This whole trying so hard thing? Making homemade this and that every time, playing with you every second? Nah, I think I'm going to ease up a little bit for a little while. Why? I make homemade fruit/vegetable puree pouches for Baby. What has she done the last 4-5 times I've offered them? Pushed them … Continue reading Kids, I Give Up
This afternoon Toddler will take her first swimming lesson - with her dad. (... because I'm not a calm influence when it comes to swimming ... I swam out of an undertow once at St. Augustine Beach and can swim enough to save myself and my children - I think - but generally am not … Continue reading To Class or Not to Class?
I've noticed that time is a bit warped for my toddler. I remember being a kid and feeling like summer lasted a mere week, the school year dragged on nearly forever, and each day felt like it contained more than 24 hours. Being an adult means most things move fast; some days I really feel … Continue reading Perceptions of Time: Parent Vs. Child
When I look into the mirror I see: gray hairs sprouting, a few age lines mimicking what I see on my mother, and freckles and age spots from the sun. Yet mostly I see a child - still, at 33. I feel 18 for the most part - not a kid but just barely an … Continue reading The Dual Ages of a Mom
Once there was a little girl who chose to show her new friends Dial M for Murder as the movie to watch at a super-cool 17th birthday party. Yes, that movie - a Hitchcock, and not even a really good Hitchcock (obviously, I like his movies, especially Rear Window, The Birds, The Man Who Knew Too … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: The Making of a Nerd
(NO, I am really not that cruel!) But boy oh boy, the thought really occurred to me a few days ago when Toddler stopped dancing (she literally lives the day in her ballet slippers and tights if she's not in school that day). She leaned gently on a chair and went up en pointe, telling me … Continue reading Do I Crush Her Dreams Or Just Let It Happen?
I don't think my 3.5yo is unique in her impatience to grow up. After all, I've been waiting my entire life to learn how to drive, go to college, grow tall enough to reach high shelves (not there yet!), get a real job, get married, have kids ... and now I'm waiting for a chance … Continue reading Five Things Growing Up Means to My Toddler
Baby is definitely a mama's girl. I'm not sure why, but I admit that I really like it. If she's fussy or crying or just plain tired, nothing will calm her down except being in mommy's arms. It's actually pretty freaky how she will instantly stop whining once my arms wrap around her. She lays … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: A Fully Relaxed Baby on You
Unless you have a toddler running amok and demanding you multitask, breastfeeding a baby is a pretty good time to zone out. (Assuming you and baby are in the groove and baby is sucking away happily.) Another prime zone-out time is when you watch Cinderella with your toddler for the 51st time (and counting). It's … Continue reading Parenting Game: Who Will You Grow To Be, Child?
Big milestone today: Toddler is beginning preschool! Technically it's pre-preschool, but we're ramping up to full-day kindergarten slowly. We've been busy for the last week, so I really haven't had time to process what emotions I'll have once I'm home with Baby and Toddler is ten miles away at preschool. I'm sure I'll miss her. My … Continue reading How to Survive Your Child’s First Day at Pre-K