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11 weeks

Today is 11 weeks for me and my babies. My appetite has lessened quite a bit, a little scary I must admit, but then again dealing with poor Charlie the last few days, maybethat could be it? I sure hope so. On the syptoms front, nada. Still no sickness. Mybelly is pudging out and I […]

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Party Hangover (belated Happy 3rd Birthday, Angel Girl

Is that a walrus or a Keifer girl?Yesterday, my angel girl turned 3 years old at 5:03PM. We had an extraordinary party for her-and we have over 250 pictures to dig through in order to share. Mama has party hangover. My girl had a most excellent time and she was behavior-wise an angel indeed all […]

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Some More Bits

A few bits to share, list-like... 1. Meat Beat Manifesto is the shiznit, my friends. I love them for much the same reason as I love Q-Tip, and Eminem, and The Roots, and other hip-hoprap artists-- it's the giant, swollen, fat beats, all twisted and contorted, crunchy and growly, and the vocals that wrap around […]

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Choices: The ball is in her court

I had a great birth last evening! Momma was having her fourth baby, but it had been quite a few years since the last one. That can sometimes make it difficult to predict how quickly (or not) the birth will happen.She had her water broken to get things started, and took off slowly. Too slow […]

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Is Breastfeeding An Effective Form Of Birth Control?

It is an old wives tale that you cannot get pregnant so long as you are breastfeeding, or is there some factual and scientific basis for this claim?Well, breast feeding is somewhat effective as a form of birth control and the lactational amenorrhea method or LAM (relying on the absence of periods while you are […]

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Why Maternity Support Hose May Be A Good Idea?

For reasons of comfort, support as well as to address certain health risks, many women find that a maternity support hose, specially constructed pantyhose is a good investment.This is a variation of the idea of compression stockings which are used for similar reasons.There are several reasons why women choose to buy and use maternity support […]

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Are You More At Risk Of A Breech Birth? Find Out

Whereas the normal position for birth of a baby is head first, it can happen in a significant proportion of cases that the baby is in breech position at the time of birth; i.e. buttocks or feet first.The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have laid down a number of factors that may impact the […]

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First Pregnancy Symptoms – The Delightful And Not-So-Delightful

A woman who is looking forward to getting pregnant is keenly on the lookout for her first pregnancy symptoms.Particularly the woman who is trying to get pregnant for the first time feels perhaps a mixture of anticipation and trepidation, excitement and apprehension, not knowing exactly what to expect but keenly expectant none the less.The Prima […]

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Chiropractic Treatment During Pregnancy

Though many believe that Chiropractic treatment to be at odds with the principles of science, more and more people turn to it in a bid to explore non mainstream treatment options. This is also the case for pregnant women who may be looking to explore alternative therapies that are non pharmaceutical in nature so as […]

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Obesity in Pregnancy Ups Risk of Heart Defect in Baby

Obese pregnant women are at increased risk of having a baby with a congenital heart defect, a new study finds.On average, obesity is associated with a 15 percent increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect. But the risk rises with the level of obesity. Compared to normal-weight women, the risk is 11 […]

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Feds Reveal Birth Defects Caused by Company in California Town

Citizens of Kettleman City have long suspected that the largest waste treatment plant west of the Mississippi that shares their zipcode is the cause of the surge of birth defects and infant deaths in their town. Finally, the truth has been revealed:A federal investigation has found that a hazardous waste facility at the center of […]

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Tips for a Smooth Birth

Keep up your strengthStaying active could give you an advantage when it comes time to deliver, says Amy Downey, RN, a labor and delivery nurse. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), regular exercise during pregnancy can improve your ability to cope with the pain of labor, as well as speed your […]

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Baby-Name Regret

It's part of the fun of a pregnancy, tossing around all those possibilities, literally giving a name to what is still a hope and an abstraction.For some it's a process that continues after the baby is born when the name chosen in utero just doesn't seem to fit. (That happens to writers, too. Margaret Mitchell's […]

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Poll Found 600,000 Fathers Staying Home to Raise Their Kids

A recent poll discovered that the number of dads who quit work to look after their kids has risen 10 times in the last 10 years. About 600,000 fathers stay back at home according to the poll, compared to 60,000 just 10 years ago.A lot of stay-at-home fathers were quizzed about their reason for this. […]

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Vitamins don’t prevent preeclampsia in pregnant women

A government-sponsored study of more than 10,000 women failed to find that large doses of vitamins C and E cut the risk of complications from pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, scientists report today.Preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, occurs in up to 8% of pregnancies, says Catherine Spong, a […]

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Parents ‘spend more’ quality time with children

Working parents perpetually agonize that they don't see enough of their children. But a surprising new study finds that mothers and fathers alike are doing a better job than they think, spending far more time with their families than did parents of earlier generations.The study, by two economists at the University of California, San Diego, […]

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Free Webinar on Cesarean Recovery

Isa Herrera is leading an upcoming webinar on Cesarean Recovery and Scar Care in the Postpartum Period. This webinar is geared toward new moms and healthcare professionals who are looking to learn techniques to get relief from scar pain and restore the abdominal muscles after a cesarean.Being hosted by ICAN - The International Cesarean Awareness […]

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Birth Rates Rise Among Women Over 40

While birth rates in 2008 dropped among women in their teens, twenties, and thirties, the 40-to-44 age bracket saw a 4 percent increase in birth rate, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Birth rates increased for mothers over 45 as well, with the number of births among these […]

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Creativity, projects, writing & school

You like the new layout? I played with it last evening. I wanted to create a header that showcases some of the flowers I've photographed lately. I was tired, so I didn't make a new background design/color, so I just chose one that I had made previously.************************************************I started the new school term on Monday. The […]

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He’s home

Wow what a day! We went to pick up Charlieabout 1:30pmfrom the vet here where we live. They do not do the type of surgery Charlie neededthere. We took him to anInternationalpet hospital in Cairo recommended by one of Super S's friends. The vet checked him out, gave him some nutritional injections and said they […]

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Aloha oy-vey

To celebrate the countdown to Disney World (4 days!!!), I thought I’d let you all take a glimpse into a past Sweet Family vacation. To Hawaii. I was 15, Annie was 17, and Corinne was 19. Or something like that. It was ill-fated, to say the least. So ill-fated that on the first try, we […]

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THYROID: Really Low TSH likely OK in pregnancy

My lovely fertility doctor, the late Dr. Alan Beer, was TOTALLY ahead of his time, and people in the medical community gave him SO much grief for it. For one thing, he advocated a preconception TSH thyroid stimulating hormone--common test of thyroid function of less that 2 5 is considered "normal". I usually feel best […]

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More On The Mind-Body Connection – Depression Can Cause Infertility

If you've read my previous posts, you know that I'm a true believer in mind-body medicine. Many women going through the ups and downs of trying to conceive will inevitably fall into a depression a some point. Infertility hits you at the core of your being. You feel like a total failure - then you […]

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spring, sprang, sprung…

First off thank you so much for the fantastic support and ideas with regards to Bliss. I DO believe this is a growth spurt thing and after some great links feel his BMI is perfect. Sheesh there is such a range on those.I am not worried about celiac, it is not always after eating and […]

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Q&A: Adopting Again?

Asks Susiebookof Endure for a Nightwith whom I recently closed out a Starbucks and who is both lovely and gracious: Under what circumstances, if any, would you adopt again?You're trying to get me in trouble, aren't you? Heh. If we were ever asked to adopt a sibling of Puppy or Firefly. I really don't ever […]

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