Month: July 2014

A Really Good Day

at the zoo

He spent a lot of time with this Tamarin, who is missing an eye.

A couple weeks ago the Kiddo had a Really Good Day.  Not that every day isn’t wonderful, but this day was full of wonder, fun & new experiences that he thoroughly enjoyed.   We went to the zoo and then we went to Grammy & Papa’s and swam in the pool.  Let me tell you, this kid is a water baby.

We’re Going to the Zoo:
We’re going to the zoo
We’re going to the zoo!
We’ll look at some animals
And they might look at you!

There are Monkey at the zoo
There are monkeys at the zoo
They might swing around
And toss some poo at you!  
(before anyone gets upset the orangutang baby did toss poo)

There are turtles at the zoo
There are turtles at the zoo
They might crawl around
And eat some salad too!

There are rhinos at the zoo
There are rhinos at the zoo
They might snuff and snort
And roll in the mud.

There are elephants at the zoo
There are elephants at the zoo
They might eat some hay
And trumpet hello to you!

There are goats at the zoo
There are goats at the zoo
They might take a nap
Or say Naaaaa! to you!

There are polar bears at the zoo
There are polar bears at the zoo
They might swim around
In their pool.

Anyway, the song can go on like that depending on what animals the kid saw, what they did, etc.  Feel free to be silly, my kid though it was hilarious. To the best of my knowledge I came up with the words, but if I’ve accidentally co-opted something, please forgive the Mommy Brain.

 

baby in the pool

Water Baby

After that we went to my in-laws house and it was hot enough that they all decided to go in the pool.  He went too.  He had a blast.  The only issue we’ll have after this is keeping him OUT of the pool when the Big Kids are making it inhospitable for little guys.   

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Temporary Bone Loss Makes a Stronger Mama

On a totally different note, I have a bit of bone loss from pregnancy & nursing. This is totally normal, and some recent studies have alleviated my worries about it being a permanent or bad thing. Not that I’d stop nursing him, but it’s comforting none the less.
Here is a link to the synopsis of the study:
https://www.bcm.edu/research/centers/childrens-nutrition-research-center/consumer/archives/remodel.htm

Much less boring & technical than the study itself, which I think is paid-only reading, and I’m cheap, so…

Replacing The “But” in Parenting with “And”

I hear and read a lot of this statement:
“I love my kids but —“
This got me thinking about how language and thinking are so closely related. Parenting is a tough business and while many (most?) of us will try it for 20 yrs or so, we have a linguistic system that makes any complaint or realistic observation seem like we wish our kids would go Poof! This is not so, and I propose a change in wording and therefore a change in thought.

If I said “I love my son but it takes a lot time to feed him!” that makes it sound like “If I’d never had him I would have so much more time to do something other than feed the little bum.” While that is technically true, it’s not sentimentally true.
If I said “I love my son and it takes a lot of time to feed him!” I’ve just conveyed the enormous amount of time that goes into nursing & mealtimes for my darling boy without wishing he’d never been born.

So there it is.

“I love my son, and this MommyLapNap thing has GOT to end.” Not only is he getting too big for it, there’s stuff I need to be doing while he sleeps… like shower, eat, prepare his next meal, wash clothes, clean up, go pee, etc. Instead I’m sitting here making a blog post about conjunctions.

I actually did get him to lay down on the play mat for about 10 minutes of an alone-nap. Then the microwave beeped & that ended. I should have resisted the allure of hot coffee.

Ooh camera!

I love my son and he can make one heck of a mess!

 

Gratuitous cat picture

Thing 2 in all her infant cat glory.