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Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-11-2011, 04:55 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,690
Posted By mbm
DD (3) got a new pack of crayons, a Pez...

DD (3) got a new pack of crayons, a Pez dispenser, a dollar-bin holiday themed puzzle, hair clips, an ornament and an orange.
 
St. Nicholas also brought a pair of warm pajamas and slippers,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-23-2011, 07:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,056
Posted By mbm
In our area, Macy's, Gap and Gymboree can all be...

In our area, Macy's, Gap and Gymboree can all be very cheap with sale + coupons. I have gotten new clothing items for 99 cents.  I usually buy end of season clothes one or two sizes up.
 
Thrift...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-17-2011, 05:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,225
Posted By mbm
No, but I rarely go because our Costco is such a...

No, but I rarely go because our Costco is such a zoo.  I might be better about making a list if I had time to walk around in a leisurely fashion and see what they have (and compare prices), but I...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-23-2011, 09:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,039
Posted By mbm
Routine helps with DD (2.5), as do frequent...

Routine helps with DD (2.5), as do frequent updates on what comes next.  Like "First we will eat our breakfast, and then we'll get dressed, and then we'll go in the car," repeated several times...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-12-2011, 04:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 356
Posted By mbm
IKEA Molger stool.  It was the only one we could...

IKEA Molger stool.  It was the only one we could find that was tall enough for DD to reach the taps.
 
The down side is that the space is tight, so we can't just leave it in place, but the stool...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-12-2011, 04:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By mbm
We have "Mommy, are you putting rollers in your...

We have "Mommy, are you putting rollers in your hair?"  "Mommy, are you eating your waffle?"  "Mommy, are you drawing your name?"  "Mommy, are you going to put your shoes on?"  Et cetera.
 
I...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-09-2011, 12:32 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,680
Posted By mbm
DD won't poop on the potty either.   Part of...

DD won't poop on the potty either.
 
Part of the problem is that she doesn't give any indication when she might need to poop.  I can't catch her and neither can her daycare teacher -- she says the...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-01-2011, 03:05 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,680
Posted By mbm
  Quote:Hey maybe if she doesn't like getting...


Quote:Hey maybe if she doesn't like getting the characters on the underwear dirty then you can use that to your advantage when potty training. Tell her that when she goes on the potty the...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-01-2011, 09:08 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,680
Posted By mbm
Hahaha, I know!  And I think that just makes it...

Hahaha, I know!  And I think that just makes it *more* frustrating, because I worry that she's learning that accidents are funny and so she should have as many of them as possible.
Forum: Life with a Toddler   04-30-2011, 11:27 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,680
Posted By mbm
<sigh>  DD (2.5) seems to understand potty...

<sigh>  DD (2.5) seems to understand potty training from a logical standpoint.  If you ask her, "What do you do when you need to pee or poop?" she says, "Tell Mommy or Daddy, and run to the potty!" ...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-17-2011, 09:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 396
Posted By mbm
I'd get the sitter.  You will enjoy the wedding...

I'd get the sitter.  You will enjoy the wedding much more!
 
We left DD in the care of a sitter for the ceremony and the late part of the reception at my brother's wedding.  We brought her to the...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-12-2011, 12:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 237
Posted By mbm
Just before DD turned 2, she decided she wanted...

Just before DD turned 2, she decided she wanted to sleep in the Big Bed (a guest bed in our nursery).  We took the side off the crib to convert it to a toddler bed, but that was not good enough --...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   12-18-2010, 08:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 671
Posted By mbm
DD started to want to choose particular clothes...

DD started to want to choose particular clothes at about 20 months.  Thankfully it only extends to shoes, pajamas, and a few favorite items, like a floppy yellow sun hat, that she wants to wear all...
Forum: Parenting   12-18-2010, 08:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,856
Posted By mbm
I was in a small, independent toy store today...

I was in a small, independent toy store today and the place was packed with kids of all ages all howling "I want this, I want that," crying, tantrumming, running around like crazy, etc.  All I could...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-07-2010, 10:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 655
Posted By mbm
DD went through a phase of asking to watch The...

DD went through a phase of asking to watch The Gruffalo 100 times a day. The phase did pass. Take heart!

I think TV free is a good idea in theory, but we are not TV free and you should not beat...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   11-07-2010, 04:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,311
Posted By mbm
DD goes to a home daycare with four other little...

DD goes to a home daycare with four other little girls. It is Princess Central over there, with a huge dress up box of tutus and tiaras and those goofy plastic "high heel" shoes. They all LOVE IT.
...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-30-2010, 07:34 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,612
Posted By mbm
We have a bin for outfits (I fold all the pieces...

We have a bin for outfits (I fold all the pieces together in a bundle), a bin for random shirts, and a bin for random pants.

This system works really well for me, because I usually just pull out...
Forum: Parenting   10-26-2010, 12:04 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,218
Posted By mbm
Quote: DH was ticked off slightly but agreed...

Quote:
DH was ticked off slightly but agreed to my choice--chosen long before I met him--of Sophia rather than another "Z" for DD.
The little Sophia I know goes by Zosia.

I only have one...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-04-2010, 02:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 492
Posted By mbm
DD's current obsessions are Bread and Jam for...

DD's current obsessions are Bread and Jam for Frances, Madeline, The Gruffalo (and The Gruffalo's Child), and Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle.

She's got a birthday coming up too, so I am very...
Forum: Parenting   09-20-2010, 10:45 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,273
Posted By mbm
I actually haven't seen a Disney film since...

I actually haven't seen a Disney film since Aladdin (not counting Pixar).

I won't prevent DD from seeing a Disney movie, nor do I plan to go out of my way to make sure she does. And I am OK with...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-17-2010, 02:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,680
Posted By mbm
DD's been using the straw sippy since about 12...

DD's been using the straw sippy since about 12 months, and she could use regular straws at about 18 months.

My mom was amazed, and told me that her kids all had trouble with straws until we were...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-12-2010, 08:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By mbm
Today I stopped one potty disassembly but it was...

Today I stopped one potty disassembly but it was a false alarm. Thus far, potty 0, floor 10.

I tried to get her to sit on it to read some stories but she was very clear, "No, sit on floor!" I...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-12-2010, 07:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,611
Posted By mbm
No, I don't think you are depriving her at all. ...

No, I don't think you are depriving her at all.

We went last year (DD had just turned 1) in order to introduce ourselves to a few of the neighbors. We figured it was a good time to go knocking on...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-11-2010, 10:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By mbm
Thanks for the advice! That website has a lot of...

Thanks for the advice! That website has a lot of good info. I might try to download a potty video tonight. Can anyone recommend one?

It appears that potty disassembly is a clear sign that she...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-11-2010, 05:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By mbm
DD (23 months) has a really awful diaper rash,...

DD (23 months) has a really awful diaper rash, so I am letting her go bare butt around the house. We have had potties around for a few months, and she has shown interest, but this is the first time...
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