Sorry I’ve been gone so long!
Fiona is doing marvelously and we’re all madly in love with her. She’s a really sweet, fun, adorable little girl and about as easy as a baby can get (which is great for a fifth baby!).
I’ve had a few bumps in my recovery. I developed an infection from the C-section and was on antibiotics for a while. That finally cleared up and then a few days ago I came down with mastitis. I seem to be finally kicking it, but it really did a number on me. I’m treating it naturally because I do not want to get on any more antibiotics (using them while nursing can set Fiona up for asthma, allergies and such, not to mention make us both more likely to get thrush, yeast infections and related maladies). I’m still hurting and feverish, but nowhere near as sick as I was the past couple of days. My fingers are crossed that it will be gone by the start of next week.
I’ve been keeping up with my free 10 week poetry course for kids and this week I wrote about using free writing to jump start poems. While doing research, I found some fun sites and wanted to share them here.
- This page of Writing Exercises has prompts for journals, memoirs, free writing and more.
- This page of Writing Exercises has writing tips, Q&A’s and over 200 writing exercises or prompts, mostly geared towards fiction writing.
- Poetry for Kids: Week One — Cliche Busting
- Poetry for Kids: Week Two — Finding poetry in song lyrics
- Poetry for Kids: Week Three — Easy poetry forms for kids
- Poetry for Kids: Week Four — The sounds of good poetry
- Poetry for Kids: Week Five — Poetry crafts and games
- Poetry for Kids: Week Six — Free writing!
Other new homeschool related posts…
- Free virtual dissections online
- The Purple Cabbage pH Experiment
- C-SPAN and Lemony Snicket try to teach kids about Occupy Wall Street
We’ve been pretty busy for having a newborn in the house (which might explain why I keep backsliding in my recovery!). Some of the things we’ve done lately include going to the Science Museum, two trips to Mankato to see friends and family, and even a short trip to Nebraska to hang out with Tiffany and her family.
Fiona mostly hangs out in my sling during the excitement or in my arms (or Daddy’s). And don’t worry, I have all sorts of safeguards to keep her little immune system safe during our escapades.
All in all, life is pretty awesome, illnesses and setbacks or not!