Thursday, May 29, 2014

Toddler Bed Transition... Take 2

Sooooooo.... it finally happened. Harry is sleeping in his own bed, in his own room. Wait.... did you hear what I said? HARRY IS SLEEPING IN HIS OWN BED.

As I've mentioned multiple times, we've been cosleeping with Harry since a little after his first birthday. After 8 months we tried to transition him to a toddler bed. Total fail. And then last month we moved his mattress to our room to see if he'd sleep there. Nope.

A couple weeks ago it was really stuffy in our bedroom so we moved Harry's mattress back to his room to make room for a pedestal fan. On a whim we thought we'd try to get Harry in the toddler bed, not ever thinking it would work.

After our normal bedtime routine, Ant said good night and went to bed in our room (he goes to bed early because of his work schedule). I told Harry I would sit with him for 10 minutes and then leave. Because honestly, I had some stuff to get done and didn't want to wait there for hours just to have him wake up in and switch to the other bed. I figured as soon as I left Harry would make his way to Ant and that would be the end of that.

Well... as I was leaving I told him to stay in his bed. And, he did! He cried for about 30 seconds, and for the next 40 minutes I'd hear him call out "mommy" every so often. But, I stayed strong and didn't give in. Then... radio silence. He fell asleep!!! All on his own!!!!!! In his own bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He stayed there all night and didn't wake up until after 7am the next morning.

The next night was even easier, no crying or calling out for me at all. The third night Ant stayed with him for the 10 minutes and there were no issues. I've treated nap time the same way, and it's gone pretty well, too. A little more difficult to get him to stay in his bed, but not too bad. Consistency in the routine is key.

He's slept in his room every night since that first night, but I'll be honest, a few nights were rough. Once he woke up four times and we basically had to start over each time. And some nights he'll cry when I leave, usually just for a few minutes. But,  I think I can officially say that our days of cosleeping are over. And even though I was against bed sharing at first, I will look back on all those nights fondly. I'm so lucky to have gotten so many extra snuggles before he's old enough to think they're uncool.

How the transition happened so fast is beyond me. One week he wouldn't even sleep on a mattress next to our bed and the next he started falling asleep in a room all on his own. Harry was clearly ready and just needed a little nudge to start. He really is growing up!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

3 Day Weekend

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! And I hope you all took a moment to think about all the men and women who serve our country and work to protect our freedoms. Thank you.

Friday I had an eye doctor appointment. I had some issues with my old practice and wanted to try a practice just down the street from us. No can do. Our insurance changed, and now doesn't cover very much, or very many doctors in the area. I found one, and while she wasn't the most personable doctor, she gave me a great prescription. I finally feel like I can see the way I'm supposed to. Yay!

After the appointment I drove home to pick up the boys and we went out to dinner at Pilot Pete's. We got a decent view of the runway, which kept Harry happy the entire meal. Pilots fly in from all over the midwest just to eat dinner at the restaurant, and they were coming in droves on Friday. It was a really fun meal :).

Saturday and Sunday we did a little shopping and playgrounding, a little of this and that.

Monday we went over to my dad and stepmom's for the afternoon. It was hot and muggy and perfect for playing at the splash park. It was our first visit of the season. Harry loved splashing in the puddles the water jets made, but  hated getting the water in his face. Every time that happened he'd run over to the playground, play on the jungle gym for a few minutes before heading back to the water.

His swim trunks and rash guard both still fit from last year!

We were at the park for over an hour before heading back to the house to hang out with the dogs. It always takes Harry a bit to warm up to them (did I ever mention they got another dog? They did a few months back- a rescue. Cute little doberman mix.), but he always has fun. Yesterday he kept feeding them potato chips.

When we got home we turned on the AC for the first time and I whipped up some sandwiches using tomatoes Red Gold was kind enough to send me.

The company sent me a bunch of their diced tomatoes along with recipes for different aiolis. Aioli is flavored mayonnaise that can be used as a sauce, spread or dip. I wanted to mix up all of the flavors, but I settled on the tomato garlic aioli for our sandwiches.

It was delish! A nice alternative to plain old mayo that paired well with turkey and provolone. We have a lot leftover that I'm sure will end up on my plate at lunch today.

Be sure to check out Red Gold's Facebook page to enter their aioli giveaway. You could win a prize pack that includes a Cuisinart Elite Griddler!

Have a great week, can you believe it's almost June already?!?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Outdoor Painting

The other week I picked up a pack of Crayola paints at Target. Harry's painted a couple times at preschool (with paint dabbers), and couldn't wait to try it out at home. I thought painting on a big sheet of butcher paper would be fun so the other day we took our supplies out on the patio and had a blast.

Harry picked all the colors himself and created a beautiful work of art.

Obviously  this is my very favorite painting ever. Sorry, Van Gogh.

Harry loved painting and every day since he's randomly come up and say, "My painting, it's fun." I'm guessing we'll have an entire gallery in no time!

Have a great long weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cosley Zoo

Saturday afternoon the boys and I drove down to Wheaton, my hometown. It's not far, but we haven't been down that way in a long time. We went to visit Cosley Zoo, which is a small animal park run by the park district (it was just a farm when I was a kid).

The zoo doesn't have a ton of animals but we had a fun time walking around. It was pretty rainy last week so it was nice to get outside for a bit. We visited the barn first, which was filled with goats, sheep, cows, mini horses, llamas and donkeys. The goats were being really loud and kind of spooked Harry. But once we got to the donkey pen he was a happy camper and loved seeing one of them poke his nose through the fence right next to us.

Harry's favorite animals of the day were the pigs. He always oinks and the pigs at the zoo were oinking like crazy. He could have stayed at their exhibit all day!

Here are a bunch of pictures from Cosley Zoo.

Wheaton's very own Li'l Sebastian!

A bobcat, which ares surprisingly small, and their tails are so short

Funny potty training book I found in the gift shop

As we we were walking to the car Ant suggested we go to downtown Wheaton instead of heading straight home. The Popcorn Shop was one of my favorite places as a kid, so it was neat to introduce it to Harry. The shop is literally an ally with a roof over it. Filled with shelves of candies and a popcorn maker in the back. A kid's paradise!

Edible Styrofoam discs- a favorite from back in the day!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


These type of posts are a great way to blog about a bunch of stuff I've been wanting to without having to write up whole posts on each subject....

Cricket Ultra Smooth Detangling Brush

This brush is amazing. AMAZING. My hair is so prone to knots it's not even funny. Last year I switched from using regular conditioner to apple cider vinegar and that has helped a lot, but I still have a hard time brushing my hair from time to time. A friend recommended the Cricut Ultra Smooth Detangling brush. Worth every penny (I got mine at Ulta with a coupon). The brush gets my knots out fast and easily, and is virtually pain free. The handle is a little weird, but I've gotten used to it and use this brush daily.

Canceled Television

Recently I started watching two new TV shows: Surviving Jack and Trophy Wife. Both are fun, witty comedies. And both, unfortunately, just got canceled. They are on Hulu Plus if you're looking for some funny, noncommittal TV to watch (Surviving Jack is only 6 episodes and Trophy Wife is a full season).

Spaghetti Squash a la Crock Pot

I discovered spaghetti squash a few years back, and always just cooked it in the microwave. Stupid, stupid, stupid. The crock pot is totally the way to go! Pierce the squash a bunch of times and throw it in the crock pot with 2 cups of water. Cook on low for about 7 hours. Cut it open, scoop out the seeds and fork the spaghetti strands into a bowl. I mix it with chicken sausage, sauteed mushrooms and spaghetti sauce. So easy, and healthy!

Italian Wonder Pot

Another super easy and yummy meal! I follow this recipe. All you do is throw all this in a pot:

And in about 20 minutes you'll have this bowl of deliciousness. Topped with feta cheese, of course.

Homemade Granola Bars

Harry's favorite breakfast! They mix up in no time and are yummy and protein packed.

- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup sun butter (peanut or almond butter would also work)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (for this batch I did a mix of apricots, prunes and cherries)

Mix everything up and spread the mixture in to an 11x7 baking dish. Pop it in the freezer for a few hours to harden and it'll keep in the fridge for a week or more.

Music Class

Our parent/toddler preschool class is almost over so I've been thinking about what to do with Harry this summer. We thought about sending him to a preschool camp for a couple weeks, but I'm not ready to send him to school by himself just yet. I looked around for a few different options and found a music class that looks like a lot of fun. I'm excited for it to start!

30 Month Check Up

Harry had his 30 month check up at the doctor's Friday afternoon. He didn't get any shots at his 2 year appointment in November, so I figured he was due for one. All week I was talking about going to the doctor and we watched the shot episode of Daniel Tiger a whole bunch. He seemed to understand what was going to happen really well. He even brought his little stuffed Daniel to the appointment and the nurse was very sweet with him and measured Daniel first so Harry could see what was happening. Well, turns out he didn't need to get a shot at all! I guess he's all caught up until kindergarten, which is great (besides an annual flu shot if we choose to get them). I do feel bad for talking shots up so much for no reason. His current stats:

Height: 37 inches, 77th percentile
Weight: 26 pounds, 18th percentile

Oh, and the best part of the appointment? Harry finally passed his hearing test! I never got the impression that he has a hard time hearing, but he's failed in one ear three times in the last 15 months. We figured it was a false reading due to ear wax buildup or his unwillingness to sit still during the test. Turns out we were right! Harry was perfect while testing so I'm confident we got an accurate reading.

First Dentist Appointment

Yesterday was Harry's first dentist appointment. It couldn't have gone better. He does okay most of the time when we brush his teeth, but I really thought he was going to freak out when a stranger started poking around his mouth. He proved me wrong and was as cool as a cucumber the entire time! Dr. G was so sweet and gentle with Harry, and really reassured him that everything was going to be okay. She put fun sunglasses on him so the bright lights wouldn't hurt his eyes (why don't all dentists do this... genius!) and sang some of his favorite nursery rhymes while cleaning his teeth.

Dr. G said his teeth look great and just suggested we start flossing. It honestly never crossed my mind to floss a toddler's teeth, but all his teeth touch so it's important we do it. At the end of the appointment Harry picked out a prize and tooth brush and even got a "My first dentist visit" picture.

If you're local and looking for a pediatric dentist, I highly recommend the practice we went to! Feel free to contact me and I'll give you the info.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day! Even though this was my third Mother's Day, it's still surreal sometimes that I get to be someone's mom. I don't take it for granted and cherish (almost) every moment.

Friday Harry had a checkup at the doctor's (more on that later this week). After the appointment we drove over to Home Depot to pick up some flowers for our patio. We had promised Harry we'd go to a restaurant if he was good at the doctor's, so we found a Chili's near the HD and ate there. They have a new $35 for 2 deal going on, so we chose that and made it work for the 3 of us. You get an appetizer, 2 entrees, a dessert and 2 margaritas. Yum! Between the appetizer, entrees and drinks we were stuffed, so we brought the molten cake home and enjoyed it before bed.

Crazy story of the weekend: Saturday I slept late and sometime after 10am I heard our buzzer ring. I popped out of bed figuring it was a package delivery. Nope. A Jehovah's Witness. Ugh. We have a very clear "no soliciting" sign in our lobby (I don't have anything against Jehovah's Witnesses, just people that can't respect signs)! Then I went back to bed to get Harry. We've slept that late together a few times, so I wasn't concerned he hadn't woken me up earlier. Well, he wasn't in the bed. I was confused, so I went into his bedroom to see if he was playing in there. Nope. I looked in his closet and the bathroom. Nothing. At this point I was freaking out and calling his name over and over. I was just about to check the living room (we have a baby gate separating the bedrooms from the living room but thought maybe he had gotten over it somehow?) when I realized it was, in fact, Saturday. After that realization I assumed Ant had taken Harry out to run an errand. But, gosh, for a minute there I was really freaking out!

They got home not long after that. And after lunch they dropped me off at Hobby Lobby for an hour while they went over to the mall. We ate dinner at home and then went out for frozen yogurt at Menchie's. Delish!

Sunday I was awoken with some breakfast in bed. Freaking TACO BELL BREAKFAST IN BED. Amazing!

They got me so much, I only eat the crunch wrap, which was amazing and I want it every day. I love the little dandelions Harry picked for me, too! The boys also gave me some lovely gifts. A cute stuffed frog from Harry, and a necklace and fancy sunglasses from Ant.

I feel so blessed! The only other thing I wanted was a nice picture of me and Harry.

Ha! And I have a bunch more just like those. Whenever Harry is outside he just wants to run and play.

Eventually we got a decent one.

Harry looks a lot like Ant as a kid in that picture! I usually think he's my spitting image.

In the afternoon Ant put Harry down for a nap and I worked outside on my flower pots.

I'm hoping the flowers will spread and fill out the pots nicely.

It stormed the rest of the evening so we just hung out at home. All in all it was a very nice Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

30 Months Old

Also known as... two and a half! Yep, Harry is officially halfway to three (eeek!).


Lots of new developments this month...

  • The biggest of which is potty training! Harry first went on the potty on April 21st and has gone at least once every day since. We're taking it slow for now as he has no interest in going #2 in the potty yet. When he first started going we were doing M&Ms as a reward, but after a few days I made a potty chart. After he fills it up half way he gets to pick out a book and when it's completely full he'll be able to pick out a toy at the store. A few times I forgot to give him a sticker and he is very good at reminding me!

  • We also tried getting him into his own bed again. You might recall we tried to stop cosleeping last summer, which failed miserably. We decided to approach it differently this time, so a few weeks ago we moved Harry's mattress to our bedroom. Thinking it wouldn't be too difficult to get him on his own bed if mom and dad were just an arm's length away. Ha! Ha ha ha! He is one stubborn kid and it hasn't gone the way we hoped. Harry has fallen asleep in his bed a few times, but all but once has ended up in our bed by the middle of the night. I'm kind of at a loss for what to do now.
  • He's finally starting to get in to movies. We bought him Planes for Christmas and watched it in March or February. He couldn't have cared less about it then. The past month we've watched Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., The Little Mermaid and half of The Lion King (I think we were going somewhere so we had to turn it off). He loved all of them, but his favorite by far is Finding Nemo. He doesn't sit still through the whole movie, but he gets the gist of the plots.
  • Funny story of the month: Ant IMs me one morning saying he had my debit card; he found it in his coat pocket on his walk to the train. I hadn't given it to him, but the day before Harry had been playing by where I keep my purse. So I'm guessing he took the card out and stuck it in Ant's pocket. We got a good chuckle out of it and were thankful that he didn't hide it somewhere I never would have thought to look for it!
  • Harry's always loved cars and trucks, and this past month he's been really obsessed with garbage trucks. He knows the sound they make and the days them come to our condo. He loves watching them pick up the dumpster and thinks the trucks eat the garbage, ha!
  • He's in that phase where he loves to say good bye to everything when we leave. He mostly does it with his toys, but my favorite it when he does it to the car. He always says, "Bye, our car!" So freaking cute :). 
  • Eating for the most part this month has been the same as last month. He eats a large breakfast and lunch and hardly touches dinner. I hate sending him to bed on an empty stomach, but he needs to learn I'm not a short order cook that'll make him macaroni every night. I think it set in this week, though, knock on wood! The past few nights he's been pretty good about eating dinner and sitting at the table while we all eat.
  • Speaking of dinner... Ant and I have a long running inside joke about the Capital Grille. Anytime he asks what I want for dinner I say I want Capital Grille (we went once when I was pregnant). Harry picked up on that and he'll now say he wants Capital Grill for dinner, even though he has no idea what it is. Sometimes he'll ask me what I want for dinner, then point to me and yell, "CAPITAL GRILLE!"
  • I think I've mentioned this before, but Harry continues to impress me with his awesome memory. I'd always heard that kids don't remember much at this age, but he really seems to. The other day he told me about the one time, back in January, that Ant worked at home (because of the bad snowstorms). Harry recalled it in great detail, remembering where Ant sat (at my craft table in his room), what he was doing (working on his emails at the computer) and even what he was eating (potato chips). We were looking through one of his Shutterfly books and he recognized Yu Kids Island (haven't been there since January) and Legoland (only went once last October). He also remembers everything about every Daniel Tiger episode ever.
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