Does Ben & Jerry’s Have Antioxidants?

I cant decide if I should talk today about

*How awesome it is to get to watch videos while working.

*How awesome Healthology is for recognizing the limitations of the typical human and providing us with information in short entertaining snippets that allow the info to sink in.

or

*How great Antioxidants are for you.

Hmm.. where did that come from? Well I just watched the latest video installment in our Healthology Media Library and this one minute video is all about Antioxidants and how easy they are to get, and how great they are for you. You will learn what they are, where you find them, and I guarantee you will be surprised, as I was, to discover where you will find the MOST antioxidants. You may subscribe to being healthier if it’s that easy!

Check it out

oh PS – it is NOT Ben & Jerry’s. That was wishful thinking.

Who has the last Laugh??

So…my Husband went out of town.

Dont tell anyone, but I am excited about having the place to myself. I think about just having some ME time. No extra dirty dishes, dirty underwear, and frankly no ‘how are you today’ conversations that sometimes I could do without.

I know many of you are nodding your heads in agreement. If you are one of those women at the park who cant sleep well at night if your husband isnt home, just click off this page right now.

Meanwhile….

I am nursing the baby, get up to get the kids off to school, working/watching baby during the day, taking care of the kids when they come home, policing all day when they fight, do lunch, park, dinner, storytime, 2 kids to bed, then me and the baby hang out with my older son when he comes home, we talk, feed both, bathe baby, have some obligatory phone calls thrown in there, clean up after everyone, do a load of laundry, wonder if my 4 year old who has forgotten he is potty trained, and my daughter who complains of burning urine need doctors, put the baby to sleep, that lasts 20 minutes and he decides he is up to PLAY. It is now 11:30 PM. I am nodding off in front of the computer, before realizing my baby puts everything in sight in his mouth and must be watched. I get up to grab something to eat, since I dont usually fall asleep with food in my mouth, watch/ignore him until he tires out, get him to bed, sit back down to finish up my today HAVE-TO’s, only to nod off again, crawl into bed, and wake up to hear the baby crying and start the day all over again.

Taking care of kids/life from sun up to sundown, there is no time to enjoy his absence. Yet he will get to fly back overseas and ‘rest off’ his jet lag with a delicious afternoon nap, while I continue with the same above mentioned schedule.

I swear my whole life is jet lag.

Spoiled Spoiled Child

They say (“they say” = my mom) that there is no such thing as spoiling a baby. They also say that I was allowed to cry back when I was young since people believed something different. It is convenient for my mother to say this, since as a Grandmother, she does not want my babies crying for one second.

Ariella is receiving a first hand insight into what it means to spoil a child and is concerned for what happens when you remove all the attention. Has your child then become ‘dependent’ on being entertained and will be unable to play alone from now on?

From Ariella:

I walk into my parents living room after a nap (a word that does not exist in my vocabulary..I am spoiled too!) and I see Joseph, surrounded by 15 ( literally) adults all applauding and grinning at him in response to something he has just done. He laughs out loud and then knocks down the tower he just built. They all applaud again. He builds the tower. . . they all applaud again .. .

We have this big fat Joseph party EVERYDAY so far of our trip. Joseph is continually being introduced to new visitors- because we don’t live in the same country as my parents or my in-laws, everyone is super excited to meet him and give him presents and generally spoil him rotten!

Don’t get me wrong- I love the presents and the attention (and my NAPS!! 🙂 )

It’s just that I worry.

There’s been a few times I have been left alone with my son and guess what? Joseph- who before we got here was SO excellent at playing alone for half an hour or so . . . ( which allowed me time when he was up to return a phone call or read a book or just collapse on the couch) NOW he needs to be constantly entertained and applauded.

I love doing that for him but NOT 24/7.

So- What happens when we get home? How long to ‘detox’ my son and turn him back into the super independent and easy-going boy I remember?

Planes, Trains, Automobiles + 1 toddler

As promised, Ariella is writing to us from the nest..

We are on the road (and in the air!!!) We travelled overseas to visit both my parents and my-inlaws. In a little over 3 weeks,we will be staying in my parents house, my in-laws house, my uncles cottage, our friends ‘shack on a lake’, a hotel, back to my in-laws, back to my parents, staying with friends in a few different cities and back on a plane AGAIN (!)

This means that Joseph will have slept in over 7 different beds, ride in 5 different cars and car seats and travel in 4 airplanes, be held by over 30 ‘strangers’, meet 3 new pet dogs and 1 cat, and cross four different countries borders.

Upon our return to home sweet home, we MOVE the next day. We are either sadistic, crazy, and without a doubt pushing our luck. Icing on the cake? Joseph is starting a new nursery program the day after that.

Without being biased, which I am, Joseph has really proven his flexibility this trip and is, as always, growing up daily. On this trip he has learned how to put together lego pieces, drink from a ‘big boy’ cup all by himself, let all his grandparents ( and his GREAT grandparents! ) hold him, learn a few first words, pet his first dog (s), got his walking skills down!, ‘swim’ in a pool and generally laugh and giggle up a storm.

In general Joseph is throwing crazy joy all around him- where ever he goes.And he’s only been cranky twice.

maybe three or four times – but whose counting?

Toddler + Airplane = ADHD

Ariella just flew with her son overseas, and will be sharing her traveling experience with us shortly. It reminded me about one (of many!) flight with my toddler at the time..

A few years ago, we found ourselves sitting in the airplane. PARKED. for several hours. It was 5 PM. Our 2 year old daughter was legitimitely antsy, and she appropriately expressed herself by standing on the seat, occassionally hollering, babbling, chanting ‘I wants’. You get the picture.

A stewardess came over to request that we ‘shut our child up’.

She proceeded to share with us her insights.

“I believe your daughter has ADHD. You should get that checked out. When we went to Hawaii, I told my 2 year old that if you want to go with us, you had better sit down and keep quiet”

As I was 8 months pregnant at the time and more selfish about my NEEDS – such as being served my meals over the next 12 hours without getting ‘punished’ by telling this stewardess what I REALLY felt about her and Hawaii, I kept quiet about her sage advice.

She did manage to suck it up at the end of the flight when we were leaving and it suddenly dawned on her that she had not heard a peep from my daughter in the last 11 hours.

Threatening a 2 year old with Hawaii?? Gee whiz.

Does Size Matter?? The MOMs and MD’s have the answer..

Yes, I want to be hooked up with swag, just as much as the next mom. Therefore, when I see other mommies walking around with these huge shoulder-bag purses these days I get the itch of the must haves. I turned to our featured blogger Ariella, and asked her to give us the low-down on this lastest fashion craze.

I’ve been trying to figure out what kind of diaper bag to buy- since Joseph has outgrown the bring-everything-for-an-infant stage and now has entered the bring-everything-for-a-toddler-stage. Which means I need LOTS of room for his diapers, bottles, wipes, formula but also for his crackers, toys,books, blanket, special stuffed animal, pacifier, sweatshirt- well you get the picture. I’ve been thinking that I big throw-it-all-in-and-lug-it-around shoulder tote would be the best because:

a. Everything can fit into it b. They look kind of cool.

c. If it gets too heavy I can always hang it on my stroller.I found this article on Healthology, and now I am second guessing myself.

It seems as if these big shoulder purses can cause some back and neck and shoulder strain and PAIN.

Ladies- here are a few FABULOUS diaper backpacks to choose from.

Keep your style and SAVE your back and carry all your kids stuff!

Check out this FUNCTIONAL and FAB diaper backpack: Kalencom Diaper Back Pack - Black

You can take this one with you where ever you go- to the playdate or to the office – maybe the Bjorn will be inspired to attach a diaper bag onto their carrier…. now that would be SOME product!

York Diaper Back Pack - Pinstriped ~~ Andrea and Ariella

Diaper Rash No More!

Yes,we admit.

We are one of those rare unique Moms, always looking for ways to help our sons have the most fun-filled, no-tears day!

 

What?? You say you are like that too?? 🙂

 

This is not easy with an infant who wants to be held all the time, and another on the verge of toddler hood – tantrums are slowly becoming part of his ‘charm’!

When diaper changing time occurs – we want to get in and out as QUICK as possible, with little mess and fuss and tears. Somehow they got to this age, where changing their diapers requires literally BRUTE strength on our parts, as they twist and turn looking for entertainment. I (Andrea) find myself laying across his legs to keep him down long enough to get the job done.

 

Unfortunately, in anticipation of another struggle, if we wait too long, we WILL be faced with a nasty diaper rash! So sorry my young child!!

Again we look towards the awesome Healthology for their on target advice! Preventing Diaper Rash has some good common sense tips. We found that once followed, we cut down on the diaper rashes to an extremely rare occurence. When our babies are feeling comfortable- so are we!

Andrea & Ariella

AJ & Joseph

 

I Have Saved My Son’s life several times today!

**We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog to bring something very important to your attention** 🙂

Everyone knows that parents are responsible for much more than our child’s well being.. They count on us for their entire survival every moment of every day.

However, since that is just the nature of being a MOM to a young baby, you dont always pay attention to it. It is just a fact and taken for granted.. well our babies take everything for granted!

Our homes are full of imminent danger and potential accidents and it is our JOB as the parent to seek these dangers out, and remove them! I had a socket come off the wall, exposing a bare outlet. The electrician was aghast that I even waited a day to call him. He kept tsk tsking and shaking his head back and forth..  🙁

The inspiration for this post comes from my delicious little AJ who has managed to change my life overnight. Not only has he learned to crawl, but he sprints when he crawls, and it is with purpose. He seeks out the smallest piece of lint and is off! All day long is a series of ‘whats in your mouth?’, squeezing his cheeks, and sweeping his mouth to make certain nothing entered.

I was stunned to actually find myself removing several dangerous objects, and literally SAVING HIS LIFE.  I am too embarrased to share with you the particular items, but I am shaken up enough to know that the next few months in my life are not going to bring the ‘freedom’ I expected that a 7 month old baby would bring.

Let your babies explore, touch, smell, taste… but PLEASE.. Please watch them welll!!

~~andrea & AJ

He’s . . . ALMOST . ..walking!

… from our Regular Guest Blogger, Ariella – mother of 13 month old Joseph!

Get out the camera, the video recorder, the cellphone! My son is ALMOST walking!It’s really exciting isn’t it- when they start to take there first steps?! I’ve spent most of the past week holding my breath, because every time my son takes a few steps, he also falls VERY quickly after! He’s normally a good sport but I’m a bit overprotective. I want him to learn how to walk and NEVER fall down- not going to happen right?? I was at my friends house and she has this really good toy- her son is at the same developmental stage and was all over the place in this:Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Stride-to-Ride Learning Walker Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Stride to Ride Learning Walker It’s great fun because they can ride AND walk AND play all these great games. The smiling dashboard is filled with learn-and-play activities including learning numbers, opposites, and ABC’s with flashing lights and music PLUS a shape shorter. Talk about ‘bang-for-your-buck!’ Ariella

A side note added from Andrea: For you lovers of old fashioned toys and ebay… I know there is a saying that ‘they dont make things’ like they used to’… well, sometimes this is a good thing! It is very well known that the walkers from a few decades back were responsible for a lot of accidental deaths in young children. If you are considering a purchase, stick with the well known brands and buy something current!