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How to Make Homemade Baby Food

12/21/12

How to Make Homemade Baby Food

I like to cook. I don't like to bake, but I do like to cook. Of course these days I don't have as much time to as I would like, but you really don't need very much time to make homemade food for your baby. My Grandmother-in-Law (is that right?) got me a Beabe Baby Cook when my first born started solids. In between solid foods with my two kids, I even let my friend who has triplets use it and it's still holding up very well. So if you're thinking it's pricey, you're right, but a good investment with re-sale possibilities. All you need to do is buy the veggies or fruit at your grocery store. I opt for organic, but I'm not quite sure it's making that big of a difference from some of the articles I've read lately. But, there's really...

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New Cool Thing Alert at the Aquarium

12/10/12

New Cool Thing Alert at the Aquarium

As I've mentioned before, we are regulars at the Oklahoma Aquarium. As in, we go atleast once a week. It's a great all-weather-activity for us and it makes me feel good to take the toddler there for some educational fun. So, as your tour guide, I needed to share with you a cool new thing that's going on there. It's the newly opened Extreme Amazon exhibit. The fish are cool (and don't miss the iguanas hanging out in there too), but what is REALLY COOL is that there's a tunnel underneath the exhibit where your kids can crawl around. Since no one was watching, I crawled under there myself. In the middle, there's a place you can poke your head up and it's as though you're in the middle of the tank.      ...

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My Nutcracker Obsession

12/04/12

My Nutcracker Obsession

Confession: One of the first things I thought of after finding out I was going to have a girl was that I'll always have someone to go with me to watch The Nutcracker at Christmas. Yes! I was in ballet growing up. It seems funny to think of now since I wouldn't be caught dead in tights, but then again maybe if I spent as much time doing bar exercises I wouldn't be so anti. I digress. So during my short career as a ballerina, I was in The Nutcracker twice. The first time I played a mouse and the second time I was a soldier. A group of dance moms (who do not resemble anything to the Lifetime reality show) would take turns driving me and a few of my friends back and forth to Dallas for practices and shows. It was so fun. I remember doing our homework in the back...

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Hey, you! Get your baby on his/her tummy!

11/20/12

Hey, you! Get your baby on his/her tummy!

My son slept on his tummy when he was a baby. GASP! I know, I know. It's the only way he would sleep longer than 20 minutes and after a couple of weeks of only letting him nap on his tummy I caved. Because of this, any sort of head shape issues was not on my radar. Fast forward to the present to my daughter who hates...H-A-T-E-S...being on her tummy. When we brought her home from the hospital her biliruben number got pretty high, so we had to do the "tanning bed" for 7 days in our home. You're supposed to keep them under the lights as much as possible. So, besides nursing, she pretty much stayed there. At the time, I was so concerned with the jaundice situation, I didn't pay any attention to the fact that she was highly favoring looking to her right....

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Tips for Moving with Little Ones

11/06/12

Tips for Moving with Little Ones

Oh, sweet Jesus, I am exhausted. I thought having a newborn was tiring, but moving with a 2-year-old and a baby takes the boat. My #1 tip for you is to not do it. Stay where you are! But, since that's just not an option sometimes, here are some things I did or wish I would have done. 1) Start packing early. Invevitably, there will be a point when you just start throwing stuff into boxes and label "Miscellaneous." But try and get everything done prior to hitting the "OH SH**" button. With that, I suggest starting with the fragile items. You see at the beginning you're all refreshed and buzzed about the move, so it's the time to perfectly pack the China and stemware in bubble wrap and place it delicately in a box before the buzz wears...

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Malala Yousafzai

10/16/12

Malala Yousafzai

Last week, I blogged about the International Day of the Girl. With a sense of irony and sadness, Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistan girl, was shot in the head by the Taliban that same day. You see, the Taliban believe girls should not be educated, or for that matter, even leave the house. Malala believes differently and has risked her life to defend her right to receive education. "I have the right of education," she said in a 2011 interview with CNN. "I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up." Currently, Malala is recovering in a hospital in Great Britain. The doctors are hopeful that she will be able to make a full recovery. The depth of...

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International Day of the Girl

10/11/12

International Day of the Girl

Although she's still a baby, I feel a huge responsibility with my daughter. Not just the typical parental responsibilities, but the extras that come with being female. I want to raise her to be a self-reliant, confident, smart woman who never feels the weight of a glass ceiling. I want her to read about sexism in history books, but never experience it herself. And if she does, I want to raise her with the tools she'll need to handle it. I want her to have a healthy body image, and not feel overwhelmed by what she sees in magazines or televisions. When I lie awake at night thinking about these things, never does becoming a child bride, prostitute or school drop out come to my mind, but there are mothers out there who do. It's not that they don't want better for...

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Things I Don't Want to Forget

10/04/12

Things I Don't Want to Forget

This morning, I read this wonderful blog post by Allison Tate from the Huffington Post. I got very teary and it reminded me how quickly it all goes by. My little guy will be three soon, and somehow my newborn is almost 5 months old. When everything changes so quickly, I want to make sure and remember what is happening right now. Like how my son, no matter if it's a flu shot or a bonk on the head, truly thinks my kisses can heal. "Mommy kiss it," he'll say. Then, "I'm better! Tank you, mommy." Oh it makes me melt. Or how he refers to every child he meets, no matter if it's his cousin or a complete stranger, as his friend. "Mommy, there's my friend," he says while running to play with him/her. I love it, but it also makes me sad...

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How to Support Sibling Love

09/18/12

How to Support Sibling Love

First, let me be clear, my sister and I do not have the perfect relationship. We've had a few quaffs. I stole some clothes of hers back in the day and things like that, but we've never had any sort of physical altercation. Anytime we have a disagreement or have spent too much time together, instead of having some sort of blow out, we usually just kind of have an awkward few days until something bigger happens and the disagreement is forgotten. I've been mad at her and I know she's been mad at me, but for the most part we are truly best friends. Maybe our personalities don't conflict (she's type A and I'm type B) or our 3 1/2 year age difference is ideal, whatever it is, it works. Like most of these things go, I'm going to go ahead and give credit...

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Cool Family Fun at Guthrie Green

09/10/12

Cool Family Fun at Guthrie Green

The people of Tulsa have spoken (sorry, I watched way too much of the national conventions), Guthrie Green Park is the new IT place. This weekend, families and reggae lovers alike spent atleast a couple hours at the new park in the Brady District. I went out yesterday afternoon and was shocked by everything going on in this area. I've obviously been living under a rock (aka: just had a baby) and haven't been paying the much deserved attention to the amazing things going on. But no more! I am inspired and reinvigorated to join this awesome movement happening just north of downtown. Not knowing what to expect, I was quite ill-prepared, but that's the cool thing about Tulsa...or Oklahoma for that matter; blanketless and snackless I was able to bounce around from...

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Afternoon Activities for Toddlers in Tulsa

09/04/12

Afternoon Activities for Toddlers in Tulsa

The past few weeks, I've been a work-at-home mom. Wowsa. Normally, I spend the first part of the day in the office while my 2-year-old goes to MDO. Recently, I've been spending the first part of the day trying to wear my 2-year-old out to prepare for a good naptime so I can get cram in some work---usually while breastfeeding my 3-month-old. A couple of times I've gotten them both to sleep at the same time. I've even got a victory dance down for when that happens. I'm tired. To the SAHMs and WAHMs, I salute you. Anyways, while I've been home, I've been taking advantage of all the fantastic activities around Tulsa for toddlers in the morning. We've been to the storytimes at the Schusterman and Hardesty libraries, the new splash park at Whiteside...

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My Labor Story

08/26/12

My Labor Story

Three months later, and I'm ready to talk about it. Nah, it wasn't that bad actually, I've just been knee deep in diapers, a breast pump, the terrible twos, trying to get work done, etc., etc. I love hearing other people's labor stories. So, I thought I would share mine with you. Like my first child, it came earlier than expected and earlier than I wanted. First and foremost, I have a heart-shaped uterus, so I'm quite lucky that I've had two healthy babies and no mis-carriages (that I know of). They just tend to evacuate a little early. My son came at 36 weeks on his own. Turns out he was pretty uncomfortable in there, which was obvious by his extreme conehead...like he could have easily been a baby in the "Coneheads" movie back in the...

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Crafts and Christ

08/13/12

Crafts and Christ

I'm not a crafty person. Nor do I enjoy doing crafts. I do, however, enjoy receiving them. Luckily, my husband's Aunt Susie is an amazing crafting goddess who loves making things for us. Win, win! For our wedding she made the flower girls and guest book attendants dresses. Most recently, she made my daughter's baptismal gown...OUT OF MY WEDDING DRESS! She called me a couple of months ago saying that she was taking a class and one of their projects was re-using an older piece to create a new one. Then she asked what I was doing with my wedding dress. Being the crafting loser that I am, I had no idea where she was going with it. But then she told me her idea and I got really excited. As you can see in the photo it is just gorgeous. It must be comfy too,...

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How I'm Beating the Heat with a Toddler and Infant

08/06/12

How I'm Beating the Heat with a Toddler and Infant

It's not good when you refer to 100 degrees as a cool day. Not good at all. By 10 a.m. it's already too hot for my 2-month-old to be outside. This can cause for alot of cabin fever from my 2-year-old. I'll remember the Summer of 2012 as the one that I had an epic battle with Dora and Diego. I try to keep the tv turned off, but it's just so hard while I'm nursing or trying to get the baby down for a nap. Which at this point it seems like that's all I'm ever doing. My son isn't the entertain himself type of kid. He needs me in there playing cars or reading books with him. So, to avoid too much screen time, and me feeling guilty all day.... GET STARTED EARLY At the Zoo: This is pretty easy for us. I think the longest my 2-year-old has...

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A Mother's Obsession with Poo

07/23/12

A Mother's Obsession with Poo

Now that's the face of a boy with healthy bowels. Because, let's face it, our moms were right to be concerned with our poo all of these years. Here is a conversation I've had with my mother atleast a hundred times: Me: "Mom, I don't feel good." Mom: "Have you taken a good b.m. lately?" Me: "Yes, mother, but I don't think that's the answer to everything." Mom: "Was it healthy?" Me: "What do you mean, mom?" Mom: "Well, what did it look like?" Me: "Ew, mother, I've got to go." Mom: "Make sure you're drinking plenty of water." Normally, I wouldn't disclose all of this, but I have a strong feeling that this is a universal conversation...

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Breastfeeding: Three tips for a good latch.

07/16/12

Breastfeeding: Three tips for a good latch.

See those chubby cheeks? That's all from some good ol' fashion breastmilk. My babies may be born small, but they do not stay that way for long. There are certain keys to successful breastfeeding, but to me, the most important is support. Not that anyone can do anything for you physically, but getting the emotional support from those around you is vital. I receive tons of support from my family and co-workers. My husband, knowing that it is not only the best for our babies, but is also a huge money saver, is my biggest cheerleader. Come to think of it, it may also have something to do with him not losing any sleep at night, too. Hmm. Also, I come from a long line of breastfeeding women, so not breastfeeding wasn't really an option for me. So when my son, now 2 1/2,...

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Two is more than one.

07/10/12

Two is more than one.

I've done it. I've accomplished the impossible. Both of my children are napping at the same time! I haven't posted a blog in some time. It seems like everytime I get started someone wakes up, someone is hungry or I opt to attempt to sleep myself. So, here she is.... Miss Sydney Ann Rodgers, my beautiful, feisty little daughter who is 7 weeks old today. I could tell when I was pregnant she was going to be a force to reckon with and I was spot on! I'll be honest, I came into having baby number two a little cocky. Either my son was easy, or I had completely forgot how hard the newborn stage can be, but I'm here to tell you that the past 7 weeks have kicked my a**. At the beginning, she was very jaundice. Her billy number got as high as 22 and she was...

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A Wonderful Time at the OK Wondertorium

05/27/12

A Wonderful Time at the OK Wondertorium

First of all, I'd like to announce that we welcomed a beautiful baby girl on Tuesday. We named her Sydney Ann Rodgers and I am, once again, overwhelmed with love for her and so grateful to be a mom. She has already been such a blessing and I'm having a wonderful time getting to know my new daughter. Her brother is smitten and has been so great with her. We are having a hard time getting her billly rubin level down, so she's undergoing photo therapy 24/7. I'll blog more about that later, but I don't have a ton of time this morning, and I wanted to share our amazing experience at the Ok Wondertorium last weekend. The OK Wondertorium is in Stillwater, and is well worth the drive. From what I understand, a group of moms were tired of having to go out of town, so...

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Make Your Own Montessori Moments

05/14/12

Make Your Own Montessori Moments

It's easy for me to get into a rut when planning activities for my family. I have my staples...the Tulsa Zoo, Zink Park, the OK Aquarium.  And while I'll always be a zoo groupie, there are SO many places around Tulsa that just can't be overlooked. Case-and-Point: Saturday morning, my sister, mother and I took the kids (ages 7, 3 1/2 and 2 1/2) to Woodward Park for the scavenger hunt that the Tulsa Garden Center created. While the scavenger hunt wasn't what I originally expected (I was thinking "go find a pine cone," etc.), it lead us on an adventure that turned out to be fun and memorable for all. Like most activities there are tons of distractions that make it even more fun. My sister and I like to call them our "Montessori Moments."...

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05/09/12

The Big Introduction

I've been brainstorming on what to get my son as his "big brother gift", and I'm coming up a little flat. I'd love to get something that he'll remember and always keep, but at 2 1/2 that seems a little far fetched. I have some cute "big brother" t-shirts, but I want something to give to him when he first comes to meet his little sister. If I even have him up to the hospital at all. Initially I thought I would absolutely have him come up to the hospital a couple hours after the baby gets here. After we've all recovered from delivery and I've got my bearings. We're even scheduled to go on the sibling tour at St. John's next Saturday. But lately I've been thinking I may not even want him to come up to the hospital at all....

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Do you juice?

05/03/12

Do you juice?

Recently we've hit a whole new milestone with my 2-year-old in that he actually has an opinion about what he eats and drinks. In fact, it's a very strong opinion. Specifically, he will throw his peas off his plate while saying "I don't want it, I don't want it..." I've steamed carrots, then mash them with butter and cinnamon, but he's no fool. "I don't want it...." Luckily, he does love the veggie/fruit purees that come in the package (see left). It doesn't matter what kind, he eats it right up. Ever the skeptic, I've tried to find negative information about these little packs, but can't. The only draw back in my house is that because I know he'll eat them, I've become lax about preparing fresh vegetables for...

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Pregnancy Brain Is Real

04/25/12

Pregnancy Brain Is Real

Things have been happening to me lately. Some I'll share and some I'll keep to myself (believe me, I'm doing you a favor). I'm starting to really appreciate that my 2-year-old won't remember much about the last couple of months, as he serves as my only witness to some very embarrassing situations. A month ago, I was bent down trying to brush his teeth while he was busy doing something with his cars, and I completely fell over backwards. Gracelessly fell on my arse. "Mommy, ok?" he says. "Mommy is ok" I reply. Last week, he was playing on the jungle gym with his cousins at the park. He got into a "big boy" area, so I climbed up (in a dress) to be there..just in case. Well, he started to fall, so I leaned over (in a dress) to...

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The Downside of Having a Baby

04/19/12

The Downside of Having a Baby

At 32 weeks pregnant, I'm starting to shift out of the "fun" pregnant part into the "ugh" pregnant part. My back aches, I'm tired, my breasts are sore, I can't tie my shoes, I'm peeing constantly...you know, the usual. I'm starting to remember how bad everything hurts. For some reason, I had pushed my labor way back in a safe place in my memory, but now it's starting to come back to me. In fact, all of the not-so-fun parts are coming back to me... Labor and delivery: There's really no reason to get into specifics on this one. Even "good" deliveries are still painful. It's just that afterwards, that whole area (you know, down there) it's just, well, an unfortunate situation. Plus, it goes on for longer than anyone...

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The Secret Life of the Pregnant Woman

04/10/12

The Secret Life of the Pregnant Woman

Nothing is more mysterious than the nocturnal habits of a pregnant woman (I say in my best Discovery Channel voice). I've hit that point in my pregnancy where I'm up a minimum of five times a night to use the restroom. It never fails. Every night around 8-9 p.m., I become extremely thirsty. I'll down glasses and glasses of water, knowing all-too-well that I'll be paying for it later. If you're picturing a quick jump in and out of bed, you'd be very wrong. More often than not, I've got a two-year-old pretzeled in between my arms. So, I must slowly untwine us. Then, I've got the ol' stiff back issue that makes the first couple of steps out of bed look more like I'm walking in quick sand. While I'm working that out, I...

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03/30/12

Where's the harm in Bully?

"The Hunger Games" is extremely violent. You know this if you've read the book or seen the movie. If you haven't, I'm telling you it is violent. I'm not going to get into the details of the book or movie, except that I enjoyed them both very much. Although the book was more realistic than "Harry Potter" or "Twilight"...at 30-years-old, I'm mature enough to be able to read it for what it is, fiction. Since my son is still into The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, the ratings and whether or not my tweenager should be allowed to see it isn't on my radar. I'd like to say I wouldn't alow it, but I've never felt the pressure of a 14-year-old wanting to do something that all his/her friends are doing. Plus, I think...

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My Third Trimester Guilty Pleasures

03/21/12

My Third Trimester Guilty Pleasures

I have officially entered the third trimester, or as I like to call it, the "whatever shoes I don't have to tie" mester. Since my son is on a pretty reliable sleeping schedule, I am trying to pack in all of the books and movies I can after he goes to sleep. This go around, I'm very well aware that I won't read a book for a good two years once the baby gets here. My last pregnancy, I read the Harry Potter series which resulted in my son's nursery morphing into a wizard/ owl/ star themed something. Based on the information below, this little baby's nursery could get a little bizarre. So, I thought I'd share these guilty pleasures with you (in order of degree of guilt 1-5). If you haven't already indulged, you're welcome. If you've...

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The Magical Land of Grammy's House

03/19/12

The Magical Land of Grammy's House

I hope you are all enjoying your very first day of Spring Break. We started off ours last Friday by road tripping to my hometown to stay with my mother, or Grammy as she's now known. My sister and I loaded up our kids (7, 3 and 2 years old) and headed south. Grammy's house has become this magical place (especially to the 7-year-old) where anything is possible. Growing up in the country, I took for granted that cows and horses were just part of the backdrop, but to my 2-year-old, seeing cows is an event. Although I do love midtown, country living has its perks. For example: 1) There's something to be said for not having to worry about traffic. When I open my front door, it's an immediate "hold my hand" situation. At Grammy's house, it's a...

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Stop Kony 2012

03/08/12

Stop Kony 2012

I'm a skeptic. I think...I hope that everyone is these days. I didn't say pessimist. It's just important with the our unreliable media to do a little research or ask a couple of questions before you completely swallow a news report.  So, have you all seen the Stop Kony 2012 campaign that has taken over the www? Maybe you have, but haven't had time to watch the video. I took some time today to watch the video and also read a few articles and blogs discussing its accuracy. Here are some blogs/ articles I read: CNN, NPR, Forbes. For good measure, I tried to look on Fox News, but couldn't find anything. There's no doubt that Joseph Kony is the worst kind of human being. His crimes are unthinkable and it's beyond what many of us can...

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03/06/12

Feeling the Love

You know, there are times when you feel like the whole world is against you; now is not that time for me. I was just reading my editor Betty's newest blog post and it made me feel good. It also reminded me of a good interaction I had with a mom this past weekend.... You may have read that one of my son and I's special places is the kid's area in Barnes & Noble. He loves the train set, and I love reading while he plays with the train set. However, lately it hasn't been such a special place. This whole sharing thing has become a struggle for us. As soon as a possible "enemy" shows up to the set, he begins hoarding as many trains as he can hold. Then, when his arms can't hold anymore, he has a nervous breakdown as they fall to the floor. If...

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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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