Mazen’s Christmas List

December 18, 2013

  Big Bird // Train Set // Boots // Mixer // Bubble Blower // School Bus // Elmo DVD // Bike // Bubbles // Elmo

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The End Of A Breastfeeding Era

December 11, 2013

A little over three weeks ago Mazen and I had our final nursing session. It was simultaneously a huge deal and a piece of cake. About a month prior, I had dropped down from 4 feedings a day to 1 over the course of a few weeks. Our only nursing session was first thing in […]

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Minted + A Giveaway

December 4, 2013

Holiday greetings from the Younger-Monsons! My first Christmas out of college I wanted to feel grown up, so I decided it would be my first year to send out holiday cards. I went to a craft store and bought paper, ribbon and doodads and assembled 30 cards by hand. {So that’s how I passed time […]

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Board Books From Buzz

November 27, 2013
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A guest post from Grammie Buzz, who just happens to be a trained children’s librarian! Here are her picks for some great board books. Mazen, right from the start, liked books.  What more could a writer grandma ask for? Here are some winners! His mom and dad read this one with amazing gusto. Lots of […]

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14 Months!

November 20, 2013

Mazen has been so much fun lately! He has gotten to be so affectionate and loves to run into my arms. I am loving how much he gives now! He sure is a mama’s boy. His language is also exploding – in all ways. New spoken words: Outside (said all the time as “side!” “side!” […]

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Mazen’s Hideout

November 13, 2013

In our basement family room, tucked under our stairs we have a little finished space for storage. In the years past it has held everything from old paint to horseshoe sets to beach chairs to extra baby toys. And now it’s a fun little hideout for Mazen! I cleaned up the walls, which were terribly […]

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13 Going On 14

November 6, 2013

In just a few more days Mazen will be 14 months old! Of course children are always learning, but lately Mazen has been showing us that he is taking in and processing information. He has learned the signs for “eat” and “water” and when I do “cheese” he imitates my hand movements (although he doesn’t […]

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Mazen’s Favorite Toys At 12 Months

October 30, 2013

1. Tegu Blocks. We went to our local toy store, Shenanigan’s, looking for first birthday gifts and I asked the woman: “Of all the toys in the store, what would you buy for a one year old?” Without hesitation she recommended these magnetic wooden blocks from Honduras. They are sustainably sourced, non-toxic, and made by […]

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Cloth Diaper Confessions

October 23, 2013

For a year, we used cloth diapers and loved them. Honestly. The Bum Genius Freetimes were our diaper of choice, and the OsoCozy liners made disposing of solids very easy. Are you picking up that I am using the past tense here? Have you noticed Mazen wearing disposables in my Instagram photos? Sadly, for the […]

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Mazen At 13 Months

October 16, 2013

One day he was ONE and now he’s far beyond. 13 months feels so far away from the big first birthday! I feel like we have truly gone from baby to toddler this month because Mazen is a real toddler now. He toddles around on two feet nearly 100% of the time. I haven’t seen […]

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