Painted Nails

Photo on 2013-03-06 at 15.48 #4-adjEarly last week I tested a couple of polishes on two of my nails, (my cousin’s daughter has the best colors). Mila was so interested (touching them and asking questions), that I decided to paint all my nails and teach her colors.

She’s got “geeen” down pretty well and almost has “bue”. I think I’ll have to limit my color choices next time so that Mila can focus on only a couple of colors at a time.

Good Buys: Part II (& Lesson #148)

Another lesson I’ve learned: You never really know what you need until you start using things. I’ve learned a lot from other mothers and even more from my own using.
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  • If you’re going to get a Diaper Genie, get the one with the step not the one you have to hand push the diaper into with your bare hands.

    Jan 1, 2013. 2 weeks away from 18 months.

    Jan 1, 2013.
    2 weeks away from 18 months.

  • A small heater has come in handy for Mila’s nursery. We have a decent sized house and to keep the entire thing heated, especially throughout the night, can get pretty expensive. We have a small heater that runs on a thermostat in Mila’s room. When the temperature gets too low, it kicks on, always keeping Mila’s room at a nice 71 degrees. We set the heater this high because she doesn’t like to be bundled and kicks her blankets off almost immediately after going to bed.
  • A humidifier is a must in the winter time. The air gets so dry, add to that the space heater, and Mila gets all dried out. Don’t be fooled – a humidifier is a humidifier. You don’t need to spend a lot on a baby-advertised humidifier when a regular one does just fine.
  • Block books, or any book with thick pages that a baby can’t rip, are good for babies and toddlers. Mila loves her books – even to munch on.
  • Decals or some other form of visual entertainment is a must for those areas that have none, like the changing table.
  • I’m sure I don’t have to say it, but I will. A thermometer and safety kit is a must. You can tell when your baby is running hot – you can feel it. To know exactly how hot and when it’s time to get on the phone with a doctor can only be determined by a thermometer. We have a standard thermometer that I stick in Mila’s arm pit photo-32when I need to take her temperature and we have a temporal thermometer. The latter helps when Mila won’t sit still. That one works best behind the ear.
  • Toy bins are great. I picked a couple of these up at Target for $10 and it makes clean-up so easy. Sure, it’s not as pretty as a stand with different baskets (which Mila would certainly destroy) or a toy box (that Mila may hurt herself on), but it does the job and holds up to Mila’s abusiveness*.
  • Remember those mesh snack holders? Well, they’re kind of difficult to clean, (and the dishwasher leaves them less than desirable). I found that a nail brush works great to clean them.

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*Apparently I make up my own words… 

Yay!

Last night Mila peepeed on the potty!

Since Mila has become so excited about the potty, (“I pee!”), I decided to add this into our bedtime routine. While I run her bath water, I remove her diaper and she sits on the potty. (It took a couple of days for her to get used to this – she didn’t like to sit diaper-less on the potty at first.) Last night she wanted mommy to sit on the potty, too, (“mommy pee”), so I did. When she was ready to get up and into the bath, I noticed that she had tinkled! It was a big event and Mila looked completely confused. I explained to her that she did well and it was a good thing to peepee in the potty. She made a little mess, but at least it wasn’t all over my floor!

Let’s Potty!

In recent weeks, Mila has begun to tell us when she’s gone “poopoo” and occasionally, “peepee”. I thought, why not get a potty and start getting Mila used to it. A few days ago, her grandmother purchased a “Dora” potty for Mila, so we set it up in the bathroom and explained its purpose to Mila.

At first Mila was excited – that was when she stayed in her PJs to sit on the toilet. She would say, “mommy peepee” and point to the big toilet and, “I pee” and sit on hers.

The first real test was right before her bath. She wanted to “peepee”, so I took off her diaper and told her to sit on the potty. She yelled, “no no no!” and stood next to it staring…as she proceeded to pee all over my floor. Ok, won’t be doing that again.

Only a day or two later, we were in the bathroom and Mila wanted to potty again. She sat down and then I explained that she needed to take her clothes off. Bad choice of words on my part because she began an attempt at removing her shirt. I laughed and assisted her with her pants. She still had her diaper on, but she was sitting on the potty. Little steps; I can handle this.

Mila sat there and sat there until I was ready to leave the bathroom. I told her we were done, but she didn’t want to move. She screamed and yelled, “nooooo! I pee! I pee!”. I eventually had to drag her off the potty and out of the bathroom, kicking. I have a feeling this isn’t going to be an easy task.

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I <3 Crafting!

I found a craft that originally called for painted rocks and an egg carton. I modified that idea into, what I call, a “color box” for Mila.

1. I hot glued cardboard pieces onto the bottom of a shoe box to create 4 sections.

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2. Mila and I went “rock hunting”. We took a bucket and headed outside to find the perfect rocks. Mila absolutely loved this part and I loved that she could help.

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3. I painted the rocks in 4 different colors, each corresponding to the colors on the box lid.

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4. I made four holes and painted the lid to the box in 4 different colors. I used a paint-marker to write the colors on the box and sprayed it all with acrylic paint sealer/varnish to complete the project.

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I had to use several coats of paint on the box lid and as you can see, it’s not perfect. It serves its purpose and really, a toddler doesn’t mind.

Mila loves playing with rocks, so this was perfect for her. She also loves popping the rocks through the holes then taking the lid off and grabbing all the rocks out from inside. I’m pretty proud of this project. 🙂

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All proper projects require adequate testing before completion.

Hearing Voices

I remember being little and asking my mom when my voice would change. She laughed at me and said that only happens with little boys. I was disappointed because I didn’t much like the voice I was given.

I think about this occasionally when I hear Mila speak. She has such a sing-song voice. It’s so pretty and I hope it stays that way for her.