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<p>Welcome!  Happy Birthday! </p>
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<p>What is new in your toddler's world? And your world?</p>
 

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<p>We're planning The First Birthday.  I think we will spend the day at the Children's Museum (his Bday present is a membership) and then come home for a special dinner and of course... CAKE :) </p>
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<p>And then I am going to do something for me and DH, don't know what yet... but this is our last baby so this is our last first year!  I want to remember it with some sort of ceremony. ....</p>
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<p>How will you mark this day for your little one?  How will you mark it for yourself? </p>
 

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<p>We had our first birthday last month (our little one was 7 weeks early). I felt totally guilty about not having the giant first birthday party friends of ours were having for their son, but honestly, it didn't really seem like that fun, just stressful. So I baked pumpkin muffins and our boy got to taste refined sugar (yes, I said it! shocked?!?) for the first time! Mostly he smashed it joyously on the floor, but a good time was had by all.</p>
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<p>It's crazy that this first year has gone so fast. I feel wistful to see him quickly speeding away from his babyhood - I wasn't always with-it enough to enjoy what was happening, sometimes I was just hanging on.</p>
 

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<p>I agree, a huge first birthday is a little too much.  I always felt that the first birthday was more for the parents--to say, hey we made it!  and of course to celebrate how much your lo has changed in the first year. </p>
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<p>I think my big kids are more excited about his birthday than anyone else in the world!  It is really cute.</p>
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<p>It is so friggin' cold here!  <span><img alt="cold.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/cold.gif"> I don't know what to put n my little one.  He usually has a base layer of cotton ,but I think I am going to break out the wool!  and then his clothes, and then a bunting (fleece).  But he will not wear shoes except for robeez booties, and his little feet have got to be cold!  And he insists on walking these days....</span></p>
 

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<p>I hear you on the cold feet! We were on the east coast recently for a visit, and I was surprised by how much harder it was to dress him for the cold now, as a toddler, than when he was a baby who just snuggled next to our bodies all the time. He also only wears Robeez, and even with socks, his feet would be little blocks of ice. Brrr!</p>
 

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<p>Toddlers! I can't believe it! We're not having a party. And no cake. DD has so many issues with food and such a sensitive digestions, that it's just not worth it.</p>
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<p>But we'll all go check out the local science museum, which is suppose to have an awesome hands on room for small children. She has been dubbed the destroyer, since she loves to run around the house and investigate, dump out, tear up and generally just mess with everything she can get her hands on! She'll be in heaven at the science museum.</p>
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<p>Also, she seems to have had some cognitive leap the last few days because she is signing and running around until all hours, refusing to sleep more than 9 or 10 hours a day total. I am actually OK with it, because she's in a good mood (unlike when it's from teething) and she is totally hilarious (what is the Heil Hitler sign for?!), but man we are tired. We call it milestone dementia.</p>
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<p>We got a pair of See Kai Run shoes.</p>
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<p>They are pricey and she was a bit weird out by them, but we let her run around the house (level ground) with them for a day and she wears them outside now. I think we might need some wool socks. We also got a peekaroo because it's freezing here. I miss the days of the little babe that just melted into me in the Moby wrap!</p>
 

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<p>Yeah we tried SKR on Mr. N and he sat down and ripped them off... stood up and went on his way.   He won't keep anything on his feet except robeez. </p>
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<p>We love our science museum. N loves the sand there.  He just lays in it and shoves his hands through it, over and over... picks up handfuls, and then lets it go through this fingers, and then repeats. He also loves the water play and painting. </p>
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<p>He hasn't been to the Children's Museum here since he was tiny, so that will be a fun, new, fresh place to go for his B-day. </p>
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<p>We have a few presents sent for Christmas that he keeps unwrapping.  It takes him 30 seconds to rip the paper off and *open* the box!  WTF.  I don't know what I am going to do with this kid through Christmas...</p>
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<p>I have a pair of Molehill winter booties that can pull on over soft soled shoes. We used them sledding this weekend and they kept ds's feet super warm. I've seen other threads mention similar winter booties called Stonz. </p>
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<p>We had a small party at home with just family and I baked ds a snowman applesauce spice cake. He didn't really eat much or at all, just smashed it up.</p>
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<p>I splurged and bought him a Radio Flyer ride on which he loved and giggled as he walked it around the house. Of course his auntie had to buy an annoying ball blower which is so loud, but he loves it and so does his brother (5yrs). It's amazing how older siblings get a thrill over the baby toys!</p>
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<p>Ds started signing on his birthday using the nursie milk sign. He looked pretty pleased with himself. But of course he now signs it for everything. He's not much of a talker and so I think we'll be using a lot more signing than I did with ds 1. Anyone else signing and are babes signing back yet?</p>
 

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<p>I've got 3 pairs of isabooties type shoes, they were in my bunde so one is isabootes, another another brand and then there's another one too. All the same design really. Two part shoe with elastic on the back part. Very good shoes, stay of feet fantasticaly but they're not so solid they stop him walking. We tried another soft boot/shoe from the bundle of clothes and he suddenly started crawling more, he never crawls now. The shoes were just too hard and he didn't like walking in them.</p>
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<p>I officially decided I had a toddler when I was on the loo and he toddled in and took the loo paper off me and sat down and ate it! Nowadays he's such a walker, around and about all day long, he's also generally got at least one bump on his head too!</p>
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<p>Friday we're back to the UK for his birthday and Christmas. My sister is 36w so I'm going to get some newborn snuggling in without even having to get pregnant! I don't think my body could cope with another one just yet.</p>
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<p>We've had  a rexcent babbling increase too, so added to his 3 signs he's almost getting chatty</p>
 

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<p>even in the bay area robeez/isabooties were fine .   It has been friggin' cold here, though!  It is like 41 today.  Me. N seems fine, though toddling around the school naturescape, as long as there is a large stick to chew on....</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>beebalmmama</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283298/welcome-december-2009-toddlers#post_16099720"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><p>Ds started signing on his birthday using the nursie milk sign. He looked pretty pleased with himself. But of course he now signs it for everything. He's not much of a talker and so I think we'll be using a lot more signing than I did with ds 1. Anyone else signing and are babes signing back yet?</p>
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Yes - ours does the "nurse" sign for everything, too. It's clearly an all-purpose "I want something!" sign for right now, which is pretty funny. I think he's on the verge of acquiring the sign for "more" - he's signed it a few times, but isn't consistent yet. Honestly, if he could work out the signs for "more", "drink", and "eat", I think we'd be set!</p>
 
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