Thanksgiving Night
Thanksgiving was fun, and the food was good, but I couldn’t possibly eat all those pie choices in one sitting!!! I managed the cheesecake and the key lime pie, but I don’t remember if I had the pumpkin. I definitely don’t remember eating that beautiful artistic-looking apple pie!

Does the celebration have to end? I summit that it does not! Not only from the perspective of being thankful to God continually, but as far as the joy of eating the good food that is still left in the refrigerator. So far, we have enjoyed turkey sandwiches, turkey soup and more. I continue to be thankful for such blessings.

And this morning? It was pumpkin pie for breakfast (with coffee and whipped cream of course)!

But continuing to celebrate Thanksgiving? What about the company you are supposed to share it with? Ah! Not a problem at all: My little toddler was more than happy to share the moment with me, as we delve into one dish of pie and cream together, sharing the same spoon. Whipped cream was all over his upper lip, which was cute. Together we enjoyed the moment!

So, peek in your refrigerator, and find an excuse to make happy moments with your kids this week. Pull out leftover desserts, and don’t stand there and complain about the calories; eat them with your kids and make the memories!!!

Eat pie for breakfast.

Let's face it:  we mom's need a pleasant outlet, some fresh air, and exercise!  What better distraction than to share that with the baby!  Put him in the stroller and enjoy a walk --- after all, it is Spring, almost Summer!  If it's Winter or a rainy day, that's the beauty of the local mall.  If you have other children, the walk is good for them too.

Walking is good for so very many reasons, including trimming the waistline (mama's gotta lose the "baby weight") and simply improving your health.  You just feel better after walking.  You actually might be inspired with more energy and willingness to tackle other projects after your daily walk!  Not to mention, the baby might fall asleep in the stroller, and the little kids may go down better for a nap later on.

Take a break.  Go enjoy yourself!  Your children will enjoy it too.  Point out the squirrels, the birds and their chirping, meet the neighbors as you go!  A daily walk will do everyone some good.   

When I was growing up, I was surrounded --- I mean, surrounded with children!  Not only did I have eleven siblings in the end, but our family naturally tended to hang out with other big families.  How did my mom keep up?  What kind of baby distracting tips did she cleverly come up with while she was busy doing her daily household tasks?  Ahhh... read on.

Sinerio:  Baby is crying in the crib because he woke up and wants to see everybody.  Baby is bored and needs some attention.

Mom's Solution:  Send in the three or four-year-old into the room to entertain the baby with talking and playing.  Before you know it, BOTH baby and toddler are distracted.  Baby is still in the crib as literal captive audience to the entertaining sibling who is talking and playing on the floor.  (Baby-safe toys are also important here).  

Aha!  Kudos to my mother!  That was a smart plan!

So what do you do when you gotta make dinner for the adults, but the baby wants to get into everything?  No, problem!  Plop him in his highchair and let him keep you company!  If your baby is the right age for baby puff snacks or rice crispy cereal, he can nibble on that while you work.  Just be sure he is close enough for you to watch him eat safely, but far enough from the stove so that he's safe from your working with grease and a knife etc.  It's simple, but such a necessary trick for getting dinner done!  

Anyone want to add your ideas and input on how you have entertained your baby when you are trying to make dinner?  Your comments and ideas are welcome!  :)

Vacuum cleaners are not the only distracting sounds for my baby!  Here is an excellent, easy way to get him to be content a little longer in his crib while I'm hoisting off a load of laundry:  I can play "peek-a-boo" with him!

Here's how it works for you and your baby, too:  When you have just left your baby's room and he is starting to get upset, just poke your head back into the door way and say "peek-a-boo!" or whatever it is that makes your baby laugh, but then quickly hide behind the wall again.  After a couple seconds, pop into view again with another "Peek-a-boo!", and hide again.  Repeat this just a few more times, waiting longer between each time.  At last, you make your breakaway!  Get that laundry started!  ;)

Today, I had a good start on the day, getting breakfast together, washing dishes, getting started on laundry, nursing baby, putting him down for a nap, and so forth.  It's great to have him down for a nap, allowing me time to accomplish housework, home office stuff, even a cuppa coffee and computer time, but once that nap is over, then what?  

Well, sure enough, my baby boy finished his nap with a cry instead of waking up all sweet 'n stuff.  What's a mom to do when you have a full day of stuff ahead?  Distraction!  The baby needs something distracting to do of course!  Here is what I did today:  I went into his room and changed his diaper, nursed him a little, then I put him back in his crib.  That's where it could have been a problem, but I quickly and excitedly put toys in his crib.  He was interested.  But before he could really think about me leaving him there, I was already grabbing the vacuum cleaner that was in his room.  I started it up and vacuumed his carpet, and went right out of the room with it, and continued to vacuum.  Between a clean diaper, milk in his tummy, fun toys now in the crib, and an interesting machine mom is going crazy with, hmmm... junior simply forgot to be upset!

Hope this is inspiring for my mom-friends and readers!  Check in tomorrow for another one of my distraction secrets!