A Geek and her Babies

How one geeky Mom combines technology and old fashioned values to raise her babies.

I’ve Moved to Geeksbabies Dot Com January 30, 2012

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After 206 posts, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase my own domain. Please join me over at Geeksbabies.com. I hope to see you there.

 

{this moment} January 27, 2012

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Inspired by SouleMama

{this moment} – A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

 

My Youngest January 26, 2012

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When I found out I was pregnant with my youngest, I seriously questioned God’s wisdom. Steve was just recovering from his second back surgery in two years and we didn’t know what the future was going to bring.  I had no health insurance. Steve’s disability payments were barely covering our basic living expenses. I was scared.

During the pregnancy, it seemed that everything that could go wrong did. Steve didn’t recover the way he should have.. My pelvis separated, and I ended up in a wheelchair for the last two months of the pregnancy.  My grandfather passed away. I was depressed, frustrated and angry.

Right after he was born, Steve started experiencing horrible medication problems. He couldn’t care for himself, let alone help with a newborn and a three year old. When the baby was less than a month old, Steve went into the hospital for a week for medication issues. At two months, Steve had a third back surgery which resulted in some terrible complications. The first months of this baby’s life were completely horrible for me. I questioned my sanity, I questioned my ability as a Mom, I questioned my existence.

But, no matter what, this child clung to me and made me see what was important. He and his brothers were the light that kept me going, kept me looking for a way through.

Now that things are settled down, this little boy is still my light. The other two boys gravitate to their Daddies. This one is mine. He makes me laugh every day. He always seeks me out when he’s sad, lonely or just wandered too far away from me. Even at home, he doesn’t leave my side for more than a few minutes at a time. He’s a complete Mama’s boy and I don’t mind a bit.

He enjoys the same things I do. He loves to color and play with his trains (I am a huge Thomas fan, don’t let my age fool you!). He loves to read books and take pictures with my phone. I can’t wait until he’s old enough for me to teach him how to sew and scrapbook. He’s the one who will be interested, I can tell.

I no longer question God’s wisdom for sending me this precious gift. It seemed God knew I needed a Mama’s boy. He also obviously knew I was going to need something to keep me going during one of the darkest periods of my life. I am grateful everyday for this little angel who was sent at the exact right time.

 

Board Games January 25, 2012

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Over the last few years our house has become video game-centric. Video games were something that Dad could do with the boys while laying on the couch recovering from his various surgeries. And, when you have one parent recovering from surgery while the other one is taking care of a newborn, you do what you can to keep everyone happy. (Please don’t judge.)

Now that Steve is as recovered as much as he’s going to be, we are trying to find things that don’t involve a screen that brings us together as a family. Bring on the board games…

This Christmas, we bought the kids games, but they were the board game variety.Scrabble,Scruble, Trouble and Candyland joined the decks of cards and Yahtzee game that we already owned.

Now, many week nights and most weekends you will find one or all of us sitting around our kitchen table playing a board game. My 12 year old is working on trying to beat Mom “just once” at Scrabble. The 4 year old is learning to take turns and count. And, we are doing something together as a family which doesn’t involve a screen (well unless you count the Android Scrabble dictionary that we use when it’s getting late and we just want to finish the game!)

How do you spend time with your family away from the screen? What are your favorite board games?

 

Our Library Programs January 24, 2012

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This winter, our local library started a bunch of new programs, including an unstructured play time for toddlers and a math and science class for preschoolers. It is absolutely wonderful way for our kids to get out of the house and interact with other kids especially since we had to take them out of preschool.

We actually have at least one library program every weekday. Along with the free play and science and math class, there are age appropriate and family reading programs and a family fun night.

The kids love every minute of it. They have made a lot of new friends and they are asking for books to read all of the time. Even Steve has started reading again. I call that a plus in any book.

Does your library have any cool programs? How do you keep your preschool kids busy in the winter time?

 

Menu Plan Monday January 23, 2012

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Menu Plan Monday

I’m back to Menu Planning this week. It’s been an oddly crazy month full of doctor’s appointments, trips to Walmart, library programs and just general running around. Which, for us, translates to a lot of fast food meals if I do not have a plan in place ahead of time.

On the days that I have been home, I’ve been attempting to change “regular” recipes into slow cooker recipes. I have found that by the time I should be cooking dinner we are happily doing something else. If I can throw something in the crockpot in the morning and just dish it up at 5, I am a much happier Mom. I am planning on setting up a recipes site in the near future where I will post my successful dinners.

Here is my meal plan for this week:

Monday — Steak and Rice
Wednesday — Beef Vegetable Soup with Homemade bread
Thursday — Dinner Out (Jimmy’s Science Fair)
Friday — Pizza Casserole
Saturday — Chili with Cornbread
Sunday —  Pot Roast
What’s on your menu for this week? I’m linking up to Organizing Junkie. Check out the meal plan Monday posts for lots of great recipes.
 

My New Knitting Group January 12, 2012

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My goal for this year is to make time for things that I enjoy. Like the Happiness Project and the 365 Project and knitting. HOwever, if left to my own devices, I never make time.

So, when I heard about the church knitting group, I immediately added the dates to my calendar. Tonight was my first time meeting with the group. I was the youngest person there by about 30 years, but it was still a lot of fun. A group of older ladies that hang out regularly have some really interesting conversations (that are not about babies, kids, or husbands).

What I really like is that the group has a goal. Instead of everyone doing their own thing, each person works on prayer shawls based on a symbolic pattern. Once completed, each shawl is blessed and mailed to a person who needs special prayers. I started my first shawl tonight and am really excited about the project.

It is an easy pattern and works up quickly so I may actually complete some projects this year. Won’t that be fun?

 

 
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