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What a lie. Children's rock to dance

What a lie. Children's rock to dance

If you are looking for a fun, lively and very danceable song for the children to represent during the end of year party, in we propose you this rock and roll: What a lie.

Children will have a great time with this happy song by Miliki with which they can say goodbye to school and welcome summer vacation.

It is fashionable that in airplanes

all dancers dance to rock.

And the pilots with their movement

they are led dancing downwind.

What a lie (What a lie)

Go-go lie (Go lie)

What a lie

What a lie, lie, it is a lie.

Elephants in the jungle

they are looking for company

to the elephants in miniskirt

who dance to rock all day.

What a lie (What a lie)

Go-go lie (Go lie)

What a lie

What a lie, lie, it is a lie.

Little Red Riding Hood took out a drum

and her grandmother danced with the woodcutter.

In that came the big bad wolf

that all joined by dancing a rock and roll.

What a lie (What a lie)

Go-go lie (Go lie)

What a lie

What a lie, lie, it is a lie.

A giraffe suffocated

when he began to dance a rock and roll,

since by moving the neck so much

with so much pride

in the middle of the dance a knot was tied.

What a lie (What a lie)

Go-go lie (Go lie)

What a lie

What a lie, lie, it is a lie.

Don Pancracio danced rock

on the roof of the 22nd floor.

Dance fast dance slowly

but never dance like Don Pancracio.

What a lie (What a lie)

Go-go lie (Go lie)

What a lie

What a lie, lie, it is a lie.

If you haven't learned to rock dance

I can offer you the best lesson:

You move your bones from hour to hour

Like they put you in the blender

What a lie (What a lie)

Go-go lie (Go lie)

What a lie

What a lie, lie, it is a lie.

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In the life of your new baby, there is an important change, the transition to a totally different world from the one in which it has developed in the last 9 months.
Now he experiences new feelings, hears sounds, sees different things, smells and tastes, learns that the world is a safe and receptive place. He begins to become familiar with the faces, voices, smells and sounds around him and tries to guess how to communicate his needs and desires.
You don't understand how you communicate better than you do, but you have to get in touch as much as possible to understand yourself. You learn to understand the signals he gives you, and he learns how to best communicate to you what he wants.
As you learn each other's signals, it is very important to spend time together and communicate through touch, having eye contact.
By this approach you find out what the desires are and you discern the signals you give them, and your baby begins to feel safe in your presence.
The main way your baby is trying to communicate something to you is crying. By crying he tries to tell you that he wants to be held in arms or fed. Often, a real challenge for the new parent is to guess how to respond to what the little one is communicating.
The baby cries when hungry, cold or tired, or cries because the diaper is wet and will calm down as soon as you change it.


Birth story: A natural delivery after c-section

Gillian Hayleigh Rosen
(A girl)
Born July 15, 2007, at 5:02 a.m.
7 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches
The proud parents: Ann Lesley and Scott Rosen

Scott and I have known each other since he was 15 and I was 16. He says we met through mutual friends at a carnival, but I don't remember him – so I say we met the following summer at camp. What I do remember is walking with him to the lake and having an overwhelming feeling that he was going to be important in my life. We began dating the summer before college and married five years later, in 2003. We live in St. Louis, Missouri.

We knew early in our relationship that we wanted a big family, but since we were both in graduate school when we married we decided to wait to have children. We started trying as I neared the end of my graduate program and immediately conceived our first child, Liana, who was born in November 2005. I had planned an all-natural birth, but I wasn't as educated about childbirth as I should have been – what was supposed to be my beautiful, unmedicated birth turned into a c-section after 27 hours of labor. As I was being wheeled into the operating room, I knew my next birth would be a vaginal birth after cesarean.

How it all began

As soon as I recovered from my c-section I began preparing for my VBAC by learning more about childbirth. I read every book I could find and spent hours on the Internet and BabyCenter. When Liana was almost 1, we started trying for our second baby and were very surprised when I got pregnant on the first try. We became even more excited at my first prenatal visit when my OB said he completely supported my plan for an all-natural VBAC.

I read more books, spent more time on the Internet, and hired a doula. I learned that the baby's position was a key factor in my chances for success, so I stayed active, did exercises to help keep the baby in a favorable position, and watched my posture. I knew there was a possibility I would not get my VBAC, but I wanted to be sure I had done everything I could to give myself a good chance.


On Wednesday, July 11, I woke up to contractions that were five minutes apart but didn't feel very strong. Scott was off from work that day and we had planned a day of fun, figuring it was one of our last as a single-child family. I didn't tell Scott about the contractions until midday because they weren't getting stronger and I didn't want to worry him. We called our doula, Sandra, in the afternoon and she said she would stop by if things started picking up. The contractions never got stronger. I went to bed and the contractions were gone by morning.

On Friday – my due date – Sandra (who is also a labor and delivery nurse) came by to help us get things moving. She stripped my membranes again and we did nipple stimulation and a lot of walking. I thought it would be fun to have a Friday the 13th baby, but still nothing happened.

I started having contractions again Saturday night. They were five minutes apart, but still not strong. I didn't want to get my hopes up because of what had happened Wednesday. We went to bed and at 2 a.m. a contraction woke me up. I knew I was in labor.

I didn't wake Scott right away because, based on my last labor, I figured we still had a long way to go. At 2:45 he got up and we called Sandra, who suggested I take a shower. The contractions really picked up then. They hurt, but I was breathing through them and the warm water felt amazing on my back. We called my parents to come watch Liana, but we told them not to hurry as we planned to stay home as long as we could. A few minutes later, we called back and told them to hurry. The contractions were suddenly about two minutes apart and were long. I could no longer talk and laugh through them. My parents arrived at 4 a.m. and I had three contractions as we walked to the car.

The car ride was horrible. We live only five minutes from the hospital, but the contractions were on top of each other and I felt like I needed to push. We met Sandra in the parking garage and her voice was a miracle. She was so calm. She talked me through each contraction.

When I got into the hospital room, I was completely dilated except for an anterior lip. Sandra told me to listen to my body, which was telling me to push, but the nurses told me to wait for a doctor. I pushed anyway and they found a doctor to stay until my doctor arrived. I pushed on my left side as Sandra applied counter-pressure to my back and Scott held my hand. It felt amazing! I was in the moment, working through the pain, and I felt so alive and powerful. I never once thought of the scar on my uterus or the possibility of rupture that scares so many people away from VBAC. Forty-five minutes after we pulled into the hospital garage, Gillian Hayleigh made her appearance. It was the perfect labor and delivery I had imagined but never believed I would actually experience.

After delivery

As they placed Gillian, slimy and screaming, onto my chest, every thought of pain left. I felt as if I could hop out of bed and go home. I was so proud of myself for having an unmedicated VBAC, so in love with this new little girl, so happy to have my husband by my side, and so thankful for having a wonderful doula who gave me the confidence to succeed.

There was no comparing this delivery to my first. I couldn't believe how fast and easy it was, and I couldn't believe how amazing I felt. We spent only one night in the hospital and then brought Gillian home. Liana was so happy to have her little sister at home and our house felt so full of love.

Natural Birth After C-Section- Katies VBAC Story - MUSC Health

Preparing for a homestudy

Preparing for a homestudy

This article is reprinted from the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC) Web site, an excellent resource for parents with questions about adoption.

Once prospective adoptive parents apply to adopt a child (whether they apply to an agency, an attorney or facilitator, or directly to the court in an independent adoption), the laws of all 50 states and the District of Columbia require that the applicants undergo a homestudy. This process involves education and preparation as well as the gathering of information about the prospective parents. Ideally, the homestudy helps to build a partnership between the adoption social worker and the applicants.

Individuals who seek to adopt may face the entire process with tender egos and mounting anxiety that they will not be approved. Armed with accurate information, however, prospective parents can face the homestudy experience with confidence and the excitement that should accompany the prospect of welcoming a child into the family.

The nuts and bolts of an adoption homestudy

There is no set format that adoption agencies use to conduct home studies. They must follow the general regulations of their state, but they have the freedom to develop their own application packet, policies, and procedures within those regulations. Some agencies will have prospective parents attend one or several group orientation sessions or a series of training classes before they complete an application. Others will have their social worker start by meeting with family members individually and then ask that they attend educational meetings later on. Usually agency staff members are glad to answer any questions and to guide applicants through the process.

The homestudy itself is a written report of the findings of the social worker who has met with the applicants on several occasions, both individually and together, usually at the social worker's office. At least one meeting will occur in the applicant's home. If there are other people living in the home, they also will be interviewed by the social worker.

On average the homestudy process takes three to six months to complete, but it can take longer through public agencies or less time through non-licensed facilitators. The homestudy process, the contents of the written homestudy report, and the time it will take to complete vary from state to state and from agency to agency. In general, the following information is included in the homestudy:

  • Personal and family background-including upbringing, siblings, key events, and what was learned from them
  • Significant people in the lives of the applicants
  • Marriage and family relationships
  • Motivation to adopt
  • Expectations for the child
  • Feelings about infertility (if this is an issue)
  • Parenting and integration of the child into the family
  • Family environment
  • Physical and health history of the applicants
  • Education, employment and finances-including insurance coverage and childcare plans if needed
  • References and criminal background clearances
  • Summary and social worker's recommendation.

The following sections will describe typical information or activities that will be required of families who want to adopt.

Autobiographical statement

The autobiographical statement can be intimidating, but it is essentially the story of your life. Most agencies have a set of guidelines that detail the kind of information they require to assist you in writing the autobiography, and others have the worker assist you directly. You may be asked to describe who reared you and their style of child rearing, how many brothers and sisters you have, and where you are in the birth order.

Your statement may answer many questions. Were you close to your parents and siblings when you were a child? Are you close now? How much contact do you have with them? What are some successes or failures that you have had? What educational level have you reached? Do you plan to further your education? Are you happy with your educational attainments? What do you think about education for a child? What is your employment status? Your employment history? Do you have plans to change employment? Do you like your current job?

If you are married, there will be questions about your marriage. These may cover how you met, how long you dated before you married, how long you have been married, what attracted you to each other, what your spouse's strengths and weaknesses are, and the issues on which you agree and disagree in your marriage. Others may ask how you make decisions, solve problems, settle arguments, communicate, express feelings, and show affection. If you were married before, there will be questions about that marriage. If you are single, there will be questions about your social life and how you anticipate integrating a child into it, as well as questions about your network of supportive relatives and friends.

In your statement, you will probably describe your ordinary routines, such as your typical weekday or weekend, your hobbies and interests, and your leisure time activities. You may also describe your plans for childcare if you work outside the home. There will be questions that cover your experiences with children, relatives' children, neighbors, volunteer work, babysitting, teaching, or coaching. You might be asked some "what if" questions regarding discipline or other parenting issues.

You will probably be asked about your neighborhood: How friendly are you with your neighbors? What kind of people live nearby? Is it a safe area? Why did you pick this neighborhood? Are you located conveniently to community resources, such as medical facilities, recreational facilities, shopping areas, and religious facilities? And you will be asked about religion, your level of religious practice, and what kind of religious upbringing (if any) you will give the child.

There may also be a section on specific adoption-related issues, including questions about why you want to adopt, what kind of child you feel you can best parent and why, how you will tell the child he or she is adopted and when, what you think of birth parents who make an adoption plan for their child, how you will handle relatives' and friends' questions about adoption, and whether you can bond to a child not genetically related to you.

You may not know all these answers right away! A homestudy is supposed to help you think through these issues. Hopefully, the social worker guiding you through the homestudy process will offer advice on describing these topics.

You will be asked to provide a copy of your birth certificate, your marriage license or certificate, and your divorce decree, if applicable.

Health statements

Most agencies require a physical exam of prospective adoptive parents, or at least a current tuberculosis test (X-ray or scratch test). Some agencies that only place infants with infertile couples require that the physician verify the infertility. Others just want to know that you are essentially healthy, have a normal life expectancy, and are able to physically and emotionally handle the care of a child. If you have a medical condition, but are under a doctor's care and it is under control (for instance, high blood pressure or diabetes that is controlled by diet and medication), you can probably still be approved as an adoptive family. A serious health problem that affects life expectancy may prevent approval.

Income statement

Usually, you are asked to verify your income by providing a copy of your paycheck stub(s), a copy of a W-4 form, or an income tax form (1040 or 1040 EZ). You will be asked about your savings, insurance policies, and other investments and debts, including your monthly mortgage or rent payment, car and charge account payments, etc. This helps determine your general financial stability. You do not have to be rich to adopt; you just have to show that you can manage your finances responsibly and adequately.

Child abuse and criminal clearances

Most states require by law that criminal record and child abuse record clearances be conducted on all adoptive and foster parent applicants. This usually involves filling out a form with your name (in a woman's case, it would include her maiden name and former married names, if applicable), date of birth, and Social Security number; possibly getting the form notarized; and sending it to the state child welfare and police agencies for clearance. In some states it might involve being fingerprinted. The authorities will check to see if you have a child abuse or criminal charge on file.

Misdemeanors committed long ago for which there is a believable explanation (for example, "I was young and foolish and did what the guys expected me to...") usually are not held against you. A felony conviction, or any charge involving children or illegal substances, would most likely not be tolerated.


The agency will probably ask you for the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three or four individuals to serve as references for you. These might be close personal friends, an employer, a former teacher, a co-worker, a neighbor, or your pastor. The social worker will either write a letter to or talk to your references on the telephone, asking questions about you that you have already answered yourself. These would address such areas as your experience with children, the stability of your marriage, if applicable, and your motivation to adopt.

References generally are used to get a complete picture of a family's application and an idea of their support network. Approval would rarely be denied on the grounds of one negative reference alone. However, if it were one of several negative factors, such as ill health, a questionable criminal record, and a poor work history, or if several of the references were negative, the agency may not approve the application.

You should pick as references people who know you the best. If possible, they should be individuals who have known you for several years, who have seen you in various kinds of situations, who have visited in your home and know of your interest in children, and who are also able to comment on your lifestyle. For instance, they should know what some of your hobbies and interests are. These kinds of references are the most useful and compelling to the social worker completing the homestudy.


There probably will be several interviews, perhaps one or two in the agency office and at least one in your home. You will discuss the topics addressed in your autobiographical statement, and the social worker will ask any questions necessary to clarify what you have written. In the case of couples, some agency workers conduct all the interviews jointly, with husband and wife together. Others will conduct both joint and individual interviews.

An important point: The worker is not visiting your home to conduct a white glove inspection! He or she simply needs to verify that the child will be entering into a safe and healthy environment and whether you have thought ahead as to how you are going to accommodate the new family member. There may be a requirement that you have a working smoke alarm (which is a good idea anyway) and an evacuation plan in case of an emergency. The latter is not something many people have, so you might want to develop one ahead of time. The worker may want to see the child's bedroom and all the other areas of the house or apartment, including the basement or back yard.

Some tips for the home visit: Do not clean the whole place from top to bottom, unless that is the level of housekeeping you always maintain. A certain level of cleanliness is necessary, but lived-in family clutter is expected. Most social workers would worry that people living in a picture perfect home would have a difficult time adjusting to the clutter that a child brings to a household. Instead, use this visit as one more time to build on the open and honest relationship you are developing with the worker.

It is natural to be nervous! But most often the worker wants to work with you and approve you if you have gotten to this point of the homestudy. You are not expected to reveal every intimate detail of your life, nor are you expected to be perfect. In fact, perfection would probably raise eyebrows. It is much more important to be honest, be yourself, and present a true picture of your family history and family functioning. Social workers know that everyone is a combination of strengths and weaknesses that make each person unique. If you had a difficult childhood, experienced financial problems, quit a job in anger, or have some other skeleton in your closet that you think might disqualify you, chances are, if you discuss it openly with the social worker, it will not present a problem.

It would not be wise to be deceptive or dishonest or for the documents collected in the homestudy to expose an inconsistency in what you have presented about your family. This would betray the social worker's trust, which would harm your chances and may even cause the termination of your homestudy.

If you already have children

If you already have children, either birth children, adopted children, or both, they will be included in the homestudy in some way. Older children may be invited to one or more of the educational sessions. They might also be asked to write a statement describing their feelings and preferences about having a new brother or sister. Younger children might be asked to draw a picture showing their thoughts on the subject. Children of all ages will probably be met and/or interviewed by the social worker at least once.

The social worker may ask the children (and you too) how they do in school, what their interests and hobbies are, what their friends are like, and how they get rewarded or disciplined for good or not-so-good behavior. But the emphasis will more likely be on how they see a new child fitting into the family and whether they are prepared to share you with a new sibling. A new sibling means sharing time, attention, television channel selection, the bathroom, the prized seat at the kitchen table, and the many other elements of family life on a daily basis.

Children's input is usually quite important in the overall assessment of a family's readiness to adopt a child. Their feelings need to be considered, and their reaction to the adoption needs to be generally positive. The social worker will want to make sure that a newly adopted child will be wanted and loved by everyone in the family from the start.

Some final notes

Flexibility and a sense of humor are vital characteristics when raising children and they can come in handy during the homestudy as well. For instance, if you have the flexibility in your job and are willing to take off an hour early to meet with the social worker or to modify your schedule in some other way to make the meeting arrangements flow smoothly, that effort will be appreciated by the worker. As a parent to be, many more of these accommodations are in your future; therefore the social worker often believes you might as well start getting used to them!

The duration of the homestudy will vary from agency to agency, depending on various factors, such as how many social workers are assigned to conduct home studies, what other duties they have, and how many other people applied to the agency at the same time as you. You can do a lot to expedite the process by filling out your paperwork, scheduling your medical appointments, and gathering the required documents.

The cost of the homestudy depends on which kind of agency or practitioner is conducting the study. A public agency (often your local Department of Social Services) does not usually charge a fee for a homestudy, since it is supported by government funds. However, occasionally a public agency may charge a modest homestudy fee-once you adopt one of the agency's children, you can usually obtain a reimbursement for this fee.

A private agency might charge from $1,000 to $3,000 for the homestudy, although it may charge no fees or charge lesser fees for home studies for children with special needs. For a non-special-needs child, the fee may cover an application fee and preplacement services, but be sure to confirm this. For locating a specific child and providing follow-up or postplacement services, you will usually be charged a separate fee. These services could possibly be performed by a second agency. Fees for these additional services could range from $2,500 to $25,000. Many agencies allow the fees to be paid in installments. Again, be sure to discuss this thoroughly so that there are no misunderstandings.

A certified social worker in private practice often conducts home studies for independent adoptions. Fees for these are probably in the same range as those for private agencies. Independent adoptions are not legal in all states.

Remember, even though an adoption homestudy may seem invasive or lengthy, it is conducted to prepare you for adoption and help you decide whether adoption is really for you. The regulations serve to protect the best interest of the child and to ensure he or she is placed in a loving, caring, healthy, and safe environment. Once you accept that premise, it often becomes a lot easier to complete what is required of you. After all, the reward of withstanding a short period of inconvenience is great: many years of happiness and fulfillment raising a child to maturity.

Good luck to you in your pursuit of a child through adoption and with your adoption homestudy. With perseverance and a good attitude, you will be able to team with the adoption social worker to make this a valuable learning experience — one that will help you to do the best possible job in parenting the child who will join your family. After all, the adoption worker wants you to accomplish your goal of adopting, especially if one more child gets a loving, permanent, safe family.

For a free list of adoption resources in your state, contact the NAIC or visit it's Web site for state-specific lists of public and private adoption agencies as well as adoptive parent support groups in your state.

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