We’re Preparing for Pre-K, But First A Look Back At Preschool

We’re Preparing for Pre-K, But First A Look Back At Preschool

Alina successfully completed her first year of preschool and I cannot be more proud of her. However, we've already begun preparing for Pre-K, which is sure to be an exciting time in her education. Personally, because of her winter birthday, I think Alina is ready for full on Kindergarten. She's smart, articulate and all year I wondered if she was being challenged enough. I wrote an article at eHow on the 5 Pre-K skills we'll be working on this summer because, while she's smart, Alina has a few important things to master before heading off to Pre-K. But first, I wanted to take a look back at … [Read more...]

 

Looking for a Dream Come True in the Beauty of Silence

Looking for a Dream Come True in the Beauty of Silence

I love to be social. I love connecting and fellowship. I yearn to feel part of a community. Sometimes friendly competition illuminates my strengths in ways that everyday motivation simply cannot. Almost always the successes of my favorite people prompt me to look closer at the life I'm leading, the legacy I'm creating, and push me onward to greater - greater work, greater love, greater. Sometimes - many and most times -  I love being a blogger. And sometimes, the beauty in silence awakens my spirit unlike anything else. In many ways, culture plays a big part of this desire for … [Read more...]

 

Savoring the Last Weeks of Having a Baby

Savoring the Last Weeks of Having a Baby

From Baby to Mom's Super Hero When Alina was just an itty baby, I saw a status update in my Facebook stream that caused me to pause and breathe in gratitude over the moments I was living. My friend, a mother of three girls, was lamenting over the loss of her last's baby stage. She said something like, "I've been letting Sally sleep in our bed lately. Bob isn't happy, but since she's our last baby, I want to soak this all in." (names changed) At the time, I thought it was interesting that a mother would change her parenting strategy because of baby stages. Since, with my first child, I was … [Read more...]

 

The Role I Hope Sports Play In My Children’s Lives

The Role I Hope Sports Play In My Children’s Lives

Alina's First AYSO Soccer Season! I cannot tell you how excited and happy we are to watch our little girl enjoy her first season of AYSO soccer. This is a moment in our parenting legacy that both D and I have been anxiously awaiting. She's on our region's Under 5 team, which means they meet only once a week for an hour. The first 30 minutes is a practice, while the team (of 25 little girls!) breaks into small 3 v. 3 games for the second half. Totally low stress, but with all the bells and whistles of soccer gear and uniforms. At such a young age, its very much a Parent-n-Me experience. … [Read more...]

 

Love Letter to My 4 Year Old And A Legacy I’m Proud Of

Love Letter to My 4 Year Old And A Legacy I’m Proud Of

I've been writing love letters to my daughter for almost three years now. I started De Su Mama shortly after Alina turned a year old. At that point, I had no idea how the incredible parenting adventure I'd be taken on would change my life. I had no idea how much I'd fall in love. As a baby, I was desperate to protect her. As a toddler, I was challenged to develop her. As a preschooler, now, I'm in awe of her. As Alina herself would tell you, we are not friends - I am her mother, and she is my daughter - but I'd be lying if I didn't say she's pretty much everything I need in a friend. In one … [Read more...]

 

Querido Sebas: Love Letter To My Son At 18 Months

Querido Sebas: Love Letter To My Son At 18 Months

This love letter to my son comes just a couple weeks after he turned a year and a half old. Honestly though, it feels like he has been with us since forever. I probably take his babyhood for granted. Devoting a bit of time to write out his love letters seems even more prudent then, because the memories of his early years will very soon be lost to new memories we make together. One thing is for sure: I adore this baby boy of mine... Querido Sebastian, Why am I so surprised that you've turned into a big little boy? This month you turned 18 months and I am shocked - shocked that my son … [Read more...]

 

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