All mothers know there are two definitions of the phrase "baby fat." The first definition describes the extra roll of fat that clings to babies and is absolutely adorable. The second definition refers to those extra pounds that cling to a woman's body after she has the baby (and is considered much less adorable). Mothers usually blame their baby for their weight gain, and then try their luck at getting rid of it.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 19, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments
Bedtime Stories are imaginary worlds where the impossible becomes possible, the fun never stops and the endings are as happy as you can imagine. A bedtime story is a traditional form of storytelling, where a story is told to a child at bedtime to prepare the child for sleep. More importantly, bedtime storytelling helps kids bond with their parents and guardians.
Research shows that when dads or moms read bedtime stories, their kids do better at school. Bedtime stories encourage speech…Continue
I asked for - and received - a fitbit for Christmas. I thought it would make me move more throughout my day. And maybe it does. But what it has really done has made me obsessed with my sleep.
Every morning, I sync over my data and look at my sleep efficiency. I stare at the magenta areas: What is waking me…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 10, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments
** Short weeks make you feel like every day is Friday.
** They also make you angry to find out that every day is not, in…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on January 23, 2015 at 7:40pm — No Comments
** My house is a revolving door of loud, screeching short people. (And I kind of love it.)
** Wearing a dress AND a bra all in one day is quite an accomplishment.…
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There is a note in my baby book that scares me a little. My mother wrote it in the four-year-old section:
The fact that it was in all caps with an exclamation point only underscores the frustration and hopelessness she must have felt around the situation. I mean, children are…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 17, 2014 at 6:49am — No Comments
** It takes a village. To raise a husband.
** The world is way too incredibly full of itself.
** Surprisingly, it's been 20 years since OJ got away…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 13, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments
It is 6:10 am. Bear number one's alarm goes off. He ignores it and rolls over. About 10 minutes later, I attempt to wake bear number two. He asks me to go away and come back in five minutes.
I'm surrounded by bears.…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 30, 2014 at 6:34am — No Comments
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When I wake up in the morning, it is usually to the brief beeping of an alarm, a steady (and desperate purring) or a little face next to mine asking me for pancakes. In all of these instances, my husband is still asleep.
I've always been a light sleeper. To this day, my husband reminds me of the time I woke up to the…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 23, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments
As I expressed in another post, Baby Registry 911, I think video monitors are amazing*. They let you check on your little one when you don’t want to risk a meltdown and demands of “Pick me up!” However, there is one instance when I won't use my video monitor.…Continue
Added by Petrea Davidson on March 15, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
** Parting your hair on the opposite side feels like wearing your shoes on the opposite feet.
** Siri evidently hates me.
** When your boy/girl twins share a bathroom, your…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on March 14, 2014 at 1:58pm — No Comments
My bedtime is 10 pm.
This is self-imposed, of course. I am a (mostly) fully-functioning adult. And I also recognize that if I don't go to bed at that time, then I will be extra groggy at 5:15 when the cat/alarm/cat alarm wakes me the next morning.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 11, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments
I remember the first time my son told me about a bad dream. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "I dreamed there was no milk."
Did I immediately scoop him into my arms and get him some chocolate milk? You bet I did (he was only two)!
Since then, my son has told me about lots of bad dreams.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2014 at 7:23am — No Comments
I really didn't intend to keep talking about sleep this week. But, let's go ahead and cover this topic one more time. I promise to move on to something else next week.
Over the last several weeks, I have noticed that my youngest son doesn’t like to go to bed at night. I am not sure if he is scared of the dark, terrified to be alone, dealing with separation anxiety, if he is just going through a phase where he wants to be independent, or he is afraid of “monsters” hiding under his bed or in his closet. Every night we go through the same exact routine, my youngest son will throw a fit and he will tell me that he doesn’t want to go to bed. Each night we…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on January 8, 2014 at 3:32pm — No Comments
Act 1: In which my son gets clean
Synopsis: At about 7:30 pm, we tell our son it is bath time and ask him to go upstairs for his bath. Repeatedly. Our son yells that he is not dirty or stinky and does not need a bath. Or, he says that he is busy playing/reading/doing any activity that is not bathing. When he fails to comply, we either lead him up the stairs…
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