Friday, 25 March 2011

Defiant Baby

"Baby's understanding of your reactions is rapidly developing. He might start testing you to see what he can get away with, but don't treat him like a defiant teen -- he's curious, not malicious." This quote is from the newsletter I got this morning from The Bump. Hmm ... not malicious? Maybe not, but certainly defiant! Take our attempt to teach Annalise (7 months) not to touch the stereo. Every time she touches it and plays with the buttons, she tell her no, pull her away, maybe pat her hand. The look in her face is already defiant. I might tell her a few times one day not to touch. The very next day she will look at me and quite deliberately crawl to the stereo and start touching it! So one day, she did this and I said, "Annalise! No!" She looked at me, picked up her soother and with an extremely defiant look in her face touched the stereo with her soother! As if to say, "ha! Now I'm not touching it!" But you could tell by the look in her face that she certainly knew not to touch, even with her soother! :) So cute, but so exasperating! :)

Thursday, 24 March 2011

My Prairie

So, the other day I was looking through some of my old things, deciding what to toss and what I really wanted to keep, and I found this poem that I wrote. I think it was in high school that I wrote this - maybe 13 or 14 years ago. (Was it really that long ago that I was in high school?!?!) Well, I love my prairie so I thought I'd share this poem of mine.

Seas of gold unbroken
but for an occasional tree,
haven for the creatures of
the heavens and the deep.
Wind, child of the skies,
laughing, singing, crying,
a constant game of hide and seek.
Snow, cold but bright,
hard and angry
a sheep in wolves clothing
and a wolf in sheep clothing.
Wind frightens Snow away
but he never learns;
keeps coming back
Sun, warm, caressing,
mother of the skies and land
ends conflict, brings new life;
scorching, eager,
dries the land, burns its creatures;
sad, hiding, sends
Rain, father of the land and skies,
cool, refreshing,
gives support, aids growth.
Seas of gold unbroken
but for an occasional tree.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Diaper Rash

Yup, that nasty redness/bumps all over the diaper area. My little girl seems to get them more then most. Recently made a discovery as to WHY she gets these so frequently. Turns out she's allergic to hemp! And her cloth diapers use hemp inserts. Tried solving the issue by using a cotton flannel liner on top of the hemp insert but no luck, the liner bunched and any exposed skin ended up with a nasty rash. So, what's a mom to do when her little bubs has a nasty rash that just can't be healed? Well, if you're using cloth, first switch to disposable (so you don't ruin the cloth diapers) and then apply a thin layer of Calmoseptine to the affected area. Seriously, in a matter of hours to a day, the rash will be cleared. I've found the worse the rash, the longer it takes to clear it up but that is to be expected, of course. I call it my miracle cream. I LOVE the creators of this product and highly recommend it to any mom who's bubs, toddler or child may be prone to nasty rashes - and not just diaper rashes! :)


Welcome to my new blog. As the name says, this is life as I know it. I'm a teacher become stay-at-home-mom and life is a never-ending journey. What you thought about life changes as you grow and change yourself. Each of us has a beautiful story. That being said, will I always tell "story"? Probably not. Because, even though life's story can be beautiful, you've got to admit it's often also filled with monotony. :) Do you honestly want me to blog about every diaper I change, every new food my baby tries, every snotty nose I have to wipe? Didn't think so. So perhaps sometimes I will blog about new products I discover and love, stores I love to shop at, foods I love to eat/make, creative things I love to do... I guess we will all just have to wait and see what the future brings.