MommyCon Austin is only one month away! It is going to be my first MommyCon, and I could not be more excited! The general sessions are on Saturday June 25, and VIP sessions are on Friday June 24th. I am practically chasing my tail with all the excitement, and I am so happy that I get to be a part of the MommyCon blogging team as well!
First off, what is MommyCon? It’s a convention series all about natural, gentle parenting. I’ll be going to the one in Austin, but MommyCon will also be in many other cities across the nation. With many awesome speakers on the lineup, the biggest focus will be on birth, breastfeeding, babywearing and cloth diapering. In other words: all the crunchy-mama things I love! So of course I am going!
MommyCon will be a great opportunity to connect with other like-minded mamas, moms-to-be (and dads too!), discuss, learn, and grow together. AKA build your tribe! This will be a great opportunity to make some new friends. One thing I love most about motherhood is the friendships I’ve made. Parenting can be tough at times, but it’s great having friends to talk to and laugh with who are going through the same things as you and understand where you’re coming from.
Oh, and the swag. How have I not mentioned all the glorious swag you’ll get to take home?? You get a bag full of cool baby gear with your general admission ticket. If you sign up for additional VIP sessions too, you’ll get even more swag to take home from each VIP session you attend as well. I won’t lie. I was up until 3:15 a.m. one night pouring over MommyCon hashtags on Instagram and drooling over the loot ladies went home with. PLUS each event ends with $10,000 worth of giveaways! Yes, I too am gawking at that number on my computer screen. You may want to pick your jaw back up off the floor at some point though!
Now for what you’ve all been waiting for… I’m giving away TWO tickets to MommyCon Austin! Head over to my Instagram (@sharonisamom) for your chance to win. The giveaway will close at 11:59 p.m. on June 3, so make sure to get your name in the drawing! Good luck, mamas!
For more info on MommyCon, check out their website at mommy-con.com.
It has been a busy couple of months! We sold our house and moved in with the in-laws in late February, stayed there for five weeks and moved again into our new home in early April. Still unpacking and settling in, but we love our new home! Ellis just turned one a few days ago, and we enjoyed having everyone over for his Star-Wars themed birthday party. He was born on Star Wars Day (May 4th), so this was the obvious party theme. I spent plenty of time researching party ideas on Pinterest and ended up using a couple (saving some ideas for next year, as we didn’t end up having time to get to all of it this time around lol). We had a Darth Vader piñata, and I made light saber bubble wands for party favors. Ellis was spoiled and got lots of great gifts from friends and family.
We haven’t been to the pediatrician yet for official numbers on height and weight, so I’ll have to add that update later. Ellis has 7 teeth, and the 8th should be here any minute now too (I see it, it just hasn’t quite cut through the gums yet!). He is a busy, busy boy, always getting into things (and learning new things to get into every day it seems lol). Babyproofing the cabinets is next on our list! He likes to lift the lid on the diaper pail and put things in there or take things out. Same with the trash can and recycling can. Found his frozen teething toy in the recycling last night, in fact lol. He likes getting into the cabinets under the sink and pulling out my makeup brushes one-by-one, then he puts them in his mouth and crawls around with them. If I try to stand in front of the cabinets to block him, he still pulls at them furiously and cries at me. Seriously, babyproofing the cabinets needs to happen likerightnow.
He still mostly crawls around and cruises along (walking as he holds along the furniture). Over the last month though he’s been standing by himself (not holding onto anything) more and more often and for longer periods of time. Right after he turned 11 months he even started taking his first steps (4 or 5 in a row). Anything is a push toy if you put your mind to it! He loves pushing around our chairs and bar stools in the kitchen and rearranging the furniture lol.
He is very talkative, although his only real words right now are “mama” and “dada.” He has gotten much better around new people, and he’s always the flirt when we’re at a restaurant or out shopping. He’s such a cutie, full of smiles and personality. He’s learned how toys/games work, and now he plays with things differently. It’s like a little light switch flipped on, and now he’s figured these things out. I love seeing him concentrate and watching those little gears in his brain turning. His bucket of shape sorters, for example, he used to just enjoy dumping them out them putting them in his mouth and crawling around with it. Now he has started to put them INTO the bucket. And his stacking rings/donuts, he used to grab and crawl around with, and now he’s learned to stack them on the stick/base. He got a cool wooden toy (Melissa & Doug Pound and Roll Tower) for his birthday, and he figured out right away how to push/hit the balls in the holes, watch it roll down and come out, grab the ball, and put it back in the top to do it again.
He still loves his jumper, and we use our awesome swing on the occasion he has trouble falling back to sleep during the night (he usually falls asleep nursing no problem though). He loves fruit, especially strawberries, apples and pears.
We’re still doing all that crunchy stuff too. Still in cloth diapers, and he wears his Baltic amber teething necklace all the time. We still co-sleep some (he starts out the night in his crib next to our bed, and he usually ends up sleeping in our bed after he wakes up during the night to nurse. Most nights he wakes 1-2 times during the night to nurse, although there was one night that he slept through the night (it was amazing lol). I’m sure he’ll start sleeping through the night on a more regular basis eventually, but we’ll let him get there on his own terms.
We made it to the big 1-year mark for breastfeeding, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be stopping anytime soon either. The World Health Organization recommends 2 years, so that’s the next big goal. No need to rush/wean him until he’s ready. I’m so amazed at how far we’ve come on this journey, and I am proud that we never had to supplement with formula, and I was even able to donate breastmilk for a couple of babies in need over the last year.
We’ve still been enjoying taking him to Babygarten classes at the library every week, where we sing nursery rhymes, read books, play and do crafts. We’ll keep doing those this summer too. Planning on doing some baby sign language classes and swim lessons next month too. And when I find the time, I need to plan our summer vacation (Portland).
And we’re making another trip to Austin in June for MommyCon (woo-hoo!). It’s all about gentle/natural parenting and birth, all good crunchy mama things. Tickets are only $45 (it’s on June 25), but you can use code SHARONISAMOM16 to get $5 off your ticket. Would love to see you there! Keep an eye out on the blog for more details on MommyCon. Can’t wait!