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Monday, June 26, 2017

Car Seat Options When Flying to Your Travel Destination

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If you are traveling with a baby or toddler this summer, it is inevitable you’ll need a car seat at your destination. This then poses the question– do you check the car seat on the plane with your other baggage, or do you buy your child a ticket and put the car seat on the plane? Or is there another option?
Before you make the decision on whether to check the car seat or bring it on-board, there are a few options to keep in mind:

Friday, June 23, 2017

Baby V #2 Bump Update- 13 Weeks

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This adorable and active baby in my belly is now the size of a peach! About 2 weeks ago, I swore I could feel the baby move, but knew it was super early. The feelings were much different than gas pains, or bubbles... they were little thumps- little flicks. The first time I felt it was when Caroline touched my belly and said "Hi baby!". I figured I was imagining things since I was only 11 weeks. Well those thumps have only gotten stronger. I only feel them at night when I'm super still, and rarely at that, but they are definitely there. The other night we stayed up past Caroline's bedtime listening to music and singing. We had such a great family time, and Baby V #2 was joining in with lots of dancing inside of mama! So much fun to feel. I can't wait for my husband and Caroline to be able to feel it as well.

Symptoms

Thursday, June 22, 2017

BFBN: Getting to Know the Babywise Friendly Blog Network Mamas

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Today I'd like to take a moment to officially introduce the Babywise Friendly Blog Network. I've been writing with these wonderful ladies for 1.5 years now, and it has been an amazing experience. All of these mamas have used Babywise principles and all have their own unique take on it. Our goal is to share our experiences with parents across the world, and I think we are doing a phenomenal job at that! It's wonderful to be a part of!

Not sure what Babywise is? Check out this post!

You'll find that we are all a bit different in how we parent. Yes we all use Babywise, but when it comes to everything else, we cover the parental spectrum. From formula to breastfeeding, cloth diapering to disposables, spanking to a hands off approach- you'll find it all here. One of the things I love the most about this group is that we can all write on the same topic, and all be open minded and nonjudgmental of other methods.

The BFBN has a combined total of 8 moms and 26 children at the moment! Yes you read that correctly! I am the only mom with 1 child! All 7 of the other moms have 3 or 4 children, and we have 3 twin moms!!! Not to mention we have 2 more on the way (one of those being my second child, and one mom has an adoption in process).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

To My Husband This Father's Day, 2017

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To my husband this Father's day, 2017. 

If I could plan the perfect day for you, here's what we'd do:

We'd let you sleep in as long as possible (although we both know you never would). 

I'd make a big breakfast with eggs, potatoes and bacon (although we both know you'd make it better). 

We'd take Caroline and Moose somewhere to play. They could splash in the creek together, and we could enjoy our family time.

We'd make it home in time for a nice big lunch. We'd make the best sandwiches ever- piled high on fresh bread, and we'd have potato salad, fruit, and chips.

Caroline would go down for her nap after lunch, just about the time golf coverage was getting going.

You'd get to sit and relax and WATCH golf!

Caroline would get up from her nap, and watch with us. She'd ask questions and you'd love teaching her about the wonderful game of golf.

We'd barbecue hamburgers and have corn on the cob, while watching golf.

Caroline would get to stay up late to see the final putt at 18.

If it didn't go to playoff and end too late, we'd go out for ice cream at coldstone.

At some point during the day we'd give you your homemade card and present (which will probably always be pictures or something our child(ren) made for you). 

It would be the perfect day that you so deserve.

Your day won't look like this, however. Instead...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Finds: Swimsuits that Make Summer EASY for Mama

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So I don't know about you, but during the summer, with my 2.5 year old, I plan on spending as much time in the pool and in water as possible. She just loves the water, and wants to go as much as possible.

We spend time at our community pool, we go to a free fountain nearby, and she's just begun swim lessons with British Swim School. We also frequently go to creeks to splash and explore.

All of this water, means wearing a swimsuit pretty frequently.

There are 2 problems with the typical swimsuit that I used to wear:

1. When holding a toddler or baby in the pool, their hands are everywhere. I am constantly worried about my swimsuit keeping me covered when there are little hands pulling it off (even if those little hands don't mean to). That is the last thing I want to worry about when I'm trying to enjoy pool time with my daughter.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

2.5 Year old Dentist Appointment

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Caroline had her 3rd dentist appointment yesterday, and she rocked it! You fully expect toddlers to be a little unsure of the dentist with all of their odd looking tools, etc. Well, Caroline was cool, calm and collected. She sat in the chair all by herself this time. She listened to all of the hygienist's requests when her teeth were being cleaned, and overall had a great exam.

During this visit they:

- Cleaned: They brushed her teeth, and also had her show them her technique. They scraped in between her teeth and did all of the usual cleaning we'd expect. They used the suction tool as well.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

7 Ways to Encourage Toddlers to Embrace their Natural Scientific Tendencies

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This post originally appeared on the Team Cartwright blog on April 13, 2017. Please see this link for the original post.

Why? Why? Why? Why?

This question probably sounds familiar if you have a young child! While it probably gets annoying at times to answer question after question, it is an amazing quality that children exhibit- curiosity! From birth, our babies are little scientists as they figure out how the world around them works. They may not know the word gravity yet, or what it means, but they test it's presence every day as they drop items on the floor, and even test jumping off of things themselves. Our babies don't know what adhesion, cohesion, and surface tension mean, but they certainly test the capabilities and properties of water as much as they can. They learn and they absorb so much knowledge through open play that allows them to explore their natural curiosities.

Why is the basic question of science, and our children are natural born scientists! Our children form hypotheses and test them without even knowing it! Our children are little observers, just as the best scientists are. I think it is so important to celebrate these natural tendencies, and encourage them to embrace these qualities. As parents this can be unknown territory, especially if you were not a fan of science. But, the reality, is that it is so easy to help our children embrace their natural scientific tendencies, and I bet you love science more than you realize (just maybe not that high school chemistry class) LOL!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

First Class Tadpole Level- British Swim School

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In exchange for an honest review on this blog, British Swim School of Central MD has provided my family with free swim lessons. All opinions and thoughts are my own

Level: Tadpole

Water Acclimation: 3 Months to 36 Months with Parent
(6 Children Max, Parent-assisted class)

"A water acclimation class for infants and toddlers to introduce them to the water for the first time, reducing their fear and the potential of tears. We’ll introduce an assisted back float and submersion in this level. You should expect a lot of songs and splashing in this class while your infant freely and independently explores the water environment."

Caroline is exactly 2.5 years old and, while she is super comfortable with the water, it sounds like they like to start all children under 3 in the tadpole class. I am definitely on board with this, because the tadpole class is mostly focused on fun and positive experiences in the water, with a brief intro to some basic skills. We live in a place with true seasons, so, while Caroline was jumping in from the side of the pool last year, she was hesitant to get in this year after many months away from the pool. The drains and the lines at the bottom of the pool caught her attention in our first attempts this season at pool time, and she was clinging to me like a little koala!

A look at all of their programs can be found at here. 

The Lesson
If I had to pick one word to describe the tadpole lesson, it would be ENGAGED. The lesson was so much fun. Caroline was having a blast. The class was small (only 3 children), so the instructor was able to really engage and interact with all of the children. It was easy to see that the instructor was fabulous with kids, and knew exactly what to do to get their attention.

The lesson was JAM PACKED with songs, general fun, and tons of skill exposure! I have to say I was really impressed with all that we did in just 30 minutes. Not only did we focus on several skills, the instructor had time to work with each child individually on all of these skills!

Here are the skills that were focused on (amidst the songs, laughing, and playing):


Monday, June 12, 2017

Turf Life 2017

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The heat has arrived. We are 11 days into the "90 Days of Hell" that is the Turf life. We are already praying for rain, and are in a stretch of 90 degree weather. It's hot and it's hard. Let me be clear- the "season" is way longer than 90 days, and seems to stretch longer every year, but the approximate 90 days that comprise June, July and August are often the hardest.

My husband is a golf course superintendent and, while it's hard to convey how hard his work is, there is one line that seems to do it justice in my mind- the grass never gets a day off. The grass is getting exposed to the humidity, the heat, the bugs, the foot traffic and cart traffic of golfers, etc. every day- on weekends, on holidays, on special occasions, and all days in between. The heat of the day doesn't go away at 5 o'clock, and the sun doesn't set when it's time to "clock out". This makes for long hours, and nonstop working (7 days a week), until the cooler fall weather sets in and allows the grass (and my husband) to take a breath.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

BFBN Guest Post: Preparing for the First Day of Preschool

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We have a wonderful guest post on the blog today by Emily from The Journey of Parenthood. She's talking all about how to prepare your little one for their first day of preschool, and has some great advice! 

Summer is in full swing and if you're child is attending preschool for the first time this fall, then this is a great time to start preparing them for the big transition!

Here are some simple things to work on this summer to make the first day of school a breeze:

A Solid Routine

Having a set routine has MANY benefits but it's easy to let it slide during the lazy days of summer. School teachers have a set routine for their day and it's best to help your child adapt to that now so they will more easily adjust in the fall. If you're able to, ask the school in advance for a rough outline of their day and it may allow you to go ahead and align meal-times, snack times and potty breaks with what your child will be experiencing throughout the school year. It's also important to keep a solid sleep schedule during the summer. You don't want your child being sleepy on the first day so in the weeks leading up to school starting be sure to wake them when they will need to be awake to get ready for the day! 

Independent Playtime

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Baby V #2 Bump Update- 11 Weeks

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I'll be 11 weeks as of tomorrow! The first trimester is actually coming to a close here shortly! I can't believe it! The baby is the size of a brussels sprout.

Symptoms

My symptoms have eased up a lot! I am just slightly nauseous, and can't remember the last time I actually got sick (YAY)!

I'm starving and wanting to eat every couple of hours (which also keeps nausea at bay). Snacks are still at the forefront of our days, and I eat an extra snack or two in the evenings (depending on how late I'm up).

Fatigue is unreal. By lunch I'm just feeling like I'm hardly functioning. I actually try and nap while Caroline naps, although I'm highly unsuccessful in my attempts!

Weight Gain

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Night and Nap Potty Training

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Caroline was potty trained at 18 months of age. It is now exactly 1 year later and she's been begging for MONTHS to do night and nap potty training. She no longer wants to wear her pull up, and wants to sleep in her big girl underwear. 

Usually the begging, turns into me attempting the process with her. We put her to sleep with a training pad under her sheet, a stack of towels in the hallway for easy clean up, and just her underwear on. She goes potty right before bed, and we remind her to call us if she wakes up and has to go potty. We've tried a few different times, and every time we've stopped for one reason- I am not willing to sacrifice Caroline's sleep to potty train her for night and naps at this young age. It is simply not the priority. Sleep is. 

Every time we've tried, we give it several days to make sure we put the effort in and give Caroline a good chance. Every time, she wakes up after she's had an accident in her bed. It's upsetting to her and fully wakes her up. I try and get her back to bed as quickly as possible. We change the sheets in the morning, and simply put towels down on top of the mess for the remainder of the night. Once waking like this, however, she's up for awhile, and her sleep is drastically impacted. The loss of sleep impacts her behavior during the day. At that point, we stop the training. I remind her that it's ok to still wear a pull up. I tell her I'm proud of her for trying, and I tell her that we are going to go back to wearing them so she can get good sleep again. She never fights me at this point, and just goes back to pull ups and sleeping well.

Well, it's been months of this. Her begging to try, we try, and we stop.

It was very clear to me that while she had the desire to achieve this milestone, she just wasn't physically ready.


Fast forward to 2.5 years old...

Monday, June 5, 2017

High Miscarriage Risk- Antiphospholipid Syndrome

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About one year ago, I was seeing a rheumatologist and having a bunch of tests run. Long story short, she was looking for a reason that I would have tested positive for an autoimmune disease and what it might be. In all of her testing, she found that I had positive antibodies for something called antiphospholipid syndrome.

Antiphospholipid syndrome is a blood clotting disorder that can cause miscarriages. In order to be diagnosed, you have to run the blood work twice (at least 12 weeks apart), and have the antibodies come up positive. She told me that if I was to become pregnant, I'd need to notify my OB immediately.

I hung on to these results and did just that. My OB recommended getting on low dose aspirin for the pregnancy, and seeing a maternal fetal medicine specialist. I'd mentioned to my OB that I was supposed to have a second set of tests run, but oddly enough the two OB's I talked to at my practice said they'd never heard of that for a diagnosis. They didn't seem concerned about the potential for this diagnosis, either- as I've never had any miscarriages (that I am aware of). 

After seeing the specialist, however, I was instructed to have the tests run again. As soon as they were run, I sent the results over to them, and my phone rang the very next day. It was one of those phone calls where you see the number, and just know it's going to be important. I sat up from my attempt to nap, and answered the phone...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

That Time When Balloons and Tablecloths Caused a Complete Meltdown

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Today we went to a birthday party. We were the first ones to arrive, and as a result we were helping to set everything up. We carried balloons in to the tented area, and then had tablecloths to help tape down, since the wind was up. Little did I know, this was going to spell DISASTER for my child.

Caroline carried the balloons in herself. She was happy to do so and loving the little minions that were on the balloons. All was good until we set them down. Then the disaster started. The balloons were moving because of the wind, and my daughter was FREAKING out. She was terrified of the balloons, and she was scared that the balloons were going to touch something (the ground, the table, the presents, etc.)- she did not want that to happen. No amount of distractions or explanations were working. I tried explaining about the wind. I tried explaining that it wouldn't hurt her. I empathized and told her I understood that the sudden movements could be scary. I hugged her and held her. I tried moving the balloons far away from her. I tried distracting her. I tried ignoring her. Nothing worked. My daughter was terrified. She was screaming and crying and having a meltdown.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

2.5 Years Old- Schedule and Update

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Caroline is officially 2.5 years old as of last week! She is just blossoming and it has been such a joy to be a part of. Her kindness and thoughtfulness are really shining right now, and her stubbornness is as fierce as ever. She has an amazing imagination, and has so many thoughts that she luckily puts into words for us! She's excited to be a big sister, and also a little worried about it. She's got a new favorite song (Body Like a Backroad by Sam Hunt), and is interested in knowing the names of every song that comes on the radio, along with who sings it. She's excellent at narrating life as it happens, and is always curious to know other children's names. She's using her pronouns perfectly now, and she's starting to distinguish boys and girls much easier (I'd really never realized how challenging this would be to teach!). She thinks every woman is a mom, and every man is a dad. She's interested in learning how to read, and still loves to explore outdoors as much as possible. She's super social, yet shy at times as well.


Schedule
Nothing has changed since our last update. She can handle taking later naps, yet still falls asleep very easily around 12:30. She goes through small phases where she takes awhile to fall asleep for both her nap and bedtime, but then (just as I'm worried she might try to drop the nap), she comes around again and starts falling asleep easily.

7:15 am wake and drink milk
8:30 am breakfast
12 pm lunch
12:30-3:30 pm nap (I no longer wake her), milk when she wakes
5:30/6 pm dinner
6:50 pm bed

Eating

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Preparing For Baby #2 with the Use of Independent Playtime

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Today is Babywise Friendly Blog Network Day and I'm pleased to announce that we are all writing on the topic of Independent Playtime! We have an amazing variety of topics to share with you today, from the benefits of independent play, to the how-to's of it and more! Please see the bottom of the post for a full list of titles and links to these amazing posts.

In this post you'll find why I've been inconsistent along with some of our struggles, you'll get a look at our schedule, 3 options for incorporating independent play, and our goals in preparation for Baby V #2.

So much about Babywise- I'm good at. And by good I mean I figure it out, I find what works for us, and I am consistent with it. When it comes to room time (independent playtime), I figure it out, I find what works for us, but then I'm NOT at all consistent.

I feel like there is not enough time in our days for me to be consistent with this, and I honestly like to go out and do things so much more than I like to stay home (as does Caroline). As a result, independent playtime gets cut. Unfortunately, this is not an area to skimp on. I've noticed that when Caroline isn't getting her independent playtime, she becomes much more clingy and whiny, and well generally less independent.

Now, the reality is that, while I don't always have a routine of doing formal independent play, we've established a casual independence that has come over time. We've done formal independent playtime, and it worked great. Then Caroline would go through a rough patch and I didn't have the heart to let her cry for me in her room, so we'd take a break. I always wanted to keep it a positive experience, so if it wasn't working for a season, we stopped. This is how my inconsistencies with it evolved. I am a huge fan of independent playtime, but it didn't work at every age for us. The breaks caused me to be lax about it, and as a result, we've become much more casual with it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our Sweet & Laughable Visit to the Doctor (With My 2.5 Year Old)

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Let me just set the scene here: I went to see a cardiologist today and I had to bring my 2.5 year old with me. This was an appointment with a specialist, so not exactly a quick in and out. We were there for almost 1.5 hours. Caroline was not on her best behavior ever, but she still did pretty darn good for a 2.5 year old. That being said, I was just taking it all in trying not to laugh out loud.

We walk in, and of course, there are lots of people over 60 in the waiting room- I mean it's to be expected at the cardiologist. Caroline was the only child, and I was the only one there (other than the staff) that was younger than 60. This was not the average waiting room that we usually end up in.

I was greeted by sooooooo many smiles. These were grandmas and grandpas sitting around reminiscing and loving the sight of little Caroline. She was her usual chatterbox, but I let her talk away because I could see how much these wonderful men and women were enjoying the scene. To them, this was not an annoying child that was bothersome; to them this was memories and life sitting in front of them. It was beautiful and refreshing to be a part of.

Am I The Only Woman That Doesn’t Come Up With Excuses To Not Have Sex?

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Ok so this is far from my normal type of post, but I feel like this needs to be said. I belong to a few groups online on Facebook that are comprised 100% of women. They are moms groups. In these groups, we mostly bounce parenting ideas off of one another, but the occasional post about other off topic items comes up as well- sex being one of them. Usually it's about how horrific sex feels after having a baby, and women are wanting to know what on earth to do and how to get past the pain, and if it will ever go away (yes by the way it does).

But then there are these posts about women wondering how other women get out of having sex with their husbands. Sometimes they are joking, sometimes not, but in general these comments are frustrating to me and I don't understand them. This isn't the 1950's where women pretend to not like sex. So, why are we still acting like sex is something we need to "get out of". Why on earth would women be faking headaches instead of just being honest with their partner that they aren't in the mood?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Baby V #2 Bump Update- Almost 9 Weeks

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Baby 
I am 8 weeks, 5 days today and the baby is the size of a raspberry! Last week we told Caroline that the baby was the size of a blueberry, and she's been asking when it would be the size of a raspberry. I love that she is having fun with the fruit visuals LOL!

Symptoms
I am finally over my nasty cold that seemed to plague me for a couple of weeks. I now just have a cough (probably due to allergies since I can SEE the yellow pollen dust on everything around here). Unfortunately, I am still super nauseous, and every time I have a coughing fit, it leads to me gagging and many times throwing up. I am hoping the cough and nausea subside soon.

In addition to feeling nauseous, I am really fatigued and simply lacking energy right now. I am very much keeping my eye on the second trimester arriving so I can hopefully start to feel better!

I am also STARVING! I can't keep enough food in the house, and I am waking up in the middle of the night because I am so dang hungry. Amazing how a baby the size of a raspberry can cause my hunger to sky rocket. I am not able to eat much in one sitting, and am having to eat about every 1-2 hours at a minimum. I finally got myself to the grocery store to stock up on snack items.

I succeeded for over 2 years in only allowing my daughter to snack on occasion... we are not a snacking household. That is SO out the window now! She's loving my new found love of snacks!

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Worries About Bringing A Second Child Into Our Home

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When I asked Caroline about her feelings, and if she had any worries about the baby in Mama's belly, my 2.5 year old was able to clearly identify and express her feelings to me about the situation. Not only that, without prompting, she told me all of the ways she'd address the issues when the baby arrived. You can read all about her feelings here.

I'd asked her because she seemed to be crying and whining and pretending to be "baby" a lot more than usual lately. She'd been refusing to listen or try things on her own. And the last two weeks, since I told her about the baby, have been a spiral of negativity around here. More and more acting out, more disciplining the way I don't want to, more and more we were both upset, and we were far from our usual emotional states.

I then realized something- I had asked my 2.5 year old how she felt about the baby growing in Mama's belly, but I failed to ask myself.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

4 Reasons to Announce Your Pregnancy Immediately

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4 Reasons to Announce Your Pregnancy Immediately www.herviewfromhome.com

I am 8 weeks pregnant, and I know there are lots of people wondering why on earth I jumped the gun and announced when I was so early in my pregnancy. Well, I have 4 reasons that I chose to announce early, and I decided to share them in my post at Her View From Home, today!

"The trend is to wait. We wait until the first trimester is finished and we are in the clear from most medical risks and any uncertainty in the pregnancy. It’s the social norm. And I find it to be ridiculous for a few simple reasons!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

When Your Toddler Refuses to Do or Try Things

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Today is a very special day! Kimberly over at Team Cartwright has teamed up with me for a topic day. We have a common issue in our houses... toddlers that don't want to do things independently, or try new things. The interesting part, however, is that our toddlers do this in very different ways! As a result, we deal with it in different ways as well. Hop on over to Team Cartwright to see her post on encouraging independence in a reluctant child.  And, of course, you can read my post on what to do when your toddler refuses to do or try things, right here! Enjoy, and please chime in with your tactics as well! We'd love to hear from you in the comments of both of our blogs!

There are two types of toddlers in this world. The kind that like to do everything themselves, and the kind that avoid doing things on their own, if at all possible. Both types can be extremely frustrating to parents, in their own unique ways. The toddler that wants independence seems to move at a snails pace, and it takes forever to do things. The simple act of getting in the car can either feel like it's taking an hour, or, if expedited by Mama, can turn into a fit of tears. And, of course, the toddler that hates to do things on their own, means that Mama gets stuck doing it all. There are times it is just not feasible, especially when you have other children that actually need the help.

We all have the same ultimate goal, however. We want to teach our toddlers how to do things and gain their independence in safe ways. We all want and strive for balance. Ideally, we help our toddlers on occasion, and they help themselves on occasion. Unfortunately, the toddler's world and way of doing things isn't always balanced!

My daughter is the independent type that loves to do things on her own. There's a stipulation, however... she has to decide that it's something she wants to do, and she has to feel comfortable doing it. She seems to only do things that she already knows she can do, and is stuck somewhere in the middle with not wanting to try new things, unless it's her idea. For the most part, however, she's the toddler that wants to do things on her own. She wants to climb into the car all by herself, get into the car seat, and do the buckle.

Her refusal to do things comes out in a couple of ways:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2.5 Year Behavioral Regression - Some Insight Came Yesterday

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Yesterday I wrote about some behavioral problems that have been getting worse over the last couple of weeks. They seem to really be magnified right now, and I am feeling at a loss as to what else to try with Caroline. Read all about the issues we are encountering, and my current tactics in this 2.5 Year Behavioral Regression post.

As I was writing the post, I realized that approximately 2 weeks ago was when we told Caroline that Mama was pregnant and she was going to become a big sister. I noted in the post that she'd been pretending to be a baby a lot more lately, and doing lots of crying and whining. While, I thought it was highly unlikely that it would be happening now, I know that many older siblings regress a bit when the new baby arrives. It is common for the older sibling to mimic the crying and whining that they see the baby do, and to really act out in an attempt to gain the attention back towards them. Our baby has not arrived yet and is simply an idea in Caroline's mind... so I figured there was no way she was having this regression now. Well... I dug a little deeper, and made some discoveries.

We also came to a closure yesterday on the silverware issue, so I figured I'd give an update on that as well (video included as well)!

About the Baby

Caroline had gone to bed already, and then asked to get up and go potty. We have some of our best conversations while on the potty, so as she was sitting on the potty, I decided to inquire... "Caroline, are you worried about the baby?". She put her head down, sighed, and said "I am worried, Mama". So, I asked why she was worried. A flood of information came out of my little 2.5 year old. I was both shocked and amazed.

Monday, May 15, 2017

2.5 Year Behavioral Regression

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I need some insight. This probably isn't a typical blog post that you run into. Usually blog posts are all about the answers. Well, in this blog post I'm asking questions, and I need your insight. I need some outside perspective on this issue. I like to think through things by writing them down, and I often write about our daughter's "regressions" as they are happening. This is one such regression, and I really want to know what tactics you'd be using if this was happening in your house. I would describe my 2.5 year old as very obedient, a good listener, and just well behaved. We've put a lot of upfront work in with praising good behavior, setting expectations high, and staying consistent and I think it's really paid off. For the last couple of weeks something has changed and she's really testing boundaries. I'll focus on one specific example, but it's happening quite a bit. I'd like to hear your tactics for dealing with the scenario below, as I feel like I've tried everything from choices to discipline and everything in between, and we just aren't getting anywhere. I'm now to the point that I'm actually getting upset, and I hate feeling upset with my 2 year old. I'm feeling upset because it is happening so often now, and it is seeming to get worse and worse. I feel like I'm in a constant power struggle, which is not at all where we need to be! The Scenario: Every morning after breakfast I have Caroline bring something from the table back to the kitchen to help clean up. I then unload the dishwasher and clean up breakfast, and her one task is to put the silverware away. She's always enjoyed doing this and is great at it. It's just been in the last couple of weeks that we've gotten into a routine of doing this every morning, however. I just ask her to put the silverware away, and tell her that when she's done, she can go play while I finish.

I'm Pregnant and I'm So Shocked!

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I was a day late for my period...we all know that doesn't really count as late. I'd felt dizzy and just lacking energy the past couple of days, and I happened to have one of those super cheap pregnancy tests lying around from when we were trying to get pregnant the first time. "What the heck?", I thought. "I'll just check". I knew it would come back negative, because it was highly unlikely I was pregnant, and it was also way early to even take the test. Even if I was pregnant, it was just really too soon to tell on one of these tests, so I went into the bathroom knowing for sure I'd see it come back negative.

A dark line appeared immediately. Again, I figured it must be the control line. I looked at my phone to time the test, and by the time I'd looked back there were 2 dark lines! It was as positive as it gets and I couldn't believe my eyes. I wasn't prepared in any way to see that positive line show up! I was thrilled and in complete shock!

As many of you know, I had to undergo fertility treatments to get pregnant with Caroline. We tried for a year and a half. After an exploratory laparoscopy, clomid, hormone injections in my stomach (that I had to do myself), and an IUI, I finally became pregnant! It was a long road (you can read about the whole journey here), and I was fully expecting for our second journey to take just as long. I'd heard the stories of people getting pregnant easier the second time, but never truly believed it would happen for us.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

BFBN Guest Post: Tips For Successful Room Sharing

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Room sharing is the devil. 

Don't ever have your kids share a room.

Avoid room sharing at all costs. 

Stock up on wine and chocolate. 

Just kidding. Kind of. You'll want the wine and chocolate anyway.

The truth is, room sharing is probably not ideal unless you have kids who really function better with a roommate than one without. 3 of our 4 kids function better on their own. Too bad for them because in our current stage of life, it's just not feasible for our kids to have their own bedrooms. But it can get tricky and can rock the boat sometimes with your perfectly scheduled Baby-wise babies. Our kids have shared rooms for a while now and I have found out some things (the hard way) that might make things a bit easier if you are looking to have kids room share.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Today I Was Not Patient with My Toddler & I Was Far From The Perfect Mother - Being a Mom is Hard & Real & Humbling

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Oh the screams and the cries today. The hitting, kicking and not listening. The "horrible twos" we all hear about rear their ugly head every so often and it's brutal. If I'm consistent in my expectation and discipline accordingly it only gets worse before it gets better. But I also know that if I don't do that we will have far more of these days then if I do. It's hard, and I lose my cool at times. My daughter reminds me that it's not nice to yell, and that it's not nice to hit (when I swat her hand down from hitting my face)...yes Mama was faster!

Toys get taken away, privileges get removed, etc. I remind her of ways to calm down, I offer hugs, but it doesn't help on days like today. There aren't often natural consequences that I can employ, and end up disciplining in ways that I don't fully like, but they are my only option at the time. Sometimes I try to ignore the tantrum. Sometimes I try offering help. At times I end up putting her in her room for some chill time for both of us. Nothing stops the screaming, though. She's strong willed for sure. Most times I am so patient with her, but some days like today it just doesn't happen the way I want it to. I end up feeling like such a failure on these days. Until I also see the hard work shine through...like it did today.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

When You Become a Parent, You Really Start to Focus on The Big Picture- Embracing #TheWholeYou

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This post is sponsored by Stonyfield. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Something happens when you become a parent. No matter how conscious you were before of what you are putting into your body, and your impact on the health of our planet- well, it increases drastically. At least, it did for me and my husband.

For dinner, we didn't always include a vegetable, and we didn't have fruit on our plates daily. Neither one of us struggled with weight or health issues, so we just ate what we wanted to eat, and ate what we liked. We were aware of our habits, and we never ate poorly, but we knew we could do better.

When Caroline entered our world, all of that changed. As Caroline started eating solid foods, we quickly realized that we wanted to make sure we were making good food choices for her, and creating an environment in which she was learning healthy habits. It was easy for us to make this transition. Not only did we want her eating healthy foods, we wanted her to see us eating healthy foods. We want it to be second nature to her as she grows up.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Our Favorite iPad Apps for 2 Year Olds

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Independent play looks a bit different in our house now that Caroline is almost 2.5 years old. While she used to do strict room time, that simply isn't working for her at the moment, so we are having to adjust. Her independent play is more casually structured now. I try to do official room time once a week, but the rest of the time, independent play just fits in naturally. Caroline does independent play all throughout the day, in short segments. Sometimes we have structured table time activities, and other times, it's free play while Mama is busy. One of our favorite (although often forgot about) activities, is playing apps on the iPad! I mentioned these apps in the post on table time activities, but I wanted to pull them out into their own separate post for easy finding. These are still our favorite apps on the iPad for Caroline's age. We have since upgraded most of these apps from their free version, to the full version, and Caroline is enjoying even more wonderful learning! I'd love to hear what your favorite apps are and for what age in the comments section below. These have all been great so far from 2 years of age to 2.5, and will continue to be great for some time!

7 FREE iPad Apps that we love for our 2 year old:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

3 Ways to Contribute to Your Mom's Club - & My Little Hostess

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As a part of a mom's group, I feel the need to, well - participate. I enjoy contributing to our mom's group. There are three ways to do this and, as of yesterday, I had only done 2 of the 3. It left me feeling a little guilty, but also I wanted to be more involved now that I know the moms better.

1. You can go to planned outings. This is the easy one. Just show up and have a good time! It's what many moms stick to, and it's totally fine and a good use of the moms group! Everyone appreciates the friendships made, the company at events, and the socialization for little ones.

2. You can plan outings. Everyone can decide on outings, plan and invite. I was immediately drawn to this, because Caroline and I go out and do a lot of things. Before finding the moms group, we did them on our own. We had lots of ideas of things to do, but no one to go with. Now I have an idea, post it on meet-up and invite all the moms! Everyone loves new, creative ideas! I love participating in this manner. The more moms that participate in this way, the more variety we get in our types of playdates and events.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

BFBN Day: When Summer "Break" Is Hardly a Break At All- How to Get By

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It's Babywise Friendly Blog Network Day! All of the bloggers are blogging about the topic of "summer". See below for a ful list of links! Enjoy the posts!

As a teacher, I longed for summer. It was such a wonderful break. Except for one thing... while my schedule was freed up, my husband's schedule was ramping up. While teachers and children are off in the summer, and it is often an ideal time for summer vacations and lots of on the go fun, in our house it's time for gearing up for some difficult, long days. My husband (a golf course superintendent) can't take off for vacations during these months (our family vacations happen in the winter), and often he won't be home for dinner. The weekends are also work days, and there is no break in the schedule (7 days a week) until the weather breaks during the fall season. It's hard on him, and it's also hard on me. I end up kind of solo parenting during these months, and it can get difficult. I know our circumstance is unique, but I also know there are lots of other moms that end up with a similar scenario. Each summer, I try and manage things a little bit better. So, in my effort to tackle these difficult months, and in the hopes that other moms out there might benefit from this as well, I've decided to put together our plan on how to get by!

1. Meal Plan Specifically with Leftovers in Mind

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Feed Me, Change Me, Love Me Baby Tracking Journal Review

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Ok, so here's the thing about tracking journals. They are super useful, but only if they are really good! I have to say, I'm pretty picky about what information I want to record, and how I want to record it. By the time I realized I needed/wanted to be tracking all of Caroline's habits (eating, sleeping, wake time, diaper changes, which side I breastfed on, etc.), I was in full on stay alive mode and too busy to search for one that would be useful. I ended up just recording information about her schedule on a blank notebook that I kept handy. I also made use of my phone. None of the apps seemed to be what I wanted, but there was one simple solution that was going to help me- setting alarms. Every time we had a schedule change, I set both feeding alarms and nap alarms on my phone. This way, I could better keep track of the time and when things were supposed to happen. With schedules changing frequently, that was THE most useful tool that I had at the time.

Fast forward 2 years, and I've since designed a printable baby tracking journal for the basics (eat, wake, sleep). It has recommended schedules, places to keep track of the times and to record any observations. It's basic, but useful. You can check it out in my Etsy shop. It will make things much more organized than simply using notebook paper like I did the first time around!

Right as I was designing this printable option, I was contacted by a fellow Babywise mama about a baby tracking journal that she has in production. I agreed to do a review on the journal, and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised! I definitely plan on using this journal for baby #2. Let me tell you why:

1. Tracking of schedules (goals and actual) is easy to do with this journal! The schedule portion of the journal is an easy tracking system with a grid that you simply draw on. If baby was asleep for 2 hours, you just make a line from 10am-12pm in the chart to indicate a nap. Here's how I plan on altering this for my use. At the top I'm going to write "eat", "wake", and "sleep" in different colors. All on the same chart I'll record these different tasks in different colors. I'm also planning on putting our goal at the top of the chart. I've filled out the week 8 schedule with what this goal will look like for you to see. As we go through the week, I'll just record what actually happened in the spaces below to see how well we are doing with the current scheduling goals. I'll still be setting my phone alarms to help me remember the times, but this all in one recording tool is going to be fabulous!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Free Zoo Admission For Your Family & An Exciting New Partnership- Saving Animals From Extinction

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Saving Animals From Extinction       Stonyfield Organic

I have the wonderful opportunity of getting to work as a blogger for Stonyfield (yes the company with the yummy yogurt that we all love feeding to our babies and toddlers)! Stonyfield is an amazing company to work with, as they are very focused on sustainability and conservation efforts. Their latest effort is a very exciting one to share with you all. Stonyfield is partnering with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) SAFE program (Saving Animals From Extinction). Not only are they contributing funds to a great cause, they have a distinct focus to bring families and children into our zoos, aquariums, and to research locations. Their goal is to inspire a lifelong appreciation of our planet, and a commitment to animal conservation in the next generation.

So how does this impact you? Well, you get to enjoy all of the benefits!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Putting Away 2T, Getting Out 3T and 4T

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Yesterday's task: Putting away 2T clothes, and getting out 3T and 4T clothes. This project took our entire morning. I hate doing the clothing switches from one size to the next! First of all, every brand is different, so I try to keep like fits in the same rotation, instead of just basing it on size...and that makes things so frustrating to move around. I also just don't deal with the clothes until I have to, so there's that, too! haha 

While dealing with the clothes is a pain, we've found ways to make it less of a pain:

1. We have a "doesn't fit catch all bin". If I put something on Caroline and it is too tight, I take it off and chuck it into this bin that I keep in her closet. It's open and ready for clothes all the time. I don't bother sorting by size or permanently storing at this stage...this is just the get it out of our way and I'll put it away later bin, and it works super well!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter 2017

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Everything about Easter this year was so wonderful. I don't know which part was the best- Daddy getting to come home from work at a decent hour, Caroline having so much fun finding her Easter basket, or the fun she had getting to share a train ride with Daddy. It was all just perfect.

Easter eve, Daddy got the exciting task of hiding Caroline's Easter basket. At her age, she's actually pretty good at finding things, but it totally depends on her mood. She's pretty impatient and is in a phase where she doesn't like to try on her own and immediately asks for help. Daddy chose the perfect spot for her basket with these things in mind! This year, it was tucked away in her shoe bin by the front door, with just a little bit of the handle sticking out to catch her eye.

This is the first thing we see as we walk downstairs, so I actually made sure to stand in front of it so she wouldn't see it immediately! I wanted her to have to look at least a little bit! (Horrible mom I know haha). So when we were in the family room, she set off looking. She looked under the table, under the couch, and in a few bins once I finally got her going. She then decided she was going to go look in the kitchen cabinets. As she walked in the hallway, she noticed her shoes needed to be put away. This immediately drew her attention to her shoe bin, and she found her basket!

In her basket this year:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

BFBN Day (Guest Post)- Two Choices: A Simple Discipline Method

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Toddlerhood is a stage where children are seeking independence. They push the boundaries we have in place. They become stubborn when not allowed to do as they please. They want to do things on their own, even if they aren't yet physically able to do so (hello food all over the floor from the toddler trying to carry her plate to the sink after dinner!).

Disciplining a toddler is crucial. We have to help guide them to make good choices and to understand that poor choices have consequences. Being consistent is key, even though it's not always easy. 

Our third child is in the toddler stage right now and she's my most stubborn toddler yet. I have always required our children to reply with a command I give by saying "yes ma'am" (this allows both myself and the child to know that they heard me and understood what I was asking of them as well as the discipline action that will take place if they choose not to obey). Even just getting the "yes ma'am" response from her can be a struggle!

I've thought a lot about this stubbornness and how to best discipline to her specific needs. It's true what they say about all children being different...they are! Each of our children has responded to our parenting methods in different ways and we've had to tweak things along the way to cater to each of their unique personalities. 

I have recently come up with what I call "The Two Choices Method of Discipline". I completely invented this myself so feel free to make fun of the name ;) I keep things basic around here. And the name is exactly what the method is! 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Organizing a Small Entryway

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We have NO entryway. The entry to our home is a hallway. In that hallway is a door to a bathroom, the opening to the stairs, and the opening to the kitchen. So, not only do we not have much of an entryway, we have no wall space either. We have a very small coat closet (luckily), that houses our coats, grocery bags, dog leashes, and winter boots. There is no room for anything else. Typically our shoes that are in daily use spill over onto the stairs, our coats that we use daily end up on the couch, and the small table that we have in the 19 inches between the bathroom and stairs is cluttered with keys, wallets, and mail. It is not ideal to say the least.

In those 19 inches, I had a small table that I'd shoved a basket underneath to house a lot of our shoes. Our daughter's shoes and sweatshirts for going out, ended up in a bin on the landing of the stairs. I finally got fed up with our situation and took the final steps to making our entryway work MUCH better.

I wish I would have taken before pictures, of course! Although many of these changes happened over time.
 

Here's how we maximize our space and get the most use out of our small entryway:

1. I took the much needed step of cleaning out the coat closet. There is now much more room and we only have necessities in the closet. If I didn't know the item was in the closet, it was either donated or thrown away (depending on what it was). We also found plastic drawers that fit nicely into the closet. This takes advantage of the vertical space between the floor and the coats hanging above. We fit all of our winter boots in the bottom drawer, our grocery bags in the middle drawer, and our dog items in the top drawer.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

6 Methods of Correction- Toddlerwise

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This post originally appeared as a guest post at The Journey of Parenthood, on February 9, 2017. 

"It will be a great error to sit back and let your toddler direct his own show. He needs direction, and yes, correction. Both are demonstrations of love." (Toddlerwise, page 103)

Parenting a toddler is hard. Toddlers are just realizing they can test boundaries. They don't fully understand the implications of their actions, and they have TONS of energy that, if not put to good use, will get put to bad use in a moments notice.

If your 2 year old is suddenly saying "no" to everything you ask, or perhaps they've started hitting, throwing tantrums, and doing things they shouldn't do (running away from you, climbing on the table, etc.), it's easy to just push it off as the "terrible twos" and move on. Yes, part of it really is their age, but it is still essential that we have high expectations of our children and hold them to it. They need correction and we need to be consistent with our methods. Ignoring the behavior and hoping it will go away is NOT a method of correction, and provides no immediate feedback from which to learn from.


Wondering what you can do? Here are 6 great suggestions from the Toddlerwise book by Gary Ezzo. I don't know about you, but I need ALL the suggestions I can get!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2 Years Old- Descriptive Speech and Finding Explanations

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One of the things I LOVE about having a blog, is that I get the chance to record things, no matter how big or small. I love the idea of looking back at this when Caroline is older and seeing all of the characteristics, tendencies, qualities, and just her overall personality at different ages. I'm also a first time mom, and I am fascinated by how quickly Caroline learns things, and I'm always amazed at the things she's capable of. I'm hoping my amazement doesn't go away when I'm no longer a first time mom, and I honestly don't think it will. As I go through this wonderful journey with Caroline, I can't help but record these observations!

The latest observation that I've been meaning to record for a couple of months now: 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Little Outdoor Helper- 2 Years Old and Helping With Family Responsibilities

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It is officially spring time, and Caroline and I will be outdoors as much as possible once again! Even through the cold months, we bundle up and make it outside. Caroline is always eager to explore and rarely phased by the cold or wet conditions. She's usually up for anything!

With the nice weather starting, we thought we'd brighten up our entry with some new planters and beautiful flowers. Caroline really enjoys picking dandelions and other flowers that we find on our walks, so we knew she'd have a blast picking out flowers for our front steps. I usually like to keep the flowers far away from our door in the hopes that the bees will also stay far away from us LOL! This year, however, I figured I'd make an exception and give in to this, since I knew how much Caroline would love it!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Feel Free To Curse Around My Kids

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I saw a meme recently that read something to the effect of - I gave up a lot of things when I became a mom...The F-bomb wasn't one of them. I immediately laughed and raised my hand- "guilty"! A lot about my life has changed. I am a stay at home mom, and poop makes it into my vocabulary daily- no wait, more like hourly. I rarely have adult conversations, and don't really have reasons to put nice clothes on anymore. I haven't changed, however. I'm still me. And as me- well I like to use the f-bomb when, well...life happens.

Am I more conscious of it? Yes. But, have I stopped? No.

Has my daughter repeated the curse words? YES! And guess what!? It is hilarious to hear a 2 year old curse. Talk about getting a good laugh! 

Does she go around cursing? No- because we don't make a big deal about it and it is just a word to her.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thank You for the Cuddles

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Dear Caroline,

Last night you called out for me. It was not even a couple of hours after you'd gone to bed and fallen asleep. You are a bit under the weather with a runny nose and not much of a voice for the past couple of days. I know how hard it is to get comfortable sleeping when you nose is going back and forth from stuffy to runny. You always handle it so well. Tonight you were having a hard time, and my heart broke for you. You told me the usual "I need to poop" line to get out of bed and get time with Mama. I took you, and then, when I saw you didn't have to go, I asked if you wanted to go back to bed and have Mama hold you. You said yes and just melted into my arms so thankful that I'd asked.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How To Prepare For Potty Training As Early As 5 months Old- Plus a 10 Step Potty Training Method

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How To Prepare For Potty Training As Early As 5 months Old- Plus a 10 Step Potty Training Method www.herviewfromhome.com

    
You know those moments when your husband has a genius parenting idea, and you’re like…”OMG why didn’t I think of this!?!” You’ve spent every waking hour with your child, yet somehow the idea never crossed your mind. You tell him how genius it is, and then somewhat regret not figuring out a way to take credit for this genius idea yourself. Well, this scenario played through when our daughter was 5 months old.


She was one of those babies that had the very obvious poop face. Red faced, grunting…OBVIOUS

Husband’s genius idea: 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Books with Female Characters- Annie Aardvark, Mathematician

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"A 2011 Florida State University study found that just 7.5 percent of nearly 6,000 picture books published between 1900 and 2000 depict female animal protagonists; male animals were the central characters in more than 23 percent each year. (For books in which characters were not assigned a gender, researchers noted, parents reading to their children tended to assign one: male.) No more than 33 percent of children’s books in any given year featured an adult woman or female animal, but adult men and male animals appeared in 100 percent of the books." See full article here.

Do these statistics surprise me? No. And, as a mother with a daughter, it has become very obvious to me that these statistics are very representative of 2017 as well. Yes there are books that feature main female characters, but they are still the exception, not the rule. And the classics that we love and still enjoy certainly haven't been rewritten with female characters! Dora the Explorer books are a phenomenal addition to our home...not only is the book starring a female character- she is problem solving! She is figuring things out, using scientific evidence, and she is NOT a princess! There is always a need for more books like this!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Behavioral Regression at 28 months

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I am that mom that is fascinated with developmental milestones and reading the science of what's happening to our babies as they learn. The Wonder Weeks book is such a great read (see my book review here), and I was astounded by the predictability of it. Unfortunately, the Wonder Weeks book stops it's known age predictable developmental milestones at the age of 20 months. Obviously, developmental leaps still occur after this point. And, it should come as no surprise to us that, these developmental leaps cause some behavioral shifts in our children when they are happening. Toddlers are learning so much all at once, and their worlds simply keep expanding and surprising them. As they take in new knowledge and learn new skills, their behaviors and sleep can be impacted. I always like to take note of when shifts like this happen, what skills are currently being learned, and what the regression is presenting itself as (sleep or behavioral changes).

This blog allows me to kind of create my own book about our personal experiences. It is so helpful to look back on them. The regressions typically last for about 1-2 weeks (similar in length to the leaps that are listed in the Wonder Weeks book). Just about the time I start getting worried about how long this is going to go on, and I finally break down and write a blog about our "regression", the behavior stops and our little Caroline goes back to her usual self. I am secretly hoping that the act of me writing this snaps her back to normal! LOL

When: Caroline turned 28 months old yesterday. It has been about a week of this behavior.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Easter Basket Ideas For 2 Year Old

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Easter baskets are a huge tradition in my family. This is my second year getting to fill and hide an Easter basket for our daughter, and I am so excited! Yes, you read that right...we hide the entire basket, not just some plastic eggs. My dad did this for my entire childhood, and it was so much fun.

I am starting to plan what I'm going to be putting in Caroline's basket this year, and I like to make sure that I am not just wasting money. I want to get things that she'll actually enjoy using, and that are useful. Really my goal is to buy things that I need to buy anyway, and have them turn into fun Easter basket goodies!

Here are some Easter basket ideas that I've come up with:


Hair accessories: With a little girl, it is inevitable that we need more and more hair accessories. Tiny little hair bands just get lost. I am not even one to buy bows and girl it up, and this is on our list of things to buy every few months! We are finally moving into normal hair ties (instead of the plastic ones that break), so it is coming up less and less, but still always a fun idea that we'll get use out of!