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The little man’s official phrase of our Disneyland trip has been: “Again, again!” I have no doubt he has had a wonderful time.

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The day started out a little rough today. I was pushed off the bus while holding the little man when we got to Disneyland. Luckily I kept my balance, but I am pretty sure I will have a nice bruise on my elbow from hitting the door on my way out. Seriously some people, you know who you are, need to learn a little class and patience. When you are on a totally packed bus you do not need to push your way out. If you wait, I don’t know maybe an extra 5 seconds, before you barrel your way through a door you might not hurt someone, or at least stop and say you are sorry when you do. Moms like that make me understand why there are so many pushy bully kids at the playground. They have to come from somewhere.
After the bus incident, the day so far has been great. We got to ride Alice in Wonderland, Mad Tea Party, Mr. Toad, and Peter Pan, then we moved over to California Adventure.
I think we might have to do an intervention on the little man. He is completely addicted to the Monster’s Inc. ride. We rode it once all together then took turns taking him so that we could ride the Soarin’ Over California ride. He has been on the ride 10 times today and if it were up to him we would still be going on it.
We have been having a little bit of a tough time getting the little man to eat in the parks. In general he is not a very picky eater, which is great, but he does not eat many “kid’s menu” items. Thankfully Disney has started adding some healthier items to the menus. We also just carry around a never-ending supply of snacks.
Yesterday we ate at Cafe Orleans by the Pirates of the Caribbean. The food was good, pricey, but good. Luckily the kid’s meal came with fruit because that is all the little man would eat. Most kids would love a plate of mac and cheese for lunch, not our guy. We had Bengal BBQ by the Jungle Cruise for dinner. It was pretty good, much cheaper, and I could order a bowl of fruit. We all split a churro after dinner because you can not go to Disneyland and not have a churro. The little man loved it. I think his Grandpa must sneak him donuts.
Today we decided to eat lunch at California Adventure. I think this was a much better plan for us. They seem to have more of a variety of food. We found an Asian rice bowl place, Lucky Fortune Cookery, that was perfect for us. The little man ate almost all of his chicken teriyaki and 1/2 an order if edamame. Plus you get a fortune cookie and he is a fortune cookie addict. The only kind of disappointing thing was the fruit. The kid’s meal comes with fruit and I just assumed it would be fresh. Everywhere else has had fresh fruit but this was a dole fruit cup in juice. The little man took one look at it and said “no”. Oh yeah, and he spilt 1/2 his milk on himself, but otherwise a pretty successful lunch.
As for rides at California Adventure, obviously he loved Monsters Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! and we liked Soarin’ Over California. My husband liked Tower of Terror, and the Bug’s Life area is really cute for little kids. We did not see it all, had to head back for nap time, but back again tonight for more fun. Yeah!

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I love my coffee table.  When we moved into this house our old table did not really survive the move.  I had it for about 10 years so that was ok.  We looked long and hard for a new table that would fit our new space.  I think it was about 2 or 3 months before we found one we could agree on.  When we had the little man I started looking at baby-proofing options, not really finding any that were going to solve all of our issues, and not make my head hurt with how ugly they were.  Our table has 2 sharp corners on each corner, and a glass middle. 

There are the rubber edges, but I did not want to glue anything to my table, and I was pretty sure the little man would pick them off; also there is really nothing attractive about them.  We would still have the issue with the glass.  I thought about temporarily getting a new table, but I really like ours so we would have to figure out somewhere to store it.  We decided to use a little brain power and come up with our own solution.

We built a wooden frame out of 2″x4″s about 1″ bigger around than our table and added a plywood top to make a box.  I put foam on top then upholstered with batting and some upholstery fabric that I got on clearance for $8.00.  There is nicer fabric, but this was fine and I wanted something that I would not care if it got spilt on.  The box fits right over the top of our table and can easily be removed when we have parties.  I can not tell you the number of moms who have been over here that love it.  Now it looks like we have a giant ottoman.  Most people do not even know that it was a table before.  In a perfect world I would have added some tufting, but I was looking for a quick solution (the little man had bumped his head 3 times in 2 days) and I was worried about little fingers trying to pick off any buttons.

A few tips:

  • I would recommend  putting foam around the sides also, we could not do this because our fabric was not wide enough, but it would make the sides softer. 
  • If not around the sides, make sure your foam extends slightly over the edges so that the edge of the wood does not show.
  • Use an electric staple gun.  I borrowed my Father in Law’s and it made all the difference in the world.
  • Glue some scraps or ribbon around the unfinished edges inside.  I still need to do this, the little man loves to pick at any batting he can see, and we find little fuzz balls where he has been.
  • Stretch the fabric as tight as you can, they sell upholstery tools for this, I did not have one so I made do with my hands and some pliers.

This has definitely been the best solution for our family.  The little man loves to play with his toys or climb on it and we never have to worry about him bumping his head or breaking the glass.  I have a piece of furniture that I do not hate to look at, and once there are no more little heads to bump I can have back the coffee table that I love.

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library love

The little man has a serious love of books.  He could read them all day long.  He has a pretty large collection, mostly board books though, but to change it up we have started bringing home more story books from the library.  Here is what we borrowed this week.

Just for Me, Just for You

Just for Me, Just for You by Nick Jr. Family Magazine.  This one is a collection of stories, the little man especially likes All Aboard by Karen Baicker.

Crocs!

Crocs! by David T. Greenberg.  There is a fascination with all things crocodilian in our house so this one fits right in.

Who Likes Rain?

Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee.  The little man picked this one by its cover.  He wanted the umbrella book.  It has not disappointed.  I think we have read it about 5 times a day since we brought it home.

My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World

My Cat the Silliest Cat in the World by Gilles Bachelet.  It is about a man with a pet elephant that he thinks is a cat.  Little man loves the pictures in this one, but when we read it keeps looking for the cat.  He just does not quite get it yet, but still loves to look at it.

 

 

 

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thank you…you’re welcome

We have really been pushing the please and thank yous around our house lately.  The little man has gotten pretty good at it but lately whenever he says “thank you” he immediately says “you’re welcome”.  At least he gets the idea.

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Our little man is an animal junkie.  When he first started “talking” he did not really say many actual words, but he knew tons of animal noises (which apparently count as words according to our pediatrician).  Now that he can talk more he not only knows tons of animal noises, but tons of animal names.  It kind of amazes me when he pulls out a new animal name, some of which I probably did not know what they were until he did.  Aquariums and zoos are his idea of heaven.  He could stare for hours at the fish, or giraffes, or meerkats.  Ok maybe not hours, in one place, but he looks for a little while and then takes off running saying “More! More!”.  He had been to the Oakland Zoo with his Grandparents, but we had never taken him, I had never been, and my husband had not been since he was a kid.  It is not the biggest zoo out there, but I have to say it was great.

I highly recommend the Oakland Zoo for anyone who has little kids.  The zoo itself is small, there are a decent number of animals, but it is pretty compacted.  The size is fantastic for little kids, my 2-year-old walked pretty much the whole thing.  He was really tired afterwards, but he took an amazing nap, and who can argue with that.  The animal enclosures are pretty nice and they have a good selection of animals.  There is a lot of open space where kids can play in grass, or you could have a picnic.  I think it is one of my new favorite places to take him.

His favorite things to see this time were the elephants, giraffes, meerkats, bugs, and flamingos.  Oh and maybe a squirrel running on the ground (not like we do not have about a million squirrels around our house).  Now that the weather is getting nice I have a feeling we will be spending more time at the zoo.

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stall tactics

The little man has become the master of stall tactics when it is time for bed.  We read stories, then he wants more. Then he wants to put his toys in the bed.  Then he wants water.  Then he wants me to sing (I am a terrible singer by the way). Then he wants me to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  Then he wants 4 big hugs.  Then he wants kisses.  After he is finally in his crib he wants more kisses.  At this point he usually runs out of requests and rolls over to go to sleep; usually.  How can you really get annoyed that someone who is that sweet just wants to spend a little more time with you?  So cute, but such a little staller.

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