Milestone: Baby Bed to Toddler Bed (take one)

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are currently in the ongoing battle with the tiny human in my home when it comes to bed time.  The first few nights were a breeze at bed time! My little guy was so excited that he could climb into his bed all by himself! However, it didn’t take long for him to realize that now he had even MORE access to his toys and the rest of the house.

Here are some of the things we’ve tried so far to transition him:

1. Baby-proof door knob covers.

Since we already had the baby proof door knobs on practically every door in the house already, we tried putting one on the inside of his door so that he could not roam the house.

Outcome: He would stand at his door knocking saying “MOMMY! I want out!” He doesn’t seem to realize that as much as I love his sweet voice, hearing him yelling in the middle of the night isn’t exactly fun for me.

2. Returning him to his bed.

I feel like this is going to be an ongoing thing we have to do until he figures out he mean business! If I stand at his door and say “get back in bed” he usually realizes he’s been caught, returns to his bed, covers his eyes with his hands and pretends to be asleep.

Outcome: He still gets out of bed and ends up with random monster truck or helicopter toys with him in the mornings.

3. Co-Sleeping.

We have never really done co-sleeping in our home because of all the risk factors that come with it. On the other hand, sometimes it’s easier to just put him in bed between my hubby and I as soon as the sun comes up prior to my alarm sounding than it is to fight him back into his bed.

Outcome: My face getting played with and poked while hearing such a sweet voice saying “mommy get up!”

So far, we’re still working on it! I’ll post another update when we find something that works!

😉 Joni

Shrimp Bites

2 sticks butter, softened                    1 tsp. garlic powder

1 (16 oz) jar Cheese Whiz                  1 lb. fresh shrimp, cooked and diced

2 tbsp. mayonnaise                            12 English muffins, quartered

3 shakes Tabasco sauce

Combine all ingredients, except English muffins in a large mixing bowl. Spread in a large pan at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until brown. Can be frozen, but should be baked for 5-8 minutes longer before freezing.  Makes 10-12 servings.


Frosty Minted Lemonade

1 cup of sugar

2 cups water

1 cup lemon juice

8-10 mint leaves

1 quart lemon soda


Combine 1 cup sugar with 2 cups water.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Add 1 cup lemon juice (fresh frozen or bottled), ice cubes and 8-10 mint leaves, if desired.  Shake hard.  Add a 1 quart bottle of carbonated water (lemon soda).


Serve immediately over cracked ice in tall glasses.  Top with fresh mint sprig.

Strawberry Lemonade

4 quarts Strawberries, hulled

4 cups fresh lemon juice

4 quarts water

2/3 cups sugar (your preference for sweetness)


In a food processor or blender, puree the strawberries.  In large pan, add strawberries, lemon juice, water and sugar. Stir 10 minutes over medium heat.  DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat, skim off foam.  Pour into pitchers and enjoy over ice.  Serves a crowd. Can be frozen and thawed. Delicious as shaved ice.

Quantity Fruit Punch

3 quarts pineapple juice

3 cups orange juice

2 1/2 cups sugar

4 1 pint, 12 oz bottles ginger ale

2 1 pint, 12 oz bottles carbonated water

1 1/2 cups lemon juice

1/3 cups lime juice

1 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves


Combine juices, sugar and mint.  Chill. Just before serving, add remaining ingredients. Pour over cake of ice in punch bowl. Serves 75 4 oz. servings

Sweet Dreams Little Angel

My little guy’s birthday is coming up soon so I’m having a bit of a mommy moment–that is if a “moment” means the entire last month! I started thinking about putting him to sleep when he was so tiny. He would snuggle me and let me hold him like I was the only person in the whole world that made him feel safe. I would rock him and hold him until he fell asleep, put him into his crib, and slip out of his room as quietly as possible. 1 hour later, he would think it’s party time and would cry and scream until he was in my arms again! I started reading up on ways to make bed time easier after realizing that I could barely function at my job after not getting any sleep for days on end. For any of you new mommies out there, here are some tips that helped give me and my little guy some relief at bed time!

1. Start a bedtime routine. Anyone who knows my nightly routine knows that we practice “bath, bottle, bedtime.” Every night, he gets a bath, followed by a bottle full of almond milk (this helps for little ones with bad allergy issues!), and then he is rocked to sleep. When we are out later than usual, he gets completely out of whack and gets very fussy as all kids do. As long as we have our routine going the same way, he will fall fast asleep.

2. White noise. If you are wondering if getting a white noise machine is a good buy, let me be the first to tell you IT IS! We did not use an official machine, but rather a mini heater set on fan mode. This keeps baby from hearing any noises going on outside their bedroom and also makes them hear less if you’re sneaking out of their room after you’ve laid them down to sleep.

3. Lullaby. If you have a favorite slow song or lullaby, sing it!! My little one makes me sing a song my great-great-grandmother made up every night. The best part is, your baby doesn’t care if you sound like a squawking crow when you sing! It shows them that you take the time to sing to them & they think you sound like an angel. Well, at least he’s not old enough to tell me otherwise 😉

4. Swaddling for comfort. I don’t know about you other moms, but I just couldn’t get swaddling down using the pre-cut swaddle blankets. My mother and I were shopping at Hobby Lobby one day and decided to get a yard of jersey knit fabric cut to see if maybe the extra length would help. It worked for me! I could wrap him up like a burrito instead of trying to figure out which way to fold it and which corner I needed to tuck first.

If you have any tips or tricks for getting new babies to be more comfortable so they sleep longer, leave them in the comments below! All of us mommies need to stick together so we can help each other succeed! Learn from the struggles that we have been through and never be too proud to ask someone for help (or a nap).

😉 Joni