Monday Moments

New Baby

Nestling your new baby down to sleep,
You’re getting new memories you’re bound to keep,
Putting her down for her first little nap,
Just can’t wait for that first gentle clap,
She has such soft gentle eyes,
Watch them sparkle when she cries,
As she awakes you see two lovable eyes,
Looking up at you oh me, oh my,
Before you know it she’ll be growing and growing,
In your mind memories are flowing and flowing,
All of a sudden she’ll be that age when you look through the baby book page by page.

MONDAY MYTH ~ Is Baby A Late Talker?

Is your little one not vocal? Does that mean that baby has learning or possible hearing problem? Not necessarily.

It’s important to look at the two aspects of language development. “Receptive vocabulary” refers to the words that a child can understand. Is your little one responding appropriately to your requests and following simple directions, like holding up his fingers to count to five?

“Expressive vocabulary” refers to the words that your child can say and use to communicate. Between ages 2 and 3, a child’s expressive vocabulary will typically increase to about 300 words. Children should be saying new words each month and using two-word sentences, such as “more milk.” Is your child doing this?

Use these benchmarks, to see if your child might be behind in his expressive language development. But don’t forget to factor in his ability to communicate with gestures. For example, while a child may not say with words “I’m hungry. I want a cookie,” he may take his mom’s hand, walk her to the kitchen, and point to a cookie.

You may want to contact your child’s doctor if you are concerned about a speech delay. It may very well be that an assessment concludes that your child is doing fine and will catch up on his own, but it’s good to check things out, if only for reassurance.

Thursday Ramblings….The Rules of a Toddler

Babies turn into toddlers very quickly. Many parents are completely surprised by how much spunk and orneriness a twenty-five pound toddler can pack. Trust me, I’ve seen it 3x over! It is a widespread fact that the toddler years of children can easily be some of the most trying times for parents. This is when your child’s personality starts to develop. Toddlers want to do things by themselves…always. “No” also becomes a large part of your parenting vocabulary. So does, “Don’t touch that”!

Creative play and imagination are a big part of your growing angel’s daily routine. This is why I find this top 10 list so hilarious…but also, true.

A Toddler’s Rules of Possession:

1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must NEVER appear to be yours in anyway.
6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it’s broken, it’s yours.

Provided by Travis R. Grant


Crafts For Kids – Thankful Turkey

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us! Wow, already?
It is a time shared with family, friends and loved ones. Not to mention, loads of mashed potatoes and turkey up to our eyeballs. Can you tell I love this time of year?
This is also a season of being thankful. Sit down and share an afternoon with your children. Create this simple, but beautiful craft that you can save and share for years to come.
Instructions:
Cut a brown construction paper circle or oval (about 8 inches across) for the turkey’s body.
For the head and neck, cut a much smaller circle and a rectangle from a different shade of brown paper.
Cut two scrawny feet and legs from orange paper.
Glue the head and neck onto the body. Glue a tiny orange triangle for the beak and a little red blob for the wattle. Either draw eyes in black or glue on googly eyes.
Glue the legs to the body.
For the turkey’s feathers, cut five long ovals – use many colors of coloring paper if you like. Using white or pale yellow paper, cut five smaller ovals (that fit inside the larger ovals).
Glue the smaller ovals on the larger ones. On each one, write: “I am thankful for __________________.”
Have the child write what they’re thankful for.
Glue the “feathers” to the back of the turkey.
Don’t forget to write your child’s name and age on the turkey.

MONDAY MYTH ~ Could It Be An Ear Infection?

Has baby been pulling his or her ears?
My mother always said that ear pulling meant, EAR INFECTION! In some cases, yep, baby definately had an infection. In other cases nope, all clear.
“It’s normal for kids to tug on ears! They’re floppy, fun things to grab onto, and babies are very curious and interested in ears,” says Alan Greene, MD.”
Studies have shown that there’s no correlation between ear tugging and ear infections.” In fact, he points out, if an ear hurts, the baby probably won’t want to tug on it.”
There may or may not be other signs of infection present as well, other than ear pulling. Such as fever, irritability and/or a runny or stuffed up nose.
You know your baby best. If he or she seems out of sorts, it is always best to seek medical attention from your child’s doctor to be sure.

Crafts For Kids – Drawing Art Dough For Toddlers

A cross between paint and dough, this delightful concoction is fun to squeeze out into puffy, colorful designs. A great afternoon art project for your sweet toddler! Here’s how to make enough for 2 bottles. Ready…Set….Create!

2/3 cup each of water, flour, and salt
Washable tempera paints
Squeeze bottles (you can get these at a local craft store for about $2 per 2-pack)

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the water, flour, and salt (the dough will be just barely pourable).

Divide the dough between two bowls and stir a few drops of washable tempera paint into each. Pour the dough into squeeze bottles.

Protect your work surface, then have your artist create colorful designs on thick construction paper or card stock. Leave them flat to dry (drying times will vary depending on the dough’s thickness).

MONDAY MOMENTS ~ It’s Fun To Be 1

How amazing you’re already One
What a precious person you’ve become

A One-year-old child is so many things —
A tiny discoverer of butterfly wings,
A hugger of Teddies,
A sweet sleepyhead,
And someone to dream for in bright years ahead…

A year’s gone by,
How time has flown,
We can’t believe
How much you’ve grown!
You’re such a joy
And so much fun,
Oh my! We can’t believe your
Turning One!

You’re as cute as a bug
So precious to hug
A darling child
Who’s nice to be near.
So.. hope turning One
Is happy and fun
And takes you along
To a second great year.