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.

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{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.

 

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?

 

My Happiness Project January 11, 2012

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One of my goals for this year is to follow Gretchin Rubin’s Happiness Project. I read the book last year and, like Gretchen, felt that my life could be a little bit happier if I was systematic about it. Each month I create a list of resolutions centered around a common theme. Each resolution is actionable and I keep track of my progress on a spreadsheet.

This month’s theme is “Energy” simply because everything else will be easier, if I have more energy. My resolutions this month are:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Track WW Points
  • Drink water
  • Tackle a Nagging Task
  • Organize

It is the 11th day of the month and I can’t say I am doing it perfectly, but it is helping. I am sleeping better and eating a bit healthier. I am also getting a lot of tasks accomplished that I have put off for quite some time.

Some days I think the “nagging tasks” resolution is sapping my energy. I have been running all of us to at least one appointment a day for the last 10 days. It is rather exhausting. But, at the end of the day, it is one less thing that I have to worry about and I sleep better.

I’m not sure if I would consider myself happier at this point, but I’m not worried. It hasn’t even been a month and I’m still working out all of the kinks. Overall, like the 365 Project, I think it will be a good way to focus myself throughout the year.

How are you focusing your energies this year? Do you have a year long project? If so, how is it going?

 

Gifts from My Dad January 4, 2012

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My Dad, aka “Pappy George”, would have been 70 years old today. Unfortunately, he went to be an angel 5 years ago, mere months before my second son was born. I have missed him every single day since then. And, every day, I wish I could pick up the phone to ask him a question, tell him something that the boys did, or just simply hear him laugh.

Today, on his birthday, instead of being sad, I decided to think of all of the things he gave me while he was here.

My Love of Reading and Education

He was an avid reader and had a very large collection of books. He would become interested in something, whether it was baseball, Old Testament Religion, or the Amish culture, and he would read everything he could find on that interest. He never had the opportunity to attend college but I would bet he was better educated on his favorite subjects than many college graduates. He passed that “need to know” on to me.

My Love of Music

Dad (and Mom) loved music, both listening to it and singing in church or with the Minstrel. He always had music playing loudly in the house.  Music was a huge part of our lives. I am grateful for my musical “education”. Because of him, I enjoy all types of music from Big Band to Barbra Streisand to “Percy the Puny Poinsettia.”

The Ability to Laugh

My Dad was always goofing around and laughing. He loved to play tricks, tease and kid with everyone. He was one of the end men in the Lykens Minstrel and enjoyed dressing up and performing the skits. When we were kids, he would make faces at us that simply made us laugh until we cried. One of the biggest things that I miss about him is his laughter.

The Ability to Talk to Anyone

When I was a kid, my Dad’s love of talking could get rather annoying. “Quick” trips to the post office would last an hour, as he talked to everyone he met. Now that I’m older, I admire and strive to emulate, his ability to talk to anyone and make everyone comfortable. If you looked uncomfortable or shy, my Dad would talk to you and tease you until you came out of your shell. He simply enjoyed people and it showed.

I will always miss him. I will always regret that he never got to meet his two youngest grandchildren. But, I strive to pass the same gifts he gave me on to my children. I love you, Dad.

 

365 Project January 3, 2012

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One of my goals for this year is to complete a 365 Project. The goal is to take at least one picture every day for an entire year. I had this project in the back of my mind for quite some time, but when I got a digital SLR for Christmas, I decided that this was the year to complete the project.

So, on January 1st, even though I really didn’t think about taking a picture until late at night, I shot the above picture of Steve and Sam watching TV and posted it to the project website.

When reading about this type of project, many people say it gets harder as the year goes on. Life gets busy and you forget to take a picture throughout the day. I believe them. Today, we spent a large portion of the day at the Dentist office. It was something I would love to remember because the kids had such a good time playing while their Dad got his teeth cleaned. But, I didn’t take the “big” camera with me.

I decided that the camera on my Droid would work just as well for the project and took some shots. Unfortunately, the only one that didn’t come out blurry was this one:

This is a fine picture, but I thought I took better ones of both boys playing. Oh, well, it’s still a picture and it still get go in the scrapbook as a reminder of the day spent “playing” at the Dentist.

I know there are other sites for the 365 project. Flickr has a Project 365 group or you could simply put all of your photos on Facebook in a separate album.

I prefer the 365 Project website and interface, so that is what I went with. I think I am going to make a separate scrapbook page for each week so that at the end of the year I have a 52 page book that I can simply print and enjoy. I will also continue to make separate pages for special occasions, but this project is more geared toward celebrating the “everyday.” A daily photo journal, if you will.

Do you have any year long projects you are working on? Have you started yet?