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Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in EVERYTHING ELSE, Fun as a Toddler Mom, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER

We put together one of my favorite posts of all times.
An everyday woman’s take on celebrity breastfeeding photos.

I have always been irked by people using words like “that’s not real life” or “they are not portraying what real life is like” when it came to celebrities. For those celebrities it IS real life, even when it differs greatly from mine or yours an they certainly have the right to share it with the world if they choose so, regardless of the fact that it makes some feel insecure.

Real life is the one you live in, not the one that other people live or expect you to portray.

I can’t stand it!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, LIFE, PHOTO

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This blog has become such a big part of my life that during times when I can’t blog, I get this nagging sad feeling.

Right now we are frantically working to finish the National Breastfeeding Month with a bang and planning the annual Vegas trip for the ABC Expo, so very little time is left to blog, which will change again shortly at the end of this month.

In the meantime, this is what has been keeping us busy….

Something cool brewing

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in EVERYTHING ELSE

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I know a ton of my readers still breastfeed. Or maybe at this point are expecting a new baby or just had one.

 

We are running a super cool initiative for World Breastfeeding Month at Daily Mom, where readers get to share their breastfeeding stories with everyone. At the end of the month we will be running a HUGE and I mean, HUGE breastfeeding giveaway and I just want to give you the heads up to watch for it. We are putting it together now and it is massive. It will include EVERYTHING one might want, if they are a new breastfeeding mom, a mom breastfeeding a toddler, an exclusively pumping mom. We will have 4 winners. So don’t miss it.

I think that’s all. Thought it kind of went with the previous post.

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Organic Toddler Snacks giveaway on Daily Mom

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in EVERYTHING ELSE

Psst!

We having an awesome giveaway right now over on Daily Mom right now that I wanted to share for two variety packs (12 boxes total!) of these organic  fruit snacks from Sweetie Pie Organics and think you should go and enter- yes right now! These snacks are perfect for toddlers, school aged kids, picky eaters and everything in between and I know that your kids will love them. They are absolutely perfect for school lunches or snacks. Sweetie Pie Organics Giveaway

This giveaway ends on August 26th at midnight eastern time so hurry up!

P.S. As far as my posts go, I am taking this week to catch up on stuff I let go last week while traveling, so posts will resume next week (hopefully).

South Seas Getaway Day 3: A tour around the resort and Pool time

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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#justescape was the hashtag of our South Seas, Captiva trip and I can certainly say that is what we did.

We just escaped.

Looking at the photos, it is almost as if I have temporary amnesia from our stay there. I don’t even remember and can’t imagine being in that beauty.

I guess it’s normal because I feel that way every time I step onto the beaches here in Florida. But one thing I do know is how much I wish I could be there again. Taking photos, enjoying the sunshine, the food, the view. Not a care in the world.

Lexi Twins in Nununu Baby – Cuteness Overload

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, Fashion and Outfits, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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So the plan was to have the girls wear these adorable and cool outfits to Disney and take lots of adorable and cool photos with them hugging and holding hands and looking adorable and cool with the Cinderella’s castle in the background.

Just like most everything in motherhood, then real life happened.

Real life means two crabby 2 year olds who either wanted a balloon or nothing to do with each other (hold hands…ha!) or out of the heat or to go ride rides.

Lesson learned, little ones, lesson learned.

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So we scrapped the idea and decided to try again later. Do a Lexitwin photoshoot somewhere else. Do it after Alexa had some time to warm up to being around Lexi (opposite personalities mean that shy and quiet (in public) Alexa is often freaked out by extra-energetic in-your-face Lexi, which you can still see in some photos).

So we gave them some time to hang out and then went to take photos. It was like a miracle. These two couldn’t get enough of each other. We didn’t even have to “ASK” them to hold hands. Lexi launched into it and Alexa graciously accepted. There were hugs, lots of walking around together, mimicking each other’s actions and all around sweetness.

When these two get together and are in sync, it is impossible not to swoon and max out both your camera’s memory card and your iPhone roll. So we did just that.

Girls outfits are c/o:

All clothing is by Nununu Baby
Nununu Baby Hoodies
Nununu Baby Shorts
Nununu Baby Tee shirts
Mary Jane Shoes are by Umi Shoes (one of my new favorite brands- soooo comfy and some shoes are so wide for chubby feet.)
Sunglasses by Babiators

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Our Favorite Active Outdoor Toys

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

Our favorite Active Outdoor Toys

I’ve been mentally writing this post the whole summer. Every time I would go outside with Lexi, I would think about mentioning this and that in a post on the blog.

So I’ll keep it short but to the point.

After getting glasses, we decided to start spending even more time outdoors because that was the only thing that seemed to have any kind of correlation to slowing down myopia in studies . So we figured why not focus on spending as much time as possible outdoors. That meant creating an environment that was stimulating and interesting enough, especially for Lexi since she has a pretty high threshold on stimulation, just like her mama.

I had a few items we loved before that we moved outside and then slowly “collected” other toys that have together created her “outdoor space”.

Cute Organic Toddler Underwear Round Up

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, Fun as a Toddler Mom, New Mom Experience, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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Lexi is 2.5 years old today, she has been potty trained since 22 months. She goes dry at night IF I make sure to put her on the potty before we go to bed and she doesn’t breastfeed much at night. She has been solidly and reliably going on the potty on her own without a reminder since about 24 months. Like any toddler, she waits to pee till the last second because she doesn’t want to stop playing, and then run run runs to the potty, but it’s still amazing to me that she does it all on her own.

I wrote about how she got to be potty trained. I can’t say we trained her, because we only introduced her to the concept and kept communicating it to her and then she just went when she was ready.

I never wrote about what happened next. She had a few accidents in the car while trying to figure out the whole concept of being out and holding. This quickly stopped after 1-2 trips. On long trips, she would communicate to us when she wanted to go. It was all pretty smooth with no regressions from the beginning. It wasn’t without our involvement, but there was no forcing or prodding, just talking.

So that was that, awesomely uneventful, mind-blowingly fast and easy-peasy. Just goes to show you that kids will do what they will do as long as you create the right circumstances when they are ready and no amount of forcing will make it happen until they want it to happen.