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The 10 Best iPhone Apps for Preschoolers

Grace uses my iPhone nearly as much as I do. I have said many times, I don’t remember how we parented before I had an iPhone. That little electronic device has saved my sanity at many doctor’s offices, during many overtired moments, and many sleepless afternoons. Lately, I’ve been letting it teach her reading skills. The best part? She doesn’t feel like she’s doing school, but she’s still learning. Grace is soon to turn 4, and these are currently her favorite iPhone apps. Please note – I am not working with any PR or company reps. These are all apps … Read more

When Breast Isn’t Best

I wanted – desperately – to breastfeed both of my children. Grace never latched on to my breast. Though I tried just after she was born, she refused. She would occassionally open her mouth for my breast, but wouldn’t suck. I’ve talked about Grace’s refusal to latch before. She never successfully breastfed. I didn’t know what else to do, so when the pediatrician and lactation consultant told me to give her formula, I did. Though I deeply regretted my failure to breastfeed Grace, I came to appreciate the formula. Formula made my baby gain weight. She quickly became healthy and … Read more

I Want to Remember

I haven’t written much in the last two weeks. When Grace was born, I wrote every day. I wanted to remember every moment, every little sigh and every baby grunt. I haven’t written anything this time because I don’t want to remember. I don’t want to remember the sadness, the tears, the hardships. I don’t want to remember how crying became normal, nor how I detached from my children. I don’t want to remember the struggles, the frustration, the mourning for my former family, for easier times, for deep sleep. I don’t want to remember the temper tantrums, the anger, … Read more

Christmas Countdown Chain & Calendar

I’m not very good at waiting. I seem to have created a child who’s also not very good at waiting. To help her learn to wait, we have tried two different activities over the last couple of months. Countdown Calendar The weeks before our beach vacation dragged on and on. Grace didn’t understand “three weeks,” so we counted down the days on our calendar. I put a giant beach-themed sticker on our departure date, and we put a small sticker on the calendar each night at bed time. By the night before, our calendar was covered with stickers, and Grace … Read more

The Best Gifts for a New Big Sister

Best gift ideas for a new big sister or any older siblings - The best gifts to get for children when a new baby is born. Perfect for in the hospital or at home. Usually from moms or dads but could be from other kids or families. Awesome for toddlers and preschoolers.

Grace has been an only child for more than three years. We get along very well; she’s had all the attention and love she’s ever wanted. Aside from going to work, she has never been with a babysitter. I have a lot of anxiety about our becoming a family of 4. I don’t want Grace to feel abandoned. I don’t want her to feel left out or slighted or jealous of the new baby. I’m sure she will at some point, and that breaks my heart. In my current hormonal state, I get teary eyed even thinking about it. At … Read more

My Top Ten Summer Disappointments

My top 10 hilarious summer disappointments - These funny inspirations for summer activities. Funny stories about warm weather. Great sarcastic quotes and humor. These are truths for everyone.

Summer rocks. There’s no doubt about it. I wanted to write a Top Ten Tuesday post about the things I love about summer, but I’m pretty sure that it would be boring and predictable – popsicles, picnics, swimming, family vacations, blah, blah, blah. Instead, I decided to write about the disappointments of my summer. I’m usually all sunshine and warmth, so I thought this might be a welcome departure from my normal chirping birds and rainbows. I’m a sunscreen delinquent. Today, I remembered to reapply my sunscreen. Once. I still got pink, but not nearly as burned as if I’d … Read more