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October 21, 2014

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The Magical Land of Grammy's House


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


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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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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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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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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