12 Month Old Developmental Check Up

Parents as Teachers 12 Month Old Developmental Check Up

For our second Parents as Teachers Home Visit, any anxiety from before our first visit was replaced by excitement. Don’t get me wrong, we still straightened up to welcome our Parent Educator, but this time around I knew what to expect: informal playtime with developmental tasks and questions mixed in.

However, there were a few differences this visit. First, my husband was there. It was really fun to have him participate. He helped ask and answer questions about Baby’s development and was happy to see what these home visits were all about. He loved that the visit was totally informal yet still really informative. Continue reading

Baby’s First Birthday Party!

 

Baby's First Birthday Party!

For Baby’s first birthday, I wanted to throw him a really fun party. My sister’s parties are always amazing, especially my niece’s recent Frozen extravaganza. So right away, I knew I needed to lower the bar in my head because I am not super crafty.

I still had to start somewhere, so I typed “first birthday party” into Pinterest. That was a mistake. Scrolling down, I started to feel really overwhelmed. I (eventually) closed the page and went back to square one. I sat down with my husband to talk about what we wanted. Continue reading

Lessons Learned from a Children’s Farmstead

Life Lessons Learned from a Children's Farmstead: Go alone or call a friend, either way there's fun to be had!

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park, KS (near Kansas City) the perfect place for kids (and kids at heart!). Before my first visit, I didn’t know much about it except that there were farm animals to pet, an old-fashioned town, and hayrides. I’ve wanted to go for years, and I finally committed to going after others in my Mommy & Baby class said that my little guy would love it.

Still, it seemed like a schlep. I felt like it wouldn’t be worth going for the short amount of time we could fit in between Baby’s naps or bedtime. I thought it would be too difficult for me to go by myself. I asked my husband if he wanted to come with us, and his enthusiasm for the idea was beyond underwhelming. So when my dad was in town and up for anything, we planned to set off as soon as Baby woke from his nap. Continue reading

5 Tips for Grocery Shopping with a Baby

5 Helpful Tips for Grocery Shopping with a Baby

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When Baby was first born, even the simplest things suddenly felt like a major challenge. I’m talking about the basics here, like fitting in a shower or meeting up with friends I hadn’t seen in forever. I went weeks wearing yoga pants everyday to avoid really getting dressed, but some things eventually needed to be faced head on.

As restaurant manager, my husband had readily available alternative food sources. I, on the other hand, looked at the emptying pantry and fridge and knew that my days were numbered. Soon after the new baby well wishers (and their food deliveries) disappeared, I worked up my courage, packed Baby into his car seat, and made a trip to the store. Continue reading

Just Between Friends Day by Day Shopping Plan

Awesome shopping tips for your next Just Between Friends consignment sale! | reflectivemama.com

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It’s that time of the year! No, no, back-to-school already happened and Halloween doesn’t begin until October 1st (at least in my book). All of the pumpkin everything can just take a little chill pill. Except for you, Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’m coming for you.

Next week I’ll be shopping the Just Between Friends fall consignment sale (PSL in hand). Just Between Friends is a national children’s and maternity consignment sale with local events throughout the United States and Canada. Most of the sales near me take place in the Overland Park Convention Center, conveniently just down the street. A huge warehouse of a room is jam packed with clothes, toys, books, nursery decor, pack n plays, swings, bouncers, and every other type of necessary (and not so necessary) baby gear you can imagine. Continue reading