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Subject:Photo post
Time:09:35 pm
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Subject:the boys today
Time:01:26 pm
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Subject:Sam is four!
Time:08:02 pm
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Subject:OT, sleep pics
Time:12:17 am
Sam adores the Occupational Therapy for Sensory Integration Disorder. Hopefully it will be covered by insurance so we only have to pay $20/visit. He liked the ball pit and swings the best but the combination of big muscle activity with fine motor/attention tasks, as in the pics below, meant he could concentrate for a really long time on the cognitive task and afterward felt satisfyingly floppy instead of brimming with pent up energy and tensed muscles as he usually is.



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Subject:Photos of Bas birthday
Time:07:50 pm

Birthday gift for Basil and dance class photos. We do have better quality photos from the big camera but at this rate we won't have time to upload them before we retire! So these are just from my iphone.

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Subject:kid update
Time:05:06 pm
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Sam is about 36lb and is 3.5 almost
Basil is 48lb and is almost 6. Photos under cut

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Subject:Photos
Time:02:38 pm
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Subject:Sense of Wonder
Time:08:49 am
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"...a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength...

I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil. Once the emotions have been aroused — a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration or love — then we wish for knowledge about the subject of our emotional response. Once found, it has lasting meaning. It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate."

Carson, R. (1965). The sense of wonder. http://www.fws.gov/northeast/rachelcarson/writings.html
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Subject:Sam
Time:09:41 pm
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I want to write about Sam, he's two now, and getting comparatively neglected in the journaling his life thing.

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Subject:Sam learns to jump
Time:09:03 pm
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Subject:Help Veterans?
Time:06:28 pm
From a Berkeley friend:
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"I need your help with a quick survey to support my field study at Harvard Business School. It's very short and a one randomly selected survey taker will win a $100 Amazon.com gift card. Can you please help me with the following:


1. Please take the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Security-and-Safety

2. Forward to a couple of friends... I especially need people who don't have a military background (you’ll see why when you take the survey).


I really appreciate your help on this! It will really add value to my field study, and if you are curious about the results, I’ll be happy to share when the project is done.


Thanks again for your help.
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HARVARD | BUSINESS | SCHOOL

MBA Class of 2011
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Subject:How to study
Time:02:53 pm
Desirable difficulties are out in the world!

Really excellent resources for empirically proven teaching and studying strategies, very well explained in lay language.

http://muteaches.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/teaching-tip-studying-that-works/

http://muteaches.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/teaching-tip-testing-testing-testing/
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Subject:Adjusting to Banjotown
Time:07:25 pm
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Just a quick update. We follow Professor Yaffle's advice and got Basil some boy-themed coloring books and allowed him to choose a new, less generic pen case (but he had to make do with his current crayons) and got this message the next day:

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Hello!

Basil had a great attitude towards his coloring. He even worked hard to stay in the lines!!

Have a great day!
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So all is good there. THANK YOU everyone for your help. I am feeling less concerned that he won't be able to fit into a traditional classroom setting, it may have been just culture shock.
He actually talks very positively about his school and his teacher. He had been asking about getting back to school before the term started. I think there is a stability and structure to school that he needs very much, especially given that everything in his life has changed with the house move, and has de-stabilized him.

He is even more given to sudden fits of angry crying and wailing about how no one wants to play with him or people only want to play with his younger brother, and their competition has increased fiercely.

I think it is stress, and the stream of failed nannies coming through his life daily, and the fact that his parents are overwhelmed with work :( and low on patience.
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Subject:Need parenting/preschool teacher advice
Time:03:15 pm
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Does anyone have suggestions? The kid hates coloring, drawing and writing, now its becoming A Thing, I remember hating this part of school too, I sucked at it and it was made worse because I then never practiced it.


On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 2:54 PM, <amy.teacher@"preschool".com> wrote:

Hello!

I wanted to let you know that Basil is struggling with his coloring. He does not want to do it and throws a crying fit. read more about Bas' problem in schoolCollapse )
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Subject:awesome sciencey things
Time:05:00 pm


Epigenetics, IBS related to anxiety, and so much more, via Prof Blaisdell: http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/

and leading to

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Subject:May photos (long!)
Time:12:38 am
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Subject:Makai, 19th months
Time:09:01 pm
In addition to
Apple, moon, mama, papa, baba, car, boobie

Makai has had an explosion of copying sounds and using words in the last week or so.


He finished a little nursing and so I told Bas he could have the rest and Sam spun back around and flung himself, arms outstretched, on the boppy, and yelled "no no no bahboo MINE!"
"Fo" - phone
"Fu" - fish
Nana - gestures to phone because he talks to his Nana on the phone
hayo - hallo
bye! (waves)
bubba - brother
carca - "Carla" (sitter)
baby
roars for bear, miaow
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nummy - yummy


sings ABC song with some letters always in the right places like "gee"
sings Baa Baa Black Sheep "Ba ba bah she, ha hoo aee woool?"


Basil is so descriptive, he is going to be a great writer, I can feel it :D Today, memorial day, he wanted to stay home with Mama rather than go to the Aquarium with Papa, as he had just been awakened from nap (he sleeps 8 hrs at night now, and no, that's not good for a 4yr old) and was sleepy and he said, "Okay, I will go to the quarium but I'm going to be lazy there."
So I smiled and said, "Does that mean you will sit down a lot?" and he said, "No, lazy means I'm going to fall down like a tower, an old, wobby tower."
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Subject:10 birth myths
Time:08:20 am
Putting this up here for a couple of friends of mine who are pregnant for the first time.

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Subject:This guy's bk title: "How not to F*** Up Your Kids" :D
Time:04:54 pm
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I feel somewhat hypocritical at this point but I want to collect these sources for teaching the aboveandbeyondnormalteachingloadunpaid parenting classes to the euphemistically labeled community.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/apr/17/family-microscope-infant-sleep-routine

Saw AmericanDave today, he's still a dish, and so adorably old-fashioned, he remains well named.
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Subject:Sam's early language
Time:11:57 pm
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Sam said car today, a bunch, in a strangely girly voice, and it sounded a little bit like "kuh yar"
he can now say:

neh (nose)
ay (eyes)
Nana
ap pa
ight der
out der
Car
poopay
bewbay
moon
ah dun!
mama
papa

and he can point to pictures of ducks, apples and bananas, eyes, mouth and nose

ETA 2/26

meh for more
book
ah choo (once, when copying Bas)

ETA 3/1

"ah ah Doo!" now used to joke around, so cute!
LOVES picture books all of a sudden. He can say "boo!" for book and drags them around the house even the big heavy ones and then pushes them at you until you read to him. He can point to shoes, socks, ball, apple, duck, banana, flowers and many other pictures. He can follows commands now to take something to somebody (like "take the book to your brother") or to go fetch an object from another room, so of course we think he is a genius! He gets so much less pressure to perform than his big brother ever got!
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Subject:Christmas photos, Christmas show & mall Santa
Time:04:36 am
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Sam is 14 months, Basil will be 4 in March


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Subject:bullet point update
Time:06:59 pm
- Basil just told me a story he made up in which Diego rescues the Little Einsteins, bless, his first crossover fanfic, I'm so proud!

- Last night he and Papa had a serious conversation over who should have right of way, fire engines, or reindeer?

- I'm really proud of XPFC right now, and missing those guys. I should try to keep up better with fb maybe.

- And any of you friends of my hub on fb heard this one already, but the other night Bas was having a bath, and for the 3rd bathtime in a row had turned the bathroom floor into a lake. I asked DH if I was paying the price for his own wild childhood, because honestly, my boys are nothing like how I was as a child. We got into a discussion about it, using the word 'karma' and Basil got irritated, and roared at us, "I am not a karma!"

- Sam loves to feed himself with a bowl and spoon, he loves the independence, even if he is still learning and very messy. He eats well now. hub has taken him for 3 nights in a row and last night he managed SIX hrs without a boobie.
I nursed Bas to sleep last night with the resultant surplus milk, boobie win!

- Lastly, a quick grammar qu, if anyone has time. Should the title of a relative be capitalized? I know it should if you are addressing the relative, like

Basil said, "Hello Mama!"

what about,

"Donna loved her Grandfather."

The mothers were in the kitchen, the fathers were in the den watching TV."

??
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Subject:kids
Time:01:08 pm
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Pacifier addiction aside, we are having a great time with Basil these days. He's logical, has a good memory, thinks things through before speaking, understands and covers all the bases.
He's good at playing the Memory card game.

Sam doesn't keep socks or shoes on for long, but he is interested in them and if you bring him a sock or shoe he holds his foot up for you to put it on and tries to put it on himself. I don't know why but something about the way he holds his foot out seems very advanced. He lost one sock at Shaila's baby class this week and I could see him scanning behind him where he had been crawling to try to see where it had gone. Just since yesterday really he has been walking everywhere, unless he really wants to book it, then he speed crawls!

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Subject:taking love wherever you find it
Time:04:04 am
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Basil passes gas as he's in the middle of a long stream of talking, then he pauses and giggles, saying, "my fart is talking to you, Mama!"

Mama: "Oh yeah, what does it say?"

Basil turns around and shakes his booty at me as he answers, "My fart says: I LOVE YOU, MAMA!"
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Subject:Aug/Sept 09 My Camera
Time:12:49 am
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Subject:Tanaka Farms visit with Grampa
Time:02:54 am
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Subject:Baby Sam is no longer a baby
Time:09:33 pm
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BabySam was 1 on Tuesday.

(No, I don't know how that happened either!)

I will write about him for his birthday, I guess I will just do that here, stream of consciousness, because it may be that or nothing, my computer time is so limited.

He is not yet walking but that is just fine with me, I'm not ready for his babyhood to end. He took his first steps between Papa and I on Tuesday.

He has been fixed on me as his primary ever since hub went back to work a few months ago. He is most easily comforted by me, and if I pick him up after I haven't seen him for a few hours then he cries if I even think about setting him down again.

He is insanely beautiful. His brown eyes have the most gorgeous shape. When he smiles everyone in the room turns into a puddle of goo. He still smiles and giggles easily although he is definitely experiencing normal stranger and separation anxiety. He loves his brother but his love is violent sometimes and Basil gets slapped, headbutted, bit and kicked quite a bit and is very saddened by this, even though they are literally all efforts to connect and be close to his big brother on Sam's part.
He is strong and confident, and he LOVES music :D He has great rhythm.

He loves to try to feed himself and others with his utensils. He is now preferring to jam bigger pieces of food into his mouth rather than tiny bits. He has 8 teeth. He eats things he can put in his mouth himself, recently loving grapes and artichokes. He likes chicken, corn and Papa's beef pie. But he still doesn't eat enough, because he won't let us just spoon lots of mush into him. He eats plain yogurt too, and makes a terrible face as he does, but then will more readily eat other mush like green beans. When he is not interested he shakes his head very emphatically, it's adorable!

He will place a block on another to make a tower. He loves his little baby car. He climbs stairs with speed and abandon, and we have to keep doors closed all the time or he would take off.

He is just starting to point with one finger, and has been gesturing towards things that interest him with his outstretched hand for a while now. He knows what he wants.

To get him to sleep Papa rocks him in the chair, having to hold him firmly. He cries to sleep most times, no matter how exhausted he is, but he is at least in the arms of those who love him, and it doesn't take too long, maybe 5-10 mins. He is not ready to have only one nap but when he gets 2 naps he won't sleep for the night before 11pm so it is better for everyone to just let him be tired all morning and then nap around 12, so we can get him to sleep by 9pm. He sleeps fitfully, nursing throughout the night.
I love cosleeping with him, even if I don't get great sleep. He is very cuddly and loving.

He does well with sitters Marias and Ana, falling to sleep on their chest with singing and little crying.

He says Mama and Papa, and something that sounds like "right there" (more like "ite der") when he is gesturing to something.

He laughs and laughs when riding on his Grampa's back, and he loves throwing a ball back and forth with Grandma. Like Basil, he's got a great throwing arm! He loves to sit on my knee and engage in simple games. He is just learning to make noises, like the dinosaur in the bath says roar and cars say brrm. He adores Basil still, but always wants whatever toy Basil is holding, or to climb all over Bas. In general he smiles and laughs easily, but can be shy and tire of strangers. I love how he will spend some time at baby class just sitting on my knee, or hanging on to the back of my backjack floor seat. He also does his share of working the room and socializing.

We love him so much. I really really love having two. That feels like we beat some kind of odds. I am so thankful that despite everything that happened during my pregnancy, Sam appears completely normal, and very smart. He is tall and strong.
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Subject:generating errors, Kornell&Hays
Time:08:51 pm
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Some of my old lab mates are getting some well-deserved press for their education research. Their message that students should be challenged is good and very worth reading and taking to heart.

But I would argue that their study doesn't support their claims that errors are not harmful. Specifically, I think if you delayed the test phase then the initially generated error would trump the later-learned correct answer. (As would be predicted by the NToD dynamics, and even Jost: the guessed-answer gets a bigger initial RS and SS boost from the potency of guessing, and it came first.) So, as per the UCPD training I used to do, you give the trainee a chance to guess but if they are about to produce an error, you step in with the correct information.

Also, their baseline comparison is off - sure generation produces better recall than passively provided answers, but how would it fare against the generation of correct vs incorrect information?

Note to self, what would Catherine Fritz think?
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Subject:vaccines
Time:11:46 pm
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We had a playdate today with one of the Mommies from erstwhile Parenting class. Her 1yr old just got shots. Hepatitis, MMR, Chicken Pox, AND a flu shot, even though he is currently being treated for a bad ear infection.

::facepalm::

so now they don't know if the awful blotchy rash covering him from head to toe that developed the next day is due to the antibiotics or one of the 5 vaccines :_( F*cking stupid doctors, it should be illegal. If they lived somewhere smarter, where medicine is more evidence based, then it would be.

Don't get me wrong, I am pro-vaccinations, my boys are immunized. But I am hugely thankful that we discovered Dr. Sears Alternative vaccine schedule for baby Sam. He has had none of the adverse reactions (like fevers and vomiting) that poor Bas went through when he would get up to 4 shots at once until I wised up.
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Subject:Behavioral Ecology trumps Evolutionary Psychology
Time:04:18 pm
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"Evolutionary psychology ridicules the notion that the brain could have evolved to be an all-purpose fitness-maximizing mechanism," says Hill. "But that's exactly what we keep finding."

Behavioral Ecology
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