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New Cool Thing Alert at the Aquarium

12/10/12

New Cool Thing Alert at the Aquarium

As I've mentioned before, we are regulars at the Oklahoma Aquarium. As in, we go atleast once a week. It's a great all-weather-activity for us and it makes me feel good to take the toddler there for some educational fun. So, as your tour guide, I needed to share with you a cool new thing that's going on there. It's the newly opened Extreme Amazon exhibit. The fish are cool (and don't miss the iguanas hanging out in there too), but what is REALLY COOL is that there's a tunnel underneath the exhibit where your kids can crawl around. Since no one was watching, I crawled under there myself. In the middle, there's a place you can poke your head up and it's as though you're in the middle of the tank.      ...

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My Nutcracker Obsession

12/04/12

My Nutcracker Obsession

Confession: One of the first things I thought of after finding out I was going to have a girl was that I'll always have someone to go with me to watch The Nutcracker at Christmas. Yes! I was in ballet growing up. It seems funny to think of now since I wouldn't be caught dead in tights, but then again maybe if I spent as much time doing bar exercises I wouldn't be so anti. I digress. So during my short career as a ballerina, I was in The Nutcracker twice. The first time I played a mouse and the second time I was a soldier. A group of dance moms (who do not resemble anything to the Lifetime reality show) would take turns driving me and a few of my friends back and forth to Dallas for practices and shows. It was so fun. I remember doing our homework in the back...

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Hey, you! Get your baby on his/her tummy!

11/20/12

Hey, you! Get your baby on his/her tummy!

My son slept on his tummy when he was a baby. GASP! I know, I know. It's the only way he would sleep longer than 20 minutes and after a couple of weeks of only letting him nap on his tummy I caved. Because of this, any sort of head shape issues was not on my radar. Fast forward to the present to my daughter who hates...H-A-T-E-S...being on her tummy. When we brought her home from the hospital her biliruben number got pretty high, so we had to do the "tanning bed" for 7 days in our home. You're supposed to keep them under the lights as much as possible. So, besides nursing, she pretty much stayed there. At the time, I was so concerned with the jaundice situation, I didn't pay any attention to the fact that she was highly favoring looking to her right....

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Tips for Moving with Little Ones

11/06/12

Tips for Moving with Little Ones

Oh, sweet Jesus, I am exhausted. I thought having a newborn was tiring, but moving with a 2-year-old and a baby takes the boat. My #1 tip for you is to not do it. Stay where you are! But, since that's just not an option sometimes, here are some things I did or wish I would have done. 1) Start packing early. Invevitably, there will be a point when you just start throwing stuff into boxes and label "Miscellaneous." But try and get everything done prior to hitting the "OH SH**" button. With that, I suggest starting with the fragile items. You see at the beginning you're all refreshed and buzzed about the move, so it's the time to perfectly pack the China and stemware in bubble wrap and place it delicately in a box before the buzz wears...

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Malala Yousafzai

10/16/12

Malala Yousafzai

Last week, I blogged about the International Day of the Girl. With a sense of irony and sadness, Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistan girl, was shot in the head by the Taliban that same day. You see, the Taliban believe girls should not be educated, or for that matter, even leave the house. Malala believes differently and has risked her life to defend her right to receive education. "I have the right of education," she said in a 2011 interview with CNN. "I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up." Currently, Malala is recovering in a hospital in Great Britain. The doctors are hopeful that she will be able to make a full recovery. The depth of...

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International Day of the Girl

10/11/12

International Day of the Girl

Although she's still a baby, I feel a huge responsibility with my daughter. Not just the typical parental responsibilities, but the extras that come with being female. I want to raise her to be a self-reliant, confident, smart woman who never feels the weight of a glass ceiling. I want her to read about sexism in history books, but never experience it herself. And if she does, I want to raise her with the tools she'll need to handle it. I want her to have a healthy body image, and not feel overwhelmed by what she sees in magazines or televisions. When I lie awake at night thinking about these things, never does becoming a child bride, prostitute or school drop out come to my mind, but there are mothers out there who do. It's not that they don't want better for...

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Things I Don't Want to Forget

10/04/12

Things I Don't Want to Forget

This morning, I read this wonderful blog post by Allison Tate from the Huffington Post. I got very teary and it reminded me how quickly it all goes by. My little guy will be three soon, and somehow my newborn is almost 5 months old. When everything changes so quickly, I want to make sure and remember what is happening right now. Like how my son, no matter if it's a flu shot or a bonk on the head, truly thinks my kisses can heal. "Mommy kiss it," he'll say. Then, "I'm better! Tank you, mommy." Oh it makes me melt. Or how he refers to every child he meets, no matter if it's his cousin or a complete stranger, as his friend. "Mommy, there's my friend," he says while running to play with him/her. I love it, but it also makes me sad...

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How to Support Sibling Love

09/18/12

How to Support Sibling Love

First, let me be clear, my sister and I do not have the perfect relationship. We've had a few quaffs. I stole some clothes of hers back in the day and things like that, but we've never had any sort of physical altercation. Anytime we have a disagreement or have spent too much time together, instead of having some sort of blow out, we usually just kind of have an awkward few days until something bigger happens and the disagreement is forgotten. I've been mad at her and I know she's been mad at me, but for the most part we are truly best friends. Maybe our personalities don't conflict (she's type A and I'm type B) or our 3 1/2 year age difference is ideal, whatever it is, it works. Like most of these things go, I'm going to go ahead and give credit...

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Cool Family Fun at Guthrie Green

09/10/12

Cool Family Fun at Guthrie Green

The people of Tulsa have spoken (sorry, I watched way too much of the national conventions), Guthrie Green Park is the new IT place. This weekend, families and reggae lovers alike spent atleast a couple hours at the new park in the Brady District. I went out yesterday afternoon and was shocked by everything going on in this area. I've obviously been living under a rock (aka: just had a baby) and haven't been paying the much deserved attention to the amazing things going on. But no more! I am inspired and reinvigorated to join this awesome movement happening just north of downtown. Not knowing what to expect, I was quite ill-prepared, but that's the cool thing about Tulsa...or Oklahoma for that matter; blanketless and snackless I was able to bounce around from...

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Afternoon Activities for Toddlers in Tulsa

09/04/12

Afternoon Activities for Toddlers in Tulsa

The past few weeks, I've been a work-at-home mom. Wowsa. Normally, I spend the first part of the day in the office while my 2-year-old goes to MDO. Recently, I've been spending the first part of the day trying to wear my 2-year-old out to prepare for a good naptime so I can get cram in some work---usually while breastfeeding my 3-month-old. A couple of times I've gotten them both to sleep at the same time. I've even got a victory dance down for when that happens. I'm tired. To the SAHMs and WAHMs, I salute you. Anyways, while I've been home, I've been taking advantage of all the fantastic activities around Tulsa for toddlers in the morning. We've been to the storytimes at the Schusterman and Hardesty libraries, the new splash park at Whiteside...

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The first years of motherhood are the most educational years of your life.  Abby Rodgers shares the highs, the lows, the love and complete shock of being a new mom.  She'll write what she has learned and also seek advice from you about things she has yet to figure out.  Abby keeps it real with a little humor and a lot of love. 

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