Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
However, it is even better when there is also another MSM source which shows that the birth control pill has become less effective. Apparently, the smaller dose of hormones required to diminish the hazardous side effects (blood clots, breast cancer, and the like) has caused an increase in the failure rate. I hope to still be teaching NFP when our chart of effectiveness shows that the birth control pill is 98% effective and STM is 99% effective.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
After Maria upgraded to a toddler bed, she became my responsibility at night. The toddler bed was against my side of the bed so I had the responsibility for enforcing the night-time rules. For a while she was allowed in bed whenever and I put her back in her bed when she fell asleep. Then we moved to a time limit, where she had to stay in her bed (or be put back in her bed) before three a.m. Afterwards she would snuggle up with me until she fell asleep and I put her back in her bed.
Currently she stays in her bed except for a few nights a month so things are pretty loose. Although if she is a squirm-a-saurus, I put her back in her bed pronto. If she is still fussy, I sleep with my hand hanging off my bed and holding her hand.
However, Maria was primarily bottle-fed due to milk supply issues so I have no idea how to handle Amelia's transition. I found this transition to be the most difficult part of cosleeping and the least discussed in the literature. I hope this blog can remedy that situation for others.
While her main point is loving and kind, I am interested in pursuing two of her incidental points. For example, she mentions her husband's ability to sleep through the various gyrations of breastfeeding and crawling toddlers. I am overjoyed to find out that I am not alone in the "sleep of the dead" category. I just recently earned a rebuke from Jen for not adjusting the thermostat when she was cold and asked me. But I was in the temperature zone and so tired!
A second incidental point is that her nursing child is "spoiled" because he nurses on and off throughout the night. I think she mentions it mostly in jest, but I have difficulty telling such things in an on-line format. Research indicates that the woman's body is more sensitive to prolactin at night, therefore milk is produced more easily. Also, babies have small stomachs so it is natural that they eat more frequently. Why then this stigma over spoiling a child when physiology seems to dictate this pattern?
I guess I'm one of those "political" people she mentions, since I believe cosleeping should be the norm in the U.S. as it is the norm in so many other countries and cultures. However, maybe I'm just remembering the comfort of those many nights as a child when my parents let me sleep in a sleeping bag on their floor. I think all children deserve that comfort, especially the comfort of a comatose father snoring away.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
In the hustle and bustle of family life, it's good to remember that charity begets charity and the best gift is your time. When the budget gets tight, consider giving a bit of your time through cooking, baking, babysitting, or tech support. My friends and family have, and I am eternally grateful.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The polygamists are all given a chance to speak their views with the narrator as the representative of normalcy. It would be nice if normal people could host prime time news programs on national television.
Friday, February 9, 2007
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING CLASSES
One of the BEST things you will ever do for your marriage!
- NFP is NOT the Rhythm Method
- NFP works with irregular cycles
- NFP can help less-fertile couples achieve pregnancy
- NFP teaches how breastfeeding naturally spaces babies
- NFP builds better marriages
- NFP is morally acceptable
- NFP is inexpensive
- NFP is safe
- NFP is healthy
- NFP is effective
- NFP puts God in the picture
Have you heard the good news? Natural Family Planning is the Church-approved method of fertility awareness and child spacing, but wait, the news gets better. Your marriage can be stronger, happier, healthier and holier than you ever imagined! You owe it to your marriage to check this out.
All classes will be held at Corpus Christi Parish from 7:00-9:00 pm. A class series consists of four classes, spaced one month apart. The registration fee is $75 per couple. All materials needed to learn the method are provided.
Wednesday Night Schedule
March 21, 2007
May 16, 2007
June 20, 2007
Saturday, February 3, 2007
NFP: Best Kept Secret of the Catholic Church
Thursday, February 1, 2007
So, co-sleeping tip #1: Glo-Worm is the most useful children's toy ever.
I keep a Glo-Worm on my bedside table and Jen keeps a glowing Winnie the Pooh on hers. They are very bright and are timed to shut off after ten seconds or so. These make the perfect flashlight when trying to find a missing pillow or sleep mask or to comfort Maria in her toddler bed which is next to our bed.
Me: "Daddy's gonna get you."
Me, as I catch up and touch her: "Daddy got you!"
Maria: "No, daddy not get me anymore."
Me: "Oh, okay Maria. Gotcha."