All Blog Posts Tagged 'toddlers' (157)

A New Year

New Year's Eve has always been a disappointment in my life.  I'm not sure if that's because it's coming after the enormity that is Christmas, or if the expectations of the night are just too high. Maybe it's because of the immense pressure to finally make something of yourself this year, as if the changing of the calendar has any bearing on your personal goal system.  The falsity of the core concept of the New Year is about all that rings true.



Or maybe I'm just a little bitter. …

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 31, 2010 at 10:48am — No Comments

Holiday Intensity

Christmas is for the memories.  Christmas is for the anticipation.  Christmas, at least when you're the parent of two year olds, is not for the day, itself.



On Christmas Eve, I excitedly brought down my horribly wrapped presents and placed them carefully under the tree in the most eye-pleasing manner I could manage.  I stepped back to view my work, envisioning the happy day that was surely awaiting us.…



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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 29, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

The Santa Concept

Christmas has been so hectic.  Dragging babies across the country, presents, presents, different foods, different people, presents, a massive snow storm, and, well, presents.





It's amazing how quickly the girls took to the idea of Santa.  We hadn't prepared them for it throughout the season.  We mentioned Christmas.  We told them about presents.  But we…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 28, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

Think About What You Say

After two intense weeks of tantrums, screaming, flopping, crying and whining, my kids have finally had a language breakthrough.  For the past four days or so, they have not only been pointing at objects and telling me what they are, but they have been connecting abstract ideas together, using adjectives and nouns to specify their meaning, and using verbs and nouns to create basic sentences and to tell me what they are doing.



They’ve got the command down pat.



“Look,…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 22, 2010 at 10:31am — No Comments

The Fake Career Woman

A beautiful blogger and great friend of mine wrote a post today about being a fake stay at home mom (during break as a teacher.)  She got a lot of well-deserved hits, and I laughed at myself, saying, "I'm going to post where you post, claiming that SAHM is a career."



But, then, I thought, what the heck, self?  SAHM is a career.



She writes: As a teacher "for several weeks out of the…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 21, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments

A Letter to Myself in 2006

Dear Self,



I know you are taking time out of your incredibly intense existence to read this. I know as you look at the page, you aren't able to pensively nibble at the end of your pen as you contemplate the next brilliant phrase to jot down. I know your air of mystery and sexy aloofness must be put on pause, and that the corner couch of the Starbucks will be wasted on you for these few moments, but I have an important message: Get over yourself.



Yes, that's right. Life is… Continue

Added by Darlena Cunha on December 20, 2010 at 11:37am — No Comments

Moment of the Week - 18

Gigglefest with Daddy.  Adorable and short video here:

 

http://parentwin.blogspot.com/2010/12/moment-of-week-18.html

 

I love my family!

Added by Darlena Cunha on December 19, 2010 at 10:39am — No Comments

Toddler Tricks - 18

Inspired by my friend Chelsea:



Ways to trick your baby:



Problem: You've just switched over to the toddler bed (or taken the rail off your now-outlawed crib), and your toddler has discovered he has run of the room.  Instead of sleeping, there's a raucous party going on in there, a party of one (or in my case, two).  You've taken all the toys out of the room, you've made sure it's as boring and calm as it could possibly be, and still, your child has developed an imagination…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 18, 2010 at 11:10am — No Comments

Phantom Noises

The babies are finally asleep.  It's the middle of the day.  Maybe I can squeeze in that shower I've been wanting to take since yesterday morning.



I turn the hot water knob, water sluices toward the wall, the inviting tap tap tap calling to me well before the water is warm enough.  I ready my towel, brush my hair.  I leave the door open, just in case.  Just in case something happens, I'll be able to hear the babies.  Everything should be just fine, right?  They sleep for at least an…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 17, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments

Where the Heck is the Tape?

I am the worst wrapper in the history of present wrapping. I always start out with such good intentions. I'm going to cut my lines straight and even. I'm going to line the corners up and crease my folds. I'm going to use very little tape so that you can't even see it. I'm going to put ribbons and bows on every present. They are going to be beautiful.



These ideals last only until I lose the scissors the first time, which is to say, the first time I put them down. They're scissors.…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 15, 2010 at 2:36pm — No Comments

The Best of the 2010 Holiday Gift Guides & BBC Exclusive Deals

The most awesome Holiday Gift Guides of All address all your shopping needs in style. No more boring gifts! The Gift Guides from Cool Mom Picks, Babble, Child Mode and Uncommon Goods came up with the most creative and fresh solutions for every gift recipient on your list. Enjoy Boys Be Cool exclusive deals and discounts, courtesy of the European chic…

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Added by Julia Angel on December 11, 2010 at 11:49pm — No Comments

Keeping Your Toddler Safe During the Holidays

Holiday decorations can be a tricky situation if you have little ones running around the house. Toddlers are so curious and excited (all the time) that it's important to keep them safe.



Last year, Maggie was just a little over a year old and loved getting herself into messes. I figured we would just not have a Christmas tree in order to keep her safe and my sanity… Continue

Added by Carrie with Children on December 2, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Instead of DWTS: Its Dancing With the Babies!

Ladies and Gentlemen its Dancing With The Babies. J and CB are dancing the jive to Bruno Marz's I want to be a millionaire. Please pay careful and close attention to the footwork and J's lead of CB across the dance floor. (See More)

Added by Heather Jones on November 22, 2010 at 8:02pm — No Comments

MY LITTLE BABIES | I LOVE MY KIDS SO MUCH

I know there are two camps when it comes to sleeping with kids – those that don’t and those that do. When Isabella was born, I just had to…

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Added by MELISSA MADDEN on November 16, 2010 at 11:02pm — No Comments

J Myster is Another Month Older...

So yesterday I was going thru J myster's drawers and boxing up his 6-9 and 9-12 month stuff that he has grown out of. We have been lucky to receive most of his cloths from friends. I have boxes of cloths for him up to 4 years old. It is great to have friends who have boys! I did discover we had no size 4 shoes for him and he has pretty much grown out of 3's. Another thing that made me tear up a bit is Sunday J myster turned 20 months!! 20 MONTHS!! How did this happen? How did my baby get so big… Continue

Added by Heather Jones on November 9, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sleepless Nights in Parentsville

This week has been rough for both the hubby and me. Hunky Hubs had to go to work early wednesday morning and had to wake up at 4:30 for some big hospital project. Well he went to bed early. I stayed up late to sew. These days staying up late means staying up til 11:30. HA HA!! I'm a parent don't bust my balls. We normally go to bed around 10:30. (Read More)

Added by Heather Jones on October 2, 2010 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Hunky Hubs Company Picnic

Almost this time last year when we went to Hunky Hubs Company picnic J

Myster wasn't even crawling yet. This Company Picnic was on my birthday

last year, this year they pushed it to September and decided to do it in

Sedona. So while I've talked about the drive down to Sedona being a… Continue

Added by Heather Jones on September 27, 2010 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Peter Rabbit Organics

Last week I received products to review for my first review and giveaway to the first person who buys a cloth diaper from me once my shop opens, possibly at the end of the week.



So I opened the box and was surprised to see, not… Continue

Added by Heather Jones on September 21, 2010 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Dining Out with Tots--The Adventures and Mishaps!

Imagine a lovely mom n’ pop restaurant on a beachy island. Perfect ambiance, honest food, good service. It’s also the last day of your family vacation, so you’re looking forward to a little celebrating at the dinner table.

The tomatoes on the salad are ruby-red and farm-fresh, the newly baked brown bread steams with delight, the shrimp are gianormous and cooked perfectly and the crab bisque….ahh, that sensuous, mouth-watering, swooningly-delicious fresh soup. All is peaceful…

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Added by Yang Mommy on September 14, 2010 at 10:05am — No Comments

Developing Early Childhood Communication Skills

I have taught sign language to my son since he was six months old and I have to say it is a great tool in communication. My son started signing back at 8 months of age and his first sign was "milk". He would successfully sign this back to me when he was hungry and it was great in curbing any kind of frustration with not know why he was crying, that and routine schedules I believe have helped greatly. I won't sit here and say that my son doesn't throw some pretty good tantrums, he's 18 months… Continue

Added by Heather Jones on September 13, 2010 at 2:25pm — No Comments

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