Monday, December 23, 2013

Sign Language Update: 20 Months Old, 43 signs!

Signing Banana


  1. milk
  2. more
  3. food/ eat
  4. bug
  5. horse
  6. do
  7. dad
  8. cow
  9. apple
  10. cracker
  11. thank you
  12. baby
  13. help (not the ASL sign but baby sign)
  14. water
  15. hat
  16. nose
  17. ball
  18. bird 
  19. grandpa
  20. all done 
  21. outside
  22. cat 
  23. hair
  24. grandma (uses father sign)
  25. grandpa (uses father sign)
  26. mouse
  27. please


New signs:

  • Orange
  • Nut
  • Cereal
  • Tree
  • Sign
  • Time
  • Book
  • Mama!
  • Juice
  • Flower
  • Chicken
  • Pig
  • Juice
  • Light
  • Thank you 
  • Banana
We hadn't been watching Signing Time that often and hadn't learned many signs lately (we'd been watching Winnie-the-Pooh a lot!)  Then his grandma gave us a new puzzle with jungle animals and we started watching the "Zoo Train" episode of Signing Time, as well as others like the food episode.  He's been responding really well to learning new signs so we're gonna keep at it!  He even asks to watch it by signing "signing time."  He can say (with prompting) phrases like "more cereal please mama."  It's so amazing as he still isn't verbally saying more than "mama" and "dada" but knows and uses at least 43 ASL signs!  He is babbling so much more since we weaned him from the pacifier and is just starting to mimic, which most children do at a younger age but is a good sign for spoken language development.  I can't wait for him to speak more but his signing skills continue to amaze me!

If you want to read more about Robbie's sign language, click here!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cloth Diaper Favorites for my 19 Month Old


I made a video in response to Kayla from Obbsandlala, who created this "tag". A tag video is when someone "tags" you to film the same video topic. No one tagged me yet but that's okay! These are great questions to answer for those curious about cloth diapers or if people want to try something new.  Her video is available here so check it out!
The questions ( and my answers) are:
  • Favorite style (aio, pocket, ai2, fitted, prefold, hybrid etc): 
    • Pockets for day, fitteds and wool at night
  • Favorite brands:
  • Favorite color:
    • Tootie Fruitie (hate the name), Choco Truffle
  • Favorite prints:
    • That I own: Scottish Storm, favorite: chevron, I prefer solids
  • Favorite closure (snaps, aplix, pin, snappi):
    • Snaps for sure!
  • Favorite type (one-size or sized):
    • One size
  • Favorite diaper in your stash:
    • Tootie Frutie FB
  • Favorite overnight/naptime diaper:
    • Tots Bots Bamboozle
  • Favorite swim diaper:
    • An unstuffed Fuzzibunz
  • Favorite laundry detergent:
    • Tide!
  • Favorite diaper cream:
  • Favorite cloth wipes:
  • Favorite fabric (for cloth diapers):
    • Microfleece
  • Favorite fabric (for cloth wipes):
    • I don't have a preference but Thirsties are made of cotton velour and microfleece
  • Favorite wipe solution:
    • Water or water with baby soap
  • Favorite storage items (pail, pail liner, wet bags):
  • Favorite place to purchase:
  • Favorite thing about cloth diapers: 
    • To pick only one: I don't have to go out to buy diapers all the time 
I answered each question more thoroughly in the video so make sure to watch that out as well.

If you're interested in my favorite cloth diapers, check out my reviews.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Homemade Play-doh with Ingredients from Your Kitchen


I've been wanting to make this for a long time and I finally did it: I made my own play-doh! 


I've been putting it off as I didn't have the cream of tartar that just about every recipe calls for and I was also nervous about Robbie eating it. Yes, this recipe is made from natural ingredients (except I used conventional food coloring) but I still don't want him eating a bunch of salt dough. I finally decided it will be a fun experiment either way and I want to start introducing new sensory experiences to him. 

I found many recipes on Pinterest that are just about the same: 
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Optional: food coloring (I used about 5 drops of McCormick food coloring)

With the first batch, I mixed the dry ingredients together in a bowl and tried adding boiling water, the oil and food coloring to the bowl. I saw a few comments on this Pin from Musings of a SAHM that said that is a quicker way to form the dough. I don't know what I did differently but it did not work for me. I didn't take pictures of the first batch so I can't show what it looked like but it was the consistency of smooth mashed potatoes. I let it cool a bit to see if that helped and it didn't. I then put it on the stove like how the original recipe is made and almost immediately it came together like her picture.  I then kneaded it to make it smoother and put it a plastic storage container. 
I decided to make a second batch and document it this time. I used the stove from the start instead and since I ran out of cream of tartar, I used vinegar, a suggestion from the comments of the original recipe as a replacement.  I combined the flour, salt and added 2 tsp of vinegar. Then I added the water and oil.

Once the wet and dry ingredients were mixed, I added the food coloring, before it started to stick together. I then turned the heat on to medium. It started to stick together pretty quickly, probably since my pan and burner were already warm. It was obvious at this point that this is how it should be thickening, not like when I tried adding the boiling water to the bowl.  It was not the consistency of mashed potatoes but was fluffy, just like when I  moved the first batch to the stove. 

Success!  The vinegar seems to be a fine substitute for the cream of tartar but since we haven't used it yet, time will tell. I kneaded this one as well and stored it in a plastic container. It makes about 2 cups per batch.
I can't wait until morning so Robbie can play with it!

Make sure to follow me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/amommymyway/. I have tons of fun kid crafts "pinned" and my new obsession is homeschooling pins!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sign Language at 19 months old (and a small speech update)

  1. milk
  2. more
  3. food/ eat
  4. bug
  5. horse
  6. do
  7. dad
  8. cow
  9. apple
  10. cracker
  11. thank you
  12. baby
  13. help (not the ASL sign but baby sign)
  14. water
  15. hat
  16. nose
  17. ball
  18. bird 
  19. grandpa
  20. all done 
  • outside
  • cat (signed it unprompted yesterday!)
  • hair
  • grandma (uses father sign)
  • grandpa (uses father sign)
  • mouse
  • please (!) 
He learned "please" really fast, like we showed him once and he signed it and will sign it every time you ask him.  The other day, he signed "more cracker please!"  It is amazing that he can "say" this as up until a week or so ago, he was only verbally saying "ma" correctly.  He used other sounds a lot but used "ma" for me and Daddy.  Then last week he finally started using "dada" (the verbal word) for Daddy!  He will sometimes say "ma" to Daddy but last night when Daddy wasn't home, he walked up to me and said "dede" and then signed "dada!"  He then proceeded to walk around the house, knocking on the doors and walls, yelling "dede," trying to find him.  It was so awesome that his speech is slowly coming along!  He also seems to be saying "duh" for duck and "nigh-nigh" for night-night.  So exciting!
We're now working on:
  • juice (for smoothie)
  • light 
  • mama
  • pig (has signed it a few times)
  • flower
  • chicken
  • monkey (he says "oo-oo-ah-ah") 
  • book
  • jungle animals
I'm excited to see how his speech will come along in the next few months and how his signing will continue as well.  We are planning on continuing to teach him ASL through childhood so I hope he continues to learn the signs as well as he has been.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos


As I mentioned in my previous BBQ chicken post, I made slow cooked chicken tacos!  I've been eating tacos with the chicken just cut into pieces and sometimes it just seemed like the pieces were too big but I was too lazy to chop them any smaller.  After I made the BBQ chicken, it crossed my mind to make shredded chicken for tacos, like carnitas.  It turned out well but I will try a few things differently next time.  This is what I used this time:
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 packet + 1 tbsp of McCormick Taco Seasoning



and that's it!  These "crock pot" recipes are so easy!  I cooked it on the stove on low for 8 hours and it was perfect, shredded very easy.  When I tasted it though after shredding, it was a bit bland as the water and liquid from the chicken diluted the seasoning so I added another tablespoon of seasoning and mixed it well so all the chicken would be seasoned.  That's one thing about shredding after the 8 hours; the outside has been seasoned but not all the meat in the inside, so I left it simmer for a bit longer.  Next time I'll try adding less liquid as I thought the chicken should be covered in liquid but after thinking about it, I guess it don't need to be.  I will continue to add just the one packet of seasoning unless it needs more upon tasting.  It was really juicy and delicious and the texture was great.  I ate it as tacos last night and brought some to work for lunch but I'm thinking tomorrow I'll eat it on nachos!  I really how versatile the shredded chicken is.  I've made it BBQ and with taco seasoning so far and both of those recipes can be used in so many dishes.  I'm having a lot of fun with these recipes and have so many ideas for the near future (thank you Pinterest.)

If you want to see what I'm planning next, here is my dinner recipe board and also my general Pinterest page.  It has a lot of DIY natural body product pins, as well as toddler crafts and much more!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Robbie is 18 Months Old!


It's going to sound cliché but it seems like we just had Robbie's 1st birthday party.  How are we already halfway to the next one?!  Here are some (okay, a lot of) facts about Robbie at 18 months old:
  • He has 16 teeth!  Just have the last molars left.
  • He knows over 25 words in sign language.
  • He only says "mama" and "dada" verbally but "talks" a lot.  He also hums and will "sing" if we sing words or a tune.  He also "woofs" and "moos".
  • He can hop on two feet many times in a row.  He has done a somersault a few times!
  • He is a daredevil! He stands on the seat of his "Scoot- About" with no hands, stands on his Jumperoo, he's starting to step off things if he expects you to catch him.
  • He loves fruits and vegetables but doesn't eat much food at a time.  We just started giving him smoothies and he really likes them.
  • He still uses the Playtex straw cups. He only drinks water and smoothies.
  • He still nurses through the night and many times a day.
  • As of last night, no more pacifiers!
  • He is very independent.
  • He loves animals (his favorite right now is a cow.)
  • He also has found a new love for cars.
  • He was "Robin" from Batman for Halloween (see picture above.)
  • He loves watching "Nightmare Before Christmas" and recognizes the tune if we hum it.
  • His favorite TV shows are Kipper, Thomas & Friends, and Signing Time (also knows the songs.
  • We still wear him in the Ergo a few times a week.
  • He has been cloth diapered since birth!  Our favorites are still Fuzzibunz and Tots Bots Bamboozles with Bumby wool.
  • He still sleeps with us and we all still love it!
  • He scoots around on his Radio Flyer "Scoot-About".
  • He wears 18 month size clothes but still fits 12 month size shirts.
  • He's a hit everywhere he goes, he's such a flirt!
  • His bedtime is around 8- 9 pm and wakes up around 8.
  • He's a very happy child and is also very mischievous (in the playful sense)!  We love his personality.  He can be sensitive especially when teething.  He is getting better at understanding why he can't always do what he wants.
  • He measured 26.8 pounds and 33.5 inches tall at his 18 month pediatrician visit.
  • He doesn't like getting his hands dirty.
  • He makes the cutest scrunched-up face when he's being mischievous that I hope he makes forever!
  • He loves going outside and cries when we make him go inside.
  • Sometimes he'll wake quietly from a nap and climb onto the computer desk.
  • He seems very baby-ish when he wakes in the night.  He's such a toddler during the day and then seems so young in the night.
  • He gives "high fives".
I love him so much. When I look at pictures of him as a baby, it makes me want another one but how can I love someone else as much as him?! I'm so interested to see what happens in the next 6 months.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sign Language as of 10-17-13 (almost 18 months old)

  • milk
  • more (all uses: food, TV show, etc.)
  • food/ eat
  • bug
  • horse
  • dog (he also woofs!)
  • dada (also uses it for grandparents of both sexes)
  • cow (also moos, his general sign for animals)
  • apple
  • cracker
  • thank you (so cute!)
  • baby 
  • help
  • water (puts index finger in mouth, knows the drinking liquid ) 
  • hat (rubs head)
  • nose
  • ball
  • bird 
  • grandpa (not sure if he's pulling his head away from his head on purpose or just done signing, but uses a sign for grandpa)
  • all done
This morning when he wasn't quite awake, he started waving!  I don't know if he was dreaming or starting his day by saying hello.  Oh my gosh, it was adorable.  He's still continuing to sign "dada" when he's falling asleep, I melt every time.
He is finally signing milk again.  He'll often sign "more" first but does come to me sometimes and clearly sign "milk."  No more wiggling his fingers, but closing his hand with the fingers together.
The other day we were in line at Buy Buy Baby and he was looking at the toys behind us and touching his thumbs together.  I'd never seen this sign before and wasn't sure what he was doing until I looked behind me and there were balls!  He was signing "ball!"  We weren't actively teaching him "ball," just every once in a while so it was so cool that he remembered and used it on his own.  The next day he was standing by our TV that is blocked off with a yoga ball (classy I know) and asked for help and then signed "ball" again!
My parents have some bobble-head figurines from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" that Robbie loves to look at.  Last night he kept signing "help" to Grandpa so Grandpa would lift him up to look at them.  He kept doing it over and over and Grandpa couldn't say no because it's so cute!

We're now working on:
  • light 
  • mama
  • pig
  • cat
  • flower
  • chicken
  • monkey (he sometimes says oo-oo-ah-ah!) 
  • book
I need to get help from one of my friends that is deaf to create a sign for Robbie's name.  Names in sign language are important and the consensus in the deaf community is that only a deaf person can create a name sign.  You could definitely finger-spell a name but creating a name sign is different.  I'm not sure what the specifics are (I'll have to ask her) but I believe as long as a deaf person assigns the sign, the name "recipient" doesn't have to be deaf.  I just want Robbie to be able to call himself something, like he can sign "mama" or "dada."  I think she'll be happy to help!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Bumby Wool Review

 
My go-to nighttime solution is a Tots Bots Bamboozle fitted diaper with a Thirsties hemp insert, covered with a Bumby wool cover.  I love my Bumby wool!  It easily becomes an obsession with cloth diapering moms and some continue to buy them as pants for their children after potty learning.  I myself use the soakers for all my needs, which most people would call a cover style-wise.  They also come in shorties, longies and my favorite, leggings!  The only reason I haven't bought some leggings yet is our bedroom stays really warm even with the air conditioner running and my son will overheat in a T-shirt and diaper!  So we use soakers/ covers all year long.  It really needs to be "bulletproof" as we sleep together and I don't want to wake up in pee!
I rotate between three covers: Black Sheep (black), Me Want Cookie (a dark blue like Cookie Monster) and Mystique (another dark blue).  Wool is breathable so you won't have to worry about your child overheating in a soaker, though the longies or leggings might be too warm in the summer.  All three covers I own are the Fuzzy style, which is thicker than other option, silky.  It is not overly thick but it is considered more durable and I don't want to worry about damaging my wool, since wool can be overwhelming when first starting out. 
Before I even owned any Bumby wool, I had done a lot of research on wool care and lanolizing.  My favorite resource has been this video tutorial from my online friend Carrie.  It is a very easy to follow explanation about how to lanolize your wool.  I've followed this tutorial every time I've lanolized my wool and I've never had a problem, which is surprising as I've heard some complete lano-fail stories.  I created my own video tutorial with a few tweaks to Carrie's such as adding vinegar to prevent any possible bleeding of the wool dyes.  I also only stir my mixture for a few seconds to combine!  I don't know what my secret ingredient is but I don't have to stir for minutes at a time like some other people.
You'll need:
  • a squirt of baby wash/ shampoo (no need to be precise)
  • 1 tsp of lanolin for one cover, 1 tbsp for two covers
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • a piece of lano loaf (could be optional, may need to stir longer)
  • a piece of wool wash bar (optional) 
  • vinegar
I first wash my soakers in either baby wash or the same wool wash bar I use for lanolizing.  My son never gets the cover "dirty" (aka poop) but it will start to smell like pee after a few weeks (!).  This is because wool is naturally antibacterial and once aired out, the urine smell will dissipate.  When it continues to smell, it needs to be washed and I've found that with three soakers in rotation, this will be weeks!  I like to soak the cover first in warm (not hot) soapy water with a splash of vinegar in our kitchen sink and this is where you can really see how waterproof your cover is.  I will see still spots where the water repels from the cover even after weeks of wear!  I soak the cover for a few minutes to help loosen the urine residue from the fabric and swish and rub it a little.  I don't know about other people but this is enough to clean my child's covers.  If needed, you can focus on "dirty" areas with the wool wash bars or just apply soap on the cover and rub the fabric to loosen the soil.  Once it's washed, I empty the sink and leave the soaker in there and fill a bit with warm water and another splash of vinegar.  I then work on my lano!
I start by boiling some water (makes it easiest to melt the ingredients) and putting the ingredients in a glass measuring cup.  I use glass as it cleans easier in my opinion but you could use an heat-safe container.  I add the baby soap, lano loaf piece, wool wash piece, however much lanolin you need, and then the hot water.  In my experience, it homogenizes (mixes completely) very easily but for others, you may need to stir it for a bit to combine.  Once it comes together, I add a few ice cubes to cool it down as pouring hot water directly on the wool can cause it to felt, making the fabric permanently tighter and not very pretty.  Once it's about body temperature, I add it to the sink and try not to fill it much higher than the wool, to keep it from diluting too much.


I leave it soaking overnight and then gently squeeze the excess water out (being rough can also cause felting.)  I then place the cover on a folded towel and roll the towel to remove even more water.  Watch the video (at 7:33) if this sounds confusing.  I then just hang the cover outside or inside in the sunlight or in front of a fan to quicken drying.  It may take a while for it to dry as wool is pretty absorbent!
There are times when my wool needs a little more waterproofing between washes but isn't quite dirty and that's when I'll use spray lanolin.  You can buy some from Kissed by the Moon, or make your own using products you already have!  The recipe I use was posted on the GMD (Green Mountain Diapers) Mamas Facebook page and it works well for me.  The ingredients are 
  • 1 cup of water
  • a squirt of baby wash
  • pea sized amount of lanolin
  • essential oils of your choice (optional)
This recipes uses the microwave but I used boiling water again.  I used an old glass mason jar and shook to combine the ingredients.  When it cooled, I poured it into a small spray bottle.  For me, I seem to use at least half of the bottle each time I "refresh" my cover so making my own is more cost effective.  It's a really easy refresh method and some mamas only use spray lanolin but for overnight, I need to use the soaking method every couple weeks or it wouldn't be waterproof enough.
When I wasn't using wool, I would often have nighttime leaks (in my bed!) or if I used a PUL cover, it would smell strongly of pee after the first use.  I don't have either of those problems when using wool and it doubles as clothes, even the soakers!
One last thought:When my son was a newborn, we used Kissaluvs fitteds with a Thirsties cover but for our next baby(ies), I will use wool from the start.  It is so much more convenient and do I have to mention cute!
Silky Cornflower at 3 weeks (left) and 12 weeks (right)
Image used with permission of Karin Kameya

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sign Language Update (10-3-13)


So I have more to add!  It's so exciting!  The ones highlighted in grey are ones that have been included in the previous two posts about his sign language:

  • milk
  • more
  • food/ eat
  • bug
  • horse
  • dog (he also woofs!)
  • dada (for sure, also uses it for grandparents of both sexes)
  • cow (all the time! his general sign for animals)
  • apple
  • cracker
  • thank you (when showed how)
  • baby 
He's been reluctant to sign "milk" as he has been in the past for some reason, but will consistently sign "more" when he wants to nurse.  I don't know what it is about the sign, maybe some strange association with it.  He'll do it when prompted, though it's not as clear as it was months ago.  Instead of all his fingers closing at once, he alternates closing them.  And also strange, he'll sign it to other people that are around and not to me, as if telling them he's going to have milk.  Just strange!
One adorable thing he's been doing is when he's falling asleep nursing he slowly signs "dada."  Maybe he's trying to call him or maybe just associates "dada" with falling asleep.  It is so cute!

We're now working on "grandpa" as he's obsessed with my dad these days.  He'll stare at a Christmas card on the fridge and sign "dada" over and over.  We're now working on:
  • thank you
  • light 
  • water
  • mama 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

PITS! Natural Deodorant by Thinc Skin

I LOVE this deodorant by Thinc Skin!  I've tried so many different natural deodorants and this is not only the only one that worked for me, but I really do like the product.
I try to use more natural body products whenever possible and it's particularly important to use a safe deodorant.  Though there are arguments whether the aluminum in conventional deodorants/ antiperspirants is dangerous, I won't risk it, especially as a breastfeeding mother.  Besides the aluminum, there are many other nasty chemicals like artificial fragrances and petrolatum and ingredients I can't pronounce or know what they are.  The ingredients in the PITS deodorant are natural oils and butters, with baking soda and arrowroot to help combat wetness.  I've seen many DIY deodorant recipes that use similar ingredients but I haven't been successful in replicating this product.  I continue buying this product as I love it so much and I can help support my favorite local business (Kissed by the Moon) as well!
Although I didn't expect this product to prevent perspiration like a conventional antiperspirant would, it does wonders with preventing odors.  I used to use a "clinical strength" deodorant as I sweat a lot and eventually if I sweat too much, I would start to stink!  Though I still sweat a bit now, the lavender and tea tree oil in the SUPER Fresh! scent help to kill the bacteria that cause odor and with the other oils, make for a really lovely natural fragrance!  I've found that it will even cover up any existing odor as well without creating a weird mix of body odor and perfume that smell terrible, like my conventional deodorant would.  One day when I was out with my sisters, I realized it'd forgotten to apply the PITS deodorant that I'd brought with me in my purse and I needed it, if you know what I mean.  I went to the bathroom and when I came back, my sisters asked if I'd just used a lavender perfume.  I said no, that it was actually my deodorant and I'd been smelling a little funky just a minute before.  They asked to see it and I passed the glass jar around and one even applied it as a hand lotion.  Because it is made up of oils and butters, it is very moisturizing as well as a great deodorant.  I even rub the excess on my dry elbows and my hands, instead of washing it off.  It's best to use an applicator or stick to get the product out of the jar to prevent contamination, but I just use my fingers to get the product out and also apply it with my fingers.
I'm so happy that I tried it based on the suggestions from my friends in the Kissed by the Moon chat group.  I had tried so many other "natural" deodorant options and the ladies in the group were raving about the new deodorant at KBTM.  So when I got a gift certificate for KBTM, I finally ordered it.  Of course it arrived quickly, as their shipping is so fast!  I wasn't sure about the application when I first got it but once I had enough with my other options, I tried it and loved how it worked.  Whenever people ask for suggestions for natural body products, I recommend this.  No, it likely won't keep you completely sweat-free but it will control odor and can even double as a light perfume!
If you're looking for a deodorant made from truly natural ingredients, I wholeheartedly recommend this one.  There is even a scent for men and one for sensitive skin. It is available at Kissed by the Moon for $7.50, what a deal!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Breastfeeding Update at almost 17 Months


I have now been nursing Robbie for almost 17 months!  I never had an end date in mind so I'm not surprised that we've made it this far and considering Robbie's personality, I don't see him stopping anytime soon!
Considering Robbie eats much more food and drinking more water since my last update at 8 months, I would think there would be many changes to his nursing but there really isn't.  The biggest change is a few weeks ago I stopped going home during work to nurse him.  I thought my "accommodation" would end at 12 months and was ecstatic when my supervisor said I could continue to go home as long as Robbie was breastfeeding.  Recently things changed and my supervisor asked me to pick an end date (of my accommodation) for scheduling purposes.  I told him at this point we would be fine with ending the accommodation now.  So it ended.  Of course I am sad about it but I really didn't expect to get the almost 4 extra months that I did.  And I do run inside to see my sweetie when I get home!  I am usually pretty full of milk when I get home, even though I only work 5 hour shifts.  He still nurses many times during a 5 hour period so that is why, which is unusual for some children.
If I had to put a number on it, I would say he still nurses at least every two hours, but not necessarily for a bellyful of milk.  If he's tired or hurts himself or even bored, he will "ask" by signing "more" or "milk" and I really don't mind since I'm just hanging out at home.  When we are out of the home, he asks much less since he's so busy with other things.  I rarely nurse in public and am usually more discreet than the above photo (for my own preference) but he wanted to nurse right then and I was busy!  I was a little bit nervous about how the woman doing my nails would react but she didn't even flinch and even looked at him and praised me for nursing him!  It was an awesome nursing in public experience.  For some people they may be shocked to hear he nurses every two hours, "like a newborn," but as a newborn, he nursed like every hour!  I do not mind nursing him at home whenever he wants and I don't consider him spoiled for it.  As for nighttime, I can't be definite on the number of times he nurses.  It really varies especially when he's sick or teething.  His sleep is really affected by teething.  Lately, he has been sleeping relatively well.  I've mentioned before that we cosleep/ bedshare and lately I've been nursing him on the same side as long as he's content with that and even leaning over and giving him the other side without rolling over.  I find this disrupts everyone the least.  I feel much more rested this way.  For whatever reason, he's also starting to sleep in again, like he did before spring made him a relatively early riser.  Today he slept til 10:15!  I love it, haha.  If I think about last night and tried to think of how many times he nursed, it's really hard!  Which means it was a good night!  The worst nights are when I know I woke up this many times, at this time of night.  I would say, maybe four times but we both barely woke up at all, which I'm totally fine with.  Of course I would prefer if he slept through the night, but he doesn't, so last night was a good night ☺.
He eats food about 4 times a day: breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner.  He's not a big eater but eats a large variety of things.  Since I started eating chicken, he's been better at eating meat.  He will eat my serving of chicken sometimes!  I mentioned in my "Vegetarian No More" post about our Instagram; if you want to see what my toddler is eating, go follow us!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sign Language Update (9-3-15)

For the past two-ish weeks, Robbie had been refusing to sign milk!  He would sign "more" and when you tried to get him to say milk he would get very irritated.  It was frustrating because he's signing "more" for everything and I want him to be able to tell me distinctly want he wants.  Finally last night he signed it and did again today.  He'll still sign "more" first but will sign milk when prompted.
He now signs (including his older signs):
  • Milk (also signed while "babbling" in sign)
  • More
  • Food/ eat
  • bug
  • horse
  • dog (he also woofs!)
  • apple (when showed how)
  • cracker (again, when showed how)
  • (maybe) dada 
With Dada, he'd been rubbing the back of his head almost like his sign for horse.  I'm not sure if he's even signing a word in particular, but when we show him how to sign "dada," his result is similar to the head rubbing.  He also has been patting his chest but I'm not sure if he is signing a word at all.  It might be dog!
I love sign language!  When he signs "more" to me in the middle of the night while still asleep, wanting it nurse, it literally makes me smile.  I can't wait until he learns even more signs so we can communicate even more easily.
The signs we're working on now:
  • water
  • mama
  • dada
  • thank you