How We Finally Eliminated That Awful Smell

One of the many things I do, first thing in the morning and right before everyone goes to bed, is changing diapers. As a mom of 4 kids, who are all in diapers and training underwear, I sometimes feel as though half my day is spent changing diapers. I knew what I was in for and have prepared myself for a few more years, but until then I need somewhere to dispose of the diapers. Thank you to PlaytexBaby, who has sponsored this post and partnered with us to bring you my very own review of their Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite . The thoughts and reviews throughout this post are 100% my own, as a #PlaytexMom, and I am excited to share my genuine experience with the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite .

The Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is a diaper pail, designed to give you a convenient and easy way to dispose of your babies used diapers. The double air-tight clamps and the carbon filter lock in the odours from those dirty diapers, helping to eliminate the smell in your house and we all know how far that smell can travel! The 7 layer refill also locks in odour and locks in germs with its barrier technology. 

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When I first opened the box, I was surprised to see there were only 3 parts to assemble; the lid, the base and the front panel. There was also an owner’s manual booklet, with easy to follow instructions for assembly, how to start and refill, use of the diaper genie and how to empty. I set it up fairly quickly, although it was a little tricky with 4 sets of little hands wanting to grab and see everything! I wish I had taken a picture to show the 3 parts to assemble too, but I was so eager to start using the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite , it totally slipped my mind.

 

Once I had it all set up, I installed the refill and again the instructions were very easy to follow. I was now ready to use our new Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite and it was perfect timing because it was time for another bum change for everyone!

We have been using the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite for the past month and it has truly been amazing! It really does lock in the smell and I don’t have to worry about the smell of dirty diapers lingering around if we have visitors. The smell from diapers is one thing I always worry about and the first thing I ask or say to someone if they come over is “Can you smell that?” and “Sorry about the poop smell.” Now I know they cannot smell anything and I can also walk into the kitchen and passed the garbage without smelling those stinky diapers.

emilyEmily has also been enjoying the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite and with the easy to use foot pedal, she can collect all the diapers and dispose of them herself. From the time the triplets were born, Emily has always been my little helper, picking up the diapers and throwing them in the garbage or at least over the gate from the living room. Now she can still help me and I think it is so cute how excited she gets when it’s time to dispose of the diapers. From the moment we set it up, Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi were just so fascinated with the foot pedal and popping open the lid. I think they all stood around taking turns opening it, while laughing, for a good 10 minutes.

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When it was time to empty the pail, all you have to do is cut the top of the bag with the little cutter inside the pail. At first, I found it a little tricky, but after emptying it a couple of times, I can get the bag cut in one go. After you removed the filled part of the bag, you have to pull down the refill and tie a knot at the end. That is one thing you want to make sure you don’t forget or you won’t have much fun when you are ready to empty the pail and find all the diapers, not in the bag! I also found it was best to pull out a little extra out of the refill, which will make your life a lot easier when trying to tie the knot at the bottom of the bag.

Lastly, I should mention the style and design of the Diaper Genie. It is a very sleek design and can easily be placed anywhere in your home. I love that you can now choose from a few different designs and colors to meet the decor in your home and the pail can also be placed flush against the wall, which makes it very handy when setting it out.

Overall, I think the Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is a great product and it does what it was designed to do. It has been a huge help for myself and for my family and we have really noticed how well the odour locking system works. The Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is perfect for any family and I would say a must item for new, expecting and experienced parents!

The Playtex® Diaper Genie® Elite is available Canada wide and for more information and facts please visit these online retailers Toysrus.ca, Amazon.ca and Walmart.ca.

 

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Saying Goodbye To The Baby Stage

It was a Sunday night and as I sat on our bed, rocking our daughter Olivia to sleep, I looked around our room and noticed the baby swing leaning up against the bookcase. My initial thought was, I should move that to the basement and it would clear up so much room. Then as I sat there a little longer, it occurred to me, we hadn’t used that swing in almost 2 months.

We had 2 swings, one in the kitchen and one upstairs in the bedroom. That swing was the life saver of all life savers when it came to putting our triplets to bed and to getting them back to sleep if they woke up during the night. It was my go to method of putting them to sleep, especially Olivia. Looking back I don’t think I would have survived some nights without it. As crazy as it sounds, it was essentially our third set of arms, which was highly needed when putting triplets to bed.

Now I look at it, just sitting there, just taking up space and then it hit me. When did we stop using the swing? Could I tell you the exact date or moment we didn’t put them back in? Why did we stop using it?

I couldn’t think of the answers to any of those questions, but while I continued to rock Olivia, waiting for her to fall asleep in my arms, I looked down at her and realized, we had said goodbye to the baby stage. It was in that moment I had come to realize that my three little babies weren’t babies anymore, but 17 month old toddlers. It brought tears to my eyes to look down, see her sleeping and remembering the time only a few short months ago she was just a tiny little newborn baby.

It felt like over night they just became three little walking, talking toddlers and were no longer my little babies who needed me to get them things or move them around the room. They can now hold their bottles, feed themselves, decide which toy they want to play with and go and get it, they can talk and understand directions and things I tell them to do. These were the small changes that happened over time and eventually  became their everyday actions, which made them the independent toddlers (to some extent) they are today.

When do we really say goodbye to that baby stage? What changes a baby to a toddler?

I sat there continuing to think of how we moved from one stage to the next and I guess it was gradually and over a period of time. We no longer have any of the baby items. We sold, gave away or threw out all of those items that tied us to the baby stage. The bassinet, the bumbo chairs, the exersaucer, the second swing, all gone.

Now I know the items you use for a baby doesn’t indicate that you are still in the baby stage, heck our triplets were 15 months and still sleeping in a swing, but they do give you a sense of where you are. To look at the swing, knowing it is really our last piece of baby equipment sitting in our house is very sad and made the knowledge that our babies are not so little anymore very real.

I couldn’t help but give Olivia a little extra squeeze that night, knowing that the time will come where I won’t be holding her or rocking any of the 3 to sleep anymore. I know with our oldest daughter Emily, that time has passed and we no longer rock her to sleep. Sure we still bring her to bed and we could lay with her until she falls asleep, but she doesn’t need us to rock her or hold her anymore and that fact in and of it self is heartbreaking.

I knew having a baby was going to be hard, but I didn’t know watching them grow up would be just as hard. I spent so many days thinking, okay tomorrow will be easier and I will get the hang of this, but now I look back and think what I wouldn’t do just to get one day again when they are little just laying in my arms. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for them and I really just want them to be my little babies forever.

The baby stage, no matter how long it lasts, will always be a special stage, filled with so much love, tears (good and bad), joy and memories that will last a lifetime. Although you may not be able to pin point the exact time you move from one stage to another, when you get there you will know.

You have probably heard this many times, but enjoy the moment when you are in it because it wont be like that forever. Enjoy the fact that they still want to cuddle, that they need you and they can still fit perfectly in your arms. Enjoy the time you have with your little one because time goes by too fast and before you know it, they will be putting themselves to bed.

If you have the extra time, stop and hold them a little longer, give them an extra hug before laying them down and stop and stare at them one extra time before you leave the room because you never know when it will be your last time to enjoy the baby stage.
After sitting there in the dark, rocking Olivia to sleep, thinking about all the time I spent putting our babies to bed, it made me really appreciate all that motherhood has to give. There really is no other experience like it and I truly wouldn’t change it for the world.

The last 3 years with Emily and the last 18 months with Jackson, Olivia and Levi, have gone by in the blink of an eye and I can only imagine how fast the next few years will go. They will soon transition from the toddler stage to the next stage and whenever that may be, I hope I will be able to look back and say I experienced and enjoyed all that I could. I want to cherish every moment possible and know I haven’t missed a thing!

 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK


Corrie and I went out to the grocery with the kids and we found ourselves in a little bit of a dilemma. It happens often actually, but as we got home the kids fell asleep in the car. Normally we leave them be, and can be a great way to catch up on some e-mails, social media, watch a movie or even hit the drive-thru and get a meal! To think you could do all that with 4 kids and not even have to leave your vehicle is a great hack itself! But sometimes you have somethings to do, and often enough you need to let your baby nap! Or else, it’s continued chaos for the rest of the day with cranky children. When you have multiples, you need to take advantage of every chance you get in letting your kids nap ESPECIALLY AT THE SAME TIME! 

Inspired by a friend through a fun conversation about our children. The idea to remove your child while still in the car seat came to me as a genius idea!

Watch me perform the ULTIMATE DAD HACK! 

Click the link below to watch such greatness!

No weakness here. 

THE ULTIMATE DAD HACK

It’s Finally Here…Time for Potty Training!

Emily is our oldest as you all know and she will be 3 in December. I always knew there was going to be a day when we would have to start potty training and I thought for sure it would have been sooner than a few months before her 3rd birthday.

I always joked that I would start potty training her after she could sit up by herself, but that day has passed by long ago. I then thought maybe around a year and a half would be  good time to start and that day too has long passed. Emily is now only 3 months away from her 3rd birthday and we are finally ready to begin this big step in her life.

There have been many times over the last 15 months that we have thought about starting the potty training process and there have also been times where we attempted it, but never committed to seeing it through. We would ask Emily every now and then if she had to go pee and she would say yes, so we would sit her on the potty and wait..and wait…and wait. She would sit there laughing, thinking it is just a fun game and not really understanding the point. Then there would be the occasional time we try to and she does go pee, but we never follow through and then we are back to the beginning.

It has also been hard to find a good time to start potty training Emily after the triplets were born. For the first few months they needed me 24/7 and it was difficult to step away for more than a few minutes. The last thing on my mind was trying to potty train. Then I just thought of the process and how time-consuming it was and I didn’t think I was prepared to put in the work. There is just so much going on in my day and to try and add an extra thing to it would be a lot to take on.

I never did too much reading or research regarding potty training. It would be more from hearing experiences that my friends and family have gone through with their children and just bits and pieces of information from different sources. I always thought it would be a pretty simple and easy concept to teach, but the more I think of it the more I realize it is not the easiest.

To be honest, at some points I think it is easier to just keep using diapers. I just think of the times when we are out at the store and then Emily has to use the bathroom. We have to first find the washroom, then I have to get her there in time before she has an accident, then make sure to cover the toilet seat with toilet paper so she can sit because she would be too small to squat and then after that wait for her to actually do her business. On top of all that, this could be a time I am out by myself with all 4 and then I have to maneuver the babies into the bathroom stall with us and it is not the easiest to get the triplet stroller in anywhere. To have Emily in a diaper while we are out and then wait until we are back at the van to change her just seems like so much less work!

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I know it will take some effort, work and dedication to get through this potty training stage, but I think Emily, Dan and I are ready to make it work. I think it is important for both sides to be ready and excited to start potty training and I watch Emily get excited to use her new diapers and potty. It will be a lot of me constantly asking Emily “do you have to pee?” or saying “come and sit on your potty,” until Emily gets the hang of things and understands the cues of knowing it’s time to go, but I know it will work. It will be such a relief when Emily has mastered potty training and to have one less child to diaper change daily will feel great! This is an inevitable stage in Emily’s life and we might as well embrace it and make it the most exciting and fun adventure it can be for her!

 

What are some of your tricks and tips to potty train?

What your potty training experience what you expected it to be?

What was the easy parts and the hard parts you went through?

 

6 of My Top Mom Hacks

 

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As a parent, I love to find new and efficient ways to do my daily parenting duties or think of new ideas to problems and challenges I have come across. Thinking ahead and being prepared is so important and with 4 kids under 3 years of age I can never be too prepared. After many times of taking everyone out either with others or by myself, to just being at home with 4 kids, I have learned a few things that I found have made a significant difference in my everyday life.

Here are 6 of the hacks that I use and I think they could benefit every parent out there!

Hack #1

Extra Bag of Diapers and Wipes

I don’t know how many times I have left the house and forgot the wipes or only brought a couple of diapers to last the whole day and I would think with 4 kids all still in diapers I would have packing diapers and wipes mastered. Luckily, I have always had an extra bag filled with diapers and wipes that I leave in the van. It is just a small backpack that I leave in the trunk and when I am in a diaper dilemma I remember that bag and I am saved. I do have to make sure I remember to restock the bag after I use it!

Hack #2

Gender Neutral Clothing

When I go out, even if it’s just a quick trip to the grocery store, I always bring my diaper bag. I have learned the hard way, extra clothing is a must! I always bring an extra outfit for everyone and an extra outfit that is gender neutral. The gender neutral outfit can be used for anyone, in case they have a second accident, but saves me the space of having a second extra outfit for everyone.

Hack #3

Bring Extra of Everything

On top of extra clothing in my diaper bag, I pack extra of everything else too! Extra pacifiers are very important when the triplets favorite thing to do is throw them out of the stroller. Extra snacks, toys and blankets also come in handy. We went through a period of losing a pacifier on almost every walk or trip to the store, so to have an extra one in the bag was a life saver, especially when someone gets fussy.

Hack #4

Buy The Same Socks

It is hard enough keeping track of my own socks and now adding socks for 4 more people to the laundry, makes it that much more challenging. Buying the same socks for all 4 of our babies is genius! Now I don’t spend hours matching up each pair of socks, I can just wash them all together and every sock matches every other sock.

Hack #5

Freeze Food

Let’s be honest, the idea of making your own baby food sounds like so much fun and a great idea, until the time comes and you have to make it all. It is very time-consuming and now with 4 eating whole foods, I find I am always cooking, pureeing, mashing, smashing and feeding. I don’t have the time to do this every day or even every other day, so a smart and time-saving way is to make big batches of food and then freeze it. After the food is cooked and pureed, I spoon it in ice-cube trays and then freeze the trays. Once they are frozen, I pop out the cubes of food and transfer them to large freezer zip lock bags. Now I can take out as many servings of the food as I need. I found that each individual ice cube holds about 2 tablespoons of pureed food.

Hack #6

Bring a Thermos of Hot Water Everywhere

When I had Emily, I remember going out to the mall, the grocery store, to the park or just driving in the car and I was always searching for hot water. I would have her bottle, but no way to heat it up, so I started bringing a thermos of hot water with me everywhere I went. It was so handy and saved so much time and energy trying to find a place to get hot water. I also brought my own container to heat the bottle in. I was so surprised how many times I was given a small mug filled to the brim with hot water and had to try warming the bottle in that. I found the cup from my magic bullet would be the perfect thing to put the bottle in and add the water.

 

What are some of your favorite hacks?

 

 

Sometimes There are Fussy Days VLOG #8

With 4 kids all under the age of 3, there are bound to be days when they fight, cry, whine, scream and are just not happy. You could try everything that comes to your mind and it will seem like nothing you try to do can make them happy or help them.

Yesterday was one of those days. It started off as a great morning, they all woke up happy and were playing nicely together. Then after their morning nap, the triplets woke up in a mood. They were getting frustrated over everything and they weren’t the happy little babies they were before their nap.

I tried everything I could think of; I fed them, changed their bums, gave them water, held them, played with them, put on cartoons, gave them different toys to play with and they still weren’t happy. It went on for a few hours and myself, Emily and the triplets were just getting more frustrated as the time went on.

The easiest thing for me to do, was to pack them in the van and drive around, hoping that they would fall asleep. I use the van as a little time out for them and that way they can sit by themselves in their car seat and just relax. They almost always fall asleep while driving around and I find they tend to sleep a little longer too.

You can check out today’s Vlog #8 and see how everything went. I explain a little more about what it is like when I am home alone on days like these and how it can be frustrating for the triplets when they cannot communicate as easily.

 

 

When you are home by yourself and the kids are getting too fussy or cranky, what is your go to plan to help them settle?

Has this plan changed as your kids have gotten older, or do you find it still works?

Outdoor Fun at Chinguacousy Park

Last week I took Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi to Chinguacousy Park in Brampton, Ontario. I went there all the time when I was growing up and we actually lived right across the street at one point. It is a cute little park with a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy and it’s a perfect place for kids of all ages.

There is a little pond with lots of birds and swans, as well as a petting zoo with goats, cows and sheep and a barn with a few different animals to look at. You can also take small children on a pony ride and everyone can go on the train ride and carousel ride they have. You really could spend the whole day there and if it’s hot you can cool down in the little splash pad or run around on the playground. On top of that there are paddle boats available to rent and you can use them in the little pond.

I met my Nanny, aka Emily and the triplets Great Nanny and my cousin Meaghan there. Emily was so excited to see them, as was the triplets and myself. Meaghan became Emily’s best friend for the entire day, it was so cute to see her follow her everywhere.

We walked around to see all of the animals and Emily would say the name of each animal and then make the sounds each one made. It was very cute to watch and it’s so nice to see her so fascinated with all of the animals. Jackson, Olivia and Levi watched from the stroller, laughing at everything Emily did and were so curious to see all of the animals. If they weren’t buckled in they would have fallen right out from leaning over so much to see the animals.

Emily went on the pony ride and loved every minute of it! She absolutely loves horses and was so excited to be on the pony ride. I think I will have to one day sign her up for horseback riding lessons.

After that we headed over to the carousel and train ride. You do have to buy tickets for each ride, but it wasn’t too expensive. I believe we got 7 tickets for $20. I took Levi on the carousel ride and Emily and Meaghan went on too. Emily loved the ride, but Levi wasn’t too sure and about half way through he wanted off! I didn’t think it was going too fast and I was holding him and standing right beside, but it was his first time on a carousel so maybe he just wasn’t use to it.

I took Olivia and Jackson on the train ride and Emily went with Meaghan. Olivia and Jackson loved the train ride and they were so excited to stand up and watch everyone as we went by. I felt bad that they enjoyed their ride so much and poor Levi didn’t have such a fun time on his. I’ll have to make it up to him and take him on the train the next time we go.


We picked up some freezies from the concession stand and then went to a little open field to let the triplets run around. It does get hard sometimes to keep them in their seats for a long period of time, especially now that they are walking. They just want to get up and go, go, go, so to stop for a little bit and let them run around gives them a small break. Luckily my Nanny and Meaghan were there and together we were able to keep them all in one place.

The last “to do” on our list was to head back to the petting zoo and feed some animals. Emily was adorable and her love for animals is too precious. She went around to hug every animal and said hi to each and everyone of them. She also tried to feed the baby cow by picking some grass, she was excited when the cow ate it!

It was great to see my Nanny and Meaghan and a fun way to spend our day. It was nice to take Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi to Chinguacousy Park and have them experience something I did when I was little. I want to share with them some of the places I went to or things I did when I was little and create a lot of the fun memories for them as I have now. I love being outside during the summer and to go to a place that offers so many fun activities is a fantastic way to spend out time. I know Emily and the triplets enjoyed their day and it was only a matter of seconds once we started to drive that they fell asleep.

I can now check Chinguacousy Park off of our Summer Bucket List!

3 Meals of the Day

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After dinner and all in one spot so I could clean up!

Food is a big part of every day living and I feel as though our days revolve around food. By the time one meal is over, the next meal is just around the corner and the line up for snacks in between has already started. I have food on my mind all day and I am always thinking of what is next. It is crucial to plan ahead and know what we are having for the day to make things easier. I try to go out with Emily and the triplets each day, whether it is for a walk outside, a trip to the mall or to pick up a few groceries from the store. With food taking up so much of our day, it becomes a challenge to go out because I know I will have 4 hungry kids to deal with. There is a lot of planning that goes into my day to make sure I coordinate going out with feeding time and to give myself enough time for everything.

Breakfast would have to be the easiest meal of the day. With so much variety available, I can change it up each day and most things are pretty quick to make. I have my go to meals for breakfast and Emily, Jackson, Olivia and Levi love each and every one of them. Oatmeal mixed with banana and yogurt is the simplest, yet most filling meal for them and only takes me about 5 minutes to make. I use steel cut oats and make a huge pot, which lasts about 3 or 4 days, depending on how much they eat. I also make scrambled eggs  for everyone and add in spinach or cheese. I usually try to have breakfast ready by 9, so that gives me plenty of time to get ready for the day.

Lunch is also easy, but it is hard to sometimes fit it into the day. It is the meal that just sneaks up on me. After breakfast, the triplets go for their nap and the time just flies by. The next thing I know they are awake, it’s 12:30 / 1 pm and they are ready to eat. If I stay home it’s not too bad and I usually have something prepared, but if I take them all out in the morning, it’s a crazy rush trying to get home, make something and feed them. I try to give them a variety of veggies and fruit and some kind of grain and now that the triplets are eating better on their own I can just cut up different foods and they eat themselves. I am looking forward to the day I can give them each a sandwich cut in 4 and they sit and enjoy all by themselves.

Snacks are pretty straight forward and a very simply thing to give them. I often use their morning snack as a way for me to eat my breakfast and their afternoon snack as a way to buy me more time before dinner. Their snacks are not very complicated and most times they just enjoy eating Cheerios and drinking some water.

Dinner is by far the hardest meal because it is usually the biggest meal and takes the most time to prepare. Even after everything is cooked, I still have to cut it all up for the triplets and Emily. I know I still prepare and cut up everything for breakfast and lunch, but there never seems to be as much food involved. On top of that, I always feel as though there needs to be an overwhelmingly large variety in what we actually eat for dinner, compared to breakfast and lunch. I cannot serve spaghetti every night for dinner (mind you they would eat spaghetti every night), but I can serve oatmeal or eggs every morning for breakfast. I don’t know what it is about dinner and why there needs to be such a big variety, but I always find myself looking for something new to make. I want to be creative with dinner and also make sure it is something Dan and I can eat. It does make it easy in a sense, knowing I just have to think of one type of meal to make, rather than 3 different kinds. Chicken is always good and I have noticed that Jackson and Levi really love sweet potatoes, so I am trying to incorporate them more into their dinner. I think my trick is to find something they absolutely love and will always eat, then base my dinners on that and try to change a basic ingredient around.

Knowing that dinner is the most challenging meal of the day and that I need to plan ahead with every meal, I have found it very helpful to make extra of everything. If I can double or even triple the amount of something I make for dinner, I can then save it and have dinner ready for the next couple days. To know that I have dinner already made and just have to heat it up for everyone, allows me to go out with everyone and not stress about getting home with enough time to cook before there is chaos.

I know there will always be challenges when it comes to eating, but if I can at least be a little prepared in knowing what I am making then I can focus on the other challenges as they come. What I am not looking forward to, are the days when no one wants to eat what I make and they all become so picky. I hope I can always give them a wide variety of foods to eat to avoid that problem. I know it is inevitable, but I can always hope!

 

 

 

 

 

A Movie Night Out & Giveaway!

Before Dan and I had kids, even before the thought of having kids, way back to the beginning of our relationship, there has always been one thing that has stuck with us as one of our favorite things to do together… going to the movies.

We would go every Tuesday night, whether we saw an early movie or a late movie, we would be there. Nothing would stop us and we would work around anything to make sure we could make it. I remember we would both be in school, sometimes until 8 or 8:30 pm, Dan coming from Kitchener and I would come from Guelph and somehow we still managed to meet up by 9 pm for the movie. We were extremely dedicated to the movies and it just became our “thing.”

After having kids it has become difficult to go as often as we once could. We would go pretty regularly when we had Emily, but after the triplets were born, we have only gone a handful of times together. I know when they are a little older, it will be easier to leave them and maybe we can get back to going more often or at least once a month.

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Last night we actually made it to the movies! It was a last minute idea, well more like mid afternoon idea, but it worked out and this was our first time in a long time! To celebrate our movie night out, we wanted to share a movie night out with someone else! This is our first giveaway on our blog, so we are very excited and we hope you are too!

We want to give away a $50 gift card to the movies!

To qualify you must subscribe to our blog, either through your Word Press account or through email and then leave a comment on this blog post telling us which movie you are excited to see this summer! It’s very simple to do and you can find the link to sign up on the right hand side, just below the Twitter news feed.

We will have a draw and announce our lucky winner next Friday July 22, 2016.

For those who have already subscribed, you are automatically entered.

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“A Picture is Worth 1000 Words”

 

As I was sorting through some old pictures I had and putting them into photo albums, I stopped to actually look at the pictures and noticed something different about them. These pictures were from when I was younger, maybe between 8 to 12 years. Some pictures had a blurred out corner, some had part of my baby finger taking up half the view, while others were out of focus or on a weird angle, but they all had one thing in common. These pictures captured the moments of my life and how I saw them. They were candid moments that I thought were important and showed a glimpse into what I saw from the inside.

The pictures were by no means high quality or even taken with a professional camera, I actually think half of them were from a disposable camera and the other half from a 6 megapixel child’s camera, but they have so much meaning. I can remember the moments from each picture, along with all the feelings I had during those moments. At times I don’t think anyone knew I was even taking the picture and that in it’s self lets you see the true emotions in the moment.

Back then there were no filters to apply to pictures, or digital screens to preview the picture before printing. It was take a picture, hope it turned out okay, move on to the next one and find out how they looked once the film was developed. It was so simple and so innocent. You could capture a memory in its entirety and leave it exactly how it was when it happened.

After looking through all the pictures, it got me thinking about all the times Emily took my phone and started taking pictures. The pictures Emily takes may not be the most professional, but they are fun to look through and a neat way to look at her view of things. I try to keep all the pictures that she takes, but I do delete the ones of nothing or if they are really blurry.

I had an idea for a fun project for Emily a while ago and after seeing my pictures, I think it’s time to start. Once the triplets are a little older I will start the same project for them too. I want to give Emily a camera and have her take pictures of things she sees, places she goes and people she spends time with. It will be totally up to her to decide what she takes a picture of and then I will develop all the pictures for her and place them in a photo album. At the beginning I will give Emily a disposable camera until I am confident she can be responsible for a real one. Originally I thought about giving her a camera every month, but that may be a lot, especially when I start this with the triplets. So for now I think I will buy a disposable one and give it to her at random times throughout the day or if we are going somewhere for the day.

I think it would be exciting to look at all the pictures and save them for Emily to look through in a few years. It’s a way for Emily to create her own memories that she will have forever. Who knows how this will turn out. It could be a great idea and work out exactly how I envisioned it would, or it could be the worst idea and I am left with pictures of absolutely nothing, that I have just spent tons of money on getting developed. Either way it will be something fun to start for Emily and a new way for her to learn.

In the meantime, I purchased a camera for Emily from a For Sale group on Facebook for $5 and she loves it! It’s only a plastic Playskool one, but it does take real pictures, I just have to figure out how to get the pictures on the computer. Emily has been taking pictures of everyone since I got it for her a month or so ago and its neat because you can view the pictures on the wall with just a little switch on the camera. It’s good practice for the real thing soon!

I am going to go out and get a disposable camera right away and have Emily start to take her pictures. Once I have developed the first set of pictures from the camera, I will share how everything turned out, so stay tuned!