Monthly Archives: May 2012

Songs for your loved one

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As I sit here tired and breathing like im in labor, I can’t help to think back to my pregnancy with Emery and the new challenges of today. When Emery was a tiny little baby in my arms I would sing her a song I made up. It was nothing I planned but it came out as I tried soothing her to sleep. I still sing it to her when im being loving with her or trying to get her to calm down when shes sick. Since that moment there’s been lots of songs that I’ve sung to her, our little songs. Before she was here I created a playlist with easy going music – Fiona Apple, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sade & Coldplay to name a few artist.

I think its special to have songs your child relates to or that comforts them while growing up. Two songs I’ve dedicated to her is Sweet Child Of Mine by Guns N’ Roses and Wild Thing because shes my wild child. So when things of these songs I wonder what songs will this new baby have? Is there anything else out there or have I used the best songs for my first? I know I think this way now because I dont know what to expect but as it happened with Emery a song will come to my heart and one already out there will play a tune just perfect for him/her.

Until then I wont press the issue and feel the need to have “our song”. I’ll just try to relax until baby is here and have one on one time with my little wild child Emery.

Reading to baby

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Dr.s say its good to read to babies, it helps them pick up the language and creates a bond. This next section explains it all, it’s taken from Kidshealth.org

Reading aloud:

  • teaches a baby about communication
  • introduces concepts such as stories, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
  • builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
  • gives babies information about the world around them

Believe it or not, by the time babies reach their first birthday they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk. Hearing words helps to build a rich network of words in a baby’s brain. Kids whose parents frequently talk/read to them know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time.

When reading, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions — all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.

I’ve been reading to Emery since she was a little baby. We use to go to Borders for books, we would come back with 3 or 4 new ones. Mostly I get her thick cardboard books so she can play with them and turn the pages without them bending and ripping. Her books aren’t all in the best condition but I’m glad she enjoys them. In addition to reading I’m always talking to her, I don’t think I have ever spoke this much in my life! I’m constantly speaking to her about where we are going, colors, songs when we go on walks anything and everything. I think its really payed off, she knows a lot of words and picks up things I don’t even realize that I do!  Sometimes I think she isn’t learning something finally it will sink in and she starts saying it.

Right now her favorite book is, “Who Says Moo?”   It’s a dollar book we picked up on one of our Target trips. She reads along or by herself. She says, “You say moo? No. No say moo!” It’s so cute to me that shes listening and comprehends. I express myself as I’m reading to her with little voices or just a way to make it fun. Her wanting to read along to the books confirms I’m on the right path reading to her and buying all these books.  Shes really interested in the characters names and while we read I like to ask her what the colors are.

One of her other favorite books has pictures, colors, shapes, opposites, the alphabet and animals. She goes through the whole book asking me what each thing is and telling me all the ones she knows. She carries that big book around with her like a baby doll. I love that she loves books and wants me to read them to her. Reading is something I wish I liked to do in my spare time and I’m hoping making it fun for Emery and being interested in it for her will have her wanting to read when shes older.

In her room theres a corner dedicated to laying down and reading books. We have lots of pillows there and a few bird pillows that I made her. She grabs a book, scoots herself into the corner and pats the ground for me to sit next to her. As I lay down all nestled between her, her toy box & pillows I begin to read the books she has picked out. I usually can finish one short book before she wants to change the page or takes off for more books or toys. Its best to just continue reading, even if you dont think they’re paying attention. They hear the words and it expands their vocabulary.

IT’S OFFICIAL! WE’RE HAVING A BABY!!

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Yes, you read this title correctly! Miss Emery Ava is going to be a big sister!
On Mothers Day I took a test, thinking the home pregnancy test was negative again I left it on the bathroom counter. Victor woke up went to the bathroom in my room (which is a rarity) and ran out all happy, “Did you see this?!” I was on the phone with my mom wishing her a happy mothers day when he kept saying it was positive! I said, “hold on mom let me call you back”. The paper said the second line maybe lighter than the first … well this time around it was true!
Confirmed it today with the Naval Hospital at 3:30 pm I am pregnant . Unsure yet how far along, roughly 3-5 weeks and a due date in late January.
Emery is loving the idea of having a baby in the house.

Mothers Day 2012

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Growing up I always thought, the  “#1 Mom” shirt or sweaters sold everywhere were typical and lame. A huge bulls eye for anyone looking of a mom who has lost all of her fashion sense. Now that I’m a mom …. I want one! One day it’s my dream for Emery to buy me a shirt declaring what I have always suspected, indeed I am THE #1 Mom. Until she’s old enough to buy me one, make me pictures or bring home art from school, I must rely on my Husbands gifts from her to me. I don’t dread them but cheesy would be cute.

Mother’s Day in the States isn’t until May 13th this year, so this blog is just a few days ahead and nearly a week a way as I type this out. Usually I tend to struggle with a Mother’s Day gift for my mother and grandmother. I try to go with something not too expensive, something that isn’t a little trinket to takes up space and looks unthoughtful. This year I’ve thought of the perfect solution! Emery! what Grandmother and Great Grandmother wouldn’t want a special something from their little girl. I get to divert back to drawing pictures as a token of love (some what). I decided to have Emery & I make soap from a kit we got at Michaels.  & to tie the gift together I’m tracing out her little  hand on felt for an ornament and cutting the center out and putting a photo of her. I’m making 3 so I can have one of her little hand too. This way its a gift we put time into, something they can use & a little ornament for them to keep always as she grows older.

1. cut your clear soap for the individual molds

2. melt & add fragrance and your color of dye

3. put your colored soap into desired mold TIP – wait just a second for it to cool down so it doesn’t warp the plastic

4. after 30 minutes take the mold out and use the cookie cutters to cut out the shapes

5. places colored shapes in desired mold and repeat steps 1. & 2. now with the white soap, pouring it on top of colored cut outs

6. after another 30 minutes TA DA! you’ve got yourself home-made soap

It wasn’t to hard but since it was my first time I asked my husband to give me a helping hand. He had a hard time taking the soap out of its molds. I’m glad he was around because without him I don’t think I would have ever gotten them out! Overall it was a fun easy project. Some molds came out with imperfections, we just scraped the excess soap off of the colored shapes to make them perfect.

With anything please remember safety first! Please keep hot items and sharp object always out of a childs reach!  When I say my 23 month daughter helped make soap I don’t actually mean that, she was just awake and in the room.

Walking barefoot

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Here in our home no shoes is a way of life. Emery & I are what you would call, “California girls”, during the warm California weather you can usually find us barefoot or in sandles and loving life. Its liberating to feel the grass under your feet & the sun kissing your shoulder … your shoulder covered in the highest SPF lotion possible. With summer days approaching us fast, I’m reminded of last summer and where developmentally my daughter was and what we were doing while my husband was deployed over seas for work.

Emery had just turned one and she was on the go! We were two barefoot mama’s enjoying the hot summer & water at our feet. Her great grandparents would keep telling me that she needed to wear shoes because she was new at walking, so her feet wouldn’t get all rough and so that she wouldn’t become bow legged. As a new mom I take in all the advice I can get. Especially from my grandparents but I couldn’t have her walking in shoes! Blasphemy! No baby of  mine would wear shoes, not now, not ever! Okay maybe I went a little too far but its me … the girl who wears sandles in winter!  My grandfather would tell me stories of when my mother was her age the Doctors had would have children wearing high tops to support the ankles. So the whole summer we wore our sandles and walked barefoot.

Six months later I read that it in fact it was better for my daughter not to wear shoes while she was first walking. It lets them grab the ground, feel the different textures and actually helps with balance and coordination. I was most surprised to see, ( & let me quote this from Baby Center),

“Teeny high-tops and Mary Janes are adorable, but they’re more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to practicing walking skills. The only purpose of a real shoe at this age is to protect tiny feet once your child is walking – from hot, rough, sharp, or splintery surfaces, for example.”

You better believe I called everyone who gave me grief that summer about her not wearing shoes! I guess it was my motherly instinct kicking in.