When Hubby isn’t around to back you up

I recently traveled to Bolivia to visit my father’s side of the family. And with me were my two children and my parents who accompanied us the entire time. My wonderful and supportive husband James couldn’t join us due to the tickets being pretty expensive. We went for three weeks and enjoyed the family time very much, but the hardest thing I had to deal with was parenting all by myself. It wasn’t that I didn’t have help taking care of the kids. It was the fact that my actions as a parent were called into question many a time … Continue reading

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Highlights

My daughter, Esther Jane, is almost twelve months now and it has me thinking back over the highlights of this past year. Here is a list of my favourite things about being a parent in the first year.

Mommy and Me

-The smiles. There is nothing like a baby’s smile. It lights up her whole face and there isn’t any doubt of it’s sincerity.

-The milestones. Learning to smile, laugh, sit up, clap, wave, crawl, and stand. Each event was met with joint excitement from all three of us.

-The communication. Hearing her say “mom, dad, kitty, I love you” and more. All those, “did I hear her right?” moments.

-The cuddles. When she wraps her little arms around me I never want it to end. When we get into a frustrating battle of wills, sometimes a hug is what we both need to get us back on track. I’ve learned that wet, sloppy kisses are the best.

-The personality. Watching the characteristics she was born with emerge full-force. Learning what she likes and dislikes and being able to know what she wants without using any words.

-The learning. Showing her how the world works, getting down on my hands and knees with her and seeing things from her level. Dancing, singing, and sharing jokes that no one else gets.

- The love. Knowing that she gives me all her trust and heart. It’s scary to see someone put so much faith in you but it’s also a source of confidence and motivation to do my very best as a parent.

What are some of your favourite things about being a parent?

Little Shadows

What is the one thing that is seemingly connected to your fingertips on a warm sunny day, the one thing you can’t shake off? Your shadow is your mirror. And so it is the case with mothers and their young children. Over time these little shadows will grow up and become more independent. Yet during the crucial stages of babyhood and toddlerhood, children are their parents’ mirrors. What are you teaching your young children? The teaching stage begins at day one. Intimidating? Yes, even for me who is on her second baby. So how can a mother make the best … Continue reading

Christmas Countdown

The countdown is on. Christmas is coming! How do you get your boys in the Christmas Spirit? I am not talking about the “I want this and that Spirit”. I think every child and if we were to be completely honest, we adults can get into that mood pretty quick. So how do we get our children in the Christmas Spirit? Well I guess one has to first answer the question what is the Christmas Spirit? If you were to listen to what the commercials say the Christmas Spirit is all about getting that perfect gift. It is more about … Continue reading