Back when I had my first baby, the doctor told me to keep my weight gain to 15-18 pounds for the entire pregnancy. Amazingly I did it.
Yet even with that, I’ll never forget lying on the hospital bed after giving birth, turning on my side and realizing that my flabby belly was resting on the bed beside me. As a first-time mom riding a hormonal roller coaster of happiness mingled with uncertainty that I was up to the job, it was a mental adjustment to say the least.
Would my body ever return to pre-baby fitness? What would I wear home from the hospital? Nothing would fit, so it was maternity clothes.
I can’t imagine what I would have done if had come home to a husband who called me “fat” or told me to quit being lazy so I’d burn calories. And all this when my daughter was two days old!!
No that didn’t happen to me, but that’s exactly what happened to one Georgia woman. She and her husband got into an argument after the dog pooped in the house and he told her to “quit being lazy and burn some calories” by cleaning it up. Remember we’re talking two days after giving birth.
During the exchange he told her he didn’t take off work to help her out after giving birth, but to have a “vacation.” He went on and threatened to leave her because she was fat!
She walked out the door and went to a neighbor’s house where she called the police for help in removing her personal belongings and the baby from the home. When the police arrived, the husband said his wife was only acting like that because of “female problems.”
These situations can be tricky for the police, but it turns out that when the husband told the wife to go f*** herself, he was taken away in handcuffs and charged with disorderly conduct. I have some good ideas for an “appropriate” sentence for this guy, how about you?
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With Halloween around the corner, I think back to my favorite treats.
I was never a candy corn fan. It made it into my family’s “do not like” bowl. When we came home with our hoard of candy, we’d pick through it and fill up the bowl with the stuff we didn’t want.
That was our parent’s candy to eat, and they seemed to like it all.
Now I find that some of the candies I liked best then are on the Least Favorite Halloween Candy List now, like Sugar Daddys. Yes, they were sticky, but their sweeter-than-caramel goodness lasted. Good and Plenty is another candy for the reject pile according to the list, and one I still buy occasionally today.
The biggest surprise on the list for me was “any” hot cinnamon candy, since that was and is a favorite for me. In fact, I recently bought a package of Atomic Fireballs for in the car on vacation.
All in all, I liked all but two of the candies that made the reject list and all I can do is think of my parents with that “do not like bowl.” They liked everything we put in there, and now if you filled a do-not-like bowl with the candies on this list, I’d eat almost all of them.
Even though I still have a sweet tooth, these days I lean more toward things like homemade cookies. Back then, it was like I could just keep eating piece after piece of candy, if my parents let me.
Turns out there is a biological reason for that and the research shows that our tastes actually do change regarding sweets as we grow older.
Recent scientific findings show that kids who are still growing have a “heightened preference for sweet-tasting foods and beverages during childhood.”
That same study says, “The liking for sweet tastes during development may have ensured the acceptance of sweet-tasting foods, such as mother’s milk and fruits. Moreover, recent research suggests that liking for sweets may be further promoted by the pain-reducing properties of sugars.”
That pain-reducing property may be why I go to sugar when I’m feeling down, but that’s a story for another day.
It’s no secret that kids like candy, and that they can eat a lot of it if we let them. It’s up to us to make sure our younger kids don’t overdo it.
Around age 15 or 16, when growth has stopped, the study showed taste preferences similar to adults. As a mom, I’m not so sure those findings are quite accurate.
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Kate Middleton has been out of the public eye since Kensington Palace made the official announcement that she is expecting her second child with Prince William last month.
Just like when she was expecting Prince George, she is suffering from a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. It’s caused her to cancel multiple royal engagements including her first solo tour to Malta at the end of September.
However, it looks like she’s ready to step back into the limelight.
According to Us Weekly, the “Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to greet the President of Singapore and his wife during a royal engagement on Oct. 21.”
The royal couple is scheduled to meet with their guests on behalf of Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Garden Hotel in London and as of now it looks like Kate plans to be there.
A Kensington Palace source told Us that the intensity of the Duchess’ sickness took everyone by surprise, but that the baby is well and that Kate Middleton is doing her best to stay healthy.
During her absence, she has written letters of apology. One such letter written when she had to cancel her appearance for the launch of The Art Room’s ninth center in the U.K. In it she says, “I am truly sorry that I cannot be with you all today as you celebrate this milestone. As patron of The Art Room, I feel great pride to see the work that the charity is doing. Vulnerable children flourish in the safe havens that The Art Room provides; this highlights just how important it is to support children at a time when they most need help and support.”
I hope she feels well soon as she presses forward to meet all her obligations. Part of me wonders if she is having another boy since this pregnancy is mimicking her first. I only say that because I experienced heartburn with my daughter but not with my son.
Time will tell, but I’d love to see them have a little Princess, wouldn’t you? No one knows officially how far along Kate is, but rumor has it the baby is due in April 2015.
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I’m a fan of natural products, and I just learned about a centuries old remedy for diaper rash. It’s called Skinfix Diaper Rash Cream. The recipe for this cream was originally blended by a man by the name of Thomas Dixon in Victorian England in 1850. He sold the formula in his store.
The family recipe for this cream was passed down through British Pharmacopoeia and is an all-natural blend of botanicals, vitamins and minerals designed to prevent and heal skin problems from head to toe.
In 2007, Thomas Dixon’s great-great-great granddaughter brought Skinfix into existence as a skincare brand that’s all natural, and fragrance- and paraben free. That means it can be used to help heal your baby’s diaper rash, but also eczema, chafing, and heat rash, too.
My kids didn’t get diaper rash often, but it seemed no matter how careful I was they did get diaper rash from time to time. In fact, it’s one of the ways I knew my son was teething. While it may be a “harmless” rash, it certainly can make our babies fussy! I wish I would have known about Skinfix when they were in diapers!
Skinfix has been pediatrician and dermatologist tested, and has been shown to relieve diaper rash in just one application according to 90 percent of the moms who have tried it. In the short time Skinfix has been an official brand, it has grown into a national business but it wasn’t until 2013 that they launched in the U.S.
This is one product that offers everything we could look for in the natural realm, without the work of making it ourselves! And since it’s worked for more than a century, I’d say it’s been well tested!
No matter how careful you are, your little one will probably get diaper rash at some point. Most babies do. So plan ahead. Learn how to treat diaper rash, plus prevent flare-ups. Your baby’s little bottom will thank you!
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Today’s link round-up has Halloween and fall-inspired foods, glow-in-the-dark pumpkins, homemade cronuts, and more.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make Halloween bat burgers.
Living Locurto taught us how to make Frankenstein Halloween Pops.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her pregnant girl’s guide to what to sleep, eat, and wear.
Mind Body Green shared seven ways to fight the effects of aging.
I Love to Create showed us how to make glow-in-the-dark pumpkins.
Tone It Up shared a recipe for healthy, yet decadent and divine, mocha brownies.
Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and A Beautiful Mess
If you consider your four legged friend to be part of the family, it’s important to have a vet you can trust to make sure Fido or Fluffy stays in tip top shape.
You can start looking for a vet by asking friends, coworkers, and relatives with pets who they use for veterinary services and if they’re happy with their pet’s medical care. The vet who does a great job with your sister’s kitten might not necessarily be the best choice for your full grown dog, but referrals should at least give you an idea of which vets in the area have a positive reputation.
After you’ve searched for personal referrals, make a few appointments with different vets in your area to check out their facilities and their staff. The ideal vet should have readily available appointments that fit well with your schedule, affordable payment plans that are within your personal budget, and friendly staff who genuinely love working with animals.
The facility should also be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. The AAHA is the leading national organization overseeing the quality of veterinary hospitals across the United States.
Questions to ask your potential vet include:
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Today’s link round-up has tips for improving your posture, toffee cinnamon oatmeal cookie bars, a grapevine wreath how-to, and more.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make a flower box garden cake.
Mind Body Green shared five exercises to improve your posture.
Oh She Glows shared a recipe for toffee cinnamon oatmeal cookie bars.
Living Well Spending Less shared an easy freezer pot roast recipe.
Create Craft Love showed us how to make cute apple cider cups.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared the eight tips for a perfect biscuit.
Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and My Own Home Blog
Today’s link round-up has a HIIT workout that you can do anywhere, sweet and savory pizza sauce, recipes, makeup tips, and more.
Tastefully Frugal shared a delicious pizza sauce recipe that’s sweet and savory.
Mind Body Green shared a 12-minute HIIT workout you can do anywhere.
Makeup and Beauty Blog gave us a time-saving beauty tip.
Create Craft Love shared an easy apple fritter recipe.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared some of the things she’s learned since turning 30.
Halifax Bloggers offered some tips for decorating with maps.
Photo credit: Tastefully Frugal and My Own Home Blog
Now that the Royal family has confirmed that Kate Middleton is pregnant for the second time, amid the buzz about a second royal heir being on the way is talk about whether or not 13 months is two short a time between pregnancies.
That is the amount of space between my own children, and while it wasn’t what I had “planned” I rolled with it. But 13 months is shorter than the 18 months recommended by Mayo Clinic and other organizations including the March of Dimes.
However, there is also research that suggests too much time between babies is not good either.
One of the cited possible risks based on the limited research is that the baby is at risk of a lower birth weight and small gestational size.
In my case that didn’t happen. My son actually weighed over two pounds more than my daughter and was an inch and a half longer. I’m not saying that is proof that the research is wrong, just that for me it was absolutely not the case.
Other possible risks include the potential for the placenta to partially or completely detach from the inner wall of the uterus before the baby is delivered, or that the placenta may attach to the lower part of the uterine wall and cover the cervix partially or all together in women who had a Caesarian section with their first child.
Aside from these risks there may be an increased risk of autism in the second child and some experts point to how an unplanned pregnancy and closely spaced pregnancies can put women at a socio-economic disadvantage.
I can say this is not the case for William and Kate. First of all, they probably planned this pregnancy…that is my guess not a substantiated fact.
Secondly, finances are not a factor for them, and even the stress of having kids close together will be much different with the help of a nanny, the Royal Chef, and all the other support most people don’t have.
While pregnancy and breast feeding take a toll on the mom’s body and diminish the supply of nutrients available, women in good health, who take their prenatal vitamins and have access to good prenatal care should be okay with the 13-month spacing according to some experts.
So are the Royal babies spaced to close together? Not really.
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