As I've mentioned before, dinner at our house is rarely an orderly affair. We have a healthy meal, yes, but there is always at least one of: food thrown on the floor (Baby) loud singing (Toddler) voice escalation (Toddler, then Baby) impromptu dancing (me) someone refusing to eat one item (Husband, Toddler, or Baby) crying … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: Ad Libbing at its Finest
Well, well, well. So there's this thing called a Liebster, which is a blog award that makes its way around and around the blogosphere ... I guess liebster is a term of endearment in German (I don't speak German ... though I do plan to learn one day before my brain shrivels up). And two bloggers nominated … Continue reading Was Ist Das – Ein Liebster?
Awhile back my husband was a bit tired at the end of the day, as was I - because Toddler just plain exhausted us with her nonstop talking. The questions, the rambling, the commentary, more questions, and also a lot of singing. Don't get me wrong - I'm thankful she's speaking so I can know what's … Continue reading Talking, Talking, Talking … High and Low
I've got one kid who is an absolute motormouth, and one - just about 16m - who can say about 5 fully-formed words and maybe 15 half-formed words. Baby, who is heads above where her older sister was in the vocal department, is probably on the cusp of talking for real. Unlike her sister, she'll … Continue reading We Should Be Experts at Charades By Now
Okay, I'm just going to come out and say I don't mind princesses - and I kind of like Sofia the First and Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. But there comes a point when there are too many princesses! Toddler, like many 3yo girls, is OBSESSED with princesses. Of the loooong text file we keep of … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Princesses and Royalty
When I became a parent, I didn't think about what kind of parent I would be. I might've been too busy nursing the baby, cleaning up blow-outs, and figuring out some sort of feeding/napping schedule. But mostly I just jumped right in and assumed I'd raise my kids as my parents raised my sister and … Continue reading Will I Ever Let My Kids Roam?
Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers! We do extraordinary jobs - and sometimes, yes, ordinary (as I categorize things like laundry and vacuuming as pretty darn ordinary) - making little people and forming them into functional and fun human beings. It's simultaneously entertaining, enriching, and exhausting, isn't it? Some beautiful words have been … Continue reading Mother’s Day Share
It's 8pm and our house is finally quiet. No chattering, no outside voices, no crying, no overly loud singing, no water bottles clanging on the wood floor from the high chair, and no more stomping around. Quiet and freedom. Sigh. There are a lot of days (most days ... I'll be completely honest) when this is what … Continue reading Ridiculous Things To Do After The Kids Are Asleep
This has been bugging me a lot over the last six months, and I need to sound it out. Please, can someone set me straight about the proper length of little girl dresses? You see, Toddler (3.5y ... wait, 3.75y already!) loves wearing dresses - so much so that she would wear a dress to … Continue reading Little Girl Dresses: Too Short … or Normal?
Like most toddlers, mine has a generally sound knowledge of her body. She can name the external parts and knows what the heart and lungs and brains and nerves do. We have a few excellent body books with flaps that she LOVES! The more facts, the better for her. Sometimes she gets a bit obsessed … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Let’s Talk About Brains…