Beckett’s Twoddler Gift Guide Repost

While I’m busy with last minute holiday prep, aka everything since I’ve made procrastination an art form, I thought I’d repost the one and only gift guide I’ve ever written.

​With the crazy, gift giving holidays right around the corner, here’s my list of sure to be a hit items for your twoddler. (Twoddler – the 5 second window between mobile baby and fully walking toddler.) All items have been tested and approved for fun by Beckett*. Bonus! You probably already have most of these items at home. Even better, twoddlers don’t care that something isn’t new. They actually seem to prefer the oldest, grossest thing they can find.

  •     Printer
  •     Dangling wires
  •     Big cardboard box
  •     Kleenex
  •     Little cardboard box
  •     Cat
  •     Toilet paper roll (full or empty)
  •     Trash can (full preferred)
  •     Paper (tissue, wrapping, printer, newspaper, important documents, etc.)
  •     Hair
  •     Floor Cheerios
  •     Medium cardboard box
  •     Sunglasses
  •     Phone
  •     Clothes hanger
  •     Lotion bottle
  •     Spoon
  •     Fork
  •     Knife
  •     Video cassettes (Title/VCR not important. They aren’t going to watch them anyway.)
  •     Coffee cup (full or empty)
  •     Anything that dangles
  •     Rocks
  •     Plastic boxes

*Disclaimer: Beckett only tested items for twoddler funness, and possibly the amount of crazy things they make me say as I try to remove them from his twoddler death-grip. He wasn’t really concerned with safety testing. If safety is a concern for you, you should probably consult a different gift guide.

Why I kind of like Mondays.

I love being home with my family. I love hanging out at home watching movies or going on adventures to exotic places like Thrift Town or WalMart together. I love watching the boys play together. I love not having to rush to go anywhere.

Except

Chris was sick this weekend *coughmanflucough*. So he needed to rest, which meant that I still had to manage the kiddos while trying to get things done. Fine, I can do that. But I also had to do things differently than I would if it was just me and the boys, since he was home. Not bad different, just slightly more work different.

For example, if Finn and Beckett and I got busy playing or if I managed to really work on cleaning while they kept each other entertained and lunch rolled around, I could throw together a pbj and carrots for Finn, some applesauce and/or toast for Beckett and any of the above for myself. Done. Breakfast could be oatmeal or cold cereal or scrambled eggs. Chris, on the other hand, requires more food. And when he’s sick, I’m cooking and entertaining the baby and fielding Finn’s 1,000 questions while he rests.

Fine. Just like in any group situation, when one person needs help, the rest have to chip in so everything keeps moving along as it should.

Even on a normal, everyone healthy weekend, though, I have Finnian, who will never ever need coffee if he maintains his energy when he’s older, and Beckett, who wants to be held or wants to get into everything. With Finn around, Beckett doesn’t nap well at all, either because B is excited that Finn is here or because Finnian is noisy. I really don’t think Finn can help it. He does try, but I think six year old boys have their own volume settings of noisy, noisier and really, really loud. The more he tries to be quiet, the louder he seems to be. Even though I try to keep the tv or radio on during the week, Finnian noise isn’t something Beckett can sleep through.

Since Chris is off on weekends, he understandably wants to work on things he can’t get done during the week. So, I try to work around his plans for meals, grocery shopping, etc. He says I don’t have to do this, but one of my biggest peeves is cooking a meal and not having everyone at the table eating together shortly after it is ready. Trying to time it so we can all sit down together is my way of trying to keep everyone happy (read “not kill someone”).

With everyone home all day, there is more mess, more laundry, more dirty dishes, and more cooking. There’s less sleep for Beckett and less time for me to do what needs to be done.

Weekdays, however, I set the schedule. Sure, there’s the morning rush to get everyone out the door on time and the afternoon pick-up, but everything in between is on my time. Beckett actually takes decent naps, even if they usually happen while I’m holding him. I get a break while he naps or I can take care of bills and anything else I can do one handed while sitting. Since he’s able to nap, he isn’t cranky later so I can be more productive. With just the two of us home, I can clean without worrying about someone making more mess behind. (Usually. Beckett is getting good at dumping things out.)

If I have the car and need to run errands, I can leave as soon as I’m ready. I don’t have to wait for Finn to put on his shoes or for Chris to stop whatever he’s working on to watch Finn. I can time the errands so we leave as soon as Beckett wakes up from a nap so I have plenty of time to get everything done before he’s tired and cranky. Meals are easier because everyone is on their weekday schedule, so everyone is ready to eat at about the same time.

Complaints aside, I do miss the time together during the week and I do look forward to the weekend. But, I do look forward to 8:30 on Monday morning when the house is calm and my coffee is ready and Beckett is starting to get sleepy and ready to nurse down for his first and usually longest nap.  That is my time to make plans for the week and relax after a busy weekend.

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—-Skip this section to avoid politics—-
I stayed up until almost midnight last night like following election news online. Without getting too political, I have to say I’m slightly depressed and frustrated. Not just because our President is pretty much on the opposite end of the political spectrum from me on most issues (most, not all. silver lining and all that), but because Romney wasn’t exactly my first choice either. Frustrating because I was left with the choice of voting for the person I really, truly believed would do the best job but had no chance of winning this time or voting for the person I thought might do a little better job. Maybe.

The only way to change that is for everyone that feels that way to vote their conscience regardless of how they think the election will turn out. But, if you have a definite opinion on the main party candidates and you vote for your preferred third party candidate, there’s the “wasted vote” guilty feeling if your “lesser of two evils” main party candidate doesn’t win. Even so, I’m glad I live where I have the freedom to vote and to express my opinions, good, bad or indifferent.

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The vaporizer I got for Beckett seemed to help a little. He only cried once every two hours instead of once an hour like Monday night. Luckily he’s pretty happy now that he’s awake. I need another cup of coffee, then I’ll be set. Maybe I’ll splurge and use some Pumpkin Spice or Peppermint Mocha creamer this time.

I would love to spend the day in the craft room working on some refashions or gifts or some shopping bags at the least. Laundry is piling up, though, so I should attack that first. Should.

I do have some Shiner going flat so I can make a batch of Beer soap without blowing up the kitchen. It’s probably my favorite to make, but with B I haven’t been in the soap kitchen much. I love using it for shampoo, but I’m out and refraining from raiding my shop stash, so I’ve been alternating between other soap varieties and *gasp* store bought shampoo. I can’t wait to get back to shampooing with my beer soap.

CDCGF<–from Beckett

Beckett’s Costume – Phase 3

Phase 3 is the accessories. Beckett was sick Friday night and Saturday morning, so I was in a rush to finish everything in between him needing mommy cuddles to feel better. I didn’t get as many step by step pictures, but really, they are just a bib and a baby hat. If you are trying to make a similar costume, there are a million different hat and bib tutorials out there by people better at writing tutorials than me.

I agonized the whole time  over how to make a hat like Mr. Stay Puft’s. I finally decided to make it easy on myself and do a simple baby hat inspired by the original. Honestly I think it looks a little wonky, so you may want to find a different way to do it. Here’s how I did Beckett’s, though.

I measured Beckett’s head (18 inches) and divided the measurement by three (6 inches). Then I traced one of Finn’s knit caps on a sheet of paper. I centered six inches on the bottom line and slimmed down Finn’s hat pattern to make my pattern piece. That probably makes no sense to anyone but me. The pattern piece is on the right side of the photo, so maybe seeing it will help.

I cut three pieces from the leftover sleeve pieces using the pattern and surged them to make the hat.

I cut a strip of navy fleece to make a band/cuff for the hat. Before sewing it to the hat, I used iron on letters to write “Stay Puft”. Then I sewed it into a circle and attached it to the hat. I sewed red ribbon to the top and tacked it so it falls properly.

 

The bib is based on a pattern I made from one of Beckett’s bibs. I squared off the bottom similar to Mr. Stay Puft’s collar. I used some random navy fabric from my stash, white ribbon for the trim, Velcro for the closure and the same red ribbon I used on the hat for the tie.

Rather than make the tie s separate piece, I knotted it and stitched it to the back of the bib.

Tomorrow I’ll take a picture of the whole outfit on my little marshmallow. For now, I’ll leave you with this:

Phase 1, Phase 2.1, Phase 2.2, Phase 2.3