Monday, November 22, 2010

FTM has questions!!

Okay moms (& dads) I've got some questions!! We are approaching Isis' first birthday so things are changing with her! Her little body is just growing & growing & she keeps moving from milestone to milestone! So here's where I'm wanting some input & different perspectives/strategies.

When did you switch baby to a forward facing carseat? We are waiting to 12 months, but I'm wondering how many people kept them rear facing & for how long.

What was your strategy with transitioning to a cup/weaning from the bottle? Isis has taken sippy cups with water since 6 months old, but we tried putting the formula in a sippy cup & she HATED it.

Also, how did you transition from formula to milk? And at what age was your baby fully off the bottle?

When did your baby transition to just one nap per day?

What is your feeding schedule like after 1 year? Like when do you do solids, snacks, what does night time look like? Like dinner at 5, snack at 7, then bed? Stuff like that. How much milk do you do and when?

And Isis has all of a sudden decided she's going to be a picky eater!!! She's previously eaten everything from broccoli, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, tofu, beans, rice, parsnips, chicken, strawberries, papaya, pears, prunes, apples, etc. And now, ever since she stopped eating pureed food & started eating pretty much all finger foods, she won't eat ANYTHING. She will eat graham crackers, salmon sticks, vegetable tots, bread, cheerios,  banana, grilled cheese & tomato soup. And literally - that's it. We keep trying new things every night. Pastas & things like that. She did eat beans & rice at the Mexican restaurant the other night. So what strategies did you have for feeding picky eaters?? Or just for finger foods in general? Did this get better once they stopped drinking formula & started doing mainly finger foods?

Thanks for your help!!! I have 12 days left of student teaching!! Yay!!



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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Soaring

I think it's strange how certain songs can really affect your mood. Music has always been really important to me. For as long as I can remember, it has resonated with my life. I've always been able to describe how I'm feeling using a song, a melody or a lyric. I have loved to find that perfect mixture of songs that would speak more clearly than I could about how a certain experience or moment or time period felt to me. It started with mix tapes, then cds, now it's playlists. No matter what the format, music just affects me. Especially now, for some reason.

I think it's because I'm at the precipice of a major turning point in my life. I am 4 weeks away from becoming a certified teacher. Although as a teacher, you sign up to be a lifelong learner, the foundation of my education will be complete. I will be a real grown-up - complete with husband, baby, mortgage & now student loans. I'm not going to apologize again for slowing down my blogging over this time period, but rather just tell you how incredible this semester has been. I've learned so much & I really believe I've grown in so many ways. There is a long-term sub position in the spring at the school where I've been student teaching. I'm being considered for it & would love the opportunity! But either way, I finally feel completely ready to have my own classroom, my own students and my own place in the education world to really accomplish everything I want to accomplish. 

I've been thinking lately about all the experiences that have led to this point in my life. So many successes and failures. Isis is in the midst of learning to stand on her own and maybe someday soon to walk. I feel like she is also at a precipice in her life where she's about to dive headfirst into childhood - no longer a baby. She's had her share of falls during this time and as her mother, I've had to hold back sometimes because you just want to prevent them from falling every time. What I've learned, though, is those moments when she fell & I didn't rush over were the moments she learned how to flip over & jump right back up. I'm amazed at how resilient she is & I hope this is a character trait that she keeps throughout life because I won't be able to prevent her bumps & bruises, whether physical or metaphorical. 

I would love to believe that she won't make my mistakes. I would love to believe that I will be able to prevent a lot of her pain. The truth is that I won't. And sometimes I don't know if I really want to. While I'm sure it's hard to believe (ha), I've made some really poor decisions at different points in my life. There were definitely moments when almost everyone I knew was disappointed in me - which paled in comparison to how disappointed I was in myself. To say that those moments weren't unbelievably painful would be a lie, but I can say that my moments of brokenness instilled in me a desire to recover - a resiliency, if you will. 

I read a quote one time by Ernest Hemingway that said "the world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places." This has been true in my life. My brokenness has made me stronger than I ever thought I would be. There are still many areas of my life that will probably be broken before I'm done here, but I've found God to be faithful in His promise that "even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:30-31 - emphasis mine)

I'd like to believe I'm soaring. Or at least that I'm about to.

And I'd like to believe that when the time comes that Isis will make mistakes or face dark moments or brokenness, that I will be strong enough to love her & encourage her, but allow her to deal with it & heal & one day to soar on her own.




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