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Fall Is For Falling
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Car Seat Calendar
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Do I look worried?
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We’re Doodle Pros!
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Words That Must Die

Fall Is For Falling

It seems my daughter’s inability to remain bipedal correlates with the season. It’s fall and boy has she fallen a lot this month. Off her bike onto the sidewalk, onto her head on the hardwood floor (probably didn’t help that she was sitting on an exercise ball on the couch at the time), in the grocery store, at the library, off the climber at the park and today, down the last four stairs face first onto the ceramic tile. Bruises, bumps and scrapes — nothing phases this tough kid. She falls and gets right back up. This temporary lapse in balance is likely the result of a growth spurt and her complete disregard for danger. I know it will pass — hopefully soon. In the meantime we struggle to keep her safe while still allowing her the freedom she so desperately craves. I’m tempted to put her in one of those inflatable sumo suits or wrap her from head-to-toe in protective bubble wrap. But that’s not the answer. Or is it? Would it be wrong to encase her in foam or follow behind her with a fluffy pillow or a giant catcher’s mitt? The best we can do is keep[…]

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Car Seat Calendar

Photo albums are awesome. Journals are a joy. Baby books? Brilliant (or so I’ve heard, since I’ve yet to make one). All of these milestone trackers are a wonderful vehicle for a trip down memory lane. Another way to witness the growth of your child is a car seat collage. What? It can be a thing, can’t it? Note: “Somebody” just graduated to a big girl booster seat and she couldn’t be more proud. 

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Do I look worried?

  Disregard the furrow of my brow and fidgeting hands. Apart from that, do I look worried to you?   If you say no, you’re lying. And I love you for it.   I’ve talked before about worry and how “Karl” is riding me like a banana crazed gorilla. We all worry, but some of us take it a little farther. Further? I never know which to use, but I’m not going to worry about it.   I don’t sweat the little things like that. I focus my worry on the things I have little control over. Like death, loss, monumental screw ups caused accidentally by me. Normal things like that. So what am I doing now to do to stop worrying so much? I’m TAKING ACTION!  You fellow control freaks know what I’m talking about. We like to be in the driver’s seat. It’s not that we’re bossy, it’s just that you do it wrong. What? I may not be able to control the outcome of every situation, but if I simply DO the things that are actually within my power and leave the rest to fate, I feel much more in control and liberated from worry. For example:[…]

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We’re Doodle Pros!

  Some of the best toys we’ve ever received have been hand-me-downs — well-loved favourites passed down from friends and family. When my son was little, a friend gave us their *Doodle Pro. Several years, thousands of shapes, one and two syllable words and stick figures later, this toy began to look a little worn. The magnet stamps were long since missing and the magnetic slide eraser was no longer erasing as well as it did. There’s a reason this toy is called the Doodle Pro Classic Doodler. It IS a classic; one that we use daily at our house. So once we said farewell to our old Doodle, I promptly bought a replacement ($19.99 at Target). “In 1974, four engineers from Pilot Pen Corporation invented a “dustless chalkboar­d”(which became the cool toy kids love today).” Source Still the same concept, the newer version now has magnetized sections to hold the stamps so they won’t fall out and get lost. No doubt this design update was contributed by a parent who has crawled on hands and knees to look under the couch for missing stamps. I’ve used the Doodle Pro to jot down a phone number, as a notepad for lists, for a game[…]

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