Doggy Sitting

We are watching my parents’ dogs for a few days and our little mini cupcake was quite overjoyed at the prospect of having not one, but two dogs to watch. We are currently recovering from croup (him) and bronchitis (me), so there is a lot of coughing and sneezing going on at our house. Now instead of us watching the dogs, they have been following our mini cupcake around constantly. Paddington parks himself outside his room while he sleeps and is at his side constantly checking on him. Which our mini cupcake loves! He has been thrilled to have the doggies be at his side, and he is constantly trying to bring them interesting toys and sitting with them on the couch patting them.

Hello, the baby is coughing...are you going to do anything about that?
Snacktime
Poor baby...coughing and sneezing is no fun.
Patting the doggy
Bathtime

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Eighteen Months

Can it be that we are half-way to two? I am trying to remember what was going on at fifteen months! SO here is what A is up to these days….

– A is 25.4 lbs and about 34 1/2 inches long.

– He has six teeth! Four on top, two on bottom. His little toothy smile is so amazing to me considering I thought we might go quite awhile with no teeth!

– He has a muss of hair and it has grown so much I have considered getting it cut, but I can’t bear it! He already looks too much like a big boy.

– He is wearing size 18-24 month size clothes. He can still wear a few things from last summer which I was pretty excited about.

– He is in size 5 diapers, I thought we might be on the verge of potty training a few weeks ago, but no such luck. That would be pretty impressive!

– He loves, loves, LOVES The Little Einsteins. I’m not sure how he got so attached to this show, but it is the ONLY show he ever takes a real interest in watching. He even has favorite episodes that he asks for (Rocket Soup! Music Monsters!)

– He LOVES being outside. He would stay outside all day if he could, which is not so great for pollen season! I’m sure walks during the summer will be a must.

– He is still a good eater, if it is food he likes. For breakfast he loves blueberry waffles (waffle please, he says) and strawberries (dahberries). For lunch he usually eats a peanut butter jelly sandwich or a cheese quesadilla with green beans and ranch, and oranges or pears or apples. He likes pasta (all different types) and all different types of fruit. We are still working on vegetables and meats and milk. Oh and ketchup! He’ll try anything if you dip it in ketchup. Except carrots…carrots are a no go.

– His favorite activities are playing with play-doh (or play-yo as he calls it), reading, building with his mega blocks, throwing “beach balls” (he calls all balls larger than the size of a bouncy ball a beach ball), cooking in his kitchen, and working on his “fort”

– He basically repeats ANYTHING you say.I ‘m especially proud of his clear annunciation and pronunciation of different words and phrases and believe a lot of it is due to the amount of reading we do each day. A LOVES to read and we spend around 1 to 2 hours total reading each day. I constantly run out of books that we haven’t read over and over.

– He loves to sing and loves for us to sing his favorite songs. His Granna is teaching him twinkle twinkle little star on the piano, and he loves showing us that he knows where “high and low” are on the piano.

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Old Bunny Meets New Bunny…the Epic Adventure.

Here’s Ittybit. He’s only about a year old, but his wear goes well beyond his years. In dog years I think he’d be about 50.

Ye Olde Ittybit

You may be thinking “where’s his eyes??!!” Do not fear. Ittybit never had much but a stitch of an eye to begin with. You can’t lose what you don’t have. Ittybit looks tired. Of course he has been chewed on, thrown, colored on (“bring me bunny!” he stated as he waved the red crayon in the air). You may be wondering why I am calling him Ittybit. Well that’s his true name (The one given to him by his manufacturer Bunnies by the Bay). In our house he’s Money the Bunny (That’s right Money Bunny is his name…don’t ask me why…perhaps because he is priceless?).

Anyway…Ittybit has been the favorite of the house for awhile and I started to get worried that he may get lost and the trauma that would follow. So I searched and found (at Ittybitty) (a replacement (*ahem a new friend twin) for Ittybit. And here he is making his grand debut.

Ittybit the Second

He looks so…clean? Pink cheeked and fluffy? He can actually stand up a little bit on his own? Of course I realize a new bunny would be detected immediately (“No bunny” were the first words I heard), so new Ittybit has been hanging out around the house in various places, just getting used to his new digs and hopefully being a nice secondary bunny in the future. For awhile he was neglected…however today I found this…and immediately ran for the camera…

The duo!

Okay I had to reenact the moment a bit. I wasn’t quite fast enough, but they had definitely been set together, side by side…to fight crime together (or just to ban together to avoid being colored on). They remind me a bit of the Tribbles from Star Trek.

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Halloween Crafts

How does one get crafty with a one year old? With tissue paper of course! I saw the idea for Pumpkin Ornaments in Parent’s Magazine and decided to re-create it for a Halloween craft. I tried to find a craft that I could actually make and it was not something I made and put our one-year-old’s name on it. So I thought ah ha tissue paper. One-year-olds love tissue paper (well mine does). They love to crinkle it, and rip it, and stomp on it, and that is basically what you need to do to create this craft. All you need is clear plastic ornaments (I got mine from Hobby Lobby…on sale this week!), some green ribbon (left over from our Candyland birthday party), a black permanent marker, and some orange tissue paper (also left over from the birthday party). I cut the tissue paper in fourths, so it would be smaller to fill the ornaments. The key with creating the faces for the pumpkins is to draw the faces on the inside of the ornament, so it doesn’t smudge later. So all you do is tear up the tissue paper, draw a face with the permanent marker, stuff with the tissue paper, and then loop with the green ribbon. Super simple, and pretty cute! If you have an older child, they also suggest pom-poms, crinkle paper, or even more orange ribbon to fill the ornaments. Here are our completed pumpkins!

Pumpkin Ornament
Pumpkin Ornament
Bunch o' Pumpkins
Bunch o' Pumpkins
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Doggy Sitting

While my Dad had back surgery last week, my husband, A, and I watched my parents two dogs Sebastian and Paddington. Now Paddington used to be my dog, but he loves Sebastian too much to ever live with us. Sebastian on the other hand could live by himself happily (Ha!). Anyway, we had a great time watching the dogs and A especially enjoyed having the “das” as he calls them around. The spent the most of their two days together watching the cars out the window in A’s bedroom and Sebastian spent much of his time sleeping under A’s bed in his room. Here are some pictures from their weekend together!

Sebastian and the Bunny Looking out the Front Window
Sebastian and the Bunny Looking out the Front Window
Sebastian says "I'll just sleep under the bed"
Sebastian says "I'll just sleep under the bed"
Can I keep the Doggies, please?
Can I keep the Doggies, please?
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