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Usually when it’s snack time, I will place Paulo’s food and his glass of milk in front of him while I busied myself with some other household chore (like the dishes or putting away toys). He usually babbles and makes animal noises while he’s eating or maybe he’ll say dog or bird (if he happens to be looking out the window while he’s eating). Today he was doing something new. I couldn’t understand what he was saying, so I turned around to see what he was doing. He had lined up his goldfish crackers and was mumbling some words, “Muh, Eh, Nah, Bu…” Wow! He’s counting. He wasn’t saying the words clearly, but it was obvious that he was counting.

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Miranda is wearing Dottie Scotties from Le Top's 2010 Fall/Winter Collection.

Miranda finally has her first loose tooth! Ever since she learned about the Tooth Fairy, she has been bugging me about when her first loose tooth was going to happen. Of course, it doesn’t help that all her classmates in First Grade have already lost teeth in class. Whoever loses a tooth gets to put a sticker on the tooth chart, a trip to the nurse’s office, and a very cool tooth holder necklace to place the fallen prize. So it’s quite obvious on the tooth chart, that my poor little girl still has all her baby teeth.

So now she has a “looth tooth,” and all she does is wiggle it. Morning, noon and night… wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. I can’t wait for that little tooth to fall out already so I can see her whole face without her hand or finger in the way.

Anyone know the going rates on baby teeth these days?

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No, I did not say that!

My daughter was standing on the bathroom scale, and read her weight out loud to me.

I’m 49.8 libbets.

Mommy: What’s libbets?

It says right there… L-B-S. Libbets!”

–Miranda, age 6

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You can never start too early for good dental hygiene! Paulo is wearing "Peek-a-Boo Pup" from Le Top's 2010 Fall Collection.

Paulo had his first dentist appointment. I didn’t know what to expect because he’s so young (18 months old). But since his teeth came in early at 5 months and he already has most of his teeth, the dentist suggested for him to be seen early. So as a typical Type A mother, I worried. What will they do? Will they clean his teeth? Will they take x-rays? Will they need to strap him down to see his teeth? Will they find a cavity? Will Paulo cooperate? Will he cry? Will he bite? I was silently panicking in the waiting room. Meanwhile, Paulo made himself comfortable watching the movie “Finding Nemo” and practicing his toothbrushing techniques with the giant toothbrush.

After a few minutes, it was our turn. There were two chairs set up facing each other. I sat in one of them, while the dentist sat opposite from me. She was very calm and instructed me to hold Paulo facing me then to lay him back toward her so his head was resting on the pillow on her lap. She asked me to cross his arms over his chest then hold them down and keep him entertained by talking normally to him as he looked at the many colorful fish swimming in the big aquarium right next to him. (Strategic placement!) Very gently, she opened his mouth, counted his teeth, and had a quick look-see. Then she took her gloves off and gave the dental assistant her assessment of his teeth.

“No cavities, no plaque. His teeth are almost all in and they look great! You’re doing a super job of brushing his teeth!”

(If she only knew what I go through to get his toothbrush anywhere near his teeth!)

Our next dentist appointment is in 6 months. At that visit, they are going to clean his teeth. Not TRY to clean them, but actually CLEAN them. All I can say is… Good luck to the dental hygienist who’s going to be performing that task!

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Paulo is wearing "Take Flight" from Letop's 2010 Fall Collection. It's the perfect outfit as he prepares for his big jump!

Here’s my boy trying to jump. He’s 18-months old and learning a new “trick.” I love how he bends his legs then shoots his body upward yet his feet are still firmly planted on the ground! He gets a kick out of it because he thinks he’s really jumping.

I remember when my daughter was learning how to jump. She just turned a year old and it was the exact same method and the exact same end result: her feet never left the ground either. Then one day, after much practice, a switch turned on and her feet actually took flight.

Here’s to another successful milestone for my Big Boy!

How old was your child when he/she was learning how to jump?

shop Le Top’s fall 2010 collection here

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These precious twins (now 4-months-old) are too cute for words. I’m sure they will be finishing each other sentences and reading each others thoughts in no time. We are pleased as punch to honor Chloe and Joseph as our Darlings of the Day.

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I remember having to think really hard the first time someone asked me.  I knew what superheroes were; superheroes were like regular people except, well, super.  And they rescued people. 

But what makes a normal person a hero?  Strength?  Courage?  Wisdom?   

After careful consideration, and all of the insight my seven-year-old mind could muster, I decided, like many other kids, that my parents were the most heroic people I could think of.  And over the years as the question stayed the same, but my understanding of heroism grew, my parents continued to be at the top of my hero list.  Especially my mom.  But in high school, right about the time I started including traits like compassion and determination to my list of heroic characteristics, people stopped asking me who my heroes were. 

Think about it.  When was the last time someone asked you who your heroes are?  When was the last time you even thought about who your heroes are?

I can tell you that up until quite recently it had been at least a decade for me.  But last Friday my favorite radio station interrupted their usual talk free morning music program with an interview.  The interview itself was only about five minutes long, but it changed how I define heroism and brought a new name to the top of the list of heroes I hadn’t thought about in years.

Alesaundra Tafoya

If you haven’t heard of her, I wouldn’t be surprised.  What little fame she has is recent and mostly local to the San Francisco Bay Area.  There’s no Wikipedia entry on her.  She doesn’t have a blog or a twitter account– she doesn’t even have a facebook page.  She lives in a relatively small Northern California town best known for its family focused community.  She’s not a spokesperson.  She’s never had a job.  I don’t think she goes to school yet.  She’s not a typical hero.  You see, Alesaundra Tafoya is three years old.

Alesaundra Tafoya

A few weeks ago Alesaundra’s father took two prescription medications, unaware that they should not have been mixed, and blacked out in her family’s living room.  When her father stopped responding to her, Alesaundra left her home and walked two blocks by herself to the local fire station to get help for her father.  Although there was no way for her to understand what exactly had happened, Alesaundra was able to communicate to the firefighters that her father needed help and then led them back to her house.  If the firefighters had not arrived as quickly as they did, Alesaundra’s father would have died.

Before I heard Alesaundra’s story, looking up to someone always had some sort of literal association along with the figurative meaning.  In the long list of people I had considered heroes over the years, I had never included someone younger than myself.  It was always the adults whose stories of courage and determination and an absolute understanding of the right thing to do had taken my breath away.  But now there’s a three year old sitting next to my mom on my list of heroes.

As it turns out, sometimes discovering people to look up to requires looking down.

Links to the story:

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We’ve chosen bathing beauties Ryanne (5-years-old) and Riley (3-years-old) modeling Le Top hand-me-down swimsuits (pre-2005) to be our Darlings of the Day. Boy those suits are built to last and still oh-so-cute!

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No, I did not say that!

So I had it in my mind that I would get my boyfriend’s lovely niece Ella (whom I adore) to try Chinese white rice. Ella, 2-years-old, tends to like the usual suspect food of hot dogs, pasta with lots of butter and chicken tenders. My tactic was to “talk up” my amazing white rice and I even brought my special Chinese rice cooker to show her how it is made and prepared…this definitely helped.  What made all of the effort well worth my time was her response to me after her first bite,

I love Chine-y ricccceee!”  

I love ‘chine-y’ rice too.  Cheers to Ella!

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Lilah's assortment of toothbrushes

While cleaning our bathroom counter the other day, I was overwhelmed with the number of toothbrushes my daughter has collected. Okay, so maybe I don’t have to buy so many for her, but I’ll do whatever it takes to get her to brush her teeth! When I was pregnant, my husband and I would discuss parenting techniques. We agreed that we would not negotiate or bribe her to get her to do what was normally expected of a child, but reality has set in, and I’m finding it almost impossible not to. I now subscribe to Mary Poppins’ philosophy, if buying a few extra toothbrushes and some fun toothpaste can “move the job along” than so be it. I recently learned that it’s recommended that children go for a dental check up before their first birthday. (No way! I ‘m way behind on this!)  Here are some other tidbits I learned.

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. They receive two to three additional years of training beyond dental school, and are trained in child psychology, behavior control, growth and development and the latest techniques in introducing and providing dental care to children. Pediatric dentists limit their practice to primary and specialty oral care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. 

Recommended Care by Age:
*This is a simplified version and IS NOT a complete list. 

6-12 months 

  • Complete exam
  • Provide oral hygiene counseling for parents
  • Clean stains or deposits
  • Assess the child’s systemic/topical fluoride status and provide counseling regarding fluoride
  • Assess feeding practices and provide dietary counseling in regards to oral health
  • Provide counseling for nonnutritive oral habits (pacifiers, thumb sucking)
  • Complete Caries risk assessment
  • Determine child’s interval for periodic evaluation

12-24 months 

  • Repeat 6-12 month procedures every 6 months or as indicated by child’s risk status
  • Provide topical fluoride treatments every 6 months or as indicated by patient’s needs

2-6 years 

  • Repeat 12-24 month procedure every 6 months or as needed based on child’s risk status
  • Scale and clean teeth every 6 months or based on child’s risk
  • Provide pit and fissure sealants for caries-susceptible primary molars and permanent molars, premolars, and anterior teeth
  • Assess and provide treatment for oral health as needed

I did it! I just scheduled her appointment. If it’s time for your child to see a pediatric dentist and you need help finding one in your area, here is the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s national dentist locator


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