Going from a mommy of 1 to a mommy of 2 was a HUGE adjustment. I felt that my mentality needed the biggest overhaul. I thought I was prepared to be super mom, especially since I already practiced with my daughter. Boy was I wrong. For those thinking about expanding or already on the way to expanding, I wanted to share some of the differences between my 2 children (including pregnancy). I hope that this will help more parents mentally prepare for some of the changes to come.
D = Daughter
S = Son


D- I craved sweets and Oreos

S- I craved salt…chips…salty soups mmmmm

Morning sickness:

D: none

S: all the time

Similarities: heartburn and acid reflux with both


D-My water broke at 4 AM no baby till 16 hours later

S-My water broke at 4 AM baby just 2 hours later

Infant Feeding:

D-Tried to breastfeed/pump and failed after 3 months

S-Pumped exclusively and stopped by 11-12 months


D-early for her age for both

S-Refused to crawl, walking was better but not as soon as his sister


D-Chatter box before she was 1yo. Full sentences before 2.

S-Very few words by 1 yo. Short sentences by 2.

Fine motor skills:

D-At Age 2: Has a hard time with some fine motor movements. Ex: pushing small start button on washing machine.

S-At Age 2: No problems with fine motor skills. Easily pushes small start button on washing machine.

At the end of the day both of my children are very intelligent and quick learners.  They each have their own strengths and weaknesses. At first it was very hard not to worry about my son because he did not learn or act like my daughter had. Now am I able to recognize the differences and embrace them. I have also learned along the way that these little human beings are just amazing in their own ways. All the learning, development and growth that they do from the womb through the present and beyond is such a miracle.  I’m simply BLESSED to be their mommy.

My husband and I strive to do the following:


Listen to our children

Support our children (emotionally, physically etc.)

Have fun with our children

Teach our children: To be kind, use Manners, love one another, be thankful, help others, continuously learn and improve and most importantly...LIVE POLOWAIIAN

#LivePolowaiian #withanopenheart #openmind #buildonthefoundationsofcultureandfamily

Christmas Time is here!!! This is a time to celebrate the Birth of Christ, families and all the blessings we have received throughout the year. I love reading books with my children so I thought it would be fun to do a 12 Days of Christmas Books this year.  Here is our list that we will be doing this year. The list is in no particular order as I let the kids choose the book from the group each night. There are a couple of cardboard books for my 2 year old to enjoy holding. I'm especially excited because there are 2-3 books on this list that I have not read yet...I CAN'T WAIT! :)  My family plans to start this on December 14th so that we will be reading our final book on Christmas night.

Let us know in the comments below what are your family favorite Christmas books! Also if you like any you see in our list but do not own it now, click the links below to order them today. Prime shipping will get you these books quick.

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1. The Christmas Story

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
3. Rudolf the Rednosed Raindeer
4. Frosty the Snowman
5. Clifford's Christmas
6. The Polar Express
7. Twas the Night Before Christmas
8. The Itsy Bitsy Snowman
9. The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer
10. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving
11. A Charlie Brown Christmas
12. The Littlest Elf


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    Aloha! 'O Noelani ko'u inoa (Noelani is my name).

    I am a wife and mother of a multicultural family. I started this journey to share our family's story. My posts are about our family experiences and the lessons we learn. We strive to teach our children to do what is right. Hopefully you will follow us on this journey and share your stories too!

    Live with an open mind, open heart and build on the foundations of family and culture.


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