Not Just For Catholics

I’m always pleasantly surprised when I see NFP discussed on non-Catholic sites.  A friend directed me to this link talking about NFP.  She didn’t get into all the theology behind it, but I imagine that’s in part because it’s a non-Catholic site (the author is Catholic).  I’m glad to see the word getting out there, and that more are coming to realise that the pill isn’t without consequences, and NFP isn’t the old rhythm method.

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Why Is He So Scared?

It seems that K is terrified of so many things right now, and I don’t know why or how to help him.

-Haircuts.  He’s terrified of them now.  He used to be fine.  He’d often be a little nervous, so I’d pretend to cut the fur on one of his animals, and I’d let him feel the clippers, and then he’d be fine.  I tried cutting his hair a couple of times before Christmas because he’s looking shaggy, but he screamed.  I mean, blood-curdling, inconsolable screaming.  So he hasn’t had a haircut.  In the words of my dad, the worst that can happen is that he grows his hair down to his waist and becomes a musician.  I still wish I knew what brought this on and how to help him.

-Baths/Showers.  This one has been going on for a few months.  He used to love taking a bath, and now it frightens him.  I know this one is in part because of his new fear of shadows, and is in part because he hates water running down his head, whether it goes in his face or not.  When we put him in the bath, he screams to get out.  It doesn’t matter which one of us gives him the bath, either.  He used to like it if we put C in with him, but she hates the bath, too (she loves the shower, though, and gets upset if someone takes a shower without her).  I do have K’s bath down to a fine art, so he’s only in there for a minute, tops, but it’s not getting better.  If anything, it’s getting worse.  Bath toys don’t help.  B’s talked to K about shadows, and even tried doing shadow puppets, which K finds amusing at times, but no luck.

– the dark.  It’s a struggle getting K to sleep at night lately.  It’s not his room, because he takes naps in there without any problem.  At night, however, he screams if we try to leave him in his room for bed.  This is the same routine we’ve had for at least a year, so it’s not like it’s something new.  This just started after Christmas.  The past couple of nights he’s wanted us to keep his light on, so we do.  But he still screams when we try to leave, so we’ve tried letting him start out in our bed, with the lights on in there.  The problem there is that he’ll just stay awake in there until I come up with C.  I usually let C unwind a bit and then breastfeed her to sleep, but if K is in the room, she gets really hyper and won’t go to sleep.  So while I’m trying to get her to calm down, K wants to be held and is tossing and turning and won’t go to sleep.  Last night I put him back in his room after 30 minutes of struggling with the both of them, and I told him screaming wasn’t allowed and reminded him that God is with him, and his guardian angel is watching over him, and that Papa & I are nearby, but that he needed to go to sleep.  It actually worked at that point, but hadn’t earlier in the evening when I’d tried that same exact thing (in addition to blessing him with Holy Water, as we do every night).  After K went in his room, I got C to sleep easily.  Unfortunately, K still awoke and came in with us, and then cried when B moved him back.  If he would actually sleep in with us, it wouldn’t matter so much, but he doesn’t always do that and instead tosses and turns much of the night.  It also doesn’t seem to matter what time he goes to bed, he wakes up fairly early.  Today he actually slept in (for him) until after 7.00, but he’s usually up around 6.00.  He needs the sleep, he’s just having trouble right now.  I don’t know if part of it is that my parents have returned home, or not.  He did ask for PowPow (my dad) at bedtime a few nights ago, so maybe that’s part of it.  I don’t know.

I Never Knew

I never knew how addictive cloth nappies could be when we first got them.  I’ve exercised great restraint, and didn’t get any more until I was pregnant with C.  We had 25 of the bumGenius 2.0s with K, and they’re holding up well.  Our only complaints with those are that they were too small for K at first (but he grew into them by 2 weeks old;  the picture is when he was about 9 months), and the velcro and elastic are starting to wear.  But after 3 years, I can’t really complain.  They aren’t anything exciting, just plain white, yellow, green, and blue, but they work.  bumGenius do have prints now, though.

When I was pregnant with C, we decided we should get some more so she could wear cloth from the very beginning, since we assumed she’d be a similar weight to K.  As it turned out, she could’ve gone straight into the bumGenius, but I’m still glad we got more.  A friend of mine is a consultant with Lollipop, so we got 20 of their fleece nappies, and I absolutely love them.  They’re a mint green, and the covers are green with white stars – too cute.  This was my first experience with prints, and I can definitely see how they can be so addictive!

Once she outgrew those, I thought we needed just a few more, so I found a lady online who was selling some of her old nappies that were just lightly used.  They’re different brands, with 3 minky (great for naps and overnight!) and then a handful of others that had poppers.  Some are prints and some are solids.  I hadn’t used nappies with poppers before, but I’m sold.  I definitely prefer them to velcro, especially since C can undo velcro very easily.  Partly because of that, I’ve been wanting to try out some Fuzzibunz, and a friend who works for eLeMeNO-PEE just sent me one.  And yes, I’m excited.  Can’t wait to see how it works out on C.

Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide

I just finished reading this book, after a friend recommended it to me, and I have to say that it was well worth the read.  It is not alarmist at all, and is not either pro- or anti-vaccination.  Instead, Romm goes through the risks of each of the diseases for which children in the US are vaccinated, and also the risks and benefits of each individual vaccine.  She also provides nutritional information to help the immune system work efficiently, which is helpful information whether you decide to vaccinate or not, or to selectively vaccinate.  I really appreciated her no-nonsense approach, and would recommend this book for all parents.  After all, we cannot give truly informed consent without knowing all the facts.  While this book looks at the CDC’s schedule, I found it helpful since any vaccine given in England is also given in the US, they just give more in the US.  So one could simply focus on the vaccines given here if they wished.

12 Days of Presents

Starting last year, we decided to extend the presents over the entire 12 days of Christmas.  I wish I could say that this was purely out of making sure we were reminded that it’s still Christmas over the entire 12 days, but that was only part of the reason we started doing that.  For K’s second Christmas, when he was 13 months old, we had all the presents under the tree and he got them all on the Feast of the Nativity, and he was completely overwhelmed.  So I decided that the following year we’d space them out, even if it meant that we just did cookies for some of the days.  Presents from grandparents and other family are included in this, too. It does help us to keep in mind that it’s still Christmas over those days, though, as does going to Mass for each of those days if possible.  While this is only the second year for us to do the presents this way, I like our little tradition.

Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve!  We started out the day by going to Mass, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher was in for the holidays, so he celebrated Mass.  K was happy that he got to see Fr Cassian, too.  We brought the tree in from the garden last night so it could dry off a bit, and we’ll set it up today.  My parents arrive this afternoon, so we’ll wait until then to actually decorate the tree.  Honestly, we’d probably wait until afternoon to decorate anyway.  Besides, that gets us closer to the end of Advent before the tree is up. 😉  I think perhaps we’ll make some popcorn to eat while we decorate the tree, too.  I might also see if I can find A Muppet Christmas Carol for the kids to watch.  I always loved watching that growing up, and K does enjoy the Muppets quite a bit.

Everything else today is just about preparation for tomorrow, really.  How exciting that tomorrow is Christmas!  My heart is filling with joy and excitement thinking about celebrating my Saviour’s birth!  Hopefully I can keep that in my heart as I sort the presents, do some last-minute wrapping, and make dinner.  We’re not trying to go to Midnight Mass with the kids, and will instead go to 8.00 Mass in the morning.  I think that’s a great way to start Christmas.  God bless, and have a happy Christmas!

Knitting Thursday

I’ve not been able to knit much lately.  Between the kids being ill and going to London and cleaning and having family in, it just hasn’t happened.  It seems the few times when I get to sit down and knit, one of the kids ends up needing me.  So I’m still working on C’s tunic dress, and at this point I’m doubtful it’ll be finished before Epiphany, but we’ll see.

I do have lots of yarn now, though, so I’m sure I’ll have lots more projects soon.  My mom brought me a lot of Wildflower DK, which is a nice yarn to use.  In fact, that’s what I’m using for C’s dress.  That yarn came from a sweater set I’d made nearly 10 years ago; it didn’t fit me anymore, so I recycled it.  The yarn still knits up well, though some of it has faded a little.  Sad that the Wildflower DK is being discontinued.