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Is it really December already? Just hearing a date beginning in the 12th month conjures up those familiar holiday sights, sounds, and smells. December is snow, white lights, evergreens, candy canes, jingling bells, plaid pants, and oodles of fun family rituals. In our large family of 5 children we have several different family traditions around the holidays.
My favorite tradition is one that started quite by accident by my grandfather many years ago. You see my grandfather, Poppops to us, had this pair of plaid dress pants he wore faithfully each Christmas. He was a dapper but thrifty sort of guy and I’m certain these trousers were a very high quality fashionable purchase when he originally bought them. Only worn once or twice a year these pants remained in perfect condition year after year. However after a good decade or more of More >
Having a baby can be a different experience for everyone. We recently asked our fans and followers what they first thought when their little ones entered the world. From shock and surprise to love and gratitude, there was a wide variety of responses. Check out what they had to say below.
- Lenny thought, “Wow, he’s perfect!”
- Sarah shared, “That 9 lb 8 oz boy just came out of ME?”
- Karen commented, “He is so big!!!”
- Lindsay said, “Oh my god I just gave birth to a handsome boy all natural! How did I do that?”
- Caitlin noted, “Wow, he looks just like his daddy!!!”
- Jessica shared, “Wow, we did it! Our daughter is amazing and finally a part of our family!”
- Kimberley wrote, “Wow!! THANK YOU LORD!!! HE IS BEAUTIFUL!!!”
- Angela added, “thank god she is out!!”
- ShivaD19 tweeted, “Whoaaaaa!!! That’s my baby!!! Lol”
- yyc_mom commented, “it was: “What? More >
This past Saturday we took a trip to the pumpkin patch! The patch we visited is about an hour away from our home and it was the first time any of us had ever been. To say that it’s a popular place in the fall would be a big understatement.
The sunflower field was our first stop. Kynlee enjoyed running through all of the flowers! They were simply gorgeous and made for a perfect photo backdrop! However, getting Kynlee to sit and “pose” with the pumpkins proved to be a much more difficult task than I had anticipated. She was too busy looking at everything else but she did stop to check them out every once in a while . She also enjoyed playing with some cotton for the first time.
At the patch, they had hundreds of pumpkins already picked, but you could also pick your own pumpkins if you wanted to! Other fun things included (several) More >
While baby books may have tons of great advice to offer new and expecting parents, nothing can truly prepare you for the adventure of parenting. Much of the lessons are picked up along the way, day-to-day, and there is no way to baby-proof your child’s environment 100%. As many parents have learned, it’s a balancing act between protecting your child and knowing when to let them navigate on their own. However, we asked our community of parents on Facebook and Twitter what baby safety tips they had to offer based on their own experiences, and wanted to share their insights with you:
Katie said, “When you have older kids and then baby starts crawling etc.. Remember to put away the older kiddos small toys aka barbie shoes and items and hot wheel cars!”
Danielle suggested, “Plug covers and locked cupboards ”
Cristina shared, “Remember More >
Now is a wonderful time to introduce your little one to the fall season by taking him on a journey of discovery with color, texture, and shapes! Check out these fun fall activities that will get the two of you outdoors and exploring together.
Changing Leaves One of the most wonderful things about autumn for adults and children alike is watching the trees erupt in riotous color. No matter how many times you see it, it never gets old, and watching your little one take in nature’s marvels for the very first time can be a wonderful experience. Go on a nature walk and talk to your baby as you point out vivid shades of yellow, orange, and red. Take turns holding different colored leaves up close to him. He’ll be captivated by the bright colors!
Pumpkin Patch Visiting the pumpkin patch is a favorite fall activity for children and parents More >
Have you ever taken the subway in New York City? Dashed through the turnstile mid-summer, getting clipped by the unforgiving mechanical doors, and squeezing past the cranky rush hour crowd only to realize the guy next to you is gearing up for an accordion concert and the train car has no air conditioning and is making all local stops?
When I first moved to NYC in 1999, despite having grown up just an hour outside of Manhattan, I didn’t know east from west, uptown from downtown. Descending beneath the streets to an underground world of screeching trains, furry inhabitants, and hurried passengers, frightened me to the core.
But alas, I had to get to work and in no time at all I got my “city legs” and the subway became my preferred mode of transportation. For all its smelly chaos, it’s inexpensive, efficient, and boasts some of the More >