I recently discovered diapers.com!! Love them!! They are even cheaper than walmart!
I got 192 Size 4 diapers for $41, free shipping and they will arrive tomorrow (saturday). At Walmart they are $48.
I just had to share because if you are a parent you know diapers are so expensive and it's not always easy to find deals. Click on the image below and enter KARI3422 at checkout and you will save 20% with free shipping. I highly recommend trying it.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
When I was pregnant, I had visions of how my son wouldbe…his accomplishments, his smile and laugh, all those cutesie things. I thoughtmaybe if I visualized a son that didn’t throw tantrums, chuck oatmeal on thefloor or bite his peers, he would be destined to be an angel child. It doesn’twork that way. No one wants to admit they have a problem child especially aBITER. Well, I write this blog today as the mother of a child that has a biting problem. For manyweeks straight, I received a call from his school everyday, if not twice a daythat he was biting. I was terrified, embarrassed and worried about how we couldbreak this habit as quick as it started. I did some research, talked to otherparents and his teachers and I am proud to say he has gone 8 days now withoutbiting! It is a daily, even hourly struggle when you are going through it. Youhave to be on a constant lookout for those triggers so you can stop it. Persistenceis key. Here are my collective tips I took away from my research but if youonly remember one this from this post, know BITING IS A NORMAL BEHAVIOR ORPHASE FOR MOST YOUNGER CHILDREN. Don’t be embarrassed it happens to the bestparents.
WHY THEY DO IT
- Communication: Children under the age of 2 usuallybite because of their lake of communication skills. They don’t have words yetto show that they are excited, tired, happy, hungry or upset. Just like you andI, they are filled with feelings they want to express and using their mouths isthe most intuitive and easiest way to get them out.
- Teething: It may be as obvious as teeth tryingto come through. Biting down on something is a great way to relieve the pain ofsore gums and little ones don’t know to discriminate on what that thing isuntil they are shown it is a negative action.
- Emotions: Toddlers experiment with their emotions& feelings. They don’t understandthat something that feels good to them may not feel good to another toddler.They are constantly testing actions to see results and reactions. This is howthey establish outcomes and help establish themselves as individuals withseparate feelings from others.
|I didn't mean to bite, I just want to give you a kiss!!|
HOW TO STOP IT
- Find the triggers: We found with Sawyer, it wasnever out of anger but from being overexcited and tired. He didn’t know howelse to release his excitement but through his teeth. When he got really tiredhe would try to snuggle and would sometimes nudge and bite. Or sometimes justthat he wanted to kiss us and he didn’t know the difference. Some othertriggers might be: hunger, overstimulation or being crowded.
- Be Proactive: If you have identified whattriggers your child to bite you can intervene before a bite even occurs or beclose by at those times.
- Redirect and give Alternatives: Give themsomething else to focus their energy on like a toy or book. I read a good quote that said “Toddlers arelike two-ton trucks, when they get going with an idea, it can be hard to stop.”So the sooner you notice them wanting to bite the easier it will be to get themon to another activity. Taking them out of the situation all together ishelpful too.
- Let them know it hurts: Just like everythingelse, children have to learn that biting hurts. Don’t overreact but confrontthem in a stern voice right when they bite. Say things like: “That’s biting!”“Biting hurts, we do not bite people”. Make sure they see your disapproval andtry to remove them from the situation. Give them an opportunity to help if theyhave hurt another. Comfort the other child so they can see the attention goesto the victim and not the biter.
- Praise them for not biting: Everyday that I pickSawyer up from school and he hasn’t bitten, I say “Great Job Sawyer on notbiting, you’re such a good boy”. He may not know exactly what I am saying butkids are smarter than you think and he will start to relate the two.
|Please don't bite me!!|
WHAT NOT TO DO
- In my opinion biting back is not an option. Thissends a confusing message that it is not okay for children to bite but okay fora parent to do it.
- Try not to overreact when they bite someone.This might make them want to bite again if they find the reaction to beexciting or funny.
NOTE: Remember I am not an expert just a curious parent.What I say may not work for everyone and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ifyou have tried everything and your child continues to bite, contact your pediatrician.They might have some other options to help.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Mother's Day Weekend couldn't have been more beautiful. Great weather, wonderful company and fantastic food. This was my 2nd (well sort of 3rd if you count in utero) Mother's Day and they just keep getting better. The weekend started with yellow roses and adorable hand-made (literally) artwork from my little man. We spent that saturday playing at the park with my mom, he really enjoyed feeding the ducks. Sunday we had our usual breakfast at Gailey's and later that afternoon met my family for lunch at Vintage Veranda Tea Room where my sister Rachel works. If you haven't been there, I recommend checking it out, especially for their beautiful patio and amazing desserts. After lunch, we took Sawyer to the park to enjoy the nice day. John surprised me with not 1, not 2 but 3 - 1 hour long massage gift certificates, talk about relaxation!!! I am very blessed and I want to thank my amazing husband and son Sawyer for showing me so much love! Also, my beautiful Mother and Mother-in-law. I couldn't celebrate this holiday without them!
|Afternoon at Sequiota Park feeding the ducks|
|Had to include this photo, this is how he spent his sunday morning|
|snuggles for mom at Gailey's|
|Vintage Veranda Tea Room Mother's Day Brunch|
|loves the big boy slide|
|My beautiful mom|
|Like to do it all by himself|
Monday, May 13, 2013
I am so excited to be an Aunt for the first time and it will be great to have a little cousin running around with Sawyer. It was a wonderful shower and Cindie was showered with gifts for her bundle of joy! After the shower Sunday, we visited Cindie and Rob's house to see the nursery and have some family photos taken. The nursery looks great and Sawyer really enjoyed "testing" out all of Kaiden's toys. Cindie even hung a few of the shower items we made in the nursery.
|Cindie with me and my sister Amie|
|Candy game, winner received all the candy mentioned as a prize.|
|Framed Shower invitation|
|Scrapbook paper banner|
|Cake by Lauren Daly|
|Sawyer with his Grandmas|
|Cindie with her mom Donnetta|
|Trying to guess everyone's baby item they brought|
|Kaiden's nursery with his new banner|
|Sawyer playing with Kaiden's new toys & sunglasses|
|Looks a little mischievous|
|Lots of new clothes!!|
Thursday, May 9, 2013
We stopped by Sunday to see the new digs and then last night came back to help her finish painting (long story short she had to fire her crazy painter). We joke that her new house should be called "50 Shades of Grey" from the various Grey paints she choose for her house colors - there is at least 3 or 4.
Congratulations Trina! I have no doubt many unforgettable memories will take place there.
|Celebratory Beer & Pizza!|
|Already letting Sawyer jump on the bed.|
|Sawyer playing with Trina's nieces.|
|The happy new home owner|
|John completely engulfed in painting|