Getting antsy about Baby #1

So as soon as baby #1 starts walking people start asking about baby #2.  For me personally, I would love to know to have another but is all in God’s timing.  I just find it so interesting that a woman has sooo many challenges once they start having children.  Everyone has an opinion…everyone has something to say about everything..what they eat, how they sleep, what you buy them..what they wear…who they play with etc.  Its mentally exhausting!!

Its taken me a year and a half to ignore it.  But recently a woman was sooo serious..she pulled me to the side and said…please don’t wait until she is 2 to have another one…trust me.

I walked away like wow is she telling me something serious here that I am not paying attention to?  Clearly time will tell but I really started to wonder.

Is there perfect timing with having the next child?

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 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.

Reading List: What are you reading??

So I have a thing where I am always reading 2 things at a time…one for personal development and one for fun!  Here is what I am currently reading.  I have read almost all of Murakami’s books and then of course now that I am a parent my interest in my child has changed my personal development book choice!

New Haruki Murakami smart