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9 Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Start Potty-Training My Toddler

9 Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Start 
Potty-Training My Toddler…Yet

1.   You people JUST made me give up the bottle and switch to sippy cups!  (OK, fine – that was like a year-ago but whatever).  That was hard enough!  (See My 5 Stages of Baby Bottle Grief for more on my struggle giving up the bottle).

2.   They don’t make a “Diaper Genie” equivalent for training potties.

3.   My toddler thinks her training potty is a bucket and she also thinks that all buckets are hats and she also likes to put all hats on her head.  We’ve only set out the potty to get her familiar with it, but this doesn’t sound promising for me once she starts to use it.

4.   It seems that potty training will inevitably mean more laundry for me.   I suck at laundry – my Pack N Play is seriously my gigantic laundry hamper.  (See My Pack N Play Confessions for about my terrible laundry habits).

5.   I am lazy. 

6.   I already spent all of my money on sippy cups. 
(See My Battle With Sippy Cups for more about this).

7.   I’ve enjoyed this brief break from reading parenting books.

8.   I still have refill liners for my Diaper Genie….and I do not want them to go to waste.

9.   I do not want green eggs and ham……wait…errrrr…I’m not sure where that came from….what I meant is, “I don’t want to.”  


In Conclusion:

I’m not ready to start potty training my toddler!  I don’t like change!  But I have to.  Ugh.  I suppose I’d be pretty pissed at my mom if she never taught me the essential life skill of going potty.


Signs That Your Blog Actually Sucks

Ever get the weird feeling like you are talking to yourself?  Well, that’s how it sometimes feels when you write a blog, especially a blog that receives very little comments.  It’s quite humbling!  Maybe you chose the wrong platform (WordPress vs. Blogger). Or maybe, it’s something deeper than that….maybe the blogging community just isn’t that into you.

What do I mean by this?  When not even your mom, nor your sister, can “remember” your last blog post, and when neither one of them have ever even commented on your blog, aside from one single time, in your last 200+ posts, then your blog might suck.  And, even if you are passive-aggressively trying to send your mom and sister this message right now, say, for instance, even through this very blog post, there is still a 98% chance that they will not receive your message.  Why?  Because they do not read your blog.  


Baby Tessa’s First Dance – Baby Wiggles Dance

13-month-old Tessa learns some rhythm…dancing along to her Dino walker toy’s music…while inside of her new house/tent.



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17 Easy Toddler Finger Food Ideas


Here is a list of freezer-friendly, easy, healthy, toddler meals and toddler snacks.  Finger foods are the greatest because mommy can use her hands to eat too!  

    1. Ground Chicken or Turkey
    2. Frozen Blueberries
    3. Frozen Carrots
    4. Frozen Peas
    5. Frozen Cooked Sweet Potatoes
    6. Finely Shredded Low-Fat Cheddar Cheese
    7. Cheerios
    8. Gerber Puffs
    9. Rice Cakes by Parent’s Choice (great for teething!)
    10. Pinto or Kidney Beans
    11. Toast….if you have leftover baby food jars, it makes great jelly 
    12. Frozen Turkey Meatballs
    13. Frozen Mini Eggo Pancakes
    14. Frozen Diced Strawberries
    15. Dole Mandarin Oranges (No sugar added, no syrup)
    16. Scrambled….or Hard-Boiled Eggs
    17. Homemade Pizza Made with Tortilla, Pizza Sauce, and Low-Fat Cheese

    My Favorite Bib:
    Dabib – Waterproof, Wipe-off Bib
    Link:  DaBib – DaGiggles Waterproof, Wipe-off bib
    Toddler Tessa Enjoying Her Cheerios


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    Mommy Hack – Matching Socks and Laundry Time

     


    Mommy Hack:  Standardize Your Socks and Eliminate the Pain of Sock-Matching On Laundry Day

    Buy a bunch of the same exact sock type to prevent the pain of matching socks.  (I had to save up my money for a couple months, but it was worth it).  Do this for your kids as well.  I’m sure  that you’ve heard of this hack before, but I am here to personally endorse this.  Thank you, Pinterest.  If you only wear a small variety of sock types – for example, ankle socks, crew cut, black/white, etc., then get a tub for each type of sock.  I have a tub in my closet for my (a) black work socks, (b) white socks, and (c) dress shoe socks.  I never have to match my socks when doing laundry, and the only sorting that I have to do is separate the socks into the three bins.  You can find great sock-bins in the Dollar Aisle at Target.

    This is the greatest thing that I have done for myself lately.  It’s changed my laundry life.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I still use my Pack N Play as my laundry bin (see the post My Pack N Play Confessions for more on that),  but this little mommy hack has helped a lot when it comes to sorting laundry for my daughter and me.

    It’s your turn!
    What “hack” do you use that 
    makes your daily chores easier? 

    Share it with us by commenting on this post!

     

    First Time Daughter Says “Mama” – A Video to Brighten Your Day

    Top 10 Random Differences Between Pregnant Self vs. Non-Pregnant Self

    Pregnant Self vs. Non-Pregnant Self

    Here are the distinct differences between myself before pregnancy, and myself during pregnancy.  I have transformed this into a post about how you think when you are pregnant compared to how you think when you are not pregnant.  

    I have a similar post where I talk about the 7 Things That You Should NEVER Say to a New Mom.  

    This is for entertainment purposes only.  I call this the difference between your pregnant-self and non-pregnant self: 



    Pregnant Self v. Non-Pregnant Self

     Before Pregnancy  During Pregnancy 
    A stapler falls underneath your desk at work:
    I’m going to pick that stapler up. Here we go…
    It can wait until next year.  Alligator clips it is…


    You see a Minivan Commercial: EW! Never getting one of those. (After kid number three, you probably will).
    This somehow leads you to a greater understanding and appreciation for the true meaning of the “circle of life.”  You end up crying. 


    When someone interferes with lunch-time, causing it to be postponed: Annoying.
    Call of Duty strategies begin forming in your brain.   Enemy down.


    Your Husband’s Sleeping Noises: Cute and endearing.  (Like a teddy bear)
    He should probably start wearing shin-guards because if he makes that noise one more time, I swear to God….


    What “Nausea” Means to You:  A really bad hangover from Jagermeister you had that one time (or three times) in college.
    Feeling like that time you had a really bad hangover from Jagermeister in college every morning, afternoon, and sometimes at night….oh, and anytime your stomach gets close to relatively empty….or when you suddenly smell vinegar.


    When you hear the phrase from a stranger: “You get so little sleep when you’re pregnant just to prepare you for your newborn”: (Your response):  “Aw, that’s so sweet.  I’m going to be a great mom!”
    (Your response):  “That is the biggest load of *$&* I’ve ever heard; how does it make sense to prepare a person for sleep deprivation with more sleep deprivation beforehand?!”



    You arrive in the Target or Walmart parking lot, and realize that you are still wearing your mouse slippers (you forgot to put on your shoes):


    This would just never happen. You walk inside anyways.
    A McDonald’s Commercial:  Ew.
    Oh. My. GOD! The McRib is back. (For some of us, this applies to the “Before You Were Pregnant” column as well.


    Toys’R’Us and Babies’R’Us: That place your mom used to take you when you were really lucky (Toys’R’Us).  That was fun!
    Wait….I have to go to the…uhh…the other side of the store now? (Babies’R’Us).  You are the mom now.


    A Wendy’s Commercial:
    Who is that new red-head in the commercial?  She’s actually pretty…


     I need a Spicy Chicken Sandwich, with Bleu Cheese. Oh my God.

    Top 10 Surprises After My Baby Was Born


    1.  How important it is to choose the right pediatrician before the baby comes.    

    • This is a decision that is better made before you become a sleep-deprived mommy-zombie and have a newborn that wakes up every two hours to eat at night.  Try to avoid making important decisions within the first 6-weeks of your child’s life, because if you are anything like me, your brain with be mush.  On that same note, having a pediatrician that you don’t like and click with (especially during the newborn phase when you’re prone to be more moody and emotional) is a NIGHTMARE for a mom. Trust me on this one (it happened to me).    

    2. How I still looked 5-months pregnant after I delivered my baby.

    • Not cool.

    3.   How much baby stuff I had that I didn’t need, and how much more of the practical items that I still needed.   


    4.  How little I actually understood the meaning of “sleep deprivation” during pregnancy compared to when my baby was born.  

    • The whole waking up every 2-hours to feed a newborn baby can start to feel like a very effective torture method.  Nevertheless, you will love your little booger so much that it won’t matter.  (And just remember: it gets so much better – you WILL survive the newborn phase….you can do it!)   For a non-funny, but very helpful book on baby’s sleep habits, I recommend  The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy  (The Sleep Lady book is my go-to reference manual even to this day)…it’s definitely my favorite “sleep advice book” that I’ve come across…and I’m pretty sure I’ve read all of the good ones out there.
    Link:  The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy


    5.  Just how little that my baby’s poop grosses me out.  

    • Now this was a total SHOCKER to me because I won’t go near my dog’s eye goobers without 2 sheets of a paper towel. This is an example of mother nature at her finest.

    6.  How much my newborn daughter looked like her daddy – it was almost creepy.

    • I used to tease Mr. Mia that our child would come out looking Asian or black or hispanic (I am a white), and that I would tease him “in advance” that I would have no idea why. I had a very strange sense of humor during pregnancy.  (Side Note:  There is absolutely no doubt in this man’s mind that I am 100%+ loyal to him, because I am…he is fantastic).  I don’t think he thought my jokes were as funny as I thought they were during pregnancy (I have a strange sense of humor), but I think he officially got the joke once our daughter, Tessa, was born – our daughter was basically identical to Mr. Mia as a newborn.  She looked nothing like me, which annoyed me slightly, but she looked exactly like her daddy and like her great-grandma (from her daddy’s side).


    7.  Just how little that other parents remember about their child’s newborn phase:

    • When my little one was 2-weeks old, I was asked by a colleague of mine, “So your baby is sleeping through the night by now, right?”   His memory of his children (all three of them) seemed to reflect that his children were sleeping 8+ hours by the time they were 2-weeks-old).  I call bullsh**.   I don’t care what your definition of “sleeping though the night” may be (6-hours, 8-hours) – my child was very far from it at 2-weeks-old.  I don’t think that he was lying – I think that mother-nature helps us forget the sleep-deprived misery of the newborn phase in order for us to procreate.  Maybe I think that.  I don’t know. 

    8.  How much I hate baby outfits that have buttons.

    • Zippers are where it’s at when it comes to baby clothes!  Zippers are so much easier to work with in the middle the night when you are so extremely tired and changing your baby’s diapers.  Buttons, frankly, suck.  Matching up and aligning the buttons properly on a baby’s outfit (an outfit that you know will need to be un-buttoned 2-hours later for the next diaper change) is the last thing that your tired brain needs as a mommy with a newborn.  Embrace the invention of zippers.  (Exception to button outfits:  Side-Snap Onesies.  See The Must-Have Clothing Item For Your Newborn Baby for more on side-snap onesies).

    9.  Just how much the funny pregnancy books ended up helping me.  

    • The funny books that I read during pregnancy (Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth and The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy) really helped me to be mentally “geared up” for the parts of motherhood that most books don’t talk about – these books helped me realize that I wasn’t the only one experiencing these feelings (and gas pains), and that I wasn’t totally crazy (for more on this book, see Funny Books that Will Make Any Pregnant Woman Laugh).  


    10.  (This one is from her daddy). Just how powerful and consuming the love that you have for you baby becomes at the moment you hold that baby for the first time.  #warm-and-fuzzies


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    or about parenthood in general by commenting on this post!

    Related Posts:

    Top 100 Baby Must-Have Items List (Part 2)

    To see the first half of this list, 



    Breastfeeding (2013)


    Breast Pump   

    Medela Pump-in-Style Breast Pump and Backpack Medela Pump in Style Advanced Backpack




    Don’t forget:  Spare Breast Pump Tubes, especially if you have dogs who love to chew breast pump parts (Medela Double Pumping Kit), and Breast Milk Storage Bottles  ( Medela Feeding Bottle Set).  Also, don’t forget Breast Milk Labels (Medela Breastmilk Labeling Lids).


    Feeding Timer  
    Itzbeen Pocket Nanny – Baby Feeding Timer  (Itzbeen Pocket Nanny Baby Care Timer)
     

    Nursing Pads  Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads  
    Because your boobs will leak…

    Nipple Cream  Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers
    Because your nipples will hurt.

    Nursing Bras – You should probably pick these out yourself.  I like the nursing bras from Target the best.

    Nursing Pillow:
    Boppy or Other Nursing Pillow   Boppy Pillow with Slipcover or My Brest Friend Pillow or Boppy Nursing Pillow  


           
    Nursing Cover:  
    Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover (Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover) This would have been nice when the dozens of unwanted visitors came to my hospital  room when  my child was born.  

    Glider:    

    The Status Veneto Glider

    The Status Veneto Glider and Nursing Ottoman is about $230 and has reasonable reviews on Amazon.com.  




    Feeding (2013)


    Drying Rack for Bottles and Nipples
    Boon Grass Drying Rack  Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack and Boon Stem Grass and Lawn Drying Rack Accessory

    Dishwasher Basket  

    OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket (Large Capacity) OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket

    The OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket is perfect for Playtex Drop-In Nipples (which tend to be larger than most nipples) and it fits more nipples-per-wash than the average basket.  


    Nipple Brush  OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner and Stand

    Bottles  

    Playtex Nurser Dropins  Playtex Drop-In Bottle


    Don’t forget: Extra Nipples for Bottles(Playtex Drop-Ins Nipples) Not all nipples are made equal, and many babies benefit from the “flow” of the nipples being adjusted according to their ability to latch and suck.  Playtex Drop-ins make different flows of nipples:  Slow, Medium, and Fast)


    Solid Foods and Sippy Cups (2013)


    High Chair(s)  


    Space-Saver High Chair by Fisher-Price 

    The tray to the Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair fits in your dishwasher (this is a HUGE perk) and you have no idea how wonderful of a quality that is in a highchair until you have to clean the  damn tray  by hand every single time.   This can be your at-home high-chair or you can keep it handy for when you go out to eat.  You will not understand how badly most restaurant high chairs suck until you experience it yourself.  

    Graco Blosson 4-in-1 Seating System (Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Seating System)…This is a larger high-chair, and it has wheels, which will make your life easier.


    Baby Spoons (Soft Tip) – Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoons Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoon

    Toddler Forks – Gerber Metal Fork Set  3 Piece Metal Fork Set – Gerber.  Plastic baby forks serve  a purpose  for a very short period of  time (if any).  When trying to teach your baby/toddler to self-feed, they become quite discouraged at the ineffectiveness of that plastic forks at picking up food (sure, you can pick up a noodle with a plastic fork, but an uncoordinated toddler  needs metal to be able to get a good hold of a  noodle).  This is why I recommend getting metal baby forks.


    Baby Food Freezer Storage Containers    



    OXO Tot Baby Freezer Storage Containers  OXO Tot Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers

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    Snack Catcher Cup 

    aka. “Cheerio storage” 
    Munchkin Snack Catcher Cup  Munchkin Snack Catcher
    These are great if you have dogs. These brilliant little cups do is act as a front-line of defense that defends your helpless little baby/toddler from being robbed of her cheerios from your hungry dog. 
      




    Sippy Cups


    Dr. Brown’s Soft-Spout Sippy Cup 

    I honestly feel that I am qualified to write a book on sippy cups.   I have tried nearly every single one out there.  Dr. Brown’s Soft Spout (Dr. Brown’s Soft Spout Training Cup), and Dr. Brown’s Hard Spout Training Cups  (Dr. Brown’s Hard Spout Training Cup) are the best I have found.


    Sippy Cup Bungy Cord   


    sippy cup bungy cord (SippyPal Bungy Cord) will keep your little one’s sippy cup from hitting the floor, and prevent you from needing to wipe it off each time your toddler throws it off the high chair (this will happen often).  


    DaBib  

    Da Bib


    DaBib is the greatest bib ever! See more on my favorite bibs at Top 5 Must-Have Baby Bibs (2013).






    Suction “Stay Put” Bowls  
    Munchkin Stay-Put Suction Bowls Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls 




    Misc.


    Roomba Robotic Vacuum Cleaner  iRobot Roomba Vacuuming Robot

    We have allergies in our household  so we already had a Roomba, but this thing was AWESOME at picking up the random, not-visible-to-the-eye junk that is left on your floor and that a toddler will LOVE to put in her  mouth (choking hazard).  The iRobot Roomba Vacuuming Robot even leaves pretty lines in my carpet.  The Roomba has kind of become a “family member” (a pet) in our household.  I love Mr. Roomba. 



    Strollers and Carseats (2013)

     
    Lightweight Stroller(s)  The First Years Ignite Stroller or Chicco Liteway Plus Stroller or Chicco Liteway Stroller  


    Jogging Stroller

    BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller 

    The BOB   (BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller).











    Stroller Blankets  – You will probably quite of few of these at your shower no matter what you  register for.  If you end up getting them yourself, I recommend getting one or two smaller (infant-sized) blankets but toddler-sized blankets are the ones  that are going to  last you.  


    Infant Car Seat and Stroller – Separate or Combo
    Chicco KeyFit Infant Car Seat – Limonata or Chicco Cortina Keyfit 30 Travel System, Element.  These things change on a daily basis and new models are  constantly  being released.  I personally prefer an infant car seat that has a base (this means that you can remove the car seat from your car easily (the actual car-seat itself clicks into a base and the base stays in your car and you can take your sleeping baby out of your car while he sleeps in his car seat and you don’t have to wake a  sleeping baby).  You do not understand how annoying and disheartening it can be to take a sleeping baby in and out of a car seat until you are  sleep-deprived and cherish every minute that child sleeps.

    Car Seat (Convertible) 


    Convertible car-seats  are usually used for older children (those there are some models that  can be used for infants) but the trick is that convertible car seats do not have a “base” (actually, some models do but they are extremely expensive .  If you do not understand what I mean by this, please read my explanation above regarding infant car seats.  You may want to wait on purchasing the convertible car seat  until you need it – these things change so frequently, you may want to wait until you actually need it.