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Z’s climbing skills have been improving a lot. At first he is scared but after 3-4 tries, he starts to get the hang of it. Vs walking and cruising skills are also quite good. Wherever we are it seems all she wants to douse crawl and cruise.

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Today, we ventured into downtown Toronto by public transportation. It’s amazing how LAZY some people are in TO!!! Having a double stroller with 2 kids, it IS impossible to take the stairs so the elevator is our only means up and down. What we noticed was despite the fact that some people see us waiting for an elevator, they still wait and jam into one without any sort of guilt. Unbelievable. Seriously, I wish they would be more considerate.

Anyhow, we happened by the Toronto Buskerfest down by the St. Lawrence Market and we got to see a beatboxer. Z enjoyed the performance very much. For lunch, we had poutine from the Poutine Machine. (We were hoping for more food trucks but they were not opened yet.) We had planned to nap the kids in stroller and had a hard time because Z started to whine about wanting to go home. He eventually fell asleep at 1:30pm and V, shortly after in the Ergo on M. That was when we decided to go in the Eaton Centre to cool off.

Going downtown by TTC was always intimidating for us – mostly because of our kids’ need to nap at home. We managed today and it worked out. Both kids had a lot of fun downtown and it’s definitely worth the trip. We will do it again this Saturday.

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Sleep Training Night #4

I never thought it would be so easy and relatively painless to sleep train Violet. She is still under 1 year and maybe that is why its a little easier. Even though she can stand, I think she is tired enough to just lay down the entire time. So here is how I did it.

I started implementing a bedtime routine. After changing into her pjs, I read a book to her. It has been the same book – Who Likes Goodnight Kisses by Barney Salzberg. I figured the consistency will help with the routine. With the dim light on, I nurse her until she is drowsy but not asleep. Then I pop her off the breast and turn off the light. I hold her for a minute or two, rocking her to keep her calm, and then put her in the crib. The 2nd night, she cried for 10 minutes and after I picked her up, calmed her down, and put her back in the crib, she cried for less than 5 minutes.

The 3rd night and tonight, she didn’t even cry. And last night was the very first night she stayed in her crib until the morning. She woke up crying 4 times and each time, I nursed her and put her back in the crib. She just went right back to sleep. V had almost 12 hours of sleep – that may explain why she only had two 30-minute naps today.

For what it’s worth, I am happy I initiated the ST since I was really dreading all the crying and screaming. I am even more glad that it worked out so well. The next thing we need to fix is her naps – in the crib, and not in the wrap!

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