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Happy Birthday to Ella – the Big Two!

A look into the personality of my lovely little two-year-old - Jennadesigns

I almost can’t believe it – my baby girl turns two today. The time has gone so fast. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital and now she’s this amazing, unique real little person with an amazing personality. I almost feel like my words cannot do justice to what a beautiful little person she is. She is absolutely amazing …

Starting a “Mommy & Me” journal with my daughter

I wanted a way to stay connected with Hannah even when we couldn't get out and do something together, something that showed her just how much I was thinking about her, how much I appreciated her and how much I loved her.

Ever since Ella was born nearly two years ago, my almost 8-year-old Hannah has had to give up a lot of attention, which she’s done with absolute grace. Hannah has the hugest, kindest heart and she always puts her little sister first. Many times, just due to Ella’s age, Hannah loses out on my attention. I feel bad every time this happens. Because I know …

How to pack the perfect diaper bag (with free printable!)

How to pack the perfect diaper bag (with free printable!)

This shop has been compensated by CollectiveBias, Inc. on behalf of its advertiser, ZonePerfect. #MyLittleWins #CollectiveBias Let’s face it – life with a toddler is not always easy. Simple things like a trip to the grocery store become expeditions – getting her dressed and in a coat and shoes, buckling her into the car seat, getting to the store, unloading her from the car, buckling …

Dealing with a toddler speech delay

Ella, my beautiful little baby girl, is 18 months old now. And she is absolutely perfect. She is fun and joyful, always making us smile and laugh. She is active and running all over the house and enjoying learning how to jump on the trampoline. She is super smart, able to follow complex directions and indicates that she understands everything we’re saying to her. The …

Why I send my kids to daycare when I’m not working

First, let me say, I love my kids. More than anything in this world. But sometimes, mama needs a break. Because of my work schedule – I’m a labor and delivery nurse – I usually work 2 or 3 days per week. Fortunately, one of those three days usually falls on a weekend, so I really only need daycare for my children two days a …

Dear Ella: A letter to my baby daughter

Dear Ella, Slow down, just a little. Mama’s heart hurts, but in the best of ways. You’re growing so quickly. Every day you learn something new and venture a little further from me. Watching you grow is rewarding beyond measure, but bittersweet as I know I will never have another little one again. I treasure all the small moments I have with you. You’re probably …

Slow Down … just a little bit

If you haven’t seen this video by Nichole Nordeman by now, you should watch it. Be prepared for a big ugly cry. I was forewarned, but it didn’t help. I was bawling 15 seconds into it. It’s beautiful and it speaks to every feeling a parent has watching their children grow up. I’ve been slightly traumatized at how fast time is moving. How is it …

Top 6 breastfeeding essentials for a new mom

Something a little different for Friday Favorites this week – all my favorite breastfeeding essentials for the new mom! It’s very important to me that I nurse my babies. When my son was born 12 years ago, we had a lot of issues nursing. He was tongue-tied, which we didn’t realize until he was 3 months old. This meant that he had a very poor …