Crazy Things Mama Says: Toddler Edition

Crazy Things Mama Says: Toddler Edition

Some crazy sounding things I have said to my 19-month-old daughter recently:  Why is there cheese in your hair?  Please don’t take off your pants at the library.  We don’t use our teeth when we give kisses.  Do you want bunnies or teddies for nom-noms? (Translation: Do you want cheddar bunnies or teddy grahams for snack?)  Oh, thank you for bringing mama her coffee…(and spilling it all over yourself and the floor. At least it was cold by then!!)  Let’s…

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Book Review: The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Book Review: The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Why did I decide to read this book?  I first heard about the idea of “love languages” on a blog post I read a few years ago. I remember thinking, “that sounds interesting! I should read more…” and then, like a lot of things,  never actually got around to doing it. On a whim, I finally decided to check out The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman from the library and ended up reading the…

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29 Things I’m Thankful For

29 Things I’m Thankful For

It’s my birthday! Today I turn 29. I thought I’d celebrate by reflecting on 29 things I’m thankful for.  Here we go… (Not really in any particular order)  My husband. He’s my partner in everything. My friend. The love of my life (of course, he’s always #1!) My sweet Little A. She made me a mama, fills my days with joy (and only sometimes with tantrums), and is my constant source of inspiration!  Extended Family, near and far (well…mostly they…

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Books I Read in 2016

Books I Read in 2016

Since I became a parent, there never seems to be enough time. I’m constantly trying to catch up (laundry, dishes, house cleaning), or there are endless errands to run (out of milk again?), or I’m simply too busy playing with, feeding, or changing the diapers of my ever growing little girl. Time for myself is limited or non-existent. I’m worn out at the end of the day. Most often, I want to spend the precious quiet moments when A is…

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2016: A Year in Review

2016: A Year in Review

Another year has gone by and so much has happened! Here are some highlights from 2016: January Early in January, A stopped breastfeeding. We had been going strong for 7 months when my supply started to drop and she still seemed hungry after eating so we gradually switched to formula. At the end of January, A took her first plane ride to Orlando for her uncle’s wedding. A was a flower girl for the first time and I carried her…

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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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18 Months

18 Months

A  trip down memory lane… 18 months of my Little A’s life through pictures… “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” -Elizabeth Stone      

Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter,  Every day, I watch you learn something new. You are growing so much. Slowly but surely, you are becoming a little girl…my baby no more. I have such big hopes and dreams for you, my precious daughter.  We live in a country founded on the ideals of democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity, and equality . Today,  more than ever, it’s clear that we live in a country divided. It can be a scary place. The future, it’s always uncertain.   We…

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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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Walk This Way

Walk This Way

Lately, we have been ditching the stroller and going for walks instead. It started as an attempt to really tire A out in hopes of sleeping through the night. But, walking with A has quickly become one of my favorite things to do together! She has places to go and things to see! How cute is she, walking with her hands up, and often clapping when she gets excited? I really wish I could get inside her head and know what…

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