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On Pregnancy – – The Third Time Around

Good Evening, Kansas City!

Babies are so much fun and here at iFamilyKC, we’re excited to congratulate one of our wonderful Mom Ambassadors, Jayne, on the announcement of her third pregnancy! We’re ridiculously thrilled for her and can’t wait to follow along with her journey. Tonight, Jayne shares with us her thoughts on this pregnancy so far….Enjoy!

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This pregnancy thing, friends.

We’ve been so lucky and blessed to have the two children currently running around our home playing loudly and happily, and my husband and I recently announced that we are expecting our third!
We are over the moon in excitement to be expecting another child in the fall and cannot wait to bring our new bundle of amazing home with us and become a family of five!
Between now and then, though, there’s this fun thing called pregnancy that’s happening.
Oh, pregnancy.
I honestly don’t mind most parts of pregnancy, but we all know that there are several distinct parts of pregnancy that aren’t the most fun or enjoyable.  What I’m finding this time, however, is that my third child’s pregnancy is vastly different from either my first or my second in many ways.
With my first, I kept a pregnancy journal, documenting every single doctor visit we attended, taking photos of the new crib for the baby, and having family write little notes of welcome to our oldest.  I did prenatal yoga most days, walked whenever I had the chance, and made a consistent effort to drink tons of water and eat healthy foods.
With our third, most of the time I don’t even remember I’m actually pregnant.
As a first time mom, I probably would have scoffed at that statement, but as a third time parent – it just seems to be the natural order of things.  I don’t have anywhere near as much time to spend sitting with my hand on my belly in a zen position taking cleansing breaths or scrapbooking – much less making myself gourmet meals that don’t include macaroni and cheese or chicken nuggets.
But don’t get me wrong – there are PLENTY of upsides my third is able to benefit from.  Including that I don’t worry over any little thing, that I’m not spending hours on the internet trying to research the safest car seat for our child (because we already have 5 seats and I’m well versed in child safety), that I’m not afraid of the birthing process or the delivery of my baby.  It has been a completely different experience, but a great one!
And – when I do actually remember that I am pregnant – it only takes me about one second to take one of those deep, cleansing breaths and remind myself how lucky this baby and I are to be in this together.

“Home” A Movie Review

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Release Date: March 27th, 2015

Runtime: 94 Minutes

Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

In the future that is the setting of “Home”, an alien race called the Boov, on the run from their enemies, have invaded earth and relocate humanity to other parts of the planet, taking the homes of those that they relocated.   One of the Boov, Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) finds himself on the run from his own people and eventually befriends a precocious human named Tip (voiced by Rihanna).  The two share an adventure and learn the meaning of home.

It’s a post-apocalyptic alien invasion buddy comedy, and it’s adorable.

In the post Pixar world, there are two kinds of animated movies: those (like the early Pixar movies) that mix in more sophisticated jokes and plot to achieve a more universal appeal and those that mainly appeal to kids.  “Home” is firmly in the latter category, and that’s ok.  I thought it was cute, but I recognize it was not made for me.  It was made for my 4 year old daughter, and she absolutely loved it. She sat through the entire thing (not always a sure thing) and continues to talk about how much she loved it.

The humor is mainly fueled by the enthusiastic voice performance by Parsons. Steve Martin, who admittedly can do no wrong in my eyes, also does a great job as the voice of Captain Smek, the leader of the Boov.

Older kids will probably be bored by a relative lack of tension and predictable plot, but for kids under 10, “Home” is cute and captivating and teaches positive lessons about overcoming fears and understanding the perspective of outsiders


Sensory Play Ideas!

Good Evening, Folks!

What a beautiful day here in Kansas City! We’re excited for the events and activities going on here in the metro area this weekend! Before the hustle and bustle of the next few days starts – I wanted to share a post from one of our Mom Ambassadors, Jayne! Enjoy.

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As a speech pathologist by trade, I try to design the activities and games I play with my children to be fun but also beneficial for their learning and development at the same time – as do most parents!

One fantastic way to plan an activity your children are sure to love is to utilize SENSORY PLAY.  If you’re not familiar, sensory play is basically any type of play for children that stimulates the five senses (smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch).  Sensory play is an optimal way to get your children really engaged in learning key skills – such as vocabulary, problem solving, planning, spatial awareness, and much more.  There are almost unlimited benefits to sensory play, even if it feels like your child is just splashing around in the water!

Some of our favorite types of sensory play include: kinetic sand inside, playing in the sandbox outside, water table play, play clay, cooking play, and many more.  While you don’t have to get fancy to do sensory play, my kids always love when I bump it up a notch and plan something fun in advance.  Although, the seem to enjoy a plastic tub full of water on top of a few towels on our bathroom floor to “wash” their toys just as much, too!

As we get closer and closer to spring, here are a few great ideas for some fantastic sensory play resources:

Spring Gardening Sensory Tub (nurturestore.co.uk)

Rainbow Sensory Bottles Musical Shakers (mylittle3andme.co.uk)

Shaving Cream Play (learnplayimagine.com)

Bird Nest in a Kiddy Pool (creeksidelearning.com)

Digging for Dirt and Worms (growingajeweledrose.com)

Frog Pond Sensory Play (funathomewithkids.com)

Hope you all enjoy!


HUGE Semi-Annual Consignment Sale THIS Saturday!

Good Evening, Kansas City!

If you’re anything like me (busy parent of a constantly growing, changing kiddo), you’re probably on the hunt for some cute, weather appropriate clothes, shoes, and toys for your little one as the weather warms here in the metro area. If you’re the parent of an infant (or if you’re expecting), you’re likely on the hunt for those ever-helpful accessories that make life with a newborn *that* much easier. That need, which seems to be constant when you’re raising a growing human being, is exactly why I love consignment sales so much and our friends over at Multiples of Kansas City are here to help! They’re offering FREE admission to their semi-annual consignment sale THIS Saturday right here in Kansas City. In case you’re unaware, Multiples of Kansas City is an incredible organization that provides support and encouragement to parents who have, you guessed it, multiples. You can find details about their event below! We hope to see you there!

Multiples of Kansas City’s semi-annual consignment sale is back and it’s better than ever! Stock up on Spring & Summer clothing, shoes, outerwear, and more at unbelievably LOW prices.

Stock Up On:
* Spring & Summer Clothing
* Shoes & Outerwear
* Easter Outfits & Seasonal Apparel
* Furniture, Strollers, High Chairs, & Accessories
* Toys, Games, Books, & Videos
And So Much More!

Date & Time: Saturday, March 28th, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: First Church of the Nazarene, 11811 State Line Rd, KC, MO (119th & State Line Rd)

** Now accepting Cash and Credit Cards!!  **

Bring a shopping bag/basket to make your shopping easier.

If you have questions please feel free to contact us at info@multiplesofkansascity.org


Thoughts On Parenting From Mom Ambassador Jayne…

Good Evening, Kansas City!

This weekend has been absolutely incredible here in the metro area! Spring break is upon us and the weather could not be more ideal! Tonight, I wanted to share a post from one of our Mom Ambassadors, Jayne. With two little ones at home, many of us can relate to the struggles in parenting and the overwhelming nature of the job. Tonight, Jayne reflects the difference she experienced when her second child was born. I, like several of our readers, am planning to add more children to my family I found Jayne’s post to be reassuring…Take a look:

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After the birth of my first child, life was SO overwhelming at times.

Diaper changes, spit-up, how to use the car seat, how to feed the baby.  There was just so much to learn.  And the learning curve was like a rapid fire rollercoaster ride.  As soon as I’d figured out one thing, my son grew and progressed and was on to a totally different stage altogether.

It was almost maddening at times just to keep up.

Looking back, the first few months were a huge haze of love, fatigue, learning, and nerves.

When my second child was born, I was incredibly nervous that this cycle would repeat all over again.  While I loved the newborn experience I had with my son, it was a bit unnerving to think that the pattern of time flying while we all held on for the ride would happen all over again.

Thankfully, the newborn stage with my second child was a completely different animal.

The nights were no less long, the days were filled with newborn bleats and toddler requests, and the need for constant snuggles and rocks were just the same as well.

What had changed was me.

Somehow, even though my daughter was an infinitely different child than my son – I just had the tools.  I know what worked and what didn’t work for our family, and I was able to more quickly learn what worked and what didn’t work for my daughter.  I was better and more easily able to read her cues and I was more patient and more understanding of her needs.

Most importantly, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel.  There was a strong realization that the tough phases, while sometimes seemingly eternal, would in fact end.  No matter how long a night would seem, morning would come and we would all be fine.

I honestly wish that my son had the benefit of my calmer and more knowledgeable demeanor then, but thankfully both of my children are able to experience that now, which is the best I can do as a parent.

How was your experience different from your first child to your second/third/+ children?


Let’s Talk About Television (& Your Kids!)

Happy Weekend, KC!

Thanks for spending a few minutes of your day with us here on the iFamilyKC blog where we’re sharing fun activity and event information, some cool product reviews and giveaways, and reflections on life and parenting. Today we’re hearing from one of our  Mom Ambassadors, Molly, who shares her thoughts on a somewhat controversial topic: television and your kids.

My daughter, Charlotte, had her 4 year old check up a couple of weeks ago and media for kids has been on my mind ever since her pediatrician said “I know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting screen time to two hours a day but I think it should be limited to only 20-30 minutes.” We’ve always been the type of family that restricts our child’s screen time to about an hour a day (we don’t even have a television in the living room) but I understand (and appreciate) that every family does things differently…and that’s okay! What do you think about television and kids? Join us in discussion in the comments below! For now, let’s here what Molly has to say:

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TV for Kids?

This has been a debate forever (or at least it feels like it has been)…some parents don’t believe in letting their kids watch any television while others have it on all day. Most of us are somewhere in between. Lots of studies have show allowing children to watch television before the age of two is bad for them because they don’t understand what’s happening: they just see moving colors. 

So what’s my opinion on the subject? I am OK with TV! I actually like when she watches educational shows! I never have a show of mine or a movie on while she is up and in the room playing. That to me is pointless. Because she REALLY isn’t learning anything.

My daughter’s favorite (beyond favorite) show is Bubble Guppies. She has loved the show since she was three months old, and I am not kidding. Molly (the main character) would come on and her face would just light up! For awhile it was the only thing to calm her down when she was upset.

Layla has learned all about animals, different parts of her body, and facts all from these television shows. She sees them on TV and quotes them, then my husband and I continue to work on them with her. The other day there was an episode about the heart, and when I ask her where her heart is she will put her hand over it and go “Ba ba ba ba”. Just like a beating heart! And she learned that completely from the show.

I think it’s totally a parents opinion on what they want to do when raising and teaching their child! And if that means no TV at all, then that’s their choice! But if you’re going back and fourth on the decision I would encourage you to watch the shows with them. Repeat key points from the show, learn with them! Don’t just let them sit in front of the screen watching pointless show, find something that is interactive, that teaches them! Lots of shows ask your children questions “what color is this?” “Where is your nose?” Ect.

 I don’t think you’ll regret it 🙂 it’s a fun thing to do together! Plus what else is there to do on these cold days when you’re stuck inside!


Experience The Magic Of “Cinderella” at Union Station

Good Morning, Kansas City!

What a beautiful morning here in the metro! Spring is in the air and the town is buzzing with activity. Many of you might be wondering how you’re going to spend Spring Break in the next couple of weeks and I wanted to share something pretty amazing that’s going on at Union Station for the next couple of weeks.

I have fond memories that stem from watching Disney movies from my own childhood and those memories have led me to introducing the magic of Disney to my own 4 year old daughter, Charlotte. Living here in Kansas City is pretty special for  fans since Mickey Mouse was created in our very own back yard. Last night, I had the privilege to spend some time down at Union Station, one of my favorite KC spots, to catch an early screening of Disney’s new live action movie “Cinderella” and I learned that the folks down at Union Station are pretty big Disney fans as well. The event was magical with carriage rides, a reception at Harvey’s, and a special screening of the film.  It was so fun seeing young fans dressed up as their favorite princesses.

 

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We LOVED sharing this special evening with two of our iFamilyKC winners!

Walt Disney spent a great deal of time walking the halls of Union Station as he began to create the magic we all know and love today. It is, for that reason, that this “Cinderalla” exhibit is so special. For the next three weeks, you can catch a glimpse of Cinderella’s glass slipper (folks, it’s beautiful) before enjoying the movie on Union Station’s Regnier Extreme Screen Theater. Sitting at 5 stories high and nearly 70 feet long, the Extreme Screen is a great way to take in a BIG adventure. Tickets for the Extreme Screen theater start at just $5. For more information, visit Union Station online!