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Something happened during the week I was home being a SAHM.

My daughter got clingy.

It was such a treat for her to wake up with me every morning for a week.

I swear I saw a smile on her face several mornings when she would open up her little eyes to greet the new day.

She also got into the habit of momentarily waking up in the early morning to sit up, change positions and look to see if I was there. 

My mom was staying in our apartment to help out this past week.

The first few mornings were exceptionally hard.  My mom would say she would wake up crying, bawling, for her “mimi.”

When she would do her little “quick” check wake up early in the morning, she’d end up crying because it wasn’t me that she would see. 

I’d be getting ready for work and hear her heartbreaking cries for me.  I’d have to go and comfort her..

She finally woke up pleasantly on Friday, but still asked for me. 

When I get home, she’d be so happy, and she literally won’t leave my side.  I can’t even be more than 3 feet away from her before she’d start crying a little bit and calling out, “mimi.”

The cutest thing is when she would look at me with bright eyes and say “mimi” like she couldn’t believe I was finally home!  Then she would look at my mom or Hubby and point, saying “mimi” like she was letting them know I was finally with her..

It was so heartbreaking knowing that she had gotten so used to me being there for an entire week and that she had a little difficulty adjusting to my going back to work..

I know she’ll get used to it again, but it was so sad to see…

I took a little vacation from work to be a SAHM (stay at home mommy).

My inlaws usually watch Little M and they went on vacation for two weeks.  So I took a week off last week, and my mother is watching her this week!

I have to say that the little taste of “stay at home momness” was amazing.  It was so hard, but so fun at the same time.

She’s definitely harder to raise 24/7 than she was when I was on maternity leave!

It’s just that she’s EVERYWHERE and into EVERYTHING!  I love it!

It was so fun and such a great extra bonding experience to have with her, and I pray ALL THE TIME that we will be blessed with an opportunity to allow me to do it full-time. 

I do have to admit that by the end of the week, I was definitely refreshed and ready to go to work.. but that totally ended when I went to work on Monday and wished I was on vacation again..


My daughter is shy.

I’m sure it’s a natural thing for toddlers at this age.  She is very comfortable around the people she knows.

When we are out shopping or running errands, she’s very loud and attracts the attention of a lot of strangers.  When those strangers want to come up to her and say, “hi” she totally freezes.

Sometimes I feel bad because those people come up to her probably expecting a smile or something.  But she just freezes.

I try to show her that it’s ok to talk to those people by interacting with them and being friendly, but she’s probably too young.

I hope she doesn’t end up too shy, like I was as a child.  But I like that she’s a little weary of strangers.  It helps me know that she just won’t go up to anyone.

Her shyness has actually taught me to come out my shell a little bit when in a room full of strangers.  I’ve always been really shy when put into a situation where I don’t know a single person.  I tend to keep to myself and have a hard time making a new friend or acquaintance.  Little M has helped me learn to put myself out there a little bit.  I want to help show her that it’s ok to be friendly when people are friendly back.  Showing her has taught me to be more extraverted.

It’s a learning process.. for the both of us!


M loves to play with her Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princesses.. she plays with them so much that she knows them by name!

M: Ah-ya-ya
Me: Cinderella!

M:  Ah-wa-wa
Me:  Aurora!

M:  Ah-ee-a
Me: Ariel!

M: Ah-ya
Me: Tiana

She’s totally got it!

When M was 9 months old, her pediatrician ordered her blood drawn in order to get her blood cell count and to check and make sure everything was happy and healthy.

It wasn’t anything serious.. just a routine blood test.

After 4 months, I finally got it done last week!

I was sooooo nervous!

She was actually very brave.  She didn’t fight, didn’t squirm.  She just cried for a short while.

I totally didn’t them to draw two vials.  I also didn’t expect them to do it like an adult.  I don’t know what I was expecting, but I totally didn’t expect that.

She did very well though.

She’s my tough girl!

Did I mention that hubby gave me an iPad for my birthday?

He did.

And Little M LOVES that thing. 

We have the Watch Disney Jr App and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Interactive Episode on it for her.

But she loves the front-facing camera, she loves Facetime with her grandparents..

And she loves that home button.

If given an opportunity, she LOVES pressing that button over and over again.  We have to put our finger over it to hide it so she doesn’t do so.  I’m afraid she might break the thing!

She even knows how to turn the screen on after it’s been off for awhile.. that home button!

We try to limit her use of the iPad because I know she could probably play with that thing all day. 

We definitely don’t want to be those parents that stick an iPad in front of their kid all day to prevent them from acting up or being wild..

But.. she starts to throw little fits when we take the iPad away.  She doesn’t buy the whole, “iPad is sleeping.. we gotta put it away” speech I give her.. she just throws a fit!

I know not to give into it.  I can usually distract her by singing a silly song, or showing her some of her toys.. I just don’t want her to get addicted.  She has her whole life to stare in front of a computer monitor.. why start now?

What are some ways that you incorporate the use of iPads with you toddler?

Little M loves going to the tiled area by the entrance door of our apartment.

I think she loves the feeling of the tile under her feet.  It’s a different feeling than the carpet she’s always on.

That place is the dirtiest place in our apartment.  That’s where everyone comes in from outside.  Its there where everyone takes their shoes off before stepping on to our carpet. 

But she’s always there.  Always.

At first, it was ok.  All I had to say was, “M, come here. ”

She’d come back.

Yesterday, she’d go there and I’d ask her to come back.. but she’d just look at me. 

Then she’d sit down.

I’d have to pick her up and bring her back to her play area.. but then she goes back.

This time, with toys.

She would ignore my constant requests to come back. 

Oh man, is it starting already?

Is there an area in your living space that you refuse to have your child go into?

Everyone knows I LOVE to make cards.. I love making invitations, birthday cards, greeting cards, thank you cards, wedding cards.. etc.. etc.

Check out my craft blog, “CutieQ Cards n Crafts”

So when it came time for Little Ms birthday party, I knew it was going to be great.  I’d make the invitations, decorations, and thank you cards.

That was the easy part!

I’m currently working on the “Thank you” cards, and that’s so much fun! 

But I really suck at writing them out and mailing them.

I love mass producing my cards.. I think it’s fun and therapeutic. 

The stuff that is hard for me, mainly because of time constraints, is writing them out and the sending them off..

It’s not hard trying to find things to say as a “thank you” to the great people that gave M her birthday gifts.. it’s just finding time.

I procrastinate.  I get lazy.  I lose track of time.

It’s been a month since she’s turned a year old.  It’s been a month since her birthday party.

What’s the proper etiquette when sending out thank you cards?  How many weeks do I have to send them out?

I mentioned before that Little M LOVES being an independent eater.

For almost every meal, she has some sort of “finger food” to go with it.  Usually it’s extra rice, or her veggies cut up into little pieces.

This usually leads to some pretty big messes.  Some of the food either ends up on her lap or on the floor!  Yikes!

Gotta give her credit for the effort.

At restaurants, Hubby and I decided that we would clean up after her.

That usually means one of us is on our hands and knees on the floor where she ate picking up all her bits of dropped food.

We started doing this when she was younger and loved tearing up pieces of the straw wrapper and napkins.  There were little bits of paper everywhere and we felt the need to pick up after her.

It just feels like common courtesy.  She’s our daughter, she made the mess, we should clean it up!

So if you see us on the floor at a restaurant, don’t worry.. we’re just cleaning up our mess!

Ok.. it’s October.. but it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas.

It seems like every year our list grows and grows.. this year is no exception.. with the addition of several babies into my circle of friends and family..

I think I’ve said it before, but I’m a terrible gift giver.  I’m the type of person that would rather be told what the recipient wanted than having to guess myself.  I always feel that I guess wrong.

Granted, I have been getting better over the years.. but sometimes I put way too much thought into the gift that I stress myself out!

I need to start compiling my gift list..

This is going to be Little M’s second Christmas.. she’s old enough this year to open gifts, but I think she’s still to young to understand “Christmas.”  I’d love to do the Santa thing with her, but I still think she won’t understand..

When did you start doing the Santa thing with your little one?

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