Travel Tuesday- Traveling Tunes

If someone told my 20-year-old self that ten years later I’d be (willingly) driving around listening to Alvin & the Chipmunks and singing “The Wheels on the Bus” and other children’s classics– I would have told them they were crazy. I’ve always said that I would instill a love of great music in my kids, and by great music, I was referring to The Beatles, Mozart, Michael Jackson– and I feel like up until this point, I’ve done so. My daughter has been listening to lullaby renditions of the Beatles every night since the night she was born- and the first song she ever sang was “She Loves You” by the Beatles.  But in addition to those classics, the toddler tunes have crept into our rotation, first slowly and now with full force.

It started with the Wiggles. Not the show— because at that time, we weren’t allowing Harper to watch TV.  But the music. The first song to work it’s way in was “Big Red Car”. Even I thought it was catchy, and found myself singing it even while she wasn’t with me. Then came “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, and “Hot Potato”.  And there we remained for a while, until she became verbal. Then, she started asking for the songs that she was singing at daycare. “Twinkle Twinkle”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, “Row Row Row Your Boat”, etc. I sang them for her. And yet, it was never enough. At the end of every song I heard “AGAIN?!?!” (which is so sweet, and something I’ve always imagined as a Mom), but it ended up leading me to purchase a compilation of children’s songs to play in the car, because we had a big car trip planned for the holidays, and I wanted to have a voice left before we arrived for our family visit.

And then there was the Christmas music. I grew up with the Alvin & the Chipmunks Christmas record. In fact, I already owned that CD before I had a baby, so I had no problem playing it for her– the first 10 times. But then she wanted to hear it every day, even after Christmas had passed. And she loves Alvin and the Chipmunks so much, that I’ve now bought her a compilation of Alvin & the Chipmunks that includes everyday songs (some of them are covers of Beatles songs, so that counts for something right?)

So it seems I’ve completely given in to the fact that our car rides will be full of children’s music, (with some classics peppered in for good measure of course). I’ve realized that these songs are a part of childhood, and obviously something she really enjoys (and seeing her happy makes me SUPER happy). So now I’m taking recommendations– what are your children’s (and your) favorite traveling tunes?

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Toddler Time – Change is Good…Right?

I knew it was coming. I knew EVENTUALLY, my daughter would either need to go to pre-school, we’d move, or some set of circumstances would occur where we’d have to change childcare providers, but I kept pushing that idea away, saying, “well, that’s way off”. Well, “Way off” has now become “next week”.

My little girl’s last day at her current daycare is this Friday. She’s been attending this home daycare since she was 12 weeks old. She’s had the same little buddies for close to 2 years– they’ve grown up together, been the closest thing to siblings that she has had (so far), and on Friday, I’m expecting her to say bye to them, because we’re moving and she’ll be starting at a new daycare next month.

I’m feeling so conflicted about this– really worrying about the whole situation. Will she be scared at the new place? Will she ever be as comfortable there as she was before? Will she make close friends the way she had before? Will she miss her friends and the daycare owner and ask for them? How can I explain the situation to her? What can I possibly do to make this transition easier?

My husband is falling on the other side of this coin, saying that kids are really adaptable and that change is good, that she’ll fit right in because there will be other kids around and I’m stressing out over something that will work itself out. By the way, this is always the case. I constantly worry about her… for everything. Is she the right weight? Is she sleeping enough? Do we read to her enough? Does she get enough outside time? This transition worry really is just another thing to add to the list but it’s weighing on me more than usual, probably because I feel like I’m forcing this situation on her… it’s our choice to move, and that choice is causing this “life change” to occur for her. And I’m freaking out a bit.

I’d love to hear about other people’s experience with this kind of change.  What can I expect? What is the best way to help my kiddo through this transition?

Ah, the joys of parenthood… Just learning as I go!

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Mama Monday- Nursing at Holiday Gatherings

Over this past weekend I went to a holiday party with my husband, our little girl and lots of friends (old and new). While at the party, a new Mommy arrived with her little one in tow, and after what I assumed had been a long car trip, she immediately stepped into the restroom to nurse.

This made me think back to the days when I was nursing– my girl was born the week of Thanksgiving, so those first weeks were filled with visits from family which then ran right into holiday gatherings. I spent much of these visits and gatherings nursing my little one either in the back bedroom at our place or in a friend or family member’s restroom, and not out and about with loved ones. I remember wanting to be out with everyone- feeling like I was missing the party, and also hoping that people didn’t think I was ignoring them. It was an awkward time– mainly because I wasn’t sure how I felt about nursing in the company of others, or how they’d feel about me doing so.

Over time, I got more comfortable with nursing, and consequently, more comfortable with the idea of nursing in front of others. The visits, (of course), continued- because any parent knows, there’s nothing that draws a crowd more than a new baby. I started with friends by asking if they minded me nursing (with a cover, because I personally just didn’t feel comfortable going without one). Nine times out of ten, they were cool with it, and those visits were so much easier and much less awkward than the visits in the early days. Interestingly, nursing in front of family, for me, took longer- but I eventually ended up nursing in the company of most of my friends and family.

With so many gatherings happening this time of year, I started wondering what other Mommies’ experiences have been with nursing at holiday parties. Have you ducked out? Nursed with a cover? Without a cover? Were you comfortable with it right from the start? Or did it take easing into?

At the party this weekend, I didn’t get the chance to chat with that new Mommy (my two-year-old went into melt-down mode because she was overdue for a nap). I had hoped to connect with her, to swap stories as a fellow nursing Mommy, and also to tell her about our nursing covers, so that in the future, if she wanted to stay out with the rest of us, she could feel comfortable nursing her baby anywhere, and in any company. I also would have told her that the nursing period goes by way too fast, and to enjoy each and every moment of that special time with her little one– whether she’s hanging out on her own or in the middle of the party.

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What’s for dinner Wenesday?: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

How often do you have one of those…I am so awesome as a mom moments? All the time – good for you! For me – not so much. But dinner the other night…definitely, you are an “awesome mom” moment!

Check out this dinner – unfortunately, I cannot take absolute credit for it…Parent Magazine gets the concept and recipe credit and Skip Hop gets the cutest dishware for toddler award for sure. But hey, I at least put it all together :)

Source: Parents Magazine – November 2011

Ingredients
Mashed – Potato Clouds
3 large baking potatoes; peeled and cut into cubes
3/4 cup buttermilk (I just used regular milk)
3 Tbs. butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Meatball Raindrops
2 small shallots, peeled
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 lb. ground chicken (I forgot to buy and used ground turkey – chicken would probably be better :)

Steamed broccoli florets (optional) – As you can tell from my picture, I used green beansinstead.

Make it
Grown-up: Preheat the oven to 350; line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Kid: Put the potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover  by about 1 inch. Add a few shakes of salt.
Grown-up: Bring potatoes to a boil. Reduce the heat; cover and cook 12 to 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender.  Drain and transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool  for 5 to 10 minutes.
Kid: Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Using a big spoon, stir in buttermilk, butter, salt, and pepper.

MEATBALLS
(make while potatoes cook)
Grown-up: Put the shallots and garlic in the food processor.
Kid: Add the Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, and salt to the mixture.
Grown-up: Lock the top on.
Kid: Turn on food processor and when everything is in tiny pieces, turn it off.
Grown-up: Empty the contents into a  large bowl. Add the ground chicken.
Kid: Using your hands (wash them first) mix everything together until it’s the same color.
Together: Roll the meatball mixture into 3/4-inch balls and place on the baking sheet. You should have approximately 50.  Everybody wash your hands. Bake meatballs for 10 minutes. Assemble  the dish. Spoon a few “clouds” of potatoes on the plate. Put meatball “raindrops” under the cloud.  Makes six servings.

My daughter and I changed it up a bit and decided that the clouds were turned into the tree leaves, with the green beans acting as the tree trunk. The meatballs turned into “rocks” and the green beans at the bottom of the plate was grass. Best discovery ever….the three year old likes green beans!


Happy Eating!

 

 

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