Baby Memories

Your baby grows up quicker than you think, and you'll want to remember every memory. These easy scrapbook and memory-making ideas will help you record every milestone.

Finding Your Silver Linings: The Bright Side of Those Challenging Moments in Motherhood

As magical as motherhood is, there are moments when I find myself knee deep in frustration. Toddlers have impeccable timing, and there are times when I struggle to see things for what they really are. Times when I am so fixated on me that I succumb to frustration or dissatisfaction. Moments when the fact that there are now Cheerios and milk all over the floor when I’m already running late, feels like the end of the world when in reality it’s not. It’s but a mere moment in the trajectory of life. A small hiccup in the collection of moments that make up our everydays. Or maybe it’s not a hiccup. Maybe it’s an opportunity for me to relearn a valuable lesson and teach it to my children at the same time.

From time to time, I surprise myself with an ability to see the silver lining in what had the potential to be perceived as something negative. And the more I do it — the more I strive to look at things differently — the more room I have in my heart for the joy that comes forth from mothering. Here are a few silver linings I’ve come to see along the way:

Magical Moments with Macks and His Sisters

One of my favorite things about the stage that Macks is in now is how much fun he is having with his sisters. He could sit and watch them all day if I let him. They love to do things to make him laugh, and he loves the entertainment. It’s always so magical watching my kids’ relationship grow. Knowing how much they love one another is enough to make my heart swell.

I love capturing special moments with Macks and his sisters so that I can cherish these moments forever. 

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Easy but Awesome Birthday Card for a First-Time Dad

This past week I celebrated another birthday. It wasn’t a milestone number or a big party — it was simply turning 34. Although, there was one part of this birthday that set it apart from all the rest…so far.

It was my first birthday as a father. While I loved all the cards and gifts I received, without a doubt there was one that stood out above the rest.

Celebrating the Fun of Amani's First Eid

A few weeks ago, my little Amani celebrated her first Eid, festival, that marked the end of Ramadan. Even though I didn’t get to participate during the month long of fasting, I was all in for the celebratory feasting to commemorate the end. While I’ve definitely experienced Eid with children before, I’ve never been through it with a newborn.

Celebrating the Fun of Baby's First Eid Holiday

Liam’s Spiderman Party

My son recently turned 3 years old. Originally I wasn’t going to have a big party for him, since we’ve had big parties the past two years (a nautical first birthday and a safari second birthday). Throwing parties takes a lot of work, so I was planning on keeping it simple this year — but then he ever so sweetly asked if he could have a Spiderman party, and I couldn’t say no!

Thank goodness Spiderman is pretty popular right now, so planning it was a cinch. I was able to find a lot of Spiderman goods at our local dollar store and we chose to have pizza (easiest party food ever!) for everyone to eat. Since it’s also summertime in Miami, we decided to have a lot of outside water games for the kids to enjoy, including a big inflatable water slide.

Liam is recently obsessed with superheroes and his favorite is, obviously, Spiderman. It really warmed my heart to see my son so happy.

Check out a few snapshots from Liam’s Spiderman party.

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