I Have a “Threenager”!

Little man –

We survived the “terrible twos”! It’s been a tough year with lots of big changes for you, but overall you’ve been an awesome kid! You’ve really gotten the hang of potty training within the last couple of weeks (no accidents, yay!), which is a HUGE milestone! I’m so proud of you!

You are “fast and fearless”, just like your shirt says in the picture below. 100% all boy – you love to get messy and are into EVERYTHING! And people wonder why I only have one child…lol

We’ve decided not to put you in preschool this year, but you and I will be working at home on letters, numbers, etc. so you will be ready for Pre-K next fall. There will be plenty of opportunities for socialization, though! Swim lessons, storytime at the library, and you start gymnastics classes next week. πŸ™‚

I’m a little nervous about this “threenager” stage, but I’m excited to see what the next year has in store for you!

Love you lots and lots!

~ Mommy

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Current stats:

weight: 36.5 lb.
height: 39Β in.

Shorts: 2T
Shirts: 2T or 3T depending on the brand
Shoes: Size 7

Foods:
Likes – bananas, strawberries, goldfish crackers, raisins, turkey, cheese
Dislikes – anything green or remotely resembling a veggie lol

We’re also starting a yearly birthday interview! Check out that post here!

Sweet Sweet Sleep with Mommy’s Bliss! {Review}

Now that we’ve moved into our new home, we are no longer co-sleeping. My son has his own room, with a big boy bed, and that’s where he sleeps. It’s been quite a transition for him, and most nights, he has trouble winding down. That’s why I was so grateful to Mommy’s Bliss for offering me the opportunity to review their Sweet Slumber Sleep Set. (FYI – some of the links below are affiliate links. Click and support PGM! Thanks!)

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The products in Sweet Slumber Sleep Set use extracts of lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang, which are known to aid in relaxation, to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep. And, all of the Sweet Slumber products are free of parabens and harsh chemicals, so you can feel good about using them on your little one’s sensitive skin.

Our bedtime routine starts with a bath and Sweet Slumber Baby Wash. This is a 3 in 1 body wash, shampoo, and bubble bath, but we mostly use it as a bubble bath because there are SO MANY BUBBLES! My 2.5 year old just loves it! The subtle scent is not overwhelming like a lot of other lavender-scented kids products, and it doesn’t seem to irritate my son’s eyes (though I don’t see that it specifies “tear-free” anywhere.)

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After bath time, I put his pajamas on (it’s summer, so just a t-shirt and wool shorts over a diaper), and give his legs and feet a quick massage with Sweet Slumber Massage Cream. I didn’t use a lot of lotion on him as an infant, so this step has taken some getting used to on his part, but now he wants to put it on himself! I don’t notice the lavender scent so much with this product. I think it smells a bit like sunscreen personally, but it’s definitely not a bad smell. It’s very easy to apply – nice and silky, not at all greasy, which is awesome!

While Daddy gets his teeth brushed and they pick out a story, I spray a bit of Sweet Slumber Mist on his pillows and blanket. This is my favorite product of the three…I even use it on my own bed! It’s a very fine mist, and doesn’t seem to leave any residue on his bedding. The smell doesn’t stick around that long, though, so I recommend spraying it on right before bedtime.

Sweet Dreams!

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I am very pleased with the Sweet Slumber Sleep Set. It has made bedtime at our house calmer, and my son seems to sleep more soundly! If you’re looking for tips on a good night’s sleep, Mommy’s Bliss has created a slideshare called Ten Steps to Help Your Baby Sleep Better. It’s obviously targeted toward infants, but some of the tips can apply to toddlers, as well.

You can find these and other great Mommy’s Bliss products at your local pharmacy, or online at Amazon.com.

{I was sent a Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber Set in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I am an affiliate blogger for Amazon.com. This post contains affiliate links that support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Goodbye, Cloth Diapers!

After 2+ years, it’s time to say goodbye to our cloth diapers. πŸ™

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DS is doing pretty well with potty training, and is in underwear full-time during the day now. I considered keeping most of our stash for another baby, but I don’t know if/when that will happen, so it seems silly to hoard all of them for the unforeseen future.

For the record, potty training is a huge pain in the butt, but I’m probably doing it wrong. Luckily, most of our new house has tile floors! lol

I have held on to a lot of our wool stash, though, because we do use them over undies fairly often. (More on that in an upcoming post.) I guess I need to find a new hobby to spend my time and money on. Perhaps this blog?? πŸ˜‰

Pinterest Project: Daily Routine Chart

A few weeks ago, I posted our new daily routine chart on Instagram.

This was one Pinterest project I told myself HAD to be done ASAP when we moved, because Little Man was used to a routine at daycare, and I needed to make sure that we didn’t just sleep until noon and watch TV all day now that I stay home with him. (Though, for the first couple of weeks, that was happening more than I care to admit…)

So far it’s working out…ok. I’m not really sure what I had planned on happening. He’s not even three, so he obviously can’t read it (though my awesome art skillz are a nice touch, no?) If anything, it keeps ME more on track than him. But he still falls asleep any time we’re in the car (even if it’s not naptime), and outside play is always cut short because after five minutes he’s complaining about how hot it is. (Like mother, like son!)

Next week, the neighborhood pool will finally be open on weekdays and the library starts toddler story time again, so that will give us some variety in our daily activities. But, I do need to find some more things to keep him busy at home, because he gets bored easily. If you need me, I’ll be browsing Pinterest. πŸ˜‰

Do you and your toddlers/preschoolers have a daily routine? Feel free to share your typical day, and throw out any ideas for keeping kids entertained all day in the comments!

“I Ate Coin”

Guess where we were yesterday…

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Yep, the hospital!  Little man had his first ambulance ride, ER visit, and surgery in less than 12 hours, at not quite 2 and a half years old.

Long story short, he ate a quarter. (Ironically, the child in the bed next to us in the ER was a one year old who swallowed a penny.)

When the EMT asked little man what happened, he said, “I ate coin.”  So, at least on some level, he knew why he was there…

We stayed in the hospital overnight Thursday, and they did surgery Friday morning.  (The quarter was in his esophagus, so they just went down his throat and pulled it out.  It could have been much worse!)  We were discharged a few hours later, and he’s doing just fine now.

My sister thinks he should be a piggy bank for Halloween this year, like Hamm in Toy Story. Lol

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Christmas Toy Wishlist for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Like any mom, I’m always on the hunt for a good deal! That’s why I’m going to shop for toys, books and more at zulily this Holiday Season! That’s where I can find quality products from name brands at amazingly discounted prices!

My little guy is 2 years old now, and definitely knows what he likes (and what he doesn’t)! He’s really into planes, trains, and automobiles, so the Deluxe Train Set from PlanToys, and WOW Toys Johnny Jungle Plane would be great gifts for him. He loves WOW Toys, and so do I. They are great quality, and require NO BATTERIES!

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Keeping with the cars theme, he would love this SwingCar Ride-on toy from JOYBAY. I can see him racing through the house now. (We should probably make sure this stays an “outside only” toy…)

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This Personalized Chalkboard Place Mat from Doodlebugz Crayola is the perfect item to keep him distracted at a restaurant, and bring out his artistic side! I’d rather him color with chalk than fingerpaint his mashed potatoes all over the table…

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And what little kid doesn’t love a having a place to hide? Playhut’s Tunnel Crawl β€˜N’ Play Tent is lightweight, and can be set up anywhere in seconds! (I’m sure the cat would think this is pretty fun, too!)

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There are so many great gifts ideas for your kids at zulily! Get a headstart on your holiday shopping today! (Only 63 days until Christmas!!)

{I am an affiliate blogger for Zulily. This post contains affiliate links that support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Create Customized Children’s Games with TinyTap

**This is a review written for TinyTap. No compensation was received.

Over the past couple of weeks, Little Man and I had a chance to test out a new app for iPhone and iPad called TinyTap. TinyTap is a unique app, because not only does it offer educational games for your child, you can create customized games for your family using your own text, photos and voice!

The app comes pre-loaded with a few games already, one of which (“Who is bigger?”) became an instant favorite in our house!

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There are a lot of other games available to download, created by people just like you! (Bonus: Most are FREE!)

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You can also search for games by language and/or age, which makes it easy to find all sorts of games for your child’s skill level.

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But how do you create your OWN game? It’s super easy! On the home screen, select “create a game”. You’ll be taken to a blank canvas with several options. Here you can import photos from your camera, Dropbox, or use stock images from the TinyTap app.

I decided to create a counting game for my son, so I didn’t want to overwhelm him with images or colors. I left the background white and added black text. The next step is to add sound to the game. Again, there are several options to choose from, but I figured “Ask a Question” fit the best with what I was trying to achieve. With this selection, I was able to record a question, an answer, and what would play if a mistake was made. From here, you can continue adding slides until your game is complete!

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Even at 2 years old, my son had so much fun with the TinyTap App on our iPad! The app is geared towards kids from ages 1-12, so I’m sure it would be a fun activity to add to your traditional preschool or homeschooling curriculum.

TinyTap is available for download now on the App Store! There are also 12 individual games currently available for Android devices (just search for “Tinytap” in the Google Play Store), and the rest of the TinyTap games and game creation capabilities are coming soon!

{This is a review written for TinyTap. I received no compensation for sharing this information. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Look who’s TWO!

Little man –

We celebrated your second birthday this past weekend. (Just a small get-together with family, but you had a blast!) Oh, how are lives have changed of the past couple of years…

I just can’t believe how much you have grown up since your first birthday! You are a SUPER active kid, and you talk ALL. THE. TIME. (I have NO idea where you get that from! lol) You are definitely more social than I imagine your father and I were at this age. It’s really fun to see you interacting with other kids. A few days ago, when I dropped you off at daycare, you went right up to another boy in your class and said “HI!” and waved! It was so cute!

You love being outside, playing with trucks or a ball, and playing “fetch” with the dogs. You are quite artistic, too! Your finger paints of choice are applesauce or yogurt…all over the table…and any other furniture you manage to touch on the way to the sink to get cleaned up.

I’m so excited to see what adventures the next year has in store!

I love you SO much!

~ Mommy

What a difference a year makes!

What a difference a year makes!

Current stats: {as of 9/30/13}

weight: 29 lb.
height: 34 in.

Shorts: 18 months {I imagine 18 month PANTS would be too short now, though.}
Shirts: 24 months-2T
Shoes: Size 6
Diapers (when he’s in disposables): Size 4

Foods:
Likes – Cheese, chicken, applesauce, strawberries
Dislikes – Red meat, most veggies (unless I hide them in something else)

24 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can name at least six body parts on a doll – Yep
  • Half of speech is understandable – Definitely
  • Can make short sentences – Been there, done that!

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Starts talking about self – BTDT
  • Can arrange things in categories – Kind of.
  • Can walk down stairs – Yep

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Begins to understand abstract concepts like sooner and later – Not really.
  • Becomes attuned to gender differences – I don’t think he’s there just yet.
  • Learns to jump – YES! That’s why my in-laws got him a TRAMPOLINE!

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