Posted by Mary McBride
I love pausing during the month of November to remember all the things I have to be grateful for. Sometimes in the rush of life, I neglect to recognize just how rich my life is. I shared earlier this month the thing that I am most thankful for, and now it is Elvie’s turn. While she can’t say out loud what she is grateful for, I can guess. Here are 10 things that make Elvie’s life better and more exciting. I bet some of the babies and toddlers in your lives appreciate some of these things, too.
Posted by Mary McBride
Elvie doesn’t talk much yet. She tries to say some words, and she loves animal sounds, but she’s not that motivated to talk yet. Part of the reason is that there are three of us at her beck and call, and she never really wants for anything for very long. But the other reason is that she communicates so much without talking that it almost seems superfluous. We have had more than one person tell us that she is the most expressive toddler they have ever met. You can tell what she is thinking, feeling, and sometimes wanting just by looking at her face. I love this facet of her personality, and I pulled together my favorite of her facial expressions from the first time we met until now. I started to add captions, but then I realize that her face says it all. No captions necessary. Enjoy.
Posted by Andrea Howe
Motherhood hits you fast and furious with the delivery (or adoption) of your first baby. Friends and family can prepare you by telling you how much love you’ll feel to how scared and tired you’ll feel, but it usually takes weeks, even months, for the amazing realization to actually set in that you are indeed a mother now. At least it did for me. For me, it wasn’t just one instance that sealed the deal for me either, it was often little occurrences throughout the day that all added up to me feeling like motherhood was my new normal. It was often intimate, loving little things that came on instinctively, but today, I would like to share the funnier side of motherhood. The silly, ridiculous and unbelievable moments that happened to me, and let me know that I was now indeed a mother.
Posted by Maria José Ovalle
Hola, it’s me, Little L! This is my monthly recap of all of the things I’ve learned, discovered and chewed on. I’m 9 months and ooooh man, the fun just doesn’t end!
Mami is so easy to fool, although she does play hard to get sometimes when she makes me cry it out in my crib. Most of the time I win, but she is pretty sneaky herself, so I have to keep up!
And my brother M — I have to watch out for him because he is Mami’s helper and is always taking things away from me, saying “she can put it in her mouth.” He’s right, but what’s wrong with that?! I just want to get a little taste! And Papi, well, he’s the best — he lets me do what I want. I feel pretty calm around him. I just snuggle up with him when it’s dark outside, and we watch the news. First the BBC, then the local news. It’s our thing. He’s the only one that I will sit still with. He smells nice too, like my bath soap.
So here are 10 things I’ve mastered this month — I hope you are proud of me!
Posted by Keiko Zoll
Today is World Prematurity Day. One out of every ten births is premature worldwide. I can confidently say, no parents ever expect to become the parents of a preemie baby: we sure didn’t when Judah surprised us with his early arrival! For the first twenty-nine days of his life, Judah lived in the NICU – out of state and 300+ miles away from our home – and we were right there by his side for every moment.
In honor of World Prematurity Day, I wanted to look back at our strange days of life in the NICU, of our son’s incredible fight and amazing resilience to offer hope, support and inspiration to others who may be parenting preemie babies of their own.