10 Ways to Prepare Your Toddler for a New Baby

I woke up this morning sick as a dog, so I thought I'd share a little something from the archives. Our 16-month-old is just now at the stage that these tips are applicable (she loves looking at pictures of babies in utero and hearing about her baby sister) and if I could add one more thing it would be to get your toddler a baby doll and engage them in lots of imaginative play: changing the baby's … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Mary (from a 3-year-old)

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It's a birthday weekend at our house. My father-in-law's birthday was yesterday and I get to share a birthday (27!) with Our Lady today. When Benjamin heard that we would be celebrating Mary's birthday, he asked to make her a card. "Blue paper because she loves blue. And a pink cake with candles on the front." Blue and pink, Our Lady's colors of faithfulness and love. Here's what he asked me … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Prepare Your Toddler for a New Baby

When we became pregnant with our second child, we were nervous about how our two-year-old son would react to having a new sibling. Our firstborn is a bit of a handful and is very intent on having everyone’s attention at all times. We were worried that having to share our attention with a new baby would cause him to resent his little sister. We were so wrong! He has been a spectacular big brother … [Read more...]

Tomorrow You’re THREE!

Oh, Benjamin, my little paleontologist, Tomorrow you will wake up and you will have turned the venerable age of THREE. The twos that I have loved so much will be over.  I loved the day when you turned two. And I loved your First Birthday, too. So many gifts of grace you have brought to our lives. The Blessed John Paul II wrote that the enemy of true love is selfishness. Being your … [Read more...]