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Thirsties Baby » Search Results » 67 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog Modern Cloth Diapers Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:52:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Thirsties Thursday Giveaway #132 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-132/ http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-132/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/?p=5605 thirsties-giveaway--1-DW_-2FF

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Thirsties Thursday Giveaway #131 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-131/ http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-131/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:08:45 +0000 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/?p=5572 thirsties-giveaway--1-DW_2DHP

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Observing Earth Day with your Littles http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/observing-earth-day-with-your-littles/ http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/observing-earth-day-with-your-littles/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:44:44 +0000 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/?p=5549 Observing Earth Day on Thirsties Blog

This month marks the 44th anniversary of  Earth Day. Created in 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, many consider the 1970 Earth Day observation as the beginning of environmental awareness both nationally and globally. No matter, your political preference or personal beliefs you cannot deny the impact we have on the environment which we live in. It’s an important lesson to pass on to our children to ensure we’re treating this world we live in with respect and care; after all, aren’t we supposed to be its caretakers?

I vividly remember as a child learning about how bad it was to litter on the highway. In fact when I reach back into the depths of my memories I can see litter skewed all over highway ditches. There’s a different scene now that’s for sure. I also remember spending an entire unit in elementary school learning about the three … Read More

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This month marks the 44th anniversary of  Earth Day. Created in 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, many consider the 1970 Earth Day observation as the beginning of environmental awareness both nationally and globally. No matter, your political preference or personal beliefs you cannot deny the impact we have on the environment which we live in. It’s an important lesson to pass on to our children to ensure we’re treating this world we live in with respect and care; after all, aren’t we supposed to be its caretakers?

I vividly remember as a child learning about how bad it was to litter on the highway. In fact when I reach back into the depths of my memories I can see litter skewed all over highway ditches. There’s a different scene now that’s for sure. I also remember spending an entire unit in elementary school learning about the three R’s – you know, reduce, reuse and recycle. Being a proper caretaker for the world we live in is something that we need to teach our children; the environment affects our health and wellbeing. What better time to really focus on that than this month leading up to April 22nd?

Here are some easy ways to teach your child about Earth Day and taking care of the world we live in:

freebie earth day poster from Nothing But Country

One of my favorite ways to add a little change into our home decor is by finding seasonable printables on Pinterest, printing them out and then putting them in a frame that sits on one of the buffets in my living room. I love this free printable from Nothing But Country.

DIY Palette Herb garden from Second Chance to Dream

I still have snow on the ground here in the Twin Cities, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get my seeds started inside. I love fresh herbs, especially cilantro and basil. Not only do I love the adorable look to this palette herb garden from Second Chance to Dream but if you’re new to gardening and a little timid in trying it out, herbs are a very easy way to get started. Plus, fresh basil is SO darn expensive in the grocery store that I just can’t justify buying it when I want to make bruschetta. It’s better to have my own supply on demand at home.

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I love the ideas that Trish, from Mom on Time Out, has for Earth Day activities that you can do with your entire family. Whether they’re in preschool or in high school there’s something for everyone in this post.

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Get a head start on celebrating Mother’s Day and teach your child(ren) the principle of reusing by creating some of the ideas for recyclable gifts from No Time for Flash Cards.

Earth-Day-Globes

How cool are these paper mache light-up globes from Housing a Forest?! I’m definitely getting on top of making these with my five-and-a-half-year son. Sure this is a little more time consuming than some of the other crafts that you’ll find out there and I know that my almost three-year-old daughter would last about five minutes (and create a terrible mess) but I like the way they look and can envision having them around the house as a decoration.

Steel Can Flower Planter

I love this idea from Make Myself at Home for a steel can planter. You take magazines, an empty steel can, dirt and flower seeds to create a unique planter that your kiddo can claim as his/her own. If you don’t want to watch the seeds grow just use a grown flower from your local nursery. The materials are minimal, the concept is simple and it’s not going to take forever so it should hold the attention span of your toddler.

Whether you make something at home, take a nature walk, pick garbage up as the snow melts make sure you stress the importance of taking care of the earth to your child(ren) this Earth Day. It’s a great reminder for us grown-ups too!

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Thirsties Thursday Giveaway #130 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-130/ http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-130/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:52:55 +0000 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/?p=5546 thirsties-giveaway--2-DW

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Thirsties Thursday Giveaway #128 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-128/ http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-128/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/?p=5500 thirsties-giveaway--1-FW_1BL_1WB

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Thirsties Thursday Giveaway #127 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-126/ http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-126/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:00:54 +0000 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/?p=5401 thirsties-giveaway--1-HI_1Blov_1PL

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Moving from One Child to Two http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/moving-from-one-child-to-two/ http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/moving-from-one-child-to-two/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:51:01 +0000 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/?p=5489 Move from 1 Child to 2 on Thirsties blog

When I was pregnant with my second child I was really concerned about how life would change for my first child. I did a lot of research and talked to quite a few friends that had more than one child about how they made the transition from one to two. At the time my son was two-and-a-half years old and because of this I had to try to explain things in a way that he would comprehend what was going to happen. Here’s what we did:

Waited until I was really showing to explain that I had a baby in my tummy. I didn’t want to cause undue worry or confusion for Brennan, my son, until it was very obvious that I was pregnant. I’ll be 29 weeks in the next day and my daughter who will be three in June is starting to understand that there’s really a baby … Read More

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When I was pregnant with my second child I was really concerned about how life would change for my first child. I did a lot of research and talked to quite a few friends that had more than one child about how they made the transition from one to two. At the time my son was two-and-a-half years old and because of this I had to try to explain things in a way that he would comprehend what was going to happen. Here’s what we did:

Waited until I was really showing to explain that I had a baby in my tummy. I didn’t want to cause undue worry or confusion for Brennan, my son, until it was very obvious that I was pregnant. I’ll be 29 weeks in the next day and my daughter who will be three in June is starting to understand that there’s really a baby in there.

We looked at books about having a new baby. My son has always related well to books when it comes to understanding things. I think it’s because we can read the same information over and over again; the words never change so it’s less confusing. We’ve done the same with our daughter and we’ve used the same author Joanna Cole with both kids. To help Kendall, my daughter, understand what was happening I tried making a personalized book from Twigtale and this has really helped her understand that she’s not the baby any more. Here are some of the books I’ve used with my kids:

I’m a Big Brother & I’m a Big Sister by Joanna Cole

The New Baby by Mercer Mayer

Twigtale personalized books, it’s like Shutterfly but with a pre-written story that you customize.

Big Brother Party | Bert Anderson for Thirsties

 Have a big brother/sister party once the baby is born! A friend of mine suggested this when I was pregnant with Kendall and I loved the idea. About a month before Kendall was born, we told my son about the party he would get to have to celebrate being a big brother. He was most excited about the cake and ice cream but this really helped him get into the excitement and anticipation of waiting for his sister’s arrival. Plus I like that it puts a positive spin on the oldest not being replaced rather becoming the big brother/sister to the new baby.

We started to accrue hand-me-downs from family friends so we saved those for his party and told him the gifts were from his sister. We invited our immediate family over for the party too.

Whatever you decide to do it’s important that you do actually prepare your child(ren) for any new babies that will be entering the family. It can be quite shocking for them to understand depending on their age but with a few age-appropriate tools you can make the transition as easy as can be.

 

 

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Thirsties Thursday Giveaway #125 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-125/ http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/thirsties-thursday-giveaway-125/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/?p=5354 thirsties-giveaway--1-HI_1Blov_1PL

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Happy Third Birthday, Cooper! http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/happy-third-birthday-cooper/ http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/happy-third-birthday-cooper/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:46:21 +0000 http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/blog/?p=5366 20140219_143809_resizedI started blogging for Thirsties while I was expecting Cooper: my third child, my first boy, my last baby. He turns three this Sunday which is hard to believe. Unlike his sisters, Cooper does not have a “baby book,” and because of it,  I’ve been feeling sad and a little guilty. I could barely keep up with the girls’ two baby books and I was more than a busy enough with a five year old and a three year old to care for in addition to little Cooper. I immediately gave myself the out: “I’m not doing one for you, Cooper,” I told him (though he couldn’t understand), “I just can’t keep up with it all. I’m sorry.”

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20140219_143809_resizedI started blogging for Thirsties while I was expecting Cooper: my third child, my first boy, my last baby. He turns three this Sunday which is hard to believe. Unlike his sisters, Cooper does not have a “baby book,” and because of it,  I’ve been feeling sad and a little guilty. I could barely keep up with the girls’ two baby books and I was more than a busy enough with a five year old and a three year old to care for in addition to little Cooper. I immediately gave myself the out: “I’m not doing one for you, Cooper,” I told him (though he couldn’t understand), “I just can’t keep up with it all. I’m sorry.”

But just now, as I was contemplating making Cooper a photo book for his third birthday to chronicle his life so far, and lamenting the fact that I can’t recall his milestones like first steps, first word, likes and dislikes of his first and second years of life—I realized that I have more than two years of blog posts for Thirsties about my pregnancy, Cooper’s “Newborn Chronicles,” and many, many written accounts of our daily life together. I can honestly say that while I was writing the dozens of blogs Thirsties I had no idea what a gift they would prove to be for Cooper (and me).

At three years old, Cooper has truly gone from baby to little boy. He’s stubborn and opinionated, he’s empathetic and sweet, he’s likes to play rough but he’s shy. He adores his sisters and jumps into their arms when he sees them after school, saying “I missed you, Kate!” and “I love you, Lauren!” He’s very athletic–and continues to throw balls with his right hand but kicks with his left foot. He uses both hands to hold his utensils but draws with his right. He throws a Frisbee (and quite well) with his left.

He loves Monster Trucks and dinosaurs and his little stuffed dog named Rootbeer. He still has a special blankie that has the softest white fuzz on one side and fleece on the other. It has to be “just right” with the furry side facing up when he goes to sleep so he can rub it. And when he needs to be comforted, he rests his hand on my cheek and tilts my face towards his.

 So Happy Birthday, Cooper! You’re an amazing gift and a joy to raise. I’m very lucky to be your Mom. And I’m very lucky that I was a regular blogger for Thirsties when you were very little.

Do you keep baby books for your little ones? What other clever ways do you preserve the precious moments that you never want to forget?

 

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