Choosing a baby name is such a big decision. Some couples are able to select one with ease, while others are unable to agree until after the baby is born. A name can be passed down from previous generations or it can be a modern variation or hybrid of classic names. As for my newest daughter, I wanted a name for her that would be meaningful and special, yet also pay homage to a dear and beloved person in my life. For those reasons, I chose the name Amani, after my favorite cousin, meaning “wishes, aspirations.”
Every year during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world fast from dawn until dusk as an act of worship. Children, elderly, and nursing or pregnant mothers are exempt. With Amani just barely two months at the start of this Ramadan, I knew I wouldn’t be fasting along with my family and friends. To say I felt left out is an understatement. It didn’t feel like Ramadan to me, but I had a very good excuse for not fully participating.
Bathtime is one of my favorite times. What’s not to love about splashing in the water, bubble baths, and fresh, clean kiddos at the end of it all? As a mama to four, most of the time I have to bathe them each quickly in order to get through them all in a reasonable amount of time. That may mean less fun for the sake of efficiency. But with the adorable bathtime products from Kohl’s, we can now infuse some fun into their baths. Washcloth sets, robes, and hooded towels featuring their favorite Disney characters including, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Finding Nemo, are all available. Check out these great goodies that make bathtime fun and efficient.
For nearly two and a half years, she was the baby of the family. She is known to all as “Baby Z.” Her baby status is something that I figured would stay with her always. I still consider all of my daughters as “my babies,” but there’s something about Zaynab that has let that baby feeling linger. However, that all changed when Amani was born.
When I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited to document the journey. I’ve always taken pregnancy pictures with each of my pregnancies, but this time I wanted to do something special. Chalk it up to Pinterest and its extensive pregnancy photo pins. I knew I didn’t want anything elaborate. Just something sweet and simple that would be easy to complete each month. I found the perfect little chalkboard that made it all possible. Notice how I wasn’t limited to one location with my fun and mobile chalkboard prop for my month-by-month pregnancy pictures.