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"Welcome Back to School"

Welcome Back to School by Kenn Nesbitt“Dear students, the summer has ended.
The school year at last has begun.
But this year is totally different.
I promise we’ll only have fun.

“We won’t study any mathematics,
and recess will last all day long.
Instead of the Pledge of Allegiance,
we’ll belt out a rock ’n’ roll song.

“We’ll only play games in the classroom.
You’re welcome to bring in your toys.
It’s okay to run in the hallways.
It’s great if you make lots of noise.

“Your video games are your homework.
You’ll have to watch lots of TV.
For field trips we’ll go to the movies
and get lots of candy for free.

“The lunchroom will only serve chocolate
and Triple-Fudge Sundaes Supreme.”
Yes, that’s what I heard from my teacher
before I woke up from my dream.

Text © Kenn Nesbitt reprinted from Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, published by Meadowbrook Press.
Illustration © Mike & Carl Gordon.
Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

Toddler Train

Toddler Train

© copyright Trish Kuffner from The Toddler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Breastfeeding Issues

Picture of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

by Penny Simkin, PT; et al.

Breastfeeding: Signs Your Baby Isn’t Getting Enough Breastmilk

When your baby doesn’t get enough of your milk, her risk of dehydration or problems with weight gain increase. If you observe any of these signs, schedule an appointment with your baby’s caregiver to have your baby assessed and weighed:

  • Your baby feeds fewer than eight times in twenty-four hours.
  • After your milk comes in, she doesn’t produce at least one poopy diaper in twenty-four hours.
  • She has few wet diapers or produces urine that appears to have reddish “brick dust” in it.
  • Your baby seems constantly hungry and is seldom content after feedings.
  • Your baby’s feedings worry or concern you.

Some signs are more serious than others. If you notice any of the following signs, call your baby’s caregiver immediately:

  • Your baby is lethargic and has no interest in nursing.
  • The inside of her mouth doesn’t glisten with moisture. (A baby’s lips can appear dry normally).
  • When you gently pinch the skin on her arm, leg, or abdomen and then let go, her skin stays “tented.”
  • Her eyes, face, chest, and abdomen are yellow. (See page 416 for more on jaundice symptoms.)

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide

© copyright Parent Trust for Washington Children with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

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