Archive | September, 2011

Comfy Joey

29 Sep

Hello Everyone,

I love baby wearing.  I had a sling for Hannah (which I borrowed from someone), and I have one for Daniel.  They just make life so much easier.

So, since most of you are moms or dads, I just wanted to let you know about a giveaway for a $100 voucher for Comfy Joey Slings.  All you have to do is Like Comfy Joey and Gather for Good on facebook before September 30th and then leave a comment on Nature Moms Blog letting her know that you entered.  A winner will be chosen at random. Just by entering, 1o cents will be donated by Gather for Good to Bruce Rosenberg’s FIGHT against stage 4 Melanoma cancer.  You can also shop at Comfy Joey with the code BRUCE.  15% will be deducted from your total purchase price when you use this code, and that same 15% amount will be donated to Bruce’s cause. You can also donate to Bruce directly through paypal at

In other news, it’s ridiculously windy outside and Aaron has the car today, so we’re stuck in the flat all day.  Sigh.  At least Grandma came over to keep us company.  Also, we are going to a wedding on Sunday so I’ll have to squeeze my I-just-had-a-baby body into one of my dresses.  Wish me luck!

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Hannah sings the ABCs

28 Sep

I’ve been trying to teach Hannah the ABCs for ages.  I sing and sing to her when she’s in the bath.  I hope the neighbours can’t hear me because I SUCK at singing!  But you know, anything for the kids…..

“Next time won’t you sing with me.”  Hannah sung (sang?).  Then I realised, she’d just belted out the entire ABC song.  I didn’t even notice because I sing it to her all the time.  It just seemed normal for the ABC tune to enter my ears. She was only 25 months old at the time.  I’ve been trying to get her on camera singing it for ages.

Well, I finally got it.  Enjoy.

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Funny looks at the supermarket

26 Sep

Yesterday was a bit of a write off.  Aaron was sick.  Hannah was sick. Or tired or something.  She was crying and throwing tantrums whenever she didn’t get her way.  Sounds like typical 2 year old stuff, but she only does that when she’s sick or really tired.  Daniel didn’t want to sleep.  Maybe he had a belly ache too.  Everyone but me.  Sigh (for them, not for me, I’m quite happy I didn’t have a belly ache!).  I never spend an entire morning at home, unless it’s when Aaron’s home and he takes Hannah somewhere so I can have a rest.  But yesterday, in addition to all the sick people, it was pouring down rain.  Pouring.  The kind where you look out the window and no matter how bored you are, you definitely don’t want to venture out there.

I must have gone soft.  I am, after all, from Washington State.  It’s always raining there….  Anyway, by the afternoon the rain had stopped.  Hannah and I were making cookies, but I didn’t have any baking powder, so we decided to venture to the supermarket, and finally get out of the house.

After walking around the supermarket for a little bit, in search of chicken soup for Aaron, and baking powder to finish the cookies, I got a bit hot.  They always crank up the heater on cold days and the aircon on hot days.  It’s never the right temperature…  I unzipped my jumper and kept shopping.  The supermarket was packed.  Seems everyone else was waiting for the rain to finish before venturing forth too.  People kept looking at me funny.  I thought maybe it was because I was wearing a backpack (nappies, spare clothes, and all the stuff you need for two kids just doesn’t fit in my purse, and a nappy bag hanging from my shoulder whilst carrying an infant and holding the hand of a toddler just doesn’t work.  So, backpack it is) and pushing around a double pram in the supermarket.

Then I got home, stepped out of the car, looked down for some odd reason, and it hit me.  I hadn’t actually pulled my shirt back down after breastfeeding Daniel before we left for the supermarket.  Sigh. Lucky for me I was wearing a breastfeeding singlet (tank top) under my normal shirt, so my belly wasn’t just hanging out, but I still looked very odd.  I’m sure one day I’ll forget to put my boob away after feeding and go out like that.  It wouldn’t surprise me.  I’m just that awesome.

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Hannah wakes up Daddy

21 Sep

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As I’ve said before, Hannah is cheeky.  Just like her Daddy.  If one of us falls asleep in her presence, she feels the need to wake us up.  With me, she just makes whinges “Mommy, wake up” all sad like.  But with Aaron, she’s more of a prankster.  Sometimes she jumps on him.  Sometimes she walks right up to him, puts her face right next to his, and then yells “DADDY WAKE UP!!” and then giggles.

Then she did this: (note, Daddy was just pretending to be asleep to see what she would do.  Before this, she jumped on him, so I grabbed my phone to record her doing it again, and got much more than I bargained for)

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Friday Blog hop

16 Sep
I’m guest hosting a blog hop today!  Go on over to Mama to 4 Blessings and Home grown families (links below) to join up and surf other mommy blogs. Have fun!
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Just like Daddy

14 Sep

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How do you know if your child has done a poo?  You pull open the top of their pants and nappy and peer in of course.  You could go by smell, but sometimes that’s a false alarm.  Kids fart.  Farts stink….  You get what I’m saying.  We always check Hannah’s nappy this way.  Yes, she’s still in a nappy.  Sigh.  She refuses to wear big girl undies and flails like an octopus on red cordial caught in a net  if you try to put her on the potty.  Plus I have a newborn.  That doesn’t exactly leave a lot of time for potty training.  Giant sigh (about the potty training, not the newborn…).

Anyway, that is totally not the point of this post.

The other day, Hannah, cheeky girl that she is, went up to Aaron and pulled at the back of his pants.

“Did Daddy do a poo poo?”  He asked her.

“Yeah.”  She said, a cheeky grin plastered on her face.

“I don’t think so, Daddy does poo poos on the potty!  Let me check,” Aaron humoured her as he put his hand down the back of his pants, pretending to search for non-existent poo.

“What??!!!  Where’d this come from??!!!!”

Hannah looked at him mischievously, as she erupted in laughter.

Aaron held up the tip of a yellow crayon.  “How did this get in there?!!”

“I PUT IT THERE!!!” She exclaimed proudly.

I sat back, watching and laughing my head off.  Aaron has always been the joker of the family.  A “torment” as Grandma puts it.  He’s all light-hearted and silly like that.  So yeah, I think it’s HILARIOUS that Hannah torments him back.

Aaron handed the crayon back to her.

She walked straight back to Aaron, pulled at the back of his pants and in went the crayon again.  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

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Top 10 ways to prepare your toddler for preschool and/or kindergarten

13 Sep

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Preparing your toddler for preschool and kindergarten

12 Sep

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I definitely want to send Hannah to preschool.  Not every day, but once a week starting when she’s 3.  But she hasn’t been apart from me for an entire day before.  Ok, fine, she was once or twice, but she was with Aaron, so that doesn’t count.  Never in her life has she spent an entire day without one of us.  So I think going from that to even a whole day at preschool will be a bit of a shock.  And then there’s kindergarten.  That will be a huge shock (not just to her either!!).  So how do you prepare a child for preschool and/or kindergarten?

I’m no expert at such things, I’ve never even sent one child off to school!  Instead, here’s a guest post by someone who is an expert at such things: Kathleen Thomas of Primrose Schools .

Parents and children alike experience anxiety about what will happen when they go to a “big kid” school. But Kindergarten and Preschool is full of fun and exciting things to learn! There really is no need to feel anxious, because there are some things you can do to help your new school go-er to feel ready for school and lessen your child’s anxiety. This is an important milestone, and if done right, can be an enjoyable one, instead of one filled with anxiety. There are ten steps you can take to calm your child’s, and your, jitters about the first day of school:

Step One A family routine can help get your entire family used to this new event in your lives. Start a daily routine that will work with your schedule and make all family members stick to it. It is best if this routine gets started at least two weeks before school starts, so that your child can start getting the hang of a different routine. Getting used to a different routine as well as getting used to a new setting during the day at the same time can be more chaotic. Starting a routine first before school starts can help gently bring your child into the expected routine.

Step Two Don’t forget about the nighttime routine. Morning tasks can be made easier when done the night before. Packing book bags, getting homework done and picking out the next day’s outfit are some of the things you can help your child do the night before, so that you all are ready for the next day.

Step Three Get plenty of sleep—this goes for you as well as your child. Try reading a bedtime story to your child, but make sure it is early enough in the evening so everyone can get more rest.

Step Four Read books about school and separation issues to your child before school even starts. This can help young children to prepare mentally and emotionally from being away from you during the day once they go to school. Some good books include:

· First Day, by Joan Rankin

· Don’t Go, by Jane Breskin Zalben

· When Mommy and Daddy Go to Work, by Joanna Cole

Step Five Get ready for separation by gradually increasing the amount of time you are away from your child. Take him to Grandma’s house and stay away for maybe 30 minutes. The next time you spend time away, make it an hour, and so forth. This will help your child realize that they can be away from you for a typical school day and it is okay.

Step Six Most schools have a “back to school” night, or something similar where you can go to the school with your child and take a tour of the classroom and meet teachers. Other parents will be there with their children as well, so have your child meet other children. Familiar faces help ease the transition on the first day of school. Afterwards, talk about how fun everything looked, and what your child is most looking forward to.

Step Seven Talk about what your child’s day might be like. Start with, “When you get to school, you will get to play with your friends and listen to stories. You will have snack time and then a resting time. When the day is over, we will be there to take you home.” This can help your child visualize what school will be like and ease her fears for the first day.

Step Eight Get school supplies with your child. Let him choose some supplies and talk about how and what he will use them for. This sets up the excitement and anticipation for school to start.

Step Nine When it is time for school and you drop her off, make your goodbyes short and sweet. Give her a quick hug and kiss, and send her on her way. Promise to come back when the day is over. Be cheerful about the entire process, because this will tell your child that you expect all to go well.

Step Ten Set up great communication with your child’s teacher. They are there to help your child succeed in school and want the best for him as much as you do. The more you show your partnership with the teacher, the more your child will pick up on this behavior and not be afraid of the teacher. Your child will feel more secure when he sees you taking an interest in what happens in the classroom. The more confident you are about your child entering school, the more confident your child will be. Setting up routines and showing your child that this is a normal part of life can make the transition to school a happy and seamless one.

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Aunty Jess has a horse face

8 Sep

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The iPad has been invaluable. I use it every time I feed Daniel overnight. I can get on the Internet, play games, watch anything we have recorded on our media PC, I have e-magazine subscriptions, the list goes on.

But the other night, it had us laughing so hard we had tears. Looking back still makes me laugh. I’ll never look at the Jess the same way again. Oh yeah, we love the iPad.

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How to scare a 2 year old

1 Sep

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Hannah loves Daniel.  She constantly wants to cuddle and kiss and hold him.  When he’s hungry, she wants to go and get him food.  She is forever coming up to the couch when I’m feeding him, holding out her hands, and saying “Come here baby Daniel, give me a cuddle.”  But she does it in that goochy-goochy-goo-I’m-like-100-and-I’m-going-to-pinch-your-cheeks old-lady voice.  It’s really cute, but also really hard not to laugh at.

During one of these episodes, I laid Daniel on the couch and let Hannah give him a little cuddle.

PPPPPFFFFTTTTT!!!  Daniel did the loudest, wettest, longest poo you can possibly imagine.

Hannah’s face instantly turned from happy/goochy-goochy-goo, to frightened.  She actually jumped a little.  She looked at me for reassurance, and quickly backed away from Daniel, her eyes wide as saucers.

“It’s ok Hannah,” I told her “Daniel just did a poo poo, that’s all.”  She didn’t look convinced.  Nor did she want anymore Daniel cuddles that day.

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