I would recommend having her tell you want she wants instead of whinning or pointing. We've done this with DD since she could first vocalize what she wants and now she talks so well....4 word sentences already! Also while playing with her or reading to her, ask her to repeat the word and encourage her when she does. Does she have much interaction with older kids? If not, I'd recommend having her play with older kids in a group or some kind. I think that's really help DD too b/c she's in daycare and plays with the 2-3 year olds every afternoon, so she hears them and wants to talk too. Good luck and I'm sure she'll come around to talking soon!View Thread
We've done calendars from Wal-Mart's website and they turned out nicely.
Another thought, if anyone is interested in photo books, Target has a $5 off coupon on their website for an 8.5x11 double sided book. Just throwing that one out there for whoever may be interested.View Thread
One other thing, there is a website call dog.com that sells dog supplies at a discount and you can get free shipping if you spend over $69. They sell LOTS of stuff including flea and tick medicine.View Thread
We have a lab mix (Zoe) and she was 1 when DD was born. There were a few times that we had to deal with jealousy issues but overall Zoe did really well with Alexandra. They are BEST FRIENDS now and love to play with each other. My favorite thing is when Zoe chases Alex and she comes screaming towards me to "protect" her. The only thing that we still have to watch is that Zoe gets mad when Alex approaches her while she's eating, so we're just teaching Alex that she's not allowed near the dog during that time. Overall, Zoe is very tolerable to whatever Alex does to her.
I think your puppy will adjust just fine, since she won't know a life without your DD. Zoe's problems steamed from being an "only child" for almost a year before Alex came along. For the sound of it, your DD and puppy already love playing together.
As far is potty training the puppy, we kept Zoe in a crate at night and during the day when we were at work. Dogs don't usually go to the bathroom in there "territory" so she rarely had an accident in her crate. We lined it with blankets/pillows/stuffed animals to make it her home. We took her outside often and like the PP said if she had an accident in the house or in the process of going, we'd take her outside right away to show her that pottying happens outside. We also used the words pee and poop often...to this day she kind of poops on demand. Then we'd give her treats for doing her business outside. NEVER scolled the dog for going to the bathroom in the house, it makes them scared to go at all. The plus for you is the lab breed, they are very easy to train b/c they want to please their master.
One other thing to watch out for, is chewing!! Labs love to chew, so I'd recommend getting her nylabone instead of rawhide...less messy and last longer. They come in like 4 different sizes, try starting with the puppy size to see how long that lasts and then move to a stronger strength. Zoe loves to chew A LOT so she's on the strongest bone. Also watch out for DD's toys and certain foods. Zoe swolled a peach pit and had to have surgery to remove it from her intestines...very expensive!!!
Good luck and don't worry they'll get along just fine!! :c) Let me know if you have any questions.View Thread
We do time-outs for discipline. When DD is doing something she shouldn't she gets 2 warnings and then time-out. This even applies to cry/whinning when she wants something. I personally think after 1 they can understand time-out. The first few times I had to sit with her b/c she kept trying to get up. When she's whinning I tell her that as soon as she's finished crying and ready to use her words then she may get up. However, if I put her in time-out for being bad (hitting) she stays for about a minute. Then I remind her why she was in time-out. Hope this helps a little.View Thread
At this age, the before bed bottle is more of a habit than a necessity. One night try explaining to her that she's a big girl and that bottles are for babies, so you gave all of her bottles away. Seriously when she's not looking throw them away so that you aren't tempted to give in. We did this with the paci and the first night was tough (CIO all over again) but it got easier each night. We just kept reminding her that pacis were given to the babies. If you still want to give her milk, we just give DD a sippy of milk after dinner and let her drink out of it during the evening when she chooses. Before bath/bed, I'll ask her one last time if she wants anymore. Good luck! I find that just taking something away works easier than gradually doing it. That could just be my DD though.View Thread
I too did not watch the show but I just wanted to let you know that there is a LifeTime movie called The 19th Wife that I did watch. In this movie there is one family that the husband refuses to take a second wife and then there's another family that the husband has 19 wives and he is murdered. Anyway, I won't spoil any of the plot in case someone wants to see it but I did find some things interesting. I don't know how realistic this movie was but basically the leader was telling the women lies. For example, after the husband is murdered the leader of the community says that he will marry all of the 19 wives in order that they will go to heaven. In their beliefs a unwed woman can not get to heaven. So to me, this kind of lifestyle the woman are brain washed into it and are scared to get out.
What makes me wonder, if there are so few men and so many woman don't they start marrying relatives? I know in the movie the man with 19 wives wants to take one of his daughters as a wife. It's so gross! Honestly, are the men in these communities complete horn dogs?
These are just my feelings based on the movie. Apparently there is a book called The 19th Wife written by Bringham Young's 19th wife who ecscaped the community. I'm now interested in reading that.View Thread
She was exchanging something...I think b/c I saw her at customer service (it's at the front of the store). She did have stuff she was exchanging it for so who knows how long that took her. Today it's rainy and around 70s here, so it's not hot but I still thought it was stupid. Not to mention the car alarm drawing attention to the kid alone in the car.
Last week, DD was sick so I took her to the pedi and on the way home I had to stop for medicine. She fell asleep in the car, so I took her out of her seat and carried her 25 lb sleeping body into the store. I didn't care that she was sleeping, there's no way she was staying unattended even for a few minutes. I figured if she woke up, she'd go back to sleep if she was tired enough and she did!
I agree with PP that people are just self-centered. I look out for DD's well-being before my "comfort" of shopping. If I want to go alone, I wait until DH is around to watch her.View Thread