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Mommy-Friends + Playdates

Mommy-Friends + Playdates

Atlas had his first official play date this weekend, #attysplaydates. We got together with one of Josh’s co-workers, his wife and son. And let me just say, I had a really good time. Their little man is only a month younger than Atlas, so the boys […]

Life In Papa’s Chair

Life In Papa’s Chair

You know how people associate smells, sounds, and tastes with certain events or people? For example, every time Josh eats Oreos he tells me how they always had Oreos at his Great Grandmother’s house growing up. Or, every time I hear a Journey song I can’t help […]

Ice Cream + Sunshine

Ice Cream + Sunshine

Everyday is a new adventure through the eyes of a child.

Today, we explored an entirely new part of the Minnesota Zoo. For the first time all year, it was warm enough to stroll the outside trails. (70 degrees!) We saw bears on the Grizzly Coast, spied prairie dogs on the Northern Trail, and played at the Hanifl Family Wild Woods play area. A really fun, unique play area built to immerse kids into nature.

I’ll admit I was a little saddened that most of the animals were still in hibernation mode. But, I quickly realized that it didn’t matter to Atlas, so it shouldn’t matter to me. Atlas was just as entertained by the sleeping leopard, roaming camels, and the birds that flew above our heads – the ones that were, like us, just visiting the zoo. It didn’t matter to him what the animals were doing; he was too busy enjoying what was, to worry about what wasn’t. Isn’t it amazing the things you can learn from your children?

 

Xylophones | #attygoestothezoo

Playing Xylophones | #attygoestothezoo

 

I was overjoyed to soak up a little sun. Atlas was over the moon about all the little kids. He recently developed some shyness, which keeps him from saying hi to anyone. He will, however, go up to and stare at any kid he wants to play with. It’s adorable, yet a little … creepy. So, he stared. Finally, he worked up the courage to play the xylophones with the most adorable boy, and promptly say goodbye. He’ll say goodbye and wave, just not hi.

But if you ask Atlas, he will tell you – the best part of the day was last. Just before we left, we got ice cream and watched the monkeys play. Needless to say, my child loves ice cream most. The pictures say it all, so I won’t. Take a peek.

 

Monkeys & Ice Cream | #attygoestothezoo

Ice Cream | #attygoestothezoo

Ice Cream | #attygoestothezoo

Yummy | #attygoestothezoo

 

P.S. Follow us on Instagram @happilyhenrich, for more of our shenanigans.

Minnesota Thaw, Atty goes to the Park

Minnesota Thaw, Atty goes to the Park

All you Minnesota moms out there know exactly how exciting it is to have weather like we had today. It is March in Minnesota, and we have 66 degree weather. That just doesn’t happen. So when it does, you take full advantage. You escape captivity […]

Going Home | Momcation16

Going Home | Momcation16

  I’ve never been so excited to go home. Let me explain. As you may know, for the past five days I have been in Miami with my dear friend, Kara. We were blessed to be able to take a momcation – to relax and […]

Love from Afar, Traveling Without Your Babies

Love from Afar, Traveling Without Your Babies

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I’ve said it before, but I’m gonna say it again.

I’m on my way to Miami for #momcation16 with my girl Kara. You know I’ve been looking forward to this since we dreamt it up a few months ago. The excitement grew when we booked our amazing hotel – The Deauville Beach Resort Miami. I mean, it’s beautiful. It grew as I went shopping for a few new pieces I needed for the trip. It grew as the day got closer and Minnesota weather got colder.

Now it’s here. And as I sit in the airport, baby-free and relax-ready, I can’t kick the feelings. I am feeling all the feels. Missing my baby. Needing some snuggles.

Why is it that as mothers (or fathers) we cannot wait for alone time/rest and relaxation time – but the moment we actually get it, we are overwhelmed with the need to squeeze our babies?

Hearing all the coos and giggles of the kiddos running around by me in the airport, I found myself looking at pictures of my little man on my phone. Needing him.

Then, a mom traveling alone with two children needed some help checking her stroller at the gate. She jokingly said anyone want a baby? I cannot tell you how quickly I jumped at the chance to hold her adorable daughter. I needed a baby fix. And oh my, she was adorable.

I know I’m not the only one. We even do it when they go to sleep at night. Can’t wait for bedtime – then miss them after they fall asleep… some are even crazy enough to wake them up.

We are seriously silly creatures. But then again, they are always cuter when they are sleeping or someone else is handling the meltdowns – am I right?

 

Zoo Days

Zoo Days

  There are so many things that I love about living in Minnesota. Winters, however, are not one of them. I have noticed that my distaste for the winter has only grown since having Atlas. It’s too cold to go outside and play, so I […]

Working In Your Workout

Working In Your Workout

  At the beginning of the year, just like so many others, Josh and I decided we needed to get fit. We took the plunge and joined a gym. We made a pact to workout at least three times a week. So far, I’ve reached that […]

Please Sit Down, Struggles at Meal Time

Please Sit Down, Struggles at Meal Time

“Sit down. On your butt. Atty, sit down.” We repeat. He’s still standing. The dog, however, is sitting.

I can’t help but wonder what we are doing wrong. Just a few days ago, he was a wonderful dinner companion. Now, meal time has been turned upside down. He eats, but it takes a really long time, and a lot of effort on our part.

He just won’t sit in his highchair anymore.

I know. I know. This doesn’t sound like that big of an issue. BUT, it is.

We’ve tried removing the tray and scooting him closer to the big people table to eat. He is still buckled in for safety. This worked for a few minutes. We’ve tried time-outs when he doesn’t stay sitting. All this does is delay meal time longer. We’ve tried just letting him scream and fuss. This always ends with his meal on the floor.

Most nights he ends up on our laps, eating from our plates. Most days (for lunch/breakfast) he ends up grazing while he runs around and plays. I don’t consider either of these solutions.

So, as the best of parents do, I turned to Google.

You know what I found?! This is completely normal. At his age, it’s crazy to expect this of him. He isn’t developmentally ready to sit for such a long time. He may not even be hungry at our meal times. Nor, is our conversation all that entertaining to him, since he cannot understand or participate. Honestly, I had never thought about it this way.

Even so, I think it is important to establish a routine of sitting at the table to eat meals. Establishing this routine now will make the transition easier later in life, and reinforces the value of family meal times. Going forward:

  • Just go with it. Allow them to sit for the five minutes they can, and then, let them down.
  • Feed them when they are hungry. Apparently, if you feed them when they are hungry, they eat better. (Duh, Google.) So feed them a balanced meal when they are hungry, and just offer a snack during meal times. This will get them used to the idea of sitting at the table with family, but takes away the stress of eating.
  • Transition Signals. Let them know what is coming. It’s hard to sit still when you can’t stop thinking about the toys you had to leave behind. Let them know it’s almost time for dinner – five minutes until dinner – a minute until dinner. When they know what is coming, kiddos are easier to transition. This is true for any transitions, not just meal times.

I’d love more stress-free meal times. So… we’ll just go with it. For now. (This too shall pass, right?)

Atty Eating Lunch Atty Eating On The Couch

One Thing Every Day

One Thing Every Day

Have you ever read something that really spoke to you? Something that reaches you at your very core and sticks with you? Tonight, I found something that really got me. I had just finished picking up all of Atty’s toys, and I look over to see […]