The Pool and the Slide

I spent all winter waiting for summer because once my daughter started walking I knew that summer was going to be great and filled with fun and games.  I am big big big on PLAY and I think its especially important for children to be able to run around and play outside.  So I found all these pins on Pinterest that had tons of activities for toddlers outside.

My overall FAVORITE has been the Slide and Inflatable Pool.  I even added ball pit balls to the playpen.  My goal for winter is use the slide in the pool but fill it with the balls instead of water.  SOOO much fun!!

I have had the slide all of three weeks and its a HIT!!She loves going outside and trying it over and over to go up and down the slide!

Such a great feeling and I the weather has been great for play in NY!  I found everything on amazon and it shipped in 2 days!!! Slide and Baby Pool is GREAT!! (sidenote:  I continue to go to the toy stores in the area to find this stuff but Amazon ends up winning because they always have the selection.  I was able to get the balls and the slide in one place rather than have to go from store to store!! Its a no brainer!!

The Dream Street

So here is a little story about my progress…Ever since I was a little girl my mom and I used to drive on Sundays after church and look at houses.  I became rather obsessed with nice architecture and unique looking houses.

When I learned to drive myself I found myself getting lost and stumbling on amazing houses.   On those drives I started making decisions and declarations for my life.

Today, I have moved several times, have a house and family of my own but I still have a dream street!  The dream street gives me something to look forward to, goals to obtain and options in life that I should always be considering.

My ultimate goal in life is constant progress and a “dream street” can always get better and better!

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Why Customer Service is so Important! Thank you Boon Inc!

So what happens when you get all these baby items as gifts for your shower and you don’t use things for months before learning that there may be something wrong with the product.

So I swear by Boon Products!!  We were given the Boon Pedestal high chair

Great Design

Great Design

and recently I realized that pieces of the base were coming out.

It was a simple email with the model numbers and pictures and my new base is on the way!!

LOVE that and love a company with a good customer service model!  Takes the stress off a parent and allows you to keep going! A busy mom like myself…I can appreciate that!

Here’s What Time of Day Babies Are Born

Very interesting! My daughter was born at 4pm on the dot!

TIME

According to new data, American mothers-to-be aren’t having too many late night surprises. A new report shows the highest percentage of U.S. births in 2013 (the most recent data available) happened during morning and midday hours.

The new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Center for Health Statistics looked at 2013 birth certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), and found that the highest percentage of births took place occurred during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and noon. Less than 3% of babies were born during each hour from midnight to 6:59 a.m.

Though most births happen during the day, the latest findings report that when babies are born on a Saturday or Sunday, they are more likely to happen in the late evening or overnight—11:00 p.m. through 5:59 a.m.—compared to births that happen between Monday to Friday.

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Finding the Time to Think

One of the things no one told me about motherhood was just the very simple fact that there would be days, weeks etc. where you would go without doing lots of thinking.  You are almost always on auto-drive and you just move from one thing to the next trying to keep up.  I now have a one year old and I swear she was just born.  I am just starting to find the time to do things again for myself.  Then there is the time I used to spend with friends.  Now its nearly non existent and if I get the chance to “sneak away” I have to almost train myself to relax!

Well…cheers to motherhood.  I suppose you live and you learn.  One of these days I will stop heating up my coffee in the microwave about 5 times before realizing that its already time for bed and that I never even got to drink my coffee lol.

The First Kids Party

Last weekend we attended our first kids party with baby in tow.  My husband and I were truly surprised!! I was running around doing the limbo, pinata and playing games.  And he was with the fellas having drinks and watching the children play.

Then someone came over to me and said.  First kids party huh?  I was like how can you tell!!?? He said don’t worry it normally turns into an adults party afterwards.

I decided in that moment that even though is is only 9 months and can’t do much yet with other kids, I enjoyed exposing her to the fun involved with parties, games and playing along!  I found myself smiling within.  Without a huge network of moms close by it was nice to just sit back, talk to other moms and watch the kids play!

The downside of course was that after her first kids party…followed her first virus!! The gift that keeps giving because now I have it as well!

I spent the first couple of days beating myself up and then finally realized that it happened and that there is nothing else to do!  Now turn way to protect a child.  I washed her hands..dressed her warmly, etc.

Another lesson in motherhood.  Being more flexible and learning to enjoy all of the moments.  I have spent the last week nursing her back to health…but I suppose the beauty of it all is learning that I CAN.