Nourishing Milestones

Helping moms nourish their baby's growth and development

What Infants Need

Let’s Play Pat-A-Cake

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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 ...

Blow Me a Kiss

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Blow Me a Kiss
When my baby started to show me affection, I was on cloud nine. I had waited so long for him to return the love that I was giving him day in and day out (which I would continue to do for the rest of my life whether he ever returned the favor or not, of course).Slobbery kisses and squeezes on the neck are absolutely priceless to me, and so is a huge smile of recognition when I walk into the room or a belly laugh at my silly antics. I lived for those displays of love from my sweet baby and would ...

Walk With Me

Posted by GFunkified
on Jun. 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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, ...

I Love You, Mommy and Daddy

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I Love You, Mommy and Daddy
The first few months of a baby's life are not very satisfying for a new mom and dad. And by that I mean, as a new parent, you try your best to give your baby everything he needs, as soon as he needs it. It's so hard to listen to your baby cry, and I know that I would jump through hoops trying to make him stop.I kissed and hugged my precious new baby all day long. I snuggled in the rocking chair with him and played with him. I smiled at him and made silly faces to try to make him laugh. Of ...

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

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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 ...

I Found The Stairs!

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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 ...

I Can Stand If I Want To

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I Can Stand If I Want To
She crawls to the table, looks around, grabs the top edge, and pulls. She is UP! She is standing, and she can see so much more of the world than she ever thought possible. A pant leg is no match for the stubbornness of a baby that has more to see, so much more to do. It's the perfect tool, attached to grandpa's belt, to hoist her up to standing and beg for a spot on his lap. From there, a baby can listen to a story of days gone by and adventures of a young man so many years ago, while tugging o ...

What IS That?

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
What IS That?
Even though my baby wasn't able to talk back to me, I found myself talking to him all day long. I would narrate my lunch-making process like I was on a cooking show. I would read to him long before he understood what I was talking about. I gave a play-by-play of our schedule every single day. Part of it was that I was hoping to teach him words, to let him process things before he could actually say them and build the vocabulary in his brain before the words came out of his mouth. But part ...

Pick Me Up!

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Pick Me Up!
Once my baby started noticing his surroundings and paying attention to the things around him, a funny thing happened: he started reaching for me. Whether he was cruising along the coffee table and saw me from the corner of his eye, or sitting in the middle of the floor with a toy while I pop in and out of the room, there came a point when he only wanted to be held by me. It was exhausting, to be sure. Sometimes, I was in the middle of sweeping the floor, or cooking dinner, or any other ...

Showing My Personality

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Showing My Personality
I have four kids, all about two years apart, and at some point in their first year, they all started to how their unique personalities. It was such a thrilling thing to watch, and interesting to see how different or similar they were to each other.My oldest, being the first child, hardly cried before we were there with him, getting him what he needed. He was quick to smile but didn't babble much, except to say "mama" and "dada" and a couple of other words. My second was a girl, and she was a bi ...