Wife, Mummy, Nurse

07 October 2015

Rainbow Longies #YarnAlong

Before giving birth to my son, I had grand plans of stash busting. I hoped to knit a pair of rainbow longies for my son, but the pregnancy flew by, and I never cast on those longies. With winter quickly approaching, I put Christmas knitting on the back burner and cast on Lil' J's rainbow longies.

I am about halfway through the right leg. After using the kitchener stitch to divide the legs, I knit four more rows using the  I knit 4 more rows I am knitting 12 rows for each color-red, orange, yellow, green, and blue.

23 September 2015

Super Undies Giveaway

When it comes to potty training, each and every kid brings a whole new experience.  You have to find something that works for your child.  There are several options out there for training pants... You're probably familiar with disposable training pants, but when they can cost up to $100 per month it's nice to know what other options there are. Super Undies is here to save the day!

They offer several reusable cloth training pants styles to help you find something perfect for your little soon-to-be potty master.  Read Latched On Mom's review of Super Undies Pull-on Training Pants to find out more!

And here is a giveaway!  One person will win a Super Undies Pull-on Potty Training Pants in their choice of color AND one Super Soaker Step-Up insert- a combined value of $22.95!

The winner will be emailed, announced here in the giveaway widget once closed and a shout out to the winner on Latched On Mom's Facebook page will be made so make sure to sign in with the email address you check most often!  You will only have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.

To enter, just fill out the giveaway form below. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from 9/22/15-10/7/15. Open to US only. GOOD LUCK!!!

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16 September 2015

Why I Don't Watch "The View"

Eleven and a half years ago, during my sophomore year at Grove City College (GCC), I decided to become a nurse. When I announced to my friends after Christmas break that I would not return the following year, I received two replies:
  1. Oh, I think you'll make a great nurse. I'll miss you, but I'm happy for you.
  2. Why do you want to become a nurse? You should finish GCC and go to medical school, because doctors are so much better than nurses.
Statement number 2 is a load of cow manure. (I'm sure you can use another phrase interchangeably, but I will not swear here.) It was hurtful then, but sadly I have become used to the culture viewing nurses as the doctor's gofer. 

Miss Colorado (Kelley Johnson) could have chosen something much more flashy and fashionable as her Miss America talent, but instead she chose to talk about one patient who helped remind her about why she became a nurse in the first place. She delivered an original monologue on her experience as an Alzheimer's nurse. 
Miss Kelly... You are not just a nurse. You are my nurse, and you have changed my life because you have cared about me... I am a lifesaver. I am never going to be just a nurse.
What Kelley said about nursing was needed. As a nurse, I deliver the best care I can to my patients regardless of their background, beliefs, socioeconomic status, etc. I treat my patients (and their family members) with dignity and respect because they are created in the image of God.

Joy Behar and Michelle Collins from The View proved the need for the monologue that Miss Colorado gave. Michelle Collins criticized Miss Colorado because she "basically read her e-mails out loud." She goes on to dig the hole deeper by saying that's not a real talent and others agree. Joy Bahar felt the need to chime in with, "Why does she have a doctor's stethoscope on?"

Joy and Michelle, you need a lesson about the nursing profession. We are not the doctor's gofer. That stethoscope you see around the nurse's neck is her own stethoscope. We are trained to auscultate a patient's heart, lung, and abdominal sounds. We also use it to check a patient's blood pressure. Plus, I'll let you in on a dirty little secret; I have had many doctors ask, "Hey, can I use your stethoscope?" Me, the nurse.

Joy and Michelle, I hope you do not have to be in the hospital anytime soon, but if you do, I hope it will help change your mind about the nursing profession. You will quickly find out the the nurses are there 24/7. Nurses are the unsung heroes at the hospital during the day and night, on the weekends, on holidays, missing church. You will also find out that despite what you said on The View, you will be treated and cared for with dignity and respect, because nurses did not go into the profession for the money.

Joy and Michelle, thanks for the reminder about why I don't watch The View.

15 September 2015

Kindergarten Home School Curriculum

Charis is now five years old! Since we live in the great sate of Maryland and choose to home school Charis, she is now officially home schooled.
Each child who resides in Maryland and is 5 years old or older and under 17 shall attend a public school regularly during the entire school... Maryland recognizes nonpublic schools and home instruction as alternatives to public school enrollment as a means for students to receive regular, thorough instruction.
I filled out and submitted the home schooling notification form to the county 20 days before the start of the school year. This is supposed to be submitted "at least 15 days before the beginning of the home instruction program", so yes, I was procrastinating.

All summer long, I went back and forth between My Father's World, Sonlight, and Five in a row. I believed that if I did not like the curriculum, I was a failure. Drew reminded me that we are taking school year by year (seeing where we are and examining our-and our children's-strengths and weaknesses) and are open to all options (even public school-I know. You may gasp if you need to.). I finally settled on Five in a Row: Volume 1. This post contains affiliate links.

General-Five in a Row: Volume 1 because I liked that it gives you ideas on what to teach your child, but leaves what I want to teach my daughter up to me. I plan on using FIAR to teach my daughter her Science, Art, Social Studies, and Language arts requirement.

Math-Singapore Math. This math curriculum was highly recommended by other home school moms at church. So far, my daughter loves it. There's nothing glitzy about Singapore; it's just in black and white, which I like since my daughter's not easily distracted by it.

Phonics-Alpha-Phonics. This was not my first choice, but the frugality of this phonics book helped me pick this. It is dry and boring, but my daughter has started to recognize 10-15 words after 4 lessons. So far, the lessons (along with review) take about 15 minutes. I still try to read for fun to my children at least 15-30 minutes each day.

Handwriting-A Reason for Handwriting. I only bought the student workbook. I figured I would borrow books from the library and teach Charis a few things about each animal. Let's just say, my daughter needs a lot of practice with her handwriting.

Bible-Long Story Short. We received this book as a gift from my parents, and over the summer, I finally cracked it open. I was very impressed with it. Even though it goes over major Old Testament events, the book is saturated with the Gospel and ties in the New Testament at least 1-2 times every week.

Spanish-The Complete Book of Starter Spanish. I want my children to be exposed to at least one foreign language in elementary school. Since I took Spanish in high school and Drew majored in Spanish in college and received his Master's in Spanish translation, I decided to go with introducing Charis to Spanish. This is a basic book, with lots of coloring. I go over basic phrases with my daughter everyday. Last week, she learned "rojo" and this week, she's learning "amarillo". If you aren't too sure on pronunciation, I would definitely see about supplementing this book with DVDs or CDs.

Do you home school your children? What curriculum are you using this year?

14 September 2015

LÍLLÉbaby Baby Carrier #Giveaway

Back in July, This West Coast Mommy marked two years of blogging. Two years deserves a big giveaway, and this is it! Okay, okay, it's a little late (or a lot late), but better late than never, right? Regardless, she's celebrating two years and some change worth of blogging with this awesome giveaway for a LÍLLÉbaby Baby Carrier.

 Here's a quick summary of the features that make the LÍLLÉbaby Complete Carrier one of the best all-around carriers out there:
  1. SIX ERGONOMIC CARRYING POSITIONS – Includes every carrying position without the need for an infant insert: front-fetal, front-infant, front-outward, front- toddler, hip, and back carry. The Complete grows with your child through all the baby wearing years, from 7 lbs to 45 lbs. The patented cupped seat adjusts to keep baby ergonomically seated in all six carry positions through every developmental stage.
  2. LUMBAR SUPPORT – Increases comfort, maintains healthy posture and alignment, and prevents lower back strain. Combined with an extra sturdy waist belt to maximize parent's comfort.
  3. TWO-WAY STRAPS – Enables wearer to carry "backpack style" or with straps crossed in the back. Dual adjustment buckles simplify breastfeeding and adjusting straps on the go.
  4. SLEEPING HOOD – Features dual adjustment points to provide tailored support for baby's head while sleeping, sun protection while exploring, and privacy while nursing. Removable.
  5. EXTRA TALL, EXTENDABLE TORSO – So comfortable your baby will fall asleep. Provides extra neck and back support and keeps taller babies secure in the carrier. The adjustable width gently cradles baby's head. Elastic straps provide support while allowing for movement and easy adjustment.
  6. POCKETS - Large zippered storage pocket, plus easy reach pocket for storing hood and essentials.
  7. WIDE, PADDED SHOULDER STRAPS & WAIST BELT - Evenly distribute baby's weight for maximized comfort.
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Win a LÍLLÉbaby Carrier!

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 Enter in the giveaway widget below. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US, 18+. All entries will be verified. Ends Oct 4, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for posting this giveaway. This West Coast Mommy and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact olivia@thiswestcoastmommy.com with any questions about this giveaway or to sponsor your own event.

09 September 2015

FO: Diamond Cowl #YarnAlong

I finished knitting my first Christmas gift-the Diamond Cowl. It was a very easy pattern. The one minor change I made was casting on 84, instead of 72. I thought 72 stitches would be tighter than I'd want if it was for myself, so I cast on an extra 12 stitches (the repeat is every 12 stitches and was easy to memorize). The pattern was easy, but not too easy. I could watch TV shows while knitting this, and not get lost in the pattern.

What's on your needles? Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.

14 August 2015

FO: Luuk Hat

After church on Sunday, another mom came up to me and invited my children and me to her daughter's third birthday party (which was today). I went home thinking, "What should I knit for her daughter? What do I have in my yarn stash that I want to use up?"