6 Things I Loved as a Kid That I Want My Baby to Enjoy, Too

Our little ones live in such a different time then we did as children. There are so many new and exciting things I’m looking forward to teaching and experiencing in my parenting journey with Soren. However, I can’t help but remember the fond experiences I had growing up in a world not centered around technology.

While I’m excited to teach Soren everything I can about the fascinating world around him, I would also love him to be able to experience some of the incredible memories I experienced during my childhood:

Get Baby's Halloween Costume a Year Ahead!

I should have learned my lesson last year.

I had a chance to get Aarlen this adorable costume two days before Halloween for just $5.99 — gosh I miss him this little and chunky — but I didn’t. Even after I almost didn’t find his big sister, Naliya, a Doc McStuffins’ costume on time, I still didn’t realize that I should get their costumes early.

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Judah's Favorite Book: His Face Book!

When Judah was around a year old, my husband made him his very own “Face” Book: He took printed photos of us and our immediate family and “tagged” them with their names. For our parents, names like Nana and Pop Pop and Obachan and Jiji (grandmother and grandfather in Japanese) were used. Judah was quick to recognize Mama and Dada, but in the almost six months since then, it’s become his favorite book by far!

Baby's First Boo-Boo

Macks’ mobility has brought on new parenting challenges. He’s much more active than my girls ever were. As soon as he realized he could go from one place to another, he did it and never looked back.

It’s funny to see more parts of his personality peek through as he learns these new skills. I’ve come to find out that he is a very daring little boy and has no fear when it comes to getting or doing something that he wants. He’s tried to climb the walls, pull himself up on just about anything he can get his hands on, and will move as fast as lightening if he spots something from across the room that he wants. 

Cooking with Abuelita: Tres Leches

When my grandmother first moved to Miami from Nicaragua, she began working in a bakery making tres leches. This dessert is famous in this town. All the Latinos love it. Tres leches means “three milks” in Spanish, and it is made of condensed milk, evaporated milk, and cream. This is by far my favorite dessert. The cake is light and airy, while the different milks saturate it, making it incredibly moist and sweet.

Since my grandmother is the tres leches expert in the family, I don’t even dare making this cake without her. There’s just a special touch she puts in it that makes it even more delicious. Liam has a sweet tooth like his mama, and he loves this cake as well.

Click through for the recipe. 

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