Day 155 | 5 Months Old

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Day 155 | 5 Months Old, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

Boy how time files! She’s 5 months old now as of this past Saturday.

State of the Baby address:

Vocalization Status: Favourite terms are “dag dag dag dag dag”, “glaaaaa”, “jai jai jai” and “aaaaahhhaaaaaah!!”. Very verbal, very cute.

Mobility Status: She still isn’t sitting up by herself, devotes most of her time trying to stand up if you’re holding her. Will stand up while you hold her hands, sometimes holding only one hand. Loves to jump in her jumper, or in your lap.

Rotation Status:Will turn over from front to back about 3 seconds after you put her on her stomach. Can turn over back to front as well, but not as fast.

Food Intake Status: Vaporizes approximately 10-15oz of breastmilk and 10-15oz of formula per day, and has started really taking to french fries, potato wedges, LOVES apple butter and grapes, and will obliterate a buttered english muffin.

Specific Gravity / Height: We don’t know, haven’t bothered to measure her in close to 2 months. At 3 months old she was in the 90th percentile on weight, 95th percentile on height, and she’s definitely outgrown a TON of clothes since then. 3 month clothes definitely don’t fit, 6 month clothes don’t fit 50% of the time, usually a good fit is 9-12 month clothes.

Health Status: Still hasn’t even come CLOSE to getting sick.

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Locational Assists – Good for Babies, Good for Haiti Grief Counselling

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Laughing Locational, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

Any Scientology parent will tell you that one of most useful pieces of Scientology technology to have around a baby is the locational assist. This is an incredibly simple procedure in which one can take a person (or little person) who has their attention too fixated on something and make them able to unfix their attention and proceed on with life.

It works great on babies – we do it with ours any time she even gets a little fussy, with the result that our baby basically never gets to a state where she’s crying. She always has her mental facilities about her.

But this is just as important for the relief workers who are in Haiti, as when you have life problems cranked up to a massive order of magnitude (lost loved ones, collapsed houses, etc) it becomes of primary importance (after first aid of course) to get people back to square zero with all of their mental faculties about them and ready to move on.

Listening to the Dianetics Audiobook with the little one

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I’ve got the baby for the night tonight, as Kat is in DC on study at the Church of Scientology in DC. So, I decided to do some study tonight as well, on the Dianetics Audiobook. She’s just been sitting there, interestedly listening ever since I fired it up. Great! She’s going to be more conversant with Dianetics than any other 4 month old!

Day 141 | Do Scientologists think too much can love spoil a child?

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Day 141 | She’s Become Part of Me, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard once wrote,

“Affection could no more spoil a child than the sun could be put out by a bucket of gasoline.”
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

I’m only seeing that be more and more true, the more affectionate this girl gets. She is just fantastic.

And the photo credit here goes to my wife, who’s just getting better & better at capturing the moment.  Both of us are taking up a study of photography now.   L. Ron Hubbard was a consummate photographer, who loved the subject, and wrote quite a bit on not only how to succeed at photography or cinematography, but why you go about doing it in the first place.   He wrote once,

“This is the attitude you must have…’I’m the person who’s going to shoot this picture.  This picture’s going to do you a lot of good.  When I shoot them, they’re good.'”  — LRH

Well, the photo above will definitely be doing Mackenzie some good – I already have people telling me to save it to give back to her on her wedding day!

What’s the Recipe for Healthy Babies? (Day 131)

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On the day of this photo, Mackenzie celebrated the turn of the decade, and her very first 1 January. Many more to come, I’m sure.

But one thing I wanted to bring to light with this post is that, at over 4 months old, Mackenzie has yet to be sick at all. We’ve been told over and over by various jealous parents that our first doozie was going to be “right around the corner”, but she remains totally healthy, with her absolute worst spat being a little runny nose about a month ago.

Now, you could say, “we’ve been blessed”, or perhaps, “we’ve just been lucky” or any number of things which would put us as the silly, unwitting recipients of a wunderbaby. Well. we do indeed have a wunderbaby. However, being an effect and not cause is not the position anyone (much less a Scientologist) wants to be in, so my wife & I looked for what we were causatively doing as parents which precipitated this excellent state of affairs.

One of the most major causes of this which we’ve been able to isolate is a sane, calm and helpful environment for the baby to grow up in.

Many parents worry themselves sick about contagion with respect to their babies, but we’ve been ultra-sensitive to contagion not of the bacterial sort, but of another kind entirely.  Here, I quote from L. Ron Hubbard’s masterpiece, Science of Survival:

“Insanity apparently comes about wholly by contagion.  An enturbulated culture or environment can keep an individual in a continuous state of turbulence.” — LRH

In other words, if you know anything of Dianetics, and what insanity due to engrams can do to an individual, simply having an enturbulated space around the baby could massively increase chances of the baby becoming enturbulated, and then getting sick.

L. Ron Hubbard goes on to say:

“There is an apparent family line of aberration.  It was previously thought to be carried genetically, but this is evidently not the case.  It is carried on the thought channel of the family.  The confusions of domestic life get into the moments of physical injury of the child.  And the child, as a consequence, becomes liable for the family aberrations and will manifest them.”  — LRH

So, plain and clear, if you keep the domestic situation calm, in control, and with everyone using crisp, sane communication with a lot of love, you’ll sidestep the pitfall outlined above.

There are a lot of other Scientology principles that we’ve used successfully to help achieve that calm household detailed above – it’s not just thinking happy thoughts and glossing over problems in life.   But much of it boils down to two main simplicities, covered in the Scientology handbook:

  • Communication: One has to communicate a lot, and communicate effectively, in order to have a happy & calm household.  A marriage is based on communication, and ours is no exception.  Both my wife and I have had a significant amount of Scientology training on this matter, and as a result we generally go a few years at a time between arguments.  When was our last one?  I think about 2 years ago, actually – and that only lasted about 2 minutes.  Knowing how to communicate is easily the most under-evaluated skill that there is.
  • Scientology: Assists for Illnesses & Injuries

    Scientology: Assists for Illnesses & Injuries

    Assists: The other technique in Scientology which we use extremely often is that of Scientology assists.  These are easy techniques developed by Mr. Hubbard to allow people to recover from injuries and upsets and to get them back into communication with their surroundings and their body.  You can learn the key assists in a matter of minutes, and the entire booklet on how to do them is available free from the Scientology Volunteer Ministers website.    The one we use most often is called the Locational Assist, and we find it invaluable in keeping Mackenzie totally in touch with her environment and not in a state of upset or confusion.

Day 123 | Four Months Old

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Day 123 | Four Months Old, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

Sorry that I’ve been remiss in keeping this blog up – I’ve been so busy keeping up with work, with my studies at the Scientology Church in DC, and with my amazing four-month-old, that I’ve had little chance to write!

Mackenzie has been getting more and more communicative, but has stayed serene, healthy and alert – much to the astonishment of other parents I’ve run across.