Carcanyon Olibander Mantzel

Birth story
Born: 6/6/2018, at 4:20am
3.996 kilograms/ 8lbs 11.65 oz
50 cm/ 19.75 inches long
32cm head circumference
Apgar 9/9

On Tuesday June 5th at 11am my waters began trickling out. I had to out a pad in, and just go about my day. I had been having the same mild contractions for weeks off and on. So this was a big change of pace. I checked baby’s heart rate and all was well. I was 5 days past 40 weeks. I was having the same mild contractions randomly through the day. At around 5pm they started becoming somewhat more consistent and a bit stronger. It wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle at the time. I just laid down or walked or did whatever I felt best doing. By 9pm they were definitely stronger and more frequent. I was able to breath through most of them. I started feeling very intense and uncomfortable contractions around 11pm. I was in transition for sure and found myself on my hands and knees burying my face into J’s leg, trying to find a place in my mind away from the intensity of each contraction. I found myself in tears sometimes, they were so intense. My contractions were now about 3 minutes apart and coming on strong. I started telling J that I wanted to go to the hospital. He followed our agreement (I told him to make sure I was certain by asking me and reminding me of what I wanted to do). I said I wasn’t sure. At 1am I saw a dark splotch on the towel and asked for a flashlight, there was a clot of blood. I told J to get our neighbor to take me. to the hospital. He left in the pedal boat. My friend was with me and helped me collect my bags. She walked with me to the dock. At one point I was down on the ground overcome with a contraction. I couldn’t find my positive head space anymore. I screamed out with each one. Our neighbor arrived finally, thirty minutes later, around 2a, and my friend loaded me into the boat and we pushed off, leaving J behind to watch the girls. We made it to Almirante in record time, an hour, and I got out and begam hobbling and moaning my way to the hospital. I screamed out in pain with every contraction, fighting the urge to push. Our neighbor ran ahead and told the ER I was coming, they met me halfway with a wheelchair and rolled me in. I was told to get onto the examination table and had my first of two, cervical checks. It was excruciating. I looked down at the pad I had put in before leaving and it was soaked in blood and amniotic fluid. They said that I was fully dilated and told me to stop pushing until they got me into the delivery room. I felt such an intense need to push and was trying not to, it was around 3:15a. They got me into the delivery room and up onto the pushing bed and set up with a heplock all while I’m pushing. I was crying and screaming with each contraction. The nurse was yelling at me to stop screaming and push as if I needed to use the toilet. She was very angry with me for being so inconsiderate of the other people in the hospital and carrying on so loudly. The doctor kept looking at me and rolling his eyes and oozing impatience with me. I kept trying to push, while lying on my back and holding myself up with these joystick like bars on each side of me. It was uncomfortable and made pushing very difficult. I finally felt a very faint sensation like what I thought was the ring of fire, it was nothing compared to the contractions, and knew Baby C was crowning. Though the staff wouldn’t tell me anything. Then all of a sudden, baby was out! I saw them take him over to the warming table and exam him. I asked if he was alive… they wouldn’t respond. I was able to see him though. And he was! He had his eyes open and he was just blinking and looking around. He was purplish and plump and perfect. I began shivering and they put a sheet over me… then had me move to the bed I was stay on for my visit. They wheeled me to the public maternity ward, just 3 beds. They brought my baby along and finally gave him to me. He was so perfect. It was worth it.

Loomin’ Knit

Recently I decided it was time to teach AJM an add on skill to her ever growing repertoire of home economics type skills.   She already knows how to finger knit, basic embroidery /hand sewing , chaining for crochet (with a hook! ) and some basic cooking. Girl is on fiyah!  Anywho. . .

The latest add on came about because I was searching the internet late in the evening (probably lurking through Pinterest or something) and happened upon an upcycling project for plastic bottles (well basically for any plastic tub, bottle, container , etc) and a cute project for a backpack (using a loom) .

I set to work the next morning and after collecting my supplies:

  • 2 containers (empty vitamin containers a friend gave me)
  • a pair of metal cutters (borrowed from J’s room)
  • a sharp knife
  • a pair of scissors
  • a piece of sandpaper
  • a permanent marker
  • a measuring tape

The rest of the process is a blur of plastic clippings and pieces of sanded plastic, ending with me very happy and two very simple circular knitting looms!!

I spent the morning searching the internet for knitting loom instructions, stitches and patterns and was super excited when I fell upon this thorough and well put together site on ALL THINGS KNIT LOOM!!

AJM really enjoyed learning how to do the basic “e-wrap” knit stitch and happily sat at my desk “knitting” on her loom.

This was a successful lesson and she finished her first “sleeve”  (for a summer dress she now wants to sew) just before dinner today successfully binding off using The Crochet Crowds video. She seems very pleased with her first project .
Later this evening I found a few “spool”  loom projects  and decided to try out Guppy Girl’s adorable Mini Cream pattern.

AJM stayed up a bit late tonight watching me finish up the double scoop version.  She informed me that if I made a few more her dolls could have an icecream party.  I told her she could make a few tomorrow and sent her to bed.
Now I’m off… to figure out some more things we can make . . . .

Teddy bears and Lizards? ?

Oh my !

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Homeschooling on the Cheap

Here is the list of links downloads we use for homeschooling our children. I will add more as we go. Please feel free to message me with any dead links or additional free websites/posts to add to the ever growing list. The point of this list is to give me an easy place to access links we use regularly, want to try or will use in the future.

Multi Subjects

Starfall Expanded

Turtle Diary

Khan Academy

ABCYA (PrK-5th)

Kid’s Know It

ABC Mouse Academy

E-learning for Kids

Brain Pop Jr.

Brain Pop

TSL Books

Reading

Starfall Reading

Progressive Phonics

Free I See Sam e-books (printable and pdf)

Free Reading Program

Reading Comprehension Grades 1-5+

Math

Khan Academy Math

Grammar & Writing

Free Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing Textbooks Grade 1-6

Grammarland

Grammarland Worksheets

Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo Workbooks Multiple Grade Levels

Bristol Academy Grammar Tutorial Middle School and Up

Daily Grammar

Spelling

Free Spelling Lessons

Computer Science

Free Mouse and Pointer Tutorial

Online Typing Tutorial

BBC Computing

Code.org

Typing

Science

Science for Kids

Planets for Kids

Astronomy for Kids

Cosmos for Kids

Science Curriculum

Mystery science

Fiber Arts

Sewing Lessons By Melly

Sewing Tutorials List

Sarah’s Embroidery Tutorials

Crochet in the Car

Crafty Minx Crochet Lessons

Knitting Tutorials

Quilting 101 (contributed by S. Gregg 😍)

Music

Hoffman Piano Lessons

Piano Nanny

Classical Music for Kids

Music Theory

Music Theory Ear Master Course

Khan Academy Music

Art

Figure Drawing Mini Course

Art Hub for Kids

Draw So Cute with Wenny

Jerry’s Art-o-Rama

Geography

Mr. Donn’s Geography

Language

Spanish Lessons

Duolingo

Health

Kids Health

Fertility Friend Charting for Menstrual Cycle FREE eCourse

Physical Education

Physical Education Lessons for Kids

Cooking

Spatulatta
Kid’s Cooking Lessons

Money

https://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/foreducators/lesson_plans/children.php

http://www.moneyinstructor.com

Nutrition

Super Kids Nutrition

Meditation & Yoga

Calm

I have a lifetime membership that was gifted to us. I love this app and they have a Free Lifetime Membership for Teachers. They have a growing list of guided kids (sleep stories too!) and adult meditations.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

The girls love this program. It’s completely free and engaging.

Free eBooks online

DP Group Bookshare

The membership os free and you must register to see book section. The members quickly fill requests. You may also share your own ebooks. I have found loads of books from this site and requested many as well. A member just recently posted the everything science, geography and astronomy books. They also have many stepping stones random house publishing ebooks.

Free Kindle Books for Kids List

I believe this list is updated automatically.

Podcasts

Podcast for Kids and Family List

Stories Podcast

Story Nory

Printables

This Reading Mama

The Measured Mom

1+1+1=1

If you have any questions or need some guidance, let me know.

Corner Bookmarks!

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Today we made corner bookmarks and paper tulips! AJM really enjoyed these projects. She calls the flowers “Tuhlulips” and made several, including a double “tuhlulip”. She also went on to make her own corner bookmark characters.. tiger, hummingbird and another monster.
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We really had fun following along with our new found blogger Maggie of Red Ted Art. We started by watching her super easy to follow instructional video about paper tulips.
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Then we followed her easy video about making a corner bookmark bunny. Eventually we ended up on her monster corner bookmark.
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Seriously there are so many bookmarks, we could be making bookmarks all day!! It really was quite a treat making these and letting our creative process unfold.
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I even designed BAM her very on selfie bookmark.
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Hooray for easy paper crafts!

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Paper “Xylo” phones!!

This week has been packed with creative play.  I was intrigued by a video tutorial I stumbled upon showing how to make a paper “xylo” phone. It was very easy to follow along with the idea of how to do it.  After perusing through my supplies and thinking about the process, I came up with our version of a paper “xylo”phone.  It was easy and the girls enjoyed making it with me.  AJM made her own and later made a few tweaks to get some sound out of it.  Even J had a go at tapping out a song.  Though it still needed to dry a bit more.  Will have a video up soon!
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Homemade Play Dough!!

We made play dough!!  The girls had a fantastic time making it AND playing with it.  It is quite a challenge cleaning it up from our table, but I’m learning how to work with it.  The girls both spent almost 3 hours total, the first day we made it, playing with it.  The second day they were just as eager and have really made some very creative items.  Like a mermaid, muffins, cake, snowmen and many others.  Suffice it to say this was a huge hit at our house. 

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Paper Mache Airplanes!!

I finally decided to introduce paper mache to the girls. I looked through a few different “kid” ideas for things they could make and most of them required wasting a balloon.  Since we have a pile of plastic bottles, I searched for projects for kids specifically using a plastic bottle.  That’s when I found this delightful post idea!  I collected all the supplies with AJM’s help and we began our paper mache experiment.  It took around 24 hours until our planes could be painted and the girls had a really good time!  We went with the basic cold flour and water technique.  It worked out well and seems pretty durable. 

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3D Paper Fruit Picnic Party

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A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this great website called Mr. Printables. At the time I was just looking for some cute printables to use for the girls’ homeschooling repertoire. I found lots of great material here and bookmarked it for later perusing. Fast forward to last week when the theme for BAM’s homeschooling week was fruit and vegetables.
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Lately BAM has been really into cutting paper up, so I thought ‘why not work this into an art activity?’. A quick Google search rendered lots of easy to see and cut out 2D fruit and baskets, etc. I’ll probably do another post with those links and whatnot. But I knew AJM would need something more… complicated. That’s when it hit me 3D! We’d recently put together a cool movable 3D T-Rex that both girls really enjoyed too! Another Google search rendered Paper Play Fruit on Mr. Printables!
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I’ll probably do another post of us making the printed fruit. As for today’s post I just wanted to share the “fruits” of our labour during our Paper Fruit Picnic Party!
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Check out our video of the picnic party.

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Garden Lovin’ – Wild Panamanian Tomatillos

J built a wharf next to the houseboat, he began months ago, and we’ve planted some trees and edible plants along the side.
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Recently, on one of my strolls along the wharf to check on our plants, I noticed a plant that looked like a wild panamanian tomatillo!
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Sure enough a few weeks later the tell tale tomatillo flowers popped up underneath the leaves. Shortly after tomatillos began to grow!
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This is really exciting for the girls as well.
They really love searching under the plant for fallen fruit and gobbling them right up!
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