Tuesday Toddler Update: Testing, testing, testing . . .

Vegan Goodness:
Today we ate . . .

  • Breakfast: Smoothies for Mom and LP followed by waffles for everyone!  After all, if you can’t make waffles on a weekday, what is the point of maternity leave?
  • Lunch: Leftover stir-fry and garlic and greens pasta for all of us.
  • Mom and LP snacked on lots of cherry tomatoes and crackers
  • Dinner: Red Thai curry over quinoa
  • Mom and Dad had peanut butter cookies for dessert – a super yummy treat!.

Money Matters:
Today we spent the following:

  • $7.74 for ingredients for soap – the G-man is going to try and make his own
  • $1.00 for a drink at Starbucks (finally used up the awesome gift card!)
  • $15.00 co-pay for a doctor’s visit

Tuesday Toddler Update:

We are so happy that LP has been a model big brother in so many ways.  He loves his baby sister and likes taking care of her.  He “helps” with diaper changes by announcing what is in her diaper.  He says “shhh” with us when we are trying to calm her down.  Yesterday, when I had her in the bouncy chair in the kitchen, he came in and bounced her gently, which got her to stop crying!  And lately he as asked the G-man and I to swaddle some of his stuffed animals so that he can walk around and burp them – so cute!

However, having a baby sister has also changed our live quite a bit, and LP can tell.  He is constantly testing us to see if the boundaries we have set are still in place.  When we tell him not to do something like “don’t pick up that food” or “don’t put that cup there” he will start to do it, eyeing us the whole time.  It’s like he wants to say “do you really mean it?  I think you’re bluffing!”  This has resulted in quite a rash of time-outs lately.  We know that LP needs the security of knowing we mean what we say, and that we will follow through (on the good and the bad!).  But that doesn’t stop his behavior from frustrating us.  We just repeat our current mantra “He’s two.  He’s two.  He’s two.”  Of course, sometimes when his doing something totally developmentally appropriate (i.e. running his noisy alligator toy through the house at top speed) it is tempting to tell him “just stop being two!”  We will continue to try and refrain from that.

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