Saturday, March 31, 2012

mothering must-haves

The weather here in the Midwest lately is the kind of weather that sends me to the attic time and again to find a certian size something for a certian child. And this clothing item then gets added to the large number of scattered clothes that lay around while one decides if it's a warm weather day or a cold weather day.. Recently while in the attic I spied this semi clear tote that caused my heart to skip a beat.. BABY CLOTHES.. !!! Yes my baby is only 2 yrs. old,

and knowing she is going to be the baby of the family I didn't keep very many of her clothes, or her brother's (just the ones with sentimental value).. But that tote drew me like a magnet. and as I sat there being sentimental, shedding a few tears and remembering the baby days gone by I was thankful for the fact that storing baby clothes that have sentimental value takes up a whole lot less room than storing other things like strollers, cribs, bouncy seats etc.. these are things that also have sentimental value and I stored some of them for a while but then the need for room became larger than my attachment to these things..
There are some things that I bought as a mother that Were totally worthless BUT somethings I used over and over and over!!  Here are a few of the things that I wouldn't have wanted to do without!! And if you are a first time mom.. these things are definitely worth checking into!!

Moby wrap!!  Best EVER baby carrier for infants!!
For my older babies and toddlers my HaddyGrace Sling was perfect because it fit into my diaper bag and was so easy to put on!! Buy yours here.

Mesh teether: Loved this for fresh fruit and veggies, and I remember using it with ice cubes countless times at restaurants with a restless 6-9 month old..

The baby food mill: So quiet and easy to clean!! Used mine sooo much for each of my 4 babies!!

The bumbo seat!!  there is a certain age when babies think they are so much bigger than they really are and they spent the day in frustration at having to lay on their back or tummy while all the other people in the house are upright.. Therefore I loved my bumbo!!  It helped my babies feel like they were part of the family!! The toy tray attatchment is a worthwhile addition to this..

This clip on high chair was the perfect for our family and the limited floor space in our dining room. used it for all 4 of the babies!

The Sit and Stand stroller was invaluable to me when baby number 4 arrived and her brother was still a toddler.. Used this stroller EVERYWHERE!! It gave my toddler the freedom of movement that he thought was necessary for a big boy of 2. While at the same time the front seat tray removes and you can attatch an infant seat bar!!

Usborne books!! The favorite books in our home for years and years!! all the way from infants to preteens and we still LOVE usborne books!! On any given day 95% of the books pulled off the book shelf are Usborne books!

What were/are some of your Favorite baby items?? Items that you'd REALLY miss if youd have to give them up??

Friday, March 2, 2012

Remember the Little Things

It's that time of the week again.

 Time where we wrap up all the loose ends before we head into the weekend..  Time for us blogging Mamas to take a look back and remember all the great things about this week!!

Go ahead dump all your phone pics into a blog post and link it up here!!

Here are a few great moments of our week!!

We played outside pretending it was warmer than it really was!

We even played outside on the swings at 8am one morning!! Yes we are ready for spring to come!!

We played puzzles while working on phonics skills!

We took naps together!! My Favorite!!

Tina played her heart out at her VolleyBall tournament!

We took a bath with TOOO many bubbles!!

We indulged our chocolate cravings!!!

We taught brother about Kangaroo care!!

We made homemade Pizza!!

Now just to make sure that no-one thinks things always go well in our home....
We played Nintendo too early and too long!!!

We watched Tangled once too often!!

we pouted over store bought cereal for breakfast!

GO ahead!! Dump your photos into a blog (using the Blogger app) and share them with us!!  I promise it will lift your spirits as you page thru the little moments of your week that you already forgot!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Will Wearing your Baby Spoil Them??

I get so wrapped up in getting things done! Really! I do, Lunches to pack, dishes to wash, floors to sweep, laundry to do, cooking, cleaning it all needs to be done.. and 98% of it falls to 'Mom'.. 
So you see, it's so easy to fall into the habit of getting these urgent but not neccessarily IMPORTANT things done.. 

What IS important?? What is ONE will make an eternal difference for our families??

Physical touch!!!

Here is my early morning experience for tha last 2 weeks:

My VERY energetic 2 yr old crawls into my bed at 5:30 am and cuddles next to me.. REALLY cuddles next to me!! This is the toddler that doesn't stop for ANYTHING all day long. the toddler that dresses herself, takes herself to the potty, Walks everywhere.. very independant!!  So why suddenly is she crawling into my bed each morning?? (I LOVE THE CUDDLES and have overslept many times because of the sweet sleep that happens when she is right next to me!)

Physical touch!! yes thats it!! we are all born with KNOWING what we need!! and the younger we are the less those needs are confused with WANTS!! Hadassah knows instinctively what she needs for healthy development!! PHYSICAL TOUCH!!  Thats why she is suddenly found in bed plastered against my body at 5:30 am!!
 Because when she needed me to dress her, breast feed her, etc there was lots of cuddling and pysical contact involved!! But as she grows more independant there is less need for physical contact!!

Even older children need lots of pysical touch!! You can just sense their spirit lighten when you give them a large hug!! I have to remind myself that a hug for them works better than a 5 minute 'why I love you' conversation..

Conclusion: Physical contact is extremely healthy for healthy emotional development!!
There is now way you can give a child too much Positive physical contact!!

WEAR your baby!!! THIS WILL NOT SPOIL THEM!!!!!  :)

Hug and cuddle your toddlers!!  THIS WILL NOT SPOIL THEM!!!

Hug your tweens and teens!!  JUST TO SAY I LOVE YOU!!

You will be surprised how this pysical touch makes you as the mom feel better to!! because yes, even though we are fully grown and mature we still need PHYSICAL TOUCH!!!

Meet Mitchell: my 4yr old who was Worn for much of his first 6mo of life!! :) He still thrives upon pysical touch!!

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