How Many Blueberries Can a Breastfeeding mom Pick? The answer is not as many as she'd like to!
Birch Bay is a tiny beach side community and their Kite Fest is small town in the best way. It isn't just a bunch of over polished chances to spend money. I love the simple joy of watching my son run around to look at every kite and be amazed.
You can buy tasty bites to eat at the festival but I love to bring yummies with us like grapes and crackers. We mainly wander around and take everything in. This year my son went wild for the jump houses.
Bring your shovel and bucket so everyone can dig and play in the low tide sands while looking up at all the flying kites.
Birch Bay has warm water in the summer and it's lovely to dip your feet in the warm bay waters.
If you have a little one that loves the sights, sounds and colors of kites then bring them out to this fun, small festival with music and even rescue dogs you can pet and love up.
I enjoy having the chance to relax and just be together as our little family. Be present and loving and your children will notice.
You can have great fun homeschooling your preschooler during good weather. Here are some of my easy tips, suggestions and fun ideas.
I love august, it’s always been a time when I slowed down work a bit and put effort into relaxing a tad more. When I first started I Citizen we’d take all of august off but now I'm working everyday on my projects. I know, it’s a lucky problem to have.
A big check mark for August is finishing up my painting and refinishing on all my cabinets. I started in June and between motherhood, work, a cold and so much else it’s taken me a long time to finish. They are going from an old and yellow oak to crisp white that fits way better with my seaside local.
This might sound small but I am so looking forwards to swimming more this month. My son loves swimming and this is the first year he can swim without me holding on to him at every moment. It’s been three years since I last got to swim and now I can safely swim around my son and relax a bit.
Have you seen my blueberry video? If you have then you know I am so excited to be going blackberry picking this month. I readily admit that last winter was hard on both my son and I. We had moved from a very warm and sunny place to long nights and cold weather. One of the highlights for us was having a freezer full of berries we had picked in the summer to bake with and have fun eating.
A huge happy point in August for me is being done with editing my book. I am so excited about Milkosaurus coming out September 28th; it has been such an effort of love and a desire to share valuable information for all moms. Being finished with editing and writing my book frees up a bit of daylight to play with my son and explore our lovely area.
What are you most excited for in August?
When I was a new mom with a just barley crawling baby I had to figure out what the heck I was supposed to put in my diaper bag. Suddenly my son was getting dirty, crawling to grab stuff off the floor with glee and his diaper bag needs changed.
What’s in the diaper bag, crawling:
1 diaper for every 2 hours you’re out (also always error on the side of too many). If you’re cloth diapering bring an extra shower cap style cover in case of poo-plosions.
Extra pair of pants/ leggings. My son went through his oneises like lightening and I learned that a pair of leggings always worked great so I didn't have to change his shirt, just pants.
Bring all the toys; no, actually I discovered that a few lightweight toys were the key to a happy outing. Throw in the diaper bag three chewable toys, something that rattles and I love silicone big baking cups for a cheap toy that is food grade and easy for tiny hands to manipulate.
Teething tablets. As your baby learns to crawl they're often at the teething age. While I'm still not sure they work, teething tablets are fun for baby to comp on.
Pack the basics: corn starch, diaper wipes and diaper cream.
A portable changing pad is great for having to change at the park, beach or bathroom counter. Personally I’ve tried to edge off the cleanliness cliff by not spraying down the changing tables at every bathroom. Because as a single mom I just have to let some things slide but you can make your own changing table cleaner. Mix, in a small spray bottle, equal parts cider vinegar and water. You can mist it over the surfaces and then wipe down. If baby touches the cleaning solution it is pretty natural will not cause the reactions some cleaners do.
Be brave mommy, go out into the world with a well packed diaper bag and get out of the house.
I am not trying to raise a gifted, genius child. I am trying to be a guide as my son learns how to be happy. Focus on a kind child. Recently, I read about the statistics behind parents teaching their children to win. It was more important to most parents than happiness or kindness. When you take your focus with parenting off of your need to raise a gifted child you can refocus on helping your little one become kind. Kindness is vital to give ourselves a happy life. If we don't teach kids to be kind to themselves how can we teach them to have empathy and kindness to other people.
When your son cries tell him it is ok to cry, allow him to express his feelings to you and himself. Do not tell him to stop crying or that his feelings are not valid. Everyone, even little kids what to have their feelings validated. If you never allow your son to express his feelings he will never know how to understand everyone else's feelings.
Hug him and show him how to express affection and kindness. You are his first and most powerful person to mimic. If you're kind and giving and allow him to explore how to show kindness your son will be better ready for a life of kindness.
Do not dismiss his feelings. I see dads all the time dismissing their child's feelings, just as their feelings were dismissed out of hand. Moms often go along with this, unsure how to react. Tell your son it's okay, big feelings are normal and it doesn't make you weak or dumb to show them.
Smart and wise are different coins. I know a lot of moms who want a smart kid and push them to achieve without ever considering how to instill a little bit of wisdom. Focus on a wise toddler. I can see my son learning in front of my eyes. He is learning to pick up cues from everyone around him. I'm guiding him by using his observations to understand what is a wise decision. Should he stick a folk down my pants because dinner is taking too long? No, he should not.
Look at your own emotional support. What are you offering to your child? If all I did was show my son how to be what I wanted I would be a pretty bad mommy. Instead we focus together on what makes him gifted as a unique little person.
What I learned dropping my son off for 'day-care' for the first time
My son's life has always included me as his caregiver. I am always there to be mama for him and the longest we have ever been apart is an hour and forty-five minutes. This year we took a short cruise to get some warmth, sunshine and family time (toddler meltdowns at sea, yay!) and while on board I dropped him off at the day-care factuality on board. I had read good things, there were cameras everywhere I could watch and I got a special phone for direct calls. Truth be told, I thought it would be harder for me than for my two year old. After 12 minutes, half of which were spent watching him from the camera monitor I got a panicked but nice phone call that I needed to come get him as he was melting down. I found out that he had gotten so upset as soon as he realized I wasn't right around the corner that he vomited all over himself and the playroom.
I felt horrible for trying to drop him off but also relieved that we tested it out and I wasn't just being a cling-on mom who couldn't let him out of my sight. Most of the time I am a pretty laid-back mama. I just want to help my son navigate his way into a happy, kind and productive adulthood that will help him be proud of himself and loving towards good people. Trying to drop my son off taught me to continue to follow my mommy gut and believe that I really do know my son best of all. He is a sensitive and caring little terror of a monkey and needs the security of his mom.
As a breastfeeding advocate I often tell parents to believe in themselves and to toss society's rules out of the window of their life. Well, I want to offer support for mamas that know the best place for their babies is right by their side.
"Be Brave Enough to Know When All They Need Is Mom"
I have heard firsthand just how often everyone around us mamas want to tell us what to do with our little toddlers. It is almost impossible to go anywhere and not hear about cry it out, time outs, daycare and toughening up a boy.
Sometimes the very best place for a child to be is with their mommy. Kids grow up so fast and these short, powerfully formative years are precious. Dropping my son off for a few minutes and seeing how he reacted when I returned taught me a lot. I had to carry him back to our room and cuddle him for hours. He had been so worried that I wasn't there. The idea of mom not being around is so foreign to so many kids and I don't think that is a bad thing.
The 10 things toddlers know best
1.They are in wonder at the water from a faucet and know in the depths of their heart that mom really, really wants that faucet water to land on the floor.
2.Cheese is a whole food group. Toddlers will help you understand this.
3.The world can end when you are given the wrong animal cracker. It really fucking can.
4.Videos on dogs are better on the 50th watch than the first twenty.
5.The ecstasy filled joy of breastfeeding can be replaced with nothing else. Not even that expensive new toy you got them for your date night.
6.Mommies are both a wet-wipe and a handy snot rag. Maybe you used to wear nice looking clothing that fit well and you felt happy about. But now your toddler has helped you discover the joys of 3 day old yoga pants that used to be black and are now at best snot covered gray.
7.Poop works really well for wall paint. You may not see all the amazing hues when you are changing the nine-thousandth diaper but toddlers will be happy to show you just how many colors of the rainbow are in their poop.
8. Crayons look pretty on new flooring. Sure, we moms think coloring books are where it's at for style but toddlers know that recently installed flooring and freshly painted walls are the real art-houses of their day.
9.If you pull your mom's nipple it will get her attention faster than saying hello. All breastfeeding moms know this logically but toddlers know this truth on a deep level of glee.
10. Ice cream is kept in the freezer. You parents out there might think this is common knowledge until you witness your toddler discover this magical truth and realize that even duct tape will not keep your fridge door shut now.
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