Toddler Time – Bye bye crib

Over the past weekend, we transitioned our little one from her crib to a toddler bed. She’s slept on a toddler bed at her daycare for at least a few months now, but we’ve kept her in her crib at home because she seemed comfortable there (and I’m of the mind that if its not broken you don’t fix it).

She recently completed potty training though, and we decided we want her to have the freedom to get up to use the potty as she chooses. So- off to the store we went to purchase a little toddler bed.

As I sat there watching my husband put the bed together as our little one took her last nap in her crib, I cried. (It really doesn’t take much.) I can’t believe my little baby is turning into a big kid! Almost all of the remnants of her babyhood are disappearing… her diapers, her crib, even her high chair (we also moved to a booster seat at the table with Mommy and Daddy this weekend!) Now that she’s potty-trained, we can’t even use onesies, so those are out too.

It’s sad to see all of the remnants of such an amazing time in her and my life pass by, but I’m so excited for everything that’s new and replacing those things. Her big kid bed means easier bed time stories and tuck-in’s and dinner at the table with Mommy and Daddy means more chatter. I can’t wait to see what else the toddler years will bring!

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What’s for dinner Wednesday – The “New” Sloppy Joe

My little girl LOVES sandwiches. It actually works out very well, considering her mom and dad are constantly on-the-go, but sometimes, even a kid who loves sandwiches can grow weary of the standard PB&J or Grilled Cheese. I recently picked up an AMAZING little cookbook that I wish I had found earlier, called The Petit Appetit.

I wish I had found it earlier because it lays out delicious, organic recipes by age and stage, from beginners (4-6 months) to explorers (6-9 months), the independents (9-12 months), the movers (12-24 months), the shakers (2-3 years) and the connoisseurs (3-4 years).

My little “shaker” loves the “Sloppy Janes” — The Petit Appetit’s organic version of the Sloppy Joe. Yellow onion, green bell pepper, mushrooms, organic ground beef, tangy barbecue sauce and herbs and spices turn into a fun, messy and delicious dinner. (Nothing that our Quib can’t handle!) These sandwiches literally take 20 minutes to prepare– and for me to say something is quick and easy is REALLY saying something!

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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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Mama Monday: My Breastfeeding “Must have” Checklist

Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world.  What do you need to make it happen? In most cases–just you and your baby. But there’s an awful lot of products out there that make nursing your baby a whole lot easier, and for me, those products made it to my breastfeeding “must have” checklist.

Number one on my checklist–a Bebe Au Lait nursing cover (of course!) This was important for me, not only because I didn’t feel 100% comfortable nursing in front of people, but also because as time went on and my daughter started watching the world around her, using the cover allowed her to focus 100% on me, wherever we were. I really feel that this helped foster the bond between us and made our nursing time special even when we were on the go. In fact, one of the reasons I was so excited to join Bebe au Lait was because of how much I loved my cover and how useful I found it while nursing.

Number two on my checklist–a nursing pillow. The difference between nursing with the pillow and nursing without the pillow, for me, was night and day.  My little one was a slow nurser.  Feedings could last up to an hour. Honestly some days it felt like we were nursing more than we weren’t–and the pillow allowed us both to stay comfy (not sweaty from constant skin to skin contact in a warm apartment), and it gave my tired arms a rest during those marathon feedings.

Number three–Lanolin ointment.  This one is a little controversial I think.  My lactation consultant at the hospital had told me not to use any ointment because it could clog the milk ducts.  After a week of slow learning on my little one’s part though, I just needed something to soothe the soreness.  And it worked. And it kept me nursing when I was about ready to give up.

Number four–a breast pump. I went back to work after 12 weeks, and continued breastfeeding until my daughter self-weened.  My breast pump made that possible, and therefore, was a must-have.

What about you? Were there/are there products that you can’t live without while nursing?

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