Thursday, August 22, 2013

The terrible twos

This has been happening frequently. This particular episode was because I was playing with Addy upstairs but needed to go downstairs to start dinner. But episodes have been known to happen for reasons such as:

- choosing between various types of small cookies and immediately regretting the decision she made
- angel teddy bear didn't land exactly where she was supposed to upon being thrown across the room
- I put on the wrong Pingu on Netflix
- she can't get her panties pulled up over her butt
- the books on her bookshelf keep sliding down as she's trying to clean them up from off the floor

And so on. Most of the time, I can laugh at the complete absurdity of it all. And I know that life really is difficult for her right now - she's a little person that knows what she wants, but doesn't always know how to get it, and her brain isn't yet capable of reasoning and logical thinking. What I have a difficult time with, though, is her physical aggression. She hits.  A lot. More than I'd like to admit. And she has started biting. Ooooooh, the dreadful biting. I'm at a loss as to an effective way to stop the physical aggression, as I feel the worst message we could send is to spank her for doing it. "Hey! Hitting is BAD! To punish you for hitting me, I'm going to spank your butt!" Doesn't exactly add up, right? That's got to be pretty confusing to a toddler. So....suggestions? 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Poop! She pooped in the potty!

I was downstairs shaving my legs in preparation of playing in water later this afternoon, while Addy was upstairs in her bedroom reading books. Mid-shave, I hear, "I pooped! Mommy, I pooped. Right here! Looooooook!" I dried off my legs and hurried upstairs, fully expecting a steamy pile of poop in the middle of her floor. And there she was, pointing proudly at her potty, with a huge grin on her face. 

Never in a million years could I have guessed that such a moment could make me swell with pride and joy!  

This child-led potty learning has been a total breeze so far. Throughout the day as I do diaper changes, I give her the choice of putting on a new diaper or staying naked. If she's naked and needs to pee, she tells me. I then ask her if she'd like to put on a diaper to pee in, or go in the potty. For the past couple weeks, she's mostly been going in the potty. And now, poop! Yay! 

I'm guessing we are still a ways off from using a potty outside of our house, and from being free of diapers, and that's perfectly fine with me. So far, this potty learning thing has been completely stress free for all of us, and as long as we let her maintain complete control over it, I think it will stay that way. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Homemade Granola Bars

Many months ago, I pinned a recipe for making my own granola bars with only five easy, always on hand ingredients. I made a batch the day I came across the recipe and was overjoyed with 1) how easy they were to make, 2) how tasty they were, and 3) how much Addy enjoyed them too - both making and eating them! I made a second batch earlier this week and with the first bite was questioning why it took me so long to make them again. Here's the recipe:

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 cups instant oats, dry

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan (you can use 8x8 pan if you want thicker bars). Mix all ingredients together, adding oatmeal last.Spread evenly into pan and bake for 16-18 minutes, or until golden around the edges. Cool in pan on cooling rack for five minutes, then cut into bars and continue to cool on rack outside of pan.
Store in airtight container.

That's it! 

I used an 8x8 pan the first time and got 9 thick and chewy bars. For the latest batch, I used a 9x13 pan specifically to get more servings, thus fewer calories and sugars per bar. The bars turned out pretty thin and they didnt stay fresh for as long, but they were just as tasty as from the 8x8 pan. Here's the nutritional info per bar, based on 18 servings from a 9x13 pan:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

An odd lesson on sorting

Friday, August 9, 2013

A well-used playroom

The OCD in me makes me so thankful she has a whole room devoted to this. I'm slightly worried, however, because she's cooking a kitty on the stovetop. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

First pee in the potty!

Houston, we have pee-pee in the potty! During bedtime tonight, Addy had finished brushing her teeth and Matt started to get a fresh diaper on her. She said, "No diaper, I need to pee in the potty!" She then sat down on the potty, pushed for a few seconds, and peed! She watched the stream come out, then she did a cute little belly giggle and said, "Look mommy and daddy, I peeing in the potty!!!!!! Yay!!!!!" She balled up some toilet paper and wiped herself, then spent the next five minutes trying really hard to poop. It was all very exciting.

You might recall a way-back post about the potty we purchased for her? I happened to write that post on August 10, 2012. So nearly one year later, she finally made proper use of the thing! Congratulations Addy!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Copley Heritage Days

Today was our township's annual festival, Copley Heritage Day. The schedule of events was jam packed with great stuff to do, from rummage sales and bake-offs to face painting and bouncy inflatables. Matt was busy rebuilding the moldy basement stairs support, so Addy and I spent a few hours at the festival. I finally broke down and bought a wagon yesterday, in hopes of covering more ground at this event and many more in the future; I was SO happy to have it! And for the record, the trunk of a little Yaris sedan can hold a Step 2 Wagon Plus. Not easily, but I'll take it!

I really had a lot of fun with Addy, and I think she had quite a bit of fun as well.