It is almost impossible for me to be in the kitchen without my shadow, aka Munch, wrapped around my legs, tugging at my pants or pulling every piece of Tupperware we own out of the cupboard. I have been at my wit’s end trying to find a way to keep her occupied while I make meals. In part for my sanity and in part because its not the safest place for her to be when the oven is on or I’m using burners on top of the stove. In desperation yesterday morning, I pulled up a chair next to me at the counter while I made muffins for breakfast. I started out giving Brooke a bowl and wooden spoon to play with. That kept her busy for about 30 seconds. Then I noticed the flour sitting on the counter…dumped a couple tablespoons in her bowl for her to stir around. Next I think, what can I throw in that has a contrasting color so she can mix? Brown sugar!! I dump some in. She’s pretty happy with that but then the bag of chow mein noodles we used a couple nights ago catches my eye. A handful of those go into the bowl. By now, flour is flying. Its on Brooke, on the chair, on the floor…but so what? She’s having a blast mixing and even taste-testing (*blech*).
please excuse the bed head…happens even to the youngest of us!!
Final product – brown sugar-flour-noodles
I had stepped away from posting the above because it was time to get dinner ready. Again, within minutes, I had a 16-month old underfoot. So I went back to my strategy from yesterday and pulled up a chair. It was a messy undertaking but Brooke and I had a blast making dinner together. She helped stir, she added some spices and a couple times when I glanced down saw the biggest grin on her face!
Those than know Brooke, know she LOVES to eat!! So if she is going to meet any milestones right on time…its going to be food related! So I wasn’t totally shocked to see her expert spoon skills eating her applesauce at dinner one night a couple weeks ago.
In the past couple months we’ve gotten Brooke into a better sleeping pattern…naps during the day at home and at daycare as well as a later wakeup time. We noticed marked improvement in her moods and all was great. Until recently – in the past week we’ve noticed that she is just happy when she gets home from daycare. It will start when she wants my keys but I don’t let her have them and from there its an almost constant tantrum. I don’t think its that she’s tired but its definitely possible. I don’t think its a call for attention because I make it a point to be almost entirely focused on spending time with her when we get home. I hope we get it figured out soon….
Its disheartening that I get so little time with her during the week and so much of it lately is spent with all 3 of us frustrated.
Miss Brooke is 16 months old today!! This past weekend Keith & I had the greatest time watching her play, discover new things and we even got to show her off at dinner with some friends!! We’re still lacking internet at home so I don’t have real current pictures uploaded. I’m hoping to resolve that very soon!! But I like sharing pictures so how about a blast from the past…Munch one year ago today!!!
Her tort has gotten so much better!!!
She’s growing up too fast!!!
One of the cool things I’ve discovered in the blogging community is giveaways!! I’ve entered a bunch and even won a few!!
Andrea at MommySnacks.net is holding a giveaway for the new cookbook by fellow blogger Erin from $5 Dollar Dinners. Go HERE to check it out!!