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M is learning about orientations..

Over, under and behind.

If you ask her where something is, it’s usually behind something or under something.

Other times, it’s hiding, according to her..

It’s super cute.

Sometimes she likes to make it a game for herself. 

For example, at the restaurant the other day…

Hides crayons under the menu..
M:  Mimi, where’s crayons??
Me:  I don’t know, where is it?!
M:  Undah pay-peh (
Translation: Under paper)

I have to say that it makes it easier to for me to tell her where to find things when she loses them.  I can now tell her that her toy is under the chair and she knows what I’m talking about.  I can tell her that her sippy cup is behind the recliner, and she knows just where to go!

Have I told you how much I love this age???

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It started out easy enough.

M asked for milk.  However, since M had been sick for the past few days, all she wanted was milk.

I wanted to give her water.

Well, M wanted milk and she was going to let me know that.

She asked me for milk.  I said, “Why don’t you drink some water instead?”

Well, I apparently said a bad thing.  It was as if I told her that she can never drink any liquid ever again.  It was like I told her that she was to be thirsty for the rest of her life.

She threw herself onto the ground and screamed and cried for milk.

When she calmed down, I offered her a compromise.  Drink a little bit of water, and then I will give her milk.

She cried.

But because I’m the mommy, I gave her the water anyway.  She drank it.  And she calmed down.

So, like I promised, I started to pour her milk.

She saw me take the milk out.  She even told me that I was holding milk.  She saw me pour the milk into her sippy cup.

But, I guess she wanted it in a bottle because when I handed it to her, she was on the floor and screaming and crying again.

She turned her back on me and on the milk.

So I sat with her.  I sat with her while she pouted away from me.

After a few minutes of pouting, she put a hand on my leg.  Soon after, she snuggled up into my lap.

I hugged her for a bit, then I told her in a super calm way that what was in the sippy cup was milk.  Then I asked her if she wanted it.  In her small voice, she calmly told me yes.  So I handed her the sippy cup and she took it and drank it.

Victory for me!

There have been many small frequent meltdowns, but this one seems to be the worst.  I’d like to say that I won this battle..

If only they will only be this easy from now on…

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These items are found almost everywhere. They are really cheap but so great!

They are plastic and are pretty much disposable if you wanted them to be. They are priced cheaply so that if you do lose or break it, it doesn’t send you off crying because you have to buy another one.

Each purchase comes with about 5 or 6 cups in a pack. The colors are bright, but I think you can buy some with characters on them. I haven’t found them yet, but when I was looking for pictures online for these, I stumbled upon them.

The straw cups are great. They are just the right size for a toddler. The downside is that the straws are easily removable by a curious toddler that loves playing with water. Giving her these straw cups is a risk. Usually she ends up soaked in whatever fluid we were giving her.

The sippy cups are awesome. We had gone through so many different types of sippys and thought that M just didn’t like them at all. We went through the playtex and dr brown brands and were unsuccessful.

Little M actually likes these particular sippy cups. They are also relatively spillproof. Of course if you shake it, liquid will come out, but she really has to make an effort to make a mess with these.

The one downfall of these cups is that the lids can easily come off if dropped onto the floor. There had been times we’ve had to soak up water off the carpet.

Overall, I’m very, very happy with these cups. I recommend them to everyone!

M’s new sippy cup has a simple plastic covering over the spout so when we travel, it’s covered up from all the germs in the air..  In her carseat, she wanted something to drink so I have it to her with the cover lifted up.  She started biting the cover so I took it off, but she asked for it back “ahn” (babyspeak for “on”) again.  I attached the cover back on, and covered the spout with it so she wouldn’t bit the cover.  She figured out how to remove the cover off the spout and proceeded to bit the cover.. TODDLER TRIUMPH!

M has tons of large toys that serve as a silent barrier to places that she isn’t supposed to go to.  A lot of these toys have wheels and can be easily moved, but for the longest time, she never realized this.  The other day, she took one of those barrier toys and wheeled it away.  She noticed the space it created and the area that opened up for her, and without hesitation, walks right into it.  Oh, the look on her face.. TODDLER TRIUMPH!

M loves those toddler cups with the straws (similar brand to the sippy cups we use for her).  I remember the day she realized that she can remove the straw to make a nice wet puddle in her highchair tray… TODDLER TRIUMPH!

These kids are definitely smarter than we give them credit for.  Their curiosity and need to touch everything and anything gives them the drive to discover things you wouldn’t think they were old enough to figure out.  The looks on their faces when then do figure them out is priceless.

Share your toddler triumphs in the comments!  I’d love to hear them!


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