I am so grateful for this man…
…a man who has been by my side through everything.
Katie recently had her 3-year check up and Craig was there.
He has always been there…
He didn’t miss a single prenatal appointment with any of our three pregnancies.
He never missed a single of the 837 classes we took while pregnant…he even attended the breastfeeding class, as he recognized that his support would likely be what got me through those early days of nursing.
He has been at each and every one of the kids’ appointments with the pediatrician.
His committment to our family and his desire to be there for all of the moments, big and the small, fill me with love and gratitude.
Thank you, Craig. I truly love you.
This post is linked to the Thank You Journal at Alli ‘n Son.
…of being a parent for me has always been knowing that one of my jobs as Katie’s parent is to help her to learn independence, in varying degrees, starting from the very first days of her life.
We taught her to fall asleep on her own, without needing us to rock her until she was sleeping.
We encouraged her to sit independently…
to stand, to walk…
We encourage her to participate at gymnastics, playdates, and birthday parties without needing us by her side.
In a few short years, we will drop her off for her first day of kindergarten and we will sit in the car, holding hands and crying, as we know that everything that we have done for her thus far has been to foster a sense of self and independence so that she wouldn’t completely depend upon us.
Then, years down the road, she will leave for college, most likely never to return to live at home with us.
And as much as this will hurt, I pray that we have given her the tools–independence, self-confidence, determination–to be just fine on her own.
This is our job as parents.
We nearly made it to the two-year mark before allowing Katie to watch television, as we tried to follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatricians on babies and television because, well, I’m THAT mom.
We caved at 20 months when she still wasn’t talking, as we were desperate and thought it might help (plus, we’re human and just needed an hour of coffee time in the morning!). For the most part, we limit her to an hour of tv each day, which has been All Elmo, All the Time. (I have issues with Elmo, but that’s for another post.)
Well, we’ve now reached the point where Sesame Street just isn’t teaching her anything new and she’s growing increasingly bored (read: that hour of coffee time is being seriously jeopardized).
She’s almost three, knows all of her letters and what they say and can count to twenty. Can anyone recommend some commercial-free programs with an emphasis on learning? Please? I really need that hour!