The holidays are here, and what better way to celebrate, than to send people pictures of your
perfect family, via a Christmas Card!
Well, have no fear, of course now that I got a nice expensive camera, I tried to take family pictures by myself, HA! Well, let’s just say, they all needed editing (because I picked a terrible afternoon time to do it!). So, fast-forward 1 week and a half later, and having my mom take majority of the pictures (after I tried putting the camera in the right settings for her), worked out SO much better!
Here is our Holiday card from 2015! Enjoy! 🙂
They are en route to everyone as we speak, so I figured it was the perfect time to share them with you all as well! 🙂
This is in response to section 2 of the 30 days towards connected parenting. This section, Sara talks about modelling and how our behaviors, both good and bad, get passed along to our precious child(ren).
I think this topic is so important, because as I see my two year old copy and do exactly what I do/say, I see a LOT of things/behaviors that I do not like. It is amazing how our children may not listen to everything we say, but they are ALWAYS watching. You know children are said to be “nosey”? Well, they are just observing how we act/talk to/interact with, other people. If we show love/affection to our loved ones, or if we show affection to our spouses, then that makes it ok for them to.
She asked 3 questions that were definitely worth looking into, and responding.
Is there something I am doing that might be impacting this behaviour?
Is there something I can change within myself that may help?
How can I help model the kind of opposite behaviours which may help them move past this.
- I think everything I do or say, impacts Brielle’s behavior. She remembers so many things (good and bad), and will act “like mommy does” on so many things. When I yell or get frustrated, she will do the same. When I sing loud to my favorite music and dance, she is right next to me doing the same. She is ALWAYS watching both Shane and I, and we really need to be remember to always be aware of that, and remember to always listen to her (even when she is throwing her head on the floor crying because she didn’t get her way).
- I am making sure now that I consciously try to not yell when I am frustrated with her (this takes a lot of effort after repeating myself multiple times), and not using curse words. They just SLIP, and she will use the words correctly too, and I am like WHAT! I tell her it’s a “bad word” and that she can’t use it. Well, I have to stop using it too, in order for her to learn. This will definitely take some time to make changes, but I just want to be a better mom.
- I think modelling to her by staying calm more often, will help her stay calm when she gets frustrated. I also think not yelling for Shane to get this, or get that when we are at home, will help with her yelling “Shane” at everyone. lol! I will also be stopping more often to just savor the moment I am in with Brielle. I am so used to rush, rush, rush, that I don’t just sit down and realize how much of a blessing I have right in front of me.
Yes, you read the Title right! We just found out two days ago(3/10/14)! I know many of you think, AGAIN?? Well to us family is so important and we do plan out everything and try to have our future well planned out for our children. We decided a month ago to start trying thinking that sometime this year we will be pregnant and welcome a baby sometime in 2015. Well it turns out we will be welcoming this boy or girl a lot sooner than expected! We planned on having Brielle and the baby between 18-24 months apart which is a nice range for each child to be in their own stages in development. Our date is 11-17-2014 which I am sure will change many times along the way but I cannot believe Brielle is going to be a BIG sister!
We actually started planning Brielle’s first birthday already and are planning to do a HUGE surprise for everyone at the party and let everyone know at the time. I have always told my mom and my best friend first so this is going to be a MAJOR secret to keep for the next 12-13 weeks!
We took the pregnancy test and it said 2-3 weeks pregnant, so we are planning on making an appointment to go see my doctor pretty soon and schedule for a check-up and our first ultrasound! This would make me being pregnant for three years in a row. While some women may look at me like I am crazy, I LOVE it, and being a parent is the best thing in the world!
I am so in shock with this pregnancy and I am so blessed that God allowed us to get pregnant again and carry another baby. All we hope and pray for is that this baby is healthy! Can’t wait to see the first ultrasound!
YAY!! So happy!
Brielle is showing her excitement!
Daddy is happy!!
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