5 Things I Miss About the Newborn Stage

I never truly appreciated the newborn stage until I had Macks. When you’re a new mom, you learn as you go. Everything is new. But with Macks being my third child, I knew what was coming next (or at least I’d like to think that I did.)

I love each stage that my children go through, but there is something so magical and precious about those newborn days. It’s only been five months since Macks was born, but it feels like so long ago that we was my tiny baby. It’s hard for me to admit this, but I miss it so much. There is so much to love when your little one is so fresh and new, but here’s what I miss most about when Macks was a newborn. 

Dad is Serving Up More Than Just Dinner

In Casa de Carter, I am the cook. I do the grocery shopping and plan the meals for the week. I am one of the thousands, if not million or so, dads who are in charge of dinner in American homes. It’s not necessarily because I love my weekly trip to the grocery store, and I am far short of being a gourmet cook. Ask my wife. It just sort of happened years ago because of schedules. It works for us. Now with a child, here’s why I’m thrilled it works this way.

7 Reasons I Love a Booster Seat

At Christmas, we bought our one-year-old a booster seat so she could sit at the table with us. She LOVED it and mealtime immediately became a much happier time for all of us.

Here are seven reasons I’m a huge fan:

Make Your Own Chunky Toddler Crayons!

Judah has been interacting and engaging so much with his toys recently that we thought we’d introduce him to a staple of childhood fun: crayons! While it seemed like a good idea, Judah was all too eager to try and EAT the crayons. So, I came up with a more creative, crafty DIY solution: I’d make him his very own chunky toddler-sized crayons, perfect for little hands to grasp and draw with. This super-easy toddler activity is perfect for a rainy day, a lazy Sunday, or even works as a sweet homemade gift!

Here’s how you can make your own chunky toddler crayons – click on through to see the tutorial!

A Toy Story Themed Birthday Party

My friend Monique from the blog Curves and Chaos recently shared these adorable pictures of her nephew Sebastian’s first birthday party last week. He had a Toy Story themed party, and they were so cute I just had to share. In case you’re planning your own Toy Story party, click through for a few ideas to get you inspired.

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