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January 19, 2011

>wordless wednesday: lucky me


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January 19, 2011

>i’ll remember forever and ever. and ever.

>We glide through the air on side-by-side swings on the playground. A warm early fall day, with fading light and a smell to the air that promises a chill is soon to come. Her honey blond hair blowing from the force of the swing. Her head hung back and laughing from deep with in. After we jump off the swings, she throws her arms around my neck and says “I yuv you, mama.” “I love you too, Hadley. I know you may not remember this moment, but I’ll remember forever and ever.”

I listen to her soft breath laying next to me on our bed. The morning sun is streaming though the window. The sound of her sisters murmurs and daddy making coffee are a lovely ambient noise of home, that wake her from her slumber. She opens her eyes and she smiles sleepily. “I love you, Hayden. I know you may not remember this moment, but I’ll remember forever and ever.”

And while there are so many moments, so many memories to store in my heart that I may just forget, the feeling of loving my babies will never, ever escape me.

I’ll remember forever and ever. And ever.

January 18, 2011



Hadley – 4 months old

Sleep is a difficult commodity to come by in our house. It’s actually ironic that the job I had just prior to babies was a product to help people get better sleep, in turn educating our audience on the importance of sleep. And now, it’s a hard thing to come by.

It probably started, for me, before I even knew of Hadley. But really kicked in toward the end of my pregnancy with her. It’s part of pregnancy, we all know this. But then she arrived and I worried myself so much about not responding to her, or waking my neighbors that I worked hard to keep her quiet, especially at night. And while many of you may think that co-sleeping and not allowing her to cry is the better way to go, I’m starting to think I did a bit of a disservice to her and our family as a whole.

Now, at 2 1/2, she happily sleeps in her own bed and in her own room. And our challenge has turned to Hayden.

When will it end? I need to sleep!

Hayden has been a great sleeper from the get go, and in comparison to how we’ve been with Hadley, we’ve encouraged sleep in her own bed. But suddenly at 9 months her separation anxiety has kicked in to full effect and the last couple weeks have been terrible. And we’ve been taking measures to “train” her to get back into her good habits.

BUT I NEED SLEEP! Any advise for a sleep deprived mama?

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January 14, 2011

>i’m taking them back!

>I think I have come to a calm decision to reclaim my boobs. That’s right! I am taking them back after two and a half years of use by my children.

Now, the lactivists out there might be wondering “why?” And fair enough… I wanted to get to at least a year with Hayden, but she has started biting. And while she doesn’t have teeth, the taffy motion and the clamp of her little gums are sending me over the roof, and two and a half months seems like an eternity with sore nipples.

Not to mention, she is suddenly so busy that nursing is no longer a calm effort. She’s too busy looking around, singing while sucking, waving her hands and feet. It’s an energy that I’m finding frustrating with a being attached to my nipple. Nothing productive is happening and we are a busy household with two kiddos.

So I’ve decided that the boobs are going to become mine again!

I’m looking forward to a pretty bra that doesn’t have a flap that I forget to button up.

December 30, 2010

>and we are babyproofing… again.

>Hayden is now mobile. As we speak, I hear her opening the drawers to the television stand, despite me moving her across the room.  And I thought to myself that we were nice and baby proofed because of Hadley. I look around the room and I realized that we are not!

While we have gates on the staircases, half of the plugs have become uncovered. Only two cabinets (the ones that need to be locked) are baby proofed. The fireplace could be gotten into very easily (need to trouble shoot this one a bit). And who knows what else – I am sure Hayden will show us in time.

So today, it’s back to the store to purchase some more supplies, bust out my cool little power drill (from Restoration Hardware – I love it!) and go back to the drawing board of baby proofing.

Looking forward to when we don’t have big white latches on everything, and I can put pretty things out that my kids don’t get into an destroy.

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December 29, 2010

>wordless wednesday: christmas


December 27, 2010



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December 23, 2010

>hayden – nine months

>My Dear Little Buggity-Bug,

You will be nine months on Sunday. And the Christmas holiday is upon us, so I wanted to be sure to write before the day gets lost in the shuffle.

Hayden, my love, you become more beautiful everyday. Like your sister, I’m in constant awe that you little people could become more beautiful, appearance and personality, and that I can love the way I can. I’m not going to lie, I worried about how it could be possible to love another child the way I do your sister when I became pregnant with you. But as other mom’s promised, my heart grew and I’ve never loved as fiercely as I do the two of you.

This past month you have developed so much! You have perfected your version of a crawl, are able to stand at a table and play, and have even started to try to pull yourself up to a stand. Soon you will crawl for real, cruise on the furniture and walk.

You started eating table food, which you love! I see you as a foodie in your future! You are certainly happy with vegetables and meats, and occasional fruits. You hum, and ask for more. But what’s interesting is that you will pick up the very smallest bits of food between your two fingers, but you will not put the food in your mouth. It’s so strange – you had the doctor baffled yesterday. There are some advantages to this as a mom, however, you need to learn how to do this.

Last night we gave you a Nuk training cup with formula and you took it like a champ! Yay! We may soon be a bottle free household, which is super exciting. It may also mean that you start weening yourself from the breast.

We had your nine month well check-up yesterday. You weigh just over 21 pounds, are 28.5 inches, and your little head is 17.5 inches. In the 75% across the board. You are growing like a little weed.

While you had no shots yesterday, they did prick your little finger and squeezed blood to test  your iron levels – which were great! But I have to report, not even a whimper out of you. You just watched with your big, brown curious eyes while the nurse made faces at you. I was a proud mama!

Well, my love, you are sleeping peacefully in your bed while your sister dances around me in her Tinkerbell costume, requesting “nook”. I better hop to it before you rise.

I love you to pieces,

December 15, 2010

>wordless wednesday: getting a little silly


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December 14, 2010

>guest post: learning to sign before they can speak

>I’ve written about this before, but I can’t stress it enough – baby sign language ROCKS!

We started working with Hadley with some basic signs, like more, eat, milk etc., when she was eight months or so. And soon the fruits of our labor paid off. Pretty soon she was learning more signs and communicating with us beautifully. But Hadley was stringing sentences together vocally pretty young, so we stopped pushing signing.

We now work with Hayden…

When Emily Patterson, Communications Coordinator for the for the Austin child care facility, a member of the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose Schools emailed me to share a guest post, it was a no brainer to share with my readers.

And without further ado…

Learn to Sign Before They Can Speak

A key to surviving in a troubled economic system in which opportunities to achieve a decent
standard of living will be limited, is versatility. Of course another being, the ability to
communicate articulately in a variety of ways with the widest possible audience. This includes
bilingual ability as well as the ability to communicate in non-verbal ways for the benefit of the
disabled – primarily the deaf.

At the same time, a growing shortage of qualified interpreters fluent in American Sign Language
has led to more career opportunities – and if current trends continue, it’s likely that skilled ASL
interpreters will have little problem securing lucrative employment in a society where such a
commodity is destined to be in short supply.

Signing Before They Can Speak

A great deal of research has clearly demonstrated that the early years – ages 2 to five – are the
best time to educate children in different modes of communication and language. This goes
beyond the spoken word (though it is an optimal time for children to learn a second language);
many young children have an aptitude for signing as well. This can be taught at home or some
child care programs have begun to teach it in their curriculums.

This really isn’t as odd as you may think. As you may already know, many indigenous peoples
around the world, including American Indian nations, have used sign language for centuries
to facilitate communication with other tribes with whom they do not share a language. Some
paleontologists and anthropologists theorize that Neanderthals – who apparently lacked the
vocal mechanism to produce many spoken words – depended a great deal upon hand gestures to

In fact, recent research suggests that sign language is innate. An article published in the Boulder
Daily Camera in 2003 presented strong evidence that babies as young as six months old
communicate with their hands:

“…by 6 to 7 months, babies can remember a sign. At eight months, children
can begin to imitate gestures and sign single words. By 24 months, children
can sign compound words and full sentences. They say sign language reduces
frustration in young children by giving them a means to express themselves
before they know how to talk.” (Glarion, 2003)

A study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is also
cited, demonstrating that young children who are taught sign language at an early age actually
develop better verbal skills as they get older. The ability to sign has also helped parents in
communicating with autistic children; one parent reports that “using sign language allowed her
to communicate with her [autistic] son and minimized his frustration…[he now] has an advanced
vocabulary and excels in math, spelling and music” (Glarion, 2003).

The Best Time To Start

Incorporating sign into pre-verbal youngsters early childhood education as a way to
communicate can also strengthen the parent-child bond – in addition to giving children a solid
foundation for learning a skill that will serve them well in the future. The evidence suggests that
the best time to start learning ASL is before a child can even walk – and the implications for
facilitating the parent-child relationship are amazing.

Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas

Emily and Kathleen are Communications Coordinators for the Austin child care facility, a member of the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose Schools (located in 16 states throughout the U.S.) and part of the network of child care preschools delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum.