• Sounds Like a Plan

    Leon’s been up until 11 p.m. the last few nights because he was terrified of the wind outside. I started writing a blog article yesterday about how Leon is afraid of everything, moreso than what I feel is typical of toddlers, and in writing the post I listed all the things he’s scared of. Fire alarms The refrigerator when it makes ice  Motorcycles, car engines revving, traffic Wind The vacuum The sound of the daycare kids in the gym next door Fireworks Thunder It didn’t take long before I realized that all of the unusual/unrealistic things that he’s scared of are noises. So I started doing some research and came…

  • Leaving My Baby

    Minh and I went to Portland last weekend. I was so anxious about leaving — not only because of what I needed to prep for Leon, but because it would be the first time we’d even leave him overnight. I printed out the “week” from a calendar and color-coded the days we’d be gone with a star on the day we’d come back; we put stickers on each day as they went by. He seemed to really understand it and enjoy adding the stickers, so as the week came I stressed a little less. Then the morning we were leaving and carrying our bags out to the car, he panicked…

  • Sometimes My Kid is Pretty Darn Cool

    Sometimes motherhood is about wiping butts and calming tantrums, but lately it’s been about being silly and loving openly.  Leon has been making me laugh constantly lately — sometimes unintentionally on his part. On Sunday night, he realized that a certain facial expression he did made me laugh, so he did it constantly for the next 30 minutes. And the night before that, Minh asked him if he’d share one of his chips, and Leon broke off the tiniest crumb of a chip to share. He’s also got a sensitive, sweet side. One night he was still sitting up in bed over an hour after his bedtime, and when I went…

  • All Kinds of Attitude

    Yesterday was Leon’s 30-month wellness checkup — he’s 36.5 inches and 28 pounds! The doctor said he seems to be ahead developmentally but expressed some concern that he hasn’t gained any weight since his last checkup six months ago. She said she often sees a dip in BMI between ages 2 and 4, so we’ll just keep him on whole milk and full-fat dairy and keep an eye on it. He’s had some attitude lately, so I’m wondering if his upper molars are coming in. I made a list of things he threw a full-blown tantrum about in the span of two hours on Saturday, mostly because it was funny…

  • Bedtime Upgrades

    Last weekend we took a road trip to visit my family in Missouri! I was a little nervous because it would be our first road trip since potty-training Leon, but he did great and honestly, due to my coffee habit, we had to stop more for me than for him. There was only one hiccup during the trip and it was at our first stop — Leon was afraid of the loud fan in the bathrooms and wouldn’t relax enough to go, so I had to take him to the side of the gas station building with his potty chair. Other than that, he peed at each stop and had…

  • Reflections

    I’ve been spending my free time lately drawing, cleaning, and organizing my video collection of Leon. I’ve worked the past two evenings and renamed/filed 188 videos, but I still have 1,011 to go. It’s slightly overwhelming…but absolutely necessary. On another note, Leon’s doing great. He speaks in crude sentences, he’s back to being generally pretty happy when he wakes up, and he hasn’t had a potty accident in who-knows-how-long. He’s down to one diaper a day, and I honestly just really haven’t had the desire to wake myself up in the middle of the night so we haven’t attempted night training. But he understands that diapers are now just for…

  • Big Boy

    Potty training has been going pretty well, actually! Leon’s only had one accident in the past week and a half, and that one was only because when he told his teachers he had to go there were two other kids using the toilets and he couldn’t wait long enough for them to finish. He’s no longer afraid of the toilets at daycare, and the teachers actually don’t even log his pees anymore because it’s assumed that he’s going every time they prompt. I can typically trust him to either go on his own or answer in a telling way when I ask if he needs to go. We’ve ventured out…

  • Oh Crap, Indeed

    I’d been dreading planning potty training for a long time. Six months ago, I read the infamous Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right potty training book and put together a mental game plan. In November, we decided that Martin Luther King weekend was the weekend we were going all in. Minh and I both had MLK Day off, but we took off Tuesday too to get four full days of potty training under our belts. The concept of the Oh Crap! method is to strip kiddo naked, then watch him literally all waking hours and pick him up…

  • Christmas Recap

    What a busy Christmas! We drove to Missouri to see my mom and her husband, my dad and his girlfriend, my brother, my grandparents, and a bunch of aunts, uncles, and cousins. The drive wasn’t as bad as I had predicted — with the help of Leon’s favorite books, snacks, and songs, we made it through 17 hours of driving relatively unscathed. He actually slept better in the hotel than he does at home — possibly knowing we were nearby helped him sleep until an unprecedented 7:40 on Saturday morning!  He finally cut a lower canine a couple days before Christmas (we have a friend whose 15-month daughter has more…

  • Never Again

    There was a question on Reddit recently: “What’s your ‘thank god that’s over with and I never have to do it again’ thing in your life?” It didn’t take long for me to work through an answer. ​Easily, t​he newborn phase of parenthood. I love ​Leon now and I loved him as a baby, and ​as this blog verifies ​he was​​ always 100% planned and 1​,​000% wanted, but looking back on it I had some ​pretty ​serious postpartum depression. ​It ​started out difficultly because ​Leon was in the NICU for several days. Instead of taking that time to rest and recover from a major abdominal surgery and trust ​my son…