My daughter was four months old when the doctor finally stopped saying, “It’s normal at this age.” By the time her glasses came in, I had to pick them up and then immediately run to a couple of other appointments. This video makes me wish with all my heart that I had thought to do something like this.
I put her glasses on at the doctor’s office, then immediately loaded her up to go to my first appointment. She didn’t get a moment to experience seeing me, and I didn’t get to see her recognize me. At the appointment, I was holding her and talking, when the lady across from me said, “You know, she hasn’t taken her eyes off of you.”
I responded, “Well, she’s never seen me before,” and burst into tears. And then I couldn’t see to tell you what my daughter’s response was.
I hope seeing me made her smile, but I feel awful that, if it did, I wasn’t smiling back, encouraging her. Mommy-guilt.
So that is over now. You won't miss your next opportunity to encourage her, will you? So forgive yourself and move on. You are still a good mama.
Yes - water under the bridge. ..you still have that moment in your heart forever - and it's precious!
 February 2, 2015 at 3:20pm
I wondered the same thing when flying with my baby several years ago. I was told I had to take my son out of a similar carrier for take-off and landing, too. It still makes no sense to me whatsoever. But I asked why, told them it didn’t make sense to me, and complied.
 January 16, 2015 at 10:28pm
We got bedbugs a couple of years ago, and it was horrible. At first, I didn’t know what it was that kept biting me. Showering, cleaning, vacuuming, steam cleaning; nothing would stop them. Bedbugs can go without feeding for 3 months and remain active, and can hibernate for a year without feeding if the weather is just right. Being nocturnal, they tend to hide out in dark places. They can slip into very small cracks and gaps in the walls and furniture. They also love it inside electronic devices.
They feed only on blood, so food in your bedroom makes no difference whatsoever to them. And you can shower before bed and they will still find you. Insect repellent doesn’t deter them at all, and neither do disinfectants.
I had two teenage boys, one with serious hygiene issues, that never were afflicted with bites. So apparently, that doesn’t attract the bugs, either.
I read that diatomaceous earth (I can’t remember if that is the right spelling) will dry them out, and someone told me they had had success with a product “as seen on TV” called FabriClear. I bought both at the same time, so I don’t know which did the trick, but we finally got rid of them. We never had testing to prove that they were gone, but we have now gone for more than two years without bites.
Absolutely correct. You can buy DE at Home Depot or a hardware store. Make sure it is "Food grade" or "Bed Bug Dust" - the pool grade stuff is not meant for your bedrooms. Much simpler and cheaper than an exterminator or expensive chemicals found on the internet.
diatomaceous earth scratches there exoskeleton and that's how they dry out it supposed to work on flea infestations not on the pets but on the floor
Pushfoot, when I was a young boy, we lived in coal mining camps in Ky. When we moved into a new house the first thing my mother did was scrub the walls and floor with lye water. Then she would paint the walls and we never had a problem with bed bugs. Keep clothes up off the floor and watch what you bring into your house. This may not keep you from getting bed bugs but at least your house will be clean.
 January 16, 2015 at 10:05pm
“On sale next year” could mean they are planning for it to have deep discounts next year. I agree with you. (And “on sell” should mean the Blaze is looking for proofreaders/editors.)
January 2, 2015 at 2:18pm
It’s actually the SECOND mouse gets the cheese, if that helps any.
 November 30, 2014 at 10:59am
My name, my nickname, my middle name, my daughter’s first name and her nickname all came up as liberal. But my husband (the proud Dem) and my sons have purely conservative names, and my daughter’s middle name (which is more typically a male name) came up conservative as well.
 November 7, 2014 at 12:05am
Mexico released him last week, though, not after the election.
 October 30, 2014 at 11:10pm
Suppose folks just call him “yellow”?
 October 30, 2014 at 10:21pm
It’s okay, though, because you can just rebuild on top of it until one doesn’t sink.
I just want to… sing!
 October 16, 2014 at 12:32am
Rodriguez, the moderator says that the rules he has been shown say that there should be no fan. He doesn’t say that the rules don’t mention a fan, but that they specify that there should be none. He says that Crist has asked to be allowed a fan (doesn’t say that permission was granted, but I suspect that Rodriguez himself gave it,) and then says, “Somehow there is a fan there…”
Doesn’t the job of moderator include rule enforcement? If he gave permission without reviewing the rules, then say, “I have made a mistake; fans are not allowed by the rules, and your opponent does not agree to relax the rules,” and rescind the permission. Scott may have backed down when he shouldn’t have, but his objections weren’t even fairly presented. The moderator is the one who really screwed up.
February 11, 2014 at 1:15pm
I agree with you. I was neither popular nor unpopular, but I do remember being laughed at for giving a valentine to a boy the rest of my class snubbed. My shame is that I didn’t keep standing up for him when they called me his girlfriend.
I’m sorry you have that sort of pain in your memories. And I wish you a peaceful, happy Valentine’s Day, not because I’m supposed to, but because I want to.
February 11, 2014 at 1:05pm
When I was in elementary school, they used to send home a list of the children in the class and we were told to bring one for EVERY child on the list. Valentine’s Day at this age isn’t about romance; it’s about friendship and kindness. Especially in Kindergarten, we want our children to treat each other the way they want to be treated themselves (we used to call that the Golden Rule.)
When I was in the 6th grade — with the same “everyone gets one” rule — one boy in my class got only ONE valentine. From me. He took the time that day to hand-draw me a card with a pair of horses on it, because I was willing to include him. Is one person leaving a child out “bullying?” What about an entire class?
In Kindergarten, no names on the cards means your child doesn’t have to ask the teacher to read the names on the envelopes so they are distributed right. It’s about saving time and frustration.
Coincidentally, at my daughter’s elementary school, no edible items are allowed to be sent, and if they are, they will be confiscated. Our local news covered some school in Colorado with that rule, but totally ignored the same thing in our own area.
October 25, 2013 at 1:14pm
I have read this story with horror, wondering how our country has come to this point. How could officers justify the seizure of a reporter’s private papers on an unrelated search warrant? And then I thought of all of the episodes of crime-fighting television programs that I have seen where I have cheered for the brilliant characters who have done precisely this; they find some little thing and take it to a sympathetic judge who signs the warrant, and they search the bad guy’s home and find __ on his computer, in his basement, in his video collection, whatever. And the world is saved from another bad guy.
I suddenly realize that I have been conditioned to look on this sort of “creativity” as heroic, and I am sick at heart.
June 27, 2013 at 1:09am
“…it is because [of] people like you who are gaming the system are adding to that backlog…”
Sorry, Becket Adams and The Blaze. Your addition of “of” to the sentence makes it grammatically incorrect.
May 28, 2013 at 1:01am
We moved to a different state when my oldest son was in 3rd grade. In one state, he had been in a special class for gifted students; in the other, I was told he didn’t qualify for their one-day-a-week gifted education program. In the gifted class, the teacher was like this one, willing to accept “outside of the box” answers. I often volunteered in the classroom and sometimes was asked to check math homework. It was often exciting to see the ways the children explored possibilities — and their answers were usually right.
After the move, I was ill and unable to volunteer. When my son brought home one of his first math tests, and his score was considerably lower than was his history, I checked out the “incorrect” answers. I was STUNNED. They were all questions with arrays of items, and it would ask him to “circle two-thirds” of them. Circling four columns out of six was boring, so he had circled three items here, skipped a couple, took this one… He had circled 2/3 of the items, just in a somewhat random style. He had done it on every fraction-of-an-array question on the test. When I asked the teacher about it, she said, “He knew I would not accept that style of answer.”
On every test after that, there was at least one of these types of questions, and right up to the final, his were marked as incorrect. (And this is my “follow the rules” kid, not my “rules are made to be broken” one.)
I still wish I’d stood up to her, or had them change his class.
April 29, 2013 at 11:30am
It is too bad the young woman didn’t say, “No, it isn’t an African-American person, it is a black figure, a shadow of human potential. Maybe you didn’t notice that I didn’t paint it in a natural skin tone, but in a generic black. I don’t think your objection is to the character on the quilt, it is to our incidental referral to it as ‘the black person.’ Your race does not own the color, nor the word, black. Get over yourself, and stop looking for offense where none is intended.”
April 25, 2013 at 11:53am
Booger71, the court case establishing the requirement of reading a suspect his rights (the right to remain silent is Constitutional — the right against self-incrimination) prior to interrogation was in 1963. The “public safety exception” was created in 1980. That was essentially this: the subject was seen with a gun in a store, and was captured in the store without the gun. The arresting officer saw his empty holster and asked, “Where is the gun?” The subject pointed, and the gun was found hidden behind product on the shelves. Then when they went to court, the attorney claimed that asking the whereabouts of the gun was an unlawful interrogation and tried to get the “confession” inherent in pointing to the weapon thrown out, because he hadn’t been read his rights before the officer asked. The courts determined that the question was asked as a matter of public safety; the subject could have passed the weapon to a second shooter who could either shoot the arresting officer or others.
April 23, 2013 at 8:30pm
Okay, I posted my reply about the sleeves without watching the video; I guess the screen shot I saw was the boy wearing a sweat-jacket over the shirt. Sorry about that!
April 23, 2013 at 8:26pm
The still picture in the video frame shows someone in the tee with long sleeves.