General Update

I’ve been using digital scrapping software to create pages, including an entire custom storybook for Jack.

Business and Mom…
I’m lucky if I get 18 hours of work done in a week. I have no idea how I’m supposed to work with a child. I can’t plunk him down in front of TV – not that I’d want to do that anyway, but it’s just not an option. Multi-tasking is all well and good, but when you have a kid pushing at you saying “pick up Mommy pick up” (he means “stand up”) or putting his stuffed animals in the water table, multi-tasking isn’t what you need.
I said to Max a few days ago: My job is to be Jack’s mom. That’s why I’m here. When Jack is awake, I need to be with him. That has to be my first priority. That means that business comes second and anything else comes third, fourth, etc. I have a baby-sitter but she has been rather flakey the last 2 weeks. Even at $5/hour, we can only afford her for a couple of hours a day, a couple of days a week.

Mom…
Jack, is, of course, the smartest boy in the world. Until I met [info]sm00bs, I thought he must be the smartest child, but her daughter has more signs and words than Jack, so I’ll just have to qualify the statement with boy. He speaks sentences. Newer words include helicopter, I love you, I like X (where X is puppy, doggie, star, etc.), star, everybody, great-grandma, starlight/starbright. New signs are doll, water, and mouse. He’s getting more into signing now, but we can’t always tell what he’s signing, esp. since so many of the signs are similar. He signs “Signing Time.” Our TiVo just deleted our Signing Time stash, which Max unhappily said was a sign to buy the entire 13 DVD, 4 CD set. With shipping and tax it’s $202. A steal yes, but hardly cheap.

Jack also sings. Here are excerpts:

“e-f-p-nnnnnn-p”
“e-i-e-i-o”
“row row row boat… stream… maymaymaymay…”
“donny… sprites… donny… sprites”

He is very much into letters and numbers. Before his grandma came to visit, he could count 1-2-3. Now, he counts 3-4-5. Sometimes he remembers 1 and 2. I put some alphabet window clings on the office window and he loves to look at them, un-stick and re-stick them, and to look out the window.

Jack can also recognize many books by their covers, and also asks for books by name. His favorites are “Peef” (Peef The Christmas Bear), “Elmo”, “Chick-Chick-Boom-Boom”, “Chick-Chick 3”, “Hop Hop” (Pat the Bunny), and “Mimi”. A friend bought him a book that is also an Elmo puppet. The book is really the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, which is now known as the “Elmo song”. Everytime he sees Elmo in a store, or really anywhere, he exclaims Elmo Elmo! Do they put subliminal messages in these things? Narcotics? I don’t think it’s lead-based.

Speaking of lead-based, OY! I’m now going out of the way to not buy toys from China (so hard to do!). Also, we’ve gotten – OK Max installed – a reverse-osmosis water filter to take out the fluoride. And I’m hoping to get Jack off the bottle sooner rather than later because his bottles are made with plastic that leaches not-so-good chemicals into the fluid. We’re using gDiapers, a cloth/disposable hybrid that is much better for the environment than disposables (and 12 cents per diaper more expensive, but they’re so cute!). I need to post about all the green, granola stuff I’ve been moved to do since becoming a gDiaper parent. I’m driving Max nuts, I know, but so far I haven’t insisted on eating only food grown within 20 miles or only buying organic everything.

Today, Jack played with sidewalk chalk (or “Cray” as he calls it, for crayons) and loved it! He has a water table with rocks and water, but it used to have seeds, so he calls it “sees and wawer”. He started trying to brush his teeth seriously in the past few days. That’s a battle! I could post about that too. I wonder if it would be as boring as this probably is. If you read to the end, you should put a comment as to why. This is very long.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree

Comments

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psyko_kitty

Sep. 12th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
The toothbrushing thing gets better. I recommend having one toothbrushing a day that Jack does himself. Give him a toddler toothpaste and his toothbrush and brush your teeth and encourage him to imitate you. For the other one you or Max should make sure to get all of his teeth thoroughly. My friends 3 year old just had $5000 of dental surgery because his baby teeth were in such bad shape that they were seriously endangering his adult teeth.
If you’re up for the work of gdiapers, you might not find cloth diapering that much more difficult and it would save you some serious cash (especially if there’s another kiddo in your future). We’ve been very happy with that decision. If you have any questions about getting started, let me know.

katybeth

Sep. 12th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
What I’ve also done is have the kid brush his own teeth, and then I’ll “finish up”, i.e. do the productive brushing.

rredhead

Sep. 14th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
Hey Katy!
We use a variation of this. He gets to “brush” his teeth in the morning, and then he gets to start brushing, but then I have to do the real job. He’s figured that out, though, and resists. Turning him upside down is working at the moment.
I’m wondering if “toothpaste” would help or hinder the process?

rredhead

Sep. 14th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
We started out with cloth. Initially, we were going to do a service and some of our own with AIOs. The first time Jack pooped in an AIO, I could not bring myself to put that in my washer. So, we went to all service. But pre-folds suck, and Jack was wiggly, so at 6 months, we stopped. It was too expensive and time consuming, with all the leaks, so we went to disposables.
Gs are really the best of both worlds. Sure, they contain SAP, which some people are against, but it’s not at though we’re coating the child’s diaper area in it. It’s inside the diaper. Very little poop goes in our washer now. It’s much easier to deal with flushable poop than let’s figure out how to get this off the diaper poop. I know there are sprayers, but I’m lazy. I belong to the CDing group here, because of gs and for a friend who doesn’t do LJ, to look for stuff for her. Most of them think Gs are some sort of anti-Christ device.

psyko_kitty

Sep. 14th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah – the poop of formula fed babies or babies who are having any complementary foods should not go in the washer. We have a squirter hooked up to the toilet and the poop gets rinsed off the diaper before it goes in the pail. We didn’t have to deal with that until Joseph was about 7 months old, though. I can see that that might have overwhelmed me at the beginning when they’re freakin poopin so much (Joseph pooped _every_ time he ate those first few months).
Yeah – the LJ clothdiapering group is pretty enthusiastic about it’s diapers, isn’t it? I don’t read it anymore, but I’m still a member there – hoping I can sell my nicer used diapers when Joseph and new baby potty train.

sm00bs

Sep. 12th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Good grief, you’re busy.

I’ve toyed with the idea of starting my own business of something but know there’s no way I could do a full fledged business while taking care of Sophie. I have been hunting for various other ways to make money in the meantime, even if it’s only a little here and there. Eventually (really, I promise), I’ll be sharing all my make-money-at-home ideas.

I think Jack is probably ahead of Sophie. She talks and signs, but isn’t using complete sentences very often. She has started to sing along with the Signing Time songs. She actually just signed/sang the Imagination song while it was playing in the background of the scrolling credits. She doesn’t know any numbers yet but she’s starting to pick up on the alphabet I think.

I wish FlyLady had a cleaner website. I do NOT like her site at all, but she has some great ideas.

I need to really start working on weight loss now. I’m tired of being fat, seriously.

rredhead

Sep. 14th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Having not met Sophie, I can’t truly comment, but I know she’s a big younger than Jack and seems to know/do more.
I lost 30 pounds with WW in 2000. I kept it off for 4 years. In 2003, I was injured and now have nerve damage in my knee. Even while I couldn’t walk, I stayed at goal. Then everything got worse, we moved to CA, and I said “fuck it” and gained 50 pounds. I’ve lost a bit over 30 now. I’ll never be as skinny as I was at my wedding, but at least I’ll be healthier again. Losing weight and keeping it off, with a child, is incredibly difficult.

sm00bs

Sep. 14th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know that all too well. I am trying to figure out just when I’m supposed to work out and what I’m supposed to do with my child when I do.

I saw an ad in our community newsletter from a local Curves looking for people to be in a study. It includes free access to their equipment for a month. I’m tempted, if they have daycare or something.

hangonasec

Sep. 13th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
Please send my love to Jack, and tell him his mother is trying to kill me.

xoxo

rredhead

Sep. 14th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Love you too sweetie!

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