Around these parts

Lots of things have been happening around here!  

Baby girl is now 6 months!  We have started her on solids now, and have been following the Baby-Led Weaning method.  We started with bananas and eggs.  So far, she has tried banana and egg pancakes, steamed veggies (carrots, broccoli, sweet peas, green beans), salad veggies (lettuce, spinach, cucumbers), gluten-free pancakes, watermelon, oatmeal, and brown rice cakes.  I think her favorites so far are the cucumbers and brown rice cakes.

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Manikins has continued making Youtube videos, although I haven’t been keeping up in the editing and posting department.  He has about 3 or 4 more that he’s filmed.  They’ll be up soon, I promise.  He’s also been teaching himself to play the drums.  He got the drum set a couple Christmases ago, but soon after decided he would rather play electric guitar.  We got him an electric guitar this past Christmas (you can check him out playing at the end of this video), but now he’s decided that he likes the drums better.  He’s been practicing on his own a lot, and is getting really good.  He’s got a mean drum roll :).  We’re trying to get some video of him on the drums, but we’ve got to convince him to play when he’s dressed lol.

We’ve been reading lots of comic books, and now that he’s becoming a more confident reader, he’s been taking on reading some of the characters.  For a while, he didn’t really like going to the library, but the other day he declared, “The library is pretty fun.”  So we’re planning to go a lot more often now.  Unfortunately, the hours in our public library system were severely cut recently.  

Dad and I have also realized that he is doing math in head.  A while ago, he asked about learning to add, and we did worksheets for a bit, but that has never really been his thing.  We did some Khan Academy, and he breezed through the first few skills tests without having ever seen the material before, but then he lost interest.  He has this persistent interest in the years that things happen though, like this game came out in this year, this show started this year, and in this year I was this age.  He would ask us how old he was in a certain year, and we would tell him the answer and how we figured it out.  We realized a few days ago that he’s now able to do that addition and subtraction in his head really quickly.  Dad calls him a historian, because he will run down a list of things that happened in a given year.  

His love of animation and video games continues.  He is super into voice actors, and can tell you all this interesting information about the production of his favorite games and cartoons.  I was really amazed by how many actors I knew that did voices on cartoons and games.  I learn so much from him.  I now have this strong love of comic books, and an interest in Black comics and comic creators that I never would have had otherwise.  (I will do a post on the things I have learned soon!)  We had intended to go to Onyxcon this past weekend, but got there too late.  I heard they are doing it again in August, though.  Hopefully we will be able to get tickets to San Diego Comic Con.  I think he’s most excited about that one.

Manikins is also working on a toy drive for children who have been subject to abuse.  More on that in the next post.

Dad and I are doing our same old same old.  I am trying to make sure not to lose myself in this current configuration of our lives.  We are getting into a good unschooling groove though, and I’m happy about that.  

Until next time!!

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