How I Get My Child to Affirm Her Inner Awesomeness

Everyday, I wake Ayo up with big kisses and a high-five. I usually have her oatmeal prepared and on the table waiting for her to enjoy breakfast. From the moment she wakes up, until the time she goes to bed, I affirm her worth, or what I like to call, her inner awesomeness. I'm constantly affirming she's beautiful, intelligent, forgiving, loved, and safe. Since she was an infant I would hold her in my arms and affirm these same things.

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Speech Delays & Early Intervention

Ayo is two. She doesn't talk much; well not as much as her pediatrician thinks she should be. I never found this to be an issue until after our return from our two-month trip to England earlier this year. We came home to red alerts. A seasonal cold warranted her a trip to the doctor where her sitter was told she was delayed in speech and those were possible signs of autism. Imagine sitting at a new job with work-related stress trying to come up to speed and you receive a call of this nature. I was physically sick. This information tormented me. Had I not done a good job as a mother? Better yet, had I failed as a parent? 

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Mommy & Ayo On-The-Go #2

Sightseeing has always fascinated me. I love the feeling of seeing the natural and man-made wonders of the world. I've been fortunate enough to see some of the most beautiful monuments in and out of the country. Up until this past Sunday, April 26th, I had never been to the Statue of Liberty. It wasn't that I didn't want to, it's just no one ever took me as a child. I'm grown now, and the excuses of not being taken don't work anymore. This was the perfect opportunity to take #SweetBabyAyo to see Lady Liberty up close and personal. 

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Two Days in Paris: Part Deux

I woke up with my body aching from our adventure the day before. Lifting Ayo up and down the stairs was not fun or easy. Nonetheless, I realized I was in Paris! I had so much to be grateful for. So I got up, washed my face and changed my attitude. Finally, I was ready to start my day. 

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Two Days in Paris: Part One

We arrived at the airport two and half hours early to catch our flight. Thankfully, I checked-in online because the line was incredibly long. We didn't have to check our bags. I decided to carry on my duffle bag to make it easier to push her in the stroller. Have you ever tried to push a stroller and suitcase at the same time? Yeah. Not happening. We had two full days in Paris, and I needed to be as strategic as possible. Going through security is always a headache, but try that with a small child. I had to breakdown her stroller, take off our coats, and then get my bag searched while trying to hold her in my arms. Sadly, we lost a few good hair products. I was so happy when it was over. 
 

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