Sick Baby

January 26th, 2015

Poor Turner woke up super sick on Saturday. We all slept in until 8, which is late for us. I looked at the monitor and Turner was still asleep, which is very unusual for him. He’s usually wide awake, playing in his crib, by 6am!
We brought him into our bed to have our usual coffee and milk time. He drank a little milk and then wanted to lay down again. He wanted to snuggle, so I took full advantage (even though I knew that wasn’t normal).

Immediately after I took that picture, he threw up. My reaction was to sit him up and try to catch it. Seriously!? After that round, we stripped our bed and laid him down on a towel.

After some time went by, we brought him, his towel, and a garbage can downstairs and set up camp on the couch. We all sat there and watched TV. He got sick again 30 minutes later. Then he fell asleep on the couch around 10.

Poor little baby. It broke my heart to see him like that! Luckily that was the last time he got sick. He woke up from his nap and started asking for water. I held him off from eating or drinking anything, because I didn’t want him to get sick again!

By 12, I gave him some ice chips. He held that down and was begging for cheerios. So, by 12:30 we gave him a few cheerios. Luckily he kept those down too! He went into his crib by 2 to take a nap, because he was exhausted. He took a solid nap and woke up good as new. This did not happen the last time he got sick! It was a week solid of throwing up. I was so thankful he wasn’t sick for long this time! Let’s hope that’s the end of illness this season. Stay well!

Potty Training Part One

January 23rd, 2015

I titled this “Part One” because I plan to update you when I have a potty trained toddler, which I don’t see having any time in the immediate future. I mentioned the other day that we starting potty training. By that I mean, we took out the Lil’ Loo Potty and have been letting Turner sit on it while we’re home. I’ve read these “Potty Train Your Toddler in 3 Days” types of blogs, which has just made me feel like a complete failure. So, I stopped reading them :o It is definitely not happening that way. Sure, if I wanted to confine the two of us to a small space and never leave my house, it might have worked. But I need to get out for everyone’s sake!

I started the process Saturday, so it’s almost been a week. This is what our days have looked like…

Every morning, I get Turner out of his crib, and he drinks his sippy cup of milk in our bed while I drink my coffee. Right after that, I take off his pants and diaper and he sits on the potty. The trick to getting him to sit there for extended periods of time is to let him watch “BeeYooos” (a.k.a videos) on my phone or play a game on my Ipad, which he’s only allowed to do while he sits on the potty. So, after about 10 minutes, if he doesn’t do anything, we move on to his room. I bring his potty in there, so it’s close, and he plays with his toys. Every so often I say “Turner, do you have to go pee pee?” and he says “no”.

After about an hour playing upstairs, we head downstairs for breakfast. I lay a diaper on his high chair and sit him on that in case he has an accident. After breakfast, I put his diaper on and get him dressed so we can head to the gym.

Once we get home, I take his pants and diaper off again. He sits on the potty or plays while I get his lunch ready. Sometimes, he’ll eat his lunch or snacks on the potty. I figure, the more he’s on the potty, the more of a chance there is that he’ll actually go to the bathroom!

Then, I put his diaper on for nap time. After nap, the diaper comes off again. We really haven’t been going out in the afternoons, so we’ve had a lot of time to work on it. He basically is pants-less until he goes to bed, which has been nothing short of amazing.

He’s peed on the potty a few times and he gets a reward. Sometimes he asks to sit on the potty. But I’m not getting worked up about it. Usually, I’m hard core with schedules and such. But I’m gonna let this play out. I’ll put in effort, but I’m not going to drive myself crazy over it. I mean, eventually he’ll catch on!

Toddler Meal Ideas

January 20th, 2015

I can’t even believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted! Life has been good, which I’m thankful for! We just started potty training two days ago (kind of), which entails Turner walking around the house naked and me following him around with his potty asking, “Do you have to go pee pee?” to which he replies “NO” and then pees on the floor. I’m not quite committed to it, because I don’t really have the time, so I don’t have an exact plan. I’m just sort of seeing if he takes an interest. If not, we might table it for a few months. I’ll keep you posted!

Turner and I have our daily routine, and a big part of that is food! I love to cook and experiment with food, so I try to come up with healthy meals and snacks for him when I have the time. As many of you know, Turner loves food. But lately, he’s gotten pickier with what he eats. I have to be extra sneaky about it. I guess he’s really becoming a toddler. I’m always searching pinterest and other blogs for toddler food ideas, so I thought it would be helpful to share a few of mine!

Breakfast Ideas:

~Scrambled egg, waffle, fruit
~Scrambled egg, breakfast cookie, fruit
~Healthy Baby Pancakes with fruit
~Plain oatmeal with a touch of Greek yogurt and cinnamon





Lunch Ideas:

~Peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat bread with fruit
~Egg Salad served with whole wheat toast
~Banana topped with peanut butter served and a few graham crackers


Afternoon Snack Ideas:

~Steamed carrot sticks with ranch dressing
~”Milkshake” (unsweetened kefir with cinnamon stirred in with a straw) served with “Breakfast Cookie
~Smudgies served with freeze-dried cranberries and fruit
~Greek Yogurt mixed with 1/4 tsp turmeric (lots of health benefits. Read up) and 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For supper, Turner usually eats what we eat. But in the case that he’s not into it, here are a few of his favorites:

Supper Ideas:

~Soups (minestrone, chicken noodle, lentil)
~~Meximelts
~Refried black bean and cheddar quesadillas.
~Small noodles with butter and cooked peas and carrots

I hope this was helpful! I stick with what I know Turner likes and modify it now and then. Feel free to share your kiddo’s favorites too!

Dimass Deeeeee A.K.A Christmas Tree

December 30th, 2014

Last Christmas was fun, but THIS Christmas was amazing! The excitement has been building for a few weeks now. Every morning, when Turner and I would walk downstairs he’d say, “Dimass Dee ON!”. And wherever we would go, he’d point to Christmas lights and say “DIMAAAAAS DEEEEE!” I think the most exciting thing about this Christmas was the fact that he didn’t quite get the whole gift thing yet. Don’t get me wrong, he was super excited to see his shiny new trucks and such, but he was really excited about the music, lights, and family, which made it magical.

On Christmas Eve, we went to Pops and Nona’s house (my grandparents) for an early supper. He couldn’t wait to get there. He kept pretending to call them on the phone, screaming NONA!!! POPS!!! It was a nice low key night with a little gifting and a lot of amazing food!


We put Turner in his pjs before driving home, because we knew he’d fall asleep in the car. We got home and tucked him in bed. Then, Stew and I pumped up the Christmas music and wrapped gifts and put them under the tree. All we got for Turner was a tool bench, because our parents got enough gifts that we didn’t want to overdo it! Plus, grandparents are allowed to spoil!

On Christmas morning, we had our usual snuggle time in bed while we drank coffee, and Turner had a quick sippy cup of milk. Then, we went downstairs for the unveiling. I ran down first to get a video. Turner’s always excited to go down and see the tree, but this time, his reaction was priceless! He gasped and said “DUUUUUUTZ!!!!” (his word for truck) and ran over to his pick up truck and hopped in.

After that, we opened a few more gifts and read our cards.



Then, I made breakfast while Stew took Turner outside to ride his new truck. That lasted for a little while until Turner was hitting every curb and riding onto our neighbors’ lawns. At that point, after a short meltdown because he had to come inside, we regrouped and got ready for our afternoon at Gigi and Paw Paw’s house (my mom and step-dad), where there was more food, family and gifts!


Turner got his very own train set and conductor’s hat to go along with it! He didn’t waste any time getting that set up!

This was definitely the best Christmas yet. Turner is at that age where everything is exciting! I loved watching him have so much fun. It really brought back the magic of Christmas!

Christmas Gift Guide

December 19th, 2014

Boys:
1. The Kitchen Helper-This has been amazing! Turner loves to stand in it. He is actually helpful when I’m in the kitchen making dinner, washing dishes, etc. He likes to stand in front of the sink and play with big spoons and whisks too. It’s made a huge difference in my sanity!

2. Kid’s Leaf Rake-This was a purchase made after Turner and I spent the day raking in the backyard. He kept trying to steal my rake and would get very frustrated when I would have to take it back. So, I got him his own! He loves it.

3. Ball Pit-My friend got this for Turner for his birthday. He loves it. He actually takes his other toys in there to play. He likes to throw the balls out of the ball pit. I let him do it because I taught him to put them back in before we move on to the next thing.

Husband:

4. Rolling Bar - We were actually in Target a few weeks ago and the rolling bar was on sale. It was so cute! I have been looking for something like this for a while. We got it immediately!

5. Scotch Glass-My husband has an obsession with scotch. His parents just went to Scottland and brought him back a bottle of scotch. So to go along with our new bar and scotch we asked for a set of scotch glasses for Christmas.

6. Tovolo KING Cube Ice Trays-These were the perfect accompaniment to our scotch glasses!

 

Cookie Baking Day

December 18th, 2014

Every year my mom, grandma and I get together to bake Christmas cookies. The past three times Turner has joined the fun. The first year he was about 4 weeks old, so he spent the majority of his time on me or in his Rock ‘N Play Sleeper. Here’s a flashback pic from that year!

Last year he just played on the floor with some bowls and spoons. He didn’t know what the heck we were doing, nor did he really care.

This year was by far the best yet! Turner was SO excited to go to Gigi’s and see Nona and Pops. But he was especially excited to help make cookies!

At home, he helps me cook with his Kitchen Helper. We didn’t bring it to Mom’s, so I had to watch him so he didn’t fall off his chair. But he loved standing up with me and rolling out dough and clapping flour in his hands.

Then, once he got tired of that, Mom brought out a bunch of dry beans that he filled all different cups with.

We made so many cookies. It was insane. I feel like I’m gonna turn into a cookie if I keep going at this rate!

I love spending time with my family. It’s so awesome that Turner is getting older and enjoys it too! Every year with him gets better and better! We can’t wait for Christmas morning to see his face when he finds all of his gifts under the tree! Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

December 13th, 2014

The Watson house has been very busy lately! Since getting home from our Thanksgiving trip to NJ, we have been in full-on Christmas mode! We decorated the house the day before we left so we would come home to Christmas! The day after we got back, we went to get our tree. It was SO fun decorating the tree with Turner! He actually participated! And every time we come downstairs in the morning, he says “Dimass Dee On”! He’s just as obsessed with this season as I am. It’s a dream come true!

He’s also been helping around the house with projects. He loves to help with the cooking, especially when he stands on his Kitchen Helper, and loves cleaning up!! I will take full advantage while it lasts!

But Turner’s faaaavorite thing is playing outside! The other day, it was beautiful out! So we spent a few hours in the backyard raking the leaves. I was horrified at the job ahead of me, but he was SO excited!!

He was actually quite helpful. I would rake the leaves into piles and he would pick up handfuls and put them in the leaf bags!

We got all of the leaves bagged up and out to the street. His being there made a tedious job pretty fun! I’m the luckiest momma in the world to get to spend my days with this guy!! Happy almost Christmas!

Thanksgiving

December 1st, 2014

After our two day journey, we arrived in New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon! First, we stopped at my dad’s house so Turner could spend a little time getting to know his Pop-Pop. That was so awesome to see! Turner even got his first music lesson!

We ate supper at my dad’s and then headed around the corner to Stew’s parents’ house to get settled in for the weekend. They were so excited to see us! Turner ran around and played for a little while before we put him to bed.

The next day was Thanksgiving! We started the day with Stew’s family where we had our first meal of the day. Turner got to meet his cousins, great aunt, and great grandma! He was loving all of the people and toys!

Stew’s parents even got Turner a cake to celebrate his birthday!

That afternoon, we picked up my dad and hit my aunt’s house for our second celebration! I haven’t seen my cousins in a few years. They, and all of their kids, were there. It was SO awesome to be together again, and the kids got along so well!


Friday, I got to see one of my best friends and her little boys! It was the perfect play date! She and I were pregnant at the same time, so it was exciting for our boys to get to play together.

And, last but not least, my 10 year high school reunion was Friday night. I planned it with 3 other friends. So, Friday afternoon was spent finalizing party plans. It was a hit! It was unbelievable spending the night with my friends from high school!
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We packed quite a bit into only two full days. Turner was a champ. He just went with the flow. We originally were going to start our drive home late Saturday morning and stop halfway, like we did on the way up. But we decided to leave early in the morning and see how long Turner lasted. He made it the entire 12 hours without a single complaint!

We got in around 7:45 at night and put him right to bed. It was such a packed weekend, it felt good to be home! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too!

Travel Day(s)

November 26th, 2014

I will start by saying I’ve had massive amounts of anxiety for the past week! Work has been very busy! On top of that, we were gearing up for our first trip EVER with Turner! Not only were we traveling for the first time with Turner, but we were driving from Charleston to New Jersey!! If that wasn’t enough stress, Turner got a sinus infection the day before we were set to leave! I had to do some major deep breathing. But, guess what, all turned out better than I could have planned!

I took Turner to the pediatrician Monday and she gave him an antibiotic. I’m not big on antibiotics, but the thought of traveling with a toddler who was sick and would get sicker was enough to make me have a mental breakdown. So, I started him on it Monday night and he was good to go!

We scheduled our dog to be dropped off at the doggy daycare on our way out of town. We were packed up and ready to hit the road Tuesday morning!

We left the house around 11:30am. I planned that so we’d get about an hour in before Turner fell asleep in the car. We drove for 3 hours before stopping. Turner started getting antsy at that point! Unfortunately, it was raining the entire time, so he couldn’t even run around outside! We found some sketchy McDonald’s with a fenced in courtyard (if you could even call it that). It was drizzling but we let him run around to stretch his legs. He literally ran in circles for about 20 minutes.

Then it was back in the car to reach our goal of hitting Richmond by dinner time! We got to our hotel around 5:30. We walked in the front door and there was a tower of warm gooey cookies at the front desk. HOW DID SHE KNOW!? We all ate cookies while our sweet lady friend checked us in.

Turner and I played in the room while Stew ran across the street to get dinner. Turner was surprisingly happy after 6 hours in the car!

I was also stressed about the sleeping arrangements. Turner’s never slept in a pack and play, nor has he slept in the same room as us since he was about 5 weeks old! But he did great! We set him up in the corner. I put his monitor there so we could sit in the hall until he fell asleep. I knew that, if we sat in the room, he wouldn’t relax! He fell asleep within 5 minutes and we snuck back into our room. Mission accomplished.

The second half of our drive was awesome too, other than the weather and stupid drivers. Turner woke up at 5:45. I don’t even think he lifted his head up before he shouted “MAMA!!” He must have been so excited to wake up and see us in the same room as him.

We stopped twice this time around. It was still raining and it turned to ice and snow as we got farther north. There were a few accidents on the way, but nothing too terrible. Turner napped for about 45 minutes both days. The rest of the time he played peekaboo, read books, and watched videos of himself on Stew’s phone. Oh, and there was a lot of snacking.




We were SO excited to finally arrive! We got in today around 1pm. We picked up a pizza and went to my dad’s house first. It was awesome! Turner was so excited to see his pop-pop! He was walking all around the house exploring and showing Pop-Pop his toys.

After a few hours, we went to stew’s parents’ house, where we unloaded the car and got settled. It felt good to get our stuff out of the car and get organized! Turner was so good, I couldn’t even believe it! Poor little guy was so exhausted tonight but he would not stop playing! We gave him and bath and put him to bed a few minutes before 7. He was OUT.

I’m so excited for Thanksgiving! We will start the day with Stew’s family and then head to my aunt’s house so Turner can meet my cousins and their kids! It will be so busy but so fun! I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Turner’s 2nd Birthday Party

November 15th, 2014

Turner will be 2 on Monday! I can’t believe how time flies! I feel like he was born yesterday! He’s getting so big and learning things by the second.

Tonight we had some of his friends over to celebrate. We did a superhero theme. I attempted to be Catwoman. The mask lasted long enough to get a picture. Same with Stew’s Batman mask. Turner was Batman too, and he actually kept his costume on all day!

All the kids dressed up too! It took me about 20 minutes to get them together for a picture, but it was worth the effort. It was so precious!

I had SO much fun planning! I got some expert advise from a friend of mine who knows all there is to know about superheros. The most exciting part to plan was the food, obviously!

On the menu:
“Thor’s Hammer” (a.k.a. Mjolnir)-Cheese squares on pretzel sticks

“POPcorn Cups”- I took pictures of some comic book pages and printed them out. I used a hot glue gun to make cones.

“Pick Your Super Power”- I chose a few different powers to go in some fruits and veggies.

“Hulk Punch”-1 carton lime sherbert, 3 (32 oz) bottles lime seltzer, 2 cans frozen limeade concentrate

Spider-Man Cake-courtesy of my mom

I made a separate cupcake just for Turner. It’s a healthy cupcake because I can’t buckle and give him sugar yet! Here’s the original recipe. I swapped out the zucchini for a mashed banana. Everything else was the same!

“Wonder Dogs”-hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls baked at 375F for 15 minutes

I also had goody bags (that I forgot to give out) with some stickers, tattoos, erasers, and sugar cookies. Here is the cookie recipe and the icing recipe.

I basically used the table, balloons, banner and chalkboard as the decorations.

I think Turner had an amazing time! I loved watching him interact with all of his friends. Last year was so different, because he didn’t really get it. This year, every time someone walked through the door, his face lit up!

After we all ate and sang Happy Birthday, the kids ran around like crazy in the backyard. It was so awesome to see!

I love party planning. But planning my baby’s birthday is by far the best! Happy 2nd birthday to our little love muffin!