Category Archives: Everyday Mommy

Budget Friendly Education At 3 Years Old

Budget Friendly Education At 3 Years Old

About a few months ago, we pulled my oldest son Cade out of a learning-based daycare to join his younger brother Beckham being kept at a family friend's home daycare. While Cade is only 3 years old, he learned and absorbed so much in his 14-15 months with many other kids in a learning environment. After the experience that this afforded us as a family, I would certainly approve of this method for any new moms looking to find their way in this area. I learned quickly that it is important for child development, socialization, and good preparation for pre-school and kindergarten. Let's not forget their immune systems!lol

After awhile with 2 tiny tots in 2 different facilities, the dollars and time demands began to add up. My husband and I then made the challenging decision to pull Cade out temporarily to join his younger brother. A very big adjustment for us all, I was able to look on the bright side and continue to implement some of the fundamentals that he was used to! I stumbled across a super cool site education.com, where I am able to download and print various worksheets for my son's age range.

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From counting to reading to coloring, he loves them all and we work on them weekly in the evenings. He actually looks forward to his worksheets and sitting at the kitchen table to complete them. Starting "homework" as young as 2 or 3 years old was introduced to me by a close friend, and I quickly adopted the idea. It's another amazing way to prepare your toddler for what's to come in just a few short years. 

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Take a peek at their 'free resource' site and let me know what kinds of 'at home' educational techniques you all are using with your little ones!

 

 

New Mom 101

New Mom 101

Ok, so I know that I've only got 2 children and they're both under 5 years old, but hear me out! I have seen quite a few of my associates have their 1st child recently, and I thought that this would be an excellent tool for them and any other first time moms out there. mommyandbaby Having my mom (mother of 4) and mom in law (mother of 7) around for extended periods of time postpartum, I was able to pick up so many tips from them after both babies were born. Out of them all, these top 3 were without a doubt the best New Mom advice I'd ever received:
 
  1. Babies Cry - Babies will cry, and often. After all, it is there only way to communicate. This strangely enough - the fact that it is their only form of communication - also often means that they just want to 'talk' to you. A crying baby does not always mean that something is wrong. A hug, kiss, or company may be all that they want.
  2. Let Them Sleep Alone...Early - Practicing this early on will give you sooooo much joy down the line. Teaching your baby to sleep alone early on is extremely beneficial for both you and baby, and is also arguably safer. While this may be a little later down the line for breastfeeding mothers, around 3 months old is ideal for either circumstance. Put them in their room with a dry diaper and full tummy, and let them sleep. If they cry at first, go back in to hold and kiss after about 12 min. Do this only once or twice per night, and I assure you they will adjust within a few weeks time.
  3. "Hungry, Wet, Ill" Rule - Typically these are the ONLY needs that your baby has. If they're hungry, have a soiled diaper, or they're not feeling well, fixing these issues will usually provide immediate relief. If you have confirmed that neither of these situations are applicable, the baby is 9 times out of 10 just fine. Try to think ahead of the curve and establish non-verbal cues from your baby to help think ahead of these needs.
 
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While I only have 2 children, I had them very close together and am very familiar with the new mom early days of life. The sleepless nights, the seemingly endless breastfeeding, the crying, the anticipation of needs, the list goes on and on. When you're feeling defeated, remember that nothing lasts forever and the cycle will soon change. You'll sleep again soon, and then you'll turn around and they'll be 1 years old - and won't need you one bit!lol

Are there any other seasoned moms out there have more advice for the rest of us??? Please share and thanks in advance!

Overcoming Low Milk Supply in Breastfeeding

Overcoming Low Milk Supply in Breastfeeding

I always knew that I wanted to and would breastfeed, but it's easy to get discouraged in the beginning for various reasons - one of the most common being low milk supply. Whether you are a first time mom or not, we can all have those days where we wonder if our milk production is enough. A little encouragement and great tips from other moms can really be helpful.

 

I was speaking to an old college friend of mine the other day - Ana Smith - and she was sharing her story with me about how she was able to combat this issue that many new moms face. After discovering an "It Works" product, The Greens Drink, she was able to see an increase in her milk supply very quickly. With over 8 servings of fruits and vegetables in every packet, that alone is great for mommy and baby.

Sometimes when trying to reach a goal of any kind, it's nice to have a jump-start of some sort. Overcoming low milk supply in breastfeeding can be challenging. But according to Ana and many others, when it comes to Greens On The Go, It Works!

itworksgreensMany thanks to Ana for the tip. I'll definitely be using it after baby #3!

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Fall Ready!

Fall is definitely in the air here in Houston, and my family and I are so excited! Moms, here are some Fall Prep Tips for the upcoming cooler months:
  • Get Your Family's Flu Shots - Most are free with your insurance, so tap into this resource and schedule them all at the same time.
  • Wash Your Hands - No matter what your little one's age, practice frequent hand washing and make it fun with colored or themed soaps for their bathroom.
  • Stock Up On Basics - Try to keep cold medicine, cough drops, vitamins, and tons of accessible water around; If and when the cold or flu hits, you'll be well prepared.
  • Still Go Outside - Maintain you and your child's great immune system by continuing outdoor activities, just bundle up; fall walks are both colorful and healthy!
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Suffering Loss…

Sometimes I sit and think about where I would be in life without my children. Not far, that's for sure. They have given me strength. Courage. Love everlasting. Pride. Joy. It's an extreme blessing to have a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby at delivery. Two things that I will never take for granted.   In January 2014 I suffered an ectopic pregnancy and it crushed my world. The most traumatic experience that I've been through to date. That same year I became pregnant again and gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby boy. Ladies, your losses make your wins that much sweeter. Accept them, respect them, and learn from them. candb