A Newly Discovered Love For Books

“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.”

~ Mary Ellen Chase

Livi is in love … with her books. It has been an ongoing love affair.

Her first “toy” was a cloth book. She loved to touch it, amazed at the sounds it made, and she enjoyed the brightly colored pictures.

Then she discovered board books. Unfortunately, she loved them a little too much and they would always end up in her mouth.

But soon she found out that board books were fantastic stacking material. It was one of the first “games” she played on her own: moving books from one stack to another and back again. But she never had the patience to just sit and look at a book or to have us read a story to her.

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On Being A Stay At Home Mom

I always wanted a career. I always wanted children. But I could never quite figure out how to do it all.

Part-time work, day care at the office, stay at home dad? Nothing seemed quite right. Being a stay at home mom honestly never even crossed my mind. My husband, on the other hand, was more than eager to be the stay at home parent, at least theoretically.

In the end, everything worked itself out. The economy tanked and when I got pregnant, my husband was the one with the bigger paycheck. Since I wanted to nurse, it made sense that I would be the one staying at home in the beginning. Eventually, we would look for a good day care.

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Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award

This post is long overdue. A huge thank you to Oster’s Mom from discover and devour for giving me “Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award.” Given the name of the award, I simply had to find out more about it.

Apparently, it has to do with a woman of the same name, known for being very elegant and having high expectations, who is committed to maintaining integrity, good manners and behavior, as well as a rich sense of humor. So there you have it.

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What Makes A Dad

I always adored my dad. I lost him way too young when I was 19 and I miss him every year. Some years are easier than others, but it is never easy. Since Livi was born, it has been more difficult. I wish he could see her grow up. I wish she would get to know him and not just hear stories.

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Livi adores her dad. I could not ask for a better father for my little girl. Her excitement when he comes home in the evening and the pure joy on his face when they spend time together are beautiful to watch.

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Happy Father’s Day to my dad and to my husband! And Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!

Dad and Daughter

What Makes A Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,

The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad

Author Unknown

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Flickr Photo by Peter Werkman

The Pacifier Saga

PacifierAs a baby, Livi could not care less about pacifiers. We had waited to establish breastfeeding before we offered her one, but when we did, she actually turned her face away.

We tried a few more times without success. I think I managed to put one in her mouth twice – while she was sleeping – only to have her push it out right away.

So after a while we gave up. We had hoped that she would take the pacifier and then magically turn into one of those happy babies you see on TV. You know, the ones who peacefully sleep as soon as you put them in their crib … but alas it was not meant to be. Continue reading

What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

We all know days like these, when things keep piling up and worry seems to overtake us. One thing after another goes wrong and pretty soon we hit a wall.

The last few days, really weeks, have been like this for me. Livi is having (more) trouble sleeping again and I worry that she is not getting as much sleep as she needs. And she is still not showing much interest in finger foods, which also worries me.

Add to this her newly discovered, short but intense temper tantrums, her fussiness, and her clinginess, and I cannot help but feel overwhelmed by it all.

Which problem do I tackle first? How do I deal with it? And what do I do if I cannot take care of it myself or things get worse? When these questions keep my mind busy, I know it is time to do something and sort things out.

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One Lovely Blog Award

My blog has been nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award.” What a wonderful way to get feedback and be recognized.

First things first: I would like to thank Doodle Dad for the nomination. His blog is amazing. He shares stories about his two sons in a very unique way – by drawing comics. The comics are fantastic and the stories are always fun. I also enjoy it when he shares pictures of his cute kids. If you haven’t already done so, go and check out his blog.

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