WayZoo colouring book + sweepstakes

We had the most wonderful winter weather yesterday. No snow, lots of sunshine, above zero temperatures. Then, without warning we got six inches of new snow. While Elijah loves to be outside and loves to make snow angels, he prefers to make them on dry ground and smile at the imaginary snow angel he just made. He thinks he likes snow, but we often spend more time getting him dressed to go play in the snow than actually playing in the snow.

Just this morning he fell down onto the floor in our living room, wearing only his shorts, and started waving his arms and legs. He stood up, pointed to the floor, and said “Mommy! A snow angel! Look, Mommy!”

Lately, Elijah’s indoor activity of choice (besides Netflix, which we’re trying to watch less of), is colouring and painting. On Saturday morning he got out of bed at 5:30 a.m. (Why child?! Why?!), grabbed his paper and markers and killed some time making beautiful 2-year-old artwork.

He has a couple of colouring books I purchased from a store, but he doesn’t really respect the books. He rips off the cover page and colours each and every page within 10 minutes of receiving the book. So when I was told about the WayZoo Colouring Book by Wayfair, my interests were piqued. 

Wayfair Colouring Book
I printed the 10-page book and set Elijah up at the kitchen table with his markers. He loved all the animals and was super excited to have some new pictures to colour. I think he blew through all 10 pages in five minutes, but that’s two-year-olds for you. Since the colouring book was free, the fact that he destroyed 10 pages in five minutes didn’t irk me. I knew I could just print more later.
WayZoo Colouring Book - familychatter.ca WayZoo Colouring Book - familychatter.ca
In addition to providing a cute colouring book for free, Wayfair has also put together a giveaway. On February 27, Wayfair will chose five lucky kids at random to receive an art package including an easel, paints and markers. I’ll definitely have to submit one of Elijah’s beautiful pages. 
So, if you like me have kids who only think they like to play in the snow, check out the WayZoo Colouring Book. It’s super cute, and who knows – they might even win some new art supplies.



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How we kicked the soother habit

Anyone else have a two and a half year old in love with his soother (sous, pacifier, su-su)?

From day one of Elijah’s little life our MAM pacifiers were a sanity-saver. He and I struggled to get a good thing going when it came to breastfeeding but he seemed to  want to suck on something, anything really except my breast. My mom went out to Walmart and brought back some infant pacifiers. 

So Mom, Elijah’s soother addiction was your fault 🤣

I can remember going for a walk up town one day when Elijah was about two months old and having to turn around because somehow I managed to leave without grabbing the pacifier. I had hopes and dreams of running errands, enjoying the sunshine, stopping in for a visit at the office. All these hopes and dreams were crushed as soon as Elijah started crying (and boy could he cry!) and I realized I had forgotten the magic pacifier. 

I turned around and walked the seven minutes home with my screaming baby. I am sure we disturbed the whole neighbourhood. Grabbed his pacifier and realized I had lost valuable time and sanity and chose to stay home and enjoy the sunshine outside instead.

This incident (and the 100s like it) are why we had no less than six pacifiers within an arms reach at all times. They were in the diaper bag, the car and truck. Several rooms in the house. Everywhere. 

Fast forward two and half years. Many pacifiers died a sad used death, a couple got snipped by a frustrated parent *cough*wasn’t me*cough,* or lost. He had one left. 

Then, one day after being warned that his sous would disappear if he didn’t leave it in his room, Elijah was forced to say goodbye to his last pacifier. Gone. One minute he had it, the next it was in two pieces. 

I snipped it. Not in front of him, that may have traumatized him for life. But I snipped it and presented him with both halfs. The following pictures accurately describe how he accepted he news. 

I admit I did it out of frustration, but I might have never found the motivation otherwise. 

How did the first bedtime go? Flawlessly. As did every nap and bedtime after that. He has asked for his sous at bedtime a handful of times but after being reminded that it’s gone, he moves on.

So how did we kick the soother habit? Cold turkey. And it worked. 

I hope we’ve inspired you who are trying to figure out how to muster up the courage to kill the soother. There is no right age in my mind, do it when you feel ready. Good news is that if snipping your toddlers soother is a terrible mistake – every Walmart, grocery store and Shoppers has replacements 😄

Next on the toddler to do list: Potty training.