Crib Hopper

This is all happening too fast! I officially have a jumper on my hands. This kid is fearless. Throws a leg over anything and hops off, out…you name it. Over Christmas I witnessed the ease of Xander throwing a leg over the wall of his Pack n’ Play and jumping out like he’d done it 100 times before. Twice. Was hoping it was just a thing he thought he could do at the grandparents house because he’d never even attempted his crib hop before. Until yesterday. Little bugger didn’t want to take a nap. I shut the door to let him cry it out a bit. BUT…it grew silent. YES! He’s sleeping! Until I hear the door knob wriggling back and forth. He escaped!! Not once, but twice. I decided not to line the crib with pillows because I think that may make him fall when he attempts his escape. His room is safe so we have that. Is it time for the toddler bed or should I wait this out a bit? He didn’t try to jump out this morning when he woke up, but who’s to say that won’t change in the next day or two.

And, Moms…how do you keep them from locking you out? I was thinking of switching the door knob and locking him in. Is that nuts?

HELP!!!

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Dining Tips with Toddlers

All of the sudden, dining w/ X has gone from pleasant to “Holy crap, he’s about to blow…forget my lunch…we need to get the f outta here.” I’ve remedied it a little by introducing my iPhone. Yep, I’m that mom and I’m not ashamed. When I go out to dinner and a kid is screaming, my meal’s been ruined. I don’t want to do that to others…and if it means 15 minutes of Elmo…so be it!

Xander has recently really gotten into coloring and stickers. Good thing for us, they’re crayons at just about every restaurant. BUT…this is a good “appetizer”. Oftentimes I need to introduce a new or different activity for after he’s done eating to capture his attention (iPhone enter here).

Moms…do you have any suggestions on how to keep a child busy without toting along a suitcase of art supplies? I found a cool one on Pinterest the other day (straws can also be substituted)

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What else is there? I’ve also read about playing “I Spy” or “What’s Missing” and hiding something from the table. But I think a kid under 2 is too young to understand that.

Moms…suggestions. GO!

What’s On Your Emergency List

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about this before, especially having had a nanny for quite some time, as well as using babysitters frequently. Knock on wood we’ve never had a reason for it…but everyone has an emergency sheet, right? It lists allergies, pediatrician info, hospital number, etc. I’m ashamed to say I don’t have this! It should be attached to my fridge, I know!

Xander has his first overnight stay with Grandma and I want to make sure we’re prepared with all of the information she needs in case of emergency.

Moms…what’s on this sacred piece of paper on your fridge or that you leave for the sitter?

UPDATE: Found a good site for consent forms and medical release forms here.

Diaper Pail Champion!

Almost two years ago, I posted about which was better—the Diaper Genie or the Diaper Champ. Well, at that time, after much research, I opted to go with the Ubi Diaper Pail. And, boy what a great decision that was! The Ubi Diaper Pail takes regular garbage bags, and I shit you not (no pun intended) IT DOES NOT SMELL! Oftentimes I can let a bag of diapers sit in there for a week or more and you’d never know it. I love this thing!

Why am I writing about this now you ask? Well, my Ubi Pail was starting to stink and the plastic ring that I’m assuming kept the odor inside started to come off. So, I contacted the folks at Ubi. And after a few emails and sending a picture, I had a brand new Ubi Pail within two weeks. So, I felt like bragging about them a little more…

If you’re in the market for a diaper pail, which I know a lot of soon-to-be mommas that are…shop no more! And take my word for it. 🙂

Potty Training…ALREADY?

Xander has started to show interest in the potty and signs of readiness for potty training. I can’t believe how grown up he is already! With two separate households, I have to say, I’m a little nervous. He has the same potty in both homes, but obviously, mom sits to pee and dad doesn’t. Not to mention, the environment is different and the way we both choose to teach him is also is different.

From what I’ve read and chatted about with other moms, boys learn to sit to pee before they stand. Moms…has this been true with you and your boys?

Other signs of readiness: Xander sits on his potty and says “poop” or “peepee”. He doesn’t push or anything, he just kind of sits there for a moment, thinks about it…gets up and then flushes the big toilet. At that time, I tell him good job! And then he leaves the bathroom and is back to play.

Just the other day he said, “poo poo” pointed to his crotch and then pooped his diaper. So he knows what these words mean and knows when he has to go.

I’m kind of in the mind frame of…this kid is only 19 months, let’s take our time. But I’m curious to hear when you started, moms…what were the signs and how’d you proceed?

Dear Blueberry Barlow, Year 3

Hi baby girl-

I know it’s a couple of days before Infant Loss Remembrance Day, but for some reason today I felt you more. And I have a little quiet time to think about you. Where you’d be. The smile that I’m sure would be huge and identical to Xander’s. The friends you’d be tottering about with these days. The little brother you’d adore. Today Xander and I went to Sonny Acres with all of the kiddos. I oftentimes wonder who you’d gravitate towards between Joey, Ryker and Arijan. And I have this feeling that you and Ava would be best friends…because I see this unique bond between her and Xander. I wish you were here. I don’t blame myself for what happened anymore, but I still think about you every day. You’re my strength Amelia Lang. You’re the reason I push through to always be 100% positive for your little brother and do everything I can in my power to make sure he’s safe, happy and healthy. It’s because of your existence, as brief as it was, that I can love him so much. It’s just him and I now. Your dad…although he brought us together when you were in my belly…has chosen a different path. I wish you were here, so much. I wish I had a family, so much. For you, for Xander. For my heart.

The small piece of mind I have is that you’re surrounded by warmth. And mommies that love you as much as me. And I especially hope you’ve found the twins…because I think their mommy misses them as much as I miss you. I hope you aren’t lonely at night. You’re in my heart, always. I love you little girl.

Love,

Mommy