300,000 women each year will be diagnosed with Preeclampsia or HELLP Syndrome.
Knowing the signs and symptoms is the single most important thing you can do to increase you and your baby’s chance of survival.
Unfortunately, you can’t always trust the medical community to make an early diagnosis. Preeclampsia, and especially HELLP, are finicky diseases in the beginning stages and often go undiagnosed until the situation becomes severe.
Preeclampsia affects between 5-10% of all pregnancies. HELLP is considered rare, but … Keep Reading!!!
The 8th principle of attachment parenting is to strive for balance between personal and family life:
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It is easier to be emotionally responsive when you feel in balance. Create a support network, set realistic goals, put people before things, and don’t be afraid to say “no”. Recognize individual needs within the family and meet them to the greatest extent possible without compromising your physical and emotional health. Be creative, have fun with parenting, and take time to care for yourself.
This past year was one of the most poignant of my life, but not for the reasons you may think. 2012 brought me to the home of my son’s birth family and his first mother, the person who gave him life. 2012 also brought me to the man who ended my brother’s life, the police officer who shot him that horrible, horrible night.
In the beginning of 2012, I felt moved for various reasons (in large part, because Brian had … Keep Reading!!!
Remember when I said that being mistaken for the babysitter of my children was upsetting? Well, this was 100 times worse:
When shopping at the grocery store, the boys were hanging on both sides of the shopping cart. An elderly (and very sweet-looking) man came over and started asking me questions in broken English.
Man: Pointing to Samuel and Aram and sweetly smiling, “Aw, Friends?”
Me: Happily, and willing at this point to correct him, “No, … Keep Reading!!!
We arrive home from Palm Springs, and within minutes I hear the hair clippers.
Then this emerges:
Brian: Silent and straightfaced.
Me: “Your mohawk is crooked.”
Brian turns around and goes back in the bathroom where I hear the clippers go on again.
Brian: “Fine, but I’m keeping the mustache!”
Me: “Quick, grab me some peroxide and hairspray!”
Me: “I need to make sure I am a good Loni Anderson to your Burt Reynolds.”
Brian turns around … Keep Reading!!!
I had recently written about my experience speaking with people in South Africa about breastfeeding, and I realized I never have written about my own observations of breastfeeding in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has an interesting history because it is one of the only African country never colonized. This makes for a very different atmosphere than many of the other African countries I have visited.
The rural areas of Ethiopia have a weaning age of anywhere from eight … Keep Reading!!!
Oh, I remember the days when everyone and their mother was writing articles about this blog without actually reading it. A total lack of understanding for the term “attachment parenting” caused very odd outbursts from journalists against my blog’s name. It was very creepy how they described it as some sort of weird mantra we “attachment parents” *must* have because *all* AP mothers “must stay home” and “refuse childcare”…
Except, the name behind my blog is meant to be a … Keep Reading!!!
Here are the top five reasons that you should be blogging:
I have met some of my very best friends through blogging. The Beverly Hills Mom, I Love Purple More Than You, and The Woman Formerly Known as Beautiful are three of my very best *real life* friends in the world I would have never met if I didn’t start this blog. I have met countless other people through blogging that have been a huge … Keep Reading!!!
I posted the photo above yesterday on the blog Facebook page, and it was the first time I could visibly see the number of “likes” of the page drop within seconds.
I’ll give the people who were offended some credit, because they went quietly without any “I’m leaving” announcement (I still don’t understand the point of that. Not every facebook page is going to be one you decide is right to follow. Just unlike the page, don’t make it … Keep Reading!!!
My husband gives me the oddest compliments that make me smile and woo me all over again.
Brian: “You would have been a great lawyer.”
Me: “Aw, thank you…”
Brian: “You remind me of this guy.” Points to the TV where I see this guy:
(Prosecuter for the Jodi Arias case reaming the ridiculous psychologist on the stand.)
Me: “That was best compliment I think you’ve ever given me.”
What was the best compliment you have ever … Keep Reading!!!
I am still captivated by Disney movies. Even though I’ve grown to be slightly disillusioned by certain parts of life, I will never become so jaded as to not appreciate a fairy tale.
I was lucky enough to have an extremely positive childhood, and to know what it is like to feel hope and wonderment in a world full of possibilities. It is interesting how life experiences try to take that away from us as we age. I think, with … Keep Reading!!!
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