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 Post: November 8th

I am thankful for colors we get to have. Think about it, in a way, there’s thousands and thousands of colors we, the people of Earth, get to have. How amazing is that? I feel like we all use black and white so much, that we forget about all the other colors we have at our finger tips are. The world might be a better place if we gave everyone their own paint brushes and told them to paint to their hearts desire. Colors can make people the most passionate, loving creatures that they truly are.

I for one absolutely love colors, mainly pinks, purples, and blues, but we are unable to pain our apartment because of laws or rules, I guess the law of the complex or whatever, which I think is dumb considering we should have every right to paint and they can just paint white over that. Then again, now thinking about that, I can imagine it looking like someone’s fingernails after the 100 nail polish coat challenge.

My Love

“Are you in a hurry? Can you stay after class?”

These are the words a parent never wants to hear when picking their child up from class. It sticks to your heart and makes you wonder what happened. Did he say something? Was it the way his daddy dressed him this morning? These never-ending questions keep zooming through your head, into your soul.

This is what happened yesterday when I picked up Baby Chewy. Come to find out he almost got sent home because he made the choice to not listen, made the choice to hurt and upset friends, and made the choice to get into peoples’ faces. No, I didn’t teach him to do this, and it is absolutely behavior that is unacceptable.

“Redirect their attention,” others say, when you ask how to deal with a child who is misbehaving. When it really comes down to it though, sometimes that doesn’t work. All children are different, and yesterday mine proved he was smarter than to fall for a redirection, because he tried to redirect his teacher from the topic at hand.

I feel this is stuff that needs to be shown to light, and one of the reasons that I started writing. This is the stuff that parents will keep quiet because “no one else’s child does this” and “there must be something wrong with mine.” If we keep quiet, though, those people that need reassurance and need to know what to do or what might work, won’t know where to go.

Baby Chewy will always be my love. Always, and I will be here to support him in any way I can. His evaluation is soon, and I couldn’t be more happy that there might be someone who has some sort of answer, some sort of way for us to help our child who seems to be struggling along a bit. I always thought it would be easy.

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.

Getting Ready

Sorry about the late post, I am fighting a major migraine and going to class, so it’s absolutely not fun. This post will be about how I am getting ready for Bay Chewy’s 5th birthday.

First off, I have never thrown him a birthday. I have had a little get together, but this year I am doing what I see as a big thing. Still doesn’t come close to what my cousin does for her son, but it is a start. Since he is still into it, I am seizing the year and we are making it a Paw Patrol birthday. In all honesty, I probably only spent about $150 altogether. I got a birthday banner, candy for goody bags, pin the badge on chase, a paw-shaped cake pan, Paw Patrol themed paws for his cake, and the goody bags and plates and such. Honestly, most of this was from the dollar store, and I couldn’t be more happy. The pan? From Hobby Lobby, and I got it for 40% off, so I only paid, like, $5.00 for it. I feel good about what I bought.

Of course, the reason I didn’t want to do this is because I don’t want Baby Chewy feeling like he doesn’t have a lot of people when mostly his family will be there. Can I just say that when I say our family will be somewhere, it can actually scare people? I am talking maybe 20-30 humans. Mostly children. To me, this thing is huge. I don’t even know who is going to be there yet, since it’s still about two weeks away.

I also got his cake kinds, which I am super happy about. They will be a chocolate and a blue funfetti.

I can’t wait for Baby Chewy to have his birthday party. Plus, I bought him a tablet, so he will be very happy, because we will be implementing learning on the tablet, which will also be used very, very little, since I don’t want him to be attached to electronics.

All I have to say is that I am very happy I thought of things early. Now I just have to make up goody bags and there we have it. This may be the least stressful thing in my life right now. Anything to make my Baby Chewy smile.

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.