Since becoming a mom, I have strived to feed my son the healthiest foods. This does not mean that I always feed him organic, or that I have a zero sugar diet for him. It means that I try to avoid [as much as I can] “bad” food or drinks at his early age in order to instill a healthy diet down the road. Being a working mom, however, means I don’t always have the say about what my little one intakes. A few months back I began to notice that my son wouldn’t take plain water in his sippy cups anymore. I later found out that grandma had been giving him watered down lemonade. Of course my little one did not want plain water anymore as he had already tasted sweet lemonade. And I’m not going to argue with him, grandma’s lemonade is amazing, but possibly not the healthiest.
The only way my son would take plain water was if it was straight from a water bottle. Unfortunately, this meant spilled water all over his clothes and the house. Luckily, I came across Sippy Nipple, the “World’s First Leakproof Water Bottle Baby Nipple.” These nipples turn [almost] any water bottle into a baby bottle. The nipples come in three different sizes: 3+ Month, 6+ Month, and Toddler. Curious? Keep reading and be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win your very own Sippy Nipple.
Last December as we were heading out of town for a holiday celebration with some friends, my little one got car sick. We found ourselves in middle of a crowded freeway, no exit in sight, and throw up all over my son, his car seat, and I think even Sheriff Woody got some of it. By the time we were able to get out of the car it was a lost cause. Truth be told, I wanted to get rid of the car seat and the car and start fresh haha.
Luckily, my husband didn’t let me throw either one away. I did, however, learn a lot about safely cleaning a car seat. Today I share with you a guest post by Harry Carr. He’s been in the cleaning business for several years and is a parent himself. Harry shares with us some tips and tricks to cleaning those car seats and keeping them smelling fresh and clean. If you have any tips or tricks, let me know in the comments below.
Last year, my husband and I decided to take our then ten month old son to the Coachella music festival. We have been avid Coachella music festival-goers for about five years now, minus the year I was pregnant. Therefore, we had some experience with the festival and what to expect. Over the past few years there has been a wide controversy around families at the festival. You can read various articles bashing parents for taking their kids to the festival. To name a few famous ones: Alessandra Ambrosio and Alicia Silverstone. Ambrosio took her then 5 year old daughter and Silverstone her toddler son. While I am in no way trying to “defend” my decision through this post, today I share why I decided to take my son, what my experience was, and whether I would recommend it.
I never really saw myself as a mother. As an only child, I enjoy peace, quiet, and personal space. The thought of having children in my home for more than a few hours stressed me out. About two years ago, however, suddenly babies became more adorable, strollers became appealing, and yeah you guessed it, I became pregnant. When my son was born, he turned my world upside down. Motherhood has been an amazing adventures thus far.
One thing I don’t enjoy about motherhood, however, are the so-called “mommy wars.” My first encounter with mommy wars was in a forum when I was pregnant. My second experience came when my son was born and I looked for support due to the difficulty I was experiencing with breastfeeding. I was met with various comments calling me a “bad mom” because I was thinking of foregoing breastfeeding.
As parents we have more than enough on our plates We are all in this together and at the end of the day we are the only ones who truly understand what each of us is going through. Whether we are stay at home moms, working moms, moms of one, or moms of ten, we are all moms. We should be our greatest supporters. Since February is the month of love, I have decided to share with you ten ways that I am rocking motherhood and I invite you to share the ways you are rocking motherhood (or fatherhood.) Remember, we are all different and rock in our own special way.
Over the past seventeen months my little one has achieved countless of milestones. While not all [milestones] were greeted with the same enthusiasm (I’m looking at you, tummy time) they were all eventually mastered. When I see how active and fearless my little guy is, it is definitely difficult to believe that just a little less than a year and a half ago he was a defenseless little infant fighting jaundice. (You can read about that here.)
We are now able to have conversations with him, even if we don’t really understand what he is saying 90% of the time. He has quickly grasped the idea that “shao shao” or shower time means say bye to everyone, grab your towel, and walk to the bathroom. He also now knows that before bedtime and in the morning we “brush teeth” and he gives me his toothbrush and toothpaste. Although definitely surprised at how he grasps concepts and routines, I know that him learning these activities haven’t required much “teaching.”
Christmas is in seven weeks and you know what that means … we have to start getting ready to battle out other moms at the toy aisles at Target! Just kidding. Unless you want to, but if you shop early, smart, and even second-hand no battling will be necessary. I only have one child and he is one year old so shopping for him is not necessarily difficult or expensive, but I love a good deal because that means I can spend that money on gifts for the rest of my family. I kick off my Christmas Posts with three simple tips that I have been using to make my little one’s second Christmas magical while not breaking the bank.
I am a full time working mother. My career as an attorney requires that I commute to several surrounding counties either to represent my clients in court or visit them in jail. This means that while sometimes I am able to come home early and spend time with my son, the majority of the time I find myself eating lunch in my car and out of the home for almost 12 hours. It’s not easy but it is manageable. And as odd as it may sound, its what I have wanted to do ever since I can remember.
The problem comes at night when the working mom guilt kicks in. I was only able to spend quality time with my child for two or three hours before he went to bed. I missed a great milestone that he accomplished or I just can’t believe my little boy is getting so big and I will never get these days back.
Being a working mother and having a career is difficult. Nonetheless, I love both and with pride enjoy both of those titles. Being an attorney is something I feel I have been preparing for for most of my life. And the latter,
There are definitely days when I get a text from my mom, who is my son’s care taker, and I want to rush home to be with my little one. I don’t want to witness his childhood through pictures. But I love my career and could never imagine leaving it to be a stay at home mom (SAHM). I have an immense respect for stay at home mothers. Most of the time I wonder, how do they do it? I have collaborated with fellow mommy blogger and SAHM Jasmine from Love, Life, Laugh, Motherhood for this post. Jasmine is a first time mom to a 16 month old little boy.
We recently came together and decided to share our experiences as a Working Mother, and a Stay At Home Mom. Today I will be answering her questions about being a Working Mom, and if you want to know what I asked her about being a SAHM you can head on over to her blog. This is a post that I am definitely excited for. Having recently met Jasmine, I feel like I have gotten to know her so much better. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing this post!
In a previous post I said that the key (or one of the keys) to saving money during the holidays was to start your holiday shopping early. You can read that post here. If you haven’t started shopping, don’t worry. There are still some great deals out there. And well, if worse comes to worst you can always save some money throughout the year to make up for it.
And if you haven’t started shopping because you have no idea what to get your little ones, or are just looking for ideas on what to gift other toddlers, you’ve come to the right place. Today I am sharing a list of toys that will be sure to lighten up your little one’s day. Some are already favorites in our home while others my little one has shown interest in and may be coming to him in December.
To make it even better, none of these toys go over $50!!
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”
– Dr. Seuss
When I was a child, on Saturday mornings my mom and I would walk to the city library, where she would let me check out as many books as I could fit in my tote bag. In theory, these books were supposed to keep me entertained throughout the week, but in practice by Sunday night I had already read all of them. I was intrigued with the various adventures that I could go on through the pages of books. One time, I recall my dad getting mad at me because I would not put my book down while we were having a family lunch. As “punishment” he told me to go to my room. Of course, I gladly went to my room as this meant quiet time for me to continue reading my book. It took him only a few minutes to realize that it wasn’t much of a punishment for me and he gave up. Fast forward twenty something years later and I can only hope that my little one finds as much excitement and as many adventures in books just like I did.
My first month or so as a new mother was marked by a horrible breast-feeding experience. Check out my full story here. Although I was delighted to finally have my baby in my arms, I could not help but feel as if I was living a nightmare. The truth of the matter was that I did not know what to expect in regards to breastfeeding and at that point I thought that everything that was going wrong was my fault. Now that I am no longer burdened by the pressure of being a first-time mother and take a closer look, I see that the situation would have been much better if I had taken certain things into consideration.