Jeannie Fleming-Gifford

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and bike rides to the coffeeshop are part of her everyday adventures. In her spare time, Jeannie enjoys yoga, dark chocolate, long walks with her two black labrador retrievers and, of course, the everyday fun parenthood brings.

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and bike rides to the coffeeshop are part of her everyday adventures. In her spare time, Jeannie enjoys yoga, dark chocolate, long walks with her two black labrador retrievers and, of course, the everyday fun parenthood brings.

Imagine that you are in line to buy a cup of java. (For many sleep-deprived parents, this doesn't take much "imagining.") You have your little one along for the ride, saddled on your hip. You are impatient. Your little one is even less patient. The line is long. Slow. You really want - okay NEED - this cup of coffee. You're starting to wonder ...

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Where DID summer go? I’ve blinked and fall is here.

I have the same thoughts when I think about my kiddo’s development (first time she rolled over, first time she sat up, first tooth, first steps, etc.). In the moment, I thought the age and stage would be here forever. Then, I blinked and it was gone. A new stage is ...

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It is a good day for a nap. Unfortunately, no one in my house seems to be taking one today. During infancy and toddlerhood, our daily lives seemed to revolve around naptime. It wasn't just about the health and wellness of my daughter; it was about my mental health as well. Naptime was wonderful. Quiet. It was a chance to empty the garbage, ...

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Milk. Drink Up.

Monday, September 24th, 2012 by from Baby Steps

There are some things that we cannot control when it comes to our developing children. There are many things we can. Good nutrition is one thing we can control to positively impact our child's development. Oh yes, our kiddos have their own opinions about what they will or will not eat. However, as parents we can help define what those choices ...

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"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." At least that is how Joseph P. Kennedy's (father of President John F. Kennedy - now you can say you learned something new today!) famous quote goes.

I'm not so sure he was talking about parenthood though. When the going gets tough around here, I often want to go (to get coffee, go ...

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Baby Talk, Or Not?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 by from Baby Steps

If you want to hear what you sound like, listen to your little one. I've been reminded of this lately, as my not-so-little one has been talking baby talk to me. It's driving me crazy. We are long past the days of "milky," "choo-choo," and "night-night." We are to the phase of milk, trains and nighttime and those are the words that I would like ...

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Is 9 months long enough to be pregnant?

Certainly, I thought it was. By the end of pregnancy, my ankles had become "cankles," my weight had surpassed my husband's, and I was quite the "waddler." On top of that, sleeping was anything but comfortable and more than anything else, I was excited to meet my little girl!

WHY 9 ...

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Magic Spray

Monday, September 10th, 2012 by from Baby Steps

Parenting isn't rocket science. But, it's not easy either.

Lately, I've been reminded of this. A lot.

Perhaps it is the hubby's new gig. Perhaps it is the fact that my little girl began kindergarten this fall. Add together two major life changes and sprinkle in a little stress of my full-time job, and the everyday worries of ...

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We were lucky, at least for the first three years. During infancy and toddlerhood, my daughter was put on antibiotics once. Yes, once.

Sure, she had a few stuffy noses and a few bouts of the stomach bug, but all passed with a little TLC and time. The one time I begged for a dose of antibiotics occurred with our first visit to the ...

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It's Labor Day! Of course, it's the perfect time to talk about labor and delivery. Oh yes, I know, Labor Day isn't really about labor and delivery of an infant (it's really a time to celebrate the economic contributions of working Americans). However, when you are expecting, the day when your body goes into labor and prepares for the birth of ...

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