Time for the Toddler Bed…

I can barely wrap my mind around the fact that my little baby is now in a big boy bed.  This weekend Daddy turned the Little Monkey’s crib into a toddler bed.  I was curious how it was going to look since we had bought one of those 3 in 1 crib, toddler bed and bed frame.  So far I’m not that impressed since the big transformation is just taking one side of the crib down, so who knows what the bed frame will look like.  I’m not sure how the monkey will feel sleeping in his crib when he’s sixteen!

Eventually I want to decorate the little guys room but for now it has more of an eclectic feel with all the hand me downs from his brother and sister.  The Monkey doesn’t seem to mind.  Whether it’s the pink and purple kitchen or the well used spider man chair, he’s thrilled with his new room.  His little tour of his room was filled with lots of giddy ooohs and aaahs!

It went something like this (translation by mummy):

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This is my new bed!

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This is my new chair!

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This is my new play kitchen!  

I haven’t been brain washed yet by what society deems as gender specific colours, so I don’t mind that it’s pink! (ok, maybe I took a little creative liberty translating this one)

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These are my new wooden food toys!

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This is me jumping really high on my well padded area rug! I’m really excited!

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This is me sleeping in my big boy bed.

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This is me being woken up by Mummy’s excessive picture taking!  I’m not impressed.

Good night!

Freezing Cold, Forts and Picnics…

Today was cold!  Super cold!

We did a couple things to try and keep warm.

The kids stayed in their thick warm pajamas and we cranked the heat.

We  also ordered a cord of wood to get the fireplace going but unfortunately it won’t be delivered until tomorrow morning.

Even with all our attempts to get warm there was still a chill in the house, so after the school work was finished, the kids and I built a fort and filled it with all sorts of blankets.

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The kids spent the rest of the day in their fort.  They read books, played a little DS and the Princess even took a little nap.  I packed a little lunch for the two of them so they could have a fun picnic inside the fort.

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They had so much fun they decided to sleep in it tonight.

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My two sweet ones are snuggled in their little hideout, sound asleep, warm and cozy.  It’s a fun way to stay warm on a cold winter’s night!

Daddy Says… Flipnotes

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This Christmas, the Professor was pretty impressed to receive a Nintendo 3DS handheld game system as a gift.  We had been talking about it for a while, and he was saving up his money to buy it himself, so he was genuinely surprised to find it among his gifts!  Just as happy about the gift was the Princess… By default, she was given his old DS as a practice system.

She didn’t hesitate to start taking all sorts of photos, playing games and recording little songs that she could then play back at various speeds to alter her voice. One of the programs we found is Flipnote. It’s a simple program where you can create animations by drawing them one page at a time.

I made a quick little Star Wars animation and the Princess liked it so much, she decided to do one of her own.  After a few frames, she asked me to take over, but offered some ideas of how it should go.  About halfway through the battle, she decided the scene needed a cat:

She liked the surprise ending with the cat so much, she made her own:

When we showed Mummy, she thought it was so cute, she decided to make one too!

I have to say, I think Mummy’s says it all.

Bedtime Stories…

Bedtime stories are precious.

Our’s first started back when the Little Professor was tucked away safe in my tummy while Daddy would read to him.

Our favourite book was…

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It’s a sweet, little book perfect for new parents falling in love with their life changing bundle of joy!

As the years have passed, there are a few gems that we continue to enjoy and every once and a while we stumble upon a new one to add to our most loved collection.

Here are some of our favourites…

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Wow, It’s a Cow!  By Trudy and Jay Harris

This is a cute book for the little ones.  It’s one of the Monkey’s favourite.  It’s full of rhyming, animal sounds and little peekaboo flaps!

What more could a curious, little toddler ask for?

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Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

A book about the special bond between mother and son and the evolving relationship that comes with age.  This book is especially dear with the Little Professor and myself.  Even though he is off reading goofy, little novels full of wedgies and other mildly rude stuff, he still loves to snuggle up with his mother for a private reading of Love You Forever.  He even requests that I rock him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.

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   Princess Justina Albertina – A Cautionary Tale by Ellen Dee Davidson

A seriously fun book with a great, though slightly drastic, ending.  To be honest, it’s the ending that makes this a favourite with our family!  Princess Justina likes to have her own way.  She reminds me of too many kids we have come across in our adventures.  You know the ones! They’re at the stores, parks, and restaurants constantly demanding things a little too loudly from parents that obviously have never said no in their life. It’s crossed my mind to keep copies of this book in my purse to hand out to those darling little cherubs.  Maybe the end of the book will scare them straight!

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You Are My I Love You by Maryann K. Cusimano

This is not so much a story but rather beautiful poetry depicting the day in a life of a parent and their child.  Each verse  flows with song and permeates with love.  It’s graceful and lovely and the perfect transition between an animated day and drifting off to peaceful sleep.

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Mommy’s Best Kisses by Margaret Anastas

What mother doesn’t just love to kiss her child and what child doesn’t absolutely love being kissed?  This book is an interactive, playful excuse to kiss my children – not that we need one.  This book leaves us all laughing and giggling, smiling and wiggling.  It’s sweet and fun and has given us many precious times together.  From the moment I first skimmed through it at the bookstore right up until tonight, this book has brought a smile to my lips and spilled happy tears from my eyes.

If you have little ones in your life, you might want to add one of these books to your special collection.

Happy New Year!

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I love New Year’s Eve.

I get all excited about the possibilities that lay wait in the new year.

Whatever happened in 2012, whether good or bad, is now the past and the future is ready to be conquered.

Anything is possible!

I’ve never been much for New Year Resolutions.

Instead I like to name the year.

Once it was the Year of Prosperity, another was the Year of Organization (not our best year), but this year is…

The Year of Change.

It’s the year we change our thinking, our environment and how we live.

Change can be painful, but sometimes it’s necessary.

I’m excited at this prospect.

Happy New Year to all of you!!

What is your year called?

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

The kids have been hoping for snow for weeks now.

Last year we had very little, so when they looked out the window this morning and were met with a blanket of fluffy white snow covering everything, they were so excited.

Once breakfast was finished Daddy and I spent a good hour gathering winter clothing and helping each child get dressed.

I made it very clear they were to stay outside for at least an hour, since it took so long to get out there.

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Once the Professor and the Princess were outside I went and woke the Monkey from his nap.  He was not impressed that I had disturbed his sleep, but when I showed him his siblings playing in the snow through the window, he wanted to join them immediately.

Immediately in his socks and clothes, immediately!

He was not impressed about the delay in getting his snow suit on.

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The three of them really enjoyed playing in the snow.   Daddy showed the Monkey how to make snow angels by moving his arms and legs for him.  He thought that was really funny but didn’t quite get the concept.

Then Daddy showed the Princess how to make snowballs.  She was more interested in eating the snow even though she was warned multiple times not too.  That one will eat just about anything!

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The Professor and the Princess worked together to make a snowman.  They even asked for a carrot for its nose.

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Frosty’s nose didn’t last long though…they ended up sharing it between the two of them!

Mysterious Ways….

Today the Milk Monkey went to back up daycare.  One of the “perks” of Daddy’s job is 20 days of daycare per child.  It really comes in handy for those days when all my concentration needs to be on work, or just for general catching up on things.  All three of the kids had some days left but the Milk Monkey had most of his because we only just started sending him near the end of the year.  So since he’s the one that occupies most of my time during the day we’ve been sending him to back up every day this week.  He loves it there and really enjoys playing with his friends, so it’s a win-win situation.

This morning my little guy woke up with a rash on his cheek and his eyes were red.  This happens, between the hives, the runny noses and the rashes we’re pretty use to it now.  I gave him his dose of Children’s Claritin, something the allergist wants us to do until our next visit in January and sent him on his way.  Sure enough, mid afternoon I got a call saying the Monkey needed to be picked up because he has a rash.  I have no idea why they waited until afternoon, maybe because it looked worse after waking from his nap, probably because the Claritin was wearing off.  I don’t know.  I tried to explain his skin sensitivities and the rashes and hives but they still wanted him picked up.  They said the only things he ate that was different was rice and black eyed peas.  The allergist has determined the triggers are not food related. A few minutes later they called back and informed me he needed to see a doctor before he would be allowed to go back.  The second call made me feel like they think I’m a bad mother – like I made light of a critical situation.

We’ve been dealing with this for a while now.  We’ve seen our sweet little baby covered head to toe in hives, we’ve slathered his little diaper parts in various creams to try and get rid of rashes that won’t disappear, we were the ones who comforted him when he got pneumonia from the constant nasal drip when the doctors kept telling us it was just a cold.  That is why I didn’t freak out about the rash on his face.  I understand they don’t know all this and they’re just looking out for his best interest, which I appreciate.  It’s just that even though he is the third child in our family, I still second guess most decisions I make, especially in the areas where I don’t have any expertise like medicine.  I don’t want to be the hypochondriac mother but at the same time, I don’t want to ignore his needs.  It’s always a fine line.

Nevertheless, Daddy took him to the doctors to see what was up.   The doctor agreed it’s just a rash because of his sensitivity.  As he was checking him out he found that the little Monkey has a small ear infection so he prescribed some antibiotics for that.  I guess the rash was a blessing in disguise.  He hasn’t had a fever and he hasn’t been pulling at his ears, so there was no way anyone could know.

I’m thankful for the way the day turned out even if it was frustrating and my motherly pride took a hit.  The thought that my little Monkey could be in pain without us knowing is just too sad.  I’m thankful for the daycare women who insisted we take our little guy to the doctors, even if it wasn’t for the reason they thought.  I’d like to think I would have caught on to the ear infection if he had been around me all day but I probably wouldn’t have unless he was showing more signs.

When I think of the saying that God works in mysterious ways, I think of situations like this.  I don’t believe he brings sickness to His children, but I do believe He can use a situation to whisper in someones ear to help us when we need it.