Gift for the new Big Sister

As Little Deer grows closer and closer towards becoming a big sister, I’ve been thinking more about getting her a big sister present from the new baby. She’ll be just shy of 22 months old when her little sister is born, so she’s still pretty young and oblivious to it all. I posed a question on the boards a week or so ago and got some good ideas. There was already a little backpack that I had been wanting to get for her, so I thought this could be a fun excuse to buy it. Rather than a box or a gift bag to open, I’m going to fill the backpack up with some goodies. My plan is to bring it with us to the hospital, and after she’s met baby sister and had a few snuggles, we’ll give it to her. I think the gift will be  a good mix of special items, treats, as well as fun activities to keep her busy at Grandma’s house.

Skip Hop Bee Backpack - Little Deer’s been toting around a little purse for a while now and I thought it could be fun to get her a little backpack. Her purse really only holds a few small toys, but with a backpack we’ll be able to actually bring snacks and books with us on outings rather than just stuffing everything in my diaper bag. I think this will come in handy with trips over to Grandma’s house as well as for preschool when she turns two. And she loves pointing out bumble bees in stories and yelling, “beeeeee!” so I imagine this one will be a hit.

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Zucchini-Blueberry Crumble Muffins

Here in my neck of the woods, summer is over in a big way. It’s fall, for sure, and with the change in seasons comes a change in the vegetables available at the farmer’s market. Pencil-length cooking zucchini morph into giant, oblong zucchini-squash: the kind bigger than Little Oats. So, loaded down with zucchini, and the last of the wild blueberries (given to me by a patient at work), I headed for the kitchen. These sweet, breakfast-y muffins were the result.

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Flashback Friday – Oct 2011

These posts are back from when we first launched and I was the only person blogging!

10 Tips To Get Your Kids to Eat More

Charlie and Olive eat a decent variety of food now, but our biggest challenge has always been their small appetites. They don’t eat much breakfast, they eat lunch at school, a tiny snack can completely ruin their appetites, and there have been many a night where they eat 4-5 bites (begrudgingly) for dinner and say they’re done. Every time my mom visits (she was just here this week), she’s dismayed by how little interest they have in eating.

I talk a lot about how to avoid raising a picky eater here in this post, but I also wanted to focus on how to get your little ones to just eat more. Over the years we’ve tried many “tricks,” and we still employ many of these on a regular basis because they really work!

(Olive eating rice with seaweed)

1. Light a candle. It really helps make dinnertime feel special, and anything that keeps the kids sitting at the table longer is a plus. You can even turn on some ambient music and use a tablecloth to set the mood and really make dinner a special occasion nightly. If the kids misbehave during dinner, we blow out their candle. If they are good throughout dinner, they can blow out their own candle at the end, which they always love doing!

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Liam’s Wishlist @ 2.5 Years

Since Liam’s first Christmas, I have kept an Amazon wishlist for him with items that he needs or that I’d like to get for him. I go through it every once in a while to delete things he’s outgrown and add new things, and it has been really helpful if a relative or family member asks what he wants because I can just send them the link. Here is what is on his wishlist now, at 2.5:

1. Balance Bike – This will probably be the big gift under the tree this year. I love the look of the wooden ones, but I know it will be stored outside most of the time, so wood just isn’t practical. This red one gets good reviews and I think Liam will love it! We will also get a helmet like this to go with it.

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Party Attire for Him

I think girls have the upper hand when it comes to dressing for a party. Pretty dress? And done. Boys don’t have it rough, but it does take a little more than just the point of a finger in the direction of something cute. Also, it totally depends on the type of party. So in an effort to try and cover most of my most bases, I put together 10 head to toe outfits that I think would be great party attire.

no.1 plaid shirtnavy blazerloose jeansloafers  |  no.2 pattern shirt - mustard sweatercords with bracessneakers

A little dressy, but still pretty comfy. Paired with shoes that are easy to play in but still look great.

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Our babywearing journey

This was definitely a big part of our accidental attachment parenting journey…babywearing. I’m laughing as I write this because I know everyone in Korea and in many other cultures are probably thinking what the heck is babywearing? That’s just what you do when you have babies and you need to get some work done and put your baby to sleep!

Well it was indeed a journey for us, and a bit of a rocky one, for sure, but it truly amuses me to look back and see how we tried so hard to make it work with our first, and failed miserably, and how the Ergo ended up becoming a permanent attachment to my body by the time our second daughter came around.

Here I am trying unsuccessfully to get HJ into the peanut shell sling, during our second time visiting HJ in Korea. Obviously the sling does not fit me or her very well. I have to confess that I probably bought this because I was #1) clueless, #2) thought that it was cute, and #3) it may have been on sale. I know that many people like this for their newborns, but for a squirmy eight month old it was not so great.

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