Toddle Waddle

Do you love me? No.
June 16, 2010, 3:21 pm
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This morning I looked at my son and said “I love you.” He just smiled. I asked him “Do you love me?” to which he answered “Nooo.” He didn’t scream it or anything, just sadly hung his head and said  “Nooo.” So, I told him I loved him no matter what. Even if he did not love me. I know he does. It’s just not cool to admit that you love your mom.

 But this afternoon when he’s ready for a story, he’ll crawl in my lap and say “Mama…” and he’ll sit there for a least a few minutes. And when I go to pick him up out of his crib from his nap, he’ll say “HI!” when I open the door and give me a hug when I pick him up.

In fact it’s storming right now and a big thunder-clap sent him running to bury his head in my lap.

I know he loves me even if he doesn’t know how to say it. He is really good at showing it!


Peter and the Wolf
June 14, 2010, 5:11 pm
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When I was in about kindergarten-third grade, we would watch Peter and the Wolf at least once a year. It was the story of a boy’s journey in a meadow with his friends, a cat, a duck and a bird. A wolf enters into the meadow and the adventure begins! It’s set to music by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev who actually wrote the story as part of Central Children’s Theater in Moscow’s attempt to introduce music in a fun way to children very early in life. Each character is represented by an instrument so it’s a great way to introduce children to what sounds an instrument makes. Personally, my son likes to make the noises that the animals make.

Now the version I watched was made by Disney in 1946, about ten years after Prokofiev wrote the piece. It used the old school style of animation which I love so much. The video I rented for Asher was a Disney remake that was made in 1996. It offers an introduction that provides a little more back story. The cast includes Kirstie Alley as the narrator and Lloyd Bridges who plays Peter who is now a grandfather. They are telling the story to Kirstie Alley’s son, who is also named Peter. The movie is only about 45 minutes long but serves both to entertain children but also to help young ones appreciate classical music.

I was a vocal performance major in college and so cultivating a love for “classical” music in both of my children is so important for me. There are so many wonderful pieces that kids can listen to, dance to and play to. In fact, at my house we often play classical music in the background while we are playing. It helps improve Asher mood sometimes when he is particularly cranky.

So I encourage you all to go out and rent either version of the movie. They are both great examples of how music can be fun for kids.

Why the crap are you writing this?
June 12, 2010, 3:29 am
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So here I am sitting at my local coffee shop writing the obligitory “welcome to my blog” post. What to say? Well….

I guess I should tell you why the crap I am writing this blog. I got really sick and tired of reading all of these parenting blogs that said I had to co-sleep or I had to have my kids on a strict schedule. All of these sites seem to go one way or the other and I got tired of it. It seemed as though there are NO sites that lend themselves somewhere in between. I just wanted a place where mom’s of kiddos could come and write and share ideas and just have an outlet. I need to be able to communicate with people who are in the same position as me. I don’t want to push an agenda. I just want to offer info, reviews and maybe just talk about the antics of my crazy family.

A few things you should know about me and my family. So there is my 18 month-old, Asher. My 6 week-old, Shilo. And last, but not least, my husband, Cody. I breastfeed my daughter, but didn’t my son. I also don’t beat myself up if I have to give her formula for some reason. I cloth diaper my daughter and tried for months with my son, but for some reason, when we break out the cloth, his butt breaks out in a rash regarless of how often we change him or our detergent. We don’t co-sleep. I’m afriad of rolling over on them. I “wear” my youngest but not all the time, nor did I “wear” my son often. I don’t let my kids cry-it-out. They need me. I have my son on a schedule, or at least try to – to a certain extent. I feel like I’ve tried it all. We are a Christian family, but I have an open-mind and welcome everyone. I try not to curse, but I often fail. We are trying to be more “green” but we haven’t done a great job so far. I’m trying. That’s all I can do. I feel that that’s all any of us are doing though. So regardless of whether or not you follow one form of parenting to the “T” or just want to shoot the stuff with some other parents, join me, please.