Baby, Children, Education, Montessori, Parenthood, Siblings

The Baby is Now in School

It may only be two days a week. Of those two days, it may be for less than four hours a time. Even still, I feel like my tiny one has grown up in some big, important way.

first-day-of-schoolRowan began going to Montessori a couple weeks ago, and it hasn’t taken him long to get over the initial shock of being in a room full of toddlers and no mamas.

Griffin also has grown in that time, acting as a model big brother throughout the entire process. He meets me in the toddler room and helps to put Rowan’s indoor shoes on, telling him it will all be ok. He even sings the little song we made up when Griffin was in Rowan’s situation:

Mama Comes Back,

Daddy Comes Home,

We Have Fun at Schoo-oo-ool!

(No one said the song was going to win any awards.)

Looking back on his first day, most of what I can remember is that I woke up with a migraine. After dropping him off, worrying that he just wasn’t going to be able to handle being away from me and feeling nauseous the entire car ride home, I got into the bed, pulled the covers over my face, and tried to sleep off the headache. The few hours he was in school was vital for me to survive the migraines which have been longer and stronger lately.

Since then, Rowan’s been eating more for snacks and lunches when he’s there, cuddling up with the teachers, and doing so much independent work that Mrs. Heather has a hard time snapping pictures to document it because he’s always on the move.

I would call that quick progress!

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“I Want My Boots On!”

Now that Griffin has a vocabulary that rivals my own, I get to hear phrases like the one above all the time. This particular statement came at 7am a few days ago, as he stood in his crib pointing to the new shoes he had picked out for Fall the previous day.

photo“Mommy! I want my boots on!” Over and over.

Jeremy and I laughed from our bed, turning up the volume on the monitor and listening to our little linguist – and apparent clothes horse.

Yesterday morning he had another demand: “Read Things That Go on the potty!” Anything that gets him onto his little toilet is a win for me, so I took the steps two at a time in my rush to get into his room before he changed his mind.

At this very moment I’m listening to him wake from a long nap. “Kind of like Goofy,” he says as he opens his mouth as wide as it will go. “Open my mouth.”

He can pretty much recite books verbatim based on the page I turn it to, and has just begun to sing the lyrics to songs on his own. Current favorites are “Dyer Maker” by Led Zeppelin, “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah,” and The Beatles’ “Blackbird.”

Next step, reading!

Boots: Livie & Luca

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What’s Your Take on Gisele’s Public Breastfeeding Display?

For some reason, the photo Gisele Bündchen posted on Instagram before the Victoria Secret Fashion show has sparked a rage of controvery.

GiselePersonally, I’m not so sure I understand why people are torn over this. She’s feeding her child while getting ready for work. Yes, there is a team of people surrounding her, but I’ve seen public displays of nudity more risque than that at the local coffee shop. Plus, her breasts are her living – in this photo she is on the verge of displaying them encased in lingerie for millions to see.

I do realize that she was on her soapbox when posing for this photo. She has stated on more than one occasion that her personal preference would be to have bottles banned.

“Some people here (in the U.S.) think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?’” she told Harper’s Bazaar UK in 2010 after having her son, Benjamin.  “I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.”

Breastfeeding is natural. Unfortunately, breastfeeding a child over one year old has become somewhat of a taboo – at least in the US. I have personally received reactions ranging from “good for you” to “ooohhhhhhh” with a quick change of subject. And while I completely understand the need to wean earlier due to work or a personal need, problems with supply, or a need to get your body back, what I don’t understand is why there is such a stigma against breastfeeding a toddler.

Until the last 50 or so years, this was how babies were always fed. Working women and the convenience of other methods have made breastfeeding not so popular, but the fact remains that it is still nature’s very best food for a growing child. I mean, it’s specifically formulated for each individual baby!

But back to Gisele. I think the photo is stunning – much more beautiful than anything she wore down the runway. So “good for you” Gisele! Thank you for taking a stand and not being afraid of the response a photo like this was sure to get.

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