Pin There, Done That: Sensory Bottles, Part 1

This was one of those projects that I had been meaning to make since Blob was one, but didn’t get around to doing until January of this year. To be fair, though, there is far less choice for large, sturdy plastic bottles in Finland, since they are considered horribly wasteful. Innocent Juice made the ones I was most happy with, so I started saving my juice bottles after we were done with them. The plastic is not as thick as I would like, but still highly resilient to toddler abuse. The mouth is wide enough to fit a variety of items …

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Toddler logic is not Earth logic.

We have apparently entered the compound word phase. Which would be great except that the words are still somewhat questionable at best. For instance, Blob cannot pronounce “ankka” so ducks are now “kakka”. Which can be somewhat confusing, especially when we are trying to tell if he needs a diaper change. But that’s all just setup. So we have cartoons on in the morning while I get dressed. The little guy usually eats then runs around shouting “moo!” and “ihahaa! ” while waving his stuffed cow and horse. Today he noticed the parrot while watching Jake and the Neverland pirates. Him: Moo! …

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The more things change…

December 2007. T and I were watching TV as our new kitten Misu scampered around our feet, doing all the things that silly young things do. At one point, she was out of our field of vision and we heard frantic thumping, followed by a resigned whine. After a minute, I went over to investigate and found this sorry sight. The look on her face was one of, “Sigh. Life is hard.” Being the loving parent I am, I immediately grabbed my camera and snapped a photo before freeing her. This photo remains on my phone to this day because …

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A Year of Blob… with bonus tractor ridin’ action!

Our little dude turned 1 this weekend. 1 year! It mostly passed in a sleep-deprived haze, but we’re still very pleased to watch him turning into his own little person. So many infant things to pack away, even as our living room is rapidly filling up with clunky, loud toddler things. Well, let’s save the sentimental stuff for later — today, I mostly wanted to share this video of Blob playing with his favorite birthday toy, a riding tractor! His father apparently had a similar one when he was the same age, so insisted on getting it. I was rather …

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Lame harvest is better than no harvest.

So yeah, the garden thing? Didn’t so much happen this spring/summer, due to our new foofy-haired addition to the family. We have a lot of fruit bushes and trees, however, and the long, warm summer means lots to harvest now. I’d been fretting over the logistics of doing this with baby in tow and didn’t feel up to it until this morning. Not that I had any special breakthrough — it just seems that sometimes the best time to try something new is when you’re just too fed up to care about the details. Now, we have been having a few …

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Adventures in online shopping.

So yeah, I don’t get nearly enough time online these days but when I do, it’s usually only in 10-15 minutes segments and requires that I browse stuff that is easily left at the spur of the moment should there be any crying in the other room. This has resulted in my becoming a big fan of window-shopping online. There’s lots of cute stuff out there. And lots of weird stuff, too. Right, so I realize there is a justifiable reason why this product exists. I mean, I get tired of holding bottles at 2AM, just like everybody else. And …

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Ways to traumatize your infant.

How many of you guys remember that episode of X-Files with the icky fluke guy who had a leech-like mouth and lived in the sewers? Yeah. So I’m browsing through a site with baby paraphernalia, as I am wont to do these days, and I see this: Seriously, please tell me I’m not the only one that sees the resemblance. Maybe it’s just a particularly bad angle, but this thing terrified me when I scrolled by it. Are there people out there who really give this to their child so that baby can look like he’s French kissing a menacing …

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