Reading is one of the most magical things you can do with your child. Every time you read a book, old or new alike, they learn something new and use their imagination.
At the ages of two and four, my boys both love to read. We have been reading to our boys since they came home. No joke, you can never start too young! We have a great variety of books, and frequent the library. Right now we have 30 on loan. We will read 10-20 books on any given day. Still, there are those books that my son will ask for daily, ones he loves so much they are ALWAYS in the daily rotation.
Here is my selection of the best toddler books for boys:
Two nights ago Lucas woke from his sleep and asked me to snuggle him. I tucked him back in bed, and wrapped him in my arms. He let out a huge sigh, interlocked his fingers in mine and whispered “Mama” in that sweet angel baby voice, that at 4, has almost been replaced with his preschooler inquisitive and matter-of-fact talk.
I laid there with him taking it all in, tears rolled down my cheeks as I knew this was a moment to cherish. The smell of his freshly washed hair and skin was intoxicating and I thought to myself this moment, and other moments like this one, that’s when it is worth it. Don’t get me wrong – it is always worth it. But those precious moments, the ones you can make a Hallmark commercial for, that’s when I feel most appreciated, most loved, most cherished.
Look at that face! Would you think that he would be the one causing terror in the play place? Well, that angelic face can be deceiving. Tonight we had to leave the Chick-Fil-A playplace because our little guy was the one hitting. He would not stop. Call it second child syndrome, call it nature, whatever you want. It sucks.
With Lucas – he NEVER hit. He was always the one taking the punches. He was such a good kid. When Liam was born that changed. Even as a small baby, Lucas would try to hit Liam, and once they played together, well it is still constant referring. Lucas was extremely jealous, but he never hit another kid, not even after a kid hit him! It is crazy!
So did Liam become a mini MMA fighter because it was done to him? Who knows. With older kids, Liam does great, but anyone younger or smaller and my sweet chubby cheeked boy turns into Kung Pu Panda. I don’t know if it is jealousy or what but he just wont tolerate another “baby.” I do know it sucks to be the parent who’s kid is the hitter, but it sucks more to be the parent of the hitter and not do anything. While hitting at 2 is normal, it still needs to be addressed. Here is how we are handling it and we have definitely seen improvement!
Are you looking for free summer activities for the family? It is that time of year – the excitement of summer is wearing off, money is tight and parents and kids are both bored and stir crazy. Here in Florida it is also really hot and I have found that if my kids don’t have an objective outside, they sit there roasting, sweating and come inside pretty quick.
So what do you do to bust the boredom blues? Check out this list for some great ideas that won’t cost you a dime!!
We did it! Take a look at the journey to our Greek Orthodox Baptism.
As I organized the photos for this post I realized how long ago this happened. I have just been off the top of my head lately and had this one on my list, but I really wanted to go through the pics and choose the best ones. There were so many! I was super blessed to have my amazing photographer friend. Bryan Kasm shoot this special day. Not only have I known him since we were small children, but he is also super talented and so there were endless beautiful choices.
I am not good at waiting. I lack patience and I stress to the pint of exhaustion and crankiness. The past three months have been a waiting game, and I’ve handled it well. Really well for me. But today. Not so much.
This morning the kids were up at the crack of dawn. Jon got up with them. Or so I thought. Apparently he snoozed on the couch in their playroom while they got into the fridge and speared mayo, A1 and ranch dressing on the carpet and couch. It smells, it’s stained and it needs a deep steam clean. But I’m to stressed to care much.
Wow, the day has come and gone. I have an 18 year old. When my sister came to live with us at 12, I was 26 and Jon was 27. We had been married for 4 years but Jon and I have been together since we were 19 and 20, so he knew Anastacia since she was 4. NEVER did we think she would become apart of our family, as in one of our kids.
When she was born I was 14 and I loved her so much, and at night I would pray that we would be close no matter our age difference. But I moved out at 17 and we did drift apart. I took her out to the movies and to the beach and I spoiled her rotten with gifts on birthdays and holidays, but it is not the same as living with your sibling. But little did we know God had other plans.
Are you looking for a splash park or spray ground in Tampa to keep you and your kiddos cool?
Summer is in full swing and I am all about keeping cool with outside play. My kids absolutely need their outside time but with average temps in the high 90′s it is hard to keep them active for long periods of time. Unless you add water! So here I have compiled a list of all of the splash parks in the Tampa Bay area. Let me also explain Tampa Bay area – I am a Tampa native so I am focusing on anything literally IN Tampa – not New Port Richey or St.Pete though I will also touch on some splash parks that are too good to look over!
We just got back from a mini family vacation. Jon’s parents took us to the beach for three days and we had a suite next to theirs, right on the beach. This girl was in heaven. It was especially nice because the kids would just head over to their suite to hang out, eat cookies and dig in the sand with them. Jon and I took our first nap together, without the kids, since we have had kids. It was absolutely divine.
I did not take ANY pictures on the first two days (I use my phone for pics most times and rarely bring my camera). I left my phone in the room and only checked it twice a day. It made a huge difference. I felt so connected – to real life!
When I started researching new midwifes, one of them referred me to the Brewer Pregnancy Pregnancy diet. I had expressed my concern about developing preeclampsia with this pregnancy, as I had with DS1. It developed late, two days after my due date, and was very slight, but it still led to my induction. If I am trying to have a natural home birth or birth center birth this time around, I want to ensure that I am doing everything possible to prevent preeclampsia.
The Brewer Pregnancy Diet was developed by Dr. Tom Brewer in the 60′s. It is based on his research, in which he discovered that preeclampsia is caused by lack of protein and nutrients.