Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Beans Beans the Magical Food......

the more you eat the more you poop!!! The more you poop the better you'll feel so eat your beans at every meal!!! (ok-it's really "greens" not beans but it works - the beans are green)

My dad used to sing this to us when we were little. I still crack up every time I sing it! Has anyone else heard this catchy little tune?

The relevance? Nathan had green beans for the first time today and he hated them!! This picture says it all. I guess we'll be discontinuing them for a while.

Nathan and I spent the day helping daddy at our other house - the below picture is another Danny doing - this very stylish hat is actually the cover to the smoke detector. Nathan was NOT a fan - as you can see.
I have this sinking feeling that someday Nathan's going to be a wee bit upset when he sees all these crazy pictures - courtesy of his dad!

Yep - Another Daddy hair style. If this keeps up I'll have to start changing Nathan in the morning myself!! The picture doesn't do this masterpiece justice. Danny seemed to think this look was in style.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

High Trek Adventure for Special Olympics

I'd like to extend a special thank you to Nathan's Aunt Kathy, Grandmother, Aunt Domenica, and Cousin Rose for their generous contributions and support for my friend Rebecca who participated in the NYC High Trek Adventure for the Special Olympics this past weekend in Nathan's honor!

She sent an email today with the details of the race. Her team was able to raise over $3,000 for the Special Olympics!!!! This picture is of Becca, her husband Gabe and another women I don't know from race day.

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

For Crying Out Loud!

A few weeks ago Nathan's special education teacher asked if I had put Nathan in bed while he was awake and could he soothe himself to sleep. At the time, we had not - we never saw a need to. Nathan generally fell asleep early - we'd put him to bed and he'd sleep through the night. Nathan was sleeping and we were sleeping - the Terry house was resting just fine for having a newborn among us - why change that? I am from the school of thought that - "if it ain't broke - don't fix it." This situation didn't appear to me that it needed any fixing.

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.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Danny's First Father's Day!

I can't speak for Danny but I think he really enjoyed his first Father's day! I know we enjoyed having him home all day and I especially think Nathan enjoyed getting his hair done after the bath daddy gave him!! This is without a doubt the cutest and funniest picture of Nathan I've ever seen! This is daddy gone wild with the lotion -before Nathan was born he used to do the same thing to Chopper!!!
Nathan also spend time today with his Grandpa and Mema today.