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Things I Love: Mustela PhysiObebe

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
By Glinda

My love affair with this product began with the Munchkin, and has continued with the Munchkinette. 

Where to start?  It is a no-rinse wash for babies that is perfect for (ahem) the holidays when you are staying out later than normal and possibly skipping baths, yet still needing to cleanse sensitive areas.  It is ridiculously easy to use, smells fabulous, and if you just make sure it isn’t cold before applying to baby, then everyone is happy as a clam.  This is one of my favorite shower gifts to give to new moms. 

 It comes in handy way more often than you would think.  Got a kid who gets carsick often?  This is the product for you.  I used it more times than I can count on the Munchkin, who was famous for his ability to get sick in the car on even the shortest of trips.  Takes the smell right off them.  Same for a diaper explosion or any other of the three thousand things that happen to kids that make them dirty and smell not-so-superfantastic.

If you have a baby or know someone that does, get it.  You won’t regret it.  It’s also paraben, triclosan, and pthalate-free.

The Nine Circles of Parenting Hell: Circle Eight, The Child Who Cannot Blow Their Own Nose

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
By Glinda

It certainly looks like an instrument of torture, doesn’t it?

In fact when I was a young child, I remember seeing one of those in our bathroom (and mercifully the memories of it having been used upon me blanked out) and thinking that something that looked like that could only be used for nefarious purposes.

It is bad enough to have a baby/young child with a cold.

What makes it ten times worse is that you have to use the bulb to suck out the mucous, and in doing so, the child in question screams bloody murder and is obviously quite certain that you are trying to suck out their brains.

At least that is certainly what my daughter was thinking as I would approach with the bulb, and the terror in her eyes was enough to make your heart melt.  However, the only option other than not suctioning is that they can’t breathe, so the choice is obvious.  Heartless mama that I am, I would have to pin her little arms down else she would try to push my hands away.  I in no way blamed her, and that must make it all the more traumatic that your mother is purposefully putting you in a chinlock and attempting to remove your brains from your head via your nose.

After one such session, which resulted in screams and tears heard ’round the block, I came out of the room and made a feeble joke about our neighbors thinking we are horrible parents.  My husband looked at me and said, “Forget the neighbors, I almost called Child Services on you myself.”

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
By Glinda

Dear Child #2:

What happened?

You see, you were supposed to be the “easy baby.”

Your brother? A colicky, extremely clingy, “high need baby” as described by Dr. Sears.

So everybody assured me that with you, I could expect the laid back, happy baby that would sleep wherever you put her.  The one you could pack up in the car and take on a trip with no problems.  The one who would lay calmly in her car seat while we lunched at a restaurant.  The baby who was just glad to be there.

But I didn’t get that.

You are very different from your brother, but you also are a high need baby.

You have difficulty sleeping, you are a fussy eater, you loudly and violently let people know when you are even the slightest bit unhappy, you are unrelenting in your need to have your way, you won’t eat with anyone but me, and you are basically making my life a heck of a lot harder than I thought it would be.  You are a delight in so many ways, but you are by no means “easy.”

Your Mama is old.  She is too tired for this.

Can you please be a bit more like those other babies we saw at the park last week? 

You know, the ones who weren’t driving their moms crazy?



Single White Female

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
By Glinda

I’m never alone.

She knows my every move.

Nothing I do escapes her watchful eye.

Whether it’s washing dishes, making lunch for my son, or tending to the plants in the front of the house, she sees it all.

If I leave her field of vision, she gets upset.  Really upset.

Who is this stalker, you ask?  Who is this person who has way too much time on her hands?

Is it my neighbor, who covets my minivan and my lifestyle? Is it a friend, who cuts her hair like mine and steals my clothes?

Nope, it’s the chick sitting over there on the floor, one minute batting her blue eyes and cutely cooing “Ma-mumm,” and the next minute in a fit of true hysteria (today vomiting because she was crying so hard while I had to go the the bathroom, bad mama that I am, with a functioning bladder!) until I am in her sight line again.

Yep, it’s called “separation anxiety” and I think I’d rather have Bridget Fonda trying to take a shot at me.

Infants, Inc.

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
By Glinda



From the Desk of: The Munchkinette

To: Nine and Ten Month Olds 

Greetings everyone!  It is with great pleasure that I announce the success of our current campaign to “Add Gray Hairs!” or AGH! for short.  AGH! has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations, especially in the sleep deprivation category.  The National Hair Coloring Council, a sponsoring partner, is especially thrilled. 

Our team has done a wonderful job of the old “bait and switch.”  All that great sleeping we did for the past few months? It really lulled those moms into a false sense of confidence. When we began waking up screaming at all hours of the night, they didn’t quite know what hit them.  You know your job has been well done when your Mom stumbles around at 3 AM muttering “This too shall pass,” like someone saying their ten Hail Marys after confession.

Combine that front with the fabulous fussiness from teething you have all been exhibiting, and those gray hairs are sure to be popping up all over the place! Based on this internet forum alone, I’m  thinking that some bonuses are right around the corner!

Keep up the great work you have been doing with AGH! I am so proud of all of your efforts.

Just wait until we start walking!  They’ll take years to recover!


cc: Four to Eight Month Olds


Sun, Salutations

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
By Glinda

Things I Love: The World of Eric Carle Developmental Elephant*

Friday, June 25th, 2010
By Glinda


So much to do in one compact, lightweight toy

Based on a character in the Eric Carle book Do You Want to be My Friend? I was dubious about the merits of the elephant at first. But I quickly became a convert.

This is far and away my daughter’s favorite toy, as it has many different sounds, textures, and features.   It’s got crinkles, it’s got hard teethers, it’s got textured teethers, it’s got soft teethers, a mirror, a mouse that squeaks, and a handy dandy clip that is seemingly just as much fun to chew on as everything else.

My son gave him the rather unimaginative name of Eric, as he saw the clip and figured that was his name. But, when all else fails and nothing seems to please my daughter, the magic of Eric prevails.

*This was bought as a gift from my sister.

Teething Biscuit Giveaway!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
By Glinda

St. Amour Teethers


Remember those teething biscuits I raved about?

Well, the owners of the company were awesome, and sent me a few boxes of them, along with some of their other products, which are some lovely kid-friendly cookies called Dino Bites in different flavors. All of the products are 100% natural, vegan, and well, awesome. I have to admit that I am not a vegan, and love my butter, but even I really enjoyed the cookies. They are light, delicately flavored, and have just the perfect amount of crisp.

So, I’d like to give you some! I’ll be giving away four sets of teething biscuit/cookie combos, with a total of three boxes per prize.

Here’s how you can enter:

One entry for adding Teeny Manolo on your RSS feed.

Two entriesfor becoming a fan of Teeny Manolo on Facebook.

Two entries for following Teeny Manolo on Twitter. (Be like Veronica Webb, who for some strange reason is following me! I will confess to screeching when I saw the name! Love her!)

Three entries for blogging about the giveaway and linking back to the site.

The first three options are easily done by looking for the handy-dandy Twitter, Facebook, and RSS buttons at the top of the peach-colored middle column of the site.

The winner will be picked by random number generator on Tuesday June 22, 2010.  Unfortunately, contest winners must be from the United States or Canada.  I love you Aussies, but it would cost me a fortune!

You must leave a comment on this post so I know how many entries to give you! We work on the honor system here, so don’t make me disqualify you!

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