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Thursday, October 30, 2014

TimeHop



Like most people I have a variety of apps on my phone.  I have some games for my little Angel, one gives me stock quotes, some for email, weather, shopping and I even have one that will interpret my dreams.  A few months ago I downloaded an app called TimeHop.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this app it gives you your own personal day in history. 
It can pull up old FaceBook post, pictures you took on a certain day and allow you to look back at what you were thinking and doing from previous years.  I really enjoy this app as it mostly shows me pictures of my little Angel and how she has grown in these 4 years.  However, sometimes I will get a picture of me and people that I used to call friends.  It pains me to look at these once happy faces and realize that our friendship is over and will never be again.  At the same time it allows me to reflect and be thankful that some people are out of my life and thankful for the people that are still in it.   A few days ago I got a TimeHop from 4 years ago and it brought me back to a very sad time in my life when my heart was broken.  I was so distraught, lonely and convinced that I would never pull myself out of the darkness that surrounded me.  Here I am 4 years later and I think about how different my life is.  My heart is mended, I am no longer lonely and I have seen the light, so to speak.  This has made me realize that that old cliché that I used to hate to hear is so true, “time heals all wounds”.  And it does.  There will always be scars from these difficult times, but they are just reminders for me.  I am now thankful that I have had to go through rough times in my life because it has made me appreciate where I am in my life and what all I have to look forward to.  If I can offer anyone that is going through tough times any advice it would be hold on it does get better because it does! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kids and Technology


There is a lot of talk these days about children being exposed to too much technology.  There have been ad campaigns showing babies coming out of the womb knowing how to work an iPhone.  I don’t think it is that bad, but I do know that most 1 year olds know how to unlock one.  It is hard not to allow them to play with your smart phone or iPad especially when you need 10 minutes to yourself or if you would really like to enjoy a conversation without being interrupted.  However, it is not a baby sitter, and I try to be a responsible parent, allowing Angel to play limited amount of time.  I have also found that it can be an incentive for good behavior. There are times though that she gets to play with it wayyyyy more than I would like and I have come up with a list of the top 5 ways to know when your toddler or pre Ker has taken over your smart phone.

1.       You go to your photo album and there are 64 pictures of a poptart, 37 pictures of feet, 8 pictures of something you can’t make out but you are praying it is not something the dog has left behind and 1 video of you trying to get the phone away from your child.

2.       You have more apps of children’s games than you do apps for yourself AND you have no more storage for your necessary apps, like an app for your credit card, banking or fitpal because your phone is filled with princess apps and pictures of feet!

3.       When you go to the gym and you open up Pandora expecting some hard core techno to get your work out on and The Wiggles start singing “Hot Potato Hot Potato”.  I have learned to make sure my head phones are in before I open it because it is extremely embarrassing for everyone to be trying to find who the idiot is that is playing The Wiggles at the gym!

4.       Random text messages like hnajufghdoiahygfdnbbbbbbbjjzzzzfheuwhte wahgtjfkerwhgt have been sent to your boss or posted on your or FaceBook page.

5.       Finally, you know your kid has been spending way too much time on your device when you ask them if they can figure out what is wrong with it!