Baby Stories

Hear the funny and heartwarming stories of raising babies from some moms who aren't afraid to share! These stories may make you laugh or cry or both…and you may just find a useful tip or two.

Teaching Our Son the Gift of Giving

With eight nights of Hanukkah and the Christmas holiday season, it can seem like the focus is all on gifts, gifts, gifts. Before we ever had Judah, my husband and I decided that we didn’t want Judah to grow up focused on just getting presents – we want to teach him the value of giving to others, too.

Our Family's Favorite Christmas Song

Are you a huge fan of holiday music? I definitely am. I grew up going to the Christmas Eve service at church, where we would sing all of the Christmas songs I loved. I even start listening to holiday music in October because I just can’t wait for Christmas to get here! And it totally gets me in the holiday mood.

Because my family loves me so much, they have chosen a song that is very special to me as their favorite Christmas song.

I was given the awesome privilege of recording a Christmas song with one of the most recognizable characters of all time while I starred on Disney Channel. And I’ve included the music video for you all to see! 

Mixing Our Cultural Christmas Traditions

My husband and I both come from Hispanic families but were raised in America. We are the children of immigrants, and it’s always fascinated me how much we assimilate to the American culture versus how much we retain from our countries of origin.

This is most evident in the way we celebrate holidays. For the most part, as we were growing up, we did Christmas the way our parents had always done Christmas. This meant celebrating Noche Buena and Three King’s Day with not a big emphasis on Santa Claus. But now that we have kids of our own who are more Americanized, we have to decide how to mix the American traditions with our Hispanic ones. 

Our Success Using Baby Signs to "Talk" with Our Toddler

Since Wyatt was about 7 months old, we’ve been teaching him baby signs in hopes he would be able to communicate with us about what he wants. We spent months repeatedly showing him just a few signs for things like “eat,” “more,” “milk,” and “all done.”

After months of little progress, suddenly — like a light switch — it all came together, and we’re seeing success with our signs.

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