Wine Down and Review

The condition is right, time to sit back, relax and unwine. I hope you’ll have a glass with me!

Life with a nearly one year old is special. Amusing, interesting, challenging and tiring are just a few words that come to mind. We had great fun playing in the sand and water at the beach this past week. Fisher did lots of shoveling, imitating actions and saw his first snake. Sssss, of course mama worked on the /s/ sound!

Fisherman has been busy making a mess everywhere he goes. He loves scattering things all over and putting things in random places. When I find them, I’m like WTF?!?! For instance, I found canned dog food in the pots and pans cabinet, a puzzle piece and stacking cup inside an air vent and a stuffed animal inside his diaper pail. While I feel the need and desire to clean up his trails of destruction, there’s really no point until he is asleep for the night. Cleaning up after a little is Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You just can’t win, especially at this stage. He is not old enough to understand the concept of clean up, but I do instill it in him and provide lots of demonstration. Hopefully it will pay off!

Fisher got a new convertible car seat this week. We installed and trialed it out. He looks like such a big boy in it! After much research, we went with the Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car seat. I’m pleased with the quality and comfort it offers. This was a big purchase, I hope it will make traveling long distances more comfortable for my little guy.

I fully transitioned Fisher to whole milk as we used the last of the formula this week. I’ve also been busy planning the big ONE, Fisher’s first pirate birthday pARRRty, which is next weekend. I’m sure I’m making more of it than he will ever remember, but it’s fun and exciting! Pretty unbelievable too!

I can’t keep Fisher off the stairs, I let him do it (with supervision). It’s a double-edged sword, I know. But I feel like it’s good for muscle strengthening and coordination and there’s a lot of cognitive skill development involved too. He climbs them with ease and loves every second of it. He’s not a happy camper when I block them off. Oh well, life is not fair son, better get used to it! Fisher hasn’t started walking yet, but is receptive to taking steps while holding your hands, is straightening out both legs when crawling and has taken off on his learning walker. This brings me to my baby product review and new best friend to redirect and entertain baby boy with: the activity walker.

Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Activity Walker:

It’s the trending toy of the week in our household and has really captured my son’s interest and attention. We thankfully received a pre-loved one, which I highly recommend when it comes to short-lived toys. I’m sure most activity walkers are similar, but I like this one because it’s gender neutral with primary colors and has simple activities such as gears and sliding/flipping/spinning toys, which are very intriguing to the 9-12 months age group. It does not have bells and whistles, no music or lights. It folds easily and relatively flat for storage. It can also be used for floor time when folded. I recommend it for littles that easily pull up to stand, move from standing to sitting in a coordinated manner and have good balance. I’ve included cute video for your viewing pleasure. I’m not sure what we’ll do with it once my son has moved on to the next toy (guess it will go to the toy graveyard, better known as my attic) but for now, I’m lovin’ it! Please share if you have any other suggestions for learning walkers.

That’s it for tonight, thank you for reading and unwining with me. I hope you have a good week ahead. Until next time…

Cheers,

Molly

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