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I suck lately!

By on November 30, 2013

Before I start I just saw this deal on Christmas cards on Zulily. I have been searching for a good deal and got sick of looking and just randomly saw this one. $19.99 for 50 cards, they also have deals for 75 and 100 cards. Check it out HERE. Ok back to blogging…

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I must say I really suck at this blogging thing lately.

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Ashlyn’s first smiles on Thanksgiving

I swear one day I will get better, one day.

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Having two littles has been crazy. First of all a 2 year old and an infant is not always the best combination. Ace loves Ashlyn, sounds great, right?

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Well, it is until he wants to hold her and then tries to shove her off of him when he’s “all done” then if she is in her Mamaroo he sometimes goes over and puts his arms on either side of her and shakes it back and forth, at least he isn’t still trying to pick her up.

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Then there is a little disaster I call my husband. I am extremely fortunate when it comes to having a husband who helps me with the house, kids and cleaning. I swear one day I am going to go to work full time and let him be the stay at home Dad because he will get more done than I ever could.

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Anyway so he had an accident when pressure washing my uncle’s roof and he busted his nose and hit his leg on a flower bed. It looked awful but the guy he is just ignored it and said it was fine. Then he went camping and his leg got infected from the lake. UGH! Talk about a nightmare. He went to the Urgent Care Tuesday night and got some strong antibiotics but they said to go to the ER if anything got worse and worse it got. The next night he told me he had two black spots on his leg so I made him go to the ER and they said he needed to be admitted. He spent Thanksgiving in a hospital bed. Such a bummer. I went there in the morning but he told me to go to my brothers and enjoy the day. I think he was happy to get to spend the day watching football, ha!

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He got released at 10:30 and has had to have his leg elevated ever since. Today he has been able to do some things here and there but overall he needs to keep it up. I swear in a lot of ways I feel like a single Mom because I had a toddler wanting my attention and a newborn who needs it constantly. I feel for my son the most because he is still getting used to having a baby sister and all the attention she needs. I hate that Branden and I can’t split it as easily as we were at first. I really noticed some major acting out on Thanksgiving and it really upset me. I know eventually it will pass but I just want to be able to give him more one on one time but it’s hard when I don’t have my partner in crime able to pick up the slack or take Ashlyn while I do something with him.

Anyone else have trouble with their toddler acting out when a new sibling came along?

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Ace’s First Day of School

By on August 20, 2013

Yesterday my sweet, crazy, funny, outgoing little 2 year old started preschool. We had gone to orientation but didn’t get a chance to meet his teacher since she had a death in the family so we got to meet her and she was so sweet. I really liked her. She has a very bubbly and cute personality.

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How cute is he in his little uniform?
Ace was playing with the toys in the classroom while we got some more information from his teacher and put all his stuff away. After that we told him goodbye and the poor baby got all splotchy and red and whined a bit for us not to go. I felt bad but thankfully he didn’t freak out.

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It was weird not having him home with me for sure. I had to do some studying and cleaning so I got that done and then went to pick him up from school. School pick up was a slight nightmare since his school also has an elementary building connected to it. I am hoping today it won’t be as crazy since it is the second day.

When I got him he actually started to cry, like he thought I was going to leave him there. They said he did have a good day and was really happy. He used to do the same thing at the gym daycare, he would have fun but when he saw me he’d cry so I wouldn’t leave him or something, ha!

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We went to the store and picked up some things for dinner and a cake since we wanted to celebrate my sisters birthday. We didn’t get to really celebrate on her actual birthday since Branden was working and she wanted to come by and see Ace on his first day of school. They came by which was fun and Ace was obsessed with the ice cream cake.

Overall his first day was great. I really missed him but I think this is going to be really great for him.

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Gymnastics Medal!

By on July 31, 2013

Today was Ace’s 2nd to last class of his gymnastics summer session so they handed out gold medals to all the kids in his class. It was so cute. These pictures are from my phone and blurry but my friend got better ones so whenever I get a copy of those I will post but his face in the first one was too cute not to post.

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Toddlers Bowling?

By on June 28, 2013
Yesterday my friend Erin and I decided to take our boys bowling.

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I was really curious how this would turn out but Erin told me the boys would love it. And who knew, they were obsessed! Ace had so much fun pushing the ball and trying to pick it up, giving Erin and me near heart attacks.
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Ace would just stare which made it very hard to get a good picture of him smiling, stinker!


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Guest Post: The Big Kid Bed

By on June 14, 2013

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You’re thinking about transitioning your toddler from a crib to a bed.  But you’re not sure if you should?  And if you do, you’re wondering the best way to go about it?  
Ask yourself a few questions:
  • Is my child maximizing the weight limit on their crib?
  • Is my child climbing out of the crib, in spite of having the mattress in the lowest position?
  • Is my child pottying at night?
If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions, it might be time to consider the big move outside of the four barriers which keep your child contained during their sleep!
The first suggestion: keep them in their cribs as long as possible. 3 years old is actually a very appropriate age for a transition to a bed. Why? They’re just older and better able to understand instruction, rules and cooperation. Sometimes the transition involves a lot of cooperation! As well, that child will have more enthusiasm for growing up and being a big kid by then. 
The transition can be a lot more seamless when the child is completely on board. 
Here’s some of top tips for planning a seamless shift from crib to bed:

Plan Your Approach: Some kids transition quickly and easily. They’ll see the bed one day and will be able to have a great sleep in it right away. Some will need a big lead up time of weeks or even months before they’ll feel comfortable. Consider the disposition of your child and how quickly they adapt to change and gauge your approach from there.  Focus on building enthusiasm and keeping the experience positive.

Role Models: Older family members or friend’s children who’ve already made the transition are excellent role models. Introduce the idea of a big bed and how “you’ll get to sleep in a bed like this too when you get bigger!”. From there, you’ve planted the idea and can continue to cultivate the thoughts of growing out of the crib and graduating to a bigger bed. 

Sleep Manners: This might be a good time to introduce any “sleep manners” you might have.  Manners are like rules, but with a more encouraging tone. Keep them positive too by emphasizing what your child can do versus what she can’t do: Don’t get out of bed versus lying in bed quietly until we fall asleep. 
Age appropriate choices: Kids are enthusiastic when they get to be part of the decision making. Involve them in selecting a bed, mattress and/or bedding/linens. Being part of the choices helps them feel grown up and in control.  This doesn’t mean letting them loose at PBK and telling them to pick out whatever they want.  It means narrowing it down to a couple choices you could live with and having them select from there.

Safety First: You’ll need to be extra diligent about any hazards in their room. Hanging cords from blinds, window guards (or locked windows), covered outlets, shelving/furniture secured to the walls, remove hazards from closets, etc… They will be able to easily get out of bed and inevitably they will explore. Make sure they’re safe.

Keep your baby monitor. I also suggest locking your exterior doors too, just in case you’ve got a mini Houdini.

Depending on the size of the bed you’re introducing, you might need bed rails if your child moves a lot during their sleep. You can always eliminate those at a later date.

What to Expect: The biggest issue I see with kids who transition to a bed: children who can get out of bed any time they like, and do. Some children wouldn’t even consider getting out of bed (thank your lucky stars if this is your child!). But some can and will give you countless curtain calls. Kindly and firmly remind them of their manners by and lead your child back to bed. Every. Single. Time.  It should improve quickly and the novelty of getting out of bed independently will begin to wear off.
Above all other things, be consistent. As I’m sure you’ve experienced: if you bend the rules, so will they.
Krista is the Founder and Curator of Sweet Dreams at Sleeperific Children’s Sleep Consulting. Sleeperific provides professional advice and custom sleep solutions, helping families with babies and children meet their sleep needs.  You can follow Krista on Facebook or Twitter.


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Swim Lessons!

By on June 5, 2013
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Yesterday my cute little nugget had his first official swim lesson at The British Swim School.  My friend Erin takes her son there and had told me about it and we finally got them in a class together.

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They give them a cute little swim cap with their names on it. I seriously died from all the cuteness of these two little boys together.
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Ace did awesome, he didn’t even cry and stayed sitting at the edge of the pool when it was Brody’s turn to do something.

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I can’t wait to see him do more stuff. Watching Brody was cool because he has been going for awhile and he just jumped right in the pool and went all the way down and came up like a little pro.
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Today we go to his first gymnastics class!
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Ace is Going to Daycare!

By on January 17, 2013

Yesterday Branden and I decided to check out daycares for Ace since I just started a new job. I decided that it would be a good time to have him go to a daycare part time so he can start experiencing new activities and playing with more children. I had gotten a couple of recommendations from a friend and checked them out and also checked out the local Montessori school. I have always been a huge fan of Montessori learning but I know they are usually pretty pricey and some don’t even take children till 2 or 3 but we figured it was worth a try and boy was it!
First of all the immediate entry was much nicer than the other one we had gone to. We had gotten there during nap time but were able to peak in the room and it was much more spacious which I liked. Then we went outside and get this, they had horses there! I mean how freakin’ cool is that? They had two very nice playground and a lot of open space, another bonus.
We went inside and talked about pricing, activities they offer and some more details. Here is what I loved even more about them…

  • They offer “hip hop” classes every Tuesday which is actually just dance for his age. They also offer ballet, karate and horseback riding for an extra fee but I loved that they had a dance class included in the price.
  • They have a fun bus come for the kids to play in once a week.
  • They have Dr. Sues shows I believe once or twice a month.
  • They have swim lessons in the summer for all students. 
  • Their pricing was so reasonable. The other daycares I spoke to had such a minimal difference in price for full-time and part-time which annoyed me. The one had only a $5 difference and another it was $15. This place has an $80 difference. Now they are more expensive for full-time but to me you are getting what you pay for at this school. This also shows me they value each family’s individual needs. 
  • They will use our cloth diapers, the other one didn’t think they could and didn’t seem interested in even checking just said they didn’t think so. This allows us to save money, if we had used the other daycare we would have been paying more for part-time and also buying more diapers, no bueno for us! 
  • They have other students who use sign language and were more than willing to continue doing sign language with him. Granted he communicates when he uses his signs but the signs help understand what he is saying when certain words sound like something else. Help and Up sound very similar but he signs them differently. 
I am so excited for him to start. I just know he is going to really love it there. I can’t wait to see all the new things he learns from them and gets to experience. 
Does your child go to daycare or a Montessori school? What do you love about your child’s school or daycare? 

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Parenting a Toddler: Struggling with Boundaries & Discipline

By on December 11, 2012

As parents I think we all struggle with different things our child is going through and how to go about handling them.

Some of my struggles having been Ace’s hitting, which I have talked about before and now I am struggling with setting limits.

The reason I say I struggle is because I want him to explore in order to learn. I want him to make mistakes and learn from them. I want him to understand it’s ok to have fun and enjoy what the world has to offer. So where does the struggling come in? Well, I think part of me thinks maybe I need to set some limits when it comes to doing certain things but then a bigger part of me says a 16 month old isn’t going to understand some of those limits. Certain ones, yes, he does understand and we set them and work on them but others I go back and forth on if I should start setting them now or allow him to explore and figure things out. I don’t just let him go off on his own but I do watch him and see what he is going to do. I do not believe in being a helicopter parent and stressing about every little thing your child touches or helping them every step of the way. Ace is very smart and I love watching him learn and figure things out. He has always been the type of person to examine things and try to see how it works. It is part of his personality and I don’t want to stomp on that or somehow punish that part of him.

If he wants to go over and play in dirt to feel the texture and see what it is all about than I am all for it. If he wants to paint and make a mess (outside is best for this) than who am I do tell him to not rub paint on his belly or get it in his hair? Granted I don’t want him painting on things he should but I feel like he has years to be told not to get dirty and to color inside the lines so why not let him get a little messy?

I do try to set some boundaries of course. I get very upset (by upset I mean I feel bad that he has hurt his friend but do not get upset with him) when he smacks a friend in the face and we show him how to be gentle or tell him to be nice. We are working on not throwing our sippy and our next big thing is not throwing food by giving him real life consquences like taking the food away until he can stop throwing it but I am not just going to go around tell him no or don’t do that because honestly, he likes to get a reaction but doesn’t like his food being taken away.

It is a learning process but it is one that I think we are doing pretty well at. We are fortunate to have a child who rarely ever whines, who loves to play, learn, explore and be friendly to people. These are qualities I just love about him. He is so outgoing and independent as well as charismatic. He is by no means a spoiled child and I love that as well. He does test us at times and has his moments like any child but I think overall we are truly lucky. Knowing this helps me when I start to think maybe I should do this instead of that or maybe I am doing this wrong or should I be more stern? Should I be doing this or that? In the end I hope he will be a polite, happy, sweet, loving person and I think we are on the right track but man, who knew parenting could be so tough sometimes.

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