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Bubby’s Circuitry

“As we grow and learn, we reduce the number of connections in our brain and instead focus on smaller number of stronger connections. As we learn to read, the circuits get carved to interpret the squiggles on a page. The connections go from being universal to being specific. The links you do not use, you lose. Over the course of childhood, circuitry is wired up according to experience – interaction of environment.” – David Eagleman

Watching Samson grow and interact with the environment is so fascinating. I love his concentrated look while building with legos. And he knows to return the toys to the toy box.  “Monkey see, monkey do.” Recently, he discovered the “fun” in laundry, helping me transfer it from washer to dryer or from floor to basket. He is so sweet helping momma… all while learning about responsibility too! Here, his energy is mellow and focused. I’m a proud momma!

When I read to him, identifying characters comes smoothly to him. “Where’s the fishy, baby?” He knows where to find the fishy on the following pages of The Cat in the Hat. His memory and problem solving skills are very sharp, as well as sensory and motor skills!

He loves throwing a baseball fast with such a strong arm and great coordination. This is further reinforced when I chase after him as he explores. It’s difficult keeping up with his high amounts of energy and excitement, however, I enjoy it.

Running around naked is one of his favorite things to do around the house. That is okay if we don’t have an agenda, but he likes doing this in the mornings before work OR after he had a poopie diaper. I have to clean him before he runs around with a stinky and dirty butt! Somehow I manage to clean him up in 30 minutes!? That’s a long time struggling with a strong toddler, Samson.

I wonder how this is going to change once he hits the “terrible twos,” which is 10 months from now but I’m already kind of nervous. According to neuroscientist, David Eagleman, “By age two, a typical neuron has a more than 15, 000 connections- almost twice as many found in an adult.” No wonder! I may have to rely on Red bull!

Hopefully, I’ll have a lot more fun activities for Samson to utilize his full potential for learning and developing stronger motor skills. Experts’ advice parents to introduce two year old toddlers to more tactile materials such as musical toys, restock books, and to expose them to new environments. Well… I guess he’s a step ahead since he’s already been introduced to all that. He’s so smart. 🙂

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Surviving Parenthood, Part 1

If you’re Type A like me, time management, organization, and schedules are critical for sanity. After Samson falls asleep, I prepare lunches for the next day, clean around the house, shower, and maybe watch an episode or two of my favorite show(s). By this time at night, I’m running on fumes, but it saves me a lot of running-around in the morning. Ideally, waking up 30-45 minutes before Samson is best to prepare his bottle, dress, wear minimal make-up and put my hair in a bun. Everything runs smoothly and on time… until, a minute before heading out the door, there’s a mess in Samson’s pants and it gets on me too!  Then traffic is hateful, in addition to crazy metro delays.

Okay, breathe in, breathe out, Maria. Oxygen to the brain! I’m freaking out by this point. This one classic example may or may not backtrack me at least 30 minutes to work. Example numero dos: let’s say that the entire week has been executed as planned– no accidents, minimal mess, cooperative metro ride, and then… my poor baby gets sick. Whether I’m at work or home, it’s a rush to the doctor or pharmacy.

Tres! Sometimes Samson is unlikely to stay on his sleeping and/or eating time; I have to find flexibility in my schedule and accommodate it to my baby’s needs. There’s A LOT, A LOT of multitasking, COFFEE, and sometimes wine involved– but that’s its own blog post, haha!

The three examples share this in common: schedule disruption. Even if there’s good time management and organization, key to surviving parenthood is flexibility and PATIENCE to abrupt changes! Stay calm and approach the issue efficiently with a lot of love, hugs, tickles, bottle and toys! Oh, this also means, being late to work, missing work or a special event.

Sacrifices must be done without freaking out about the schedule disruption(s). Samson is my top priority and whatever comes our way, all the challenges of being a mommy, it’s all worth it for him. He’s growing to such a smart, funny and sweet little boy! He’s definitely the best part of me and his daddy combined. Most recently, he prefers to throw the baseball with his left hand…hmmm! ❤


Monday, Where Art Thou?

This weekend needs to be over soon so I can see my bubby, Samson! He spends every other weekend at his father’s house. I miss him so much already! It’s Friday night and I’m at home looking through all his pictures and videos on my phone… from the first time he smiled (at 5 weeks) to the first time he crawled (at 8 months). He’s sooo precious; without him I feel incomplete and restless. Ughh, this sounds like a bad case of separation anxiety, but I’m glad he has lots of fun with his daddy.

Isn’t he the cutest, most handsome and beautiful boy everrr??