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November 23, 2014

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Breastfeeding: Three tips for a good latch.


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.


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


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


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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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?


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


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


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


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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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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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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