Babies First Valentines Day

Babies First Valentines Day

Finger Painting, Froyo, and of course cartoons.
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This last week we celebrated my daughter's very first Valentine's Day and unlike all the other holidays that have passed since she's been born, she's finally old enough to get involved and enjoy it. I had a rather fun day planned out for my 10 month old Diva and I'm sharing these ideas for other mamas with older infants to celebrate this holiday next year!

Breakfast


We started with breakfast on a heart shaped plate while watching Valentine's Day cartoons. Adrie had mashed up baked potatoes and organic yogurt! She loved getting to eat in front of the TV! A special holiday treat!

Our Photo Shoot Attempt

This probably works better with babies who are not quite mobile yet, however, Adrie doesn't sit still. I set up a red backdrop of a tablecloth, and set up some heart centerpieces, and Adrie was down to her diaper and i put on red lipstick and kissed her all over. She looked so cute, but my days of getting her to sit still for pictures are far gone.

Baby Makes Valentines

Alright so how to make Valentine's with a baby is a question I pondered for awhile, how do I make a lot fast? I can't just give her stickers and heart shaped paper and say go for it (she'd eat the stickers) so I got Crayola Kids Washable Paint and put little dollops on pieces of paper and let her go crazy (this is messy, but cleans well.)

And then of course, she needed a bath.

And after a bath, she needed a nap.

Then it was time for our special outting.

The outfit

Adrie wore a red onesie of a mouse sitting in a cup with a heart on it, matching red tights, and a blue jean skirt with a pink headband that matched the color of the mouses cup.

The snack

Adrie got to try frozen yogurt for the very first time. Yogurt has probiotics and mama is very happy to give it to her baby because it tastes good and has tons of nutrients. Adrie liked it but was very confused as to why it was colder than her regular yogurt. Needless to say, she is a fan of sweet frog.

The main event.

Our Sweet Frog has an indoor play land and Adrie arrived as all the toddlers were leaving, meaning she had the whole play land to herself, meaning, she was ecstatic. She bounced and crawled and giggled and danced, definitely her favorite part of the day!

Finishing off the Valentine's

I cut out her finger paintings into heart shapes, and I taped the hearts onto doilies or scrapbook paper and then we put them in envelopes that were sealed with a kiss!

Valentine's Day as a single mom was nowhere near as hard as I thought it would be, I was able to nurture the growth and development of my daughter in holiday activities. We made a Valentine for her Daddy, which I know she will be very happy I had her do it later on in life. We snuggled and I told her how loved she was and in her own way, she told me too. I've been the girl with the blissfully romantic Valentine's Day and I've been the girl who bought myself chocolate and moped about being single but I didn't have the ability or desire to focus on what I do not have, I was focused on making Valentine's the best holiday she'd ever have and we had a day that she may not remember, but I'll remember for years to come.

Stay tuned for our first St.Patricks Day crafts, my Irish baby is gonna have some fun!

Cover Image Credit: my photo

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"

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It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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