Saturday, December 27, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Things I can do with a toddler:
Sort, load, wash, dry, fold and put away laundry.
Wash dishes, put away dishes, load dishwasher, unload dishwasher.
Gather veggies, wash, chop and put into the pot.
Weed the garden.
Sweep sidewalks, rake leaves, shovel snow outside.
Wash the floor, cupboards, stove, dishwasher, refridgerator.
Refill bean jars from the bulk bags.
Teach Algebra, Chemistry, Vocbulary, and monitor Spanish.
Clean the bathroom.
The key is to break the job into little parts so Amanda can participate- carrying a pot from the drying rack to the cupboard, taking potatoes out of the drawer, carrying the folded towels to the drawer. I either showed her hand-over-hand what she was to do or she just copied me. She has recently discovered how to stand nicely at the sink. She stands on a captain's chair and we put boat cushions behind her to keep her from falling backward. Some chores are done best with her wrapped on my back. I also use only mild cleaners and have trained her to obey.
My favorite part of working with Amada is when she leans over, wraps her arm around me, and says, "Awwww!" To which I always say, "Awww! I love you, too!" and give her a kiss.
There are some jobs that just can't be accomplished until she goes to bed:
Working on our profile.
Math, Chemistry and vocabulary corrections.
Teaching Madsen Method.
Teach writing class.
Writing letters or paying bills.
Sewing or any other craft.
With a little planning and creativity, caring for a new baby will certainly fall into the first category. I can't really predict how Amanda will react, but as long as she can still be close to me and really participate in what I am doing, she will truly enjoy having a real little baby to love.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
One of my most important jobs as Amanda's mother is to foster a deep love and affection for her Daddy. I do this very intentionally by making a big deal and rushing to the door with hugs and kisses when Daddy gets home, waving goodby at the window as he drives away, bringing her to him for good night hugs and talking to her about how thankful Daddy will be as we fold his clothes or make his dinner.
Sometimes I teach her unintentionally. Yesterday, Mike was sitting on the floor in front of the couch playing Tinker Toys with Amanda while I was making dinner. I sat down on the couch for a minute, ran my fingers through Mike's hair and rubbed his back. After I returned to the kitchen, Amanda quickly came over to Mike, rubbed her fingers through his hair and patted him on the back.
May she only pick up on my good habits.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
After receiving pictures of Amanda's birthmom, I marveled at how much she looked like my cousin, Elisa.
Hook 'em Horns!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
When Amanda started sucking her thumb last winter, we thought it was so cute and it was helping her go to sleep. Many former thumb-suckers and parents of thumb-suckers asked us what we were going to do about it. Mike said, "Enjoy it!"
This week, we noticed that she had a red, painful sore developing on her thumb, so while I was in the dentist, I asked for recommendations for breaking the habit. The hygenist suggested this: