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I’ve always taken breastfeeding one day at a time. When people ask me how long I’m going to breastfeed SweetPea(19m) I always say “at least until tomorrow” because honestly I don’t know. I try to keep my goals small and congratulate myself on each day I make it through. Breastfeeding is hard and there are certainly days that I don’t want to do it anymore, but I keep going and on days like today when my little one has a fever and is inconsolable I know I can offer her the breast and instead of being in complete misery she can find some small comfort and fall asleep.

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Recently my 11 month old daughter started doing this funny little move where she puts the back of her hands together and then moves her arms outward like she’s swimming the breaststroke. It’s a very cute little bit of motion, but I had no idea where she learned it from.

Until one day she did it while watching television with her Dad and we realized that she was mimicking one of the characters on a children’s show we let her watch sometimes. It was all very cute, and we ooed and awed over her brilliance as only parents can.

But then reality sank in and I realized that my precious little baby had turned from a cooing face sleepily peaking out from the safety of my arm to a fully fledged toddler sponge, ready to absorb any bit of information that comes her way… no matter what it is.

I’d always planned on limiting her exposure to television, and one of the first steps we took was to opt out of having commercial TV and to only watch things that could be acquired without advertisements (DVDs, Netflix etc.), but now it’s time to really step it up and examine what sort of media is right for her and our family. Where I used to happily watch anything that didn’t portray violence or disturbing noises now I have to wonder if the unhealthy female insecurities of my favorite guilty pleasure dramas are going to soak right into my little girl’s brain and have negative affects on her in the future, or if the drunken, thoughtless sex implied by college kids in the latest witty comedy is going to lay a ground work for promiscuity and low self-esteem.

The more I think about it the harder it becomes to figure out where to draw the healthy line. I want to shelter her from things she’s to young to be introduced to, but I don’t want her to grow up naïve of what the world can actually be like.

And in all honesty I think it will be better for all of us to cut back on the drama and entertainment of other peoples fictional lives and focus more on nature and wildlife documentaries that allow us to expand our knowledge and nurture our interest in this planet.

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This is my couch.

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I’m one of those people who likes things relatively neat and tidy. In the morning I  wake up get my Hubby off to work and straiten the house; make the bed, fix the couch, pick up the toys that kind of thing.

So this morning as I was getting around to my weekly vacuuming I decided to build a little fort out of the couch cushions for my SweetPea. She loved it but I kind of wish I would have let them be, because now I know of the unspeakable things living under the cushions in a house with a toddler.

I never in all my years of being responsible for the cleanliness of a house have had to Vacuum underneath the couch cushions! It seems absurd, but now as the mother of a lovely little toddling person I find myself vacuuming the couch once a week and regardless of not letting her eat snacks while sitting on it I still find crackers, cheese, and bits of smushed blueberry in its squishy depths

There is no photographic evidence of the blueberry because I cleaned it up immediately instead of photographing it first, but next time I’ll get it for sure.

What sort of messes do your children make?

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My daughter is just starting to hit the age where she is able to imitate some of the things I do with my hands and being a big believer in Arts and Crafts I really wanted to start early with fun things like drawing and painting. She had her first finger painting session at about 6 months and it went really well. We both had lots of fun smearing the paint around and she didn’t even put any of it in her mouth, but paints are messy and I was looking for a quick easy project with little to no clean up.

I started out with a box of crayons, but with her little fingers and lack of quardination there was no way my 8 month old baby girl was going to be able to hold a crayon, so I got creative and made these SUPER EASY Pumpkin Toddler Crayons!

You will need:

A Box of Crayons

Tin Foil

2 Cookie Sheets

Scissors

Small Ice or Chocolate Mold

A Small Jar/Cup

To start you’ll want to dump out the crayons and sort them into groups by similar colors. They don’t need to be exactly the same shade because the colors will mix together when you melt them. Preheat the oven to 300 ° (Fahrenheit)

After sorting your crayons you’ll need to peel the paper off of each one. There’s no need for the papers so be a rough* and messy as necessary.

* You’ll break all your crayons later so if you break one now don’t worry about it

Place the jar or cup opening down on the table.

Tear off a piece of tin foil large enough to cover the bottom and sides of the jar.

Mold the tin foil around the jar.

Lift the tin foil off the jar and place opening up on the table.

With your scissors cut around the opening leaving about a 1/4″ lip on the edge. Be careful not to squish your tin foil cup

Fold the lip against the outside of your cup and use your finger to make a little pour spout on the side. You will need to make a cup for each color grouping of crayons.

Break up the crayons in each color grouping and place them in the cup.

Place the crayon filled cups on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil and bake for 7 minutes.

While the crayons are in the over prepare your second cookie sheet with a piece of tin foil and place your mold in the middle of it.

After the crayons have melted remove them from the oven.

Pick up each cup by the side opposite the pour spout and slowly fill each mold with melted crayon.

Warning: Be careful not to touch the bottom of the cup it is very HOT

Allow your Toddler Crayons to cool for 2-3 hours before gently popping them out of their molds

Note: To cool the crayons more quickly place the mold tray in the freezer for 30 minutes

Now you’re all set! Grab your little one and start Coloring!

Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment!

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SweetPea learning about Chickens and Goats.

 

Thanks for reading!

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