Toddler/Kid Chat (12 months+)

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Toddler/Kid Chat (12 months+)
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Thu, 06-24-2010 - 7:36am
Julie, maybe is reacting to the attention you give to baby Ethan? I know one of my cousins was fully potty trained and once his little brother came along, he regressed (sp?) to diapers. Another example is one of our neighbors' daughter who at 3yo was talking fluently and now she slips to baby talk sometimes...
It's the only logical explanation to me. He wants mom and dad!! But I think you are doing right about not letting this upset you. I'm sure it's just a phase.
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Thu, 06-24-2010 - 7:51am

Julie I think it may be a response to the new baby too. There is normally some regressions and changes in behaviors when a new baby arrives. I know Desmond wanted a lot more of my attention once Eloise was here, and did some odd things for awhile when he was getting use to her.

As for the fruit-itarian thing, I have two little fruit-itarians, though Desmond is worse then Eloise. If it was up to him he would only eat fruit and mac cheese. Eloise eats a huge variety of things, him, not so much, and we definitely have the whole might eat something now, but won't eat it 10 minutes from now or tomorrow, even if he loved it today. I will say that he is getting a bit better now at 3, but he was extremely limited in what he was willing to eat from about 18 months till 3.

For everyone who is asking, Sesame Place is a theme park in Philadelphia PA ( http://www.sesameplace.com/sesame2/Default.aspx ) designed for younger children between around 2 and 9 give or take. Eloise has fun there and there is a lot she can do, but it is definitely more geared towards slightly older kids like Desmond. He loves it! It is only 2 1/2 hours from here, so it makes a nice weekend trip for us, or we can even do it in one day if we want to do a bunch of driving.

Nothing really new here from yesterday. I am going to have a long day today though, DH isn't going to be home till 9 or 10pm tonight! I rarely have to deal with both Desmond and Eloise past 5 or 6pm myself, so it is going to be a very very very long day. Especially since Desmond has been awake since 7am.












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Thu, 06-24-2010 - 8:32am
Julie, have you checked his mattress? Ray was refusing to sleep in his bed for a while and it turned out that one of the springs came loose and was poking him in the back whenever he laid on his bed. Once we fixed that he was back to sleeping in his bed.

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Thu, 06-24-2010 - 8:39am

I've had a number of friends who have made it to Sesame Place. They say it's great. Ray was never into Sesame Street.

Ray is going on vacation next week (without us) and we plan on re-doing his playroom into a big kid playroom while he's gone. His train table and the thousand dollars worth of Thomas trains and tracks are going to the attic. He has played w/ them maybe twice in the last year. We're moving a futon in for him. Sniff, sniff.

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Thu, 06-24-2010 - 9:08am
That does sound like a busy, but fun, summer. I just got Gideon calender for July and August for daycare, and looks like they are going to have a ton of fun. I have to find another pair of shoes for him to leave at school for his water play. Although Gideon is funny, even though he is potty trained he still wants to wear "swim underwear" aka swim diaper. He insists on it, so I figure why argue.
I glad to hear that you had fun at Sesame Place, we talked about going up there this summer too. I remember going as a kid, but don't remember details.
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Thu, 06-24-2010 - 9:15am
I could probably have written the same post about Gideon. He is a wonderful eater, but as part of his independence, he suddenly "doesn't like" foods and tells us things are "yucky." He is also a fruit-itarian.
The getting out of bed, I think, is more the age than the baby. Gideon started doing that about the same age that Alex is now. I freaked out the first time I glanced in his room to check on him and didn't see him in his bed, and then saw him next to his gate. He also comes up with excuses almost every night. "I have to poop." "I need some money." "My feelings hurt, I need to snuggle." "I need to check my new room." "I think you forgot my medicine." A lot of times it's just "I need you." We'll say, I love you Gideon and he can break into fake sobbing, he can even fake tears. If you don't answer fast enough, the sobbing suddenly stops, he asks "are you coming?" then fake sobs again.
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Thu, 06-24-2010 - 10:44am
Yeah, my kids don't actually know the Sesame Street characters at all. Desmond is there for the thrill rides, they have a roller coaster and water slides and a drop ride that he loves! I maybe raising an adrenaline junkie! It is actually nice because we don't have to stop and get autographs and meet the characters since my kids don't care about them, they are just there for the rides.











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Thu, 06-24-2010 - 10:50am

I love to read everyone's stories and updates! I'm just mostly really bad at responding to them. But -
Julie, good to see you here!
Heather, I love reading all those little stories about Gideon and Zeke on FB :-) He sounds like such a lovely big brother!
Sarah, sounds like you have a great summer with the kids. How is Desmond's potty training going? Or is Eloise still the one who's more interested?
Kelly, how's Elena's teething coming along?
Grace, do you have a follow up appt to see if James' iron levels are going up again? And so glad that things are going so well with your pregnancy, now that you've safely entered the 2T!

Hi and sorry to everyone I forgot!

AFM, nothing new really. Teddy and I are enjoying the summer - it finally warmed up a bit this week so I could get the paddling pool out for him, which he loved. We are rather "busy" with our various playgroups, there's nearly one for every day of the week. DH laughs about our busy social calendar! Teddy is 16 months now and I sometimes just can't believe it. How did my baby get that big? It's such fun now to watch him play with other children, as he truly interacts with them. Yesterday I met up with a friend to watch the football, and our babies were playing with a ball and chasing each other round the living room, giggling madly. It was so sweet!
Now that he's taller, Teddy also discovered that he can climb on more things, like the sofa, our bed and his toy box. He's still not a great talker, but he's trying more words every day (some of them though I'm sure only I can understand, because I know what he means to say). He has become absolutely obsessed with tractors and will shout "Tac-taah, tac-taah!" whenever he sees one (which is fairly often as we live in the countryside).
Honestly I thought that all this "girls like pink, boys play with cars" business was learned behaviour rather than genes, but now I have to review that opinion. I certainly never encouraged him in this respect but he just loves tractors, big cars, lorries, diggers... you name it. Have any of the mums of girls noticed something similar?

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Thu, 06-24-2010 - 1:26pm

Anna glad everything is going well with you and Teddy.

As for the boys cars, girls pink thing, I've noticed it here. I mean Eloise loves cars too, but she adores shoes especially pink and sparkly ones, she loves going into her drawers and picking out her clothes, when given the choice between pants and a dress she always chooses a dress and when given the choice of a pink or purple dress and any other color the pink dress is always chosen! It is really amusing, since we are definitely not very girly in our house, except for little miss diva!












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Thu, 06-24-2010 - 2:40pm
Anna, that is so adorable that Teddy is starting to talk; I love listening to toddlers chat it up! I've also noticed the gendered toys and preferences between boys and girls - my friend has a boy and a girl very close in age and it's the same way with them. How is it going with DH and TTC #2? I know you had said you weren't going to start another BCP pack... so does that mean it's on??? I hope so and I hope you have "beginner's" luck again!



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