Welcome a new little one into our family has brought more joy than I ever could have imagined, and more tears than I could have imagined, too ;). For me, transitioning from one to two children was (and still is) challenging. With one child, I was still able to hold onto a bit of my freedom, my sense of self. I could multi-task like no other; clean the house while playing hide and seek while cooking dinner while doing my makeup. Just kidding, I wouldn’t do that much, but you get the drift. Then, our precious Fields came along, and the amount I was able to accomplish in a day became… FEED THE LITTLE PEOPLE AND KEEP EVERYONE ALIVE. And maybe get them dressed…maybe.
Those first few weeks with two are SUCH a blur. If I didn’t have picture documentation, I might not believe it even happened!
Picky eating is so common in toddlers, and something I see daily at work. As a pediatric dietitian by day, I spend a lot of time with picky eaters and have been able to apply what I teach moms and families at work to my family at home. We’ve seen a lot of improvement in our picky eating, so I wanted to share my tips and tricks here with you guys as well!
I can’t believe it’s already been 11 weeks since our little love joined us. How!? Time flies by and is such a thief. He already is so much bigger and looks SO different. There are moments he and Piper look like twins at this age, and other times they look totally different. For a while we said he was Piper with brown hair, but now he’s looking more and more like his own little person. I’ve always said that Piper looks and acts like her Daddy, and Fields’ looks, and I think will act, more like me ;) A mama’s boy!
My fabulous friend Sophie was going to take pictures for us at his birth, but since she didn’t make it to the birth (read his birth story here), we had her come take newborn pictures for us, and I’m so glad we did! I know I will cherish these pictures forever. Plus, I need proof to know that the newborn stage actually happened because those first few weeks are all a blur and I pretty much don’t even remember them ;), haha.
I’m finally sharing Piper’s big girl room today! We took these pictures when Fields was still in my belly, and we had the best morning playing together in her room, soaking up all of our one on one time together.
With a new baby coming, we wanted to transition her to her big girl bed before his arrival. We knew we would also be potty training her and trying to quit sucking her thumb, all while becoming a new big sister, so we wanted to have the big girl bed well out of the way. Plus, we needed the crib for his nursery. We thought about doing a toddler or even a twin bed, but since our home is only 3 bedrooms her room also serves as the guest room. Since it’s the only place for guests to stay (without blow up mattresses), we went with a double bed so we could at least sleep two people. Plus, it’s a bed she can grow into well into even her teen years. The bed is from wayfair and you can find it here.
She “helped” us move the bed in and we really tried to build up the whole process, telling her what a great helper she was. We also called it her big girl bed, and made a lot of hype around that. She was so excited to show everyone who came over her “big girl bed.” Even with her initial excitement, it took about 4 nights for her to really transition and start to feel comfortable in it. She cried the first couple of nights, and it reminded me of the early days when she was learning to self soothe in her crib…so sad!
We really tried to keep everything about her routine exactly the same, with the only change being her new bed. My mother in law got her a new pillowcase that we put on her pillow, and she was surprisingly SO excited to sleep on her pillow case. Another thing that I think could help would be letting your little one pick out their new sheets and/or comforter. Now that she’s transitioned, I think she actually sleeps so much better snuggled under the covers and with a pillow. But OK, now onto the room with a billion beautiful pictures by Jessi Nichols Photography…