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No More Sleeping in a Closet

22.5 monthsI'm suprised at how well our closet nursery ended up working out. 

Greyson started sleeping in his little nursery when he was around 2.5 months old. Look how little he was here! Originally we thought we’d transition him out of his mini crib and into his sister’s room before he turned a year old. But things were working so well we decided to wait as long as we could.

We realized it was time to make the move when we saw that when stretched out Greyson’s head and feet could touch both ends of the crib. How did that happen so fast?! 

Greyson is now sleeping in Reese’s old crib and has a lot more room and Reese has graduated from a toddler bed to a twin bed. Last night was the first night of sharing a room and it went rather smoothly. It’s only been one night so we’ll see what tonight brings.

I shared a room with my two younger brothers for years! Looking back, I have some of the best memories. Mostly just the chatter and laughter before finally feeling so tired my eyes would shut and we’d all fall fast asleep.



It's all about the thermometer. No fever.


Feeling better.

I learned something new last night. After almost five years of motherhood, I now know at what temperature a child has a fever.  

Previously, I thought anything over 99 degrees Fahrenheit was a fever, no matter what kind of thermometer is used. It turns out, that’s not right. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the actual definitions of fever: 

  • Rectal, ear or temporal artery temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher
  • Pacifier or oral temperature of 100 F (37.8C) or higher
  • Armpit temperature of 99 F (37.2 C) or higher 

All weekend, I thought that Nic had a low-grade fever of around 99.8 degrees (along with congestion and moderate crankiness). Because of this, I cancelled all of our weekend plans and kept us cooped up around the house. When he still had this fever after three days, I started Googling. For once, Googling random symptoms was actually productive. I found out that because I use a temporal artery thermometer, Nic didn’t actually have a fever. Although he was definitely a little under the weather, he didn’t have a persistent fever. This was a relief.

Did you know that the threshold for fever is dependent on the thermometer?


Ice Skating with Toddlers and Preschoolers


We tried ice skating with Nic when he was about two. It was a total bust. He was a wet noodle we tried to pull around the rink.

We made our second attempt at ice skating yesterday with Nic, almost five, and Z, almost two and a half, and it was much more successful. Although it almost wasn’t.

I’d received an email about a local pop-up ice rink that had “bobby” skating aids—basically ice strollers that you could ride on or use for support. This seemed like a genius idea, so we decided to go on New Year’s Day. (Full disclosure: The rink comped our skate.) However, when we arrived, they were out of “bobbies.” (A hazard of going on a holiday, I suppose.) We got on a waitlist for a bobby, but it didn’t look like one would open up before our session was over. The boys were doing pretty well on the ice, but we were all a bit disappointed that we wouldn’t get to try out the bobby.

Then a Christmas angel swooped in and let us borrow her bobby for a few trips around the rink. It was amazing! The boys took turns riding on and pushing the bobby and it was fun for all. It also gave Nic a lot more confidence on the ice. After our turn with the bobby was over, he went back out with Daddy and even let go of the edge a few times.













The moral of the story is: Ice skating with little kids is a lot more fun with a little help.

Info for Bay Area Ice Rink:

The Little Ice Rink

South Shore Center, Alameda (Who knew Alameda was so cute? This center is really nice too.)

Open through January 19th

Thank you to the Little Ice Rink for our family skate!


Top 10 Reasons my Toddler Loves Sick Days 


Nic, age-four-and a-half, has a nasty bug. He’s been lazing about the house with a fever all day. As unhappy as Nic has been, Z has been in heaven since I declared this a “Sick Day.” That’s because although Z feels fine, he still gets to enjoy all of the sick day indulgences his brother is getting. It’s too hard to tell Z “no” when he sees brother getting the good stuff. Here are Z’s favorite sick day perks:"Sick days rule!"

10. Unlimited juice.

9. Unlimited TV shows.

8. Unlimited iPad/LeapPad time.

7. Being brother’s “nurse” by bringing him juice and snacks for Mommy.

6. Cookies for morning snack.

5. Ice cream for afternoon snack.

4. Not having to be loaded into the car for preschool drop off and pick up.

3. Jumping on brother’s bed while he’s asleep on the couch.

2. Mommy’s undivided attention for playing cars or building train tracks.

1. Brother is too sick to wrestle or steal toys. 

The sad sickie.


Culture at Christmas  


Nic and Z have spent a good deal of time in science museums, on hikes and playing in mud puddles, but I’ll admit that their education in the arts has been limited.

They’re still a bit rowdy for the de Young and until today, I wouldn’t have thought they could sit through any type of performance. I’ve loved seeing musicals in the City since I was a little girl and even Shaun is a sucker for A Christmas Carol, but I figured we were at least a few years off from doing any shows with the boys.

About a month ago, Nic’s Montessori teacher announced a field trip to a local production of Madeline’s Christmas. I was hesitant to sign up. I thought Nic would enjoy the show, but I knew I’d have to bring Z, who is only 28 months and pretty squirmy. Nic’s teacher assured me that I’d be able to take Z out into the lobby if necessary and that she’d stay with Nic in the theater. This sounded like a good backup plan, so we signed up to go.

This morning, I dressed the boys in their Christmas best (got to get the most wear out of the red plaid as possible!), and we headed to the show.

I was so impressed with my boys and the other kids from Nic’s school. They were all engaged and entertained. Granted, it was a short show (about 45 minutes), but it was easy to see that the audience really appreciated what was happening on stage.

I think we often underestimate kids. It’s definitely easier to put them into situations like playing at the park or running around the zoo, but I’m resolving to expect a little more from time to time. Not only do they get a little “culture,” but it’s also a lesson in self-control and good manners. Perhaps we’ll visit more restaurants with waitresses? Maybe we’ll even take on a morning at the de Young?