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International Babywearing Week is November 12-18, and Steph from Adventures in Babywearing is asking all of us to share babywearing stories and photos.  There is also a contest to win a sling from Nonny & Boo!

I’m so sad that I don’t really have any great babywearing pictures to share!  But, this is the most current one, of Selah and I visited daddy at the grand opening of his new software, DonorTools, back in September. Aww, a snuggly, sleeping toddler in a sling!

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My girls are now both active toddlers (16 months and 27 months) so they don’t often want to be in the sling or wrap.  But, when they do, it is a sweet, sweet moment.  My good friend has a new baby girl, and it is so wonderful to see all the wraps and slings being used by a newborn again.  It makes me smile and feel all cuddly. 🙂

Here are two recent, cute pictures of the girls:

That’s Selah, just being cute while eating a snack.  She is so good and climbing up and down the stool now, so that she can see what I’m doing and help herself to snacks. 🙂

And, here’s Emma, discovering jewelry and a rocking horse when we were staying at an old cottage in Fredericksburg several weeks ago.  Here new favorite phrase is, “I want this.” 🙂

I found a new blog to read… Adventures in Babywearing! It is especially fun to read right now, because the blogger is very pregnant. 🙂 She has compiled a great list of Babywearing Bloggers, so of course I wanted to join in. (I’m somewhere near the bottom of the list.) You can also see the neat little button on the left of my blog! It just makes me smile to think of so many other people who love carrying their babies – and toddlers – in slings and wraps.

Here’s a picture of me and Emma, and our ring sling. I love the fact that Emma wants to be carried in the sling now. She didn’t get very much baby-wearing time as an infant, because I was big and pregnant while carrying her around, but she is making up for it now at 2 years old!  Isn’t that great?!

Lately, the girls have been spending more time in the kitchen with me.  Sometimes they watch me cook, sometimes they try to help, and sometimes they wander in and out while playing.  It is pretty wonderful to be able to get more cooking done with them around!

Here are my cute helpers:

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“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.” Prov. 3:27

The other day, I read a great blog post about a husband’s perspective on adoption. This husband describes how he supports his wife in her desire to adopt children, and how he has developed that desire as well. He mentions a verse that has impacted him, Proverbs 3:27: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.”

This verse has stuck with me all week… it explains so much about how we should act towards one another. It is especially significant now, while my husband and I are learning how to relate to and train our children as they become toddlers. We are currently reading a book entitled Raising Your Child, Not by Force, But by Love, by Sidney D. Craig. This book describes how to motivate and train children without causing unnecessary frustration and anger between parents and children.  

In his book, Craig recommends three guidelines for dealing with the many requests and demands that children make. He suggests first, to gratify the child’s requests whenever it is reasonable to do so. Second, he writes to avoid denying a request for an arbitrary reason. And, third, when it is necessary to deny a child’s request, Craig explains that the parent should do so in a way to best protect the closeness of the parent-child relationship. This chapter, and in fact, Craig’s entire book, can be summed up in Proverbs 3:27.  

I have really watched this phenomenon work with Emma, who has an incredible curiosity and desire to learn how everything works. Sometimes, I am tempted to tell Emma “no” for the most arbitrary reasons… I just don’t want her help because I am in a hurry or I am afraid she will make a mess. But, I have learned that every moment is important to her. She is simply making these requests because she wants to learn, she wants to help me, and she wants to be near me. Amazingly, I’ve found that she can do incredible things if I only allow her to try. And, our girls have learned very quickly how to clean up their messes, when trying to do something leads to a spill.

This verse makes me stop and think about the reasons I have for withholding good from someone… whoever it may be. If there a need or a request that I am capable of meeting, then I should not ignore it.

Here’s my Emma, super curious as always!
Emma, Selah, and Caleb in the Garden

Emma & Selah Eating Popsicles

I just found this article, and I think it is so great.  I wish that I could find a doctor like this one!  Dr. Paul M. Fleiss wrote Pillow Talk: Helping your Child Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Children have needs during the night just as they do during the day.  I love how breastfeeding and co-sleeping make the nighttime a relaxing time when everyone can get a good night’s sleep.

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Another great article, by Dr. Sears, is 31 WAYS TO GET YOUR BABY TO GO TO SLEEP AND STAY ASLEEP EASIER . I especially like how Dr. Sears explains the difference between the self-soothing method and the parent-soothing method, with some advantages and disadvantages of both.

I can’t believe that it’s been a year…wow!  Selah is sooo full of life, energy, noise, hugs, and kisses.  It is hard to imagine that we have only known her for a year (of course, we have known about her for almost 2 years!)

Happy Birthday to my snuggle bug, my Selah Bear.  You have taught me a lot about love already. 🙂

Happy Birthday Selah!

My baby really is a toddler now. 🙂  Selah started walking last week. Now it has begun…two toddlers running in opposite directions! Here she is: