• Toddler

    Raising a Reader…

    Only in my house is the “If you don’t go to your room, you won’t get a story before bed” a threat. My daughter has loved books since she was able to sit up. I have read to her nightly (as I can) since she was born. Her love of books comes from me, and my love came from my great grandfather. Her book collection rivals mine as a toddler, and she loves being read to, and seems to be headed towards being an early reader. This is good. She doesn’t talk much, but she is catching up with her verbal skills, and there is no question that she actually understands…

  • Toddler

    I’ve been gone, because I’ve been busy

    So, yeah, I’ve been gone for a long time. I do have an excuse. I have been busy chasing around a toddler who has two speeds – either on or off. We’ve also had a lot happening in our personal lives. I’m in the final stages of submitting my first novel, and we’re working on getting things sorted in our rooms here. But things aren’t all sunshine and roses. The little miss seems to have a bit of a speech delay. We’re currently working with our local children’s hospital to see what we can do to get this done. So far, it’s been good news, but we’re not at the…

  • Health,  Toddler

    Sleep My Little Toddler

    Little miss has been having a hard time with sleeping lately. I don’t know if it’s a cognitive leap or a physical growth spurt, but she’s really having a hard time with getting to sleep and getting up from sleep. Which means Mommy and Daddy are having issues with sleep. Which means everyone is tired and on edge. Ugh. So much fun. We all just want sleep. However, none of us is really getting the sleep we need. Right now I would kill for a magic potion that would put us all to sleep for a full eight hours. That and dogs that understand that sleep is a good thing.  

  • Toddler

    Growing Up So Fast

    Oh little girl. As I was folding your laundry the other day, specifically your little socks, it hit me that you’re not going to be this small much longer. Soon we’ll be seeing you off to school, and before I know it, it will be your last day of secondary school and you’ll be heading into adulthood, ready to take on the world. That soon those little socks will just be a bit bigger, and that one day, those little socks will probably be the same size as my socks. Made me sad in a way. In the almost two years you’ve been with me, I find myself wanting to…

  • Toddler

    Bad Mommy Blogger. No Cookie.

    So yeah, I’ve been gone for what feels like forever. The good? I’m enjoying my daughter exploring her world. The bad? Having mobility issues that the medical establishment seems to be out to tell me are in my head (and not in a scientific way). I’ve been battling that battle for a long time, and I just have stopped journaling in pretty much every aspect of my life. Little Miss has been growing both physically and mentally, and I find myself in happy tears on so many occasions. Life might not be easy, but with her in it, it’s worth it. I promise I’ll be back to it soon. Getting…

  • tanrum
    Toddler

    It’s Tantrum Time

    Oh little girl. I love you, but I think we’ve entered the “terrible twos” a bit early. I know in some ways you’re well ahead of your peers, but you’re not able to express the whirlwind of emotions that are in your head. I know what it’s like to have all your feelings turned to 11. We’ll make it through this tempest. You didn’t come with a manual, and we’re learning as you learn. I love you and we’re going to get through it together. You’re a good girl. The bad things that happen, they don’t make you any less of a good child. Remember that.

  • Toddler on a Mission
    Toddler

    Toddler On A Mission

    Oh little girl. You are definitely mobile. And definitely on a mission, which from what I can tell, is to get into as much trouble as possible. I know we anxiously waited for you to become the biped that you were born to be, but right now, we’re asking for five more minutes of that cute little bundle of adorable that didn’t move. Just so we can baby-proof a bit more. You have gone from hesitant steps to running, and that has gotten you a few bumps and bruises, and scared a few years off mommy and probably given both Mommy and Daddy more grey hairs. You’re exploring your world,…

  • Toddler

    The Toddler Years Are Here

    Oh my dear darling girl. You are most definitely a toddler. You are mobile on two legs and while you prefer to be hanging on to Mommy and Daddy’s hands while tearing across the countryside, you are perfectly able to terrorize the place on your own. We also have had our start of toddler meltdowns. The most spectacular was when your poor Auntie and I were trapped with you before her appointment and you had us both looking for a holy water font, because damn child. Your vocabulary is expanding as your world does, and I can tell that you’re learning more than you can express right now. That is frustrating, and…

  • Toddler Girl
    Toddler

    Melting Down

    I’ve heard of the terrible twos, and “three-nagers” but holy crap. No one told me that the utter and complete meltdowns could start as early as a year. Yep, we’re in the toddler meltdowns. The little one does not want to go to sleep because she’d rather play. She also will melt down if you take something away from her, even if it’s something she’s not supposed to have (like Mommy’s asthma inhaler). I know that her world is expanding, but her language is not up to where she can express clearly what she wants. I understand how that can frustrate the hell out of her. I would however like…