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As I’m writing this now, I’m nursing my baby in our room at 1 AM, 5 months postpartum. I’m back at school after taking a break for one semester when I was pregnant. It still takes a little getting used to, now that I am a student/writer/mom now. Because of that, I apologize if I’ve been away so long. I missed blogging and sharing my thoughts with you, guys. I’ve been through so much these couple of months, hence I have so much to talk about on my blog, but taking care of an infant doesn’t make it any easier at all to just sit down and write on my laptop.
Besides the sudden drop of hormones since giving birth, sleepless nights, anxiety, terrible diet, intense headaches (during the first few weeks of breastfeeding), postpartum body, and all the other shitload of things a mom has to go through, I’m blessed to say I’m doing well.
These past few months, my life basically revolved around my baby, my boyfriend, my family, and school. Every day, I just went from school to house and juggled all the roles and responsibilities that came with being in two places. It was difficult to divide my time efficiently, considering that I will always be a mom around the clock. No breaks. No pauses. No timeouts.
Even when I was at school, I constantly had to think about my son, how he was doing, if he was sleeping well, if he was eating enough, and the list goes on. Being a mom means you worry for the rest of your life. And since worrying is stressful, it explains why I get these hideous eye bags.
As if wearing too many hats isn’t complicated enough, in the past few months, I had gone through 4 days of terrible loose bowel movement and vomiting. I suspected I had eaten something that was already bad but until now I can’t figure out what it was. For days, I couldn’t sleep at night because my stomach was always growling and churning. There wasn’t any stomach pain per se, but the discomfort was always there. I felt very gassy and dehydrated. I didn’t want to eat because I couldn’t hold the food down my stomach for long anyway. My body was so tired I thought I was going to faint every time I throw up.
More recently, just last month, I experienced vertigo for the first time. I was so scared when the ceiling moved so quickly, in circles. I couldn’t stand up from my bed because I knew, for sure, I was going to fall. Although I suspect sleep deprivation was one of the things that caused it, I think it was mainly because of my position while sleeping. My 5-month-old baby sleeps beside me in bed and I nurse him in a side-lying position, and throughout the whole night, my head is somehow facing him so my neck is always bent downwards. I did some research and found that it’s called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), one of the most common causes of vertigo.
I’ve always thought taking time to rest when you’re a mother is easier said than done. Heck, I’ve been told time and time again by mothers to “sleep when the baby sleeps” but Lord knows even they know that advice is bullshit. When you’re a mom, you’d understand. Nevertheless, in the very little, practically non-existent free time that I have (and by free time, I mean when the baby is asleep or when I’m pumping or taking a dump), I play games on my phone or the laptop.
Mortgage calculator offers dozens of ad-free online video games for kids ranging from real estate, farming simulation, entrepreneurship, cryptocurrency, software development games, and even office politics. There are a whole lot more categories in the site just waiting to be discovered, and more to come apparently. To be honest, I’m much more inclined towards restaurant simulation games, money games, and grocery store games but I’m kind of curious to try the cryptocurrency category!
I explored all of the categories and tried as many different games as I could. My baby is asleep right now so I might as well entertain myself with online video games while there is some peace and quiet. To be honest, this is definitely a much-needed break for me.
Here are some of the games I played on Mortgage Calculator that I recommend you try as well:
I like how this game teaches us to be quick and feisty in business. It gives you the basics of business and real estate. Find a great location, think about possible business ventures to build on this location, find ways how to make this business boom and how to attract more people, flip it, sell it, and the list goes on. In real estate, there is no time for slow thinkers and pessimists. You always need to think on your feet and grab the opportunity that nobody else sees.
I remember how I used to play these wrestling types of games with my cousins when we were kids. It’s pretty straightforward— you just have to beat them all by clicking on the mouse that allows you to kick and jab. As soon as you put one down, you get more opponents which ends up you being overwhelmed with more people in the ring.
At first I was confused how to play this game. I didn’t get how the game was even remotely related to coding so I gave it a try. After a few tries, I got the hang of it. It’s quite simple, you just have to ‘program’ the panda’s steps to lead him to the reward. But what I found quite difficult was programming the panda’s steps where I use the least amount of steps towards the prize. I also like that this game teaches kids all about directions and counting.
Twin the Bin Game is an easy, fun game for kids about recycling. You need to figure out which kind of trash goes in the bin, and this includes the basic knowledge on the difference of biodegradable and non-biodegradable. I personally admire how developers are introducing the act of recycling into games. This concept isn’t quite common in games, so I like how this is a part of Mortgage Calculator’s variety of games.
Bomb the Bridge Game is my favorite game among the games I played. I found this very interesting and challenging, like one of those IQ type of games. I honestly didn’t think it was that hard to destroy the bridge while killing all the soldiers. It needed much analysis and maybe a hint of engineering basics. I only got a low score on this game which proved I have neither lol.
Overall, I think Mortgage Calculator is an accessible, convenient, and reliable site where kids and adults learn the basics of finance, business, and personal management while having fun. You get to utilize the mortgage calculators and other financial calculators (personal loans, amortization) for free and also get to play offline, ad-free, educational games anytime you please. When you navigate through the site, there is so much you can do and visit.
Sure, the games you play on here are basically the same ones you can find on other sites, but what makes them different is they are categorized accordingly and more or less follows a central theme which is about money. The difficult and often quite intimidating financial concepts and jargon are made simple through fun and play.
The very concept of the games is hinged upon the complex ideas of doing business and handling money, and that is what users get when they use Mortgage Calculator. They acquire the value of learning financial management in the manner of playing games and leave the site with a mind full of knowledge and insight, without a hint of boredom.
Plus, the graphics and visuals of the games are creatively designed, colorful, and high-quality. I personally enjoyed playing the games on Mortgage Calculator, and I’m sure my nieces and nephews did too. Aside from the games, what I love about the mortgage calculator site is the available financial advice sitting in front of you.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to take a break at times. Believe me, I learned this the hard way. No matter how your way of resting may look like, if it’s reading a book or playing online games, what’s important is you don’t stress yourself way past your limit. And know your boundaries in terms of health. Know that taking care of your kids also includes looking after yourself. There’s still so much I have to learn and look forward to as a mom, but without a doubt, I’m enjoying every single bit in this new chapter of my life.