Not A Baby Anymore

(Note: I originally wrote this as one of my posts for the Early Learning Hub.  I changed and went a different direction, which you can see here, but wanted to keep this version to post on my own blog later.  I hope you enjoy!)

“I’m not a toddler I’m a baby” said my nearly two-year-old daughter not that long ago.  I often call her “baby girl” or “little one” but day by day she is continuing to grow and not look as much like the tiny little baby I could almost hold in one hand.  I recently wrote about my oldest going off to preschool for the first time…a big transition no doubt…but another big transition is seeing your youngest grow up and leave the baby phase behind.  There are a few things that I’ve really noticed as this change has taken place. Continue reading

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Toddler Literacy

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

“I’m not a toddler I’m a baby” said my nearly two-year-old daughter not that long ago.  I often call her “baby girl” or “little one” but day by day she is continuing to grow and not look as much like the tiny little baby I could almost hold in one hand. Continue reading

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Step by Step

Dad, it’s not about you. You can’t give your kids everything they need anyway. It’s about being there, doing the best you can, loving them with all your heart, and then surrendering their lives back to the Creator. –Jay Payleitner: 52 Things Kids Need From A Dad Continue reading

Father’s Day Dedication 

I was fortunate enough to get to spend part of my Father’s Day on stage at our church for our daughter’s dedication. I am so blessed to be the Dad of two wonderful kids and I thank God daily for that opportunity. Below is what I shared in a blog post and what I originally said on Facebook about my son’s dedication back when he was just a few months old. I still feel that that the words I said then are the best way I can explain how I feel about this. Continue reading

My Little Rose 

My daughter and I have had a nice bond so far, but I feel our connection has deepened in the past couple weeks. I’m attributing this mostly to her waking up almost every morning at 4 or 5am lately and me taking her out to the living room to try and coax her back to sleep. Now, believe me…4 or 5am is not my preferred bonding time, but that extra one-on-one time I’m getting with her has been amazing… and so I guess I’ll catch up on sleep later (right???) Continue reading