Lily-Ann’s birthday party!

I just came back from my daughter’s lunch party and I thought you’d like to see some pictures 🙂 She’s fast asleep right now after ‘partying hard’ lol

Birthday girl!

homemade strawberry cupcakes *miam*

Blowing her first candle ^^

Eating delicious cupcake for the first time!

A sweet hug lol

*yes I had whipped cream in my hair…*

Lily-Ann and her 2 cousins 🙂

We had a great time! She’s such a big girl now 🙂

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Stacking the Shelves [53]

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Guidelines:

  • Create your own Stacking The Shelves post. You can use my official graphic or your own, but please link back to Tynga’s Reviews so more people can join the fun!

  • You can set your post any way you want, simple book list, covers, pictures, vlog, sky is the limit!

  • I am posting Stacking The Shelves on Saturdays, but feel free to post yours any day that fits you.

  • Visit Tynga’s Reviews on Saturday and add your link so others can visit you!

  • Visit other participants link to find out what they added to their shelves!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

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Bought:

Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance [Amazon | Book Depository]
Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan [Amazon | Book Depository]
Shifter’s Wolf by Patricia Briggs [Amazon | Book Depository]

For Review:

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer [Amazon | Book Depository]
Breath by Jackie Morse Kessler [Amazon | Book Depository]
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers [Amazon | Book Depository]
The Trouble With Fate by Leigh Evans [Amazon | Book Depository]
Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo [Amazon | Book Depository]

Also, please take note that I am looking for a new reviewer on the blog, you can read all about it here. Thank you!

So, what did YOU add to your shelves this week?

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Bookshelves Tour–As promised!

I while ago I promised you a tour of my bookshelves when I could wrap it up, and I managed to record it yesterday! I am happy to have you over to peek at my shelves! I’m not the smoothest with a camera so I apologize for the shakiness and all hehe.

Happy tour!

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A question for moms!

Well here’s another not-book-related post from me. My little angel is now 6 months old and I’m having a hard time figure out how to dress her for cold nights and I’m running out of ideas. Here’s my situation, hopefully you can help me! Lily-Ann always kicked her covers, and lately started to pull them over her head ( she likes to play peek-a-boo, see video proof at the end) so a blanket is out of question.

I have had her sleep in a sleeping sac for months now, and it was all good except that a week or so ago, she started to turn on her belly in her crib (she’s been able to for weeks, but never did it in her crib at night before). With the sleeping sac though, she gets stuck by the rail, tangled in the sac and wiggles likes a fish out of water, so I have to get up and reposition her. She used to fall asleep in her bed on her own, but now I have to rock her to sleep and then put her into her bed or she keeps switching to her belly. This means, not only does she still wakes up 3-4 times a night, but now it takes me an hour each time to  put her back in bed. Mommy is exhausted.

Now, I thought: Hey why not put a warmer pj over her regular pj. It’ll keep her warm and she’ll be free to move. Unfortunately, it’s not keeping her warm enough. You’ll say, just crank up to heat you idiot, but it’s advised to keep a 67F temperature to lessen sudden death of new-born risks, and I already keep the room a little warmer.

So as mentioned in the intro… I am out of idea to keep my daughter warm and safe at night, and hopefully get some sleep myself. Any ideas?

Super cute video you really want to watch:

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Personal News!

Hello guys!

I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be moving within the next month, so I might be a bit quite for the next month or two. Don’t worry though, Tynga’s Reviews will still be very active with Lili, Jenn & Steph contributing. I should also be able to post my regular weekly review, so really… you might not even notice I’m missing LOL.

I’m moving into a 3 bedroom apartment, with no upstairs neighbour (CHEERS), closer to my mom’s place (she’ll babysit when i get back to work). SO it’s all for the best, but I have to admit I’m a little bit nervous, we signed the lease just a few hours ago!

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Questions for moms!–Not book related.

Hello mommies!

I have some questions for you if you’d be nice and take a minute to answer Smile

First, I really don’t like my stroller and I’m thinking of buying a new one.

My main criteria are:

  • Stroller must be light and compact
  • Affordable
  • Easy to fold
  • Must be easier to drive in the snow
  • Baby comfort / must recline so baby can sleep
  • Safe

I have my eyes on  a Baby Jogger brand stroller, and a friend of mine said she loves her City Select and while I love that you can add a second seat for a second child, I think it’s really heavy (nearly 35pounds) and expensive (600$ for the stroller, 200$ for the extra seat and 100$ for a bassinet because newborn can’t use the regular seats).

I’m actually debating between a City Mini or a City Mini GT. I would buy the single now, and than purchase a double for when I have a second kid. It would be about the same prize as the City Select + accessories.


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I would like to know, does any of you own one of those strollers? What are your thoughts? How easy is it to “drive” in the snow? Is a three wheels stroller easy to navigate?

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Now my second point of interest… My daughter is breastfed and she is now 4 and a half months old. She still feeds an average of 10 times a day, which is a lot, and still wakes up every 3-4 hours at night to nurse. By this point, I am honestly beyond exhausted and zombie aren’t only in books now, they are in the mirror as well –.- I feel like my milk isn’t enough for my daughter anymore, and I’ll talk about it to my physician tomorrow. I’ve tried to give her formula, and while she used to drink from the bottle just fine, she’s categorically refuses it now. I’ve tried multiple times over the course of the last week but she cries and screams and pushes the bottle away, even though she’s hungry. I’ve had my husband and mom give her the bottle, hoping it would be easier, but it’s not.

Do you have any tips to introduce formula to a breastfed baby? I want to keep breastfeeding her, especially at night ‘cause it’s faster, but I think I need to complement with formula.

I am starting to suffer from vertigo, palpitations and bruise very easily, on top of being extremely tired, I don’t think I can exclusively breastfed her for much longer if she doesn’t start to sleep longer at night.

Which leads me to… My daughter refuses to sleep during the day. She’s too curious and refuse to nap. The moment I put her in a sleeping position she starts crying. The only moments she sleeps (and for short periods of time) are in the stroller and she wakes up as soon as it stops moving, or in my arms and she wakes up as soon as I put her down. She will become exhausted, moody and red-eyed and still don’t want to sleep. I find this energy-draining and I’d like to know, any tips on helping a baby nap?  I feel like I’ve tried everything.

Thankfully, she’s not too hard to put in bed at night, I just wish it were as easy for naps!

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And last, Nestle Canada and offering starter kits for expecting moms of a value of up to 110 $ and all you have to do is sign-up. I got my pack and it’s awesome! I love the diaper bag they sent me! Feel free to enter if you are awaiting a little one of your own, or even if you have a young baby at home (my daughter was already born when I claimed mine).

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Stacking The Shelves [14] + Lily-Ann appearance!

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Guidelines:

  • Create your own Stacking The Shelves post. You can use my official graphic or your own, but please link back to Tynga’s Reviews so more people can join the fun!

  • You can set your post any way you want, simple book list, covers, pictures, vlog, sky is the limit!

  • I am posting Stacking The Shelves on Saturdays, but feel free to post yours any day that fits you.

  • Visit Tynga’s Reviews on Saturday and add your link so others can visit you!

  • Visit other participants link to find out what they added to their shelves!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

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for Review:

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
Undead by Kristy McKay
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffith
Vampire Empire: The Rift Walker by Clay & Susan Griffith
Stalking the Other by Jess Haines

What did YOU add to your shelves?

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Baby-Related Survey (not book related)

Hey everyone!

This post as absolutely nothing to do with books, but as many of you are moms I thought I would use the opportunity to seek advices from more experimented mothers 🙂

Lily-Ann is now 8 weeks old and has been sleeping in her own bed, alone in her room, for about a month now. During the day, she pretty much sleeps only in our arms and wakes up within 20min if I set her to sleep in her park, located in my living room. At night, she sleeps in her crib and usually wakes up 2-3 times per night to feed (I am breastfeeding). She never fell asleep on her own, always while feeding or I have to rock her to sleep. Most of the time she half wakes-up when we lay her in her bed and fLily-Ann on Father's dayalls back asleep on her own, but sometimes she wakes up completely and we have to start all over again. She usually goes to bed between 10 and 11, with her last feeding at 9.

Everyone tells me I should let her cry herself to sleep or she’ll never want to fall asleep on her own and while I don’t want her to be dependant on me to fall asleep, I don’t want her to cry until exhaustion and loose trust in me. I read a lot online about different techniques and I want to start establishing a routine starting with bath at 8 (my husband gets back from work at 7 and I want him to see her a bit before she goes to bed) followed by baby lotion, feeding, rocking (I ordered books to read stories eventually) and bed time.

But I’d like to know about your experience. How was sleeping time with your newborn? How did the transition go? What was the best technique for you? What about day time? Do you have any tips to help her sleep on her own during the day?

Also, it’s hard to put her to back to bed once the sun is up, so I plan to buy more opaque shades to help. Any other ideas?

I’m also debating when to start giving her a bit of cereals. I’d love a few more hours of sleep, and my mom is convinced I should give her half a spoon every night so she’d sleep better nights but I think she’s too young. I’m thinking maybe start in a month or two. When did you start? Any tips to help her sleep longer during the night? I’ll introduce some “white noise” such has her air purifier (which I was turning off at night) or some music.

I know that each baby is different but seeing what everyone else is doing can help find tricks and help me discover the technique that will work for my daughter.

Thank you so much for your time and help and bookish related content shall resume tomorrow morning! lol

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Stacking The Shelves [8] + Baby Video

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Guidelines:

  • Create your own Stacking The Shelves post. You can use my official graphic or your own, but please link back to Tynga’s Reviews so more people can join the fun!

  • You can set your post any way you want, simple book list, covers, pictures, vlog, sky is the limit!

  • I am posting Stacking The Shelves on Saturdays, but feel free to post yours any day that fits you.

  • Visit Tynga’s Reviews on Saturday and add your link so others can visit you!

  • Visit other participants link to find out what they added to their shelves!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

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Gifts:

ABC book for Lily
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Prodigy by Marie Lu
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

For Review:

Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight
The Blessed by Tonya Hurley
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Bought:

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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So, what did YOU add to your shelves this week?

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