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A Minute With Sara

Friday, April 26, 2013

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Over the next few days I will be introducing a variety of moms that I have met through blogging. I asked them all a series of questions and have loved reading their answers – so I hope my blog readers enjoy them too! I am calling this series “A Mom a Minute.” Today, let’s spend a minute with Sara from Confessions of a Redheaded Mama!

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Tell us about your kids - how many, boys/girls, names, ages, etc.

Little Bear- Age : 3.5 years old
Baby Boy  # 2 -  Due in May!

What are your kids into right now? TV Shows, music, movies, toys, books, etc? What are their favorite things?

Little Bear is really into Bubble Guppies and Peter Rabbit on Nick Jr. He also recently has mastered the mouse on the computer and begs to play computer games.  I actually need to set a timer when he is on the computer.  This way it's very clear that computer time is over.

What kind of activities are your kids involved in? If they are too little for activities, what do you think you might want them involved in when they are older?

Besides preschool twice a week we don't have Little Bear signed up for much.  I don't want to be that mom who has her kid signed up for every single class/activity even if they don't enjoy it. I think this summer we will sign him up for a weekly class at the YMCA for introduction to sports.  It basically does a little bit of everything and is geared towards 3-4 year olds.  We also will be starting speech therapy and most likely that will be twice a week.

Where have you gone with your kids that you'd recommend to others? Children's museums, amusement parks, vacations?

We have been to some great kid friendly places like Disney World, Zoos and Children's Museums.  I think the one that Little Bear had the most fun in was the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.  That is an amazing museum.  Very hands on and encourages kids to play and touch the exhibits.  My only word of advice is that on the weekends it gets
crowded so go early. I'm hoping the next time we go to Disney that Little Bear will enjoy the rides and overall experience more.

Are your kids picky eaters or do they eat whatever you make them? What are their favorites?

We have some major food issues in our house.  It goes beyond picky and does have to do with some sensory stuff which is also connected to speech.  I think a successful day is if I can get him to eat two meals a day.  Knowing that we have some issues we supplement with Pediasure Milkshakes.  Little Bear would say his favorite foods are pancakes,
grilled cheese and Burger King chicken nuggets.

What is your mom super power?

The ability to function on very little sleep :)

What is your biggest mom challenge or struggle?

Having more patience.  I really hope that my low tolerance level is due to my pregnancy because I need to have more patience.

What has been your biggest surprise as a mom - something you do that you didn't think you would ever do or something you just didn't expect?

Little Bear was in the NICU for a week after he was born and I didn't hold him until he was 3 days old.  I mention this because I wouldn't say I felt this immediate bond with him.  In fact, the NICU nurses kept telling me i needed to talk to him more because I would just sit there quietly and hold him.  The truth was I was a new mom and scared to death with my baby hooked up to a bunch of machines.  It was his 5th night in the NICU and Tommy and I were alone in the room with him. Little Bear had a booger that I could see in his nose. I didn't even think twice but I just picked it right out of his nose.  Nothing like wiping boogers to make you feel like a mom.

Give us some Mommy advice!

To follow your gut.  You know your child best and your mommy instincts will know exactly what they need.


Don’t forget to visit Sara at her blog! And come back for even more mom minutes next week!