Tall Mom tiny baby: September 2015

Happy Four Months Old, Tiny Baby

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

She's already four months old...be still my heart!

October Photo A Day Challenge

What is a photo a day challenge?
I will post some photo suggestions or themes for each day of the month. Post a photo of what that suggestion means to you.

October's photo themes are listed below:

Play Stow and Go Playskool Toys Review - Toddler and Baby Toys

Monday, September 28, 2015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Playskool. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Traveling with two kids two and under takes a lot of work and planning. There are diapers, outfits, change of outfits, pajamas, special soap, sleeping arrangements, snacks, and toys. But we were able to save a ton of space in our car in a recent trip to Maine, thanks to some pretty cool new toys. 

Fall Activities in Rhode Island That You Can Do With a Toddler

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I've heard it said time and time again, that Fall is the best season to be in Rhode Island. Most would think that Summer would reign supreme in the Ocean State, but if you want to really spend some time in the outdoors, and you don't like the sweltering heat, then autumn is truly the time to be in Little Rhody.

I've compiled some of my favorite activities to do in Rhode Island - especially if you have kids, babies, or a toddler. But mind you, I enjoyed all of these fun things before I even had children - so really the list is universal!  

How to Soothe A Baby With Colic - 10 Steps to Helping A Colicky Baby

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This blog post about soothing a crying baby with colic has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions and advice are mine alone. #MyLittleRemedies #CollectiveBias
I have two adorable lovely children. They are my sun and moon. (Thank you Daenerys Targaryen) There is nothing better in this world than knowing that they are happy and healthy.

But as great as they can be, there is nothing worse than hearing them cry, and knowing that there is very little that I can do to stop it.  In fact, it's terrible.  Nope, it's torture.  I wouldn't be surprised if they had the sounds of babies crying playing on a constant loop at Guantanamo during it's heyday - that's how awful it is.

Here's the rub though - when your kid has colic, there really is NOTHING you can do to fix it.  Your kid will cry, and cry, and cry, and CRY for hours on end.  You will be sleepless.  You will be tired. You might even fall into depression.  Your only option is to just wait and let it sort itself out. Only time fixes colic. But there are things you can do to help ease the crying, and at least soothe your colicky baby.  My new go-to solution is to use the brand new Little Remedies® Colic Relief and Gas Relief drops from Target.  But more on that in a bit....

Happy 150th Birthday, Carter's !

Monday, September 14, 2015

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s
I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

They say it's your birthday --- okay so it may not be YOUR birthday, and it surely isn't MY birthday (mine's cinco de mayo!) but it is CARTER'S birthday. And I'm not talking about a person named Carter, I'm talking about one of my most favorite brands of baby and kid's clothing - Carter's. 

It's actually the company's 150th birthday this year, and to celebrate, Carter's is hosting a 150th Birthday Sweepstakes where 150 winners will be selected to win two $150 Carter's Gift Cards.  

Celebrating Baby Days

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

If you have children or babies, you know that getting a moment by yourself without any interruption is a rare and beautiful thing! Thankfully, Acorn recently sent me a gift card so I could accomplish some necessary shopping during Sam's Club Baby Days!  While there, I was able to bask in the air conditioning, and shop to my heart's content while Tall Dad watched the kiddos.

This Labor Day weekend was perfect. We were able to see friends who lived far away, went to a polo match and the beach, ate lobster, and even had a fire in our fire pit. It was fast paced, full of feedings, naps, and diaper changes, but it was a whole lot of fun.

After our company left, Tall Dad and I began to clean up the house a bit, and we put our children down for a nap. I knew it was time for me to tackle some of my shopping to-do list, and I asked my husband if I could have a couple of hours to myself.

Because shopping without children in tow is like taking a mini vacation.

Kids Clothing is the Cutest

Monday, September 7, 2015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. 
I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.
As a teacher, I always loved the back to school season, especially because of the deals! Notebooks, pens, pencils and even storage containers are lower than they will ever be for the rest of the school year. I was never able to fully appreciate the sales on children's clothing...that is..until two years ago when I had my first tiny baby! 

Now, with two kids in tow, I can fully drool over pages of kids clothing catalogs or websites. Adorable outfits jump from the pictures as I imagine them on my own son and daughter.

This year I've decided to be a part of the back to school action at Carter's

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Right now, at this very moment, I am lonely. 

My husband is out with some guy friends, and my two kids are asleep. One in the room next-door, and the other in my arms as a rock in my rocking chair.

The crickets outside my window are chirping away a beautiful symphony, accompanied by the white noise machine in my sons bedroom.

My cats are tumbling around downstairs, their bellies full of delicious meal of canned fancy feast.

I am happy. My heart is full. 

But right now I am lonely.

It Only Gets Better As They Get Older

Friday, September 4, 2015

While shopping for Adirondack chairs the other day, I was randomly stopped by an older woman. She looked like she was my mom's age, somewhere in her mid sixties, with brightly shining silver hair, and wise eyes. She smiled a huge smile at me that made her eyes crinkle into tiny lines. She pointed at me, referring to the fact that I was wearing a newborn baby, and said "it only gets better as they get older. Just wait!"

"I know," I replied. "I have a two year old at home, and he's one of my best friends."

Side note: is it more of an indictment on me or my social life that my son is my best friend?  Food for thought...

Anyhow, whatever my social status may be, I will admit that while having a baby is delightful and beautiful for all it's own reasons, having a toddler is just downright cool...

ParentCast - Episode 30: Parental Responsibilities: Expectations And Approach

ParentCast is a podcast created by Tall Mom and Tall Dad.  It is essentially a companion piece to Tall Mom tiny baby and is dedicated to new parents & new babies.  Please subscribe to ParentCast on iTunes here if you like what you hear from us.
Hosts Mary and Blake discuss all things responsibility.  In this episode you'll learn all about: Tom Brady finally being free, why Breaking Bad has affected our lives in more ways than one, how to approach the responsibility conversation with your spouse, finding a baseline of responsibilities, being true to yourself, understanding your strengths and weaknesses as well as your spouses, and not expecting your spouse to be something they are not.

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