Thursday, October 1, 2009

Girl Baby Names

1. Iris
2. Ivy
3. Fern
4. Wren
5. Raven
6. Drew
7. Emory
8. Colby
9. Lana
10. Bryn
11. Teal
12. Jade
13. Sienna
14. Olivia
15. Madeline
16. Grace
17. Alice
18. Layla
19. Carly
20. Lena
21. Lux
22. Cecilia
23. Lila
24. Gwen
25. June
26. Taylor
27. Reagan
28. Madison
29. Stella
30. Azria
31. Vera
32. Sumner
33. Peyton
34. Lucy
35. Amelia
36. Piper
37. Ruby
38. Imogen
39. Bianca
40. Ainsley

Friday, August 7, 2009

Make Your Own Organic Baby Food

For some reason my 11 month old doesn't want to eat anything that comes from a jar. I try to buy all organic Gerber or Earths' Best product, but he still doesn't want anything to do with it. So my solution was to make my own baby food. At first it's like where do you start? I started with my Magic Bullet. I use my Magic Bullet for gringing coffee, malts, dips, smoothies, and recently baby food. It's hard to get a variety of foods that his 2 little teeth can chew so I just puree up a peach or pear or anything that is just to hard for him to eat. Everytime I get the Magic Bullet out he gets really excited to eat. I pour it out into a fun bowl and it's always a pretty color (not like the food in a jar you buy).

Monday, July 13, 2009

What should I do with those tiny teeth?

So for the past few days you have attributed your baby's mood and his fist in the mouth to teething. Now he has a temperature of 102. Just another symptom of teething? Probably not! You can expect extra drooling, crankiness, and chewing on everything in sight, but call a doctor for a fever, diarrhea, cough, or inconsolable crying. Contrary to popular belief, teething doesn't literally make a baby sick, but it can make some children intensely miserable. To help your baby overcome this maddening pain let your baby chew on a cold teething ring or a frozen wash cloth. Topical teething remedies may help, but if its swallowed it could temporarily numb the vocal cords. Never use before eating as they are sure to swallow some and could also affect how well they can swallow and could choke...Happy Teething Babies!

Friday, July 10, 2009

50 Best Tips for Moms

1. Play with your children. Just have fun
2. Put your baby to bed drowsy but still awake-this will help your child soothe himself to sleep.
3. Take Charge-Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage this confusing world
4. Eat at least one meal as a family a day.
5. Read books together everyday-babies love listening to the sound of your voice and this will set them up with the love of reading.
6. Don't clip your child's wings-your toddler's mission in life is to gain independence. Giving responsibilities to you child is good for their self-esteem.
7. Get your kids vaccinated-outbreaks of measles and other diseases still occur in our country and throughout the world.
8. Acknowledge his strong emotions-when your child's meltdown is over, ask him, "how did that feel?" and "What do you think will make it better?" Then just listen.
9. Love you children equally, but treat them uniquely after all they are individuals.
10. Say "I love you" whenever you feel it, even if it's 743 times a day.
11. Schedule daily special time that your child gets to choose.
12. Teach kids this bravery trick-tell them to always notice the color of a person's eyes. Making eye contact will help a hesitant child appear more confident.
13. Be the role model your children deserve-kids learn by watching their parents!
14. Avoid food fights-if he refuses to eat everything on his plate, just let it go he won't starve.
15. Live a little greener-show your kids how easy it is to care for the environment. Waste less, recycle, reuse, and conserve each day.
16. Always tell the truth-it's how you want your child to behave, right?
17. Just say "No"-you will never regret spending time with your children so say "No" to that extra day at work or some other volunteer work.
18. Protect that smile-encourage teeth brushing twice a day and don't forget to floss.
19. Talk about what it means to be a good person.
20. Don't try to fix everything-let your kids find their own solution this will teach self-reliance and resilience.
21. Gossip about your kids. Fact: What we overhear is far more potent than what we are told directly. Let your child "catch" you whispering a compliment about him to Grandma, Dad, or even his teddy.
22. Kiss and hug your spouse in front of the kids-it's your job to set the standard of what a good healthy relationship looks like.
23. Teach your baby how to sign-just because a child can't talk doesn't mean there isn't lots that she'd like to say. Simple signs can help you know what she needs and even how she feels well before she has the worlds to tell you-also a great way to reduce frustration.
24. Serve a food again and again-if your child rejects a new dish, don't give up. You may have to offer it another six, eight, or even ten times before he eats it and decides he likes it.
25. Keep the tube in the family room-research has repeatedly shown that children with a TV in their bedroom weigh more, sleep less, and have lower grades and poorer social skills. P.S.: Parents with a television in their bedroom have sex less often.
26. Fess up when you blow it-this is the best way to show your child how and when she should apologize.
27. Be vigilant about safety-baby-proof your home thoroughly, and never leave a child under 5 in the tub alone. Make sure car seats are installed correctly, and insist that your child wear a helmet when riding his bike or scooter.
28. Get the kids moving-the latest research shows that brain development in young children may be linked to their activity level. Place your baby on her tummy several times during the day, let your toddler walk instead of ride in her stroller, create opportunities for your older child to get plenty of exercise.
29. Know when to toilet train-look for 2 signs: he senses the urge to go and he asked for a diaper change.
30. Remember that discipline is not punishment-enforcing limits is really about teaching kids how to behave in the world.
31. Don't raise a spoiled kid-every child is a treasure, but no child is the center of the universe.
32. Explain to your kids why values are important-when you're kind, generous, honest, and respectful, you make the people around you feel good and you feel good about yourself.
33. Give yourself a break-hitting the drive-through when you're too tired to cook doesn't make you a bad parent.
34. Make warm memories-your child will probably not remember anything you say to them, but they will recall the family rituals like betimes and game night that you do together.
35. Respect parenting differences- support your spouse's basic approach to raising kids-unless it's way out of line.
36. Listen to the doc.-ask all the questions you would like, but listen to the professional and or get a second opinion.
37. Let your kids place an order-once a week let you child choose what's for dinner and cook it for them.
38. Pick your battles-kids can't absorb too many rules w/o turning off completely. Forget arguing about the little stuff like fashion choices and occasional potty language. Focus on the things that really matter-that means no hitting, rude talk, or lying.
39. Trust your mommy gut-no one knows your child better that you. Follow you instincts when it comes to his health and well-being.
40. Give appropriate praise-instead of saying "You're Great", try to be specific about what your child did to deserve the positive feedback-"Waiting until I was off the phone to ask for a cookies was hard, and I really liked your patience.
41. Set up a "gratitude circle" every night at dinner-go around the table and take turns talking about the various people who were generous and kind to each of you that day.
42. Savor the moments-yes parenting is the most exhausting job on the planet and yes your house is a mess, but your child just laughed you should enjoy it now-it will be over far too fast.
43. Encourage daddy time-kids engaged with their fathers do better in school, problem-solve more successfully, and generally cope better with whatever life throws at them.
44. Pass along your plan-to reinforce the values and the behavior your want to instill you need to share this with the people that will be caring for you little one.
45. Keep sunblock next to your kids toothpaste-apply it every day as a part of the morning routine.
46. Don't accept disrespect from your child-never allow her to be rude or say hurtful things to you or anyone else. If she does, tell her firmly that you will not tolerate any form of disrespect.
47. Cheer the good stuff-when you notice your child doing something helpful or nice, let him know how you feel.
48. Ask your children three "you" questions every day-"Did you have fun at school?", "What did you do at the party you went to?", "Where do you want to go tomorrow?"
49. Show your child how to become a responsible citizen-find ways to help other all year. Kids gain a sense of self worth by volunteering in the community.
50. Keep in mind what grandmoms always say. Children are not yours, they are only lent to you for a time. In those fleeting years, do your best to help them grow up to be good people.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

When do I get to take a shower???

This really is a good question. When can I shower when my baby needs me. I usually try to get my personal hygiene tasks completed before the little guy wakes up, but some times mommy likes to sleep in. The safest place for a baby alone is in his crib so that's were he goes. I make sure to sprinkle fun toys and put on his laser light show for entertainment and he is good to go. This didn't happen right away, however he really loves hanging out in his crib and got used to "his" own time alone. Now if he doesn't get his own time "alone" he gets cranky. So this is a win/win situation. I get a shower and baby M gets his fun alone time.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mom = Superwomen

Being a new mom is a mind blowing experience! I never thought that it would change my life like it has. I also never thought I could love some one as much as I love my little peanut. Being a Mom, a Wife, and having a career is like living in a tornado. I have decided to calm the storm a little and stay at home with my baby. This was just about as scary as giving birth. I have been a career women all my adult life and now EVERY thing has changed.

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