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October 25, 2014

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Baby Bootcamp

I can really talk myself into a frenzy when it comes to my children. About a month ago, my 3-year-old started stuttering pretty suddenly. It lasted about two weeks and then kind of vanished. In those two weeks, I came up with a couple of scenarios 1) he had a stroke 2) he had a brain tumor or 3) something super traumatic must have happened. I had also already scheduled a visit to a speech pathologist (which I've since canceled), and we did go see his ENT - who told me he was fine. His tonsils are a bit oversized, but there's nothing we can do about that at his age.  My husband says I overreact. My husband may be a little right. I'd love to say that I don't compare my children to others, but that wouldn't be completely true. I'll see a Facebook...

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Worry About Yourself!

Oh, man. I've been really enjoying some of the stuff my 3-year-old has been coming up with lately. For example, I've been trying to get him to tell me which animals are nocturnal and which are diurnal. He kind of just thinks I'm saying that animals who are active during the day are not-a-turtle. So, when I'll ask him what an owl is he'll say "not-a-turtle." Yes, son, you're right, but.... Anyways, here's a funny little video that has been going around today. Enjoy...

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Cleaning My Tub With Vinegar


Cleaning My Tub With Vinegar

I don't really have an opinion or advice in this blog, it's more of just a rant. A rant about how I'm losing. my. mind. Since I've become a mother, my third eye has taken over. I can't enjoy the park because I'm constantly looking for danger. If a stranger walks up, I'm secretly thinking they look like that fugitive I saw on the news. I don't even like going into Home Depot with them because of all the chemicals lingering. And I'm seriously considering moving to the country and starting an organic farm so I can have complete control over the food my children eat. All of the potential hazards, chemicals, etc. are everywhere and I can't keep up with it all. I mean, did you know that there are ingredients in certain kinds of apple sauce...

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The 6 Stages of a Sick Kiddo


The 6 Stages of a Sick Kiddo

Jeez, I have had a long week, folks. It started Monday with a questionable cough, got confirmed Tuesday with a chest x-ray, and now it's Friday (right?) and I feel like we're coming out of a pneumonia fog. For a little comedic relief, I've come up with my list of 6 stages of having a sick kiddo. I'm in between numbers 5 and 6 right now. 1) Suspicion Was that nap a little too long? Do those eyes look a little lazy? Was that a cough from a bad swallow or something more? Your mother intuition is on red alert now. 2) Preparation Ibruprofen - check. Popsicles - check. A thermometer that is actually working- check. Humidifier - check. 3) Acceptance With one look at their glazed-over-eyes and a cheek to the forehead, you know it's ON....

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Congrats to Betty!


Congrats to Betty!

Lastnight, the 2013 Newsie Awards were held at the the Campbell Hotel. The Newsies is an awards event honoring Tulsa’s best in local print, radio, TV, and web media. Tulsa Press Club members nominate their favorites and then the public is invited to vote on the finalists. TulsaKids Editor Betty Casey was nominated for favorite print columnist and won! Because she can be a little humble, I wanted to be sure and let you all know. They haven't posted all of the winners yet, but you can find the full list of nominees. I know firsthand how much Betty cares about the Tulsa community and how hard she works to get important information out to families. This award was well-deserved and we are very proud of her (and quite jealous of her new newsie hat). Congrats,...

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Rethink Your Drink


Rethink Your Drink

You may have heard by now that a court has blocked a ban on the sale of large sugary drinks - including soda - from restaurants in New York City, a day before the law was to take effect. Super-sized meaning any drink over 16 oz. Call me a socialist if you want, but I'm disappointed it didn't go through. We all sit here wanting the government to pay for our healthcare, but get upset when they're trying to do things to keep us healthy. The judge who ruled that the measure was "arbitrary and capricious", after industry groups sued the city. I had to google what capricious meant (which btw - Capricious is an adjective to describe a person or thing that's impulsive and unpredictable, like a bride who suddenly leaves her groom standing at the wedding...

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Tough Love with Breastfeeding


Tough Love with Breastfeeding

Now before I start offending people, let me say that breastfeeding is your own personal choice. It's all about what you're comfortable with, etc. But, for those expectant mothers who have made the choice to breastfeed their babies - sometimes, you just need a litte tough love. Recently, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who is trying to get pregnant for the first time. We're super close, so we can have those candid, real conversations that you can only have with your super close friends. We were talking about what kind of mother she wants to be and deciding what her baby may look like, etc. She said she definitely wanted to breastfeed and asked if I would help coach her through it. I said of course I would, but then I asked if she wanted me to be a Bob...

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What is Baby Led Weaning (BLW)?


What is Baby Led Weaning (BLW)?

I've been hearing the term "baby led weaning" for a while now, but I just assumed it had to do with breastfeeding. Upon further investigation, it's actually just letting your baby feed themselves from the beginning of introducing solids into their diet. So in a sense, it's the very beginning of them weaning from the breast, but on an expanded timeline. Also, there's a bit of language confusion happening because in the UK, ‘weaning’ means ‘adding complementary foods’, whereas in the States it means ‘giving up breastfeeding’. When we first began solids, I made pureed/ homemade baby food, but I've definitely been giving my 9-month-old more table food than I ever gave my firstborn. I was probably way paranoid that...

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What you should really get your friend at her baby shower.


What you should really get your friend at her baby shower.

So, I hope I don't sound condescending when I say that most new mom registries are full of fluff. I did it, too. 75% of the items on the registries will not be used. Diaper genies? Don't need them. Baby shoes? Puhlease. Whirlpool baby tubs? Are you serious. What you really need is to load up on diapers and wipes, but what fun is that? You're not going to get any "oohs" and "aahs" over a box of Pampers. So, here are a few things that may be a little trendy, but I believe to be functional and fun for both the giver and receiver. Plus, they're priced right. WubbaNub Neither of my children have been very interested in pacifiers for the longterm, but in the beginning they were an excellent way for me to buy some time in between feedings. But...

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Batman and Joker, Batman and Joker, Batman and Joker!


Batman and Joker, Batman and Joker, Batman and Joker!

I was not a very good mommy this morning. I am just so tired of playing Batman and Joker. For the first two years of my son's life I was always right there. I almost felt guilty if he was playing by himself, so I'd jump in there. And now he doesn't know how to play by himself. I'm thinking that this is a first child syndrome. Looking deeper into this theory, I can think of multiple instances to support it. Example #1 My older sister and I. She has never played well by herself. She prefers to be in group settings (i.e. dinner, working out). I, being the second sibling, am quite comfortable alone, and sometimes prefer it. Example #2: My niece and nephew. While my niece does pretty well at playing by herself as she has gotten older, she prefers to be...

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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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