We Heart Lexis

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

IMG_7239

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?

This article belongs to The Art of Making a Baby ! The original article can be found here: We Heart Lexis

The Art of Making a Baby © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

Goodbye, Instagram!

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

IG

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.

This article belongs to The Art of Making a Baby ! The original article can be found here: Goodbye, Instagram!

The Art of Making a Baby © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

My first NIP comment

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

20140315-144248.jpg

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.

20140315-143912.jpg

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.

20140315-144004.jpg

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!

This article belongs to The Art of Making a Baby ! The original article can be found here: My first NIP comment

The Art of Making a Baby © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

On blogging and photos

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Daily, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, photo

IMG_3673

It’s funny when I get to clean out my drafts, I often find unfinished posts or photos I never shared. The “art” of blogging isn’t exactly easy. You have a flurry of thoughts and ideas to share, you maybe find a second to write them down before they get pushed away by something more relevant, and then the most hated part of all bloggers- formatting, proofreading, etc. Ugh.

If I could just write a wall of text and hit publish, then there would be a lot more wordy posts.

But the reality is that aside from proofreading (which doesn’t always happen, and ALWAYS takes an exorbitant amount of time), there is sectioning your thoughts out, making them clearer, adding headers, organizing the post into sections so that it wasn’t a bunch of ramblings but a concise post. Then there is formatting to make it look more attractive and readable. The “illustrations”, though that’s my favorite part, take a long time. And finally, linking things to appropriate places. This is probably the most boring part, but also saves me a lot more time than it seems. If I am proactive and link and name certain things in the post, then I get fewer questions about where I got this and that. Not that I don’t welcome those comment- I certainly do, but it’s easier for me to just do it beforehand and I know readers appreciate it, because I do when I read other blogs.

So the point is it’s a lot of work and it takes MANY MANY hours to get a post done. And that’s the reason many of them DON’T get done. Time goes by and they become irrelevant, my feelings go away and move onto something else and that’s that.

So photo posts, in a way, are an easy blog post. Especially if I don’t have to write much, or link too much.

These are some of the random photos from our life from the past few months: December through January, mostly. Lexi’s age is 23-24 months

romper

IMG_6000

{romper from Anais and I, trumpet from Bontempi . I am linking to a clarinet instead, because for some reason they are completely out of their trumpets, which is a shame because I broke Lexi’s trumpet and she has been asking me to buy a new one.}

mommydaughter

Scared of the noisy truck back when she had a fear of loud noises.
{Dress: Lourdes, shoes: Pediped. Coral jeans: Garnet Hill}

IMG_3717

brush

IMG_3673

lexihappy

{Necklace: Chewbeads Junior, Dress: RUUM, Shoes: Livie and Luca}

garnet

GHpjs-7462 GHpjs-7497

{Pjs and slippers: Garnet Hill}

beach

soludos

Shoes: Soludos (love them!)

toys

I am not a great fan of PVC dolls, but I couldn’t resist getting Lexi a French doll from “It’s a Small World” that sings the song in both French and English. She doesn’t really play with it any more since she’s not crazy about dolls, but I love having it. I bought it at the parks, but I’m pretty sure they can be found online somewhere.

soludos-8034

Holding our favorite B.Box straw cup. I’ll write about it in the next Tried and True, but it’s really awesome!

soludos-7987 soludos-7981 IMG_6130

Doing floor exercises together :) haha

IMG_5077 IMG_1813

She has been obsessed with watching daddy play this one game on his phone. So cute!

IMG_2896

Back when my mom was still here. Love the look on both of their faces. It makes me laugh every time I look at it! (Hi, mom!)

 

This article belongs to The Art of Making a Baby ! The original article can be found here: On blogging and photos

The Art of Making a Baby © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

The best kind of Sneetch on the beaches

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Daily, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, photo

The beach

Whenever I can’t think of a creative title (read: all the time), I tend to resort to Dr. Seuss. Not sure why the guy happens to have the coolest titles ever. For a mommy/baby blog, to boot.

This is nothing more than a photo post. Back from November. Lexi is 22 months, and adorable as always. These have been sitting in my “share later” folder. I figured better “later” than never. So here we go. Just photos. just us. Just the beach. Just Lexi doing splits. Yeah, I know. Weird, but she loves it!

Lexi’s dress is from my favorite Biscotti & Kate Mack

This article belongs to The Art of Making a Baby ! The original article can be found here: The best kind of Sneetch on the beaches

The Art of Making a Baby © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

Toddler classes and activities

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

Toddler classes and activities

Toddler classes and activities

One of my long time readers, Irina, suggested that I write a post about the classes/activities Lexi takes/attends and the effect that it has on her and her development.

I thought that would be a pretty fun topic to discuss since I love going to organized activities with her, just like I did when I was a kid myself. Usually , most of our mornings are taken up by these activities and evenings are full of free play and book reading at home. I should do another day/week in life post, now that I think of it.

This article belongs to The Art of Making a Baby ! The original article can be found here: Toddler classes and activities

The Art of Making a Baby © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

Rainy Day Family Photoshoot

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Daily, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, photo

cincinnati_wedding_photographer-129

Ok, so picture a perfect family photoshoot at a gorgeous beachside hotel?

Beautiful coral, mint and white colors, sparkling beach, tropical huts….

Perfection, right? What could be more gorgeous that a setting like that for a family photoshoot?

This article belongs to The Art of Making a Baby ! The original article can be found here: Rainy Day Family Photoshoot

The Art of Making a Baby © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

“52 weeks of Childhood Unplugged”, an experience scavenger hunt!

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

Must do's for toddler and preschoolers

I would like to propose something!

If you have a toddler or a pre-schooler, read till the end.

The other day I was on the playground with Lexi when some of the older kids started climbing a tree. Obviously, Lexi instantly said “Lexi, too! Lexi, too!
So we walked over the the leaning tree and watched the kids take their turns climbing it while she bounced up and down, chanting “Lexi too climb tree!!!”

When the kids were done, I helped her get started and she happily and proudly attempted to repeat what she saw the other kids doing. As I stood there helping her get higher and higher on the tree, it made me think of two things:

1.We should take her to the Robinson’s Tree House at Disney (lol)

and

2. What an AMAZING moment! This is her FIRST time climbing a tree! Such a true childhood experience. So fun and free.

Do you remember being kids? Scaling the impossible heights, sitting on branches, basking in warm sunlight and just enjoying being independent and free? Those are some of the happiest simplest times.

Experience Scavenger Hunt

I continued thinking about how she is yet to have so many experiences that are all kinds of wonderful, especially for the first time, and how lucky I am that I get to participate in them and re-live them through her eyes all over again. The next train of thought happened to be that with our busy lives we often do not even THINK of these experiences until our kids bring them to our attention (like Lexi asking to go jump in puddles after watching Daniel Tiger, a thought that hadn’t occurred to me at the time because we get rain so rarely). I have been on the look-out for such experiences, especially if they somehow connect with her books, like her Curious George books.

The other day, we had a strong thunderstorm, so we sat near a window and watched the lightning, waited for the thunder and then finally heard the rain. This was a total play on a Daniel Tiger episode with our own twist, where we would make sounds every time the lightning hit (Blast!) or we heard thunder (Rrrrrrooooooaaaar!)  or the rain (Dibble dibble dop dop!). This was a lot of fun for her and us and we need MORE experiences like this.

It helps spice up some of those boring days that we all have occasionally. It helps get to know your child better. It helps discover their talents and interests. And it makes for WICKEDLY GOOD MEMORIES!

I think that we could all help each other create these experiences and enjoy them if we put together an experience scavenger hunt.

A list of toddler and preschooler experiences that can be done once a week.

A toddler bucket list, a scavenger hunt of sorts, must do’s for young children!

Snow angels (or sand angels), tree climbing, shell gathering, movie and snack night, puddle jumping, model boat shows, orchestra concert, picnics, etc etc. These are just the examples of things I want to do with Lexi.

So I’d like all of your help. If we can all work together to create an extensive and DOABLE list of experiences. Any ideas are welcome! Those that don’t make it into the top 52 can be put onto the next year’s list.

THE LIST IS READY HERE

What are the things you are dying to do with your child? What experiences did you create for them that you’re so proud of? What did they love doing?

Once the list is done, we  can get started creating these memories. Taking one day a week to MAKE an experience for our children. Take 1 (or more) photo capturing the experience and sharing it with everyone. I will make it a weekly blog meme, so if you have a blog, you could post it on your blog as a once a week thing. If you don’t have a blog, I still want to find a way for you to share this with others, so I will write more about details on that once I figure it out. Each week, I would love to display 6 best photos (not by skill, but by the capture) of each week’s experience from other people (if they would like it).

I want this to be a community thing. Rather than women constantly judging or attacking each other on  the internet, I want to create an experience for us women to share our children’s life moments with each other.

So are you up for it?

Again here are the steps:

1. Have a child between 1-4 years of age

2. Go over the list of experiences and compile your own, use ours and combine several entries.

3. Do one experience a week and capture the moment on your camera/iPhone

4. Share (or not) the experience and the photo

5. Share this idea with as other women who have children of the same age.

We’ll call it CHILDHOOD UNPLUGGED!

CU 2

 

 

This article belongs to The Art of Making a Baby ! The original article can be found here: “52 weeks of Childhood Unplugged”, an experience scavenger hunt!

The Art of Making a Baby © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

Week in Food

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

toddler food

I’ve been asked to do this post by multiple people, I’m just sorry it took me so long.

Warning: I am not a good food photographer. In fact, I kinda suck at it! I just don’t have the time or the patience (I’m super impatient!) to stage and snap pretty shots. So if you’re weirded out by food or whatever, skip it. If you wanted to know what Lexi eats on a weekly basis, read on.

toddler food

This article belongs to The Art of Making a Baby ! The original article can be found here: Week in Food

The Art of Making a Baby © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

Potty Training, it’s just the beginning (and the end?)

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, Daily, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

pottytraining

I’ve been hanging onto this post, hoping that there will be enough progress that I will have something else to add to it, but alas it appears that we are at a standstill.

That’s how I started this post 2 months ago and that’s how it would stay up until a few days ago (Dec 26th, 2013) when suddenly something drastic happened!

{Note: if you have problems with potty talk or seeing babies sitting on potties, you should probably go to some other post on The Art of Making a Baby, like this one about flowers and pretty things}

This article belongs to The Art of Making a Baby ! The original article can be found here: Potty Training, it’s just the beginning (and the end?)

The Art of Making a Baby © 2014 - All Rights Reserved