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M is growing up much faster than my sentimentality will allow.

Remember the days when M was just a little baby, or even early on in toddler-hood, I would just randomly pick her up and she’d let me carry her?  I remember those days so clearly.

So, like every super sentimental mother, I try to recreate those special moments..

But every time I try to pick her up, she wriggles her way down saying, “Go down now?!”

So, what do I do?

I hold her tight, tell her that she’s got to hug me first, then I’ll put her down.

At least I get a big hug out of the situation…

Sigh.. she really is growing up..

 

Tantrums are NO joke!

I knew of the crying.  I knew of the flailing.  I knew of the screaming.  I knew of the throwing herself on the floor.

I didn’t know of the physical damage it could do to me.

Ok.  I’m exaggerating.  But still.

I didn’t realize how hard it was to wrangle a tantruming toddler. 

The following scenario is regarding bathtime.  See this blog post for the reference.

First, there’s the chasing after a wiggling and rolling toddler all over the living room floor.  Not only am I chasing after her, I’m bent over trying to pick her up at the same time.  She’s wiggling and rolling in an irratic pattern.  I don’t know where she’ll turn, but I’m bent over trying to pick her up while trying to figure out what direction she’s going to next.

Once I finally get her into a corner that she can no longer wiggle around, I sit down and try to pick her up into my lap.  THAT is impossible.  The minute I get my arms around her, she either goes limp into a dead weight, or she fights.  She contorts her body in such ways to get out of my hold.  No one told me what a toll that could have on my back!

The struggle can take about 5-15 minutes, but once I get a firm hold on her, there is the task of having to stand up from being on the ground.  Any sudden change in my motion causes her to start fighting me again.  Trying to get up with a twisting and turning 27lb toddler is painful.  Painful.

Then bath time was painful because she fought it so hard that the angle I used to bathe her was not good on my back. 

Lets not forget that once she is IN the bath, she actually LIKES the bath.  So once the bath was over, she was NOT happy again.

The struggle to get her OUT of the bath begins again.  This time, I have to scoop an angry, tantruming toddler out of a bathtub.  Talk about back pain!

I finally take her out of the bath, I’m soaking wet and in pain and the only thing I can do is run us straight to the couch so I can sit down.  Luckily, I am able to calm her down and the fighting finally stops.

She’s fine.

I’m in pain.

Oh my back!  There has to be a better way!

Bathtime used to be one of M’s favorite times.

All I had to say was, “M, do you want to take a bath?” and she’s drop what ever she was doing and go straight to the bathtub.

Now, every time I ask her if she wants a bath I get told no.

She’ll shake her head, say, “nuh uh” and walk away.

If I ask again, she’ll say, “No, play.”

Of course, because I’m the mommy, I insist that she takes a bath, but it’s such a battle.  There’s crying and flailing.  There’s that “go limp” trick that toddlers do that make it impossible to pick them up.  There’s a lot of whining.  There’s a lot of “no no no no no!”

But once I get her in and calmed down, I can easily bathe her.  She just has to fight!

Then, once she’s in and clean, of course she wants to play in the water.

Then it becomes a battle to get her OUT of the tub..

Toddlers.. there’s no reasoning, is there?

M loves the holidays.

From Halloween to Christmas and New Year, she’s totally into it all.

During Halloween, she LOVED going to as many pumpkin patches as possible.  We went to three, but I’m sure she would have loved to go to more. 

She loved Halloween so much that she still will walk around with her little pumpkin and tell us she wants to go “trick or treat.”

During Christmas, she loved all the lights and the trees.  Her eyes lit up whenever she saw a house just flooded with lights and decorations.  She loved each and every Christmas tree she saw and she would wave at every Santa.  She loved when her favorite shows would do a Christmas theme.  She’d watch them over and over again.

She loved coming home to tell us to “turn Christmas on.”  Turning Christmas on meant that we had to turn the Christmas lights and Christmas tree lights on inside the apartment.  She absolutely loved it. 

She loves Christmas so much that shes STILL talking about it! 

Just yesterday, she was playing with her toys and you can hear her talking about Christmas and presents and Santa to them.  It was the cutest thing.  She’ll still ask about turning Christmas on and when we tell her that we had to put them away, she’d say, “Christmas all gone.”  We are quick to reassure her that Christmas will come again later this year and she can look forward to all the lights and trees once again. 

I’m so glad M embraces the holidays.  It will make for some wonderful memories as the years go by.

The downside to being a mommy, in my opinion, is having to lay down the law..

I hate being stern to M.  I know that if I don’t do it, she’ll eventually take advantage and become a full blown brat.

I’ve noticed over the past few days that she’s been really trying to test my patience.  It’s like she’s suddenly found a brick wall to hide behind and can’t hear us when we call her or try to tell her something..

Most of the time, she’s ok.  But there are just these instances where you can call her about 15-20 times (we counted) and she just won’t listen.

Playing.   She’s too busy playing.

When she wants something from us, and we tell her to do something first, she’ll gladly do it.  But if she’s in the middle of playing, and we tell her to do something.. brick wall.

She’s also decided that playing is far more important than anything else in the world.. like eating, going to the potty, taking a bath, go to bed, brush her teeth…

She used to LOVE taking a bath!  It was only last week that she would still drop everything she was doing and go straight to the bathroom if I went up and asked her, “M, you want to take a bath?!”

Now.. everything is “no.”  Not all the time, but usually, everything is no.

I know she’s getting older.  Her priorities are no longer MY priorities.  She’s testing her independence and seeing how much she can get away with.. and honestly, I have been letting her get away with certain things.. like climbing out of bed to go hang out with her night-owl daddy and going to bed with him at 1am..

But now, I know… it’s time to lay the law.. and it sucks!

I love being happy and playful with her, and I still am.. but I feel like now more than ever lately, it’s been, “Mimi is not smiling.  Mimi doesn’t think it’s funny.  That’s not good, M.”

I know this is JUST the beginning…

For the longest time, M has been using her little Elmo potty.

Now that she’s almost 2 1/2, I want to start really getting her used to going in the potty than in her diaper.

We went to my aunt’s house for New Years Eve and noticed that my cousin’s daughter uses the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer over the toilet seat instead of her little princess potty.  M used it while we were there and I noticed that she was totally comfortable with it.

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It fits very snug and secure on top of the toilet bowl.  There is a dial located on top of the seat where you turn it to fit the toilet seat.

When M sits on it, she feels totally secure.  She doesn’t feel the need to hold on to me like she has when she’s sat on other toilet seat trainers.  Most of the ones I had purchased in the past were meant for travel and were not as sturdy as this one.  She is very comfortable being left on that seat like a “big girl.”  I think that’s why it seems to work so well for us.

This definitely isn’t a traveling trainer, but I think it is enough to start getting M over her fear of public restrooms and toilets.  Since sitting on this trainer, she has been willing to sit on toilets in restrooms when we are out and about.

I highly recommend this toilet trainer.  It’s great and I wish I purchased this instead of the traveling ones.

We purchased this at Babies R Us.  It costs $34.99, but they had a 20% coupon that we used.

Buy it.  Really.  Buy it!

Because M has had an obsession with Play Doh videos on Youtube, I decided to make my own Play Doh.

I wanted to see if she would eat it.  She still has a habit of putting various toys in her mouth, so I wanted to make sure she wouldn’t eat it.

Making my own Play Doh would be totally cost effective since I had all the ingredients at home already.

Lastly, Play Doh kinda stinks.  I remember the distinct smell of Play Doh and now that I’m a mother, it makes me worried of what actually in it.  I know that it’s non-toxic, but anything that smells that stinky couldn’t be completely safe.. right?

I researched and found this video on Youtube:

I basically made one fourth of the recipe, thanks to Hubby’s awesome math skills.  I didn’t have any food coloring, so the play doh was just white.

I have to say that it was totally a hit.  M LOVED it.  She sat and played for at least an hour, which is a record for my two year old!

I stored it into a ziplock bag and into the refrigerator.  About 4-5 days later, I took it out for her to play again.  It was cold, so I warmed it up a bit by kneading it on the kitchen counter for a while before I let her play with it.

The second time around, the play doh was much more pliable and much stickier.  Our hands had a thin film of the doh on our hands by the time we were done playing.

My cousin recommended using Kool-Aid instead of water to moisten the Play Doh mixture.  She told me that was what she used to color the doh instead of food coloring.  I will definitely have to try that next time.

I highly recommend this recipe.


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