I am so excited to announce that, after so much hard work and determination, my husband was accepted into an exceptional Masters degree program in Wisconsin for this upcoming September. Words can not express how proud I am of him for seeking out this incredible opportunity =) My family will be relocating to Wisconsin at the end of June for the next two years; and our plans thereafter will depend on opportunities that come our way. I am so excited to experience this new adventure and the next chapter of our lives together. Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy Saturday!
Good evening and Happy Monday! I can’t believe my Paul Bear is going to be 2 years old on Wednesday. Over the last month, his language and vocabulary have drastically developed. He has acquired so much vocabulary. He asks questions like ” where is mama?” By asking “mama is?” He can say five word sentences and is really great with his manners, for example, “I want more water please” and “I need a diaper change please” and “I love you mama.” His manners are incredible. He says “thank you” every time we give him something. He also calls us “Cutie Pie” and “Sweetie Pie” which melts my heart. He really copies the way I speak to him; including my tone, mannerisms, and vocabulary. His sentences are really descriptive, for example, “open the yellow play doh please.” He loves dressing up in mama and dada’s clothes and shoes, and walking around the apartment in them. He absolutely loves singing songs, such as ABCs, jingle bells, down by the bay, five little monkeys, open shut them, skidamarink a dink, and wheels and the bus. He can sing the ABC’s in it’s entirety. He can sing the majority of five little monkeys and wheels on the bus with omitting some words. He sings all of these songs and does the hand movements. Saying it’s adorable is an understatement. He loves looking at himself in the mirror and making funny faces. He loves watching videos of himself and of his family. He knows his name, mama and dadas name, and his cousins names. He can recite his favorite books such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Peekaboo Elmo. He loves reading, playing with play doh, figuring out puzzles, playing with cars, pretending to be cookie monster, and hiding and popping out and scaring us. He carries around this little Elmo doll his grandma gave to him and he just doesn’t let it go. He also loves wearing these adorable Elmo slippers that his Nana got for him. His play has become much more sophisticated. His problem solving skills are incredible. He loves being active, running, jumping, climbing, etc. He loves being tickled and chased. He is my little playful jokester. He likes bumping into walls and pretending he is hurt. He says “sorry,sorry,sorry” when he wants to do something independently and someone tried to help him. In general, he is just really independent. He knows how to wash, rinse and dry his hands thoroughly. We are teaching him to clean his own body in the bath and can latter the soap up on his body parts. He can put on his own pants; and is working on pulling them up over his diaper. He is definitely ready to be potty trained. He will go into a separate room and insist on privacy while he is pooping. It’s so cute! He likes to help mama and dada with chores; and when it is time to clean up his toys, he will put everything back in it’s designated area and sing the clean up song. Paul is really good at feeding himself, and most of the time can keep making a mess to a minimum. Paul’s last four molars have been growing in for what seems like forever. The bottom 2 are finally cutting!
Paul had strep throat and a stuffy nose for 10 days this month, and this was a catalyst for him becoming extremely disinterested in breastfeeding. While he was sick, he went to sleep in his crib on his own for nap a few times, but now that he is better, he is trying to skip nap altogether; but I am enforcing it because he is exhausted after lunch and sleep is so important. We have a new routine for nap. He eats lunch at 11:30. He is usually finished with lunch around 12:00. I tell him that it is time to rest our bodies by having quiet time or a nap. We change him and brush his teeth. Then we go read books together in his room. We read books until 12:45. I give him a bottle of water, kiss him, and tuck him in. I give him 15 minutes to try to fall asleep on his own just to get him comfortable with the idea that he will be napping in his crib. After 15 minutes, I offer him to come into the bed with me and give him the option to nurse; which he usually does and then falls asleep immediately.
Tantrums have decreased drastically now that he is using his words, and when he starts to cry, we encourage him to tell us whats wrong and he uses his words instead of crying. If he does have a tantrum, we talk him through it, explain to him how he is feeling and why he is feeling such intense emotions, and help him work through it. If the tantrum started because he wanted something and we said no, we make it clear that even if he tantrums he still will not get whatever it was that he wanted; and offer him different options that he could chose from. Tantrums usually occur when he is tired or overtired.
Paul is just such a happy, funny, fun and thoughtful boy. He makes me so proud to be his mama. I just love him so much; and these last two years have been the best years of my life. Happy second birthday baby angel.
Here are some pictures:
Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy Monday! <333
Good morning and happy Thursday! Paul bear is 22 months old today =) Month 21 was incredible. He tries to say every word; he communicates using two to three word sentences; he is practicing using manner phrases such as please, thank you, I’m sorry, and you’re welcome; and he says the words for fruits, vegetables, animals, colors, numbers, vehicles, household items, letters, etc. Matt and I constantly encourage him to use and practice language. While he is always using words to communicate, we are always encouraging him to use more words in his sentences to expand his vocabulary and his understanding of sentence structure. He is learning the English alphabet as well as the sounds that go with them. He can identify all of the letters in his name, and produce the sounds that each individual sound makes. =)
Paul still loves to engage in pretend play. I love watching his imagination play out in his play. He also loves company when pretend playing.
He also absolutely loves social games with mama and dada.
He loves being Outside and exploring his enviornment. Walking is probably his favorite thing to do… Next to eating =)
Here are a few pictures:
Good morning and happy Saturday! On august 7th, Paul turned 18 months old; Here are some updates on month 17!
- He says “wawa” or “awah” when he wants to drink water.
- He says “dopp dopp” when it’s raining (which he learned from the book Mr Brown can Moo.
- He brings us a diaper and says “diap diap” when he needs a diaper change; then he lays on his back to get his diaper change.
- He likes to choose his breakfast when he is given a choice between two items.
- He sleeps in his crib from 8pm to 6am straight through.
- He points to sheeps and says “baaaa” and he points to horses and says “neigh neigh”
- He is really interested in animals and their sounds.
- He point to P and says “pah” and he points to B and says “Bah”
- He still loves to clean up “yucky” things and put them into the garbage.
- He puts dirty laundry in the laundry bag, helps clean up his food tray and puts his toys away.
- He loves the playground; and he is super interested in other kids. He points and waves and says “boy” when there are boys on the playground. He likes to follow and observe what other kids are doing. He will play next to other kids (parallel play).
- He is very interested in numbers and identifies the difference between numbers and letters.
- He likes to play in the kitchen sink and pretend he is washing dishes.
- He is climbing everything; and he climbs into his high chair.
- He dances! And it is so cute!!
- He is almost completely feeding himself; he is still perfecting his ability to take small bites and small scoops.
- He is a great eater; some of his favorites include yogurt parfaits, pasta with sauce and meatballs, brown rice and beans, avacado and eggs, etc.
- He loves to read.
- His favorite activity is still pretending to cook.
- He can say a lot of sounds and put together a lot of two and three syllable words.
- He mimicks sounds and words we make; and also facial expressions.
- He smiles when asked to “smile”
- He gives kisses with the sound and puckering his lips; as well as asks for kisses.
- He blows kisses.
- He does not like blood. Whenever he gets a scrap and it’s bloody, he keeps pointing to it and says “boo boo” and asks for kisses.
- He is amazing with the cats; and he loves them! He plays with them, and he lets us know when their food and water bowl are empty.
- He loves going on walks, especially to the park. He is a little dare devil and loves climbing up to go down the big slides.
- He is able to hold on the railings and walk up steps!
- He loves playing “you cant get me” and doing wrestling moves!
- He loves helping with every chore.
- His water is his security item; he likes to always have it with him.
- He is really asserting his independence! When we tell him not to do something and he starts crying; We work on identifying his feelings, letting him know it’s okay to feel his emotions and that it’s okay to cry (which is when we take a step back and let him work through it), when he calms down, we tell him “I am sorry you are upset” and then give him options of things he can do. He is always successfully redirected.
- He loves dumping and balancing items.
- He is really working on letter sounds and words.
- He interacts with songs.
- He absolutely loves to give kisses and get kisses.
- He loves and becomes giddy when we say we love him and that we are proud of him; and he claps when we say these phrases to him.
- He has a complete understanding of the vocabulary and language we use with him.
- He still breastfeeds at lest 3 times a day =) he loves his skin to skin contact tome!
- He has an incredible sense of humor; he loves to laugh and he understands jokes.
- He loves being chased!
- He had a lot of energy =)
- When he sees letters, he makes letter sounds.
- Whenever he gets hurt he asks for kisses by making the kissy sound, and whenever someone else gets hurt or becomes sad he gives kisses!!
- I can’t get enough of his kisses. They are the best.
This was a wonderful month! Paulino is a big boy now =) Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy Saturday =)
My family spent a beautiful day at Central Park; and it was many firsts for Paul. Paul loves anything and everything that is buses, so when we got on the bus to go to New York; he was ecstatic. Whenever we go somewhere, he is attached to papa bear; so Paul snuggled right next to papa and looked out the window while all nestled into papas body. It’s just so sweet.
When we arrived at New York, Matt placed Paul in our baby Bjorn and we started our walk to Central Park Zoo. On the way, Paul got to see everything that he loves; which is everything vehicles: fire trucks, taxis, steamrollers and the list goes on. He probably would have been completely content if this walk was the conclusion of our adventures! But then, we entered the zoo; and right on time for the sea lion feeding.
He calls sea lions Boo Boo because they have whiskers like our furry little kitties at home. Then we visited the penguin exhibit, where there were so many baby penguins to see. After, he really enjoyed observing the monkeys and playing peek a Boo with the birds. The best part of the experience was the petting zoo, he got to see and feed sheep and goats; animals that he has only seen illustrations of in his children’s books. He was wiped out by the time we arrived at the petting zoo, so Matt and I found a quiet (for manhattan standards) place in Central Park where I nursed Paul and he fell fast asleep for 30 minutes.
When Paul woke up, we spent beautiful time together at the park walking along the pond in Central Park. Paul got to see ducks playing in the water and observed a little boy feeding them. We ended our adventure by sitting in an area where we watched horses and people on bikes pass by. Paul initiated a game where he was pretending to dump his food over the fence so that we would chase him; he just couldn’t stop laughing. He is such a cutie. After 20 minutes of playing, the entire family was wiped out so we started our walk back to the bus terminal and got on the bus to Jersey City. It was the perfect day.
Here are some of my favorite pictures:
Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy day!
Good evening and happy Friday! Paulino is 17 months today, and I am emotional as ever. He is not a baby anymore; but rather a thoughtful, loving, and happy little toddler. Here are some developmental highlights that occurred this month:
The day that Paul turned 16 months old was the day he started sleeping through the night. On the first night that this happened, I remember falling asleep at 10:30pm and waking up at 4:30am feeling refreshed for the first time in two years. Currently, Paul is falling asleep around 7pm and sleeps until 5am (which he then nurses and sleeps until he wakes up at 6am or 6:30am) OR he falls asleep at 7pm and wakes up once to nurse before 4:30 am and then sleeps until he wakes up at 6am or 6:30am. If he falls asleep at 8pm, then he will sleep through the night until he wakes up around 6am. This month, he also fell asleep for the first time ever without mama and instead while cuddling happily with dada.
- He picks old food and fuzz off the ground or on mama and says “yucky.” He loves this word and always uses it appropriately. He always throws what he picks up into the garbage.
- His three new words are yucky, boy, and die. To give you a little context on why he learned the word die: whenever I’m dehydrated or hungry, I would joke and say “if mama doesn’t drink water, I’m gonna die” and I would say it in a funny accent and he would laugh hysterically. Well he picked the word die up really quickly and uses it to make me laugh.
- He says the sound of the letter y very well in addition the the letters he learned last month.
- If Paul sees the letter B he will say it’s sound.
- Paul follows routines and completes tasks such as flushing the toilet, throwing garbage in the garbage and the recycling in the recycling, eating, drinking water, etc independently and when asked. He loves to help with chores.
- He is able to put his shoes halfway on his feet.
- He pulls his pants up and down when getting dressed.
- He plays with toys functionally independently.
- He likes to play with cars and roll one or two at a time; as well as play with his garage set.
- He loves pretending to cook!! He pretends to mix and scoop and sniff and taste and he will either say nun nun or yucky. He adds different toys in a bowl to cook with; it’s incredible.
- If he does an inappropriate behavior (like pulling hair) and you show him an appropriate behavior (petting or kissing hair) he will do the appropriate behavior.
- He claps for himself and others when a task is completed or when something nice or thoughtful is done.
- He puts items back where they belong when he is done with them or when he finds them on the floor.
- He traces shapes on pages with his finger.
- He identifies the words in a story as well as the pictures.
- He know to wash his hands at the sink after we come in from playing outside and before we eat.
- He knows to go in his chair for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- He knows how to sit on chairs.
- He covers mama up after he is done drinking milk.
- When we go outside, he picks up his shoes and tries to put them on and then he picks up mamas shoes and tries to put them on me.
- He knows the difference between sneakers, boots, and Sandals.
- When someone tells him no, he also moves his pointer finger to express the word no.
- He could tell the difference between males and females. He calls all males dada and all females mama.
- He puts items away nicely or puts them back where they belong.
- He’s starting to tell us when he needs a new diaper. If I say “did you go pee pee?” he point to the front of his diaper and if I say “did you go poo poo?”he points to the back of his diaper.
- He picks up garbage off the floor and throws it in the garbage and he picks up dirty laundry and puts it in the laundry bag.
Fine motor/gross motor
- He has been practicing rolling his wrists.
- He climbs on all furniture.
- He spins.
- Paul loves playing social games such is peek a boo, hide and seek, i’m gonna get you, tickle love, and copy/imitate.
- He loves to do things to make us laugh.
- Paul still loves to nurse, but he is definitely starting to ween himself.
Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy Friday!
Here are some pictures:
Good afternoon and happy Friday! It is unbelievable that my little Paulie is 16 months old =) Here are some milestones that he reached this month:
- Paulie is able to imitate the sound of the letter A, B, C, D, F, H, K, L, M, P, and T.
- He understands everything that we are saying and follows directions very well.
- If we say, “I’m putting your left arm through the sleeve; transfer/switch the (item) to your other hand” “wipe your hands and then throw the napkin away” or “put the bucket back in the cabinet under the sink” he does it.
- He understands the pronouns mine, your, his, and her.
- He babbles sentences and makes new combinations everyday.
- Here are some of my favorites:
- He will get food items from the refrigerator if we ask him to get it.
- When I say “mama wants chocolate milk” he will go take out the milk and Hershey syrup and bring it to me.
- He disciplines the cats!!!! If they scratch at the door, Paul will run to them, say “tsssssss” and then wave his hands and say “dump dump.” They listen to him too!
- We call him Bubba and he now refers to himself as Bubba.
Gross Motor Development:
- He loves loves loves to climb and he tries to hard to jump!
- He loves to run!
- Paul rubs, squeezes, and rips items with his hands.
- He can identify and sort circles, triangles, stars, squares and x’s.
- He understands the concepts of the following words: over, under, inside, outside, in, out, in front of, behind, next to, the other one, other, another, one more, another one, etc.
- He will do an appropriate action when asked; for example “rub dada’s eyes”
- He identifies hands, feet, shoes, socks, eyes, nose, cheeks, chin, hair, top of head, mouth, tongue, teeth, cooking utensils, etc in books and on TV on humans and animals.
- He makes inferences from books and tv to real life; for example, if brushing a cat is depicted, he will go brush his cat.
- His favorite activity to do is engage in pretend play. He loves to pretend he is cooking, and puts blocks in a bowl and mixes them with a scoop and pretends to try it and also asks whoever is in the room to try it. He will either say “mmmm” “nom nom” or “yuck” after he pretends to take a taste. It is adorable!
- He loves cars; when we go on walks he wants to stop and point at the wheels and other parts of every car we pass.
- He loves exploring sounds that he hears; he is currently interested in car sirens.
- He understands that we smell with our nose, hear with our ears, taste with our tongue, feel with our hands and bite with our teeth.
- He loves reading and being read to!
- He loves to do whatever mama and dada do, such as: sweeping (he will sweep and actually throw it in the garbage), flushing toilet, turning bath on, cleaning, etc.
- He is able to sit down and flip through pages of a book independently.
- He could play hide the shape where, when asked, he hides a shape under one of his bowls.
- He loves to make us laugh! He is a little goofball! If we laugh at something he does he will laugh and keep doing it.
- He laughs when we laugh and he smiles when we smile.
- He responds to us when we ask him questions and speak to him.
- He makes a cute little whimper when he dislikes something, is skeptical about something, or doesn’t want to do something.
- He says “na” when he is very interested in something or wants to do something.
- He mimics movements and speech.
- He loves waving, blowing kisses, hugging, and tickling and being tickled!
- My favorite is when I’m breastfeeding and I rub my eyes and he will then rub my eyes with his hands. Also, when he plays with my hair while breastfeeding. I just love breastfeeding him; we crack each other up!
- He loves asking for kisses when he gets hurt or when he pretends to get hurt; and he gives kisses when we get hurt!
These are some of the milestones Paulie has reached this month! Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy Friday!
I have always been a strong believer of embracing the positive of every situation; it has always been a defense mechanism of mine. Even in the darkest, most unbearable and [seemingly and sometimes] irresolvable of situations, there are happy and positive moments around you waiting to be captured and embraced. Getting stuck in a vortex of negative energy and pessimistic thinking can happen rapidly, especially if negative situations continuously arise; and when this happens, it is so important to search and find the happiness waiting to be embraced around you–as little as it may be. Every day that we wake up is a fresh start; an opportunity to approach the day with a positive mindset; an opportunity to create and discover new options to change undesirable circumstances; an opportunity show respect, love, kindness, appreciation and admiration for those around us as well as ourselves; an opportunity to seek forgiveness and forgive; an opportunity to reflect on yesterday’s experiences with the goals of making a happier life and a happier you. I am sharing some beauty that I captured today and some happy moments that I had with my family =D What beauty and happy moments did you embrace and capture today? If you would like to share the happy moments that you have embraced today on instagram, use the hashtag #embracehappymoments
Fashion as seen in this post:
Thank you for reading =) I will keep a lookout for your hashtag #embracehappymoments on instagram =D I hope you have a happy day!
Good morning and happy happy happy Sunday!! My little button is 15 months old, and month 14 was absolutely amazing. It’s hard to believe that just one year ago, this little, curious, energetic, strong willed boy was so dependent on his mama that the majority of the day was spent nursing. Time has been flying by, and it is because something new is constantly happening. Month 14 has been so much fun; He wants to learn and explore everything =) this month, we have been trying to go on walks everyday, and he has been super interested in vehicles, their function, and the name and function of the parts of the vehicle; when he hears sirons from inside the apartment, he stops what he is doing and runs to the window and vocalizes to us until we pick him up to look out the window and explain to him the sounds he is hearing. Paul reached many developmental milestones this month. He
- Makes word connections in songs and books to reality. For example, if we read the word light in a book, or he hears the word light in a son, he will look and point at the light in the room he is in and shows it to us.
- He is learning how to wash his hands in the sink. He washes his hands in the sink before every meal.
- He is very gentle with the cats (most of the time) hehehe =)
- His language development is amazing. He tries to copy all sounds and words. He tries to use language that he does know to communicate. He is babbling for sentences and carrying on conversations with us in this adorable babble. He now says the words bubba, diaper, baby, bubble, and din din. He is copying sounds mmmm, tssss, and puh.
- Waves when he is greeting or saying goodbye.
- Blows kisses when he says goodbye.
- Blows bubbles.
- Wakes mama and dada up with adorable kisses on he lips.
- Love loves loves going outside for walks and pointing and inquiring about everything around him.
- Is cutting all 4 molars and 2 canine teeth. (It has been a hard month for sleeping…poor baby).
- Understands the pronouns yours, your, mine, my, and me.
- Wants sympathy when he gets hurt or becomes sad.
- Pretends to get hurt so we can give him sympathy.
- We are teaching him empathy by asking him for a kiss when we get hurt. He is learning to become aware of others feeling.
- Points to his and other people’s ears, eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, tongue, chin, head, nostrils, hair, curls; and understands when we say point to my other ear or point to my other eye.
- Points to his shoulders.
- Thinks it is hilarious when we perform the song head, shoulders, knees, and toes.
- Understands when We say your nose is for smelling; your ears are for hearing…
- Loves to smell everything.
- Follows two and three step directions.
- He tries to put on his socks and shoes; and tries to put mamas socks and shoes on as well!
- He is able to find his circles and pentagons.
Month 14 was a blast. Paul is so much fun, I just love his personality, and I am so so so so excited for next months adventures! =D happy 15 months baby boy!
Thank you for reading!! I hope you have a happy happy happy day!
Here are some pictures from this wonderful month:
Good morning and happy Friday! Month 13 was a super fun month =D
- practices blowing
- says the sound of the letter P
- Says the sound “ts”
- Says the word jump and then tries to jump
- points to his and others eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, hair, and head
- imitates putting objects on top of head and nose
- is able to find a hidden object that was moved
- Starting building with blocks (he practices balancing them)
- Rolls cars
- Bounces balls
- copies actions such as sweeping, using Q tips, pouring cat food into cat bowl, cleaning litter box, and flushing the toilet
- calls all food num num, all cats boo boo, calls mamas milk nom mom
- Sniffs food and objects to smell them.
- Say “mmmm” and “yum”
- points to the body part that hurts when he falls or bangs it
- tries to put socks on his feet
- tries to put socks and sneakers on mamas feet
- drinks from a sippy cup
- eats with a spoon out of a bowl
- wipes his hands and mouth with wet ones when asked
- wipes his tray to help clean.
- Rubs his head on his cats (like they do to him)
- Pretends to eat, drink, cough and laugh
- Hides behind doors and wants us to find him
- Plays peek a boo
- Copies whispering
- Copies yelling
- Crawls under tables
- Combs hair
- Kisses cats
- Understands the commands “stand” “sit” and “lay down”
- Pretends to be tired by laying down
- Climbs up the stairs
- Makes a raspberry sound when we say someone farted
- Loves loves loves sensory activities
- Adores his cats
- Says “nooooo” jokingly
- When he play with water, he will walk really slowly with water in a cup to dump it in another bowl
- Copies and imitates sounds and actions that mama and dada do
- Tries to say “dump” while he dumps water or toys outs of buckets
- Uses the words jump and dump consistentently and appropriately
- Requests to go in his crib when he is tired and lays down
- Tries to imitate humming
Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy day =D