April 01, 2020
With Easter quickly approaching, and our home isolation continuing, it can be stressful to contemplate and a challenge to execute your regular Easter basket plans!
In an effort to help alleviate some of this stress, we have created a curated collection of Easter basket recommendations with our Hoppy Easter! Collection.
We've also 'hopped to it' and assembled some visual Easter basket ideas for your tiny humans, based on age. Check them out below, and rest assured that everything we've suggested in the baskets is available for purchase online now at www.momease.ca while supplies last!
All online orders are currently available for pick up or delivery with some modifications to help ensure our staff and customers stay healthy & safe! We now offer contactless curbside pick up at the shop from Monday to Saturday from 10 AM-3 PM. Simply select Free Store Pick Up in your SHOPPING CART and any applicable shipping fees will be waived. We are also offering free local doorstep delivery on orders over $75 (pre-tax and within an approximate 10 min drive of the store on Hillside Ave). To select local doorstep delivery, follow the same procedure as above and enter Doorstep Delivery in the Notes. Be sure to include a contact number and delivery address in the notes section as well! Last but not least, we continue to offer free Canada Post shipping on most orders over $150.
Easter Basket Ideas - we HOPe you love!
Baby (Newborn to 1 YR)
For newborns and babies under one year, it's all about high-contrast toys (like the wondrous Baby Paper shown here!), teething items & drool, staying cozy with super-soft swaddles, and early learning opportunities. Consider reading through a classic board book each night as part of your bedtime routine. We offer a great selection of books to help build your early library! The season of sun is also nearly here, so a pair of Babiators sunglasses are a great way to protect your little one's eyes from harmful UV rays all season long! The Babiators come in 2 sizes to fit up to 5 years, so each pair will last for a few sunny seasons. These awesome sunglasses are also backed by a one year warranty against loss or breakage. Simply register your pair after you purchase and Babiators will replace them free of charge if needed (you just pay the shipping from Babiators and that's it!).
Toddlers (1-3 YRS)
For our busy toddlers, create some Easter fun with bubble bath and bath toys, bunnies, and building sets! The new Plus-Plus 3D Puzzles/Building Sets are a wonderful toy to introduce to your tinier tots from ages 1 to 6 years. The pieces are large and interlocking to allow for creation of either 2D or 3D structures - a serious play PLUS in our books! For wood building blocks, we love Tegu at Momease! Featuring fair-trade and ecologically-responsible manufacturing, Tegu magnetic wooden building blocks are perfect for ages 1 through 99, and allow for endless building opportunities and creativity, without the frustration for tinier builders as these blocks stick together! And don't forget that sweet floppy-eared bunny. The Jellycat bunnies are an Easter staple and we are all stocked up with a ton of adorable bun-bun options!
Preschool (3-5 YRS)
For the older preschool age kiddos, make believe and imaginative play become paramount! The Doctor Suitcase and Little Miss Vanity wooden play sets from Janod are a great way to foster that imaginary role play. The new wooden Candylab Candyvans and Candycars also make great Easter basket additions. They work well paired with the rubberized roadways from waytoplay, or just on their own for some fun vehicle make believe. Board books for early readers, full of vibrant pictures and easy-to-follow storylines, are also a wonderful idea for any occasion or time of year. We all know that reading to little ones is so important in helping them develop early literacy skills, but it's also a special opportunity for bonding and peaceful quiet time that can be shared with the whole family.
Big Kids (5 YRS+)
This current climate we find ourselves in has shrunk the globe in many ways, uniting us all against a common foe in ways we could never have anticipated or imagined. Age appropriate global studies and current-event discussions are happening in quarantined households all over the world, and our children are turning to us for guidance, reassurance and comfort. It can be hard to know what to say, but at least us parents are all in this together! When discussing this current COVID global health crisis, consider working together on a puzzle of the world, consulting a globe if you have one, or reviewing a map of the world online. Reading a special book together (we love "Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth" by Oliver Jeffers) can also be helpful and thought-provoking, working to open up the lines of communication with our bigger kids and aid discussions and question time.
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October 27, 2023
October 21, 2023
In September, Torin was referred to a Pediatric Endochrinologist in order to receive endochrinology clearance prior to his surgery in Chicago. After discussing the ongoing management and the stability of his Hypothyroidism diagnosis (a very commonly-seen hormonal disorder in individuals with Down syndrome), we debated whether to schedule an ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic Hormone) Stimulation Test at the Pediatric Daycare Unit at Victoria General Hospital to check Torin's adrenal response to stress.
About a week after the stim test, we received a call from Torin's Endochrinologist. Much to their surprise, Torin's cortisol levels barely changed AT ALL following ACTH administration. He was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency, also knows as Cortisol Dependency.
It's a HUGE relief that this condition was caught prior to Torin's liver surgery. We quickly begin daily oral Predinisone treatments to help manage his cortisol levels, and we have a modified emergency plan in place that involves immediate intramuscular injection of steroid hormone in the case of a medical illness or emergency. Such an emergency could be a severe head bump, a fever with vomiting, a broken bone or a car accident. The injectable steroid will help Torin's body cope with the stress associated with a traumatic event, keeping his blood pressure and blood sugar levels stable. It could absolutely save his life in the case of a severe trauma.
We also have a modified plan in place for the surgery to fix his Portosystemic Liver Shunt in Chicago at Lurie Children's Hospital this November. He will receive an increased "stress dose" or oral Prednisone (steroid) in advance of his surgery and prior to invasive tests or general anesthetics. Throughout his procedures and surgeries, his cortisol levels will be closely managed and he will receive IV doses of steroids while unconscious.
We are so relieved to be armed with this new diagnosis and with better knowledge of how to help keep Torin safe and healthy: both during his day-to-day activities, and throughout his upcoming international medical treatments. As always, we are extremely grateful to have access to such exemplary healthcare in our city, as well as amazing medical specialists to help manage Torin's health and wellness.
September 23, 2023
We are sharing our son Torin's medical diagnosis and treatment plan, in the hopes of garnering awareness for our small business and our family as we navigate this complex medical journey. Torin's path ahead is challenging, but his family, friends and community are working hard to rally around him and ensure that we are able to support, care for, and reassure him every step of the way.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out over this past year to offer words of concern and deep caring for our special boy, Torin. Thank you for the phone calls, home visits, meals, offers of childcare help, texts, reassuring hugs and smiles, DMs, and heartfelt chats at the shop counter. Thank you for choosing to make a purchase at our family business when you are able, for referring a friend or family member that's expecting, and for sharing a positive experience on social media or leaving a Google Review to help others discover Momease Baby Boutique - your continued kindness and ongoing support is truly heartwarming.