Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
|Friends for life: Nadia and Jeremiah Bowman, Ann and Austin Kopp, Rosa and Jonathan Juarez|
“This was our first pregnancy so we didn’t know much about what to expect and how much he should be moving,” Ann, a Burleson resident, said.
She was admitted to Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth and placed on bed rest. Everything seemed to move so quickly after that, she said. Further testing showed high levels of protein in her urine which meant her kidneys were shutting down. Staying pregnant meant big risks for both Mom and baby, so four days after being admitted she was scheduled for a C-section delivery.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
After everyone had gone home, I sat (for the first time that day) and reviewed all the moments that had made the day so special. My thoughts repeatedly led me back to my own mother and how this day would not have been as special without her. Going through this process, as a parent this time, really opened my eyes to all the sacrifices my mom made for me and my siblings to ensure that we were properly prepared for this milestone.
Friday, May 25, 2012
It just seems like a few days - not an actual 14 months - that we brought this little guy home who needed us for everything.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Not only do I like to get gifts, but I love to give them. Since the birth of my children, my goal has been to create something special from them to Daddy for every occasion: birthday, Father’s Day, Christmas, etc. I generally give a store-bought from me, but the kids always make or do something special. And for a husband whose love language is not "receiving gifts," the homemade kind absolutely melt his heart.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I have battled migraines for 25 years. Several years ago, my primary care physician told me that almost all of his female patients who suffered from migraines stopped having them altogether after having babies. It had something to do, he hypothesized, with the hormonal changes during and after pregnancy.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
She was having severe chest pains to the point she thought she was having a heart attack. Her family took her to the hospital. After many tests, she was diagnosed with stress cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome.
Broken heart syndrome has been increasingly recognized in the U.S. and the rest of the world as a condition affecting mostly women. Patients present with symptoms of a heart attack, in spite of having normal coronary arteries. This condition is usually brought on by intense physical or emotional stress. It is possible that a sudden surge in adrenaline causes spasm in the smallest blood vessels supplying the heart. However, most patients will recover completely if given appropriate medical care.
Monday, May 21, 2012
We are just a few days removed from the eradication of ear infection number five. And, as I’m sure many new parents are aware, that fifth ear infection holds special power. After that one you get to have the infamous “ear tube” conversation with your doctor. Following the formula of a Tarantino movie I have now partially revealed the end of this story, so let’s go back.
Friday, May 18, 2012
I admit, as much as I was dreading this task, it was a lot less cumbersome than I thought. After sorting all the items in the drawer (old birthday candles, employment pins from when Matt was an entertainer at a local amusement park, a rainbow of highlighters and markers...even an unused cigar in a wrapper that my Dad gave me for my 21st birthday!), I pitched about half its contents and salvaged a myriad of useable writing utensils and notepads. I even found some treasures I didn't know we had!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Uh…what? I was operating under the assumption that exclusively feeding breast milk for six months was okay, even recommended. (Turns out it’s anytime between four and six months of age, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics).
My doctor said we could start trying to introduce solid foods any time after four months of age, starting with rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
That’s how old he was when German soldiers came to the house in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he lived with his mother, three aunts and grandmother. The soldiers took them from their home with only the clothes that they were wearing and packed them into a dark train compartment with other Jews.
Monday, May 14, 2012
As an adult, my Mom is still my hero. And she's my best girlfriend and confidant - someone I can always turn to for advice and to laugh with. She's a talented artist, an excellent cook and an eloquent writer. (Recently, she wrote a children's book that was inspired by my son, Dylan!)
Friday, May 11, 2012
Adding a new baby has stirred up my life in so many ways – there’s more chaos, more joy, more responsibility, more love, more self-imposed expectations and more laughs than ever before. And the days rush by in the blink of an eye.
To me, Mother’s Day means stopping and freezing for a moment in time, hitting the pause button on our hectic lives and appreciating and cherishing one another exactly as we are today -- because we will never, ever be 29, 12, and 6 months old again. For me it's about celebrating the whole family, with Mom as a lynchpin.
We asked some Moms to talk about what Mother's Day means to them or what their best Mother's Day was like, and here's what they said:
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Our little munchkin is such a little lady; at least that’s how my husband sometimes describes her. Mostly, she’s simply, “Daddy’s little angel,” no matter how she’s acting. In any case, every time she eats her meals (and sometimes while she’s nestled in our laps), she’ll cross her lower legs together. I do the exact same thing, and didn’t even realize it until my husband pointed it out to me. And then when she really likes a meal, she’ll start humming and moving her foot (or feet) up and down, left to right. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I do the exact same thing when I eat a scrumptious meal.
Posted by Megan Brooks at 11:56 AM
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Let me give a bit of background for why I hoard my days. My work doesn’t give set vacation days each year – it’s all done by accumulated paid time off. And that PTO covers everything so I’m stingy with its usage, much more than I ever was at previous jobs with benefits that were less pooled. At first it was building up time off for our wedding. Then it was rebuilding time to hopefully someday soon take a reasonable maternity leave. I work holidays most Texans have off to try to build a solid bank of time.
Posted by Jennifer Erickson at 11:06 AM
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Each serving should contain:
• At least 16 g whole grains (16g equals one serving of whole grains) or at least have a whole grain as the first ingredient
• Low in sugar (10g or less)
• Be a good source of fiber (3g per serving)
• Free of artificial colors and dyes.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Now let’s talk about this heat. I do realize I am not the first pregnant person to go through this heat, but it certainly feels like it! You see, my son plays for a local sport’s youth team, and wanted anything more than to have his birthday party at one of their games this year.
Friday, May 4, 2012
When I was a little girl, I planned to become a professional softball player, an astronaut, and the first woman president. To this day my mother loves to remind me how adamant I was that I would make this happen. Life has a funny way of molding and re-adjusting the plans we have in childhood…playing high school softball and bossing my little brother around is as close as I got to those plans.
Birth is another part of life that people plan for. Informally, couples whisper about what they will name their baby, who they might look like, who will hold him/her first, who will cut the umbilical cord. Over the years, a formal tool has been developed for couples planning their birth… the “Birth Plan.” By simply Googling these two words, over 90,000,000 results pop up. There are websites, and templates, and suggestions for phrases to be included. The resources for birth plans seem endless. And just as every member of my family had a suggestion (and theirs was the best suggestion) about what I should be when I grew up, there is an endless supply of “experts” ready and willing to tell you what your birth should be like.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Lawn mower accidents are quite common at this time of year, and account for a large percentage of accidental partial or complete amputations. The energy transferred by a lawn mower blade is equivalent to being shot in the hand with a .357 Magnum pistol – dirt and bacteria can be embedded in a wound creating a high risk for infection. Also, metal and wood can be ejected up to 100 mph, making debris a flying missile.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A little history: my husband and I were blessed with a sweet and true girly girl in the fall of 2007. Already at four years old she is of all things pink, dresses, sparkles, glitter and nail polish which is unfamiliar territory to this Mommy as I was a tomboy who would have rather been building mud pies and trying to climb a tree.
Morgan has been in ballet/dance class for about a year and a half and this past weekend was the spring performance recital where her class (the youngest group of girls) performed in front of large audience at the Eisemann Center.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I'd felt for a while that the conversation was coming, and it was a sensitive topic for me. Recently, I went to dinner with a friend, who knew we’d been trying. After some small talk, she bombarded me with questions. “Aren’t you worried? OMG! What if something is wrong? Have you been checked out? Do you think you’re infertile?”