We’re coming off of the most lazy weekend. We were snowed in, fighting sickness and just went with it. B and I stayed in our pajamas for the entire weekend, watched way too many movies, played with play-dough, watched the Olympics and built an impressively long train track set up in our family room. It wasn’t a fancy weekend, but these moments are what I live for.
Today I thought I would give you guys a little toddler update. It’s been quite awhile since I wrote a post on motherhood and a lot has changed since then. Here’s what we have been up to!
The Toddler Bed Transition
Man oh man, add this to the list of parenting things I did not think would be hard. But, this transition was by far the hardest we’ve been through with sleeping. I think that it was hard because my expectations were high- I did not think removing the side of his crib and replacing it with a toddler rail would make a difference. But, suddenly B had freedom and he used it!
The first few weeks were the hardest, with B waking up 3-5 times each night just to say hi to us. After about a week and a half he mostly slept through the night, but he struggled with waking up and thinking it was morning thus waking us up before 5:00am every morning. My perfect sleeper who slept through the night at six weeks was suddenly sleeping less than eight hours. He was exhausted, we were exhausted and began asking around what to do.
After talking to our doctor, doing research and talking to friends, I Amazon Primed an Ok to Wake Clock and a childproof door knob lock. The lock felt a little extreme, but safety experts actually recommend having a lock of your child’s door in case of emergency so you know where they are. Plus, it would signal to them that they needed to stay in their room. And it worked! Well, the lock did. B got smart to the nightlight feature on the clock- showing us it turned “green” when he woke up before the set time.
A few months later (we transitioned him back in December), we have finally settled in our new normal. B still wakes up early- but is back to waking up usually around 6:00 and it works for us. He does go to bed a little later, but we draw the line at 8:00 by allowing him to read in bed with his Ok to Wake Clock, which has become a glorified nightlight.
Toddler Birthday Parties
Another new thing for us? Birthday parties! At B’s school the kids invite everyone to their parties and while I wasn’t a huge fan of this in the beginning (15 parties seems excessive!), the parties have grown on me. The parents of B’s classmates are really nice and it’s been fun to see him interact with his friends. Plus, having activities pre-planned for us isn’t a bad thing.
My strategy for managing Birthday party invites is simple. I RSVP right away and write myself a note to order a book the Monday before the party. Thanks to Amazon Prime the book arrives on time and we have the perfect gift. I would like to think that a book is a reasonable gift and it’s fun to theme the book to the party. Our first party was Unicorn theme and we gifted Uni the Unicorn. I thought it was fun!
Toddler Valentine’s Day Ideas
This is our first year having to bring Valentine’s to school and I got into it thanks to a free printable and Amazon Prime. This party pack of play-dough was perfect and I enjoy that I’m not adding to the candy pile. How cute did they turn out!?
For our class snack, I made these Conversation Heart Cuties and I thought they turned out cute. (pun intended) Nothing like an easy Pinterest win to save the day!
Things I Want to Remember
- B’s language skills have vastly improved over the past few months and it’s so cool to have full conversations with him. He says “Ob You” when we leave him at daycare, loves to sing “Finkle, Finkle” and once counted to sixteen!
- This past Friday I got a call from his teacher that he woke up mid-nap in hysterics. I went and picked him up since he was on antibiotics for an ear infection, but once we walked outside he perked up and sang all the way home. I think he outsmarted us and just wanted his Mama! (heart melting)
- The train obsession is still going strong along with trucks, buses and garbage trucks. He loves to watch Frozen, “Hot Dog” (Mickey Mouse Playhouse), Thomas the Train, Trolls and Moana. He also loves reading books and prefers all of his Christmas books to anything else.