Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I have a very, very good reason for not posting lately

Here she is:
Please note the new-mommy/hasn't-slept-for-more-than-two-hours-straight/It's-only-been-THREE-WEEKS? eyes and disheveled I-work-from-home-I-don't-care-anymore hair.

So I can't really be spending my very little free time on things that don't make money. Now that my Dear daughter is a little older (And now sleeps for 3 hours at a time) I have more time.

However, to give you an idea of why I won't be posting weekly just yet (and to throw myself a pity party) here are my finances:

PayPal: -825.42
My Bank: -235.19
Hospital: -36,000 and some change. I don't know. it hurts to look at too long.
Library: -25.10
Husband's doctor: -1,248.60
Husband's bank: -30.00
Mother-in-law: Sooooo much, but thank god she's a saint and we don't have to repay her until we're rich and famous.

Right now I'm freelancing, making $6-$30 at a time towards the paypal so I can use it again. Then I'll focus on my banks so I can use those again.

This is fun, and I like doing this. But it doesn't make me money. Plain and simple. I don't expect this blog to be active for quite a while. I'll check in every so often with a review or interview (most likely interviews because they take less time) but...yeah. I'm sorry.

We'll meet again, though. Soon.

Book Review: Sleep Time Stories; The Adventures of Pee Wee

 About Edward R. Ritvo
Dr. Edward R. Ritvo, M.D., is a retired Professor of Child Psychiatry at the UCLA Medical School who has written some 100 scientific articles and several books on autism and Asperger’s disorder. The author is board certified in psychiatry and child psychiatry, had a child development practice for many years in Los Angeles where he specialized in six areas – autism, child behavior disorders, childhood schizophrenia, depressive disorder, mental disorders, and developmental disabilities. He has written several scientific books but Pee Wee is his first venture into children’s literature.

What is believed to be a pioneering “sleep time” genre of children’s literature has been introduced by child psychiatrist Edward R. Ritvo, M.D. Dr. Ritvo, an internationally acclaimed autism researcher, shared a collection of sleep time stories shared with three generations in his family by publishing Sleep Time Stories: The Adventures of Pee Wee. The importance of this innovative children’s literature rests in the fact that sleep time stories promote bonding between the child and parent/caretaker which is a key foundation to developing a healthy child with strong self-esteem. “Sleepy time stories are powerful in that they convey to the infant that they are loved and are special to their parents who care enough for them that they devote this special experience each evening,” explains Dr. Ritvo.

My review:
Pee Wee the Ant is adorable. While my brand new human puppy is a bit young for sleep training, The stories are fun to read and call for the child to interact with you as you read. I look forward to when my daughter is old enough to answer me when I prompt her (Where do you think Pee Wee is going? Can you see his house?) and to follow along with the gestures the stories suggest (If you squint your eyes really small, you can see his house! Go ahead and try.)

The Adventures of Pee Wee is in that happy place between "This story is way too depressing to be a good bedtime story" (I love you forever, I'm looking at you.) and "That story was so exciting that now no one wants to sleep and mommy has to read her math textbook to get anyone to calm down" (Dr. Seuss is for the daytime.)

Star rating: 4 of 5, but with high expectations once Dear Daughter can interact with it.