Mar 212012
 
How Different Are Mom's vs. Dad's Caring Methods?

I think about this a lot as I am home with Thomas. How different is the care, nurturing and raising that happens? I know there are differences… for example I know that my wife is more nurturing than I am. Note to my wife: You are amazing, this isn’t criticism, please don’t take it that way If Thomas starts crying, my wife is quick to render hugs, kisses and nurturing. When this happens and it is just Thomas and I, I don’t rush to pick him up and I don’t immediately plant hugs/kisses on him. I watch for his reactions; [...]

Mar 192012
 
Children Under Two Shouldn't Watch Any Television...

As watching television means they are not playing with a parent or engaging with or developing motor skills through playing with toys. This was released way back in 1999, but re-released by the American Academy of Pediatrics in October, 2011. I’m getting this information from this New York Times article. This topic is a sore spot for many parents because television is such a great distraction for a few vital minutes while mommy/daddy need to accomplish something without distraction. The reason I mention this is because I have noticed that there have been different times where Thomas has gone through [...]

Mar 182012
 
Do You Play Games to Get Things Done With Your Kids? IE Chores/Cleaning?

So we play a game after every meal time so we can clean off Thomas’ face and then clean his gums/teeth. Our hope is that by doing this now we can instill more of these games, such as cleaning up toys or getting dressed etc. Who knows though, this just may be a stage where he does what we want and as a toddler he does nothing… I’m sure that if we keep this up he will be more likely to allow us to do these things… I was curious though if more parents do things like this to get [...]

Mar 162012
 
Guest Post: Things I Want My Sister to Know... Advice for Mom's-To-Be

That’s right, a guest post… my very first and it is courtesy of my wife. She sent this letter to her sister who was expecting a little girl. She wanted to share all of the knowledge and information she had gained during the first few months of staying home with Thomas after he was born. Hoping to pass this information on to her sister, she shared this with me months later so I could share this with all of you. Things I want my sister to know: Treasure every moment – even when she is screaming and you are at [...]

Mar 132012
 
(Updated with video) How We Didn't Lose As Much Sleep When Thomas Was Younger... (AKA Peace of Mind/SIDS)

(Note, I am not being paid for this endorsement, that would be amazing though haha!) So SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome is something that all parents probably freak out about until their kids are at least six months old. Even after that age you may be stuck in a routine of checking your monitor or going into your child’s room (if they are in their own room) to constantly make sure that they are still breathing. As expecting parents we did a lot of research and reading on what to expect, books like What to Expect When You’re Expecting [...]

Mar 102012
 
Milestones Achieved in the Sixth Month!

Thomas’ sixth month of life has been amazing for milestones. The amount of motor skill improvement and cognitive development that he has gone through has been tremendous! I am posting this as a chronicle and so that one day I/we can look back at this and be amazed again to remember all of these things     Will shake his head side to side (as if saying no) Will move his head up and down (nodding yes) Can drink out of a cup/glass with assistance Will try to drink out of his toy stacking cups even though they have no [...]

Mar 082012
 
We Feel Pretty Alone in the World...

I usually post about Thomas and our day-to-day dealings, but this will be more about being a parent/adult, at least from my perspective… I have no friends… OK I have friends that I grew up with, went to school with and were even in my wedding. These are my best friends and they are truly my friends at any time I need them, but they don’t live around me. Throughout the years as life has happened, we have slowly moved away from where we grew up for one reason or another… job opportunities mainly, that have meant that we no [...]

Mar 062012
 

As I wrote yesterday, we went to the Oakland Zoo on Sunday as a family. This was our first family outing to a place jam-packed full of children and families. We had a wonderful time but kept having poor experiences from many other parents. Disrespectful Adults? What do I mean by this exactly? Well I don’t mean that we were yelled at or got into verbal or physical fights with anyone, but everywhere we went (we explored the entire park as this was our first visit) we saw poor behavior on behalf of the parents. This behavior mainly had to [...]

Feb 292012
 
In Between Bottles and Solids... Are We Feeding Him Enough?

The In-Between Food Stage… So Thomas is at this stage where he is still supposed to be getting most of his nutrition from expressed milk but also increasing his food slowly so he is eating what we eat (by around 9 or 10 months of age). So we give Thomas a few tablespoons of a stage 2 fruit in the morning then about 4 oz of expressed milk. About three hours later he has anywhere from three to five TBSP of rice cereal/oatmeal and maybe a TBSP of a vegetable. Another three hours will pass and I give Thomas approximately [...]

Feb 212012
 

How to Make the Most of Your Bonding Time If you are able to take bonding time with your child, you should. That special time when it is just you and baby, when Mom (or Dad) goes back to work. They call it bonding time because when you do not have to worry about work or other things day-to-day, you are able to get to know your little one in an intimate way. You will understand the nuances of your child, their looks, cries, body language, schedule, and 100 other little things that they do. These are the types of [...]

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