Hi everyone! I've not been active here for a very long time. I find that I go to the facebook page frequently, but I will try to make it a point to check in with those here, too. How has the month of August been for everyone? Gabriel turns one on the 31st of this month. He's not standing unassisted yet, but he is pulling up and cruising around furniture a ton. He also has a mouth full of teeth. I'm trying to do more arts/crafts type activities with him and introducing him to more sensory things.
Just thought I'd check in. :-)
What types of arts and crafts things do you do with him? It's not something I've ever really done, so it doesn't come naturally :) I worry that he'd just try to eat whatever it was. ... Because he would.
Becky, I'm on my way out, but I'll be back to post later. Anything nontoxic, really. He can finger paint with nontoxic paint, play with play doh (I make my own). I've had him color with crayons. He does eat them at this stage, so I make sure they're nontoxic and supervise closely. He can also color with large chalk on the chalkboard. I haven't really tried crafts with Gabe just yet, though. I've been pinning some things on pinterest. One think I read about online (that isn't a craft, either) is making water balloons and putting them in the bathtub with the boys at bath time. I'll be back later. :-)
Finn liked the mess free paint thing we did! You put finger paint in a giant gallon zip lock bag and then tape it to a table (in our house I put it on the wall, too) and put a piece of white paper behind it. They can smoosh all the paint around with their hands and there is no mess!!
Carrie that is a genius idea. I'll have to give that a try, as both my boys are more interested in eating the paint than making art with it.
I'm guessing its going to be quiet around here.
I finally had a good sleep last night, after several nights of insomnia, so staying away from FB definitely seems to be helping.
While I'm keeping my head in the sand over the election season I am keeping busy with my birthday present.
DH bought me a dressform, and I've personalized it with an old bra and a polystyrene ball to make it more like my actual shape. Now I'm working on making some new dresses, as I also got 4 really nice fabrics to make dresses with.
Potty training continues slowly. DS1 will hold in his pee until he just can't hold it any longer. We've had some accidents because of that, but continue to ask every 15 minutes and don't make a big deal when he says no, or pees himself. He does always tell us while he is peeing, so at least he isn't trying to hide it. I have a feeling this is just going to be something that takes him a while, and then one day it'll click, as that is his usual pattern. Once he gets potty trained it'll probably be time to start on DS2.
Miss you all over on FB, but I need my sleep more.
Carrie, I'm going to try that, too! I just have to dig out our finger paints.
This isn't necessarily artsy, but something I've done with the boys recently is make play doh. They love dumping the flour and other ingredients into the bowl and stirring, etc. And they love the different colors that we make. I sit them in their booster seats with the play doh and lots of cookie cutters, little spoons, etc. and it keeps their attention for quite a while. Something else that we did for fun was let them play with water balloons in the bath tub. They had so much fun and really loved it at the end of the bath when DH held the balloons up and popped them one by one, letting the water fall on the boys.
Lynann, I hear you on potty training. DS1 is 2 1/2 and, although he recently expressed interest in potty training and wearing big boy underwear, he isn't really cooperating. I don't want to push it, but I might try suggesting again soon in a way that is positive. ... Also, it seems that stepping away from fb for a while has been good for you. I think I need a brief break, as well. I took one for a few weeks a while back and it worked wonders.
I'm glad you're sleeping better, Lyn!!! Good for you for doing what it takes! Sometimes...I feel I need a break from the constant mommy wars on my feed. NOT you guys, omg, that sounds bad. But just all the parenting jibber jabber and look what my kid did (even though I partake it in) can be much at times. Sigh. I just feel like .. bored sometimes w/o fb. it's something I'm thikning about though.
busy day today!! My hands are finally free!!!
I dug out Finn's baby book and finally started putting some info in from the calendar I keep w/all his milestones. How is my baby 1?!? How are all our babies 1?!?
Gosh, I'm complaining about fb, but I think I'm going to have to find milestones on fb for both my kids. :-(
They've grown so fast. I can't believe I'm going to have 2 toddlers soon! YIKES! LOL
I did think staying away from FB would be hard, but I was soooo productive yesterday. A good nights sleep and no computer distraction and I got caught up with some kitchen chores and got the first dress cut & pinned. I'm planning on having this first dress ready to wear to Seth's party on 8th.
I've also eased off on the potty training. We had though going straight to underpants all day long (except for naps) would help him train quicker. Unfortunately he just decided to hold it in even though we were taking him every 15 min. So now I'm slowing it down and he just goes diaper free after his nap, and then after a couple of hours we give him the choice of potty or diaper just before we sit down for dinner. I know it will just click at some point and then it'll be a breeze, but until then we're just taking a gentle approach. Aiden is one of those personalities that won't be made to do anything.
I'm going to have to try the water balloons in the bath for our messy play day. Both boys love playing with water, so it should be a lot of fun.
All the political wars were getting to the point of being really triggering about past trauma in my life, which is why I had to walk away. I normally love political discussions, but it sometimes feels like there is no discussion over here, just mud slinging. I'm not even particularly fond of either party, and don't get why its just a two party system either. I once took a survey to find out where your political views lie, and I was right on the same spot of the grid as the Constitution. The way things are these days that makes me even more conservative than the Republicans. But it doesn't surprise me that I like George Washington so much (been reading his biographies lately.)
I do miss the daily chats with everyone in our group, but I'm definitely not missing the stress.