He's got balance issues now and he's prone to trips and falls. He also has significant troubles with stairs. It's definitely a challenge. But I've never let that stop me and I hope he has the same mentality. The pedi neurologist said it's great that he's as risk averse as he is and he'll know his own limits.View Thread
He loved the dolphin in the movie. There's a subplot about a soldier who was injured in battle which went right over his head, but he still loved it. What was great for me is that it's a story about prosthetics and given that I wear leg braces (and with DS diagnosed with the same condition he will likely to be in them as well in the next few years), DS we thrilled to see a dolphin who 'was like mommy'. Great movie.View Thread
As a guage, we used whether or not DS would sit through an entire movie at home. Once he did, we moved onto the big time! Cartoons work the best, but right now another DVD he likes is A Dolphin Tale, so maybe moving on View Thread
Perfect...I'm looking for some mindless fun during lunch today! DS right now is bouncing back and forth between the Chipmunk movies and Despicable Me. And the Lorax. We're having a 'date afternoon' on Saturday to go see Finding Nemo on the big screen - I don't know who is more excited, him or me!View Thread
I have environmental allergies (dust, pollen, ragweed, mold, etc) and I wake up the same way every morning. I haven't found a way to remedy the situation. Just something I've gotten used to over the years. But if you find a solution, let me know!View Thread
My DS gets into these routines usually once every few months. I've talked to my pedi about it in the past and he said he probably wakes up between sleep cycles and has trouble falling back asleep.
For a while, I would go in and rub his back...this always caused the pattern to continue. My pedi said I need to stop going in there (tough when he's crying for you). Instead, I call to him and say 'you need to go to sleep buddy' and after a few minutes, he's usually out. And after two or three nights of this, we get back into the regular routine with no interrupted sleep.
Good luck. I kow it's hard when you're not getting enough sleep!View Thread
I still check in daily, but had trouble logging in to reply for the longest time. DS is doing well for the most part. His temperment is a dream. I had enrolled him in the Little Gym last winter, but quickly learned that gymnastics just isn't his thing. I anticipate he'll probably do t-ball when he's a little older. And I'm hoping to get him into the swimming lessons as well.
We're on vacation in another week, so I'm just counting down the time!View Thread
There are so many breeds out there. No matter which you choose, as puppies, they all will present some problems for little ones (even my miniature daschund knocked my son around!). Training is critical, but understand that they will still chew, nip and accidentally knock over children, no matter what the breed.
That being said, we loved our daschund (mini are small breeds, the regular ones I would consider 'medium') and I found they didn't have the 'yip' associated with many small breed dogs (but they're difficult to train!). She was older when DS came along and I didn't think she'd adjust well, but she was wonderful with him. She passed in November and my son still talks about how much he misses Annie.
I always grew up with labs and goldens and still think they're the best choice for kids - they have a wonderful demeanor and are easy to train. When we're ready for another dog, it will likely be a lab. But it's really a matter of preference.
Big or small, they're a pet and will require a lot of time and energy to train (speaking from experience - my dad trains search & rescue dogs so we've done this a lot). Obedience classes are great and are available just about everywhere.
I'll probably be in the minority on this, but we switched DS a week ago (he'll be 4 in September). He was getting to a point where the straps of the convertible car seat were below his shoulders and rather than spend the money on a new convertible, we moved him to the booster (it's 3 years, 30 lbs here and he's just at the 30 lb mark).
I called my pediatrician's office to confirm that it's ok to move him and consulted the iihs website (and consumer reports) about which model to purchase. He loves it and with the way the booster guides the seatbelt, he fits really well. If we weren't having the issue with the shoulder straps, we'd probably have kept him in the convertible seat longer.View Thread