Baby Names

babies.jpgOne of the great parts about being pregnant is coming up with a name for baby.  This is something girls think about even at a young age.  I bet 8 out of 10 girls ages 15 and up could tell you what they want to name their future babies.

If you can get in-tune with your spouse, picking out a name together can be really fun.  I remember both times I was pregnant my husband and I would plan a date night towards the end of the pregnancy and go grab a coffee at Starbucks (decaf of course) and head to Barnes and Noble to look at baby name books.  We could sit there for hours arguing, eh hm, debating on names.  I ended up naming our first child and he picked the name for our second.  We now have a Lillian and a Lucy.

There are lots of fun ways to research baby names through books and websites.  You can even create your own baby name poll on Baby Center and have your friends and family vote on the names you are considering.  I only recommend this option for those women who are self-confident enough to deal with their family and friend’s brutually honest opinions.

From classic to trendy the options are endless.  According to the Social Security Administration the top 10 girl names in the country at present are:

  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison
  4. Abigail
  5. Olivia
  6. Isabella
  7. Hannah
  8. Samantha
  9. Ava
  10. Ashley

For boys the list is:

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. Ethan
  6. Andrew
  7. Daniel
  8. Anthony
  9. Christopher
  10. Joseph

For those parents who choose to take the unique name path, Parenting website has given some ideas categorized into groups such as “Nature” names–River, Willow, Stone, Sky or “Comfy” names–Annie, Jack, Joe, Daisy or “Biblical” names–Aaron, Benjamin, Eve, Hannah or of course “Classic” names–Caroline, Charles, Christopher, Grace.

There are so many things to think about when choosing a name for your baby such as how it sounds with your last name, the meaning of the name, the spelling of the name, and so on.  Have fun picking your babies’ name and make sure it is something you and your child can be happy living with for a lifetime.

Vote for your favorite baby name on the Mommy Babble main page. 


Ode to Mommies

mommy-and-baby.jpgBefore I was a Mom I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. ♥ ♥ I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. ♥ ♥ I never thought about immunizations. ♥ ♥ Before I was a Mom – I had never been puked on. ♥ ♥ Pooped on. ♥ ♥ Chewed on. ♥ ♥ Peed on. ♥ ♥ I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. ♥ ♥ I slept all night. ♥ ♥ Before I was a Mom I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. ♥ ♥ Or give shots. ♥ ♥ I never looked into teary eyes and cried. ♥ ♥ I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. ♥ ♥ I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep. ♥ ♥ Before I was a Mom I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put them down. ♥ ♥ I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn’t stop the hurt. ♥ ♥ I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. ♥ ♥ I never knew that I could love someone so much. ♥ ♥ I never knew I would love being a Mom. ♥ ♥ Before I was a Mom – I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. ♥ ♥ I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. ♥ ♥ I didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child. ♥ ♥ I didn’t know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy. ♥ ♥ Before I was a Mom – I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. ♥ ♥ I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. ♥ ♥ I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom. ♥    ~Author Unknown~


Happy Valentine’s Day!

valentine.jpgI’m going to make it short and sweet today because I have 3 valentine’s home today that need some lovin!  So mix up some pancake batter for the kids and add a little red or pink food coloring.  Go all out and let the kids put some strawberry syrup in their milk today for an extra special Valentine’s breakfast.  If possible, try to get away with your spouse at somepoint today or tonight for some romance.  Most importanly, make sure you let everyone in your family know how much they are loved this Valentine’s Day.  Have a great one!


Time for Disney?

dreamalongwithmickey.jpgAlmost every mother that is blessed with being able to take family vacations wonders when is the right time to make the voyage to Disney.  Most of us went when we were younger and it is an experience that every child should get to have. 

So how old should your kids be before you take them to this non-stop, action-packed, expensive wonderland?  This is the debate my husband and I have.  He thinks we should wait until the girls are old enough to ride all the rides and not get worn out by 4 o’clock.  He also thinks they most likely wouldn’t remember a thing a couple years down the road which is probably true but I think they are at the perfect ages to have a great time and be in complete awe.  They would probably still even believe that all the princesses and characters roaming the park were real!  Now that would be priceless.

Three families that are friends of mine all decided to take the trip last year each family taking kids of ages ranging from 2-9.  I tried to get as many details as I could from their trips and they all said they had a great time and wanted to go back!  Even though it wasn’t a “relaxing” vacation, it was one for the scrapbooks.  I have also heard that The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids is a great way to plan your trip.

So here is my question for you.  My kids are 5 and 2.  Should we wait to take them to Disney??


Mommy’s Personal Assistant

frazzled-mom.jpgI came across a great website today in Parenting Magazine and I just had to pass along the info.  It is called Cozi Central and I just signed up.

It’s a site that gets you organized and I think all moms could benefit from that. One of it’s features is a color-coded family calendar that keeps track of your daily appointments and “things to do.”  You can use it to organize your pictures and even type in your grocery lists.  Now here is the true reason I signed up……the website will send you a text message on your cell phone of your grocery list if you forget it at the grocery store!

There are lots of great sites like this for moms but I wanted to let you know about this one.  I’m still crossing my fingers that www.freelaundryfairy.com will exist soon.


One Puppy Please

goldendoodle.jpgHi everyone!  Sorry it has been an eternity since I have posted.  I have had some major computer malfunctions and also some added chaos in my household.  My girls have been begging for a pet and we broke down and got a puppy last weekend.

I have to admit, I have never trained a puppy before and I have no idea what I am doing so I am very lucky that we picked such a smart dog.  In just a couple days he is almost completely housebroken and has learned how to sit and he is only 8 weeks old!  He is a perfect fit for our family.

A little over a year ago we got an adult lab mix from an animal shelter who was also a very sweet gentle dog.  The problem with her was that she was a heavy shedder (I had to vacuum my sofa every day to keep it clean), she needed TONS of attention and exercise, and she was a little skitzy around people.  We ended up giving her to a friend who lived on a farm.  Since then I have been researching what kind of dog would fit in well with our family and lifestyle and I narrowed it down to a Goldendoodle.  He is part Golden Retriever and part Poodle.  He ended up with a Golden personality and the smarts and non-shedding traits of a poodle.  Apparently poodles are one of the smartest breeds in the world.  We couldn’t ask for a better pup.

Don’t get me wrong, puppies are hard work.  I was up with him twice last night letting him out to go potty and he chews EVERYTHING but his sweet and lazy personality makes it worth it.  He is as black as night and we named him Moses.

If you have any good puppy training tips let me know!


Faith Based Activities for Kids

mom-on-computer.jpgI have been looking around for some new things to do with the kids.  I am especially interested in fun things we can do together that incorporate our Christian faith.  My kids are like most others and enjoy books, movies, computer games, outdoor activities, etc. and I started thinking, “How can I use these areas of entertainment in their life and include Jesus?”

Kids brains are like sponges when they are young and they are so eager and ready to learn.  Just by watching Signing Time which is a DVD series that teaches sign language my kids have picked up hundreds of words from the language.  They both can sing the theme songs to most of the cartoons on television and recite from memory lots of the children’s books we own so why not fill their heads as much as possible with Bible stories and the ways of Jesus?

What got me thinking more about this was when I set my daughter up to play some Sesame Street counting game on the computer at my mom’s house and then left the room for a little bit.  When I came back my mom (she’s a good grandma) had her playing a David and Goliath game.  Lilly was David and was flinging rocks at the giant until he came toppling down.  She was giggling and having a great time AND learning about the Bible.  I was a little suprised when I started researching and found that there really is good stuff out there that isn’t cheesy!  Check out Christian Computer Games to see find the David and Goliath game.

Another activity I found on PrayKids was taking a “prayer walk” with your kids.  You can bring bags for you kids and do a nature walk collecting different and interesting things as you go and also praying along the way.  Show your kids how to pray for your neighbors as you walk by their houses or how to thank God for the pretty leaves and flowers as you put them in your bags.  It’s simple but full of purpose.

You can even get your babies involved.  One of my favorite video series is the Praise Baby series.  My girls as infants were learning such great praise and worship songs and the videos really held their interest.  The quality of these shows is great.

I know there are many more great ways to teach your kids about Christ and how much He loves them.  I’d love to hear ways that you do this at your house.


Doodlebops

doodlebops.jpgI found out the Doodlebopsare coming to town.  If you are a mom with preschool-kindergarten aged kids at home you know exactly who I’m talking about.  Their show is featured on Playhouse Disney and they are a silly singing band that performs live concerts.  I’m thinking about asking Joe from Each Note Secure to do a write-up on his blog on the Doodlebops since he is the experienced writer when it comes to covering bands.  Somehow I think they might not be his style.  🙂

The band consistes of Deedee, Rooney, and Moe, these kind of creepy looking characters with big rubber hands and rubber colored hair.  My kids love them and as much as I hate to admit it, their songs are kind of catchy.

Tickets go on sale today so I’m waiting by the computer with my Amex in hand.  Is it sad that I’m a little more excited about this concert than the Justin Timberlake concert that my friends and I are getting tickets to?


Being a Woman of Influence

elisa.jpgA friend of mine recently showed me an article in Today’s Christian Woman about the CEO of MOPS International, Elisa Morgan. Since I help coordinate a MOPS group at our church the article interested me.

I found this woman to be fascinating. Not because she is CEO of a huge organization. Not because she is a wonderful writer and speaker. Those are both great things but the thing I loved most about her in this article was her humbleness.

I think most people assume that if you are a Christian woman, wife, and mother doing all the things God has told you to do that you will be exempt from pain and hardship. Elisa’s story proves that this is not true at all. She raised her son and daughter in a loving, Christian environment instilling biblical values and morals but still her daughter ended up a pregnant teenager and her son became a drug user.

Here is a brief excerpt from her story.

We are responsible for how we influence our child, not for how he turns out, and that’s freeing. I remember being incredibly judgmental over a third grader who watched some TV show I didn’t let my kids watch. I had no idea how arrogant I was toward others: Well, if they just would do like I do it, their kid would be fine. That was until I realized I’d done all those things, and my kids still made painful choices. I hung my head in shame. I guess what I want to scream is, We’re all the same! When you look at another person, you don’t know what’s going on beneath the surface. So let’s be compassionate toward each other and, as much as we can, share our needs with others.”

Another point she made in this article was how we don’t need to wait to become a woman of influence, we already are one. Whether it’s at our job, while we carpool, or at the grocery check-out, we are influencing those we are around one way or the other. We need to take advantage of the opportunities God is placing in our lives now.

Elisa has chosen to take God up on his promise to work all things together for good and is using her experiences in motherhood to train and influence young mothers through M.O.P.S.

How are you choosing to use your influence on those around you?


Valentine’s Day Cards

portrait_showcase_children_81.jpgThis might be a little early but if you are one of the many moms who like to send cute little cards with your kids picture to all your friends and family members for each and every holiday, now is the time to start thinking of Valentine’s Day photos. Continue Reading