Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Coca Cola Life - Ser Padres

If you haven't already seen this absolutely perfect Coke commercial, allow me to share it with you (and to point out to you that you must live under a rock;)

A lot of my friends on Facebook who have infants or babies under a year old have shared this video exclaiming how much they love it. And it's true. That immeasurable love you feel for your baby starts the minute you get that positive pregnancy test, feel the first kick and hold them for the first time.

But I believe that the true testament to the strength of a parent's love is wanting another one once their first child has hit toddlerdom, particularly two. From the outside, it looks like you've given up your life for a crazy mess! But it's not like that at all. Until you're there, you don't know what it's like. 

How many times have you watched the video? Did you cry at the end like I did?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Coco's Christmas Wish List

We are so excited for this Christmas with Coco! It's going to be the first year that she really knows what's going on. Last year, we were all awake and waiting for her and then she saw her toys from Santa and just sort of started playing with them. Pleased, yes. But not the ecstatic "kid on Christmas morning" reaction. ;) Now, she has a Hello Kitty Advent Calendar, she's already talking about how Santa is coming to our house and she calls everything a present. This weekend we're taking her to get her photo taken with Santa and I know she's going to love the children's mass at our church where they act out the Christmas story. 

Here's what Coco would love to see come down the chimney this year: 

These tea sets are not breakable, allowing for more freedom and less supervision. She would love to have all of her stuffed animals to a tea party!

Coco continues to love the Eiffel Tower with all her heart since our vacation to Paris last summer. And she finds taking off and putting her baby's clothes back on endlessly fascinating. She would also adore this Potty Set for $8.99 or this Mealtime Set for $19.99. The girl loves her dolls. :)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was the one of the highlights of my Christmases growing up. It was always on local TV a few days before Christmas. Of course, now we have a Blu-Ray player, so we don't have to check the TV listings! ;) If J combs his hair just right and puts on a hat and then makes a goofy face, he can look a lot like the little elf who wants to be a dentist. I love that! :)

4). Haba Fruit or Vegetable Set in a Bag, $20.04 each.
These are great to play with in her play kitchen. Or to use for vocabulary games. They are so beautiful and I know she'd love playing "Bring Me..." with them while learning the names of her fruits and veggies.

Just as cute and snuggly as the Ugg version, but for a better price!

Classics to have in the Christmas box for years to come. Baby's Christmas, The Christmas ABC, The Christmas Story (very important to make sure she knows all about Mary and Joseph and no room at the inn! :), Rudolph, The Night Before Christmas. What fun to snuggle up on the couch by the fire and share all those wonderful stories with little Coco!

Over the past couple of months, we've been to Coco's pediatrician twice. Once for a bad reaction to a mosquito bite and once for her two-year check up. Both times, she was enamored with (and had to be carried away from;) the train set in the waiting room. It's actually a fantastic toy because it encourages full-body movement in arranging the tracks, and locking the tracks together requires some concentration and finesse. Best of all, it's a set that can grow and grow and grow. Awesome! 
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