Saturday, March 31, 2012

My child is a genius!

I feel that since this is my blog, I get free reign to brag.

Yesterday when I went to pick J up from daycare, I was informed that he'll be making the jump from the infant room to the junior toddler room. Most kids don't move until 16 or 17 months, but J isn't even 15 months yet. According to the teachers, he's developing really well, minus his speech, which we're hoping will improve after he moves to the bigger kid room.

In the junior toddle room, they'll have circle time and sing the national anthem in English and French everyday. The day is more structured, they are responsible to for eating by themselves (with a little assistance) while sitting in a seat (not a highchair) and they sleep on cots instead of in a crib.

Last night, while we were playing, my Mom and I watched as he successfully put pieces into a puzzle by himself. He amazes me everyday with the things he can do at (almost) 15 months.

Here is my new dilemma. I want to give his old teachers a present. I want it to be something cute and homemade (I want to get crafty)! I figure they helped make the transition from SAHM to working mom easier because I knew J was going to be in good hands. He runs in to the room in the morning and then doesn't want to leave.

What do you think the teachers would prefer? I was thinking of putting some candy in the pot instead of a flower and they could use it as a flower pot eventually.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Surprise!

Remember how a few weeks ago I eluded to some big changes happening?

Well, I think this constitues as being BIG!
The Husband and I are expecting baby #2!
We were planning on having more kids. However, I had to go back to work for a certain period of time in order to qualify for Employment Insurance during Maternity Leave again. We were also thinking it would take at least 2 cycles for anything to happen. Nope! It didn't even take 1, apparently. After some quick calculations, we determined that I will have been back at work long enough to apply for EI again (yay!).

We went for an ultrasound early on to determine exactly when our due date was. Initially we were told October 3rd. There were also some inital issues with implanation bleeding that we had to keep monitoring. We went for another ultrasound around 9 weeks to check the bleeding and again at 12 weeks to check the bleeding and our NT scan.

I went for a regular checkup with my doctor yesterday, thinking I was 12 weeks 6 days along. Well, imagine our surprise when we found out our due date was actually moved up to September 25 and I'm actually 14 weeks 2 days. I'm out of the first trimester and am so happy about it.

The symptoms hit me pretty much right after the positive pregnancy test. I had morning sickness again that lasted almost all day long and the exhaustion is 10-fold compared to with Monkey. A new symptom this time is the headaches. They almost completely knock me over by the end of the day.

So that's it! That's our big news right now. Monkey has no clue what is happening and we're working on getting him to say "baby" but since he doesn't say anything at all except "Da" it's not going too well.
Any advice for our 2 under 2 situation? Monkey will only be 20 months when #2 arrives. We're looking at strollers and other products, but we need some help!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

My new crafting ability

Since we're working on buying a new house and selling the one we're living in, I've had to put away all of my craft stuff. It was a sad day, but it's downstairs in the basement all packed up and waiting to come out in its new home.

In exchange for scrapbooking and hot gluing, I've decided to take up crochet and knitting. My hope is that I'll be decent enough by the summer/fall to open up my very own Etsy shop. Last week, I took the opportunity of The Husband not having volleyball to go take a class on how to crochet! It was perfect. There were two of us and one instructor. She sat in between us and was able to help both of us quickly. I loved it!

Here is the sample I made during my class. I didn't get much done because I had a lot of mistakes that needed to be corrected throughout the evening.



Here's what I've been working on since class. I went to Michael's where they had yarn on for 4/$6. I picked up some cute yarn. I'm just working on getting the tension and stitches correct right now. I'm going to go get my Crochet and Knitting for Dummies back from the library (pay the fine) and figure it all out!


So what do you think? Do you think I have a future in needle work?

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Get Outside!

This week's Toddle Along Tuesday is your LO's favourite activity or toy. Monkey's favourite thing to do is to be outside, which I absolutely love. We've tried to get him out everyday for a least 5 minutes (other than walking to and from the car) and he makes the most of him time out there.

One tradition that has started is that when The Husband gets home from work, he takes Monkey to the park or for a walk and it's really nice to see. I get a few minutes for a break and then have time to get dinner started.


We first stuck him on the swing when he was 5 months old. At first, he had no clue what was happening, but now he loves them and can spend at least 15 minutes going back and forth. He's started to use the slide now to, which is exciting to see. The Husband has even told me that he is walking up the stairs using the bars instead of crawling up each step.


During the winter, he had to get bundled up a bit more. However, the wagon came in handy and he was able to still get to the park most days with Daddy. I think he's really happy he doesn't have to put that snowsuit on anymore.
Now that he's walking around and it's getting warmer, he's starting to get into everything while we're outside. On this particular day, the recycling bin caught his fancy.
I think he really likes the wagon because he's able to see all of the car and trucks go by and can turn himself around and watch them drive off into the distance.
I'm hoping that this trend continues and that he enjoys going outside to play. We're going to limit tv and video games and push him out the door. I think it helps that The Husband and I like to be outside rollerblading, bike riding and going for walks.

What about your little one? What activity do they like best?

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

He doesn't talk, but I do!

I hate how people have to compare babies. I don't care what your kid can do that mine can't. So what that yours can walk down the stairs while mine still needs a ride. I don't care that you child is reading Harry Potter at 14 months old.

I'm sure some of you will remember my rant about Monkey's sleeping and how he wasn't sleeping through the night. I had lots of other people telling me that there must be something wrong if he isn't sleeping through the night. Well, he is.

Now the next "competition" starts. If I read or hear about another child having a 10 word vocabulary and then the big "Oh" that comes when I mention that Monkey has 1 word, I'm going to punch someone.


Monkey seriously has one word. It's "Da". It means this, that, Daddy, it, this way, yes, no and the list can go on and on. It pretty much stands for everything. I hate when I read about parents who are concerned their child is only putting together 3 words sentences at 1 year. "OMG, they aren't going to get into a good college because they aren't using 4 syllables words yet".

It really disgusts me how everyone has to one up each other in terms of their children. So Monkey doesn't talk. The Husband and I aren't worried yet, but the more and more people start "faking" concern for my child's lack of words my sense of comfort with it starts to change.

My child is perfect the way he is and if you have a problem with that then,

'DA' TO YOU!



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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Toddler Muffins

I haven't actually tried this recipe just yet. I heard about it from a bunch of my January mommy friends and decided that these might work really well for Monkey as a quick snack here or there or even breakfast on the weekends. I was going to try them this week, but our painting project has taken over the entire first floor of our house so no baking here. I'll make them on the weekend though!

Toddler Muffins
(as found on AllRecipes)



Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, or to taste
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) jar baby food squash
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 mini muffin cups or 12 standard muffin cups.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in the mashed bananas, squash, carrots, and eggs. Stir in the flour, oat bran, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until just combined. Spoon the batter equally into the prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. Store at room temperature for up to two days, or freeze.               

If you make this before the weekend, let me know how it goes!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's going to cost WHAT?!


I'm usually one of those people who are late getting their car in for service. However, I'm not that late. Usually it's about 500-1000 km over the recommendation from the service guys. No problem. I don't drive around that much and therefore I'm not overly concerned about when it's time for service that if I leave it for a few more kilometres I'll kill my car.

Hyundai Santa Fe
My other baby...my Santa Fe
So imagine to my surprise when I go to take it for it's regularly scheduled service, I'm told it will cost $530.00. HUH!? For a regular service. The lady kindly explained to me that it's the big service, it will take three hours, but it's okay because I get a free watch. Well, we discussed the service and managed to get the price down to $445.00 (still getting the watch). That softened the blow a bit.

I get home (planning on doing some cleaning and painting prep) and get a lovely phone call from Anna, my friendly service receptionist. They've inspected my car and low and behold, this thing-a-ma-jiggy is dirty and needs cleaning, these doo-hickeys are rusted and need to be changed and those whats-its need to adjusted as well. All these additions just DOUBLED my bill from the nice safe $445 to the scary $880. I almost started crying right then and there on the phone. This was my reaction:

It's going to cost WHAT!?

So now there go some of my March Break plans. Out go the manicure and pedicure. Out goes the haircut with the senior stylist and back to trainee. Out goes the shopping for some cute spring/summer clothes for me and Monkey. I'm actually pissed and because I'm not car savvy whatsoever I have no way to talk them out of the costs.

This watch better have diamonds in it because it's costing me $880. Grrrr!


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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Are you a list person?

I love making lists. I make lists for shopping, when I need to do tasks for school and jobs that I need to do at home. I buy pretty notebooks to keep my to do lists. I have a grocery list app on my phone and even a to do task list on my phone.
The problem with my lists....they never see the light of day again. I'm really good at making a list but then I never use them. Take my grocery shopping lists. Since I'm trying to cut back on my spending, I make a list in order to keep track of the stuff I need to buy and yet I either forget the list, forget one or two items on my list or add a few things that shouldn't be on there.

So I am making a promise to myself that when I make a list I'm going to use it, cross stuff off as it is completed and then throw the list out once it's done. I've got a whole list of stuff to do for March Break (which kind of ruins the whole "break" aspect, but still) in order to get the house ready to paint and sell.

How about you? Are you a list person? What do you do to stick to you list?

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Empire Reel Babies

Are you a mommy that feels stuck at home while you little one is napping? Are all of your non-mommy friends busy with other things and you're feeling left out!? I found that when Monkey was little, I barely left the house for fear that something would cut into nap time or that it was too much work. I've found a solution.

Empire Theatres has an awesome program called "Empire Reel Babies". It's an afternoon out for baby and mommy (and maybe a tag-a-long). Empire Reel Babies is a chance for you (the mommy) to get out of the house, watch a movie and be a little social. They provide change tables, exersaucers, playmats and swings so that your little one is occupied while you eat your popcorn and enjoy a movie and a little grown-up time. There is even a bottle-warmer for when your little munchkin gets hungry!
Empire Reel Babies

Monkey and I headed out to the theatre to see Wanderlust (the movie was a little weird and not my style). I wish I had known about this sooner because I definitely would have been out more often. Since Monkey was a little older he wanted to wander around a little more than some of the smaller babies, but he had a blast with the exersaucer (who cares if you're standing outside the exersaucer playing with the toys).

Wanderlust Poster


The program runs twice a month and the mommies get to vote which movie they want to watch. The lights are turned up a bit (so you can see what's going on) and the volume is down a little (so as not to wake the little ones). I will definitely be taking more advantage of this program once I have a 2nd one! Leave Monkey with Granda and take #2 to the movies.

Here is your chance to get to see the movies for free! Send me an email with your address and I'll gladly send you a pair of passes to head to the movies for FREE with your little one to experience it (first come, first serve)! I can guarantee that you'll want to go back at every opportunity! Unfortunately it's only open to Canadian residents. Be aware that Empire Reel Babies is only available at specific theatres (but trust me...it's worth it for this program). Contact me at smilesnsnuggles@gmail.com.

“Disclosure – I am participating in the Empire Reel Babies program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Empire Theatres. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.”
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Toddle Along Tuesday: Inheritance

This week's Toddle Along Tuesday, is what I would like Monkey to inherit from us. Yes, I'd love to make a fortune and leave him tons of money, but I'm hoping he inherits a few other things from us as well (or instead).
1. From Me - Love of Reading/Learning

 
I'm really hoping that he enjoys reading when he gets bigger. I know the odds are against me because he is a boy, but I'm hoping that I'll be able to push through that and get him interested. Right now he loves to grab his "First 100 Words" book or his Race Car book and sit and read with Daddy. As he gets bigger we'll head to the library and let him pick out some books. I really can't wait for those days. I'm also hoping that he loves learning and that he continues his education as high as he can for whatever he would like to do.
 
 
2. From The Husband - Love of Numbers/Math
 
 
The Husband is amazing at Math. He can easily manipulate numbers and quickly figure out solutions to problems. I, on the other hand, still need a calculator, or scrap paper and lots of help to complete any math problems. I currently have to bring my Grade 6 Math textbook home to learn the lesson before teaching it. I'm really hoping that the numbers come as easy to him as they do to The Husband.
 
 
3. From Both of Us - Love of Sports

The Husband and I are big sports players. During the winter, I play hockey and ski, the summer, I play baseball. The Husband plays volleyball and softball and played football in university. We also love to ride our bikes, rollerblade, swim, etc. I'm hoping that this will get passed on to Monkey. I'm thinking that his spending time at games will help to foster that love. It also love the idea of him being active, which I prefer to do through sports than exercising on a machine. I can't wait to bundle up any siblings and head to the hockey arena or baseball diamond to watch Monkey play.
What about you?! What do you hope to pass onto your little one? Or maybe it's something you hope your little one doesn't inherit.
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Guilty Pleasures

We all have guilty pleasures. I figured it's time to come clean about mine.

1. Prison TV Shows

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I don't know what it is about these shows, but I can't get enough of the prostitutes, drunks and "I'm innocent" people on this show! There are so many of them now it's awesome. Between Jail, Cellblock 6 and Beyond Scared Straight, I definitely get my fill. And then when those aren't enough, there's always Breakout Kings and now Alcatraz. Call me crazy, but I love them!

2. Scrapbooking magazines

Scrapbooks Etc.

I sit and read/look at these magazines over and over and say "Yup, I'm going to use that design in my scrapbook". Never do. It sits on my shelf. So I'm starting a new plan to use at least one thing from each magazine and if I don't then it gets chucked. I guess it could be considered a slight guilty pleasure because I do scrapbook, just not using the magazine ideas (yet).

3. Scholastic Book Orders


I LOVE Scholastic book orders. Being a teacher, I've always had them for my classes. However, my Grade 6's this year just don't care so I haven't used them. I love using my free bucks to get things for my classroom and definitely miss it this year. However, they have them at Monkey's daycare. I've been good thus far and haven't ordered anything. I think The Husband would kill me if they did. There are some really cute book though!

4. Family/Disney Channel

familychannel

I think this might be my biggest guilty pleasure by far. I love the Family Channel (which I think is the Disney Channel in the States). The shows are so entertaining! Pair of Kings, Jessie, Shake it Up! I could go on and on and on. The Family Channel also has no commericals during the show which means there are no interruptions. Before Monkey arrived, I'd sit and watch from 9:00 until 12, have my cups of TV and just relax. Since the shows are made for kids (I know, I'm 29, not a kid), they are easy to follow, which makes it perfect for a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning. I guess I'll eventually give it up especially since Monkey enjoys a quick cartoon during his morning bottle. Luckily, it doesn't have to be yet.

There they are! My guilty pleasures. I guess they aren't too embarassing. I'm sure there are worse guilty pleasures then watching Family Channel and Jail shows.

What about you? What are your guilty pleasures!?

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