A Happy Mom Does Three for Thursday

My friend Evelyn started Three for Thursday months ago, but it’s something that I don’t do a whole lot of the time.  But this time?  I’m a happy mom with the time to do it.  Of course, I’m a happy mom with time to spare because Norton is watching Sesame Street.  But it’s not using the television as a baby-sitter if I’m in the room, right?

1. Three things that have kept me from blogging lately. [Read more…]

Fun with Fall Colors – Wordless Wednesday

I had a pumpkin from our trip to the pumpkin patch.  I have a cute kid.  And I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world.  Isn’t that all that I need for Wordless Wednesday?

Why I Use a Toddler Leash – Hot Topic Tuesday

A whole lot of people criticize the toddler leash.  It’s okay; I totally understand why they aren’t fans of it.  A favorite reason for criticizing the toddler leash is that children are not dogs.  The husband bought our son a toddler leash when he was smaller, but we haven’t really used it much.

Now, though, I use that toddler leash any time we go somewhere that doesn’t have a shopping cart and isn’t particularly stroller friendly.

Hang on.  Before you decide that I must be too lazy to watch my kid or something, allow me to remind you of a little story.  Last month, Norton tried to take off in the library.  I was holding his hand.  He got hurt.  And we ended up spending hours in the hospital getting x-rays since he couldn’t use his arm at all.  That was when I found out about nursemaid’s elbow. [Read more…]

Toddler Fun and Adventure at the Pumpkin Patch!

Norton exploring the ditch

I’ve been wanting to take Norton to something cool and designed for outdoor toddler fun.  Admittedly, I am not an outdoors person, so most of our toddler fun is of the indoor variety.  Still, though, I do want to give Norton a well rounded, fun, and adventurous childhood full of learning opportunities.  And it’s good for me to step outside of my own comfort zone.  So yesterday we took Norton to the pumpkin patch. [Read more…]

Toddler Talking and Hope on the Horizon

It Takes Two to Talk

So, yeah.  Earlier this week, I worried about Norton’s lack of toddler talking.  I’d gotten some helpful things from It Takes Two to Talk, but it turns out that the book was more helpful than I’d thought.  While I did learn that part of the “problem” is with Norton’s communication style (he is very happy to play by himself and only starts an interaction when he wants something) and how I respond to it, and I got some ideas on how to work past it, I was still getting nervous about the lack of toddler talking.  I’d received more than one message through various mediums that maybe our toddler communication issues were a sign of something more serious… and while I didn’t think so, I did find the possibility to be worrisome. [Read more…]

Toddler Talking? Not in my House

It Takes Two to Talk

I’ve spent a lot of time since Norton’s twelve month well visit worrying about toddler talking.  Sometimes I was sure he was okay with the lack of toddler talking because he at least understands… but toddler communication is a bit difficult when it’s one sided.  But we went to the language center and an interventionist evaluated him as “just fine” when he was assessed at thirteen months.

Now Norton is nearly nineteen months old.  His collection of words hasn’t grown much.  There’s “hi,” “mom,” “dad,” “milk,” “cheese,” and “dog.”  He doesn’t point for things.  I spent a lot of time worrying that my toddler not talking was due to some failure on my part.  (For the record, it has never occurred to me that there might be something wrong with Norton.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with him, otherwise he wouldn’t understand as much as he does.) [Read more…]

Wordless Wednesday – The Spaghetti Incident

Spaghetti Face! [Read more…]

This is what Being a Stay at Home Mom is About

Before the husband and I even got pregnant, we knew that being a stay at home mom was the best choice for us.  We knew what kind of parenting we wanted and how we wanted our family to go, and being a stay at home mom seemed like the best way for us to get that Norman Rockwell painting that we wanted.

The reality, of course, is that being a stay at home mom isn’t quite what I’d dreamed about.  In my fantasies about being a stay at home mom, I was always supermom, always ready with a healthy snack and a kind word.  Wielding my spatula with fierce accuracy to make absolutely amazing meals that the whole family would love.  My house would always be immaculate and my kid would always be happy.

Ha.  Fantasies and realities seldom match up. [Read more…]

YAY for Toddler Talking! (GP#20)

We’ve struggled with toddler talking.  I’ve spent a lot of time wondering if there was something that I was doing (or wasn’t doing) that was causing toddler talking to just not really happen.  I’ve tried getting Norton into Baby Signs DVDs so that maybe he’ll use his little hands to communicate since words aren’t really happening.  Of course, that leads to feelings of inadequacy and wondering if it’s my own short comings that are inhibiting toddler communication. [Read more…]

Saving Cute Toddler Clothes – Gratitude Project Day 19

Norton is a bleeder.  Seriously, I have never seen a kid manage to bust his mouth anywhere near  as much as Norton.  It’s like he keeps catching his lip on his teeth or something.  Fortunately, we’ve somehow always managed to have this kind of thing happening when either I’m able to stop it quickly, or he’s just wandering about in a diaper.  His cute toddler clothes have always been safe… just by dumb luck, I guess.  At least, his cute toddler clothes have always been safe until last night.  That was when Norton tripped over the dog, smacked his mouth, and started bleeding like a faucet. [Read more…]