Play Kitchens

Genevieve loves playing with the kitchen center at her daycare, so we knew we wanted her to have one for her birthday  (which her Poppy and Bibbie got for her 2nd birthday).

She has the Kid Craft Large Pastel Play Kitchen (here).

It took Michael HOURS to put it together, but the end result was wonderful!  She still plays with her kitchen almost every day.

 

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Most of her dishes and things are from Green Toys and Melissa and Doug.  I prefer the wooden items as much as possible.

 

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This picture was taken when she was first given her kitchen!

We even got a video of her playing with if for the first time.

And more recently, she was gifted a condiment set to go with her kitchen.  She loved these condiments so much, she took them to bed with her every night for several weeks!

Genevieve’s Bookshelf

Of course as a Librarian, everyone expects my daughter to love books.  Thankfully, she really does love them.  In fact, if she is upset or hurt, you can offer to read her a book and she immediately quits crying!

I recently discovered a movement that promotes the gifting books instead of toys.  This movement inspired the creation of a reverse registry and book recommendation website designed for children. This website is called Red Antler Books.  I will be reviewing this website soon, but while you anxiously await my review, I wanted to share the current list of titles on Genevieve’s bookshelf.

So without further ado: http://ninaksodhi.wixsite.com/red-antler-books/genevieve-exisiting-library

 

*the basket holds her clothes books. She also has a small basket next to the chair in her room for her current favorite books to read at bedtime.

Parenting Hack: toy magnet storage

Genevieve loves magnets, but I’m always struggling to find room in the refrigerator for them. We have lots of Melissa and Doug wooden magnets and this past weekend, for her birthday, she got a leapfrog alphabet which has a magnetic base and all the alphabet letters.

Solution: suction cup storage bins from the bathroom Department. These are intended to have toiletries in the shower, but they work wonderfully for magnets.

I’m sure this won’t be the case for everyone, but our freezer is on the bottom of a refrigerator, so the handle sticks out away from the unit. Therefore, the baskets don’t get in the way because the handle sticks out about the same amount as the bins do.

These bins were approximately $6 each at Walmart.

Genevieve Gets Stitches

May 5th – The day Genevieve falls at daycare and needs stitches.

Poor Genevieve!  She just cant seem to win for losing lately!  She has been fighting ear infections and strep for months and she just had tube surgery last month – and now she falls and needs stitches!

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Genevieve’s daycare provider called me and told me that Genevieve had tripped on her own feet and fell at daycare.  She hit the ONLY wooden chair in the building with her head!  They said she was in the office, but the bleeding wouldnt stop and that they thought it needed stitches!

I called the pediatrician right away.  I didnt know if we should take Genevieve into the doctor’s office or take her to the ER.  They told us to bring her in and that they could see her in 15 minutes.  I called Michael and told him to pick up Genevieve right away and take her to the doctor’s office after I explained what happened.  Then I told my staff I had to leave and I rushed out of town (I work 30 minutes from where her pediatrician and her daycare are, but Michael works in that town).  I just couldn’t stand not to be there with her!  Oh!

When I got the the doctor’s office, the nurses led me back to the examination room where Michael and Genevieve were waiting.  Michael said that they had already seen the doctor and that they were waiting on the doctor and a nurse to come back with the suture kits.

Her clothes were soaked in blood and the wound was still oozing, but Michael had her laughing a little bit and was trying to keep her distracted.  Everytime she stopped for a minute she got upset about her “boo boo.”

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The doctor used dissolvable stitches and he said he didnt think the wound would scar.  I was afraid that I was going to have to hold her while they stitched up the wound, but they strapped her into a backboard device that pinned her and her arms down.  I am glad I didnt have to hold her, because I dont think I could have held her still, but I was hard to watch them stitch her up and listen to her cry and scream “mama” over and over and not hold her and comfort her.  Because there was two nurses and the doctor there for the procedure, I couldnt even get close to her.  The best I could do was weave my hand through the bodies and rub the few exposed inches of her elbow with my finger.

The doctor said she did very well and Michael said that he was proud of his daughter’s “grit.” Let me tell you, I was not very happy with that statement!  My 1 year old does not need “grit!”

The result – 2 stitches in her forehead.

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For the most part, Genevieve was fine after the procedure.  She drank some milk and cuddled with us for a few minutes.  I took her home and when I got there I put some Tylenol in her milk.

When she is upset about her injury, sees her forehead, or accidentally touches her stitches she says”boo boo, head.” It distresses her.

Update 1: Two days after getting her stitches, Genevieve woke up at 2 am with a 101 fever and in a puddle of vomit.  It was all over her.  It was all over her face.  It was in her hair.  Evidently she picked up a stomach bug when she was at the doctor’s office getting stitches.  Really?! Geeze!  I got in a cool bath with her and we sponged off as much of the vomit as we could.  We couldnt really wash her face or hair due to the stitches.  Poor baby had to smell slightly like vomit for the next few days, as she got well, since we couldnt scrub her as thoroughly as we would have liked – the stitches aren’t supposed to get wet.

Update 2: As of May 21st, the last remnants of the stitches came out last night.  Her forehead is very red where the stitches were, but we are treating it with Neosporin.  Now that the stitches are completely gone, we can resume full baths.

 

Genevieve Uses the Potty

Genevieve likes to go into the bathroom with her daddy.  While in there (on 4/5/16), she said “baby poop,” so Michael put her on her potty and she actually used it!  She also told him she wanted a book! lol!

Now this isnt the first time she has gone one the potty, but the once or twice before had been us convincing her to sit on it.  This is the first time she has shown an direct interest on her own, especially when she actually needed to go.  The rest of the day she showed no interest at all, but it was so cute to see her sitting on her potty with a book!

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What is in my diaper bag?: A post about packing my diaper bag

Bag: Jujube Super Be
Print: Duchess
Age of Child: 19 months

 

I am a huge Jujube fan and have used a couple of bags in the past.  My first bag was a Jujube BFF, then a Jujube Be Prepared, and now I am debating about switching to the Jujube Super Be.  This post is about how I have been packing my Super Be the last couple of weeks as I decide if I want to keep using it or go back to the Be Prepared.

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The bag has two tote straps that have a nice long (but not too long) drop.  This is great because it allows you to wear the bag on your shoulder easily, even if the bag is very full.The bag comes with loops on either side of the bag to attached a messenger strap, but it does not come with the D rings needed.  D rings can be purchased at any fabric or craft store and added easily.  I will be adding D rings soon, so I can use a messenger strap.

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The Super Be is a large unstructured tote style bag.  It has 3 exterior pockets on the front and one large full width pocket on the back.  There is a small zipper pocket and 2 mesh pockets inside.

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In the front I carry a bottle of water, a sippy cup, and my cell phone.  I do not currently use the back pocket.

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This picture shows my bag fully packed, with my Be Quick (mommy bag) on top.  While I have the bag packed pretty full, its not so full that I couldnt add more items if I needed too.

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This picture shows the top view of my packed bag, without my Be Quick on top.  From this view you can see everything in the bag.

Inside my bag I have 2 large Travelon Packing Cubes (one with diapers and wipes and one with spare clothes), a Jujube Medium Set Piece that holds restaurant supplies, and a Jujube Fuel Cell that is full of snacks and some toddler formula. This picture also shows a musical book toy in the main compartment, but that is not a normal staple item for us.  It is normally in the car.

The zipper pocket contains a hair brush, sanitary supplies, and a chapstick.  One side mesh pocket has a burp cloth, my medicine kit (in a Custom Quicklet) and a muslin blanket. The 2nd mesh pocket holds toys, which are shown below.

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The mesh pocket for toys includes a large set piece, a crinkle elephant toy, an electronic animal sounds toy and a book.

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The Jujube Large Set piece contains a V-tech horse, a small Color Wonder color book, and the game board from a Cracker Barrel peg game.  There is also a Small Set piece inside which is where I keep the color wonder markers and the pegs from the Cracker Barrel game.

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There is an attached key fob on the inside of the bag.  I have a Custom Jujube EOS holder with loose change and a hand sanitizer attached to the key fob’s D ring.

See all the details in my YouTube packing video here.

Genevieve’s 2nd Play date (and exploring a new place to play)


Genevieve “fishing” on our play date to @thewonderplace today. We had a great time and I can’t recommend that place highly enough! It was so much fun! #playtime #19monthsold #waterplay

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Today Genevieve and I drove to Little Rock to meet my friend Nicole and her son, who is a month older than Genevieve. We met at the Wonder place, which is a fun indoor play center for small children.

I really am so glad we decided to visit tThe Wonder Place, because it truly is amazing. Genevieve played for hours and we didn’t even see half the things there. The place is specifically designed for toddlers, preschoolers, and other small children, to everything there was age appropriate and safe for her to play on or with.

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The Wonder Place has everything: blocks, an art center, slides, a water table, several pretend play areas, sorting activities, and so many other things!

I think I can speak for both of us when I say we can’t wait to go back!

Toddler Meals: 3/18/2016

In this post, I am going to share Genevieve’s daycare breakfast and lunch. We normally give her breakfast at home, but she generally just take a bite or two, if she eats at all. As a result, most days we send her to daycare with breakfast, in addition to the lunch I generally post about.

Breakfast:

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Kashi Cinnamon Harvest cereal (dry) and organic blueberries

Lunch:

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Pineapple, organic kiwi, twice baked potato, pesto grilled chicken, and mushroom/spinach sautee.

Snack:

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Organic cheddar cheese, sliced unsalted almonds, and Spinach/Kale pasta chips