Thursday, May 28, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
1. Renovate the new house- I am not sure I realized that we were going to renovate when we were looking at houses and made the purchase. I knew nothing about renovating. For the most part I thought you just had to accept what you got, so you better like it. (Those shiny, impractical cabinets and angel fish in the masterbath are so not my style. It gives you an idea of why we are updating.) So many great ideas and possibilities have come my way. Steve Rubin, Rubin Custom Homes, LLC is going to take me and John through the process. Many of you know Steve through his wife Alanna, one of our midwifes. He makes it seem like renovating is like a 25 piece kids jigsaw puzzle. He can fix anything. He says the project will take about 4 months. We are fortunate that we don't have to live there while we are doing this.
Posted by Denise Punger MD IBCLC at 10:44 PM
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Born into her daddy's hands comfortably at home at 41 1/2 weeks.
8 lbs 13 oz
22 inches long
Soon to be big sister.
I've always thought the toilet was a great place to labor.I'm not a doula, but I had to show daddy some techniques I've previously observed to be useful to help cope through contractions on the toilet. I don't know why a gentle touch on the knees helps with the pain, but it sure does.I showed him how to provide forehead support (Note in two photos above, she was seeking counterpressure on her forehead.) and then went back to staying behind my camera and out of the way.
These photos of her facial expressions on seeing her newborn remind me of the woman in Business of Being Born who gave birth in the birth center.
Thank you, for letting me share this joyous experience and the first moments of Lainey's life with you!!
You have such a beautiful family, the paparazzi couldn't help themselves. :)
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Again, a special thanks to the family for inviting me to share this occasion with them and allow me to share these photos with those who may benefit from them.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
My boys danced and danced. They had so much fun.
Pool Party at Andrew's tonight!!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I'm going to tell you what's involved in Scott's reading and spelling lessons. You ready???? We start with a review of what we have done in the previous lessons.
Then he will spell both real and nonsense words, on paper. Notice the paper we use is blue or yellow. The glare on white paper bothers most dyslexics. He reads his word list through a window. There is no picture or story. He MUST learn the word following the spellimg rules. There are no context or illustrations to trick me into thinking he his reading.
Then he reads & spells phrases on paper for fluency as well as accuracy He learns to read phrases as a chunk and for fluency because dyslexics tend to read - word - for - word without comprehension. When they come to prepositions (a, the, at, on), it breaks their concentration and visual 3D image. With these lessons he can't ignore the prepositions.
The first three lines are his phrases. All of this was dictated. He tried to get away with writing the number "20." But it didn't work. :) Dyslexics have a hard time writing on a straight line (and spacing). He did really good in this lesson. He is doing separate handwriting lessons. Notice he used a mechanical pencil. These pencils are good for those who print to hard.
Next is reading on paper for fluency, accuracy, and phrasing. He marks his phrases.
Every 3 lessons a new set of sight words is given. He must not only read them but spell them back to me. When he has trouble spelling them, we make cards highlighting one tricky letter. There is a laborious :) sequence I go through to aid his memory. He doesn't seem to mind this as much as I do.
If I do a lesson a week (a column) we will be done in 58 weeks from now with level 8. As much work as this is, he seems to be progressing quickly because we work at least 5 times a week on this. To get ready for lesson 4, the next column, I will watch the DVD in between lessons with Scott and then I will start again with a review, phonemic awareness, new lesson, reading and spelling words, reading and spelling phrases, reading and spelling sentences, etc...
Friday, May 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
This was at a breastfeeding task force meeting. Looks like we were having a carnival in real life. I think Mary Rainer took this photo.
My favorite photo of nursing a toddler in a sling. Lisa Bell took this photo.
This is a nursing sea creature.Bernadette Clark took this photo. Scott was just nursing as we were chatting. The older kids were playing all around us.
This is at the Beach near where I live now. David and I matched!
Finally... this is what tandem nursing looks like.
It makes me want to do a post on favorite toddler breastfeeding photos that I have taken of other mothers and toddlers.
More Carnival Posts (updated throughout the day)
Destiny's I Never Thought I'd Nurse a Toddler
Brightonwoman's Nursing an [Older] Toddler
PhDinParenting's Nursing a Toddler in a Ring Sling
Melodie's Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding a Toddler
Sam's My Nursing Toddler Story
Apple Core's Breastfeeding Toddler Photos
Threegirlpileup's This is What Nursing a Toddler Looks Like
Hobo Mama's Carrnival Round Up
FatSingleMama Toddler Breastfeeding
Did I leave anyone off?