Thursday, March 20, 2008

Toddler Talk

My DS is now at the age where he can hold complete conversations with me.

Yesterday he went out on the patio and set up two chairs facing each other. He asked (or demanded), "Mommy, come out here." "Sit right there" (pointing to the chair directly across from him). And we just chatted. About what?! Mostly, sitting on the chairs "Mommy sits there", "L sits here", "Mommy and L" yada yada. It was so adorable that I ran back inside to grab my camera ... and to my surprise, he remained seated, waited for me to return and then continued the conversation right where he left off. LOL!!!!

This isn't the most creative shot or the best quality ... but it is one of those pictures that will forever capture a memory for me. Just as we were, DS in just his diaper after nap time, sitting on the patio on a sunny spring day and just "chatting" about nothing. Awwwwwwwwww, how I adore my little boy!!!

Just a tip and reminder to parents ... don't forget to capture the little every day happenings too!!!

Welcome Spring everyone!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Picture Perfect

We had a wonderful visit from Miss Joleen a couple days ago. She is the wonderful photographer behind Love, Joleen Photography (darling company name too, huh?). She was kind enough to stop in after a local session she had in Orange County to photograph our newest family addition (we have had the pleasure of working with her before when DS was 14 months old). I have only had a sneak peek at a few photos but so far I am loving all of them (& so is DH!).

I have chosen only one to share for now since I must keep the others private as they may find their way into gifts very soon (Mother's Day is only around the corner!).

If you are local you must check her out (she does maternity, newborn, children, & family photography). Her style is fun, upbeat, creative and fashion forward. You will get wonderful pictures you will cherish plus an opportunity to work with a WONDERFUL person. Joleen is pleasant, sweet, patient and a natural with children.

Thanks Miss Joleen, just wish our DS had been awake for some sibling pictures too! :)

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Decent Exposure

Two years later and I am once again trying to nurse a baby while keeping up with daily activities, chores and events. This time around I have found something that makes it so much easier to nurse in public then using the dreaded blanket-over-the-shoulder-trick that just never seems to work the way you want it to.

First off I must admit, I am not a big fan of public breastfeeding. It just makes me uncomfortable and more importantly makes a lot of other people uncomfortable. I still choose the most private area available but now that I have an active toddler to keep an eye on it becomes more challenging .... so that is why I am thrilled to introduce the Hooter Hider! Okay, I know, I know, it isn't the most conservative name but it does do the trick, that is, keep your hooter's hiding. And funny enough, they too must have realized that the name may not attract all the buyers so they offer the SAME EXACT nursing cover under the name Bebe Aulait (& there is absolutely NO DIFFERENCE from the Hooter Hider, even stated on their website!) LOL!

I got the adorable spring pattern Cream Soda but there are so many cute patterns to choose from, look here and here for examples of the patterns you can choose from.

So, you may be asking, what makes theirs more unique then other nursing covers (or even the blanket-over-the-shoulder trick), I asked that question too because I am always looking to save a dime or two with two kids, one income and nice taste (LOL!). Well, to answer that question, it has an adjustable strap to wear around your neck so you don't have to keep re-adjusting or tucking in your blanket and it also has a patent-pending rigid neckline that allows Mom to see baby and baby to see Mom (this is my favorite feature on the Hooter Hider - sorry guys, too funny not to use Hooter Hider, makes me giggle much more then the classy, chic name of Bebe Au lait ... and not that you wouldn't have guessed it any way but the name Hooter Hiders came from a male friend of company owner's Ronnie and Claire.

You must check out their website. They also carry burp cloths and fun gift packages for nursing Mom's!!! And for those of you in Southern California, I purchased mine from Hush Baby in Ladera Ranch (also available at the Tustin and Aliso Viejo locations) or click here for their nationwide store locator.

I am happy to say that without my Hooter Hider we would not have been able to enjoy the long visit to the beach today. DS and DH played in the ocean and sand while DD (Darling Daughter) got to eat (privately).

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Sorry for the lack of posts ....

But this little princess and her big brother have been taking up a lot of my time and I am loving every minute of it!!!

Born on 2/22, she is such an amazing, sweet, cuddly baby and big brother is quite fond of her too!