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I’m sitting here in complete shock. I’m 41 weeks pregnant. I assumed this happened to other people, and not me. I mean I went into labor two days before my due date with Abby, and had her super early in the morning the day before her due date. And with the chaos of her quick delivery and not feeling in control, I’ve been steadfast on taking more control of this childbirth. And now, I feel like everything is out of my control, which truly is a great metaphor for what happens when you become a parent. So now, as I sit here typing this, I’m mentally preparing for induction tomorrow, and hoping that my chances of having a C-section are reduced as recent studies, and my OB suggest.
I’m such a mixed ball of emotions.
I truly believe Christmas takes on a whole new excitement and meaning when there is a little one sharing the holiday with you. Christmas and children just go hand in hand, and I honestly feel like I have rediscovered the magic of this special holiday through my daughters. While I have always loved this time of year, having young children running around who are excited about every little thing (Santa notwithstanding) just makes the entire month of December so fun and special.
Now, before I go too far and wax nostalgic on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I do want to point out something. If this is your first Christmas with a new baby at home, please don’t go overboard on the gifts (or, maybe, no gifts at all).
‘Tis the season to force your baby into the holiday spirit by dressing her in a Christmas-themed onesie! Since baby has no say yet in his wardrobe, why not milk it for all it’s worth? Here are 20 festive options.
As my family is about to welcome baby sister into our brood, my husband and I have been contemplating getting tattoos to honor our girls. We’ve known since we had Abby four years ago that we wanted to do this, but now that our family is complete with sister, it has been on our minds a lot more. I’ve been checking out ideas from other parents and found these great tattoos from other moms and dads to honor their children. Some are to celebrate while others are to memorialize babies lost. Ranging from the simplicity of a child’s name to a more complex piece strewn with symbolism, these tattoos are amazing tributes to children that any mama can appreciate.
Baby-proof your holidays with these festive ideas for shatterproof and/or flame-resistant tabletop trees, decorations, Christmas tableware, and more!
Assuming your toddler could even make it, would you allow them to stay up until midnight to celebrate Noche Buena? In many Latino cultures, Christmas festivities center around the values and traditions of Noche Buena. The literal translation is Good Night, but the term refers to Christmas Eve—a night when family gathers and feast the night away. At the center of the holiday is the practice of staying up until the stroke of midnight. Some families even attend misa de los gallos, which refers to midnight Mass. But would you want your little one up that late?
‘Tis the season for elves, good behavior and jolly, old men in suits. But for sweet, little, 3-year-old girls, the magic of Christmas is only now beginning to come alive. The weekend after Thanksgiving, our family ventured to Flagstaff, Arizona, a beautiful mountainous town, where a “portal” to Santa’s workshop takes you, by trolley, on a journey that you won’t soon forget.
Just say no to spendy stocking stuffers! Help that Man in Red fill your baby’s special sock with these cute little toys and gifts that each cost $5 or less!
Does mealtime seem more like playtime for your toddler? Five minutes into his meal, does his high chair, his face and everything within a 5-foot radius look like a Jackson Pollock painting? Well, as it turns out, your toddler wasn’t just testing your patience when he threw that handful of applesauce at your face. He was getting smarter.