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The Pacifier: Is It Finally Time to Say Goodbye?

The Pacifier: Is It Finally Time to Say Goodbye?

Oh, just thinking about writing this post leaves me feeling a little sad! I’m afraid I will have more questions than answers. How do I know when it is time to finally say goodbye to the most loved, cherished, comforting item my sweet Little A owns: the pacifier? Our pediatrician would say it’s far past the time to say goodbye.  At A’s 12 month check-up and again at her 18 month check-up, we were urged to take the pacifier away,…

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Learning to Let Mistakes Happen

Learning to Let Mistakes Happen

Everyone learns from making mistakes, right? When A was a newborn and Mr. Musings and I were two extremely sleep deprived, first-time parents, we made so many mistakes!  Like when we didn’t wait long enough before changing her dirty diaper, only to end up with baby poop everywhere. She wasn’t done! Or when she was cradled in my arms and I didn’t judge how much space there was between her head and the door frame. And I bumped her head….

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10 Thoughts When My Toddler Has A Cold 

10 Thoughts When My Toddler Has A Cold 

We’ve been dealing with one sick toddler over the last few days. Little A has a nasty cold. She’s been so congested! It’s never easy to watch my little girl feeling so bad and know there’s not much I can actually do to help her feel better. Here are 10 thoughts I’ve had while taking care of my sick toddler: My poor baby! I wish I could make you feel better. I don’t really like wiping your nose either, but…

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Oh, the Temper Tantrums!

Oh, the Temper Tantrums!

Temper tantrums have arrived. They are pretty much a daily occurrence at our house now that Little A is 19 months old. Terrible two’s? They are in full swing and we still have months to go before the big 2nd birthday. Reasons For Temper Tantrums: A wants to go upstairs A wants to go downstairs A wants a waffle for breakfast A actually wants oatmeal for breakfast A wants to FaceTime with Pop A wants to hang up on Pop…

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10 Thoughts When My Toddler Cries During The Night

10 Thoughts When My Toddler Cries During The Night

Night time wakings are never easy. A didn’t sleep through the night for so,so long and for months I learned to function on very little sleep.  But now, she sleeps most nights and it’s wonderful. And it makes those occasional night time wakings so much harder! Last night (or this morning, depending how you look at it) she woke up at 3:30 and nothing would soothe her back to sleep.  My thought process at 3:30 am may not exactly be…

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I Let My Toddler Cry. A Sleep Training Story.

I Let My Toddler Cry. A Sleep Training Story.

Sleep (or the lack of sleep) has been the #1 issue in our house for weeks now. From the very beginning, our Little A has not been the best sleeper. When she was a newborn, she liked to be swaddled and rocked to fall asleep. She used the pacifier as a soother, but it would always fall out, and we would hold the pacifier in her mouth until she finally drifted off. And I nursed her to sleep, every single…

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The Teething Toddler

The Teething Toddler

The last few weeks have been a bit difficult in our house. Summer vacation ended, Mr. Musings went back to work, A and I have been slowly getting adjusted to our new school year routine, we’ve all been suffering from colds, and my Little A has been teething! Oh- the teething toddler! She’s not all that easy to handle, constantly cranky, tired, and in pain. It’s really sad to watch, as her mama, and know that there are very few things that I…

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How To Tell If Your Baby Is Addicted To Your Phone 

How To Tell If Your Baby Is Addicted To Your Phone 

Does your baby or toddler suffer from cell phone addiction? Here are 10 easy ways to tell:  Siri is your baby’s BFF. I mean, they practically have conversations with each other!  Alarms you never set go off randomly throughout the day.  E-mails are mysteriously deleted from your inbox. Baby selfies you didn’t take appear in your photo album. You have more baby/toddler game apps than any other app downloaded to your phone. Balloon pop, anyone? Your baby enjoys making phone…

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Mama Confession #1: I Don’t Have a Babysitter 

Mama Confession #1: I Don’t Have a Babysitter 

It’s confession time. My daughter is over a year old, and I do not have a babysitter.  The funny thing is: I take care of children for a living. Essentially, I am the babysitter. I found my job online, on a website that connects parents who need childcare with people looking for childcare jobs. My employers didn’t know me. We weren’t acquaintances. I wasn’t recommended by a friend. I know it must have taken an extreme amount of trust, on their…

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