Category Archives: Toddler

31 Days | Day 16 – Obviously!

Oh these two year olds…

After eating breakfast and leaving a little cereal in the bowl, I asked Olivia if she was finished.  She answered yes but just before I dumped what was left, I asked again to be sure and she replied, “Obviously!”

Well, obviously I wasn’t aware that she even knew that word.

Obviously by the number of fun quotes from the two year old, she talks a lot more than the boys in this house.

Obviously I am in big trouble when she becomes a teenager!

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31 Days | Day 15 – Another Baby?!

Oh how embarrassing this one is…

You know that awkward moment when you’re just not sure whether to mention a ladies pregnancy or if maybe she’s just really bloated?  Yeah, well two year old’s aren’t afraid to go there…

I know I need to lose weight but now it’s definitely time to go from just thinking about needing to put those thoughts into action.

Olivia came up to me a few days ago, placed her hands on my tummy and said…

“Are we going to have another baby?”

Umm, no sweetie, that’s just mommy’s tummy.  Thanks for pointing it out!  It was not in my genes to ever have a nice flat tummy, especially not after three little people called it a bedroom for nine months. 

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31 Days | Day 13 – Colorful Blankets

Have you ever had that moment when you realized you just stole the joy from your child?  I have and it’s a hard one to digest.

A couple weeks ago, we heard the excitement in Olivia’s voice as she showed off her fancy made bed to her brothers.  The boys had cleaned and made their beds early in the evening and she wanted to be a big kid like them and do hers all by herself.  She proudly came running into the living room shouting to her dad and I …

“I made my bed!  It’s pretty colors!  Come see!  Come see!”

Of course we went without hesitation to her bedroom.  There, we found about 10 multicolored baby blankets neatly flattened across her bed.  She had done such a wonderful job getting them just right.  I praised her on a job well done and her great choice of colors and asked, “Are you going to sleep under all those pretty colors tonight?”  She quickly replied, “Yep!”

In a completely innocent attempt to give her something special, I said, “Hang on, I have something special for you!”  

I ran to the closet and pulled out the most special blanket.  My grandmother did a lot of sewing.  My mother kept many of my grandmothers fabrics.  She had cut out some Holly Hobby dolls (the profile view of the little country girl wearing a bonnet) and never did anything with them.  Well, several years ago, my mom had a large quilt made for me with those dolls and before we ever even knew about Olivia, she also had a toddler blanket made from them, just in case I ever had a little girl :)

I went in Olivia’s room with this awesome little blanket I’d been dying to give her.  I started to remove her beautiful arrangement of blankets and place the new blanket on her bed.  With excitement, I said, “Here, this is a very special blanket that Nana had made just for you!  Don’t you love it?”

To my dismay, she didn’t.  I had ruined her moment.  Although I had the best of intentions, I had minimized the specialness of her sweet combination of colorful blankets arranged so perfectly on her little bed.

In the end, she did love her new blanket special from Nana.  And for years to come, I will remind her just how special it is that it’s made from my Nana’s fabric and a gift from her Nana. 

Right now, this was a reminder to me though, to enjoy her moments, for her.  To let her have her moments and to build her up through her own creativity.  It was an awakening that I don’t have to fix everything or try to make everything better.  Sometimes things are just right the way she chooses.

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31 Days | Day 12 – Go to Bed

In the middle of the day, while out and about, we asked Olivia what she was going to do when we left where we were.  She replied, “Go back home and go to bed!”  This coming from a two year old and everyone knows the last thing a two year old wants to do is go to bed, especially in the middle of the day!  In her defense, it was cold and rainy.  Who doesn’t want to go back to bed in those conditions?

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31 Days | Day 11 – Rice Krispies

So there’s a local restaurant called Rice Fun.  My kids never seem to want to eat there when that choices is thrown out, however, once there, they’re always glad we came.  Yesterday Nana came to visit and we decided to go to Rice Fun for lunch.  Olivia overheard our conversation about where to eat and politely said, “I don’t want to go to Rice Krispies!”  

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31 Days | Day 10 – Her Coat

So the sweet things our kids do always melt my heart.  The compassion and love they have just amazes me.  Sadly, it seems to fade over the years but I hope it’s something they will grow in and regain.

Yesterday, while looking for a coat, Olivia said, “You can wear my coat!”  I asked her if she really thought I could and she said, “Yes, and it’s pretty too!”

I am most definitely too big for her coat, but how thoughtful was she?  She was ready and willing to provide me with warmth – and pretty to top it off!

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