Thursday, August 7, 2008

Beyond Ordinary-- Learning Curves

Over at 5MFSN there is a blog Carnival going on ---Beyond Ordinary
Learning Curves~
The picture here is of a Medela Haberman bottle-- (Jessica has to use this while she was a baby, because she wasn't able to suck like she needed-- Instead, I pumped and pumped my breast milk and then gave it to her via the Haberman.)
that was beyond ordinary
Learning how to increase calories in Jessica's diet when she was still just a toddler
--add butter when you can, use whole milk, make any and all foods as full of nutrients as possible
that was beyond ordinary
Keeping Shane's level of destructive activity to a minimum while out in public(re-direct re-focus and always have an exit plan)
that was beyond ordinary
But really the beyond ordinary that I struggle with most
is learning how to just "be" with my kids, be the mom, be the advocate,be the motivator for better behavior,be the listener for the cues before a meltdown, be the communicator to the public and family who ...just don't get "it"
As parents we see our kids learn and if we are lucky we take a moment, step back and realize that their learning curve is HUGE--
For me-- beyond ordinary is realizing that
My learning curve is all about being ---
the best parent for my unique "beyond ordinary" kids.


Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

You are such an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Well hellooooo! Good thing your "beyond ordinary" life prepared you. It is amazing what you have been called upon to do and you have stepped up to the plate my friend. Be proud of yourself Stace. Me

Childlife said...

You're the best sort of 'Beyond Ordinary' Stacey. It's so hard to have to be all those other things for your kids and still figure out how to just be a mom. You are doing such an amazing job at it -- you can see it in your kid's smiles :)

~Michelle @ 5MFSN

Debbie Yost said...

Well said! It can be so easy to get lost in all the "issues" and forget about just enjoying our kids. Thanks for the reminder!