The Momma Diaries

Monday, October 20, 2014

Celebrating Mini Milestones!

There are so many milestones in a child's life.  As parents, each one we celebrate proudly.  Looking back, here are a few of my favorites of my boys:

Lincoln's first Christmas.

Avery's first Christmas.

Lincoln's first time eating solid food.

Avery's first time eating solid food.

Lincoln's first birthday.

My boys meeting for the first time.

While most of the milestones we celebrate are pretty big, it's also important to celebrate the mini-milestones in our children's lives!

For example, the other day I received an email from Lincoln's speech therapist.  She wanted to tell me how great Lincoln has been doing, and how hard he is working. He is making tremendous progress, and she is just so proud of him!

Things like that parents always want to hear.  Jared and I were so proud of our boy.  We decided to surprise him with a visit to the newly renovated Disney Store nearby.  Lincoln has been asking for a Captain Hook costume for Halloween.  We figured this would be the perfect opportunity to get it for him!

There's my little cranky crook ;)  I promise I will be taking lots more photos on Halloween.  We just wanted to make sure we bought the right size while at the store!!

And our little Avery?  Well he's going to be Tick Tock Croc for his FIRST Halloween!  How appropriate, right?!

And here's a little flashback to Lincoln's first Halloween.  Isn't he the cutest little giraffe?!

No matter what type of milestone you're celebrating, Netflix has you covered.  Check out some of these popular titles:

Netflix Titles to Celebrate Mini Milestones

For your kids:
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Mighty Ducks  The D2 The Mighty Ducks NA EST and VOD Poster Key Art JPEG 571 x 800   WDSHE UK Netflix
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Diners Drive Ins and Dives EN US 571x800 copy
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Another one of our favorite firsts? Going to the movies. Check out these tips from Common Sense Media to make sure your kids' first trip to the theater is a good one.
Plus a few major milestones for mom and dad:
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what to expect when youre expecting poster Cleaned
Parenthood S5 571x800 ENG US.2
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House Hunters EN US 571x800
New JobThe Office
Getting MarriedMy Fair Wedding with David Tutera
Having a BabyWhat to Expect When You're Expecting
Life as a ParentParenthood
Running for OfficeParks & Recreation
Buying a HomeHouse Hunters
How do you celebrate mini milestones? 
Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post as part of the Netflix #StreamTeam.  All opinions expressed are my own. 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Creative Galaxy: An Inspiring New Show From Amazon Prime Instant Video

I love discovering new children's shows for Lincoln.  When I'm looking for something new for him, I am always in the market for something not only fun, but educational.  If he's going to be watching television, I would at least like to make sure that little brain is working hard!!

I am a HUGE fan of Amazon Prime.  I would say I probably do about 50% of my shopping there, and I think that's a lot! I LOVE the free two day shipping, and the convenience of shopping in my pajamas.  Recently I discovered a new show being featured on Amazon Prime Instant Video.  The catchy title alone caught my attention, Creative Galaxy. Needless to say I was eager to see what it was all about.

Here's some info about the show:

  • Creative Galaxy, produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Super Why!) serving as Creator and Executive Producer, is a make-along, create-along, interactive art adventure series for preschoolers. Characters Arty and Epiphany travel around the galaxy to solve problems with art, inspiring creative thinking through crafts, music and dance. To give kids and parents the real-life tools they need to re-create Arty’s experience, a live-action piece at the end of each animated episode will take viewers through the craft project that Arty showcased in the galaxy.
  • This series is designed to support a child’s natural inclination to use their imaginations, make and create. Art make life joyful. Everywhere one goes art is evident. And the skills utilized and learned through making art are vast and useful. In every episode, our characters will use "fix it with art" to model the pervasiveness and importance of art as a resource for life for our home viewers.
  • The series helps kids at home feel as if they are making art along with Arty, through its interactive story format. As "helper artists", the kids at home will “create” alongside Arty, empowering them as “makers” in a media format.
  • The series helps make children and adults aware that people literally find themselves immersed in art most of the time: Parks use sculptures to add interest and to inform people; posters on walls give information and motivation; the clothes we wear are designed; music plays on the radio to keep your energy levels up; dance has meaning and tells stories. Whether we think of our world as art or not – it is!

I love everything about this show.  For starters, how about those bright colors and adorable fun characters?!

The show is super interactive, encouraging viewers to spark their creative imaginations! Lincoln loves Arty, the Creative Galaxy's leading character.  Arty is a bright green color, which of course is Lincoln's favorite color.  That immediately got his attention, as they had something in common.  It's so funny what grabs a child's attention!

We live in New England, and unfortunately, winter will soon be upon us.  I think this will be the perfect show to snuggle up with Lincoln on the couch, while his little brother takes a nap.  It's only 30 minutes long, perfect to hold his attention!  Then after the show, we could attempt a fun craft just like Arty!!

I am always looking for fun and creative new things to do with my kids.  Creative Galaxy will give us some special Mommy/Lincoln time!

If you have little ones, specifically preschool aged, I hope you'll check out this his new show available on Amazon Prime Instant Video!  I think it will be a hit for both the kids and you!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One-On-One Time With My Littlest

It's a known fact that baby #2 (or 3 or 4), will never get that same precious one-on-one time that your first baby had.  And even when the second baby arrives, you are still consumed so much with your first.  You want to make sure he is adjusting well.  You ensure he still feels loved.  You may try to spend even extra time with your first during this adjustment.  This is why I try to treasure each and every second of one-on-one time I have with my sweet Avery.

Lincoln was my first baby.  He is the little boy who made me a Momma.  He opened my heart to a whole new love I never knew even existed.

Avery is my last baby.  He has stretched my heart with so much love and completed it. He is the final little piece to our family.  Our last sweet baby.

I remember being in the hospital after my c-section and just staring at him.  Trying to remember every little tiny detail of his newness.  Never again would I hold a newborn baby of my own.  I would snuggle him in close, and breathe in that sweet newborn smell.

Yet as much as I try to pause time, it just seems to go by faster and faster.  My littlest, my last baby, will be turning one next month.  That seems so unreal.  It's an incredibly bittersweet feeling.  Knowing we are almost done with the infant stage...forever.

Last week Jared's brother and his kids were visiting from Tennessee.  Lincoln literally spent every single second with his big cousins.  He even slept at my in-laws those four nights they were here.  He had so much fun.

And me?  Well, I got to spend some precious one-on-one time with the happiest baby I ever did see.

Oh my little sweet Avery.  I hope he is always this happy in life.  My mom says his personality is a lot like how I was as a baby.  Apparently I was always happy too...go figure ;)

Of course I missed Lincoln while he was playing with his cousins.  But he was happy, and this boy got something he doesn't get too often....Mommy's undivided attention...

He's actually been having some rough nights in the sleep department.  Normally he is such a rock star with sleeping. However, he has reached the stage where he sits up and doesn't seem to know how to lie down to go back to sleep.  This results in a half asleep baby, sitting up and crying.

So I did what I knew how to do best.  I picked up my baby, and we cuddled.  For four nights, Avery slept in bed with me...something I have never done with him.  

Jared was working the overnight shift, so I figured, "why the heck not!

We've been co-sleeping with Lincoln since he was 9 months old....and yes, he still sleeps with us.  He will get into his own bed -- someday.  But for now, he needs me.  And I'm okay with that.  

Those four nights Avery needed some extra snuggles....and I did too.  I needed to cuddle my sweet little baby.  

There is no greater feeling than a heavy, sleeping baby nestled onto your chest.  The love that fills your heart, is indescribable.

These moments.  They won't last forever.  Soon my baby will be off running with his big brother. So these sweet snuggles will be cherished.  They will be remembered.  And I will take them every chance I can get.

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