I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet…but sometimes the holiday spirit strikes a bit early
This EASY, relatively low-mess, and inexpensive craft was a HUGE hit with my 2 1/2 year old, so I wanted to pass it along. (By “huge”, I mean it kept him occupied for a solid hour! An hour! That’s like 2 episodes of Jake and the Neverland Pirates! Word on Brooke’s street is that this project kept Will occupied for TWO hours! Mamas- are you sold yet?!) You can use your candy canes as ornaments, or embellishments for gift wrapping
We’ve done beading activities before, but I think the reason that this one was such a favorite was due to the fact that the pipe cleaners were easier for little hands to bead than the flimsy string that we have used in other beading projects. (I also found it easier to cut the pipe cleaners in half- which seemed to be a more manageable size for my little elf.)
Please ignore the jammies and bed head- we like to craft at the crack of dawn
The supplies are minimal, and those needed are cheap! Sold.
I’m constantly looking for “big kid” activities that Ben and I can do together while Hannah is napping- and this was perfect; the little guy felt so grown up and special. Plus, he was really concentrating on keeping the pattern- so cute to see that head thinking so hard!
If candy canes aren’t your thang, you can always make some wreaths!
If you aren’t sold on this project yet, I will leave you with this pic of Will:
I mean, honestly. Don’t you just want to squeeze that?
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So, I finally took Brooke’s advice and bought a journal dedicated specifically to writing down the adorable/hilarious/uncensored/heart-warming jabber that comes out of Ben’s 2 1/2 year old mouth.
Yesterday’s entry was particularly humorous, I thought I would share:
Context: I was boiling eggs on the stove and accidentally forgot about them (tehe). I walked into the kitchen and saw the pot boiling over.
Me: Darn it!
Me: (A bit [though not entirely] shocked) We don’t say “shit”. That is a bad word.
Ben: (Matter-of-factly) No- we don’t say “darn it”. That’s a bad word. Shit is a new word.
Fair enough, Ben. Fair enough.
This kid is developing such a personality; he cracks me up every day.
What sort of stuff is coming out of your child’s mouth these days? When did you child say their first swear word? Any advice on how to successfully stifle a laugh while trying to explain to your child that we don’t use swear words? PLEASE SHARE!
Have a great LONG weekend!
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Happy Friday friends! This Mama would be a lot happier if rain wasn’t forecasted ALL weekend (again), but alas…
Here are five of my latest mom-obsessions:
I’m a big fan of the Robeez soft sole shoes for the littlest of feet, but their socks are truly magical. The ONLY sock I can find that actually stays on a newborn’s foot! The only downside is that they can be a tad difficult to find- even Diapers.com doesn’t have a great selection. Local peeps: Kids’ City sometimes has them in, and I’ve had some luck at Marshall’s finding them.
These are a hit! The glow sticks, toddler scissors, and scraps of paper for making collages have been particular hits!
I had forgotten how nearly impossible it is to eat with two hands with a newborn. Forget sandwiches- far too difficult to wolf one of those down while holding/nursing a baby! Enter…smoothies! Easy to make, healthy, and delicious! Ben and I have had lots of liquid lunches lately. Added bonus: I am able to sneak in lots of veggies for him (yes, kale!). Check out Brooke’s Green Smoothie recipe.
Summer= BBQ’s, boats, fruity cocktails, beaches….and BUBBLES!! To say the little man is obsessed would be the understatement of the year. How psyched am I that bubbles are even cheaper than stickers?!
Yummy Earth Organic Fruit Lollipops:
My friend brought these over as a special treat for Ben (thanks Jessie!), and he LOVES them! Naturally, I had to do some quality control testing…delish!
Happy First Day of Summer my friends!! Hope you enjoy this beautiful day!
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12 days in to life with 2 kids and we’re still going strong We welcomed little miss Hannah into our family last Friday, May 10th, and she has been stealing our hearts ever since.
I have to admit- this pregnancy was SO hard on me (the polar opposite of my pregnancy with Ben, which was practically a walk in the park), that it had me wondering if I was “fit” or “could handle” mothering two kids. The last couple months seemed to absolutely drag by, and some days I felt as though nearly every task was nearly insurmountable (i.e. getting out the door in the morning for daycare/work): it really had me questioning what on earth I was thinking by bringing another little one into our family. Obviously I have heard of postpartum depression- I wonder if there is such a thing as partum depression??
Well, I’m here to reassure any other pregnant Mamas having the same anxieties: it’s just the pregnancy hormones talking Granted, I haven’t had both Ben and Hannah in my care for a full day yet- but, so far, everything seems easier this time around. (For the record, I AM knocking on wood as I type this!) The healing, the sleeping, even the crying doesn’t seem to phase me as much this time around. As an added bonus, I even like my husband again (I kid of course, but it’s no secret this pregnancy tested both of our nerves!) My pregnancy insomnia was SO bad, that I am actually getting more sleep now that I was the last few months of my pregnancy- no joke. (Again, knocking on wood!!)
Don’t get me wrong: it’s all not all rainbows and lollipops chez Wright: the house isn’t as clean as I would like it to be, the lawn is starting to look overgrown, and the laundry pile is mounting by the moment- but we’re fine with that…for the time being. Right now I am just taking it all in and trying to enjoy this extra- snuggly time with our new addition, especially now that I know how fleeting this time really is. I am not foolish enough to think my outlook will always be this sunny (check back with me after tomorrow: my first day with the hubbs back to work and me flying solo with both the kiddos all day), but one thing I’ve learned is to cherish moments like these
How about other Mamas of multiples out there…did you find it to get easier with every child? Or was your second (or third, fourth, fifth…) more difficult??
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The nesting compulsions are in full effect chez Wright, and Pinterest only fuels the fire when it comes to providing endless lists, ideas, and pictures for ways to clean, organize, sort & store, recipes, etc. My latest Pinterest-inspired “project” has been whipping together some Busy Boxes to keep Ben occupied while I am nursing the baby (due to arrive in T-10 days!). Rather than plop him in front of the tv for 20 hours a day, I thought it might be better to give him some constructive activities to keep him occupied.
If you search Pinterest, there are one millliiiioon ideas floating around out there for Busy Boxes. Really, you can use anything from Ziploc storage bags, baskets, shoe boxes, to old wipes containers for these. I have also read that they work great for toddlers who no longer nap- and just need a bit of independent quiet time. The idea is to just fill the boxes with little, cheap items that will keep your wee one entertained long enough for Mommy to…oh, I don’t know…whip up dinner? “Savor” a cup of coffee? Fire off a couple of e-mails? Or, in my case, feed a newborn. The boxes are only intended to be brought out on such occasions (i.e. keep them out of plain sight or accessibility), so they remain somewhat “special” and your little one gets excited when they get to use them. You can switch the items out every one in a while to keep things extra interesting
I bought these boxes at Michaels for $1.66 each. I thought decorating the boxes could (hopefully) be an activity in itself. I spent about $25 TOTAL on items for these boxes…thanks to lots of suggestions from friends and good ol’ Pinterest!
Here are some of ideas that were recommended to me, I stumbled across on my rigorous Pinterest research, or I came up with up:
- Construction paper and stickers
- Pipe cleaners, pom-poms, pieces of felt, and feathers
- Mini Etch-A-Sketch or other small game
- Flashcards or “matching” games (check out the homemade game I made…NERD ALERT!) There are lots of sites for free printables online
- Mini coloring books/notebook and crayons
- Stamps and stamp pad with paper
- Small book
- Toddler scissors and construction paper
- Lacing cards
- Yarn/String and large beads OR dyed, uncooked pasta (I even saw one suggesting of a pool noodle cut into slices for lacing)
- Mini puzzles
- Popsicle sticks with velcro attached to the ends for making shapes
- Materials for this pasta sort game
- Empty egg carton and plastic eggs for sorting and matching
- Empty ice cube tray, tongs, and pom-poms (or other small object) for sorting and working on fine motor skills
- Glow sticks (the kind that connect together, make bracelets, necklaces, etc.)
….AND, I would be lying if I didn’t mention that I did sneak in one Elmo DVD The poor kid’s world is about to be forever changed; let him have a little extra Elmo!!
If you’re truly desperate for a Mom’s Night Out- I even saw lots of pins about “Busy Bag Exchange Parties” (check this one or this one out, for an example). Really, it sounds like more of an excuse to get together and drink wine with other mothers…which I have never been opposed to
Any other suggestions?
DISCLAIMER: No, I don’t have too much time on my hands; I’m just suffering from pregnancy insomnia
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T-13 days until this baby’s due date (and Mother’s Day, for all the Mamas longing for a day of pampering ). As emotionally and physically “ready” I am to meet this little miss or mr. (that has been so kindly resting on my sciatic nerve for the last couple of weeks), I keep having these random moments of “Oh Sh*t! I still have to [fill in the blank] before the baby comes!” While the hubbs is a great for taking direction/manual labor, he is little-to-no help in terms of planning baby-prep. (I don’t even think he knows that clothing needs to be pre-washed, bottles need to be sterilized, etc.).
So, without further adieu, I give you my Ultimate Baby Checklist! I know quite a few ladies out there that might be referencing this soon!
- Purchase & assemble all necessary furniture/baby gear items (crib, bassinet, changing station, swing, etc.)
- Purchase & wash infant clothing/towels/blankets/sheets, etc.
- Stock up your changing station(s): diapers, wipes, Vaseline, pee-pee teepees , etc.
- Set up any baby sleeping area/feeding station, etc. in your bedroom
- Set up & charge baby monitors
- Pack baby clothing for hospital bag
- Install infant car seat in car(s)
- Wash and sterilize any feeding/breastfeeding items (i.e. bottles, pump parts, etc.)
- Determine which pediatrician you will using
- Make sure you have batteries on hand for all of those miscellaneous items (noise machine, swing, pump, etc.)
- If you are planning on bottle feeding, stock up on formula
- Schedule/book a newborn photo session
- Stock up on “post delivery essentials” (i.e. granny panties, ginormous pads, nursing pads, Motrin, stool softener, hemorrhoid creme [just keepin' it real, folks!], etc.
- If you working, have an exit plan in place
- Purchase some nursing gear (sleeping bras, nursing bras/tanks), and make sure those button-down shirts are clean and ready to go!
- Make sure to pamper yourself a bit
- Take any birthing/infant care classes, or make sure you have read a few books
- Fill out/submit those hospital per-registration forms
- Prepare your birthing plan
For Siblings (if applicable):
- Have childcare on call or in place for when you are in labor or at the hospital
- Have important numbers/hospital info on hand for aforementioned childcare
- Have a “Sibling gift” for the new baby to give your older child/children and vice versa
- Have a couple of goodies on hand to keep your child/children distracted and feeling special (i.e. new toy, outing planned with aunt/grandparent/family friend, etc.) for when the new baby comes home (post on this forthcoming!)
- Stock up on a few of your child/children’s favorite meals/snacks for while you are in the hospital
- Have your pantry/freezer stocked with some easy and/or pre-made meals (click here for a great [kid-tested] freezer-friendly soup recipe)
- Make sure you house is clean and the guest linens have been laundered (in my dream world, I would have assistance with cleaning booked for the first few weeks post-delivery)
- Try to stay on top of the laundry, so everyone in your family is clothed those first few days at home while you are settling in to your new routine
- Arrange for pet care while you are in the hospital (if need be)
- Have thank-you notes on hand
- Stock up on bevies and snacks for guests or helpers (in the case of my family, makes sure plenty of Diet Coke is on hand!)
- Be sure those cameras are charged!
- Make sure to have some celebratory drinks (BOOZE) on hand for when you arrive home
Finally, make sure you get plenty of rest while you can!
That about sums up my list- though I am sure my severe case of pregnancy brain is making me forget few things. Anything to add?
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Happy Friday Mamateurs! It’s been a while since we did one of these (or one of ANY post for that matter, tehe), so here goes!
5 of my favorite things that I would not have survived this pregnancy without:
1. HEATING PAD! Seriously, my back has a “hot” date (pun intended) with this thing every night. Best money ever spent.
2. Edy’s Slow-Churned Ice Cream. How is this half the fat of “regular” ice cream? Delish.
Yoga pants. It would comical to actually time how long it takes me to change into these from the time I walk through the door at the end of a work day.
Pssst!!! Get these pants for 30% off today (or 25% off tomorrow) with code: GAPSHOP.
4. Aveda Green Science Firming Face Cream. This stuff is the sh#t, and has definitely helped tame my crazy pregnancy skin. The ladies at Stephen & Burns got me hooked! A tad pricey- but the tiniest dollop goes a long way (I’ve been working on the bottle since before Christmas).
Pre-Natal Yoga. Evolution Yoga on Pine Street offers a great drop-in pre-natal class. My only complaint is that I can’t make it there often enough. Helps me clear the mind clutter and focus on the baby in belly for an hour and half before buzzing back into the chaos of my everyday life! Plus, it’s nice being around other round bellies and getting to feed off the energy and stretch a bit
What are/were your pregnancy “must-haves”? Anything you couldn’t live without?
HAPPY WEEKEND!! Spring: feel free to grace us in VT with your presence any time now
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