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meredith lately

August 31, 2015

Me: Meredith, what do you want for your birthday?Meredith: ummm…a dinosaur, a vacuum, carpet, grass, and a big ole truck. crying when we had to leave her cousins’ house…David: you don’t have to be sad because when we go home we still have each other to play with.Meredith: (sobbing) I don’t WANNA play with anybody. I wanna go to jail!! while reading to herself in her room and I came in to join her…Meredith: hey, stop looking at me and talking to me!Me: I wasn’t talking. Can’t I be in here with you?Meredith: okay, but if you say anything I’m gonna have to go to another room. while playing in the kiddie pool with her cousins she ran inside to…
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her own bed

August 4, 2015

Well, Meredith sleeps in her own bed now. Sort of. I say that after two good nights and one disaster. This is how it went down: We talked about it a lot on Saturday. I told her what our new bedtime routine would be (bath, brush teeth, read books, sing songs, say prayers, lights out – we have been very lax about the bedtime routine in the past) and I tried to be very straightforward about the fact that she sleeps in her own bed now. Not: if you sleep in your own bed you get a reward! Just: this is where you sleep now; you’re a big girl. She whined about it a little, but not much. Saturday night she got…
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meredith is four!

July 21, 2015

Yesterday my girl turned four. I’m so happy to see her growing up! I wanted to make the day special for her, so I took off work and we had the best day. After dropping Liam off with my mom (he was sick again – story for another day), we had breakfast at IHOP where she looked through a book I had given her, then she asked to go to Target to “look at things.” Guys, she didn’t want to look at toys, she wanted to look at “grown-up clothes,” kitchen stuff, and soaps. She’s like a little woman already, except she also wanted to give every mannequin a kiss. Next we met my sister-in-law and niece Lily at the splash…
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meredith is four!

July 21, 2015

Yesterday my girl turned four. I’m so happy to see her growing up! I wanted to make the day special for her, so I took off work and we had the best day. After dropping Liam off with my mom (he was sick again – story for another day), we had breakfast at IHOP where she looked through a book I had given her, then she asked to go to Target to “look at things.” Guys, she didn’t want to look at toys, she wanted to look at “grown-up clothes,” kitchen stuff, and soaps. She’s like a little woman already, except she also wanted to give every mannequin a kiss. Next we met my sister-in-law and niece Lily at the splash…
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calming ideas for intense kids

July 15, 2015

I think I’ve mentioned about a hundred times that Meredith is a spirited child. :) As so, she is particularly intense with her emotions, which can be so cool and fun but also…not! Today I wanted to share a few ideas that we use to calm her down when she is getting worked up. (First tip: try them BEFORE reaching epic meltdown level!) 1. Walk it out Changing her surroundings is always a good idea, and going for a walk usually does the trick. When I’m trying to head off a tantrum I try to steer her towards riding in the stroller or walking rather than riding her balance bike because she can get frustrated easily with the latter. If…
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