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Thursday, December 23, 2010

HELP! Being Foiled

I really, really, really need some good, creative ideas on how to stop a very annoying habit that my daughter has. Sometimes Reagan will wake in the morning or from a nap and not want to get out of bed right away or sometimes she wants to go in her crib before she is actually ready to go to sleep. Sounds great, right? We thought so too. And it was great. Until the habit started. And the laundry increased.

If Reagan decides she wants awake time in her crib, and if you aren't in there checking on her every 5 seconds, she will remove her diaper most times lately. It started out occasionally and is now a regular event. We'd go in to find her with her pants and diaper off and (thankfully, usually only) wet spots in the crib. Out she'd come, sleeping or not, to be changed and have her crib sheets, pillow and pillow case changed.

We started then putting her to bed in only one piece sleepers (unless she had a onesie on) thinking that would surely cure the problem. Yeah, um, not so much. She just pulled the zipper down, pulled the tabs of her diaper and let it fall into one leg or the other. Change baby, change crib.

We then think, a-ha! Safety pin the zipper so she can't pull it down. Perfect! Safety pin goes on, Reagan goes to bed, Mommy relaxes knowing she won't be changing crib sheets tonight. I was sadly mistaken. She just picked at her diaper through her sleeper until she got the tabs to come loose and then shimmied the diaper into one leg. Change baby, change crib.

Now we consider tape. We try out several kinds of tape - scotch, masking, duct. Every once in a while it would work but for the most part, pick, pick, pick, shimmy, shimmy and...change baby, change crib.

The other night I have an epiphany and think I must be the most brilliant person alive (cough, cough) as I decide to purchase some Easy-Ups in her size. How obvious of a solution is that?!?! No tabs = nothing to loosen = no diaper disasters. Hooray! Solution at last.

Um, it didn't work. She somehow managed to wiggle one leg out of it while in her one piece sleeper with the zipper pinned up. W.T.H?! Change baby, change crib.

So here we are at a complete loss on how to avoid changing her and the crib every time she decides she wants some alone time in there. I don't think it is an indication of being ready to potty train because she doesn't seem interested in the potty at all and I don't think she's bothered by a wet diaper because if she is out playing she never wants to be changed (wet or dirty) and just doesn't seem to care one way or the other. She has toys in her crib and she gets the TV on a timer while in there (and diaper comes off sometimes before TV goes off, sometimes after) so I don't think it is boredom. She is the one who gets to choose whether she is in before sleep or after sleep so I don't think it is rebellion. I am just completely out of ideas. Help!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Primeval Food Instincts

I've come to believe that most children are born with a primeval instinctive need for chicken nuggets and french fries. I've seen it in my nieces and nephews and first noticed it in my own child when she was around 10 months old. That baby could pick out a McDonald's bag anywhere and would demand to have what was inside. This "need" has now evolved into actual requests for meals.

On Saturday I asked Reagan what she wanted for lunch and she told me "fries". I figured there was no harm in getting her a Happy Meal since she usually eats what we put in front of her and she loves green vegetables so nutritionally I knew she was well balanced. So I toss her in the car and we hit the drive thru. She was her sweet cute self saying "thank you Mommy" once the food was safely in the car. We get home and she joyfully eats her chicken nuggets and french fries. And Mommy is completely unaware that the force behind the request is trying to take over.

Sunday morning we had a really lazy morning and her breakfast ended up being more like brunch. As she is munching on her various foods, a McDonald's commercial comes on TV and the french fry monster awakens. The next thing I know, Reagan is saying, "Mommy, Mommy. I know! I know! Fries! Fries!" and she proceeded to repeat that over and over and over and over and over. When I said "no fries, eat what you have", Reagan pouted and wouldn't eat any more of her food.

Later that day, Daddy, unaware of the brunch episode, walked through the door with a Happy Meal after I was trying unsuccessfully to get her to eat a peanut butter sandwich. She saw that Happy Meal and was so excited. We gave her a chicken nugget and she was saying very dramatically – Mmmmmmmmmmm, chicken, num, num. When she got to her fries – even more dramatically – Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, FRIES, num, NUM! Then the chocolate milk – MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, CHOCOLATE, MMMMMMMMMM! Num, num, NUM! All of this interspersed with many a heartfelt "Oh thank you Daddy!"

It was truly hilarious and I'm pretty sure she will now try to influence every meal to become a Happy Meal!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


On Saturday we finally got out to the mall to see Santa Claus! She wanted no part of sitting in his lap but the Santa's helpers of today are experts at getting a good picture. One had me sit her on my knees up next to Santa while the helpers distracted her with a Dora ball and little globe strobe. While she was distracted, Santa slipped his arm around her, I leaned as far out of the picture as possible and a couple snaps later we had a keeper. I wouldn't have been too upset with a screaming toddler picture (it is a rite of passage after all) but I was impressed at their ability to get most toddlers distracted enough to smile. Thanks Santa - it was good to see you again.

Monday, December 20, 2010

2 Year Pictures Sneak Peak

Any day now my CD will arrive that contains Reagan's 2 year old pictures.  I can't wait to see all of the awesome shots!  In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of my little darling's "imp" look.  That pre-devilish smirk she gets and gleam in her eye just before she does something she doesn't think she is supposed to do.  In this case, she was getting ready to make a break for it and run past me.  LOL  I love her imp look!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Five Question Friday - 12/17/10

Yay!  I have a few minutes today to play!  If you want to play too, head over to Mama M's and join in the fun!

1. Do you regift...and if so, do you have a regifting horror story?
It depends.  I will regift something generic to a casual acquaintance in a heartbeat.  I don't regift to those closer to me though unless they see something I got and they want it and I don't particularly want it.  We reuse the heck out of gift bags though - it's kind of a running joke in our family. 

2. Do you know what you are getting for Christmas this year?
I am probably getting nothing because I usually insist that my DH not get me anything.  If I need or want something bad enough throughout the year I usually just get it so by Christmas there isn't really anything I absolutely want.

3. Who brings the most gifts in your family, you or Santa?
Santa does.  I LOVE the magic that is Santa.  I even wrote about it recently - you can read it here!

4. What store do you love to by jeans from?
Definitely the Tommy Hilfiger outlet store near me.  It is the best of both worlds - Tommy jeans are the ones that fit me the best and are the most comfortable AND since it is an outlet store the prices aren't as high as the department stores. 

5. Christmas meal: Big, All Out Meal or Snacks and Apps?
Both actually.  Snacks and apps throughout the day while the big, all out meal is cooking.  :-)

Well, speaking of Santa, I really need to get my tree tonight so we can decorate it tomorrow so that Santa has some place to put all those presents for Reagan!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reagan's 2 Year Check-Up

Yesterday we went to Reagan's pediatrician for her 2 year check-up.  Here are her 2 year stats:

Weight - 23 pounds - 5th-10th%
Height - 33 3/4 inches - 75th%
HC - 48 1/4 centimeters - 50th%

She is maintaining her regular growth curve and all measurments hit her target.  We get to switch to low-fat milk now and her next well visit won't be until her 3 year check-up.  She is on schedule with all her vaccines except the yearly flu shot so there weren't any shots yesterday since she is officially old enough for the flu mist.  Hooray!  She wasn't too sure about the first nostril mist but got the hang of it for the second one.

As is typical for Reagan, Dr. E spent most of the exam laughing.  For some reason my daughter LOVES going to the doctor and has been fascinated by the exam process since she was a tiny infant.  This time though she decided to help Dr. E with the exam.  She gently took the stethoscope and put it to her own chest under her shirt.  Then she took the ear light and put it in her own ear and turned her head for the other ear when the first one was done.  Then she looked at Dr. E, opened her mouth, pointed inside of it and told Dr. E, "Mouth" while reaching for the light.  It was so funny that she knew what came next.  She didn't want to lay down to have her tush checked but cooperated anyway. 

Her enunciation is still a tad behind others her age but she counts to 13 regularly and knows most of her colors so it averages out.  I am so blessed to have a healthy, happy, smart little girl (who may one day decide to be a doctor! LOL).

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - 2 Years Ago Today-ish

Wasn't this just yesterday?!?!?! (Can you tell I still can't believe my baby is already 2?)

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Great Santa Debate

I have seen other folks discussing Santa and the controversy that can sometimes surround him so I figured I’d throw my two cents into the ring. I grew up in a Christian Methodist home complete with Sunday School and church on Sundays. We were made to go up until we were Confirmed wherein we were then considered responsible for our own faith and decisions involving our faith and could decide whether to attend regularly or not. In the United Methodist Church, Confirmation refers to the decision a person makes to respond to God's grace with intentional commitment, publicly reaffirming his or her baptismal vows before the congregation. It is offered in the early teen years and involves classes, studies, field trips, etc. which culminate in a ceremony during service to publicly affirm your faith. For the most part, after Confirmation I continued to attend on a semi-regular basis. I enjoyed going to church and youth group however as a teenager I didn’t always want to get up in time to be there on time. Hence the semi-regular basis. As an adult I went through periods of not going at all, going every week and points in between. As a mother now, I am trying to be more regular with attendance so that Reagan can have a faith-based upbringing as well.

Back to Santa. In our Christian home, Santa visited every year. I can still remember the excitement and belief and how magical it was on Christmas morning to awake to see that he had come. The whole idea of Santa is wonderful to me and I have many cherished memories from those days of belief. After I discovered the truth, the only negative feelings I had about it were that it wasn’t true. It never occurred to me to distrust my parents because they “lied” to me. As a matter of fact, I am grateful that they perpetuated that myth so that I can remember the magic.

Counter-balancing the commercialism of Santa were plenty of church events and discussions about the birth of Jesus and Nativity scenes and traditional songs. I remember being equally excited and in awe of the blessed event and that tandem excitement made Christmas that much more special. One of my most cherished pieces of the Christmases of my youth is a Nativity set that belonged to my late maternal Grandmother who died when I was 10. She would set it up each year and tell me not to touch it when I was little. It is now my Nativity set and each crack and chip on it represents all the love in our family throughout the years. Even after all the years of Santa, it is the setting of baby Jesus’ birth that I cherish the most.

So, with all of the wondrousness that I remember from my childhood Christmases, we welcome Santa into our home. I want Reagan to have the same magical experiences that I had as a child and knowing how fleeting childhood is and the short, short window for pure magic, we will tell her the stories of Santa and his elves and his reindeer and the North Pole and all else that is Santa. She will also be taught that the true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We started this early with her – on her very first Christmas, when she was only 3 weeks old, we began a tradition I have always known I would begin with my child. We sang Happy Birthday to baby Jesus before doing anything else that day. We will do this every Christmas so that first and foremost we will always be reminded that the day is to celebrate Jesus’ birth and we will sing to the baby Jesus that is part of my Grandmom’s Nativity set. And the presents will be for her, from Santa, on behalf of baby Jesus’ big celebration.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Coming Soon...2 Year Old Pictures!

Yesterday we met up with a fabulous photographer (and friend) Andrea at Loch Haven Park in Orlando for Reagan's 2 year pictures.  I had her 1 year pictures done at a chain-store studio and while they turned out great, I spent wayyy too much money and both of us were cranky, exhausted and frustrated by the time it was over.  I was not looking forward to doing that again so I asked Andrea if she would take Reagan's pictures this year. 

It was so much nicer being at the park, in a natural setting and where Reagan could run around and be herself.  No overly forced poses, no 8 million things laying about that are oh-so-enticing yet completely off limits to a toddler, no overheated room and no being rushed.  I was a little bit worried about how cooperative she would be (which would have been a studio concern as well) but Andrea is a natural for getting the little ones to engage and Reagan was going right along with it.  I was pleasantly surprised at how often Reagan actually did what we asked her to do and one of the pictures I totally cannot wait for is the one where Andrea caught Reagan's imp-look (the one just as she is deciding whether or not to let the horns appear on her head!).  We see that look all the time but it has never been captured on film. 

It was a great time and I will post some of the pictures here when they are ready.
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