This & That…

I am exhausted. I have NEVER been so damn happy to come to work on a Monday morning! I kissed Ava goodbye this morning and literally skipped out of the house, leaving her in the capable hands of Loveness – Lord alone knows how that woman copes. This weekend was HECTIC, work has become my time-out! If I sat for any period longer than 5 seconds yesterday it was a lot. We have one SERIOUSLY mobile, SERIOUSLY busy little baby! If she’s not “worming” at high-speed across the floor, she’s running like a monkey – on her hands and her feet. The TV unit has a lure that is irresistible, Miley and Dexter are chased everywhere… Couches, chairs, tables, toy boxes all need to be grabbed and pulled till she’s standing and Mom and Dad are most important as modified “walkers” having to bend over double, hold her hands and walk all over the place while she wobbly-walks all over the place!

Add to that… I think the next round of teeth are coming… snotty nose, she keeps grabbing my hands and stuffing them in her mouth and when she’s in the bath all she wants to do is chew on the bath handle and last night, the first time in weeks, she woke up at midnight. Thankfully for round number 2 we are far wiser…. went in, rubbed Prodol on her gums, restarted her Sleep Sense CD, gave her a toy and a bottle of water, put on the night-light and walked out. No screaming, no crying hysterically… so lets see…

I attended the Toddler Sense workshop on Saturday. It was highly informative. Anne Richardson has a wealth of knowledge and she’s a highly entertaining presenter. Shannon Eggers was wonderful, she gave me loads of idea’s for safe, fun and imaginative play for Ava. The third speaker was Lizette van Huyssteen but I didn’t really enjoy her talk, which was about the dangers of allowing your child to watch TV. I felt she presented a very one-sided view and that she contradicted herself quite a bit, in addition, some of the reason’s she gave for not allowing children to watch TV were, I felt invalid, when she started making comparison’s to other forms of stimulation. I prefer’s more realistic approach to TV and babies/toddlers.

Anne Richardson covered some really fascinating area’s and things that we will be experiencing in the next few months, firstly she covered what is  a toddler and apparently babies become toddlers at one year of age, Ava is two months away and I can definitely tell we’re heading in that direction as she’s displaying more and more toddler like behavior. She also covered childhood rashes and diseases and how to recognize them. Eating and toddlers, the do’s and don’ts, sleeping and toddlers, the do’s and don’ts, discipline and toddlers, the do’s and don’ts, and potty training, when to know its time to start and how to go about it.

So if you have an opprotunity to attend in your area, I’d highly recommend it. Right, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my time-out-sitting-on-my-ass-for-a-few-hours… Tah-ra!


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  • Reply Nisey

    i wish i’d been to toddler sense a year ago! i hope it helps you through the adorable and testing phase to come!

    October 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply hanneke001

    Shame hun, they get really really busy at this age, GL i hope the teething does not keep you guys up again !!

    October 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply pandoragelb

    Yes, who would have thought we would consider having to go to work as restful! While the toddler stage is incredibly cute and adorable, it is also harder work.

    October 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply pandoragelb

    Also, the TV watching. We let her watch Barney, and a few things on Cbeebies. It has no commercials, and is aimed at pre-schoolers. She only really enjoys Tellytubbies and In the Night Garden. She has learned quite a lot of words, also mimics some of the dances, tries to sing the songs, and is even able to anticipate what comes next in the repetitive parts or ones she has seen over and over. And she gets so excited when she sees her favourites, it is so cute! She was trying to share some of her tomato with Upsy Daisy the other day.
    That said, she doesn’t watch hour after hour, and sometimes still loses interest after 5 minutes and goes to play. So the article you mentioned is much more realistic.

    October 11, 2010 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply little29

    oh I am sooo with you on running out the door eager to get to work just to RELAX! i can relate….
    I am definately not a stay at home mom – I have the utmost respect for SAHM’s coz i know it aint easy!!
    On the TV front I totally agree with the approach – I dont care what anyone says we all need some time out – parents and kids both – and as long as it is educational and age appropriate then why not – and I agree that every now and then chatting about the show and asking questions – and limiting the amount of time spent watching. I tell you what though – When your little toddler is sick and in bed you thank you lucky stars for cbebies!!

    October 11, 2010 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply lisab809

    I hear you about how busy these little people can be Gabe keeps me on my toes constantly. It does get a teeny bit better once they can walk by themselves as you wont need to walk every step with her.
    The workshop sounds awesome. I think I need to see when the next one is. Hopefully I can get to one before we leave.
    Good luck with round 2 of the teeth!

    October 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply merphin

    My oh so wonderful grandmother sent me a really nice plaque for my wall and I quote:

    “Children. You spend the first 2 years teaching them to talk and walk and the next 20 telling them to sit down and shut up!”

    Really I love my Grandma and she is wonderful, the plaque was and still is oh so appropriate 😀

    October 12, 2010 at 6:08 am
  • Reply lea2109

    Must say I have no problem with TV / DVDs providing we control what they watch and I don’t like just to keep the TV on the whole day as background noise. As long as my kids have other interests also, then watching TV is good as well. I find TV / DVDs especially good late afternoon when they just need to slow down a bit and take it easy. If you are able to find it, get Harold and the purple crayon. Such a cute little story about a little boy that goes on all these adventures. It is a very calm and quiet DVD, perfect for winding down.

    We often do movie nights complete with popcorn and some other snacks. We’ll usually do a Caitlyn-friendly one first and then she goes off to bed and then one of the ones Bianca likes watching that is usually a bit too scary for Caitlyn. Perfect family time 🙂

    I’ll never forget with Bianca (she started walking at 10 months old, or rather running and I was soooo not ready for that), we once visited friends and if I sat still for 5 minutes that entire time it would have been a lot. She was up the stairs, down the stairs, ran to the kitchen, opened a door, touched the bin, ran back to the lounge and up the stairs, down the stairs… I was absolutely exhausted. She never sat still for long. Thankfully now my kids don’t have to be watched every minute anymore. Still pretty active, but they can entertain themselves now for most of it which is a big relief.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:48 am
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