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AUGUST 2017 | ISSUE NO. 184



Earlier this year, Family Times staffers came up with the Mommy + Me Cover Contest as a way to connect with mothers of newborns in Central New York. We were thrilled to receive nearly two dozen photos and short essays on the Facebook event we set up for the contest, and voting for finalists (through “likes” and “loves”) was spirited. In the July issue we printed the photos and essays of the six finalists: Renita Sampson-Adams, Cheyanne Masullo, Melissa Palmisano, Nicole Gates, Allison Cornue and Samantha Fitzgerald. And in this issue we introduce the winner of the competition, Samantha Fitzgerald, who appears with her baby, Everett, on the cover. Samantha impressed Family Times staffers with her warm expression and vibrant body art, and with the drama and humor in her essay. You can learn more about Samantha, her husband, Stephen, and Everett in the profile by Tammy DiDomenico (page 6). Contest sponsors, who contributed prizes for the finalists and grand prize winner, are listed on page 8. Also, in this issue we offer guidance especially for new and expectant parents: an article about what you can expect from your newborn’s sleep habits (page 20); a column on picking a baby’s name (page 12); ideas for getting comfortable in your post-baby body (page 16); and a tale of triplets, starting with a chapter on bed rest (page 24.) At the opposite end of the parenting spectrum, we have an article about practical ways to fill (but not too much!) a college student’s first dorm room (page 10). We hope you dive into the August issue!

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Life with Everett

The Mommy + Me contest winner and her husband talk about becoming parents BY TAMMY DiDOMENICO


ntering the Fitzgeralds’ cozy Syracuse home and seeing the energetic, smiling baby who lives there, it’s difficult to imagine the chaos that he and his parents—Samantha and Stephen—went through just five months earlier. After a fairly uneventful pregnancy, Samantha’s blood pressure started climbing during her 37th week. When medication didn’t help, and the baby’s heart rate became irregular, the decision was made to induce labor. It took three days and the threat of an emergency cesarean section, but the fairhaired little guy, whom they named Everett, was seemingly healthy as could be. And, despite his early birthday, he weighed a healthy 6-pounds 7-ounces. Samantha and Stephen had met five years ago at J. Ryan’s in Syracuse and had quickly fallen in love—and married after a mere four months of dating (although they




connected online a year before). They were eager to start a family, but after a year of trying, they were told conceiving was unlikely. “It was horrible. I didn’t get out of bed for a couple of days because it was really all I’ve ever wanted—to be a mom,” Samantha recalls. “Then I was like, ‘OK. This isn’t happening. Forget it, I have to move on.’” She and Stephen had just started to accept the news, and consider their options through CNY Fertility Center in Syracuse, when Samantha learned that she was pregnant. “I could not even believe it,” she says, recalling the multiple pregnancy tests she took. The pregnancy was considered highrisk. So Samantha was closely monitored for the first 10 weeks. “I had to go in and I had sonograms every single week,” she says. “It was super-scary the whole time.” Once the first trimester was behind

her, Samantha planned her care through Syracuse Midwives. The blood pressure issues that arose in her eighth month were completely unexpected. Samantha says she wasn’t concerned about being induced until she was fully into active labor and Everett’s heart rate became unstable “The heart rate was flying up and down,” Samantha says. “Thank God they got him out and then he was fine. The arrhythmia was gone.” When it was time to be discharged, the nurse who took his temperature noticed that it was a tiny bit low. Another check yielded the same result. But Everett displayed no other symptoms and his parents were assured that he would be fine—it was February in Syracuse, after all. But what should have been a happy homecoming for the young family became a dramatic introduction to first-time parenthood. “I could just feel that something was wrong,” Samantha recalls.

Two days later, the Fitzgeralds rushed Everett to the pediatric emergency department at Upstate University Hospital because his temperature was low, he was vomiting, and he had become lethargic. The doctors were at a loss. Everett received intravenous fluids, a spinal tap and a brain scan. When the spinal tap came back cloudy, the doctors said there was a very good chance that Everett had contracted spinal meningitis. After another two hours of waiting, Everett’s scan came back with more promising results: no evidence of swelling or spinal fluid. Doctors ruled out the worsecase scenario, but Everett still needed to be monitored. Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital did not have a bed for Everett, so the family returned to St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, where Everett had been born. Normally stoic, Stephen said that the frustration at not knowing what was wrong got to him. “I was literally sobbing hysterically,” he recalls. “You just don’t know what to do.” By chance, he ran into Samantha’s midwife, Maggie O’Boyle; just the sort of friendly face he needed at that moment. She offered the couple use of her space at the hospital to regroup, and sleep if possible. “In that moment, she became not just our delivery midwife, but a true friend to us,” Stephen says of O’Boyle. “She went out of her way to look after us. She was like an angel sent from heaven.” Word of Everett’s predicament spread quickly on social media. Friends and family told their friends and family, and soon hundreds of strangers were praying for the tiniest Fitzgerald. One of Samantha’s former teachers even paid some of the Fitzgeralds’ parking costs while the family was at the hospital. The couple’s families rallied around them: Samantha’s family owns the beloved diner Mother’s Cupboard in Eastwood, where she works, and Stephen’s coworkers—he is a waiter at Pastabilities—made sure they had healthy meals. Still, Samantha rarely slept, insisting on nursing Everett every three hours to ensure that he had the nourishment he needed to get healthy. Hospital staff were concerned that Samantha was putting her own health at risk. “It was hard for me to see Sam like that,” Stephen admits. “We support each other and we learned a lot about how to do that through all of this. But we handle things differently.” “We balance each other out,” Samantha adds.

Samantha Fitzgerald and Everett (above) look at a book together at their home. Samantha and Stephen (opposite page) live with Everett in Syracuse. After all the testing was completed, the doctors decided that Everett did not have meningitis, or any other life-threatening illness. Being even a little premature (what doctors call a late-preterm baby) made it just a bit harder for him to regulate his own body temperature. “I really feel like it was a miracle,” says Samantha. “He was a miracle baby and it was a miracle that he was saved.” The news was a relief. But it also left the new parents with a heightened sense of caution that remains five months later. “I’m constantly calling the doctor,” Samantha admits. “I check his temperature all the time. I’m still paranoid that something else is going to happen.” Stephen says that Everett still has days when his temperature dips. But doctors have told them that older babies can better handle slight changes in body temperature. So, they try not to worry, and focus on enjoying their little boy. They are fortunate in that their employers schedule them for alternating shifts—Stephen works nights, Samantha takes mornings—so that one of them is always home with Everett. The Fitzgeralds are doing their best to put Everett’s early health scares behind them and move forward. Everett is already scooching around when placed on his belly—and keeping his parents on their toes. His parents are busy doing all of the fun things that make the first year of parenthood such a life-altering journey. Samantha loves reading to Everett— sometimes up to four books a day—while Stephen, a singer and musician perhaps best known as a member of the local alt-

rock band Black Throat Wind, sings to him and keeps a diverse playlist at the ready. “Right now, he loves the Beatles and he loves Fleet Foxes,” he says. “We played a lot of Fleet Foxes for him when Sam was pregnant.” “He could be screaming, and I’ll sing ‘Blackbird’ and it will calm him down,” Samantha says. The couple shares a love of tattoos. Many of them have very personal meanings and were designed to honor family members—and each other (she has “To have” on her ankle; he has “To hold” on his). So far neither has had a chance to get one since Everett’s birth. They say it’s just a matter of time. “So many people have tattoos now,” says Samantha, who proudly boasts more ink than her husband. “Not having tattoos is the new tattoo.” The Fitzgeralds advise other parents who may be facing the possibility of a premature induction to try not to let negative thoughts overwhelm them. “I know it’s easier said than done, but I would say, ‘Try not to worry. And try not to check every little thing on the internet,’” says Samantha. “I would say just to prepare yourself to be there for each other for any circumstance,” Stephen adds. “Don’t think about what you think is going to happen. Set yourself up for what the future might actually bring. And don’t Google anything.” Award-winning writer Tammy DiDomenico lives in DeWitt with her husband and two sons.



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any college freshmen are living away from home for the first time, and they’re often sharing a room with another student. Deciding what to bring and how to make that new living space feel like home can be challenging.

this fall). “We did not bring anything with us except clothing,” Turtschin recalls. “We bought everything for his dorm when we arrived there.”

Terra Peckskamp, director of the Office of Residence Life at Syracuse University, has seen just about every possible freshman scenario in her 18 years on campus. She has learned that styles and preferences may change, but some basic strategies can ease that transition to dorm life. She and two current students and the parent of a current student shared their thoughts on how best to prepare.

Austin Philleo of Fayetteville, a junior political science major at Le Moyne College, says he brought basics, such as bedding, from home and tried not to bring items that had to be stored. Lauren Cussen of Clay, a fifth-year biomedical engineering student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, initially brought too much.

1. Pack smart. Dorm rooms are no bigger than the ones parents lived in when they were in college, Peckskamp says. “Dorm rooms are still small. So whatever you are planning on bringing, cut it in half.” Make a list of essentials and another for “maybes,” suggests Michelle Turtschin of Cicero, whose son Michael DiMatteo attended the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute in Arizona last fall (and is transferring to the Daytona, Fla., campus 10

She adds, “It’s easier to add things (to the room) later than to have a bunch of stuff with nowhere to put it.”

“I wish that I hadn’t brought every pair of shoes and every clothing item that I owned because there just isn’t enough room to store it all and I only ever wore five outfits,” she says. However, she adds, students should not leave home without a good pair of boots and a pair of shower shoes. Students may not consider stocking up on food, since most freshmen are required to purchase a meal plan—but they should. “I do wish I had packed more food, even though it is easy to go and get,” Philleo


says. “Personally, I went through my food supplies rather fast.” Turtschin encouraged her son to think about instances when he might be too busy or just did not want to go out to the dining hall. “I also used Amazon Prime and Prime Pantry to get him stuff quickly,” she says. 2. Share when possible. Microwaves, mini-refrigerators, and cleaning products are items that Cussen suggests can be easily shared with a roommate. “And maybe even a television if you have the same interest in shows,” she says. Television, it seems, is going through something of a transitional phase in dorm life. “Although you may miss out on a deal, I think waiting to buy a TV is a really good idea,” Philleo says. “It may not be a large investment, but I barely ever have time to use mine.” Philleo uses a laptop to watch movies and shows. And Peckskamp says campus-housing administrators across the country have noticed the trend and are evaluating whether they even need to offer cable service anymore. 3. Make your space your own. Peckskamp has observed general differences

in how guys and girls approach their new spaces: Guys bring only what they need, while the girls tend to be more concerned with aesthetics. “What has changed in more recent years is how elaborate the decorating can get. Retailers have homed right in on that.”

“I learned that I can’t live in small quarters with someone who is incredibly messy,” says Cussen. “I definitely became more tolerant of living in a smaller space because I ended up with less and less room as my roommate’s items took over the space.”

Lofting dorm beds to make better use of space has been a trend for many years. “It’s still popular. The university used to provide cinder blocks, but now retailers make sturdy, plastic ones in kits,” Peckskamp says.

Living in close quarters, conflicts are bound to arise. Peckskamp says managing them is best left to the students themselves and the housing staff at their schools. At SU, resident advisers help students negotiate agreements to encourage peaceful coexistence. Other issues, such as time management and housecleaning, often fall in line with the students’ personal needs.

Cussen says LED mini-lights and wall tapestries are often used by students to liven up boring walls. 4. Bring a bit of “home.” No matter how far students are from home, having something personal with them can make the adjustment easier. “I brought some pictures of my family and pets, blankets, and even my own desk chair so I wasn’t using the generic college dorm chair,” says Cussen. “Students should ask themselves, ‘What is something that is going to help me transition?’” Peckskamp says. “If there is something from home that is going to help, absolutely they should bring it.” Electronic devices have made it easier than ever for students to bring personal

photos with them to campus, but other requests are more difficult to manage. “We are seeing more emotional support animals coming to campus,” Peckskamp says. “Cats, dogs, snakes, hedgehogs; that is definitely a new trend. We used to have maybe one or two support animals on campus each year. Now there are 10 or 12. Arrangements have to be made so they don’t interfere with other students.” 5. Be open to change. If there is one benefit to seeing college-bound students leave the nest, it might be seeing them develop important coping skills—tolerance, negotiation and basic housekeeping among them. But some lessons don’t come easy.

“Go in with an open mind and leave your dorm room door open,” Cussen advises. “People walking by will stop in and say hello, and this will allow you to meet many new people and make connections on your floor. Don’t be afraid to meet new people.” “Just be open to the change of living space,” Philleo says. “It does take a month or so (before) it doesn’t feel like you are at a weird overnight camp. But it grows on you and you will get used to it.” Award-winning writer Tammy DiDomenico lives in DeWitt with her husband and two sons.

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Expectant parents face another momentous decision | BY NEIL DAVIS JR.


ou thought of everything. You painted ducks in the nursery, mapped out a route to the hospital and downed prenatal vitamins like they were Tic Tacs. You researched pediatricians and became an expert in car seats. You even calculated what Harvard will cost in 2035. You took every step that an expectant parent should take in preparing for a new baby. But did you truly stop to appreciate the most challenging duty you agreed to undertake when you and your spouse got pregnant: naming that baby? What’s in a name? Everything. Or so I thought before my daughter was born. I pictured my child’s name as a tattoo that she would wear forever, on her forehead in flashing neon. Every name seemed to come with an underlying connotation that could shape the way the world would view my child. No, not every Phineas will grow up to be a tax attorney and not every Moonglow will live 12

in a commune making friendship bracelets. But inherent perceptions will persist nonetheless. As parents, you get to decide whether your little ones spend eternity introducing themselves as Spencer or Spartacus, Scarlett or Sahara. So you should take seriously the responsibility you have to grant your child a name that has meaning and influence, a name that will set them apart from the crowd while also making them fit in, a name that suits not just that baby in the bassinette but also the adult that you hope they will someday become. At the very least, you should put in more effort than you did in naming your first car. “It just feels like a Bandit, doesn’t it?” perhaps you said, revving the engine. It seems unwise to take the same casual approach in naming a child. Those first few sleepless nights unfold in a torrent of screaming and digestive distress, only some of which comes from your baby. It’s hardly an atmosphere for making rational decisions.


It’s a good idea to make sure that you and your spouse are on the same page long before the first diaper change clouds your judgment. “She just feels like a Calamity, doesn’t she?” I’ve only participated in naming one child, so I’m no expert. That was 15 years ago and a lot has changed. There were fewer kids named after cities and nouns. Poppy was a flower and Griffin was a mythological beast. Asher, Scout, Ryder and Knox were barely on the map. Not that there is anything wrong with those names. It’s just that the name pool seemed shallower back then, intensifying one’s desire to pull a name from the deep end. My daughter arrived in 2002, shortly after Emily and Jacob had climbed to the top of the most-popular-baby-name lists. Those names were instantly vetoed, as were the rest of the top 10 in an effort to avoid their expected overexposure. Sophia continued on page 14

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Of course, my daughter already has it, in my (completely unbiased) opinion. She might not have been born a Sadie but she has certainly grown into one, and now I can’t imagine her being anything but. It seems unlikely that she will wake up one day and say, “I really feel more like a Penelope.”

We watch as our children grow to fulfill our every expectation, slowly becoming the Quinn or Ezra or Gracie that we always dreamed they would be. We give them names at birth but, in the end, those names do not define their character so much as their character will eventually define their names.

I give kudos to the parents bold enough to try something new, but I also wonder if Chayce will tire of always having to spell his name or if Brit’nee will be upset that hers never appears among the souvenir keychains. Innovative names can walk that narrow line between chic and ridiculous, and I feared that any attempt I made would lean toward the latter.

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In today’s time-crunched world, everyone struggles to get a workout in—which is why the fitness industry has revamped its ways as we seek to balance our body goals along with professional, social and family obligations. High-intensity interval training (HIIT)— think Beachbody, Insanity and P90X —is designed to provide an effective workout over a shorter period. If high intensity isn’t for you, try sprinkling in a series of moderate-intensity efforts across your day. For example, six 10-minute sessions instead of one hour-long session. The Department of Health and Human Services has established adult exercise guidelines to be a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, such as a power walk or a light jog. That’s 21 minutes per day. Starting today: Take your baby for a walk. If you’re pushing a stroller, up the pace to a run for higher intensity, or stop at intervals to add impact moves like jumping jacks or burpees. If you’re wearing your baby, walk at a brisk pace and add in walking lunges.

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otherhood is a blissful time of getting to know your new baby, and a not-so-blissful time of coming to terms with your new body. Fortunately, in recent years it’s grown easier for women to find support for feeling good about their bodies in the moment, instead of at some distant point in the future. Here are five trends you can start leveraging today on your path to postpartum fitness.

women have rallied together to embrace the physical changes that come with motherhood. Google the phrase “tiger stripe moms” and see images of mothers showing off their stretch marks as a badge of honor instead of as a source of embarrassment.

Get body positive

Starting today: Stop using numbers to define your fitness. Instead of targeting a certain weight or counting calories, set a goal that’s defined by how you want to feel.

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Body positivity is about feeling good in your own skin, on your terms—less about being the “right size” than about being in the right mindset.


Wearables (like FitBit) have changed the way we measure fitness. Completing 10,000 steps per day is the new baseline workout, and not a single step requires a running shoe! I was skeptical of FitBit at first. Coming from an endurance training background, I wasn’t sure that counting steps over the course of my day could provide an effective workout, but now I’m a believer. I was easily able to reach 10,000 steps per day while doing regular housework and running errands. Rather than be annoyed at an extra trip to the basement for a forgotten laundry basket, or frustrated when the closer parking spots were taken at the store, I started to see these “inconveniences” as opportunities to get more steps. The result? Instant gratification that I was actively meeting my fitness goals and a feeling of pride that I could multitask my regular day into a workout. Starting today: Look for ways to extend or enhance the movement that’s already built into your day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, or balance on one leg while loading the dishwasher. You don’t need a fitness tracker to realize that the extra steps and effort will add up!

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tive way to stay focused on your goals, but it’s not always easy to align our busy schedules with other people. Social media has made it so we no longer need to be with people in real time to experience the benefits of camaraderie. We don’t even have to live in the same state! For example, Facebook groups like Women For Tri connect women from all over the world who are new to triathlon, offering a platform for them to share advice and support. Even if you live in a remote area, you can feel a sense of support while working out in your living room. Starting today: Find a group online to share your goals with, and use it as a sounding board for the positive and negative experiences along the way.

Be mindful

Fitness isn’t limited to physical attributes: It’s about taking care of mental health, too. Body and mind must be balanced for overall wellness. Yoga is a great way to cover all the bases, but being mindful shouldn’t always be tied to a workout. Taking a break in your fitness routine actually helps you stay on track over the long term.



Starting today: Schedule a non-fitness activity for yourself, such as a nail appointment, a movie at the theater, or some quiet time with a coloring book. Lisa Barnes Dolbear lives in DeWitt with her husband and two children. She is a threetime Ironman finisher, fitness instructor and lifestyle writer. She blogs at

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Caption Matthew O’Connor, a pediatrician and neonatologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, has, with his wife, Susan, had plenty of practice trying to get babies to sleep. Their children are Jack, 4, Liam, born in June, and Olivia, 20 months.

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essica Luisi makes it sound so easy: Her son, Lennon, now 14 months old, was a great sleeper from Day One, affording his parents plenty of rest as well. The Auburn family maintained a schedule. Lennon might wake up due to teething or bad dreams, but he learned how to soothe himself back to sleep after a few minutes. There were rare occasions when Mom and Dad had to help get him to fall asleep again in the middle of the night, but they never rushed right in. By the time he turned 1, Lennon’s typical weekday sleep schedule was 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. On weekends, he sleeps until 10:30 a.m. Most afternoons, he takes a half-hour nap. The biggest challenge is keeping him awake during car rides so unplanned sleep doesn’t disrupt the routine. “We might have to blare music,” Luisi 20

says, “and sing along to keep him from falling asleep.” But many other parents are singing the blues when it comes to establishing sleep schedules for their infant children. While every child falls asleep and stays asleep in different ways, the good news is the list of proven methods for establishing sleep routines is short and easy to follow. Matthew O’Connor, a pediatrician and neonatologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, has helped hundreds of young children maintain healthy sleep habits, including his own: Jack, 4; Olivia, 20 months; and Liam, who was born in June. “The biggest thing is, every kid is different,” O’Connor says. “There are dozens of books about training and teaching sleep. There really is no one method. This is not something we can generalize.”


While it is recommended that parents feed the infant before bedtime, it is not recommended to feed her when she wakes up, at least not until the expected sleep time has ended. It is OK to break from that routine during the baby’s first one or two months, but beyond that she will think food is a guaranteed reward for waking up, O’Connor says. Also, the baby does not understand the day/night cycle during his first six to eight weeks. He can’t yet understand the rhythm or patterns to establish sleep, so it’s unrealistic at that point to believe he will do most of his sleeping at night. Within four months to six months, O’Connor says, the baby should be taking on sleep patterns that are more adult-like. “Some will do it naturally, but with others you will have to help them develop those skills,” he says.

CNY Doula Connection. “It is 24-hour care, and you’re not used to that. We put a lot of stress on our moms. People need to remember to look for help.” Zafer Soultan, M.D., a pediatric sleep specialist affiliated with Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, says a common mistake parents make is to wake their baby up when the child is twitching, jerking or even breathing somewhat irregularly. “Infants dream a lot during sleep,” Soultan says. “You might even see them smiling when they are dreaming. And with the jerking movement—the belly going in a different direction than their chest, maybe—that happens when they are dreaming and is not a problem.” Soultan has met parents who blow on the baby’s face or shake her when they witness those movements. He advises them to let the baby sleep, and educates them about real sleep anomalies, which are rare but should certainly be taken seriously. If the baby is turning blue or other colors when she sleeps, that’s a reason to wake her up. O’Connor offers two methods: “cry it out” or “gradual extinction.” Cry it out, of course, means let the infant continue crying until she falls asleep. With gradual extinction, the crying time is limited to five or so minutes the first night, and then increases to 10 minutes the following night and so forth until the infant is able to soothe herself to sleep.

Children with low birth weight or who were born premature present unique challenges to parents in that they need to adjust to a totally different environment when they get home. They go from hospital units with more lights, more noise and more chaos to a quiet, dark bedroom.

“It depends on your comfort level,” O’Connor says of the two choices. “But be consistent with whatever method you choose. Don’t switch methods.” The pediatrician reminds parents of the “4-S” rule at bedtime: swaddling the baby in a blanket for comfort and security; shushing the baby to quiet him; swinging, or rocking, the baby to sleep; and sucking, or feeding the baby, whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Again, this applies to putting the infant down for sleep, not for when he wakes up. He also advises parents not to be too rigid with the schedule. While routine is a good thing, a consistent 7:30 p.m. bedtime, for example, might be unrealistic. O’Connor cautions that with low-birth-weight babies, which was the case for one of his own children, there are instances where you may need to wake the child up every three hours for feedings. His advice to parents: Get as much sleep as you possibly can. If you can’t follow the clichéd “sleep when they sleep,” then ask friends or relatives to help. “If Mom is well rested,” he says, “she is doing a better job in the long term.”


Getting Mom a good night’s rest is not always easy in a single-parent household, or if Dad’s work schedule prevents him from helping out more. Not everyone has extended family in the area or friends who have the ability to help. It’s not unusual these days for new parents to hire a helping hand. CNY Doula Connection offers birthing and postpartum care services. The organization also provides free seminars on a variety of topics the second Monday of each month at CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse. (Its topic for the July meeting was sleep strategies for the first three months of an infant’s life.) “People take classes before the birth, which is great, but when they get home they are clueless because the experience can be overwhelming,” says Christine Herrera, a certified doula with

Matthew O’Connor demonstrates one of the methods for helping a newborn sleep: swaddling. continued on page 22 FAMILY TIMES AUGUST 2017


continued from page 21 “They can adjust,” Soultan says, “but you have to give them time to learn.” After three months, infants should start learning how to soothe themselves to sleep. After the baby reaches the sixmonth mark, parents should put the baby to sleep while he is still awake. At that point, the expectation is the child should sleep for five to six hours before he wakes up. There are cases where colic, acid reflux or ear infections are to blame for the infant’s inability to sleep. But 99 percent of the time, Soultan says, the problem is that the parents have not allowed the baby to soothe herself to sleep. To aid in that process, parents need to cut back on rocking the child to sleep and instead give her a pacifier or a piece of clothing that has Mom’s scent. “We need to help them understand that we have the parents start the process themselves,” he says. Martin and Jennifer Wong, of Cazenovia, had a long break from interrupted

nights between their firstborn, Oliva, in 2006, and their second child, Asher Curtis, in January of this year. While the Wongs stopped short of likening infant sleep training skills to riding a bike—something you never forget—they did say they braced themselves for a sleep-deprivation blow that never came. “Anything we learned the first time totally didn’t apply this time,” Jennifer Wong says. From previous experience, the Wongs’ patented snuggly-rocking-chair routine was cleared to run past the 8 o’clock hour as it did a decade prior. They were pleasantly surprised that Asher Curtis, when he hit the 5-month mark, decided to fall asleep on his own. “We were mentally geared up for longer nights,” Jennifer Wong says. “It hasn’t been a walk in the park, but it definitely hasn’t been as tough as we thought it would be!” Aaron Gifford is an award-winning writer who lives in Cazenovia with his wife and two children.


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y high-risk triplet pregnancy, plagued by all-day morning sickness, hung in the balance at 24 weeks—and that’s when babies A, B and C decided it was a good day for a birthday. So I was put on bed rest to delay delivery. Hours before my 25th week I was at a regularly scheduled—and seemingly routine—visit with my obstetrician in Syracuse. Following the visit, I made the 30-minute drive back home, but by the time I got there I was phoned by the doctor’s office and told I needed to pack a bag and get to the hospital.

“They want me to go to Crouse, now. I have to pack a bag.” It was a gorgeous day in March, just about mid-month. I remember sitting in the Honda CRV with the sun streaming through the window, warming my face and my giant belly. For a moment, I felt a kind of quiet calm. That was all about to change.

In a panic I called my husband, Rob. I’m not even sure if I was crying or laughing.

When I arrived at Crouse Hospital, I was whisked up to Labor and Delivery and greeted by a host of specialists: surgeons, obstetricians, neonatologists and angels disguised as nurses. In front of them I surrendered my maternity outfit and traded it in for a hospital gown. I was rolled onto each side so steroid shots could be administered to my posterior to encourage the maturation of the babies’ lungs. I was also given magnesium sulfate1 via IV to slow

1 Magnesium sulfate is given to women at risk of delivering between 24 and 32 weeks in an effort to slow delivery. According to the Mayo Clinic website, magnesium sulfate may also reduce a specific type of damage to the brain for babies born before 32 weeks gestation.

2 Ambien is used to treat insomnia and is considered a class C drug for pregnant women. The benefits (in this case, sleeping) outweighed any side effects. Ambien has been known to cause users to engage in activity that they later don’t recall. In my case, I was only on Ambien a few nights.

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the delivery. The word “deliver” was one I was not prepared to hear as my actual due date was in June. If the babies were born at 24.6 weeks, they’d have a 60 percent to 70 percent chance of survival. It would also mean an extensive stay for them in the neonatal intensive care unit, better known as the NICU. And the mere thought kept me up for three nights straight, later telling the nighttime nurses, “Ambien2 is a joke.” On that third day, giving in to exhaustion, I rested. And settled into what would be my home for the next 23 days. Hello, bed rest3. I’d like to rest my heavy head tonight On a bed of California stars I’d like to lay my weary bones tonight On a bed of California stars. 3 Bed rest isn’t recommended unless there is an extreme case such as in a high-risk pregnancy like mine or for women who have experienced preterm labor in prior pregnancies. Be sure to talk to your doctor to weigh your options and determine what is best for you and your baby.

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continued from page 24 When anyone asks how I survived, I tell them I had my playlist on my iPad Shuffle cued up to my favorite tunes. Aside from my morning ritual of catching Live with Regis and Kelly, the only thing that was a certainty during my stay on the seventh floor was me listening to my songs—and sleeping, a lot. Wilco and Billy Bragg’s “California Stars” kept me going. If bed rest was only as easy as the lyrics painted in that song. In 2007, bed rest was pretty common, especially if you were expecting more than one. The thought is to keep the woman immobile in order to give multiples a chance to make it as close as they could to 40 weeks gestation. Of course, 40 weeks is the goal for one, 37 to 38 weeks for twins, and about 35 weeks for triplets.

I called it “house arrest” because it sounded cool. I could only go up and down the stairs twice a day. By then I was sleeping in a reclined position on our couch. And eating. And trying not to make multiple trips to the bathroom. Hospital bed rest made the twice-a-day trips up and down my stairway at home seem like a vacation. That’s because once I was placed on official bed rest, the only travel I was allowed was to an in-room commode—and for that I needed a nurse or an aide to get me situated. When I was not falling asleep due to the magnesium sulfate and the nurses checking vital signs every four hours, bed rest was incredibly isolating, especially at night when my mind could wander and worry. Sure, Rob and friends would visit, but how boring it was after hours. I didn’t want to bother the nurses, but I felt like I bothered them a million times a day. As for activity, there was some. That’s if you count a daily parade where I was wheeled downstairs to the ultrasound room as an activity. Most of Syracuse got a good look at me during the daily trek. And then there were the “false alarm” days, where Baby A would be so sound asleep during an ultrasound that I took a ride up to Labor and Delivery. She pulled that on us three times. By the fourth time,



For me, bed rest actually began before my admission to the hospital. At about 20 weeks I had developed a nasty upper respiratory infection. I was taken out of work and told to stay home. at week 28, Baby A had had enough of Babies B and C standing on her, taking her food and disturbing her sleep. So, A made a break for it. My water broke Thursday night during a marathon showing of NBC’s The Office. Of course, my husband had gone home for the night. I called him just after midnight to tell him it was time and that he needed to return. The nurses told me to remind Rob that this might be a false alarm. “Take your time, they are going to try to stop things,” I said. But this time it couldn’t be stopped. In the delivery room I tried to call my sister in Utica but a nurse quickly lifted the cell phone from my hands. This was it. It was going to be a delivery with an all-female team. I remember hugging the nurse during the epidural— wishing, instead, that she was my sister. I remember being scared, staring at the ceiling, and asking if I was going to be OK. And, in a brief yet frantic moment, the babies were delivered minutes apart. At 2:06 a.m. Baby A was born, followed by Baby B at 2:07 and Baby C at 2:08. I was too afraid to ask about them right then. Rob came in at 2:09, and the isolettes were whisked by us toward the NICU.


I saw some rapid movement but don’t remember hearing any cries at all. The next thing I knew, I was being wheeled toward the NICU with Rob by my side and my sister waiting in recovery. Along the way Rob had the opportunity to ring the hospital chimes to announce the births of the babies. And for the first time in a long time I cried. Hard. And the lyrics burned deep into my mind: I’d love to feel Your hand touching mine And tell me why I must keep working on. Yes I’d give my life To lay my head tonight on a bed Of California stars. But a relaxing night of sleep would not come for miles from this moment. The next hurdle was ahead: going home to recover while our triplets struggled to thrive among the isolettes, monitors and wires, at the Crouse NICU. Alexia Conrad resides in Canastota with her husband and her now 10-year-old girl-boy-girl triplets.

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can learn about the challenges of exploring Mars. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

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Wednesday, Aug. 2

Baby & Toddler Play Date. 10 a.m. Invite

friends and take part in a group play date, with extra toys and music in the Children’s Room. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Toddler Summer Storytime. 10:30 a.m.;

also Aug. 16. Children ages 2-3 (and siblings), accompanied by caregivers, can hear stories, sing songs and make crafts. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Reading Buddies. 11 a.m.; also Aug. 9 & 16.

Lego Building Contest. 2-3:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can compete to win prizes in several categories; Legos provided. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 4570310.

STEAM Discovery Hour. 3 p.m.; also Aug.

9 & 16. Kids ages 7-12 can see how the library’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) kits work, or complete new challenges. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

lyrics. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Family Storytime. 11 a.m.; also Aug. 10 & 17.

Children ages 2-6, accompanied by caregivers, can hear stories, sing songs, make crafts and more. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 492-1727.

Balloon Rockets. 2 p.m. Children age 5 and

up can assemble, decorate and launch a rocket. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Kids Create It. 2 p.m.; also Aug. 10 & 17.

with acrylic paint and painter’s tape, making wall art. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Science meets creativity and art in this series for children age 6 and up. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Fun for All Storytime. 11 a.m.; also Aug. 9 &

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Aug. 16. Teens

Come and Cool Off. 2 p.m. Children ages

16. Children ages 3-7, and an accompanying adult, can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a craft. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. (315) 4544524.

can hang out, eat snacks, and play a game or do another activity at each week’s session. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

DIY Catapult. 2 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can

Words and Music Songwriter Workshop.

Trained teen volunteers read with children age 4 and up; on Aug. 9, Ellie the dog visits the library. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

explore the physics behind catapults and make one to take home. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Teen Hula Hooping. 2 p.m. Teens can learn

hoop games, dances and skills with instructor Dawnmarie Raymond. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 4355326.

Destination: Inspiration. 2 p.m. Kids of all

ages can take part in an interactive adventure in which they create characters, choose settings and steer the plot. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Art for Kids. 4 p.m. Kids in grades 3-5 can paint

6:30-8:30 p.m. Songwriters of all ages and skill levels can bring work, and get and give constructive opinions and suggestions. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Thursday, Aug. 3 Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m.; also Aug. 10 & 17.

Children ages 3-6 (younger siblings welcome) can take part in this early childhood music and acting class with live guitar music, creating unique

5-12 can play in virtual snow, painting with ice and thawing out frozen critters. KidSpace, Second Floor, Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Puppets with Pizazz. 2:30 p.m. See a lively

adaptation of “Rumpelstiltskin,” ideal for kids from pre-K-grade 5. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. (315) 454-4524.

Action Art. 4-4:30 p.m. Kids in K-grade 2

can take part in hands-on activities that focus on the act of creating. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374.

Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy. 7-8 p.m.

Join a fun sing-a-long with Salt City Ukulele. Bring a chair or blanket. Plank Road Ice Cream, 449 S. Main St., North Syracuse. Concert free; charge for treats.




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Friday, Aug. 4

Children’s Summer Storytime. 10:30 a.m.;

Open Chess, Aug. 5, 12, 19 & 26

also Aug. 18. Children ages 3-5 (and siblings), accompanied by caregivers, can hear stories, sing songs and make crafts. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 4355326.

Wii and Game Fun. 2 p.m.; also Aug. 11, 18 &

25. Kids age 5 and up can test their skills on the Nintendo Wii and play board games while they wait. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Popcorn Fridays. 3:30-4:30 p.m.; also Aug. 11 & MICHAEL DAVIS PHOTO

18. Young people ages 12-18 can eat popcorn and play games in the teen space. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Saturday, Aug. 5

Family Fun Day. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A fun day for

all ages will include: 5K race and walk (strollers permitted); carnival games (starting at 11 a.m.); and a Skunk Hollow baseball game, where teams from Nelson and Fenner play a 19th-century version of the game. Nelson Town Hall, 4085 Nelson Road, Cazenovia. $5-$10/meal tickets.

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids can read to one of three friendly dogs from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

learn how to fish with Spyder Rybaak. Live bait and lures will be used; bait and tackle are provided. Those over age 16 must have a valid New York state fishing license. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Free. Free.

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Aug. 19.

Rice Creek Rambles. 11 a.m.; also Aug. 12, 19

Children ages 5-12 can read a story to Cooper, a trained, lovable dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

south of Route 104, Oswego. Free. Call day of to check trail conditions: (315) 312-6677.

Oktoberfest. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; also Aug.

6. Live music and more. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free admission.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See July 29 listing. Open Chess. 2-4 p.m.; also Aug. 12, 19 & 26.

& 26. Explore trails, woods and wetlands with a naturalist on a family-friendly hike. Those under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego, Thompson Road, 1 mile

Players of all levels can meet up with others and play with provided boards, or bring their own. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

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Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. An

interactive presentation explores different aspects of science each week. This month’s topics include: the solar system; carbon emissions; mouse urine; and the science of social media. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/ seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600.

Teen Fest. 4-8 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 can

hear live music, including local band Posted, sample food, and learn about services and opportunities for teens. The event is sponsored by Contact Community Services and Teen Talk (teentalkradio. org). Henninger High School, 600 Robinston St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 430-9301. contactsyracuse. org.

Sunday, Aug. 6

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in August. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines to take home. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600.

Monday, Aug. 7

Big Box Build. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Children can

make whatever they like out of really big boxes and other materials. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Gaming for Adults with Special Needs.

1:30-3 p.m. Adults with special needs can build communication and social skills while playing Wii and board games. Caregivers must remain in the room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

American Girl. 2 p.m.; also Aug. 14. Young

people ages 7-12 can travel back to the historical happenings and culture that influenced the American Girls in an event that features stories, crafts, snacks and more. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Cartoon Workshop. 2:30 p.m. Kids can learn about cartooning, draw favorite characters or create their own. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3519.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6 p.m. Monthly

meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Tully’s, 2943 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Reserve if you wish to attend:

Tuesday, Aug. 8

Build a Better Bubble. 2 p.m. Bubble pro

Children ages 3-6 can learn six to seven signs that correspond to the week’s story. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Henna Body Art. 2 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Aug. 22.

Doug Rougeux gives tips for better bubbling. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5442.

can create and decorate bird feeders for their yards. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

learn the history and art of henna with SK Henna and get a (temporary) henna tattoo; participants under 12 must have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian to get a tattoo. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Build a Better Bubble. 2-3 p.m. Doug Rougeux

Mad City Money. 2 p.m. Young people ages 12-

DIY Birdfeeder. 2 p.m. Children age 5 and up

shares his best tips, secrets and recipes for fantastic bubble making on the Dinosaur Garden lawn (or inside if the weather turns bad). Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Makey Makey. 2 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can use

an invention kit to turn things like play dough into touchpads. KidSpace, Second Floor, Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Build a Board Game. 2:30-4 p.m. Students

going into grades 6-12 can bring their ideas, and get tips and materials to build their own games. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

Wednesday, Aug. 9

First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Aug. 23. Children

who are good walkers, up to age 3, can with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Salamanders. 10 a.m.-noon. Children ages 5-12, accompanied by a caregiver, will explore upland woods, lowland forests and wetlands in search of salamander hiding spots. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $8/child. (315) 365-3588.

Baby Storytime with Signs. 10:30 a.m.; also

Aug. 23. Babies and caregivers can take part in a language-building program that teaches and reinforces six basic signs. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

KidsFest. 11 a.m. The quintet WindSync

performs an imaginative and interactive version of “Peter and the Wolf.” First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. $5/adults; free/ under 18. (315) 685-7418.

Zoo to You. 1:30 p.m. Kids can meet zoo animals,

touch animal artifacts, and learn how they can make a difference for wildlife. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

18 can get a taste of the real world, complete with occupation, salary, credit card debt and medical insurance. Snacks provided. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Lego Boats. 2:30-4 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can

make big, crazy Lego boats and try to keep them floating; materials provided. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

Teen Game Night. 6 p.m. Teens can experience the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, a social game in which computers and tablets are networked to allow players to assume roles as officers on a spaceship. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Jeff the Magic Man. 6 p.m. See a balloon show and then kids in the audience can get their own twisted balloons. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661.

Teen Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can come

and talk about anime. Cosplay is okay, but library staff must approve. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Thursday, Aug. 10

Chopped Kids. 10 a.m.-noon. Kids entering

grades 3-5 can work on a team to develop flavorful, no-cook dishes for judges to taste. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 6376374.

Drop in Storytime. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Children

age 5 and under, with caregivers, can share songs, stories and games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Chopped Teens. 1-3 p.m. Students entering

grades 6-9 can work on a team to develop flavorful, no-cook dishes for judges to taste. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 6376374.

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touch animal artifacts, and learn how they can make a difference for wildlife. Community Room, First Floor, Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Moreland the Magician. 2:30-4 p.m. See a

show packed with magic, comedy, puppetry and audience interaction. Event is also end-of-summerreading party, with prizes for top readers. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. (315) 454-4524.

Rigamajig. 2:30 p.m. Children ages 6-12 can

make contraptions with a large-scale building kit of wooden planks, wheels, rope and more. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Teen Trading Card Game Day. 3:30-4:30

p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can join TCG Player, a local company, for an afternoon of games and

prizes. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Friday, Aug. 11

Dan the Snakeman. 1:30 p.m. Audience members of all ages can have an awesome, handson reptile experience. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940. Calling All Princes and Princesses. 2-3 p.m.

Children ages 4-10 can dress up and enjoy snacks, crafts and activities. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required:

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30-7:30 p.m.;

through Aug. 20. See a performance of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Food available for purchase. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket

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and a picnic, if you wish. A kids’ area for age 10 and under. Presented by the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival. Thornden Park amphitheatre, entrances at Ostrom Avenue and Madison Street, South Beach Street, Ackerman Avenue, Syracuse. Donations. (315) 476-1835.

Saturday, Aug. 12

Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddlers

and preschool-aged children, accompanied by an adult, can take part in this music and movement class. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

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Girl Power Art and Cultural Festival. 1-4

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 3-6

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See July 29 listing.

p.m. Live music, dancing and communication with cultural, professional and community groups about the strength of women. Activities for kids of all ages and adults. Sponsored by It’s About Childhood & Family Inc. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 382-0541.

Duct Tape Projects for Teens. 2 p.m. Teens

Shakespeare in the Park. 2-4 p.m.; through

The Magic of Reading Show. 5 p.m. Follow

Art Fair at the Center. 3-6 p.m. See dance

Monday, Aug. 14

Build a Better Bubble. 2 p.m. Bubble pro Doug

3-5. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661.

Anime Expo. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Anime fans can

see films, take part in cosplay and hear panel discussions. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

can make wallets, flowers, bags and more with provided supplies. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326. performances by local children, and view all that the new center has to offer, including a chance to see sculpture and paintings, and meet the artists. Brewerton Center for the Arts, 9660 Brewerton Road, Brewerton. Free admission. (315) 676-5838.

Sensory Friendly Time. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Staff

turn down the noise, turn off flashing lights, and shut off air compressors so people with sensory processing challenges can enjoy the museum. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068.

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30-7:30 p.m.; through Aug. 20. See Aug. 11 listing.

Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower. 8:30-11 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to lie back and watch for meteors. Through a telescope, see the Milky Way galaxy and views of Saturn. (Backup date: Aug. 13.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 6731350.

Sunday, Aug. 13

and parents can learn yoga and literacy skills in a session that features puppets, stories, songs and breathing exercises. Participants must wear socks; mats provided. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. Jeff D’Ambrosio on a fun journey through Magical Storyland. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Aug. 20. See Aug. 11 listing.

Family Summer Dance Party. 2-4 p.m. Head

Rougeux gives tips for better bubbling. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Pregnancy 101. 6 p.m. Pregnant women

Wednesday, Aug. 16

to the community room for dancing, crafts and snacks. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. can learn about prenatal nutrition, relieving common discomforts, preterm labor warning signs, exercise, and other topics. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 395-3643.

Adventures in History. 6 p.m. Children ages

Family Indoor Drive In. 10 a.m. Kids can design and decorate their own cardboard box “cars” to sit in during a movie. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration preferred: (315) 637-6374.

7-12 can learn about an event in history and how it shaped the lives of children and families who lived it. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Tuesday, Aug. 15

Balloon Tower. Kids age 5 and up can work

together to see which group can build the biggest freestanding balloon-and-tape tower. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Discover, Understand, Build. 2-3 p.m. An

Explore Art. 9:30 a.m. Babies and toddlers

can mix colors and finger paint. Participants are encouraged to wear smocks or play clothes. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

educator from the MOST (Museum of Science & Technology) will help participants build common machines with simple parts, learning how people get energy from the wind, sun, water and more. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required:

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Thursday, Aug. 17

Near West Side Block Party. 1-5 p.m. Mundy

Branch Library’s mobile pop-up will be at the party at Skiddy Park, 300 Tioga St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797

Get Squishy. 2 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can whip up a

big batch of slime. KidSpace, Second Floor, Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy. 7-8 p.m.

Join a fun sing-a-long with Salt City Ukulele. Bring a chair or blanket. Village Deli, 325 W. Manlius St., East Syracuse. Concert free; charge for treats.

Friday, Aug. 18

Scavenger Hunt. 2 p.m. Teens can follow clues in a fun scavenger hunt for prizes. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5442.

conservation education with the culture and heritage of the native countries of Asian elephants. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adult; $5/senior; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and under. (315) 435-8511.

Solar Eclipse. 1-3 p.m. See a presentation

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See July 29 listing.

Eclipse Viewing Party. 2 p.m. View the eclipse

Bats. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn about bats in an

indoor-outdoor program, and find out how beneficial they are. For age 8 and up. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Register: (315) 673-1350.

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can

learn how to fish with Mike McGrath. Live bait and lures will be used; bait and tackle are provided. Those over age 16 must have a valid New York state fishing license. Lake Neatahwanta pier, Route 3, Fulton. Free.

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30-7:30 p.m.; through Aug. 20. See Aug. 11 listing.

through Aug. 20. See Aug. 11 listing.

Sunday, Aug. 20

Skippyjon Jones Visits Storytime. 7 p.m.

11 listing.

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30-7:30 p.m.;

Kids can wear pajamas, hear a story about Judy Schachner’s adventurous kitten, and meet Skippyjon Jones. Bring a camera or phone to take photos! Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

Saturday, Aug. 19

Asian Elephant Extravaganza. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A day-long celebration combines wildlife

Shakespeare in the Park. 2-4 p.m. See Aug.

Monday, Aug. 21

Summer of Science Social. Noon-3 p.m. Free

event on the east lawn focuses on the solar eclipse and how to safely view it. Local viewing begins at 1:17 and the eclipse will reach its maximum at 2:38. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068.

(indoors) about the eclipse, then head outside to watch the moon cast its shadow, with disposable safety glasses. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. together (using special glasses) and learn about astronomy. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374.

Eclipse Viewing Party. 2 p.m. Use eclipse

glasses to see the partial solar eclipse safely. (The next solar eclipse won’t occur until 2024.) Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5442.

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. 2-3 p.m.

Borrow special glasses to safely watch the eclipse (never look directly at the sun without appropriate protection!). Rain or shine, enjoy special handson activities to explore the science of eclipses. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600.

Minecraft Nights. 6-8 p.m. Children of all ages can play Minecraft with others. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 4570310. Registration required:

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Drop In Crafts. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Kids can make fun, seasonal crafts in the Children’s Room with provided materials. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

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Wednesday, Aug. 23 New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

(exhibits); through Sept. 4. The fair features thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of rides and countless styles of deep fried food. Also see the works of New York artists and crafters. New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse. Admission: $10/general; free/age 12 and younger. $3/Thursdays. $1/Aug. 23 & Sept. 4. Parking: $5. (800) 475-FAIR.

Ice Cream Floats and Coloring Book Exchange. 2-3 p.m. Families can enjoy an ice

cream float, then take a coloring break. Bring a book to trade in and take a different one one. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Thursday, Aug. 24

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

(exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 listing.

Drawing Basics for Teens. 2 p.m. Phil

McAndrew, who has contributed to MAD Magazine and has illustrated several books, shows teens the basics of cartooning. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Silly Putty. 2 p.m. Children age 5 and up can

make silly putty and slime. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy. 7-8 p.m.

Join a fun sing-a-long with Salt City Ukulele. Bring a chair or blanket. Big Dip, 216 N. Main St., North Syracuse. Concert free; charge for treats.

Friday, Aug. 25

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 listing.

Saturday, Aug. 26

The library formerly known as the DeWitt Community Library reopens with a celebration at its new location, including games, giveaways and entertainment for all ages. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. (315) 446-3578.

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

(exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 listing.

Jeff the Magic Man, Aug. 9 & 15

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can

learn how to fish with Mike McGrath. Live bait and lures will be used; bait and tackle are provided. Those over age 16 must have a valid New York state fishing license. Oneida Fish Hatchery, 3 Hatchery Road, off Route 49, Constantia. Free.

KidsFest with Joey Alexander. 11 a.m. Jazz

prodigy Joey Alexander, age 14, talks about his story and performs. First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. $5/adults; free/under 18. (315) 685-7418.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See July 29 listing.

Sunday, Aug. 27

Inner Harbor Peace Runs. 8:30 a.m. 2K

race starts at 8:30 a.m.; 5K race at 9 a.m. Other activities include: bouncy house, ice cream, meet Otto the Orange, and more. Sponsored by It’s



About Childhood & Family Inc. Syracuse Inner Harbor, West Kirkpatrick and Rensselaer streets, Syracuse. $25/5K; free/2K. (315) 382-0541.

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

(exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 listing.

Monday, Aug. 28

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

(exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 listing.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

(exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 listing.

Wednesday, Aug. 30 New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

(exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 listing.

Back to School DIY. 2p.m. Use a variety of

craft materials to make pencil pouches, book covers and more. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Teen 8 Bit Perler Design. 6-8 p.m. Teens in

grades 6-12 can learn how to make perler designs or create their own. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required:


Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville Grand Opening. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


We’re Expecting Something New

Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus will open its expanded Birth Center and nursery unit this fall. Highlights include: • Large, private rooms designed for quality time with family members • In-room sound systems for soothing music for mom and baby • A “sibling center” featuring a game table, books and movies The Birth Center offers a safe, comfortable place to welcome your baby to the world. We work with you and your doctor to provide the birth experience you seek, and further support you with physicians, neonatal nurse practitioners and anesthesia on site, around the clock. To learn more, go to






Build a Better Bubble, Aug. 8, 9 & 15

Animal Demonstrations. Through Sept. 4:

daily, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Keeper talks and various animal encounters. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/ children; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511.

Webster Pond Fishing. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon (kids), Sundays, 8 a.m.-noon (adults). Seasonal fishing sponsored by the Anglers Association of Onondaga. Webster Pond, 2004 Valley Drive, Syracuse. Donations. (315) 727-2922.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time. 5-6 p.m.; every

Thursday. Volunteers of all ages can make bagged lunches to hand out to members of the homeless community. Wholely Grounds at The Road, 4845 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. (315) 218-6066.

Weekend Walks With a Naturalist.

Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Nature discovery hike with different topics each weekend. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. Throughout the year, visitors can grab their walking shoes and explore 4.5 miles of well-groomed, flat trails. Trails feature a 900-foot boardwalk, osprey nesting platform, and wetland and grassland restoration areas. The area is a stop for many migratory waterfowl and songbirds; other wildlife include muskrats and beavers. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Free. (315) 697-2950.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking

trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Interpretive Center open Monday-



Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. Snowshoe rental: $5/day. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350.

Wegmans Playground. Boundless Playground

for children (and parents) of all ages and abilities includes accessible swings, slides, bridge and more, including special section just for the tiniest tykes. Onondaga Lake Park, Route 370, Liverpool. Free. (315) 451-PARK.

Barnes & Noble Storytimes. Thursdays,

10 a.m. Join a storytime for toddlers and preschoolers that’s features a book, songs and coloring. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

Fairmount Community Library Storytimes. Little Movers (good walkers ages 1-3): Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. Small Steps (unstructured play for ages 0-2 years): Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m. Creative Kids (stories and crafts for preschoolers): Mondays, 11:15 a.m., Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Dr., Syracuse. Free. (315) 487-8933.

Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes

and occasional games; youngsters learn group listening and participation skills. Call for times. Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 472-6343, Ext. 208.

Petit Branch Library Storytimes. Tuesdays,

10:30 a.m. Toddler and preschooler storytime for children ages 18 months-5 years and caregivers. Includes stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.

Regional Market Farmers’ Market.

Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (year-round); Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (May through November only). Shop seasonal produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, specialty foods and more on display throughout covered sheds; heated shops of Regional Market Commons feature gift and unique items including jewelry, paintings and home decor. Also, flea market, Sundays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 2100 Park St., Syracuse. (315) 422-8647.

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Flamingo Bowl.......................................................5, 23 Fun Jump.......................................................................... 23 J&B Seamless Gutter Co. Inc. .................................. 14 Jewish Community Center.................................27, 35 Joan Condlin’s Liverpool School of Dance............. 19 Liverpool Youth Soccer League............................... 19 Madison Irving Pediatrics............................................ 31 Mike Carter’s Cartoon Island................................... 23

Polka Tot Children’s Consignment.......................... 31 Prevention Network.................................................... 35 Rothschild Early Childhood Center......................... 29 Sciencenter..................................................................... 27 SewSyracuse................................................................... 27 Shining Stars Daycare, Inc.......................................... 25 Syracuse Chiefs ............................................................ 17 Syracuse Children’s Chorus ...................................... 14

Eastview Mall.................................................................. 34 Edge FCU.........................................................................11 Elevation Dance Company......................................... 19 Everson Museum .......................................................... 15 EYE Studio....................................................................... 13 Faith Heritage School.................................................. 25 Family Life Network..................................................... 17 Fidelis Care...................................................................... 2

Mike Waite’s Music Studio......................................... 19 Montessori Discovery School of Syracuse............ 27 Montessori School of the Finger Lakes.................29 Mystical Acres................................................................ 29 My Gym Children’s Fitness Center.......................... 19 North Syracuse Central School................................ 29 Pathfinder Bank.............................................................. 9 Pediatric Associates..................................................... 32

Syracuse School of Dance.......................................... 25 Tawn Marie’s Dance Centre...................................... 25 The Dance Theatre of Syracuse............................... 33 Tonja B’s Sleep Consulting......................................... 27 Upstate Medical University...............37, Back Cover Weiss, Savedoff & Ciccone......................................... 15




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