DIY: Toddler “Dirt” Pit / Sandbox Alternative

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Louisiana is quite literally being flooded away right now. Our home is, very fortunately, not in a badly hit zone, but we are still being trapped inside all weekend by the constant showers. Which means, cabin fever. And cabin fever + small children means hell.

Luckily, I just happened to finish this little DIY project for Hudson last weekend and it has turned out to be the perfect lifesaver for a rainy day. Heres, how it came to fruition…

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Right outside our balcony door there is a large opening under the railing that is just big enough for a baby or dog to crawl under. And it opens to a 12 foot drop off, leading right down to a hard cement floor. For the last three years, this opening has driven me crazy with worry. We tried covering it with plants and other odds and ends but nothing felt secure enough. So this weekend I finally put my mind to it and used all of my handy man prowess to build…. A BOX! Ha. It was quite easily one of the most simple carpentry projects there is. Four sides and a bottom. But, I was still extremely proud of myself. After all, there was an electric saw involved. And screws. And measurements. And Stains. And Paints. You get the point. I’m basically a DIY Genius, is what I’m getting at here.

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We just happened to have a lot of excess wood lying around from past projects. So, I measured that pesky opening in the stair rail and cut the wooden boards down to make a rectangular box that would cover it perfectly. Screwed all of the pieces together. Covered the holes with some wood putty. And Stained and Painted some cute stripes on it. Finally I sealed it with a polyurethane spray to protect it from the elements.

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My original plan was to make it into a flower bed. But, I have whatever the opposite of a green thumb is. And I knew my son would inevitably dig in the dirt and ruin it anyway. So, with that in mind, I decided to scratch the live plants idea and fill it with rubber mulch. It’s fairly inexpensive, relatively un-messy (compared to actual dirt) and perfect for your truck obsessed little ones to plow and dig in for hours of fun.

Hudson and Holland have both used it daily since we introduced them to it and I no longer worry about impending doom from falling off of the balcony. It’s a win win! This idea is also a wonderful alternative to a sand box, in my opinion! Let me know if you give it a try!

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Week 24

(20 weeks)

Last month we went in for Baby’s 20 week Ultrasound.

It was one of the best experiences of my life, to see the little guy dancing around and to watch the excitement on Jamy’s face as he got to see his little boy for the first time.

We were very grateful to see that everything was developing on schedule… 10 fingers and 10 toes, a beating heart and some rambunctious kicking.

There was a slight case of renal pelvic dilation in one of his kidneys. However, we were told that it is extremely common in babies (Especially little boys) and usually clears up on its own by delivery.

Just to be safe we went back in yesterday to look in on it. Now he is experiencing some dilation on both sides, but, there is a range of dilation that is considered normal and his was well within that range. So, thankfully, we were sent out with a bill of clean health!

We tried to get a few pictures yesterday, but he was being very uncooperative. We came away with one very grainy picture of the little guy. He’s facing the ‘camera’ (on the right side of the picture) and it looks a little like he’s waving (in the top part).

All-in-all it was a great day for our little family. I’m feeling very blessed this weekend.

(A feeling I’m sure I will not have, when I go back, in two weeks for my Gestational Diabetes test.)