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Who Can Cook Under These Circumstances?

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 07/29/2010 - 9:50pm

Ok, so I'm not the best cook in the world, but sometimes I think my world conspires against my best efforts. It seems that very often when it is time for me to prepare dinner my toddler gets extra fussy and demanding. Is he hungry? Does he want to see what I'm doing? Is he tired? I don't know, but he has a knack for wanting me to hold him right when I need to use both hands to cook dinner. The other day – with fussy toddler wanting to be held, big kids bickering, telephone ringing, and tummies rumbling – I was 20 minutes into dinner prep and nothing was cooking yet. Nothing.

Toddler Check-up Tests All My Mommy Skills

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 07/28/2010 - 9:28pm

Today I took my 15-month-old son to the doctor for his check-up. The visit started out fine with my three kids amusing themselves with the toys in the waiting room. I did have to retrieve my little guy a few times as he wandered beyond the waiting area in pursuit of greater adventures. But for the most part everything was under control. Then we were called back and escorted to the tiny little room where the nurse weighs the little people, and left there for what seemed an eternity.

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum - A Great Way to Beat the Heat

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 07/26/2010 - 9:54pm

This past weekend, in search of some air-conditioned activity, our family went to the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum (or “The Airplane Museum” as my kids call it) in Pooler. It was fun and rewarding, as well as humbling, solemn, amazing, and so many other adjectives that accompany a reflection upon the events of World War II. Our kids loved seeing the airplanes – even our 15-month-old got excited about them – along with the clothing, gear, photos, and other historical items.

The Story of a Turtle Who Wandered Into Our Yard

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 07/22/2010 - 10:02pm

Our boxer, Lucy, found a turtle in our backyard this week. She apparently played with it for a while because she was exhausted when I let her inside. That's when I looked down and saw the turtle, all tucked up in his shell, on the patio. Fortunately he was unharmed by our big goofy dog. This is the third turtle we have found in our backyard in the two years that we have lived in this house. I don't understand why so many, as we live in a neighborhood with lots of fenced yards – I wonder where the little critters live.

Time Flies - Cherish These Moments

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 9:01pm

I was sitting at the soft play in the mall the other day - watching all the kids run and jump and tumble and squeal – when these two elderly ladies approached. They pulled up two chairs on the outside of the soft play, positioned them for good viewing, and sat together watching the kids. They didn't know anyone there, just wanted to get a good dose of the joy of youth, I suppose. I was close enough to them to catch a bit of their happy commentary, and was touched to witness the pair of them so enjoying the sight of all those little ones – opposite ends of the life spectrum.

Hope For All Who Plan to Breastfeed or Struggle with Breastfeeding

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 9:24pm

I am in the final stages of weaning my baby. He is 14 months old, and has had eating challenges since the beginning. I breastfed my other two children, and was committed to breastfeeding our third. But by the time he was two weeks old, I knew we needed some help as he was still not latching on properly and was losing too much weight.

Third Child Wants to Play Like the Big Kids

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 07/15/2010 - 9:14pm

As I surveyed the collection of toys in our house today, I realized that many of our baby toys suffer from neglect, and it struck me as funny. When our daughter (age 6) was little, she played with baby toys because that's all she had. Then our son (age 4) came along and had to have his own age-appropriate cars, trucks, and such. Now our third child (age 14 months) is here and we can hardly get him to play with baby toys. He finds the big kid toys far more captivating.

Playtime for Raccoon and Cheetah

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 07/13/2010 - 9:56am

My daughter came to me recently complaining about her younger brother. “Mommy, he keeps trying to make me be a cheetah and I don't want to be a cheetah,” she said pitifully.

So I asked, “What do you want to be?”

“A raccoon,” she answered. Of course.

Too Quiet or Too Giggly Means Trouble

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 07/12/2010 - 10:23am

My son, age 4, is a boy of action. If he wants something, he does all he can to make it happen – climbing, cutting, moving things. He is also bright and readily amused, and has a tendency toward mischief. I have come to realize that either too much quiet or too much hilarious laughter can be sure signs of trouble where my big guy is concerned.

Girl Almost Drowned With Her Family Right There

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 07/09/2010 - 1:45pm

My family went to our neighborhood pool yesterday after dinner. We are trying to go to the pool on a regular basis so our 4-year-old and 6-year-old can practice their swimming. Our 14-month-old likes to play in the kiddie pool or on the top steps of the big pool; otherwise we carry him around with us in the water. So anyway, our big kids were taking turns swimming to my husband and me when suddenly there was a commotion to the right of us. A little girl, maybe two years old, was underwater flailing about, clearly unable to swim and on the verge of drowning.

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