Friday, March 27, 2015

Daycare Stories: The Lovey

We seriously have used our Aden & Anais swaddles for everything.

Sunshades, blankets, and of course swaddles. They've pretty much been with us wherever we go. 

In recent months they have evolved to serve a new function: Little Lady's lovey. 


Through the snow, rain, wind {ok we lost one on the way to church in the wind}, these loveys have been through it all.

She used to call them "blankies". For some reason though, she now calls them "bobbies".

Who knows what's going on in that little head. We love her nonetheless. Onto the daycare story.

This week another toddler in her class had a meltdown. Crying. Screaming. Acting real sad.

This sweet girl grabbed the kid's lovey, brought it to him, and patted him on the back.

Seriously.

I love this girl's gentle and thoughtful heart.

#17monthsold

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Little Lady: 17 Month Update




We're thinking about potty training. Maybe.

Could "WASH!" all day {aka wash her hands/play in the sink}. 

Can name and point out her basic anatomy including eyes, ears, nose, head, hair, mouth, teeth, feet, toes, legs, and arms. 

Is speaking 2 and 3 word phrases. 

Is asking, "what's this?"

Loves performing household activities like unloading her items from the dishwasher as well as mopping and wiping the floor. 


Is very interested in baby dolls, pushing them in a stroller, feeding them, and recently trying to put diapers on/off their bodies. She also will place her babies and stuffed animals on their bellies, pats their bottoms, and says  "night night". So stinkin' cute. 

Has discovered she likes to wash herself in the bathtub. 

Could play outside ALL DAY. She loves scooping rocks, running around the yard, jumping in puddles, and playing in her house. 



Loves to lead you around by pulling on your finger. 

Is saying, "love you!" Ahhh melts my heart. 

Now has long enough hair for pigtails


Friday, March 13, 2015

Time to potty train?

Little Lady is turning 17 months old and we are starting to think she is ready to try using the big girl potty. I'm not super eager to get rid of diapers or anything, but since she is showing signs we may consider trying to let her start to potty train. 

Tonight, she was running around naked after her bath and all of a sudden yelled "pee pee!" She started running for the bathroom but then got distracted by the enticement of playing in mommy's closet. She dashed into the closet and started to close the door. All of a sudden she then looks down between her legs. I reached out and shockingly discovered the floor was wet and she had just "pee peed" . 

I don't even know how she does this word. It must be the phrase they used at school. 

The last month or so has been filled with signs that she is recognizing when she needs to go to the bathroom, such as pulling in her diaper or sometimes running for the potty but then already having a warm/wet diaper. We did have one instance about a month ago where she sat on the potty and managed to go properly, but I feel like that was more luck than anything. 

I'm wondering when and how everyone else potty trained?! I know very little about this subject...

I definitely don't want to force something she is not ready for because she is still so young, but if she keeps showing signs we may give it a go. I can't imagine my little girl wearing real panties. We cannot be there yet. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How to cut cable and keep ESPN {and other live sports}

We have experimented with cutting cable in the past, but it ended up lasting only for a summer. 

You may not know this, but this mama cannot live without her college football and basketball which requires access to ESPN. 

I've always said I would get rid of cable as soon as I could get ESPN from another source. That day has finally come.


Enter: Sling TV

For only $20/month I get access to the following channels: ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Best of Maker. {Supposedly, they are also adding more channels in the future.} I care mostly about the ESPN channels and HGTV. 

Additionally you get full access to the Watch ESPN app and there is NOT a contract. 

Between Sling TV and my Leaf Antenna {which gets you access to all the free HD channels that stream via antenna these days}, I pretty much can watch all of the sporting events we that we care about. 

{Side note: bad weather can interrupt your antenna reception. We had this problem last night. Not good timing as our basketball time was playing a rival. Solution = watch espn app over LTE on my phone.}

Even sweeter, Amazon is running a promotion right now that gets you a *free* Amazon Fire TV Stick when you sign up for 3 months of Sling TV. {I'm sure this offer is for a limited time only.}

I'm hoping this is finally my solution to be rid of cable forever. 

My impressions so far? The quality is awesome, especially for all of the channels that can buffer ahead. Our internet is 20 GB download speed and Sling TV streams in 1080p. The picture is crystal clear when streaming Netflix. I will say the live sports are not *quite* as clear as they were with cable due to being broadcast live. However, it's such a small difference that we think we can get used to it.

Here's a price comparison. My previous monthly bill:

Cable + Internet Bundle: $114 with 1 year promotion

My new bill:

Internet: $53
Sling TV: $20
= $73/month

I'm loving the savings already.

Sling TV also has $5 add on packages for more sports channels or kids channels for those of you who want more options. 

It may not be the perfect solution for everyone, but so far it's working for us! 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pigtails!

And we have...

PIGTAILS!!!


I picked up Little Lady today from school and she had asked for one of her teachers to give her pigtails. Given that she has the shortest hair in her class {just like her mama at this age} I was SO excited to see her hair up for the first time.

The school even got a super cute picture of all 5 girls in the class with pigtails - it would steal your heart. 

#16monthsold


Monday, February 23, 2015

Toddler Camera Exploration

I picked up a kid's camera on consignment for $4 a few weeks ago.


Let's just say it's been a hit. 


She really doesn't take selfies much but this photo series made me laugh. 



Say cheese! 




And for $4 I don't care if my 16 month old breaks it...although it's pretty sturdy. So far holding up to plenty of abuse. 

She loves scrolling through the photos and naming the people in her pictures.

"MOMMY!" "DADDY!" "DOG!"

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

$2 Reusable Sticker Board

My Little Lady is OBSESSED with stickers. She can play with an entire sheet in one sitting. In an effort to conserve our sticker consumption, I found a solution for making a reusable sticker board. And the best part? It only cost me $2 at the Dollar Tree.


Supplies needed from the Dollar Tree:

*Erasable marker board
*Reusable stickers 
{Make sure you buy the ones that are marked "reusable". There really is a difference!}

Instructions:

Give to child...yep. That easy. It almost seems silly to write it down.

I will admit that most of the time I still help our young toddler take the stickers off the original sheet, but it's pretty amazing how quickly she is figuring out how to peel them up herself. This is a great fine motor skill to work on hand dexterity. 

Most importantly, it has provided us with tons of fun. All I keep hearing is "MORE STICKERS!"