November 2015 Events | San Antonio, TX

November2015Events

We have so many fun activities coming up this month! Click on any event for more details–and as always, feel free to e-mail me (melissad@signingtimeacademy.com) or visit us on Facebook!

Sunday, November 8th: LAST day to register for our November/December classes! (details)

Fall Schedule2

Wednesday, November 11th: NEW session of signing classes starts (weekly classes on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays)

Tot School Workshop-November 2015

Saturday, November 14th: Parent Workshop–Introduction to Tot School (details)

Fall Appreciation Party

Saturday, November 14th: Fall Appreciation Party (details)

Sign-and-Stroll (final)

Thursday, November 19th: Sign & Stroll Event at Yanaguana Gardens (details)

Signing with Science-December

Thursday, December 3rd: Signing with Science–Awesome Animals (details)

Fall Field Trip to the San Antonio Botanical Garden!

Sign Language Field Trip in San Antonio {Lone Star Signers}

Kate reading her Baby Signing Time flashcards at the San Antonio Botanical Garden last fall.

Join us at the San Antonio Botanical Garden on October 22nd!

Fall is finally here, which means the leaves are changing color and pumpkins are everywhere. One of our favorite places to be in autumn is the San Antonio Botanical Garden, so we’re planning a Lone Star Signers FIELD TRIP!

The new exhibit “BIG GARDEN Little Me” opens on October 3rd and we’ll also do a few laps around the East Texas Pineywoods “pond” and look at all the scarecrows. Bring your camera–there are a ton of great photo opportunities!

Pre-registration preferred, but drop-ins are also welcome! ($5/family) PLEASE NOTE that registering for the field trip does NOT cover your entry fee to the garden. 

SABOT Field Trip

Finding Hope: Adeline’s Story

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June 16, 2008

For those of you who haven’t yet heard, Adam and I became parents on Thursday morning. We were 26 weeks pregnant with our little girl, and I started having regular, intensifying pain on Wednesday night. We checked into the hospital around 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday and the nurses quickly confirmed that I was indeed having contractions. They tried to slow the contractions down throughout the night, but by 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, I was very uncomfortable. It turns out that I was completely dilated and just had a very quick labor. A sonogram revealed that Addie was not in a head-down position and there would not be enough time to turn her.
 
We had an emergency c-section, and Adeline Laurel Droegemueller joined us at 8:44 a.m. She weighed 1.5 pounds at birth and measured 13 inches long. A transport team from our local children’s hospital was standing by, and our little girl was checked out completely before being moved to their NICU. Other than being tiny, she is healthy and beautiful! She just needs time to grow, so she will be staying at the children’s hospital for quite a while. She is in excellent hands and she can have unlimited visits by her parents, so she is surrounded by everything she needs! 
 
We are head over heels for our little girl; we love to watch her wiggle her toes, and hear her tiny cry, and watch her breathe on her own. She is such a gift from God, and we know that all of this is part of His plan.
 
Thanks to each and every one of you who have called, e-mailed, and prayed. Your support means the world to us!
 
Love,
Melissa, Adam, and Adeline

And so began our story, our “New Normal” in which our precious daughter began her life 14 weeks too early. Even seven years later, I cannot quite believe that we survived those 135 days in the NICU–both of us working full-time and spending every other awake moment by Addie’s isolette. I am amazed by Addie’s tenacity, the miracles of modern medicine, and the HOPE that has anchored our family’s story.

One of my favorite bloggers, Kayla Aimee, is about to release her first book called Anchored. KA is a gifted storyteller, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that reading about their NICU experience helped me work through my deep-seated layers of emotions. I’ve read the first chapter of her book, and now you can too–by clicking here and signing up to become an Anchored insider. I truly believe that this book is going to be a powerful read for ALL of us, and I cannot wait to dive in to the rest of the story.

Anchored

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Disclosure: I am excited and honored to be part of the Anchored Launch Team. I received a preview copy of the first chapter of this book to read, but have not received any additional compensation. All opinions are my own.

More Thoughts on Introversion & Parenting

A little more than three years ago, I made a life-changing discovery: I am an introvert. I know introversion is kinda trendy right now (or maybe it’s just finally come into mainstream discussions), but stick with me.

I had just had our second child and made the transition into being a full-time stay-at-home mom. Our older daughter was leaving her baby years behind and entering the age of questions. I was tired, grumpy, and even feeling like I was going crazy every afternoon around 2:00.

It wasn’t until somebody recommended Susan Cain’s TED Talk (The Power of Introverts) that I had the introvert epiphany. I wasn’t going crazy–I just wasn’t alone long enough to recharge my batteries.

Can you identify? Click here to read my previous post about raising an extroverted child as an introverted parent.

It can be tricky to be a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling mom, or small business owner as an introvert, but it can be done with the proper support from your spouse and close friends. In the past three years, I’ve gotten to know a handful of local moms who all identify towards introversion–it’s so refreshing to have long conversations (in person or online) with other women who understand my struggles with nap strikes or schedules that are packed too tight.

Are you an introverted parent? Here are four great resources to discover your strengths!

If this is something that you are struggling with today, here are a few resources that have really helped me (along with a piece of dark chocolate and an hour of quiet):

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Quiet by the amazing Susan Cain 

MotherStyles: Using Personality Type to Discover Your Parenting Strengths

Woo-hoo, a book I just borrowed from the library…
Nurture by Nature: How to Raise Happy, Healthy, Responsible Children Through the Insights of Personality Type

I knew Nurture by Nature was worth more than a skim when I got to this line in the second paragraph of the introduction:

“In order to really parent each child lovingly, she must respond to each child’s needs, rather than demand both children act like the same person. The only really effective parenting, she concluded, was individualized parenting. By addressing the needs of each child, she could begin to nurture and parent them in the way she wanted and they deserved.”

This morning, I met two of my awesome friends at a local park for a casual hike. I struggled with the choice to go or not for a few minutes (we have morning plans every day this week), but I knew I would regret NOT going later. Spending time with friends fed my soul while my extrovert got her “people fix” and my little one burned off some energy, making nap time a sure thing. I also got to listen to a podcast on introversion (resource #4) on our way home, inspiring this blog post. 🙂

Self-care is important, mamas! Getting to know yourself and what makes your kiddos “tick” can only make you a better parent. If you’d like to read Nurture by Nature with us this month, we’d love for you to join our Mom’s Book Club. If you’re not local, you’re welcome to share your thoughts in our online discussion here.

Your turn: Which of these books jumps out at you? Are you an introvert or an extrovert–or one of those lucky people in the middle?