Maria José Ovalle

Born in Chile and raised in the US, María José is a mamá to a four year old boy and a daughter born January 2013 living in the Washington, D.C. area. She is a PR by profession and blogs about her family as well as personal style and beauty for busy mamas on Very Busy Mamá — Life, Beauty & Style. When she does have a spare minute, she actively participates in local theater productions and is known to run a marathon or two. She is set to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2013. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Baby, I Love Your Feet!

I’m still on a first birthday high — I can’t believe she is one! My husband and I keep saying how different she is at this age from our son. She is vibrant, loud and super active.

Every day, I shower her with kisses from her head to her feet. Every part of her is absolutely delicious, especially after a nap; she is just so warm and cuddly.

5 Cozy Hats to Keep Baby Warm During the Polar Vortex

Its cold, no scratch that it’s FREEZING! We don’t get much snow here in the D.C. area and much less below freezing temperatures.

We have spent a whole lot of time inside and it’s starting to wear on all of us. A few days we could have gone out, but I know Little L will freeze into a popsicle in a matter of minutes. Poor girl!

However despite this “polar vortex” hitting us hard, I still have to get my son to preschool and that means taking the baby too. In the mornings I feel bad getting her out of her warm room and into a cold carseat. One of the first times we went out, she sort of jumped back when we opened the door because the cold air stung her face.

Here are 5 of my favorite Disney Baby hats to keep your baby warm during the Polar Vortex all available at the Disney Store:

Bonding with My Baby Over Breakfast

I have always said that with two kids you have to divvy up your time. Often, I felt that my daughter didn’t get enough attention or that my son felt left out. Of course, not purposely but with a four year age gap, it’s going to happen — they have completely different needs!

My son goes to preschool everyday until 11.45 — not a lot of time, but a few hours that I get to myself and to be alone with Little L. Sometimes we get back from dropping him off and we cuddle on the cozy sofa, play peek-a-boo or just simply sits in my lap playing with whatever she has reached for, most times the remote. We sit in silence, no TV, no nothing just us and the humming of the heat coming through the vents. It’s magical.

We then move on to breakfast, she in her highchair and I at the table. Recently she figured out how to drink from a straw so she has been engrossed with that! In the mornings I tend to have a fruit or green smoothie and she has milk, oatmeal and meal. But today, after making my yummy and super fiberlicous green smoothie, she leaned forward, opened her mouth and motioned for the straw.

Reminiscing on the Day of Little L's First Birthday

I woke up on the morning of the 29th, walked into Little L’s room and had a flashback to my hospital room one year ago. I didn’t think I’d be so reminiscent of those few days before and after giving birth, but I was.

I spent the entire day going in and out of daydreams about my labor. Every birth story is different and mine certainly wasn’t what I had planned! For starters my husband was away on business when I was unexpectedly taken to labor and delivery after going in for one of my last checkups. Her heart rate was low and my blood pressure was up — it was time for Little L to arrive.

Little L Doesn't Want to Walk!

I’m not pushing my daughter, who just turned 1 to walk, but it’s funny to see her in absolutely no rush to walk.

She stands, can balance for a good while without holding on, and cruises along her playpen and the sofa but when it comes down to getting from point A to point B, this little girls doesn’t even TRY to walk. She immediately drops down and crawls. Fast. And I’m talking super fast. I’m starting to think she’s so good at crawling she doesn’t feel the need to walk.

See, my son (now 5) never properly crawled — he rolled and then sort of dragged himself everywhere. He walked right on his first birthday! Believe me, I know what happens when babies begin to walk, it’s not exactly life made easier, but she’s getting heavier and carrying her around is starting to wear on me.

I watch her as she plays and discovers, and she is right at the brink of taking that step, but always ops for crawling. For such an active and alert baby, she is sure taking her sweet time.

At what age did your little one start to walk?

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