-A "How To" post.
I was going to do a typical how to on growing wheat grass since we're currently growing a batch and I happen to have the photos. Then I thought well, maybe a how to make homemade chocolate syrup would be more interesting to you guys since it's a more universally used treat and I know you guys like a good recipe. Part of me just didn't want to do the standard how to post, either.
Instead, here's "How I survived my toddler". My husband just went on a business trip and has already been gone 4 days and won't get home until tomorrow night. I know there are plenty of moms out there that have to go periods of time without their husbands but for me that's a long time. My little girl is so extremely attached to her daddy and has become very used to both of us being home quite a bit. It also doesn't help that he is the one that tackles night time and ends up sleeping in her room most nights.
One thing I did before daddy left was buy this awkward little water toy. It's an inflatable octopus and you attach the garden hose to turn it into a gentle, fun toddler toy. Imagine our surprise as I turn it on and it starts spewing water 20 feet in the air! Not quite the gentle play toy we were expecting and although it wasn't as big of a hit as I had hoped, still still enjoyed it if we barely get sprinkled and then ran out of it's reach.
One of her favorite things to do is play in our greenhouse room. It's great because she can feel like she's playing outside but be totally enclosed. there are two doors that lead to the outside but both stay locked. I can leave the sliding glass door open and know that I'm safe just checking on her every so often. It's nice to be able to do my regular cleaning and what not and know that she's content. We keep a bunch of plants in containers in there even though we have a large garden bed because this way we can be sure they'll get taken care of and get the water they need. Little miss feels it's her responsibility to get the non-plants out of the containers. She won't rest until she's gotten all the plant markers. =)
One day while I was doing the dishes I peeked out on this little scene.
We poked holes in the lid of a milk jug and use it to water our plants but there's always a little left in there because I just don't want to drown my plants. ;) She had sneaked an old cookie sheet outside and had watered it until there was enough to have a little splash fest. She would snack her hands about three times into the water then stand up really proud with her arms in the air (the photo at the top).
We also made an edible peanut butter play dough. She's never had play dough before so I needed it to be edible and shocker, all she did was eat it anyway. It didn't turn out like I had hoped because the particular recipe I used had powdered milk and it ended up with little tiny powder chunks in it.
All in all, I let her be pretty independent. Her nap time became flexible and let her stray about an hour and half later than I normally would. I don't think she was put in bed before 9 pm any night but that's still not super late. The only trouble we really had was that she just wouldn't sleep through the nights! She wakes up whimpering, randomly screaming for her daddy, and last night she even managed to kick me in my throat!
So I may end up with some battle scars or bruises, but I survived my toddler!
Read all my #BlogChallenge Posts HERE.