Still here….

Hi, it’s been a while. Last time I posted we were in moving limbo.

Well……around mid December the limbo shifted and we got our orders, with very little time to get our things and move, so crazy ensued in all its forms. We are now in New Jersey, slowly getting used to life on the East Coast.

EB has hit full on the Terrible Twos/Threes and much fun is had that way. GB continues to grow exponentially. At 9 months, he weighs nearly 30 lbs and is about to outgrow 2T clothes height-wise.

One of the main things we’ve had issues with in terms of kiddos is that most of what EB used can’t be used by GB because of how different their physical situations are. Clothing-wise to begin with, but also in terms of toys. EB LOVED his jumperoo. He spent as much time in it bouncing his head off as he could. We know GB would like it too, but alas, most jumperoos out there have a 25 lb. limit, which he’s already passed.

After much searching and surfing, I’ve come to realize that this is a fairly common problem. I’ve found forum threads from almost 10 years ago asking the same question. “What swing/jumperoo/bouncer can my big kid use?”

So…..baby/kid toy manufacturers of the world….could you please make products that can take a beating from a larger baby? My kiddo will be very grateful.

I hope you’re all having a good beginning of 2017 (belated Happy New Year and all that!)

Some stones hit harder than others….

As I mentioned in my previous post, we’ve nicknamed “kidney stones” those things that happen in the day to make life…..”interesting”.  

Boy, have they kept on hitting. 

After EB turned 1, there where a few things I started noticing that seemed a bit off. Being a psychologist, my brain started sorting them and pointing them in one direction. Being a Mom, I thought I might be overreacting and I brought it up to the Bear, then we brought it up to a therapist for a professional opinion. After much going back and forth, added screenings and all, it was confirmed that EB is autistic. He’s currently doing Speech and Occupational therapy, with more spectrum-specific stuff to come. He’s doing good progress there 🙂

I wish I could tell you more on that part of our lives, but it’s still fairly new and we’re taking it a day a time. We want to make sure we give EB every chance to be himself. 

GB seems to have inherited every single tall gene on either side of the family. At 6 months, he’s in 24 month old clothing and size 5 diapers. @_@ My back is not amused. 

Our previously advertised move got postponed and we’re now in waiting limbo. We kind of have a heading, just not a defined timeline. Most plans have been put on hold until further notice. 

So, the kidney stones keep piling. What an end to this year, hahaha. 

Have a good day everyone. 

Kidney stone days….

So the other day I had some interesting 5 minutes….

EB pooped, I set GB down, changed EB and while going to toss the diaper, I dropped it and poop rolled out onto the carpet. While scooping it up, GB realized that he was not being held and the bouncer doesn’t quite cut it, so he flipped his lid and started screaming. 
At this moment, the cats decided that it was perfect time to start running around the house like a deranged pack of horses, hissing at each other. And EB decided he had to match them for running speed. 

I managed to finish cleaning the poop, kick the cats out to the backyard, wash my hands, make a bottle and pick GB up. 
I sat there, feeding the baby, with EB galloping around the house and the Bear texts me to ask how my day has been. 
“Interesting” doesn’t quite cover the previous 5 minutes. 

A couple weeks ago, I ran across this phrase on social media:

I don’t know whom to credit for the phrase. But I fell in love with it. 

And it’s become a short answer, code word-type deal in our household. 

“What’s your day been like?”
“Kidney stones. Big ones”. 

And we immediately get it. 

Do you have “kidney stones” in your life?

I hope they pass quickly. 

Have a great day!

Bujonichi

Aaaaaaand, we’re back to one book.

Despite all the pretties out there, I kept going back to the Hobonichi Cousin.

Searching information about bullet journaling on a Hobonichi is hard and I just couldn’t find a hashtag to use on instagram for reference…..is it a Hobobujo? A Bujonichi?

I like the sound of Bujonichi, so I’ll stick to that while planning around.

Let’s explore this thing:

THE HARDWARE:

  • Hobonichi Cousin Avec. I bought it when book 2 of the Avec set went on sale by itself. It runs from July to December.
  • The Uni Jetstream included with each Hobonichi planner.

The picture below contains images that belong to Hobonichi. Click here to explore the planner in depth. Click on the image to view a larger version of it.

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What has changed since I last pondered planning? I had a Hobonichi Weeks, the small, portable version of the Hobonichi (monthly and weekly layouts only).

Between a 2 year old, a nearly 2 month old and an impending move sometime around the end of the year, I’m a little overwhelmed. More than a little to be honest.
I thought I’d never need dailies, since I’m a stay-at-home mom and the fanciest things I get to do on a daily basis are laundry and cleaning.

The problem with that thought was, that when you’re home all day, everyday, the days tend to blur one into the other and before you know it, another week has gone by and you’re not entirely sure what has been accomplished – or not -.

Around that time, Hobonichi set for sale volume 2 of the Avec planners, which runs from July to December. I got the A5 version of it.

The Cousin has a Yearly index, which I’m using as a meal planner for the time being. Monthly layouts are for quick view of upcoming events and dailies are for well….daily events. Although there’s “to-do” elements to my dailies, I have more “ta-dah!” logs to see what I’ve done. Specially when it comes down to deciding what to take/leave/sell on the way to our next base (which I’m listing in the blank memo pages in the back).

What has happened to the Midori/Fauxdori notebook? I still have it and I still have plans for it, but that planning will have to wait for later.

Until then, have a great day!

Luuuuuunge

There’s something in marine biology called Cetacean surfacing behavior. Basically, behaviors of whales, dolphins, etc. when they surface for air, playing, etc.
I love seein pictures/videos of when they lunge/breach out of the water and just flop back in sideways. I imagine if you’re a lonely sailor out on a dingy and a whale does this next to you, you’re pretty much toast.

The image below is from the Wikipedia article, not sure who to credit for it.


But, I digress. Or egress….or change the conversation. Kind of.

Allow me to reboot my brain…….

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Nope…..not working.

Ah, yes, lunging. There’s a moment in the first couple of months of your child’s life when they start trying to lift their heads.

And oh, my goodness, do they ever flail. And headbutt. EB gave me a few painful fat lips when he went through that stage. Now that GB is entering it, I’m debating buying a helmet, hahahahaha.

But here’s the best bit……You’ll be holding them in your arms, and delude yourself into thinking that they’re nice and settled and you lean them against one shoulder, while you stretch your opposite arm to do something important, like open a door, pick up your lukewarm coffee, pull that bit of oatmeal that your toddler threw at you out of your hair…..

And all of a sudden, your little bundle of joy will decide that this is the perfect time to try and lift their head. And they LUNGE, just like that picture up there. And all of a sudden, you have a flailing, lunging, falling child and you have to let go of whatever you just grabbed to catch them.

And you’ll have a little heart attack.

Then you catch them and they look at you with a gurgle and smile and you try to jump start your heart and brain. And you’re glad you survived and tell yourself they won’t catch you unawares again.

……right. I need more coffee.

Childbirth myth

I’ve heard often that the birth of your second (and third, etc) child will be easier than the first. My Mom, for example, was in labor for 24 hours with her first, then 1/2 hour with her second (me).
Well……it’s a nice myth, haha. After being induced with EB, I spent about 2 hours in labor altogether. With GB, I came 15 minutes away from crossing the 20 hour line, hahahaha. The epidural didn’t do much for me, and our little boy came in at just over 10 lbs (4.5 kg). 
Considering that my Abuelita had 4 children, all of whom weighed at least 5 kg at birth, I consider myself lucky and look forward to being to sit down normally sometime in the future. 

I’m not the kind of person who goes crazy over “cutesy” aspects of life, but I gotta say that, fresh out of the tank, wrinkly baby toes are too cute for words and all I wanna do is tickle them. 


Have a great day, everyone. 

Grams

Instant grams that is. Yeah, I’m a dork.

I’ve been working on more serious blog posts, but my level of exhaustion has increased beyond my wildest expectations.

So instead…..Instagram feeds! These are some of my favorites, in alphabetical order:

Alton Brown – with his combination of food, science and geek, he’s probably my favorite celebrity chef. His IG feed is always fun.

Anoushka Irukandji – beautiful designs, both on paper and skin.

Huapangos Mexico – My sister’s store IG.

Humans of New York – There is a story behind every face. Some are amusing, some are heartbreaking. All are worth listening to.

Moustache Stationery – Monthly stationery subscription. Need a referral link? Here’s one. It gives me points towards a free box. When you create an account, you’ll receive a link of your own 🙂

National geographic – Breathtaking images of the world.

Ninja traveling – Trina O’Gorman’s IG feed about journaling and life.

Page flutter  – Blogger M.J. Rutell and organizer of the “6 word short story challenge”.

Perfect Pending – Parenting fun.

Pretty Prints and Paper – One of the first bullet journalers I found who uses a travelers notebook.

Tatsuya Tanaka’s Miniature Calendar.

Veteran Vision Project – The account that made me join Instagram.

Visothkakvei – Art ❤

Airlock meow

I love our cats. But one thing I noticed while pregnant with EB was that as my due date approached, Watson started going batty in the clingy department. I’m not sure if I smelled different or what, but good grief……it was crazy. 

This time around, we’ve hit that point again. Main difference is, that he waits until I’ve sat down for a break….which only happens after I’ve chased EB around the house for hours and he’s finally napping. 

So when I finally have the time to sit down and breathe, all I want is peace and quiet. 

Enter the Watson. 


I love this cat. But right about now, I’d love to shove him out an airlock @_o

Covering sounds

Brain still on standby, but after a bad phone to laptop sync, I ended up having to rebuild a few playlists and I got to listening to many tunes I hadn’t paid attention to in a while.

There are songs that are just so……great, and inspiring, and amazing, that other artists pick them up and sing them with their own voices. It is very difficult to find a song cover that really honors the original (I don’t think I’ll ever hear a good “Bohemian Rhapsody” cover). I bring you two examples that I like. In both cases, the original artists approved of the cover.

 

THE ORIGINAL: “The Sound of silence” by Simon & Garfunkel.

THE COVER: “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed.

 

 

THE ORIGINAL: “Hurt”, composed by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails).

THE COVER: “Hurt” by Johnny Cash.