Thankful Posts November 13th and 14th

November 13th: I am thankful for electricity today. If it wasn’t for electric, my mother-in-law wouldn’t be able to breathe, and I wouldn’t be able to play games to escape from reality sometimes. It also helps to entertain my son when I need that 5 minutes to clean, cook, or do homework. Honestly, if we didn’t have electric we would probably find different ways to entertain ourselves and our children, but with this day and age and only minutes at a time, electric is the real MVP here.

 

November 14th: I am thankful for games. Honestly. I am not a violent person, and usually I am calm and level headed. If not, however, I do enjoy picking up the occasional game so that I can get anger/anxiety or even depression I may be feeling out a bit, so that I can go back to thinking well.

 

I’m sorry for not letting you guys know, but I will be either writing something very simple or not writing at all on the weekends. I am deciding to take weekends for my family, unless there’s something huge.

Thankful: November 10th

I am thankful today for food. Rather, the ability to buy and prepare healthy foods.

I know that there’s a lot of places that are actual food deserts, and the loss of honey bees doesn’t help, because now there might be a possible drop in food production in the future. (don’t roast me if there is and I don’t know. I don’t follow that type of thing unless its right there in my face or something. I tend not to find trouble unless it comes to me.) This all being said, I am very thankful that we currently have the ability to purchase food that is nutritious for us and our bodies.

Thankful: November 9th

Today, I am thankful for jobs, which gives my husband and one day I, the ability to provide for our family. If it wasn’t for having a job, my husband wouldn’t be able to provide for us while I go to school. Don’t get me wrong, I have had a job, several of them, which is why to my husband, it’s kind of my turn to succeed in school and be able to get a degree so I might be able to bring in an income. Granted, its only going to be childhood education, teaching preschoolers, at $11 an hour for even 4 hours a day for 4 days a week equals out to about almost $200 weekly. At least here I will be able to make sure we can meet all of our bills, will must husband also bringing this in. I want us to be able to be comfortable, if anything. So yes, thankful for jobs.

Thankful posts 5th, 6th, and 7th

On to the next few days and I promise we are caught up. Thank you for being patient.

November 5th: I am thankful for God. Though I have a recent relationship with God, and still trying to figure all of that out, I am thankful that I have been shown mercy. The mercy I am talking about is, even though I am still struggling in a lot of ways, I am struggling a lot less, sad a lot less, and quite frankly, I have put the cat claws away and stopped being irrational and backstabby. This is huge for me since I am known to be that way as a defense mechanism with having a child young-ish and moving and being homeless and all that other stuff. It’s nice to see that I have been able to cope differently and pray when I need it. God has given me all this grace and mercy to be able to grow, and that’s a huge thing.

 

November 6th: I am thankful for my mother in law. Yup, this may be the only time you ever hear this, but I love my mother-in-law. She has helped me when it comes to growing, and how I react to certain things. Not a lot of people can sit there and talk highly of their mother-in-law, or how amazingly they raised their son, but I think mine did awesome. There’s also that I live with her, and when you live with someone, you become used to who they are and what they stand for.

 

November 7th: Woohoo, finally on the right day. I am thankful for the ability to go to school. Not a whole lot of mothers have this opportunity, and not a lot of people in general do, so the fact I am raising a child and have the ability to attend school with him going to school, and my lowest grade is only an 80, with things not totally being put in, this shows that this is a good thing and that school will be worth it in the long run.

Thankful November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

Hey guys. To speed up the days and catch up, here are my thankful posts for November 2nd, November 3rd, and November 4th. Enjoy!

For November 2nd: I am thankful for my family. Rather, my husbands family who have added me as their own, whether they thought it was a good idea or not. It wouldn’t have happened if God didn’t let it, especially when my family and I are so badly estranged. Not that anybody wanted that, but it was pretty much like that before I even graduated from school. Sometimes that’s just what happens. Granted, my husbands family doesn’t like everything I do, but they will tell me rather than talking to everyone else about why they don’t like it. Even if they don’t, when they realize that there’s no talking me out of whatever I choose, then they decide they will be there for me, and that’s better than my birth family. It’s all about looking at the bright side of life. My husbands family is way better than my own, and I don’t think they know that.

 

November 3rd: I am thankful I have a home to go to every night. This is a big thing because my household has pretty much been homeless and it sucks. Not homeless to where we are sleeping on the street, though it almost came to that. The worst was living with two alcoholics who, one night, listerally got into such a bad fight I called my husbands aunt at 11pm or later to take Baby Chewy because I would rather him not with me than with me and possibly in danger. Since then, we have gotten on our feet and into our own apartment. Sure, it’s not a house, but it’s a roof over our heads until we can get a house.

 

November 4th: I am thankful for my husband. Everyone could sense this one too, probably. Quick background; my husband and I met online and by the grace of God, and help from others, I was able to move across the US and be with him and his family ((almost)) 3 years ago. To me that’s wild. I knew I loved him as a teenager and I still am in love with him, and love the fact he is not only emotionally supportive, but also he is supportive of my decisions, no matter what is it that I want to do. To find that kind of quality in a man is so amazing. For someone to go from a lazy divorcee to adopting a woman’s child, busting your butt to get a job to support your family and to be working on getting a raise…that’s kind of huge in my book. That’s why I am thankful for my husband.

Thankful Post- November 1st, 2017

Today starts my thankful posts and I am super excited. Thankful posts are posts usually done in November about what people are thankful for, and why. I would love it if you told me in the comments what you guys are thankful for, too!!

For Day 1, I am thankful for my son. I know, I know, you all knew this was how it was going to start, but I had to. As I was saying, yes, thankful for my son.

My son is the reason why I did so much in my life that was good, even when people couldn’t see it. I left an abusive relationship, twice, found a home for a while, moved across the entire country for safety, found jobs, and finally going to school so that I can have a decent degree. I feel like if I didn’t have Baby Chewy relying on what I do, that I probably would be worse off than I am right now, and I don’t care how that sounds to you, but it’s the truth, and my whole family knows it.

I am so thankful that God put Baby Chewy in my life. He has been so amazing, and has pushed me past so many barriers that I may have not have gotten past otherwise. God has been good, indeed.

Tips for Fussy Eaters

Fussy eaters, at least to me, are actually pretty great. It shows that children are different, and that’s okay, and as parents, we need to show our children that its okay to be different and to not like certain foods.

The first thing to think about is if your child might not like the texture, this is a common reason why children don’t like foods. This would be things such as rice, quinoa, and cream of wheat or other gooey foods such as banana, puddings, or yoghurts. A good first sign is to watch what you give your child and see if there’s a similarity to their reaction and what you feed them.

Another huge thing is learning to respect both your child and their appetite. Something we as parents need to remember is that children are just small people. They have feelings and we just need to remember this. If your child wants a healthy diet change, such as not having dairy or meat, the best thing to do is to respect that and not make them have it, but maybe research new ideas. Not everyone likes the same thing and that’s the best part about being different.

Personally, I think a “no thank you” bite is always a must. Even if your child doesn’t want to, convincing them to take a “no thank you” or an adventure bite will show your child that it’s not bad to try new things, even if you don’t think you will like them. You’ll realize that, sometimes, your child might be surprised. Talking into, but not forcing, and explaining what this bite means, is a great way to get your child to agree to thing. By no means does this mean that they have to eat the whole thing, but just a bite so they know the flavors.

Learning how to make a lot of different things, and how to doctor it up, is a great way to get your child to eat things. A great example is that Big Chewy hates with a passion rice. However, with a lot of failures, I found out with cream of mushroom or chicken, some pepper and salt, corn and peas, he will eat the whole thing and come back for more.

I hope these tips helped you, and I know it’ll be long and tedious, but you’ve got this mama. I know you do.

I’m Tired

Let me be honest. I am so flipping tired. No, not the normal tired, the exhausted kind of tired. Look, I have been sitting here for ten minutes trying to find the “perfect” thing to write, walking on eggshells in my mind afraid of triggering or upsetting someone who might read my post. Then, something clicked in my mind.

If I am going to be an honest writer, if I am aiming to getting readers and if I am aiming to get the point across of what I want, reminder it’s that mothers aren’t alone in their mind, I can’t be walking on eggshells. I can’t be afraid to stir the pot a bit. I can’t sit there and go, “Oh gee…someone might get super offended or upset if I say that.” Not that I don’t care, but if I care too much, then I will get nowhere in life, or at least in my blog which, let’s all admit it now, has become my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

As a parent, I have tried attachment, peaceful, and losing my flippin’ mind, and I am sure a whole bunch of you parents have too. You can’t tell me that your child hasn’t stood at your feet and gone, “mommy…mommy…mommy…mommy…” and you though, “Kid…keep it up, I’m changing my name.” This is the stuff Moms and Dads don’t want to talk about. It happens, and guess what? It drives us nuts.

Do we love our kids any less? No. We don’t. We love them just as much as the day they were born. That doesn’t mean we have to love every single second of being a parent, either. There’s days I look at my husband and beg him to go find something to do with Baby Chewy so I can just sit there, and do nothing at all. Absolutely nothing.

So, I guess the ending of this post is when you come on to my page, expect whatever it is you don’t expect a mom to say or think, because more than likely that’s what it is going to be from now on. Mamas, don’t lose hope, just keep hanging on. Those amazing days when your child uses their listening ears or discovers something is all worth it.

Blogging Goals For October

I am actually very excited to October, and I have a few goals in mind when it comes to Blogging. I have high hopes in achieving these goals, so they can follow me to the following months and holidays and so that this blog simply becomes apart of me.

First and foremost, I am wanting to at least blog once a day, which I think is an awesome start. You wouldn’t think that this is hard but let me assure you, it absolutely is. Granted, there is a lot of things to talk about, and that’s all blogging is, is talking in writing form, but then to come up with a new post and trying to make it relevant is actually pretty difficult and that’s when people (want) to give up.

On top of posting every day, I am hoping to post RELEVENT posts. This means be it a day or a month, so be it. I plan on posting Octobery stuff in October, Thankful posts in November and Christmas ideas in December, as well as year-long goals in January. Hey, at least I have a rough-draft plan, right?

Another blog goal is to hopefully get better at the way I write. If you don’t like it, tell me so I can fix it or it wont get fixed, There’s no way for me to know if people don’t like my way of typing if I am not told. The good thing is, you all get a pretty decent image of who I am, apparently, because according to Mama Chewy, I speak very proper, and I type similar to my speech. Is it all similar, yes, but at least you get what you have. I hope to do some research on words so I don’t keep repeating.

Oh, research! Can’t have a decent blog without research about what you’re doing, which I plan to do as I read and learn in my Child Development class. I am learning stuff I never knew in that class. At least I know it’s a decent class, so then I am actually learning stuff, right?

I think that concludes everything I ((hope)) to do with my blog, and also gives you guys a good idea on my goals, and with what direction I plan to bring my blog on. Thank you all for support, and ideas, and everything.

Baby Chewy’s Favorite Shows: Fall

We know children change their favorite shows all the time. We currently got rid of cable, so finding decent children’s shows has been interesting. Here’s some shows Baby Chewy has been watching.

 

  • The Rugrats (Hulu)
  • Phineas and Ferb (Netflix)
  • The Wiggles (H)
  • Mini-Might Force (N)
  • Jimmy Neutron (H)
  • Ruff-Ruff, Tweet, and Dave (H)
  • Super Why (N)

This is just a handful, but you can never be too careful when it comes to what our little’s watch. I recommend always being present when they use the T.V. Even with this list, I had to change some of the episodes fear of it being too scary.