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Am I Nurturing a Nerd?

Sometimes I wonder if I am leading my sons towards the Geek path.  Being the child of 2 card carrying Geeks they may have a genetic predisposition anyway.
I became a geek all on my own, my parents weren’t geeks and didn’t push anything on me and just allowed me to pursue whatever interested me.  In my children’s case, both parents are geeks so they have been exposed to it since birth.  They both know the ways of the force, that the answer to life and everything is 42, that time is wibbly wobbly, etc.  They are developing their own fandom preferences and get excited about their unique geeky preferences.
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We don’t push it on them but they have taken to it, specially Star Wars, Doctor Who, Marvel and Lego.  So while many kids are in soccer and baseball, my son is in Lego Robotics.  We are not against sports if they asked for it.  We originally looked into soccer for them but the combination of incompatible schedules, limited access to transportation and the fact that neither I nor my kids like to be outside in the heat led to us to never signing them up.   They took Kung Fu classes for a while (indoor and air conditioned, yay!) and they loved it but it didn’t work for long, the Sensei’s fault not my kids.  I am still interested in finding another martial arts program for them but once again, transportation and schedule obstacles.
When opening a box of science supplies yields the same reaction you see on Christmas morning... your son may be a geek
When opening a box of science supplies yields the same reaction you see on Christmas morning… your son may be a geek

 

Being realistic, I don’t think that my first born will ever be a jock.  His hand eye coordination is practically non existent but he has excellent engineering skills to make up for it.  He is very STEM inclined preferring coding and robotics to any physical activity.  He also seems to have inherited my husband’s gaming tendencies.

Lego and Star Wars are big in our house
Lego and Star Wars are big in our house

My youngest has quite the throwing arm and is more physically inclined, he REALLY loved the Kung Fu classes but he hates being outdoors when it’s hot so many sports are ruled out as a result.  He is developing a love for comic books and geek shows such as Doctor Who and The Flash.

I don’t stress about it, I just chuckle when I think about our routines and family activities as we recently celebrated Star Wars day,  got our free comics at Free Comic Book Day and are looking forward to attending Comic Cons and the Star Wars Celebration next year.
Time will tell, but I think we are right on track for some well rounded geeks 😉
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Adventures in Mommyhood- week 18

We are experiencing the Florida equivalent to winter weather, now I really wish that I had more pairs of babylegs for Shammy, oh well.  I’m not having as much trouble keeping him warm as I feared but I sure am relieved to have a baby in Florida and not Canada or somewhere else that’s super cold most of the time.  It is a pain in the rear to have to remove so many layers to change a diaper, hence the wish for more babylegs.

I don’t like turning on the heater so I make sure he’s wearing enough warm clothes, this weather gives me the opportunity to get more mileage out of his monkey suit, it’s nice, warm and super cute.  He doesn’t mind it.

warm and toasty monkey

I have confirmed what I had been suspecting for a long while in regards to the correlation between fussiness and temperature.  Shammy is way happier when it’s cold or when the A/C is on, there goes our electric bill!  I also think that there is a humidity factor but haven’t made enough observations on that.

I have ended up having to compromise on the no TV for baby issue given that the baby likes it so much.  So now my focus is on minimizing exposure and making sure that when he does watch that it is appropriate content.  Enter PBSKids.org  The laptop is now setup so he can watch an episode of Cat in the Hat from his bouncy chair and he’ll yell at me to restart it if the episode stops.

Shammy may be nearing Santa overdose having seen him 4 times in one day.  Luckily he isn’t afraid of the guy and instead decided to hold on to his beard and not let go during his last photo.  Yes, he now has another Santa photo, this time it was better planned so he was dressed for the occasion with his elf outfit.

By chance I stumbled across another blog on the internet with the name of Adventures in Mommyhood, I swear that I wasn’t trying to copy anybody’s name and I didn’t even know about that blog until 17 weeks after I started using the name, I hope that mama doesn’t mind until I figure out what else to call these entries.

Work has been dry lately so I while I wait for something to pan out I’ve been making money out of market research, it’s not a new career or anything but $20 here and there are better than nothing.  I have also been able to do some trades so now I have enough cloth wipes for the house AND diaper bag, no more disposable wipes yay!

Since the beginning I had known that Shammy is sensitive to energies and this was recently further confirmed by a pattern that we have observed when shopping at Walmart.  As usual I wear him in the Ergo when out and he’ll either be happily looking around or go to sleep.  That is until we make it to the check out registers, there is a ley line that runs parallel to this section and standing on it will wake Shammy up and have him screaming inconsolably until we move past it.  Last weekend I experimented by standing on it, seeing him wake up and fuss, taking 2 steps and watching him go back to sleep only to have him wake up again when I stepped back into the original spot.  Now I know exactly what spots in the store to avoid.

In the cute department, Shammy had started to fuss when on his swing and I was in the middle of laundry so I wasn’t able to immediately go to him, in that delay brother Cheeky bird starting to sing to him and Shammy calmed down and fell asleep.  It was soo cute!  Cheeky is usually known for waking him up by being loud, so this was a nice change that unfortunately has not repeated itself since.

Shammy is finally taking better naps, sometimes.  He prefers to sleep on soft surfaces such as in bed with me.  I should really look into getting a plush mattress pad for his crib so that he can take longer naps.  Thankfully he’s still good about sleeping through the night.

Xmas has an attitude, lol

I haven’t yet finished the DVD project, it’s mainly an editing project by now.  I have also taken to document things in writing thanks to a thoughtful gift in the form of a Mothers Legacy book received at Shammy’s Blessing.  I have also looked into exporting this blog into a printed book in the future, all as gifts for Shammy.  We’ll see.

Our baby registry ended up evolving into my wishlist for Shammy, the place where I keep track of the things that I want to eventually buy for him.  Since people sometimes ask what he needs, I have decided to leave the list public and accessible here. Shammy’s Wishlist

I can now see why people don’t start teaching sign language to their babies until a later age, it’s hard to do so with a baby in your lap as many signs require the use of 2 hands.  I still find that it has been helpful.

This week’s rant is a short one….

If you feel like you don’t have enough milk and must give formula, please don’t give a bottle, you’re just setting yourself up to have even less milk, use a Supplemental Nursing System, give the formula while still having baby at the breast and therefore stimulating milk production.  Your body doesn’t know that it needs to make milk if there isn’t a baby at the breast placing an order for it!

I leave you with an inspirational song to theme of the Season…

Twelve days of breastfeeding

On the first day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
colostrum to increase my immunity!

On the second day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
two full breasts and colostrum to increase my immunity!

On the third day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
minimized jaundice, two full breasts and colostrum to increase my
immunity!

On the fourth day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
fewer Dr. visits, minimized jaundice, two full breasts and colostrum toincrease my immunity!

On the fifth day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
LESS ALLERGIES!… fewer Dr. visits, minimized jaundice, two full
breasts  and colostrum to increase my immunity!

On the sixth day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
Zero constipation LESS ALLERGIES!… fewer Dr. visits, minimized
jaundice, two full breasts and colostrum to increase my immunity!

On the seventh day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
teeth and jaw development, zero constipation,
LESS ALLERGIES!… fewer Dr. visits, minimized jaundice, two full
breasts and colostrum to increase my immunity!

On the eighth day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
reduced risk of breast cancer, teeth and jaw development, zero
constipation, LESS ALLERGIES!… fewer Dr. visits, minimized jaundice,
two full breasts and colostrum to increase my immunity!

On the ninth day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
skin to skin comfort, reduced risk of breast cancer, teeth and jaw
development, zero constipation, LESS ALLERGIES!… fewer Dr. visits,
minimized jaundice, two full breasts and colostrum to increase my
immunity!

On the tenth day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
decreased chance of diabetes, skin to skin comfort, reduced risk of
breast cancer, teeth and jaw development, zero constipation,
LESS ALLERGIES!… fewer Dr. visits, minimized jaundice, two full
breasts and colostrum to increase my immunity!

On the eleventh day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
bonding and loving, decreased chance of diabetes, skin to skin comfort,
reduced risk of breast cancer, teeth and jaw development, zero
constipation, LESS ALLERGIES!… fewer Dr. visits, minimized jaundice, two 
full breasts and colostrum to increase my immunity!

On the twelfth day of breastfeeding my mommy gave to me:
Higher IQ, bonding and loving, decreased chance of diabetes, skin to
skin comfort, reduced risk of breast cancer, teeth and jaw development,
zero constipation, LESS ALLERGIES!… fewer Dr. visits, minimized jaundice,

two full breasts and colostrum to increase my immunity!