This past weekend, we had the wonderful opportunity to take part in a video shoot with Danielle Binns a Pediatric Nutritionist and Health Coach for parents.
Danielle needed the assistance of our youngest child – Boo – who helped to prepare some delicious green pancakes – inspired through the Green Eggs and Ham book – and some super healthy and easy to make cookies.
Danielle’s story is absolutely incredible. Reading her story on her website after having met her brought tears to my eyes. I’m not going to re-tell her story. You just need to go read it yourself. You will be emotional, then inspired, and then understand why the services that Danielle offers are so incredibly valuable.
As the parent in our family who cooks breakfast and makes lunches for our kids – one child who has become very picky with food – I found immense value in just learning 2 simple food options from Danielle which we are going to cook at home. Sorry, which Boo is going to cook at home!
Danielle is more than a mother who is incredibly passionate about providing the BEST natural and holistic solutions for other moms (and dads) and babies. She has obtained credentials/certification in the following:
Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP)
“Naturally Designed Pregnancy and Postnatal Nutrition”
“SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding”
Danielle can be found on Facebook through her Facebook Group: Holistic Solutions for Moms & Little Ones.
Happy New Year, for all of us here at The Urban Daddy! Okay, so that’s just me, but it sounds better when it’s coming for a bunch of people, right?
You might have noticed a few changes around here if you arrive at the blog via the URL http://www.urbandaddy.wordpress.com. The theme and cover photo have been changed again and I’m taking this blog back to basics which means more content and less focus on what the heck I’m saying and how it’s being written.
I miss the old days when I would throw up a post and the only reader and only comment would be from my sister who would edit it for me in her comment. LOL.
You might also have noticed that little “R” inside a circle after “The Urban Daddy” and that is because I have registered the trademark “The Urban Daddy”. After 1200 posts covering over 12-years, it was only a matter of time, right?
Another new change is the URL. You can access this blog via http://www.theurbandaddy.ca as well, as I finally had enough time to activate that URL which I’ve owned for the past 5-years.
I hope everyone has a healthy, wealthy and peaceful 2017, and I’d like to end this post with a tidbit of wisdom from my now 7-year-old daughter, who blurted this out on New Years’ Day for some unknown reason;
“In order to have money and not be poor when you are older, you need to earn and save money now when you are young!”
It seems like only yesterday when I was trying to figure out how to gear up for a tax-reporting season with our daughter on the way and unlike our previous two children, I was in no position to take any time off to spend with my family.
Then she arrived.
Now, today, she turned three years old!
Happy birthday Boo!
… and yes, girls are easier… at this age. 🙂
So, Boo had her birthday party last Thursday because our nanny, Gamay, headed off today for a 7-week vacation back home in the Philippines and we wanted to make sure she was here for Boo’s birthday. Gamay has been with us since Stewie was almost 3-years-old, or around 3 1/2 years and her and Boo are quite the team. Boo tickles her and Gamay has taught Boo how to speak, count and sing in Tagalog. The two of them run upstairs in the mornings only to return 20 minutes later and Boo’s hair is braided and clipped up in a wonderfully different way each time, the teachers and Boo’s school can’t wait to see what style Boo will be sporting each day. LOL.
When asked what she wanted for her birthday, Boo replied, “Hello Kitty cupcakes, cake and green beans”. So easy to buy for. I baked somewhere near 120 medium cupcakes for her party which my wife decorated the day before the event, Teamwork!
The funny thing about having a birthday party for a three-year-old before her birthday, then taking her out for her birthday dinner on her actual birthday is that she thought she had 2 birthdays this year, the party being her birthday and tonight’s dinner out being her “other” birthday.
The only hiccup today was Linus trying to explain to her that she was still 2, until after 11pm because she was born that late at night. She kept checking with us, “Am I still 2?” and the more we tried to explain, the more upset she got. So we gave up and said, “yes, today is your birthday and you are three”.
Having a three-year-old means we finally get to push through some parenting improvements her way, like getting her away from asking us to feed her when she’s lazy, or asking us to take off her shoes every now and then. She’s 3 now. She has been sleeping commando for a couple of month now, but we agreed when she turned 3, she could get out of her bed in the middle of the night if she needed to pee instead of calling for me and waking up the house.
That might result in sleep…
So aside from that, it’s amazing to see what an awesome little girl she has turned in to. Still a much smaller version of my wife, Boo loves to sing, loves the colour pink, her Hello Kitty’s, elephants, unicorns and her brothers. She looks more and more like she’s going to be left-handed like me and I think she’s going to be my only hockey player.
She’s sweet, she’s fun, she’s awesome and she’s 3.
In that post I explain to my readership that I will be referring to my oldest son as “Linus” instead of the “Happy Boy”. Not because he’s not happy anymore, but because the similarities between him and the character Linus are striking.
Let’s take note:
Though young, Linus is unusually smart.
Everyone likes to think their child is smart, but we have had Linus tested and we know that he is unusually smart especially in mathematics and music. He does have very strong language skills (often using words like actually, & similar at the age of 2-years-old. He makes interesting connections, and has a fabulous memory. He hasn’t quoted philosophers or found the Great Pumpkin yet, but at the time of this comparison, he was just 3! Now that he’s 7, he’s doing just that (without the Great Pumpkin).
In addition, Linus is almost never without his blue blanket(s), which in our case, is striped. And we don’t let it out of the house, although, if we did, believe me, it would be with him everywhere. And like Linus’ blanket, Blankie has magical powers. If Linus falls and hurts himself, blankie makes the pain feel better. If he’s scared, Blankie makes him feel less so.
I let him read that post and he thought it was pretty cool, but he was not convinced. He also asked about “Stewie”.
So here is what I told him about his “little” brother, our second child, the one we used to call the weed because he was exceptionally long when he was born and continues to grow tall and long. We started calling him “Stewie”. Yes, him. While Stewie is one inch shorter than Linus right now, and wearing the same size clothing for a boy 22 months younger that Linus, we felt Stewie better fit his character.
Our Stewie is a character and a half. He’s stubborn, he’s tough and I swear he’s trying to kill us. He’s very on the ball, he’s very bright and has been known to mutter obscenities in a British accent. No. That last bit I made up. Our Stewie is always thinking.. Always plotting and like the character on the show, Family Guy, has a fondness for chatting to animals.
I mentioned numerous times in the past that I felt Stewie was trying to kill me – he was the cause of my herniated disk in my back and he arrives at my bed at night and just stands there… Staring at me. It’s kind of creepy, to be honest, but he’s determined to get what he wants even if he has to stand by my bed when I fall back to sleep after I’ve told him to go back to his room.
As for our youngest and only daughter, we called her “Berry” from birth, for reasons I think only family and friends understand, but changed her name to “Boo” after she was featured in the show at Disney this past summer.
So after all the explaining all this to him, I took to YouTube and showed Linus video about the Linus character on Peanuts and I watched as his serious face turned to a smile when he realized the similarities.
He turned to me and said; “When I start my own blog, I’m going to refer to myself as Linus too.”
Dodged a bullet.
Have any of you had issues with your kids and the names you chose for them on your blog or have you decided to use their real names?
Change is good when it makes sense, and this change makes sense.
When my youngest child and only daughter, Berry was born almost 3 years ago I tried to figure out a nickname for her that would best suit her personality but as all you parents know, it takes time for the personality to come out and it’s ever-changing from there.
Yes, Berry is our third (and last child) and yes, she is the little sister to 7-year-old Linus and 5-year-old Stewie so we all knew she was going to be spoiled rotten but there was no way I was going to call her “Princess” or anything sickly sweet like that because frankly that’s not the way we roll. The only princess my daughter is going to be – and you can ask her, is; “Princess Leia because she carries a blaster.”
So officially I am changing her character name to “Boo”.
Why Boo, you ask???
Here’s why, and sorry for the long-version…
On Monday night we returned from an extended vacation in Florida. We spent a week at Walt Disney World in Orlando (we were there for a Bat Mitzvah and used that opportunity to plan this trip). After a very hot, tiring and fun week we drove 4 hours south to Fort Lauderdale and spent the next week on the massive Oasis of the Seas cruise ship. After that we found ourselves with an extra day in Fort Lauderdale before our flight home and Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on the state. Our flight back to Toronto was cancelled and the next flight out was September 1st (5 more days). So at 3 in the morning we got up, threw the kids and bags in a rental car and drove 7 hours north-west to Tampa to catch a plane home.
We’re home. Whew.
So what does that have to do with Boo? Context, really.
During our stay in Disney we hit up an attraction at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom called Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. I was skeptical at first that this kid-focused comedy show would be funny. It was hosted on a digital stage by “monster” Mike Wazowski and this attractions essentially is a comedy club for visiting humans. Inspired by the Disney·Pixar movie Monsters, Inc., the audience helps the “Monster of Ceremonies” Mike Wazowski and his wild and crazy pals power the city of Monstropolis—with laughter! (If you have seen the movie, you get it. If not… Sorry). Mike’s manager Roz, however, isn’t so sure Mike can pull it off.
The cool part of this attraction is that the digital characters trade jokes with audience members who can tweet in their jokes, or magically appear on the screen to be made fun of. It was actually quite funny.
At one point in the show, they focus the cameras on a child in the audience to be Boo, a three-year-old human child who has escaped from her room from which one of the characters tried to kidnap her. For the rest of the film, Mike and a character called Sulley try to get her back to safety.
The bad guys use Boo’s screams for power to run their world through the Scream Extractor until Mike and Sulley save her and in trying to get her back to her room, they realize her laughs generate more power than her screams. Boo also overcomes her fear of monsters.
Here is Boo;
coincidentally, Berry had pigtails that day, and well at almost three-years-old with brown hair, she was a dead ringer for the Boo character and after seeing herself on the huge screen, she smiled, shrugged her shoulders in a flirty-way and the audience let out a giant “Awwwwwwwww.”
She was SO cute!
When we were walking through the park, I heard someone say; “Look. That’s Boo from the show.”
Below is a link to the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor show that I found on YouTube. Have a look at the clip if you wish to see how they picked people from the audience to interact with, make fun of and engage in order to get as much laughter from the “humans” to power their Metropolis.
This clip does not have a “Boo” in it, but you can see the size of the screens and how close (and clear) the people are that they feature from the audience; http://youtu.be/bxgS728pCXg.
So please join me in welcoming Boo to The Urban Daddy blog.