Two Great Baby Tips

I had a great idea for a blog: write about three of my best baby tips. But there was a problem, I could only think of two tips. So here you go. Two never-fail, good-advice-in-any-situation tips! Seriously, everybody in the universe who takes care of a baby should use this advice!

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1. I remember my mom pinching my tummy in the zipper of my footie pajamas. In high school a friend caught my lip in my zipper as they zipped up my coat collar. Here is a way to never zip your baby’s skin in their footie pajamas.

Pinch the zipper handle between your thumb and index finger. Bend your middle finger around the top of the zipper head (the part that slides), planting your finger pad firmly on the base (the part that fests against your baby’s skin). As you slide the zipper up or down, your middle finger protects baby’s skin from getting zipped.

I used to only follow this trick while zipping up and I thought my kids would grow o a ripe old age without me ever having zipped them. But just this morning my wiggly toddler got pinched as I was unzipping him. So from now on I’ll be holding the middle finger guide in place both up and down.

2. I was having trouble finding the diaper rash ointment, we call it booty medicine, in my diaper bag and also in the basket where I keep diaper supplies. I didn’t want to root for it, so I’d start without it then when it turned out I did need it, ugh, it was somewhere at the bottom . Yada, yada, yada. So I thought to myself, “Why can’t I just keep the wipes and the booty medicine together?” AHA! I taped the ointment tube to the side of the pack of wipes! It has been working great. Be sure to tape it so the ointment lids opens away from the wipes (mine is a flip lid). My wipes go faster. So when they are gone, pull of the tape and tape the tube to the new package.
There you go. Enjoy a slobbery baby kiss! Live is good.

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Two Great Baby Tips

I had a great idea for a blog: write about three of my best baby tips. But there was a problem, I could only think of two tips. So I didn’t write the blog. But these two tips are too great to keep to myself. Two never-fail, good-advice-in-any-situation tips! Seriously, everybody in the universe who takes care of a baby should use this advice!

Three months old!

Three months old!

1. I remember my mom pinching my tummy in the zipper of my footie pajamas. In high school a friend caught my lip in the zipper of my coat collar. Perilous things these zippers. Here is a way to never zip your baby’s skin in their footie pajamas.

Pinch the zipper handle between your thumb and index finger, thumb on the bottom. Bend your middle finger around the front of the slider. Plant your middle finger pad firmly on the base of the slider. As you slide the zipper up or down, the first joint of your middle finger stays between the zipper and baby’s skin.

I used to only follow this trick while zipping up and I thought my kids would grow to a ripe old age without me ever having zipped them. But just this morning my wiggly toddler got pinched as I was unzipping him. So from now on I’ll be holding the middle finger guide in place both up and down.

2. I was having trouble finding the diaper rash ointment, we call it booty medicine, in my diaper bag and also in the basket where I keep diaper supplies all together in one spot Hint; do this if you haven’t already!). I didn’t want to root around for it, so I’d start the changing without it then when it turned out I did need it, ugh, it was somewhere at the bottom. So eventually I thought, “Why can’t I just keep the wipes and the booty medicine together?”

AHA! I taped the ointment tube to the side of the pack of wipes! It has been working great. Be sure to tape it so the ointment lid opens away from the wipes (mine is a flip top). My wipes got gone faster so I pulled them apart and taped the tube to the new package.

There you go. Actual fantastic ideas. Now go enjoy a slobbery baby kiss! Live is good.

Large Family Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

We all love chocolate chip cookies, but a double batch is too much. Not that we couldn’t put some in the freezer, but that we can’t seem to leave off them till they’re gone. So I decided 50% larger than a typical batch should suit us well. Also my girls prefer the variations written out. I keep them in my head, but they need that space for actors’ bios and Disney lyrics.

My cookie helpers are the greatest!

My cookie helpers are the greatest!

DS21 thinks I suffer from a rare form of ADD that (I’d say enables) me to remember what kind of toothpaste and deodorant each of them prefers, the sizes of their shoes and underwear, you know-“the basics”. He obviously isn’t a parent yet. At any rate, I have a standard chocolate chip recipe in my head, and I modify it to suit most cookie occasions instead of looking up something new. It makes very tasty peanut butter and/or chocolate chocolate chip cookies. (Another variation-leave out the chips. A travesty, I know, but we run out of chips a lot around here, because the *ahem* woman in charge of shopping never buys more than two bags a month and that only when she’s feeling splurgey.)

Larger Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream together 3 cubes soft butter (or 2 cubes butter and 1 cup peanut butter)
3 eggs
3 cups white sugar
½ Tbl vanilla
1 tsp molasses is optional.

Mix together 3 ½ cups flour (or 3 cups flour and 1.2 cup cocoa)
½ Tbl each salt and baking soda

Stir wet and dry ingredients together with a bag of chocolate chips (12oz size or 1 ½ cups if you’re blessed to buy them in bulk.

This recipe has fewer chips than the recipe on the bag. But we usually make a double batch with on e bag of chips-I’m frugal like that. I guess the chocolate chip makers and I have differing motives, hmm? Oh and the baking instructions! I can hear my girls asking already. As, almost, always 350 degrees till done which is approximately 11 minutes for a tablespoon-sized cookie. Enjoy!

What Are You Memorializing?

Did you make big plans for Memorial Day weekend? And did you think about what it is you want your kids to remember?
I am usually good about making a plan for holidays, partly because I think anticipating is half the fun. But also because I think it is important to give a bit of consideration to the family traditions we develop with our children.
All of our holidays seem to have thoughtful and thoughtless options. The thoughtful ones are those that get us thinking outside ourselves. Memorial Day options, for example, could be visiting the grave of a departed loved one or attending one of the many veterans’ memorial events that are held today.
Find out what local observances are available to you are put them on your calendar for next year. Also remember Father’s Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day are all coming up.

How about beefing up our family traditions to give our children a sense of heritage?!

Hallelujah for Endings

We agree on the best way to spend a snow day.

We agree on the best way to spend a snow day.

Today was the last day of school for DS9. It was also his last day of weekly Cub Scouts and twice weekly Taekwondo lessons.

Let me tell you I am ready for a break! The only person more ready than I am is DS9. And he is not really the reflective grateful type (yet). So I’ll think about my gratitude more often than he does.

Now I’ve given this some thought. “How can I be so happy for these endings?” Well first, I could so use a break from reminding, re-reminding, checking up, and physically prompting him every day. Or as he sees it interrupting, annoying, prying and spying. Okay, I’ll still have to do this, mainly for dog duty and dishes. But we won’t be on a schedule.

And second, these endings are temporary. He isn’t graduating or getting married or anything permanent and life changing. We still have time together. I can take a deep, oh so deep, breath and relax and just enjoy my son.

I love him. I like him, too. I want to revel in that. Now if I can relax my uptight personality and embrace the joy-that-is-ever-present-when-you-care-to-look. Does that sound like a summer vacation plan?

I think I’ll have to make three summer lists:

Work To Do’s—yeah there are things that need doing.

Fun To Do’s—because if you don’t schedule them in these fleeting summer days will
pass us by and in December the kids will ask me yet again why we didn’t make
ice cream.

And

Love To Do’s—this will be my stop-and-smell-the-baby’s-hair-and-don’t-you-dare-
take-off-those-rose-colored-glasses-cuz-you-know-you-wanted-nothin’-but-to-be-a-
mama-since-you-was-a-girl-and-girl-this-is-it.

Thanks, guys. I get my best ideas when I’m thinking through, because it’s for you.

How to Get a Few Extra Minutes Sleep When You Have Youngsters

I mentioned in a recent post that I didn’t get many full nights of sleep. There are a few simple tricks one can employ to gain a few precious minutes:

  1. Sleep when your baby sleeps—This is basic advice given to new mothers. And when you bring home your first newborn, it is pretty easy to follow. But it is still valid no matted the age of your children. If you are tired in the morning, go to sleep closer to your children’s bedtime. And if they nap, perhaps you should too.
  2. Develop a bedtime routine—Just like your kids, you will wind down when you have a routine that gets mind and body ready for sleep.
  3. Have a “no-no” list—There are, I’m sure, a list of things your children are not allowed to do after bedtime. There are things you should not do as well. For example, do not check your email our Facebook or any pet project you have that doesn’t have a clear stopping point. Anything that can suck up an hour without you realizing it should be on your list. Would your nighttime behavior be okay if you were your own child?
  4. Stretching out naptime—I have noticed with my kids that when they take a nap with me on my bed they sleep longer. When they begin to stir, I stay still and a lot of the time they’ll fall back to sleep. I know this particular trick isn’t going to be for everyone. But pay attention to what will work. Can they have “read, write, or draw time” on their beds? Will they respond well to lavender aroma therapy or a white noise machine?
    My older kids are pretty happy to let me take a nap with two youngest ones if it means they can do what they want for an hour without interruption from me or littles.
  5. Fake it—I was taught at my first job to smile before I answered the phone. When you have a smile on your face, you are more cheerful and polite. I actually helps even when the smile is fake. If you are sleepy and cranky in the morning, put on your phony-phone-smile, jump yes jump out of bed, and get going!

Following these tips can go a long way toward allowing us to achieve Benjamin’s Franklin’s adage: “Early to bed and early to rise, make a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Hey, it worked for him.

5 Things That Are Different Since I Have Kids

  1. I no longer unhook my bra as I come through the door and leave it draped over the back of a chair or hanging from the bathroom doorknob.
  2.  I used to pride myself on never ever getting up during the night. I went to bed, and stayed there. Now I’ve have roughly 12 uninterrupted nights’ sleep in the last ten years. That’s 3650 nights, divided by 12 that’s 3, and 12 into 50 is 4, carry the 2. No, no. That’s backward. Use the calculator: .33% sleep. No wonder I have to use the calculator.
  3.  I no longer hear scary prowler sounds at night, but instead think “which one’s that getting into the fridge?”
  4.  Everything is a big deal. A trip to the bathroom takes planning: “Is it naptime?”, “Who will cry if I don’t take them in with me?”, “Remember to check the bowl for mega blocks.” And would be small decisions take on life-altering repercussions. The baby sees me stepping out of the house-eek! Do I smile to reassure him, or will that make him think I’m giddy to be leaving? Should I go back and comfort him or should I run for it? How long do I have before he’s old enough to remember this in therapy?
  5. In my 20’s I’d go days and weeks without someone telling me they loved me. Now just today I’ve have at least 4 “I love you’s” and a “you’re the best mom I ever had.” Ahh, shucks!