• 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…

  • Thoughts on Success

    I got a tattoo a few weeks ago for Leon. I’m not posting pictures of it anywhere because I worked hard on the design of it, and it’s simple and easy to copy. The day after I got it, Leon noticed it and pointed at it, and I told him that it’s there because Mommy loves him. Which is true, but I wish I thought of something a little more meaningful to tell him about it. Then again, he’s like…a toddler…and likely forgot what I said as soon as he saw the snacks in my purse. I got it because I figure, even if he becomes a lazy, Red Pill…

  • Mom Comparisons

    Leon’s got a huge vocabulary and understands two- and three-step commands. So I was shocked when a couple dozen moms in one of my Facebook groups commented with funny sentences their 20-month-old toddlers had been saying. Full sentences! I had never compared Leon to other kids his age up until that moment. He had always been ahead on the developmental timelines so there wasn’t much to think twice about. I knew he’d figure out sentences eventually, and technically he has until 24 months to string two words together before we need to even think about worrying. But I was suddenly thinking about early interventions and speech pathologists and language therapy.…

  • A Daddy’s Love

    Leon’s been learning so much. He can now read most numbers 1-10, and he knows all basic body parts and animal sounds. His pronunciation of words is getting better (who knew that “effant” is such an efficient way of saying “elephant”). He can do 9-piece puzzles with ease. He can jump with both feet. He can correctly volunteer the names of some colors but when asked he still says that every color is “yellow.” He tidies his books several times a day when asked, and wipes down his high chair every night after dinner. He grabs a kitchen towel and cleans the front of the cupboards as soon as we…

  • Books + Books + Books = Tantrum

    Leon loves books. I love that he loves books. I love reading to him and taking him to storytime at the library and witnessing him learn more every day. Now that we’ve established that, his books have been the source of about three-quarters of his tantrums lately. When I tell him “you can’t take a book to daycare,” “please put your books away,” “I can’t read to you right now,” I’m met with what would be a comical display of defiance if it wasn’t ear-splitting. When he wakes up, he’s typically in a finicky mood (which he probably got from me, if we’re being honest), so Minh and I carefully…

  • Mama Brag #2

    As soon as Leon and I entered the exam room for his 18-month checkup, he pointed out the butterfly (“bababa”) and clock (“dock”) on the wall. We waited for a while, long enough for Leon to spray pancake crumbs in every crevice of the exam table and tell me that the cow in the wall mural says “booooooo.” He’s meeting motor skill milestones for 24 months. He can easily kick a ball, stand on one foot, and walk on the balance beam with his teacher’s help. He’s been trying to jump lately but hasn’t quite gotten it yet. He’s been able to scribble back and forth for a couple months…

  • Splish Splash

    On Saturday, I took Leon to the splash park. We met up with several other moms with boys born within a month of Leon. The other toddlers ran around (and away), but Leon stayed superglued to my side, refusing to let go of my hand. When I asked if he wanted to play or to sit, he answered emphatically, “Sit.” I was able to get a couple pictures of him splashing through the puddles, but most of the time he stayed latched onto me. It made me a little sad. I knew he’d have more fun if I weren’t there. On Monday he got the opportunity — it was Splash…