December Baby – 21 months

Little Man –

This is such a fun age! Every day you are learning new things. You’re not as verbal as your older brother was at this age, but you understand a lot, and you follow directions really well. You love to sweep and open the dishwasher (usually in the middle of a cycle). You will now show me something and say “See?” and when you want to go outside, you’ll bring me your shoes (or my shoes) and say “I go go!”

I love you so much!

~ Mommy

21 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can walk up steps- Yes
  • Enjoys helping around the house – Yes, especially sweeping
  • Can set simple goals (e.g. deciding to put a toy in a certain place) – Yep

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Can throw a ball overhand – Been there, done that!
  • Can kick a ball forward – Yes
  • Can make building brick towers/stack blocks – Yep

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Names simple pictures in a book (ie: dog, cat) – Not yet
  • Can make short sentences (ie: “Me go”) – Only “I go go”, so far.
  • Can walk down stairs – He’s getting the hang of it.

Son #1 is 6 Years Old!

Son #1 –

The days are long, but the years are short. So very true. You turned six a few weeks ago, and I feel like you’ve grown up so much in the last year. You love Minecraft. You can do simple addition in your head. (You obviously got your excellent math skills from your dad!) You’re looking forward to Kindergarten (which finally started today – thanks Hurricane Harvey!) to do science and asked, “Are we going to make potions?!” I doubt it, but I hope you’re just as excited about whatever you actually do! I hope this is a great year for you, and you make lots of new friends. (I don’t foresee that being a problem, since you’ve always been outgoing and have never met a stranger…also NOT something you got from me!)

I love you so much!

– Mommy

Current stats:

weight: 49 lbs.
height: 3′ 10″

Shorts: size 5 or 6, depending on the brand
Shirts: size Small (6/7)
Shoes: size 13

Foods:
Likes – anything sweet 
Dislikes – red meat, most vegetables 🙁  

This year’s birthday interview – coming soon! (See last year’s interview here.)

Hurricane Harvey

Just over a week ago, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast. We were very fortunate, but so many still need your help. If you are looking for somewhere other than national organizations to donate to, there are plenty of local groups needing monetary assistance to help those displaced by floodwaters.

Austin Pets Alive – They have rescued over 1,700 animals displaced by the hurricane in the Houston area, and transported them to temporary shelters while they try to reunite them with their owners.

Church of the King – 100% of donations to the Harvey Relief Fund go straight to relief efforts and people in need.

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Harris County Public Library – I know a few of their library branches suffered damage. I do not have information regarding monetary donations at the time of posting, but I will update if that option becomes available.

Houston Food Bank – Donations will be used for disaster relief until this year’s needs are met, and the remaining funds will support ongoing hunger-relief efforts.

The J.J. Watt Foundation

Second Baptist Church – 100% of donations to the Flood Relief fund go to those in need.

In addition to families that were displaced, several schools suffered significant damage, and teachers are having to resupply their classrooms in temporary locations. If you would prefer to donate to them, here’s the list I have so far. I will update as I have more information.

Thank you for your support!

Essential Oils for Back to School

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If your kids aren’t back in school yet, they probably will be soon. (My oldest starts kindergarten next week!)

With the change in routine, you may be looking for something to help ease your child’s anxiety, support their immune system, or help them get a good night’s sleep. So, I’ve come up with a short list of my favorite kid safe oils and blends that your kids (or you!) may need as the new school year begins!

Anxiety Relief

 
If your child has the back to school jitters, Roman Chamomile or Calming the Child may help ease their fears. Add a few drops to an essential oil bracelet to get the benefits while on the go.

Focus and Concentration

 
Does your child struggle with sitting still and paying attention in class? Try A+ Attention blend. It contains Bergamot and Vetiver oils which calm and balance the mind. This is another good option to use in essential oil jewelry.

Immune Support

 
To fight off all those new germs they’ll be in contact with, stock up on Frankenscense or Immune Boom. And, if they do get sick, diffuse Germ Destroyer to help them recover more quickly.

Restful Sleep

 
For a good night’s sleep, you can use the oils mentioned in the Anxiety Relief section above, as well as Lavender or Nighty Night in a diffuser at bedtime.

As always, please use your essential oils safely, especially around children! You can read more information in these posts:

Here’s to a happy and healthy school year!

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Playground Safety Tips

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Most parents would love to see their kids get more exercise, but regularly playing outside may do more good than parents know. Not only does playing outside get kids some much-needed exercise and provide a strong counterpoint to all the time they spend in front of screens today, but playing outside also provides kids with stimulation beyond their physical development. Playing outside with other kids can give children stronger cognitive abilities and helps them develop good social skills. Add this to the physical activity that helps keep kids in shape and avoid obesity, and the neighborhood playground becomes even more important.

Even though playgrounds are great places for kids to work on their physical and mental development, they’re also potentially dangerous places if children and parents are not careful. Parents need to be aware of the possible dangers at playgrounds and teach their kids to exhibit safe behavior while playing. A quick visual inspection around the playground before play begins can be the difference between a fun day in the fresh air and an injury. What follows is a list of basic playground safety tips parents and kids should keep in mind every time they use the playground. Keep these guidelines in mind, and parents and kids can look forward to a healthy and happy time on the playground.

Washing Wool Covers (Updated)

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Since I mentioned wool diaper covers in my post on toddler cloth diapering a couple of weeks ago, I thought it might be a good idea to write an updated post about how I wash them.

Spot Treating Stains

 
Wet the wool with warm water, and add a small drop of wool wash (such as Ecover Delicate Wash or Unicorn Fibre Wash) to the stain.

Using your index finger and thumb, gently pinch the soap into the stitches of the wool. (Do not rub, this will cause felting.)

Let sit for approximately 15 mins, then rinse well, and repeat if necessary.

Washing Wool

 
Fill a bowl or sink with lukewarm water, and add a few squirts of the wool wash. I use my hand to swish around the water to create suds.

Turn the wool inside out, add to the bowl, and let soak for 10-15 mins. Come back a couple of times and swish it around a bit during this soak.

Rinse under running water that’s the same temperature as the the water in the bowl/sink (very important, because extreme temperature changes can cause felting!)

Wash again if needed, and gently squeeze (don’t twist or wring) out the extra water after the final rinse.

Dump the soapy water and rinse the bowl or sink prior to lanolizing.

Lanolizing

 

** If your child is potty-trained or your using wool over disposable diapers, you can skip this step, because you don’t need the wool to be leakproof. Skip ahead to drying the wool.

Make a lanolin mixture (emulsification):

Heat a mug or small bowl of water. Add a teaspoon of solid lanolin and a few squirts of wool wash or baby wash. Stir until the water turns milky white.

Or you can skip all of that, and use E-Muls Pre-Emulsified Solid Lanolin, which is lanolin that’s already emulsified for you!

Refill your bowl or sink with warm water. (I actually use a gallon sized Ziploc bag for easy clean up!)

Add your lanolin mixture or E-Muls (following the instructions on the bottle). The water should turn cloudy.

Put your clean, rinsed wool in the bowl/sink/Ziploc bag, and soak for at least 30 mins. I tend to do it overnight, but only because I forget about it. Haha

You do not need to rinse following the lanolin soak.

Dump the lanolin water out (preferably outside, as it can clog pipes over time).

Drying Wool

 

After the wool has soaked in lanolin (or been rinsed completely, if you’re skipping the lanolin step), squeeze out the extra water, and roll in a towel or add to a SPIN ONLY cycle in your washer to lessen drying time.

Lay wool flat to dry in a well ventilated area, preferably on something like a sweater drying rack that will allow air to circulate around the wool. Turn the wool occasionally (front, back, inside out) as it’s drying. Do not dry directly in the sun or over a heater.

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December Baby – 20 months

Happy 20 months, little man!

This month’s highlights:

  • You’ve added 7 words/phrases consistently to your vocabulary! (“here it is”, “Wow!”, “What?”, “Yes”, “Cheese”, “Ow”, “Car”)
  • We went to the Children’s Museum, and you spend the majority of the time in the little grocery store, putting things in a basket and taking them back out. It was so cute! 🙂
  • You love to copy your big brother, and follow him everywhere. (He’s not a huge fan of that…)
  • Your new favorite toy is a remote control car that plays the most annoying music, so sometimes I have to hide it from you. Which is probably why you started saying “car”…hahaha

I love you!

~ Mommy 

20 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Feeds doll – I’ve never seen him do this, but he doesn’t actually have a doll.
  • Takes off own clothes – He can take of his shoes, and attempts to take his shirt off, but hasn’t done it successfully yet.
  • Dumps an object in imitation, such as throwing garbage away – Yep

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Learns words at a rate of ten or more a day – He’s started saying a lot more lately, and understands very well, so yes.
  • Can walk up stairs (but probably not down) – Yep, and he’s getting the hang of walking down them, too.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • May start exploring genitals – He’s a boy…enough said!  lol
  • Draws a straight line – Not really
  • Names several body parts – Just eyes and ears, so far.

Cloth Diapering Your Toddler

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It’s been a long time since I posted anything about cloth diapers, but yes, we are still using them! My youngest son is almost 20 months old now, and gone is the epic cloth diaper stash I had for his older brother. This time around, it’s all about being functional, not fancy!

Our current daytime stash is all cotton fitted diapers, and we cover them with either a Thirsties Duo Wrap or Sloomb wool (ok, that part is kinda fancy).

Flushable diaper liners or a Spray Pal with a diaper sprayer are also helpful at this stage…for obvious reasons… 😉

We are not using cloth at night anymore. Disposables are just working better in that long 11-12 hour stretch, and I’m ok with that. He’ll probably start potty training sooner than later, anyway.

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