We plonked a credenza in front of the fireplace. It's not too heavy (for us), so we can move it out of the way if we want. Not an elegant solution, but it works for now. Fireplaces and their screens are very attractive for DD.
Thanks for your replies! Sorry for your misery but glad to know I'm not imagining things. DH is suggesting preschool but it feels like it's failure on my part to be the bountiful ever-giving selfless earth mother.
For a long time I did have a regular childcare swap with another mother but she moved away and I did have a moms' group but it's fallen away, too. That was three days of predictable child entertainment that's now gone.
It feels like...
I could use some feedback on choosing a school for DD when she turns 3 next fall.
There are four Montessori schools in my part of town. I've been to open houses (on the weekends) at all of them, and have done observations (during the schoolday) at two, and plan to observe the remaining two.
The first surprise was that the "beautiful environment" I expected was not very beautiful. It's understandable, since I have worked as a designer and teachers have not, and...
Originally Posted by sassycat
I only have one friend in the area with a baby, and I'm not sure how it would work with switching off days and watching each others kids. I know NOTHING about how to take care of two at once!!! Jeez, is that even possible! hahaha
My friend and I did this this summer, and it was fun! Our kids were 1.75 years old and it was a little strange in the beginning but then we all got into a groove and it was...
DD is 2 years, 4 months. Lately naps are irregular--some days she'll have them, some days not. Some days she will take an early snooze in the car. We can spend all day at the park and it won't induce a nap. We are going further afield for entertainment, but then the long car ride home soothes her to sleep--at the wrong time, and the ride isn't long enough, and then she's crabby from not enough car-nap.
I need her to have that daytime nap so I can unwind. Or get things...
Have you tried Otoferm or other gel? It's like caulk for tiny hearing aids. We used it a lot in the beginning. We got it from the audiologist.
And depending on your child's particular type of hearing loss, your son might not even hear the squealing.
Your sanity is important, too...you could limit the hearing aid use to the stroller or the like, when you are less likely to be bothered, at least until the new molds arrive and they fit for two whole days
I like the Sh-mop (dreadful name, great tool) with removable terrycloth covers that I throw in the washer. It's designed for use on hard floors.
The idea is that you buy a bunch of the terry covers and as the cover gets dirty when you're mopping, you take the dirty one off and replace it with a new one. Thus the mop water (if you use a bucket of cleaning solution, rather than squirting cleaner directly onto the floor) never gets dirty. I've had the mop for 8 years and...
I don't have any BTDT advice but I wanted to say I'm a year behind you. 2yo DD wears bright purple hearing aids and is the only toddler we know who sings songs. I know what you mean about having a kid with special needs and explaining those needs to other people--do I not say anything and let them treat her normally and only step in if there's something in the interaction that needs correction, or do I try to lay out some ground rules so the adults know what to do from the...
Not all white paints (or other light-colored paints) are created equal. Most paint companies list the Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of each color; use that to help you choose pick which white to use. Pick numbers in the high 80s if at all possible; a number in the 90s would be even better.
And use the highest paint sheen that's appropriate for the surfaces; you'll get more reflections that way. (Reflections = more light bouncing around.)
Remember, the difference between...
I had a similar question when DD was 1 (nearly a year ago). Check out this thread:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ferrerid=98452. Everything on the list was quick and easy to make, plus there are links to blogs with additional ideas.
The poker chips (or metal orange juice concentrate lids) in the plastic coffee can was a real favorite around here.