Five Minute Fridays: Connect

Friday, August 10, 2012

This is a Friday I wasn't really looking forward to... a weekend of me and the boys, just us, like an extension of the long week. But here it is and now I must dive into it and see it through. Here's hoping it goes smoothly!

And as it is Friday, that means five minutes of free writing with Lisa-Jo. So clear out 5 minutes and join the party!

Five Minute Friday


Getting married young and having kids right away was a simple recipe to set me apart from my friends from college, high school, just about everyone I knew. I wasn't worried. I mean it's my life, I only have one go round, might as well enjoy it, right? 

Then the lonely pattern began - late nights, early mornings, so many conversations about diapers, new teeth, tantrums all of which left me wondering if that college-educated brain had melted and washed away in one of my three-minute showers.

The need to connect was huge. But the fear of where to start weighed heavily. Do I go back to those friends I rushed away from in order to build my life?  Do I find a way to connect with the mommy groups at church? Do I just accept that this is life and wait for someone else to reach out to me? 

Well after some time, I dove in - called those old friends (a ton - probably annoyed many with my messages of a rambling mommy-scatter-brain) and tried for those new mommy groups of strangers. Oh the fear to connect, or rather, the fear of rejection at the attempt to connect.
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Surprisingly both groups had places for me. 

My old friends brought back the energy that I had as the me I was before I was a married mama. I wanted to feel healthy and strong and look fresh and clean. I wanted to talk about important topics with these friends and slowly rebuild that soggy-educated-brain.

My new mommy friends held a place to land after a hard day of discipline. The smiles and nods that knew my frustration. The words of joy over milestones always fill me up as share about our little ones (and not so little anymore). 

American Sign Language

Signing Words & Cozy Book Hop

Thursday, August 09, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I posted about baby sign language and how we are giving it a shot with our second right now. And today I'd like to share a practical way we are going about that. It seems like every baby gets a Baby's First Words book of some kind, right? You might have one stashed on a shelf because you got it as a shower gift and forgot about it even. This is the perfect tool to help with learning some more signs!

Baby's First Words
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I'm very grateful to have this book for a couple of reasons. First it is a solid board book, which is great because my littlest guy is in the page tearing phase of reading. And second is because each page is one picture, a simple picture of an everyday item. This is what makes it the perfect signing tool.

Each page we turn to, and it doesn't have to be in any order really, we practice the sign for the picture. If it is something we have on, or nearby, we point to the actual object, sign it, then point again to the picture in the book and sign it. It's a fun game but we only play for as long as there is interest. Once the attention span is over for both boys I stop, if just one is paying attention though I keep going mostly so I can really learn the sign!

My oldest loves this game. He loves finding the object in the house and bringing it to baby. Super cute. 

When I first thought about teaching my baby sign language I was overwhelmed, but little things like this have started to make it a doable project and we are starting to see real progress in our communication. 

Let me know how you practice baby sign language in practical ways!


And now for another round of Cozy Book Hop Thursdays!  I cannot say enough how much I love this part of my blogging week. Please continue to link up any posts you have about reading, books or the like. And spread the word so us book lovers can share our passion!

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Please link directly to the post, and not your homepage. Also if you could include a link back, or the button, that would be great! If you have time this week check out what others have posted, because that is the whole point, to learn from someone else or get a recommendation on a new book to read!

Can't wait to see what you've got!

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