Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Little Funny To Brighten Your Day

The other afternoon, my kids and I collapsed on the sofa after a hard day's play. I reached for the remote to get my daily dose of HGTV, when my two-year old proclaimed 'watch choo-choo train' (aka Thomas and Friends). A little worse for wear, I looked at him and asked if Mommy could watch something for her first. He looked me squarely in the eye and with the most matter-of-fact tone he's ever mustered, he replied ' choo-choo train'. How could I have said no to that. :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Things Kids Get Up To

Few things shock and amaze me like some of the things my kids get up to. Case in point, the other day, while putting away groceries and sundries, I ignored a box of diapers in the corner of the kitchen. My kids were happily playing together (big plus), so I figured I'd use this rare opportunity to take care of the dishes before one of them screamed for me. I noticed my nine-month old break formation, only to get distracted a few feet away by some random toy. I guess I got momentarily caught up in the euphoria of a quiet house and cooperative kids, because the next thing I knew, I turned around to put away the box of diapers and found my daughter atop it reaching for something on the counter. Afraid to swoop in, creating panic and causing her to fall, I waited arms' length away and watched her work out in her little mind that the object was unattainable, then calmly climb down and crawl away. Whoa.

Not to be outdone, the very same week, my two-year old son noticed an old toy on the kitchen counter (what is it with their attraction to items on the kitchen counter?!?), and estimated that if he got a running start, he could scale the cabinet door and support his own weight to reach whatever his little heart desired. Double Whoa.

During my first pregnancy, my husband and I babyproofed the house per all the recommended books. When my son began crawling around nine months however, we quickly realized whatever we did was insufficient. Much to our friends' amusement, we temporarily sealed up the fireplace, rearranged (and packed away) lots of furniture, especially the ones with sharp edges and installed gates everywhere. Lots of folks think we're exaggerating, but they don't have our kids. My son, aptly nicknamed 'Monkey Boy' can scale anything. And apparently my daughter is earning the nickname 'Monkey Girl' or 'Monkey Boy's Little Sister' at the very least.

So my husband and I are brainstorming to decide the best course of action to take. Starting immediately, nothing of interest (for an infant / toddler anyway) will be placed on the kitchen counters. Think that will suffice? Knowing my kids, I think we'll be brainstorming a while.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Who's Potty Training Whom?

The wierdest thing happened the last two days. My two-year old son actually asked to be sat on his potty after his morning milk. If you know my kid and the potty training struggles my husband and I have gone through, you'll understand why this is so huge for us. Anyway, my kid insists on sitting on his potty, making excellent use of the deflector shield, and actually contributing 1/20 of his woo woo's. For some unknown reason, the remaining 19/20 has to be placed in his diaper. But hey, progress.

This brings me to another, but related topic, my utter frustration with diaper genies. Years ago, my Mom said if a company makes subsequent versions of a product, the original is useless. Guess Mom was right...again. (Don't you just hate having to say that?) After two years of overpaying for diaper genie refills which only partially mask (not eliminate) odors, I'm done with storing rotting piles of stink. IMHO emptying the trash daily is a much better alternative. No wonder you can find these things in abundance at any thrift shop. Yuck! Guess we'll see how effective the Diaper Genie II is when the Diaper Genie III enters the already oversaturated baby product market.