Three Things Thursday

  1. Let’s address the big elephant in the room. I’m back after more than a month away! My absence was mostly due to our trip to the States and Colombia in August (one word: exhausting). Here are some pictures if you want to see.
  2. Colin is 29 months old today. His language is exploding and he’s making four word sentences left and right. This week he started saying “Thomas” (After Thomas the Tank Engine). We started potty training this month (slow potty training), and while he gets the concept, we are still working on executing said concept 😉 #funtimes
  3. My chiropractor seems to double as my therapist. Last week, we had the below conversation.

Chiropractor: You Look Tired. And dehydrated, your lips are chapped.

Me: I am tired (and feeling guilty about the coffee I just had).

Chiropractor: How far along are you?

Me: Thirty Weeks. Yesterday I was talking to the hubby, and when I converted 10 weeks to days (70), I was like that’s.a.long.time.

Chiropractor: Snap out of it. Do you know how miserable these weeks are going to be if you continue with this attitude?

Me: Good point…

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The Magic of Everyday Life

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So much of being a mother and a father is drinking loads of coffee so that you have enough energy to pay attention to the small moments.  Meet Iwona Podlasińska, a fine art photographer based in Poland, who rediscovered the magic of everyday life by following around her two sons and their cousins. She now fills her days with capturing the magic of childhood. Check out her instagram or BoredPanda to see her beautiful pictures.

P.S. Check out another wonderfully creative mom, Sioin Queenie Liao, who created beautiful scenes while her son napped.

P.S.S. Or Laleh Mohmedi who transforms her son’s organic meals into magical creations.

Three Things Thursday

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  1. This boy completely and utterly melts my heart. I think it was Monday, he advised me from the bottom of the stairs, that my coffee “tete” was ready. (I only really understood “Baba (Mamma)” “Tete (Coffee)” but that was enough to get me out of bed STAT.
  2. I went to a Pregnancy Yoga class on Tuesday and really enjoyed it. This pregnancy, I have focused more on Cardio and Lifting weights, but going forward, I will add Pregnancy Yoga as much as I can. Throughout this class we did Squats! Planks! Pigeon Pose!
  3. Recently, I donated to Alton Sterling’s Family GoFundMe. It wasn’t much, but I realized that just reading about Racism and being horrified about everything that’s going on in the States isn’t enough. If you want to learn more about institutional racism, read this, this, and this.

Jacob’s Food Diaries

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I’m very proud of myself if I manage to feed Colin a vegetable, a protein, and a healthy carb. Meet Laleh Mohmedi who transforms her son’s organic meals into magical creations. With over 48,000 followers on Instagram, she’s become kind of a big deal 😉 It’s no wonder that Jamie Oliver and Disney work with her to create food art for children of all ages.

Do you go all out while feeding your toddler?

P.S. Check out another wonderfully creative mom, Sioin Queenie Liao, who created beautiful scenes while her son napped.

 

 

Three Things Thursday

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  1. Last week, I went to a Pediatric fist aid class for Babies and Toddlers and realized how naive and ignorant I was about what to do when a baby or toddler is choking. Did you know that you’re not supposed to put your finger in a baby’s palette if they are younger than a year old as its underdeveloped and your finger can go straight through? I also had no idea that to prevent toddlers and babies from choking on their own tongues you have to tilt their heads back.
  2. We are on an official eBay spree to get rid of things we don’t use, and no longer need. It feels so good to ship things onward to people who will use them more.
  3. I’m a big fan of cooking at home, but the recipes I’ve followed recently have given me a gigantic batch of food that has felt endless in my refrigerator. This Zucchini bread lasted for two weeks without going bad, but I felt bad if I didn’t eat some every time I opened the refrigerator. Likewise, this Ginger Carrot Apple Soup was amazing (and quite gingery), but I made so much, that I felt very overwhelmed by the food that I had to go through. Ultimately, I finished everything and was quite proud of myself, but I’m implementing a new policy. Going forward, I will half every recipe I cook. I will keep you posted on how this works out for me!

The Stages of Motherhood

Motherhood is hard. Anyone who tells you otherwise is clearly lying through their teeth, or getting loads and loads of help (and there’s nothing wrong with that). One thing that happens again and again is that I seem to get the hang of a stage Colin is going through and then BOOM! Colin moves unto another stage and I’m taken aback and frustrated. When this happens, it takes me a few days to get into the swing of things.

For example, here’s a status update from facebook from when Colin was seven weeks old.

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I thought I had it all figured out, when in fact the last two years have been more of a shuffle where I take two steps forward, and one step backwards.

When I remember that Colin is JUST two years old (or 790 days old), my frustrations, most days, just disappear. And so does my exhaustion. I’m of the mindset that Colin won’t always need me to stay in the room while he falls asleep, so why not provide that support while he desires it?

I do love to read up on child behavior and child development. I recently finished reading Your Two-Year-Old: Terrible or Tender by Louise Bates Ames, and I found it super helpful to learn about common stages / traits that two year old children share.

Some gems that I highlighted:

“A second striking characteristic of the Two-and-a-half-year-old is his demand for sameness.”

“This is possibly the worst age of any for making choices. Two-and-a-half vacillates back and forth, and if he finally settles for one of two choices, he is almost bound to choose the other immediately.”

“Whining is one expression of this fatigue. The child not only feels like a baby but wants to act like one, at least part of the time.”

“Many of these seemingly aggressive approaches are not actually aggressive. It is just that children want what they want and, if necessary, hit, push, struggle to get it.” (This would have helped me loads when Colin was bit three times at Nursery back in May).

“This tends to be an aggressive age, and play with children as well as with objects can be quite violent.”

“Distracting and terminating may be two of your very best techniques when your child is Two-and-a-half.”

“If your boy or girl has good potential, and if you provide a reasonably rich and lively environment and give him plenty of love and attention, his mind will take care of itself.” (This makes me feel less guilty about screen time).

I have loads more parenting books to read and on my wish list. Currently, I’m reading Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster.

 

 

 

On Weaning

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Colin is officially weaned off his nightly milk and that makes life so much easier for Evan and I. We have no more bottles to clean and no more nighttime mixing of formula and water. Colin’s sleep isn’t perfect yet, but at least the three of us are having less interrupted nights, and Colin is slowly learning to go back to sleep without his milk. Another plus to this is that we don’t have to travel with bottles anymore. We were in Alicante this weekend and while I took a bit of formula as an emergency, I didn’t bring any bottles! #parentwin

In typical parent fashion, I d0 feel slightly nostalgic that this phase of parenthood is ending. Milk was such a comfort for Colin and I’m glad we gave it to him for as long as we did.

(Photo from: Babble)