10 Signs Your Toddler Rules The House

I recently told my friends that I quit on tidying up our house.I cannot do it anymore. I quit. I know they say that let our kids be little…so I am letting Ellie be. For parents who got toddlers… I know that deep in your hearts you sincerely understand and you’re slowly nodding your head because you know…you know… what made me quit – tidying up.

Ellie owns the house – the car and even our bed. She rules the house and we are not complaining.

IMG_95081)Her stuff are everywhere.  Currently our little one owns more or less 10 stuff animals –  majority are bears and they are not small bears, one giant unicorn, tons of balls plus a play tent. Plus the tiny trinkets that she considers as treasures like keychains, keys and pens etc. and there’s no place inside our house and car even, that you cannot find a trace of her. It’s like she’s leaving them… to mark her territory.

2)You cannot finish ONE task easily. She knows what she wants and sometimes she wants what you want. I was doing the laundry the other day and Ellie joined me by putting out the clothes out of the hamper and brought them to our living room. I was dusting the shelves inside our room and she helped me by throwing out the books on the floor.

3)Food everywhere. Biscuits on the sofa. Rice on the bed.Juice spills on the floor and the list goes on.

4)One of the corners of the house is an extension of a play area. It’s Ellie’s corner. I imagined her going there to play and read her books, solve puzzles and other toddler activities. Now, I know that it’s all in my head… so much for my imagination…refer to item number 1.

5) Remember when you have glass and ceramic stuff at home? They are now PLASTIC. We bought colourful  utensils and glasses and even plates for her. Safety first.

6) Your TV channel preferences switched from News to Kids channel. Just like how you’re reading rhymes and storybooks when by heart you love novels and newspapers and fashion magazines!

7) The corners are no longer there. Again, another safety precaution. Toddlers love to run around  and defy the laws of physics and other laws of the universe.

8) The top shelves are full. There are times when we want everything on display – vases, picture frames, we even opt for a clock table instead of regular one. Now everything fragile,shiny and nice to look at, are all placed way up the cupboards or hidden somewhere little-miss-I-want-to-play-with-it cannot see.

9) Prints and writings everywhere. There’s no need for me to elaborate on this. I know that it is sometimes funny to see her prints in places we didn’t expect but what should we do… she is a toddler.

10)Adults in the house are either ninjas or prone to mini-heart attacks. Ellie started to jump from the sofa and our hearts jump with her too. She learned how to snatch the glass from the table –  with our hearts attached to it as well. She acts as if she is going to fall from the bed and I know she will fall from the bed that’s when my inner ninja comes out. Adults begin to have great reflexes at home.

But hey, after all the mess and mini heart-attacks, our house is filled with joy and laughter every single day. And sooner or later we will be missing these crazy moments with them.

What are your toddlers up to and how are you coping? :)

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Toddler Care during SUMMER :)

Summer in the UAE is very different from summer time in the Philippines. Each season has its own charm and its own challenges. But whether it’s here in Dubai or in Manila, summer still brings with it scorching sun and hot winds. It is a big change for the little ones (even adults too!) But do not fret. I want to share with you a summer care guide to keep us and our munchkin comfortable and cool this summer. Most of what’s written here are advices from my mom, fellow moms and based on my personal experiences too.

  1. Dress them right.Wear light coloured clothing. – What our baby wears can help keep them cool. Whites and brights are nice to look at and very comfortable to wear during the hot season. Put on your checklist cotton clothes and say no to synthetic fabric at this time of the year – this can cause prickly heat rashes.
  2. Get a proper sun hat for your baby. Make sure it has a wide rim, and that it fits well. My mom already bought three different hats for Ellie.Take note that it’s best to avoid hats with elastic support which may constrict blood circulation.
  3. Stay indoors during the peak heat hours. Do I have to explain this further? It can cause heat stroke on adults and what more on our kids right?
  4. Choose suitable nappies.Remember that nappies tend to trap the heat, this can cause rashes and other types of skin irritation. We haven’t tried using the washable nappies that’s currently on trend. Ellie uses Pampers Premium Care because of the breathable materials note : micro pores help air circulation, allowing skin to breathe.
  5. Be HYDRATED.If your baby is younger than six months, and if you are exclusively breastfeeding, you do not need to give them water, even in hot weather. Babies who breastfeed whenever they wish do not get dehydrated. If your baby is formula-fed, you could offer him some boiled, cooled water in hot weather. For older babies who are already on solids, you could try milk shakes, fresh fruit juices and coconut water. These are refreshing and nutritious. Avoid sodas and caffeine-loaded drinks.
  6. Sunscreen. There lots of good brands out there just make sure to go for the mild sunscreen specially designed for babies and toddlers as they need to be protected from harsh sun too! Ellie’s Godmother – Geli, gave her The Honest Company Honest Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 50+. We also have Mustela High Protection Sun Lotion and the Nivea Sun KidsSunscreen. Costco-Find-Honest-Company-Honest-Mineral-Sunscreen-SPF-50.png
  7. Cool off with some water play. Summers are a good time to let your baby enjoy some water play. You can head out to the beach or even just the bathtub or a small inflatable baby pool with a little water and some bath toys. I noticed that Ellie or toddlers in general, love to splash around, so let them have fun. *But make sure that they are supervised – little ones can drown.. even with just few INCHES of water.
  8. An air conditioned room right after a bath is a NO NO. They can easily catch a cold and chills. Switch on the air conditioner only after they are fully clothed and their hair is dry. Whenever Ellie is sleeping or playing, we make sure that the cold air does not flow directly at her (my mom told me this). It’s also best not to take them into warmer areas just after she has been in an air conditioned room. Switch off the AC first.  We have to let our kids adjust to the warmth before taking him out.
  9. Protect them from mosquitoes.Dengue fever and even malaria are caused by stagnant water and dirty surroundings. So,regularly clean and change water. This will prevent the breeding of any insects. Use insect repellent creams on your baby.
  10. Use shades or eye goggles to protect their eyes. Some might say that this is too much… but please make sure that it has UV protection, after all that’s the reason why we are buying it for them  – and second is, of course,the undeniable cuteness.]

Summer time is a great time to spend outdoors with the family. We are excited to be back in the Philippines for our vacation. We will definitely go far south for the beaches or went far North to Baguio City.  Nothing is definite as of this time but Tags and I are sure that Ellie will enjoy her vacation this year.

Share the love, let me know how you take good care of your toddlers during summer? :)

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Why We Love Parenthood (And You Should, Too!)

Every child begins the world again.
Henry David Thoreau

It is almost two years when we received God’s greatest gift to us. 20 months today, Ellie, is our constant source of joy AND worry. Is it easy being a parent? NO. Is it a whirlwind of emotions that you’re always worried if you’re doing a great job? YES. Is it awesome, exciting and surprising in ways that even the most upsetting of days cannot be compared to the hugs and kisses? Definitely yes.

Parenthood is terror mixed with delight and wonder – a true representation of humanity.Tags shared that he is happy being a dad because he is witnessing how Ellie is growing and how she reaches her milestones and achievements and such moments are priceless.

When Ellie was born (still shiny and brand new), we were ecstatic that even when there’s no manual for her this is the best OJT ever!

Here are few reasons why we love the F A C T that we are (her)parents:

  1. Feeling those little hands curling around our fingers to hold us.Knowing that we are blessed to have her in our lives.
  2. Gazing in those bright little eyes and knowing that deep inside she loves us too.
  3. Seeing my husband show off Ellie to his relatives and friends.
  4. Watching Ellie’s chubby innocent face as she sleeps and I can’t help but wonder what the future will be for her.
  5. Buying cute baby clothes and accessories (swimwear included) even if she’s too little for those.
  6. The moment she started laughing and you laugh with her for no reason because her giggles are infectious like that.
  7. The unspoken bond we build with fellow dads and moms.
  8. We never thought that we got talents when it comes to singing and dancing and became instant healthy chefs for our little one.
  9. The joy of sharing your experiences during pregnancy and THAT unique birth story.
  10. Smelling the best scent in the world – your tiny fragile baby.
  11. When she starts to develop her personality as early as 13 months.
  12. HER first steps.
  13. Now we know the right things to say when friends are also expecting a baby.
  14. When you became a parent you will again start to appreciate simple pleasures e.g. a cute butterfly or the bright chubby star hanging on the ceiling.
  15. Waking up from her hugs and sloppy kisses (sometimes a slap or a kick too)
  16. Mastering the tricky art of MULTITASKING
  17. We became more aware of VALUES and MORALS and other things that we want to rub off on her.
  18. We now have a much deeper and better understanding about other families too. Example: Toddler crying and shouting at the mall.
  19. Who would have thought that we can carry 15kg toddler around the mall for hours because she likes to be carried after running around. I never thought my husband is that strong.
  20. Hearing her say Mama and Papa and we know that it’s us that she is calling.
  21. Watching her grow and reach her milestones and seeing little version of us  – in many different ways.
  22. When she start scribbling on her books, paper, walls, doors and other available surfaces – we didn’t get angry at her –  I posted it on Instagram instead.
  23. The pride inside us when she started to learn stuff and can answer us correctly. That’s our girl!
  24. The way she invades our bed – our cabinets – the whole room because of her stuff and the whole house – because she is everywhere!
  25. Ellie made us appreciate life even more… all babies do.
  26. Now,our hearts got special spaces for other kids too! There’s a certain hurt inside us when we see kids being abused and not treated the way they should be taken care of.
  27. Capturing moments with tons of photos because we know those moments will never happen again!
  28. The precious moments of teaching (more of influencing) her to love writing and books.
  29. When we see her taking good care of her stuff toys and giving them hugs and kisses and even sharing her bottled milk. Sharing is caring and she knows that already! OMG.
  30. Being a parent means  we are able to create and shape the future.

Parenting is difficult but overall it is amazing. Let’s not take our days as a parent for granted. Before we know it, we will be sending them off to college and then… I don’t want to get to the next part. The time we have with our kids is very limited. Let’s be the best parents we can be while they still need us because time flies so fast.Just yesterday,  I was looking at a picture of Ellie as an infant and now she’s 20 months! Even as I type those words I choke up. I don’t want to miss a moment. 

What makes you love the fact that you’re a parent?

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Ellie’s first CINEMA experience

We’ve decided to finally bring Ellie to our movie date. This is her first time and I am so excited about two things 1) Ellie’s first movie 2) Beauty and the Beast Tags was teasing me the whole time that he is 100% sure that I’ll enjoy it more than Ellie. Well, partly true, but he enjoyed too.

The lyrics are still on my head, same with iconic yellow ball gown that Belle wore.

Tale as old as time
True as it can be
Barely even friends
Then somebody bends
Unexpectedly

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But let’s not focus on the movie today (BTW I really love the treatment of this Disney Classic). Ellie loves the vivid colours and the singing and dancing parts. She was watching the movie and was even laughing and smiling. I am happy that we were able to unlock this milestone for her.

I want to share some tips If you want to bring your toddler to the movies :

BEFORE:

  1. Make sure to inform them beforehand, show them pictures or books and at least try to engage them of what they’ll be seeing for an hour or two.
  2. Choose a child-friendly movie.
  3. Create excitement. Tags keeps on asking Ellie if she is excited and if she wants to go to the cinema. Ellie is smiling and nodding the whole time.
  4. Make sure that they are cozy and comfortable -shirt,jeans,shoes etc. Ellie wore her long sleeve-top, tights and trusty rubber shoes.

DURING:

  1. FOOD.We were loaded. Popcorn(cheese and caramel) her choice. Nachos with Dip. Large JUICE (freshly squeezed). Biscuits.Her toddler biscuits.  These kept her busy and focused.
  2. We were pointing at the important details on the big screen so that she’ll pay attention and will remember details. It’s easy because the movie was colourful and happy.
  3. Whenever she is distracted – we told her that there are other people watching and she should be discreet when she sees something interesting.

AFTER:

  1. For continuity, we asked her if she liked the movie. If she remembers certain parts and if she likes the dress and other important details.
  2. We asked her if she wants to watch a movie again in the cinema.

Ellie is turning 20 months tomorrow and we are happy that at this stage we were able to engage her without any problem with this kind of activity. Ellie is not yet speaking properly but she understands everything and has her own ways of expressing herself. Some might say that she is too young etc. but come on, we will not do anything that will harm her. Toddlers are very much advanced nowadays no matter how hard we try to deny it.

What activities are you introducing to your toddlers?

I might try baking with Ellie next time.

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Some magic takes time.

I am stressing and freaking out over these crazy thoughts. I know that toddlers have their own pacing when  it comes to unlocking their milestones.  Ellie has always been a healthy bundle of joy and everything about her is just a-mazing. She is 18 months and still not talking. I am bit worried although we already check with her pediatrician about my concerns. Her pedia laughed about it. She said that I was overthinking. Some toddlers don’t talk until they are two years old. But I can’t wait anymore.

Some kids are early walkers and some are early talkers and there’s nothing to worry about. I read a lot of articles about milestones and really gave a lot of time when it concerns speech and language. So far I don’t have to worry about anything. If you’re concerned about your child’s speech and language development, there are some things to watch for. An infant who isn’t responding to sound or who isn’t vocalizing is of particular concern.

I have to keep in my head that every child is different. Children pick up language in stages, and kids may reach those stages at different times.  I just have to give her more time and I have to relax. With the sounds and gestures that she makes now, I know that it will be a handful when she can say words properly and start asking questions.

As parents our concern for our little ones are endless. When it comes to their milestones and health, growth and development everything is a BIG deal. We want the best things for them and sometimes we compare them to other toddlers as well and when they cannot do what another baby can do we worry. I am so guilty of this.Tags told me that even if Ellie cannot properly say words she can do things that other kids cannot. :) So I will stop this. All babies are heaven-sent and special in their own ways. After all, she is only 18 months and her magic will surprise us soon.

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