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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

These are a few of my favorite things

Gibson isn't an easy child.

But isn't "easy child" kind of an oxymoron?

In any case, Gibson isn't easy.  You should all know that by now.  Luckily, I've found some wonderful things that have made our life easier!  And I want to share them with you!

Gibson is awful at eating large pieces of anything.  He doesn't realize that he can bite chunks off to chew...instead, he feels the need to shove the entire sandwich/tortilla chip/banana in his mouth and gag on it and then vomit.  Which is gross.  We used to cut his food up with a knife like idiots, but then we remembered the KITCHEN SHEARS!

And it was like heaven smiled upon us.  So we started cutting his stuff up with kitchen shears!  So much easier.  And THEN.  I went to a Pampered Chef party and found the LETTUCE CHOPPER.



These are so ridiculously nice.  They have two blades, so it's like having two pairs of kitchen shears slicing away at Gibson's taco.  Or pasta.  Or toast.  YOU CAN CHOP ANYTHING WITH THEM.

And also they make me feel like Edward Scissorhands.  Just chopping away at everything.


...ok, that's enough of that.  Let's talk about something else.

Our video monitor!  I love it.  So.  Much.  You can learn more about it right here!

I love being able to watch Gibson nap refuse to nap!  This is happening right now:

Oh look, he found a drum stick!  Perfect.

We can see the monitor on my iPhone, Danny's iPad, and our iMac.

We're an iFamily.  iGet over it.

But don't worry!  If you're a PC/Android lover (aka: a loser), you can still use this monitor!

Confession: I have a Microsoft Surface.  So we're obviously not an entirely Apple family.  But if it makes you feel any better, I don't really like it that much.

Also, I hope you know me well enough by now to know that I don't actually judge anyone for their technology choices.

If you don't know me by now, you will never never never know me.

...it's true.

So, Gibson's diaper changes have been pure torture for the past...long time.  I don't know how long.  Stop expecting me to be specific!  Anyway.  I have discovered that he really loves the Endless Reader app on my phone!

This app is the coolest!  You drag the letters into the correct spot, and while you're dragging them they come to life and make the sound the letter makes.  Gibson's favorite is the "n."  It goes "Nuh nuh nuuuuuuh nuh nuhhhhh!"

And then, once the word is spelled, it gives you sentence with three words to drag to the correct spot.  This is obviously kind of advanced for Gibson, but it was free!  There is a version without the sentence part called Endless Alphabet, but it cost money.  And I'm cheap.

In any case, he loves it a lot.  When he hears the music start up he stops everything and crawls to me as fast as possible.  Cutie.  And then he usually throws my phone across the room and yells at me while I change his diaper.

So.  It at least works to get Gibson to come to me for a diaper change.  Which is nice, because I sometimes don't want to go get him!  

Lazy, much?

Also on my favorite things list:
-Hyland's Teething Tablets
-Hyland's Cough Syrup
-Ellie the canine vacuum (she also falls on my least favorite things list)
-Baby Signing Time

If I could just get Rosie to come live with me, my life would be easy peasy!

She obviously wants to come live with us.  I can tell.

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  1. I love coffee too, and this travel mug is a game changer: http://www.gocontigo.com/mugs/16-oz-autoseal-west-loop-stainless-travel-mug.html
    It keeps things hot or cold forever, it's perfect for when you're on the go and it DOESN'T SPILL. Or drip or leak or come open on accident. So, basically perfect for a toddler who likes throwing things. When I make my morning coffee, I pour in the cream and sugar, twist on the lid and literally shake it up to mix it. Then I throw it on the passenger seat or floor of my car (I'm not a neat person) and head to work instead of worrying about it fitting in my cup holders. I know coffee mugs aren't very interesting, but I recommend this to everyone.

    1. Oooh, I like that mug! And spill-proof is an important thing in my life these days. Thanks for the recommendation, Brooke!!

      Also, I'm not a neat person either. I feel you.

  2. We've always used the kitchen scissors to cut our kids pizza. So easy.

    And, as a useful additional tip- sometimes I use my coffee travel mug when I'm just staying home. Hot coffee all morning! Love it.

    One thing I've done to help keep things tidy is if clothes are not dirty, like pjs, or sweaters, they go in a box in our hallway closet. The kids can reach the box themselves, so they can clean up their own pjs in the morning and grab them out at night.

    I've also decided that as nice and pretty as many colorful boxes and containers filled with carefully sorted toys in the toy room looks, it's far easier to purchase rubbermaid (must be rubbermaid, my kids will crack anything else) totes and throw all of one kind of toy, for example, farm animals and tractors, into one bin. That way the kids can keep the playroom tidy, and, of course, the totes double as cars, boats and turtle shells.

    1. I love that your kids use the Rubbermaids as cars and boats! That's so fun! When we turn the basement into a play room we'll definitely need some big storage boxes. I'm just kind of assuming it won't look super nice, since children like to throw things everywhere. :P

      And I like your PJ box idea! We may need to do that when Gibson gets older. :)


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