Motherhood

23 Months

August 6, 2014
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Mazen turns 23 months old tomorrow. Can you believe he ever looked like this!? I can hardly remember those days! Yet his personality has stayed the same. Such a sneaky boy! And I can often see his spirit in the same facial expressions that he has made since birth. Like this one! That’s the face […]

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Tips For Toddlers At The Beach

July 30, 2014
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We had an absolute blast taking Mazen to the beach this year. Our first visit to the beach was when he was just learning to crawl. That wasn’t very fun.  During our second visit he was just learning to walk. We had a little more fun, but he still didn’t really know how to play […]

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22 Months

July 9, 2014
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Lots of 2s…..getting soooo close to 2!!! Just 2 2 go! My sweet baby boy is so talkative these days and is starting to make me laugh out loud on an hourly basis. Recently before naptime he said “Ni-night Mazen!” “Yes” and “no” are now words he has mastered (and the word yes has been […]

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Toy Wrangling

July 2, 2014
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As we approach 2 years old, Mazen’s toys are getting out of control. I have had the mentality of “the more the better” in his toy baskets thinking that variety would keep him interested, but of course the opposite seems to be true. There is so much clutter that he just ignores most things. We […]

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The Lunchbox Surprise

June 25, 2014
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Remember Jem!? My mom recently found my kindergarten lunchbox. It’s 26 (!) years old or so yet in great condition. I was debating giving it away when my mom suggested I use it to store some of Mazen’s smaller toys. Mom is filled with good tips on parenting. She said she used to have a […]

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Mazen Moments

June 18, 2014
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Yesterday you reached up to me and said “Hand.” You wanted to hold hands while we walked, and I hope you want to for a long time. We went to the park this week, and I followed you up the big play set to the really steep slide. I know you are brave enough to […]

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Cooking With A Toddler

June 11, 2014
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I look forward to the days when Mazen and I can cook together (and when he can cook for me! Ha!) In the meantime, we’ve started to get him a little more acquainted with the kitchen. There are whole sites out there dedicated to ideas for kids and kitchens. Here are simply four small moments […]

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21 Months

June 4, 2014
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If there’s a theme this month it’s “talk and play and play and talk!” Mazen has become quite the expert at both. He wakes up in the morning and says “Pway outside?” He gets down from his high chair and says “Pway bus!” He truly understands that play time is the best time. He is […]

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Thoughts On Baby #2

May 14, 2014
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We have always known we’ve wanted two kids (if nature allows us). Maaaaaaybe three but probably just two. Matt and I were each one of two and we were 4 and 3 years apart in age from our siblings. When Mazen was born I always said we’d get to his second birthday and then start […]

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20 Months

May 7, 2014
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The 2s!!! We’re almost there – 20 months feels so much bigger than 19 and so close to 24. As expected, talking has taken off. I lost track of new words! I’m sure he’s over 100 words by now, and he knows several sentences: “Mommy eats crackers” is our favorite. I watched this video about […]

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