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First off, I can’t believe those are my kids!  When did they get so old?

Secondly, when did I start dressing them all ‘matchy matchy?’  That was totally unintentional.  (Confession:  I ended up wearing a heather gray top that day too.  It was completely coincidental.)

I can’t get over how sweet this picture is.  We were about to leave to run some errands.  I was gathering things to take out the door with me.  K decided to distract herself with the iPad.

I was just about to tell them to go, when I witnessed this.

M was helping K with the ‘Alphabet with Elmo’ app.  It’s currently K’s favorite.  She loves the letters and loves the little videos that correspond to each letter.  It’s a bit advanced for her because the app requires the child to trace the letter before unlocking the video.  K tries her best, but at 18months, it’s not good enough to unlock the videos.

Big sister, M, to the rescue!

I love watching them work together.  I love that they can share (sometimes!).

I just had to snap the picture and capture the moment before getting them out the door for the day.

It really is those small moments that make me so happy!

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Turning 4 1/2 has brought many changes for M.

Four and a half meant saying good bye to things that have scared her in the past.  I don’t know what brought upon this sudden surge of bravery, but she has conquered two of her major fears since she hit the half way mark of her fourth year of life.

Air blowing hand dryers
For about two years now, M had been scared of those hand dryers.  They were just too loud in public restrooms where the echo can amplify sounds so much.  If a hand dryer was the only option in the bathroom, she would just wipe her hands on me.  All of a sudden, she felt brave enough to try it, and she’s never looked back.  In fact, she enjoys it and looks for the air dryers now.

Rides
There is a ride in Legoland that bounces children up and down from up high.  It’s a kiddie ride, so it’s really not THAT high, but it does give a small sense of free fall as it bounces the children up and down.  When she rode that ride during the Brick-or-Treat in October, she was terrified!  The look on her face made me feel so bad.  I wanted to ask the operator to stop the ride early just to get her off.  Several trips to Legoland later, and she still didn’t want to ride it.  However, during Spring Break, something made her want to try that ride again.  No one asked her, she just told us she wanted to try it again.  I asked her several times as we were in line, if she wanted to back out.  I even asked her one last time as she was boarding the ride, if she wanted to back out.  Nope.  She wanted to ride it.  She had the time of her life.  She laughed and giggled and screamed in sheer delight.  She liked it so much, she rode it twice!

We’ve been so proud of watching M venture out of her comfort zone and face those fears.  I feel like she’s gradually boosting her confidence with every fear she’s tackled and it shows on her face.

I love watching this kid grow up.  I really do!

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Thank God M’s fevers have not come back.  She went all day without a fever.  There were moments where I felt that she warmed up, but when I checked her temperature, it wasn’t high enough to give her any reducer.

Thank God!

Her attitude was much better too.  She played around and talked a lot more than she did during the weekend.  She didn’t cry as much, in fact, she didn’t cry at all!  She was full of laughs and songs.

She wasn’t at 100%, but I’m still happy with what I saw of her today.

Her pediatrician said that it might take a few days for her to be at her 100% active-self.

She eats, but she would still rather drink milk.  I’ve been diluting it because she’s developed a little bit of a cough and I’m not sure if the dairy is causing a lot more of the phlegm that she’s experiencing.

Her pediatrician says that she looks like she’s gotten over the hump of this viral infection.  I’m hoping so.  I miss my active little bug.  When she’s well, she’s exhausting.  She crazy-active and non-stop.  But when she’s sick and just sitting around or lying on the carpet, it makes me sad.  I miss the crazy activity.  I miss her being non-stop.

I’m hoping she’ll be over this completely before the end of the week.

When people ask me, “how old is your child?” I always answer in months.  I get the same response from other parents.  It’s like “parent code.”

It’s always been wierd for me, especially since M is so close to 2, to say that she’s only one.  For some reason, saying her age in months just makes more sense.

This topic has been discussed in this blog post, click here.

Now that M is so much closer to two, when people ask her age, I say “Two next month.”

Ok.. it’s better than saying “twenty three months.”  That’s such a mouthful and by the time you hit the twenty months or so, math is pretty much involved in determining exactly how old the child is.

We all know that I hate math.. and if you didn’t know it before, you do now!

I think after a child hits 2 year old, the mindset changes.  I don’t usually hear other parents address their child’s age as “twenty-six months” or “twenty-nine months..”  Maybe I just don’t hear it.

Either way, I think once M turns two, I will probably addressing her as such.

What’s your take on this whole age thing?!

 

Toddlers have great abs.

They can lift their legs straight up into the air without any effort. 

They have so much control over their ab muscles, it makes me almost jealous.  Almost. 

So, my plan?

Follow my toddler!

It’s a great game to play with M AND a small work out at the same time.

Toddlers can’t keep still.. I think that’s why no matter how much my little girl eats, she doesn’t gain much weight.. oh, to have that problem again!

So, what I’ve been doing lately is following her lead.  If she wants to crawl around the apartment, I’ll crawl too!  If she wants to run around, I will too.  If she wants to march up and down the hall, so will I!  If she wants to turn on her tip toes, then you’ll find me doing the same.

When we lie down, she loves when I copy her.  She’ll lift up her legs, I lift up my legs.  She’ll send them crashing down on the bed, I’ll send them crashing down on the bed.  I think she likes that the most because my legs make the bed shake. 

It’s a great little way to get some cardio AND bond with M.

It’s the toddler workout.. maybe I should patent that..

I read things about other parenting styles.

Rigid schedules.  Early bedtimes.  Strict diets.  All organic foods.  Homemade baby food.  No TV.  Limited TV.  3 Day Potty training. 

Do I stick M to a rigid schedule?  No.

Does she go to bed by 7pm?  No.

Do I make sure everything that touches M’s mouth is organic?  No.

Do I turn my nose to fried and/or processed foods for M? No.

Does M sleep in her own room? No.

Do I follow the parenting methods of some book or studied the works of parenting experts?  No.

Does that make me a bad parent?  Absolutely not.

Does it sometimes cause me to doubt my parenting skills?  Well.. sometimes…

Yes.. I do question my parenting skills.. and I do question my parenting choices.. but doesn’t everyone? 

Every family is different.  Every child is different.  Every parents “parents” differently. 

However, you can’t avoid comparing yourself to others.  It’s inevitable.   Even if you try to avoid it, sometimes you get unsolicited advice or even criticism of the choices you make for your child.  That causes you to question your skills.

I think a little self-doubt is healthy.  It keeps you aware of the different methods of dealing with parenting situations.  A little self-doubt allows you to think twice about a parenting decision and maybe even helps you try something different if your own methods aren’t quite working to your standards.

I’m learning that mommy doubt is natural, but I shouldn’t let get out of hand.  I’m ok with what I’m doing as a mother.  I’m ok with the decisions I’m making.  I’m ok with the little person M is becoming because of my parenting decisions.

I think the goal for every good parent is simple… to raise a good child to turn him or her into a good adult.  That’s the bottom line. 

 

 

Well.. it WAS going so well..

A week ago, M had a bout of constipation.  It caused a small fissure that would show blood in her stools.  Initially, I thought it was strawberries, but my mother in law said she didn’t eat strawberries..

After emailing her pediatrician a picture of poop, it was determined that she was constipated and needed to take some Miralax to help her out.

I didn’t want to give her Miralax, so we opted for a more natural way to help her.  In came the prune juice, apple juice, corn, broccoli stalks, and other fruits and veggies. 

For the past few weeks, M has really been all about “noo-nuls.”  She wanted noodles all the time.. noodles or rice.. I think it was all that starch that contributed to her constipation..

We still feed her noodles, but now we make sure that she’s eating her veggies and other foods during dinner.  It’s a battle, but it’s a battle we are currently winning as her digestive system is starting to find it’s way back to normalcy..

This leads to problems in potty training.  The harder it became for her to go #2, the more hesitant she became to sit on her potty.  The last time she tried on her potty to go #2, she cried.  That was it.. and she didn’t want to do anything on the potty any more.. not even pee.

She’ll still sit on the potty.. but when it comes to actually doing business on it, she’ll cry.  I try to tell her that it’s ok to even just go pee pee, but she still won’t.  She still loves using the potty as an excuse to get her out of situations, but she just won’t go.

I know she’s very young and she still has a lot of time to readjust, but she was doing so well!

I will continue to sit her down on the potty, since she still likes it, but I won’t force her to actually go until she’s ready.  I don’t want to traumatize her, but I want her to still remember that the potty is always there for her.

I’m sure tons of parents have experienced this in the past… what did you do to get your toddler back in the potty habit?


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