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Tooth Brushing With a Preschooler

I am delighted to be one of twenty bloggers featured in Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge. During the next five months, I’ll be testing several Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you. A few weeks ago, Grace decided that she was scared of brushing her teeth. I’m pretty sure that I’m scared of brushing my teeth! is a euphemism for I don’t want to, and you can’t make me! but I could be wrong. I’m not, but I could be. It doesn’t matter, really. The result is the same. She doesn’t want to brush her … Read more

A Healthier Momma featuring Healthy Choices Frozen Meals

According to the Center for Disease Control, two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, putting themselves at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. I am one of those individuals. Over the last four years, I have often talked about my struggles with my weight. I have revealed highs and lows and successes and failures. Eighteen months ago, I committed to lose 100 pounds in one year. I was off to a great start, losing around thirty pounds in three months. I led a group into Freeman Michaels’ Weight Release program. I made profound discoveries that … Read more

Allison’s Birth Story – The Delivery

Did you read part one, part two, and part three of Allie’s birth story? The pain. I remember the pain so clearly. I pushed the button to give my epidural more medicine. I pushed and pushed and pushed the button. “What do you mean, you have to go to the bathroom? Do you have to urinate?” the nurse asked. “No, I have to poop. I have to push.” I said. “You have to push?!” she repeated, moving toward the foot of my bed. “Let me check you.” Not yet an hour had passed since I was 3 cm dilated. My … Read more

Allison’s Birth Story – The Labor

Did you read part one and part two of Allie’s birth story? The Labor The doctor told me to take a hot bath in the jacuzzi and relax for a while while the pitocin helped my body to get things moving. The hot bath made my cervix change a bit – a 1/2 cm. My contractions were still  frequent and strong. My blood pressure continued to climb, requiring intravenous blood pressure meds and a heart monitor. To ease the tension, my sister recounted a funny story that made me laugh. Once I started laughing, I didn’t stop. My hysterical laughter … Read more

Things to Write Home About – 3/19/11

I am finding it increasingly difficult to write Things to Write Home About. It takes a lot of time. At any rate, I am moving it to Saturday because I have something else in store for you tomorrow (and future Sundays). Here are some of my favorite posts from the last couple of weeks: Homegrown: Parenting & Having Fun As A Family Nadene at Practical Pages explains how preschoolers can learn without formal school Jaimie at Two Chicks and a Hen shared a fingerknit headband that she says preschoolers can make with a little help I adore the Let’s Explore … Read more

When I Look in the Mirror

Another Five Minute Friday. This time, the theme is When I Look in the Mirror. When I look in the mirror, I see a happy girl. I look the same as when I was 25. Same dark curly hair highlighted with strands of white. Same big smile. Same round cheeks. Same double chin. Same singular dimple. Same chubby, womanly body. I am so glad to again be soft and lumpy instead of pregnant. A young mom looks back at me from the mirror. She is tired and imperfect and completely satisfied with her life. A flawed wife looks back at … Read more