Archive for January, 2010

MAKING RESOLUTIONS STICK
January 29, 2010

      We are about to enter the second month of 2010 and many of us may be feeling like we failed if we didn’t stick to our resolutions.

   Fear not there is still time to salvage them.  It just takes some re-wiring of your brain.  Turns out we need to make new brain connections to make new habits.  Think of skiing down fresh powder and leaving new tracks.  To make those tracks into a well traveled trail that isn’t so difficult and bumpy we need to go over the tracks several times.

  Coming up on Monday’s Kara’s Cure Holistic Nurse and Intuitive Healer Doreen Fishman shows us how to re-program our brain with three simple steps that really can change your life.  Don’t worry it’s not hard…one is just breathing.  Yes it turns out that breath that we take for granted is super important for changing how our brain works. 

   I learned so much reporting on this story.  I hope you’ll join us at 10 am Monday, February 1st.  It’s not too late to keep your resolutions.  Learning how to be mindful could make 2010 a year to remember!

Kara’s Cure-The Power of Prayer
January 22, 2010

  Now that I am back from maternity leave Kara’s Cure will return to Better Connecticut every Monday at 10 am.  We explore ways to Better our Mind Body and Spirit.

    This week we explore the Power of Prayer.  When I was researching this subject I found several studies that have shown people who are prayed for heal better.  You’ll meet Blythe Kaufman a busy West Hartford mom who came down with a rare disease.  As a medical professional, she did everything in her scientific power to heal herself…until as she says she finally surrendered and solicited people to pray for her.  What happened next is what she calls a miracle.

Hearing her story was inspiring to me especially as it involved people of many faiths.  My research found 90 percent of us pray.  I thought that was a big number, but after watching this story you may find it’s the best thing you can do for your health.

I look forward to your comments.  See you Monday at 10 am!

And Then There Was Sleep!
January 15, 2010

If the world could be created in 7 days why  does it  take so long for Babies to sleep through the night?

It has finally happened for us.  Julian is now 4 and half months old and after an exciting meal of rice cereal decided to give up his two middle of the night feedings and sleep from 7pm until 6am.  The next night he did it again and actually slept longer until 7am. Can you say hallelujah!

I must admit we were spoiled with our daughter Helena.  She slept a 12 hour stretch by the time she was 8 weeks old and from the moment I brought her home from the hospital gave me at least one 5 hour stretch.  Sadly the books tell you 5 hours is medically sleeping through the night.

Julian wanted to eat every hour and 45 minutes at first..and before two nights ago still woke up twice a night to eat.

Ironically, I have stayed up reading many books on baby sleep praying I would find the answer.  I have come to the conclusion there is only so much we can do.  Babies will sleep when they want to.  However, I will say for all those new moms out there The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer is a great book to help you set the stage for sleep.  It helps you teach your baby to fall asleep on his or her own. Yes, sleep is a skill babies have to learn and it’s one I don’t mind teaching.  At one point I was really good at it!

Don’t you remember when you used to talk about how great a party was…or how late you stayed up in college?  Now we compete with sleep stories.  Oh I got 8 hours last night cause baby so and so didn’t wake up… or I’m delirious because same baby  was up every hour.  Sleep, or the lack of it, becomes an obsession.  This must be why the military uses it as a torture tool. 

I hope I am not jinxing us, but Dennis and I are happy our baby boot camp appears to be over, at least until he gets a tooth. I wish you all a good night and look forward to reading your comments. We all have war stories to tell!