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Why Should I Follow Baby Led Weaning?

Are you thinking of doing following the Baby Led Weaning (BLW) eating method? You might be a little worried or concerned about how everything works – Well, worry no more, I’m sharing all sorts of information in regards to why we did BLW with Emmett.

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This is the very FIRST time we gave Emmett solid foods.


First, you may be wondering why we chose the BLW method in the first place, right? Or maybe you’re wondering how I came across this method?

Well, similar to how you’re getting this information right now, I got it from one of my favorite blogs, The Art of Making a Baby. She used this method with her daughter and was seeing such success that I decided to read up on it. You can read my review of the Baby Led Weaning book here.

I was hooked right from the start. One of the big things the method touts is that since your child is in charge of feeding themselves, they’re never forced to eat anything they don’t like nor will they eat too much. As I’ve mentioned on the blog before, I struggle with Binge Eating Disorder and emotional eating. I do not want Emmett to ever have to suffer through this, and wanted to take every precaution and in ensuring his eating health. Number one was to breastfeed him from birth, and now number two was to follow Baby Led Weaning.

Another big important thing to note about BLW is that they recommend you start with veggies (not fruit or cereal), broccoli in particular. It allows your child’s pallet to develop to the less sweet foods (including fruit), that they then typically end up wanting more of. We did eventually get to bananas, apples and strawberries, but Emmett’s first foods was steamed broccoli, followed by steamed baby carrots and roasted sweet potatoes.

An Effective Way to Feed Your Child

I truly believe that BLW is one of the most effective ways to feed a child who is 6 months or older. They learn how to feed themselves right off the bat, rather than being spoon-fed (though, Emmett did use a spoon, but on his own). In the beginning, since babies love to put everything in their mouths, you just place the foods on the high chair tray in front of the baby, they naturally want to pick it up and mouth it. Since this is all about exploration, if you are feeding your 6 month old breastmilk or formula, them filling their belly with veggies is completely unnecessary.

A couple of other things of note, it is super easy to prep food for your baby when following BLW. Baby eats what you eat! This can lead to a more experimental child when it comes to food choices, even as they grow. Children learn to feed themselves earlier, so they learn to stop eating when their bellies are full.

You will still have a thriving, healthy baby if you don’t follow BLW – but by following it, you will find it MUCH easier to get your baby, turned toddler, turned 4 or 5 year old, to try new things. Emmett (now almost 2 1/2), may not eat or like everything we put in front of him, but 9 times out of 10, he will at least try it – and many times he’s learned that he likes it (cherry tomatoes is an example of this, for us).

When I first came across BLW I was very skeptical. I always thought, how is a baby not going to choke(more to come on this aspect in a future post)!? I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Right off the bat, Emmett was successful with it. We started with broccoli and he ate it immediately, picking it up and putting it into his mouth. He gummed it a bit and probably got a few leaflets down, but he didn’t have even the slightest problem with the taste (and NO gagging!).

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A Couple Additional Things to Remember

  • You should not begin using the BLW method until your baby is 6 months of age or older. The child’s stomach is just not ready for ANY food prior to that. It can cause stomach distress or an onset of allergies.
  • On that note, remember your baby makes the decision on when he/she is ready to eat. You can offer them food, but if they’re not interested, that’s okay, because….
  • Until a baby is 9 months old, they don’t REALLY need solids. They should be getting most of their calories from breastmilk or formula. Naturally, by around 9 months, your little one will start to notice how the solid foods taste yummy and help keep their bellies full longer.
  • You should always serve your child food in a high chair. You want them sitting upright and contained.
  • Gagging is NOT choking, but a productive means that the baby uses to keep himself from choking (there’s a whole section in the book dedicated to this).
  • Even though there will likely be gagging, there will probably be less than if the baby is spoon-fed, bc the child is in control of how much and the speed at which they eat.
  • Most foods are not off limits. Since you don’t start BLW until the baby is at least 6 months, your child’s stomach is developed enough to handle any food. (You should avoid milk and PB if you have a family history of allergies).
  • There’s no need to prepare for BLW. As long as you have a high chair, you’re ready. Make your 6 month old child some extra soft broccoli or maybe even sweet potatoes, place them in their high chair at the table with you and watch the magic happen. 🙂

Final Thoughts

If you’re thinking of following this method, I highly recommend you read the book Baby Led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett, it will answer any possible questions you may have about the process. I know there are tons and tons of forums and blog posts (like this one) that are helpful, but I think it is very important to read the book, as there are loads of tips, that are not included here.

I personally read through the book twice, and then certain sections, 3 or 4 more times. I highlighted, tagged and wrote on many of the pages. I wanted to be well prepared and well-versed before we began the process (I read the book when he was 5’ish months old). And, I’ll be honest, the first few times Emmett gagged were kind of scary, but we were right there, watching his every move and, just like the book says, he gagged twice and the too large food was back in the front of him mouth.

It is important to mention that gagging is NOT choking! Gagging is a defense mechanism and the baby’s gag reflex starts at about the center of their tongues, WAY before it reaches their throat, so babies are very good at protecting themselves.

Trust me, I completely understand the nervousness that surrounds feeding your child this way – you’re worried that they’re going to get enough nourishment or maybe that they’ll choke. Just remember, your child will not start devouring food at 6 months they don’t need to, it is more for exploration, and getting familiar with feeding themselves. Around 9 months is when your child will begin actually eating with the intent to fill their bellies.

Even, despite all my worries, I don’t regret feeding Emmett BLW style, and I honestly think it was one of the BEST decisions I ever made as a first time mommy. Now, he’s an adventurous eater and will try most things we put in front of him.

Your turn!

Have you tried BLW? What was your experience like?

Have you thought about following the BLW method, but you’re nervous? What other information would be helpful to know?


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**I am not a doctor, or other medical professional. I am simply a parent sharing her experiences as a mom with a unique method of eating. Please check with your medical professional before beginning any diet or food changes with your baby.**

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2014 – A Year In Review

Who doesn’t love looking back at the last year? It reminds you of what you’ve done, where you’ve come from and reminds you of projects / ideas you had and still need work. So, with that being said – here is Baby Doodah’s Year in Review!

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Right off the bat, I think my favorite post was An Open Letter to the Woman in the Car Next to Mine. Simply because it was some of my best writing on this blog, to date. I am proud of what I wrote in that post and I hope that it helps others understand the true struggle that Binge Eating Disorder creates.

Open Letter

Does anyone else have two sets of resolutions? I have my business / professional goals and intentions and then I have my mom resolutons.

In 2014 I decided that I would come clean to the world that I suffer with Binge Eating Disorder. These were some of my most popular posts last year. I truly believe that is because people may relate in some form or another, my hope is that they find strength in my struggles and admission to those struggles.

I have Binge Eating Disorder
What it’s like on a daily basis, struggling with Binge Eating Disorder
What Someone with Binge Eating Disorder Really Looks Like
Coping with Binge Eating Disorder & the Loneliness of Having the Disorder
Why I Decided to Be Bold and Come Clean About my Binge Eating Struggles
Enough with the Lies Regarding Food Consumption
How I’m Working to Say NO to the Binge

In 2014 I took a much different stance on the holidays – I decided that I wouldn’t focus on the food only being around for one day and gorge myself. I decided to eat as if it were any other meal (and having a plan worked)!! Celebrate the Holidays, Not the Food.

Since I know all too well what it is like to suffer with Binge Eating Disorder or Emotional Eating, I wrote a post sharing signs that show you’re eating your emotions. My hope is that this post will help someone else recognize and overcome their struggle.

I loved this post! I do believe that the reward system can be very motivating to many people. It was for me!

We moved in 2014 (and will likely be moving again in 2015). I took some time to write some tips and tricks to move with a toddler.

Preparing Your Toddler for a Move
Packing to Move with a Toddler
Lessons Learned from Moving with a Toddler

Lessons learned moving

I live in NY so our Winters can get pretty hairy, and driving in the snow is no easy feat! I decided to take some time to write out tips for Winter driving for parents.

My husband makes the best guacamole – I’d bet on it!! I was such a good and kind blogger and shared his AMAZING and (easy) recipe.

I guess I should really just say that my husband is an amazing cook! Here’s his (borrowed from his mom) meatloaf recipe– again it is so amazing!

Obviously I think having a boy rocks! And, of course I had to write about it! Why I think having a little boy rocks! 


Do you use apps with your toddler? We only use specific ones, that have some sort of educational value. There particular apps were my favorite.

Need tips or motivation for making a meal plan? I wrote a post sharing my BEST tips for meal planning success.

And finally, the elusive potty training habit. 🙂 We haven’t gotten there, quite yet, but I believe Emmett is getting closer. Here’s what to look for to know when your child’s ready for potty training.

We are always looking for bigger better ways at managing our time, I started my slow dive into becoming a master of time management with this post.

The first few months of 2014 were some pretty tired ones for this house! We dealt with some serious toddler sleep regression.

Those were my top posts for all of 2014. It was really fun to go through my archives and see everything I had written. Because, believe it or not, it’s easy to forget everything – especially when your life is so busy. 🙂

Your turn!

Do you have a favorite post from the past year? I would love for you to share it in the comments below!

Time Management: Pomodoro Technique

Achieving laser focus is a major desire of most people. Everyone wants to achieve that state where you just zone in and get stuff done – Enter the Pomodoro Technique!

Wiki describes the Pomodoro Technique as a time management method developed by Francessco Cirillo in the late 1980s, that takes a timer to break down time into intervals of 25 minutes, separated with short breaks. These intervals are known as a”pomodori”, the plural of the Italian word Pomodoro, for “tomato.”

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Back in mid-November I wrote a post outlining what time management was and included some fantastic articles for busy moms looking to manage their time better, feel free to click the previous pink text for the article. In that article, I talk about 4 different methods that I’ve come across and attempted to use in my time management journey. Today I want to talk about the Pomodoro Technique.

Here’s Why I Tried the Pomodoro Technique

I’m a “to-do” list maker. I love paper and stationary, new notebooks and pretty pens, so it really should come as no surprise that I love making lists. I get such joy (and sanity) out of creating them, and out of checking items off the list. However, I was finding more and more that many of the items on my list were just sitting there. I was either ignoring them or procrastinating completing them. I knew if I wanted to get things accomplished and manage my time successfully, I needed to try something new.

I came across the idea of the Pomodoro Technique while reading The Nectar Collective (I couldn’t find the specific post, so that’s just a link to the blog homepage). I was intrigued, so I started doing my research and almost immediately fell in love with the concept. I put it into practice and found myself QUICKLY crossing off items on my ever-growing to-do list. It felt fantastic!

How to Know if the Pomodoro Technique is Right for You and How it Works

This Method is Right for You If…

  • You are someone who struggles to motivate yourself to get going.
  • You love lists, but find that it just keeps growing and that you’re not actually doing anything with it.
  • Procrastination is the name of your game.
  • You lose focus VERY quickly, and need frequent breaks to keep yourself on task.

How Pomodoro Works

A timer is used to break your time up into increments, typically 25 minutes each. In that 25 minutes, you do nothing but work on the task you chose to focus on. NO quick breaks for Facebook, answering texts, emails, or anything! The task you chose is your LIFE for the next 25 minutes.

After every 25 minute increment, you get a 5 minute break to use however you’d like. You continue to repeat this cycle for four rounds, after the fourth round, you get a 15 minute break. Use it wisely! My recommendation, is not to spend more time on the computer (unless you have to), I always get up and take a quick walk or simply just get up and move.

This might sound strict to you, and it kind of is – but if you suffer with lack of focus, this can really help and set you in forward motion. You will find yourself zoning in sooner, you’ll be getting WAY more accomplished, and you’ll feel better as your to-do list dwindles and makes rooms for the new items you need to work on.

How to Make it Work for You

Alright, so you’re probably wondering, how do I get it to work for me? I’d love to try it, but I don’t want to keep looking at my phone / clock, to see if my 25 minute increment is complete. That’s just going to take me out of the focused element – You are absolutely right!

I have a few suggestions on how you can get it to work for you. You just need to choose which method you’d like to go with and then make the leap!

  • The most basic of ways is to get yourself an egg timer, similar to this little cutie. Set it for 25 minutes, do your work and then when it goes off, set it for another 5 – so on and so forth.
  • You can use the timer on your phone in a similar way as the Pomodoro egg timer above. Set it for 25 minutes, work, then reset for 5 minutes – then just keep going.
  • There are bunches of apps on the app store for Apple and for Android. This one is my favorite Pomodoro Timer: Focus on your Productivity and Beat Procrastination (this is the link for the Apple store). I’m not seeing it available on the Android marketplace, so readers, if you have any that you’ve tried and are favorites, please share in the comments.
    • The app is great because you hit the start button and it tracks your 25 minute interval and then alerts you when your 5 minute break starts and then again when your interval restarts. It’s fantastic motivation!
  • And now, my new, personal fav is, Focus @ Will. Focus @ Will is a streaming music player that provides you a ton of options of music to listen to that will help get you in the zone. The beauty is, you can set the timer for 25 minutes (or any other length of time), work your butt off and then take a 5 minute break.
    • If you LOVE listening to music, or music really gets you moving – I highly suggest you give Focus @ Will a try. You can get a 30 day free trial, and then if you like it, you can subscribe either by paying monthly or a year at a time. The links I’m sharing are NOT affiliate links, I just really and truly love this program. Oh! And there is an app, too. 🙂

How I know that it’s works

I still struggle with getting my head on straight for some of the the more abstract tasks, but those items that I use to put off, are now often my central focus. I turn on Focus @ Will and get to work.

It helps with my reading, too. When I’m reading a book for pleasure, I don’t struggle to stay focused, but when I need to read a contract for work or an in depth report, simply by setting my timer, turning my music on, I am good to go. 25 minutes flies by in a flash and I can actually recall what I’ve read.

Final Thoughts

Please keep in mind that this technique may not be the perfect solution for everyone. If you work in a fast paced environment or face frequent distractions, you likely will not find success with Pomodoro. However, those of you who do lots of project work, and can break your tasks up into shorter increments, you will find that you’ll get to that focused point much quicker with this method.

If you’re curious, and you’re in desperate need of some focus, why not give the Pomodoro Technique a try? It’s a pretty simple method, and doesn’t cost a lot to get started (really all you need is your task and a timer).

Your turn!

Have you ever given the Pomodoro Technique a try? If so, please share your experience in the comments below!


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Under Construction: Body, Mind & Blog

Hey there, Happy New Year! How were your holidays?

Mine were fantastic! Lots of time with family and plenty of relaxing. I am not ready to get back into the routine of work, but I am ready to start the new year. There is always SO much anticipation of goals and successes with the new year, and this one is looking like it could shape up to be one of my best yet!

Why is that, you might ask?

In my post on December 19, I let you all know I was going to be taking the remainder of the year off from writing. I also mentioned, that there was A LOT of fun, new things coming your(and my) way.

I thought I’d take this post to share just a little overview of what you’re likely to see over the next year.

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Under Construction: Body

  • No Sugar, No Grain(NSNG) – For at least the first 31 days of the year, I will be following the NSNG diet, along with Seamus. He’s been eating this way for about 4 months now and has great success in weightloss, as well as his mental health. He says he is able to think more clearly and even has more energy (who couldn’t use more energy). I’m planning to do it for a month for now, I want it to jump start me in the right direction, but I will reassess at the end of the month. More to come on this in future posts!
  • Movement – I frequently talk about exercise and I get into a great routine and then one thing or another derails me and I stop. I’m not going to let the past dissuade me, though – I have my work calendar blocked off from 3 to 4, so that I can head to the work gym and move. I no longer have a “no time” excuse!

Under Construction: Mind

  • Personal Development – I’ve learned, in 2014, that developing and growing your mind, even after finishing school, is so important. I have no idea why I never thought of this before, but 2014 has been a year of growth. I’ve read books, listened to countless podcasts and webinars, and I don’t see a single thing changing in 2015. I am such a sucker for new information, or really just information in general – I am positive that won’t stop in 2015.
  • Life Coach – At the tail end of the year, I decided to get a life / business coach. I’d thought about it for a long time, but either couldn’t afford it, didn’t like the options that were in front of me, or I just wasn’t ready – whatever the reason, at the beginning of December, Tara from Tara Newman Coaching and Family, Sport, Life and I began working together. We’ve had a couple meetings and in just those meetings, I feel more put together and like my life is slowly beginning to take shape. (I highly recommend you check her out, if you’re interested in getting a life coach.)

Under Construction: Blog

  • Behind the Scenes – I’m going to be doing a TON of improvement with this here blog-a-roo. I’m taking a blogging course (Elite Blogging Academy), and going to be putting into practice what I learn there. Some of it won’t be noticeable to you, but other things will be, either way – I promise to start bringing you the best content that you can fathom! I am going to be treating this blog more and more like a business, but don’t be alarmed, I will still be sharing family and Emmett updates.
  • Content – Practice makes perfect, right!? I need to get better at writing, researching and putting together really AMAZING posts, you’ll be the lucky recipients of those posts. I’ll also be creating (and sticking) to a regular content schedule, I’m thinking that Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday – with Turn It Up Tuesday going live on Monday evenings, will work perfectly, but this may change. Stay tuned!
  • Some slight site changes – As I mentioned above, you’re going to notice some sloooow changes. I say slow, because all of the changes will be occurring while I am still working full-time and being a mom, so I have to work within my free-time. I’m also considering redesigning my blog, but that won’t come right away. I need to weigh the pros and cons of switching, before even considering something new.

So, yeah – there are some really exciting things in the works for us, here at Baby Doodah. I couldn’t be more excited to be sharing them with you, my lovely readers!

Your turn!

What new and exciting things do you have planned for your life in 2015? Please share in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.



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Happy Holidays!

Hey everyone! Just a really quick post to let you know that I’m going to be taking the remainder of the year off. I have a ton going on to prepare for Christmas and then we have family flying in mid-week. I want to be able to truly enjoy our time together, during the holidays!

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With that said – in the New Year, you can expect some changes (good ones) to be happening.

Things like…

  • A more reliable post schedule
  • Better Content
  • Themes
  • A more cohesive site
  • Better ease of navigation
  • A better flow

All of these won’t happen at once, but you’ll definitely notice the changes as the year goes on. I cannot wait for the new year and everything that it will hold.

Please have a wonderful holiday season and be sure to enjoy every possible moment with your family and friends. For me, that’s what it is all about – forget the presents, bring the love and comfort!

Take care!



Meal Plan After a Holiday

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you get totally derailed, or do you feel pretty good about the choices you made? Either way, there’s no need to beat yourself up, having a healthy relationship with food won’t occur until you accept yourself. So, if you overate, accept that you did and then use today to make your meal plan for the week, shop and then prep your food. Don’t let a few bad days catapult into a bad month.

[Tweet “One meal will NEVER cause you to gain weight. Remind yourself of that if you step on the scale! “]

I actually just posted about how you can focus on celebrating the holidays NOT the food. Check it out for more details on how I’m conquering my bad relationship with food.

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I had a pretty fantastic Thanksgiving! It was quiet and very stress-free. My in-laws typically hold Thanksgiving and with everyone there it can get overwhelming, but this year my mother-in-law decided to just have us, and it was perfect. We were able to talk and Emmett was able to be goofy without worrying about disrupting people (he’s definitely a 2 year old, he’s loud and busy and nothing will change that, nor do I want to).

My father-in-law wasn’t feeling well on Thanksgiving, but since we were there for a few days, he was able to spend some time with Emmett on Friday and then on Saturday morning before we hit the road.

We had a nice time, but I’m ready to get back to our normal routine. We grocery shopped last night so we don’t need to worry about it today, and then we can use today to get caught up on laundry (of which there is TONS), and other cleaning that needs to be done. OH, and we’ll probably watch lots of TV to relax!!

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Our Meal Plan

Sunday: Greek Meatballs & Spinach

Monday: Fettuccine Alfredo Spaghetti Squash (carry over)

Tuesday: Rotisserie Chicken (my MIL got this one from Sam’s club, they are THE best here) & Potatoes

Wednesday: Smoked Pork Loin & baked Broccoli

Thursday: Steak Subs & Baked Fries

Friday: Homemade Pizzas

Saturday: Grocery Shop

I am absolutely LOVING my menu this week!! Yummy in my tummy!!

I’ve been finding that we’ve been repeating a lot of meals lately, sometimes that bothers me and sometimes it doesn’t. Right now, I’m okay with it. Something about the cooler weather makes me want comfort food. There aren’t a whole lot of healthy comfort food options, so I’ll take the ones that we’ve found and RUN with it. 🙂

Your turn!

How did your Thanksgiving eating go? Are you working on getting back on track this week, too? 

What’s on your menu? I’m always looking for new meal ideas.

Share in the comments below!

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Happy Thanksgiving & an Update on Emmett?

Since there is no greater time to be grateful than Thanksgiving, I decided that I wanted to share an update on Emmett, since he is one of the top people I am MOST thankful for, day after day.


When I originally started my Dear Emmett series, my goal was to capture everything that I could, while Emmett was an infant, and early toddler. It eventually became a big hit and quite a few people looked forward to those updates. Since he’s turned two, his major milestones have slowed a bit, which doesn’t really give me enough to write about every month – however, I don’t want to forget the developments that he IS hitting. So, I decided to started a semi-regular series to track what Emmett is into every few months or so & to update you on his progress. Plus, I love sharing stories about my little!

Every morning when he wakes up I feel like he is doing something new and different that he hasn’t done before, or something that he has done before but is now better at. He amazes me!

He’s been talking for awhile now, but it continues to develop. Back in Sepetember, Emmett and Seamus were on the phone with his grandparents, he was getting bored, so Seamus told him to look out the window. He did, and a few seconds later he turns around to us, and very seriously says, “Oh my gosh!! This moon!” We laughed so hard!! It was just one of those moments that you couldn’t recreate, even if you wanted to.


On that note, he does say oh my gosh and oh my goodness A LOT! That’s the phrase they must use at day care, or maybe I use it a lot (but I feel like I’m a bit more direct with, oh my god), because everything is an oh my goodness. The other day we were sitting on the couch watching TV And his little car fell between the cushions, he looked up at me with wide eyes and said, “Oh my goodness, Momma. My car felld.” I couldn’t help but grab him and cuddle, because he is just TOO cute!

So, yes, he is speaking mostly in full sentences. We don’t always understand everything he’s trying to say, but eventually we can figure it out. We’ll either ask him to point to what he wants, or he’ll repeat the phrase until we get it. It really doesn’t take that many tries. I am MUCH better at translating Emmett, than Seamus is. I have no idea why that is, though.

Halloween was a lot of fun this year! I talked more about it in my post a few weeks back, but Emmett was Flint Lockwood. It was the perfect costume for him, because he hates putting things on his head, and this didn’t require a head piece, just messy hair. And then Seamus found him a tuxedo t-shirt at Kohl’s, so he wore that with jeans and the white lab coat we got him.

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We got out to trick or treat, but our first house pretty much brought an end to the fun. When they brought the candy out for Emmett, their dog snuck out, too. Very nice dog, he was just interested in sniffing us and Emmett, but since Emmett isn’t often around dogs, he got startled and very upset. We calmed him down, but that was pretty much it, every house after that he would get scared and say no doggie, no doggie. After about 6 houses or so, I asked if he wanted to go home, he said yes, so we called it a night. No big deal! It was his first Halloween out, there will be plenty more!

Oh man! He is SO into cars and trucks right now and has been for quite some time. It started with trains, and has now progressed into cars and trucks. He has SO many matchbox cars for a 2 year old (don’t worry he’s never left alone with them, because of the small parts). He loves holding them, looking at them and racing them around his track (that’s meant for trains, but works for cars).

I don’t mind him being into matchbox cars, because they’re a pretty cheap prize for him. Lately Wegmans has been having them for 99 cents, so we’ll grab a couple to keep on hand. I’m thinking, if he sticks with the cars, it will be a great reward when it comes to potty training. Which will have to come eventually, but I’m in no rush! We’ll do it when E’s ready.

Emmett’s been going in phases with his night time routine. We always do bath, lotion, PJs, book, bed. But every so often, Emmett will switch and not want a book, and just want his bed. I was really surprised when this started happening because he has always been a cuddler. But, his likes and desires so going to change frequently. An example of this, is that 2 weeks later, he was done going right to bed, but was ready to read again.


Oh yeah! And with his bed time routine, we used to do a cup of milk while we cuddled and read books. I was beginning to worry that he’d never give that crutch up, and I was going to start researching ways to wean from a night time bottle (he wasn’t sleeping with it, just having it before bed). When, low and behold, he didn’t want it any more and hasn’t since.

This kid amazes me with his ability to just wean himself from things. He knows what he does and does not want. It started with breastfeeding, he had no desire to nurse after 14 months. I offered him my boob on a couple different occasions and he whined and pushed away, so we just stopped. Now with his milk at bed time, it was the same thing. It is because of these two situations, that I don’t worry whether he’ll ever give up his binky, or whether he’ll ever be potty trained. He’ll tell me when he’s ready. I trust him.

We have begun letting him watch a bit more TV in the evenings, but ONLY educational. His current favorite is Team UmiZoomi, if you don’t know what it is, it’s a Nickelodian cartoon, with these 2 kids and 1 robot that go around “behind the scenes” and fix things that aren’t working or are causing problems. It’s super cute!! I thought it would be a little advanced for him, but he gets it, based on his answering of their questions that they ask. Previous favorites have been Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Handy Manny, Bob the Builder and Chuck. I would say that Chuck is probably the least educational out of all of them, but he just loves trucks SO much, so we let him watch it on occasion.

So, I’ve obviously never had another child, so I have nothing to compare it to, but Emmett is really smart! He knows all of his colors and can recognized them, he knows most of his shapes and is pretty good at naming them, and is slowly learning his numbers. He’s great at counting when you do it along with him, when he does it alone, he tends to start around 3 and count up. Either way, I was very impressed when I realized he could do this. He also can recognize the letter “E,” and knows it is the first letter of his name, and can also recognized M, for momma, G for grandma and D for daddy, about 80% of the time

Oh! And his memory is exploding! He is beginning to remember things you tell him in the beginning of the day, or even days before. For instance, we went to Trader Joe’s and they gave him stickers, now, every time we go he knows to ask for stickers, and we don’t go there that frequently, maybe once every two weeks. I love it! I just need to be MUCH more careful of what he is promised. haha

WOW! This is long!! I’m going to go ahead and publish anyway, this post is partially to provide my readers with an update on the person that was the inspiration for this blog, but also as a way to remember everything that is going on with him. He’ll love having this later in life and I look forward to reminiscing with him. 🙂

If you’re interested in reading all of the Dear Emmett posts, just click on HERE! 

I also want to wish all of my readers a VERY Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope that you ALL have an amazing day and enjoy being surrounding by those that love you most.


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