28 October 2009

So you think you can dance?

Well, I think I can. However, I KNOW that I can't. I like to dance, I really do. I just try not to do it in public very often. Once upon a time I had no problem dancing in public if I was intoxicated, however, since I don't drink anymore, dancing in public has pretty much ceased. I do sometimes dance at home though . ..

Why do I not dance? Because I have no rhythm. Thomas also has no rhythm. At all. I always wondered why some people had rhythm and others didn't. Well, when I received one of my baby online newsletters in the email today, there was an interesting article that has satisfied my curiousity as to why I can't dance.

And it makes sense to me. I have never seen either of my parents dance, well, I've seen Dad slow dance at my wedding, but that's slow dancing - anyone can do that!

So here's the answer to my rhythmlessness from OU Medical Center's Baby Infancy Newsletter:

"Bounce to the beat

Bouncing your 7-month-old on your knee while singing a song or nursery rhyme is a sure way to elicit giggles and grins. It also happens to be how babies learn to dance to the beat for the rest of their lives. Researchers have found that musical rhythm awareness-the ability to hear a beat and move in time with it-develops during the first year of life. One study of a group of 7-month-old babies focused on how movement affects this type of development. The babies chose to listen longer to songs with rhythms that matched the beats they had been bounced to in the past. This and other studies show that there is a connection between our ability to hear rhythms and to move our bodies in time to them. In the first year of life, learning to use both senses together is a key lesson. As with other forms of play, a baby's delight and glee in being gently bounced to a song or rhyme tells us that it's healthy for his development."

Mom and Dad will just have to affirm or deny whether this is true in retrospect.

21 October 2009

Too Small for Insurance Article

This would have been me (I wasn't even on the growth chart even though I was healthy), and would be Sophie if we didn't have Tricare (she's in the 3rd-5th percentile for weight). This really just adds more reasons to my long list of why I hate insurance - any kind of insurance. They are evil, beauocratic BUSINESSES that do not care about the patient. They have no medical expertise of any kind, they are not run by doctors, they don't see the patients and they are trained in business, not medicine. They are out to make money and they have no ethics. This is just another example in print of why they are so evil. (Down with Hilary Clinton who started this whole mess!!)

Too small for insurance

From: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_hl951
Wed Oct 21, 7:44 pm ET

Embattled health insurance companies are taking a page from Goldlilocks. Last week, a 4-month-old child was denied insurance for being too heavy (the company has since changed its mind). Now the Web is buzzing about a toddler who was denied coverage for being too small.
On Wednesday morning, "The Today Show" covered the story of 2-year-old Aislin Bates. Though she weighs just 22 pounds (in the third percentile range for kids her age), her doctor has described her as being perfectly healthy, never having been sick with anything more than a cold. Still, United HealthCare didn't buy it, saying that the child didn't meet height and weight standards. So, no insurance for Aislin.
The story has inspired a slew of searches. After the segment aired on NBC, queries on young Aislin surged from zilch into triple digits. United HealthCare is wisely responding to what could be a PR crisis. In an article from Denver's ABC affiliate, a company spokesperson for United HealthCare said the company's height and weight requirements "are based on several medical sources, including the Centers for Disease Control, and are well within industry standards."
Still, Aislin's case, as well as the previous incident of the obese 4-month-old, have highlighted the difficulties some parents face when trying to get coverage for their children. Aislin's father Rob was quoted as saying that even though he doesn't support universal health care, this battle over insuring his daughter has made him want insurance companies to have more "legitimate reasons for denying coverage."
NBC medical expert Dr. Nancy Snyderman, who appeared with the Bates family, was more pointed in her criticism: “This is just so bogus. A pre-existing condition for a child this age is birth, let’s be real..... This is why things have to change."

13 October 2009

We got a house!

In June of this year, Mike and I decided to get on the housing waiting list on base. This list can get pretty long sometimes, depending on various variables. The base is in the process, through Balfour Beatty Housing Communities, building new houses on base. Of course they promised us a new house, but I knew that might not come to fruition. Which didnt' really matter to me, because the other houses on base are really nice as well.

Our lease is up on our apartment Nov 30th, so I had been in contact with the housing office numerous times to follow up on getting a house before our lease is up (because they had assured us that we would get a house by then).

Anyway, about two weeks ago, on a Friday, I had looked online at the housing list, and it had us listed as last on the list. We were frustrated by this because the housing office had already lost our application once and we should have been higher up on the list. Mike called the office but got their voice mail.

I thought for sure that the office was supposed to be open until 1700 (it was only 1640), so I called them again a few minutes. Sure enough, I got someone on the line. I simply asked them about why we were last on the list after supposedly being on the list since June, and she put me on hold twice, and then asked if she could call me right back. I wanted to be really nice and not be frustrated (like I was feeling), so I agreed. She called me back within two minutes and said that she had a house for us! I asked Mike immediately and he agreed so we agreed to take the house!

The lady emailed me the agreement letter as well as a copy of the floor plan with instructions to bring the agreement letter in on Monday. We also set up an appointment to get our lease signed for the following Friday.

That Friday has come and gone and we have gone in and gotten our lease signed! Yay! It's a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath 2 story townhome, with a fenced in backyard and a car port. And it has hook-ups for a washer and dryer (which we calculated last night will saved $480 a year on laundry! Or you could look at it like the washer/dryer will pay for themselves within a certain amount of time, depending on how much we spend on them (new vs used, etc) ). And just down the street is a playground where I can Sophie next spring and summer to play and there are walking trails and all the wonderful things that come with being on base.

I can't post any pics at the current time because there are some residents still living there right now. So I have to wait until Oct 28th when we get our keys and do our walk through! That is scheduled for 0900 in the morning and I'm so excited about it!

I have also been making all kinds of plans for painting and have already gotten the necessary paperwork approved with the housing office for that. (They were really surprised I already had the form and had it filled out and signed!) I haven't looked at any paints or compared prices yet, but that is on my to-do list for this week (provided Sophie's cold goes away). I'm planning on painting for at least a week (I figure it will take that long doing it byself or with only one person helping) to do all the painting that I want to do.

We'll have to get lots of baby gates because there are stairs, so we'll have to be really careful with Sophie and the new baby around the stairs.

I can't wait to be all settled in and have everyone over for a big dinner night! :D

The Lord Provides!

I was cleaning my desk last night in preparation of moving (more on that in another post), and I came across a flyer for baby preparedness from the Tinker Air Force Base Air Force Aid Society. Inside were a few neat little lists such as "what to bring to the hospital for the baby" "what to . .. for mom", etc.

There was also an "Estimated Costs for your Bundle of Joy" list with prices. Of the 38 listings, 4 Mike and I did not need/use/want, and 4 we bought ourselves. The rest was all provided for us from the Lord through family and friends!! I know that Marilyn has a very similar story as well. What a testimony to the Glory of God! :D

I have written before how the Lord provided so much for us for Sophie, but He never ceases to amaze me at His bountiful goodness and mercy! :D He is so faithful! How any Christian can say that they don't want a/more child/ren because they can't afford it is beyond me. Where is the faith?? The Lord is such an awesome Provider!

01 October 2009

Crime and Punishment

I think that this story is an excellent example of crime and punishment the way it should be: the punishment fit the crime (well not actually, the guy legally could have gone to jail). However, the punished accepted his punishment, did not retalliate (i.e. sue or press for counter action) and moved on, having learned his lesson. If only more young Americans could face up to what they are responsible for and show accountability.

Here's the story from: http://www.military.com/news/article/flag-burner-pilloried-by-veterans.html?wh=wh&ESRC=airforce-a.nl

Flag Burner Pilloried by Veterans
September 28, 2009Times Union, Albany, N.Y.

VALLEY FALLS, N.Y. -- This is a red, white and blue village that is still seeing red after a flag that flew over Iraq was burned by a 21-year-old.
The payback? He was publicly humiliated last Sunday by being duct-taped to the flagpole of Veterans of Foreign War 1938 say he desecrated Sept. 18.
Nick Normile, post commander and Vietnam War veteran, said he's been flooded with calls from media outlets since the events of last week received attention from local TV stations and newspapers. He's been asked to go live on a veterans radio show program from Tennessee, another radio show from Chicago and even received a call from NBC studios in New York City.
But Normile said he's not planning to let the story get any more attention and has declined appearances.
"I'm not trying to be some martyr or hero," Normile said. "I just did what I thought was right."
The 21-year-old appeared intoxicated when he entered the VFW post on the day of the alleged act, Normile said. When the man was refused service for not having a proper ID, he ran out in a fit of anger. He cut the rope of the flag, which had once flown over troops in Iraq, and ignited it with a cigarette lighter.
Two days later, Normile said the man was forced to sit in the sun pilloried for six hours as townspeople gathered across the street for a youth soccer picnic. A sign was hung around his neck detailing what he had done. It recalled the Middle Ages punishment, subjecting him to public humiliation and scorn.
"He'll never disrespect the flag again, I can tell you that," Normile said on Friday.
A week later villagers were hush-hush about the event, but patrons of the post bar gave a nod of agreement to the punishment, pointing proudly to a newspaper clipping of the event on a bulletin board.
Patriotism is on open display in this village of about 500, the walls of a defunct railroad bridge near it's entrance now brightly colored red, white and blue. Most of the historical homes have American flags of their own hanging from porches, some also adorned with the Don't Tread on Me flag, popular with Tea Party activists.
Normile said once he found out what the man had done, he knew he had to be taught a lesson. Normile said he went out hunting for him, but when he couldn't find him at his apartment, he sought the help of the man's uncle to bring him out.
"He manned up, he knew he had punishment coming, " said Normile, who described the young man he refused to identify as guilty and ashamed.
"I told him to think about those kids in the foxhole, and how they had no one to set them free, " Normile said. "It got to him, so I was satisfied. He showed a lot of remorse, no attitude."
Normile said the flag, whose pieces will be retired in a formal ceremony, had significant meaning. The villages auxiliary had been sending toiletries and other goods to Soldiers in Iraq, who then sent back the flag that had flown over their bunker. It was received with great attention and a ceremony.
State troopers and Rensselaer County sheriffs deputies said no charges had been filed by either the VFW post or the man.
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