In just a matter of time, the rainy season will be here. Although the temperature will be warmer, I’m sure we’ll still feel a bit of cabin fever as thunderstorms leave us trapped inside. From my experience though, rainy weather is way better on little ones than snow. We can still get outside to splash in the puddles (as long as there isn’t lightning) and it makes for a cozy, creative day indoors. As a stay-at-home mom, rain sort of forces me to get creative. It makes me come up with fun (and sometimes messy) ways to have fun with my little ones. Here are a few rainy day ideas for little ones under 2…
Growing up, March was for the most part, a magical month. I felt excitement and anticipation, often counting how many times I would have to go to sleep and wake up before it was my birthday. My mother always made my birthdays special, whether it was a big celebration with family and friends where streamers abounded, or a small celebration complete with sparkly confetti, noise blowers, and party hats.
But as I grew older, birthdays began to lose some of their sparkle. Although I was thankful for them, I struggled with the fact that I was getting older. Sure, becoming an “early mama” forced me to grow up rather quickly, but I came to love my young mom status and eventually after finding my tribe — a group of moms in college raising their little ones just like me, and years later, an amazing community via the internet. I realized that I was anything but alone in this.
As 30 approaches, I’ve decided that the best thing I can do for myself is embrace it. Why resist what’s inevitable?
I’ve decided to open my eyes and my heart to the magic that will come with this new chapter in my life. I’ve decided to believe. I’m wiser than I ever was, and while I’ve still got a ways to go, I’m more confident in whom I am, lingering post pregnancy baby weight and all. And it is my belief that I will become even more confident in whom I am as a mother, a wife, and a woman over the next decade (and beyond).
So in celebration of the next chapter in my story, I’m sharing 10 things I’m giving myself permission to do in my 30s:
I was talking with one of my best friends the other day about how we wanted to put our boys into swim lessons this summer. Thinking about that obviously got my wheels turning on cute swimwear for this summer. The temperatures are starting to warm up down here in the south, and we are so excited to be planning our first summer with a toddler! Make a splash with Disney Baby this summer!
In just a couple of weeks we will all be celebrating the fact that “spring has sprung.” Spring is one of the sweetest of the four seasons. It’s a time to celebrate new life. After the winter months have ended a season filled with blooming flowers, sunny skies and cute baby animals awaits. As a tribute to the season where the Easter bunny makes his appearance as May flowers are our reward for navigating and jumping puddles amidst the April showers, I wanted to share 22 sweet baby names inspired by spring!
If you asked me ten years ago what the best sound in the world was, I am not sure what my answer would have been. If you ask me today the answer is easy; the sound of my kids giggling. Nothing beats it. I could be having the craziest day, I hear my little ones giggle (sometimes uncontrollably) and all is well with the world.
What’s incredible about the giggles is how they are often brought on by the day-to-day things that adults don’t find too funny. But kids, being the rays of light that they are, see the best in everything. They take a simple moment and turn it into an opportunity to laugh until they just can’t laugh anymore. I love it. It helps me maintain my sense of humor and keeps me grounded and focused on the goodness in life. There is very little we can control, so why not make the best of things and have a good laugh, right?
Here are pictures of 16 random moments that make my 16-month-old girl (and sometimes her brother) giggle her little heart out. What everyday moments make your little ones giggle?