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Buying a car

Today Isaac asked me, “How do people get there when they buy cars?”

At first I didn’t understand what he meant and then he said, “the first time they buy a car, how do people get to the place to buy the car?”

I am astonished at his brain.

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Valentine’s day party

Today Isaac had a valentine’s day party at school and I want to record the day before I forget. When I first got to the party Isaac stayed with me, but after a while he started feeling comfortable to play with friends. One of his classmates was playing with magnet blocks and to play with him Isaac first just started handing him blocks, then he eventually helped the classmate build the structure. When they were done Isaac asked whether the friend wanted to do some demolition and the friend asked, “what is demolition?” And Isaac said, it’s tearing down a building when it gets old. The friend agreed and smashed the structure and then Isaac joined in. I was very impressed that Isaac asked first.

Later he shared a cracker with his best friend (which is great because he usually will not share food at home), and then I read books to him and his best friend. It was a lovely day and I was very happy with the way he interacted in his environment.

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Overheard at the park

Scene- Isaac is at the park and sees a father with his two daughters.

Isaac says, “Hey, I’m a big boy.”
“I can see,” says the father.
“I like to give mad faces to big guys.”
“Show me.”
Isaac gives the man a mad face.
The man laughs.
Then the man makes a mad face at Isaac.

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Isaac’s Sleep Routine

I usually only post little snippets of things that Isaac says, but I read a blog post on baby sleep and I thought I would post what I did because, although I have gotten a ton of things wrong as a mother- this routine worked out really well for us.

The first couple of nights after I brought Isaac home I tried to co-sleep, and I couldn’t get him to sleep at all. Then for the next couple of nights he slept in his vibrating chair, which really concerned me because I felt like it wasn’t comfortable or natural.

So then we started swaddling him in one of those swaddle blankets with the patches, http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007XL658K/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1403465458&sr=8-2&pi=SY200_QL40 like this. At that time I “co-slept” with him in my bed but inside of this thing, http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00012CHFI/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1403465597&sr=8-2&pi=SX200_QL40. This worked really well for a while and then I moved him inside this thing, still swaddled, into a bassinet beside my bed like this, http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000HKY1GM/ref=mp_s_a_1_7?qid=1403465688&sr=8-7&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70. And then, eventually I moved him into his crib in his room in the little sleeper thing, still swaddled, and on d he got comfortable in his room I removed the sleeper thing and just swaddled him in his crib. And Isaac did really great with this and has always been a great night sleeper.

He also did really well with naps for most of his life, but now that he is 3.5 is giving up his naps, which is frustrating but perfectly normal I guess. I also used this blanket thing to keep him warm after I stopped swaddling him, http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000ALFVQ2/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1403465960&sr=8-3&pi=SY200_QL40, and they even make them with the feet sticking out for older toddlers and we used one until he turned 3.

So anyway- if you have a new baby and are trying to figure out the sleep thing- these are my suggestions.

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Wiping the cry away

Today Isaac is at home with me, it’s a rainy Memorial Day and he was playing in the guest bedroom with a broken ride-on motorcycle and the treadmill. Then he fell. I didn’t see him fall because, like a great mom, I was reading my phone, but anyway…

After crying for a while in my arms he pulled back and started wiping at his eyes and said, “I’m trying to wipe the cry away.”

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Preschool Adventures

In the car on the way home from preschool, I asked my son, “How was music class today.”

“Mr. Mark said, ‘Isaac, don’t sit on Elliot,” he replied.