I was just away from my family for a few days on a business trip, which is always hard for me. I hate to say goodbye, and I find myself thinking of the kids the whole time I’m away. (Ok, almost the whole time.) “Ooh, ‘Big’ would love this place!” Or, “I wonder what ‘Pink’ would say if she saw this.” I can’t help it. I’m a mom first.
I’m constantly looking for new ways to develop my daughter’s communication skills. At almost 23 months she’s becoming more and more opinionated, and she wants desperately to get those opinions out. When she can’t find the words, it becomes tantrum-inducing chaos. Well, this past week, a light turned on. And now whenever she isn’t enjoying something, she knows exactly what to say.
“I don’t like it.”
It’s hard to choose from the thousands of toys out there for your little one. Oh, the lights, the buttons, the colors! But, according to Erika Cardamone — the licensed speech and language pathologist behind the insightful blog TheSpeechies.com — these ten low-maintenance, no-battery-required toys provide the maximum amount of word learning and language development. She explained to me that repetition of simple words and short phrases during play will help your baby learn that words have meaning. Babies learn their world through exploration and play, so playtime isn’t just fun, it’s crucial for cognitive development too.
Lately I can’t get over how big my baby girl is. Ok, she’s not exactly a baby anymore. At 22 months, she’s much more of a mini person than a helpless, goggling baby.
She’s getting big. Really big. Her clothes have to be folded in half to fit in the drawer now. When she lays in my arms, limbs pour over the sides. Her crib looks like it may need an extension built on here soon. It’s honestly alarming how very big she’s getting.
Or so I thought.
My first baby — a sensitive, but strong boy — turned 7 last week. I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on that, and thinking back to when my big boy was just an itty-bitty baby. I spent some time looking up mother/son quotes to try to capture the overwhelming emotions that have been a part of my life since he entered this world. In celebration of “Big” and his 7th birthday, here are some of my favorites…