Mamatoga is SIX

Believe it or not, when I started this little mom blog I had two kids. IT’S TRUE! Now I have five kids, a second site (here) and I literally am in disbelief that I have been writing this blog for six years.

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The KIDZ BOP Tour is Coming! Win Tickets HERE!

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My Weekend in Photos

Last week was my 39th birthday, and to celebrate my good friend Jess and I took a mini road trip to Woodstock to sleep in a tipi and swim in a stream. We EVEN built our own fire (after a few attempts) and made the BEST. SMORES. EVER***.

We shopped in the charming and quirky main street and even got a chance to visit a monastery. And even though it was just one night, it was pretty magical.

Woodstock is located just an hour and a half away from Saratoga Springs, so it is totally doable for an overnight or even just a day trip.

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SPAC Family Ticket Giveaway :: The Philadelphia Orchestra {THREE WINNERS}

The Philadelphia Orchestra is coming to SPAC and we have a family 4-pack of lawn tickets for EACH of these upcoming performances! Want to win? Scroll through to find out how!

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They Are All Different

When I had my first child, the What to Expect in the First Year book was like my JAM. I mean I flipped through that thing on the daily, checking in to see if my darling tot was hitting his milestones and what I should be looking out for and just your basic first time mom hyper awareness. For the first year too, we were pretty golden, and he hit all the milestones right on time (some even early, and I was all like “Well I’m not gonna say he’s advanced BUT…”).

And then, we got to the whole talking thing. Or rather, in this case, the not talking thing. Around 18 months or so, Finn still had zero words, and it was making me a little crazy. Partly because I assumed (in my absolutely zero educated on this manner in any professional sense of the word way) that he should be talking by that point and partly because instead of talking he screamed, like, a LOT. Mainly when he didn’t get his way, but also just in general. So yeah, I was on edge about it.

So one day, we were at an indoor play area by our house, and it was filled with kids his age, all of whom seemed to be able to talk at least a little bit. Finn and a little girl his age were both at a magnet wall playing with the letters, and she took some that Finn had assumed were off limits I suppose and he flipped out. Screamed, threw some letters on the floor, basically typical Finn behavior (and, let’s face it, typical toddler behavior). I mean he was NOT pleased. The little girl’s mom was taken aback by this outburst of two year old-ness and removed her daughter from Finn’s vicinity, making me feel a little, I don’t know, embarrassed? And then she asked me if I “had gotten him evaluated yet”.

Now, to be honest I didn’t even know what she meant at the time, but her tone (spoiler alert: it was rude) and nosiness and total lack of any compassion for a cranky two year old in general rubbed me the wrong way so I just gave her a look, collected my kicking and screaming child, and exited as quickly as possible. And, full disclosure, cried in my car in the parking lot because I was just so, SO tired (I was a newborn mom at that point too) in general and was so SO SO tired of this kid screaming all the time and was just a little worried, or a lot worried. Now, if she had, I don’t know, maybe approached me in a “I’ve been there and want to help” kinda way, then that would have been awesome, but the way she handled it made me feel like a neglectful parent with an out of control child.

After telling my mom this story, she told me what I tell other moms all the time now, “All children are different”. And like, DUH, I knew this, but what she really wanted to tell me was “Put down the baby book and look at your own child, and his own schedule”.

So I did. And even after his two year old checkup and still no words, I still waited, and sure enough, he did start talking (and now never stops, but I love it Finn I really do). And even now, the whole “every child is different” thing couldn’t be more true. Why? Well I have five of them now, and presumably I have parented them all more or less in similar ways, I mean, I am the same person, roughly. But, with that being said…

SLEEPING

  1. Sleeps like a champ, and slept through the night at 6 weeks
  2. Didn’t sleep through the night till 6 months and had night terrors for YEARS
  3. Slept through the night early and puts himself to bed without asking every night at 6:30
  4. Won’t sleep in her own bed and refuses to go to sleep anytime, anywhere
  5. Just started sleeping through the night at 12 months

WALKING

  1. Not till after he was 1
  2. Before 1 year old
  3. SEVEN MONTHS seriously it was the worst
  4. Definitely after one year old
  5. 9 months, ready to run

EATING

  1. Doesn’t like cheese. I mean, who doesn’t like cheese?!
  2. Would prefer to eat ONLY cheese
  3. Isn’t a fan of anything really
  4. Eats like a goat
  5. Will try anything

So you see what I mean? THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT. Of course, of COURSE this goes without saying but since this is the internet I have to make this disclaimer :: IF you think your child has any developmental delays that is something to bring up with your pediatrician as CLEARLY I am not a pediatrician nor do I claim to be and this post is not about developmental delays but people really just love to comment and cannot help themselves. WHEW, I am glad I got that out. Anyway, my point is moms, if the kid next to you is walking and talking and solving complex math problems and your kid is trying to eat out of the garbage can and has zero interest in walking yet, they might just be on their own schedule, and that is okay. It’s not a race, and if you are friends with one of those moms who wants to make it a race all the time (we all know one of those) just remind her that they are all different in their own way.

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Mark Your Calendars! {to do nothing}

There is SO much to do this summer, am I right? Festivals and fireworks and parades and performances, crafternoons and picnics and pool days and OMG I thought summer was supposed to be relaxing?

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New Saratoga Style(s)

You guys know I love Saratoga, and this new line of shirts (and accessories) shows just that. Right now in the shop I have a limited edition tank for the 4th and my newest favorite design, the ATO Naked design which is a simple map silhouette. No muss, no fuss, just some naked design nice and simple. I love love LOVE it on the throw pillow, perfect for a porch, plus there’s some other surprise goodies in the shop too (toddler and baby sizes in some styles too). Click right here to shop now, and remember the ATO 4th design is just for this week and will be gone from the shop after the 4th! xoxo

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The Circus {Smirkus} is Coming!

Join Circus Smirkus at the Saratoga Casino Hotel grounds on July 11th and 12th at 1pm and 6pm as they celebrate their 30th Anniversary Big Top Tour with Midnight at the Museum—a wild and wonderful adventure through the hallowed halls of a magical museum!

Embark on an enchanted journey with Jurassic jugglers, astonishing aerialists, courageous clowns, and wily wirewalkers as they explore a museum that springs to life when the clock strikes midnight.

Circus Smirkus is presented for the 11th year by the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs who invites you to witness ultra-talented kids from across the country – ages 12 to 18 – who star on highwire and trapeze, as clowns, jugglers, acrobats and more. This is the International youth circus featured on the Disney Channel, the circus that The New York Times called “exuberant” and “joyful.” Tickets are $20 for children 2-12 and $25 for 13 and older. Children under 2 are free on an adult’s lap. Tickets can be purchased locally at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga and G. Willikers or online at www.smirkus.org. Contact Fran at 518-365-3459 for group sales and for more information.

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Camp Little Notch, Why Does That Sound Familiar?

Camp Little Notch may be a familiar name. It was established in 1939 by the Albany area council of the Girl Scouts of the USA and was operated by the Girl Scouts for 70 years, providing a wilderness experience for thousands of girls. Because of financial reasons, the Girl Scouts decided to sell the property. In 2012, a group of former campers who wanted the Little Notch experience to continue formed a non-profit organization, Friends of CLN, and resumed operation as a national outdoor education, recreation and retreat center.

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Get Ready for the 4th with Mini City

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