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Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Here is what her email said -- "We placed 51st out of 75 teams!!! Our ranking was not due to a lack of physical capacity- but rather the fancy trivia they gave us coupled with our lack of knowledge of intricate Manhattan Geography! So we ran around the block for about an hour until we figured out where we were going..... And I am not kidding when I say RAN!! Nevertheless- we had a blast and were thrilled to have completed the race!!! I had to do a handstand in front of a sign that bore a presidents name.....locate flags, figure out trivia and run to locations taking pictures the whole way. We finished the race in 3 hours!!!"
I'd be remiss if I didn't send a special thank you to my friend Becca, for taking part in this race and for offering to be a coach at this year's Special Olympics!!! I am sure the kids are going to love her! We sure do!
Lastly, we'd also like to say thanks to all the girls at the Queens Adventure Boot Camp that participated in this crazy race. PS - love the shirts!!!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
She explained that it was very important for Nathan's development that he be able to calm himself and go to sleep. So, we gave it a try one night and as we suspected Nathan didn't cry - instead he just spit-up all over his bed! Monitoring him with the television/camera system, or the KandiCam as some call it, made this test a little more tolerable.
A few days later I tried again at nap time. This time he cried...and cried...and cried some more. I was told that most babies will "cry it out" for a few days and then be fine. I was trying to give it a chance but then he spit up again and that was the end of that experiment.
The following week the teacher asked if we had tried. I told her we had and explained the outcome. She didn't say much but instead gave me a book by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton titled Sleep - The Brazelton Way.
I've finished reading the book and am now a little more knowledgeable about sleep patterns in children. There are two pieces of information that Nathan and I will certainly benefit from. First, is that babies don't have to "cry it out" to learn how to self-soothe. The book gives some very practical advice on how to stand by and help your baby learn to put him/herself to sleep. Secondly, that the developmental milestones can and do disrupt a child's normal sleep patters. For example, if a child learns to rollover, pull himself up, crawl or walk they can have issues sleeping. Makes sense, I just never thought about it.
The book gives some other useful sleeping advice for children of varying ages and is a very easy read. There is information on fears and dreams, night-time separation anxiety, and tips on how to soothe older children and protect them from the monsters under their bed.
I'm eager to take what I've learned and put it into practice. However, I'm not overly concerned nor will I lose sleep if this doesn't go the Brazelton Way.