Ages & Stages

Keeping up with our kiddos during each stage of childhood.

We talk a lot about the comparison in motherhood. We’re constantly told not to compare ourselves to other moms. But what about comparing our kids to other kids? No two children develop at the same rate, but we still...
Much like trains, dinosaurs are a hot topic among toddlers and young children alike. I mistakenly called a pterodactyl a flying dinosaur, a rookie parenting mistake, and was swiftly corrected by my two-year-old. How does he know this? I...
Happy World Autism Awareness Day! Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that can impair the ability to communicate and interact. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, difficulties in social interaction and communication and repetitive behaviors. Did you know...
Note: When this blog post was written, person-first language was the generally preferred convention for speaking about autism. We realize that terminology changes over time and there is current discussion and advocacy for the use of identity-first language. At...
Note: When this blog post was written, person-first language was the generally preferred convention for speaking about autism. We realize that terminology changes over time and there is current discussion and advocacy for the use of identity-first language. At...
Yes, you read that right. This is the story of my son’s third eye. Let me rewind. A few days ago, my son came down with a fever. I was like, “Oh no! Is this COVID?” So I took him...
My husband and I joke that I should never go out to dinner with the family. When I go, the kids behave terribly. My husband frequently takes our three sons (ages 6, 4, and 1.5) out to a sit-down restaurant by...
Potty training our newborn was the best decision we made! Okay, so we didn't actually potty train, but we did something called Elimination Communication. When I was pregnant, my friend and I had due dates that were one day apart....
When my husband and I decided it was time to take the plunge into parenthood, we were focused solely on the excitement of our future offspring. How thrilling to have this adorable, miniature version of ourselves to nurture, love,...
I hate being pregnant. I get hospitalization/four types of medication/nausea-level sick. I’m exhausted, hormonal, and sore. Pregnancy just isn’t my cup of tea. But this time, when it was over, I was crushed. The idea of the "baby blues"...
When my oldest child was two and a half, he had two great loves: Elmo and Jesus. It was the height of the Tickle Me Elmo craze. And my in-laws had hunted down the prized toy for my son. Grandparents for...
Living in New Mexico, we are so fortunate to be exposed to many different cultures. I always feel so fortunate to be exposed to so many different people, languages, and foods. My grandparents were native Spanish speakers, and I...
Mornings with toddlers can be hectic. It never fails. You think you've got plenty of time to get ready and out the door. And next thing you know your hot tea is all over your scarf and you're 15 minutes...
When I became pregnant with our son David in 2014, we were overjoyed. We had been trying for years and experienced two miscarriages. So as the pregnancy progressed and everything looked good, we were very hopeful that this would...

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