Posts tagged parenting
Posts tagged parenting
What I have learned raising a boy (thus far):
Skinned knees and bruises are inevitable
The louder the crash, the better!
The point of building a structure is to knock it down
It doesn’t matter if the socks don’t match
How to take apart multiple trains and put them back together in under a minute
It doesn’t matter how short you cut their hair or how masculine you dress them, some (daft) people will still mistake them for girls
No matter how picky the eater, you can still slip a few fruits and veggies by their lips if you use a fun name…like Little B’s new favorite drink, the “Charlie Brown” at Green Corner (kale, spinach, blackberries, peanut butter and almond milk…okay, it’s probably because of the peanut butter)!
These pics were taken this time last year just before my very first Mother’s Day. I was so exited to celebrate being a mom; we had such a perfect day: sunshine, coffee in bed, a long run, brunch with friends and dinner with family.
This year is going to be a little different. We have a wedding this weekend and Little B is staying with Grandma and Grandpa B. I am not looking forward to waking up without my favorite little man on Sunday morning, but the more I think about it, Mother’s Day is really everyday for me. I get to wake up to a silly, smiling face every morning and plan fun adventures for the two of us. I get to witness every new word and development and take full advantage of baby snuggles.
I’ll still get to see my mom on the special day and enjoy a nice family dinner, but I am already looking forward to squeezing this face when we return home on Sunday…
Hope you have some fun plans you are looking forward to either to celebrate your mom or as a mom on Sunday!
Last week I attended a “Potty Training Basics” seminar hosted by Bump Club Chicago. It was a solid class - they covered the important facts, told us what not to do and gave helpful pointers when hitting a rough spot in the process.
Little B just turned 19 months and I want to get rid of diapers before the end of the summer. I know it may seem a little aggressive, especially for a boy, but the instructor told us that the closer they get to age two, the more they associate diapers with “elimination” (yes, that is the terminology) and the more difficult it becomes. That was all I needed to hear to get motivated for what may be the toughest part of parenting yet…
We are taking the slow and steady approach which includes setting aside a window of time (for us, right before his evening bath) to allow him to run around naked. When I see him getting ready to go, I rush him to the potty so he gets the idea. We bought an Elmo book about the potty, put his stuffed animals on to show him how they go and even bought him a “Cars” themed one, hoping it would excite him…um, not exactly.
He likes to close the lid and sit on top. Or “flush” to hear the car exhaust noise. But no, there has been no substance to hit the potty this week (sorry, TMI). He has, however, gone both #1 and #2 on my parents’ living room rug, which provided quite a bit of entertainment, but not so fun to clean up (again, gross, apologies).
We’ll continue this course at home for a few more weeks. Fingers crossed it sinks in. If not, we move onto the “boot camp” approach where we don’t leave home for a few days so that there is quite a bit of “practice.” God help me…
Recent parenting victories and failures…
Little B absolutely loves his new art class, so I thought we would do an at home art project with paint today to practice…except that he used his belly as the canvas more than the paper…(Regardless of the mess, I claim this as a victory! Points for creativity!)
Although, we did have an incident in art class last week when he accidentally glued his right eye shut for a few minutes, lashes and all (big fail)
Another new favorite activity is dancing. He heard “Gangnam Style” and went crazy (victory!)
On the other hand, a not so fun activity that he has picked up is shoving objects up his nose (stickers, crackers, whatever). I had to retrieve a Wheat Thin the other day…(ugh, fail)
But he has been asking for double cucumbers at dinner! Vegetable win!
We’ve been learning how to count. He’s definitely got “one” down, but makes up another word for both two and three that I can’t quite make out just yet. We’ll get there…(patience, mom)
His favorite phrase lately is “get out of the way!” No really. When we’re cruising down Damen, Milwaukee, the Edens, the Ike, doesn’t matter. He’s yelling it at people, cars, dogs, cats, you name it. He even has a hand motion where he swats everyone away. Aggressive? Maybe, but I’ll consider it a victory until he offends someone…
A game of hoops, a drum solo and a fun dinner date (seen here entertaining us with a little magic…a toddler disappearing act). Little B was a busy guy today! Never a dull moment with this one…
I really hope our inspection goes well today (fingers and toes crossed). Let’s get this deal done!
My mom is having surgery on her knee tomorrow. Lots of prayers and a speedy recovery!
I keep going back and forth on the design elements of our new home. I need to just pick a palette and stick with it.
I started my freelance work this week. I love having a project that challenges me, but am also grateful that I made the decision to stay home with my guy. Best of both worlds?! We shall see…
Little B is interested in sitting down and reading books again. I like that. However, he wants nothing to do with structured classes (i.e. Bubbles), so there’s that. Good thing the weather is getting better and he can run around at the park…
I can’t eat enough strawberries.
While I don’t pay too much attention to parenting books, I’m reading a fascinating one right now called, “Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five.” I think I may actually implement some of the suggestions.
Trying to cut down on the toxicity levels in the B house meaning more vegan/organic products and no more antibacterial soap (triclosan…gross). I’m loving the 100% Pure brand. Any organic products you can’t live without?
Excited for a new season of Mad Men this weekend!
Random thoughts, but that is par for the course these days!
Last night I awarded Little B his first punishment: a (brief) timeout. You see, he dumped an entire bag of quinoa on the kitchen floor (after I had just cleaned) and laughed about it. I tried vacuuming, but it was pointless; he kept turning the vacuum on and off. Not exactly effective.
So I took him to his room, sat him in a chair for a timeout and shut the door while I finished cleaning up. That lasted all of two minutes. I heard tiny footsteps coming behind me down the hall - he had escaped! Cackling loudly, he was so proud of his accomplishment.
Once again, I took him in his room, sat him in his chair and shut the door. And once again, he stood on his tip toes and opened it and ended his punishment.
I know 18 month olds can’t yet tell the difference from right and wrong, but after dumping his sippy cup of water on our surround sound receiver last week, it’s time he started to figure it out.
I don’t believe in spanking or yelling (stern voices are okay)…moms, any toddler discipline tips you care to share? Hopefully, I won’t need them too soon!
Hungry hungry hippo!
This guy has been an eating machine today! It’s almost 3:00 pm. Let’s run through what he’s consumed thus far, shall we?
1.5 blueberry waffles
1.5 pieces of bacon
A few bites of a banana
A kid’s Clif bar
Half of an apple
2 chicken nuggets
A handful of Teddy Grahams (opened while we were cruising the aisles at Target)
Peanut butter and crackers
A ridiculous amount of veggie sticks
Don’t get me wrong, I love his healthy appetite, but there’s a reason Whole Foods and Target make numerous appearances on my credit card statement…
I used to loathe Mondays…
It would start on Sunday evening; prepping for the week ahead (manically checking email, prepping for meetings, ensuring everything I needed to wear to important meetings was dry cleaned, etc.), yet still clinging to the weekend. Now I actually look forward to Mondays. Little B and I have an entire week together to hang out, explore the city, go to classes and meet up with friends.
Even though I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this particular Monday (Little B had his follow up appointment for his tubes procedure that included a not-so-fun hearing test, followed by a meeting with the doc), it turned out to be a really good one. After the doctor, he promptly passed out in his stroller for a much needed snooze and I did some shopping (for him!) and lots of walking in one of my favorite parts of the city. We then stopped for some treats at Starbucks in Old Town on our way home. I was going to grab them and go, but decided to stick around and let Little B observe. We’re always in such a hurry, sometimes it’s just nice to slow down.
He sat at the table and nibbled on a scone (his choice) and watched the cars, cabs and bikes go by, pointing to each one, attempting to pronounce the words correctly. He waved at those that walked by and visited those sitting near us enjoying their afternoon coffee (he also contemplated “tasting” a coffee or two…ugh). I pointed out the Sears (okay, Willis) Tower* and daddy’s building. He was fascinated. We also took our time getting home, stopping in a few other stores where he met some new friends and played “look, but don’t touch” (for a little boy, he is actually not too bad at that one).
I often find myself looking forward to his “next steps” and milestones, but on days like this, it’s just nice to savor my growing toddler and what’s left of my baby.
*I’m sure I will also savor this photo when I live in the burbs and want to remember our “city life”…
Today we attempted storytime at Barnes and Noble and Clybourn. Little B sat down to listen for approximately 15 seconds (long enough for me to remove his hat) and then he was off. Pulling books off of shelves for me to read to him (apparently, he prefers a more exclusive story time where he is the only attendee) and trying to find the train table that he remembered from previous visits. Thus, story time turned into play time…whatever.
With an energetic toddler, I like to have at least one activity (and preferably multiple) for him a day. Recently, we’ve discovered that some classes/activities/play spaces are better than others. I’m always looking for new ones to try, so I thought I would list a few of our favorites (and those that we politely declined…but of course, these are just our experiences). If you have others to share, please do!