Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

O How The Things You Get Excited About Change When You Become a Mommy

I am very excited to because I bought a new diaper bag from babysteals.com. It is a Bumble Bag and it is big and really good quality and even better 67% off. There was a time when purses, clothes for myself and other cool household items were exciting. Now it is diaper bags, kids clothes and toys. It is an amazing thing to become a mom. After 9 months of growing this little person in your tummy he or she comes out and this intense love that you never knew you were capable of wells up inside you never to leave. All selfishness you once had, all thoughts of bettering yourself, all else is put aside and everything is now for the little being you just created. It is amazing that motherly and fatherly love that comes from the instincts that are bred into us. I love being a mommy and I love all things mommy. Can't wait till my bag comes.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

A toy that is only a toy to those who have the eyes to see it

As I watch my child pass by the expensive toys that were gifted to her and bought for you, and head straight for the magazine I realize something. As adults we look at something and it's use, and never venture pass that. Being a preschool teacher for so many years I know which toys are best for the development of my child and I have carefully chosen what comes into our house and how it is presented. I have watched with eagerness to see my child explore in the way I have watched so many others do. But she passes up these experiences, for now, and heads straight for the basket of trash. It isn't trash to her and it has been carefully cleaned for her pleasure. I have collected a few items I would have recycled such as yogurt containers, old credit cards, clothes pens, and the little scoopers from formula. She spends hours in the the world of children time but is only minutes in real time. She has spent up to 45 mins pulling these items out, looking at them, tasting them, touching them, discovering how they interact and exploring their properties. What is a toy or an educational tool? To those with an untrained eye, to those who have set aside their imagination it is merely what the pretty little packages in the store, in the toy section, have defined. To children is everything that interacts with the environment. I challenge all parents to look at their environment with new eyes and let your children explore what you may have just thrown away.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Is My Child Really Unsafe Outside?

Last night I read an article in Reader's Digest, "Let's Stop Scaring Our Kids". The woman who wrote the article had let her 9 year old son find his way home from a department store on the subway. She let him do this because he had been "begging me to please let him find his way home from someplace." This lead to an array of outrage across America and landed her son and herself on many talk shows. This article made my ponder my own hypocrisy's. I grew up in the country and some of my fondest memories come from play that was done outside with out my parents. I am sure memories that we all have. The adventures that we would build with our friends. The plots that were developed, the items we found laying around that would be used to build our stories, and day after day the adventure would thicken with new ideas. Looking forward to meeting up again tomorrow so we could act out another idea we had developed, all stemming from imagination, ourselves and the environment around us. Stepping out of a reality into a world of imagination that only ended as the sun went down and it was time for dinner. With eagerness waiting for the next day when the adventure could continue. These experiences are what shaped our interests, our careers, and the way we interact with others. It isn't the 100 multiplication tables we memorized or the H we copied 2o times. It is these experiences that we are leaving our children to grow up with out. Why if this was so important to our development as adults are we so scared to let our children find themselves in their own adventures?
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Monday, September 22, 2008

My Daughter is small?

Today I went for my daughter's 9 month check up. She weighed in at 14 lbs 10 oz. My doctor continues to be concerned about her weight. A little history she has continually come in under 5% however she continues to grow. She has met all the milestones and now she is crawling, holding her self up standing on items and walking along the couch. Every time I go in I prepare myself not to worry knowing that she is just small, but it never fails. Why is it a doctor can make me worry so, even when I know that through research everything is ok. Breast fed babies are just small. Does anyone have an opinion on this or similar situation? Is your baby small? Here are a few sites that have helped me understand things a little better.

Growth Charts for Breastfed Babies

Research How to Make More Milk?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

New to Blogging

New to this and excited to see where it takes me. I love being a mom, doing crafts, and finding cool new things. I hope to post cool things I find and why I like them. My goal to share life adventures good and bad and share all that I discover in my every days.