My baby is growing up

Feb 23, 2015 by

As if Lenny turning one last month wasn’t enough of a reminder, we have hit some milestones lately that have shown us just how much our little baby is turning into a little boy.

Most notably, Lenny started in a new room at daycare this morning. He is no longer an “Infant”; he is now a “Waddler.” With his new group of friends, he’s expected to eat solid foods instead of taking a bottle; he takes one long mid-day nap instead of a morning and an afternoon nap; he plays in the gym instead of crawling around his classroom. These are all things he’s been doing on his own at home for a while now, but now the other kids in his classroom are doing them too. We will miss his teachers and friends in the Infant room, but I’m so excited to see how he’ll grow and develop with daily arts and crafts, visits from The Music Lady, group snack time in real mini tables and chairs instead of high chairs, and interaction with kids who are already talking. Okay yes, I’m excited, but can we also slow time down just a teeny little bit?

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Embrace the Madness

Feb 12, 2015 by

My day starts like this; wake up, make lunches, spend time with hubby while he gets ready for work knowing that I won’t see him again for 13 hours, encourage son to make his breakfast/eat his breakfast/get dressed/walk the dog/remember his gym clothes or instrument, text carpool, shower, dress, remember what I need for the day (do I need to stop at CVS? buy a birthday gift? call my mother? check in with a friend? go to the grocery store? what about dinner!!??!!), feed the dog, take hubby to the train station, drive carpool and/or drive to the office.  That’s the first hour and a half of my day.

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Looking for the Good When Things Feel Hard

Feb 5, 2015 by

Truth be told, I’ve had some dark days lately. I’ve got something going on in my personal life that’s challenging me in many ways. I do plan to write my way through what I’m experiencing but today I just want to focus on some of the GOOD things in my life.

1. My daughter gives great compliments. I actually found a video of her from when she was like 2 years old where I walked into her room to get her from her crib and she said “I like your skirt mommy!” She still does that and knows just how to cheer me up. She loves coming over and telling me how beautiful my blue eyes are and how pretty my long hair is. Almost every day she comments on something I’m wearing and just this morning told me how much love my necklace. Oh this kid, she’s just the best.

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9 Reasons You’re a Good Mother

Feb 4, 2015 by

1.  You think you’re not.  You are convinced you’re doing it all wrong.  You try different parenting techniques and regardless of whether they are effective or not, you still question them.  You’re inconsistent.  You worry about every miniscule detail, both physically and emotionally. Your child doesn’t eat healthy enough, watches too much TV, gets too much attention, doesn’t get enough attention, doesn’t sleep well. You didn’t breast feed long enough. Did he have that cough yesterday?  Is he gaining enough weight?  Too much weight?  Stop.  The fact that you worry is a testament of how much you care and how utterly important you take your role, and that makes you a good mother.

 

2.  You have a fierce instinct to protect them.  You’re a gentle person who doesn’t enjoy confrontation or conflict.  But if someone crosses your child, you fly into crazy Mama Bear mode.  Your gentle nature goes right out the window.  You will do anything to protect your child, and that makes you a good mother.

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5 Things I’ve Learned Since Sending My Child to Preschool

Jan 15, 2015 by

My daughter was in in-home daycare since she was 10 weeks old. She loved where she was and absolutely loved her daycare provider. But after she turned 3 we started to feel like she should be somewhere with kids her own age (she was the oldest where she was). We agonized over the decision, quite frankly, because she was so happy and we knew she was really loved. How would she handle the transition? How would we handle the transition? In the end we felt like the benefits of moving her to a pre-school environment outweighed any perceived challenges. So just about 2 weeks ago she started “school.” And in this short period of time a few things have already become clear.

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