Posted by Sandra on July 29, 2009
Yo Gabba Gabba is just plain creepy. When I see a man in an orange jumpsuit, all I can think about is “inmate”.
The duck on Wonderpets needs intervention. Bad. A lisping role model is not really ideal.
I can’t put my finger on it, but something is wrong with Lazy Town. It disturbs me. On many levels.
The chick that does the voice on Wow Wow Wubbzy is the same one that does the Squirrel on Sponge Bob. That voice makes me want to peel my skin off my face. Please make it stop.
Someone please tell Ruby that she doesn’t need to begin and end every sentence with the word Max. And interject it in the middle. I’m fairly certain she says his name at least 3,629 times per episode. If you’re the only two people in a room, I’m certain he knows you’re talking to him.
And where, exactly, are Max & Ruby’s parents, while they’re galavanting at the mall and all over town??
Change Sesame Street’s theme song back to the fun sing-song one it used to be. Not the crap “rap” version it is now.
Let the Cookie Monster eat all the cookies he wants, for God’s sakes. No kid gets obese from watching a muppet eat sweets. It’s because the mom drives to the store and buys them, then lets her kid eat them 24 hours a day.
Bring back the Electric Company. Like it used to be.
Shouldn’t Barney be dead by now? What exactly is the lifespan of a dinosaur? They didn’t live this long a billion years ago, for God’s sakes.
The Spider Dad on “Ms. Spider” is scary looking. I’m all for scary – my kids love horror movies from as soon as they can sit and watch one – but this dude is eerie.
Now for some praise.
I can listen to Dora all day. Really. I don’t even mind that they’re teaching Spanish in my country, which should only speak English. I just like the show.
The kids on the Backyardigans can SING. They’re amazing! I’m guessing it’s studio-enhanced, but I don’t care.
The best cartoon – no, the best SHOW – EVAH – is Family Guy. It should be required viewing for all parents so they can work the bugs out of their uptight butts and have a few laughs.
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Posted by Sandra on May 29, 2009
I found this heartwrenching and heartwarming at the same time. I love those seven words, they hold more meaning than any words I’ve read in a very long time.
The Motherwear Breastfeeding blog recently featured a fantastic guest post by a woman whose son was born 3 months early and weighed less than 3 pounds. She writes about how breastfeeding was her and her son’s lifeline. Here is an excerpt from her post, My whole heart is in that incubator
I was 37 years old. I thought I knew what love was. I thought I knew. But I have never loved anyone, anything, so fiercely, so terribly, so wonderfully, so achingly, as I did my little son, my only child, struggling in that incubator….
I loved and still love that boy with all I have. Because I couldn’t hold him much, and felt terrible guilt for not being able to ‘hold him in’ for the entire 9 months he deserved, I was determined to breastfeed. I pumped every 3 hours for weeks on end. That pump and the milk that came out of me was my lifeline. It was somehow the way I was going to make it up to him for giving him such a lousy start in this world. So when I read stuff like “The Case against Breastfeeding” I get so angry. I believe that my breastmilk, and the good care we got at BC Children’s, saved my child’s life. It saved my life. If there is anything in this crazy, crazy world that is really is a gift from God it is the babies we can create and the milk that comes from our bodies.
If anything is pure and natural, and real and true, it’s breastmilk. It made me feel like a mother when my baby was all alone inside a machine when he should have been inside me.
Anyone who dismisses breastfeeding so casually, or by their attitude or indifference creates an environment that doesn’t hold up and encourage and cheerlead a new mom into a successful breastfeeding relationship, has lost touch with something. They’ve lost touch with a sense of what it means to be a mother, what feeding a baby is all about, what it means to nurture, how significant that breastfeeding can be to both mother and child.
Posted by Rixa
at Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thank you, Rixa, for sharing this story; and thank you to the original author for sharing her heart.
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Posted by Sandra on May 14, 2009
That “The Business of Being Born” is required to be viewed by every single pregant woman, every woman thinking about being pregnant, every woman that can become pregnant, and every single doctor/OB/midwife/nurse that ever comes in contact with someone that is, will be, or can be pregnant.
I hope everyone picks up Ricki’s new book, too: Your Best Birth.
And that’s what I think!!
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Posted by Sandra on May 11, 2009
Hope all my mommy friends had a great Mother’s Day. I was blessed with flowers on Friday, a special meal at my favorite restaurant on Saturday, and a gift from the Diamond Cellar on Sunday. All that, and hubby did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, and took care of the kids for me. I must’ve done something right sometime, somewhere! Here’s a (not so good) picture of my gift, it made me cry… a charm necklace for each of my children with their birth stones:
Let’s see… other random musings for today…
Wanda Sykes needs moved to a deserted island and put out of our misery.
Thank GAWD Joan won the Celebrity Apprentice. When your boss asks you what you’ve done to earn a job, you DON’T start pointing fingers at someone else and blaming them for your failures.
I have decided I will never beat my carb addiction. Why are carbs so wonderful??? And isn’t it a gift for my grandkids to snuggle into a grandma with some meat on her bones? Yeah, I think so.
Ayla has a new trick. If you say, “Ayla, MEAN FACE!” she drops what she’s doing and does this:
But then she thinks she’s hysterical and falls out, cracking herself up:
Hm. I think that’s all I have today. We had a wonderful weekend, and I hope everyone else did too! Have a great week!
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Posted by Sandra on April 21, 2009
… or should I say “Rainy Day Mess?”
Shaving Cream is great for fingerpainting!
And for the perfect end to playtime, we looked out the back window and saw this!
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Posted by Sandra on February 3, 2009
Did you know that YOU control your health care and the following is completely, 100% optional?
that a baby will contract it, and studies
show use of antibiotics to mom doesn’t reduce infant deaths anyways). My labors, and millions of others too, have all been so fast that a postive wouldn’t have made any difference – no time for the meds anyways. Do some research! Take it if you want, but it’s optional.
Any fetal testing such as nuchal fold, etc. Do your own research. False positives run RAMPANT here. And what would you do with the results? Would you terminate? Can you really be “prepared” for a baby with Downs Syndrome? It’s perfectly fine if you want them, just be aware of the options. But don’t let a doc tell you that you MUST have them. I personally just loved the ultrasounds, and I always wanted to find out the sex, but that’s as far as I’d want to go.
Any and all internal exams? Dilation means ZILCH (less than zilch, actually) – you may be at zero and have that baby in 60 minutes, or at 4 and have it in two weeks. Don’t let the doc do these uncomfortable exams, they’re not medically necessary in a normal pregnancy – I’m not too sure there’d be many reasons for them in a NOT normal pregnancy.
* They can cause cramping, bleeding, infection, and premature breaking of the waters. They’ve even been known to start early labor. Refuse. Better yet, ask the doc why. If she says dilation, ask her what that means. If she says anything other than “nothing”, find a new doc. Oh, and hey, if you like these, more power to ya. Whatever floats your boat. 😀
Internal exams during labor are optional too. Personally, I only let the doc check ONE TIME when I think I’m going to want to start pushing, just to make sure I’m fully effaced and dilated. Otherwise, it does me no good to have every nurse, medical student, and doctor messing with me. See * above. NO.
Did you know that you don’t have to rush to the hospital (if you’re having a hospital birth) the millisecond your water breaks? The “risk of infection after the water breaks” comes from the medical practice of 54 people must jam their hands up you to check your cervix from the minute you get into the hospital until you push out the baby. Since no one will be doing that (see above), you don’t run the same risk of infection. Stay at home as long as possible, labor comfortably and happily.
Continuous fetal monitoring in the hospital (this, and all my pearls of wisdom, is of course based on a normal, low-risk pregnancy/childbirth). This restricts mama to laying in a bed, which is the last position you should be while laboring!
Don’t let them tell you that you can’t eat or drink either
. If you’re hungry, eat. If you want a cup of coffee or a soda, get it. This myth dates back a very VERY long time ago when the drugs used on moms for emergency c-sections were much harsher. Also, your stomach is never truly empty, so have a cup. The nurse is not the boss of you, and sometimes they don’t
know better. Not having something during longer labors actually weakens the mom
, making the chance of drugs or risky surgery higher.
The IV or even the heplock. These frankly bug me, so I wouldn’t have one anyways, but I’ll bet the vast majority of moms who have had hospital births thought they HAD to have this. Nope. That’s what’s totally cool about it being YOUR body – you can say NO! If, on the rare rare RARE chance you would need IV fluids or meds, the nurse can set it in a matter of seconds. No need for the puncture and discomfort if it’s not necessary!
Stirrups in labor? This is ghastly to me. First, laying down flat on your back is second only to standing on your head for horrible positions to be in to labor. It defeats gravity. Sit up, stand, get on all fours, or squat. Let gravity work with you, let the natural shape of your cervix open wider and you’ll have a much better delivery. The doc cannot force you on your back if you don’t let her.
Immediate clamping of the cord and delivery of the placenta. There is no rush for this. Let it happen naturally. Unless your baby has a problem and must be rushed off to the NICU, spend some time bonding, let the cord blood go to your baby (it belongs to her!), let the placenta come out when your body is ready.
This is a biggie: A 48 or 72 hour hospital stay after a normal vaginal delivery. I’ll bet the same is true here as in the IV – most moms think they’re not “allowed” to leave. Well, you’re not a hostage, and if you feel good in three hours, GO HOME. There are no laws, no rules that state a healthy mom and healthy baby have to stick around a nasty hospital (don’t fool yourself – they’re nasty). Go home and recover where you’re comfortable.
Now, I’m not a doctor, but I’ve been there four times and learned a lot from experience. The information on medical tests is out there, and the rest is common sense. Talk with your doc, be a PARTNER in your healthcare, have the pregnancy and childbirth you’ve always dreamed of – one that YOU are in control of.
Better yet, just get a midwife and STAY HOME to safely have your baby. You’ll feel better, baby will feel better, you will be in charge of your own body, and it will be a beautiful experience!!
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Posted by Sandra on December 19, 2008
with not ever having any more babies.
Hubby and I are both 41. He’s done, he said. He asked me if it was okay that he’s done, and what am I to say but sure?
He said he wants to have some peace in his life in his “old age”. I don’t. I mean, our lives are only halfway over. Our youngest will be “out of the house” when we’re only 60. That still gives us a good 20+ years, God willing, to do… what? Travel? I’m not interested in traveling the world. Relax? That will kill me sooner than old age will. What? What to do with the last 20-30 years of my life?
I’m sure I’ll have grandchildren, again God willing. And that’s great when they visit. I’ll have chaos and noise and cook for lots of people, blah blah blah. But then they leave. And then what? Silence. Boredom.
Do I want to be a Walmart Greeter when I’m 65 just to have something to do? Not really. Will I just sit around and watch movies, play online poker, blog, and sleep? Woo hoo, I’m getting my party hat out.
I have no medical reason not to have more children – my pregnancies and childbirths are fantastic.
And also, I truly regret not having my babies at home. I really want to experience a home birth. I don’t want a doctor near me. I mean, my other labors were great – no intervention, natural, beautiful perfect labors. But I want to be here, where it’s natural and normal and SHOULD be. I want to experience a home birth. More than one, if I could blow out the candles and make any wish I wanted.
I don’t want to be done. I don’t feel like my family is complete yet. And this makes me very sad.
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Posted by Sandra on July 28, 2008
Sigh… my boys were unable to make it home from Germany over the weekend. I’m waiting by the phone today to see if they’re able to come in today. They will be flying into Baltimore or Boston with someone, then flying by themselves here… I believe it’s about an 8 hour flight, so really, they’ll be here in two hours… LOL…
So we filled up the girls’ pool and spent the weekend in the beautiful sun. Showing off some pics of my beautiful, perfect little ones:
Ayla must be waiting for her big brother to get home to truly crawl. She’s been on all fours for quite some time, can go backwards, roll anywhere, and scoot forward… but I promised Justus I wouldn’t let her grow up until he got back. 😀
My SIL has opted for the radiation to reduce the size of the growing tumor in her brain, simply to make her last weeks here more comfortable. I can’t imagine having to make such decisions for myself. Whenever I get frustrated at my own life, making choices like what I have to cook for dinner, I think about Carol, and her choice to live a few more weeks. Makes cooking meatloaf pretty ridiculous.
We had a cable, phone, and internet outage yesterday morning – I got laundry done, made 6 dozen oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from scratch, and even made French Onion soup from scratch for the first time – and it was delicious! I’m trying to figure out if I can get the boys to eat it… Hmmm. So, I need to have an outage once a week, I think – I got a lot done!
There’s so much in the news I could rant about, but frankly I’m not in the mood. It’ll aggravate me, and I’m in too good of a mood realizing I’ll be holding my boys within the next 36 hours! I’ll rant later in the week!
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