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Co-Sleeping Transition: Take #Infinity

Sunday....we got a new twin-sized bed for our son. Yesterday....I bought sheets and purchased a bedrail. supposed to be the day that we actually use these items. We hadn't originally planned to co-sleep with our son, it just kind of happened. He slept perfectly fine in his crib from 4-18 months, but then he would wake up at 5 a.m. and I would just put him in bed with us. Then it was midnight. Then it somehow turned into full blown co-sleeping. To be honest, I'm not opposed to co-sleeping in any way and tend to side more with the whole "it's our culture" side of the argument. Not to speak for my husband, but I think he enjoys our son being in bed with us, too. Sure, there are times when it's inconvenient, but for the most part it's...

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Amoxicillan No Better than a Placebo--Wha???

Here's something to discuss with your pediatrician at your next visit. I came across an article this morning claiming that Amoxicillin is no better than a placebo for most sinus infections. "Our results show that antibiotics aren't necessary for a basic sinus infection - most people get better on their own." Dr Jay F Piccirillo Any mom out there knows exactly what Amoxicillin is...the pink stuff that gets prescribed to your children for ear infections, sinus infections, etc. I'm not a huge fan of my child taking medication, and luckily I have a pediatrician who isn't either. She's sent me home with the a prescription of "if he doesn't get better in 3 to 4 days come back" many, many times. However, I have also been on the losing...

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Prepping Baby #1 For Baby #2

It's funny how my pregnancy concerns have changed this go 'round. We've got all the stuff and this time I know that I'll really only need about 30% of the stuff.  This time, I'm mostly worried about Baby #1. Oh, my sweet little boy. He really is sweet...most of the time. But like most of you, I have spent every minute of his life catering to his every need. Some days I wonder why I was in such a hurry for him to say "Mommmmmaaaaaa" because now he says it over and over and louder and louder until either I come to his rescue, or he gives up to come find me. Times like these make me get a little panicky.  I start to envision me nursing a newborn while also trying to get his cars that have rolled under the couch for the hundredth time that day....

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"Ate all, still hungry, please send more food."


"Ate all, still hungry, please send more food."

I've mentioned more than once that my son is an eater. I always hear moms worry that they can't get their child to eat and I just sit there biting my tongue. My nephew skips meals freqently and it drives my sister crazy. However, if my son is there, he'll slide on over to his cousin's chair and finish off his plate for him. Seriously. Which brings me to yesterday when his daily evaluation sheet from MDO said "ate all, still hungry, please send more food" next to his lunch comments. Let me say first that I think it's very sweet that his teacher cares about him so much. I get it. I've seen him look distraught at an empty plate, and even lay his head down on his little table looking quite pathetic. My mom and and mother-in-law are constantly...

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This week in the news: No presidential debate talk allowed

Here is my collection of news-worthy articles this week. Happy Friday! If what he says is true, he's got a case. Surprise Twins: Man Sues Fertility Clinic I'm a sucker for delivery stories (especially when they're in elevators). Surprise Delivery: When Babies are Born in Strange Places. That Barbie is such a little trouble maker isn't she? Iran Shuts Down Shops Selling Barbies For something so common, you'd think society would do a better job taking care of these people. 1 in 5 Americans Suffer from Mental Illness Another reason for me to gladly accept hand-me-downs. The Indoor Pollution Threat You May Not Have Known Exisited Enjoy your weekend!

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Me and My Stupid Heart Shaped Uterus

My mom delivered both my sister and I two weeks late and my sister had two full-term babies. I assumed that I too would see my due date come and pass. This, however, was not the case with my first pregnancy. I could go into details about how it all went down, but the summary is that out of nowhere I went into labor right at 36 weeks. In the time of "too posh to push" and early scheduled inductions, I was happily prepared to go the long haul. So when I went into pre-term labor, I was scared. But, luckily, out came a healthy (in preterm weight) 6 lbs. 9 ounce baby boy who didn't spend a moment in the NICU. With everything going on, I never had a chance to ask my doctor: "Why?" Or maybe I was just so happy to have a healthy baby, it didn't seem...

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Friends with Benefits

Oh how things change over the years. Eight o'clock dinner reservations are replaced with eight o'clock bedtimes. Alarm clocks become obsolete and the term "friends with benefits" now refers to a girlfriend who is giving me her old breastpump. Recently, one of my oldest and best friends had her first baby. I did my best to prepare her for the highs and lows of those first few weeks. I had talked to her about sleep deprivation, but it's definitely one of those things that you have to experience for yourself. So, once she had the baby, I knew that what she needed from me was plain ol' support. A couple of texts a day, a couple of phone calls to see how she's doing, a "you're not crazy, you're exhausted" pep talk. I advised her to...

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This week in the news: Happy 2012


This week in the news: Happy 2012

Six days into 2012 and I'm already faltering on a few of my resolutions. For example, I resolved to bring my lunch to work everyday in an effort to save money and eat healthier. But, the baby really needed some good Lebanese food yesterday, so I had to hit up Dena's. Oops. Another is to be a better, more organized blogger. So, my plan is that every Friday I'm going to post the most compelling (in my humble opinion) news stories that I've read throughout the week. Some may be funny, some may be sad, some may be infuriating, but they all made me stop whatever I was doing and read more. One thing I refuse to do is get political. I have my opinions (oh do I), but choose to keep them off this blog. WHAT A SURVIVOR: Okla. teen mom asks 911 for permission, fatally...

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10 Things I've Learned in 2011


10 Things I've Learned in 2011

While mentally prepping to write this blog, I took a look back at last year's post and still stand by it.  Or, more accurately, stand close to it in the triple threat position ready to take off at a moments notice to catch a crazy 2-year-old who is gaining speed on the daily. Seriously, this kid is getting fast! On that note, let me start with my annual "10 Things I've Learned This Year" post: 1) DON'T go to the park to relax. There is a time in every parent's life when the park becomes a relaxing experience. Having a 2-year-old is not that time. Do they even have benches at parks in Tulsa? I wouldn't know. 2) DO go to the park to relax...eventually. The whole reason to actually go to the park is for you and your child to get exercise....

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Reservations in Reproduction


Reservations in Reproduction

I had a dream two nights ago that was the most obvious form of my subconscious screaming that I've ever come across. It came after my son fell asleep--pretzled between my right arm and leg. While co-sleeping has it's negatives, this is not one of them. I lay there thinking how much I love being this close to my son when it all of the sudden hit me that this lovely, calm falling asleep routine had an expiration date on it in the form of his little brother/sister coming in June. How soon we forget that these little angels don't sleep through the night for months, years even. "What am I going to do?" I panicked. "How am I going to divide up my time, especially night-night time, between the two? Will Bennett's sleep be disrupted, too? This co-sleeping...

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Something you want, something you need...

With ten days between my son's birthday and Christmas, December can quickly become expensive and just plain out obnoxious. Although he's not quite old enough to understand the concept of giving, and all two-year-olds are by nature greedy little gremlins, I still want to attempt to teach him that Christmas is truly not all about scoring the Little Tikes motherload. Everytime we come to a Salvation Army bell ringer, I give my son a couple of coins (I have to be a little stingy when we average two a day) to put in the can. He thinks it's fun and someday I'll explain what it's for. Not to mention it's absolutely adorable and I always get a little "awe" from a passerby. Also, in lieu of presents for his birthday, I'm going to ask people to...

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Here Comes Baby: The Sequel


Here Comes Baby: The Sequel

Today, I woke up with a sick stomach and just followed it up with a glass of V8 and FOUR cornbread muffins. That's right, I'm pregnant. So far, this has been the complete opposite of my first pregnancy. I had a little nausea with the first one, but nothing extreme. Of course this time, while I'm running after an almost 2-year-old, being a little nauseous is considered a good day. I am the most cliche pregnant person in the world. The other day, I scared my sister to death because I called her crying so hard I couldn't talk. She immediately thought something was horribly wrong until I explained that I was just feeling a little emotional. That new "War Horse" movie preview could set me in a tail spin. I'm just at 12 weeks (due June 12th), so I...

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A Note to my Future, Tired Self

It was a moment of weakness. After the 15th day over 105 degrees this blustery summer and my then 18-month-old throwing tantrums every time I turned my hair dryer on, I made an emergency appointment with my hair stylist. I was a woman on a mission, blinded by the heat. That day I cut off around 10 inches of hair. I was in denial at first and my overly supportive support group said they thought it looked great. Liars. Now, months later, I'm still regretting this decision and the years it will take to get my hair back to french braid length.  Having always had long hair, I assumed that getting rid of 90% of it would make my life easier. Oh, how wrong I was. Short hair is hard work! My former long-haired-self would occasionally dry it; but would more...

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Get exactly what you want for Christmas by asking for it.

With Christmas fast approaching (seriously, 47 days), it's time to get serious about my "who to buy for" list. On top of that, my son is turning two-years-old on December 15th. This causes the Grandmas, Grandpas, Great Aunts, etc. to ask..."What does he want?" Instead of doing the "Oh, he doesn't need anything" dance, all while knowing very well that they would never not get their favorite toddler a gift for his birthday and Chrismas, I decided to get proactive by setting up a wish list on I had heard about people doing this and thought it to be a little presumptuous. But now I see that it is efficient and accomodating. It's user-friendly. When you are setting up your registry, you drag a button to your tool bar....

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Tips to Avoid Listeria While Pregnant and Beyond

When pregnant with my son, I read the What to Expects and the Your Pregnancy Week-by-Weeks. They all talked about Listeria, but I didn't get anything out of it other than stay away from deli meats. But now, with the recent cantaloupe Listeria outbreak, it made me wonder, what exactly is Listeria? And, are all foods at risk? How can a pregnant woman avoid it? So here's what I found: Regarding the recent cantaloupe Listeria outbreak: 29 people have already been killed and 139 have been sickened. The tainted Colorado cantaloupes have been off store shelves for weeks now. But the symptoms of listeria can take up to two months to appear. (Read more) 2 MONTHS! So what exactly is Listeria? According to good ole' Web MD: Listeriosis is food poisoning caused by...

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Is sharing photos putting your family at risk?

Who knows how true these types of things are, but I thought it was worth sharing with you.  I would love to believe that there aren't crazy people out there that would do something like this, but that's just not the case.  It takes five seconds to change on your phone....  

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Do you know what stridor is? I DO!

So maybe I'm the last mom on the planet to know what stridor is, but just in case you aren't familiar, I'll share my weekend with you.... My son woke up early Friday morning with the obvious signs of croup. The barking seal breathing, etc. Only this was different from our previous croup experience because he was having a serious struggle with breathing. His stomach was concaving with every breath and he was acting lathargic. At this point, it was 3 a.m. and while I wanted to jump in the car to head to the ER (which I now know I should have done), I wanted to see my highly trusted pediatrician. For the next few hours, we rotated him between the steam shower and outside air. Gave him popsicles and tried to stay calm. Finally it was 8 a.m. and I was the first in...

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Stupid things parents do that put their kids at risk

It seems like this week was information overload regarding how we should raise our children. No tv, no crib bumpers, etc. What these researchers don't realize is that when they publish these studies, they send me into a frenzy that causes sleepless nights and way too much Googling. I read this article from CNN, "Stupid things parents do that put their kids at risk." Basically, it gives a a list of 5 do'nts that parents do: 1. Moving baby to a bigger car seat too early: My son was 28 lbs. at nine months, so I probably didn't move him fast enough. 2. Letting baby sleep in swing: My son loathed the swing from the get. 3. Letting your baby watch 'educational' videos: I have let my son watch tv before his 2nd birthday. He watches one...

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iPhone: The New Binky


iPhone: The New Binky

Did you guys see the story on the news this morning of the baby that thought a magazine was a broken iPad? It shows a baby easily navigating through an iPad and getting frustrated when an actual magazine "won't work." I'm starting to realize how our grandparents feel about my generation and cell phones. It's true...when my son is my age it's highly unlikely that he will ever use an actual print magazine, newspaper, book, etc. . All of his reading will be done on some form of tablet or whatever Steve Jobs has in store for us. I have an iPad and the way my son manueveurs through it is somewhat unnverving. I'm not sure why, but I feel like reading Brown Bear on an iPad is just...just...wrong. Being a book lover, I have a hard time...

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Family Fun at The Fair!


Family Fun at The Fair!

Say what you want about the fair, but all-in-all it's a a good time.  Sure the crowd is, ummm...colorful, but unless you're a germophobe, you've simply got to take the family. We went yesterday afternoon/early evening and headed straight for the petting zoo.  After walking in, I quickly realized why my co-worker suggested going in the morning.  (Note to self: always listen to a woman who has three kids regarding least smelliest time at the Fair Petting Zoo.) Because let me tell ya, the stench can take you back for a minute. But after you get used to that, it's not bad at all.  To actually get into the Petting Zoo is free. You can buy food to feed the animals, which is $1 for a small and $5 for a large. There are cows, zebras, tons of goats,...

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Thinking beyond the curb.

About 6 months ago, my sister started recycling her chipboard. At the time I wasn't for sure what chipboard was, I just knew that our curbside recycling didn't take it.  I just lumped it into the cardboard category and shamefully threw it in with the rest of my non-recyables. But my sister challenged me (as most big sisters always do) to start gathering it in the garage just so I could see how much of it I actually went through. After just one week, it was apparent to me that I was a chipboard addict. From diaper boxes to 12-packs, the chipboard was adding up.  Finally after about about a month (and a plea from my husband to get it out of the garage) I loaded it up in my car knowing that would force me to take it out to the recyling center.  And since...

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The here comes the bride bailout

The previews for the new Matt Damon film "Contagion" do not impress me.  The storyline is just too easy.  Hollywood obviously doesn't know that this happens during "sick season" every year with our kids in school. It all started on Thursday with my toddler, made its way through my house and ended in Ardmore, Ok. just yesterday.  I'm sure there are more victims of the most horrific stomach flu on my record, but I only count the ones that I have to clean up after. I was at my desk, happily working away on Thursday...looking forward to a weekened full of wedding festivities for one of my nearest and dearest when I got a phone call from B's school. Oh no.  It's just never good when they call you in the middle of the day is...

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Cowboys and Sooners have Common Ground

  My husband and I are pretty big Oklahoma State fans. He had a brief OU stint, but I come from a long line of OSU Alumni (and I rub that in his face whenever I can). In fact, I have to throw a shout out to my sister for being awarded a "2011 OSU Rising Star" award for her overall awesomeness. I'm pretty sure there are specific accomplishments that she received the award for, but as her sister, I get to say it's because she's just really awesome. Don't stop reading if you are an OU fan because this involves you too...sort of. Just stay with me. In addition to being an OSU fan, I'm also from Ardmore, Ok. The hometown of OSU's very own Justin Blackmon. I never knew him because I'm waaaay older than him (no need to get into specifics), but I feel really cool about it. I even...

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The Helicopter Mom

There is such a fine line between being a passive mom and a helicopter mom.  It seems like the very moment that I start to relax, my kid gets hurt. Forcing me to teeter between helicopter mom and psycho mom. Last week while tailgating before a football game, my 21-month-old fell and caught himself with his left arm. I didn't see it happen, but the scream that followed was one that makes mothers go immediately into crisis mode. The screaming subsided after a few minutes, but he was obviously in pain and not using the hurt arm at all.  Luckily, my husband has learned that in these situations, I'm not open to any sort of compromise. I demand action; quick, direct action. He found an EMT who called in for "back-up." Out of nowhere five more EMTs showed up. Even I knew...

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The first years of motherhood are the most educational years of your life.  Abby Rodgers shares the highs, the lows, the love and complete shock of being a new mom.  She'll write what she has learned and also seek advice from you about things she has yet to figure out.  Abby keeps it real with a little humor and a lot of love. 

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