Twenty-Six Months

Growing / Her feet seem to grow the quickest of her little body. I swear she outgrows her shoes monthly. Her waist is still teeny tiny, but now she has a little pudgy belly. She has the longest fingers I ever did see on a child, and her fingernails grow like weeds.

Eating / She is a real tyrant in the food department lately. All things she once enjoyed (or shall I say, all healthy things) she no longer likes. I feel like a short order cook, constantly trying to find something that will please her. She is obsessed with yogurt packs (which I’ve recently banned) and is back to drinking kefir at bedtime. She insists on always having the whole piece of anything, for instance, she must have an entire Cliff bar (and out of the wrapper). If I dare break off a piece and hand it to her, she has a meltdown, same with leaving it half wrapped in the wrapper.

Speaking / Her speech never ceases to amaze me. She literally pops up from bed when she wakes and starts telling me stories, either about what she did the day before or what she would like to do that day. She enjoys telling me what she “likes” and what she “loves.” “I like this song mama,” or “I love bunny.”

Learning / She is working on walking up and down stairs. She can do so if there is a handle to hold onto, if not she will resort to crawling instead. She is learning to put on her shoes and take on and off her pants. She has become very good at putting away her own clothes and shoes (sometimes not in the right bins, but close), and she is learning to put away her toys (this skill however, is less desirable to her).

Mastering / She has mastered getting into the pantry and retrieving her own food. She knows where we keep all the goodies and helps herself to a treat (mostly crackers or raisins ). She is sadly mastering the art of tantrums. She is definitely evolving into her terrible two’s and has sudden meltdowns over the slightest things (I believe the behavior is mostly due to extreme tiredness though, the girl won’t nap!).

Loving / She is in love with her blankie, it used to be a plush owl blankie and now its a pink monkey blankie. When she asks for her blankie, paci and bunny, we know its time for bed. She thoroughly loves shutting all the doors in the house and turning on all the lamps.

Loathing / She is terribly afraid of the dark suddenly, she now sleeps with a nightlight that stays on throughout the night and a turtle that illuminates stars on the ceiling. She also requests the hall light to be on and the door left open when she goes to sleep at night. She is still loathing nap time. I put her down every afternoon, and at best, she sleeps 2-3 times each week.

Laughing / Rough housing really gets her going, she loves being thrown on the bed or up in the air, or playing horse on Far’s back. She also finds it quite funny when Ryan and I kiss. She giggles each time we lay one on each other, its really quite cute.

Playing / She loves singing lullabies and dancing around the room. She sings her alphabet frequently and does a mash up of all the lullabies into one (its pretty inventive I must say). She enjoys playing with Playdough and making animal shapes with cookie cutters, and playing with watercolor and paints. She loves doing toddler yoga, we have a great book entitled “Toddler Moves” that she just loves following along with.

Ok, so I missed a month, but I landed this one on her twenty-sixth birthday. That must count for something. :)


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Twenty-Four Months

Growing / At her two year visit she was steadily going up on the charts, reaching almost thirty percent in weight (amazing, considering her slow weight gain!). Her feet are growing way too quickly (just cleaned out her shoe bin recently, she has little shoes left) and her hair is out of control. I would chop it myself, but I know its grounds for divorce if I do.

Eating / She has recently become very picky, I guess this is the norm for toddlers her age. She only wants yogurt, cheese, pancakes, waffles, bagels…I’m sure this is all too familiar for those with toddlers. My once adventurous eater has gone rogue on me.

Speaking / Like usual, I’m stunned by her vocabulary. She mimics everything I say-verbatim, and remembers (and repeats) everything. She is up to six word sentences, one of her favorite being “no mama music, only Beno music.” If you don’t recall, she refers to herself as “Beno.” Her other favorite sayings are “no nappy time,” “I like this one,” and “how about this one mama.”

Learning / She is learning to run (faster) and steadily climb over and on top of things (she is still a bit delayed in this area as she walked so late). She is still working on getting her clothes on and off. She can remove most all her clothes, but has a harder time putting them on, but she continues to try.

Mastering / She has mastered the art of not napping. Its been almost two months now that she has been fighting naps. One might give up at that point, but I’m adamant that she will nap again! She has mastered the word “no.” She used to just have a whiny “nooo,” but now its a very forceful “NO!”

Loving / She loves removing her diaper. When I put her down for naptime, the first thing she does is remove her diaper (sometimes soiled with you know what). She also enjoys taking off all her other clothes, no matter where we are. She recently removed her clothes at the grocery store, much to my surprise. Her new favorite activity (since the kitchen was remodeled) is to run around in circles around the island. I think its safe to say, she is enjoying our new kitchen.

Loathing / Naptime. Bathtime. Getting dressed. Changing her diaper. Wearing a diaper. Being told no.

Laughing / Nothing like tickling her or smothering her with kisses to get this girl laughing. She is super silly and it really takes very little to make her laugh.

Playing / Currently she loves playing with her horses, Dr. Suess flashcards, push car she received for her birthday, and her new sandbox (also a gift for her birthday). She still spends the majority of her time reading. We visit the library on a weekly basis, getting new books, and half the time I just end up buying the book as she loves it so.

Sadly I missed the twenty-third month, but life has been busy lately. Hopefully I’ll remain on track go forward.



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Twenty-Two Months

Growing / She appears taller than ever lately and has recently outgrown most of her pants. Her waist is still ridiculously tiny however, it is only in the length that her clothes have grown tight, therefore I have been thrifty and cut them all into shorts. Her hair is a scraggly mess. While she got a small haircut from her grandma last week, it still seems out of control (mainly because we didn’t allow her to cut much). While she seems to slowly be gaining weight and height, it amazes me just how much smaller she is still compared to the other toddlers her age, she looks like a baby doll in comparison to some of the beast like children we see on the playground.

Eating / She is eating like a ravenous bear these days, snacking non-stop. From the hour of 9 AM until noon, I swear she doesn’t stop eating. Its truly amazing how much her little body can take in. She loves buttered toast and bagels (especially from our local coffee shop). She prefers to eat in the living room at the coffee table or walking around the house, she has little patience for sitting in the highchair or at the table. She demands on choosing her own toddler packs, she can tell by looking at them which one she likes, and gets mad if I choose one for her.

Speaking / Her language skills are still incredible, this is definitely where she excels. Her favorite expressions at the moment include; “oh man” and “ay chihuahua.” She also loves saying “brontosaurs,” don’t ask why…She is stringing several words together now and her communication and needs are very clear. She is still confusing her possessive pronouns, getting “mine” and “yours” turned around often (I have found, this one is a tough one to teach). Just recently she has begun referring to herself in the third person, saying “Beno poop.” She apparently can’t say “Berlin.”

Learning / She is learning how to dress herself (but has a long way to go still), she can put her jacket on, but always backwards, and attempts to put on her shirt, but never quite succeeds. She has learned to unzip things, but hasn’t mastered zipping yet. She is finally learning how to take a small step over something or onto something, before recently she would crawl over little steps (she is extremely cautious).

Mastering / Climbing onto everything. She loves climbing on the coffee table, all the while saying “no table, no table” as she knows its a no, no-but does it nonetheless. She has even figured out how to push her highchair close enough to the kitchen table to climb onto that (which is rather frightening).

Loving / She loves shopping, and mainly going to the “mall.” She could spend hours walking around the mall, going up and down the escalator (which is always “up” for both up & down) and looking at clothes. She thinks it especially funny to look at bras and swimsuits and repeat “boobies, boobies.”

Loathing /She hates changing her clothes (and mostly her diaper) still. She prefers feeding herself rather than being fed. She recently has a weird thing about the light being turned off, keeps repeating “light off,” which actually means “light on,” once again confusing her words…

Laughing / Nothing like a father’s playtime to make this girl laugh. She loves running around and being silly with her Far. She also still finds any potty humor hilarious (I guess this never ends).

Playing / She is obsessed with her all her electronic toys suddenly; her faux computer, toy phone and electronic books. She carries them everywhere, slamming on all the buttons at once (making a lovely, annoying melody that I enjoy so much). She loves cleaning with me, she has her own broom set and helps me around the house. She still loves getting into all the drawers and cabinets, taking everything out and lining it all up in a neat line.

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Part Four: Technology and Tots

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For my final post in the technology series,  I wanted to turn the focus towards us, the parents, and our relationship with technology. We all are aware of the implications technology has on our children, but what about the implications it has on us, the adults? In my opinion, we are the worst abusers of technology. How does our use of technology effect not only us personally, but our relationship with our children and our partners?

I believe its safe to say that parents (or all adults for that matter) are utterly obsessed with the abundance of technology. With the daily use of social media; Instagram, Twitter, Facebook…To the obsession with smart phones, and the hours spent hypnotized surfing on the web. There is not an hour that goes by that we are not sucked into these technological black holes. The minutes lost on these devices quickly turn into hours; hours that could have been spent enjoying our loved ones rather than wasted on such frivolous devices.

I am not immune to this technological dependence, in fact that is why I wanted to write this post. I realize my interest has turned into an obsession, not only for me, but for my husband as well. At times, ok let’s be honest, most times, Ryan and I are completely sucked into our computers, phones or iPads and go hours without talking to one another. If one of us were to strike up a conversation, the response would most likely be “huh” or even worse, complete silence. We both get so absorbed with our mindless surfing that all senses are turned off and we completely tune one another out, not even bothering to look up from the computer to provide a respectful response. Often times I find myself getting angry with Ryan, frustrated that after a long day at work he comes home and instantly turns to the computer, rather than engaging with me. But he could say the same thing about me, and he’s often expressed feelings of resentment towards my absorption in the computer as well. Its truly sad that the little time we have together is spent surfing on the internet, rather than discussing our day or being affectionate towards one another.

Then there is the relationship with our children that is being effected. How many times have you seen a parent completely mesmerized by their phone at the playground, paying more attention to their email when they should be playing with their child? I mean come on, we’ve all been there; the one handed swing, or the zombie response to our child, while we continue perusing our Instagram. I sadly even witnessed a child getting hurt at the playground, crying out for their mom’s attention, while the parent sat back oblivious, surfing on the web. Nothing like witnessing this event to question your own obsession.

Our children are craving our attention. These special moments spent playing with them are crucial, not only for our relationship, but their development as well. It is up to us to set boundaries, not only for the child, but for ourselves. How can we expect to to lead by example, when we are having trouble setting our own limitations?

Becoming aware of our addiction has been the first step in our family, just being conscious of how often we use our devices has help make us realize how much we truly need to disengage. We have been so diligent limiting Berlin’s technology use, but we have completely ignored our own obsessions.  For now we plan to put in place a few hours each night that are technology-free and designate parenting time as sacred, digital-free time. Berlin deserves my undivided attention {and so does my partner}.

My hope is that all parents will step back and reevaluate their technology use and enjoy the present reality that is in front of them.



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Part Three: Technology and Tots

The third post in my technology series is extra special to me, as the guest is my younger sister. I asked my sister, Amanda, to be a part of the series, not only because she is an incredibly talented writer, but because she has made educated, decisive decisions regarding technology in her household. I have always admired my sister’s parenting values; she makes wise decisions based on her natural instinct, then stands behind them one hundred percent (and never waivers). I could only dream of being this decisive.
Now I’ll turn it over to Amanda…

Please read first: It really took me some time to write this article. I wanted to give myself time to truly evaluate the reasons why we choose to limit our son’s exposure to technology. And then that lead to more questions, like “what is technology?” And as you might imagine, that question lead to another and then another. For all intents and purposes, “technology” means the current technology of computers, laptops, Smart Phones, ipads, video games and essentially our cellular devices. My hope is that you will read this with an open mind and heart and know that my intention is to connect with you on some level. It is NOT my intention to bash your parenting or lifestyle if you happen to feel differently. I have a real love for children and if everything was going really well for children, than I would have no room to criticize. But in my heart of hearts, I don’t feel that all is well. Children are being abused, neglected, abandoned, ignored and becoming more disconnected. I have a deep love for humanity and my article is an attempt to open a discussion on the benefits and risks of the emerging technology. I hope you will share your thoughts whether you agree or disagree.

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It all started one afternoon, while my son, Nico and I were grocery shopping. As Nico perused the Lego section of the toy aisle, something caught my eye just behind him. It’s called an Apptivity and it is a plastic toy with a place to insert your smart phone. It comes complete with a splashguard to protect your device from unwanted drool and sticky fingers. The toy is designed for children ages 6 – 36 months. It unnerved me to imagine a 3 year old staring at an iphone, let alone a 6-month-old even access to one.

Not long after I saw the Apptivity, I saw a story in the Huffington Post in which the author gave reasons why hand held devices should be banned for children under the age of 12. While I don’t agree that the government should mandate any of a parent’s choices, I do believe that parents should limit their child’s exposure to this type of technology.

Since becoming a parent, I have operated mostly on intuition. Every now and then I will research a certain topic but I find that because there is so much reputable advice and so many statistics on either side of the matter, I become more confused than I was before I started my search. I have learned through the birth of my child and through important life decisions, that my intuition is a powerful and reliable guide. With that said, I am going to share with you the reasons why my husband and I have chosen to limit our son’s exposure to technology, based on a mixture of our intuition and life experiences. Occasionally, I will throw in statistics to support my argument, but if I have learned anything in my career as a doula and childbirth educator, it is that there is nothing stronger than a mother’s intuition.

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Reason #1 It is a distraction.
The Smart Phone has changed more than just our ability to communicate with one another; it has changed human communication all together. People are glued to these things. Just the other day friend of mine made a very interesting observation regarding the abundant use of the Smart Phone. Replace “checking the Smart Phone” with “spinning plates”. If you were to bear witness to this person pulling out their plate to spin it, as much as people check their phones, you would think that person was crazy or maniacal. All aspects of life are susceptible to Smart Phone interruptions. Basics like driving, eating, sleeping, riding our bikes, sharing time with friends or going to the bathroom with a Smart Phone in hand are now a cultural norm. More intimate events, like a nephew’s first birthday, the birth of our children, or the death of our parents, no longer seem so intimate when someone is texting or shopping on Amazon. Because the Smart Phone is so pervasive it does often take the place of conversation, interaction, observance and just good old fashion stillness.

Reason #2: We are too reliant.
The infatuation with these devices has taught us to be more reliant on it than ourselves. We don’t remember phone numbers, how to read maps or what it feels like to turn the pages of a real book. Take for instance the wide plethora of available apps. It seems as though they have created an app for every possible life scenario. Birth Buddy is an app that times the duration and frequency of your contractions during your labor. You even have the option of emailing the data to your friends and family. As a witness to this app in use, I can tell you that this woman would have much rather preferred her husband’s attention and the use of his hands on her back than his phone. The Fake an Excuse app conjures up an excuse by creating a noise of choice so that you have a reason to get off the phone. Really? The Cry Translator lets you record your baby’s cries and then translates what your baby needs. Here’s a tip and I won’t even charge you: put the phone down and pick up your baby. Becoming overly dependent on technology does more than keep us reliant on cell phone ranges and battery life, it questions our very humanness and the strength and innate capabilities that we possess.

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#3 It’s going to fast.
When we first started to engage in the new generation of children’s movies, I felt uneasiness at the speed. Something about how fast it was moving gave rise to our concern about how that might affect a small brain since surely it was affecting our brains in an uncomfortable way. While I don’t believe that the speed of our technology is the root of such diagnoses as ADHD or ADD, I do believe, that information being delivered at such a speed is not helpful for an already overactive brain. Personally, I have found that my consumption of the increasingly fast technology consumes my brain, making it hard to sleep and hard to remember. Emails, Facebook comments and phone calls; any where, any time, make for a fast life with little time to enjoy the moment.

#4 It’s addictive.
I can’t tell you how many times I have seen friends vow that they want to get off Facebook because they feel it is becoming too invasive in their lives, only to see them back on in a couple of days. I get it – I’ve done it myself. While I often get frustrated at the people who constantly check their iphones, I understand that it is an addiction and one that is not easily broken. If adults are having this much trouble controlling themselves, how can we expect kids to make sense of or balance the allure? Video games are a perfect example of the tremendous power of that addiction. Just the other day, I had a young man tell me that he was tired because he spent 12 hours playing a new video game. TWELVE CONSECUTIVE HOURS! But I get it, it’s addicting. How long did we sit in front of Super Mario Brothers trying to get to the last level? The only difference now, is that games today are designed to kill more than just man eating plants. The object today is to kill other people and it is very life like. I know there are educational video games but I would argue that for whatever video game they have for learning, there are more ways to teach the same lessons without it. How do these games shape our children’s minds, thoughts and feelings about the world and what will be the long term effects of these addictions.

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#5 What are the long-term health risks?
I am sure that this generation of people will be saying the very same thing about technology that our grandparents said about cigarettes. “I had no idea it was bad for me.” It is important to know that the FDA does not review the safety of radiation emitting consumer products such as wireless phones before they can be sold and when you read the health and safety information section located in the users manual of your cell phone, you will find that they are unable to say with certainty that using a cellular device is free of danger based on “conflicting studies”. Computers, ipads, cellular phones, televisions, microwaves, radios, baby monitors and so much more emit radio frequency energy (radiation) which is absorbed by the bodily tissues closest to where the devices are used. I had a difficult time trying to find conclusive results about whether or not radio frequency energy causes cancer or other health problems but like I said, my gut tells me along with my own personal experience that my body feels a lot better when I spend the day breathing fresh air and experiencing nature instead of a day in front of computer or with my cell phone.

As parents of the next generation, we have the most important job in the world – to raise vibrant, healthy, freethinking individuals who are compassionate, empathetic, aware and happy. It is important to my husband and me that our son is present in his environment and is aware of who and what are going on around him. By having awareness, children become more in tune with the energy of situations, making it easier to make good judgment calls. We want our son to be self-reliant and know the very basics of human survival so that given the most difficult of situations; he has the confidence in himself and his abilities. We want our son to slow down and know this pace as a way of life rather than trying to attain it through yoga classes and meditation retreats later in life. We want our son to have a balanced relationship with technology knowing its incredible possibilities and understanding it’s risk and limitations. We want our son to understand the importance of human connection and all of the joy, disappointment, laughter, heartache and love that accompany those experiences. We want our son to know that the world is a vast place with so many things to try, places to see, and people to meet but that time only moves faster as you get older, so you have no time to waste. Most importantly, we want our son to know that we love him, we always have time for him and that we are always doing our best. These lessons are easier to teach and live by when technology plays a small role in both his life and ours.




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Part Two: Technology and Tots

As a part of my technology series, I asked two others to share their views and discuss how they personally handle it in their homes.

My first guest is Ashley from The Stork & the Beanstalk. You may recall I did a guest post awhile back for her while she was recovering from back surgery. I really can’t say enough good things about Ashely. Her photography is nothing short of amazing and her wit and candor is truly refreshing. Now onto her thoughts regarding the “beast” that is technology.

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My mom had a friend when I was growing up that didn’t allow her daughter to watch any TV. I don’t even think they owned a TV in their house. I thought it was weird. I was around 8 or 9 years old and considered Zack, from Saved By the Bell, very much a part of my life.

TV never ruled my life. I was an active kid and my attention span for sitting in front of the tube was limited. In fact, from about the time I was 8 until I was 16, I spent 4 hours a day at the gym. I was a competitive gymnast.

When I thought about becoming a parent, I thought a lot about how I would raise my children. I pictured myself as a carefree parent who was relaxed about things like nap times and schedules. Admittedly, I frowned upon parents who plopped their kids in front of an iPad at restaurants. I thought about my mom’s friend who didn’t allow her child to watch any TV and suddenly she didn’t seem so “weird”; I understood where she was coming from.

And then I became a parent and, well, I learned quickly not to judge and that – in real life – there are consequences for each parenting decision you make. Like if you chose to be relaxed about nap times, you must also be patient and accepting when your beautiful little child turns into a tantrum throwing monster because they’re tired. And now, when I see a child watching a show on an iPad at a restaurant, I don’t judge because I’ve been there and I understand the importance of having a last resort.

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You see, I approach parenting now with the notion that we all do the best we can and the best we know how to do. All of us. Even if we do it differently.

My grandma reminds me often that most things in life are okay, in moderation. And this is how I approach technology. Sometimes I have to chose between locking myself in the bathroom and slowly plucking each strand of hair out of my head – one by one – or putting on an episode – or two – of Curious George and calling it a day. Because I lost a lot of hair postpartum, I chose the latter. It’s what I need to do, some days, to keep my sanity.

And I don’t feel bad about it. Like I said, I do my best; we all do our best. I don’t strive to be perfect because that would mean setting myself up for inevitable defeat. What I do do is make an effort, often, to spend time outdoors; we throw rocks, we collect sticks, we run away from crashing waves, we climb hills, we jump off park benches.

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Unplugging isn’t only important for children; it’s important for all of us. The internet has (arguably, I suppose) made our lives much easier but regardless of all the things we can do online, sometimes I think it’s healthier to do things the old fashion way; like putting that good ol’ pen to paper and writing a letter and walking to the mail box to send it as opposed to writing an email. Or going to the mall or a thrift shop or whatever suits you as opposed to the isolated and tactile-less world of online shopping. Young or old, we all need moderation in our lives.

Looking for unplugged inspiration? Check out the Childhood Unplugged movement here and on instagram here. And in the meantime, throw yourself a bone; it’s okay to plug-in once and a while too.




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Part One: Technology and Tots

As a child growing up I had very few limitations on anything “technology” based. There were no rules around how many hours of TV we could watch, or how much time was spent playing mindless video games. Therefore, I never obsessed over either. I spent the better part of my childhood running around with my neighborhood friends; playing Barbie, riding bikes, or in my later years, spending countless hours daydreaming about the crushes I had.

But life was different when I was growing up. For better or worse, children today do not share the same experiences I once cherished in my youth. I believe this is due to the amount of technology present in our current society. When I was a child, there was only television or video games to be concerned with. There were no cell phones. There was no social media; no Instagram, no Facebook. In fact the computer hardly existed in my youth. It wasn’t until I reached junior high or high school that computers even entered my realm. Even so, it was limited to school classrooms or the occasional “chat room” that my friends and I would sneak onto at the library. Whereas today we are all victims of the tech world and are inundated with massive amounts of media encroaching into every aspect of our life. It is nearly impossible to go a day without using or being exposed to some form of technology.

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Now that I’m a parent, I’ve had to step back and evaluate the harm and benefits of it all, and really take a stance regarding how I want to raise my daughter, and decide what my comfort level is with her amount of exposure. I did my homework, I read the AAP’s suggestions, and quite honestly I’m still conflicted. On one hand I see the amazing opportunities technology has provided our society and the vast amount of information that can be accessed through the use of such devices. But on the other, I have seen the destruction it can cause and the breakdown of core family values it creates.

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As a parent, not only do I have to be concerned with the effect technological devices have on brain development in our young children, but also the lack of physical activity it creates and the sensory overload it provides. While there may be some benefits offered; mainly improving fine motor skills and allowing communication with our loved ones (through Skype & FaceTime). The benefits are highly outnumbered by the tremendous risks. While I’m not one to adhere to a “strict” parenting style, I have found myself limiting time spent on the iPad or watching television more and more frequently lately. This decision is not only a conscious one based on the ramifications technology and media can generate, but also a naturally occurring one due to the lifestyle we have created. Sure there are days when I just need a moment, and I assure you I will not hesitate to turn on the television and sit my daughter in front of an episode of Baby Einstein, but for the most part our days are spent outside exploring and enjoying the beautiful surroundings our planet has to offer.

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This post is part one of a four part series on technology. I do hope you join in and share your thoughts regarding technology and how you choose to handle it in your families.




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Twenty-One Months

Growing / We recently attended our 21 month well visit and Berlin has finally hit the charts for weight! This is monumental, she has been below the charts since I can remember and she was at the thirtieth percentile this visit-yahoo! Her non-stop eating finally paid off!

Eating / She is a great eater, she will eat just about anything I serve her, but always on her own timeline. She insists on carrying around her bowl of food while playing around the house, never wanting to sit in her high chair for more than a few minutes. But I can’t say I blame her, I’m exactly the same way, eat & run.

Speaking / She is a total parrot, mimicking every word we say. She literally repeats every word that comes out of anyone’s mouth, so we always have to be mindful of the words we chose. She has an incredible vocabulary and says numerous two word sentences, her favorite being potty jokes; “hippo toots” or “hippo poops.”

Learning / She is learning to feed herself, properly that is. I blame myself for not allowing her to practice more, but she hasn’t been so good with the utensils. Recently I finally relinquished control, and she is nailing it. She attempts to put on her socks and shoes, although she hasn’t succeeded just yet.

Mastering / Walking. It took no time, and once she was up, she was off to the races. She is incredibly steady on her feet, falls very little, and is trying to run already.

Loving / She is happy as can be simply walking around the neighborhood. She no longer wants to go to the park or really “play,” yet is perfectly content just walking around for hours (too bad the hill getting to our house is a monster! I’m really getting my workout in).

Loathing /She detests getting her diaper changed, screams bloody murder every time we lay her down. She is not a fan of napping these days, especially on the weekends when Far is home (she wants to spend every second playing with her Pops) and she refuses to wear a hat-making time spent outside tough in this crazy heat.

Laughing / It doesn’t take much to make this gal burst out in laughter, usually a little potty humor does the trick (notice a trend here). She also finds it hilarious when we pretend to smell her dirty feet or chase her around the house.

Playing / Her favorite at the playground is the sandbox, she can spend hours in the sandbox or on the beach digging holes and filling her bucket. She loves music (as you can see) and insists on playing her favorites every time we get in the car, lately its been “Wheels on the Bus.” If I never hear this song again I would be one happy camper…




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Twenty Months

Growing / Her weight has seemed to slow a bit, I understand this is typical around this age. However her feet are growing quickly, we are already moving up to a size 4.5 (and we just bought the size 4 a few months back!). From what I’ve been told, her feet are flattening from the walking, increasing her size. Her hair is growing rapidly as well, soon I’ll actually be able to give it some style!

Eating / She is pretty consistent in this category, still loves to eat. She eats non-stop, I carry food with us at all times, as hunger strikes every hour. She still loves all things carb; crackers, bagels, cereal, oatmeal…but she also loves broccoli and she loved, loved the vegan pot pie I made recently.

Speaking / As of yesterday, she started stringing multiple words together, as we sat in the park, she said “bye bus,” “bye people,” and “bye kids” to everyone & thing that passed by. She repeats every word we say like a parrot and continues to add new words to her vocabulary daily, making it tougher and tougher to understand what she is saying.

Learning /To walk! Finally at nineteen months she has taken her first steps and is now cruising all around. She is still quite wobbly at times and falls frequently, but she is gaining confidence and becoming more steady with each day. She is also learning to put on her own coat and sweater, she is so close to succeeding, but she keeps putting it on backwards. She will get it soon enough.

Mastering / Climbing; she has gained so much confidence in the past few weeks, she has suddenly began to climb all over everything. She climbs into the fridge, onto the coffee table, on the dishwasher, every chair and couch in the house…but of course with all this climbing there have been a few more tumbles than usual.

Loving / This probably comes to no surprise, but she is still obsessed with her stuffed animals, there are six in rotation as of now. She is also in love with watching Baby Einstein videos, its literally the only thing she likes to watch and she requests it daily. She still loves to read, we go through so many books a day that we now go to the library once a week and get a handful of new books to keep things fresh.

Loathing /As of recently, she does not enjoy taking baths, I believe she is now hip to the fact that bedtime comes after bath time, so she resists the entire routine in hopes of staying up later.

Laughing / She is such a little charmer and is always making herself and others laugh. Just about anything makes her giggle; dancing, singing, spinning around, playing pretend with her animals…

Playing / She is completely and totally obsessed with stickers. She has a box full of stickers at this point (Dora & Mickey Mouse being her favorite) that she carries around with her everywhere. There are stickers in the bath, in her bed, stuck all over her clothes…there is no escaping stickers in this house!



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First Steps

After months of physical therapy and loads of positive encouragement on our behalf, our little gal has finally taken her first steps! As you all know, this has been a long road for us, so to say we are two happy parents, is an understatement.

Of course we knew she would walk eventually, but since she is well past the “average” walking age, there were times, I admit, I was growing quite concerned. While she is on target with all the other developmental milestones (although I pay little attention to this), it was still difficult to see the other toddlers her age circling laps around her at the park.

Now I can rest at ease knowing she is well on her way to keeping up with the other kids, and for now, I’m going to enjoy the calm before my main form of exercise is chasing after her all day.

And yes, I was bribing her to walk with tortilla chips.




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