Blowing Giant Bubbles – Week 5 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Alexis, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, photo

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Seriously, guys, this is awesome! I love how this project makes me step out of the comfort of doing the same things every day and try out new things.

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WEEK 5 - Blowing Giant Bubbles

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Fort Building – Week 4 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Alexis, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, photo

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WEEK 4 – Puddle Splashing and Fort Building

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Continuation of our Week 4 where we managed to do two activities in one day, thanks to the rainy day. See Puddle Splashing here

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Puddle Splashing and Fort Building – Week 4 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Alexis, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, photo

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WEEK 4 – Puddle Splashing and Fort Building

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This week we have all been sick, still recovering so not much was done. I was hoping to go on a family bike ride through the woods but it couldn’t happen cuz we were miserable. But just as it would happen we got a rainy day. YAY! And rainy days mean two things: indoor activities and puddle splashing.

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2nd Birthday: The Morning of

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, photo

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So it’s end of March. It’s been two months and I am ready to do a recap of Lexi’s 2nd birthday. Not too bad, considering my track record. At least it’s not August :) See? I am trying to catch  up.

The series of posts on her birthday will be similar to last year:

  • Birthday Morning
  • Decor, Planning and Favor Bags
  • Main party (several parts)
  • Pool party (the pool part of the party)

I have very fond memories of the first birthday party and the second one, too. You’d think that with all the stress of planning, stress would be all that I would remember, but it’s really just so much fun!

I will talk about planning and the theme and how the thought process evolved for the party in the Decor Part.

So on the eve of her birthday, our friends who were visiting us for Lexi’s birthday from Ohio stayed up late helping us assemble her gifts (thank you, guys!) and blow up balloons. The next morning, we were up very early with Lexi and went down to the living room after I dressed her into a black swan dress for the pictures. Gabby, our friends’ daughter and our first love, who was sleeping with us in our bedroom, was up as well (Lexi gets pretty chatty in the morning and she woke her up).

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We Heart Lexis

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

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This morning when my daily Zulily email came through, I saw that they are having a RUUM sale. Being one of my favorite and really inexpensive brands, I thought I would give you guys a heads up and post some pics of the two Lexis in their RUUM outfits for Vday this year. Both the heart sweater and the heart t-shirt are available on zulily for 17.99 and 6.99. Aren’t they cute?

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FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT OUTDOORS – Week 3 of 52 Weeks of Toddler Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Alexis, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience

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WEEK 3 – FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT OUTDOORS!

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This last week we technically completed quite a few things off the list.

We went to a county fair and rode a pony and visited a petting zoo, had a picnic during the St Patrick’s parade, went to the zoo,  had a movie night with snacks,  and almost rode a rollercoaster (yes it was a busy week), but ONLY one activity was intentional. Since the 52 weeks of experiences isn’t about crossing stuff off your check list, but CREATING experiences, I do not count any of these but the movie night. The rest just happened on their own. We didn’t talk about it, we didn’t discuss the activity, they just kind of happened as a part of something else. I want to do all those things again focusing on that activity alone.

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Enchanted Tales with Belle

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Disney, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, travel, VIDEO

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Recently we came back from another short trip to Disney and there was something I wanted to write about. I usually don’t write “short-ish” posts like this, especially about just one topic, but this one impressed me so much I feel it warrants its own post.

Up until now we have always skipped one attraction at Magic Kingdom, “Enchanted Tales with Belle“. It’s a new attraction, a part of the Fantasyland redesign, it always has insane waits and up until now it was not included into the FastPass program. So we had skipped it every time.

This last time, however, it was one of our three FastPasses that we are allowed per day under the new program that we got. So we went.

This attraction was a complete shock to me because I was going there expecting it to be a waste of time for a 2 year old and two adults. As an adult, I don’t care to go there again ( or really see it the first time), but for children it’s magical, and that’s all that counts.

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Kite Flying – Week 2 of 52 Weeks of Toddler Experiences

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WEEK 2 – KITE FLYING!

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So this was fun! But also tricky!

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Goodbye, Instagram!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, LIFE, photo, Real Life on Instagram

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I deleted my main Instagram account.

It was a pretty rash decision. But one that I’ve been going back and forth on for weeks now.

I know a lot of you really enjoyed connecting with us through Instagram and I have to admit, that was one of the best parts of it for me, too.

But something had to change. As you noticed, I’ve been struggling to write on this blog consistently due to most of my time going to spending time with Lexi and the addition of Daily Mom. I have a lot to share and talk about but only 24 hours a day and a toddler that literally needs me 20 of those 24 hours, as well as a fairly large website to run. So something had to give.

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My first NIP comment

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, New Mom Experience, Real Life on Instagram

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I’ve been breastfeeding in public for over 2 years now and based on the stories that circulate in the media this whole time I was prepared to get disapproving looks or comments.
I’ve gotten none. No one has ever said anything or looked negatively at it.
That is good news.

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I’ve also gotten a few smiles, nods and thumbs up. But I’ve never gotten a single comment.
Till today. So I guess it’s a big deal.
Maybe it was just a st Patricks day atmosphere and all the drinking that I assume goes on early in the morning, but…
I was sitting on a bench breastfeeding Lexi after the parade today when a man in his 50s was walking by. He respectfully waved at us and then passing by, cheerfully said “Carry on!”
-”Will do!” – I answered excitedly matching his tone.

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That sort of cheered me up. My first APPROVING comment! Maybe breastfeeding in Public isn’t so looked down upon, as media seems to make us believe.
In fact I’ve never had anyone say that they got a bad comment in public. Usually it comes from people close enough that they (erroneously) feel comfortable to say rude things. Or Internet, of course. In both cases they should STFU.

So what’s your experience with NIP? Has anyone gotten bad looks or comments?

P.s. This post was brought to you courtesy of not having an Instagram account to waste my time on while we are driving home. If you followed me there, I’m sorry I bailed. But it makes more sense to me. I’ll write a post about my reasons next week :)

Cheers and happy St Patrick’s!

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