April 12th, 2017, I found out I was expecting a tiny human. This also happens to be my husband’s birthday- you can imagine our mutual shock at that surprise birthday gift! 9 long months, and 5 hours of labor later, we welcomed Athena Elizabeth into the world with GREAT HASTE at 7:16am, December 19th, 2017. She was 6lb 13oz and 19 1/2in long.
On December 4th, 2019 after reading our Advent study, I took a test expecting it to be negative- it was almost instantly positive. After 2 hours of active labor and 6 minutes of pushing, Eleanor Margaret Jane came into the world screaming before she was even full out!
I have over 15 years of childcare experience between church nursery, Vacation Bible School, babysitting, nannying, and working in day care. This has given me a great wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to all things children! On top of it, I have a degree in Secondary Education, which means plenty of psychology and development classes. All of this to say, I’ve had a number of years to come up with fun stuff, observed a number of parenting styles and skills.
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Chatting with a friend who happens to have been a behavioral therapist for children, she said something along the lines of, “and your blog is going to be such a great resource and encouragement for other parents who have gone through or are going through the same thing!” Then I realized that I actually don’t… Continue reading Life with Athena
If you didn’t read the first part of this series, I definitely recommend going back and reading Life with Athena. There’s a good chance this post won’t make much sense without it. Figuring out *most* of the pieces of Athena’s sensory puzzle allowed her brain to relax and start learning language. She was going to… Continue reading Life with Athena, Part II
Meltdown life. Toddlerhood is already a bucket of fun. Living with the real-life equivalent of a Sour Patch Kid. Athena is like living with an extreme version. In the last 18m we have had to learn how to decipher the difference between a “normal toddler tantrum,” and “I am overwhelmed and need help.” One of… Continue reading Life with Athena Part III
I’ll start with what an IBCLC is. It’s an “International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.” This means that they have gone through over 90 hours of education including baby development, pre and post natal care, anatomy, biology, and more. Many, also have their RN as well, which means they have additional medical training and have worked… Continue reading Why I Went to an IBCLC
As I mentioned in my post about Eleanor’s Birth, finding out we were pregnant again was petrifying for me. Not because I was afraid to be a mom of 2. Not because I was afraid of labor & delivery. No. I was terrified of pregnancy. When I was pregnant with Athena I had all day… Continue reading Pregnancy
After buying a house in August of 2019, Ethan and I decided to hold off on having another baby and trying to get pregnant until fall of 2020. On top of this, we were still doing therapy with Athena and figuring out her needs. December 4th 2019 after reading our Advent study, I took a… Continue reading Eleanor Margaret Jane
Considering I wrote a whole 3 part series on Athena, I think it’s fair to share about Eleanor some too! In all fairness, I have written about her Pregnancy, L&D, and our early experience working with an IBCLC and her lip/tongue tie revision. I really thought Athena was a happy baby, but Eleanor takes the… Continue reading Lady Eleanor
Do you think I’m crazy? Before you go down that rabbit trail, I won’t lie, I’ve even impressed myself with this creativity. I saw a puffy paint recipe on Pinterest and I had a top 10 idea. I mentioned in the February Review how much Athena has been watching Kids Baking Championship. Let me reiterate.… Continue reading Toddler Cake Decorating
Some people may think our Easter Baskets are a little extra, and they would be right. Athena’s birthday and Christmas are 5 days apart. That means in general, there’s no other “gifty” holiday during the year for her. It all happens at once. Easter is our parental opportunity to get some clothes in the next… Continue reading Easter Baskets