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One More Thing

The night arrived again – when we say farewell to our students and wish them the best for their birth and the journey of family upon which they are about to embark.  Bruss always tells the first-time parents that he is jealous of them because there is nothing else like the experience of welcoming your first child and discovering parenthood for the first time.
I reflect and wonder if we have told them everything, showed them everything, practiced everything – which is of course, realistically, impossible.

Parent Fail

I had planned to take you through a tour at the Celebration Stem Cell Centre for today's post.  I had to change my plans to go due to family illness, which brings me to today’s topic: Parent Fail.  This is not about pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding…it’s about what sometimes happens as these infants grow up and away from us.
“Fail” is such a strong word for me.  In my generation, an “F” grade was  a “Fail” – it was the ultimate sign of incompetence.  So when I say I feel like a failure as a parent, it is a harsh criticism.

Wonder-ful Years

If you have been out in the world long enough, you have noticed that people come in many different stripes…each unique and individually driven.  Some folks thrive on competition, others like to hang out of the fray, some people like crowds, others prefer to keep to themselves – there are so many different variations in personality that exist side by side in our world.

When I gather with a group of moms, it is inevitable that I hear the evaluation questions that aim to determine who has the best and brightest child.

Holiday Safety Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…it must be song week…here I go again, leading off with words that probably bring music to mind.
It is such a gift to enjoy this season with our children.  They are filled with wonder at the sight of our Christmas tree.  They love to look at the ornaments, especially the ones with their pictures in them.  They are so excited about Santa and presents and at the top of the list, the family coming to visit them from all across the country.

Keeping Sweet Pea Healthy

RSV experience
RSV experience
This is on day four of hospitalization - many of the tubes had already come out.
RSV experience
RSV experience
This is on day four of hospitalization - many of the tubes had already come out.
RSV experience
RSV experience
Checking out all the meds and straightening out the lines.
RSV experience
RSV experience
Day 5 - Breathing is stabilized and now we just need oxygen to keep the levels up in his body.
As we enter cold and flu season, I am compelled to write about RSV and some protective measures you can take to protect infants from this vicious virus.

Newborn jaundice

We are back from our babymoon!  It has been a wonderful five weeks of enjoying our baby instead of doing all of the regular day-to-day activities.  I didn’t do any blog writing or homeschooling through this time…we are slowly getting back to our routine.  We have continued on with our class series and all of our students have seen our baby grow into her 12-pound, 1-ounce weight and 24 inch length in the last five weeks.  Breast-milk is nature’s perfect food!!
Which brings me to one of the topics that we covered briefly at the end of class last night.

Picture Books for Siblings

We are officially on our babymoon!  We welcomed our daughter on October 1, 2011 ~ you can read about here is her birth story!  I want to thank fellow birth worker, Rachel Davis, for writing today's post so we can continue to snuggle and adore our sweet baby girl!

Click herefor Tuesday's post on Sibling Preparation

Picture Books for Siblings
By Rachel Davis

On his second birthday our son, Jacob, learned that he would be a big brother!  As we prepared for the arrival of our second child we explored many picture books about birth and new babies.

Preparing Siblings for New Baby

We are officially on our babymoon - we welcomed our daughter
on Saturday morning.  More about her birth story will follow soon!  In the meantime, I want to thank my fellow Bradley Method®Instructor, Rachel Davis, AAHCC for providing today's blog post.
Rachel Davis, AAHCC is the mother of two joyful children, a son born naturally in the hospital and a daughter born in the water at home.  She is also a Bradley Method® instructor and birth doula in downtown Phoenix.


I was invited to attendthe knotandthe bump’s“Connections & Cocktails” event last night.  Thank you to Lauren Reidy for the opportunity and for being part of the team that put together a great event!!  I always enjoy making new connections; the cocktails not so much, this time around!!
As your dedicated Bradley Method® instructor and roving reporter, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and share the connections I made with you.  I was happy to see some familiar faces since I went by myself, and it was also nice to meet some new folks with amazing products and services that are a great fit for our students past and present.
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