Wife, Mummy, Nurse: July 2015

30 July 2015

6 Math Picture Books

Recently, we made our trek to our local library. While there, I decided to look for educational math picture books to read to my daughter. Charis was able to easily understand most of the books I borrowed (with the exception of Money Math).

When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book by Satoshi Kitamura. Woolly, the sheep, could not sleep, so he went for a walk. When Sheep Cannot Sleep is a good introduction to counting, and I love that when people cannot sleep, it's suggested that they "count sheep." But in this book, it's the sheep who cannot sleep.

Cool Cats Counting by Sherry Shahan. A good bilingual counting book. Teaches children how to count from 1-10 in English and Spanish. Also teaches children Spanish words for different animals. I'm not a huge fan of the illustrations or the rhyming, but my daughter enjoyed to colorful pictures.

Double Play! Monkeying around with Addition by Betsy Franco. "Br-iiing, the bell for recess time!" The kids (monkeys) go out to play. This is a wonderful book about teaching children the concept of doubles, ex. 1 + 1, 2 + 2,  3 + 3, etc.

Mice Mischief: Math Facts in Action by Caroline Stills. There are ten mice. Some playing, others working. This book illustrates the different ways to add numbers to 10. If your child is learning about addition, check this book out.

100 Days of School by Trudy Harris. "100 Days of School!" This book shows different ways to get to 100 (includes addition and multiplication).

Money Math by Susan Ring. Briefly introduces children to various coins-pennies, nickles, dimes, and quarters. It also introduces the concept of addition with different types of coins. Charis had a harder time understanding some of the things in this book. She doesn't understand that one penny is not the same as one dime or one quarter. But I still think it was useful in helping her identify the coins we put in her piggy bank.

29 July 2015

Super Soakers #YarnAlong

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Last week, I decided to knit another soaker for Lil' J. I completed the curly purly soaker, back in June, on the ride home from Canada, but I have not been able to find it since arriving home. I have no clue where it is. I decided to try a new soaker pattern-super soakers. Super soakers is a free pattern on Ravelry. Size is 6-9 months. Since Justin is in 18 month size clothes, I decided to hold yarn doubled and use up scraps!

20 July 2015

Currently {July 20, 2015}

Feeling thankful. When I put my son down for a nap on Saturday, I felt a crushing tiredness. I brushed it off as being that time of the month, but as I tried to sleep, I had chills and started having aches. When I spoke with Drew, I told him, "I think it might be more than my period. I hope I'm not getting sick." He prayed with me and told me to give Charis the phone. Drew told her to "obey mommy" and prayed with her as well. At 2:10 PM, my son woke up from his nap. I got him up. I felt lightheaded and had a headache. I was still in denial that I was sick. I gave him a nutritious lunch AKA crackers. Why? Even though I managed to get some sleep earlier, I was even more tired and exhausted. I started unloading the dishes from the previous night. My arms were heavy and I had to sit down after putting the plates, bowls, and cups away. Once again I called Drew and said, "I'm sick. Please come home as soon as you're finished with work." Thankfully, I did not have any nausea.

The next 4 hours were not fun. Lil' J. was not impressed that I left him in his high chair for 30 minutes while I laid my head on the table getting some more sleep. When my husband arrived home, I was resting on the floor-trying to stay awake. He said, "You can go to bed now." I slept until 8:45 PM. Charis, Justin, and Drew were just starting to eat dinner. Drew was thanking God for leftovers (or what he calls "stash busting the fridge")-Stromboli and tacos. Charis did not want either and requested oatmeal pizza pie-an oatmeal crust with pizza toppings. I went back to bed around 10:15 and slept until 8 on Sunday morning. I was thankful for extra sleep because Justin did not wake up at 5 AM wanting to be nursed. I felt much better than Saturday night-another point in which I was grateful. I got up, ate breakfast, but still felt extremely weak. Drew and I decided that I would stay home from church. Disappointed yes, but I needed to get more rest and sleep. Even though I usually don't do laundry on Sundays, I did two loads yesterday to make the germs go away.

When mama's sick, dishes accumulate.

10 July 2015

Cow Print Cloth Diapers, Legwarmers, and Trainers

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Top left: juDanzy cow print legwarmers
Top right: Blueberry cow print trainer
Bottom left: Wolbybug cow print OS diaper cover
Bottom right: Best Bottom Moo licious diaper cover
One of my favorite days is coming up. A day in which I dress up as an animal (making a fool of myself) in exchange for free food.. I'm talking about Chick-fil-A's Cow Appreciation Day.

What is cow appreciation day? It's an annual event that Chick-fil-A has where there customers dress up like cows in exchange for food. Those fully dressed like a cow will get a free meal. If you are fully dressed like a cow, it requires an effort to be dressed like a cow from head to toe. Those partially dressed will get a free entree.

I have gone to Cow Appreciation Day for the last three years with my daughter. On July 4th, I went shopping to buy cow print fabric. I am hoping to sew a pair of shorts for Justin and a skirt for Charis.

If you have a baby or toddler, he can join in the fun as well by wearing a cow print cloth diaper, trainer, and/or legwarmers.

Are you going to Cow Appreciation Day? Will you be going as yourself or wearing a cow costume?

08 July 2015

Juliet Cardigan #YarnAlong

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I finally started a test knit for Taiga Hilliard Designs-the Juliet cardigan. I'm knitting it for Charis. A few weeks ago, I took her to Michaels and let her pick the yarn for the cardigan. Big mistake! She picked Red Heart yarn. Ugh! I am not a fan of acrylic, but I gave her my word, plus it will be durable without any special washing instructions. She choose the bon bon print colorway. Why? Because it has both the colors from Frozen. Of course, why would I even think to ask her, "Why?" 

06 July 2015

Currently {July 6, 2015}

Feeling exhausted. Last night I went to bed around midnight, but two hours later, I was still counting sheep. Drew was in the bedroom, so I asked him if he would play Psalms on his computer. Yes when I have trouble sleeping, I either listen to Psalms or the Bible. Kind of sad that my response is to fall asleep. As the hour went by, I could feel my body slowly relaxing.

Watching War of the Buttons. I remember watching it when I was younger and loving it, and my memory of what it was about was incorrect. I thought it was set in Ireland, but it was set in France during World War 2 (1944). You would think that I would have remembered the who movie was in French.

Reading (listening to) Sense and Sensibility. I confess I have not actually read it. I love Pride and Prejudice, but never opened up Sense and Sensibility.

Knitting the Let's Go Shopping-Market Bag.

How was your 4th of July weekend? What's going on in your life?
Linking up at Choose Happy.

3 Must Read Books about Cooperation

Cooperation does not come naturally to me. Often, I want to do things my way. If someone suggests a "better" way of doing something, I don't always want to do it because it was not my idea. I have sometimes noticed the same traits-both good and bad-in my daughter. When I came across "Must Read Monday", I was thrilled. I love reading books to my daughter, and often pick a few themes. This week's theme is "cooperation". It was hard to find books that were not too good child vs. bad child.

01 July 2015

Target {Almost Wordless Wednesday}

Charis is visiting grandparents for the next 12 days. Next week, she'll be attending Vacation Bible School. Why am I not with her? I have jury duty. Unfortunately, Maryland does not grant nursing mothers an exemption due to breastfeeding.

One of the first places Justin and I shopped, after leaving Charis with Granny and Grandad, was Target! It's MUCH more peaceful shopping without an almost five year old. "Can I get yogurt? Can I get goldfish? Do we need to get Justin onesies?" Less questions were asked, and I could shop in peace.

...But at the same time, I still miss her.