Sunday, December 31, 2006
Happy New Year!!!
We hope 2007 is a great year for everyone. Hopefully it will bring peace around the world and the troops back to their hometowns.
Labels: Happy New Year
Hello there! It's been a LONG time since my last entry, but I have a surprise entry to make today.
I just had to share the long-anticipated news that Gordon went poopy in the big toilet today! After an entire summer of trying to potty-train, it looks like my mother was right all along (don't tell her I said so). She kept telling me that Gordon would let me know when he was ready. And today, he DID let me know he was ready in his own sweet, little, non-verbal way... in fact, he insisted on it!
I wasn't even thinking about potty training at this point. Gordon turned two in October and my new goal was to work on potty training in the spring. With the holiday chaos in full swing, I just didn't think it was worth it. However, he had other plans. We were playing cars in our basement when Gordon started grabbing at his pants like he does when he has a poopy diaper. So I asked him if his diaper was poopy. He said yes. I checked and it wasn't. Then I asked again and he said yes again. I checked again and told him he wasn't poopy. He kept saying yes and pointing upstairs. So, I went out on a limb and asked if he needed to go poopy in the toilet. He said yes and started making his way up two flights of stairs to our top floor bathroom (which made me giggle as I realized that this is the toilet of choice for both residents and guests at our house when they need a little privacy).
Because this was so unexpected, I was completely unprepared... no potty attachment, no special litte-kid-bum wipes, no training pants... and to my shock and surprise, everything came out ok (no pun intended... ok, so I DID intend to make a pun there)! He held on to the sides of the toilet like a little trooper and pooped just like a big kid (or at least I assume that's how a big kid would do it).
He got lots of praise and hugs and kisses... and then he got to wake up Daddy (who was on afternoons and surprisingly not quite as excited about poop as we were) and tell him the good news! Daddy made a really good effort to act excited though. Too funny... did I ever think I would be writing a five paragraph essay about going poop? Well, there are a lot of things I have done as a parent that I never thought I would do. Now on to the next battle... will Gordon have the same success with number 1 as well? A friend of mine told me stories about "the waterfall" while training her little guy. Sounds scary to me. I'll keep you posted...
Potty Diaries "Introduction"
Labels: Potty Diaries
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Tiger And Elin Expecting A Cub
Tiger Woods announced on his website today that he and Elin are expecting their first child.
We are happy for Tiger and Elin. They were married for just over two years in a lavish celebration on the Island of Barbados. It is time for him to have a protege to teach all of his golf tricks to.
10 Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
Here are some great tips to help you have a healthy, energetic Pregnancy.
1. Reduce the amount of fish you eat while pregnant. Larger fish like Tuna, Shark and Mackerel have high levels of Mercury and may cause health issues for your unborn child. To make sure you still get your Omega-3's try Udo's choice 3-6-9 oil on your salad, in shakes or just by the spoonful. Available in gel Caps and straight oil form.
2. Take your prenatal Vitamins. On top of ensuring that you and your baby get all of the nutrition needed, they will reduce birth defects. Most doctors recommend Materna or you can go a reputable health food store and they will help you find something else.
3. Don't give in to bad cravings. You will find when you are pregnant that all of the sudden your body will ask for something you may not normally eat. These craving could go from a full box of chocolates to pizza to a fully loaded burger with fries and gravy. These foods don't benefit you or the baby. You will end up feeling worst after downing a greasy burger plus it will probably stay with you until long after the baby has arrived.
4. Visit your doctor regularly. Your doctor will make sure that the things you are experiencing are normal. He/she will schedule your routine tests and ultrasounds. You will probably be referred to an OBGYN around month 6 if everything is going as planned, earlier if there are issues or multiples.
5. Stop Changing the Kitty Litter. Some cats carry a parasite that can give you and your baby a dangerous infection called toxoplasmosis. Often, women pick up the parasite when they change the litter box. The odds of having a problem with toxoplasmosis are low--one in 1,000 pregnancies are affected--but the consequences are serious. In some cases, babies have been born with birth defects, such as severe learning disabilities, water on the brain, or deafness.
6. Get lots of rest. Early on in your pregnancy you may feel tired. It is normal to feel tired as your body works to protect and nurture the developing baby. The placenta (the organ that nourishes the fetus until birth) is just forming, your body is making more blood, and your heart is pumping faster.
7. Drink 6 - 8 glasses of water. Water plays many vital roles in a healthy pregnancy. Think of water as your body's transportation system — it carries nutrients through your blood to the baby. Water also helps prevent bladder infections, which are common during pregnancy. If you drink enough water, your urine will stay diluted, reducing your risk of infection. Juices can contribute to your fluid intake, but keep in mind that they can also provide a lot of extra calories. Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, colas, and teas don't count as part of your fluid intake because they're diuretics — they make you urinate more so you actually lose water.
8. Exercise 15 - 20 minutes a day. Exercising actually makes for an easier pregnancy and delivery. In fact, a study of 500 pregnant women who exercised delivered a healthier baby with a stronger fetal heart rate. Even more compelling is the fact that of the women who exercised, time spent in labor was shortened by about a third, with 65% of the women delivering in four hours or less. And when you're in labor, every extra hour seems like an eternity. Try Yoga for Pregnant moms, the benefits are mountainous.
9. Check with your Doctor before taking any over the counter medications or herbal remedies. When you are pregnant, you are not allowed to take most medications. Some are accepted, but double check with your doctor to be totally sure. Side effects of herbal remedies have not been proven during pregnancy. Here is a list of remedies that safe and not safe.
10. Eat Your Fruit and Veggies. A good balanced diet is good for the baby and eating fruit and vegetables cuts your miscarriage risk in half. Each day you should get the following: 6-11 servings of grain products, 3-5 servings of vegetables, 2-4 servings of fruits, 4-6 servings of milk and milk products, 3-4 servings of meat and protein foods. Foods low in fat and high in fiber are important to a healthy diet.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Even Pandas Have Preemies
This week in Japan Mei Mei gave birth to a set of twin pandas at Adventure World in Wakayama. Both Mom and babies are said to be in good condition.
Zoo officials have yet to confirm the sex of the twins. At least one of the twins is said to weigh just three ounces, which is considered to be premature. A Panda cub is born weighing between 26-200 grams.
Julia Roberts Expecting Another Baby
People is reporting that Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder are Expecting baby number 3.
Hazel and Phinnaeus, her two year old twins, will be getting a new brother/sister this summer, Julia's rep has confirmed.
For Roberts, motherhood is her top priority. "The kids bring her such a sense of fulfillment and joy," Roberts's longtime friend and Three Days of Rain producer Marc Platt told PEOPLE in April. "It's wonderful to see."
Congratulations to Julia and Danny. A new baby will bring even more love into their already exciting family.
This next baby will be a breeze for Julia. Having twins first probably made her very efficient.
Three-year-old Blogger's Inspiring Chemotherapy Diary
Samantha Hughes has spent the past year battling a disease of the nerve cells that affects fewer than 100 children in the UK each year.It is inspiring to hear about Samantha's journey in her own words. Hopefully this little girl will be a role model for kids like her. Please visit her site to read her story in her own words. www.samanthahughes.co.uk
Labels: Children's Cancer Awareness
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Parents Not Hooking Up Car Seats Properly
A study comes to the hardly surprising conclusion that parents are still confused by child safety seats.
If you do not feel that your car seat is in properly, you can take your car to the Police station or Fire Department and they will make sure everything looks right.
Labels: Car Seat Safety
Nice To Know....
1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
Labels: A great e-mail
You Tube "The Lion Sleeps Tonite"
Really freaking Cute!! These two characters will probably end up in a movie at some point. This video has been viewed over 9 million times!! Unbelievable.
Labels: You Tube
Baby Sébastien Receives Miracle Transplants
Sébastien Forest was born at 28 weeks gestation with a defect called Gastroschisis.
Gastroschisis is a non-genetic defect in the abdominal wall through which the intestines develop outside of the baby’s body, being exposed to the amniotic fluid in the mother’s womb. It is a very rare defect attaining 1 in 10 000 babies and can be diagnosed early in the pregnancy. At Sébastien’s birth, the doctors operated immediately, as the intestines that had been exposed were twisted, preventing blood circulation in the intestine, and needed to be removed. Since more than three quarters of the intestine was removed, from the jejunum to the micro-colon, including the ileocecal valve, Sébastien suffers in consequence from Short Bowel Syndrome.
In order for Sébastien to grow and thrive he needed to be fed by TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition). A premixed liquid fomula that is created for his bodies needs, which usually will drip through a needle or catheter placed in your vein for 10-12 hours, once a day or five times a week. While the TPN was helping him grow it was also destroying his liver. His blood would no longer coagulate, causing many worries for his parents who knew it was a secondary effect of a damaged liver.
Sébastien was placed on a waiting list for organ transplant, status 3. In Canada, there are 1,700 people on a waiting list for organ transplants - and 40 of them are children. The family knew it would take a miracle for him to receive both organs that he needed to survive.
In the beginning of January, in the wee hours of the morning, David and Jasmina received a call from Toronto, giving them the news of a possible occasion for a small bowel and liver transplant for Sébastien. A glimmer of hope motivated their haste despite a short night and they flew to where the sun was already just beginning to rise. After an evaluation and some discussion, it was decided that another baby would receive the transplant, given that the intestines and liver would be too large to properly fit Sébastien’s little body.
In August, Sébastien received his double organ transplant at Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital.
It may not be the most festive setting, but the fact that he's here at all makes it the best Christmas the family has ever had.This baby is a miracle many times over. First by surviving prematurity and second for recovering from a double organ transplant. These parents are very lucky and extremely dedicated. He is a fortunate young boy to have them. Please visit his site for more information or the City TV site for video on the story.
Having Lots Of Children Is Bad For Your Health
U.S. researchers have figured out that having too many children is bad for your health. They had to do "research" to find this out?? The physical demands on your body from childbirth and pregnancy could do you in right, off the top. Not too mention all the time you spend running around after your children and working extra to make sure they are clothed and fed.
US researchers looked at 21,000 couples living in Utah between 1860 and 1985, who bore a total of 174,000 children.
174,000 children?? Do the math each couple is responsible for producing 16.6 children.
It was found the more children couples had, the worse their health and the more likely they were to die early.
The women in Utah need to meet the women I know. They have two or three children and then enjoy all that life has to offer with them. Their husbands are healthy, happy and don't need to work 80 hours a week to support their families. It's okay just to have a few children. One state does not need to be responsible for re-populating the whole nation.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
British Women Has Twins And Triplets In One Year
I could never imagine having 5 children in one year, but a British women has managed to have done it. Rachel Reidford's resolution will be to not have anymore children...at least not in 2007.
Just one baby is sometimes taxing on a mother's health and mental state. This poor mom has probably not slept properly in a very long time. I would not be "considering" sterilization, I would have had it done.
Pregnant German Women Hold Off Births To Collect Bonus
Many German mothers-to-be are reportedly trying to delay labour so their births coincide with a generous new government scheme.
If I was pregnant and lived in Germany I would do the same thing. When you have a baby every dollar counts!!
Adam Sandler Plays Santa to Sick Siblings
I love hearing stories about people who do special things for children with long term illnesses. Celebrities have the power to do so much good, it's nice to see them use it. People is reporting that:
More people should take Adam's lead and donate their time and resources to children who are in the hospital.
RECALL: Phil and Ted E3 Repair Strollers Due to Abrasion Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Phil & Teds e3 Strollers with doubles seats
Units: About 14,300
Manufacturer: Regal Lager Inc., of Kennesaw, Ga.
Hazard: Children can touch the rear tires when in the stroller’s add-on seat. This can pose an abrasion hazard to children.
Incidents/Injuries: Regal Lager has received one report of a child who scraped his arm from touching the tire in motion.
Description: This recall involves the e3 Buggy which is a three-wheeled stroller with a black steel tubing frame. It is sold in a variety of fabric colors. An additional seat, known as a “Doubles Kit,” can be added directly behind the main stroller’s seat allowing a second child to ride in the stroller. This seat can either be added on top of the stroller’s frame or attached on top of the rear axle in the lower position. When used in the lower position, a seated child can reach the wheels.
Sold by: Baby furniture and baby products stores nationwide, and Internet retailers from July 2005 through November 2006 for about $380.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the additional rear seat in the lower position on top of the rear axle and contact Regal Lager for free additional rear wheel guards.
Customer Contact: For more information, contact Regal Lager at (800) 593-5522 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail the firm at email@example.com, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.regallager.com
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Three-year old Saved Family By Putting Out Christmas Tree Fire
This little girl was very brave. For a three-year old to think so quickly is remarkable.
When the Woolliss' mini tree caught fire, Lilly-May, their daughter knew exactly what to do. She instinctively grabbed the duvet off her bed and smothered the flames.
All of the excitement happened on Christmas Eve. Lilly had a friend over and they were watching a movie in her room.
A small tree that had been placed in her room to replace a night light started to spark and then eventually caught on fire. Lilly, thinking quickly grabbed her duvet and smothered the fire before it could spread to anything else in the room.
Her mom, who was downstairs at the time, is not sure where she learned her fire ending technique saying,
"It's remarkable bearing in mind she is only three years old. Maybe she has seen it on TV or some kind of fire safety lesson at her nursery. It's incredible. I shudder to think what could have happened had she not been so calm and collected when the tree first caught light. She is our little hero. I'm so proud of her. She saved our Christmas."
I think we underestimate what our kids learn. The are little sponges, soaking up information all over the place. This little girl is very lucky, she did a great job saving Christmas!!
Monday, December 25, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
You Tube "US State Capitals"
This little boy is very smart and VERY cute. His dad is quizing him on the U.S. State Capitals and he knows most of them. He says them so matter of factly. Something for our kids to aspire to. I hope they continue to teach him great things. Next will be the presidents.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Toronto Boy To Leave Hospital For Rare Christmas At Home
Rowan, who is three, suffers from a rare disease that prevents him from developing muscles, and because of that he's spent most of his life at Bloorview Kids Rehab in Toronto.
Rowan's allowed to come home for one weekend a month under close supervision, but to bring him home for good the Jacks need to build a $100,000 addition to their home.
They have the plans for Rowans special room, but are missing the finances needed to make their dream a reality.
"Everywhere we go for help, there's always some kind of let down," Lisa Jack said."As a mother, it's very hard. I'd like to be able to take him to things with us, be a family, do things together."
Rowan has some presents under the tree, but later that night he'll have to return to Bloorview, leaving his parents with just one Christmas wish.
"That I don't have to say goodbye to him, and see him cry when we leave," Jack said.
I cannot imagine having a child that has spent 3 years in the hospital. The four months that our son spent in the NICU was very hard on our family and my health. My heart goes out to this family all year round, not just Christmas. I hope that they get the funds they need to make Rowans room a reality.
Gramma Puts Keys, Change and Grandson Through Airport X-Ray Machine
When I first read this story I wondered how this could happen. Are there not people there to make sure so "live" beings go through the x-ray machine? Last year, in a fluster, Jessica Simpson almost put her dog daisy through the x-ray machine, but was stopped at the last minute.
The passenger, who speaks very little English, was asked to put her possessions in a tray so they could be X-rayed. But along with her keys, change and other items, the grandmother also put something else in the plastic bin - her one-month-old grandson.
This Gramma will probably not be invited to babysit anytime soon.
Labels: Unusual Baby Stories
"I'm Ready To Cruise"
Nicola will be spending Christmas aboard a Cruise Ship...This kid is a Professional Vacationer. Thank You to her Mommy for sending me this picture...way too cute!!
Kids Fun Foam Furniture
The EVA Foam Chairs, Tables and Stools are expertly cut from soft, sturdy EVA foam - the same material that you'll find inside your athletic shoes. The foam makes them comfortable, safe, lightweight, durable, strong and washable. You'll find that their child-size proportions belie their strength - each piece can support a weight up to 300 pounds! Eva Foam Tables, Chairs and Stools are equally happy indoors and outside. Modularity allows all three pieces to stack together. So go ahead and take a seat, rest your feet, stack them like blocks, make a sculpture, create a room divider...
Available at Modernnursery.com
Stool - $59/1 U.S. $119/2
Table - $129 U.S.
Friday, December 22, 2006
RECALL: BABYBJÖRN Feeding Spoons Due to Choking Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: BABYBJÖRN® Feeding Spoons
Units: About 33,000
Importer/Distributor: BabySwede LLC, of Cleveland, Ohio
Hazard: After extended use, the soft plastic tip on the feeding spoon can loosen and break off, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: No incidents have been reported in the United States. BabySwede has received 11 reports of the plastic loosening on the spoons in other countries. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled feeding spoons were sold under the brand name “BABYBJÖRN,” which is printed along the front side of the spoon’s handle. The spoons were sold in one package containing two spoons. The spoons are about 6-1/2 inches in length, with a soft, flexible plastic tip sold in two color combinations: blue/red or green/yellow.
Sold at: Specialty juvenile product stores, catalogs and Internet sites from January 2001 through November 2006 for about $9.
Manufactured in: Sweden
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled feeding spoons and contact BabySwede LLC to receive a refund or replacement spoons.
Customer Contact: For more information, contact BabySwede LLC toll-free at (866) 424-0200 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.babyswede.com
You Tube "Rotem Pregnancy Project- Everyday Photo"
This video is very simular to the Pregnancy in 15 seconds. Cute, and amazing to watch a belly grow over 20 seconds. Related Videos
Super-Bug In Hospital Takes The Life Of 27 Weeker
Five premature babies were today being treated for a bug outbreak which may have contributed to the death of a baby boy.
Staff and Parents have been screened and the hospital believes the control measures introduced mean that these babies, and others in the unit, are not now at any significant risk from this strain of S aureus.
The NICU and PICU at a hospital in Los Angeles was closed last week due to Psuedomonus. It has since been re-opened, but it is believed that The deaths of two premature babies may be linked to a bacterial outbreak.
Hospitals may have to start allowing only parents into the Intensive Care Units to visit their children.
World's first baby gorilla Born After Mother Treated With Fertility Drug
Salome, the western lowland gorilla, is the first gorilla in the world to benefit from a fertility treatment normally used by women.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Diddy's A Daddy X 2
We wish them the best of luck. Twins seem to be going around. First Diana Krall, now Diddy. I see a lot of work in their future.....
Top Christmas Songs
Yahoo Buzz has compiled a list of the top Christmas songs, calculated by Yahoo web search statistics.
1. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949)
Going through the list reminds me of being a kid again!!
Triplets Born By 1 Mom, 2 Wombs
A UK woman with two wombs is believed to be the first in the world with the condition to give birth to triplets.
I can barely handle one womb, let alone two. I wonder how crazy her periods are??
You Tube "Pampers Christmas Commercial"
This has got to be the best pampers commercial I've seen in a while. It is set to "silent night" and shows many babies sleeping peacefully, possibly because their bums are dry...pampers!! I think it's very cute. Enjoy!!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
School Apologizes After A Teacher Telling Children Santa Was Not Real
There are not many things you can save your kids from especially when you are not with them all day. Santa is one of those subjects that does not need any collaboration or briefing. Everyone knows the story, we are all on the same page....how could a teacher have burst this important bubble.
SOURCE:ANANOVA PHOTO CREDIT:DNAHELIX
9 Out of 10 Americans Had Premarital Sex
Did you have sex before you got married? You are not alone....actually, your are in the majority.
My mom always told me to try the shoes on before you buy them....I guess others got the same advice!!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
How cute is this toy?? Babygadget has this toy featured and I love it!!
Toddlers hear frog sounds whenever they put a bug in or out of its mouth. Also, a door in the frog’s belly allows for easy access. Comes with 3 soft winged insects. Requires 2 AA batteries, which are included. Frog measures 11 ½” H x 11 ½” D. For kids aged 18 Months+.
$42.99 cad at grandrivertoys
Infants Who Receive Light Therapy Have A Higher Risk Of Melanoma
Infants with jaundice who are treated with intensive light therapy -- the current standard treatment -- have a significantly increased risk of developing moles called melanocytic nevi as they grow older, French researchers report.SOURCE:REUTERS
Monday, December 18, 2006
NICU and PICU Closed Down At L.A. Hospital
While our son was in the NICU there were quite a few babies with Pseudomonas. The infected pods were emptied and disinfected, which seemed to help. Our son was lucky enough to not get it, but some of the other preemies around weren't as lucky.
You Tube "Baby Pandas Playing"
I LOVE baby pandas. I thought I would post this light, fun video at this stressful time so close to Christmas. ENJOY!!
Having A Christmas Baby? Cute Christmas Themed Announcements
When your kids get older, they may not be that happy about having a birthday close to Christmas. For now, it is fun to send out great themed announcements.
Babyshere.com has quite a few cute announcement cards that you could pick from once your bundle makes an appearance.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Kingston Rossdale In A Festive Mood
Always about town baby, Kingston Rossdale is very festive in his Christmas Bib. Gwen is seen here leaving her NYC Hotel.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
White Surrogate Mother Keeps Twin Asian Babies
I always wondered how someone could carry another couple's child for 10 months and then hand the baby over with no strings attached. I guess it is not as easy a you would think.
"They may not be my eggs but I grew these babies inside me. I nourished them to birth and went through a life-threatening emergency caesarean to have them. I would be devastated if they are taken away from me now. The law regards me as their mother and I regard them as my children. I decided to become a surrogate mother because I wanted to help a childless couple. It was also important to me that there should be a friendship between me and the parents and that this contact continued after the birth. When it became clear to me that this couple, who are both professionals, saw this as just a business arrangement, and me as some sort of incubator, I changed my mind and decided to keep the children. I then bonded with the babies and now I love them dearly. It doesn't matter that they are a different race to me. I feel like their mother". Surrogate Mother called "Margaret" (not her real name)
Unfortunately, babies are not a financial transaction. There is a connection there that cannot be sold, whether they are your flesh and blood or not.
This will proably be a drawn out legal fight. In the end, the surrogate will probably not win because it is hard to support a family of four children and pay a lawyer. These babies are going to be very confused.