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10 Toddler Rules You Must Follow

By on April 4, 2017
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Toddlers are known to have particular preferences and my daughter is no exception. Here are the absolute toddler rules my toddler demands of me and herself.  If you ever meet me and my daughter, you’ll want to follow these rules, too.

10 Absolute Toddler Rules

  1. If mom’s head is laying down on a pillow, toddler must lay down in the opposite direction next to her (why, hello feet!).
  2. Water droplets on the skin is considered a mess. Scooping water out of a bowl onto the floor is not.
  3. All doors must be opened and closed by toddler. Same goes for light switches.
  4. See that car seat high up in the SUV?  Toddler will not sit in it unless toddler has climbed into the car seat by herself.
  5. Toddler must take a bite out of each and every cracker (or fruit) on her plate before picking one to finish off.  This includes each Veggie Pizza Bites.
  6. If a blank piece of paper is placed on her drawing table, she must go and doodle on it.  That takes top priority.
  7. If toddler is in the hallway, stairwell, or a room with an echo…toddler will emit a loud “ah, ah, ah” and revel in the acoustics.
  8. Anytime someone in her vicinity farts, burps, or yawns, she will announce it to the entire world whoever will listen.  It’s up to you to confirm or deny it.
  9. Everyday is a good day to sing and dance.  These must include Wheels on the Bus, Five Little Monkeys, and the Itsy Bitsy Spider.
  10. All music must be played handsome men with a violin and piano. Ok, handsome men is my opinion, not my toddler’s, but she loves Henry along with me. How can you not like a talented musician who plays both the violin and piano?

 

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What absolute toddler rules does your toddler abide by?  Please comment and share!

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How to Be a Good Mom

By on March 14, 2017
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Do you aim to be a good mom (or dad, but since I’m a mom, I’ll continue to use that term in the rest of this post) but find yourself feeling guilty or wondering if what you are doing is good enough? Here’s a little message for you. You are doing a great job!

I do not dare to say that I’m some sort of perfect mom.  I learn alongside my daughter every step of the way on how I can be a good mom, or even a better mom, for her. From my experience, I have picked out three key things you can do to help you be a good mom.

A good mom has a sense of humor

If you haven’t figured it out yet, you’ll soon find that parenting a toddler is so much easier to deal with when you have a sense of humor. It helps you keep a positive outlook when your toddler grabs your last straw and chucks it out the fourth story window. Whether she is sad or happy, angry or confused, my daughter is constantly looking towards me for my reaction to whatever is happening right now in her world. If I can find the humor in a bad situation, I can help my daughter learn that you can make lemonade out of life’s lemons.

A good mom is prepared for anything

This is a skill that you will automatically develop as a mom. It basically means you can go with the flow because you are prepared for whatever curveball comes your way. Maybe you planned a picnic out at the park today, but the weather isn’t cooperating. Being prepared, you could tweak things a bit and pitch a pillow and blanket fort in your living room. Have your picnic at home and make it a camping adventure instead.

A good mom keeps a small plate

It’s important to make your daily schedule manageable.  This is for your sake just as much as it is for your child’s.  When you have too much on your plate, you’re less likely to be flexible enough to meet your toddler’s needs. This is particularly important if your toddler still naps. Don’t miss that nap!  It’s better to plan one quality activity with your toddler than cramming in a trip to the zoo, a playdate, and an outing to the playground before naptime.

Do you agree with my list? What would you add to this list?

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Never Skip a Nap

By on March 11, 2017
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Or let your toddler fall asleep in the car. Especially when you are down to one nap a day. She’ll wake as soon as you park at home (I blame the auto unlocking function in my car as soon as I shift gear to P) and napping while in movement is not restful at all.

She won’t fall back asleep at home and she’ll get super cranky much earlier before her bedtime. She will also be tired and forget she is under the piano…standing up too quickly and cutting her head open.

 

Plus, dealing with daylight savings time wreaks havoc on a toddler sleep schedule.

Do you also deal with DST?  Have you ever regretted skipping a nap? What ointment would you recommend for open cuts?

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7 Ways to Secretly Pamper Yourself

By on March 9, 2017

My toddler is blessed to have me around all the time. This probably translates to her being extra clingy and unable to handle time away from me well.  Since we are together all the time, my idea of “me time” had to change to include my daughter while still treating myself.

 

Let Me Count the Ways!

  1. Play the music you enjoy and dance with your toddler. Put away the nursery rhymes and kid’s songs for a bit. I’m sure that was getting to be repetitive.
  2. Go out for a walk while keeping your toddler in a stroller. My daughter won’t stay seated for very long, but if you go somewhere new and change up the scenery often, both of you will enjoy it. We like the mall, neighborhood parks, and even just around the block.
  3. Tweeze your brows. Have your toddler hold a handheld mirror up for you. Challenge your toddler to see how long she can hold it still. Count aloud and tweeze away. I always feel better when my eyebrows are on fleek.
  4. Receive a massage from your toddler using lotion in your favorite scent. Your toddler will like rubbing the lotion onto your arms or legs. Your back, too, if you’re adventurous.
  5. Get some exercise in at the park. Put your toddler in the swing and push away! While that’s happening, there are a variety of exercises you can do in between each push. Easiest idea? Kegel exercises. The ones you probably practiced during pregnancy.
  6. Go to the pool with your toddler. You probably won’t be swimming as you keep a close watch on your child. Rub your feet across the cement floor of the pool (assuming it’s the slightly bumpy textured floor here) like a pumice stone. It’ll help improve your circulation. Think of it as a self-initiated foot massage!
  7. Find other moms. When you’re towing a toddler around everywhere you go, it actually brings you many chances to connect with other moms who are in the same boat and want mom friends to connect with, too. Connecting with other people face to face is such a great way to pamper yourself.

What are your secret methods of pampering yourself? Have you tried some of these yourself?

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The Two Confessions of a Creepy Mom

By on March 3, 2017
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If you are here for a terrible pun, here it is.  The two confessions of a creepy mom…get it?  Not…the true confessions.  Hahaha, I told you it was terrible.

I thought about this last night after putting my daughter to bed.  I was planning on coming back out and working on a post, but I found myself whittling away the hours watching her sleep, hearing her breathe, and sniffing the lovely baby smell out of her.  Well, actually, since she is no longer (technically) a baby, she doesn’t have that sweet milk smell about her anymore…but she still smells nice.

If I was doing this to any other person, that would make me pretty creepy, right?  So, that makes me a creepy mom, but I’m proud of it.  Here’s why.

Confession 1

Ever since my daughter was born, it’s only once in a blue moon where I get a full night of sleep.  Strangely, I don’t mind.  Before baby, I could not function well without a full night of sleep.  This must be one of the many ways a mother’s body changes.  Somehow, I am very willing to pass the night away with less hours of sleep than before.  There are often nights where I choose to just stare at my child and before I know it, two hours have gone by.

This seemingly mundane obsession I have over my daughter’s nighttime sleep is just a fraction of how much I love her.  You often hear about that amazing thing called a mother’s love.  If anything, perhaps you’ve seen it in Harry Potter?  You know, the part where (spoiler??) Harry’s mom sacrifices herself to protect baby Harry?  Yeah, that mother’s love.  This is just a fraction of that.  It makes me a creepy mom, but that’s OK!

Confession 2

All creepy moms will have done this next one at least once.  We’ve kept a poop diary.  It’s what it sounds like.  Basically, we write down the times our baby poops and what color/consistency it is.  Every time.  Of course, this is mainly in the beginning when the pediatrician needs the information to make sure our baby is eating and digesting everything alright.  I hardly remember those days, though, because everything else about being a new mom was so overwhelming.  The poop diary and the feeding schedule took over my life.

One thing you might not know about newborn babies is that they eat a lot and eat often.  Or at least, I was told you have to feed them like every few hours or so…and if they are asleep, you have to wake them up and feed them.  I remember Googling how to wake up a sleeping newborn or keep them awake so they would feed.  Now, it’s more like how do I keep my child asleep?  But, you know what?  I want to do it again.  We are trying for a second before the age gap gets any wider, but no news yet.

This post was partly inspired by puns.  If you know any punny jokes, leave them in the comments below.  You’ll at least get a laugh out of me!

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