Hello Summer!

Summer

As we prepare to bask in the golden sun rays, I can’t help but think of how I can make this a fun AND learning season for my toddler.

Outside of sight words and identifying objects, I’m thinking of creative ways to engage a LO.

What activities do you have planned for the warm weather and how do you turn it into a learning/development opportunity?

Traveling with a Toddler

I believe that it is important to explore our world through different means such as literature, music, art but especially through travel. I’d like to start a tradition of traveling with my family at least once a year. I, unfortunately, have only traveled outside of the United States about 6 times in my life and it was in the earlier part of my childhood and teenage years.

The last decade of my life, happened to be my entry into adulthood and while I spent my time working, contributing to my community and acquiring higher degrees, the exploratory element was at a standstill.

Hubby and I would like to enjoy our days off trekking across the country and abroad with our daughter. This is something we look forward to and fear…simultaneously (is this even possible?)

For a couple that struggles with a Target meltdown (almost every single time! what is it about target and toddlers??), how will the experience be traveling at this age?

Well…we hope to share these experiences in this section. Hopefully you don’t read about us in the international news…

*Headline* Toddler Takes Down the Eiffel Tower single-handedly, Parents pictured below *insert bad picture*

 

Where have you traveled with your little one? How was the experience?

Fighting to find Child Care

The struggle is REAL!

There is so much to consider… Nanny, Day Care Center, Family Day Care, Montessori Preschool, Private Preschool…oh there is more and trust that we considered it all!

After several Google searches, a Care.com account, The state child care site and numerous local forums we scheduled 10 day care/preschool tours and was able to make 6 of them but in the end the power of word of mouth helped us find what is best for our family at the time. Hello Family Day Care!

Several Questions we asked were:

  • Is this a nurturing environment?
  • Will she get lost in big classrooms?
  • Can she thrive?
  • Is the program too structured?

Sam is in the stage where she is a toddler but she is real needy and temperamental. We thought it would be traumatizing to move her across the state into a huge day care center in a big classroom. So a home day care with some structure will be her transition for at least the next 6 months.

I still fear leaving my baby for the long work days coming ahead and the guilt is creeping up on overtime but I know that this is best. It is time for my caterpillar to bloom into the beautiful, spunky butterfly and share her love with others outside of kin.

Blue Butterfly

How did you choose the right Child Care?

Toddlers are A$$holes…

Have you ever read this book? I’m at the point where my frustrations with how combative, stubborn and sassy my toddler is, have left me in need of some extra mama support.

She has recently started to take on other people’s fears…my sister is terrified of bugs so my before dirt loving daughter screams “Bug, kill it!”

She has become a picky eater, she can’t stand milk without chocolate or cinnamon.

Oh and remember the poop post?? 10 times worse…

Poop games x 10

I’m hoping that maybe this book won’t make me feel like a terrible mom. My co-worker expressed multiple times that she wants a sibling…uh I’d like to find an alternative means of riding through this stage.

What helps you cope/deal with Toddlerhood?

MPA Graduate!!

Hey World!

Boy has the past month been the most challenging in my adult life. I graduated earlier this month with my Master of Public Administration…

I did it!

I was offered (and accepted!) an awesome career opportunity and we have to move 3 hours away to the state capital in one month!

woah

I am excited and absolutely nervous about this change but I look forward to it! This is a milestone that I embrace for myself, my husband and our daughter. This journey is one I look forward to sharing with you all.

Stay tuned as we embark this change with open arms, tears and laughs. I’m going to miss being close to my family and friends. Now to find a new home 🙂

Mommy and Daughter graduation day!

The search has begun…

Juice Feast – Day 3 recap

Hey World!

Just stopping in to update on my Juice Feast. I have a long way to go but hey I’m up for it!

At the end of Day 2, I had a tension headache like you can’t believe :/ I messaged Danii who then asked how much water I drank throughout the day. Then I thought about how I failed to take in my H2o in my weight in ounces. Shame on me! After being more mindful of my intake on the 3rd Day, I’d like to express how energized and light I feel .

Let’s see if I can keep this up tomorrow, the day my thesis is due…blah!

Sam enjoys the juices too. I get to share my journey with my picky eating toddler 🙂

Juice Feast – Day 1 recap

Although I am writing this post through the lens of a mom, this is for everyone. As people we get wrapped up in the daily movements of our life and fail to fully provide TLC for ourself. Whether it is work, a hobby, family responsibility: self comes last (or in the middle) even if we don’t want to admit it.

After experiencing an indescribable weakness and vertigo, I decided to be more aware of what I intake. My body spoke and it is time for a re-set. I reached out to my fellow mama, friend and juice & brew extraordinaire Danii from houseofjuicebk.com, to start a 30 day cleanse.

This is in no way a gimmick: no shakes, pills, creams or hand stands first thing in the am. Just straight organic and local cold-pressed juice combinations and probiotics to feed my exhausted and vitamin starved body. I invite you in as I go through this one day at a time. I’m scared, nervous but excited and anxious to see and feel better after this journey. I’m hoping for a lifestyle change.

Are you with me?
Juice
Along with one meal, this is what I drink everyday with my weight in water.

Poop games…

Wow has it been almost two months since my last post?? I need to keep on top of this. As I type this update my toddler is in her crib and attempting to escape, this stage is no joke! We’re teetering on 1 am and my almost two-year old is going back and forth between calling for mama and singing Elmo *that red monster is on my hit list, seriously*.

I recently started a full-time job and I am wrapping up my thesis…yeah I know. I leave my house looking like this in the morning

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and arrive home 13 hours, eh, like this…

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Haha seriously though, these past two months have been trying for me as a mom but also as a new professional. My family may be moving almost 200 miles away (in 3 months) from our core support group to a new town and while it is exciting and an adventure, I worry about how my daughter will handle it.

Well, I got a taste of the “terrible two’s” from Sam. She didn’t take my new job well and started to *drumroll* play in her poop! You read right. After numerous talks, countless crib bleach-downs and a slew of late night showers I decided to withdraw from an internship I started at the same time.

In the back of my head, I was relieved thought because I felt that I was stretching myself too thin and in too short of a time frame.

Until next time….

How does your LO cope with major changes? Mine turned to the brown/green goo haha