This is where we live


And that’s a baby on the doorstep.  When she’s older, we can tell her that is where the stork left her.

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I’m so excited to take her around the neighborhood in her costumes, because our neighbors love Halloween! Everyone decorates!

Hope you’re doing something fun for the fall holidays!

XOXO
Bell

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She’s getting it!!!


FINALLY ( I say finally like I’ve been trying for a year to discipline Harper-I’ve really only been doing it a couple of weeks), she is showing me she gets it. She now knows no. thats a mouthful. I had been having issues with her getting into stuff she shouldn’t. My top 3 are running crawling REALLY fast towards the baby gate when she knows its open and then crawling out of it, trying to touch our hot plates of dinner, and touching the plunger. EWW!!! Yesterday, I saw the opportunity. I’d left the gate open again, her gate radar went off and she bolted towards it. She reached out to swing the door open and I said NO in my meanest voice ever. She looked at me, pulled away and briefly stopped. Then….she opened it! I walked over to her and smacked her leg with my fingertips so as just to startle her more than hurt her…because I REALLY don’t want to do spanking. Like really. When I smacked her leg she flung herself on the floor, flailed, screamed and cried real tears. :(. Then after a few seconds she turned the Emmy award process off, and went back to the gate. She would look at me, then the gate, me, the gate. She was pushing me. She’s reach acting like she was about to open it, but would stop an inch before actually touching it. It’s going to be hard not to laugh at her when I’m teaching her the word no. Because she really does know it. And tries to see how far I will let her go. We haven’t had to do anymore smacking after that one time, I’ve switched over to removing her from what she’s wanting, then sitting her down facing the opposite direction of said wanted item. Where she flails and all that jazz for 20 seconds. Here’s a video of our practice today:
I must mention that I forgot I left that lid on the ottoman, went to go tinkle, and came back to it shoved in the back of her mouth. :::sigh:::

One day at a time.

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Xoxo
Bell

What to do…


We have an issue.

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Rather, Harper and I have an issue.

She likes to do fun things.

I like to stop her from doing fun things. Ya know, like eating the trash, licking the remote, beating on the table in public, trying to play with expensive statues in others homes. Sounds fun huh?

I’ve been perplexed on how to approach her. I’m not so sure spanking is the route I’m ready for right now. And I don’t even know if she would understand it.

Here’s what I’ve tried so far:

  • Holding her hands down when she beats the table. Then she screams like a banchee and we have to leave the restaurant.
  • Telling her no and redirecting her attention. She goes right back to what she wasn’t supposed to be doing.
  • I’ve tried telling her NO firmly in addition to smacking her hand. Yea that worked really well…she looked at me, giggled, and hit me back thinking it was a game.
  • I’ve tried putting her in her crib, but that’s for sleep and she knows it, so she goes to sleep…at the wrong times of day, screwing up the nap schedule!
  • I even let her experiment with the stairs she always screams to get to. (there’s 3 of them total) and she toppled down 2. I thought maybe that was a lesson, but after seeing her go right back to what she was doing, I doubt it.

Any suggestions? Is she just too young to understand discipline? She’s not a bad baby, in fact, she is the happiest baby in the world. She just gets into things that could be dangerous to her, or could be dangerous to our electronics!

Maybe just strap a helmet and knee pads on the kid and let her go?

AND if she’s this clumsy now……..what kind of driver will she be? O_O

Help will be appreciated.

XOXO

Bell

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