Lily - I would be ok with it if it was an actual lesson! That sounds great. The two camps I mentioned, the kids are just wading/swimming in a pond/lake on their own. I think that's fine once kids can fully swim, as I remember enjoying that as a kid when I was about 7 or 8.
KAM - thanks for asking... however... I chickened out and didn't do weaning boot camp with DS. However, I did lessen the amount of formula I give him when he wakes (usually between 2-4 am). We're down to 3 oz. I will reduce it even more, then try giving him a sippy of water in the crib. Luckily, DD is MUCH better. Not sure if it's the sticker chart or something else, but she is not getting up 3-4 times per night and wandering into our room. At least for now!
So, we're about to pull DD out of her daycare/preschool. She is transitioning to preschool now and I am really not happy with the teacher she has been assigned to. I waver back and forth, wondering if I am being too nit-picky. However, the situation has made me realize we don't really need the 6 hour days that she's been doing, especially now that she's not napping consistently. So we're looking int 3-hour preschool/nursery school programs. If anyone can recommend any in the Andover area, I would love referrals.
Oh - also - Medford, if it makes you feel any better, my DD is similar to yours. She is very hesitant in any situation where there are any kids that she doesn't know well. Even our weekly playgroup, if she hasn't seen them in a couple of weeks, become virtual strangers to her. She will just stand with me for 30-40 minutes and watch. None of the other kids do that. Or if she's on a swing and a kid comes to interact with her or even just swing next to her, she'll say, "Mama I'm all done!!" with a sort of air of desperation, ready to get away from the other kid. It's hard to watch and wonder what to do to make her more comfortable.