Ashley and Jessica are friends, cousins and moms. Although we share the lessons of raising toddlers, we often find that our methods and ideas are different enough to teach and learn from each other. Our differences allow us to give two different perspectives and support each other anyway. We feel that it is so important to our children to be raised with individuality and respect while figuring out what that means along the way.
Ashley & Eleanor
Being Momma to Eleanor is quite an adventure! At 20 months old, she is constantly on the go finding new things to explore. Eleanor was born 4 weeks before her due date at only four and a half pounds, but she has not let that slow her down one bit. She has met every milestone on time based on her actual birthday. She loves Minnie and Micky Mouse, Tumble Leaf, Nemo, coloring (especially on the walls), flowers, other kids, her grandparents, the outdoors, and much more.
I hope that Eleanor will love the outdoors. So far it has come very naturally to her. I can take her outside and she will run around, explore, and find ways to entertain herself. The leaves, flowers, twigs, and bugs are her toys and entertainment. We have enjoyed going on hikes locally, but we look forward to expanding out horizons and traveling stateside and overseas.
Eleanor had her first flight when we went to Orlando, Florida in the spring. It was a great way to prepare for a much longer flight that we will be taking this August when we visit to United Kingdom. We look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you!
Jessica & Abram
Abram came along at a time of our lives that we didn’t ever think that we would have children and had actually come to terms with it. My husband and I decided that we begin to live our lives for us and not for the expectations of a family. We moved to a small bungalow in the city and within a year this little boy decided that he wouldn’t make us wait a moment more. The timing was perfect. We were different people than the young couple so desperately desiring a child. Eleven years of “trying” to have a child became irrelevant because he arrived at the perfect moment. As any mother, my life has just begun its most important chapter where I live my life with my child and not because of him.
Abe is a toddler with typical toddler traits. He loves to skateboard, play baseball, watch tv and explore outside. We hike, travel and attend many events in our city as a family. Although I wouldn’t say he is a natural-born leader, I do credit our time outdoors to his self-confidence regarding his environment and ultimately making him a toddler that would never hesitate to lead a hike. Our community is important to us and try to teach that to him by allowing him to learn all the wonderful things about it. Now that he is almost three we cannot wait to extend our travels and experience life together.
We hope that you enjoy following the journey of two very different families on the journey through life with Trekking Tots.