‘Tis the season for special treats, and while it always (always) takes longer, it’s also more fun to let the kids help. So with the littlest hands in mind, here are 6 festive ways to cook together with toddlers.
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I love my children. I love watching my 2-year-old pretend the tummy time mat is a magic carpet and I love how her little brother laughs at her when she yells, “Magic carpet away!” I love reading books, building blocks and going to the park. But let’s be honest, life as a stay-at-home mom isn’t all magic, pretend and couch snuggles. At least 70% of my day is boring—mind numbingly boring.
It’s a product that could have been dreamed up in the pages of The Onion, and conjures images—and not the cute ones—from the film Wall-E (not to mention A Clockwork Orange). Fisher Price has created a Newborn-to-Toddler “Apptivity” Seat intended to soothe and entertain babies via an iPad screen placed… directly in front of their faces.
As my OB left me with an induction pamphlet in my hand, he said to me, “No two pregnancies are alike,” to answer to my musings about delivering my first daughter before my due date.Granted, it was labor two days before and birth one day before said due date, but still. I couldn’t believe at 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant we were talking induction taking place at 41 weeks 1 day. I’d been sitting at 3 cm dilated and 50 percent effacement since week 38, thinking I’d give birth sooner than later. Yet here I sit, with no signs of labor starting anytime soon, seriously contemplating doing reps of jumping jacks to get baby sister out! Here is a glimpse of what I’ve been up to as I impatiently wait for the birth of baby sister.
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. 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!