NO More Crib:- Living The Big Girl Life

A few weeks ago the hubby and I had a squabble.😨 Yes, it happens. Anyways, he came home the next day and decided to cross something off the honey-do list (months overdue) to get back in my good graces.

I was in the twins’ room doing a photoshoot when he called me and to my surprise he converted her crib to a day bed.  I should have been excited, but I wasn’t.  I can have a flare for the dramatic. Who me? Say it ain’t so. In my mind, I saw us moving her to our bed after she fell asleep then breaking down her crib and having balloons everywhere.

She heard me talking to her dad and quickly came to check it out. She was so excited. She couldn’t contain it. SHE JUMPED FOR JOY. She was happy. In that moment I realized it wasn’t about me. She was happy and that’s all that mattered.

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During the first two weeks she would pop up in our bedroom or downstairs while we watched tv. We threatened to make her bed back into a crib.  She wasn’t a fan of that.  Since then she’s been sleeping through most nights and she comes to get us if she needs to use the potty or she just yells it over the monitor. Something to the effect of “I have to poop mom.” Lol

Having her roll big girl style has provided much help for me in the mornings.  She wakes up, uses the potty, brushes her teeth, then comes to find us. I love it when she says, “I woke up, mom, what are we doing today?” She craves adventures just as much as mommy and I absolutely love it!

I can’t wait until she can make the bed and fold her blanket. Baby steps I know. Baby steps.

A mom can dream….

~TOODLES~
Stacey

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I Want To Be A Cooker Girl

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Yesterday was another one of those days where I  wanted to do a photoshoot.  My daughter was NOT in the mood. I managed to capture a few shots above before she adamantly told me “STOP MOMMY”

I tried to get her outside in hopes of capturing a few more shots but she’s too smart. She didn’t fall for it. So, instead I let her roam around and she settled in her room.

She received this book at her first birthday. I love listening to her sing this sweet song.  Giving thanks for all we have everyday.

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She peeked up and said “I want to be cooker girl, can you help me mommy?”  I tried to explain to her that’s a chef but my explanation wasn’t good enough. So cooker girl it was.
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She made broccoli soup and we enjoyed a picnic. Somehow I ended up with all the broccoli on my plate.

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She was still a bit hungry so she made eggs.  She tried to flip it in the air like I often do. It landed on the floor.That made me smile.  It’s these little moments that just makes my day at home fulfilling.

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Here’s to a cookerific day!

~TOODLES~
Stacey

JUMPSUITS, Oh My!

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The sun is shining again today after a week of rain. Yaaay! Hopefully, it will stay a while. A week would be wonderful, a birthday gift to me🙏

Wednesdays are normally reserved for posts about my big girl but she was just looking too stankin cute yesterday and Wednesday seems so so far away that I’m sharing her pics with you today!

Jumpsuits are among one of the current fashion trends.  Hopefully, I will snag something for myself soon, but until then, here’s Miss Jayla showing us how to rock this trend.

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While taking pics, a lady walked by, she thought she was being sweet…

Lady:- Oh my goodness, she’s such a little cutie!

Jayla:- I’m not, I’m a big girl.

Lady:- Yes, you are a big girl.

Jayla:- Yes, I am.

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Gotta love her 😉

~TOODLES~
Stacey

TRYING To Yell Less; More “I’m Disappointed With That Bad Behavior”

Okay, sooo I just yelled as I typed the title. Oops, like I said, I’m trying.

My daughter is like any typical two-year old. She has moments when she listens, luckily most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, she also has those moments where she digs in even when she knows it’s an inappropriate behavior, like she thinks she’ll win the battle.

She HATES it when I say I’m disappointed with her for something she said or did. So I’m learning to use that to my advantage. Whenever I tell her I’m disappointed, she then spends the next few minutes trying to make me happy. Sometimes she does something silly to make me laugh and instantly changes things. What can you do but laugh? They know what they’re doing.

On the flip side, she LOVES when I say, “I’m so proud of you”. She’ll let any and everyone in the room know that I am proud of her. By the way, she mastered spelling her name at 2 years old. 👏👏 Now we just have to master letter recognition which we’ve been working on lately.

I am so proud of my little ray of sunshine. She is my entertainment when things are chaotic at the homestead. I honestly don’t know what my days would be without her. She’s been asking to go to school A LOT lately. I don’t know if I’m ready. I’m definitely NOT ready even though I know it will aid in her social development. Can she stay my little baby girl for just a little while longer?

How do you handle it when your little ones have you standing on the edge of the cliff?

Enjoy your evening, it’s a gloomy and cold (high 63°) one here 😕

~TOODLES~
Stacey

A Little Retail Therapy

Well, it was more of a return day even though big girl did a lot of window shopping.

She’s the best big sister. She picked out clothes for her brother and sister.

I think Batman will like this mommy.  Nelle Nelle will like this she said.

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She picked up a beach towel for herself.  She is obsessed with all things beach. I may or may not be the reason. Remember, at Christmas she asked Santa Claus for a vacation. 🙈

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She struck a few poses before chasing birds and geese before our play ended abruptly when she saw a yellow jacket.

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We headed to the next store. You know its bad when your two year old says…wait for it “This bag is big like yours mommy”

She barely made it into the house before…

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I think she had a good day 😀

~TOODLES~
Stacey

It’s SPRING At Last!

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I woke up dreaming of a few moments to myself.  Mommy time (true mommy time..no baby monitors, not hearing the sweet sounds of their babbles, their screams,  their laughter) is rare these days, so I decided to leave the house, BUT, I took my oldest with me; so there goes mommy time.

It rained overnight. As we walked to the car she wanted to jump in the puddles. Normally I would be yelling let’s go, but I stopped and enjoyed watching her delight.

Our first stop was the library. It’s been a while since I took her there.  As we walked in the library there were no kids running around…can you believe that?  We visited space on the computer for a while before a family arrived and she abandoned me.  She played for a while, then we left for lunch.

The sun was now shining much like my mood that had been lifted.  It was the lunch rush at Panera Bread.  No seats available except a single chair by the fireplace.  A little old man was kind enough to offer his spare chair.  Later, the gentleman asked her if her sandwich was good to which she replied “I’m having a good time with my mommy” and I smiled.   We cozied by the fire with her wrapped in my arms reading one of the books we checked out at the library.

Our day was coming to an end and though I wished it wouldn’t, mommy world beckoned.  Until next time…

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XOXO Stacey

YOU MEAN THERE ARE COLORS OTHER THAN BLUE?

My daughter is two going on twenty. SERIOUSLY.  She can hold a conversation with the best of them.  Over the past few weeks it’s been such a joy watching her little brain evolve.  She’s been doing more imaginative play, making dinosaurs with her food, or drawing circles and saying they’re airplanes.  It is such a delight watching her discover new things.  That joy in her big pretty eyes!

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She hasn’t spent a day in daycare, so I try to teach her every chance I get.  She has mastered many things, but colors…that is a whole other story.  You mean there are colors other than blue?  It doesn’t matter if I’ve just finished telling her what color something is; when I ask what color is this…the answer….BLUE!!

 

We spent a majority of the day playing with blocks.  She made sand castles and princess towers, knocking them over and saying “Oh no, what am I going to do?”IMG_9949

During play, I kept asking her to grab certain colors.  She would grab the blue with such ease. Occasionally she would get a yellow or a green ONE correct, but it is frustrating.  Please share any ideas to help master colors. Thanks

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~Frustrated Mama

PS: I was getting ready to comb her hair when she asked to wear it like this. I know she was scheming me but I was going to ask her if she wanted to rock her afro…so we both won 🙂