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Friday, April 11, 2014

InstaFriday - First Time Riding To Preschool

life rearranged

Ebi started preschool last month, just on Fridays for 3 hours in the morning.  I suffered acute separation anxiety.  After we signed in, she immediately got engaged in some activity, and I was encouraged by the teacher to slip out.  I paced outside the building for about 10 minutes until another mother/daughter arrived late.  When the Mom exited after dropping her daughter off, I pounced on her to ask if anyone was crying inside the classroom.  She laughed and said no.  I was relieved, but also devastated.  So, I walked home and tried to get some things done.  I felt sick the entire time though.  I worried that she might fall and scrape her knee and need ME.  I mean, how could she get by without me for 3 hours?  When I finally got to pick her up she was jolly and full of stories about school - her new favorite thing.  

Now we're a month into it, and I really can get some things done while she's at school.  I have already switched over from separation anxiety to pangs of guilt because I'm actually looking forward to getting her into the 4 mornings a week program.

I'm torn because she is about to turn 4, and these have been the fastest 4 years of my life.  I haven't left her with babysitters so I could continue with my life, she has been my life.  Being with her pretty much 24/7 has been exactly what I wanted to do, and I feel blessed and grateful that I have been able to.  

Starting preschool isn't just her milestone, it's mine too.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

2014 Ultimate Blog Party Post

Ultimate Blog Party 2014In high school my Dad always called me, "Last Minute Liz."  So, here I am, at the last minute writing a blog post that was due 45 minutes ago.  I'm not done procrastinating either.  I'm going to go fix myself a Mojito.  I have to find the scissors and a flashlight so I can harvest some fresh mint.

That took longer than expected because the recipe had to be modified when I realized I was out of limes.  I grabbed a grapefruit from the neighbor's tree and invented a new mojito with grapefruit juice.  Yummy.  Now I'm ready.  Wait, where are my fuzzy writing socks?

I'm really excited to be participating in the 5 Minutes for Mom Blog Party again this year.  I'm relatively new to blogging, but I do understand that the idea is to reach people and build a community.  I spend a lot of time reading blog posts, so I'm looking forward to clicking a lot of links in the next week.

My blog is mostly about my current life as a single work at home mom to a 3 year old girl.  We're snowbirds, so we spend summers in Beautiful British Columbia, and the rest of the year in Southern California.  How we got here is a long story that I am going to share at some point.

I'm also converting most of our favorite dishes to gluten free, so you'll find some yummy GF recipes here.  My little one was suffering from inflammation in her joints, and eliminating gluten from her diet seems to have made it go away.  As an added bonus I stopped getting migraines, and I was having a 3 day migraine nearly every month.  Coincidence?  Perhaps, but do I want to start eating gluten again just to see if I can trigger a migraine?  Uh, nope.

If you're going to click any links on this post, I hope it will be this one:  What Drowning Really Looks Like.  We are already in the pool every day and I want to make sure parents are aware of how quickly things can go pear shaped in the water.


Friday, March 28, 2014

2048 A Game That Will Suck You In

Candy Crush didn't hook me, nor did any of the facebook games.  That doesn't mean I'm not susceptible to games and puzzles.  Every once in a while I will come across something that appeals to me and I'll feel compelled to waste ridiculous amounts of time.

This new game 2048 has that kind of power over me.  They were even talking about it on USA Today

The last time I got obsessed with a game was several years ago when I couldn't stop landing planes on my nephew's iPod touch.  Flight Control was the name of the app, and even my parents go into it when they first got their iPad.  It has since been deleted, and we don't speak its name in their house.

What Drowning Really Looks Like

Ebi learned to swim a couple of weeks ago.  As proud as I am that she went from being dependent on floaties to freediving for toys in about 4 days, I am also more nervous than ever about her being in the water.  Her new confidence freaks me out because she keeps pushing and pushing her limits.   I'm always right beside her when she realizes she's in trouble, and she says, "Get me." I don't want there to ever be a moment when I'm not.

I spent most of my adult life working on boats, so I learned long ago to keep an eagle eye on swimmers and divers on the surface for signs of trouble.  One of the main reasons we ask repeatedly for an "OK" signal is because it is so hard to tell when people are drowning.  A person in distress on the surface will show signs of panic, and may call for help, but someone who is drowning will not be able to communicate.

The Instinctive Drowning Response is what happens to adults and children as they drown, and it doesn't look anything like you'd expect.  There is no yelling for help, arm waving, or looks of pure panic.  Because a drowning person is having trouble keeping their mouth above water, their only concern is getting air, they won't try to get attention.  Often, they will look like they are dog paddling, or trying to lift their head above the water with lateral arm movements.  They will be in an upright position, and won't be using their legs.  This behavior usually lasts less than a minute before the drowning victim sinks underwater.  Children will generally not last as long as adults.