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Apr 26, 2010

Time of changes

These few weeks are expected to be quite eventful for us. First, we moved to a new place a week ago, and then, there is the new baby, expected at the end of next week (really meaning any time between now and the next 2 weeks!). This also means a series of visitors in our new home: first my husband's parents and then my parents who will be coming to help with the baby. Busy time!

We didn't really plan for all of it to happen at the same time. But after looking for a new place for 6+ months (and granted, being very picky about it), we just found the -almost- perfect place a few weeks ago. So we had to take advantage of it, and organized the move pretty quickly. All in all, it went well. Given that I can't carry much or bend much at this point in the pregnancy, we got a lot of help with the move, and this turned out to be very beneficial (ok, my husband worked like crazy as well). After a week in the house, we have already settled in. All boxes are empty, and we have all the furniture in the right place. We love our new place!

Daniel seems to be doing well with the new "big house" too. He was very excited when we started telling us about the moving truck that would pick up our stuff. The notion of his bed and toys being in a big truck was particularly fascinating to him. For the few days before the move, he would point at every truck he saw, asking if it was our truck. At some point, he even decided that he wanted our moving truck to be blue. This was a strict criteria! Fortunately, the moving company we used had a blue logo. Phew!

Daniel ended up being very easy going on the day of the move: he spent hours watching the movers pack our items in the truck. This was fascinating to him. I was concerned that he wouldn't like the idea of them taking his belongings away. But he didn't seem to mind. He even fell asleep for his nap right away in the new room (Ok, it was 1.5 hours past his naptime, after an exciting morning, so no real surprise after all)

Adapting to the new house was a little bit tougher. In the first afternoon, Daniel kept repeating that he wanted to "go home", meaning the old house. We had to comfort him that this was his new home, and the old home was gone. This was tough! But we emphasized the positive, and he was quickly dancing at the idea that he has now a bigger room and more storage for his toys! That said, even after a week, he still asks about the small and the big houses. I think he misses the old house, his first house... And we need to remind him that there is now only the big house.

Now we are on to the next challenge: the transition to life with baby. We set up the crib and some of the baby stuff in the new home. Most of it is in our master bedroom, and I think Daniel is realizing that the baby will get to sleep closer to mom and dad than he will. This is a disturbing thought to him. This past week, Daniel has often asked to come sleep in our bed. He even asked to sleep in the baby crib yesterday! I think he is starting to understand the implications of this baby thing we have been talking about for a while.

Hopefully, he will have a few more days to adapt to the new house before another major change takes place. This could potentially be the biggest of all transitions he has had to live through so far.

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Apr 19, 2010

Introducing a more thoughtful Greeting Card by Tinyprints

It's been a while since I posted... Been busy preparing for baby #2, moving (more on this in my next post) and working. Yes, a lot of work. I usually don't talk much about work on this blog, but I needed to share my excitement about Tinyprints' new Greeting Cards.
We launched last week, and have gotten really good feedback about our new product. No wonder, it's meant to be a breakthrough in the way people buy and send Greeting Cards.
First, you can customize your greeting card with pictures, your own text, signature, etc...
Then, you can decide to have them sent to you if you want to give to the recipient in person, or Tinyprints can send them directly for you.
Also, Tinyprints makes it easy for you to manage all your Greeting Cards needs: there is a calendar where you can add all your key events, select and order your greeting cards in advance, see a list of the cards you already ordered. So, in just a few minutes, you can create unique greeting cards for all important people in your life. They are going to be so impressed!

Even my husband, who is not a big card person, loved the birthday card I made for him last week, with a picture of our son, and a personal note that was a lot more relevant than the standard text you get in drug strore cards.

We have a lot of stylish designs for all key occasions (birthday cards, mother's day cards, anniversary cards, graduation cards, etc...). We will be adding even more in the next few weeks.

So, what are you waiting for? Check them out, and sign up for the free subscription. you will also get 3 free cards. Being able to send unique, custom cards at no cost? Now, that's a deal you can't miss! I hope you enjoy the product as much as I do.
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Apr 9, 2010

Steps forward, steps backward: potty training, pacifier, abcs & more

I guess this is the normal pattern with kids: a few steps forward, a few step backwards, not a linear progression, but the progress happens eventually nonetheless.
We have experienced a lot of these back-and-forth lately.

First, we had been trying to wean Daniel from his pacifier. This was a long, curvy road, but I think (hope) that for this one, we are at the point of no turning back! Daniel is consistently taking his pacifier off when waking up and not asking for it until night time. When he comes across his pacifier during the day, he usually gives it to me "for the baby"! So far so good. I am hoping that he won't fall back if he sees the baby using the pacifier more often. Crossing my fingers he is past that stage. We will see.

On a different front, we had slowly started potty training for the last 4-6 weeks. The beginning looked very promising. Daniel was very cooperative and trying his best. Things didn't always work out, but he was really open to giving it a try. Then, he managed to use the potty quite consistently, and all of a sudden, his interest for the "new thing" faded away. I also think he realized the drawback of being potty trained: you have to interrupt what you are doing to go to the toilet. Fun when the toilet itself is new, but not fun when you love exploring the rest of the world like he does.
So, we are back to having a child who rarely uses the toilet. We don't want to force him quite yet, but it's clear that just suggesting it doesn't do the trick anymore. He just ignores us and continues playing. Hopefully, this is just one of these short phases, and Daniel will soon be making a step forward again...

In terms of general development, Daniel is continuing to improve in his language (in particular English, where he can now make complex sentences and carry a good conversation). He is also starting to be interested in letters. It looks like he spends quite a lot of time playing with letter games at daycare, and we try to encourage him as much as we can too. We were impressed the other day to notice that he knows at least 10 letters and corresponding words for these letters. The one concern I have now is whether he really understands what the letters are about. For instance, I have had the opportunity to teach Daniel about the letter "V" because the building next to his daycare is building V, and we pass by it every day. For the longest time, Daniel knew that this letter was "V for Velo" (bike in French). So far so good. Except that recently, Daniel started saying "V for bike". I can't blame him: he has learned to associate Velo and Bike and he knows these are the same words. So why not say "V for Bike". I had already mentioned my concerns about teaching letters using words in different languages. This experience demonstrates that my concerns are valid! I need to find words for each letter where the translations in French and German start with the same letters. It should help make things clearer for Daniel. Easier said than done! Anyone has a suggestion for a word fulfilling these criteria that starts with Q?

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