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Displaced with a toddler in tow

In early May, I came home from work to what appeared to be a rain storm swirling in our living room. An inch of water flooded the length of our first floor. Water dripped from the ceiling and poured like a waterfall from a light fixture that hung above the kitchen island. The tank of an upstairs toilet had cracked spontaneously. As the tank kept trying to refill itself, water leaked through the crack and ran across two upstairs bedrooms down to the first floor. The restoration company we ...

Indoor Toddler Activities on Blistering Hot Days

Of all the things I love about North Carolina, hot muggy summer days are the least among them. I can't stand to be outside for more than 15 minutes on days when the temperature soars to 90 degrees and above. It's oppressive. It's unbearable. It's uncalled for. When our son was an infant, avoiding the sun on those days was manageable. He could roll around on the floor for hours with a few toys and have a blast. Now that he is 2 and half years old, it's harder to keep him entertained indoors ...

Anxiety over switching daycares

Our two-year-old son has gone to the same daycare since he was four-months-old. We picked it for its great location, caring atmosphere, high rating and overall good vibe. Then we moved 30  minutes across town, and because we love the daycare so much (as does our son) we kept him there despite the commute. I still work close to the daycare so he and I drive at least 30 minutes (on a good day) from home to school. But with the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild Project causing delays, the commute has ...

Toddler Proofing Blues

A few weeks ago, we took our 2-year-old son to play in the grassy area at North Hills Mall. It is just a small patch of square lawn surrounded by shops and cars where children love to chase each other, run in circles and play catch. On this day, a group of older boys were tossing a football as toddlers scurried about. Our son got so excited when he saw the other children that he sprinted into the middle of the action grinning and waving his arms. Suddenly, we heard a thump and saw him go ...

Baby’s First Plane Ride

A truth I  have discovered as a new mother is you can never really know what to expect from a situation. This was especially true when we took our 2-year-old son on his first out-of-state trip. I prepped by reading articles on the most convenient and stress free ways to fly with a toddler. I got advice from friends and family members. I called the airline to confirm that we could fly with his car seat. I packed snacks, extra pacifiers, pull ups, wipes and coloring books. But the one ...

Fear of Potty Training

I have a confession. I am just as afraid of potty training my 2 year old son as he is, possibly even more afraid. I'm scared of pushing him too hard too soon. I'm scared that it means he is growing up too fast. I'm scared I don't know how best to teach him and that I'll be exposed as a mom fraud. So far my husband and I have taken the following steps toward potty training: We bought a potty We bought pull ups We bought a picture book about using the potty We encourage him to sit on ...

Mommy resolutions for the new year

Our son turned 2 years old late last year. That brought on a lot of fun, new discoveries and of course some challenges. 2016 will be another year of exploration, bonding and learning as he grows. The following are my resolutions as the mom of an independent toddler. It's Potty Time Now that he is 2 years old. It's time for our little man to learn some new habits. The biggest one being potty training. We bought a training potty, pull up diapers and are waiting for the magic to happen. ...

The toddler imitation game

The other morning, my soon-to-be 2-year-old son slung my purse over his shoulder grabbed my car keys and said, "bye, bye" while waving his hands. "Where you going?" I asked playfully. "Bye, bye," he responded walking down the hallway. Of course, he picked up this behavior from watching me act out the same routine countless times. He plays this imitation game often by mimicking my husband and I on the telephone or pushing a broom across the floor. It is super duper adorable to see ...

Este bebé speaks Spanglish

Our son's first word other than "mommy" and "dada" was "aqua." He shouted "aqua" and pointed at the ocean when we took a trip to the coast. He shouted "aqua" and pointed to his cup as to say "give me more water." He shouted "aqua" and pointed to the fish tank at his pediatrician's office. "Aqua" was the word of the month until he started acquiring other words among them "up," "mas", the Spanish word for "more," and of course his most over used word ever, "no." Spanish was my first language. ...

Silly mommy leashes are not for kids … or are they?

Last weekend, we took our 22-month-old son to brunch at a downtown Raleigh restaurant, the kind where a live band plays jazz while the staff serves mimosas in slender champagne flutes garnished with ripe strawberries. From the moment we rolled the stroller through the front door our son would not sit still. He screamed and wriggled out of my arms when I tried to put him in the high chair. We asked for a booster seat but trying to get him into that proved to be just as challenging. My ...