What’s Your Birth Story, Mom?

Kara Marlowe

My husband and I started dating in the 7th grade. We decided to just be best friends and then started dating again our senior year. We were only 19 when we got married. We both wanted to expand our family and it only took us three months to conceive. My birthday is December 7th and and Zach’s is December 21st. Exactly a week in between our birthdays, December 14th, I went into labor. I got an epidural in the beginning, but I was in labor for 16 hours. So it had wore off when it was time to push. Our son, Camdon Ryan, was born December 15th at 12:29 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 10.6 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. It was the best day of our lives. I love being a mommy to a boy. The bond is so amazing!

What’s Your Birth Story, Mom?

Amanda Hupp

Riley Alan Bollinger was Born on Oct 6, 2010 at 9:33pm and he weighed
7lbs 9.7oz and was 20 inches long. Labor started around 2am that
previous morning at a McDonalds 24 hour drive in where I ordered
chicken nuggets and french fries with sweet tea. Once we got home I
started to feel sharp pain that took my breath away I of course
thought it was practice contractions but I was so wrong after about 4
hours of the pain and not being able to sleep I got up and woke my
best friend Chris up and told him it was time we grabbed my bag and
called the doctor. When we got to the hospital my pain was
overbearing. I called everyone who needed to be there including my
dady who was 3 hours away. Morning came and went and I stayed at 1cm
and 50% effaced. My daddy got to the hospital at about 4pm as the
doctors were planning to break my water at 6pm if it didnt break on
its own. So I did some walking around and laboring in the water and
kept begging for relief but everyone knew my plan was to have a drug
free labor and birth. At about 8:30pm the doctor came in to check on
me and I was no more dilated or effaced than before. So they got their
gear together and broke my water after what seemed like forever I felt
like I was pooping my doctor was already leaving from her shift and my
bff stopped her and told her it was time. And sure enough at 9:33pm my
little bundle was born.

Monday Myth ~ Dealing With Food Allergies

Food allergies trigger more than reactions. They can also initiate misinformation and misconceptions that may discourage food allergy sufferers from seeking help for their children or inspire them to blame any ailment their child may have on food allergies.

Here are the most common food allergy myths:
Any negative reaction to a food is a food allergy.

  • Adverse reactions to food can have many causes. If something does not “agree with your child,” it does not necessarily mean your youngster is allergic to it. Food allergy is a very specific reaction involving the immune system of the body, and it is important to distinguish food allergy from other food sensitivities. Whereas food allergies are rare, food sensitivities are more common.

Just a small taste can’t hurt.

  • To your allergic child’s immune system, even a tiny amount of a problem food is enough to trigger an all-out attack. Children with severe allergies can have life-threatening reactions. For example, a child allergic to peanuts can have a severe reaction when a spatula is used to serve them a peanut-free cookie was previously used to make a peanut-containing cookie.

All food allergies in children resolve as they get older.

  • As a child grows older, some may tolerate foods that previously caused allergic reactions. This is more likely to happen in the case of allergies to milk, eggs, and wheat, in which the symptoms may decrease by late childhood. It is not clear in all cases, however, if the improved symptoms are an indication that the allergy has disappeared or the child really wasn’t allergic in the first place. On the other hand, children rarely outgrow allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

Some Children are allergic to food additives.

  • Although some food additives– sulfites and tartrazine—have been shown to trigger asthma or hives in children, these reactions do not follow the same pathway observed with food.

If your child was not allergic to it before, they can’t be allergic to it now.

  • The onset of a food allergy is brought on by a genetic susceptibility and exposure to the problem food. The more exposure to the problem food, the higher the risk of developing an allergy to it if you’re child is susceptible.

Children with food allergies are allergic to many foods.

  • Most people with food allergies are allergic to fewer than 4 foods.

Monday Moments

Baby’s World
By: Rabin Tagore
I wish I could take a quiet corner in the heart of my baby’s very
own world.
I know it has stars that talk to him, and a sky that stoops
down to his face to amuse him with its silly clouds and rainbows.
Those who make believe to be dumb, and look as if they never
could move, come creeping to his window with their stories and with
trays crowded with bright toys.
I wish I could travel by the road that crosses baby’s mind,
and out beyond all bounds;
Where messengers run errands for no cause between the kingdoms
of kings of no history;
Where Reason makes kites of her laws and flies them, the Truth
sets Fact free from its fetters.

Thursday Thoughts ~ Changing Diapers 101

Changing a diaper takes practice, but one task that you will learn quickly, mom!

Here are just a few hints to make it as quick and easy for you (and baby) as possible….

Take care not to make the diaper too tight. You do want to avoid leaks, however, a too-tight diaper can cause pressure on your baby’s stomach making him more likely to spit up. This is especially true after feedings.

If your baby has a rash that doesn’t seem to be clearing up after a few days, or if he seems to be in a lot of pain and has skin that is red and raw in appearance, contact your health care provider immediately.

If you are using a changing table, always make sure that you use the safety straps. Even when using the straps, never leave a child unattended on an elevated surface.

Some parents don’t like using a changing table. An alternative to this is to use a changing pad on the floor or bed.

Keep diapers are wipes close! Having multiple changing stations throughout the house oftentimes makes diaper changes faster and easier.

TRENDY THURSDAY ~ Cloth Diapering!

Thinking of using cloth diapers for your new little bundle?

Here are the the types of cloth diapers available and the pros and cons of each:

All In One’s

PROS: Easy to use. Makes diaper changes fast and easy.
CONS: Long drying times. Wear out fast due to frequent washings.

All In Two’s

PROS: Easy to use. Daycare friendly. High resale value. Most like disposables.
CONS: Expensive. Need a large quantity.

Pocket Diapers

PROS: Not too bulky. Keeps baby dry as moisture is pulled away from the skin quickly.
CONS: Long drying times. May have problems with build-up on the synthetic liners.

What about you, Mom? Do you cloth diaper or plan to? What brand do you love and use? Tell us!

IntelliGender ~ Girl or Boy…Share the joy…with all of us!

So, you’ve taken the IntelliGender Gender Prediction Test, mom. Or perhaps you’re thinking about it. Girl or Boy…Share the joy!

We do receive inquires about determining what a test result says. Perhaps the lighting wasn’t good or there is just a hint of uncertainty with mom. Here are just a few pictures of some Boy results and some Girl results….

This is a GREAT girl result. Very clear. Remember…always read your test result at eye level in natural lighting.

Perfect boy result! Wouldn’t you say?

Another great girl result….read the “liquid” portion of the test. Any sediment on the bottom of the cup should be disregarded.

Very dark boy result. Be sure to place the test on a flat light colored surface to achieve the best reading.

So what did your IntelliGender Gender Prediction Test say? We love receiving testimonials from all of you mom, so be sure to submit one today or post your pics and stories on our Facebook page! We love that.