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not that i have run out of things to write

Posted on: August 14, 2009

It’s Son’s Hemo/Onc rotation that is sucking the life out of him and subsequently leaving me with just barely an hour each day to get my acts together. May does hang out in her crib or on the bed or wherever I put her, but those are the moments I run to drop a dump or wash the dishes or scrub the floor. Besides, writing is one of those things I need to be in the mood for, and often I’m in the mood for writing precisely when I have my hands full, or at night, while nursing May in bed, kinda hard to type.

Speaking of May, she still has not overcome her round belly, so we are still giving her a helping hand whenever she tries to turn over. She’s not trying hard enough. She mostly wants to eat her hands. Both of them. Simultaneously. I wish those lactation consultants could see her now. They said her mouth was too small to latch properly. Ha.

I’m thinking of dropping our CSA next year. There’s a dearth of leafy green veggies and an overabundance of ZUCCHINIS. Oh my god how many zucchini can a family eat ? 12 summer squashes/wk, each of them weighing more than 2 lbs. I mean, someone came to the CSA potluck with a zucchini brownie recipe, that just totally shows you how CSA members are struggling with this mountain of zucchini we get every week. Can’t wait for the parsley fudge recipe. gah.

You know what I hate? saliva going down the wrong pipe at 5 a.m.. there’s no way i can stifle violent coughs that wake up the entire household, especially the fussy babe.

i witnessed May drifting off to sleep on her own 2 nights ago, it was magical, the whole 3 minutes it lasted. then she woke up and i shoved a boob into her mouth at the first sign of rooting. what can i say, i was in a hurry to go back to sleep myself.

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Up, Down and All Around Time – Parents throughout time have naturally jiggled, jostled and bounced their babies. The sciences now recognize that all that simple motion is actually important for developing brain function.
This PlayWisely® activity engages your baby’s ability to feel directional motion in a fun and predictable way. Hold your baby securely in your lap facing you. Hold baby securely under his/her arms with thumbs in front around baby’s chest and fingers securely around baby’s back (rib cage). Keep your hands securely around your baby throughout the activity.

Place baby in a secure stand on your lap facing you. Gently lift baby up & down. Lift baby up about 12 inches (up to 18″ for older babies) and return to a stand. Make the activity more engaging by singing rhythmically as you move baby, “Up & down, up & down, up & down & up!”.

Now support baby in stand and repeat the activity only this time extend arms straight out so baby experiences moving backward then pull baby back to a supported stand on your lap so baby experiences motion forward. Perform the activity while singing rhythmically, “Back & forth, back & forth & back.”

Then return baby to a supported stand on your lap. Repeat the activity one more time moving baby to your right and left. Add rhythmical singing to match the motion baby is experiencing, “Right, left, right, left,right, left & right!” Not only will baby get a good directional workout but your arms will get a good workout as well!

Repeat the activity with baby facing out. Facing out provides baby’s brain a new orientation for experiencing directional motion. You can perform this activity facing a mirror to enhance the directional awareness (and fun!) of the activity for your baby. Observe how much baby enjoys the directional motion. Notice if your baby prefers one direction to another and if baby prefers facing toward you or away from you.

(courtesy of playwisely)

“Kick a Bit” – Get 2 or 3 balls of different sizes. Hold baby securely in a sit on a step 12″ off the floor. Place a ball under baby’s feet. Place baby’s feet directly on top of the ball so baby’s feet are pressing down on the ball. Hold baby’s hands so they can not use them to get to the ball. Keep baby in an upright seated position.
Baby will begin moving his/her feet in an attempt to ‘get rid of the thing under their feet’. Notice how baby’s feet press, push and begin to roll the ball side to side slightly. With experience baby will begin to realize they are controlling the ball motion. Baby will begin moving their feet with more focused purpose and control. This activity also helps baby realize that ‘effects have causes’ (if I move my feet the ball moves a certain way).

PlayWisely® believes this recognition exercises some important early learning wiring in the brain. Repeat the activity using different size balls.

At this stage learning to observe ball motion is most important. Your baby’s visual system is actively wiring motion detection at this stage. Your baby should be able to smoothly track a ball rolling for up to 6 feet. ‘Smoothly track’ means your baby’s eyes can maintain a visual lock on the ball as it rolls for 6 feet.
You can practice this skill and watch your baby’s tracking ability improve over time. Notice if they are more proficient tracking a specific size ball. Over time they may change their ball preference. Roll each ball across the floor 2 feet in front of them.

Before the tracking exercise let baby hold each ball. Start very slowly so baby understands the game and feels successful. Watch baby’s eyes closely. Be sure baby can smoothly follow ball motion without their focus jumping. Slowly speed up the ball motion and find the speed that is the fastest they can track. Stay at this speed until baby is comfortable and ready to increase to the next level.

Switch up the activity rolling the ball in different directions, uphill, downhill, over and under things. Roll the ball toward baby and away from him/her. Drop balls into a bucket in front of them. Then tip bucket over so baby can see inside the bucket and roll balls into the bucket. Place balls in the bucket in front of them and knock the bucket over and let baby watch balls roll in all different directions. Just play, play, play!

Cradle your child in your arms. Be sure your child is close enough to your face that you can place their little hand on your throat or mouth (try each position when singing at different times).
Begin to sing the ABC’s with a smooth lyrical rhythm. Your baby should be staring at your mouth or eyes as you sing. By touching baby’s hands to your mouth or throat as you sing lets baby simultaneously see, hear and feel the basic sounds of our language.

Don’t be surprised if your baby appears to be mesmerized by the activity. Whenever the brain enters a sensitive period for learning it will become intensely focused on that activity.

Repeat the activity changing the rhythm of the song. For instance, try rapping the ABC’s. Try singing the sounds of the ABC’s.

Support your child in a secure sit. Blow bubbles falling directly overhead and in front of baby. Encourage baby to look up and reach for the bubbles. This activity stimulates visual tracking skills, eye/hand coordination and the parent/child bond!

Support your child in a secure sit. Place a tissue box directly in front of your baby. Demonstrate the activity by pulling a few tissues out of the box while baby is watching. Encourage baby to grasp and pull tissues out by him/herself. Your baby learns an important skill by pulling tissues from the box. Baby pulls and sees an object come out and another appear – it is like magic to their little brains. This activity stimulates the cognitive instinct for cause and effect as well as the grasp and pull hand technique.

At this stage of development your baby is working hard to organize the images in his/her visual field. Your baby needs to exercise the eye muscles critical for focusing and tracking in order to efficiently process images necessary for clear recognition . Playing the window pane game is a fun way to help baby enhance visual navigation skills.
Place your child in your lap and have a few favorite toys with different shapes and sizes available such as a rattle, a toy block, a small ball and a stuffed toy. Look at your baby closely. Imagine a 4 pane window pane 8″ directly in front of him/her that runs from head to hips. Offer your baby a toy in one window pane. Shake the toy or move it quickly toward and away from baby to grab his/her attention. Once baby focuses on the toy in the window pane encourage him/her to reach out and grab it.

You may notice baby’s first attempts to grab the toy seem uncoordinated and may miss the target. This is normal and gives you an opportunity to understand your baby’s developing visual skills and recognition ability. You will notice that with practice baby’s movements become more coordinated and exact. Repeat the activity moving into a different window pane. Repeat using different objects.

Place baby’s chest over a boppy pillow so they are resting on their belly comfortably with arms over the front side of the boppy. Securely place one of your hands under your child’s chest and the other under their legs. Gently lift baby up into a plank position (baby’s hands and arms supporting some weight as you lift their chest and legs up off the floor extending their body directly behind their shoulders in a push up type position.) Tap baby’s toes on the ground and lift baby’s body up about 45 degrees. Allow baby to support some of their weight so they can turn on and tune in the gravity receptors in their arms and shoulders. Hold plank position about 2 seconds. Repeat 3X’s, tapping toes and lifting body up counting 1, 2, 3!
Next, support baby in a stand on your lap. Allow baby to push down against your legs. Allow baby to support some of their own weight in the stand. Lift baby up off the ground and bring them back to a secure stand 3 X’s. Sing a song lifting baby up & down rhythmically to the beat. Repeat on different surfaces such as a mattress and the carpeted floor.

Next, provide baby some weighted (1/2 to 1 lb.) objects to lift up off the ground, manipulate and play with. PlayWisely® uses weighted tubes and rings. Remember as with all play activities and toys be sure they are completely safe and are large enough as to not pose a chocking hazard.

Purchase an orthodontic pacifier that has an ‘upness’ to it. Some pacifiers do not have a defined ‘right side up’ so be sure you find an orthodontic pacifier and not just a standard round one. These pacifiers will only pacify baby if it is placed in the proper ‘up’ orientation.
Let your baby use the pacifier for a few days to become accustomed to it. Next, put the pacifier into the baby’s mouth ‘upside down’. Observe your baby’s reaction closely. First, baby will notice something is wrong and show a confused or displeased reaction. Most young baby’s will just spit the pacifier out.

Place the pacifier back into baby’s mouth with only a 90° (1/4 turn) displacement from the proper orientation. Observe baby closely again. Baby should begin to manipulate their mouth and tongue trying to adjust the pacifier into the correct position. This is a fascinating dance to watch, as baby focuses intently on developing orientation awareness to ‘fix it’ into the proper position! Older babies become very adept at placing their hands on the pacifier and turning it into the right orientation.

Use a pacifier clip to keep the pacifier dangling from the child’s outfit. Encourage baby to find the pacifier and try and place it correctly into their mouth independently. Make the game more challenging by clipping the pacifier clip on different parts of their torso. Notice if baby is more capable finding pacifier in one body location than another. Observe how quickly they can put the pacifier correctly into their mouth. Does your baby orient the pacifier strictly by feel inside their mouth or do they use visual cues by looking at it first? There is no right way for baby to problem solve achieving this goal, just interesting performance strategies that your baby’s amazing brain creates to get what they want!

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