Hair Care

A lot of the un-glorified work you do as a mom is ‘body management.’ With the seasons changing, I’ve started trying some new things related to hair care to help keep my little ones cool and happy.

img_0352Both my toddler, Sadie, and my puppy, Wally, have grown their hair out! Growing Sadie’s hair out was intentional, but it’s growing right into her face so she can’t see unless I pin it back. She has very fine hair so most scrunchies and clips slide out. The best solution I’ve found are Goody Ouchless Ponytailers. They stay in and don’t pull Sadie’s hair when I take them out. If I use other hair accessories, I hold the hair in front of her ponytail so she doesn’t feel the pull when I take them out (as shown in the picture). She still looks at me with a wary eye when I do this, but she doesn’t fight me so I’ll say it works.

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Wally’s face Before & After

Wally’s hair had gotten so long he couldn’t really see! He also wouldn’t run outside for very long because he would get too hot too quickly. I was planning to take him to the groomer at our vet but when I called, they informed me the groomer left their practice. I decided to brave the process myself instead of getting all of his paperwork together and finding another groomer. The key was getting him nice and tired first. Then, I took him to the bathroom, closed the door (so he wouldn’t try to escape), and started to cut! I used small scissors for around his eyes and a clipper for his back. His back hair was so long I needed 3/8 inch clippers. I kept telling him how good he was and saying positive words of encouragement to keep him calm. I think he looks much better and seems happier and cooler.

How do you manage summer hair? Any other amazing hair products I should check out (for toddlers, dogs, or moms!)? Please share your comments below!

 

Passing and Throwing Balls

My 1 year-old puppy, Wally, has always loved playing fetch. We’re not 100% sure what breed he is but maybe he has a tiny bit of retriever in there somewhere. I’m still working on getting him to bring the ball back to me every time (vs. running away with it to play chase) but when he does bring me the ball, if I say “give” and hold out my hand, he’ll usually release it from his mouth.

My 15 month-old baby, Sadie, has always loved playing with balls. It started out with banging two balls together and then progressed to learning how to roll a ball to me. Now that she can walk proficiently, she’s learning how to do new things like kick a soccer ball and pick up a basketball to make a basket.

img_0086A new favorite activity for my two little ones is to walk to the dog park together and throw balls for Wally. When Wally retrieves the ball and drops it, Sadie will walk over and pick it up, give it to me, and then “ask” me to throw it. She loves participating in this game and Wally loves it too!*

Sadie also loves giving me Wally’s toys to throw them for him in the house. The sweetest thing she’ll do is bring Wally his toys when he’s laying down inside. It took us a while to teach her to do that —

When Sadie first became mobile, she would steal Wally’s toys and try to play with them like they were hers. Every time she did this, I’d take her hand, push it towards Wally, say “give to Wally,” and then make her give the toy to him. It must have set in eventually because one day she started doing it on her own. Wally and I were very pleased. 🙂

*We’ve also made a game of washing our hands every time we come in from the dog park. Our dog park is generally kept clean and I watch Sadie very closely when we are there, but it’s still a dog park! Sadie loves to wash her hands and we sing “This Is the Way We Wash Our Hands.” 

Does your little one like to play with a pet? What games do they like to play? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

Regressions & Defiance

There have already been many times as a mom where I’ve thought “Alright, I’ve got this down!” and then – Surprise! Some new phase starts that makes me realize I still have lots to learn. Right now, it is regressions. My puppy, Wally, has regressed to pooping in the house while my toddler, Sadie, is going through a sleep regression. Bring it on world.

img_0148The first time Wally pooped in the house I thought he was sick. We told him “no” and gave him some crate time; then we made sure to take him out a bunch and give him rice for his tummy. The second time I realized he was doing it deliberately. He pooped on Sadie’s play mat while I was in the room and looked directly at me! Since I caught him in the middle of going, I pulled him outside to finish and then gave him some crate time. I think this is another phase of adjusting to me going back to work as well as some jealousy for the attention Sadie receives. To try and counteract these feelings of separation and jealously, I’m starting to teach Wally a new trick so he receives more positive attention (along with all the love and attention I already give him). My husband, our nanny, and I are also being very proactive about taking him out so he doesn’t have the opportunity to strike again.

img_0100Sadie is going through her second big round of teething. This time is different because she’s getting her lower incisors and her molars (about 6 teeth at once). Plus she’s older so she’s expressing her discomfort in new ways. Specifically, she gets ornery very easily and is fighting sleep.

This past week Sadie took an hour to fall asleep every night. Once in bed, she would talk to herself and move around a lot. My husband and I would try rocking her or rubbing her back to calm her but usually she would end up just talking herself to sleep. When she seemed to be in pain (would cry out), we would give her teething tablets or Tylenol. This would work right away. Sometimes the drool was so bad she kept coughing and choking on it in her sleep; we started putting the vaporizer on at night to help her breathe (this also helped). Very recently, we moved her to one nap a day (vs. two) so she is nice and tired at nap time and bedtime. So far this has been the best way to prevent her from actively fighting sleep.

As for the crankiness, when she starts to tantrum I hold firm to whatever I’ve told her (usually a spat comes from her being told “no”). I don’t play into her whining and crying. Once she realizes she doesn’t have an audience, she’ll quit carrying on pretty quickly.

I do believe this behavior will pass in another week or so but it is rough while you’re in it!

How have you handled regressions? Any tips for teething relief or re-teaching house rules? Feel free to share any comments below!