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March 29, 2015

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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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Taking Time When You Don't Have the Time


Taking Time When You Don't Have the Time

Yesterday I went to Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Some of you may immediately think of Ree Drummond the Pioneer Woman, but for me, Pawhuska is where my Grandpa Mashunkashey lives. My Grandpa is almost full blood Osage Indian and lives on the reservation. He's 89 and while his body is suffering from old age, his mind is sharp as a whip. My life is busy. Not so much the kind of busy where I'm constantly going from here to there like moms who have older children with basketball games, girls scouts, etc. I'm more the type of busy where I'm trying to play Batman while nursing a baby. So finding a day to drive to Pawhuska to see my 89-year-old Grandpa isn't on the top of my priority list. Atleast, it wasn't. When I walked into my Grandpa's home I saw all of...

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Tulsa Immersion Schools: Why can't we all get in?

In the past couple of weeks I have heard multiple moms talk about "getting in their request for Eisenhower" or "we are hoping to get into Zarrow." With the recent changes made to the selection process, it seems to be a true craps shoot. But is that fair? I don't know. I have a 3-year-old, so I don't have to worry about it for a couple of years, but I am definitely considering the immersion route. I'm sure that they're trying to keep it as fair as possible, but as a mom, it's so frustrating that there is nothing you can do but throw a request in a box and hope for the best. We want to do whatever we can to make sure our children are getting the best (or what we consider to be the best). When you really think about it, whether or...

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Do you know what's in your purse?

You guys, someone stole my purse our of my car last Friday. I think it must have been when I was picking up my son from Mother's Day Out. Either that, or it was in my garage, which I don't want to think about because it totally creeps me out. No, my car wasn't locked. I'm very naive when it comes to people stealing things. I kind of have the "it won''t happen to me" mindset. But, not anymore! The reality is there are some people out there that do bad things. I didn't realize it was gone until our credit card company called to ask about some serious spending going on at Target, Gordman's, Academy Sports. Not to mention I had some serious (atleast for me) cash in my wallet. I went through the stages of grief - sad, mad, panick, etc....

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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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