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Jul 27, 2008

Slowly figuring out how to be a Mom to a toddler...

A lot of things about raising a toddler probably seem like common sense to those of you with more experience than me, but some things are taking me a little while to figure out. This stage is lots of fun, but very different from taking care of a baby.

18 months old... a full- fledged toddler. (She was 25 1/2 lbs (( 65%)) and 33 inches tall ((80%)) at her 18 month check-up). After her recent growth spurt, all of her shirts are officially too short.

For instance...

A couple of weeks ago, Clara asked for juice after her nap. I gave some to her and while I was preparing the rest of her snack, she downed the whole cup and asked for more. She ended up only drinking the juice and not eating anything. A couple of hours later, she was sooooo grumpy! I rarely give Clara refined sugar, and even juice is something she only gets once in a while, since it has so much natural sugar. I do this for health reasons... I have my own blood sugar issues that I don't want to pass on to her, and also I don't want her to develop a taste for only sugary foods. What I didn't think about is how much sugar (or the fast rise and drop of her blood sugar) would affect her moods. Duh! Of course it makes sense now, but it took me a while to figure it out.

the guilty juice lover with her best girlfriend... (not on the moody day mentioned above)

What I haven't figured out is how in the world to keep my kitchen floor clean. Clara spills all sorts of things of gooey things off of her high chair 5 times a day. Help... do any of you know how to combat this?... besides mopping the floor everyday, of course? And please don't say to get a dog... Clara is perfectly fine playing with dog statues, thank you!


rob, jax & max: the harmon squad said...

I agree, having a toddler is a whole new experience. I honestly have trouble with tantrums- I know I'm not supposed to give in, but if we're in public I just want him to stop! Anyway, we got a cheap rug for under the table and his high chair- if he spills something I just let a towel soak it up, and it's dark so you can't see the stains. And once he stops spilling everything I can throw it away without feeling guilty.

Natalie said...

Well I can't say that I can give you any advice. Just store up all this information for me at a later date. And how cute is Clara? Sooooo cute!

Anonymous said...

when my kids where in the high chair I would place a vinyl tablecloth underneath their chair and about 2 feet around it. It did a great job of keeping the mess off of the floor and I would throw it away once they had stopped spilling - but between meals - I could take it outside and shake it off and wash it off with a sponge.

Just a thought - but the fun is just beginning!!


andrea said...

Ooh, I like Kari's idea better than what I did. At Babies R us, they sold little disposable plastic sheets that I kept under Brandon's high chair and would just throw away after they got too nasty. Good luck! The messes just keep on coming, but at least as they get older, you can have them clean some of them up themselves. :)