When we mentioned that our older son was going to have surgery to put in Ear Tubes, Adenoidectomy and Tonsillectomy, we heard everything from that’s routine surgery to prepare for the worst week of your life. What we have learnt is that our son is a very strong 3 ½ year old who fights through the pain but, at the same time, he went through a major surgery and he needs time and space to recoup. Here are some of the tips we would suggest for you if you find yourselves speaking to the ENT’s surgical scheduler…
1- Bring applesauce with you to the hospital. They may/may not have popsicles for post-op and your kid may/may not want to eat one. Our son came out hungry and the popsicle was cold (surprise surprise, ice was cold!) and he wanted more food anyway.
2- Our wedding gift Margaretville Margarita Maker makes for a great ‘snow cone’ machine. Shaved ice, crushed ice and icees/snow cones are great sources of cold and hydration.
3- Stock up on Tylenol and Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil – we are told they are the same, but seems the Motrin has the edge) and, put them in the fridge.
4- Put everything in the fridge! Vegetable packets, applesauce, meds, etc.
5- Though we are anti-screen people, download movies! Tons of movies!
6- And, enjoy the intimate time with your little one.
Since we are past One week post-op today (and low on sleep), we may have missed a few things here but these are some that we did not read everywhere else.
As we have mentioned before, our son is a HUGE fan of the Dr. Brown’s Soft-Spout Transition Cup and since he is so good with this particular cup, we have been trying to diversify.
When we saw the Boon Snug Spout, we could not resist. Wow, how convenient do these look! The mom and mom-to-be who designed these bright colorful ‘spill-proof’ cup lids really considered size for carrying, dishwasher cleaning and fun but they did not consider that they are difficult to fit on cups and that our son has no interest in using them. Instead, we have managed to use more paper towels for cleaning up all the water and milk that have spilled out.
Please do not misunderstand our review, we are not tossing the Boon Snug Spouts yet as we will try them again in a month or so, but for now, we still stick with our trusty Dr. Brown’s Cup.
The words are simple. Please. Thank you. You are welcome. Excuse me. These are words we hardly ever hear at all when we are out in public. So much so that the words stand out when someone actually says them to us.
We work hard to teach our boys to have manners. We encourage them to say please. We encourage them to say thank you. We encourage them to say excuse me. It does not take much effort and it shows courtesy and respect. Or perhaps it does take a lot because no one says it when I hold the door open or when I ask for something and say please.
People will bump into us in an aisle as they try to forcibly pass by but will not say excuse me beforehand or apologize for bumping into us. I do not understand why manners have fallen to the wayside but they have. It makes it harder for us to teach our boys to be polite when the gesture is not reciprocated at all.
We encourage it because it is the right thing to do. We want our boys to be polite. We wish more parents would share the same belief as they would be polite and encourage their children to be the same. This would snowball and be a positive impact on a society that has lost its way. With technology there is less and less human interaction but the little we have should be respectful.
There are many purchases that we have made that were on Must Have Lists or came highly recommended or we otherwise thought were needs and often they were total duds for at least one, if not both of our boys. However, the transition to cups is a tricky process and not just because the kids do not wan t to give up the bottle, but the actual cup choice – functionality, leak-proof – is the hardest part. When choosing the cup, we need to consider the water or milk flow process, our sons have struggled with cups that the suction/leak-proofing is too hard to get anything out, even with an adult’s strength but then, if the flow is too easy, the milk flows out of the cup with a river stream down his chin, shirt and into his lap.
The Dr. Brown's Soft-Spout Transition Cup is the BEST cup. Our sons are able to drink water and milk . They do not spill down their entire body and if the cup is laid down on the ground, it does not spill out either. I know this sounds like a simple review and simple description but EVERY other cup we have tried either pours and spills or is impossible to get anything out of. That is why, it is certainly on our MUST HAVE list.
When we were younger, it was all about the bicycle, these days, it seems to be the Scooter and/or the Ride-On Electric Car (which we can talk about another day, because we have these too- ugh).
We chose our home for many reasons but one of the top on the list is the family-friendly neighborhood. On any given day, we will find kids playing on the streets and now our 3-year-old is itching to run out to join in the group. Though he is one of, if not the one, youngest in the kids crew, our son is able to ride with the best of them.
Of course, our son needed a Scooter to play too. He was gifted with both a Micro Kickboard Mini 2Go as well as a Radio Flyer My 1st Scooter. He was quick to hop on both scooters. It took some time for him to understand the tilt to turn concept with the Micro Kickboard but it seems to have come naturally. He LOVES his ‘blue scoots’ and rides it both in the house and on the street. He races with the big kids and was adamant that we get a scooter for his little brother. He gifted his brother the Micro Kickboard Mini 3in1 for his 1st Birthday and lo and behold, they both want to ride it!
Unfortunately, the Radio Flyer has received less love. He finds it is very hard to ride and navigate. We took it out to the streets and heard similar talk from some of the older kids and then even added it to the mass of scooters on the side of the road and it seemed to sit while everyone left dust behind during the “scooting.”
(Disclaimer: yes, we know our sons are spoiled, but we feel it is acceptable to be spoiled as long as you are not a spoiled brat. Our kids are the ideal example of manners, gratitude and being well-behaved. The minute we see a hint of anything less, the treats cease!)
Our son is excited to see the Chomping Monsters are back!
We downloaded the Kidlland Math app and the very next morning, our 3-year-old son was quick to find it and start exploring and playing. Not only does our son love the games but he’s working on his sorting and developmental skills at the same time. Who wouldn’t wan to feed numbers to a monster…
We are fans of the Kidloland app and the Math app is a great compliment.
The only thing we wish, if there was a way to hide some of the games- like a parental control. For example, we do not celebrate Christmas but the Kidloland app has Christmas related songs and stories and as parents, we would like to ‘hide’ those and with the Math app, as our son advances, we would like to ‘hide’ the math games that he aces through.
If you want to check out the app and see why we love it so much, click Apple for the iOS version or Google for the Android version. Next step - enjoy!
Take time for yourself. That is what everyone tells us. We need time away from our children. We need time to relax. We need time to get away for a date night.
I am am a huge fan and believer that couples should always maintain their identity and be with each other when time permits. That is why you got together in the first place.
Ask any parent and they will attest that this is far easier said than done. When we had one son who slept through the night date night was a regular occurrence. Now with our second child time and energy are rare commodities and having them at the same time is like finding a unicorn. You have heard it exists but have never seen it.
We had our children because we wanted to. We want to spend time with them and love doing it. But as much as anyone can tell you that you will be tired and running around like a chicken with no head, you will not understand it until you are living it. We have made the choice to spend our time playing with our boys and watching them grow. We love every minute of it. We just forget it some times because of the pure exhaustion...
I would like to thank Siri for all he does for me as a working mom of two.
Siri is really one of the best personal assistants a mom can ask for. Siri allows me to multitask to the extreme- I can even respond to texts and emails while showering. Yes, you read that correctly. I know some people love to go on Twitter while taking care of other bathroom needs, but I keep things sanitary. He answers my many questions and translation needs and he does not talk back or add more questions to my already extensive list.
It is too bad that Siri does not seem to recognize my appreciation- no really, he does not. I am very reliant upon him for many questions, text replies, document dictations, reminders, directions, wow- the list can go on and on; but when I say “thank you,” he does not seem to reply nor does he turn the screen to sleep.
I, like many, have had Siri at my side for years but he has gone ignored.
Disclaimer: Yes, I changed my Siri voice to male. I did this years ago and in our current times, I feel the need to throw this disclaimer up, because it was a choice of my own volition many moons ago and I am sticking with it. He amuses me. I bounce back and forth between his American and United Kingdom accent- really, for my own entertainment.
Credit: This post was written by my wife, best friend and partner in raising our 2 boys.
It is a simple thing to do every single day - spend 15 or 20 minutes (minimum) with your child (or children) and read to them. We have done this since Day 1 with our children. Not all of the stories are my taste let alone interesting. But it is not all about us as parents - it is about your child and his or her future.
Spending time with your child does several things simultaneously. One, you simply spend time with your child or children. There is no substitute for a parent giving their children attention and sharing quality time with them. Period. Two, you are teaching your children how to listen, how to read, and about a variety of topics all at the same time. Three, you are creating memories every single time. No, your child will not remember every single minute and every single book you read to them (and eventually with them). But, they remember a lot more than you may realize. Our oldest is starting to read on his own and he is only 3. For quite some time he has been able to look a book and recite (or paraphrase) page by page after having read it with us one or two times. We thought that was impressive until he began reading words on pages. No, he is not fully literate - but he enjoys reading and learning.
His interest in reading and learning goes well beyond books. He asks a lot of questions. He pays close attention to his surroundings. You can see on his face that he is taking everything in - both good and bad. It is fully up to him what he wants to learn as he grows up and how he wants to use his knowledge. But at this time in his life, he has the fundamentals for learning - he has the desire and ability to ask questions.
I can say with pride that his thirst for knowledge goes back to the daily routine of reading books to him. It started out that we would mostly read to him before bed, but he now wants to read books in the morning when he wakes up and at school and when he is home after school on weekends. It is a simple routine that has a long lasting impact on our children.
Please read to your child. Please. You will undoubtedly reap the rewards as your child grows and learns. If you want some tips and tricks, click here. There is no one right way - just try something.
"Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
That is exactly what happened to us when we had our second child. We had finally gotten our oldest on a sleep schedule that was unmatched. He would go to bed about 7 and wake up the next morning between 6 and 7 without so much as a whimper throughout the night.
Enter our youngest son. It has been nearly a year of sleepless nights. At the beginning our youngest was beyond fussy and only recently have we gotten him to a good place where he sleeps through the night. While we should be over the moon with happiness we are too tired to notice. Our oldest has decided he wants to be an early bird. Or a farmer. In either event - he is up at an ungodly hour and is ready to go. "Daddy can we play?" "Daddy can we read?" "Daddy, can we fill in the blank?" Yes, I love spending time with him. (All of this community knows our lives revolve around spending time with our children). I just wish that father-son time was after the sun came up. It is a lot easier to read a book or put together a puzzle with your eyes open.
We feel like we are living the Bill Murray comedy "Ground Hog's Day." Every day blurs together with the next and it is nearly impossible to remember what we had for dinner the night before.
Please do not interpret this to mean we are not happy - our children's smiles can turn any frown upside down. Each day just seems to get longer and longer...