Friday, June 27, 2014

Mommy Moments #101

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we almost doubled in size with over 100 links! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting the link up! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

In case you missed it, last week we had the 100th Mommy Moments Link Up! Woohoo! To celebrate, we are giving away $100 Paypal cash, $10 Starbucks Gift Card and a headband from Pearberry Pie. The giveaway is open for another week just so YOU can enter! Click on the link or photo below to be taken to the giveaway post!
 The top viewed link this week belongs to A Lavender Life and her post Confessions of A Second Time Mom. I laughed when I read this post because I know when the time comes for us to have our second that I will be the same way! I am actually looking forward to not being as over-protective and paranoid about things. Thanks for the great post Carolyn!
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The Not Quite Military Wife


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Alycia from Crazily Normal
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Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Celebrating 18 Months!!

Happy 18 months (and a few days) to our sweet girl! I cannot believe it has been over a year and a half since our lives were blessed with your precious little life!
You don't even look anything like you did when you were born! All that straight dark hair has turned to blonde curls!

Milestones:
Seriously, just look at all those curls. And that smile! Oh, you melt my heart every single day with that face of yours!

You went to your first water park this month and went down the water slides at least 50 times. This mama was getting dizzy from all the sliding!

You are also learning to garden with me these days! You help me pull the weeds (and plants) and even know how to help yourself to a garden fresh snack, dirt and all!



Eating
You are doing so much better at eating your veggies these days! I am learning what your favorites are and how you like them cooked. I think you are a big fan of grilling out!


You have always been good about eating lots of fruit. Watermelon is a new summer favorite. I hope we can get some from our garden this year too!


Sleeping
You are still taking 2 naps a day and sleeping from about 8PM to 6-7 AM. I think you are about ready to transition to one nap a day because every now and then I hear you playing in your crib during your morning nap instead of sleeping. Eventually, you crash and I find you all snuggled up in the corner of your crib. There's really not much sweeter than a sleeping baby!
Here's a post from earlier this week on how we've taught you to sleep!
Teaching Your Toddler To Sleep

Teething:
You are still working on your eye teeth. You had a fever for one day this month that I think was teething related. I can't wait for those four to pop through so we can hopefully have a little break before your two-year-old molars! Maybe?

Talking:
Everyone says you are talking really well for your age! You have become our little echo as you repeat everything we say these days. The nice thing is, you are able to communicate when you want to eat, go outside, want more of something, are all done with something, get hurt, need a drink, are cold, are hot, want to watch Curious George, and more!

Some of the words you are saying now are:
stroller, outside, all done, please, thank you, I love you, more, eat, food, ball, blocks, book, night-night, bath, hot, cold, George, truck, car, beep beep, bus, doll, baby, walk, down, up, yes, no, alright, color, sit, ouch, music, eyes, ears, nose, belly, diaper, yucky, mama, dada. dog, fish, horse, moo, woof, oink, bird, tweet, duck, quack, water, grandma, grandpa, Buela, shirt, pants, socks, shoes, hi, bye, purple, yellow, pink, red, blue, green, circle, heart, paper

You can even say several of our friend's names now too:
Nicole, Matt, Declan, Grace, Asher, Emma, Dax, Mariah, Makenna, Lorinda, Richie, Abe, Jasmine, Kruz, Madison, Kaci, 

You have even learned several words in Spanish. Here's my post about that with a video of you responding to questions in Spanish!
Teaching Your Toddler Spanish

Potty Training:
You love to sit on your potty but don't really like to use it for what is is intended for. Often you will be sitting on your potty and then stand up and pee everywhere. Lots of fun! I'm hoping to start really potty training once all our summer trips have past. It's just too much to think about while traveling!

Memories:

Your uncle Abe graduated from High School this month. Abe is one of your favorites (shhh we won't tell)! It always takes you a while to warm up to him, but when you do, you never want him to leave! It makes my heart so happy to see the special bond the two of you have. I hope you always are close with him!

Abe graduated with honors as valedictorian and gave the most amazing, inspiring speech. We are so proud of our Abe!

One of your favorite things to do is play at the park. You always come up to me and ask "pak". It's hard to resist you when you ask so nicely, so we have had some fun times at the park. You even like to go down the slides all by yourself now. When did you become old enough for that?

My parents, (your grandpa and buela) came to spend a week with us. You loved all the extra hugs, kisses, and attention!


You are quite the social butterfly and love all of your friends with hugs, snuggles and kisses. Here you are with my best friend Nicole's baby boy. He's only 3 months but catching up to you in size girl!


One of your favorite things to do is read books. You have gotten good at reading them yourself but also love it when mom or dad read to you too!

Even though I'm not a fan of you watching TV, you still love to watch a Curious George episode every now and then, especially with your daddy. I don't know why you like it so much, but when we start the show, you get so excited that you almost fall of the couch! You love to snuggle and watch your favorite monkey!


You are officially your mother's daughter. You handle a shopping cart like a pro and don't shy away from rummaging through those clothes racks for a good find. That's my girl!



This month we made some of the best memories we've ever made on our family vacation to Georgia! You woke up every morning asking to go to the pool which was what you called the beach.

I still can't get over the two of you in this photo. It's my favorite. Like father, like daughter for sure. Just look at those cheesy smiles!



You loved the ocean, beach, and everything in between! I will share more photos soon!

My sweet girl,

A year and a half has gone by since you were born. I'm in denial that it's been that long, but then again, I love this age. I love your energy, your joy, your sense of humor, your love, and even your stubborn side. You have the strongest personality of any 18 month old I have ever met! Even strangers have commented on your bubbly and busy personality. You are a handful, but a handful of fun! You have started to say "I love you" all on your own and it absolutely melts my heart! You have changed my life so much the past year and a half. I couldn't love you more! 
Love, mama


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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Teaching Your Toddler To Sleep

And we are back with the final week of the One Year and Beyond Link Up!  The last seven weeks have been great! We have covered:
Blogging When You Are A Busy Mama

They have all been such great topics and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to be a part of this fun link up! We will be taking a short break over the summer and then will return with even more fun mama topics, so stay tuned!  

This week, we are talking about bedtime battles and how to get your toddler to sleep!

And yes, I am a creepy mom who goes in their child's room at night to photograph her sleeping. Guilty as charged!

Sleep is so important for babies and toddlers! It can make all the difference in their mood for the days following. I always thought parents were crazy when they blamed their child's tantrum on lack of a nap but boy, it's so true!

I used to dread bedtime when our daughter was a baby. I just got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach because I knew it meant crying and confusion and an unsettling feeling for me. But I am happy to say, we are finally at a point where naps and bedtime are a breeze.

What's the key? 
Consistency

I never realized how important consistency was until it came to bedtime. If a toddler knows what to expect, they are prepared for it, and it's so much easier! If they are caught off guard and feel out of control and confused, they don't cooperate well at all.

Here are the ways we incorporate consistency into bedtime.

1. We have set nap times and bedtimes. I used to just wait until I thought my daughter was tired to put her to bed, but I often realized that she was tired long before she showed any signs! When we put sweet pea on a sleeping schedule, nap time and bedtime became a lot easier!
In case you are looking for something to go off of, here is our sleeping schedule for our 18 month old:

9:00 AM nap #1
2:00 PM nap #2
8:00 PM bedtime
6:00 AM wake up!

2. We have a bedtime routine. Around 7:30, we give her a bath if she needs one, give her a fresh diaper and put her in her pjs. Then we have some time to read books or play for a little bit before going to sleep. Right before we lay her down, dad prays with her and she holds our hands. This is one of the most special times of our day and I think it helps her relax and feel safe before we leave her. Then we both kiss her goodnight and lay her in the crib! She occasionally cries for a few minutes but typically just falls right to sleep. The past few weeks there have even been a few nights where she has asked to go in her crib and go night-night!

3. We stick with it. Even if our daughter isn't cooperating, we still put her down. She is not in charge. We are her parents are and we are responsible for her getting enough sleep! She has finally learned not to fight bedtime after months and months of consistency and even a little bit of crying. I have learned not to rush to my daughter's side every time she lets out a cry in her crib. I used to feel guilty for not comforting her every time, but I have come to learn that if I let her cry just for a little while, she often falls asleep. If I go in to comfort her right away, it makes me feel better, but it actually wakes her up, distracts her, and makes her even more upset when I leave, which in turn results in even more crying! 

 Being a mother has taught me to be confident in the decisions I have made and to not weigh my decisions based on the opinions of other people, even when it comes to sleeping! I know what works for my daughter, regardless of what other people's opinions on my method are! Be confident in the decisions you make as a mother, because if you go back and forth and are unsure, it can really negatively effect your child!

I am excited to read all of the tips and tricks you all have to share about bedtimes and sleeping children. Link them up below!

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May 8:          Taming the Temper Tantrums
May 15:        Weaning from Breastfeeding or From Formula to Cow’s Milk 
May 22:        Dealing with Mommy Guilt
May 29:        When People Share Their Opinions and How to Lovingly Handle it
June 5:         Traveling with your Toddler
June 12:       How to get your toddler to eat their veggies…or their food at all
June 19:       How to make time to blog in the busyness of motherhood
June 26:       Bedtime Battles (nap or bedtime)


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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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