A Day at the Park

More pictures from the day at the park with my son and what living with Mr. 18 Months is like these days… 
  
 



My Dress
: Seraphine Maternity. Marco’s Top: Carrément Beau via Cloudo Kids.

And how cute are these mini denim boat shoes I found for under $15…

So my “little”man (although not so little anymore) has reached the year and a half mark! Where did the time go?? More importantly, just when exactly did my little infant grow into a miniature sized version of a full grown man?  Maybe it’s because I now have two kids, but I swear the time flew by way quicker with this one.

At 18 months he now can say about 15 words like moon, truck and binkie, with his favorite word still being Mommy (I hear it about 898,809,370 times a day, even when he has no questions or statements for me). He loves his sister and stuffed dog Mr. Weinie to death, and anything electronic or can turn on will keep him amused for hours. He’s a sprinter and definitely a climber alright, scaling the bookshelves that border a good part of his room. He’s fallen over 100 times and has acquired way more bumps and bruises than his sister ever did. He’s down to 1 nap a day, sleeps through the whole night (but has been for awhile now) and will listen and understand when asked to go get or find something. He’s such a big helper around the house, too! He loves to sweep and vaccume and actually throws a temper tantrum when I take the broom away. Speaking of tantrums, he’s getting into that terrible two phase… slowly, but surely. He’s way more vocal and shows his anger a lot easier than before, he makes a big fuss when he doesn’t get what he wants and then he’ll take his binkie out of his mouth and throw it across the room in a fit of rage only to run after it immediately and regret doing it a second later.

The binkie thing is something I’m trying to learn more about… At what age do you start taking it away? My boy loves his binkies and cannot live without them but he’s growing so big – so fast that I’m starting to wonder, when am I supposed to facilitate the ceremonious disappearance of the binkie? He’d freak-OUT if I do it now, he’s no where near ready, but I know the dreadful day is coming and it’s gonna be a battle that I’ll have to win soon. I’ve never had to deal with this whole pacifier dilemma before, Giada is a thumb sucker and she’s got a security blanket named “Bubby” that she can’t live without. That poor blanket has been through hell and back, she won’t accept any other one and she’s so attached to it that it’s like a living entity to her.

But Marco turned out to be a binkie man, go figure. As long as he has one of those around he’s safe to take anywhere and be nothing but smiles. This is actually the first time we tried one of these round, orthodontic nipple pacifiers vs the standard shaped one and so far he really likes it. Nuby makes this one and he thinks it’s hilarious to stick his little finger in the front hole to pull it out. I also find it quite amusing to see what his mouth looks like on the inside when he’s sucking a binkie, it’s a completley clear silicone nipple. 😝

The only problems I have with pacifiers is, 1) they get dirty all the time and 2) I can never find one when I need it!!

They go missing everyday and it seems like Marco is the only magician around here who can find them. He’ll walk out of a room with a binkie that’s been missing for 4 months with a “Oh, this? Yeah… I’ve known where it was this whole time” kind of look. He stashes them like a squirrel does nuts, there’s at least 8 hiding in different places all around my house right now that I can’t find for the life of me! There’s nothing more frustrating then trying to get out the door and not being able to find that pacifier. So for any of you moms out there with a baby attached to their binkie, the best thing you will ever do is buy a paci-finder clip! It’s like a huge key chain for their binkie so you’ll never lose it again, thank God for those things!

This is my favorite one, it’s a clip plus a little toy so he cuddles with it at night. You can find it on Amazon here, and you can get these great binkies here. The reason I say great is because these binkies solve that first problem I have, keeping them clean. They’re all silicone and have no crevasses or creases where germs can hide. I can throw them in the dishwasher and sanitize them with his bottle nipples every day if I have to. Both definitely a life saver around here!

Pretty soon I know I’m gonna have to start stashing those binkies myself, only this time to keep them away from him but a part of me still sees him as my little baby and doesn’t want to take something he loves that much away. So I guess I’m gonna have to look more into what other moms have done. Did your baby use a pacifier? If so, at what age did they stop using it and how hard was it to do? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

graziella
Thanks to Nuby USA, Cloudo Kids & Seraphine Maternity for being part of this post.

26 Comments Add yours

  1. Benn Bell says:

    Beautiful baby and beautiful mother….

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  2. larracey2b says:

    I had two binkie babies. I swore to myself and everyone else, that they wouldn’t have it past 2. Well that failed, for my daughter anyway. It’s so hard, because you know it is the one thing that brings comfort to them always. My daughter was VERY attached, my son only really wanted it to go to sleep. I quickly realized that if I was going to take it from her, my son’s would also have to go. So after she turned 2, my son was 1, she was only allowed to have it, when she was going to sleep( including the car). When she was good with that for about 3 months, we just took it away all together, from both the kids. First few nights were rough, especially because they too had there own hiding spots, so they kept finding them and I’d have to take em away. After a few nights though, she was all set, she would ask where it was, and we would just tell her, there is no more binks, then she would just go to sleep. So much less stressful now!!

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    1. Graziella H. says:

      Wow so good to know, thanks a lot! I was thinking in a few months to start weaning him by just giving it to him for sleep time too, we shall see!!

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  3. leo @ realreality productions says:

    Lovely Photos !

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  4. fatimah says:

    It’s posts like these that make me so excited to be a mommy! You have a beautiful son!

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    1. Graziella H. says:

      Thank you!! You’re gonna have a blast being a momma!

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  5. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope it brought a smile to your face. Your blog is fantastic . It brings back memories of raising our two boys. Love the pics! Now I’m a grandma to four boys and one girl. Life is good.

    The best way I know to get your son to stop using the binkie is to cut the tip off. When he goes to suck it, it doesn’t create the suction he’s used too. Make sure you do it for all the binkies. This worked for all of our grandkids. They can’t suck on it if it’s broke! Good luck.

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  6. Beautiful! I like the little stats about the number of times he calls mommy. I have a 2 year old boy that calls daddy or mummy uncountable times a day too. It’s really a privilege to have them. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Hooked says:

    I have a 19 month old boy after two girls. Boys are so different aren’t they! X

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    1. Graziella H. says:

      Definitely!! 😍😍

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  8. Beautiful photos, beautiful colors! So much love ❤

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  9. amomlikeme says:

    Beautiful pics!
    Oddly not one of my six kiddos ever liked the binkie. Sorry I don’t have any advice on that. 😊 I’m sure your “mommy heart” will cue you when the time is right to make binkie go bye-bye.

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  10. lovely photo of kissing your son, moment captured. awesome!

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  11. Gorgeous little boy. You’re very lucky!

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    1. Graziella H. says:

      Thank you sooo much!! ❤️💙❤️

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  12. Nice Pic&Cute Boy.

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  13. Tanja says:

    your boy is so lovely:)

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  14. Yasmin says:

    Beautiful pictures!!! Your son is super adorable!

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    1. Graziella H. says:

      Thank you! ❤️💙💚

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  15. Dave says:

    You sound like such a great mom, Graziella! I love the photo of you kissing your son – priceless! He looks so handsome and it’s clear you’re doing an awesome job with him! My son is 5 now and he still loves his blanket. At 18 months, he had his issues, but the binkie was never a thing for him, so can’t offer advice on that. I’d say you’re smart in not taking it away just yet if he clings to it. But taking it away momentarily in the near future could be used as punishment if he is very naughty. We started using punishment/rewards around 18 months (terrible twos) with my son and daughter. I wish you all the best with him! 🙂

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    1. Graziella H. says:

      Thank you so much!

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  16. Nikhil says:

    Awesome twosome

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