When I told everyone that I threw out every single bottle we owned when the babies were 11 months, 3 weeks, and 4 days old the first question I am asked (if they are the mother of a bottle fed infant) is, "How did you do that?" Gerber Graduate Sippy Cups. They have a curve to the body of the cup to aid with tipping, a slightly soft spout, and handles. I started them at 7 months just playing with them. I moved up to the next stages until we finally moved to regular sippy cups. I really liked these sippy cups, and I recommend them if you are in that transition.
They are also BPA free! That was important for me, as was not a fan of buying yet more plastic products that were coming from overseas.
The next product is actually NOT for babies, it's for preschoolers. It's a GREAT first game....or to add to a collection of games. It's called "Cat in the Hat, I Can Do That! The ages state 4-8 years old, but realistically I would say ages 3-6 is more appropriate. This would also be a fantastic game for children with special needs. It gets everyone on their feet, and requires a LOT of interaction. Basically, you are instructed to do some wacky things....like jumping 3 times with a ball under your right arm. It builds confidence, and we have a ton of fun playing this game.
Apparently.... we are not the only ones who love this game. It's won a ton of parenting awards, so don't take my word for it! The KEY to this game is parental interaction. The sillier, and more animated you are, the more fun you will have.
A TIP: If you do play this game, and you have young children...take out the STOP cards. They get very annoyed with them.
Reagan is in 1st grade, she loves school and has never had trouble making friends. She's the most smiley and friendly child I have ever met. Reagan loves cats, horses, and most every furry animal in the world. She loves music and is taking piano lessons. Reagan was diagnosed with Epilepsy in July (2010), and is on a regiment of medication to help lessen the amount of seizures that she has. Reagan is a great kid, and we are so proud of her!
My Jedi knight....Ethan is very sensitive. Out of all the kids, Ethan's personality most matches my own. He is very sweet, and shy...but he opens up and is the class clown once he's comfortable with his surroundings. Ethan is very smart, and he loves to play with his Star Wars toys. He's our only true "blondie", and during the summer his hair is almost white. Ethan is extremely loyal, and is a very very good brother...very protective. ;)
Triplet "A", leader of the pack. Laney sees the world in black and white...it's either right or wrong, yes or no...and she has no trouble proclaiming to the world what she thinks is "right". She's the most like daddy in personality. Bossy, (in a good way!). Sweet, Sassy, and LOUD. Laney loves dresses, church, Reagan, red meat, and going to the zoo. She hates green vegetables, and is a big wimp! :)
Addie is our girly girl. She is our only curly headed child, and wasTriplet "B"...pickle in the middle. She's very sassy. She has "Addie-tude". Addie is vertically challenged, even compared to our small kids. She's double jointed, and we plan on starting gymnastics soon. Addie is the most verbal of any of our kids. She LOVES vegetables, and hates meat of any kind. She's afraid of most animals, and has a hoarding issue (she loves collecting things...and keeping them!) She's very smart, very sensitive, and a big mama's girl!
Joel is my strong and silent type. He's the biggest child I've had, length and weight. Joel is non-verbal, and we are waiting an official diagnoses, which will come sometime after he turns 3. Joel is sweet, so so so sweet. He melts my heart every day. He love trains, cars, and really anything with wheels. He likes riding his scooter, and his big wheels trike. He loves to swim, and is a huge fan of ANY food. He will eat more than a grown man. It's amazing.
Josh and I were married in May of 2002, but we started dating in 1996. He is an insurance salesman, and is the best daddy! He loves to play with the kids outside, and has no problem pitching in with the housework. He's manly enough to admit that he likes watching Glee with me. He volunteers at church with the elementary after school program.
Then there was me... I enjoy being a mom, being a part of our MOPS steering team, photography (I make no claims at being GOOD at it!), writing, and organizing. I love being a housewife, and I am contemplating what will happen when my last child(ren) goes to school. I want to be the "room mom" and do all the mom stuff, but a seperate part of me really misses work. I am a cloth diapering, and breastfeeding advocate. I am a child of God. My favorite book of the Bible is 1Peter. I love cats and horses. I love to read, and I am in love with "The Hunger Games" right now. That's about it. :)