My Love of Giving Gifts: Celebrating Grandma

I am lucky enough to say that I love my in-laws. I have three sets to be exact, as my husband’s parents have been divorced & remarried on a few occasions. They are kind, generous, fun to be around & they have always been there for us. Now that we have Scarlett, I must say it, it takes a tribe to raise a village. I once overheard a Grandma talking about her new granddaughter & how lucky she is to be involved in her life & how much work it is. She stated, “how I wish I had…

Scarlett’s Unique Heart: Her Story & Recent Checkup

Every year, we schedule Scarlett for her annual cardiology appointment with her pediatric cardiologist. As soon as one of these appointments begins to approach, I become nervous, sad & anxious. My strong, beautiful little girl with her unique, special heart. I think about it every day and how lucky we are to have her. Everything happens for a reason, right? She was given her heart for a reason & we were given her. Who knew our little heart beach rocks had a meaning from the beginning. We have known about her condition since my 20-week ultrasound (May 2015) that…

One Simple Gesture To Do With Your Child Everyday

With toddlers, learning to verbalize & speak is an exciting, but somewhat challenging adventure. You see their little minds processing & trying to repeat your every word. The “sponge” as many people call it. We decided early on to use Baby Sign Language as a tool of communication & a pathway for Scarlett to start using her words. Baby Signs is manually signing words to allow your little one to verbalize their needs & wants prior to being able to speak. Using these signs has lead us into using words with signs, and in turn, speaking words alone. At 19…