With Shiloh starting “preschool” this month, and the new baby coming in November, we decided that this summer was the perfect time to transition her into her new room/toddler bed and out of her crib. We realized that there were a lot of transitions coming up for her, so we tried to be as intentional as we could to space them out. Read more
Pregnancy is a hard and confusing thing. Our bodies are changing daily, we are exhausted even if we do get a good night sleep, and for so many women, there are countless days, especially at the beginning, full of sickness and fatigue.
Now, throw a toddler on top of that and it just amplifies the hardest parts. Forget about a good night sleep, forget about laying in bed all day if you are sick, and forget about being able to rest when your legs and body are begging you to. You have a little person to take care of and tend to, and rest isn’t really on the top of their priority list. Read more
The other day I was helping Shiloh get ready for the day. She picked out her dress, and we chose a matching bow. I went to set her feet on the ground, and told her to go show daddy her outfit for the day, like we do almost daily. She instantly pulled her feet up, making it impossible to set her down, and started crying. Read more
When I was a little girl, there were two little cups and a bowl sitting beside the television. My sister and I both had a cup, and inside each of them were 4 quarters. Throughout the day, if we wanted to watch TV, we had to “pay” depending on what the show cost. If it was educational, it cost one quarter. If it was solely for entertainment it cost us two quarters. Also, hour long programs were double the cost. When the quarters were gone, so was our television time for the day. (Unless we all watched a movie together at night.) Read more
I read this statistic the other day on Becoming Minimalist, and hate to say it, but I wasn’t too incredibly shocked:
“3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (UCLA).”
Stop and think about that for a moment. 3.1% of the world’s children own 40% of the toys. Quite honestly, when I read that for the first time it felt as if it was hard to breathe for a moment. Like I was being suffocated by all of the “stuff” that we have. All of the things that we choose to clutter our lives with. Read more
Things with kids are typically harder. There is just something that goes along with them that adds extra measures to everything you have to do. It’s worth it, but it’s work. One thing that is exponentially harder for a child than for yourself is getting a passport. And let’s be honest, that’s not really something you think about needing until you need it. Cue expediting fees. Read more
People always say that the days are long, and the years are short. I think they were especially talking about winter days with babies.
Staying home with a little one can be difficult, especially in the winter time. When the weather is cold and you don’t want to make the effort to bundle, or the rain falling prevents a date to the park, everyone in the house can quickly become stir crazy. Read more