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Subject:Doctor Who spreading the love
Time:12:20 am
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As part of trying to shoehorn quality husband and wife time into our schedules, DH and I have been watching season 4 Doctor Who. I am happy to report that he's now into it too :) He did the long-suffering thing through the cheesy monsters and low budget melodrama, but by Midnight and Turn Left he was totally hooked, and finally now that we are watching Journey's End he is mentioning that actually, Catherine Tate is kinda pretty.

Heee!
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Subject:ABLS
Time:06:04 pm
Current Mood:proud
Hubby did a continuing education class yesterday on advanced burns treatment, and, despite being the lowest medically qualified person there, beat everyone in the class on the test, including the trauma surgeon, the ICU Department Head, and all the burn nurses!

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I'm writing fic right now squuuueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Subject:kids update
Time:11:06 am
I have a writing deadline overdue. So instead I procrastinate on LJ.

I haven't been around here much, and it worries me that I am going too long between updates on the boys, given my terrible memory.

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Subject:fizzy
Time:07:26 pm
"That juice, it has some stuff in it that makes my tonguie laugh!"

-Basil on his first taste of effervescent juice (watered down Airborne!)


Sam is saying a noise that sounds like Pa Pa so we are trying to reinforce it like we did with Mah Mah (Which now seems to mean "feed me!")

He half-pulled himself up on the outside of his walker, he got to his knees before it rolled away from him.
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Subject:photos june 09, repost sorta
Time:05:11 am
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Spoon feeding fail

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Subject:Pic spam from April trip to the UK, part 2 of 2
Time:03:05 am
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Subject:Pic spam from April trip to the UK, part 1 of 2
Time:02:18 am
Also, new little videos up at http://www.youtube.com/user/wasselworf

Granda (my Dad)


Kodak Easyshare gallery chewed up the nice chronological order of the hundreds of photos I uploaded there (just let me know if you want the link to the rest, there are sheep!) so in no particular order, here are photos from our Easter (click here)Collapse )
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Subject:Sam at 8 months
Time:02:17 am
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mini update on the boys under cut
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Subject:Voice Post - laughing
Time:07:20 pm
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Baby laughing at twirling Mama and big brother.

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Subject:parenting tip
Time:01:14 pm
Just for me to remember, from my mommy&me class teacher at http://www.whatwomenwanttoknow.com/

"As the boys got older, we also developed a routine where everyone chooses a meal once a week, and sometimes helps to shop for and prepare the meals as well."
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Subject:Tools for an International Negotiator, A List
Time:01:14 pm
Hey Guys,

Want to help a soldier in Iraq? My friend, who has more superfluous degrees than even me :) has some down time while stationed in Iraq for the next yr. He asked me if I could recommend some books/shows along these lines:

"Books for thinking about conflict management and arbitration, cross-cultural skills, negotiation, persuasion, and reconciliation. Also: group level persuasion and the long term management thereof (e.g., cults and communes, changing societal mores)."

So I made an Amazon list for him. I kinda changed his request to include any book/movie/entity that has taught me how to understand people with aims to negotiation/conflict resolution/etc. to make the world a better place. So if you have a few moments, think of anything like that in your life, and let me know so I can add it to the list for him.

Thanks!

Note about the list:
They may not be the most academic of books because sometimes the most I have learned comes from either fiction or a case study type book. And as I don't have downtime, and haven't for many years, many of these I haven't read myself yet, and these are marked "speculative" because they have been recommended to me, but I cannot personally vouch for them.
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Subject:sleep poll
Time:12:13 pm
(Things to bear in mind: he won't have to always go to bed alone, he'll be spending probably at least the next decade sharing his room with at least one brother, so this is a temporary problem until Sam is old enough to safely share a room. Also, any routine that works now will be horribly disrupted by a house move in a few months time, when I will go back to co-sleeping with him to help with the trauma that follows another house move.)

I am really interested in opinions regardless of whether we agree on sleep issues and whether you have children or not.

Your 3 yr old is not able to get to sleep one night, after a fairly successful few months of being able to fall asleep on his own with music and a lighted mobile. (But a few times/wk he falls asleep with you lying beside him, and he likes that better.)

You lose sight of him on the video monitor, but he is quiet. You go into the room and he is completely enveloped in a blanket in the middle of the bed. The blanket is moving up and down like he is panting. This continues for a few minutes - he doesn't appear to know you are there. Eventually you lift the blanket and are greeted with surprise and happiness to see you. He is alert, surrounded by stuffed animals, and he says,
"Momma! I was hiding with all my animals from the monster. We are in a rock. The monster can't get us! I was scared. Scared of the monster, so I was hiding."

Poll #1415737 overprotective mom or negligent mom?

What do you do?

Admonish him for playing instead of lying down to sleep. Dismantle the cave and lay him back down on the pillows.
1(16.7%)
Feed into the fantasy by talking with him about the monster and his cave in order to encourage his use of fantasy play to help him cope with scary situations.
2(33.3%)
Feel like a terrible parent for leaving him alone to be scared of monsters.
1(16.7%)

How do you end the interaction?

Say goodnight and leave him alone again with the cave.
2(33.3%)
Tuck him into bed, say goodnight and leave him alone again, no cave.
1(16.7%)
Tuck him into bed, say goodnight and leave him alone again, with a warning not to rebuild the cave because it is sleepy time not play time.
2(33.3%)
Stay with him until he falls asleep.
1(16.7%)
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Subject:my son the PIMP
Time:11:58 am
Sam now has a tooth on his lower left, and coming in upper right. Papa has converted his pram to an umbrella stroller and lifted the baby walker up a notch in height. My baby is growing up and it makes me so sad! He's the baby, that is his role in the family, if he grows up like this there will be no baby anymore, wah!

He scoots around the kitchen in his walker (or baby car as Basil calls it) but is not quite crawling.

Basil is at an interesting linguistic stage, kind of a crash of abstracted grammar learning. So in order he learned:
"I fall"
"I falled"
"I fell"
and now: "I felled"
which may seem like a step back but I think it is more that he has passed the rote copying stage ("I fell") and is now trying to incorporate it with the rules of the past tense. It is interesting. He is less likely to parrot repeat a corrected word if it violates the general rule he has learned.

He has a singsong phrasing of sentences like "Whooooo wants a cracker?" that he uses in his classroom when playing with his friends.

He has learned that you can indicate agency linguistically by adding an 'er' to the verb, like a driver drives and a dryer dries. Combined with his love of tools and construction (he loves hammers and nails etc) he tends to take D's tools/hammers/nails etc (that he isn't supposed to be playing with) and run through the house teasing us saying "who wants a hammer?"

All well and good but one of DH's tools in frequent use around here is a hook that screws into the wall like a nail. Basil knows the verb hook, but in making a noun per his newly acquired rules of lingusitics he now runs around the house every time he gets ahold of one the wall hooks yelling "Whooooo wants a hooker? Who wants a HOOKER?"






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Subject:PSA again, informed consent :)
Time:02:58 am
Passing this along:

"I'd be delighted if you passed this information on to anyone you think would be interested.

Informed Consent and Refusal in Maternity Care
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Subject:car seats
Time:04:11 am
PSA soap box
Keep your toddler in a rear-facing car seat until age 2 (not 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRP7ynNI8mI

"Although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and most other car seat safety advocates already recommend keeping baby rear-facing until he or she reaches the limits of the car seat, AAP may soon upgrade their minimum "1 year and 20 pounds" recommendation to two full years of rear-facing if possible. A recent AAP News release preps parents for the potential change, which is based on new research that shows toddlers are more than five times safer if they remain rear-facing until age two."

http://babyproducts.about.com/od/carseats/qt/rear_facing.htm

Also from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/30/4/12-a
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