|She's pulling up on every surface to stand!|
(Rather cute to walk in to the room to
see her standing at the edge of the bed waiting for me)
I've enjoyed it so much that I decided to begin Facebook Live stream videos to share these bits of wisdom and encouragement. Those to two entities I'm always in need of. How does the saying go- if you want to be encouraged, be and encourager. Perhaps it will go somewhere and others will be blessed. Perhaps it will go no where. Regardless of popularity, it would be something that would push me beyond my introverted ways and be positive, productive and an encouragement to others (as well as myself!).
|A stick and a puddle makes a happy boy!|
We attended our first MOPS meeting this month. We were a part of MOMS Club in PA. Although the two organization both support moms, they are organized quite differently. MOMS Club was all about playdates. It was wonderful getting to be with mamas who were in the same place in their parenting journey as I am (ie our smaller group was for children two and under). I enjoyed gatherings involving mamas and children. However, there were times I wished for an occasion in which I could be "off duty" for just a little bit. The MOPS group seems to be just that. From what I can tell, it's the opposite in format in that it focuses on the mamas. The children are separated into age-specific groups and cared for by individuals elsewhere. This separation feels really strange to me. For one, I'd never left my children under the care of anyone but myself or my husband- ever. Second, I missed getting to know the mama-child connection of everyone. Perhaps when we get to our permanent house, we can try to create some playdates for Tennyson's age group. Maybe I could try the book club idea again. (I've been told by another Mama that she wishes there were playdates in addition to the offical meeting, and so I'm encouraged to make this happen in the future!). Although the group is different, it is nice to have this resource of mamas and children.
|10 months old!|
(It took days to get this picture. She's on the move these days and so hard to capture!
It seems as though Tennyson and Annelise have matured so much this past month. Annelise decided that she'd like to crawl and just popped up on her hands and knees one day and did it! She's been able to go everywhere since. Her mobility has been the key for she detaching from me (she's been a strong "velcro baby"). She has been much more content, which has been wonderful. She moving around so easily has also raised new concerns though. For one, she can get to prohibited objects and place them in her mouth. Second, the rent house is completely tiled (we've learned to be a Texas/southwest thing). The hard surface is tough on her knees and even tougher on her little head when she falls. She's learning her limits though.
Another limit she's learning is sleeping preferences. It became increasingly apparent to us that she has reached a point of being able to dictate how and when she would sleep. Not only did this require the rest of the family to bend around her, but she also wasn't getting adequate rest. Therefore, we began sleep training. We read a couple of books, feed a bottle, rock for ten minutes and then lay her down and step out of the room. In two minutes, we go back in and reassure her with "Shh, it's sleepy time" and a gentle touch. Then, walk out again. In four minutes, we go back in again in the same fashion. Then, six minutes. Then, eight minutes. And so on and so forth. Eventually, she does put herself to sleep. Even though she is upset for the first bit, she has learned to put herself to sleep and then back to sleep when she wakes. She actually sleeps better now than she ever has! (She previously would nap for only 20 minutes and sleep at night in only 2 hour increments. We know now that she simply hadn't learned to put herself to sleep without a prop (me)! I wish we had sleep trained sooner because that 20 min/2 hour pattern of sleep for ten months has been ...well, let's say, I would not choose to go that route again haha).
Tennyson is an ever curious two year old. We're amazed every day at the things he says and can comprehend! We joke about him being a two year old but having the language skills of a three year old. He's a constant flow of questions- "What's that?" or "What's in there?" or "What happened?" I hear those three questions all day. I made a tally one morning, and counted 32 times he asked one of those questions in just three hours! Phew! It's no surprise that he does not play much with toys or even watch many videos/programs.. he's much more engaged in the larger world around him! He wants to know what something is and how it works... for everything. When we do turn on the television for him, really enjoys "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," but lately he's been more interested in "Reading Rainbow." It's rather amusing to us that he has little interest in cartoons or other programs intended for his age, but he loves "Reading Rainbow" and "Mister Rogers." I suppose they're better at exploration and explanation. haha
|27 months old!|
He is still a two year old who is learning all about handling emotions and acceptable behaviors though. When need be, we've begun instituting "time out" using a time out mat for repeated, willful undesirable behaviors. It is effective! We have seen improvement in certain areas. Even though the process can be taxing, he learning acceptable behavior is so much nicer than constant battles and tantrums! He can enjoy time with the rest of the family, and we can enjoy time with him. That's a concept that we desire to be teaching him. We also desire to teach him that he must continue to behave a certain way despite conditions (ie it's okay to be angry, frustrated etc., but it's not okay to scream, throw things etc).
As I mentioned, he's not one to simply play with a given toy or even a room of toys. His need for exploration and curiosity can result in some less than desirable means of amusement. Therefore, I've made a greater effort towards "purposeful play" or "tot school" this month. We began using lessons from Character First to discuss the concept of obedience. We listened to the song and
|"Tot school" with homemade finger paints|
This month has been calmer and more pleasant. I think we're finding our new groove here, which is such a relief. Looking forward to what may be in store for our family next month! :)
Did you notice? This blog page now has an accompanying Facebook page. On that page, I'll be sharing links to latest blog posts, links to other blog pages that I've found to offer encouragement and practical tips, products (including books) we're enjoying, and more. One big purpose for creating a Facebook page for the blog is the ability to live stream. The live stream videos will mainly focus on sharing brief bits of encouragement or perhaps a practical tip for the day. You can watch them live, or whenever you have a spare moment. (I like to watch while washing dishes). I've thoroughly enjoyed writing and posting a new blog post each week, and look forward to extending the Our Homemaking Story blog in a new way. Regardless of how popular (or unpopular) either of these entities become, the heart will always be the same. It's still a journal of our journey of pursuing home and family through homemaking. My heart is that these pages will be a source of encouragement and maybe even a helpful resource to anyone who may be interested.