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The World as She Knows It

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Continuing the series on child x-ray vision and getting to know your toddler from the inside.

When your toddler seems to be breaking things left and right remember this: Toddlers are rookies in life. They don’t know any better.

Do you remember moving into your first home? Everything seemed perfect when you found it, inspected it and renovated it. And then you lived in it. Totally different story.

Click here to find out how similar you and your toddler are afterall.


Elmo for Breakfast

Thanks to our Tita E from the London satellite office, we had a guest for breakfast this morning.

Literally. She had him for breakfast…

Edible Elmo

We had a surpise guest this morning..

Watermelon, cucumber, olives, papaya

This is what Elmo looks like before he puts on his make up. (watermelon, cucumber, olives, papaya)

Putting him together

Almost done...

Wating patiently for his meal

And Elmo's here for breakfast! Live!

Breakfast guest

"I wonder what his eyes taste like..."

No more Elmo

"I ate Elmo!"

Eating an olive

And my new favorite food is olives.

Source: Little Food Junction

The Ally

It’s one of the best tricks up my sleeve: a covert operation between a certain plastic human and me.

About six months ago, my daughter treated Dolly like an infant and even breastfed her at night. Well Dolly seems to have grown up and joined my daughter in the trenches of toddlerhood. Like Forrest and Bubba, they have each other’s backs.  And as soon as an act of rebellion surfaces, Dolly – my ally– plays in my favor and I emerge victorious. Here are the battles I’ve won so far:

  1. Administering the nasal aspirator. I guess it helps when someone else is in pain with you.
  2. Wearing a bib. She thinks it’s really cool that they’re “the same!”
  3. Eating. She eats whatever Dolly “eats” and likes to feed her.
  4. Brushing her teeth. Dolly has no teeth but they get brushed as much as my toddler.
  5. Cleaning up. Dolly is the first one to start packing away while she “assists.”
The ally

Dolly at work: wearing the bib AND eating. Excellent.

Dolly and Mommy.

An unlikely alliance.

**Note to Dolly: I expect a suitable replacement upon resignation.

What tricks do you have up your sleeve?

A Different Bookstore on Sale!

Children’s books are at least 20% off! Come with your own list of books and the friendly staff will help you find it. Here’ s a list of their branches: http://adifferentbookstore.com/contact-us

The Serendra store is a bit tight so I couldn’t see all the titles but we did manage to find a new favorite:

child development

Happy Reading!

Weekend Hangover

When I was pregnant, I prepared myself for the thought of having another mouth to feed, another mind to mold and another person to love. I did not think about the additional social life to manage. It’s Monday and I’m hungover from the weekend.

I am very thankful for all our invitations to celebrate birthdays and baptisms, they just all seem to happen at the same time. Saturdays are for kiddie birthday parties, and lately Sundays are not just family days, they’re baptism days. And if the husband and I celebrate a Friday night by going out and forgetting that we’re parents, the weekend hangover meter is doubled.

Sometimes I think my role is to deliver her to the party. She completes the kid quota and provides the entertainment for the adults. I jest. She has a lot of fun and that is why I caffeinate myself out of sleepiness and brave the Saturday highway traffic. Thankfully I get fed for my efforts. And in the process of fueling up, I meet fellow doting parents and learn a new trick or two.

..like hamsters are a cool party prize and that I should take pictures of my daughter appreciating them. Missed that kodak moment..

…like kids love balls but under no circumstances should they hold a billiard ball in the presence of a baby. Dodged that bullet.

billard ball

She managed to grab the ball and show it to her new kinakapatid. His parents mentally killed me.

…like karaoke is truly loved by all ages

toddler microphone hogging

They sang the alphabet and couldn't get passed A.

…like art is everywhere even a hotel lobby.

art love

She made sure we stopped and said goodbye to her new favorite painting.

What new tricks did you learn last weekend?


Like all worthwhile things in life, crafts are not about the results but the process. We made a pair of binoculars today out of purely recycled items: toilet paper rolls, scrap art paper, and ribbon. I thought she’d enjoy making something. We didn’t get that far. She enjoyed handling the tools— the glue, the markers, the popsicle stick and the hole puncher. How simple children are. Here’s mommy busy with the goal in mind and there’s my daughter delighting in the stickiness of the glue, enjoying the mere act of replacing marker caps and marveling at the engineering genius of the hole puncher. It’s hard to imagine living in such a basic world. Looks like my toddler made a pair of binoculars for me!

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Source: No Time for Flash Cards

She did enjoy the binoculars at the end. Her eyes are shut most times. Honestly I think she’s merely indulging me, feeling my excitement in making them. My little politician…

What would you like to see through the eyes of a child?

Picky Eater Stage

My daughter is entering the picky eating stage. To date, her favorite foods are ketchup, anything with ketchup and ketchup. She also likes juicy fruit, plain bread, plain rice, food she prepared and other kid’s food. She has mastered the art of sucking the flavor from food and spitting it out. I call it lazy regurgitation.

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She eats an adult portion meal in several days. My doctor warned me but it’s still worrying. Our family pediatrician friend went as far as reassuring me that toddlers grow even without food. (Huh???) Call it first time mother paranoia but I had no peace of mind until I did what every sane mother in the modern era would do: I googled it.

Here’s what I found that made me breathe easier.

(Thankfully Specific) Toddler Feeding Tips

Serve toddler-size portions. Let you child ask for seconds.
• Offer finger foods often.
• Introduce a new food along with familiar foods.
• Go easy on seasonings and keep foods separate. Young children prefer simply prepared foods.
• Present a variety of foods from the four food groups. Let your child pick from what is available.
• Present food in a way your child can handle, in bite-size pieces for example.
• Encourage one bite to taste but don’t overdo the coaxing. You can’t force your child to eat anything.
• Don’t bribe or reward with food. Present food in a neutral fashion.
• Keep the television off during mealtime.
• Have your child sit with the rest of the family, at least for part of the meal.
• Don’t hurry your child. Remove the plate without comment after a reasonable length of time.
• Set a routine for eating. For example, foods are to be eaten at the table.
• Seat your child at a comfortable height to the table with feet supported.
• Eat with your child. Children learn how to eat by watching others.

Source: Lambton Health California

What are your child’s eating habits?