Monday, September 30, 2013

sorry about the preview

I am sorry that I didn't get a preview of my Unicorn entry up here first.  Due to circumstances I decided to put it up as quickly as possible. But here it is for your viewing pleasure (I am not sure why it is horizontally streched :( )

Friday, September 27, 2013

Crazy AppleCheeks October!

Soooooo October is going to be abso-frickin-lutely amazing! There is tons going on in the AppleCheeks world and you don't want to miss any of it!

So right off the bat, October 1st, Snuggle Bugz is releasing their exclusive new colour. I have sniffed and poked and attempted to x-ray the package, but I still have no idea what colour it is! My guesses though are: kelly green, purple, pink, grey or light yellow. What do you think it will be?

Next on October 4th the Ultimate Unicorn videos are due. This is a huge and wonderful contest. There are only going to be 6 (3 of each size) of this un-copyable diaper ever made! This is THE only way to get one, and I of course am desperate to have one! *Spoiler Alert* my video is going to be Epic, possibly worthy of a trilogy and then a fourth added 20 years later ;) ! We should finish up filming tomorrow and I promise that my blog followers will get to see it first! Keep watch over the next few days for the exclusive preview.

Then to top out the first week of October prepare yourself for  the epic Midnight release party! AppleCheeks is bringing a replacement for Dark Chocolate to their permanent line-up. In my experience the marketing for these parties is a huge give-away for the colour, so I am hedging my bets towards a grey or a return of black. Also, don't forget your costume and dress up as your favorite AppleCheeks character! Luckily my Halloween costume is a perfect fit already! So if you feel like playing with all your crazy friends at midnight (1 am here!) in costume, this is the time and place to do it!

Lastly on October 16th there will be one final release. Live from ABC kids expo, our favorite diaper ladies will reveal the new limited edition diaper! My guess for this one are basically the same as the Snuggle Bugz release, though I am leaning more towards a girly colour as this would be a perfect opportunity.

So if you are already riding high on a wave of AppleCheeks love, this month is sure to send you over the top!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Baby Sign and Where have we been?

Where have I been! I know you are all wondering! Well the unexciting explanation is that we have been having some technical issues around here; my laptop is having a tantrum. But luckily I have gotten my hands on DH’s for today.

Quick Evie update: She is now 18 months old, 21lb and 30 inches. She is a running and climbing little whirlwind. She is saying about 40 words and knows 8 signs.

This brings me to today’s topic: Baby sign. Some people have never heard of it, some have heard a lot, but worst of all, some people have heard false/outdated information. For the record I am very pro, but I respect anyone’s researched opinion.

A very messy Evie signing "all done"
We love using baby sign with Evie it really works for her because she needs to be responded to quickly. Before she could talk, she could easily communicate to use her basic needs which kept confusion and tantrums to a minimum. Her first signs were, of course, all about FOOD! Her first sign was “more”, which she also used for food also until she learned a separate sign. This allowed her to tell us if she was hungry for solid foods. Next she learned “all done”, which gave us a split second to get things off her tray before she cleared it herself. She still uses it to communicate when she is truly done with dinner and not just taking a break. “Drink” and “food” followed logically after that, and then we move into a different sector. “Help” has become a wonderfully helpful sign, it allows me to understand when she is frustrated but working on her own problems vs. when she needs me to interfere.

How did we first start signing? When she was about 8 months old we registered for the free weekly class at our library presented by “Talk with Me” which is a government early language program. They taught me that 8 months was the perfect time to start getting a response from her. Before 8 months they can understand signs and can begin learning, but cannot respond very well. We started out gently but somewhere around 9 months she began signing back with her first signs a few weeks before her first words.

From my unprofessional research that is right on track. Babies sign, on average, their first sign about 3 weeks before they produce their first word. Most studies conclude that there is a slight lasting advantage in communication skills for the first few years, even the worst studies conclude it is of neutral consequence. That I guess is my driving point. Please don’t believe the outmoded and false idea that babies will rely on sign and be delayed because of baby sign. When used correctly (the golden rule is to ALWAYS say and sign the word together) it will be at worst a way to communicate and at best may be an advantage. I completely understand it may not be for everyone, I just hope that people have the chance to base their decision on correct data.

I would encourage any parents of young babies to consider sign as it can really reduce frustration for both you and your baby and can be a great bonding and learning time.