Lesson #115: I Have a WHAT?!

Be prepared for the inevitable.

I opened my email around Mila’s one-year birthday to find a subject heading, “My Toddler This Week: Your 1-Year-Old”. GAH! That was a shocker and not one I was prepared for. How did I go from a newborn to an infant to a TODDLER this fast?! Scary.

Mila Versus Sand

Today Mila’s grandparents came over with play sand for her sandbox. This is the first time Mila’s encountered sand, (she hasn’t been to a beach yet). She picked it up and dumped it then tried to eat all the toys — good thing she didn’t try to eat the sand.


Needless to say, she had sand everywhere, but she had fun!


August 26, 2012.
13 months, 12 days.

An Adult Fix

So I got these hooks called Strap Perfect that pull your straps together for when you wear certain style shirts, (it’s an as seen on tv item). They’re real handy and come to find out they work great for Mila, too!

A few months ago, I put Mila in a size 18-month shirt and pants just to find out that the pants fit fine but the shirt is a little big. The straps fell down and the front drooped so low it was on the verge of inappropriate (if babies can be inappropriate).

So I grabbed my little hook and stuck it on the back of her shirt.

Voila! It doesn’t bother her, it doesn’t fall off and it doesn’t restrict her movement. Problem solved.

August 26, 2012.
13 months, 12 days.

Mila’s Discovered Her Nose!

This is back from July 22, when Mila was one year, 8 days old.

A couple of weeks ago I asked Mila where her nose was and she showed me then stuck her finger up her nose. No matter how many times I told her, “no, yucky”, she’d further push her finger up her nostril.

Lately, I’ve been trying to get her to point out her belly button. She’s definitely found her belly and today she walked around grabbing her belly and giggling. Soon after I caught her walking around with her finger in her belly button.


Update! It’s difficult catching the things Mila does on camera or video, and quite often as soon as I turn the camera on, she stops whatever it is she is doing. It took a while, but I caught this on camera. She did this so often that I think she became frustrated or had enough of being our monkey. 🙂

September 18, 2012 // 14 months, 4 days.

Teething On Cribs

Keeping things nice with a baby/toddler is difficult. This is why you purchase teething covers for your crib:

May 12, 2012.
2 days shy of 10 months.

Better yet, this is why:

So, I battled against Monster Mila and her wicked sharp teeth with cloth and rubber rail guards.

Of course now she doesn’t bother with them at all — not as a teether, not to play.

Late to bed or early to rise?

Mila curled up and laid her head on the pillow next to me – all on her own – and watched TV.
May 24, 2012.
10 months, 10 days

Mila’s been all over the board when it comes to sleeping, so I asked myself the other day:

Which would you rather have, early rise with nice naps during the day or less napping and more time available at night?

I thought about this a lot. If Mila took a morning and an afternoon nap, totalling even 2-3 hours, I could actually clean parts of the house. This would mean that I would have to be in bed by 9:30 pm because she would be up at 6 am.

If Mila didnt nap much during the day, I would have tiny breaks that wouldn’t allow me to do much at all until evening, BUT I would get to sleep in…possibly.

What a dilemma, (ha! as if I could really choose). Which would you choose?

Mila Gets Pierced Ears! And Colors?

12 months, 20 days.

Yep, so it’s a little late, or a little early, depending on your ear-piercing views. I remember being a kid wishing my mother had done this when I was a baby so I wouldn’t have to experience the anxiety, fear and pain of having my ears pierced. She told me that when she had hers done as a child at the doctor’s office they literally used a needle and thread. Thinking of that now, I wonder how that was managed.

(I’ll spare you the video – I can’t even bear to watch it)

My cousin had her girls ears pierced when they were infants and Dan was just too worried to let me take Mila to have hers done. Well, at one-year-old, I decided I was going to have Mila’s ears pierced. When the doctor punched that hole through Mila’s ear and she SCREAMED at the top of her lungs, it broke my heart. I almost cried!

It didn’t take too long for Mila to calm down, (more time than when she’s had a shot or two, though), so we headed out to a restaurant for lunch. Dan’s idea of treating Mila for her trauma was to allow her to have a box of apple juice – not watered down. I thought it would have been nicer to give her a dessert.

Once we are seated and Mila had forgotten all about her traumatic experience, she turned to the crayons and a coloring paper the hostess gave her. We tried to show her what to do and she started to attempt coloring, then she crinkled the paper and stuck it in her mouth. She then broke the crayons and tried to eat them, too. That’s ok…we’ll try again another time.

One thing I’m excited about — coloring with Mila.

Since we’ve been home, she’s been fine. She’s left her ears alone as if nothing had ever happened. I hope it stays that way.

The Music of Sleep. Or, The Sleep of Music.

“You might just as well say,” added the Dormouse, which seemed to be talking in its sleep, “that ‘I breathe when I sleep’ is the same thing as ‘I sleep when I breathe’!”*

August 16, 2011.
1 month, 2 days.

While in the womb, it’s been said that music has a wonderful, calming effect on a baby. Studies have made connections between brain development and music, dubbing this as the “Mozart Effect”. There are critics for everything you go searching for, so I’ll just tell you my results. (Dan thinks it’s hogwash that if you play Mozart, your baby will be smart, however, he kept urging Mozart for my baby playlist.)

I made a playlist of different music, (all mellow sounds), and played it to Mila by placing headphone speakers to my belly, every night as I lay reaching for sleep. Most of the time, this playlist put me to sleep. I mixed happy songs and sad songs, since I figured it didn’t much matter since she didn’t know the words. It’s the vibrations that become the baby’s lullaby.

Fisher-Price World Baby
Peaceful Celtic Lullabies

Once Mila arrived, I played this playlist on repeat throughout the night and it seemed to send her into a calm and restful sleep.  When the CD no longer worked, (I’m noticing a trend here with Mila boring of things), I switched it with this — a CD I was given by a friend. –>

I instantly fell in love with this CD. And so did Mila.

To keep things interesting – and Mila to sleep – I would switch between this CD and my original playlist. At some point Dan put the country music station on and we added a third to the mix. It never fails – when Mila is fussy and wont sleep, I change the style of music and it really does help her drift off to sleep.

We have a few other CDs in this collection but they don’t seem to do the trick the way this one does. I highly recommend this to mothers of newborns – or even to those playing music to their unborn child. And definitely, for your sake, keep a radio/CD player in the nursery. The music helps drown out other noise in the house and it gets baby used to sleeping through noise.

August 20, 2011.
1 month, 6 days.

Another item I found very useful at getting Mila to sleep is the glow seahorse or some variation of that. I used this when Mila was really little and actually just started using it again. There are nights that Mila just refuses to close her eyes. The light from this distracts her, gives her something to focus on and between the glow and the song, she falls asleep in no time.

*Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, (1865).

Don’t ask me what any of that had to do with this – I just liked the quote.