As I turn the corner on the fourth month of pregnancy, it’s starting to dawn on me:
My “baby” is not really a baby anymore.
My youngest child is my son, who is about to hit 20 months and in this past month, my husband and I have both noticed incredible changes in him. His vocabulary has exploded, he is showing his own little personality, and he is asserting his independence in totally new ways.
The other day I was chatting with a fellow stay-at-home mom on the phone, catching up on our respective rather routine lives. And yes, we were actually talking on the phone, not just texting on it. Crazy, right?
As moms are likely to do, we somehow got on the topic of our baby’s feeding habits. Suddenly, the other mother sounded slightly embarrassed, admitting that her baby was still taking a bottle after she had been forced to quit breastfeeding due to some medical issues.
Ignoring the fact that St. Patrick’s day kind of involves a rather creepy tradition of a little lepruchaun and an elusive pot of gold, it still happens to be one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with my little ones.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that there’s not the “pressure” of a bigger holiday, with the demands of perfection and menus and hosting family, or maybe it has something to do with the fact that I can’t help but love a holiday that celebrates my Irish roots, but I think the day can be a lot of fun.
And in the spirit of green, here are 5 easy and fun St. Patrick’s day activities for you to enjoy with your toddler!
Confession: Princesses are kind of a big deal in my house.
I’ve never been one to “push” anything extra-girly or princessy on my girls, but who I am kidding? They love everything princess-related.
From my oldest charming her way past Cinderella at Disney World and cozying up to Prince Charming himself to our dress-up trunk that is overflowing with princess attire, I love the ways my daughters’ imaginations come alive through princess play.
I mean, after all, every girl is a princess no matter what, right?
And the truth is, I do believe that we are in for even more princess fun in our house, as I am currently pregnant with baby #4. Although we don’t know yet what gender our baby is (I’m only 15 weeks along), my husband and I both have the sneaking suspicion that our household is about to be overrun with all things girl yet again.
So, of course, I couldn’t resist browsing some adorable ways for our (maybe) baby girl to get in on the princess dress-up fun!
When I found out that I was having a boy for the first time, I admit that I worried about not being a “boy’s” type of mom.
After two daughters, I was well familiar with the world of princesses and the parties and spa days, but did I know about the world of boys?
Would I be a good rough `n tumble mom? Could I work up the proper fascination for toy trains and dinosaurs? If my son turned out to be anything like the brother I remembered from my childhood, constantly smashing toys together and always making things fight, I was a little more than concerned about the fate that lay ahead.