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My Wild Child

Nowadays, it’s easy for parents to give in to iPads, phones, or any other source of technology to distract or placate the little ones. This is what may be ‘screen time.’ I am guilty of resorting to this too, however, I like to have it as the last ‘educational-show/game’ option, if  I need to quickly prepare food,  calm him in public (or in the hospital, like last week). This is where, as parents, our patience is tested but also a reminder to teach the little ones to take control of their own emotions, thinking and enjoy the things outside of the little addicting device.

I am consciously trying to spark his curiosity even though he naturally explores it himself. Whether he is indoors playing, helping me clean or cook, there are plenty of activities to keep him occupied, while learning something new and using his colorful imagination. Outdoors, anything and everything is a playground to explore. (You should have seen him at the beach! He was fascinated by the ‘agua!’)

Now, the car is a common place where kids have screen time. (Recall mini-vans with flat screens?) In the car, I encourage Sammy to observe his surroundings. He will spot an airplane or any object of interest miles away… probably above normal visual threshold. Or he will count cars and tell me the colors he observes.

The other day we were on the road as the sun was setting. He shouts ‘sun setting momma.’ As the sun fades in front of us, he asks ‘where it go?’ and found myself giving him a lesson on earth science and Copernicus, ha! Most times, he is listening and watching too closely that he will repeat mommy’s bad word that slipped amid road rage. “Fak??”

I learned a lesson there myself. He knew it was not good to repeat it and continued to distract him with other things passing by. He is very smart and curious, my baby!

Sure, he may be curious about technology too! Technology (phones, iPads, laptops, etc.) introduce him to a lot of learning material and it is just a matter of balancing it out. But the outdoors, the wilderness, is the best teacher a child can have for a healthy emotional, physical and mental development. ❤

 

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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??