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Leading up to Christmas, my mom was always a big kid. Presents, goodies, and oh, the decorations! The kitchen was full of angels, the library was full of snowmen, and the living room was Santa-themed. To say she loved Christmas is to put it mildly.
In some ways I think it’s only fitting that the very last thing I ever did with my mom was help decorate her tree. While tears sometimes flow, the first week of December in my family is spent decorating our tree, enjoying traditions both old and new, and remembering my mom through it all.
First up is always the Christmas tree.
With its varied style and no real theme, our tree may never grace the cover of a magazine, but it tells a story. With each ornament added to the tree, I share a bit of history with my little girl. Oh, and because of that, it does take quite a while to decorate. Half More >
It’s officially the beginning of the holiday season! And what better way to celebrate than to do some fun and crafty activities with your little ones? Do they like to finger paint? Listen to music? Or just giggle in cute outfits? We’ve rounded up some adorable undertakings for you to introduce to your babies in the name of Thanksgiving fun!
Sing the Songs of Thanksgiving:
Albuquerque Turkey (sung to the tune of “My Darlin’ Clementine”)
Albuquerque is a turkey And he’s feathered and he’s fine And he wobbles and he gobbles And he’s absolutely mine! He’s the best pet you can get yet Better than a dog or cat He’s my Albuquerque turkey And I’m awfully proud of that! And my Albuquerque turkey Is so happy in his bed ‘Cause for our Thanksgiving Dinner We have spaghetti instead!
- Original Author Unknown
Hello Mr. Turkey (sung to the tune 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 >
It can be a struggle for your toddler to get used to having a new baby in the picture. How your firstborn reacts to the news can vary, depending on your little one’s age. However, there are many ways you can help your child adjust to the presence of another baby. Check out these tips to help make it a smooth and happy transition!
Start the Conversation
There’s only so much a young toddler will grasp, but if you point to your tummy and tell your child there’s a baby in there and that it will come out, they’ll most likely get it. And the bigger mom gets, the more the child understands. If you feel comfortable, let him feel when the baby kicks. You can even start transitioning your little one into new schedules and routines ahead of the baby’s arrival to get him used to what life will be like once his new brother or sister 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 >
As a parent, one of the most incredible things about watching your little one grow up right before your eyes is watching their personality develop. As babies grow and learn to walk and talk, distinct likes and dislikes, habits and preferences begin to emerge. It’s amazing to see one of our own traits show itself in our children, right from the beginning, and just as incredible to discover a characteristics that is distinctly their own. Getting to know your baby as his personality takes shape can be a wonderful, eye-opening experience, and it’s fun to wonder which things will change over time and which will remain into adulthood.
We recently asked our Facebook friends and Twitter followers to tell us how their babies are similar to themselves, and how they are different and received a variety of responses. We enjoyed their responses More >