Thursday, August 27, 2009

"Go tee-tee, Bear"

Potty training hasn't really started around here yet, but we have some of the things we need when we start. Nick's sister, Val, gave Taylor a generous gift card for her birthday which we used to buy some potty training paraphenalia...Froggy potty, Sesame Street panties, and pull-ups. I've been saying that I don't think that Taylor's ready yet (though I thought a little differently over the past couple of months), but I think it would be a more accurate statement to say that I'm not ready yet. A few reasons include, but are not limited to, the following: I don't love a challenge and I think it might be just that; she's about to start MDO next month and I don't think she (or I, for that matter) need too many transitions at one time; I haven't done ANY research/reading whatsoever to get tips; I think it's a waste of time and energy to start too early; and maybe, just maybe, my baby is growing up too fast!
So in the meantime, we'll talk about it and practice with her dolls and stuffed animals. She does sit on the potty and even asks to, but nothing ever happens. I'm glad she's interested in it, but I'm not pushing it just yet.
The picture below was all Taylor's idea. She sat her bear on there all by herself and said, "Go tee-tee, Bear." I cracked up, as I do often when listening to her funny little self.
On a related note, she really has become quite the nurturer lately, taking care of her babies, changing their diapers, taking her Bear to the potty.

Thumb Sucking

I wish I was writing to say that within the past few hours Taylor has miraculously quit sucking her thumb (see Dentist Appt. post if you don't know what I'm talking about). However, that is not so. She just got up from her nap, which wasn't long enough and therefore she is still tired. So she's laying on the couch right now and I said, "Stop sucking your thumb, Taylor." She promptly obeyed and then burst into tears. Awesome. This is going to be fun!

P.S. In case you're wondering how I reacted, I told her to keep sucking it. Yes, I was a push-over in this situation. No, I am not always. Gotta go Google "tips and tricks to get your kids to stop thumb sucking" - wish me luck! :)

Taylor's 1st Dentist Appointment

Taylor had her first ever dentist appointment today and I am thankful to say that she could not have done better! Yay! What an answer to prayer. The hygienist who called her back tried to talk me into letting Taylor go back by herself but I quickly nipped that in the bud. I mean, really, she's ONLY 2 and it's her first ever appt and she's never seen anyone in that office...EVER. I'm sure she meant well when she said they like for them (the patients) to get used to going back their by themselves, but I think there is plenty of time for that thankyouverymuch!
I packed one of her babydolls, Abby, in her diaper bag in hopes of Abby comforting Taylor. My other thought was that maybe Abby could get her teeth "cleaned" first so Tay could see what it was all about. And that's just what happened. All of the hygienists were very nice, as was her Dentist. I didn't get a picture of the Dentist examining her teeth, but took several of the actual cleaning.
At Taylor's 2 Year Check-up the pediatrician gave me a list of Pediatric Dentists that their group refers to and I'm glad she did. So far I'm happy with my choice. My main reason for taking her was to have the dentist take a look at her frenulum - that's the piece of tissue that connects the inside of your top lip to your gums. Since birth Taylor's has been very thick and connects very low on her gum line, but the pediatrician has never seemed concerned...and believe me I've asked her about it several times. So at her last appt. I asked her to take a look at it again because it hasn't changed any and she suggested going ahead to the dentist. The dentist and pediatrician said the same thing - years ago it was common to perform a frenulectomy (clipping of the frenulum) but since then they've changed their tune and now think it causes more harm than good. Sooo, she said we'll just leave it alone and watch it. She also said that we need to get her to quit sucking her thumb because it's pushing her teeth out. This is no news to me as I see her teeth every day. Thankfully she only sucks it when she's sleeping or tired, not all the time. However, I still don't think it's going to be an easy task, but the dentist said it should be easier than if she sucked it all the time. Looks like it's time for me to look into different ways of stopping thumb sucking. Too bad she doesn't just use a paci...then I could just take it away. Not the case with the ole thumb.
Ok, enough of the details, here are some pictures. Check out the nerve of this child sucking her thumb while laying in the dentist chair! And in the last picture she's showing you her stickers and one of the goodies from her prize bag.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Roooooooollllllllll Tide Roll!

I got a huge bag of hand-me-downs today from my step-sister - thank you, again, Mel! Not only was there one Alabama cheerleader outfit, but there were two! Yay! I thought to myself, "Nick will be thrilled!" Please pick up on the sarcasm here. But I know of several others who will be happy to see her supporting the Crimson Tide. Of course I had to play dress up with her and take some pics. I took one on my phone and sent it to Nick. You know what he said? He said, "I don't even care that it says Alabama on it. She's just too cute!" So I left her in the outfit until he got home and he was even more smitten in person. We hope these pics make you smile!

Laundry Day

We hope your laundry day was as cute as ours! :)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Baby guitar

I just took this picture of Taylor playing her "baby guitar" and thought it was too cute not to share.

Shark Week

In case you didn’t know, Shark Week starts tonight on the Discovery Channel. I only mention this because I’ve been a fan of Shark Week for years, but last year Robyn got into it to. And I mean really into it. As in, a month or so ago she asked me when it was coming on again. As in, last year she would tell me to change the channel so that we could watch Shark Week.

I’m not complaining, I just think it’s funny that she likes these shark shows so much.