Thursday, February 28, 2013
I wish I could say I love to run, but frankly, I didn’t love to run then and I don’t love it now. However, now I see it as a necessary evil when I am in my exercising mode. These days, I can run a mile without wanting to die, but until now I haven’t understood the 5K fitness craze.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
They couldn’t escape the room fast enough.
After a brief visit, the kids were leaving with my husband and I asked them to step in to say goodbye. I could tell that they weren’t excited about the prospect—and that they were a bit intimidated.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Ivey was born 12 weeks premature, weighing in at just 2 pounds 5 ounces and small enough her Dad’s wedding ring fit on her wrist.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. In the video, her dad recalls fond memories of spending time holding Ivey in Kangaroo Care which helps preemies.
Today, though, she’s a happy, healthy one-year-old eagerly exploring by putting everything in her mouth and crawling around curious about her world.
“We knew she was getting the best care possible,” Chris said. “She’s doing so well because of all these amazing angels who work here. The work they do has an amazing impact on others.”
The family recently visited the hospital on Ivey’s first birthday, much to the delight of her former nurses who took turns gushing over how well she’s doing.
“We couldn’t do it without parents like you,” Veronica Schaedler, supervisor of the lactation support program at Texas Health Plano.
Mom Misty said that without the lactation support that Ivey might not have gotten to go home a month before her due date and that she might not have been able to keep breastfeeding given the challenges of a preemie. “It’s all worth it,” she said.
Ivey's visit to Texas Health Plano was covered by NBC DFW. You can see video of the visit here.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
When Henry was just starting to become mobile he was drawn to the door stop like a moth to the flame. He found every single one in our house and everywhere we went. We had to go around and take all the little white caps off because they were just small enough to be a choking hazard.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The day my daughter started at a new daycare.
See, this over-achieving mother, had the brilliant idea that life wasn’t already complicated enough with going back to school, working full-time, raising 1 child and growing another and that a promotion would be a good idea. With that promotion comes lots of change and that change includes moving my daughter from the daycare facility that has helped raise her since she was 10 weeks old to a new daycare center closer to home to “make things easier.”
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Pinterest, I’ve broadened by repertoire and I’m pleased to share with you one of my new family favorites.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
- iron deficiency
- maturation delays
- weight issues
- poor bone health
- poor school/sport performance
Monday, February 18, 2013
Despite the fact that I have been good about keeping Elliot’s maladies out of the blog, he has been sick quite a bit. He is in childcare and it seems that every little bug or germ he comes in contact with knocks him for a loop.
Friday, February 15, 2013
"It’s bad for you."
"It’s fine to eat. Look at the food pyramid."
"Only eat whole grain."
“The more the bread, the quicker you’re dead.”
Oye! What’s true? I’m not going to make that decision for you, but I will share my “bread testimony.”
I grew up on Wonder Bread and Oscar Meyer b-o-l-o-g-n-a. Remember the cute commercial from 1973? That jingle has stuck with me for . . . a few decades.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
It can sometimes be tough to find time just the two of us where we have an opening to talk about the sensitive topics these years bring. That’s why I was excited to learn about the GiRL (Girls in Real Life) Power event, which was held late last year in Plano, and we had a great time. The event was what I had expected for my daughter -- a day designed to uplift her self-esteem, learn about ways to stay healthy, and hear role models with sage advice on how to handle the tween years of life. What I did not expect was that I took away several key insights as well -- especially from the keynote presenters, DaNae Couch, Miss America and Dana Vollmer, Olympic gold medalist. They delivered excellent keynote presentations around achieving your dreams through hard work, encouraging all of us in attendance to never give up on our dreams.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
That's a sentiment that unfortunately has been missing in the journey I'm on with infertility.
This journey has been one with many ups and downs. As I dealt with that rollercoaster of emotion, I decided that I needed to take some time to focus on me. I signed up for a glass blowing class. I tried to exercise my creativity. I've learned to say no. I've learned it's a good thing to find ways to relax and take care of me and that I need to learn to put myself first sometimes.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Winter squash, members of the Cucurbitaceae family and relatives of both the melon and the cucumber, come in many different varieties. While each type varies in shape, color, size and flavor, they all share some common characteristics. Their shells are hard and difficult to pierce, enabling them to have long storage periods between one and six months. Their flesh is mildly sweet in flavor and finely grained in texture. Additionally, all have seed-containing hollow inner cavities.
Monday, February 11, 2013
What I lack in Pinterest-recipe variety, I make up for in frequency. See, after I began making this recipe and adapted it to my kids’ discerning palates, I realized I’d found something special. I’d hate to break my streak here by changing things up with a totally new recipe. So, here’s the casserole recipe, as I’ve been preparing it. Enjoy!
Friday, February 8, 2013
My 12-year-old stepson Brendan could be a supertaster. (Someone who experiences taste with a lot of intensity.) If he eats something with even a sliver of spice, he detects it and declares it “spicy.” It’s impressive, really.
But getting him to eat a lot of produce can be challenging. As a growing pre-teen, he definitely needs those vitamins and minerals. We’re doing our best to work them into his diet in ways his taste buds agree with. He loves berry smoothies, so lately my husband has been making him a morning smoothie using:
• about 1 cup of milk
• a glob of vanilla yogurt
• about 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
• a splash of orange juice, to taste
• half of 1 medium banana
“Glob” and “splash” aren’t exactly measurements, but it’s really up to your own personal preference. This makes about two glasses of berry smoothie that he and Brendan share.
When it comes to smoothie ingredients, there are many ways to slice it, but this is what works best for our supertaster. What do you put in your smoothie? How do you work produce into your child’s diet?
Megan Brooks is a Sr. Public Relations Specialist for Texas Health Resources, Stepmom to a 12-year-old, Mom to a 14-month-old, and non-supertaster who will eat just about anything.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
I was blessed with becoming a Stepmom ten years ago to two wonderful boys by the name of Josh and Nathan. At the time they were three and five years old and I was and am honored to be part of their lives. I have watched them reach the ages of 13 and 15 and am excited for what God has in store for them and the outstanding young men they are becoming right before our eyes.
Right now I am writing this blog from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic as Brett and I are celebrating our ten year anniversary. Next month, we will celebrate our daughter Shelby's first birthday. Oh how time flies! Brett and I have always made a point of making time for "us" as a couple but I must say having a new baby has made that challenging.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Jessica says their journey through pregnancy, birth, and their son’s stay in the neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has been stressful – but caregivers have been at their side to help them through the process.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
And that love of books has definitely continued on with my 4-year-old, Max. My husband and I have made an effort to read to Max as much as we can. In fact, there are some books we read so often that Max knows all of the words – and that started a tradition between my husband and son of Max making up his own stories and telling them to us in lieu of one of his books at night. And then, we had an idea: why not make our own books? So we did!
Monday, February 4, 2013
So if there are moms out there that only have one child that are planning to have a second, please do not let what I am about to say scare you. There is a silver lining at the end of this, so please read all the way through to the end.
Friday, February 1, 2013
|Get outside and play for a healthy heart.|
February is National Heart Month and today is Wear Red Day, a time we focus on healthy eating to have a healthy heart. This should not just be for adults, but also for kids. There are quite a few ways to help your child have a healthy heart happy tummy: