Planning meals and snacks out for your toddler can be a bit frustrating. After all, with six meals each day to think of, you may be wondering what the hell to feed them?…Continue
Added by Shelby Stover on February 1, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments
I was looking through our family photo albums when my son plopped himself into my lap. (Full disclosure: I love that he still does that.) He was about three years old in that particular album and as we looked through the photos and I told him stories, I realized how much time he spent following me around. If I was in the kitchen, he was there. If I went into the laundry room, he was there. If I went on any chore, he was there. I recall…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 30, 2017 at 6:23am — No Comments
Personally, with baby bear at 15m of age I think store bought toys are overrated. Actually, I think they’re almost all pretty much unnecessary.
You see, I keep thinking it’s a great idea to buy all these neat toys for Baby Bear. They will…Continue
Added by Shelby Stover on January 2, 2017 at 7:21pm — No Comments
As mama bear of a gorgeous little monster, I am well aware that my day does not always go as planned. In fact, it rarely goes anywhere near my perfectly crafted outline. From spills to tumbles and meltdowns to naps sometimes the…Continue
Added by Shelby Stover on November 22, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
At a baby shower I attended today, there was a little card on my plate that read, in squiggly, pink script, “Your Advice to the Mother-To-Be”.
You’d think that as a new mom and blogger on everything pregnancy and motherhood-related, I’d have mounds of advice to give… right? But I…Continue
Added by Johanna Riehm on October 4, 2016 at 7:40pm — No Comments
…is nothing to the joy of meeting again.
Reunited and it feeeels so gooood!
It’s back to school time here in VA. That means teachers are back in their classrooms tearing down paper and setting up bulletin boards. To be honest, the first week they are usually sitting in meetings and trying to figure out the expectations for the year, oh and reuniting with work buddies. Most of the time teachers are as excited to see one another as the…
Added by Meg Kerns on August 24, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments
Taking a toddler to a restaurant is really a crap-shoot. Sometimes he’s golden, others he wants nothing to do with it. Usually, if we can keep him entertained, we’re good. On the days he’s on point I feel like I should play the lottery. We usually choose venues that are: louder, don’t mind a mess and have chicken tenders. Yesterday, we met up with friends from work and some of their kids to surprise and celebrate one of our friend’s change from one school to another. She will be missed and…Continue
Added by Meg Kerns on August 24, 2016 at 12:29am — No Comments
I had no idea the 2016 Summer Olympics would affect our life so greatly. Now I’m only being slightly facetious here. I love the Olympics and find myself a little lost now that I don’t have a new series of events to cheer for every night. Maybe I’ll get into bed before 1am now. Yeah right.
Added by Meg Kerns on August 24, 2016 at 12:26am — No Comments
My daughter has always been scared of the water. She doesn't like the pool or beach at all, even fountains (I think the only water she likes is the water from the faucet when she's taking a bath). No matter how we tried to entertain her (give her a toy, show her how much we're enjoying it, etc.) while in it, she would always be anxious, would cling to me and fuss so our pool or beach time would always be a quick one.
Added by Belle Bermudez-Tubel on August 19, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
In this post: Five ways to use a water table for sensory play.
Hello, dear ones! Here’s the second Toddler Life post and it’s all about the fun you can have with a water table. I never had a water table with Michael, but I’m really enjoying creative water play with Leeland. Even Michael gets in on the fun.…Continue
Added by Amber Dover on August 12, 2016 at 2:07am — No Comments
Once you’ve had your first child, the second baby conversation starts to happen… often.
You think about timing, age difference, and things like “is our home big enough?” or “can we really handle two kids?”
But let’s be honest: now that the hard part is over, you just wonder how in the world you can go through the first six months all over again (lack of sleep and raw nipples especially), but, at the same time, you don’t think it’s humanly…Continue
Added by Johanna Riehm on July 26, 2016 at 10:44am — No Comments
It's 7:30 pm. Let the battle begin.
Let's say (for fun) that I can somehow get my son upstairs to start his bedtime routine at 7:30 pm (without the stalling, last-minute things he absolutely "has" to tell me and without any whining). Let's just say that happened. What follows is a series of check-ins. Did…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 25, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments
I knew I shouldn’t have gotten used to the great night sleep, perfect, clockwork naps, and how amazing you were doing with independent play the past few months… I knew that.
But I did… I sort of took it all for granted. That’s how well you were doing!
Until, of course, that nasty molar popped in a few months early.
This week has been rough on Mommy, you know. Between your ravenous appetite (most days you almost eat…Continue
Added by Johanna Riehm on July 5, 2016 at 9:47pm — No Comments
My little man is four months old already. How the heck is that possible? I swear last month was February. We can't possibly be nearing the end of June right now, can we?! I've learned a lot the last four months about my little guy. He is quite a bit fussier than his big sister. He does NOT like his carseat. He's not crazy about the swing. He is chubby and pudgy in all the right places. He loves to be held...all the time. I call him my little hot tamale because he puts off…Continue
Added by Ashley Sieker on June 21, 2016 at 11:35am — No Comments
Added by Leah Schulz on May 7, 2016 at 1:51pm — No Comments
When we brought our son home from the hospital, we decided to have him sleep his first night in his crib in his own room. We felt so wise in our decision, believing it to be important to teach our son that he sleeps in his room and we sleep in ours.
Our son, however, decided to start cluster feeding, so I was up with him all night, holding him. …
Added by Lauren Markman on March 23, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments
Being a mom means lots of different things. As a mom you are responsible for other beings. You have someone else to take care of, provide for, teach about life, and protect. We are the ones who give hugs and cuddles, wipe away tears and give words of encouragement. We are housekeepers and…Continue
Added by Words of a Mom on March 18, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments
*** As always, feel free to check out the original post here! ***
When my child was born my goal was to breastfeed for one year. I was open to the possibility of continuing beyond the one year mark, but from where I sat a full year of breastfeeding— with all of the time and discomfort and pain that went along with it— seemed like a lofty enough goal.
Added by Anna Richter on February 25, 2016 at 10:34pm — No Comments
Sorry for my absence, but I've been buried in tiny diapers, toddler tantrums, and baby snuggles for the last week. Our little guy arrived last Tuesday morning at 9:31am and life has been whizzing by ever since!
This is Bowen James and he is 7lbs 1oz, and 20 1/2 inches long. I don't want to say he is the perfect baby, because I know it will bite me in the butt later, but he kind of is. He's the sleepiest, hungriest, cuddliest little babe and he is the perfect addition…Continue
Added by Ashley Sieker on February 24, 2016 at 12:20pm — No Comments
Baby day is getting closer and closer. We are only a couple of weeks away and he pretty much could make his entrance into the world anytime now. My hospital bag is packed, baby's bag is packed, and now I'm turning my attention to my diaper bag. I'm so used to packing for a two-year old, I have to retrain my brain for packing for a newborn....they need so much stuff! I'm…
Added by Ashley Sieker on February 2, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments