We have secretly replaced Mo's milk with Folger's crystals..

Reply Tue 7 Dec, 2004 06:38 pm
We just suffered our first injury of the day. I knew we wouldn't escape without something. Luckily no broken bones or anything scaring.

But letting your child build a banjo out of rubber bands stretched across the coffee table legs is a bad idea.

Still, it is cool enough to anticipate showing it to the pizza man.

You know, 4:30 really seems like a reasonable bedtime.
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Reply Tue 7 Dec, 2004 07:57 pm

One advantage of nursery school is a big-big room of rainy day toys and other little creative thugs to play with.

You wouldn't be rejecting him--you'd be presenting him with a peer group to practice building the first earth-moon catapult.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 07:50 am
... and you'd have time to work uninterrupted. A half day program might fit the bill for both of you.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 08:22 am
One thing I have done, GRANTED, she-wolf pup is NO where NEAR 2.. but, I have taken a room of my house and emptied it of ALL furniture and filled it with toys. she can crawl freely and i can sit ( like I am doing now) in the corner and just watch. So many things for her to do that even while she is awake I am making time for myself. I have the phone cord under the door so I can use my lap top for a few mintues and I dont have to stare at 4 white walls while pup is playing.
Is something like this a possibility for you? Can you designate a space for Mo that can include a 'secret corner' for you? That way you can watch mo but dont have to fret over Mo.
(( Or if you truly want to run away.. I will meet you at the airport.. Austin international airport.. Ill be there... Laughing ))
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 08:46 am
From an album by local (childrens music) artist Joe McDermott on what kind of a pet to buy :wink: :

Get yourself a baby kangaroo!
'Cause you know what a kangaroo can do:
They bounce and bounce and bounce and bounce
And bounce and bounce and bounce and bounce
(And when you get tired of the bouncin'?)
They will bounce!

Not really helpful advice, I know, but we've been there, too.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 09:09 am
I'm considering preschool but I'm just can't quite decide if it is the right thing, right now.

Austin! Most of my family lives in Austin and I do get there every once in a while, shewolf. Great city.

Mo has a very cool playroom (it used to be my office, which now takes up a tiny corner that used to be a closet) but he is not really one to play with toys -- unless they're balls -- and we're hitting them with something or throwing them at something or trying to balance something on them or something. Calvinball. Golccer. Basebolf.

Hi DrewDad, I'm thinking I already have a baby kangaroo! That trampoline idea is sounding better and better.

Today is off to a much better start. The mania seems to have resolved itself a bit.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 09:38 am
does wonders for the nerves.
Does wonders for childrens nerves too. ;-)
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 10:01 am
You already know my take on preschool, but part of why I'm so PO'ed about this most recent bout of illness is that she can't go, and so goes straight from pitiful lump to bored cooped-up kiddo. I'm downright quaking in my boots at the fact that her last day before break is the 10th -- she's not going today (better, marginally, but still in bad shape), and I'm very, very fixated on getting her well enough to go on Friday before the wasteland of three weeks without.

Some cooped-up-kid remedies (and that's what we call this mood):

- Blow up some balloons, play soccer, toss 'em, whap 'em back and forth, etc. If you have a room without too delicate of delicates, balloons usually are harmless enough

- Mall play area (they all seem to have one these days, for some reason marginally less germ-factory-ish than Children's Museum -- totally know what you mean about that.)

- Getting waterproof (mom, anyway), and going out to slosh in the rain and mud (if health isn't an issue anyway).

- Play indoor chase (depends on layout of house somewhat)

- Dance party (you've talked about doing this one, I think.) Helps if he has a favorite CD/ video. Put it on (I prefer videos so I can see what's going on -- Wiggles are OK for this, though I've finally gotten sick of them) and dance up a storm.

- Trampoline

This is what sozlet has (NO, it's not a picture of her)


Imaginarium Nursery Trampoline

(Out of stock right now :-/)

I bought the Jump-o-lene when she was 2 or so, liked the safety walls, but it sprung a leak really quickly:


The reviews for the trampoline I got (which I'm REALLY happy with) indicated that a regular grown-up trampoline like this might be a better idea, but they're much more expensive, and also lack safety features like the padded handle bar:



(After reading the reviews for that one thinking of getting one for myself! Mother-and-daughter bouncing. Hmm.)

Last, about the hug therapy, it's not so much hug like snuggle but hug like swaddle.

When Grandin was eighteen years old she was inspired by a cattle squeeze chute to develop her own pressure relief for autistic people called the "hug machine."  She actually got in the cattle chute to help her visually and physically observe how she could better configure this chute for both animals and humans.  She said within five seconds of being in the squeeze she felt a wave of relaxation and thirty minutes later when she got out of it she had felt all her anxieties disappear and felt a calmness she had never experienced before.  After years of adjustments, Grandin had finally successfully completed the "hug box" to how she anticipated it being.  This box created a deep pressure stimulation evenly across the lateral parts of the body and was able to increase or decrease the amounts of pressure the individual desired (Edelson, 1996).  Grandin's hug box is now widely used as a therapy method to help an autistic child's sensory problems.  Research has been done on her squeeze machine and significant results have been shown that children who use it for at least five minutes a day were significantly calmer and could produce better motor responses than those children who did not use the squeeze machine (Grandin, Thinking In Pictures).


I have read articles in which holding therapy is spoken of in the same breath as Temple Grandin's squeeze machine. To me this seems baffling. The whole point of the squeeze machine is that it allows a person with autism to explore touch and deep pressure in a way which is completely under their control. Grandin writes:

    Being able to control the devise is very important. I had to be able to stop the stimulation when it became too intense. When people hugged me, I stiffened and pulled away to avoid the all-engulfing tidal wave of stimulation . . . Lately there has been a lot of publicity about holding therapy, where an autistic child is forcibly held and hugged until he stops resisting. If this had been done to me, I would have found it highly aversive and stressful.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 10:38 am
For those parents that don't know:

Balloons (uninflated) are the number one dangerous toy for young children. Do not allow young children to play with uninflated balloons, and make sure to monitor and pick up pieces of broken balloons if they play with inflated balloons.

They are a choking hazard, and are extremely difficult to dislodge.

Anyone want this soapbox now that I'm done with it?
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 10:46 am
I wish our little trampoline had a handle bar -- but it was only 20 bucks at wal-mart so I guess I can't be too picky. The little ones love it when they aren't pushing each other off of it.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 12:45 pm
I don't think it's a coincidence that it was raining when Little Mo went a little wild. From my days as a teacher (including pre-school), I can tell you that kids react that way when the barometric pressure is low. They start when the front is approaching and don't really settle down until the high pressure returns.

A little weather induced temporary insanity. The best thing to do is to be calm yourself. I know, easier said than done, but necessary. The swaddling things may not be a bad idea as long as you don't have to wrestle with him. That could be unpleasant. I'm thinking more of snuggling than straightjacketing.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 01:09 pm
I'd recommend exercise above all else, however that's best arranged.

Interesting point about barometric pressure!
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 01:22 pm
Some countries' weather channels have special notices about dropping barometric pressure - for people that get weather rebound headaches and migraines - and perhaps (?) extra bounciness.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 02:11 pm
I couldn't locate my bit of poetic wisdom because I had the author wrong. Eugene Field is responsible for this p-o-m-e, not James Whitcombe Riley.

Father calls me William, sister calls me Will,
Mother calls me Willie, but the fellers call me Bill!
Mighty glad I ain't a girl -- ruther be a boy,
Without them sashes, curls an' things that's worn by Fauntleroy!

Love to chawnk green apples an' go swimmin' in the lake. --
Hate to take the castor-ile they give for belly-ache!
'Most all the time, the whole year round, there ain't no flies on me,
But jest 'fore Christmas I'm as good as I kin be!

Got a yeller dog named Sport, sick him on the cat;
First thing she knows she doesn't know where she is at!
Got a clipper sled, an' when us kids goes out to slide,
'Long comes the grocery cart, an' we all hook a ride!

But sometimes when the grocery man is worrited an' cross,
He reaches at us with his whip, an' larrups up his hoss,
An' than I laff an' holler, "Oh, ye never teched me!"
But jest 'fore Christmas I'm as good as I kin be!

Gran'ma says she hopes that when I git to be a man,
I'll be a missionarer like her oldest brother, Dan,
As was et up by the cannibuls that lives in Ceylon's Isle,
Where every prospeck pleases, an' only man is vile!

But gran'ma she has never been to see a Wild West show,
Nor read the Life of Daniel Boone, or else I guess she'd know
That Buff'lo Bill an' cow-boys is good enough for me!
Excep' jest 'fore Christmas, when I'm good as I kin be!

And then old Sport he hangs around, so solemn-like an' still
His eyes they seem a-sayin': "What's the matter, little Bill?"
The old cat sneaks down off her perch an' wonders what's become
Of them two enemies of hern that used to make things hum!

But I am so perlite an' 'tend so earnestly to biz,
That mother says to father: "How improved our Willie is!"
But father, havin' been a boy hisself, suspicions me
When jest 'fore Christmas, I'm as good as I kin be!

For Christmas, with its lots an' lots of candles, cakes an' toys,
Was made, they say, for proper kids an' not for naughty boys;
So wash yer face an' bresh yer hair, an' mind yer p's and q's,
An' don't bust out yer pantaloons, and don't wear out yer shoes;

Say "Yessum" to the ladies, an' "Yessur" to the men,
And when they's company, don't pass yer plate for pie again;
But, thinkin' of the things yer'd like to see upon that tree,
Jes 'fore Christmas be as good as yer kin be!


Have you tried Story Time exploiting literature as a calming device?

You're local library is a great place to start.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 06:29 pm
Noddy - great poem!
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 08:08 pm
That IS a great poem. Perhaps if I started reciting it daily I would have an angel next December. Or I might be buying stock in coal!

Story time would be an interesting idea and I should give it a try. The library and the bookstore near my home both have story times. Mo and I read a lot and I hope we haven't fallen into habits that would make him disruptive. We tend to digress into our own stories as he prefers stories that feature us instead of anyone else.

That is very interesting about barometric pressure, Swimpy.

In Oregon it rains almost every day this time of year but just this morning the paper reported that a huge front started moving in yesterday! You could be very well right about weather induced insanity.

And then eBeth brings up headaches. I have occular migranes and I had woken up about 1 AM the night before with an insane one that kept me up (well, down, but awake) for several hours. Even as late as that morning I had vision disturbances. Do you suppose occular migranes could result from such things too?

I am going to start paying WAY more attention to the weather report!
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 08:17 pm
Aw, poor Boomer! I hate when bads days coincide.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 08:53 pm
Boomerang, you lil Mo sounds just like my boys. There are days that I wanted to run away, literally. But I'd just have to take the whole family with me, so what would be the point.

I understand fully about 10 pound hammers, furniture missing the legs..etc. Nothing surprises me anymore. When my oldest was around 4, I put my feet up on the coffee table one afternoon to find that it wouldn't sit up straight. Finally, curiousity got the best of me and I pushed it, it fell off the legs. Well...I know, where was I when he took the screws out? I was sitting right there, watching him. Why? What could a 4 year old do with a rachet?

Two years ago, I landscaped my front yard. Hauled in chips, had these big cedar wedges cut for steps to a sidewalk. Put out these beautiful lights down the sides of it. Planted flowers, shrubs, tiki lights around the flower beds, etc. Worked hard. Slowly, I noticed my shavings missing, my steps to my sidewalk were falling apart.....the tiki lights disapeared. The lil buggers were hauling off my shavings in thier dump trucks they played with, the tiki lights went for post in a fort, the beat my steps apart with a pick axe.......the flowers were dug up with thier John Deere Tractors....etc. I throwed my hands up and declared that I would never work on my yard again, till they were out of the house!

But, I'm lucky...I have a large yard, with no through traffic to worry about, and on pretty days, I send them out into the jungle they have created. Matter of fact, here in about 2 years from now, the hole that they dug in my front yard with thier tractors...I should have a small pond. In the summer time, they fill it with water and play in it. I'm thinking by the time they leave for college it should be big enough to put a nice dock on it...and have some fish. LOL

But seriously, the best thing I found for my boys is chores. They don't have to be serious chores. I have them gather the trash. Give them a dusting cloth and have him them clean anything. I've put them in the bathtub with a wash clothe a bottle of "cleaner"..(water) and had them scrub. Folding clothes...anything. But not an all day event. But it sure worked if nothing else did.

And if all else fails...... BENEDRYL (just kidding :wink: )
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 08:59 pm
google says : Results 1 - 10 of about 87,600 for migraines + weather

including webmd offering :
"The one constant in weather-triggered migraines is change," Bigal says in a news release. "We're realizing more and more that change -- or fluctuation -- is a major factor in migraine triggers, whether it's change in sleep patterns, estrogen levels, or weather."

Different kinds of weather change affected different patients:

* 34% were sensitive to a change in temperature or humidity.
* 14% were sensitive to a changing weather pattern.
* 13% were sensitive to extremes of and/or a change in barometric
* 10% were sensitive to more than one type of weather change.

What's going on?

"The brains of migraine sufferers are extremely sensitive, and stimulation that has no effect on most people can trigger migraines in those prone to them," Bigal says.


An approaching storm may prompt many to reach for an umbrella, but for migraine sufferers, those clouds may mean it's time to reach for a bottle of aspirin.

Storm fronts, and the barometric pressure changes that go along with them, have long been associated with migraine headaches, though it's not clearly understood why. In fact, migraines themselves, though clearly prevalent, are not fully understood by doctors.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, migraine headaches appear to be linked in part to changes in levels of the chemical serotonin in the body. When serotonin levels are high, blood vessels constrict. But when they are low, blood vessels may swell, and that swelling may cause migraine pain.

Some speculate that barometric pressure changes may contribute to the blood vessel swelling and explain why many people report migraines with changes in both weather or altitude.
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2004 09:01 pm
Hi makesmeshiver!

A good laugh can cure a lot and I'm feeling pretty cured after reading that!

But still I'm thinking uh oh....

We started a big gardening project last fall to be planted in the spring....

Mo's getting a big John Deere tractor/car thingy for his birthday next month.....

Maybe I should aim for a swimming pool?
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