There is so much negativity with motherhood, especially if you make the mistake (like I did) of hanging out with mothers who like to complain and take their blessings for granted when your child is young. To combat this negativity, I recorded a video on 5 Things I Admire About My Toddler!
We harvested potatoes from our garden this week! 🙂 I asked my toddler what he thought about it and got his reaction on tape 😀 Enjoy!
Today Bubba has been a bit rambunctious. He has gotten into anything and everything he could get his hands on! He has been going non-stop since he woke up just before 8am this morning.
We ate some breakfast together this morning and he had butternut squash baby food and a few bites of my sweet potato as well. He managed to get it all over himself, the floor, in his diaper and on me. Yay butternut squash! :p Good news is he is finally getting interested in solids.
After I got him cleaned up, I unleashed him on the living room to play. He rode around on his little toy car for a while and honked the horn as he crashed into the front door. He was mad that I wouldn’t let him outside with it because it is raining and dreary out. Not content with this, he half-waddled, half-crawled over to the window to look outside. He is just shy of 13 months and at the cruising stage now. He will walk, but only with one hand touching the furniture.
And so, he cruised toward our indoor garden that sits at the window to get sun throughout the day. We only have a few plants sitting on the windowsill, but Bubba thinks they are all pretty interesting. Today he pulled out both of the avocado pits out of their dishes, took the bowls they were sitting in and dumped them on top of his head. He was a bit shocked each time, but I let him do it to see if he would learn his lesson. He cried and shook the second time as the water dripped off his head and came crawling to me for me to hold him.
After a little cuddling, I made him help me clean up the water. I just gave him a little rag to help me mop it up and he used the windowsill to hold as he squatted and dabbed at the spots with me.
He touched the lettuce in a similar bowl with water and I told him, “No, be gentle.” He smiled and used one finger to lightly poke one of the leaves. I pulled it out for him and let him feel along the leaf and showed him the pattern of it. He thought that was pretty cool. 🙂
We also have an orange flower plant living in a pot and a glass of water (Bubba ripped off a stem and I have been trying to extend its life a little). This plant is his favorite, I think it is because he really likes the color orange. He continually tries to take the stem out of the glass I have it in to play with it. I always tell him no and put it back, but today I noticed something.
I took the stem in his hand to put it back in the cup and he started blowing on the top where the flowers were. I realized he thought that the flowers were similar to some weeds New Crunchy Dad blows on because they will fly away. You are supposed to blow on them and make a wish and he thought that it would work with flowers too. 😉 He held it up for me to blow and I played along.
He even dipped them in the lettuce water and blew on them so that the droplets would fly everywhere!
It was pretty darn cute! 🙂 We had a lot of fun taking turns blowing on the flowers. It is crazy what babies pick up on and how they apply it.
What adorable thing has your kiddo done today? 🙂
New Crunchy Mom
Guys, I am so tired.
I never truly understand why I heard all of these parents saying they were tired when I was younger (and naive). How could they possibly be tired? Don’t babies sleep all of the time?
Only now do I realize how misguided my expectations were! I wrote several months ago about Bubba not sleeping through the night and it is still true. It isn’t that bad since we dream feed (I breastfeed him while he is still asleep so he never fully wakes up during the night), I still get quite a bit of sleep because of that. But recently, Bubba has taken up a rather peculiar activity for his bedtime routine. One that is very long and drawn out, usually lasting about two hours past his normal bedtime.
You see, Bubba has three fake phones that he likes to play with, and at night, there are some pressing phone calls he must attend to. He will stand at the windowsill and jabber into his purple plastic phone while doing a little dance with his little cloth diaper booty. I can only guess that this is his baby version of twerking. It is cute, until about 1AM.
What his business is on the phone at this hour, I have yet to come up with an explanation. My husband’s theory is that he is trying to convince one of his baby buddies to take him clubbing and hopes that I will fall asleep before his little friend arrives. 😉
All we really know is that he repeats “Baowa!” into his purple baby phone hundreds of times between midnight and 2AM. Every night. For almost a week now.
Every time I take the phone away he will sorrowfully mumble “Baooooowaaaaa” and hang his head. It is so sad and adorable!
My toddler has a mysterious midnight caller and it makes me feel a little uncool. Like, how does he have this secret special person in his head that wants to keep him awake until two in the morning to talk to him and the only time he is desperate enough to ask for me is when he has pooped or his hungry! 🙁
Perhaps I am being a tad dramatic considering his friend is fictional, but have I mentioned I haven’t gotten much sleeeee……*ZZZzzzzzzzzz*
Anyone else have a toddler that does this? :D Tell me what weird behaviors your babies do in the middle of the night!
New Crunchy Mom
Hi there! 🙂
Fixing lunch with a toddler is a real challenge! Bubba is nearly a year old now and very mobile. He likes crawl into the kitchen to join me when I am trying to fix lunch. I make all of our meals from scratch due to various dietary restrictions and allergies (unless Bubba’s grandma makes food for us – thanks grandma!), so I spend a lot of time in the kitchen with Bubba under my feet or standing and balancing on the back of my knees. I buy a lot of frozen vegetables to minimize the time I’m running around with a knife and a baby on the floor, but there is still a significant amount of time I am peeling and cutting veggies.
In an effort to combat tripping over him with a sharp, pointy object in hand, I have to find ways to entertain him while I cook. He has a designated cabinet to play in, his own pots and pans, and plenty of toys to keep his attention. Of course, he isn’t interested in any of it. I’ve tried babywearing (back-carrying, because knives) in our Mei Tai too, but he always manages to grab and break something from off the counter. Sometimes I’ll even give him a clean potato to roll around and gnaw on until he gets it stuck under the cabinet and starts crying.
There is only one sure way that I have found to keep his attention long enough for me to fix a meal…I’ve made a list of 4 easy steps to take to fix lunch with your toddler so that you can make lunch without tripping over your toddler as well! 😉
Do you have any tips or tricks for cooking lunch with a toddler in the house? Tell me about them!
New Crunchy Mom