How I Talk To My Preschooler About Death

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In my daughter's four years on this earth, I'd say she has experienced more death around her than a typical four-year-old. With the loss of two of her siblings, my husband and I agreed that we would always try to help her understand death by answering any questions she may have. Death is an abstract concept for a preschooler. Someone was here, and now they're not. What happened to them? Where are they now? Why do we say goodbye? How do we say goodbye? As a family, we have been navigating grief these past two years and often discuss the babies...

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Thank You For Year Two

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Somehow another year has gone by and this space continues to grow. When I started blogging, the intent of this space was to share the fun things that my oldest daughter and I do at home. When life took many unexpected turns, it was really hard to keep writing about those fun activities because I didn't have the energy or the effort to keep it up. The stories that I ended up publishing were a lot more raw and close to my heart. Thank you for being here to read our stories and allowing me to share my heart with you....

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The Fourth Trimester

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We have made it through what is known as the fourth trimester. These past three months have flown by. The days are long and difficult, but the time has really passed quickly. I know my maternity leave is going to be over in a flash. The first month was dedicated to recovery due to complications after birth. At first, I physically couldn't do anything. Recovering from a postpartum hemorrhage is no joke! I really had to rest. Lying in bed with the baby on me was about all I could do. The days I tried to challenge myself to be...

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Learning to Pedal Forward

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Our four-year-old has had an exciting week. She is now a proud owner of her very first bike! We promised her a trip to the store so that she could choose her own, and we wanted to make sure that we got an appropriate bike for her petite size. Is it any surprise that she chose a bike that features her two favourite Disney sisters? Our daughter has been out every day riding her new bike. At bedtime the day she received her bike, it proved to be difficult to close her eyes. "I want to ride my bike tomorrow." "Can...

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I Wish It Was Just an April Fools’ Joke

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Dear Friend, I'm feeling anxious today. Actually I've been feeling anxious for this past week. I've been trying to figure out why because there has been no major event, no emotional trigger, but life has just continued with the everyday events as weeks before. Then I lift my eyes to the calendar. I see the days of March coming to an end. March 31 was the day I prayed the hardest tear-filled prayers I have ever lifted to heaven. I cried out to the Lord, "No, no, no. Please don't let this happen again." Please do not let me miscarry,...

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Like I’m Gonna Lose You

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Like I'm Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor and John Legend has been on repeat at our house, and in the car. Not only is our four-year-old singing this song morning, noon and night, she has also requested the Spanish version and alternates between languages. While she is actually learning Spanish from this song, she also has her own version of Spanish. (She also has her own version of Cantonese.) The first time I heard this song was while I was pregnant and it brought me to tears. The lyrics are so powerful and this love song really rang true for where...

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Sleep Deprived Conversations

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If you've ever lived with a newborn, or cared for one around the clock, you would understand how needy he or she can be. You can imagine how this month has been at our house with a one month old, a four-year-old and a dog who is rather attention deprived. We're slowly learning our baby's cues. The most difficult thing so far is that she doesn't like being put down. She'll sleep happily when held, but when I put her down, her eyes pop open and I receive a death glare. As we transition, we have had some interesting conversations...

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The Road to Forty Weeks – Our Birth Story

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It's been a long time coming. I feel like I've been pregnant for the past two years. In this journey of expanding our family, we've gained two angels and had quite the difficult pregnancy, but I can now say that our family is complete. Labour Due to my history with marginal placenta previa, I was instructed to go to the hospital anytime I had any sort of bleeding during pregnancy. Thankfully this only happened once at 27 weeks and baby was happy and healthy. At 39 weeks and 1 day, it happened again at 7:00am. I called my doctor and...

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What My Daughter Asked Me For

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Cover photo by Whimsy and Wonder Photography. We've got a pretty solid bedtime routine at our house for our little love who requires a lot of nighttime parenting. My husband usually prepares a small bedtime snack, gets our daughter changed, washed up and passes her off to me. Story time will be any combination of my husband, myself or the dog reading with our four year old. When it's time for lights out, I'm the one to sit with her until she's asleep. She happily crawls into bed, then thinks of at least 10 ways to stall actually going to sleep. 4yo:...

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My Little Princess Party Giveaway

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The most recent birthday we had in our family included singing, dancing, story time, prizes, magical wishes and a special gift for our birthday girl. Guess how much time it took me to organize it? Five minutes thanks to My Little Princess Events! Like many four year old girls, our little one grew to love princesses, fairy tales and pretend play this past year. I can't tell you how many times I've been called "Anna" these past few months and told I'm the sister, while my husband plays the role of King or Prince. Our daughter often pretends to be...

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