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Setting a Good Example

As Mother’s (or Father’s) we tend to forget that even when we are not paying attention every action, every word can be seen or heard by our little people at home.

Sometimes, we don’t even realize how much of an example we are setting until we see her (or him) repeating something we’ve done (or said). Take Little Bear for example….

One night, out of nowhere, Little Bear is trying to practice Tree Pose. I’m busy cooking dinner and the likes and I look over to check on her and see her in mid-practice “Mommy, try it.” I look to see what it is I am to mimic and what do I see, my darling daughter practicing one of my favorite yoga poses…Tree Pose.

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I couldn’t believe she let me run to get my camera so that I could take a picture. It was my lucky night. After I took her picture, I explained to her that this was a yoga move and it was called “tree pose.”  I told her it helped with her balance and it was one of Mommy’s favorite poses. 

As I was explaining this to her, her face was lighting up with such happiness, such excitment. By golly, I do believe my little girl is enjoying yoga as much as her Mommy. Either that or just that she is loving something that her Mommy loves so much.

After the initial shock of my yoga practice subtly making an impact on my daughter, I decided to go through some poses with her and see if she could mimic them with me. Little Bear, let’s do “child’s pose“….

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Now, how about we try one of Mommy’s other favorite poses….”Warrior!” (She really liked this one!)

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And how about “Downward Dog“….. to which after the pose she replies “Mommy, this your favorite!” (Tis true! It is my favorite. I actually get down into it every morning as soon as I get out of bed)

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For a little girl who has not been taught the yoga practice by my side, she sure does know a lot — just by my existing and practicing with her near me. So, you see, even when we are not intending to leave a lasting impact on our children, we are. I was not intentionally (yet!) trying to teach my daughter yoga. I was just merely practicing when I had time to fit it in — whether she was in the room watching tv or playing with her toys or she wasn’t there. I never would have guessed, in a million years, that just by watching my actions that she would “pick up” on things. 

My heart was so warm and so happy when I saw Little Bear’s face just light up as she was showing off for her Mommy what she learned only by watching me (when I didnt even know she was watching). She knew she made me proud. She now enjoys her yoga practice as much as her Mommy and more times than not every since then, she’s been practicing with me. Sometimes, yoga time is for just me but nowadays, I find yoga time for me and for her — we call it our “two of us yoga time” (Spoken straight from the Little’s mouth)

This entire event was such an eye opener for me. It reminded me that at any given moment, I am teaching my child things – whether they are things that are meant to be taught or things that weren’t but accidentally done. It’s made me more aware of my actions and my words. I am her greatest teacher. My words, my actions will play an impact on her. I have to ensure that those words, those actions are good ones – with good intentions. I am just happy that thus far, I seem to be unknowingly (well, knowingly now) teaching her the good values.

What has your child done or said that opened your eyes and made you realize that you were their greatest teacher? that you were impacting their lives whether you did it on purpose or not? And if you do not have children, if you did, what would you like them to take away from your practices? Good healthy eatting? a certain exercise move?

Namaste!
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>Interior Design

>Our home has been needing some new decorating updates lately, at least so Little Bear seems to have been thinking. She also informed me that there were some holes in the wall that Poppa Bear had not fixed yet and she was going to fix it for Mommy. 

Our Interior Designer set out to work….

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After hours of planning and the blood and sweat that went into the labor of repairs and decorating, the final outcome was this…..

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Isn’t the remodel just lovely?  I am so lucky to find such a talented interior designer at such short notice…and with such creativity. Amazing!

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It’s been two weeks. Two weeks of Little Bear rising and coming into our beds between 4:30 and 5:30 (with the bulk of the times being between 4:30 and 5:00) in the morning hours. This is not like her. I usually have to wake her up at 6:30. And I don’t even mind if she wakes up at 6:00 am but anything earlier is crazy. Something needs to be changed.

First, let me start off by saying that she has always been a good napper. Since birth, she has always given us anywhere from a two to three hour nap. It’s still that way currently. Well, if she’s sick it’s three hours but the staple anymore seems to still be two hours. It has always been from 2-4 (or when my mother in law watches her and it’s 1-3). Little Bear has also always been a Get Up And Go gal in the AM’s but after nap needs that Transition Period. She also used to go to bed at 7:30 but for the last eight months we’ve extended it to 8:00.

After a week of the early morning wake ups I decided to have the Aunt go back to 1-3 naps thinking that maybe the 2-4 was the issue. With no luck, she has continued to rise during the early morning hours.  I’ve thought about changing her bed time to a little bit later but folks, she’s three!!!! Am I really supposed to extend her bedtime later than 8:00pm? or is 8:30 more age appropriate?

Mommas! I’m looking to you! For Guidance, Advice, Support! I’m a first time Momma and this is concerning me. I know at this age she needs anywhere from 10-12 hours. So, I ask of you all…what can I do to change her sleeping habits to where she is at least waking up no earlier than 6:00am?  Do I need to cut back on her nap (I say cut back and not eliminate because by 1 or 2pm she gets the dark, black circles under her eyes and truth be told, she gets a bit bratty/cranky/mean because she’s tired)? Do I extend her bedtime? What can I do??

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Just before the holiday’s we celebrated a birthday in our lil cave. Little Bear turned three just before Christmas.  A child’s birthday so close to Christmas kind of well, sucks, but really if anyone were to have a Christmas (or close to) baby it would be me..also known as Little Miss Christmas to friends and family because I love it that much. 

We celebrated her birthday a week before Christmas and she couldn’t have been happier. I must say that this birthday was pretty darn awesome!!! She is so much fun and really took it all in and just enjoyed being surrounded by family that loved her.  She’s fortunate enough to have a large immediate family..a total of 34 people. Needless to say, any small party will include that many at least. A little difficult for a Winter birthday but we’ve managed to pull it off ever year so far.

Once again, I took made her cake and I must admit, each year it gets better and better. This is certainly the best one yet (and even took much longer too! A two day process with the decorating taking up about three to four hours..yikes!) and I haven’t even taken any Wilton Cake Decorating courses yet.

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Little Bear wanted a Dora party but those doll pans are just so small!!! I tried to stencil her on a sheet cake but truth be told, I couldnt get the flesh color on her to go well at all. I even tried taking a Dora Doll and using that as the doll cake. All with no luck! What we improvised with was the below (in her FAVORITE color..BLUE!) and Dora decorations. It turned out GREAT and she was THRILLED (and that’s an understatment!)

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There were lots of presents, lots of laughs and lots of cake and ice cream consumed.

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Overall, she had a GREAT birthday and Momma cant believe it’s been another year already. Happy 3rd Birthday Little Bear! Momma and Poppa Bear love you lots! You’re growing into such a wonderful little girl…full of personality and love. You’re free spirited and strong willed and I cannot wait to see what you bloosom into and make your mark on the world. You truly are our miracle baby! We Love You!

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Little Bear’s Progress

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Last night, Little Bear and I had her Two Year Wellness Visit. She was a month late getting in because they were just so booked. (Don’t you hate it when that happens?) Our appointment had us leaving exactly how we thought we’d leave.

Our Doctor, as always, is just fabulous! An older, Italian woman. Not the type of Dr that is all modern like (for example, being strict with say starting cereal at X age. We didn’t we started Little Bear when she was ready. She was okay with that. No scolding or anything). Anyway, no shots were required at this visit so we started off discussing the typical concerns or issues one would have for their two year old – eatting habits, naptimes, temper tantrums, two year molars, potty training, etc. etc.. Little Bear also has been cursed with Poppa Bear’s extremely sensitive skin (this will be quite the challenge for me as I do not suffer from it) so we had to ask some questions about some outbreaks. For example, she has this awful rash on her bum from the plastic on the potty. (Poppa Bear can’t wear plastic watches, his skin goes raw and breaks out horribly) Apparently, Little Bear is allergic to the plastic of the potty. (Dr’s Suggestion…..Make/Sew a potty seat cover. How on earth do I do that? I wonder if I could find something like that on Etsy.com?) Other than that main concern, I really didn’t have any other ones – which is good news if you ask me. We will not be due back again for another year.

Little Bear’s current stats ended up coming out like this – 26 pounds and 32.5″ tall. She’s in the 50% percentile. Not too shabby, eh? :o)

All and all, we had a really good visit and I left quite satisified. Tho I must admit, I still find it so hard to believe that my Little Bear is two already – TWO! Where does the time go?!

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Potty Talk

It occured to me this morning that I have not updated on anything regarding Little Bear in quite a bit of time. Tisk, Tisk…..Well, here’s one for you….

We had decided almost four weeks ago that it was time to start potty training Little Bear. She was getting to the point that every time she went to the bathroom she tried to pull her diaper off. She was DONE. Then she started to try to take them off. Oh no! We certainly couldn’t have that. Then, of course, came the time when she went to the Diaper Caddy station and would get out the Changing Cloth, wipes and a fresh diaper all laid out on the floor ready to get changed. Yup, she’s ready!

We were going to start Thanksgiving weekend but Mother-In-Law wasn’t ready yet due to her knee injury. We would start the following week – but alas, that was Little Bear’s birthday party and it would be pointless to start then. The following weekend we began. And wouldn’t you believe that’s when she got S I C K! Needless to say, what would normally catch on fast for her (I just KNOW she would have caught on fast, not a slow learner just because of how she was acting prior to) took a little bit longer than expected.

When she finally felt better (that blastid sickness took almost three weeks to go away completely), she would go in the potty 1x a day at least. Then 2x a day. Then 3x a day and now…….We are going one week with almost going potty in the potty all day long with no accidents!!!! All in a matter of a week!!! I think it also helped that we tried the “reward” idea….we went with peppermint tic tacs for pee and a Lifesaver or M&M for poo. Man, we started that and BAM! Instant potty progress. (Funny story-The first time she went “poo” in the potty and saw it, she cried. Didn’t know what to make of it. I read stories that some children are so scared of it. I thought she might be but after that, she was fine! Guess it was because we didnt make a big deal of it and just praised her like WHOA! But it was rather funny(and not at the same time) how she reacted.) That is, until yesterday. I’m sure it was an accident and I know we’ll have set backs here and there but yesterday she apparently had four accidents. One of which was when she was home with me last night and I know that’s because she was so into her playing that she just simply forgot to tell me when she had to go. We were right back on track this morning tho and she had went right away. If she continues going the way she is now, in another week I will tackle the next step — removing the over night diaper. I am so new to this tho (being a first time Mommy and all) that I do not even know if that’s the next step right to try or if that part of the potty training process takes longer.

Right now, we’ve been training her the old fashioned way – big girl panties the minute she wakes up but a diaper for nap time, commuting (or when we go out to the stores) and bed time. It was just this week that we decided to drop the diapers during the commutes to and from Mother-in-Law’s house (she watches Little Bear during the day while we work) to home and have put her in Huggies Pull-Ups. Now, the only diaper that touches her is her overnight and nap time.

I know each child is different but I can’t help but wonder “is it time to try to remove the over night diaper and try regular or is it too early?” As I am writing this out, I am thinking maybe we should hold off on the overnight and test out the nap time one first then the overnight. Ahh, this makes it sound like it will be a longer more drawn out process but Little Bear is already doing soooo well compared to other children’s potty training experiences are going.

Little Bear really is doing super fantastic during this process tho! I mean, a whole week, where she went every single time in the potty! That’s FANTASTIC!!

I have such mixed emotions with this whole potty training business tho. In a way, I so cannot wait to be rid of diapers. They can be such a pain. However, at the same time, I’m saddened. This means it’s one more step closer out of babyville. Okay, I know she’s a Toodler now but she only has two things left that keep her near the babyville border — sleeping in her crib and diapers. We actually thought we’d have to put her in a “big girl bed” back in October when she climbed out but she hasn’t done it since. I’m going to try to hold out on this for a little bit longer if I can. I know this one transition is going to be a little hard on me. :0( They really do grow up oh so fast!

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