A letter to my daughter: Lola, at 5 weeks old. Dear Lola, Oh, Lola. To say that I'm excited to be your mom would be an understatement. When I was younger and I'd think about one day being a mom, I always saw myself with a little girl. Always. I imagined my little girl dressed in pink, twirling in princess dresses, and tiaras and sequins and sparkles. And I envisioned a life filled with gymnastics, and ballet and dance. I expected barbies and American Girl dolls and I saw us playing house and dress up and school. I wished for outings for manicures and shopping for clothes, and prom dresses and wedding dresses together. But then I found out I was pregnant with you -- a girl -- in 2017, and realized my vision of having a daughter … [Read more...] about Dear Lola: Letter one.
Having a toddler is hard. Adding a newborn to the mix can make things even trickier! Here's a post about smoothly introducing your toddler to their new baby sibling. I was nervous about how our family dynamics would change when we brought home baby #2. How would we introduce him to his new family member? How would my lovable boy react to his new sibling? Would he feel left out or jealous of his new baby sibling? Ah! The unknown. I scoured the internet in the weeks before delivery looking for tips and all the how-to's. My goal was to make sure Javi continued to feel loved and not overlooked. I knew that much of the attention would be on Lola especially in the first few days of her life. For a former only child, that's hard! So: here … [Read more...] about 9 tips for introducing siblings.
I gave birth last week. Did I tell you?! This is our last photo as a family of three! We took it right before Sean and I left for the hospital. Birth stories are such tempting reads! At least they are for me. Since I wrote about Javi's birth day, I want to make sure I do the same for Lola. So, here goes -- Lola's Birth Story: A few weeks ago, doctors decided that I should be induced at 39 weeks. Unfortunately, that fell on Christmas Eve and I didn't want that so I chose the 26th for her birth. Originally, the doctor had mentioned beginning Cervidil at 7PM on Tuesday night and assured me that I would be ready to deliver when she arrived to the hospital at 8:30AM the next day. Well, that's, of course, not how it … [Read more...] about Lola’s Birth Day.
I feel very fortunate that I'm a mother and I feel lucky that I'm a mother to my son. He's spunky and lively and makes me laugh every day. I'm anxious and excited to add another child to our family but I know it means change is on the horizon for my son, and for us. In the spirit of documentation, I want to remember these feelings, leave a record of memories for my first-born and promise my son that not everything will change, at least not forever. You can read letters one, two and three here. Dear Javi, In a week or less, you'll become a brother. That's a big deal. This is new for you, and as an only child, this is totally new territory for me, too. Of course, I know how to take care of more than one child at a time. But I don't know … [Read more...] about A letter to my son, before he becomes a big brother.
Today marks one month since Javi started full-time at a Montessori school. It's been great! Overall, He's happy to go to school. Because we live so far away (it's the same school where I work), we debated whether or not sending him there was the right decision. It meant a lot of changes from his previous routine: I started driving him rather than Sean, he had to change his wakeup time from 8AM to 6AM, he changed from 3 days a week to 5 days a week, he changed from getting home around 4PM to getting home around 5:30. So many changes for my little 2 year old. But he's thriving and loving it. Changes I've noticed since starting Montessori school: - His language is exploding. Montessori says that will happen, but it's amazing to see and … [Read more...] about One month at a Montessori School.
Last weekend I was in a store and noticed they were getting ready for Christmas. Neither Halloween nor Thanksgiving were in sight. I'm not mad about this. I love Christmas! But it got me thinking -- what is Christmas like with a toddler? Last year, we vowed to keep Christmas about the experiences, the festivities and our family. We didn't want to overwhelm Javi with gifts so we recommended non-toy gifts and/or experience gifts from family members, too. Between Sean and I -- we instilled the 4 gift rule: a want, a need, something to wear and something to read. Those items all fit into his "Christmas Eve box". Then he got a small stocking (from Santa) and lastly 1 gift from us (a play-kitchen). He was incredibly lucky to also be given … [Read more...] about Non-toy gifts for toddlers.