A series of unfortunate events.

Last Wednesday morning I heard Loren shuffling around in her crib, but she hadn’t called out for met yet. So, I grabbed the secret spy cam to see what she was doing. For a while, she was just standing there, in the corner waiting and then it happened…she lifted her leg and threw it over the rail, bounced a little and then brought her leg bag down. I walked over and stood by her door (just in case) and watched her continue to try and get the nerve to try and escape, eventually she gave up and called me.  I know it’s only a matter of time before she gets the nerve and that scares me.

So, Melissa and I started having a conversation about big girl beds for a girl that is still an infant in my head.  We would really like to get a daybed with a trundle, that way we have extra space when we have visitors.  After some window shopping I (well…mostly my credit card) hopes that the munchkin will keep both feet on the mattress for a while longer.  I did do some cleaning out and rearranging in Loren’s room over the weekend – one to get rid of some junk and one to at least be a little prepared if we do have to make this big girl bed switch sooner rather than later. The biggest thing I did was move the changing table, the room feels bigger to me but it must seem enormous to Loren, because she was so excited about “Mama make my room big!” she didn’t nap yesterday, she would lay and then stand and jabber about her bigger room and then lay and stand. First thing she said when she woke up this morning was “Mama make my room big!”…she’s such a silly girl!

FYI – I am soooo not ready to give up nap time…so I hope this was just a fluke!


Christmas Crash

In the days following the Christmas high of new toys, lots of people and chocolate Santa sugar rushes we ran into a new bed time oddity.  Every night Loren would lay down for a few minutes after we left the room and then stand up, grab a Minnie and call for us like it was morning and time to get up.  After trying to ignore it night one we realized it was much simpler to walk back in, pop a binkie in her mouth and lay her back down (without speaking) and she would go right to sleep.

After 5 nights of this new routine, I was over it. So, on Monday night as we were laying her down and about to leave the room I said “Loren, here’s Fifi, here’s Mickey, here’s Minnie, here’s turtle and here’s some water in case you cough, it’s bedtime, so no standing up, no calling mama, close your eyes and go to sleep.

To my surprise, it worked! She wiggled for a little while, but she never stood, she never talked, and she never called us back in.

So, on Tuesday night – I did the same routine again and again, it worked!

On Wednesday night – I started my new spiel and it resulted in this conversation:

Me: Ok, here’s Fifi, here’s Mickey, here’s Minnie, here’s turtle and here’s some water in case you cough…

Loren: It’s night night, no stand, no call Mama.

Me: Wow, that’s very good. Night night, I love you.

Loren (shouting): I loooooove you MAMA! (I  love it when she puts so much emphasis on LOVE and MAMA!)

We repeated the same conversation again last night and again it worked. This kid is so smart, it makes  me both proud and sad to see her growing up so fast.

The non-terrible twos

I really don’t like the phrase “terrible twos”, I just don’t want to refer to anything about my child as terrible.

However, I will say that we have certainly entered a challenging phase here at 2 years, 5 months, and 5 days. Loren has not only learned the word NO!, she’s also learned it’s effectiveness.

“No mommy, mama picks me up” (If the wrong person goes in to retrieve her in the  morning or after nap)

“No, you mess it up!” (as in STOP TOUCHING MY STUFF, YOU ARE RUINING IT!)

“No, I not want chocolate milk” (Really? Because you just asked for it!?!)

“NO! NO! NO!” (after I requested that she pick up the cup of water she knocked over….as well as the reply to my “then we aren’t watching any more TV today if you won’t pick up your cup”…FYI – turning the TV off made her scream like a banshee…)

Then we had this conversation yesterday:

Me: “Did you know that I love you?”

Loren: “No, Aunt Kitty loves me”.

Me: “Well, I love you too!”

Loren: “NO! Aunt Kitty loves me!”


The craziest part is that sometime she says no just to say it, even when it’s something she truly wants – you can see the conflict in her eyes.

I think the most frustrating part of this as the parent is the fact that these “NO” moods vs happy go lucky Loren are totally unpredictable.  Not to mention, I REALLY don’t like being told no or for someone to defy me…which means Mama will be taking some timeouts too.


Mama Mickey

Loren has entered the baby phase. She loves to play with babies. Anything small in size is deemed a baby.

For a few weeks she had Blue Minnie (she’s equal in size to Mickey and wearing a blue skirt) and Baby Minnie (Wearing the traditional Minnie get up, but smaller than the other two…).

Then, Blue Minnie became Mama Minnie.

Then she called Mickey – Mama Mickey.

Loren: Aweeee baby here’s Mama Mickey.

Me:  Loren, Mickey is a boy…he can’t be Mama Mickey…he’s Daddy Mickey.

Loren: (stares at me and processes for a minute…walks over and picks up Elmo) “Mama Elmo”…

All was not lost in the conversation…now at bed time she requires Fifi (THE favorite), Turtle (her lightup twilight turtle from Aunt Mo), Daddy Mickey, Mama Minnie and Baby Minnie (all from Uncle Erik!).

Any more “friends” and she’s going to need to upgrade from her crib to a queen sized bed!



I keep forgetting to share Halloween photos…of course I keep forgetting my own name because I have toddlermombrain…

Over the summer Loren became obsessed with Doc McStuffins so it was an obvious choice. Here’s the thing – there were ZERO pre-fab Doc costumes out there…we started thinking we should have gone with out second choice, Minnie Mouse – but we couldn’t let our Loren’s desire to be Doc for a day go!

So, Melissa and I set off to pull together everything we needed for a Doc McStuffins costume…and I think we nailed it! (This comparison is also for everyone without kids that asked “Who’s Doc McStuffins!?)

We ordered the sweater from etsy. The lady already made a similar sweater in pink, so she made one for us in purple!

The skirt was on uber clearance for $2.00 at Target.

We ordered the lab coat online (I can’t remember where) and had it embroidered to say “Doc McStuffins”.

We ordered the headband from etsy.

The tights are actually leg warmers from amazon.

We already had the pink sparkly sketchers.
Aside from the fact that it was far to warm for a sweater, a lab coat and leg warmers – it was a huge success!

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