Toddler classes and activities

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Daily, FOR MOMS, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, Parenting, TODDLER, 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.

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

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Daily, Fun as a Toddler Mom, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, TODDLER

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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.

Week in Food

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

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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.

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

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

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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}

I am Alive… I promise!

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

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I know I’ve been a shitty blogger lately (isn’t that how every blogger’s post starts when they are struggling to keep up the writing? haha) . I have lots of excuses, none of which I care to talk about, because it’s just that -excuses. No time, other priorities, bla bla bla…. I’ve been busy living and working and enjoying what seems to be the most amazing age – The Wonderful Twos, the age that I’ve been waiting for since before we decided to have a baby (I’ve always been a fan of two year olds – they are so cute and funny – it hurts).

be back

Toddler Routines: Meal Times

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

Continuing the routines series, I would like to write about our current eating/feeding process, and a follow up post with an average week of meals.

COOKING PROCESS

The “cooking for Lexi” process really happens randomly and is almost never planned, sort of like for us. I try to make enough food to for her to last 2-3 meals and it’s usually rounded enough that she could eat it all day long if we needed to and still get plenty of nutrition and vitamins. According to what I read, at 18 months a breastfed toddler still gets 50% of his/her nutrition from breastmilk which is a staggering number for me. In the morning, when Andrew takes her and I either catch up on sleep or get an hour or two of work done, he usually gives her fruit (per my instructions, though he does tend to forget sometimes) while he quickly cooks hard boiled eggs, peas and broccoli. Those are his staples, and those are the foods she likes to eat now (along with many others). The reason for fruit in the morning is something I have written about in the past, but I’ll mention it again.

Recent Photos

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Daily, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, TODDLER

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I am slowly catching up with everything after 2 weeks at Disney and a week in Vegas. Lots of posts almost finished, so hang tight there with me while I build up some of my drafts to start posting more regularly.

On Monday I will be publishing a post about an amazing toy company that you are going to love. They seriously make the best most educational toys EVER!

But today a little bit of fluff that will help me get into the swing of things: photos!

Want updates?

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

As I previously mentioned, I am currently in Las Vegas at the biggest juvenile products show of the year, ABC EXPO 2013!

My whole time here is/will be spent going to the show and find the best products to blog about, but as I am going there on behalf of Daily Mom, all the updates will be posted there.

So if any of you (and I know a lot of people love the product part of this blog) want to learn about some amazing new and old baby products and gear, please head over to Daily Mom and subscribe to daily updates (on the sidebar), and our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram where live updates and product highlights will be featured.

I’ve only attended a small pre-show last night but nonetheless there were some pretty cool products that I was in awe of:

  • A completely breathable and hallow baby mattress
  • A super cool looking white stroller from a new European company
  • A high tech bassinet
  • An in car rear view monitor for baby (I WANT!)
  • A tee-shirt skin to skin contact carrier, and much much more.

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Check out Daily Mom for more updates and photos of these and other products.

Today is day 1 of the show and there will be a ton I will be posting about.

Once I am back, I will write about whatever personal things I found time to do, some sightseeing and so on.

Reading with Daddy

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

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I have had these pictures of Lexi reading a book with daddy from a few months ago and they are just precious to me. I’ve said before that she is very attached to me and most of the time no one else will do. I actually want to write a detailed post about it. Share my experience with attachment (breastfeeding attachment, attachment parenting all in one), which in our case is a classic one. I know there are many women out there that I have talked to and have written to me that have babies who are securely attached and I am sure it will be an interesting post.

So needless to say any uninterrupted, sweet time with daddy has been treasured. Especially in photos.