Morning and Evening Bike Rides

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Daily, GET FIT, Health and Fitness, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, photo

A while ago when Lexi was 1.5 years old, we decided that it was time to start biking as a family. Prior to that time, we weren’t so sure that Lexi would even sit in a bike seat, since getting her to sit in a stroller was pretty challenging as it is.

So after looking around for bike seats, I narrowed it down to one seat that I felt was absolutely perfect for Lexi, Yepp Mini. It was a front facing bike seat made of a softer material and had the potential of actually helping her enjoy the bike ride versus sitting in the back and not seeing much but our backs. It was sort of like using a carrier when she was little- she would absolutely refuse to be back carried or be rear-facing. It had to be front facing at all times. So pretty excited about the prospect of actually being able to go on bike rides with Lexi, we got the seat, installed it and took off for a first ride.

It was PERFECT! I cannot recommend the seat enough! Even though she hated any other mode of transportation, riding a bike was fun for her. She was facing the world and the wind and seeing the sights and it was fast and exciting. I really feel it was the seat that made a huge difference in how she perceives biking.

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Toddler Gymnastics in Pictures

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

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I wrote about all the activities that Lexi participates in and one of her absolute favorite ones is gymnastics. There is open gym twice a week and an organized toddler tumble class once a week that she is obsessed with. She loves following the instructor ( and sometimes NOT following and running around like a goofball) and it’s a great opportunity to get introduced to flips, tumbles, handstands and other fun gymnastics basics. I took my camera to two of her classes about a month apart and I am SOOOO happy with the pictures that I managed to capture. I will cherish these for a long time and I know Lexi will get a kick out of them when she grows up, too.

I know I am a mom and I am completely biased but she is really good at gymnastics. Not like “unique talent good”, but just really good. She took to it on Day One and was showing incredible balance and strength for “not yet a two year old”. She manages to do everything that is thrown her way and does it really well. Her arms and legs are really strong, she has good balance and a lot of excitement for the “sport”. There was only one other girl about a year older  that exhibited this kind of strength and for some reason she stopped coming, which is a shame because I would have liked Lexi to be able to watch someone who’s really good at it, too.

Also, this class was the first one that we got Lexitwins to jump into the pit. Before that, the pit was the ONLY thing “my Lexi” wouldn’t try (I’m glad she has enough sense to not jump off into a pit without ensuring it’s safe, because often it seems like she can do very careless toddler things that can get her hurt), but then Brian (Lexitwin’s dad) managed to coax her into it and Andrew helped Lexitwin jump in to. The rest is history, they both now jump without any fear.

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Lexitwins Swan Birthday: Planning, Decor and Party Favors

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

Lexitwins Swan Birthday: Decor and Party Favors

Ah! I am so excited to be writing about this!

All photos except for a few favor bag ones are courtesy of Magic Memory Works Photography

PLANNING

In the usual fashion of a busy mom, I waited till about 3 weeks before Lexi’s birthday to think about what we were going to do. The plan from the previous year was to simply celebrate her birthday at Disney, since the crowds are super low at that time and that would mean that I wouldn’t have to kill myself planning another party.

But also in the usual fashion of , well, me, at the very last second, I thought “Well, wouldn’t it be cool….?

Disney was instantly forgotten, while a flurry of ideas were swirling in my head.

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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

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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

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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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