10 Baby Sleep Solutions

It’s 3 am, and you would literally give up an arm (okay, maybe just a finger), if your baby would just sleep. You are doing the same trick you usually do, but it is just not working. Well, sometimes, you need to get creative. There are times I have literally worked my way through 10 tricks before one worked. It is all about trial and error, and what works today may not work tomorrow.

1.  Avoid Eye Contact – Babies are very stimulated by prolonged eye contact. So, this should be avoided while calming him when he wakes up or putting him to bed.

2.  Room Temperature – Experts recommend keep the room between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Even a couple degrees either way can wake a baby from a sound sleep. If the nursery is furthest from the thermostat, put a thermometer in the room. A space heater or fan can help regulate the temperature.

3.  Soothing Sound – It is no secret that babies love soothing sounds and white noise. In utero your baby was constantly soothed by your heart beat and digestive noises. I recommend a wall-mounted fountain. The sound of cascading water will soothe both you and your baby. You can get one from online stores such as LuxeWaterWalls.com.

4.  Bedtime Routine – Having a bedtime routine will allow his internal clock to naturally calm him down. Reading a book, giving a warm bath, or singing a lullaby will help, if you’re consistent.

Reading a book before bedtime has become our habit.

Reading a book before bedtime has become a habit at home and away from home.

5.  Swaddling – Some parents swear by turning a baby into a burrito. When your baby was in your womb, he was tightly packed, so swaddling duplicates that experience.

6.  The Drive-by – When you pass another car driving at 10 miles per hour in your neighborhood at 2 am, there is a good chance it’s another parent trying to get their baby to fall asleep. There is just something about a car ride that works.

7.  Hair Dryer – Call it quirky, but when it works for you, you’ll never look at another hair dryer the same way. Turning a hair dryer on will become a favorite tip in the winter, when you have to get out of your warm bed. The hot air will help warm you up.

8.  Overnight Diapers – If you were in a wet diaper, you would probably wake up and be miserable, too. Super absorbent overnight diapers are well worth the money spent on them.

9.  Massage – The University of Miami Touch Research Institute states that babies who receive a 15-minute massage before bed fall asleep faster.

10.  Natural PJs – Babies have such delicate skin that a fabric that seems acceptable to you can feel like sandpaper to them. Natural fibers are recommended over synthetic ones.

International Traveling Is Not Possible In 2015

I was informed by one of my classmates in high school that there will be an upcoming High School Class ’94 Reunion in May 2015.  It is 10 months from now!  Some of my classmates were asking if I will be able to attend the reunion.  As you may know, I am the Salutatorian in our batch.  I told them I would love to attend but I can’t.  The reasons are listed below:

My Passport – My Philippine passport is expiring in May 2015 and there is no way I will be able to renew it soon because the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles hasn’t announced yet if there is an outreach for consular services here in Dallas, Texas this coming Fall.  They already had one in March of this year but I missed that.  So no international traveling for me in 2015.

New Job – I am currently in the process of finalizing the agreement between me and my future boss for a possible part time job on my end.  And if everything turns out well, I will be starting to work part time this Fall.  Though my boss might understand if I leave for the reunion, I don’t want to risk losing my new job.  I told my classmate about it today.

Another thing is, my husband and I are planning to go on a long vacation in the Philippines in 2016 before our little girl goes to school.  So our priority now is saving money for our future vacation plan.  So our budget right now is quite tight.

I would really love to go to the class reunion.  I haven’t seen my classmates for 20 years.  But there are so many priorities now.  What do you think?

Pigeon Forge is a Popular Family Vacation Destination

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a popular vacation destination for families. This town is surrounded by the Smokey Mountains and offers plenty of family friendly activities for all ages. The Parkway is lined with gift shops selling handmade crafts from the local artisans. In many cases, visitors can watch as these talented people create their wares. After a day of shopping, one can enjoy a bite to eat in one of the numerous dinner show theaters. Down home cooking is served while guests watch an entertaining performance from singers, comedians, and actors.

Throughout the year, Pigeon Forge hosts festivals that draw in large crowds. These include music, craft, and food events as well as car shows. They feature all the country traditions that have helped make this town a favorite of so many vacationers over the years. Visitors can experience their unique flavors and sounds while spending time with family and friends.

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The biggest attraction is The Smokey Mountains National Park. The mountain range provides scenic views as well as an up-close look at nature and wildlife native to the area. There are several walking, hiking, and equestrian trails available that will give visitors a way to explore the region best. Many visitors to this part of Tennessee end their day with a stay in one of the Pigeon Forge cabin rentals such as the ones from Little Valley Mountain Resort.

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Hot Summer

What a bright sun shiny day today!  I read weather forecasts that the temperature will be like in three digits this weekend here in Texas.  Yup.  Texas really have hot summer. Even though, I still like it than very cold temperatures.

Today my daughter and I just stayed home.  We have been gone out and about these past few days since last weekend.  Most of our travels in town last week and this week was taking my daughter to social activities.

Play Time – I let my daughter play at play areas or play with cousins and friends at least twice a week.  It helps her socialize with other children and explore the outdoors.

Story Time – On Wednesdays, we go to story time at the library.  We both love to be in the library because we can look and borrow books and DVDs.

Variety Is Crucial When Searching for the Ideal Wakeboard Tower

For those interested in purchasing wakeboard towers, a great selection can be key in finding a suitable option. Thankfully, Wake Essentials offers wakeboarders an array of well-constructed towers, each of which possesses their very own benefits.

The following is just a sampling of the many great towers available from Wake Essentials. Whether strength is paramount, or if you are looking for a tower that fits easily into your budget, there is sure to be an option perfectly suited to your individual needs.

Big Air Storm Tower

For a tower that exudes both aesthetic appeal and functionality, look no further than the Big Air Storm Tower. This tower is characterized by its rugged construction, which ensures that it will stand up for the duration. Strength is an important factor for affording a safe and secure wakeboarding experience, while also ensuring your tower will remain functional no matter what.

The Big Air Storm Tower also features a universal design, meaning it will easily attach to most boats on the market. This is extremely important for avoiding the costs associated with custom-fitting a tower, which can become very expensive.

In addition to its many other great features, the Big Air Storm Tower also offers a bit of appeal when it pertains to appearance. This is due to the tower’s unique sidebars, which resemble lightning bolts for the perfect finishing touch.

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Big Air X Tower

When looking for a tower that is both convenient and durable, the Big Air X Tower is just what you’re after. Thanks to the front to back mounting, this design is well-suited to carrying heavier loads. This is crucial for keeping your tower intact during a wakeboarding session, which is important to maintaining a safe ride for all.

Another great feature of the Big Air X Tower is the easy folding ability. This is important when collapsing your tower for storage purposes, which can result in a far simpler after-boating experience. In addition, the universal mounts allow the Big Air X Tower to attach to a variety of boat sizes and layouts, increasing the convenience factor even further.

Big Air Wave Tower

Styling is a key feature of the Big Air Wave Tower. The newly implemented swept forward design not only looks fantastic, it can also prove quite rigid when hauling higher capacity loads. Load capacity can be an exceedingly important factor when choosing an appropriate tower.

The Big Air Wave Tower also offers easy storage capability. This is thanks to the easy collapsing design, which allows a single person to collapse the tower without assistance. Such design allows for storage in most standard sized garages, which can make for one highly convenient experience. Racks are also included with the Big Air Wave Tower, providing the ability to store a total of four wakeboards at a time.

Fun and Adventure Await

When seeking a wakeboard tower, there are few key items to look for. From function to appearance, the right tower will offer a variety of features that make them highly attractive to a number of wakeboarders. Whether you are a seasoned wakeboarding pro, or are delving into the sport for the first time, Wake Essentials has an appropriate tower just for you.