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My Baby Won’t Sleep

I safely came out of the four month sleep regression. Everything was working out pretty well until the eight month sleep regression hit me like a heart attack. Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be that bad because I felt she had grown.

 

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During this time, I realized that the 4 months sleep regression is not a real regression. A regression means that the baby’s sleep will eventually resume as usual after a series of sleepless moments. However, this is not what happens at four months. From three to five months, the changes in baby’s sleep pattern are here to stay.

 

The 8th month sleep regression is different because the baby’s brain has developed. My own baby started having sleepless nights, refusing naps and even fighting. I realized that the many things that she keeps up with are what affected her sleep.

 

I also noticed that these regressions generally start at the same time as nap changes. The changes came to me as a surprise. At first, I was not prepared to handle the changes in her sleep and this made my baby become extremely tired. Later, I learnt that it is over-tiredness that made it difficult for her to fall asleep.

 

There is so much going on in my baby’s life crawling, sitting up, and pulling up. She is also learning the fundamentals of communicating. I feel that this activities are overwhelming for the baby because they involve time, energy and practice.

 

Unfortunately, this practice occurs at a time when the baby should be asleep. It can be quiet challenging for a baby to learn how to put their brains to rest. This mostly affects children who lack self soothing skills. Even with all my efforts to help her sleep, my baby won’t sleep. She keeps on fighting my soothing efforts.

 

I was used to twenty minutes of rocking her to sleep but this changed to sixty minutes when the eight month regression started. I have realized that my presence around her hinders her ability to fall asleep because she takes longer when am around. It might be her way of communicating to me that she will be falling asleep more on her own. Owing to this, I have created a conducive sleeping environment for her. I have made sure there is nothing in her crib that can destruct her from soothing herself to sleep.

 

Additionally I have torn down anything that can stimulate her including wall papers, toys and patterns on her sheets. Her room is nice and dark and I think my adjustments will make her bored so she can sleep on her own. Furthermore, I will make certain that her sleep schedule meets her needs. No more forcing her to sleep when it’s not yet time for her to rest.

 

I will stick to my normal sleep routines so that I do not get stressed up by creating new sleep habits. The eight month sleep regression is not here to stay; it’s just a matter of time. The eighth month sleep regression is why my baby won’t sleep. It is a tough one but for baby this is a great sleep training opportunity.

 

First Time Ice Skating With The Kids

A brand new ice rink was just put in a few weeks ago downtown, so I decided to take the kids ice skating for the first time. They were so excited to ice skate “just like Anna in Frozen!” It was a struggle from the very beginning. My middle girl insisted on wearing her Else costume, which I continuously rejected because the flimsy material would not keep her warm on the ice.

 

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After chasing her around the house with her winter jacket while she yelled, “The cold never bothered me anyway,” for 20 minutes, we finally compromised. She would wear her sweats underneath her Elsa costume and I would bring her jacket for when she inevitably complained about being cold.

 

I rounded the kids up into the car and got to the rink just as they were opening. We rented skates, which all the kids complained hurt their feet. I managed to get them to sit still long enough for me to lace them up. Then we hit the ice.

 

Once we got on the ice all the complaining was completely worth it. I got on the ice first and guided each one by the hand onto the ice with me. We held hands as we tried to make our first movement around the rink, and instantly the littlest fell, bringing us all down with her. We collapsed into a fit of laughter.

 

Eventually, the two oldest got the hang of it and I sent them off to slowly make their way around the rink, gripping the wall for balance. I guided my youngest around the rink and my oldest quickly lapped us, laughing and yelling about being a hockey star.

 

A kind woman spinning in the middle of the ice quickly caught the eye of my middle child, who wanted to be just like her. Right as she was about to collapse into a fit of tears over her inability to dance on the ice, the woman skated over to us and offered to help my daughter learn to skate backwards, which she insisted was the first step to being an Olympic skater.

 

My oldest child agreed to help her sister around the rink so I could take some pictures. They were priceless! At one point, my middle child even joined the other two and they skated around the rink holding hands.

 

Even though my middle girl frequently fell and pulled the others down with her, something about the magic of the ice caused them all to laugh together every time. They were so patient with her as they moved her slowly around the rink. After two hours, all three were skating around the rink, hands off the wall, and my two oldest were even moving pretty quickly backwards.

 

After the kids were exhausted I took them to get ice cream and we watched Frozen for the umpteenth time. I promised to take them back again the next week. They will all be skating like Elsa in no time!

 

8 Dogs You never heard off

 

 

Carolina Dog

1. Carolina Dog

The Carolina Dog is a result of natural selection, and they are a truly primitive breed. These dogs are not entirely broken in, and some of them still live in the wild. The Carolina Dog managed to survive throughout the swamps, forests and savannahs in South Carolina for thousands of years.

This breed makes excellent pets, and they are also very adjustable to life in a household. Carolina Dogs can be fairly timid around strangers, and prefer to be friends with others on their own terms. If this breed is socialised properly from puppy hood onwards, they will be wonderful companion dogs. Seeing that these dogs have natural instincts, they love to be part of a pack and will therefore do well in a family environment.

The Carolina Dog is calm, kind and also does well with children. These dogs are very clean, and easy to housetrain. They are also an intelligent breed that is very quick to respond. The Carolina Dog is also not aggressive or destructive, but they do have a tendency to howl when they hear certain sounds.

 

 

 

Lundehund

2. Lundehund

The Norwegian Lundehund is one of the most unique dogs in existence. One could call it a “super dog” in its field, for it is curiously equipped to perform an exact function and has features which are not present in any other breed. The Lundehund is an ancient breed of dog, which still exists today, useful in the specific task of hunting the Puffin Bird.

This bird is a small penguin type which nests in tight crevices in rocks and caves. The Lundehund has at least six double or triple jointed toes on each foot, a double jointed neck which allows it to twist its head almost completely backwards and upside down and ears which close up to prevent water from getting inside.

 

 

 

Azawakh

3. Azawakh

The Azawakh are originally from the Sahel region in Africa. They have been developed by the several nomadic tribes that live in the Southern Sahara, as hunting and guard dogs. These dogs’ natural abilities are very good in areas such as the chase, guarding and companionship. The Azawakh is a very majestic breed. You will find these dogs sleeping on the low straw roofs of their owners in the villages of Mali.

If night predators such as the hyena approach, the Azawakh will jump down and start chasing them. They will quickly form a pack with the other Azawakhs and chase away or kill the impostors. These dogs are exceptionally fast when running, and can reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

 

 

 

Xoloitzcuintle

4. Xoloitzcuintle

The name of this dog is pronounced show-low-eats-queent-lee. An easier way to spell and say the name of this unusual breed is Xolo (pronounced Show -lo). In common everyday terminology, the dog is known as the “Mexican Hairless”. This name says it all. This is a breed that is born without hair. Consequently it is a breed that has particular difficulties with health which should be understood by anyone wishing to own one of these rare dogs.

First of all, a dog without hair is subject to temperature changes and should be protected from either extreme cold or heat. It will sunburn easily and needs to be kept out of the sunlight. It will become cold quickly and needs to wear an outer coat when it goes outside.

The size of the dog is another health consideration for the small toy variety of this breed has a delicate bone structure. Children should be supervised and not allowed to play roughly. Also the dog needs to be protected from jumping off of surfaces which are high for its small leg bones will fracture easily.

 

 

Salish Wool Dog5. Salish Wool Dog

White, long-haired and Spitz-like, the Salish Wool Dog (or Woolly Dog) was bred by the native peoples of Washington State and British Columbia, its fur used to make prized “Salish” blankets.

 

 

The Pachón Navarro
6. The Pachón Navarro

With a nose like the twofold barrels of a shotgun, The Pachón Navarro is a to an incredible degree unprecedented spanish pursuing puppy that was one acknowledged to have transcendent sniffing aptitudes.

 

 

Neapolitan Mastiff
7. Neapolitan Mastiff

Due to its protective instincts and fearsome appearance, The Neapolitan Mastiff breed is often used as a guard dog. They are well known as defenders of their family and property. They are wary of strangers and usually stand between them and their owners until it is clear that the owner is welcoming to the stranger. Unless provoked the Neapolitan generally doesn’t bark.

Neapolitan Mastiffs are recognized mostly by the loose skin which covers their entire body including wrinkles on the head. Their coats come in four colors which are Mahogany, black, grey, and tawny. Sometimes they have white on the chest and on the feet. Male Neapolitans stand between 26-31 inches at the withers and weighs about 150 pounds. Females are a bit small and stand between 24-29 inches and weigh about 110 pounds.

 

 

Mudi
8 . Mudi

The Mudi is a medium-sized dog, with a height in the males of 41-46cms and the female bitch slightly shorter at 36-41cms, although in the U. S. they can be a little larger, and the dog weighing 11-16kgs and the bitch 9-14kgs. The Mudi has a fine boned structure that is quite muscular.

Their head is in proportionate size to their body and domed in structure. They are a particularly long-haired dog and their hair, on occasions, can even reach the ground. Their hair is very distinctive, with its dreadlock like appearance.

They can come in a variety of colours, although if you’re showing this dog some colours are not permitted in competitions, but this also depends on the country in which the competition is. They are an instinctively protective dog, that are very agile and lively.

 

 

How you can get a dog!

When I got my first koolie I didn’t really know if go with a puppy or a rescue dog. So I went online and did some research and discovered a wonderful organization called Australian Koolie Rescue (AKR). This organization offers hope, safety and care for Koolies at risk of death and the dogs are then put up for adoption.

 

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Their website shows the names and pictures of dogs that they have rescued, followed by a statement giving the dog’s background story. After viewing the pictures of rescued dogs, I settled for one and then made contact with AKR on a Friday morning.

By late afternoon, the rescue center had already replied positively and I made arrangements to go and pick up my dog. The good thing about AKR is the fact that they give you all the information about the dog that you’re interested in adopting. Since they’ve stayed with the animal for a while, they know all about the behavior that you can expect.

 

Apart from offering dogs for adoption, AKR also runs a foster program. The organization also liaises with dog trainers to provide the service to owners. So if you’re looking for a herding dog, it will receive training and you will get a loyal servant to help out on the farm. Dogs are also trained for other duties such as working with law enforcement.

If your dog has aggression problems, the dog trainers can also help with that. AKR also makes arrangements for kennels where you can leave your dog in the hands of caring handlers. So after picking up my dog from the rescue center, I surprised my girlfriend with a new dog and we couldn’t be more happier with our pet. We decided to call him Chester after my beloved team, Manchester United.