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    Motherhood, Pregnancy

    Transforming a Bronx Bedroom into your dream Nursery

    As I prepare to celebrate Calvin’s 3rd birthday this Wednesday, I can’t help but remember what the days looked like leading up to his birth. Our one-bedroom Bronx apartment was a small and mess, we also had celebrated our baby shower days before giving birth. Everything was everywhere! The crib wasn’t built and whatever vision I had in mind for a nursery quickly faded for two reasons, Calvin was seven weeks early and our apartment was way too small to dream big.

    Photographer: https://www.instagram.com/bee.serene/

    This second time around being blessed with a full-term pregnancy and also spending a lot of time at home, I let my heart guide my creativity. If there’s one thing I’ve been fighting off these last few months, it’s been discouragement of any kind.

    After losing one of our best friends, I entered into a place of mourning and I found myself needing an escape. So I began looking for inspiration on nursery’s and a painted sun caught my attention. It warmed my heart and was a sweet reminder of the ray of sunshine our friend Ada was. I haven’t been able to fully connect with our second son and transforming our bedroom gave me a chance to connect with him. The details of this nursery have brought my heart so much joy and hope. I’m sure my son will display it.

    Room Details: Baby moblie, DockaTOT, Babyletto Crib,

    Here is the reveal of our small section nursery. Although we live in a two-bedroom, we wanted the baby to stay with us. So we got some paint and divided a small space of it so it’s just for the baby. I also want to encourage any mama that is a one-bedroom apartment. Please don’t let your bedroom discourage you from being creative with your space. I hear so many stories of mamas feeling guilty over not having a “perfect nursery” or a spare room for their baby, I want you to know your baby doesn’t care about that. You are their first home and nursery.

    Details: Wood Camera, Hamilton Frame, Acrylic Floating Wall 

    I picked out pieces for the baby that I love. I love taking pictures and Hamilton. My favorite song is ” Dear Theodosia”, I dedicated that song to Calvin before he was born. I had my husband print some of the lyrics on these wooden frames from Society.6, I hope to read them to the boys one day.

    Details: New York Banner, Wall Wooden Rack, Acrylic Shelf

    Room Details: Rocking Chair, Diaper Pail,

    Room Detail: Cube Storage, Fawn Design Bag, Curtain’s

    I love everything about this section. I wanted the colors to go with the ones we’re using for Calvin’s big boy room. We’re reusing the crib we got for Calvin, it’s really cute and it’s held on for three years. This time around we will be using cube storage bins to store the baby’s clothes. We wanted to save money and we honestly don’t need much storage for the baby. The most expensive piece we got was the rocking chair. I would never pay what I did for this chair, but it’s so comfy and eventually, we want it for our living room.

    Details: Family Poster, Wood Hanger

    Room Detail: Gathre Changing Pad, Wipes & Diaper Holder, Letter sign, Wood toy, Ikea Drawer, Wooden Shelves

    This other side is our changing area. I just wanted some selves and a poster. I was looking through the society.6 website and I came across this poster of a family of four and bought it right away. I love line art, I actually have a tattoo of Calvin and I, in this style. I’m ready to get another one that represents the bond that I have with this new baby.

    This is our latest sonogram, baby boy has chubby cheeks and he’s weighing already 6lb and 10oz. I can’t wait to squeeze him and see if he looks anything like his dad.

    These are some shots from our family maternity shoot, I love just how well our photographer captured the room and these moments with Calvin. It’s crazy to think that soon my heart will beat in two little bodies. I’m scared but very excited to live life as a mom of two boys.

    I can’t wait to finally take pictures with the baby in his area and enjoy all of him here in our home.

    Mental Health, Motherhood

    Take a Moment Mama

    Between preparing for labor or getting the kids ready to start remote learning/ school, it can feel like each minute of your time is occupied with something else other than just you. The quiet moments that we desire often seem hard to find and the plan you made to catch a breath outside has become the last thing on your list; since it takes almost forever to leave the house with any child.

    However taking a moment looks like for you, just take time to take it. I know it often seems impossible but it’s so necessary. Taking a moment for you doesn’t mean you have to leave the kids behind, you may just consider your self-care time a time where you just hang with the kids, soaking up all of them. 

    So here are a few tips for taking a moment: 

    – Breathe, before you pick up your phone or check off the first task on your to-do list… time a few mins to be in silence. 

    – Plan a time in the day or week where you focus on one thing that brings you joy. 

    -Remember to slow down, what will get done… will get done. 

    – Ask for help, how can someone else help you this week ? 

    – When the kids are in bed and the house is quiet… stop scrolling. Netflix has tons of great shows. 

    – Take a moment to remember just how beautiful and spectacular you are. You kill it everyday without a break.


    Book Recommendation

    If you’re a new mom… nope if you’re a mom I would recommend you get this book. I got it about a year ago and it always encourages and helps me understand some of my thoughts as a mom. Being a mom can feel overwhelming sometimes and it’s okay to say that out loud. I feel like sometimes we feel so much shame for thinking half of the things we think about. During my postpartum, I struggled a lot with feeling joy in being a mom and I was very anxious all the time about something happening to my son. I often wished I would have voiced half of the things I was thinking without feeling like someone would judge me. In this book, you’ll find all those thoughts you hide from other moms but also the ones you feel scared about saying out loud to yourself. Remember you were you before being a mom, think of who you were, and take care of her.

    Motherhood

    Toddler Summer Faves

    It has been a very interesting summer and unfortunately with COVID -19 we’ve had to become very creative with Calvin at home, whether through Pinterest activities or purchasing items that can help us keep him busy. It’s been fun having him home and being able to enjoy who he’s developing to me. He loves music and water. This summer he discovered a love for painting, which was sweet. He hated paint before or anything on his hands. I’m always looking for things worth buying for a toddler. I feel like they’ll enjoy just about anything, no matter how small.

    The items below have been so beneficial to Calvin’s learning and motor skill development. I always try to find toys and tools that can help him in skills he’s lacking in. I know many mamas are always trying to find things to keep their kiddos busy with during this season. Below you will find the tools and toys that we have loved this summer. I hope you love them too.

    1. Do A Dot Art! Markers – These are amazing for toddlers still exploring paint and colors. You can also use them to practice color patterns and hand motor skills.
    2. Count & Match Egg Toy – I love these eggs for many reasons, you can use them to teach your toddlers matching, numbers and colors. They also sell eggs with different spaces inside of them.
    3. Li’l Gen Water Beads – The water beads are so much fun to do water activities with. They grow in water and it also comes with hand tools that toddlers can use to pick up the beads. Teaching toddlers to scoop and pick items with tools is such a great motor skill that develops independence. It’s an area we’re working on with our son.
    4. Crayola Bathtub Tools – These are great for one year olds and up. Bathtime is always a great time to just relax and have fun. We use these all the time during bathtime. Calvin loves coloring on the walls and I love that I get to wash it off. ha!
    5. Kinetic Sand – I’m a huge fan of kinetic sand. I use this a lot at working counseling students. The sand is a great relaxation tool for toddlers.
    6. Melissa & Doug Water Wow Bundle – These are great for traveling. Each book is waterbase, it comes with a small brush and the color appears on the pages, plus it’s mess free. Calvin loved these during car or train rides.
    7. Play- Doh – Great for hand motor skills and building imagination.
    8. Manhattan Toy Making Faces 34-Piece Emotion Toy – Our current favorite! We’re going through a lot of emotions right now and this tool has been so great for helping Calvin identify his emotions. He also loved making different faces. He knows which magntic creates which emotions. I also love that the plan faces are different color skin shades.
    9. Lovevery – This is a every three months subcribtion box. Each box comes with tools and activities perfect for each milestone your kiddo is developing in. I would suggest checking which box fits the areas you want your baby or toddler to explore.
    10. Melissa & Doug See & Spell,Multi – This activity is wonderful for identify letters and words. Calvin enjoys puzzles and this tool allows him to search for the letters and match them.

    Do you have any toddler tools or activities that you love? Share them with me!

    Motherhood

    Cloudy Rain Experiment

    Items needed for this activity:

    Food Coloring, Shaving Cream, Cups

    We added water to both cups and left some space to put shaving cream on top.

    He loved that it looked like cloud’s and how it didn’t mix with the water

    After we began to put the drops of food coloring onto the shaving cream, slowly they would make their way into the water. As you can see he has other plans. Ha!

    And after being tired of watching the drops go into the water, we decided it would be more fun to stick our tiny hands in the cup! I’ve been letting Calvin explore a lot this summer no matter the mess. He loves it and it also kills time.

    I really think any toddler would love this activity! It’s fun and can be messy, plus you don’t need a lot of supplies for it.

    Here you can find other experiments that your toddler would love. Let me know if you do! Would love to see your experiment fun!