Friday, January 29, 2010

Great Pregnancy Information

Sorting through my bookmarks I came across this link.  This article does a great job explaining many of the problems with maternal care in our country.  Very informative.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mothering Magazine - Digital Version

I really enjoy reading Mothering magazine.  Some (but not all) articles are on what most would consider the very extreme side of "natural" living/parenting.  I really like the alternative perspective it gives compared to more mainstream parenting magazines and how it points out aspects of our society and challenges you to think about why we do things the way we do.  I also like the fact that it is privately owned and not a product of the massive American media machine ;).

For the past couple years I have been checking out this magazine at the library when each new issue comes out.  I've thought about subscribing, but I can get it at the library for free and doing so saves paper and waste so I haven't.  But the last few issues have had some really good articles that I've wanted to keep.  I decided to look into their digital version, but I kind of assumed that you couldn't print out the articles so I didn't know how much good it would do me.  Well you can print out the articles and the technology they use to deliver the magazine is very impressive (to me as a computer programmer).  You can also buy digital reprints of popular articles and soon they will have the ability to purchase digital versions of back issues.  And it is ridiculously cheap at $6 for a year's subscription. 

They have a sample issue here:

The current sample is the July/August 2009 issue and the article on Breastfeeding in the land of Genghis Khan is so interesting.  The vaccine articles are also extremely informative. 

*Mothering magazine did not sponsor this blog in any way.  This is wholly my own personal opinion.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Great Blog Article About Learning Domestic Arts

I read this blog post last summer and I have thought about it a few times since because it so very accurately described some of my very own thoughts.   So I decided to track it down, which wasn't easy, and share it/save it.

Monday, January 25, 2010

First Steps?!

One week before Allie was 8 months old she took her first step.  She decided it was time for her to be able to bridge the gap between her toy and the couch without having to put her hands on the ground.  She's a crazy baby!  She's very wobbly but occasionally she is able to have a successful step between things.  I'm predicting that she'll be walking in about 3 weeks.  Oh my.

I think she's also working on mixing up her naps.  She's pretty much down to only two naps a day.  The last few days she even has taken some longer one hour naps (yay), but yesterday she took a 2+ hr nap!  That's the longest nap she's taken since she was a month old.  But now she seems to be going to bed earlier too, which is ok, except when she decides she should get up early too.  I don't like getting up before 8, so 6:30 is much, much too early.  Oh well. 

She really wants to do everything her sister does.  She gets very upset when Selena is painting and she actually has a tantrum because I won't let her.  I would let her if she didn't insist on sticking everything she finds in her mouth.  She loves her daddy too.  She's constantly chasing him around the house and she gets very sad when he doesn't pick her up immediately.   She gets very excited when he comes home from work, and she got super worried when he went out on the roof to trim a tree.  I think she remembered me getting stuck out there.  She calmed down as soon as she saw him safe and sound. 

She is eating real food well now.  Most of the stuff she gets in her mouth she ends up swallowing.  She doesn't seem to have a huge preference for anything specific yet.  She pretty much just wants what everyone else is eating. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Potty Trained!!

Woohoo!  Selena is officially potty trained and I am so happy.  She still wants a diaper at night, but wakes up dry 75% of the time, and thus I've gone back to putting her in cloth so I don't have to buy diapers for her (we had been using disposables at night).  About a month ago she just stopped having the one or two accidents she would have during the day, and she started waking up in the middle of the night to go.  It took about 7 months but it finally clicked.  So my lesson learned, and what many experienced mom's tried to tell me, was to wait.  Treats and candy did entice her sometimes to go, but I regret using them.  I think with Allie we will wait till she is able to dress herself.  Then we will show her the potty, offer some undies, and let her take the lead.  But even though on one hand we did start too early with Selena, on the other hand she was ready to poop in the potty and for that I am thankful we haven't been changing poopy diapers the last 6 months.

Christmas was fun.  It was exciting this year because Selena was actually anticipated Christmas this year (except she still talked about her birthday more often).  She got some neat blocks, a scooter, and a doll house but, unfortunately she hasn't played with them too much.  She just really isn't into toys and never has been.  Whenever she plays independently she either just talks to herself, runs around the house, or plays in the sink.  The exceptions are her baby doll and her little stuffed dogs Howlidays and Douglas.  She does enjoy the toys when I play with her though.  

The last couple months Selena has been doing a lot of cooking.  She helps me with most meals.  She really likes stirring and rolling out dough.  She has learned a few hard lessons about not tasting the food before I say and has got mouthfuls of raw ginger and unsweetened cocoa or chocolate.  She also likes to mix up her own concoctions.  But when she mixed up flour, brown sugar and ketchup and insisted that I eat the "cereal" she made it was a little too much for me.  She used such persuasive arguments like telling me "its just food", and she is top chef so I should eat it, and even trying to trick me by telling me there was no ketchup in it.  Luckily I distracted her with Curious George and got out of eating it.  But despite her love of cooking she will hardly eat anything.  She went from a baby who ate everything to a toddler who eats nothing.  Starting around 18 months she slowly started eliminating things she would eat.  Now she pretty much lives on peanut butter and jelly, pasta, and rice.  I am exaggerating, but not by much.  I even got the book The Sneaky Chef which had a recipe for putting some carrot/yam puree in her cheese casadia. Selena spotted a difference in the color quickly and said she didn't like it anymore.  She even refuses to try dessert type foods that she would definitely like if she would just put it in her mouth.  My only consolation is that I was super picky as a child and I eventually grew out of it.

Other cute Selena stories:
  • She has turned from a human child into a kitty cat.  Even when she is pretending to be a dog she will say that the "kitty cat is pretending to be a dog".  
  • One day we were talking about how when she turns three she can go to sleep on her own and a few days later while I was putting her to bed she started getting teary and was telling me that she didn't want to grow up, and she didn't want to be a big girl and was asking me how she could stop getting older.  Of course that made me feel so bad and I assured her I will snuggle her to sleep as long as she wants.  
  • Sometimes while she is going to bed I'll rub her back to relax her and lately if I go to rub it she stops me and says, "Mom.  You have to ask me if you can rub my back."  So I ask her and she says, "Yes.  Thank you for asking."  :)  
  • Another day she was doing something that I didn't like and I asked her why she was being mean to me and she said it was because I was mean to her.  So I asked her what I ever did that was mean and she said "You take things away from me like scissors and stuff."  Which is true. 
  • We took her roller skating which she absolutely loved. 

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 In Review and 2010 Goals

2009 was a pretty good year.  I quit my job and had a baby.  I have made huge improvements in my ability to cook.  I learned how to bake bread and make ice cream.  I have made significant progress in eliminating processed foods from my diet.  I wasn't able to sew as much as I would have liked the last half of the year but I did make some great soft structured baby carriers and some nice maternity shirts.  I read 52 books this year, which I find amazing, because I honestly didn't feel like I had much time to read.  I read a lot about gardening and attempted a small container garden that was a little bit successful.  I didn't run much, but enough that I'm not so that I can still run a few miles without it being too difficult. 

For 2010 my main goal is to make an attitude adjustment.  I have been feeling grumpy, frustrated and stressed often.  It is mostly small things that get to me--taking an hour to get out the door, not having any time to myself, the house always being a mess despite feeling like I am constantly cleaning, being pulled in different directions all at once, not getting enough sleep.  So for 2010 I am going to try and put things in perspective and simplify. I want to enjoy the time I spend with my family.  If I get sometime to myself great, but I want to stop dwelling on what I would rather be doing and enjoy what I am doing.  It doesn't matter how long it takes us to get out of the house, and it doesn't matter if the house is not clean.  I'll do my best to get as much as I can done, but my best won't every be perfect, and that is ok.  This is going to be a hard goal.  Not getting decent sleep makes it hard to be in a good mood, but I am going to try. 

There are some things I'd like to do in 2010, but if I don't get to them it is fine.  I'd like to keep working on eliminating processed foods.  I'm going to work on reducing my sugar intake and contemplate eliminating sugar (except right now I can't possibly imagine life without ice cream).  I'm going to work on getting Selena to eat more variety.  I'd love to sew a pair of pants that look good and fit.  I want to do a vegetable and fruit garden.  I'd like to read at least 50 books again.  I want to run some more, and possibly do a half marathon (very slight possibility). 

Happy New Year!