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.

 

Art Merchandise Swap

Ever do a merchandise swap? It’s like a gift exchange, but in my case it was a swap of two different types of art items. She created a figurine of an orange cat for me. I sent her one of my books that I have already published…..my first book. She ended up send me hers first because I was just too busy to be first. LOL…

I decided on an orange cat because those are my favorite kinds of cats. I don’t have any cats or any animals of any type. However, if I did, it would be an orange cat. They are beautiful cats and they often have a “leave me alone” personality. I like the independent animals that don’t need 24/7 attention. After all, I have a child who demands me almost 24/7…well, 18/7 is more realistic cause he does sleep but he wakes often.

It came out very nicely, though not as I had expected. I also love the pose she gave it. At first, I was going to put it in my china cabinet. However, I have mini plants on the window sill in the kitchen and it looks quite comfortable and happy sitting there with them. So, I’m going to keep it on the kitchen window sill.

I would have liked to post a pic of the kitten on the window sill. However, I was not expecting to have the time to write this post so I did not take a picture. I also didn’t have the time yet to take a picture. But, I do have a picture I took of the cat when I first took it from the box. It is sitting besides my choice of drink for this year’s Christmas dinner. There’s a star ornament sitting besides the cat that she sent me also.

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If u like what she did for me, then you can contact her through facebook. Her business page is https://www.facebook.com/heaventoearthcrafts/

 

Writing when your Doing it All?

Trying to continue to write when u are pretty busy is a little daunting. By writing I just don’t mean, writing a story. I mean doing the whole book process. The illustrations, the formatting, etc. It takes a lot of work to find time when already busy with other things. As if I wasn’t busy enough, I had another serious thing happen to further delay the writing process.

Yep, I ended up being sick for three days before I decided to go to the hospital. I thought that I would get better, but I didn’t. So, that’s why I waited to go see the doctor. They originally thought that it was a hernia, but it turned out to be a gall bladder infection. So, I was surprised to be told that I needed surgery. I was expecting to go back home after the diagnosis, but it wasn’t so.

So, the surgery is over now and my gall bladder is gone. I am at home and it has been a day since the surgery occurred. I have a bunch of bandages on my right side in the stomach area. I’m walking rather slowly and taking antibiotics and pain medications. I’m hoping that I’ll be walking a little faster in a week.

So, again, another setback to working on Kathlean’s Bad Day.

However, I did start writing the third book in the Pinkboat Series. I haven’t decided on the title’s name yet though.

So, I am writing but not getting the publishing of my 2nd book done. 😦 Hoping to get the corrections done on Kathlean’s Bad Day soon.

 

 

Going to Bed on the 4th of July

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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.

You are You

So, I often hear this phrase, “if she/he can do it, so can I/you”. Seriously? Do you really think everyone can do what everyone else can do? That is really dumb. I especially hate it when people use it when comparing themselves to others and insulting the other person because they can’t do something. So, why am I writing about this?

Well, because people say it to me often when I say I can’t do something. I really can’t do it and they don’t believe me. They say, “You’re just lazy”…..”That’s just an excuse”. It gets me mad every time. I know who I am and what I can do. I have my limitations, but I guess I’m not an individual. I guess that everyone forgets that we are all individuals and are all different in our capabilities. I never impose that ridiculous saying on anyone because it is so not true.

Always remember that everyone is different and no one is the same. We are all individuals and are all capable of different things. Some things we cannot do. Other things we can do very well. Just imagine if everyone was the same….what a boring world that would be!

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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How Many Books Do You Need?

“How many books do you need?!” That was the question my husband directed towards me the other day. I had ordered four books about weaning. Each book is about a different point of weaning so of course I ordered more than one book.

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I already finished reading the book in the image above this paragraph. It was about how to decide when is the proper time to actually wean the child. Another book I am reading is about how to do Baby Led Weaning. That book is actually about when and how to introduce solid foods to your baby without the use of purees. The book is below this paragraph. I haven’t finished reading it yet.

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The other two books I have I have not finished reading yet. One is a recipe book so it really isn’t a book to actually read….just look through. I only read two books at a time. Since I have finished reading one of the four books, I have started reading another. So, I am now also reading Weaning Made Easy. It is in the photo below. Can weaning really be made easy is my question. I’ll see about that soon enough, but I think my child won’t be weaned easily. He doesn’t like chewing food as much as he likes chewing non-food items like cardboard and any other thing lying around….including your hand. He also loves breastmilk from the source and he has never liked it from the bottle.

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So, I guess I need four books on Weaning so far, but who knows? Maybe I will get another just so that I can be really informed. Weaning is something that needs to be done right or the baby will not get enough nutrition. Also, he can end up really crabby if taken off the breastmilk too soon. Oh, and don’t forget the breastmilk makers. Those things need tender loving care also and it’s best to not wean too quickly for that reason also. Clogged milk ducts and other problems can occur if baby suddenly stops eating or severely decreases his feedings. I have already had clogged milk ducts a number of times already and they are painful. Sometimes he just doesn’t want to eat regularly.

But, yes, I like to read so that I can be informed on things that are important to me. Weaning correctly is very important to me for the reasons stated above. So, while I found four books that I think have valuable information on weaning, I may end up getting another. No, I think I am set with weaning. My next book I am going to get sort of involves weaning though. It is about putting the baby to bed and getting him to sleep through the night without the baby having to wake up to eat every four hours. It’s a no-cry method which is what I want. My baby wakes every four hours usually, so I want to get a book on this. I have already picked out the title because it was a book suggested in one of the books I just read. I just have to find the book and order it. Books, here I come!

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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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Custom Made Sailboat Mobile

A very nice Facebook friend of mine (Leslie Everest – The Cracked Pot Handcrafts) made my baby boy a cute baby mobile. She made it sailboat themed and I didn’t even know what it was she was sending me. It turned out really nice. It’s a really nice surprise baby gift. See the pictures in this post below. If you have been following along my journey as a children’s book author, you will know that this goes with the theme of the first book I wrote.

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Photos were taken by me, Kathleen Ivan. The baby mobile was handmade by Leslie Everest who runs a page entitled The Cracked Pot Handcrafts. To see more of Leslie’s creations, see her facebook page. The link to her facebook  craft page is  https://www.facebook.com/thecrackedpothandcraftslke/

My author website: www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

 

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