Caelan Conversations, Part 18

June 15, 2015

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I am standing in front of the full length mirror in my closet after getting dressed…

CAELAN: Why are you looking in there, Mommy?

SARAH: I am looking to see if my clothes look okay.

CAELAN: You look beautiful, Mommy.

SARAH: Thanks baby.

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I gave Caelan and Leah each a bowl of grapes. Caelan’s bowl was orange…

CAELAN [whining]: I didn’t want the orange bowl, I wanted the red bowl.

SARAH: Well don’t look at the bowl then, just eat your grapes.

After a minute or so…

CAELAN [whining]: Mommy, the orange bowl is letting me look at it!!

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Caelan and Leah love to play with empty Tic Tac containers in the car. Caelan can open them on his own, but Leah needs help. After Caelan has opened it for her twice…

LEAH [to Caelan]: Open?

CAELAN [exasperatedly]: Ugh!! Again, Leah?! Mommy, Leah asked me to open hers and then she asked me again!!

Annoying, isn’t it… πŸ™‚

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SARAH: What should we get Grandma for her birthday?

CAELAN: A train! From Target!

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Caelan is singing a made up song…

CAELAN: β™«β™ͺ Oh I wish I was a little baby squirrel, baby squirrel! β™«β™ͺ — Daddy, this part will be so funny, you will, like, freak out — β™«β™ͺ I’ll poop on your head!Β β™«β™ͺ

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I hand Caelan a cup of milk.

CAELAN: Thanks, from my teeth.

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A conversation with our Amazon Echo, Alexa…

SARAH: Alexa, how are you?

ALEXA: I’m great. I hope you are too.

CAELAN: “I hope you are too”?…But you’re not.

SARAH: I’m not? Sure I am!

CAELAN: You’re not 2….

SARAH: Ohhhh…

———-

Caelan opens a birthday gift from Leah. It’s a green Chick Hicks car that he’s been wanting for ages.

CAELAN: Ohhhh Leah! I’m so proud of you!!!

———-

CAELAN: Okay, this is how it is. [points to Bill] You’re wrong. [points to Sarah] You’re right.

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Toddler Stuffs

November 25, 2014

When you’re pregnant and anticipating a baby shower, you usually create a baby registry (or two). It’s a good way to figure out ALL the baby gear and other assorted crap you will need for your baby’s first 6 months of life. I wrote a post on this a couple years back. Unfortunately, most of it will only be useful for about that long – 6 months – before your baby outgrows it and you pack it away until the next baby comes along (or you sell it if you’re done with babies).

But then what? Now you have an older infant or a soon-to-be-new-toddler and what kind of gear/crap do they need? Thankfully, much less than newborns need but there are still quite a few things that are nice to have. Here is my run down of what we used and found useful for our kids. (Disclaimer: These are just the products that WE used and what we thought of them.)

All photos link back to their source.

Convertible Car Seat

Your infant will likely outgrow his/her infant seat in height long before they exceed the weight limit. More importantly, while you *technically* can put a 30 lb. baby in an infant seat, good luck lugging that thing around when they’re that big! It’s hard enough when they’re tiny!

So the next step is the Convertible Car Seat. We made this switch with our kids when they were around 7-8 months old. The AAP recommends that children ride rear-facing until at least age 2 so you will want to look for a seat that can be used rear-facing and then can later be turned forward-facing. Unlike infant seats with buckets that snap into bases, convertible seats are just one piece installed directly so you will need one for each car that the child will be riding in.

There are plenty of seats at all price points and they all meet the safety requirements by law, so it’s really a matter of budget and preference (and size as some seats fit better in some cars than others). We have 2 Britax Marathon 70’s – one for each of our cars. Our smaller car is a Toyota Corolla and this seat fits fine.

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Britax Marathon 70

 

Stroller

If you were using a Snap-N-Go type stroller with the infant seat, you will certainly need a new stroller. I must admit that I am not very knowledgeable on strollers. We have The First Years Jet umbrellaΒ stroller and it’s a decent stroller. We use the stroller very infrequently so it would not be worth it to us to invest in a more expensive stroller. We also have our Chicco Cortina travel system stroller. That’s a great stroller with a nice big basket but it’s big and heavy. A friend is giving me a hand-me-down Sit and Stand double stroller which I am very excited about even though, again, we will use it so rarely. There are TONS of strollers out there and the price range is huge ($20-$2000+). Chicco has a lightweight stroller (Liteway) that gets good reviews and is not as heavy as the Cortina.

Teething

This is a fun one. (not really) Teeth can start coming in as early as 3-4 months of age and continue to poke through for the next 2 years or so. Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot you can do to ease their pain during this time which, honestly, just sucks all the way around. But there are lots of things you can try and maybe you’ll get lucky!

There are teething toys that can be put into the freezer and then gnawed on by baby to soothe their gums.Β We also tried frozen wash cloths and frozen purees.

Bright Starts Chill and Teethe

Bright Starts Chill and Teethe

My kids used pacifiers a lot when they were teething.

NUK Classic Silicone BPA Free Fashion Pacifier

NUK Classic Silicone BPA Free Fashion Pacifier

When all else fails, and especially at night, we turned to acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is for babies 6 months or older. Check with your pediatrician for the correct dosage.

Pediacare Infants Acetaminophen

Pediacare Infants Acetaminophen

Motrin Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer Infants' Drops

Motrin Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer Infants’ Drops

Baby Food

There are lots of different approaches you can take to introducing your child to foods. We started out somewhat traditionally with cereals (rice and oatmeal) around 4-6 months. We then started trying purees. We started with vegetables, and then moved to fruits, trying each new food for 4 days to allow for any food allergies to show up. I didn’t make my own purees so I can’t comment on that process, but we fed our kids mostly Gerber foods.

Gerber Baby Food

Gerber Baby Food

Once my kids were a tiny bit older, we gave them these baby food pouches. They are perfect for throwing in the diaper bag, but honestly, Leah gets one for breakfast everyday. They are so easy and also a perfect way to make sure she is getting fruits and veggies. We use all different brands including Sprout, Gerber Organics, Beech Nut, Goya, and Plum Organics. Babies R Us sometimes has great sales on their store brand pouches so I try to stock up then.

Gerber Baby Food Pouch

Gerber Baby Food Pouch

Feeder Bibs

Once your baby starts eating food, it’s going to be messy. These feeder bibs are a must have! The pocket is great to catch dropped food and they are easy to wipe down or wash in the sink.

Bumkins Waterproof SuperBib

Bumkins Waterproof SuperBib

Sippy Cups

The First Years Color Change Insulated Sippy Cups are hands-down my favorite sippy cups. We also have the trainer cup version. They have just TWO PARTS (cup and lid), they’re EASY TO CLEAN, and they DON’T LEAK. They are also insulated and change color so you can tell if the drink is cold or not.

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The First Years Insulated Sippy

With Caelan, we had better luck with straw cups at the beginning and these Munchkin ones were pretty good. But they had a lot of parts and they leaked some (as most straw cups do) so as soon as he could use a regular sippy, we switched.

Munchkin Click Lock Flip Straw Cup

Munchkin Click Lock Flip Straw Cup

Snack Cups

These snack cups are great for Cheerios, Goldfish, puffs, or any other small snack. They don’t 100% prevent a mess but it’s certainly far better than handing them an open bowl of snacks!

Munchkin Snack Catcher

Munchkin Snack Catcher

Booster Seat

We have one of these for each kid at each set of grandparents house. They are small, inexpensive (and frequently available second-hand), and perfect for travel or grandma’s house. We also had one at home and we started using that for Caelan instead of the high chair around 18 months or so.

Fisher-Price Booster Seat

Fisher-Price Booster Seat

Feeding

We use a lot of The First Years Take & Toss stuff. We use the sippy cups with lids (Caelan, at age 3, uses them without lids), we used the utensils, and I use the bowls with lids. We also use sectioned plates (any brand).

The First Years Take and Toss

The First Years Take and Toss

We have a few of these suction bowls. They sort of work. The kids can pull them off the table/tray so it won’t help you there, but it does give the bowl a little bit of stability.

Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls

Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls

For restaurant trips, we use these adhesive placemats. They are awesome. Babies will eat off the table for awhile until they are ready to use plates/bowls (without throwing them) so these placemats are perfect.

Neat Solutions Table Topper

Neat Solutions Table Topper

High Chair/Shopping Cart Cover

I’m including this because we used it and it worked well. However, we used it with Caelan and not with Leah, so what does that tell you? Kind of a first-time-Mom thing, in my opinion πŸ™‚ Ours was this same brand but slightly different. The one I’m linking here is better than the one we used.

Bright Starts Shopping Cart Cover

Bright Starts Shopping Cart Cover

Baby Gates

What you need in the baby gate department really depends on your home. We have 5 gates – 4 different types – and they are all useful in different situations. We have also moved them around a fair amount as our needs changed.

This gate has been the most versatile. Β It’s a pressure mounted gate but it has the option of installing it with brackets so that it can swing open like a door. We have used the gate both ways and I like it a lot.

Safety First Perfect Fit Gate

Safety First Perfect Fit Gate

We also have this gate which we use at the top of the stairs that lead to our basement. We need to let our cats have access to the basement and this is a great solution. This is a pressure mounted gate, but it has brackets that can be installed so that the gate can’t be pushed out of place. My daughter will grab the bars and shake the gate vigorously and it doesn’t budge! The only thing is, our kids could probably squeeze through that cat door if they really wanted to. They have not tried, but it’s technically possible so I wanted to mention it. We also have another gate very similar to this, but minus the cat door.

Carlson Extra-Tall Walk-Thru Gate with Pet Door

Carlson Extra-Tall Walk-Thru Gate with Pet Door

The last type of gate we have is a super yard style gate. It basically creates a space in which you can corral your child or it allows you to block off a large space. It has 6 panels that can be bent different ways (or removed) so that you can create whatever shape you need. We have used this to block off a fireplace, a TV cabinet, and currently we use it to block our wide staircase.

Northstate Superyard Playgate

Northstate Superyard Playgate

Cabinet/Door Locks

Like gates, your need for locks is going to vary depending on your home (and your comfort level). In our old house, we put locks on our “dangerous” kitchen cabinets (those containing cleaning products, knives, etc) but not on others.

We used theΒ Safety 1st Magnetic Locking System locks in our kitchen. They open with a magnetic key so that they are not visible from the outside of the cabinet.

Safety 1st Magnetic Locking System Complete

Safety 1st Magnetic Locking System Complete

When it came to baby-proofing, we sort of waited to see what our kids were getting into before we decided what we should try to lock up. In addition to the magnetic locks, we’ve also used a variety of other types of locks including the following:

Safety 1st Adjustable Multi-Purpose Strap

Safety 1st Adjustable Multi-Purpose Strap

Mommy's Helper Slide-Lok Bi-Fold Door Lock

Mommy’s Helper Slide-Lok Bi-Fold Door Lock

Safety 1st Oven Front Lock

Safety 1st Oven Front Lock

Dreambaby Sliding Locks

Dreambaby Sliding Locks

Furniture Straps

We have used furniture straps to secure heavy furniture to the wall, including bookshelves and dressers. It’s hard to believe a toddler could topple a heavy piece of furniture, but they could. We used these for our furniture and they seem very sturdy.

Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps

Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps

Toys

An exersaucer or a jumperoo is a great thing to have for an older infant (age 4-10 months). It allows them to be upright so they can see their surroundings better and of course it lets them jump! It gives them a little bit of mobility before they really are mobile. We had theΒ Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo and it was wildly popular with both of my kids (and now with my nephew). 2,400+ positive reviews on Amazon can’t be wrong πŸ˜‰

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

An activity table was also a hit with my kids. We didn’t have this exact one, but a similar one. It’s great for the sitting and assisted-standing phase.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table

Toys that can be pushed around are also great for pre-walkers. We have this ride-on/push toy and both kids enjoy it.

Playskool Step Start Walk 'n Ride

Playskool Step Start Walk ‘n Ride

Other toys in the 6-12 month age range that were popular with my kids were things that could be put into and taken out of a container, anything with buttons, toy cell phones, toy remotes, etc.

Shoes

My kids were around 7-8 months old when we first started putting shoes on them. Part of that was due to the season (it was winter). They had Robeez. Robeez are soft-soled shoes that are perfect for crawlers and cruisers (and even before then). I found that they run big so my kids wore the 0-6 month size perfectly at 7-10 months.

Robeez

Robeez

 


A (Satur) Day In My Life With An Almost-3-Year-Old and An 8-Month-Old

April 22, 2014

Our days are not too exciting, but I do like comparing this post to my post last year when Caelan was 22 months old and I was pregnant with Leah and then the year before that when Caelan was just 10 months old. I only wish I had posts from the year I was pregnant with Caelan and especially the year before that when we weren’t expecting yet. Our days now revolve so much around the kids that it’s hard to remember what we did on the weekends before they were here! I’m sure it was much quieter in our house back then πŸ™‚

Re-reading this post was exhausting in a weird way. We didn’t do much of anything this day, but every few minutes, somebody wants/needs something. We get to spend lots of time with our kids on the weekends which is great because we DON’T get to see them much during the week. But still, I love when 8:30pm rolls around and we get a couple hours “off” πŸ™‚

7:05am

I hear Caelan and Leah on their monitors at the same time. Caelan calls for Bill who goes in to get him and takes him to the potty right away. I let Leah talk to herself for a few minutes before I go in to get her.

7:10am

I get Leah up, changed and dressed, and we go back into our room where Caelan and Bill are watching a show. I plop her down on the bed with them and go to straighten up the bathroom and the kids’ rooms. I don’t normally bother with this on a Saturday morning (or any morning) but our house is on the market, so we have to keep it tidy.

7:30am

I run downstairs to feed the cats and then join everyone else on the bed in our room, still watching whatever is on Nick Jr.

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7:40am

Leah is getting fussy so I take her down to the kitchen and make her a bottle. She goes from zero to feed-me-now SO fast!

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7:50am

Leah is done with her bottle and I leave her to play in the highchair while I change some laundry around, sift the litter box, and wash her bottle. I make a cup of coffee and Leah and I go into the living room to play.

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8:10am

Leah gets a diaper change and Caelan and Bill come down from upstairs. Caelan gets his usual breakfast/pre-breakfast snack (pouch and breakfast bar) out of the pantry and sits down to eat it. He seems to be in a growth spurt now so he’s been extra hungry. He has some oranges too.

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8:25am

Caelan is finished eating so he comes into the living room where Leah is playing on the floor and I’m folding laundry. Bill feeds the cats and joins us.

8:50am

I get Caelan some juice and Bill retrieves some toys from the basement. We had to put all the kids’ toys down there while our house is on the market.

9:00am

It’s time for Leah’s breakfast and she has pureed peaches and some puffs. I eat my own breakfast while Bill supervises a potty break for Caelan. After breakfast, I do the dishes.

9:20am

After Leah’s breakfast we go back in the living room to play for all of 10 minutes before Caelan says he’s hungry again.

9:30am

Caelan, Leah and I go back into the kitchen to get Caelan a bowl of cereal while Bill runs out to get his own breakfast.

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9:55am

Leah was practically falling asleep in the highchair while Caelan was eating breakfast, so I figure she’s ready for her morning nap and I take her up to her room to rock her. Suddenly she was wide awake and had no interest in a nap, so I took her back downstairs.

10:00am

Bill is home. Caelan and Leah play in the living room until Caelan spots a baby book that we’ve hidden (because he wouldn’t stop chewing on it). We tell him he can’t have it, a tantrum ensues, and eventually he gets put in timeout for screaming.

10:25am

After a potty break and plenty of time to calm down, Bill brings Caelan back downstairs. I put away the kids’ laundry while Bill watches them downstairs.

10:40am

I make a bottle for Leah and this time, after the bottle, she is ready for a nap. I put her down in her crib.

11:00am

I put in another load of laundry and go back to hang out with Bill and Caelan in the living room. We don’t have any plans today, and since our house was just listed yesterday, it is still tidy so there aren’t really even any chores to do (besides the never ending laundry) so we are just relaxing.

11:30am

Caelan has a snack (Cheerios) and I make up a grocery list and a meal plan for this week. Caelan and Bill play.

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12:10pm

I start making lunch for Caelan and Leah wakes up from her nap at almost the same time. Bill goes up to get her. Caelan and I eat lunch in the kitchen while Bill plays with Leah.

12:50pm

I give Leah her lunch (more purees and puffs) while Caelan is finishing his. When he’s done, Bill takes him up for a nap.

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1:05pm

Leah is done with her lunch so I change her diaper and put her down in the living room to play while I do the dishes (again!). When I’m done, I play with Leah and listen to Caelan chatter away on the monitor.

1:30pm

I fold some more laundry and then put it away. I poke around online looking for some free fonts and images to make a birthday party invitation for a Bumpie. Leah is still happily rolling/crawling around the living room and chewing on whatever she can find.

2:25pm

Caelan has not slept this whole time, so we give up on a nap today and Bill gets him up. He comes down the stairs saying “I took a nap, Mommy!” Um, no you didn’t! Bill and Caelan join us in the living room for more playtime.

2:40pm

I give Leah another bottle and then she and Caelan play.

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3:10pm

Bill takes Leah upstairs for another nap and I get a snack for Caelan and then put on a show for him. After a little while, Bill comes down to watch/doze with us.

3:55pm

Leah is up from her nap. Her afternoon nap always seems to be super short. I change her diaper and bring her downstairs where Bill is sleeping and Caelan is still watching a show. He’s lucky – he’s getting to watch a lot more TV today that usual!

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4:30pm

Caelan’s show is over and Caelan involves us all in some kind of wrestling game where he climbs on our backs and then dives over our shoulders.

5:10pm

Caelan had been playing with his trains when he couldn’t get 2 of them to connect (the magnet poles were the same). Normally when this happens, he doesn’t miss a beat and just flips one of the trains around so the magnets connect. But today – holy tantrum. He completely loses it and sobs for about 20 minutes.

5:30pm

Finally, Caelan calms down. Leah takes this as her cue to start fussing, so I make her a bottle and then order a pizza for us for dinner. After Leah finishes her bottle, we all go back to playing. (Caelan reversed the magnets on his trains, no problem. Sigh.)

6:00pm

The pizza arrives and we all go eat dinner in the kitchen.

6:40pm

We’re done with dinner and decide we’ll go for a walk since it’s nice out today. Naturally, leaving the house takes forever. I change Leah’s diaper, Bill gets the stroller out of the car, then the ice cream truck drives by and Caelan has to go to the door and watch. Then he needed a potty break, and then FINALLY we all got shoes and hoodies on and went outside.

6:50pm

We take a walk through the neighborhood across the street from ours and visit “the big houses” (single family homes). At the end of our walk we stop to chat with our next door neighbor and Caelan is happy to pet their dog.

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7:30pm

After our walk, Caelan sits down with some juice. We normally go up for bedtime at 7:45pm but Caelan says he’s ready for bed so we go up a few minutes early.

7:40pm

Bill takes Caelan to the potty and to brush his teeth and then I get him in his pjs. All of this takes lots of coaxing, threatening, and counting to 3. Finally, Caelan is ready for bed and I read him a story. Normally Bill puts Caelan to bed, but this is a nice change.

7:55pm

Caelan is in bed and Bill has gotten Leah ready for bed while Caelan and I were reading. I make her a bottle and put some sweet potatoes in the microwave so I can start making the sweet potato casserole for Easter after Leah is down.

8:00pm

I give Leah her bottle and put her to bed.

8:15pm

I realize that we have absolutely no butter/margarine in the house (how does that even happen!?) so I can’t make my casserole. I cook the sweet potatoes and whip them up and figure I’ll run to the store for butter tomorrow morning. After those are in the fridge, I start putting together the kids’ Easter baskets and hide some plastic eggs around the living room.

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9:20pm

The rest of my evening is more dishes, a shower, and then Bill and I watch the last hour of Man of Steel. We started watching it the other day but apparently I can’t stay awake through a whole movie anymore!

11:00pm

We check on the kids (who both routinely sleep through the night now – woohoo!!) and go to sleep ourselves.

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Displaced

July 18, 2013

Friends have mentioned feeling guilty or sad about turning their first-born’s life upside down by adding a new baby to the family. I had a fleeting moment of sadness very early on in my pregnancy when I thought about how our little family of 3 would only exist for 2 short years – just a blip in our lives.

But I don’t even remember being an only child myself. My sister came along when I was 3 (so a year older than Caelan will be when his sister arrives) and honestly, I have no memories of before she was born. My first memory at all is a very blurry one of walking in a hospital corridor when going to visit her when she was born.

I thought once my due date got closer, that I may feel some more sadness or apprehension about this, but at the same time, maybe I wouldn’t. Caelan is such a go-with-the-flow kind of kid, maybe this won’t even phase him too much?? Over the past few months Bill and I have been trying to talk up both being a big brother/big boy and talking up baby sister herself. But Caelan has shown no interest in her. He’ll respond “baby sister” if we ask him who is in Mommy’s belly, but he doesn’t ask follow up questions or ask about her independently.

At first we thought, well maybe he’s just too young to really get it. It IS quite an abstract concept – a baby is IN Mommy? And without any evidence around the house (not much baby gear pulled out yet) it’s probably hard for him to really get it. But after talking to his daycare provider about his behavior there towards the babies and taking a closer look at his responses to our conversations about baby sister, we realized something. It’s not that he doesn’t get it. He does get it (on some level), he just doesn’t like it.

Cue that apprehension I thought I might be able to avoid.

It was easier to think that he was oblivious to it all. But the other day I mentioned that baby sister would be here soon and he could show her all of his toys when she arrived. He asked me with such concern “Baby sister not going to take my elephant??” I assured him that no, baby sister would not take his elephant. (Side note: Caelan has recently developed attachments to several stuffed animals, which is new for him.)

We are doing everything we can think of to try to make sure that Caelan doesn’t feel displaced by his sister, but the truth is that he will be displaced. About 2 weeks ago, we kicked him out of his crib and his own bedroom. I didn’t realize what a bittersweet milestone that would be until the night before when I found myself rocking him and laying him down in the crib for the last time. I’d been so focused on the need to get him settled into the new room before the baby’s arrival that I didn’t really think about the significance of moving him out of his old room.

Luckily, that transition has gone amazingly well. He didn’t give his old room so much as a glance until last weekend when he saw me in there getting it ready for baby sister. I’m kind of at a loss as to how to handle this since I don’t want Caelan to refer to the room as his own anymore, but I’m reluctant to start calling it “the baby’s room” because his move to the new room was SO recent.

The next few months are going to be hard on our grown up baby, but hopefully exciting also. I hope that our efforts to provide a plethora of elephants and other distractions will help ease the transition. Baby sister even bought her big brother a gift to give to him when she gets home. (Shopping online before she’s even born – definitely my kid πŸ™‚ ) I’m not going to be able to escape feeling sad about turning Caelan’s life upside down, but I will focus on what a good big brother he is sure to be once he gets used to having little sister around. Maybe we can play up the “mine” aspect and emphasize that this baby will be Caelan’s. He seems to love when things are mine/no-it’s-mine/no-it’s-Caelan’s πŸ™‚


Project Big Boy Room: Finally

July 8, 2013

The original goal was to be finished with this room by mid-May and get Caelan sleeping in there before his birthday on June 1st. Well…we missed that deadline by, oh about a month. There were some legitimate reasons for the delay, and some not so legitimate reasons, but now, FINALLY, it’s done.

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We cleared the room out and painted it (Glidden’s “Quiet Rain”), and then slowly filled it with new furniture, bedding, and accessories. We bought a twin bed for Caelan with a plain metal frame and we added a headboard that I found at Target. It’s odd shopping for a mattress when it’s not for YOU to sleep on, but that did definitely simplify the process. The bedding is also from Target though this set has now been discontinued. The sheets and curtains are from Target too. I do love Target πŸ™‚

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The dresser is from the ever-popular Hemnes line from Ikea. I was originally planning on getting the 8 drawer chest for his room since we technically have the space for it, but in the end we decided to go for the 3 drawer chest instead. It’s actually the exact same dresser we have in the nursery, only that one is white. I love it – it’s nice and roomy (and half the price of the 8 drawer so that was a plus too!). We added a shelf above the dresser which is one of the few places that will be completely out of Caelan’s reach. The video monitor is mounted on the wall and we have a nice view of pretty much the entire room so we’ll know if he’s staying in bed or not!

The only other piece of furniture in this room is the “bookshelf”. I call it that for lack of a better word, and because we put books on it. I love these ClosetMaid Cubeicals shelves with their many coordinating fabric drawers. I also got this (and the drawers) at Target. Who’s surprised??

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We were going for a “jungle animals” theme since Caelan is fond of jungle animals, especially elephants and monkeys. This is his room and we want it to reflect his interests (even as a 2 year old!) but since we’re also asking him to abandon both his crib and the only bedroom he’s ever known in favor of this new room, we want him to really love it. I thought the animals would help, and I really think they have.

I searched Etsy for some kind of affordable vinyl decal and ended up working with Etsy seller JustTheFrosting to customize this family of elephants. There are 4 of them and each one, by its size and color, represents a member of our family.

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I found this set of 2 canvas prints on Amazon and since the colors and theme coordinated, I picked them up.

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My parents gave Caelan this canvas height chart for his birthday and it fits in perfectly with the theme of his new room! I will retroactively add his 1 year and 2 year heights, but from now on we can measure him on this chart. I love that we can roll it up and take it with us whenever we move out of this house.

HeightChart1

So that’s it! One big boy room done! Caelan started sleeping in there this past weekend. The transition is going well so far. He’s sleeping in there very well at night, though the first nap was a little difficult. But Caelan has never been a good napper so I didn’t have high expectations there anyway. Yesterday’s nap was great, so who knows. When he was in the nursery, we used to change his diaper and his clothes with him on the changing pad on the dresser but since we didn’t move that into the new room with him, we’re doing that whole routine on the floor. Right now it’s annoying because it takes 10 times longer since he’s constantly getting up and running away but hopefully we’ll all get used to the new routine soon.


Caelan Conversations, Part 2

July 1, 2013

Looking out the front window at our empty flower bed…

CAELAN: Oh my goodness, where did the flower go?

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As we pull into the parking lot at Bob Evan’s for breakfast…

CAELAN: We’re at pancakes!!

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At dinner…

CAELAN: I want get up.

SARAH: Are you all done?

CAELAN: Yes.

SARAH: Okay.

CAELAN [panicked]: No!!! I no want get up!

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Caelan eating lima beans…

CAELAN [picks up a lima bean]: Is this one my favorite? Nope!

CAELAN [picks up a lima bean]: Is this one my favorite? Nope!

CAELAN [picks up a lima bean]: Is this one my favorite? Nope!

CAELAN [picks up a lima bean]: There’s my favorite! I found it!

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[Caelan burps]

SARAH: What do you say?

CAELAN [not paying attention]:…

SARAH: Caelan, what do you say?

CAELAN [still not paying attention]:…

SARAH: Caelan! What do you say when you burp?

CAELAN: I burped.

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ROCK N ROLL ELMO: Let’s sing a song together! Press Elmo’s foot please.

CAELAN: Yes ma’am Elmo!

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Caelan follows Jake (our cat) into the kitchen…

CAELAN: Jake! No no no no! Don’t go in the kitchen! Stove is hot!

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Riding in the car (with no food whatsoever, btw)…

CAELAN: Don’t touch my pancakes!! You touched my pancakes again!

BILL: Caelan, who is touching your pancakes?

CAELAN: Um, me.

SARAH: So you’re yelling at yourself?

CAELAN: Yes.