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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Baby's Ears Bounce Back!

Confessions of an Old Boston Bull Dog Mother:
If you remember back to a previous post, I mentioned taping Pablo's puppy ears upright because the tips flipped over backwards. I read that sometimes this is necessary to help them develop. Well, it wasn't. After 3 days he'd chewed them all off and I decided to forget it. I thought his backward tipped ears were cute and left them. And then suddenly, just a few days ago, I noticed his ears no longer tipped back at the top. On their own they straightened upright. So there you have it. At 4 months, while teething, they flip back and at five months, straighten upright. A waste of tape I dare say. At least I only taped them for 3 days.
And doesn't my boy look handsome with his big-boy ears? He and his brother Fernando are so excitable. They sing together all of the time and terrify the neighborhood. Pablo will start this high pitched bark and Fernando then starts this mournful high-pitched howl along with him and they'll sing for hours! People living over a block away thought is was a woman screaming. They sound like wild banshees. Also, Pablo is lean and spry--can and will climb anything! He is a little ape.

Confessions of a Dance Fitness Instructor:
Treating my aching legs with my sister's advice. I have upped calcium by drinking the calcium orange juice and taking those chocolate chew supplements. Also, have switched to only wearing my 5 Finger Vibrams unless I am dancing (so-long stylish, cool boots). When I dance, I've gone back to wearing my professional dancing sneakers only. My ankle can occasionally go over in them but they save my knees and thighs from constant pain.
Went to a show last night: A Separation. An Iranian film. Very well done. Disturbing but it felt like a glimpse into a foreign culture. I teach many Iranian students Zumba so it was interesting for me to visit Iran virtually (in a way).

Confessions of a Canadian Mom:
I used to be the Queen of weekends. Always had a major plan--a wilderness hike or trip lined up. This year I am the weekend flop. I teach Zumba Sundays now and Saturdays I like to rest my legs (the only day I get all week). This has left me rather bored on weekends. My children are busy often too--at sleepovers, play dates, parties. But today, I want to do something interesting. I'd love to drive down to Keremeoes for a hike in the mountains and a visit to the old mill. I love that area because of its contrasts in beauty: the rolling Okanagan dry, Ponderosa Pine covered mountains meet the high, Craggie alpine mountains. So very beautiful. Also, it is the location of the only horse/foot trail linking the rest of Canada with the BC interior and the coast for hundreds of years before there were any railroads and roads--a lot of wild west history there. You'll know what I decide--next blog!

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