Weekly Parenting Ups & Downs…


1. Watching her develop friends has been such a huge joy. There is a little girl at our church that she gets along with so well. She is slightly older than Rowan and I think that’s they way Rowan likes it. It keeps her going and trying new things. I love watching them interact. They just run around following each other, laughing and having such a good time. It is really sweet. They are the best playground buddies.

2. Long bike rides together as a family have got to be one of my favorites (or walks) but bikes are just so fun. We biked 16 miles the other day and Rowan was just loving it. She sits behind me in a little seat but she can reach my back. She is always tickling me and laughing because she thinks it’s funny. I love the idea of her sitting back there with the wind in her hair (helmet) watching the world go by. So fun.

3. It’s funny how no matter how hard your day was or how frustrated you are, a single smile or giggle from your little one instantly melts you in to a big puddle. Top that with a little hug and nothing really ever seems as bad as you thought it was. Little kids have magical powers for turning bad moods around, even if they are the ones that put you in that mood

1. Going to see houses with your real estate lady alone with your toddler in houses full of other kids toys that they can’t touch, is probably the worst idea ever. I can’t blame her. I would want to play with all the new toys that I didn’t have at home. There were lots of tantrums that day.

2. This is sort of an up and down. Rowan has been stringing more and more words together to say little sentences. Some of them though are so far off from what she is saying, I have no idea what she is trying to tell me. It is so awesome to hear her try to tell me something so intently, but it is so upsetting and I feel so bad that sometime I can’t figure out what she is telling me. Yesterday, she said this sentence like 100 times over and over. She keep pointing at the door saying it. We were trying everything to figure it out. Then as we were leaving to go to the park and we passed the pool in our building we realized she was saying “I want to go to the pool.” Oh my gosh so cute but I felt terrible that it took us so long.

3. Yesterday morning was rough! Rowan feel asleep the night before at almost 1am, then woke up yesterday morning at 6am. Omgosh! She was not a happy camper. She didn’t want to be touched, she didn’t want to eat, she didn’t want to drink, she didn’t want to do anything but flap around on the floor crying and whining. Poor baby. I did actually get her back to sleep at 8:30am. It was short lived but it makes you appreciate their normal behavior a lot more when you have a glimpse of how crazy they can get. Oh little Rowan!

  1. Beautiful post, it made me smile. It’s amazing how kids can make you feel and enjoy everything so much more. Those googles are too cute! Googles are a huge hit at our house, my kids are always wanting to wear them to play, eat, bathe, etc.

  2. Ah Jen – I do love these posts. I go out with Naja quite a bit, and I definitely feel like people look at me like I’m crazy, or like I don’t know how to control my child. When I read posts like this, I’m reminded that some kids have a LOT of will, at a young age. Naja is already starting to throw her head back in a slight tantrum…and she’s only 9 months old, they are typically short-lived, but I know I’m in for a LOT of fun :), talk about a mother’s love…

  3. Kristin •

    These posts inspire me and remind me that I am not the only one with a few “parenting downs” each week. Thank you!

  4. Omgosh, I never thought about how cranky babies could get if they didn’t get their full amount of sleep. I always knew they got cranky when it was time for bed. Never ever will I complain when I done get my 8 hours of sleep haha!

  5. Love to watch my little one interact/make friends with others. It’s so nice to just sit back and watch. I feel ya on the lookin’ at houses front. We’re on a home hunt as well and bringing a toddler to any home is difficult. We went to one yesterday that had a pool that looked more like a swamp and my little one wanted nothing more than to splash his hands in it. It’s also hard to have those adult conversations with you real estate agent when your little one is running full speed down a downhill street. Oh the joys of motherhood. I love these posts of yours.

    Ashley @ http://www.thestorkandthebeanstalk.com

  6. She is such a doll. I cannot wait for my little to be able to ride on the back of a bike. The warm weather days would be so much better if we could get out and have those kinds of adventures together. Good luck on your baby language translating!

  7. Haha I could only imagine going into other homes with other kids toys. That would be rough. Talk about a distraction.

    – Sarah

  8. girrrrrrl, i can’t praise baby sign language highly enough. it helps SO MUCH to clear up hard-to-understand mumbly requests. more, all done, eat, help, please, bath, water, hurt… shouldn’t take her but a month to learn all of those! babysignlanguage . com has really helpful clips of a ton of useful signs.

  9. Those goggles are too much. What a doll. I’m not a parent (just an auntie for now), and I can relate to the joy that the little ones bring — and he is just my nephew! Nothing makes me smile more. Blessings Jen– you’re a great mom!

  10. Such cute pictures 🙂

    We’re also at that stage when Eva is stringing words together, creating little sentences, but there are times when I have no idea what she is trying to say… it ends up being a game of 21 questions!

  11. These posts are so much fun for me…Of course I relate to every bit of it.
    About the real estate hunt, I have absolutely decided some things require a baby sitter! 🙂

  12. Rowan really loves her glasses doesn’t she?? It’s so adorable everytime you posted her pictures up! Keep them coming, and yea, I enjoyed every bit of this blog! 🙂

  13. I love these posts, I don’t even have a child of my own, but I just love how real you are with your ups and downs. And seriously, Rowan is the cutest!

  14. Rowan is probably one of the cutest babies! I love the way you dress her!

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