3 Years And Still Going

3 years

Minime isn’t ready to stop.  Most days I am.  Some days I think how strange it will be when she no longer looks for her “baba.”  I will have to learn new ways to soothe her fears and tantrums.  Some days I want to rush her to wean and some days I pray for another day of her needing me and my milk.

Whatever you believe about breastfeeding is your prerogative.  Just know that it will be Minime’s choice when she stops breastfeeding and I don’t need anyone else’s opinion.

#MommyMondays

Mommies have a really difficult job.  We are expected to be everything, do everything and always have a smile.  Sometimes we need to know we are appreciated.  Welcome #mommymondays.  I will be featuring a Mommy every Monday on her and on Instagram as a way to let her know she is doing a GREAT job.

#MommyMondays would like to acknowledge @engravedhearts (Charlyn Severino).  She is an amazing mother, daughter, wife, sister, friend and business woman.  She is also an inspiration and motivation to many.

Your ministry is coming sis and I will be in the front pew!

cha

 

If you know a mom that should be featured in a future #mommymondays email me at justabxmom@gmail.com with her name, Instagram and why you think she should be featured 🙂

Mini Me Turned Three

I’m sure every parent can relate to the emotional rollercoaster I have been on.  We want our babies to be healthy and grow yet part of us aches as they get older.  I’m not sure why this year has been so rough.  Minime turned three this past Saturday (1/23) and I never before thought of THREE as a magical age.  Yet, her birthday made me really reflective.

My little is growing up.  She is not a big girl yet but also not quite my itty bitty baby anymore.  She has always been quite independent but daily she voices and acts a bit more like she doesn’t quite need me like she used to.  I know, at three years old she won’t be moving out anytime soon.

The saying goes that time flies when you’re having fun and these three years as her mommy have been the best of my life.  I cannot wait to see who she will become.  I cannot wait to watch her set and meet life goals.

I only pray that I am the mother that she needs.  I only hope that I supply her with the resources and necessities to become who she is meant to be.

Looking forward to spending decades more celebrating my gift from above.

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Minime through the years!

 

Sunshine State We are On Our Way (almost)

I decided that every year until she was old enough to ask for something else I would take Minime to Florida for her birthday.  Her birthday is in exactly one week (where did the time go?).  Tomorrow we head out to Orlando and are ready to start the birthday trip she has been talking about since we got back last year lol.

We have had so much fun on our past trips.  I’ve loved traveling since I took my first flight at 21 for a business trip.  I love that at such a young age Minime is already bitten by the travel bug.  She talks about going on holiday and makes me pretend to get on an airplane with her rather regularly.

I can’t wait until she is old enough to enjoy trips to places like Paris, Italy, and Spain.  For now though we will continue to enjoy Florida and the Caribbean.

I recently read a really good Disney tips article.  I wish I would have bookmarked it but just looks like I will have to share my own tips when we get back.  What are some of your favorite Disney or Seaworld hacks?  Let’s compare.

Here are a few photos from our trip last year.

 

And the winner is….ME!!!

I have never been one of those people to win contests, raffles or scratchoffs.  Probably one of the main reasons I never got into gambling or going places like Atlantic City and Las Vegas often.

However every once in a while the tides have to change right?  Yea, I didn’t think so either but at the end of the year when I saw two giveaways on Instagram that didn’t require much effort other than saying I’m in I thought why not.  And guess what… I won them both!!! What are the odds???

And when I say I won, what I really mean is Minime won. lol.  One was for a gift from one of my favorite dad accounts TheBookOfRoma and the othr was a really cool Toy Magazine account TTPM.  So, in reality I guess I’m still not one of those people that wins contests but Minime might be.

Check out her really cool prizes below.

St. Ives Voxbox

Some of you know that I’m a member of Influenster.  Over the time I have received some really cool products for review.  When I got back from Long Island last week I have a St. Ives #voxbox waiting.

This might be my favorite box so far.  Each of the products smell amazing.  And as you can see in the photo below these aren’t trial sized.  They are going to be lasting me for a while.  Minime has also taken to the lotion and body wash.  I used to have to fight to get her to wear lotion now I have to hide it from her!

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Can’t wait until our next voxbox!

 

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Breastfeeding Here and There. Breastfeeding Everywhere

As I sit here typing my almost three year old is sitting on my lap having “babas.”  What do you call breast milk in your home?  I’ve been meditating on this post since I saw the clip from Wendy Williams’ interview with Alyssa Milano.

I considered sharing the video but having made an effort not to support anything to do with WW since I first learned of her trying to shame breastfeeding mothers I decided not to at this time.  I think the segment was very powerful.  I have always loved Alyssa Milano.  She was my first girl crush way back when she was Samantha Micelli.  I adore that she did not stand down from WW’s pressure.  If you haven’t seen here are some of my favorite Alyssa statements:

“But biologically, they’re not made for sexual things. That’s what we’ve done to them.” (In response to WW saying breasts are fun bags.)
“You’re lucky the baby’s not here. I’d whip ’em out right here and feed her on your show.”

I’ve had more positive experiences than negative experiences when it comes to public breastfeeding.  I am blessed.  I am also pretty oblivious, so I might have just missed the negative ones.  I will however feed my child anywhere we are.  Your permission and acceptance is not necessary.

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Author unknown but oh so cool!