Not sure if anyone else is in the Boston area, but heavy hearts in and around the city today. I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone to have an emergency contact plan with your family and friends. I will be outreaching to my preschool in the morning to help develop a more robust plan that includes social media. Originally cell phones were busy and no one could get through so it was better to rely on text messages - then they shut down all cell service concerned that there were additional explosive devices being detonated by cell phone.
Keep the city in your thoughts and prayers. This day is usually one of celebration with the marathon and the early Red Sox game. How quickly it turned to tragedy. I'm choosing to look for some good amidst the chaos. The amazing first responders, the marathoners who finished running 26 miles and then headed to the hospitals to give blood. Amazing people and I'm sure more stories will emerge.
If you trust your pediatrician, I would use them as the guage. We're on the other end of the spectrum with DS who is in the 20th percentile for height and 4th for weight. But the pedi isn't concerned, so neither am I. He said DS is growing perfect for him - as long as he stays around the same percentiles and we're not seeing large jumps one way or the other, he's right on track.View Thread
We live in the Northeast which has a strong tick population. My nephew had Lyme Meningitis two years ago and was on IV antibiotics for a month with a hospital stay to install an IV port. Just painful to watch. And my dad had the regular Lyme Disease with much less severe symptoms.
That being said, we don't treat our lawn with anything. We use insect repellent but mainly for the mosquitos (west Nile here, too). If DS is outside, we do a full check of his skin - but remember, deer ticks are very small and hard to find. If he's in the woods, it's long pants, long shirt and boots. And we've gotten very adept at taking ticks off the dog - she'll go for her walk in the woods and come back with no less than 5 every time.
I really don't stress about it it. I know the symptoms and know what to look for. In addition to the bullseye which is the most common way to identify Lyme disease, unexplained constant headaches were the other symptom I was unaware of. My mom remembered someone coming in to the Pedi office she worked in with this symptom and as a result insisted they test my nephew for it - that's how he was diagnosed. I think that's the best I can do without keeping him inside 24/7.View Thread
I've had a lot of people at work ask me if we hide Easter eggs for DS - we don't. When we were little, we always had jelly bean hunts and now both my brother and I carry on that tradition with our kids. Does anyone have other Easter traditions outside the norm? And if your kids watch movies without your traditions, how do you explain? (DS is obsessed with Rise if the Guardians and wants to know why the Easter bunny doesn't hide eggs here!).
For the basket this year, DS (4) is getting a book, some bubbles, magnetic building blocks, a new horse for his castle, Don't Break the Ice and some candy. What's in your baskets?
I agree - touch base with the teacher. They can probably help facilitate her introduction to some kids who will not rebuff her. DS just recently transitioned from the home daycare he's known all his life with 5 kids to a preschool with 15 in the classroom. The teachers helped immensely with the transition and directed him to some children who had similar personalities (DS is very shy and quiet).
When I pick DS up, I ask him to tell me about his day. Inevitably it starts with something negative (I tell him to stay away from kids who he says are mean or say 'potty' words and find some kids he likes). He gets it all out. Then, at night when we lay in bed, we only talk about the good things that happened during the day and who he liked playing with. And in the morning, before I drop him off, we talk about what fun things he's going to do that day. It's helped him remember that the good parts of the day outweigh the negative and not to wallow on the negative.
The discussion about the birthday party got me thinking about my iPad and iPhone apps. Anyone have any suggestions for the 4-5 year old range? DS is all about Hay Day, the various 'Where's My Water' ones, Pudding Monsters and Angry Birds. Yesterday it was the new Wreck It Ralph one. Anyone have any others they would recommend?View Thread