Don't just live in the world

I love my daughter. She’s the world. Really, I do. I’m not just trying to convince myself. It’s been a tough day. It’s been one of those days when she’s sucked away all my energy with major tantrums. When she stomps and yells and demands and I give her consequences – I tell her what’s …
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‘Can I have a bare bum?’

August 18th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife - (Comments Off on ‘Can I have a bare bum?’)

When the kid was a baby we had occasional naked time. Nowadays she often chooses to be naked, running around the house. The other day she tried to run right out the front door. “Stop!” “Why?” “Because you’re naked.” “I’m naked?! Aaaaah!” (That last part was her doing a take off from a Gerald and …
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That damn gender thing

August 15th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife - (Comments Off on That damn gender thing)

Last week while we were on our trip the kid declared “Daddy, you don’t look like you.” She explained that because Daddy was wearing a Hawaiian shirt that had flowers on it, he didn’t look like himself because boys don’t wear flowers. Yesterday I was a bit happier when she told me something was a …
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Grown up person

August 14th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife - (Comments Off on Grown up person)

  This was a picture that Joe took of me with the kid on the beach at the family reunion. The kid wanted some quiet time so the three of us stepped away from the crowd. The first time I saw the picture was when I downloaded all the pictures I had taken that day …
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August 11th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife | Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on Skinny)

The kid went to a week-long day camp a couple of weeks ago. It was some of her favourite things all thrown in to one morning – swimming, crafts, songs and play time. It gave me some time to get some work done and she got to play with other kids, which I am learning …
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My daughter has beautiful hair. And I hate it. Really and truly. It’s a pain in the ass. When I found out we were having a girl my first thought was about all the girly things that I’m not good at, particularly what I would do when she asked me to do her hair or …
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Driving in the car

August 8th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife | Parenting - (Comments Off on Driving in the car)

When we left for our eight day road trip we really had no idea how the kid would react. She’s never been in the car that long in a day, let alone for days in a row. I packed a suitcase full of surprises for along the ride, things that would provide a distraction for …
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A moment in time

August 7th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife - (Comments Off on A moment in time)

The 3-year-old is quite a kid. This week we have pushed her to her absolute limits. There has been no routine, little familiarity. She got plenty of exercise those three days at the reunion, but the days surrounding have been strapped in, using colouring books, toys and the iPad to keep her from going crazy. …
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The best thing about the family reunion was introducing my little girl to all the family and hearing them respond to her. Almost all the people in attendance had met her before, but not for a few years, so the talkative, outgoing, active kid was new to them. She played with her cousins, she talked …
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Rocks and Trees

August 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife - (Comments Off on Rocks and Trees)

Our journey north across Ontario is complete, now we get to stay in the same place for a few days while we party with the family. It’s been quite an adventure so far with memories certainly made. Joe and I have been tweeting through the whole trip (mostly me, because he’s been doing most of …
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