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Not THAT Mom.

LaughUntilYouCry-269x300Before I became a mom, I was so organized. I figured I’d have a file drawer for my kids with a memory from each year, every milestone, each special event…and I’d have framed photos from every month as babies and each year at school. But I’m not THAT mom. I have a couple albums of my first child – and one of them has some photos of the second. And I have a great scrapbook – with most of the things slipped in between the pages. I was also certain that my toddlers would not pull off my glasses, pull out my hair, or tantrum in public. Well, I’m not THAT mom either.

Honestly – I had been a babysitter, camp counselor, RA…became a music therapist and special educator…I was the go-to gal for an entire dorm; I’ve directed casts of 40 tweens in full scale musicals; I’ve helped nurses in the NICU relax the infants enough to sleep and feed, I’ve taught teachers how to focus rooms of active toddlers and preschoolers, and how to communicate with Deaf teens; I’ve provided comfort to dying children and support to grieving parents…I run a small business, I’ve been published, and I teach college students how to believe in themselves, become independent, write clinically, present professionally, and prepare to be music therapists.

I thought I’d be prepared for my first emergency room visit as a parent – calm and cool – but I’m not THAT mom. I figured my children’s clothing closets would be organized by itemized shelves and stay neatly folded, that their bookshelves would loook cute and their desks would be used for drawing or for homework rather than a dumping ground…I thought I might learn to cook and enjoy it…well, I’m not THAT mom either.

Despite all that, I have two wonderful kids – they used to have trouble going to sleep at night, but those long periods of rubbing their backs and singing them lullabies became treasured moments and time to bond over the years. My boys are kind and hard working, they’re loving even though I’m not always the recipient of that love, they’re reliable and responsible, they’re creative and clever. I give my own mom – who is still the best mom in the world but far from perfect – a lot of credit for how I turned out. So yeah, I’ll take a little credit for my kids too – warts and all. I guess maybe I am THAT mom.

Throw Back Thursday

When my son was 5 years old we were talking about a game he had loved. So he said “Yeah, I used to play that… in the old days.” I asked him “When was that?”  He answered “Yesterday!” I have been enjoying reading through journals I kept during my pregnancies and when my boys were… Continue Reading

Not Just for Babies

Baby Fingers – not just for babies! Adult ASL is back! Thursdays 5:45 – 7:15pm, April 6th – May 25th at Kids at Work in Chelsea, 123 W. 20th Street Register today via Pay Pal on our schedule page under Adult ASL in Chelsea: www.mybabyfingers.com/schedule. Learn from Rafie, a Deaf teacher of ASL – develop… Continue Reading

Connect

In ASL, this sign means CONNECT.   It can also be used for Relationship, Harmony, and other similar words.  I love the multiple meanings depending on the context and the necessary nuance. I also love that, at Baby Fingers, we make connections on a daily basis.  We help to foster relationships between family members, between… Continue Reading

SPRING CLASSES!

The weather sure is fickle here in NYC! But Spring is on the way, and our class registration is open at www.mybabyfingers.com/schedule! Register today to secure your spot. New class locations are being added this spring, so be sure to check back if you don’t see something that works for you. Also ask us about… Continue Reading

Bilingual Babies

So many people I know speak English-only, yet there are tremendous benefits of a second language – or two equal native languages. I can hardly call myself bilingual, but I do have conversational skills in two languages other than English: Spanish and American Sign Language. If I’d spent more time immersed in an environment where one… Continue Reading

WINTER CLASSES

MANHATTAN UPPER WEST SIDE Prenatal Yoga Center: 251 W. 72nd St., 2F, btwn West End & Broadway www.prenatalyogacenter.com WEDNESDAYS 2:00pm WINTER: January 18 – March 8 (8 weeks) CHELSEA Kids at Work: Join us at the new KAW studio, 123 W. 20th (2nd floor/elevator), btwn 6th & 7th Aves. www.kidsatworknyc.com Thursdays 11:45am On-going AND Fridays 9:30am beginning… Continue Reading

ME-Time

When my kids were little, I was so focused on making the most of every minute with them, making up for the times I had to be at work, not wanting to miss out on a new word or a lost tooth, and truly enjoying their company…like many parents, I became so engrossed in my children’s… Continue Reading

Gratitude

Thank you for visiting us!  We are grateful for our Baby Fingers families and friends! We wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season! Celebrate with us!   In January, Baby Fingers will turn 17!! Follow us on Social Media  @mybabyfingers. We have a new Instagram page with Word of the Week Sign Videos and… Continue Reading