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Baby’s First Library

 

Our family is big on books. It’s one of our go-to quiet time activities. We actually have a name for it – it’s called “Library Time”.

When my daughter Rose was teeny tiny – we started incorporating story time into her daily bedtime routine. It was a way for us to wind down with her and gave both me and my husband some time to just “be with her” when the kerfuffle of dinner and bath time was over and done for the day.

She loved it and we loved it. And so “Library Time” was established.   And to perfectly honest, we also quite enjoyed reading some of her books – they were as much for us as they were for her!

Our six months old son William is no different. This kid loves being read to and developmentally its never to early to start exposing your baby to the world of books and reading.

Reading aloud to your baby is such an amazing shared activity that you can continue for years. It’s a great way to teach your baby about communication and enhances their vocabulary skills. It’s also a wonderful way to introduce concepts such as numbers, letters, colours and shapes.  Black and white books are especially awesome in the newborn stage when contrasting colours help stimulate baby’s early vision.

One study found that babies whose parents read to them  scored higher on language tests when they reached 3 years of age.   Ah…I love brainy kids!

 

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Here are a few of our favourites that are a great addition to Baby’s First Library!

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

ten fingers

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

each peach

Mrs Mustard’s Baby Faces by Jane Wattenberg

baby faces

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

goodnight moon

On the Night you were Born by Nancy Tillman

night you were born

Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox

green sheep

Black & White by Tana Hoban

blackandwhite 

Of course there are so, so many great books out there for the 0-6 month age range!

Does your little one have a favourite book? I’d love to hear what you guys are reading!

 

 

xo

Dr Aliya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health + Wellness

A Walk for My Dad

April 30th 2016. The date doesn’t ring a bell for most that knew him. It’s not his birthday or my parent’s wedding anniversary. It’s also not the birthday of any of his siblings, kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids. Nope, it’s a seemingly ordinary day last year in April.

But for my sisters, my mom and myself April 30th 2016 holds much importance.

It was the date of last years Walk for Muscular Dystrophy (MD) in Toronto. And, the last time my dad participated in this walk with his family before he passed away in June 2016.

In early 2007, my dad was diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis (IB), an autoimmune disease that weakens and wastes the muscles progressively over time. And even though, his body was slowly deteriorating, his willpower and zest for life never wavered. He continued to be active in the community and one of his favourite events of the year was the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy. It was an opportunity to raise awareness and support those affected by neuromuscular disorders. It was also a way to connect with friends he had made who also lived with similar disorders and spend time walking/rolling with his family.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada provided much support to my dad (and to our family) throughout the years, generously funding devices and aides that helped him with daily activities, providing a conduit for him to reach out and share his experiences with others and also supporting our family throughout his disease.

April 29 2017. The date of this years Walk for Muscular Dystrophy. We walk in honour of my dad, keeping his legacy alive. We walk in support of everyone everywhere affected by neuromuscular disorders. We walk to help raise awareness, to fuel research and encourage advocacy.

We walk to make a difference.

I would love for you to walk with us!

Visit our team page here for more information. Hope to see you there!

xo

Dr Aliya

dad and walk2

 

Health + Wellness

EASY FAMILY DINNER: Veggie Stir Fry

Mondays are usually my dinner prep days for the rest of the week.  Lately I’ve found that just adding veggies to a skillet and tossing in some simple ingredients made the best stirfry ever!  Sometimes I’ll add chicken or tofu!

Here’s the recipe:

1 red pepper (sliced)

1 yellow pepper (sliced)

1-2 stalks celery (diced)

3 carrots (sliced)

1 head of broccoli (cut into florets)

1 bag of snowpeas

1 onion (diced)

1 cup edamame (boiled)

3 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp ginger

Optional: diced chicken breast (2) or cubed tofu

 

Step 1: Add some olive oil and ginger to a frying pan on medium to high heat

Step 2: Add onions first until translucent

Step 3: Add rest of veggies

Step 4 (optional): Add chicken or tofu

Step 5: Saute veggies and add tamari and lemon juice

Step 6: Let everything saute together on medium to low heat

Voila!  Done!  This takes me about 20 minutes and it’s done!