Monday, March 31, 2014

Pedestrian Rules in China:You do not have the right of way

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1-Rules of right of way:1-Babies 2-Grandmas 3-Trucks/buses 4-Cars 5-Motorbikes 6-Bicycles 7-Normal humans 8-Dogs. If you're a dog you might as well not even leave your house.

2-Looking left-right-left does not necessarily ensure safe passage across a road. Look left-right-left-right and run. Look right-left before stepping onto opposite sidewalk. Look left-right-left again when stepping onto sidewalk to avoid being hit by a bike, motorbike, or child on a scooter.

3-To cross the road, wait until there is a significant amount of cars approaching. Run for it, stopping at the center island becoming sandwiched between traffic going in both directions. Once there is a short space between two passing cars, run for it. Once on the opposite sidewalk walk as slowly as possible down the middle of the sidewalk to prevent others from passing you.

4-To ensure safe passage while crossing the street, try to sandwich yourself between 2 local Chinese people and match their speed and vehicle avoidance pattern.

5- Its important to be aware of the fact that there is no directional flow of pedestrian traffic. Sometimes you need to keep to the left, and sometimes to the right. It may be difficult to determine what side of the road to walk on but either way you do it you are wrong.

6-Allow your child to wander down busy sidewalks and public places as they see fit. Bonus points if they are on wheels. Double bonus points if you are in an area for fitness and you allow your child to drive their set of wheels down the middle of the running track, or slowly and haphazardly zigzag across the sidewalk. Don't worry about the oncoming speed runner, he'll do anything to avoid tripping over the kid as he is well practiced in such skills. If that speed runner is you, you may fall and sprain your ankle if you don't jump into car traffic as fast as possible to avoid said child.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Surviving 2 Under 2 page updated!

I'm FINALLY working on finishing up the pages on the top of the blog. How long have I had this blog, maybe a year? I'm such a slacker. Or maybe I'm just busy keeping babies alive and figuring out life in China. Excuses, excuses…

I wanted to direct you to my 2 Under 2 page because I wrote a detailed description of how to survive the "2 Under 2" period of life that everyone experiences (Not everyone you say? Just me and a few other crazies?) using all the sage wisdom and parental maturity I have gained in the last 22 months. Does this make me an expert? Not likely. But I've survived 8 months (HOLY TIME FLIES BUT FEELS SO SLOW BATMAN!) of this craziness so I'm doing something right…I think?

I've also included a few links to other blogs of mamas that are also surviving, or have survived, with the littles and have said something about it. I found very little on having 2 babies under 2 when I was pregnant with Little Baby so I want to have all these links in one place.

One resource I did not initially mention in that post but will someday go back and update is a blog/book I found called, "A Mother's Survival: Two Under 2" by L.A. Burton. I guess she wrote a blog about her experiences and then published a book. The blog is no longer active but you can get her ebook on Amazon. I always enjoy hearing about other people's stories and experiences and this was THE ONLY PUBLISHED book on this parenting niche! Surely other people in the world have babies close together? Maybe they're just too busy actually parenting to have time to write?!

I have a favor to ask you faithful 2 readers. If you like this blog and that post in particular would you share via Facebook and pintrest? I would be ever so grateful and will compose you an Ode.

Have you parented 2 (or more!) kids under 2 at the same time? What advice do you have for moms who are currently in the trenches?
Thursday, March 13, 2014

How to Put a Baby to Sleep When You Have a Toddler

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1-Think of all the parenting and sleep training books you read while pregnant with baby #1. Throw them out; they are useless.

2-Disregard any type of schedule or routine in the morning and keep Baby awake until she is overtired and screaming. This step is very important and will strengthen your stress management skills.

3-After Baby has irritated Toddler (or maybe it was Toddler who irritated Baby? Who can say?) to the point of acting out for attention by screaming and throwing toys, attempt to sooth Baby by holding her, changing her diaper, and then feeding her. This will sharpen your ability to follow procedure and multi-task.

4-While sitting down and feeding Baby, protect Baby from Toddler continuously slapping Baby's little head while simultaneously helping Toddler put on her socks and shoes. Do not skip this step! It helps one adapt to getting ready in emergency situations and strengthens your ability to use one hand to do the tasks you used to need two hands to complete.

5-After feeding, sing lullabies and rock Baby to sleep. Walk to Baby's crib while Toddler has attached herself to your leg like a koala (this is a bonus because you also complete your strength training workout for the day during this step). Try not to confuse Rockabye Baby with Toddler's very passionate version of the ABC song. This helps strengthen both the left and right sides of your brain and combats the loss of brain cells accumulated during the mass sleep deprivation that began when baby #1 was born.

6-After Baby has fallen asleep, remove Toddler from the room in the point 5 seconds before she lets out an ear splitting scream, waking Baby and thus reinitiating the entire process. 

7-Should Baby refuse to fall asleep or Toddler awaken Baby during Step 6, throw in the towel, turn on Elmo and give Toddler a cookie. This should help her fall asleep quickly during nap time following the initial sugar rush and following meltdown. At which point you may eat the rest of the bag of cookies.
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