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This week has been the hardest week yet since my return to work. A shift occurred in our house, and suddenly Lola wasn’t the only one with a runny nose. I had one too. It’s an interesting dance she and I do whenever we are sick. Neither of us are ever in the same phase; it’s often me feeling at my worst when she’s on the mend. And being sick with a little one is anything but easy. Yes, the smiles and the laughter have the ability to remedy the cold blues, but they can also make for an even more exhausted mama.
In the 18 months that she’s been here with me, we’ve shared many things. Blueberries, Cheerios, and even a couple of colds. Long before her arrival, we had already shared so much. In those quiet moments when it was just the two of us, I often shared with her my innermost thoughts. She knew my dreams, my hopes and my fears. She knew that the idea of being a mama of two terrified me and filled my heart with immense joy all at the same time.
See, time had given us a chance to get really good at this sharing thing. But eventually, time also lent itself to the realization that some things aren’t shared so easily, particularly if you’re an 18-month-old.
Today, our present is filled with the word mine. “Mine,” she will say as her eyebrows burrow and her grip tightens. “Mine!”
Month 17 brought with it a host of changes. We started preparing for daycare and my return to work. We battled fevers and the morning dash and as it seems we are close to finding our stride another month has made its debut. Today my baby is officially 18-months-old. She’s on the move and making it known that she’s got a lot to say and as usual, just like all of the months before this one, she is filling our hearts and home with that extra helping of love and laughter that we never knew we needed until her arrival. Here are some favorite Instagram photos from month 17:
While I absolutely adore cute and tiny baby things, there are times when I hesitate to purchase items that I know won’t get much use. While there were a few tiny-sized items that I splurged on when Lola was first born, when possible, I tried to purchase items that I knew would last for more than a couple of months and/or that had multiple uses.
Disney Store has great options if you are in search of products that work for both now and later. Items ranging from cuddly bodysuits that grow with your baby to toys that can be put on display now, and on the playroom floor later. Take a look at some of my favorites that are sure to take your little from baby-hood into toddler-hood (and just maybe even beyond!).
This month marked my return to work (outside of the home). Gone are the days of working in my pajamas alongside my little one. To say I miss her terribly is an understatement. Adjusting has been no easy feat. Although my heart aches for my baby girl, I’ve found a few ways to help me feel closer to her even when we are apart. Here are some of the things that I do until we are reunited: