A lot of people have remarked to me that Lyla says a lot of words for being 18 months. She will tell us “yes” and “no” and can repeat back most words we ask her to.
I think at 18 months it is expected that children know 20 words. Whether or not Lyla is doing better than average is really up to opinion. However, I do know we are intentional in teaching her vocabulary.
It’s not something we sit down and do every day rather we just try to make it a part of our interactions with her.
Continue reading “5 Simple Ways I Incorporate Learning into my Toddlers Day”
I wrote this post a while ago and wasn’t sure if I wanted to publish it. I thought I would share it in light of mother’s day to encourage others new on the journey of motherhood.
As a new mom, I remember having many fears before having my daughter. Now more than a year later I know my fears were nothing to worry about.
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After a long winter in Canada, we are more than ready for warmer weather and sunshine. We’ve already had a few warm days which has got me thinking about what we need before summer starts.
Today I wanted to share my go to and most used items for mom and baby for the summer!
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To support a new mom is to support her need to care and provide for her baby. The next most important person to a baby is the father. Everyone else’s role should be to support the new family. In this post, I will outline some practical ways to help a new family while promoting bonding between the baby and parents.
In my undergraduate, I studied the Family, therefore, I hold the view that attachment bonds are very important to cultivate in early childhood.
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First of all, thank you for reading my blog! I appreciate every comment, view and share of my posts more than you know. I started this blog back in 2013 because I had so many thoughts floating around in my head that I wanted to share with others. I have always been into journaling so blogging was a natural extension of my love of writing.
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There is no perfect time to have a baby but there are better times. This post is by no means a checklist of things to have in place before having a baby. Rather it’s a list of things a couple may find helpful to discuss before starting their family. As I note at the end only God is the one who gives life and each life is a precious gift.
Full disclosure we got pregnant nine months after our wedding while I was in my last semester of university. Looking back I wouldn’t reccommend being pregnant while in school because it was very stressful. However, it can be done and I did have the benefit of a very flexible schedule to accommodate all my appointments. Continue reading “How Do You Know You’re Ready to Have a Baby?”
Becoming a mother has been a transformative experience. I can live on a lot less sleep than I thought, I can be awoken from the deepest of sleep if I hear my baby stirring and I care much less about my needs or wants now that I have this little life depending on me.
Continue reading “4 Ways To Stay Connected with Your Husband After Having a Baby”
Unmet Expectations Lead to Dissatisfaction
A lot of the time life can feel unfair. Part of this feeling comes from expectations in marriage being unmet. I certainly expected my present circumstances to be different. I thought I’d work before having a baby, that I’d be in my own home, that I’d live near my family and friends. However, that’s not how life turned out. At times I feel jaded, sad and to be honest angry. I want control of my life.
Lately, I’ve been wrestling with this idea of control over my life. It doesn’t seem fair at times that the expectations of my current reality are unmet. I want to call the shots and know where my future is headed.
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Lyla is six weeks old and I finally feel like I’m emerging from the postpartum fog. I expected birthing her to be hard but I was not prepared for the unique and unexpected trials of postpartum life. Of course, I’m so happy to have my sweet daughter but I’m not enjoying the challenges postpartum has brought to me personally. Everyone’s recovery and experiences are different but I want to share my experience in the hope that if you are pregnant or postpartum we can support each other in our journeys.
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Welcome to our family Lyla Dawn Kramer <3
The past two and half weeks have been filled with so much change, so much love and a lot of learning!
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