Learning to Tie your shoes

Posted on September 29, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , |

Ok so does anyone have any tips on teaching kids on tying shoes?

We are working on it. We have a book and keep practicing, though probably not enough…but she just gets so frustrated.

We have done the bunny ears, and through the hole– but her little fingers just keep getting stuck when it comes time to tie the loop.

Now 80% of her shoes are velcro so we don’t get a lot of practice so I know we need to keep practicing…I just wonder if anyone out there has any tricks on ways to do it?

In the meantime we are working on our 3rd loose tooth…and of course this one is a top tooth so I have a feeling we will have our family photos with a jack-o-latern.

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When I grow up

Posted on September 18, 2010. Filed under: What she said | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well we had our first when I grow up conversation. And not a bad first career choice.

MB has decided she wants to be a teacher. She has given it quite a bit of thought.

She has first decided that she will not be getting married.

She wants to be Ms. MB when she is a teacher and therefore will not be getting married so she doesn’t have to change her name.

I choose not to explain to her at this time that she doesn’t have to change her name if she doesn’t want to.

When I asked her if she knew what grade she wanted to teach she said yes she was going to teach 1st Grade.

Why? I asked.

She explained that Kinders were too new and learning how to be away from their parents and what school was all about. By first grade they knew what was up and had the routine down so it would be better to teach 1st graders than Kinders.

I had to laugh.

Guess it is obvious to the Kinders too that they are “adjusting”

I figure it is a compliment to Mr. Kinder that he is able to handle their adjusting. That and the fact that she says she is thankful for him every night during her prayers and comes off the bus smiling every day.

I hear parents complaining that there isn’t enough structure in the classroom…but I think whatever Mr. Kinder is doing is just right. MB loves school, looks forward to it every day- and while it is only the first month I can’t think of a better way to start the very long school career ahead.

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Wow I feel like a “Mother” now

Posted on September 15, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , |

This past weekend I was attending a birthday party of a 1-year-old.

It was a friend of a friend I was visiting.

It was a great low-key party with some great people.

The birthday boy was sitting in his high chair and enjoying some pieces of hamburger.

Mom is in the kitchen making sure all the guests are getting their food. Aunt and Grandma are busy feeding the birthday boy.

I am chatting with friends in the room with the birthday boy.

The Aunt starts screaming “he is choking, he is choking.”

“Mom, Mom- he is choking”

I look over and his face is getting red.

Grandma comes up and starts to pat his back but he is turning redder and his eyes are watering. There is no sound from his mouth.

With wine glass in hand I move from where I am standing and stick my finger in his mouth had do a sweep. The burger bites come out. Birthday boy screams are heard for a second the he calms. I go to the kitchen to wash my hand.

My friend and others were freaking out, you just saved his life. OMG. OMG.

I was un-phased.

That was when I realized I really am a MOM. I know it has been almost 6 years, but this was the moment for me.

I wasn’t stressed. I wasn’t freaked out. It was just a natural reaction. I didn’t even put my wine glass down.

That gut instinct of what to do with the calmness knowing that it was all going to be ok.

Now I don’t need any pats on the back and I don’t really think in my head that I saved his life. I just cleared his mouth. Though I am thankful I did…and the party went back on and fortunately it was low-key enough we didn’t have to stress out the mom too much.  The biggest thing for me is I realize I am a MOM-MOM.

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Going to the nursery

Posted on September 9, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I, What she said | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I keep laughing at MB. She doesn’t find it amusing.

It started when she got off the bus and had lost her first tooth. She told me she had to go to the nursery when her tooth was about to fall out. I waited a minute and said oh you mean the Nurse’s office. Yea, yeah, whatever was the response. We were talking about her first lost tooth- who cares about grammar and the right terminology.

Well as she retold the story again and I again she kept calling it the nursery. I kept giggling. She would glare at me. What did the babies say? She looks at me like I am nuts. Well MB babies are in the nursery. When I am sick or lose a tooth I would go see a nurse not a baby, how about you? Again not amused. But I was.

Last night it happened again. MB was sharing a story. Not a real story. A story that she was making up. Like what if this happened at school kind of story. Someone got hurt and had to go to the nursery.

Oh boy those babies are really good at taking care of hurt kids. Oh, mom, you know what I mean. I said not really. She corrects herself.

Now I sit back and reflect and it still makes me giggle. It reminds me when she used to call the elevator the alligator. Or when she called magazines, maaagaasines. I love those little mis-words.

I know it is my job to correct and teach her the right word, but I must admit I am going to miss when she stops going to the nursery.

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Yes, I cried

Posted on August 30, 2010. Filed under: What she said | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ok today we went to go see Nanny McPhee Returns. You wouldn’t think it is a cry movie. Well I was in tears about 3 different times.

I won’t ruin the movie but those family moments made me cry. I kept the tears a secret but I couldn’t help but wonder if any other mom’s in the theater were crying. I hope so…otherwise I am a little crazy, but we knew that.

The movie was cute and had its share of giggles. MB and I enjoyed our little mid-day movie, but there was one exchange which struck me hard. It also made me realize how grown-up kids can be now-a-days.

Now if you don’t want to hear about any part of the movie don’t read on. 🙂 hehe I just thought I should warn and not be one of those ruin a movie people, even if it is Nanny McPhee.

The father has gone off to war in the movie. Somewhere in the movie a telegram is sent and it isn’t good news. (Yes this is a part where I teared up).

Maddie watches the scene unfold, then turns to me and with a very serious face and said, “Uncle B hasn’t died has he?”. It was a quick exchange when I told her no he was just fine…but as she went back to the movie I was struck by the exchange.

Inside MB’s head:

1) Man in military

2) Family gets message that father is dead

3) MB thinks about her Uncle B in the Army

4) Realizes that military (and maybe cause she hasn’t seen him in a while) can mean death

5) Wants to confirm that Uncle B is alive and not dead

She is 5 years old. Yet what a mature thought process.

Anyone who has a loved one in the military has had that thought.

Fortunately for now Uncle B is not abroad so we sleep a little better, but we know at anytime that could change.

I also am thankful for all the men and women that are there and the families that have to deal with the unknown.

During that brief exchange with MB it made me think about any kids watching the movie who had a parent in the military that was away at the moment, would they have the same thought? Would the thought process be the same? Would it bring up a new worry in their mind that they hadn’t had before?

Either way it was a sad moment for me to realize my 5-year-old had a momentary concern that her uncle could be dead since he was in the Army.

It is impossible to shelter them, but it can’t make me not want to.

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My baby girl..and the memories of photographs

Posted on July 25, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ok so it is hazard of going through old stuff. I was in process of backing up photos onto my hard-drive. I couldn’t help but peek back at some of the year 1 photos that were already on the hard drive. Then I found some old movies. The ones of her baby laugh, her rolling over, her crawling. I teared up…big happy alligator tears. In fact even as I write this I am feeling them well up again, just thinking about those images.

Babies are such amazing little things. Your baby is even more amazing. All those firsts- firsts for her and firsts for me to experience. Who knew you could experience so much love for one human being.

One set of pictures really reminded me of that love. She was just a little over 2 weeks old. We had been home from the hospital about a week. My mom was there with me helping me recover. I wasn’t dealing with the loss (C-section, to internal bleeding, to problem after problem, to a hysterectomy at age 26) that had occurred but was figuring out how to take care of this precious little thing that was my responsibility. My mom was handling the rest. She was my rock, I was her baby. I was MB’s rock, she was my baby. Each mother focused their entire lives on their baby making sure they were ok, they were surviving. (yes tears streaming now). Sometimes I don’t know how it all turned out the way it did. How I found the strength…but when I think about those days and nights one thing is was constant. My mom was there. My baby was there. Both needing me. The power of a mother’s love.

So there we were, things were starting to get back to normal. I was determined to get MB’s baby photos taken, that was what other mom’s would be doing. So we made our first trip out, just has I had planned. My way of getting things back to normal. Story of my life…when things get off-track, when the stress of life gets too much, I make a schedule, I make a plan, think about what normal should be and focus on making that happen if only for 24 hours, a weekend, a week.

Amazing what memories can be invoked with the simple task of looking at photographs.

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