Neck Warmer for Toddlers

Overnight, the temperature plummeted. I woke up to a windchill of -25℃. I don’t know why I wasn’t prepared for this; actually, I feel like I haven’t prepared my 20-month old for this.

I couldn’t be that parent who sends their child to daycare without the proper winter gear. He did have a hat, mitts, boots, snowsuit, and coat, but what do I do about his neck and face? And if I did have a scarf for him, was it okay to wrap a scarf around a toddler’s neck??

I came up with this solution instead and quickly sewed one together before getting ready for work this morning.

Here’s the impromptu neck warmer (safe scarf alternative):

toddler neck warmer

Holiday Maternity Dress

I’ve always liked the look of a peplum dress, but I’ve never seen it on a pregnant woman. I took the risk and made one for my company holiday party. I couldn’t find a maternity peplum dress pattern, so I mixed two different patterns. I took the bodice of the peplum dress by Lekala and used the Erin maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen, which I’ve made several times.

Here are some details:

Pattern adjustments:

  • Shortened bodice
  • Widened bodice’s front darts so the waist measurement matched the skirt
  • Added a few inches to the length and width of the peplum
  • Added back seam on the skirt to allow for a zippered back
  • Omitted the elastics from the skirt


  • Thick black knit (sort of a Ponte knit) with grey lace print (thick enough that I avoided having to use lining)
  • 60% stretch (10 cm stretches to 16 cm)
  • From King Textiles in Toronto


  • 22″ black invisible zipper
  • Black thread

It took me about 5 hours from start to finish and I love it.

The Gender Reveal Cake

The anticipation to find out the gender of this baby was much more intense than it was with my first. My stepdaughter was especially eager – she has an older brother, a baby brother and was now hoping for a baby sister.

To make things fun, I decided to make a gender reveal cake for the family. My husband and I found out on the Friday, and the next day we revealed it to everyone with a cake. Here is it:

It’s a girl, and we’re ecstatic!

Oh, I also tried to make gender reveal cupcakes, like this one found on Pinterest, but mine looked nothing like it. (Nothing I make ever looks like it does on Pinterest )

BellyCoat Maternity Jacket Extender Review

It’s getting cold out! Is your belly ready?

I was really excited to try out the BellyCoat jacket extender.

During my first pregnancy, I researched my options but ended up making my own panel; they were pretty much all the same and it just didn’t seem like a practical purchase to me.

If I had known about BellyCoat, it would have made more sense to invest in it than in other brands. Here’s why: It uses clips, rather than a zipper!!

  • You don’t have to worry about finding a compatible zipper/zipper adapter.
  • You can adjust where to place it on your coat. The zippered versions are basically fixed because, well, it’s a zipper and the zipper lengths need to match up.
  • You can use it on all your coats without having to worry about zipper compatibility.
  • You can flip it around and use it for baby-wearing (not just for maternity wear).

Here’s a photo of my jacket with and without the panel.

The BellyCoat also comes with an extension, which extends the waist by an additional 6″, for a total of 15″.

Here’s my jacket with the extender + extension.

A panel is a panel, and they all basically do the job, which is to keep your bump warm. But if you’re looking for versatility, you should really check this one out: They’ll be at the BabyTime Show Nov 6-8, 2015.

Another plus: The company is local. I’m all for Toronto-born ventures! :)

17-Week Update

While my 18-month old toddler is thriving, so is my 17-week old fetus.

Yes, I’m pregnant again.

We found out when I was 5 weeks along, and we couldn’t be happier.

My first trimester was slightly more difficult than it was in my first pregnancy. The nausea was worse, but it was still manageable without any meds so I can’t complain too much about it. And the fatigue was/is horrible. I couldn’t get enough sleep. I wanted to sleep at all hours of the day. I’m just now starting to get my energy back.

My first OB appt was at 8 weeks, and the doc was able to find the heartbeat. It was the doctor’s first time hearing one before the 9-week mark. This baby has already made history :)

I started showing at around 11 weeks, much earlier this time. By 14 weeks, I was happily unpacking my maternity clothes. Just by looking at me, there was no hiding it – there was no doubt I was pregnant.

We got our first peek at the active baby at my 12-week ultrasound. We went home with a little keepsake (a printout photo of the fetus), but it did cost $5, as opposed to free when I got it done for my first pregnancy. I’m not sure if the cost differs by lab, since I did go to different labs, or if all labs now charge for a printout.

At week 16, I felt the little person move. I absolutely love that feeling. I can’t wait to feel more of it.