milestones Archive


From Loss to Growth: Highlights of 2015 and What’s to Come in 2016

For us, 2015 was the year of loss, but we’re determined to make 2016 the year of growth. The first change coming in 2016 that I want you to know about will be a revitalization of our blog. Between work, family, and everything else, I was not able to commit to being here


And Then Xander Turned Two

  My dear sweet little boy turns two today! I wasn’t quite sure I could handle being a mom of two until he entered my world. He’s funny, sweet, and laid back. He absolutely LOVES to play with water or anything he can pour, build with blocks, and dress up with his


Xander’s 10 Month Baby Update!

What? 10 months? That was so 3 weeks ago. Yes, yes, we are quickly approaching the 11th month mark already. Sadly, I don’t have as many pictures and video clips to share. Since I’ve had to cut back on vlogging and I’m being more conscious about putting the phone down to be


Xander’s 9 Month Baby Update!

This is when babies get really fun. I remember loving this age with my daughter and being amazed at how her development seemed to explode as she neared 12 months. Xander has always been observant, but he’s getting more interactive and playing alongside his big sister. He lost a little weight from


And then… she took off her sandals

Ever since Rissa was a baby it has been impossible to keep socks on her for very long.  She used to kick them off, now she yanks them off as soon as her shoes are off. But it’s not her socks that caught my attention the other day. Not too long ago


6 Month Baby Update [VIDEO]

Hey! It’s great to see you today.  Summer colds are no fun, yet they’ve invaded my home.  It’s been circulating through our family and lingering.  No fun, but I took enough sick days from posting already.  So, the show must go on! Today’s 6 month baby update video is brought to you with


How the BuckleyBoo Toy Helps Toddlers Practice Matching and Fine Motor Skills

This is BuckleyBoo, a developmental toy available at Imagine Toys.  When we were offered the opportunity to review him my initial thought was I don’t want her to master buckles yet!  But then my logical mind took back over.  See, a few months ago, Rissa started showing interest in her buckles. Buckles


Magical Moments With Laughter #TimothyGreen

I’ve enjoyed a lot of firsts with my daughter. All are special in their own way, but only one is like music to my ears – her laugh. Once she started laughing, we started acting like fools day and night. That sweet sound was addicting! If she laughed when I shook my


The Mommy Mindset: Thoughts on Baby’s First Haircut!

Mary: I wish I would have prepared six year old better for his first hair cut. It was a disaster! He is sensitive to loud noises so the the sound of clippers next to his ear increased his anxiety. And the actually cutting… He did not handle it well at all and


The Mommy Mindset: Baby Talk and Language Development

We can’t help but compare our kids sometimes, but sometimes we get a little too caught up in the “should bes,” I think.  This week we discuss language development. Thank You for participating this week: Gena of Captain Fussy Buckets, Darcy of Tales From the Nursery, LaVonne of Long Wait for Isabella,


Preserving Memories With Once Upon a Family {Baby Keepsakes Review}

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how awesome it is to have a baby enter your life. I’ve heard time and time again how kids grow up so fast and to cherish the newborn and baby moments. Rissa is now almost 16 months old. I can barely fathom that! It


LiveOn ~ Preserving Memories Online #CleverLiveOn #spon

Thank you to LiveOn for this sponsored opportunity to blog about storing and sharing my most important memories with those closest to me. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own. LiveOn is a newly launched online site who’s purpose is to help you document memories and milestones


Breastfeeding Milestones: The Golden Boobies Award

I previously posted about the breastfeeding milestone awards. These are like golden star stickers for breastfeeding mamas (or banana stickers if you are Dethklok). They are not meant to make anyone feel bad, but are a way to help celebrate the ability to continue the breastfeeding (or pumping!) relationship despite societal pressures


Rissa’s Halloween Birthday Party Recap

Last weekend my baby turned one and we had a fun party! I wish you all could have been there. Well, okay, maybe not. It was already a tight fit with all our guests. Maybe some day when I’m rich.. All I know is, the bar has been set for Halloween birthday


She’s Walking!

For months, Rissa has been cruisin’ along the furniture. Shortly after she began pulling herself up to a standing position she was cruising and climbing. It seems like only a few short days ago when she gained the confidence to take one step away… then two… leaving her just out of reach


So Big! Nine Month Well Baby Checkup

Rissa’s nine month appointment was a couple weeks ago.  I think I say this with each So Big! update, but I can NOT believe she is nine months old!  It was a relief not to have to get any shots this time.  Rissa spent most of the exam on my lap, which


My Baby is Cruising!

Just a few weeks ago, Rissa started crawling forward. Now, this little girl can zoom around the living room like nobody’s business! She’s fast! Plus she’s pulling herself up on anything a few inches off the ground – mostly the couch – but anything she can use to stand she will! Once


Watching Baby Play

The other day I was stressed out and feeling a little low so I did what needed to be done…. I stepped back and enjoyed my daughter. I play with her everyday but let’s be honest, my head isn’t always 100% in it. Heck, sometimes I am multitasking with my phone.


A New Breakthrough! A Tooth!

It’s finally here.  My baby has her first tooth! She won’t let me take a picture of it.  She clamps her mouth shut and pushes away my hands.  Doesn’t she know that I need it for the blog?! The teething is not over though.  I feel horrible that I’m not sure when


Learning to Crawl

Yep. It’s happening. She doesn’t quite have the move-one-hand-forward-pull-and-move-opposite-knee-forward basics down yet, but baby is learning to crawl. She’s really quite fascinating to watch. Well, now that she’s more creative in her movement. It wasn’t very fun having her cry every two seconds because she was stuck or couldn’t manipulate her body