• Open-ended toy recommendations for toddlers

    Open-ended Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers

    After nearly a week of unexplained coughing and feeling pretty crummy, I am finally back to continue the Holiday Toy Series. If you missed it, don’t forget to check out:  5 Benefits of Open-ended Toys Open-ended Gift Guide for Babies It is officially Christmas season and that means, for many, gift shopping is getting underway. If you are looking for ideas on what to get your toddlers, then you’ve come to the right place! Toddler life… such a fun yet exhausting time of early parenthood. It is a time when our littles one are more mobile, more opinionated, and starting to dive into the world of imaginative play. This is…

  • Transitioning from the baby phase to the toddler phase

    Moving Beyond Babyhood to Becoming a Toddler

    Becoming a Toddler This past summer has been a really big summer for our little Ellery, we are, without question, fully into toddler days. It feels like in April or May of this year she was still, what I would consider, a baby or at least had a foot still solidly in babyhood. Sure she was almost two years old, but she was still pretty dependent on me, wanted to be wrapped or held nearly all the time,  was not talking very clearly and had just become confident in her own footing with walking. She still seemed so baby-like, or maybe it was the second child syndrome where they seem…

  • Favorite toys for a one year

    Favorite Toys for One Year Olds

    A friend of mine recently asked me for advice on what to get for a baby’s first birthday. This sweet friend just recently married and doesn’t yet have kids but she loves on many kids in her life around her and she will be attending a close friend’s baby girl’s first birthday soon. So in honor of her request I decided to come up with a list of my favorite toys for both of my littles at or around one year old. You can find all sorts of recommendations for this age online but here is a list of our favorites. Personally, as a parent, I prefer open-ended toys, toys…

  • 10 months old

    Ellery: 10 Months Old

    Age: 10 months Weight: Not sure Diapers/clothes: Still in cloth, second rise, and 9-month clothes Eating:  A girl after my own heart! She loves to eat. She has now tried beef and chicken, oranges, apple sauce, and pears and…she loved them all. She is still nursing and there doesn’t appear to be an end in any near future. She also loves to “eat” any microscopic pieces she can find on the floor, so we have to be diligent with sweeping. Sleeping:  Still naps 3 times a day most days but she has started dropping her evening nap more often. She also is sleeping longer stretches at night which has been…

  • Big Brother Meeting Baby Sister

    From the moment I found out I was pregnant I began imaging what it would be like for Asher meeting his baby sister. How would Asher react? Would he be jealous? Would he like his new sibling? I was full of anticipation and excitement. Helping Big Brother Adjust to the Idea of Baby Sister It was important for us, from the beginning, that Asher know about his baby sister. We made sure to talk about her often. Throughout my pregnancy, Jacob and I spoke often about “baby sister” and “baby Ellery” and gestured toward my belly. On the ride into daycare each day I would tell Asher that “Baby sister…

  • Construction Themed Birthday Party Ideas

    2 Year Old Construction Birthday Party

    It feels far too official now…I am the mother of a two-year-old! Over the weekend we had his official construction birthday party fit for our construction loving toddler. I waited until mid-month because I was hoping to have better weather so we could move the party outside and we were very blessed with beautiful weather this weekend! Construction Birthday Party Details The party theme this year was construction based on my son’s love of all forms of construction equipment. I really wanted to make it as eventful for Asher as I could so after he went to sleep Friday night I hung all the decorations and when he woke up…

  • Two Years Ago My Life Changed Forever

    From Baby To Toddler Tomorrow my baby turns two. TWO!? I know in ten years, his first few years of life will be a meshed together memory. But right now as I watch my one-year-old-for-only-another-day baby run around, I can’t help but feel like come Wednesday he will be heading off to college.  The Gift of Watching Them Grow Recently, while at dinner with the hub’s childhood friend, I mentioned how bittersweet it is to watch your little one grow up. Our friend chuckled and said “now I don’t have kids, so maybe I just don’t know but don’t you want him to grow up?” I couldn’t help but laugh…

  • Motherhood lessons and things learned in motherhood.

    Motherhood Lessons and What I’ve Learned Along the Way

    I can’t believe in just a few short months I will be a mama to two littles. With the upcoming change (and perhaps a touch of pregnancy hormones making me emotional) I have been reflecting on what the motherhood lessons I have learned over the last two years. Two years seems so recent and yet when I look back on the new-to-motherhood woman I was, it seems like a lifetime ago. The biggest, and probably the toughest motherhood lesson I have learned over the last two years is that being a mom is hard. There is no easy way to say it. It is simultaneously the most amazing, wonderful thing…

  • A letter to my oldest before your baby sister is born

    A Letter To My First Born, the One Who Made Me Mama

    To You My Sweet Boy, We are just a few short weeks away from welcoming your baby sister into the world and into our little family. My heart nearly bursts with joy thinking of the future where I will get to watch you two grow as siblings and into friends. While my heart is so full of love for both you and your little sister, I can’t help but feel a tiny bit of sadness. It has hit me hard recently that in only a few months you will no longer be my only child and it breaks my heart a bit to watch you grow up so quickly. When…

  • Sucky Days Really Suck

    Some days are great, wonderful, the best ever in fact. Your house is spotless, dinner is on the stove, and your tiny tot is thoroughly enjoying the educational, yet fun DIY craft you put together. Your outfit is on point and you are feeling like super woman. Jumping on bubble wrap = lazy entertainment! And then there are other days that start at 3 a.m. because you’re six and a half months pregnant and occasionally plagued with insomnia that manifests into over-analyzing every parenting decision you have ever made in regards to your nearly two year old who is sleeping peacefully just a few feet away. You know you should…