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When I was expecting my first child, I had no idea what having a newborn would be like. I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I knew I wanted my baby to sleep. That’s about it. I wish I had known these 3 questions to ask the pediatrician before my baby was born. I expected all doctors and medical professionals to be the same – with the same set of beliefs and core knowledge – but that simply wasn’t the case. My first born ended up being a great sleeper, however breastfeeding was an abysmal failure. I hated it. I wanted to do it in theory, but I didn’t know what else I could do. I quit and switched to the bottle after one month. My happiness returned and life was awesome! With my second child, I did a little more research. I enrolled in a Bradley childbirth class where I also learned a lot about breastfeeding. Through that class, I met a group of amazing women who formed my support system through the first challenging months. I also switched pediatricians. Based on my experience, here are three questions that I wish I would have asked while searching for a pediatrician five years ago. They go beyond the typical interview questions and are more directly aligned to two of my goals: breastfeeding and baby sleep. How soon do you expect a baby to return to its birth weight? What do you do if they are not back to their birth weight by that time? After babies are born, most drop weight. This is completely normal. Many doctors operate under the assumption that babies should gain weight at 1/2 ounce per day and be back to their birth weight by the time they are 2 weeks old. This was one of my biggest stressors as a new parent – especially since I wanted to breastfeed. Since I was my child’s sole source of food, I constantly worried about him getting enough. My son was a big baby and dropped a pound after he was born. When he was three days old, we brought him to our pediatrician, placed him on the scale and found he had only gained 5 oz back. The nurse was very quiet and told us the doctor would come in to speak with us. I was a nervous wreck. Not only did I feel that I was harming my baby with my decision to breastfeed, but I also felt that the doctor didn’t acknowledge the fact that my baby looked healthy in terms of skin tone and appearance, had an acceptable number of wet diapers a day and wasn’t acting hungry in any way. She recommended a weight check in another 2 days and then would decide if we needed to supplement with formula. I did my research about breastfeeding as well as the behavior of c-section babies after birth. Some drop weigh because of the amount of fluid in their body at delivery due to the mother’s IV. Some […]
Llama and I are perusing the available Culture Passes at the library. “Mommy, I want to go to the Rosson House.” Why she chose it, I don’t know. But, I don’t ask questions. I grab the Rosson House card from it’s slot and head to the information desk to obtain our two free admissions. The Rosson House is located in Heritage Park in downtown Phoenix, right near the Arizona Science Center and Pizzaria Bianco. When you arrive, I recommend that you park in the garage off Monroe Street. Your jaw may drop when you see that the price is $13 an hour. Pick your jaw up off the floor because the Rosson House validates and I only paid $1 when I exited the garage an hour and a half later. We checked into our tour at the gift shop located in the old carriage house next door to the 1895 Victorian manor. We didn’t need any reservations. Tours leave every hour, so I recommend arriving about 10 mimutes before the hour to make sure that you don’t miss it. This buggy belonged to the first owner of the house and namesake, Dr. Rosson. When the house was built in 1895, Arizona was not yet a state, only a territory. Dr. Rosson had large political ambitions and needed a house to entertain wealthy donors so he built this Victorian mansion. When the Rossons’ eventually moved away, a bar owner bought it and turned it into a boarding house. He divided some of the rooms into fourths so that he could collect 4 separate boarder’s rents. The city of Phoenix eventually took it over and restored it into the museum it is today – educating everyone who walks through its doors of the lifestyle these wealthy Arizonans led in the Victorian era. Our tour started in the foyer I put my son, Dude, in the Baby Bjorn for this tour because the website advised against strollers. Looking at that staircase, I can see why. The little alcove that the vase sits in has an official name – the coffin notch. In the late-eighteen, early-nineteen hundreds, death was a pretty common thing due to all the horrible diseases that ran rampant. Families used to keep coffins in the attic to be brought down anytime a family member died. That notch was built into the staircase to provide coffin clearance. This organ sits in the parlor of the home. We were told by our guide that the parlor was where families would typically hold viewings of a loved one after they died (lots of talk of death on this tour). After this era, people wanted to disassociate the parlor with death so they changed the name of the parlor to the living room. Interesting bit of trivia that could come in handy later on Jeopardy. Our tour took us through the house, room by room, with our guide explaining what the family used each room for as well as the kind of activities […]
Here in AZ, we get cabin fever in the summer. It’s too hot to venture outdoors, so we all hibernate in our little air-conditioned cocoons from June until the end of the September. Unfortunately, this coincides with school summer break and kids get a little stir-crazy when kept indoors for too long. Scratch that, parents go crazy when kids stay indoors for too long.
This is the last week of Letter Box. Being able to identify the letters and their sounds is crucial to beginning readers. Even though there won’t be Letter Box lessons, I encourage you to continue finding items around your house that start with a specific letter. It is incredibly challenging but also fun and rewarding to your kiddo.
Activity 1 One question I get asked frequently is “should my kindergartener be reading?” If your child is not reading before they go into kindergarten, that is normal. My son does not know how to read. He hasn’t even begun to show signs of reading in the traditional sense. However, there is some good news. If you have been following our Summer Sessions lessons, your child is well on their way to reading. Here are some things you can work on over the summer to get them started on the right track:
Activity 3 If your kiddo is like mine, then getting them to sit down and read for any duration of time can be a struggle. My son Biggie, has received speech and language services since he was 18 months old and the biggest contributor to his drastic improvement was that we read. We read A LOT. Many days it is a struggle but I put my mommy hat on and make him sit. Getting started is the hardest part.
When my daughter was born, I was happy, excited and terrified! My little girl kept me busy. She was active, loved to play, and was the funniest little person I have ever met. Having another child scared me. Even though my daughter was fun, I couldn’t imagine being able to handle another one. I’m a teacher, used to managing a classroom of 30 students, but when it’s your own kids who are with you 24-7, the prospect of two is a little daunting. My husband finally convinced me to try and my son was born in July of last year. Llama and Dude are 4 1/2 years apart. I thought the age gap would be perfect. Llama would be a little more self-sufficient which would leave me with more time to focus on the baby’s needs. Cue laughter here. Sometimes, my two kids are hard and sometimes they are joyously fun and easy. Here are some things I have learned in the past year about having two. 1. They are very different from each other. My daughter liked to sit and play with her toys as an infant. She would bang on her crocodile piano contentedly or sit in her high chair while I made dinner. My son is into everything! His favorite activity when I am in the kitchen is to open up one of the bottom drawers and take out the bread hook and some other foreign part for our stand mixer, and use these both as hammers on our white tile. He then crawls into the living room, raids his sister’s stash of colored pencils, crawls back into the kitchen with colored pencil in hand and proceeds to draw on the floor. He’s only 10 months old! Man, I am in for it when he turns 2. As another example of how different they are, right now, Llama is on the floor reading a book. Dude is digging through my office trash can face first. 2. They will keep each other happy… at times. When I am grocery shopping with my son, he usually lasts about 10 minutes in the cart before he is squirming out and wants me to hold him. The next 20 minutes of my shopping trip usually consist of me holding Dude in one arm and maneuvering my shopping cart with the other. Sometimes, Dude pretends he’s Superman and tries to push the cart as well. Now that my daughter is off of school, she comes shopping with us. We get a car cart and it is utter bliss. Seriously. They play with each other and laugh a lot. Other shoppers in the store usually stop and comment on how cute and well behaved they are. Know that this is only a moment in time and my kids seem to really dig “car cart” shopping. 3. I usually have to protect my youngest from my oldest. Nothing sums this up better than a drive we took about 2 weeks after Dude was born. […]
Oh, hello Stitch Fix waiting for me outside my front door! I love when my Stitch Fix box arrives. I’m always excited to discover what clothes my stylist picked out for me this time. If you are new to my Stitch Fix posts, read all about this amazing service. Last month, I noticed that all of the clothes were a little big on me. This month, I noted that I needed a size smaller in all of my shirts. The shirts in this fix fit me much better. Here’s what I got: Piece #1 I loved this shirt immediately. It is very similar to the Renee C shirt I sent back in last month’s fix but fits me much better. I liked it so much, I tore off the tags right away and wore it to my daughter’s dentist appointment Friday morning. Shirt: Market & Spruce, Stitch Fix Shorts: White House/ Black Market Belt: Express Necklace: Express Shoes: Cole Haan, Nordstrom Rack The style card pairs this shirt with a rose colored skirt. The skirt in the photo looks awesome, but I have nothing in my closet resembling it. However, I do have a coral dress. I wondered what this shirt would look like over coral. Shirt: Market & Spruce Dress: Bobeau, Nordstrom Rack Earrings: Whimsicle Necklace: Express Call me crazy, but I love it! I would have never tried this combination before, but I really like the way the shirt dresses down the Bobeau dress. It gives it a more casual and yet put together appearance. Needless to say, I kept the Market & Spruce top. Piece #2 I like the distressed look in these skinny jeans. I paired them with a top that I kept from my first Stitch Fix for a very comfortable, dressed-down look. They were too tight. I know skinny jeans are supposed to be form fitting, but I really had to squeeze myself into them. When I sat down, I felt like I was was going to tear open the hole on the right knee. I sent these back. Piece #3 The blue color of this shirt was very pretty. That attracted me to the top right away. I also like the peach colored jeans on the style card, but alas, I have nothing in my wardrobe like that. So, I paired this shirt with my black capris. My attempt at looking coy. Top: Olive & Oak, Stitch Fix Capris: White House/ Black Market Shoes: Cole Haan, Nordstrom Rack And then with the Kensie jeans from this fix. While cute, I didn’t feel there was anything special about this shirt. With a $48.00 price tag, I decided to ship it back. Piece #4 I requested a dress in this fix that I could wear to my Grandparents’ vow renewal happening in June. I specifically noted that it needed to be a dress that I could nurse in. This dress fit both of those requirements. Dress: Tart, Stitch Fix Necklace: Express Earrings: Whimsicle I had […]
Since I am a city dweller, I have an utter fascination with picking fruit off a tree and eating it. So when I heard that Vertuccio Farms in East Mesa had a peach picking event, I gathered up my family and headed out. This was my first time to Vertuccio Farms and I was really impressed. Not only did we get to pick peaches, but the farm also has a ton of activities for kids such as a giant slide, farm animals, a jumping house, an air pillow and even a truck powered train. Admission for all of these activities is only $4 per person with kids under 1 being free. As we arrived to Vertuccio Farms, we saw this giant sign in the parking lot. We parked near it and got out of the car. I loaded up my son in the Baby Bjorn We put a hat on my daughter and slathered her in sunscreen. And then we went to pick some peaches! Well, the peaches were a little further down the road. Since the weather was spectacular last weekend, we decided to walk to the grove. If you are not the walking type or if the weather is really toasty, I recommend continuing through the parking lot and driving to the grove. There are signs that direct you the entire way. Make sure you bring some plastic grocery bags to hold your peaches or pick up a cardboard crate near the “Start Here” sign. Once in the grove, we started our search for the perfect peach. My husband taught my daughter (and me) to look for the firm ones (again, city dweller with no peach experience). Soft and squishy means over ripe. Since we didn’t drive, we walked into the amusement area through the back. We were amazed to find all of these wonderful “free” activities for kids. No, they’re not free. Make sure you pay for a wrist band before jumping down the air pillow or cruising down the slide. We had no idea we needed a wristband. When you you get one, you can pay for your peaches at the same time. Our large bag cost about $8.00. We had a fantastic morning at the farms and when we got home, we made this peach cobbler. It was the MOST AMAZING! I recommend pairing it with Talenti Tahitian Vanilla Bean gelato. (we found our pint at Whole Foods) Wow! Such a perfect end to the day! Peach and Play happens again this weekend at Vertuccio Farms. It’s the last weekend for the peaches this year. Vertuccio Farms also hosts a Fall Festival complete with pumpkin picking. See this link for more details on events.