Library Reads: October 2018

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We’ve been regularly going to the library this year ever since we learned about their Sleepy Time Stories event/program. It’s where your little kiddos are read about 3 books, with music and a bit of play in between each stories, just before bedtime. My oldest looks forward to this every week because she gets to see some of her friends.

I have also started making it a habit to ask my daughter if there are any books she wants to borrow to read at home. There would be times when she’d say no, but most of the time she doesn’t leave the library empty handed.

Since we’ve been borrowing books quite regularly at the moment, I thought of sharing them with you and show you what my girls have been reading from the library.

  • One Big Pair of Underwear by (Laura Gehl, Tom Lichtenheld) – One Big Pair or Underwear is mostly about learning how to share. It goes through all the basic numbers so there is a little bit of counting there as well. It’s funny and silly, and the illustrations makes it easy for your little ones to understand what sharing is.
  • Mighty Dads (Joan Holub, James Dean) – Mighty Dads is a picture book which features construction vehicles, and showcases how fathers teach their kids to follow on their tracks.
  • Beat Bugs: In My Life (Cari Meister) – I’ve first seen Beat Bugs on Netflix and it didn’t even click on me when we read this one night.  In In My Life, inspired by the song “In My Life”, the bugs are celebrating Kater’s birthday which was cut short because she wasn’t feeling well. This book shows the importance of accepting who or what you’re meant to be, and friendship.
  • The Prince Has A Boo-Boo (R.W. Alley) – “The prince has a boo-boo and he needs a bandaid.” This message was pretty much passed all throughout the kingdom until the prince finally had a bandaid for his boo-boo.
  • My Bus (Byron Barton) – My Bus helps kids with their counting including addition and subtraction as it shows how many animals hops in and off of the bus.
  • Can I Be Your Dog? (Troy Cummings) – This one was my daughter’s favourite out of everything we checked out. Can I Be Your Dog? is about Arfy’s search for a family to be with. Don’t worry, this one has a happy ending.
  • First Ballet (Deanna Caswell) – This is a picture written with rhyming verses illustrating the excitement and joy a child could experience at their first ballet viewing.

I try not to interfere too much whenever my 4-year old picks out a book to borrow because I want it to be a good experience for her. I want her to find out for herself that sometimes, you simply don’t like or enjoy a particular story or book and that is ok. Books are written for everyone to enjoy, but not everyone will like every book ever written.

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2018 Project Life | February

In the beginning of the year, I wrote about giving Digital Project Life a try. It was not an easy decision for me because I don’t know if it will be worth it. I did a fair amount of research and went ahead and purchased not only the Project Life App, but also LetterGlow (both apps purchased from the App Store). So far, both apps have been useful in documenting my early 2018.

Here is my February 2018:

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What It’s Like Having Two Kids | Week 1

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Last Saturday, February 17, my husband and I welcomed our second child. Despite the amount of pain I had to endure, my hospital experience was much better this time around.

Having 2 kids for the past week has proven to be challenging. Even when our youngest sleeps most of the day, it always seems as if I don’t have enough time to do what I needed to do. I bounce from breastfeeding, to burping, to changing diapers, to playing with my eldest, to trying to get a bit done around the house, and back to breastfeeding again. Once in a while I’m able to figure out how to squeeze in a shower. I am incredibly thankful and grateful my mother-in-law took the week off in anticipation of the baby to lend a hand.

The idea of having more than one kid is not foreign to me. However, now that we finally have a new addition to our family, I realized there are a few things I was not prepared for:

  • How excited and accepting our daughter was. She was excited to get to hold her sister when the rest of the family came for a visit. She wanted all the turns she could get. It was adorable. I needed to adjust to the fact that she’s eager with everything: from helping to change her diaper, to burping her; from giving her a bath, to story time cuddles before bed.
  • The combined demands of my kids. I’m stretching myself thin between one who needs to be fed every two hours (on the dot too, by the way) and changed, and another who constantly want to play and cuddle.
  • The guilt. It so easy to feel incredibly guilty whenever I can’t quickly attend to my eldest. I went from being able to drop everything when she needs attention to needing her to wait until I’m done attending to her sister. Sometimes she doesn’t wait very long, and sometimes it’s a good half hour to 45 minutes. It gets worse for me when she starts pouting. I know she’s only 3 and she doesn’t fully understand that she’ll have to share our attention with her sister now but it doesn’t help alleviate the guilt.

So what is it like having more than one kid? So far atleast is it’s a lot of work. It’s a constant explaining of why we need to be gentle, why we need to wait a few minutes, and why we need to use our quiet voices with diaper changes and getting puked on in between. It’s me running on sugar and exhaustion. At the end of the day though, we have 2 amazing kids and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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2018 Project Life | January

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In the beginning of the year, I wrote about giving Digital Project Life a try. It was not an easy decision for me because I don’t know if it will be worth it. I did a fair amount of research and went ahead and purchased not only the Project Life App, but also LetterGlow (both apps purchased from the App Store). So far, both apps have been useful in documenting my early 2018.

Here is my January 2018:

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