My baby girl, “Pink”, turns two on Friday. Two! Of course birthdays are full of celebration and anticipation, but I can’t help also reflecting on the two years that seemed to go by in a flash. Being that organization isn’t my strong suit, I haven’t done a baby book yet. Yet. (That’s what my blog is for, right?) I found this really sweet Winnie the Pooh Memory book right here on Disney Baby, and it got me thinking. Here’s what I would have written. And will. Someday.
If you were to simply look at my mom, you probably wouldn’t think she seems all that tough. Chances are she’s wearing bright colors, sparkling jewelry, fresh lipstick, and a beautiful smile. But I’ll let you in on a little secret — beneath her feminine charms lies one strong woman.
It’s a quiet strength, which I believe to be her greatest gift. (Goodness knows she has many.) Her strength is the kind that builds people up rather than tearing them down. It’s the kind that inspires those around her to be more like themselves rather than more like her. It’s a kind that speaks of faith, hope, and love without a single word.
Four years ago, my husband gave me a huge surprise. On Mother’s Day Eve, he told me to pack a bag — that he was sending me to a nearby hotel for the night. All. By. Myself. At first I was a bit taken aback. Sure, his parents were visiting and would be able to help take care of our then 3-year old and 6-month old, but what if they needed their mom? He pointed out that they did need their mom. And their mom really, desperately needed a solid night’s sleep (which I hadn’t had in about 6 months thanks to a very sick, needy baby). Since I can’t nurse, he could handle feeding the baby for a night, while I got a quick escape. They’d see me bright and not too-too early in the morning for breakfast.
Staying active during pregnancy can be difficult. Especially if you’re experiencing things like morning sickness, fatigue, achy muscles, etc. But the benefits of doctor-approved exercise are definitely worth it. Tasha Lawton, creator & founder of Pregalates, uses her years of fitness training to help expectant mothers feel good. She shared some gentle, effective techniques, which include deep breathing and stretching, as a great way to prepare for the birth of your child — and relieve some of the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy. As with any new activity during pregnancy, be sure check with your doctor to see if these are right for you. (My OB happened to be a big believer in the magic of yoga and pilates, and they gave me great relief.)
Oh dear. Rumor has it my baby (baby, I tell you!) is about to turn two. While she’s got a wide variety of interests thanks to her big brothers, she’s definitely got a little princess brewing in her. The other day when I said it was time to get dressed, she said, “Pretty! I want pretty!”
As I think of all the things I should get her for her birthday, I can’t help but think this Rapunzel bodysuit would have her spinning in circles of pure joy.
What do you think? Should I indulge her? I mean, really, is that even a question?