Playing Board Games

For Christmas, we bought Alex his first board game. We went with Hungry Hungry Hippos, thinking it was a good place to start understanding the structure of a game and Nick would be able to play as well and it wouldn’t be a battle of small pieces, dice, cards and all those other fun things that come with most board games. It was the best thing we decided to get him.

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Now, when you buy Hungry Hungry Hippos, it comes with a yellow marble. Which it never did when I was a child. But I like it. It’s an easy way to see who wins each round without trying to count everyone’s marbles. Which is easy to do with a 3 yr old, but not so easy with an almost 2 yr old who isn’t really patient.

Playing such a simple game as taught the kids so many things that I am glad for. Alex used to get mad if we played a few rounds and he didn’t win. Now he knows that we can be happy for the person who does win, as long as we have fun it doesn’t matter who wins or loses. Alex and Nick always want to play the same color hippo. Now they are understanding how to take turns with the different colored hippos. They have learned that after each round we need to collect all the marbles in the bowl before we can start again. Throwing them around the house, or trying to hide them in your pocket, means that we can’t play anymore.

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Anytime I pull the game out to play, the kids are always excited to see it. They are learning that getting upset when it’s time to put it away doesn’t get it brought back out. They know that they can’t push each other to try and get to the color they want. They can’t try and pull the game out of my hands. It all seems so simple, but it makes me so proud to see them growing.

Love, Hugs and more to come later,

Lynn

Supporting T

Dear T,

 Over the last little while since you found out you were expecting Baby L, you and I have had a lot of conversations centering on pregnancy, labor, birth, parenting, diapering, anxiety, postpartum and feeding. Most of the things we discuss we are pretty much on the same page and I can offer you my experiences and thoughts. Except one. There is one choice you are making that I never did. And that’s to breastfeed. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. In fact I fully one hundred million percent support you in that choice. And I want to see you succeed. I want to help you succeed. I want to be there for you when you are struggling, and I want you to be able to count on me for support in any and all circumstances.

At first I wasn’t sure how I could help you. I can’t relate to anything you are going to be experiencing and, in fact, I don’t even know what I can do that would be helpful vs what isn’t especially helpful. But then I realized, I started blogging back in January and so many of the blogs I read touch on breastfeeding! So, I turned to the wonderful women I have been reading about to give me (and you) some tips/pointers and share their experiences.

I hope to see you and Baby L have a happy feeding relationship, and I want to be there for you every step of the way. Over the next week or so I am going to be sharing the stories and tips that have been so graciously shared with me. I hope they help you on your journey.

To start today, I invite you to check out these posts:

Valerie over at Atlanta Mom of Three shared a post she had written with me. Her post is titled Breastfeeding ROCKS! And in it she shares her experiences with breastfeeding as well as numerous links to websites and blogs to help out in a number of situations.

The second post I really hope you check out was written by Shannon at A Game of Diapers. She wrote a post called Tips for How to Win at Breastfeeding: What the Books Don’t Tell You. It is a very well written post, that was dedicated to me, for this project.

 

I have received a large number of contributions to this project since I put it out that I was looking for help. And I plan to share each and every story that was (and may still be) shared with me. I hope you find information that helps you on your journey.

 

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn