features over 15 custom-designed floats, 1,500 participants including marching bands, dancers, fitness and sports clubs, community groups and dignitaries and an expected crowd of over 20,000. The parade route opens to the public at 11:00 a.m., so you can stake out a prime Santa-watching spot. A perk for families: all the businesses on Motorway Blvd. will be open with complimentary hot chocolate, light refreshments and full access to changing, feeding, and washroom facilities throughout the parade. Santa kicks off the parade, arriving at 12:30 p.m.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest at Square One
Daily – Various Hours

Experience the newly refreshed Square One Santa set featuring a lineup of sparkling, towering trees adorned in pops of gold and silver alongside magical woodland creatures. Photos with Santa are happening daily from now until December 24. Fur baby at home? There are special Pet Nights with Santa where your pet can join in the holiday family fun and pose with Santa, too.

Streetsville Christmas in the Village – FREE
Friday, November 22 – 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 – 12-10 p.m.

The fourth annual Streetsville Christmas in the Village festival is a weekend full of free activities and entertainment for all ages. Children’s activities include selfies with Santa, a tree lighting ceremony, Polar Express Train, maple taffy station and horse drawn carriage rides, while parents can enjoy craft beer and mulled wine, shopping at unique market vendors, and delicious eats from local restaurants and food trucks.

The Streetsville Santa Claus Parade – FREE
Sunday, November 24 – Parade starts at 1 p.m.

The Streetsville Santa Claus Parade represents various local community groups and takes about an hour to make its way down Queen Street South, from Ontario Street to Church Street, to the delight of between 40,000 and 50,000 parade-goers who excitedly welcome Santa Claus to the historic Village of Streetsville.

Winter in the Port – FREE
Saturday, November 23 – 1-7 p.m.
Sunday, November 24 – 1-5 p.m.
Saturday, November 30 – 1-7 p.m.

Port Credit’s new Winter in the Port family skating events launch next Saturday, November 23. With visits from Santa, free ice skating, hot chocolate, live music and more.

Happy Halloween! There are a variety of fun FREE family-friendly events happening in Mississauga this weekend. Here are four of our favourites for a ghoulishly good time:

Mommy Connections Mississauga celebrates and recognizes all the moms in our community, the ones who are tirelessly raising the next gen of Canadians to be compassionate, smart, and fearless individuals.

Our “Meet a Mom” series continues. Next up: Jennifer.

MEET A MOM: MEET JENNIFER

Hi Jennifer, so nice speaking with you today. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
Hannah is currently 6 months old. She is my first baby.

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
I was in market research doing product testing for consumer packaged goods and then decided to pursue a second career in healthcare. 

What do you like best about what you do?
I’ll let you know once I start my second career. 😉

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
My favourite part about being a first-time mom is watching Hannah achieve developmental milestones like her first laugh, turning on her side, intentionally grabbing things. She recently started giggling and OMG baby laughter is so infectious. My heart literally died the first time I heard Hannah laugh.

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
I miss the good old days where I had down time for myself. Someone once told me it’s OK to grieve your loss of freedom. Dads can’t fully comprehend this lack of freedom because you are “on” all the time (especially if you are breastfeeding). It was an emotional roller coaster the first few months, but it has challenged me to know who I am as an individual without the mom title.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without as a mom?
Facebook Marketplace hands down. It’s an awesome way to buy used baby items from other moms, save money, and reduce waste.

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
Be a coach potato and watch a Korean drama or some sappy romantic movie.

Current fav show on Crave?
Star Trek Discovery!!!

You joined Mommy Connections in spring 2019: What did you enjoy most about the program?
I loved that Mommy Connections provided a space for new moms to connect and introduced us to many mom and baby services that are available in our community. It was very informative and fun! The music class by Tip Toe Music was my favourite with all the singing and dancing. It was a great sensory experience for Hannah.

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
Being a new mom can feel lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. Join a mommy group, go take a stroll outside, check out an Early On program. There are lots of activities out there for you and your little one.

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