Monthly Archives: January 2017

Toys : Childhood Memory’s + A Lovey

When I had my oldest daughter, I would often imagine different segments of her childhood. Some of those segments included favorite toys and perhaps a special lovey. At the time, I didn’t consider the possibility that she may flip flop her special lovey from week to week or even month to month. I also never considered the possibility that she would have FOUR loveys, but that’s exactly what happened!

Here we are almost four years later and I am trying to keep track of four loveys, because of course there is no nap or bedtime without them! It didn’t begin this way, you know? It wasn’t until after she turned two that she started to become attached to “lovey”. I pushed hard for the items I purchased, hoping one of those would be her special buddy. I remember carefully selecting a few items with that thought in mind. Much to my dismay, that was never the case.

Instead, we went between stuffed animals from Walmart and one specific Minnie and Mickey Mouse plush set. Until last August… We spent the day at an amusement park. During our visit my husband and toddler played a few games in hope of winning some prizes. And that’s how we acquired her first two permeant loveys thus far – Dory and Sting Ray.

Then there were FOUR

Flash forward to Christmas. My daughter receives a small pony from grandma and doll she calls “Sally” from her Godmother. So now, instead of discarding sting ray and dory, she has FOUR sleeping buddy’s!

Childhood 

Lately I have been thinking a lot about my childhood toys, but not just mine. I have also been thinking about my sisters. More specifically, her lovey. The one she lost as a child. As I am sure some of you can relate, she lost her most treasured item in a department store one Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, there were no missing lovey websites available at the time. All my mother could do was call the store to see if anyone had turned it in, while consoling her very upset toddler.

Why am I so invested in my sisters lovey? Because I selected her lovey myself. My uncle had taken me to the local Montgomery Wards department store. I searched shelf after shelf, in hopes of finding the perfect toy to give my wild little sister. There I was, sitting on my knees, looking at the items on the bottom shelves, when I finally came across the perfect item.

A Playskool Pink Bunny Doll

I very vividly remember the doll I carefully selected for her as a child. It was a soft, plush material with a rubber head that squeaked when pushed. The white body and front of the ears filled with soft pink, green, and purple speckles. The hands, feet, and the material around the head and back of the ears were a fluffy pink. Sewn on the body was a small pink bib with the word “Playskool” printed across in green.

Loveys are such a special treasure for children and such a cherished memory for adults. Did you have a special lovey as a child? What was it and do you still have it?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

 

I Can’t Do It All And That’s Ok

I can’t do it all and that’s ok

As I sit down to write this, the day is already half over and I feel as though I have enjoyed so little of it. Between breakfast and lunch I was busy cleaning bathrooms and sweeping floors. Life is a balancing act. One that I sometimes feel as though I am failing at miserably.

Time Management 

Time management. There are dozens upon dozens of blog posts dedicated to the topic. I have read quite a few of those myself and while I admit, they are inspiring, I have yet to find a good balance.

As a child, I remember my own mother constantly moving around the house. She worked in our home and still managed to do all the cooking and cleaning. She wore it like a badge of honor. As did many others in her mom tribe. During that time, whether you worked inside or outside of the home you were still expected to do it all. Honestly, I have no idea how my mother did it!? But she did. She is one amazing woman.

So, when I embarked on my own motherhood journey I to, assumed I would just do it all. But the truth is, I can’t. It’s taken me awhile to be OK with that, but I am. My husband and I work as a team and we have realized through a lot of trail and error, that we just can’t do it all.

Take last night for example, my husband was trying to clean up some outdoor toys we stored in the garage for winter. My oldest is a Daddy’s girl, so of course she wanted to help.  Except, it was more like dance and twirl around while my husband cleaned. It ended with my almost 4 year old falling butt first into a bucket of pine-sol. This resulted with her in the tub for a good scrub and her favorite bat girl pajamas in the washer…

The list goes on and on… 

Since my husband was home today, I decided to spend the morning cleaning. Although, we could have spent the morning as a family unit – playing and laughing together… These daily decisions to check items off a list are not always easy. Even now, as I type this, I had to decide between this and a laundry list of other things.

I look around and see the kitchen is in desperate need of my attention. A bucket in the living room needing to be emptied so that I can fill it with my daughters out grown baby clothes. I need to carve out more time to fill in the pages of my youngest baby book. I ABSOLUTELY need to organize almost fours years worth of my daughters photos, for which I NEED to start printing.

Not to mention, I need to spend more time growing and developing my blog. When my baby was in the newborn phase, I had a small window each week to work on my blog or her book. Now that she is more aware and preschool is about half over, I feel as though I should be spending these next few months taking her to library story time instead. She won’t always be this little and I know I need to take a step back and enjoy these little moments.

Moments

As I type this, nap time is almost over. Which means it’s time to put all work away for now, because I promised my big girl we would make hot cocoa together. We plan to drink hot cocoa and chat about the day, while I hold the baby in my arms. I wouldn’t miss that date for the world!

Goals

Like so many others who made resolutions for this New Year, I have a few goals of my own. Although I don’t have a plan of attack for how best to achieve them, I know I have to forge ahead. Hopefully I will discover a good path, a rhythm that works best for my family and I. But no matter what comes, I will always stop, to embrace these little moments.

Do you have a good time management balance for life? Does it ever feel like the list is never ending? I totally get it! We can navigate through life and motherhood together. It takes a village!

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

Update : {Three & Four Months}

Oh sweet little one of mine, I suppose these are the pitfalls of being a second child. Life got in the way… The holidays were busy from start to finish – packed full of holiday cheer. So here I sit, just now writing down some of your milestones from the past two months – as month 5 isn’t far behind.

But please know little one, it isn’t that you were thought of less. Quite the contrary! We were busy making memories and sharing memories with you! So many firsts for you this holiday season, for us as a family of four!  We love you!

Baby Girl – {Three Month Update}

  • October marks your first Halloween! You looked adorable in your ladybug costume!
  • Saturday, October 22nd was your first trip to the Pumpkin Patch! I wore you in the Solly Wrap and you loved it!
  • Sunday, October 30th was you first trip to Boo at the Zoo. We went in the later afternoon and got in right away. The weather was nice and you were as happy as can be for your first train ride!
  • Monday, October 31st we joined your big sister for your first trick-or-treating experience. The weather was surprisingly nice, as I pushed you through the neighborhood.
  • You have become quite the chatter box, as you consistently mumble throughout the day. You definitely want to be heard!

Baby Girl – {Four Month Update}

  • Saturday, November 19th were your first Christmas and 3 month photos. You were all smiles – a far cry from your newborn portraits!
  • Tuesday, November 22nd, you and I spent the morning at Tiny. You giggled and smiled as we bonded!
  • Wednesday, November 23rd, your first visit with Santa! You sat their without a care in the world!
  • Thursday, November 24th, was your first Thanksgiving. We left after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and headed to my parents home. You were in good spirits! Daddy had the task of put you and big sister to bed while I went Black Friday shopping. You slept beautifully!
  • You have found your hands! You love to look at them!
  • You nap off and on, on your play mat throughout the day.
  • My sweet baby, you are still an excellent sleeper. You typically sleep solid from 1am to 9am.
  • Saturday, November 26th, you spent the morning singing with grandma Sue while we took your big sister to a play.
  • Friday, December 2nd, you spent the evening cuddling with my parents while we took big sister to a holiday event!

Monthly Stickers: {AppleEyeBabyShop}

Personalized Swaddle Blanket: {Audrey’s Bear}