From Baby to Toddler

From Baby to Toddler

Nothing speeds up time faster then having children. One moment, we are sitting in our childhood bedrooms, anticipating tomorrow’s test, the next we are handed a little creature and thrusted into the life of parenthood. Our anxieties were once surviving high school and avoiding the mean girls, and now they are wrestling through diaper changes and our child’s health. It is strange what time does to us.

The first time I held my daughter after she was born, she was incredibly light, fragile and so tiny. I remember thinking how amazing it was that the little creature I had in my arms fit so perfectly in my belly. The fact that she started out as this small little spec, and suddenly she was on the outside, so beautiful and so very real. I remember being so afraid of dropping her. I got nervous when other people handled her. Even when my husband held her, I felt anxious. Spoiler: no one dropped her. 

For me, the newborn stage was hard, but I still tried to soak her in as much as I could. I snuggled her close to my face, and I absorbed her baby smells. Her noises echoed in my ears. Her adorable Newborn clothes were big on her. She swam in them, and I was blown away by it. She loved being close to Mommy, the only time she would tolerate being put down was in her rock and play. She loved to eat. She ate a lot, and she grew fast. Before I knew it, she was wearing 0-3, then 3-6. She skipped 6-9 and went straight to 12 months. And she kept growing.

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Co-Sleeping; Yay or Nay?

Co-Sleeping – Yay or Nay?

The first week after my baby was brought home from the hospital, I knew I had a High Needs girl on my hands. I didn’t really understand the term, but I knew she was going to be a baby who disliked space between her and me. Putting her down was tough and getting her to sleep was even harder. She constantly wanted to be held and needed to know someone was close by. I couldn’t leave her safe in her crib and walk away. She instantly recognized that I was not near by and she resisted. I spent a lot of time carrying her around in my arms for the first month or so.

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To my surprise, she began to sleep through the night by three months in her rock and play, (now recalled). It was the only place I could set her down in where she would sleep. Just when I thought my little love bug was gaining her independence, however, everything took a turn. It was around the time when she no longer fit in the rock and play and had to be transitioned to the crib. A tough transition, it was quite a lengthy process. Once she eventually got use to the idea of being in the crib, she slept well again, for a few short months.

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Just Relax

* This post is part of the 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun. For the next 21 days I am going to give you ton’s of ideas on summer fun that will keep your tiny tot busy. Each post will also be pact with hilarious and relatable content for you to enjoy and keep you entertained. Follow me at Messy Mama to get all the summer fun for you and your one year old.


 

21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun

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Day 21: Just Relax

It’s been a long summer, and it isn’t even August yet. On today’s edition of 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun we’re taking a break. You are! You’re toddler can do whatever the hell he or she wants.

Materials Needed:

Nothing

Maybe a drink

Maybe your phone and candy crush

Your child’s toys and own activities

Netflix

A couch

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Color and Doddle

* This post is part of the 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun. For the next 21 days I am going to give you ton’s of ideas on summer fun that will keep your tiny tot busy. Each post will also be pact with hilarious and relatable content for you to enjoy and keep you entertained. Follow me at Messy Mama to get all the summer fun for you and your one year old.


 

21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun

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Day 19: Color and Doodle

It’s time to take a break from all that sun and dip into your creative genes. On today’s edition of 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun were breaking out the crayons and coloring books.

Materials Needed:

Paper

Coloring Book

Crayons

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To The Playground

* This post is part of the 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun. For the next 21 days I am going to give you ton’s of ideas on summer fun that will keep your tiny tot busy. Each post will also be pact with hilarious and relatable content for you to enjoy and keep you entertained. Follow me at Messy Mama to get all the summer fun for you and your one year old.


 

21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun

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Day 17: To The Playground

We’re heading back outside for some more fun. What kind of summer would it be if we sat in doors all day. On today’s edition of 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun we’re running with the big kids and we’re taking on judgy parents.

Materials Needed:

Transportation

Sunblock

Sunhat

Weather appropriate clothing

A playground

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Ride The Carousel

* This post is part of the 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun. For the next 21 days I am going to give you ton’s of ideas on summer fun that will keep your tiny tot busy. Each post will also be pact with hilarious and relatable content for you to enjoy and keep you entertained. Follow me at Messy Mama to get all the summer fun for you and your one year old.


 

21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun

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Day 16: Ride the Carousel

If it’s too hot outside, and you’re looking for some fun, then it’s time for some ring around the rosy with dancing horses. On today’s edition of 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun were celebrating carnival style.

Materials Needed

A Carousel

Transportation to get to the Carousel

Cash

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