Baby Milestones

See which milestones to track as your baby grows, hear from other parents experiencing these firsts, and get great ideas for how to record each big (and small) baby event.

"Is He Walking Yet?"

It’s the question we hear over and over again: “Is Judah walking yet?” The answer is, of course, no, Judah is not walking yet… but here’s why we’re not worried about it.

3 Things I Wish I'd Done for Our Baby's Baptism

Curiously, with every baby I have had, their baby hood seems to zoom by faster and faster. 

By the time we had our fourth baby, I swear I blinked and she was already almost two months old–how did that happen?

It was about the time when I figured out how fast time really does go by that I finally got around to setting up my daughter’s baptism–and of course, as most things go with kids, things didn’t exactly go as I planned.

7 Reasons I Think My Toddler is Ready to Potty Train Early

They say that most children are ready to potty train between the ages of 22 and 30 months. My daughter was a late bloomer; she wasn’t fully potty trained until the age of 3 or so. One day, she just took off her Pull-Ups® training diaper and said she didn’t need it anymore because she was a big girl.

However, my 17-month-old son is already showing signs that he is ready to quit the diaper now. Here are seven reasons I think he may be ready to potty train.

I think my toddler is ready to potty train

I think my toddler is ready to potty train

Why Leaving Your Baby Can Be a Good Thing

Last weekend was a first for both Macks and me. I left him overnight for the very first time. I was actually very excited for the trip, because it was a much needed girl’s weekend that I haven’t had in a very long time. While I was sad to leave my kids, I was more excited to have time to myself.

To be honest, I haven’t really had any time for myself in years. When I did travel alone, it was always for work, which isn’t exactly the long relaxing alone time that you dream of. It was becoming more and more apparent to me just how hard raising three little ones can be. As much as I love being their mother, I was becoming so focused on that, that I forgot to focus on me. 

A Magical Milestone

One of the things my girls both love is a good book.

Since my professional background is in children’s libraries, this delights me to no end, and we’ve spent hundreds of hours snuggled on the couch or in bed reading stacks of picture books together.

In the last month or two, though, a new reader has arrived in our family.

Toddlers Reading

Our older daughter has learned how to read pretty fluently and she loves reading to our second daughter.

Now, whenever I need to take a shower or get something done or keep the girls entertained on the bus or train, I suggest that Ella reads a book to Ani and, like magic, the two of them are totally engrossed in the book.

It’s great practice for Ella to work on her reading skills, Ani doesn’t mind if Ella stumbles a little here or there, and the two of them get to enjoy one of life’s greatest pleasures together.

Plus, mama gets a few minutes of peace to make dinner or send off an email. Win-win!

Toddlers Reading
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