I See You

As the daughter of a special education teacher and a special education teacher myself, I’m pretty familiar with labels. Learning alongside my students with unique learning abilities included writing IEP’s about their strengths and weaknesses, often after only meeting these wonderful humans for just a few hours. Boy were these fabulous souls more than their…

Steps in the right direction: battling postpartum depression

“Postpartum depression is a thief–it steals away the woman’s perspective and her feelings of competence and confidence. Generally women with postpartum depression feel as if they’ve lost themselves.” Dr. Shosh, Postpartum Depression for Dummies It wasn’t until a year or so after meeting my husband that I even thought about the possibility of becoming a…

6 Infant Toys You Already Have

Now that our daughter is nine months old, she is completely aware of all the different toys in her exploration space. She shows preference for certain toys…like the purple puzzle piece with a belt buckle clasp and her tiny indestructible plastic book. She loves taking apart the drawers of her small storage container, crawling into…

Creating an Explore Space for Crawlers (8-12 months)

I know. I’ve been MIA lately. BAD NEWS: It’s been over two months since I wrote a blog post. GOOD NEWS: I have a nine month old crawler on my hands!! EXHAUSTING NEWS: We are trying to get our daughter to sleep in her crib, self-soothe, and drink breast-milk every 4 hours instead of on…

Uninterrupted Block Play

Do you have a busy body, too? It seems like I JUST had the great idea of Baby in a Box and now my little one is ready to explore uncharted territory. Today, her dad was playing with her and he built this car out of our blocks. When he was finished, I came into…

Baby in a Box

Our vibrant daughter is now 6 months old and will turn 7 months on the 23rd of March. It’s incredible how much she is growing, learning, exploring. She is able to sit up with assistance, but she is quite bored of uninterrupted play on her stomach or back. She can’t crawl yet, so she gets…

Honoring My Daughter

Today was a very special day. My almost seven month old daughter laughed for me for the very first time. It was around 8pm and she was a little over tired. Her daddy was holding her (she has laughed for him many times) and I bent down to pick something off the ground. As I…

6 Ways to Engage Yourself & Your Infant

We’ve almost made it to the five month mark and the difference between our daughter’s abilities at three months compared to now is remarkable! She is holding her head up, babbling, smiling, and engaged in the world….truly ready to explore! The first few months of parenthood we enjoyed taking our daughter out in her ergo…

5 Ways to Use Board Books With Your 5 month old

From powerful and vibrant illustrations, tackling tough subjects through storytelling, imagination building, inspirational tales, embracing unique and different, there are SO many ways to use a good children’s book. When friends and family asked what they could purchase for us for our soon-to-be-born I usually replied with “Books!” When we were in the states we…

6 Simple Baby Stations

Our four month old daughter likes to constantly be stimulated. She is not one to stay in “one place” for more than twenty minutes at a time. And she’s loud. So when she is unhappy or bored, there is either loud babbling (I think she is lecturing us) or screaming. When my husband and I…

The Free Spirit Expectant Parent Guide!

Congratulations! You are expecting a new addition to your family. Soon you will bring a baby home and if you were like us, you have NO CLUE what you actually need for the hospital (or to keep at your house if you are doing a home birth)  and once you bring your bundle home. If…

8 Free Spirit Baby Playtime Favorites

As a new parent, one can easily become OVERWHELMED by the amount of “stuff” that is sold for babies. There is a huge market for babies and a lot of companies make loads and loads of money each year capitalizing on parents wanting what is best for their little ones. Before having my daughter, I…