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Sunday, 12 August 2012 09:59

A 'Big Girl' Bed!

This bed has now been slept in by my baby girl.  It happened so fast, but I don't think she thought so.  We were planning to babysit for some close friends who were going on a date for their anniversary.  Because they weren't sure how late they would be gone, we decided to set up enough beds for all three kids to fall asleep here before their parents got back to pick them up.

Since we have been planning to transition Clara into a 'big girl' bed at some point anyway, we thought we might as well move the toddler bed in now and let her get used to the idea. 

This is what her room used to look like.

We realized we might have a problem when we moved the bed in, and she excitedly ran into the room and lunged herself onto her new bed.  I wasn't sure she's willingly give it up - even for that night - for her friends.  Luckily for her our friends returned before the kids were in bed, and she was free to sleep in her new bed.

We offered her a choice of beds and I don't think she even glanced at her crib. I thought we'd take some time for her to get used to the crib after we moved it into her room, but she didn't need that. My daughter was more ready than I was for her to be a 'big girl'.

She fell asleep last night after her usual amount of jabbering to herself, which included a few times of getting out of bed and running around the room, but that was expected.  After she fell asleep she didn't wake up, and she didn't roll off the bed. 

Now we have completed one step of getting ready for baby, and there are now beds for two little girls in my daughters' bedroom.  I can't believe how fast time flies!

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012 21:10

Finger Painting!!!

A few days ago I commented on the fact that I had lost my camera, after spending a great day taking pictures of Clara's finger painting day a couple of weeks ago.  i would like to note that although I had assumed without thinking that it had been MY slip-up, that I had lost the camera because I am that flighty - the camera was found in my husband's messenger bag, the one he brings to work.  :)

Anyway, here is our finger painting day!



I don't actually remember the exact recipe I used for this, but the ones I found online were almost all the same:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • food colouring

Directions

In a medium pan, mix all the ingredients together to make the finger paint. Cook over low heat 10 to 15 minutes. Keep stirring the finger paint mixture until it is smooth and thick. After the finger paint has thickened take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool.

After cooling, divide the finger paint into storage containers depending on how many colors you would like. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container.

Stir the coloring in to the paint to determine the shade of color. You're ready to finger paint! Cover tightly when storing.

I should note that although the consistency of the finger paint was really nice when I had poured it into these jars, after it had cooled it had thickened quite a bit.  I don't know if I added to much corn starch (I'm not a very precise measurer) or if I let it cook too long.  Either way, I'll aim for runnier next time!

When it was ready, we headed out to the deck where Clara could feel free to get messy!

Here, it looks like she's trying to conduct the finger paint...

She got a bit more into it, but it always seems to stress her out when her hands aren't clean.  My little priss.

While we were outside, I gave her two different sheets of paper.  I helped a bit, just to smooth out some of the bigger globs that she had ignored at the end of each 'session'.  Call it artistic license, but there was no way these pictures would fit into any type of frame with the kind of globs she left behind, so I smoothed them for her.

Then I hung them on the wall of our deck to dry. This one was my favourite, I think.  Unfortunately because the paint was so thick, despite my efforts to keep it as smooth and thin as possible, it still gathered and cracked, so the pictures aren't frame-able after all.  I'll try again, though, because I love what they ended up looking like!

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:26

Too Hot!!!

It wasn’t long ago I was commenting on our frigid northern temperatures, wishing for the sun to come out and heat things up a bit!

I take it back, I take it back!!! 

Summer (in our part of the world) has barely begun, and we are already experiencing an almost unbelievable amount of heat.  Also, because extreme heat is not expected for a very long period of time here, many people still don’t have air conditioners (including us), so our house is hovering around the 29 to 30 degree C mark.  It goes up to about 32 during the day, and goes ‘down’ to 27 at night – if we’re lucky!

I spoke to a friend of mine this morning who had rushed her daughter to emergency with early signs of heat stroke, and it had me worried.  How do you keep babies and children cool when you have no way of lowering the temperature in your home below ‘freaking hot’??

We have been dressing my daughter in nothing but a diaper for night, we have her ceiling fan at its highest setting as well as leaving her bedroom window open and it still stays warmer than most other rooms in the house.

How do you keep your little ones cool in the warm weather???

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Thursday, 12 April 2012 10:35

Another Late TAT...

I'm late for another Toddle Along Tuesday with Growing Up Geeky, but I thought this was another fun one and wanted to do it anyway...

So after much thought about this particularly photo hunt - what exactly is a 'photo blooper' anyway? - I came up with these photos, not because the photos themselves were bloopers - I took them very deliberately - but because it seemed like a 'life blooper' I was catching on 'film'. 

Do you see why I found this funny? Look a bit closer if you don't...

I just want to note that I did not put her soother on her face.  I found her this way during an afternoon nap - I have no idea how the soother ended up there, but I thought it was hilarious anyway...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 21:11

Potty Pictures

I really fought with whether or not it was 'ok' to post 'potty pictures' of my daughter on the internet - although I am the sort of person who really doesn't worry much about privacy, there's always a chance my children will. Oh well.  They have me for a mother.

This week's 'Tag Along Tuesday' with Growing Up Geeky requested favourite photos - that WE have taken. Not a professional, but in this case, a photo taken by myself.  This was difficult because so many of the best photos of Celia were taken either by my husband or a professional - and I'm really not that great a photographer. 

These photos are my favourite, because I think they are absolutely adorable... starting with the best picture...

These next two I included because although they aren't as good as 'photographs', they are really funny...

She's laughing to herself.

And in this one she looks so engrossed.  I love it.  I' gave her the book because although she easily poops on the potty, she has a little trouble with staying on the potty during the process... and I don't really enjoy cleaning it off the floor, so I was trying to keep her entertained without needing to move.

So, there it is.  I posted potty pics of Celia on the internet.  I hope she doesn't hate me for it.

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