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We had a lovely Father’s Day weekend filled with family, friends and food.  Leo slept through the night in HIS OWN BED several nights in the past week.  We were on top of the world…

We are no longer on top of the world as Leo has figured out how to climb out of his crib.  I knew this was coming as Leo has pretty crazy upper body strength for a toddler.  He just needed the right motivation, it turned out being parted from his beloved balloon (or “ahh-bloo,” has he calls it) was all that it took.  So I found him, laughing and playing in his room when he was supposed to be napping.  I put him back in his crib, and he did it again, rather quickly too.

So per the pediatrician and all of the “experts” on the internet we have to switch him to a toddler bed to keep him safe.  But as much as I don’t want my baby to get a concussion falling out of his crib, I am just not sure that I trust him to roam freely at night (even if it’s just in his room).  Firstly, he probably won’t go right to bed like he has for the past year or so… which Lenny and I have really enjoyed.  Secondly, I am going to be constantly worried about him doing crazy things at night with the stuff in his room so I will have to check on him every three minutes. And lastly, it’s only a matter of time before he will outsmart the baby gate on his door…

 

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Welcome to my hell…

 

 

 

screen time…

 

So we all know that kids under two aren’t really supposed to watch television at all, Baby Einstein videos apparently have life-long effects on your child’s attention span, and Sponge Bob will make your child a brat (I am summarizing from a few clinical studies I heard about in passing on NPR). But let’s be honest. Television has a magical effect on children. Leo for instance will sit still for upwards to ten minutes in front of an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba or Sesame Street, allowing me to take a shower, start dinner, etc.

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So what is a good balance between limiting screen time and being able to actually get sh*t done? Well I clearly haven’t figured that out because Leo is now watching clips of a Raffi concert from 1985 on YouTube in addition to his daily dose of Elmo.  Most days we keep it to 20-30 minutes but sometimes when we have teething issues, people coming for dinner, a spill to clean up, have to take a shower, you get it… he watches a little more. Is it really so bad?

Is watching TV going to cancel out all of the other stuff we do to stimulate his little brain…the classes, the trips to the zoo, the coloring and painting, the trips to the park?  For being such an affable little red fellow, Elmo sure comes with a lot of guilt.

 

Damn you television for being so good.

 

 

 

board book club, good night, gorilla

IMG_1805Does anyone else have this book? Is your toddler obsessed with it? Can you tell me why? Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman has made it’s way into our house several times.  We now own three copies, each one is read about 2 or 3 times a day.

Here is the thing about this book.  If you just read it as it is written it is BEYOND boring. There are several pages that don’t even have words. Therefore, you must put in a ton of effort to engage your child in this book.  Frequent ad-libbing is required and you must ask a ton of questions that you already know the answer to like: “Where is the Gorilla?” “Can you find the mouse?” “What does the Lion say?” Quite frankly, it’s gets exhausting after the second or third time though but Leo seems to love it so I will soldier on…

I highly recommend that you purchase this book for new or expectant parents as a gift so that they can suffer as I do…

(written while Leo is with daddy at the train)

 

garbage trucks!!!

We had a great weekend.  It was HOT in LA. So much for June gloom… The highlight of the weekend for Leo was definitely the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Open House.  Yes, it has come this… we are spending our weekends hanging out at the dump.  Well not really, it was actually pretty cool. If you have a little boy, you probably understand that the allure of the trash truck can be contagious at times.  On trash day Leo likes to stand at the window waiting for one to arrive then scream “YEAH!!!” as they lift the bins. Saturday was his heaven.

 

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They had all sorts of recycling trucks out for the kids to check out.  Leo even got to sit in a few of them.  They even let him honk the horn. You have no idea how sad he was to get out.

 

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In this photo I am pretty sure that Leo thinks he is actually driving the truck, he was not happy with my requests to smile for a photo while he was hard at work. They had free food, free fruit trees, a DJ, and educational booths to teach kids about things like compost and recycling.  Leo even “won” a little trash can.

 

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Leo and his buddy are in hog heaven. I was sweating and ready to go home… but we continued the sweat fest when we got home with some gardening projects.  We planted our new avocado tree!!! Thanks LA Department of Sanitation!  And threw in some tomato plants for good measure.  I will post photos if either one every fruits…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

another day in LA, friday nights at Barnsdall…

I almost don’t want to post about this because Friday nights at Barnsdall Art Park are so awesome that I don’t want too many more people to know about it.  Parking is already kind of a problem.  Lenny and I really look forward to the summers where we can spend Friday nights with our friends, and their kids at Barnsdall where every week they have wine tastings brought to you by Silverlake Wine (check out this site for tickets). There are great DJs every week and a always a few awesome food trucks in attendance.  Frequently, my absolute favorite truck heirloom LA is there and if you haven’t tried one of their lasagna cupcakes you should get on that.

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And if you’re not down with food trucks, bring your own picnic.  We always bring a blanket, balls for the kids, and a few snacks. And not that I am suggesting that you do this because all proceeds from the official wine tasting go to Barnsdall Art Park which is a seriously rad place that offers free art classes for kids, but you can just bring your own picnic and sit outside of the gates if you don’t want to pay for your kids to go to the wine tasting (at a reduced fee).

Despite all of the traffic and smog, LA is kind of a wonderful magical place sometimes. If you can look past the screaming children running around you can almost feel it while sitting on the lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House and watching the sun set over the palm trees in Hollywood from the view on Olive Hill, sipping a glass of wine…

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But seriously, don’t even go. Parking is a bitch.