My Office

I’ve been wanting my own office for a long time. I wanted it so that baby was not allowed in. That meant that dad wasn’t allowed in either because he would let our boy in there too. So, when we moved into the new house and I saw the large closet attached to the master bathroom, I thought it might make the perfect office for me. So far, it’s working just fine. Only when I do laundry I have to shoo my boy out cause the laundry basket of dirty clothes are kept in here also. You can see the wicker laundry baskets (just barely) in the photo below.

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So far, I’ve got my computer, some of my clothes, and some of various other things belonging solely to me in the closet. It’s not totally organized as there is lots of other things that need to be done in the rest of the house. But it works for now till I can organize it better later. I have my files and rough drafts from my new book as well. They are in a pile in my office. I also found my notebook with the passwords that I need to get onto the website to publish my book. So, I’m gradually getting there as regards to working on finishing the publication of my book. My new office will definitely help a lot in working towards that goal and getting it done.

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It’s right in front of the door, so I usually scoot the chair to the side when I’m not at my desk. Other than that, it is just fine. I may rearrange my desk later, but we’ll see if this is the best spot or not.

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Kids and Spit

I’ve been teaching my almost two year old boy how to blow, choke and spit. All of these are important. He can blow on his food if it’s too hot…and he does. He will also choke up his food if he hasn’t chewed it properly and then may rechew it later. Yes, he has done that more than once because he was excited when he was eating. Spitting is mainly for brushing teeth. However it can be a lifesaver too.

So, today, I received a package in the mail with stuff I ordered from a company that sells environmentally friendly body lotions, shower gels, makeup, etc. I had ordered a bunch of soap based products. My boy likes to open the boxes we get in the mail. So, he was into the stuff pretty quick. I thought that there was an inner seal on the tubes and bottles, but I was still watching him just in case. In the blink of an eye, he bit the lid to open it and it opened all right. Out came the soap and into his mouth it went. He was squeezing the bottle so of course the soap came out once the lid was popped open.

I went over to him and told him to spit it out. He was about to try to swallow it even though it tasted awful. Realizing he had the option to spit it out instead, he spit it out really well. After wiping it from his mouth, I then proceeded to tell him the dangers of not listening to mom about chewing on soap products. I then went and got him some water to dilute the remnants of the soap in his mouth. He drank it readily because I told him it was to get rid of the soap in his mouth.

Even though the soap most likely would not have made him ill, I’m still glad that he could spit it out. He had actually just learned to spit quite recently. So glad I thought to teach him early. Saved me some worry.

 

Forgetting the Toothpaste

Toothpaste

So, it often happens that I forget to get something at the store that I need. One time, I kept forgetting to get toothpaste. So, eventually I gave up, and used my little boy’s toothpaste. Now I just keep using it and I bought some more.

I often forget to get things at the grocery store that I need. It’s because he is so particular in what he eats and doesn’t want to eat. I spend so much time wondering what different thing to get him or make for him to eat. So, I end up forgetting the one thing I really needed to get for myself. One time I forgot to get deodorant for myself for two days in a row!

So, I’ve just continued using his infant toothpaste. I have to say that I really like using it. It isn’t a horrible flavor. In fact, it has barely any flavor in it. It’s a clear color instead of the usual white or that icky and horrible blue toothpaste color. It also doesn’t have fluoride in it which is what I look for in toothpaste. Why have fluoride in toothpaste when it’s in the water and thus gets in your mouth when you are brushing anyways. That’s my thinking anyways.

It’s a real pain taking care of a baby/child by yourself. Such things as the above are only a few of the annoyances that happen on a daily basis. Can’t wait till the husband finally gets back. It would feel way too long if he didn’t come home every few months. So, in that respect, it’s not THAT bad.

Going to Bed on the 4th of July

4th of July 2017

This year, I live in a neighborhood with lots of families, so I was wondering how bedtime would go during the fourth of July week. Every evening, there were fireworks being set off and they didn’t stop till midnight usually. However, bedtime went okay for baby. I was rather surprised but happy. I think it helped that he heard them going off and knew what they were before he started on bedtime. He slept through the fireworks each evening. It was rather odd now that I think about it, how he had a hard time sleeping after the firework holiday was over with. Maybe he got used to the fireworks?

I couldn’t go to sleep though. I was envying my baby as he slept through the fireworks. I surely could not do that. I had to wait till 1am till I could even think of sleeping. However, that is my usual time that I end up going to bed anyways.

It’s so odd how a baby can sleep through fireworks, but awaken at other things like noises of someone talking. I do have a white noise machine to cover up some house noises though and I’m sure that helps with house noise. I know though that it did not cover up the fireworks as the fireworks were way too loud.

Gotta write and run as it is nearing my bedtime. I guess I’ll be getting to bed past my bedtime again…..as happens to often.

A Busy Month

It will be a busy time for me beginning next week. I have to make a list of everything I need for myself and baby to take on a plane trip from CA to KS and it will be a two day plane trip because baby can’t sit still for a whole day of flying. He has also developed a huge appetite lately and wants to eat food or breastmilk every hour. I do food one hour and breastfeeding the next hour. I’ll be bringing a lot of baby food for just one flight. I also ordered a portable high chair and crib (for the hotel stays) so we’ll see how that works (or doesn’t work). This will be baby’s first flight so we’ll see how he likes or doesn’t like it.

I will also be living with my sister for about a month till the furniture arrives at the place where we will actually be living. So, living at a place for a month and then picking up and moving elsewhere is gonna be a chore also. I also don’t think baby will like not being able to mess up everything in my sister’s house. At home right now, he has many areas that we allow him to mess up around the house so he can satisfy his curiosity and need to be adventurous. Baby will also need to accustom himself to eating and sleeping in a new environment. So, that might be a little stressful.

When we get to the new house, some baby-proofing is going to need to be done.  I need to get permission to do that so I’m going to try magnetic ones that don’t use screws or whatnot. We’ll see how they work or don’t work.

I also have to find a babysitter/nanny/housekeeper since dad will be going out of the country for his job for a while. Since baby doesn’t like new people and takes a while getting used to someone new, this will be stressful also. Also, not all babysitters/hired help are reliable or actually put in some effort. They just want to do nothing and get paid for sitting down on their butt. So, that is something I need to watch out for also. I may consider getting cameras/security system installed for this reason.

So, yep, a busy month is ahead. I think it will be a busy two months actually. If not longer than that. Dad/husband will be busy too helping us move and getting himself ready for his new post outside the country.

I haven’t forgotten my book. It will be ready for sale eventually.

Note: Image is one I found online. I did not create it.

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Kids and Toys

Before I had my baby, I had certain expectations about toys. I didn’t really want to give my boy fifty million toys. However, I figured out later on that lots of toys are almost a necessity for their development. However, there is a difference between a toy-toy and a learning toy. We have lots of learning toys and that is the difference.So, we have our home basically occupied by baby toys/stuff in almost all the rooms.

We also have things that really aren’t toys but help him develop also. Things like empty water bottles we give him to crush. This helps with muscle development in his hands. We also give him paper and junk mail to rip. That helps with the muscle development in his hands also. He also likes chewing on plastic cups and his sippy cup. This helps with his teething issues. Actually, many things are a “chewie” basically that helps his teething. He even wants our hands to be his chewies but we tell him no for that one. We have the regular chewies that are sold for teething, but he seems to like non-regular chewies better.

So, you see, toys can be basically anything for babies. Some we buy and others just come to us in the mail. Other toys come from when we buy stuff on our grocery list. There’s no end to the items that can be a toy for a baby.

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