There are two gifts that I love to give at baby showers and birthdays — clothes and books. The first is a need (and let’s be honest, shopping for tiny clothes is so much fun!). The second is a gift that I believe has the potential to keep on giving. One of my favorite things to do with my girls is read. We have a “library” (bookshelf) and it isn’t unusual for us to start our mornings and end our days curled up turning the pages of books. My hope is that my girls will always value literature the way they do now — that they will always find beauty in words.
This month, my littlest one will be turning two, and so far we are planning to gift her one toy and a couple of books. I had gotten her a Mickey Mouse shirt too but couldn’t wait to show her. (She asked to put it on immediately.)
Disney has a variety of books that make great gifts and are perfect for your little one’s library. Here are a few that are on my radar:
The thing about a good Disney movie is that you just can’t let it go. Especially if it’s captured the eyes and ears (and subsequently heart) of your little one. One of the things that I love so much about Disney movies is that these beautifully told stories often manage to capture our hearts too. They speak to the inner child in all of us. The part of us that still believes in magic. The part of us that sees parenthood as a multitude of things, among them being a chance to experience the magic of childhood again.
Not since the Little Mermaid and the Lion King has a story spoke to me the way the story of Elsa and Anna did. Perhaps the fact that I am a mother of two girls made it even easier for me to fall for these two sisters. My girls and I have sat and watched this movie several times, and each time they look as their mama’s eyes get glassy. The first time we watched it I wept. Yes. I know. You too?
And despite welcoming an occasional break from the soundtrack (currently in my car CD player) I just can’t let this movie go. It’s found a place amongst my favorites. This mama is moved by a story about sisterhood and love in its many forms.
Perhaps for me, the takeaway, the message that keeps me coming back, is that sisters will always be sisters.
In the end, nothing was a match for the love of a sister. People will come and go, but sisterhood – that is forever. And as I’ve said before, my hope is that my two girls – sisters – will be there to hold each other and love and support one another when their daddy and I no longer can.
At almost two, I don’t think my toddler really understands the significance of a movie that has managed to warm the hearts of many, despite what the title might suggest. But when she looks up at her sister saying, “Hold me sister” — and when the first words that come out of her mouth in the morning are “Sister where are you?” — it’s clear to me that she understands the gift she has in the form of a sibling.
As a tribute to the movie that we still can’t get enough of, here are a few Frozen products currently available for purchase at Disney Store.
As a child, my friends and I often talked about the things we would wish for in the event we were ever granted a few wishes by way of a genie or a fairy. Cinderella was quite fortunate to have Fairy Godmother. She worked magic on Cinderella’s behalf. I don’t have a godmother, let alone a fairy godmother, but if I did, here are a few things that I’d wish for:
This week my oldest returned to school. It’s a marker for me – a clear indicator that summer as we know it is almost over.
As the final weeks of summer slip away I find myself grasping on to whatever is left of it. An ice cream date after school. An evening trip to the park, a bowl filled with berries, bubbles and sandals.
I’m not ready to say goodbye. Even when it’s so hot it feels unbearable there’s something magnificent about the summer season.
As my littlest inches closer to her second birthday I find myself grasping onto whatever is left of babyhood the same way I’m grasping on to what remains of summer. I know she’s a toddler and yet there are still glimmers of a baby in there. Even when motherhood feels challenging and I feel unequipped there’s still something magnificent about this season too. Again, I’m not ready to say goodbye.
Several weeks ago, I took my girls in for their dental exam. During Lola’s exam, we discussed her “binky” (pacifier) usage, and it was recommended that we start weaning her off of it. In my head, I knew that this was something we needed to do, but in my heart, I questioned how I could. Lola is a binky baby all the way, and a part of me hates to take it away, knowing that it comforts her. A part of me is also aware that doing so won’t be easy, given her love affair with the pacifier.
And sure, I realize that motherhood isn’t about being easy. Challenges, big and small, are a reality — but they’re even more of a reality when I’ve got an irritable toddler on my hands, or I’m sleep deprived because she couldn’t sleep either. Still, I want to do what’s best for my little one, and I know helping her find an alternative way to self-soothe is it.
Aside from the dentist’s recommendation, there were also a few other indicators that it was time for us to say goodbye to the pacifier. Here are 12 of them.