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Keep ’em Busy!

How to keep a toddler busy

Keeping them busy!  Goldie even woke up for a smile!

I’ve heard it so many times before: ‘I wish this kid would go to sleep so I could get something done!’  Ummm… when my kids are sleeping, you can bet I’m sleeping with them!  When I need to get most things done, I take them with me.   Read the rest of this entry

Elimination Communication with a Newbie Newborn and a Toddler: ‘Mom, Baby Has to Go!’

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Margo is the cheerleader: ‘Baby did a poo!!!’

I started Margo on Elimination Communication (EC) when she was 11 days old.  I was so scared the first time I took her!  Can you believe I was scared to see if my baby would do a poo or wee in a bucket.  I think being a new mom, I was even scared just to hold her!  Scared to let her cry for a second or two, etc.  Also, scared that this cool EC thing I had heard about would never work for me.  Like EC would be rocket science and I would be left changing her diapers until she was 4…   Read the rest of this entry

Slippery Tofu and Rice, No Problem! The Journey of Baby Led Weaning.

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Down the hatch!

When Margo was about 3 1/2 months old, and tipping the scales at 14 or 15 pounds (~6 kilos), both my mom and grandmother had already been after me for weeks to start Margo on solids!.  My original thought had been, that unless she could put the food in her own mouth, had grown a few teeth and was sitting well, I wasn’t going to bother starting her on solids at all.  If anything in parenting ever confuses me, I always think, ‘What would the cave people have done?’.   Read the rest of this entry

Test the Water First, My Little Sensitive One.

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Margo on the Beach

She sat there for an hour and a half waiting for Art to get out of the water. Duranbah Beach.

Today, I took Margo to see matinee of The Wizard of Oz, put on by the high school where I was teaching at. We talked about about it, I explained to her there would be people dressed up like Dorothy, a scarecrow, a tin man and a lion.  The lion part concerned her a bit, then, I mentioned Toto the dog and the monkeys.  On the drive there, she asked me about a hundred times, ‘Where are we going?’, ‘Will there be lions and tigers there?’.  I could see where this was all going.  However, I really wanted to give it a go.  I thought she might actually be able to sit through at least 15 or 20 minutes of it (that was all I was hoping for).  The only type of show I have taken Margo to was the circus (not an animal circus!) one with acrobats, etc.  She was 17 months old and barely made it through, but still enjoyed it and talked about it for months!  She’s never been to the movies, she doesn’t watch tv, etc…  but I thought maybe a play would be all right.

I’ll tell you how long it lasted: Exactly 5 seconds!  We arrived a bit late, the ushers took us in during this quiet part of the show, it was pitch black inside, the usher, who was a nice kid I taught last year, who is at least 10 feet tall, took the tickets out of Margo’s hand (unknowing to him that taking ANYTHING out of 2 year old’s hand is asking for it), then upon handing them back, dropped the tickets (big drama for a 2 year old, again), then Margo saw the stage all lit up and that was it!  ‘Mommy!!!  I want to go HOME!!!’.  Everyone in the proximity whipped their heads in our direction.  Ugh, bad timing I thought, I gave about two seconds to desperately try to ease her mind, but it was all over but the crying.  We never even made it to the seats!  By the time we got back to the car, she was asking to go back, I said, ‘Sorry, we have to go home now.’  That made her even more upset. Read the rest of this entry

Who Says ‘No’ the Most, the Parents or the Toddler?

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Saying ‘No’ sort of goes along with toddlers like eating pasta and spilling things down their shirt.

No face!

Haahaa, I’m watching every move you make!

Yup, I heard it loud and clear. Just the other day in the shopping centre, a 4 or 5 year old girl threw a container of strawberries in her mother’s trolley, the container burst open, strawberries spilled everywhere and the mum yells out, ‘YOU STUPID IDIOT!’.  The shops were crazy busy, but everyone heard it.  Myself and a handful of mothers were standing around for a split second with our mouths gapping wide open. Read the rest of this entry