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.
It was December 6, 2009 when Susan Cox Powell was last seen alive. She had attended church with her two young children and was last seen when her neighbor left her house that evening around 5:00 PM. The next day she did not make it to work and the boys did not attend daycare. When Susan and Josh did not answer the phone the next day, family members called the police to report them missing. Fearing the family had been victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, the responding officers kicked in the door to their home only to find no one was there. Susan's wallet and identification were left behind and there were two box fans blowing on a newly cleaned couch.
Baby boy, you are simply perfect. In one short month you will be three years old, and I'm not quite sure where the time has gone. It feels like just yesterday I was in the hospital anxiously awaiting your arrival. You drive me absolutely crazy most days, but you are, by far, my best friend. I want you to know that even on our worst days, I love you so much more.