It felt strange. A few days before the 3rd anniversary of my best friend's disappearance, I was working at one of the local grocery stores when I swear I saw her in the same aisle. Quickly I ran after her, but on a Saturday, that store was extremely busy. By the time I got to the end of the aisle, I couldn't find her. My heart was racing, I was losing my breath and it felt like I had just lost her all over again. Looking around frantically, I realized that everyone was staring at me, so I took off towards the break room. I couldn't believe what I had just witnessed. Was that really Sarah? She's been missing for so long, we'd all pretty much lost hope of ever finding her, but clung to the idea that finding her body would be better than the unknown. For so long we've searched for her, we've had lead upon lead turn up a dead end, and her family and friends had all spent hours searching the nearby woods looking for this beautiful, vibrant teenager.
After having our oldest via C-section, I thought I was prepared and ready for everything that was about to come. We had a scheduled C-section for May 6, three days before his due date. Everything during the pregnancy was going perfect, until 33 weeks. I started having contractions around 2 PM and they started becoming more uncomfortable, and I was able to time them. When they became five minutes apart for more than an hour, we decided to head into the hospital to try to stop them. I was in there for two hours when they finally stopped. I needed two shots to stop them and a LOT of water.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I am not a sleep professional. I have two children who both slept "through the night" (defined as a six hour stretch) by the time they were eight weeks old.
We all know that, in recent years, more and more kids are getting diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, and Opposition Defiance Disorder. Why are more people being diagnosed with these disorders than in previous years? My three year old has not been diagnosed with any of these and behavior issues are sometimes as a result of the growing brain, but I thought, "Could the foods I'm feeding him be causing these issues?" I did a little bit of research and came up with, yes; sugar, artificial dyes, and flavors can be causing my child to act out, disobey, and simply not listen. They can also cause insomnia and a resistance to bed time. While many children resist bed time, most children don't take two or more hours to fall asleep, and that is not normal.
In August of 1989, Rosa Glover took her 19 month old son, Shane Walker, to a playground in Harlem near the Martin Luther King Jr. Towers housing projects where they lived. She sat on a park bench while Shane played. Two kids then came over asking if they could play with him, which she thought was weird because they were 5 and 10 years old, quite a bit older than Shane was. She let them play together when a man came up and sat on the bench with her. Immersed in conversation, Rosa took her eyes off Shane for only a couple minutes. When she turned back around, she did not see him anywhere. She searched frantically for him in that park as well as a nearby park, but could not find him anywhere. When she returned to the park he disappeared from, she saw the two children he was playing with, but they said they had no idea where he was. When police came and spoke with other witnesses, they said they were looking for an African American man about 19-24 years old wearing a yellow shirt and acid-washed jeans.