Archive for July, 2009

It’s a big dog party!

July 21, 2009

On Saturday we took Patrick to the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows, a huge canine extravaganza that features breed judging, agility, flyball, Frisbee, and something I’d never seen before: weight pull.  The biggest hit for Patrick was an activity called “Meet the Breed,” where each hour several different breeds were available for petting.  Here he is meeting a smooth collie and a Scottie.





Ferberizing our OPAC*

July 21, 2009

Well, we finally had to give in and go hardcore with the sleep training.  A couple of weeks ago, we went out and bought Richard Ferber’s Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems and Marc Weissbluth’s Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, and implemented the Ferber plan of “progressive waiting.”  Yes, this is the one where you let the kid cry, while trying not to cry yourself.  (My mom assures me that this is a method parents have been using for centuries.  But Dr. Ferber provides a chart.)

And then a miracle occurred.

Patrick has been sleeping, really and truly sleeping, all night long.  He still isn’t too keen on the actual going to bed part (in fact, now he hates not only his crib but his entire room), but he almost always falls sound asleep within ten minutes and often within five.  And when he wakes up at night, he can settle himself down without parental intervention.  You cannot imagine what a difference this has made.  (Well, unless you’ve gone through this yourself, which I know a lot of people have.)

*Outstanding, Perfectly Adorable Child.  You librarians get the joke, right?  Catalogers??

Retreat, retreat!

July 20, 2009

Good grief, I’ve been neglecting the blog for so long that I’m lucky I remembered the password.  Sorry about that.

Over Fourth of July weekend, we attended couple of days of a weeklong annual retreat held by a group of long-time Bennett family friends.  It was a lot of fun, much like a big family reunion, and I enjoyed meeting people I’ve been hearing about for years, as well as showing off Patrick to a very appreciative audience.

The retreat was held at a tennis ranch (I say that as if it’s a common term, but I’d never heard of such a thing before), which made Patrick happy because there were tennis balls everywhere.