As November rolls around I start thinking about birthdays. That’s because two of my children have birthdays this month. My youngest will be eleven years old on the 18th. The very next day, my eldest will be twenty-one. Twenty-one years old! How the heck did that happen? I don’t feel any older…
I remember when my daughter was born. So tiny she was. Four pounds, ten ounces and eighteen inches long at birth. She was about three weeks early. Actually The Little Guy was as well. We were in an old house and to make sure she stayed warm I would swaddle her snugly and set her in the bassinet. She was so tiny that regular receiving blankets worked to swaddle her for the first few months.
As she got older and bigger, the blankets became too small for proper swaddling. I could have used one of the Aden and Anais large swaddling blankets that will work for newborns and older babies. Swaddling makes a baby feel secure and swaddling along with “shhh”ing noises can calm a baby and help the baby go to sleep. Overnight of course, the dangers of leaking diapers are higher and an Aden and Anais Swaddle four-pack will help ensure there’s a clean one available.
She has special needs; epilepsy, a developmental delay, a moderate hearing impairment, and lupus. She loves to watch Nick Jr. and Barney. She loves the Transformers movies, Bumblebee, and Sam.
She also loves puzzles. Some of the best I’ve found are from Melissa and Doug toys. There’s also a wooden “paper dolls” set that she loves. Different clothing items stick to the figures using magnets. These are great toys for younger children as well. Sturdier than cardboard puzzles, yet still intricate enough for small motor skills work.
She’ll be 21 later this month. My older son just turned 17 in August. My little guy will be 11 the day before his sister turns 21. It feels as if all three were born only the day before yesterday. Where did the time go?