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March 31, 2006
My father-in-law called this morning just as K. was about to leave for work, so he passed the phone on to me. Now this also about time that the little one goes down for her morning nap, but I didn't want to seem like I just wanted to get off the phone and not talk to him, so we began to chat a bit. About a minute into the conversation, baby begins to squirm. She needs to go to the bathroom. Again, I didn't want to be rude, so I began to undress her, waiting for an opportune moment to end the phone call. I took off her pants. Then, I took off her diaper. Then, I put an arm under her knees to support her for a moment. Oops! That sitting position is similar to the one she gets held over the toilet in. Psssssst.... all over the kitchen cupboard door!
Recently,I've discovered the wonders of the common household item, the sock. We have been cutting the feet off old, holey socks to make legwarmers for the little one (very useful for winter weather in Edmonton). Now, I've also taken to using them to dust. Toes are so much more pliable than stiff metal rods; they can reach all the little corners and edges conventional dusters seem to miss. Plus, I don't have to bend. And when I'm done, I just take 'em off and throw 'em in the wash!
Ha ha... maybe this means that I'll be making new baby legwarmers again soon.
OMG! Check out the mediclorian count on this kid! Hey guys, she's going to fight Morpheus in the dojo! Look at her neural kinetics, they're way above normal!
At this point little Arwen can't really hold up the light sabre too well, but she sure seems to be hacking apart dear ol Dad with her Jedi powers. I AM YOUR FATHER!!!! Her skillz don't quite add up to Ghyslain Raza's level of wushu prowess, but I'm sure given a couple of years, she'll be up there. I found an awesome deal on the Force FX sabre, and couldn't resist... well.. the force. My friend picked up 2, since he does have 2 children naturally, and he posted a bunch of pics of his ankle biters playing clan Kenobi. So here's my piccie.
Posted by Strawberrypi... I can't remember my password. A few months ago, I asked one of my parent-friends, who was telling me that no sooner did her son finish one meal than she would have to begin making another, why she didn't just cook in batches. It was a sincere question, but my friend took on a defensive look as she answered that "Well, they're different meals!" (I've since learned that because babies are so sensitive to food contaminants, they shouldn't eat leftovers.)
I admit, that as a new parent, I too get a little taken aback when my friends ask me about our parenting practices. It's not easy to answer the 'why's of the decisions you make when you feel on the spot, even if you know the questions aren't judgemental. As the little one gets older, and since I guess many of the decisions we have made for her are not common among our friends and family, I find that I am facing these questions more often. So I thought I'd answer some of them here, in the comfort of our office-under-the-stairs. Besides, who really wants to hear my long-winded answers. At least here, you can skim. ;)
Let me preface this by saying that my personal biases lean toward 1) what seems biologically natural for our species, 2) what is done in the majority of cultures that seem to turn out happy, healthy members of society, and 3) what scientific studies have shown to be beneficial, probably in that order.
Q: Why do you carry the baby around all the time? A: Well, I don't carry her *all* the time. I carry her when she needs a break from stimulation, when she needs to be close to me, or when it's good for her to be at eye-level to see what's going on. The closeness helps her develop her sense of security so that she will have the confidence to go out into the world to explore on her own when she is ready, which she is beginning to do more and more. Seeing at eye-level helps her to understand what it is to be a person in our society; it's stimulating for visual, social, and language development. The movement of being carried around while I do things is good for vestibular development, or balance. Besides, strollers are a pain in the butt.
Q: Isn't she getting heavy? A: Actually, no. The wraps I use are great for weight distribution. That said, there are times when we are walking around all day and I have to ask the hubby to take over for a bit.
Q: Aren't you afraid that if she is used to napping while being carried, she will never sleep while lying down? A: No, because it is so much more convenient to be able to be out while she naps in a wrap rather than having to be home every time she needs to sleep. Plus, we felt that all those struggles trying to get her to nap on her own in the beginning were good for neither her development nor our relationship, and I am not willing to go through that again. As she gets older, her sleep will evolve, and she will begin to nap in a bed. At least when she is older we will be able to explain why we want her to try.
Q: If you sleep with her now, she will never want to sleep on her own. A: Yeah, that's not a question, but my answer is. How many adults do you know that sleep with their parents?? (Ditto being rocked or nursed to sleep, btw.)
Q: Why are you aiming for nursing to two years rather than the one that is recommended by Canadian pediatricians? A: Pediatricians recommend *at least* one year, and then as long as is mutually beneficial (or similar words to that effect). The World Health Organization, based on more recent studies that have confirmed numerous health benefits for nursing during the second year, now recommends *at least* two years. The biological weaning age is somewhere between 2.5 and 7 years, I assume depending on the baby. Also, if she weans from human milk before age 2, she must drink cow's milk, which in my opinion, is far better for baby cows than baby humans. (She'll probably still drink some cow's milk when she is older, just because the rest of the family does.)
Q: Isn't EC'ing a lot of work? A: I thought a lot about this question, because really, I cannot see how it could seem like a lot of work. It's not more work to hold a baby over a toilet than changing a diaper. Certainly, in the long run, it will end up being less work. The conclusion I came to is that people perhaps react the way I did at first. It doesn't seem like more work to practice it; it seems difficult to learn. So my answer is, yes, it takes a little bit of practice and belief that your baby *can*and *wants to* communicate with you. Beyond that, if you're interested in learning more, I'd be glad to talk with you.
Well, that's enough rambling on from me. I also apologize to all those moms (and dads) out there that I have made to feel criticized because of any of my questions and assumptions, past, present, and future. I believe that every one of us does what we believe is best for our children, ourselves, and our families. I'm also still happy to discuss parenting. I just don't always think as clearly when I'm face to face :)
It has occured to me that I haven't posted piccies for a very long time. Well, here I am to save the day - M. Mouse
I submit. For your approval, the following. A bunch of piccies, nothing of sound, nor of movement, but of the mind. We now enter, the overdosed picture zone. Dee Dee Dee Dee... Ok, Rod Serling I am not, but I present the long awaited piccies. Some from Xmas past, some of misc food, a bunch from Alberta's Family Day, and a few winter images.
Images of bugs bunny fooling the crap out of ol' Yosemite Sam spring to mind. An explosive images of smokin' sam with a few keys tinkling merrily from his mouth seem oddly appropriate.
Our family has made our first musical instrument purchase. Yup! A digital micro grand. These suckers are really neat, having full on midi capabilities, headphone (a must in a baby friendly environment) plug ins, and yes, Karaoke functions too! They also look hella cute, don't cost 10,000 bux, and don't take up an acre of living room space. You might say it's more of an Infant Grand than a Baby Grand. Having played it for a bit, it sounds pretty rich, and fairly convincing. I think Arwen's gonna really like the different sounds it can produce. Ahh. Midi goodness.
Special thanks go out to Vanessa and her boyfriend John (they bought one too!), Jeff and Ingrid for helping load it onto the truck, and Alden for his mad skillz playing and helping to position the really really light as a feather Piano. Well.. it is around 300 lbs. Who'da thunk that a Digital Piano would weigh that much? Be that as it may, the wifey is well pleased, I'm thinking of taking up some Jazz piano, and Arwen seems to like the plunking sounds.
Ahh man... I remember when I was carefree, fancy free, diapered, no worries, and was happy. I had my tupperware toy, blocks of assorted geometric shapes, and everything was right in the world. I didn't know about bosnia, evil corporations, the man, the sexual revolution, and that friggin 12:00 on my VCR. A simpler time yes, a time of infinite food supply, happiness and that wonderful red and blue ball of joy.
When I saw this toy, suddenly I rememberd back many eons ago, and said to myself. 'Self, I must get that for Arwen. She must never be deprived of the simple canary coloured geomotries' So I laid down 30 bux. YES! $30 smackaroonies for this thing! But you know what? She's been playing with it non stop for the past couple of days, and she loves the damn thing!