Dealing With Toddler Frustration

As we inch closer to 2, N has definitely started acting out in full toddler form, biting me or her toys when she gets upset, throwing herself on the floor, refusals to comply, etc. The usual stuff. It’s so hard to stay calm sometimes even though I’m repeating to myself that she doesn’t understand yet, she’s only 1. What we as moms and dads need to constantly keep reminding ourselves (especially when everything spirals out of control) is that they can’t express themselves yet. Language is still developing and they can’t say exactly what they want, even though they know exactly what they want/need. I tell myself probably daily to put myself in her shoes and imagine how incredibly frustrating it must be to understand the world around you (to some extent at least) but not be able to fully engage in it. Hence the full on meltdowns for reasons often unbeknownst to me. I have been trying out some different preventative techniques in the last months so that her and I can avoid getting to the tantrum point to start with. I want to share these strategies with you mamas of 1-2 year olds out there (I’ve heard 3 and 4 year olds can be just as challenging, but that is a whole different ball game!). They have worked wonders for us, so I hope they can help you, too! 

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Second Time Around: What’s In My Hospital Bag

This week was bag packing week! I unpacked our bags from D.C. and filled up my duffle and diaper bag with all the essentials, which also made me realize that I actually have to give birth in 4-6 weeks yeeee! I am more nervous about this birth experience but also more excited. I feel more prepared since I already know in general what to expect during and after labor, but at the same time that also makes me more anxious! Especially because this time I also have a toddler who is suddenly very attached to me. Last time, I packed a lot of unnecessary items such as my bose music player and an inflatable exercise ball…both of which went untouched, and didn’t bring things like nursing pads! I had a birth playlist all picked out and a printed out birth plan. Ha!! Granted, I had a very quick labor (4 hours) so there just wasn’t the opportunity to even want music, and my birth plan was very open but all of that goes out the window the moment the baby’s heart starts to decelerate. The point: I have lived and learned, and therefore the contents of my hospital bag are quite a bit different than the first time. With that in mind, in this post I will tell you all the lovely things I am putting in my bag (for me and for baby)!  Continue reading

The Importance of Boredom

I often find myself feeling guilty when Nesrine and I are stuck at home for the day. I try to go out with her at least once every day, even if it is simply outside to play or to go to the library. We both seem to always feel better to get out for a bit. Some days that just doesn’t happen…she is home with the nanny while I take care of errands or doctor appointments, or the weather is bad for driving, or I don’t have the energy for it and we just can’t get it together to get out. You mamas out there know exactly what I mean. Mamas-to-be, you will find out soon 🙂 Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide: How To Travel Internationally With Your Tiny Human

So, you want to take an international trip with your little one? YAY! Even with a baby, this is such a valuable and enriching experience for your family. I promise. You aren’t crazy! However, it is a daunting task to travel for 12 hours (and often times much more), as well as pack for an extended stay away from the comforts of home. Let me share with you my borderline crazy, obsessive planning techniques. I truly hope this will empower you to go explore somewhere and to enjoy every moment! 

I will start with travel tips and strategies for planning a long trip with a little one in general, and then go into details of travel broken down by age (baby and toddler). The reason being is because, as you know, a newborn is vastly different from a 5 month old who is vastly different from a 13 month old who is vastly different from a 2 year old. Okay. Let’s take this journey together! Continue reading