Motherhood

Milestones The Second Time Around

07.08.16

Thoughts on "milestones" with the second child and a review of Parasol Diapers - a stylish, modern and safe for baby | Photos by Julia Elizabeth | www.luckypennyblog.com

Just the other day, Aaron looked at me and said, “You know, Edith was already potty trained by now”. I realized then that the thought to start potty training Lilah hadn’t really crossed my mind. With Lilah being my second, and maybe last baby, (though that’s a post for a different day), my mind is just focused on enjoying what phase of life and development she is in now.

When I had Edith, I was constantly reading about what milestones I should expect to be happening and comparing her to other babies in our Mommy Group. I was strangely obsessed with tracking her milestones and thought if she was even a month behind it was a sign something was wrong. I read every baby book and followed all of the suggestions from my pediatrician to make sure she was progressing as expected. And she did. She was a completely “by the book” baby. One day, when she was two, we sent her away for a weekend at Grandma’s house so that we could pack for our upcoming move to New York City. When we picked her up, we were pleasantly surprised that they had potty trained her using a few chocolate chips and Baby Bjorn potty. And that was it! We were done with diapers from that weekend on.

Thoughts on "milestones" with the second child and a review of Parasol Diapers - a stylish, modern and safe for baby | Photos by Julia Elizabeth | www.luckypennyblog.com

When Lilah was born, I already knew all of the milestones to expect in the first two years. I had been there done that and was all too familiar with how short lived these stages can go. I also didn’t have the time with her like I did Edith to obsess over milestones. If she had tummy time, it was because I just put her down while trying to prepare Edith a snack or take a shower. I delayed giving her solids longer than I did with Edith mostly because it was going to be one more person to feed and I knew that nothing really makes it into their mouth before 7 months anyhow.

I certainly was not in a rush for her to start crawling or walking but those days came all too quickly. And now today, when Aaron asks me when I want to potty train her (or take away her bottle…yet another post for another day), I simply say “I don’t know”. I’m holding on for dear life to the last little baby stage I have left right now.

I mean, no one loves changing diapers. I certainly don’t love having a huge pail full of old smelly diapers in the house. You can believe I’ll be dancing for joy when I can throw that thing away but I will also miss it. I’ll miss laying her down and tickling her tummy and doing my best to keep her still for just one minute. I will miss that moment when I kiss her toes and her tummy when she is all clean. I will mostly miss that one last squeezey hug before she runs away from me to keep playing with her sister.

Thoughts on "milestones" with the second child and a review of Parasol Diapers - a stylish, modern and safe for baby | Photos by Julia Elizabeth | www.luckypennyblog.com

I wish Parasol had been around four years ago when I started this whole journey. My friend Nicki recently connected me with Lisa, the CEO, and her team at Parasol. I had the opportunity to sit and talk her about how this company came to be and what they believe in. Lisa was kind enough to send me a box to try for myself and these are honestly the softest diapers I have ever felt.

Think of it more like “underwear” for babies. They are eco-conscious, hypoallergenic (a must for my sensitive skin babies), and not bulky at all. Plus, they comes in the cutest designs! I totally recognized Ashley Goldberg’s designs right away. No more giraffes or Sesame Street characters, these patterns are fun for the kiddos and something I enjoy looking at also. Their wipes are the perfect compliment and probably my favorite product. They have a subtle fresh cucumber scent from all natural cucumber.  The wipes also contain aloe vera, chamomile, and Vitamin E, making them soft, moisturizing, and safe for baby. I think my favorite part of the monthly box is that it comes with two smaller packs of wipes (20 count) that are perfect for the diaper bag and traveling! It’s genius! I have no clue how people didn’t think of this before.

Thoughts on "milestones" with the second child and a review of Parasol Diapers - a stylish, modern and safe for baby | Photos by Julia Elizabeth | www.luckypennyblog.com

Thoughts on "milestones" with the second child and a review of Parasol Diapers - a stylish, modern and safe for baby | Photos by Julia Elizabeth | www.luckypennyblog.com

So for now, we are using Parasol’s monthly subscription box until Lilah decide’s she is ready to try the “big girl” potty out. And until I decide Lilah will still be the baby, even if she isn’t in diapers anymore. I’m not in a rush.

Lisa has been kind enough to offer my readers $20 off your first subscription box of diapers! Use the code ‘LUCKYPENNY’ at check out to redeem and come back and let me know what you think of them! I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do.

Photos by Julia Elizabeth for Lucky Penny

This post is sponsored by Parasol.

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