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Where’s the water?

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while.

I’ve had so many things that I’ve wanted to share—thoughts, things that I love, stories about the kids—but I’ve second guessed everything.

I’ve psyched myself out, I think. Writing for SheKnows and allParenting has changed how I see writing, which is both good and bad.

When I sit down to write here on itsm, I stare at the computer, feeling all this weird pressure, like I need to write an article.

This blog started as a place to share the small moments and I’ve lost sight of that along the way.

I keep forgetting that I have the freedom to write anything I want here.

In this space, I can live in the moment.

So, I’m going to try that, because I love it here and I want to spend more time with you.

I’m going to start off my sharing this video because it brings me so much joy.

When your child is speech delayed, every word carries magic.

We had the fountain in our yard removed because it was a yellow jacket magnet.

Matthew came down after his nap and immediately noticed that it was gone…

(Also? Why can’t I ever remember to turn my iPhone on its side when I take video?)

From Baby to Toddler

Matthew will turn two in just under two weeks.

I’ve been in complete denial about that for a while now.

His delayed speech has made him feel more like my baby than a toddler.

Though the wheels are in motion for some early speech help, we’ve continued to work with him every day, hoping that new sounds would finally emerge.

When his LeapFrog My Own Story Time Pad arrived in the mail, I thought that of all of the features, he would most enjoy the music.

What I didn’t expect is that he would start talking.

Well, saying his letters counts as talking, right?

He went from saying ball, hi, and Da, to being able to identify and say the names all of his letters.

Today’s favorite letter is U…

His little voice makes me swoon.

One thing that I love most about the My Own Story Time Pad is the way it syncs up to my computer, so that the stories can all be personalized to include his name, favorite food, and favorite color(all of which can be changed by syncing up again). Every time he hears his name, he giggles.

Within a few minutes of receiving the pad, he figured out how to navigate through the four different learning modes: story time, messages, music, and alphabet.

Though the My Own Story Time Pad comes loaded with one story, three songs, and an email, once you sync up, you can load five stories, nine songs, and three emails.

When he’s finally (!) had his fill of the alphabet mode, he switches over to the music mode and plays the Alphabet Song on a constant loop. This boy is nothing if not focused.

As he gets older, I anticipate that he’ll love some of the other cool features, like the email personalized messages.

I love that Matthew has fallen so completely in love with his My Own Story Time Pad. So often, toys are exciting for a couple of days and then their shine fades. But this toy? Wherever Matthew is, so is his pad.

But if I’m honest, the thing that I love the most about Matthew’s new pad is the sound of his voice when he plays with it.

Thank you to LeapFrog for sponsoring this review. While LeapFrog provided the product to me for this review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest point of view.

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Nichole Beaudry @NicholeBeaudry Location: Northern California
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