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Hotels: Bringing Milestones On The Road

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM
Hotels: Bringing Milestones On The Road
Traveling with a baby has never been all that easy for me. Some mothers make it look effortless, to pack a bag and head out with an infant. I'm the mom that packs an entire suitcase for a 15 pound baby, plus an overflowing diaper bag, and a bag for myself, because I would hate to be out of town and not have what we needed.The fun (and sometimes tiring) thing about an overnight trip with a baby is that when you stay in a hotel room, your baby has nothing but things to entertain him. Sure, his ...

Oh, Baby!

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM
Oh, Baby!
I spent months each time I was pregnant, with my husband, agonizing over what we would name our children. We looked at books, made lists, debated the pros and cons of our favorites late at night as we tried to imagine what our babies would be like and what moniker would fit him or her just perfectly.When we filled out the birth certificates, we hoped that our babies would grow up loving their names and being proud of them, and that they would be used in more positive situations (like being ...

Peekaboo!

Posted by GFunkified
on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:23 PM
Peekaboo!
When you become a parent, or have another child, the smallest, silliest things can bring you joy. It's not like having an adult conversation, and hoping the other person will smile at you or laugh at your joke. Playing with your baby can be simple and so much fun.Games with an infant usually consist of things like "I've got your toes!" and "I've got your cheeks!" or moving their little legs and playing "Ride the bicycle!" They don't vary too much, especially when your baby isn't very mobile but ...

Roll Over, Baby

Posted by GFunkified
on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:21 PM
Roll Over, Baby
My youngest seemed to be the fastest to hit the milestone, but in my motherhood-induced memory loss, I could have been imagining it. Like any other mom, I wanted him to be "advanced", or "ahead of the curve" if you will, as he began to meet those physical milestones. It was all in my imagination, of course, and all babies grow and do things at their own pace, but I think it's a common occurrence for a mom to play out the calendar of events in her head as it relates to other babies (even her own ...

Where Did It Go?

Posted by GFunkified
on Aug. 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM
Where Did It Go?
In the same way that Peekaboo is one of my baby's favorite games, "losing" a toy or object is fun for him, too. As a mother, I am never really thrilled when my baby learns the fun game of "dropping something off of the side of the high chair so mom can pick it up and do it all over again!" Because while my baby may think it's a blast, I tend to disagree.At first, it is a fun process: baby drops his squishy ball over the side of the high chair tray. I see it, pick it up, and hand it back to him, ...

Walk To Me

Posted by GFunkified
on Aug. 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM
Walk To Me
He's standing at the edge of the coffee table, two fingers wrapped around the wood. Looking around, he sees something twinkle on the floor, a couple of feet away. For just a second, he forgets herself and lets go. Without thinking, he puts one foot in front of the other and takes a step. Then another step, and another. All of the sudden, he hears his mom and dad yell out, clapping and squealing in a way that he's never heard before. "Quick, hand me my phone!"He's startled by the sudden, loud no ...

Walk With Me

Posted by GFunkified
on Aug. 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM
Walk With Me
I always got excited when my baby would start to walk with support, cruising along the furniture or holding my hand. Sure, it made me walk a lot more slowly, but there's something about taking the time to let baby walk next to you, even if he stumbles every few steps and you have to pull him back up. The first year of a baby's life is, without a doubt, such an exciting time. Witnessing milestones from rolling over, to scooting across the floor, to crawling, to standing, and walking, ...

Let’s Play Pat-A-Cake

Posted by GFunkified
on Aug. 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Let’s Play Pat-A-Cake
Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake, baker man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can. The same rhyme has been sung for generations, long before I was even learning it with my mom. It's a classic melody and set of gestures that entertains and awes babies all over. I can't count the number of times I sang the song with my babies, or watched them as their grandparents played it out for them. For a while, that's what they did: watched the loving hands and listened to the lilting rhymes, until it came to the ...

I Found The Stairs!

Posted by GFunkified
on Aug. 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM
I Found The Stairs!
One milestone that has always given me major anxiety is stair climbing. At the moment, we have at least four baby gates in our semi-open floor plan house, two of which are always at the bottom and top of the stairs. No matter how comfortable my baby gets with the process of climbing the stairs, I know that a fall is inevitable and I try to put it off as long as possible.Climbing the stairs is a complicated task for a baby, but he'll try just as soon as he can make it over to them. The act of ...

If You’re Happy And You Know It, Clap Your Hands

Posted by GFunkified
on Aug. 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM
If You’re Happy And You Know It, Clap Your Hands
We sing a lot, you and I, don't we? Your bright blue eyes gaze at me as I sway to the music in my head and coming out of my mouth before I lay you down to sleep. Your smile brightens the whole room as I do another rousing rendition of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" after lunch. You never seem to care that I sometimes don't hit all the notes or that my tune is off-key or that I might forget the words.When you learn something new, I can't help but cheer for you and praise you. An outsider might think ...