Bounce with Me Big Girl!

 

Two weeks ago, I posted a blog entry about how much fun my little girl has jumping on the bed. She’s full of energy, giggly, and whenever she’s in a “I’m two and a half and I’ll whine if I want to mood,” jumping around always puts a smile on her face. I ended the post saying, “One of the ways to counter a tough day or to get rid of some negative energy is to kick off our shoes, jump around, be silly and laugh.” Yesterday, we were able to do just that at my niece’s first birthday party at Bounce U.

Admittedly, I was just as excited if not more excited than Quinn as we bounced around together, climbed through obstacle courses, up ladders and slid down the huge sliding boards. I got a good sweat going, had a heart rate of 164 at one point, according to my Fitbit, which was actually a plus for me. I got to have fun with my daughter while working out. Now that’s an idea: a facility that has parent and child trampoline and bouncing workouts, not just for birthday parties. I’d love it if my little girl and I could do something like this once, twice or even three times a week. I think she would love it too because it was tough getting her to “bounce” on out of there when it was time to go home.

All the best,

Tanya

Snow Much Fun with My Little One

2016-01-23 16.42.51I hate snow! I’m not stepping one foot outside of my house! What’s there to love about snow? I have to get out there and shovel! These are some of the comments I’ve seen from people on social media, and I couldn’t disagree more. While I don’t necessarily like the short fuses many people have over parking spaces and getting stuck behind that person who is afraid and doesn’t know how to navigate in the snow, I do enjoy having fun with my daughter and the exercise that I can get out in the snow.

About a week and a half ago, we had some flurries, and my two and a half year old’s eyes widened as she excitedly asked if we could go sledding outside. She was so disappointed when I told her there just wasn’t enough snow, so yesterday when we got our first real snowfall, two feet of snow (maybe a little more), Quinn could not wait to go outside and use her sled for the first time.  We both put on our snow gear, headed outside with her little sled and we both had a blast. She had fun slipping and sliding and giggling, and I got a little exercise pulling her up and down the block.

Now, we both are looking forward to the snow stiffening up some so that we can build a snowman together. I’m hoping this can be one of our activities this week. I could easily join the masses of people who hate snow, but the love and excitement my daughter has makes that difficult to do. I am so thankful that she brings out the child in me and lets me have fun in the snow, even when I’m shoveling it.

All the best,

Tanya

One Little Toddler Jumping on the Bed!

Who doesn’t know about the five little monkeys jumping on the bed? If you grew up in the 90s, you probably got hype to the hit song “Jump” by Kriss Kross or “Jump Around” by House of Pain. There’s something fun and exhilarating about jumping, and my two and a half year old has known this even before she could walk. Almost every day she’ll ask, “Can we go to Mommy and Daddy’s room and jump on the bed?” On many occasions, she is more excited to do this than to play with her toys. Her laugh and smile are infectious, and whenever she’s having a rough day, jumping around, having fun and being silly immediately sends any frowns or tears on their way leaving a big smile on my face too.

I actually think companies are getting hip to this idea of the positive energy that comes from jumping around. More and more trampoline and bounce places are popping up, and more and more people are jumping at the chance to pay them a visit and have some fun. In many of my posts, I talk about how my little girl is constantly teaching me something new. In this instance, she has taught me that everything in life does not and should not be serious. One of the ways to counter a tough day or to get rid of some negative energy is to kick off our shoes, jump around, be silly and laugh.

All the best,

Tanya

Mommy’s Little Girl Is Not Too Little for Chores

On October 17, 2014, when my little girl was just 17 months, I posted a blog entry entitled, “Not Too Little for Chores Baby!”  about how eager she was to help me sweep, so I got Quinn her very own broom and dust pan set. Now, my two and a half year old still loves it and will even run to get her broom if she sees crumbs on the floor.

Since she was two, she started displaying interests in helping me wash the dishes. At first, I was hesitant at allowing her to help because I just wanted to get the task done quickly and figured she’d just make more work for me. I could have easily had her help me put the dishes in the dishwasher, but when there’s just a few dishes, my husband or I just wash them in the sink which is what Quinn wanted to do.

Within the past couple of weeks, I decided to provide her with a little “dishpan” of her own and let her wash the fork and plate she uses for meals. She actually does a great job with her little sponge and wanted to keep washing the same fork and plate over and over again as I continue washing the main dishes.

It really pleases me that my little girl views what some kids and adults may consider “chores” or “work they dread doing” as fun activities. “Can I help wash dishes again?” she will eagerly ask as she sees me or her dad preparing the water in the sink. I truly do hope she will continue to be excited to help her mommy and daddy around the house and have fun doing it well into her teens.

All the best,

Tanya

Reflections on 2015 with My Little Girl

While it’s only natural to look forward to what 2016 has to offer, I’d like to reflect on some of the wonderful moments I’ve experienced with my little girl. It was just about two years ago that I started this blog to not only chronicle my moments as a new mother but her moments as she grows and discovers the world. In 2015, I surpassed my goal of posting one entry a week to highlight a mommy and daughter moment and did a total of 77. Of course, each post is near and dear to me, but some of my favorite posts from 2015 are as follows:

Mommy’s Little Snow Angel (Posted on February 1, 2015): This post allowed me to reflect on my own childhood memories as my little girl, who was 20 months at the time, enjoyed going out into the snow and even helped me shovel.

Blue is the New Red: Move Over Elmo! It’s Super Grover to the Rescue! (Posted on February 8, 2015): My little girl, even at 21 months, does not follow the crowd. As most children gravitate towards Elmo from Sesame Street, she absolutely adores Grover. It’s almost a year later, and that is still the case.

50 Shades: The Complexities of Learning Colors Toddler Style (Posted on March 1, 2015): At 22 months, my little girl was on her way to mastering colors, which can be tricky when it comes to the different shades of colors.  When I posted this entry, I was confident that she would be fine but was still looking for ways to help her progress. It appears that time was just the answer. Now, she knows all different shades and may hesitate a little when she sees a yellowish-green color wondering if it is yellow or green.

A Chip Out the Big Bowl: Toddlers, Parties and Healthy Foods Don’t Mix (Posted on March 22, 2015): This was one of my highest viewed posts of 2015, and it is probably because my family got a kick out of my little girl tossing aside her organic, healthy treats from some potato chips at my aunt’s 60th birthday party. In that moment, Quinn taught me that I cannot always be so rigid and have to loosen up occasionally with her eating habits.

Cooking Up Some Teachable Moments (Posted on May 24, 2015): My little girl had just turned two years old a few weeks prior to this post, and it is a memorable one for me because it reminds me of helping my mother in the kitchen when I was younger. Even today, Quinn knows the terminology and will see, we need the ingredients and measuring cups mommy. Where is the recipe? I am hopeful that she will continue to show interest in cooking and can learn from it too.

The No-Gotiator:  How to Get a Toddler to Compromise (Posted on July 5, 2015): It’s nearly a half year later since I posted this entry, and I find myself still fine-tuning some of my techniques as my little girl fine-tunes hers and becomes more strong-willed and determined to get what she wants. Even with the fine-tuning, I am confident that the time is near when my little “no-gotiator” becomes more willing to comply.

There are so many more posts that I thoroughly enjoyed composing, but I’d like to save some on which to reflect when my little girl turns three, which is in just four months.

When people say, “Where did the time go?” I definitely can relate to that statement, but having these blog entries is a wonderful way to reflect back on memorable times as a mommy with my little girl.

All the best,

Tanya

A Happy New Year with My Little Girl

Yesterday, December 31st, my husband and I took our little girl and her big cousin to the Please Touch Museum to bring in the new year for their countdown until noon event. While this was an enjoyable family outing, we had differing opinions as we planned out bringing in the new year with his brother, sister-in-law and family. He was certain that our two and a half year old would be sleep by 11:00 pm or would grow cranky causing us to depart before “the ball dropped,” especially since she did not get her usual nap. I, on the other hand, had confidence that with her being one year older from last year, she would eagerly bring in the new year with her mommy, daddy and family.

Quinn proved that a lot can change within a year. Upon arriving at the home of my brother-in-law, it took her about a half hour to become comfortable with some of the new faces she saw, but once she did, she was up and ready to celebrate. Donning the party hat she selected and showing off her new horn blowing skill she had mastered hours earlier, my little girl cheerfully welcomed 2016. She even went around saying happy new year to everybody and even asked to call her Nana to say “Happy New Year!”

Yes, my daughter instantly fell asleep once she was in her car seat, but the glimmer in her eyes was not just a sign of hope but reminded me that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. When I think of how much she has grown since bringing in 2015 until now, I do wonder how much she will grow and evolve this year. I am so happy and blessed that I was able to bring in the new year with my husband, daughter and family. Here’s to a wonderful 2016!

All the best,

Tanya