Posted by Maria José Ovalle
We have teeth, actual teeth!
Little L hasn’t had the best of times and now, after months of whining and waking my girl has four teeth on the top and two on the bottom. She’s a hard one to pin down so I hadn’t really seen them, but I certainly felt them. Ouch!
Posted by Lauren Hartmann
I wouldn’t say that I’m a grumpy person or anything, but I can definitely be a little bit jaded at times. While I do enjoy a good tradition every now and again, I sometimes get overwhelmed and disenchanted when it comes to the holiday season and in the past have honestly just felt like it was all more work than it was worth. And then I had a child. A wonderful, little bundle of love and magic and she ruined me for cynicism forevermore.
Posted by Mary McBride
We knew when Elvie joined our family that typical timelines for development probably wouldn’t apply to her. In addition to her physical birth defect, she had a very hard start to life and was quite sick when we finally got to her in Ethiopia. We knew that she hadn’t been given the opportunity to develop a lot of the skills that other babies can develop in the first five months. Still, we could see a spark of who she was the whole time, and as she grew, her personality came out more and more. She has always been eager to try new things, unless she isn’t. It turns out that Elvie is a little bit stubborn, and she doesn’t care to be on anyone’s timeline but her own. So even things that I thought she might eventually catch up with, that wouldn’t be directly impacted by her birth defect, she has insisted on her own pace, her own way. Talking is one of those things.
Instead of talking, she wanted to focus on the challenges that people said she wouldn’t accomplish, like walking before her last surgery. Because she is so expressive, she hasn’t really needed to talk anyway, so why would she bother, when she could be spending her time getting faster at getting into things that are off limits? If she wants something, she just raises an eyebrow or points enthusiastically, and she gets the point across. However, now that she is healing from surgery in her brace, and thus her movement is a lot more confined, she has suddenly had a language explosion. I chuckle a little when I think of it, because it is such a surprise, and because I was just starting to worry ever so slightly that we’d have to add another evaluation and therapy to the list. She was just doing it her own way, as usual. Here are a dozen of her most used words and phrases. They are such magic to hear.
Posted by Lauren Hartmann
Ever since my husband I started dating (way back in high school) we’ve had a tradition of making/buying an ornament every year. When we were younger, we would make each other funny little ornaments. One year, I made him a popsicle stick frame ornament with a photo of us in it, and he made me a light-up Christmas tree ornament in his electronics class. Now, we stick to buying ornaments each year. Some years, they are significant and represent something special about the year, and other years, we just choose one that we think will look pretty on the tree. Since we have a daughter, it’s a fun tradition to share with her, and now she gets a yearly ornament too!
Posted by Becka Robinson
My friend Nikki is an incredible person and mom. Earlier this year I shared her brilliant gratitude project that she did with her toddler son. You can see it here if you’re curious. Now I’m sharing this incredible video of what she came up with for her son’s 3rd birthday! She had him do three random acts of kindness, but they are all so incredible. Watch the video below to see how it all unfolded. I hope she inspires you to think outside of the box this season of giving and create special memories with your own kids!