Archive for the ‘Growing Up’ Category

A Day in the Life of Elliott

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

7:00 – 8:00am Wake up. The timing on this is largely based on how loud Charlotte is in the morning and how full my diaper gets. Also, if I’ve smushed myself into the corner of the bassinet, I’ll get cranky when I start wakening up. After getting my clothes changed it’s time for breakfast! I’d probably eat 8 or more ounces, but since I’ll spit up anything over 6, it’s 6 ounces.

9:30 – 10:30am I’m so hungry! I’ve spent the last couple of hours hanging out in my swing or with some tummy time or (god forbid) in my car seat while mom runs errands. When I start fussing again and it’s clear that cuddles and a dry diaper are not going to cut it, it’s time to eat again. Depending on how long it’s been since breakfast, this could be anywhere from 2-6 ounces. Usually mom gives me 4 and I eat almost all of it. (more…)

One Week Later: The Positives

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

To combat the annoying Baby Blues, instead of blogging everything that’s happened this week (and with what time, really), I’m going to focus on the positive things. (more…)

Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Friday, April 30th, 2010

This past weekend, a few of my mom’s friends threw a shower/celebration for Elliott. I know what you may be thinking: A shower? For a second baby? It happens, especially if Baby 2 is a different gender than Baby 1. It’s basically an excuse for a group of women to get together and drink sangria and pina coladas and give Elliott the things they would have bought for him anyway. The crowd was limited to friends and family who would enjoy the occasion and for whom I wouldn’t blink an eye about attending a “second baby shower” for, either.

It was pretty fun as far as showers go. (more…)

Big Bed Transition: The First Week

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

So how is it going, you ask?

Oh. You know.


I’m a Big Kid Now!

Monday, January 18th, 2010

A huge milestone has been reached at our house. Last night was the first night Charlotte slept in her “big girl bed“.

testing it out while the nightstand was being built

It was not without difficulties and very important lessons learned.


applesauce is tasty

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Ryan took a series of pictures at Pappy’s the other night and put them in a cute little “video” for you:

Ready or Not….

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

For the past few months, the weekly emails I receive from baby/parenting sites have all featured toilet training or toilet training products or links to articles that answer the “is my toddler ready?” question.

I have been ignoring them.

I mean, she’s 19 months old! I’m barely comfortable referring to her as a toddler, despite the fact that she’s a walking, talking, opinionated mini-person. There is no way she’s ready for toilet training. No Way.

Earlier this week, in defiance of another set of related links, I followed through to prove to the site full of experts that they were wrong.

And of course, they’re not. I mean, she’s not ready quite yet, but she’s well on her way, and much closer to being ready than I am ready to deal with.

For starters, she’s been taking off her clothes for months now. She’s also been echoing me when I change her diaper and talk about all the poop. She is very proud of eliciting cartoonish reactions from me when the diaper has a mighty load in it. Yesterday at daycare she pulled some poop out of her diaper and presented it to one of her caregivers. She may have just been mimicking another child who did it earlier in the day, but if that’s not awareness, I know not what is.

We struggle occasionally with diapers designed for babies up to 10 pounds heavier than charlotte not being able to hold a full load of pee, and today it was worse than it’s ever been. I’m vigilant about diaper-changing, so I just assumed this was because she was drinking too much in one sitting. It turns out that having a bladder developed enough to hold onto urine for a while so that it all comes out at once instead of just leaking all day long is a sign.

She’s either mastered or is well on her way to mastering almost everything on that checklist. It’s basically down to “Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes” and of course “Mother is prepared to let her daughter grow up a bit more.”

It’s anybody’s guess which one will come first :)

mind your manners

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

we are raising a rather polite child. we introduced “please” as a concept a few months ago and although she’s interpreted it largely as “if you do this, they’ll have to give you what you want”, it’s a part of most exchanges with her. recently, she’s started saying her own version of “thank you” as well. sometimes even without prompting.

this weekend, something a bit odd happened. we were a memorial day/graduation party and sampling cake. like most deserts, we used the cake and ice cream as a teaching opportunity for the more, please, and thank you concepts. at this point, they’re largely reinforcers. she’d sign “more” as soon as you ask “would you like more?” of anything …except the cake. when we’d asked if she’d like more cake, she lifted one arm in the air and waved it about. At first, we thought she was distracted by something, but she didn’t have any issues asking for more ice cream, just cake.

eventually, we realized what we’d done. one of our family favorite songs is seven by they might be giants. it’s a fun song that repeats the refrain “we want cake! where’s our cake?” several times. in the car, we’ve been encouraging charlotte’s participation by raising our fists in the air and pumping them with great fury.

context is key.

non-update story…

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

lots of things have been happening in Charlotte’s world in the last few weeks, and I’ll hopefully get around to posting about them soon.

for now, though, you can read about how she locked herself in our bedroom.

we love daycare!

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

through a series of fortunate and unfortunate events (short version: i applied for a fun-sounding part time job and didn’t get it), charlotte was recently enrolled at the downtown children’s center, just a few blocks from our loft. we were planning on putting her in 3 days a week, but without the wee bit of income that the job would have provided, we’ve scaled back to 2 days.

and she loves it to pieces.

one of the main problems we were having at home was that she was getting super-bored. the only places left unexplored at home are the places she knows she’s not allowed to explore (drawers with knives, rooms with “locked” doors, electrical outlet covers, etc etc), which was leading to seriously frustrating days. even when i tried my best to fill our days with activities and “new” things, it wouldn’t last very long. i am not, as many people gently reminded me during the day care setup, an early education specialist, and i do not wish to be. we had discussed doing something for her when she was “old enough” to get her more socialization and other things that hanging out with mom all day prevents her from getting.

other than the usual transition issues (what’s a cot? why am i eating at a table? oh, look, i’ve got a cold!), she’s loved every second. she’s done a couple of art projects, made complete messes with oatmeal and finally got to play outside when the weather cleared. she comes home every day with a new set of favorite sounds, if not actual new words. the staff is great about talking about her day with us when we go to pick her up, and everyone there is very clearly excited about what they do and love the kids.

it makes me feel way less guilty dropping her off when i’m not “working” (but finally cleaning the house for reals, writing, etc) when she has such a great time and is learning so much.

(mini-postscript: i recently found a bunch of really-real comments lurking in the moderation queue. sorry for the delay in visibility.)