The Birth Story Tag

Video from Aug/2015

Sorry for my slack of VEDA Videos!!!
The Birth Story Tag: Tagged By Mommy Brain
Mommy Brain Channel: http://bit.ly/1PrnHcq
I Tag Keirsten Moore to do after her delivery and anyone who wants to Id love to see them feel free to comment below if you did this tag.
9 Month Update coming soon!
The Birth Story Tag
1. What was your due date?
2. What date did you actually give birth?
3. In the days leading up to your birth, what did you do to prepare? (i.e. classes, books, etc)
4. Did you experience any “signs” that you would go into labor soon?
5. Rate your pre-birth nervousness level on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not nervous at all and 10 being petrified.)
6. What were you doing when you went into labor/when your water broke/found out you needed a c-section?
7. Describe what a contraction feels like.
8. Did you deliver at a hospital, birth center or at home?
9. Did you have a midwife, a doctor or was your birth unassisted?
10. Who were your other supporters?
11. What were you really glad you had during your birth?
12. What types of pain management did you use? (i.e. epidural, hydrotherapy, nitrous oxide, etc.)
13. What position did you find yourself in the most?
14. Did you experience “the ring of fire”?
15. What was the first thing that popped into your head when you saw your baby?
16. What was your baby’s length and weight?
17. From first “true” labor contraction to delivery, how long were you in labor for?
18. Which was the most challenging for you; labor, pushing or recovery?
19. What one piece of advice would you give about birth to a mom-to-be?
20. Show the first ever picture of you as a new mom!

 

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Why I still blog with bad grammar.

Blogging with bad grammar

blogging
Credit to solopreneursidekick.

I don’t have the best grammar and my spelling that isn’t any better. I wanted to open up and write why I still blog even though my grammar and spelling isn’t the best. When in School I always had trouble with English. It wasn’t my best subject for some reason everything didn’t make sense. My brain doesn’t think the same way with words as most. I know there are many other people who deal with these issues.  Don’t want them hiding behind it and not writing. I Blog because everyone should be able to have a voice even if they have trouble speaking it.  Learn by doing and by blogging as often as I can and even just writing when I can I grow my knowledge of grammar and spelling.

When you don’t know something you try twice as hard to learn it.
Another thing I do to make sure my writing is at least readable I downloaded a chrome extension called Grammarly. It helps you with all your mistakes and it helps me a lot. I don’t want anyone to feel like they can’t do something because they don’t feel like they are good enough. When you do it more you learn more and I learn more daily because writing and reading more is a great way to learn grammar.
Also if you like listening to podcasts there is a podcast called grammar girl and it is so fun to listen to you won’t even realize you are listening to something that helps with grammar.

So just remember this “It takes doing something more times over and over before you can learn it.”
If you want to blog and have horrible grammar and spelling don’t be scared to do it because the more you do it the more you will learn and grow!

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We love making messes! Shaving Cream Paint!

We love messes!

Shaving cream paint is a fun way to make a mess and be creative all at once. Who doesn’t love colorful messes with their small children? I know I do!  We enjoy this activity so much it is a fun mess!

Shaving cream paint

I use watercolors because it gives a wide range of color mixing options. Who doesn’t enjoy more coloring options? I find it easier to remove from his hands if I use watercolors instead of food coloring. I just mix a small dot of the coloring into the bowls of shaving cream. It may take some time to get the color to come out and the more you add the darker it gets.There are so many places to buy watercolors on the cheap but also you can use anything such as food coloring, fruit coloring. You can also change it up and instead of shaving cream use yogurt a great idea for babies who don’t know how to keep their hands out of their mouth.

There are so many places to buy watercolors on the cheap but also you can use anything such as food coloring, fruit coloring. You can also change it up and instead of shaving cream use yogurt a great idea for babies who don’t know how to keep their hands out of their mouth.

Using something like cardboard instead of paper allows for a thicker painting area and won’t waste paper.

shaving cream paint

I would also use it in the bathtub it allows for faster clean up of toddler. Just because we enjoy messes doesn’t mean we enjoy cleaning them up. Sometimes you need a fast clean up when you want to have a fun day but need to get somewhere soon.

A simple project that allows for 30 minutes of fun!

 

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Why I think every toddler needs an alphabet mat

Why I think every toddler needs an alphabet mat

So I been wanting to get my son an alphabet mat for awhile and finally got one. I pulled it out and started putting it together right away he started to take the letters out and put them back. He is only 2 (28 months old) so he doesn’t know the alphabet yet but he does really enjoy the puzzles. While watching him play with the mat I could see his little mind at work and this is why I think every toddler needs an alphabet mat

 

Alphabet Help

Hand and eye coordination 

Fun to play with

Soft area to play on

Multipurpose  

The Alphabet mat helps with learning the alphabet and the alphabet shape. I don’t think the order you put them in matters that much since when you read alphabet isn’t just a-z. I think learning the letter and not the spot can help them really learn the alphabet. They learn the letter and not memorize the location by singing the cadence in the song.

Hand and eye coordination are a really great reason to have the puzzle. By putting the letters in the right spot they are recognizing the letter, the letter shape and how to use their hands to put stuff together.

Having fun with them are a big part of why I love them so much. You can make cubes out of them and they are fun to toss around and since they are foam it isn’t hard on the house.

It creates a soft area for them to play on the soft foam is nice to sit on and great for hardwood floors.

Multipurpose as I said earlier you can make them into cubes. They can be stacked, tossed and used as a play mat. While also being a learning toy. I only have a few negative things to say about them they can get dirty easy and need to be wiped down with a very damp cloth. Since they are foam I wouldn’t use anything really wet or strong on them. The other con is that they are soft and if your toddler likes to chew things they would chew up the foam. I think best investment made.

We bought ours at Walmart if you like to buy online at Amazon. I provided a link.

 

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Growing up with books, building home library.

 

Building a home library

Since my son was born I knew I wanted him to read. I enjoy reading but struggled my whole early childhood. I made the decision I will collect books read to him every day it might not be a full chapter book since he is only 2 years old. I enjoy reading a book with him almost every day, some days we are on the go and I forget to bring a book with us in the car. I decided to build a library in my office so that there is always a book in the house. Currently, the dog occupies my office and we need to get some shelves. I am hoping to have one up in there by the end of the year. Currently, all his books are in his room on his dresser and he loves flipping through them. I don’t think reading should ever become a dying art.

I Have a big list of books on my to be read list.  I track them all on GoodReads.

We picked up a collection of old books at our library. They are older short stories and think it be great for when my kiddo is older we can read and talk about them. With them being old I don’t like taking them out because he is rough on books right now.

The Dr. Suese books are a great collection and I recommend them to everyone. Slowly but surely we are collecting them all. There is a lot of younger children books I would like to build our home library.

  He got a lot of older children books during our 12 days of Christmas books. Open 1 book a day the 12 days before Christmas. He enjoyed unwrapping them and looking at them.

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