the answer to every NICU parents #1 question?

new research could potentially lead to insight about the outcome of preemies; whether they will face serious complications or skate through their NICU days with relative ease. as a parent of two NICU graduates, this is exciting news.  if you have never had a loved one hospitalized, it is hard to imagine the agony of wondering what … Continue reading

Healthy from preteen to adult

Preliminary research at Michigan State has linked high fat diets in preteen girls with an increased risk for breast cancer in later life. Although research is ongoing, this study is simply confirming something we’ve long known. BE HEALTHY.  Americans in particular seem to have developed the culture of the teenager, in which preteens and teenagers … Continue reading

Weight loss on the web

Kaiser Permanente released a study recently showing that people who belong to an online support group to help with their weight loss efforts are more successful than those who did not make use of this online support.  Leslie Beck’s article says that the more people logged on to the site used for the study, the … Continue reading

i always wanted twins, and other stupid things people say to parents of multiples

when i first learned i was pregnant with twins, i didn’t realize what becoming a mother of multiples would mean.  i couldn’t fathom how drastically it would change my life. i had no concept of how very personal details of my life would suddenly become open to public scrutiny. i spent the last five weeks of the pregnancy hospitalized. bedrest sounds like a vacation, to anyone … Continue reading

eating seasonally

As the weather warms, she says ignoring the recent bout of overnight frost warnings in our area, I find myself thinking about delicious tomato sandwiches.  The kind where their sweet juice runs down your face as you bite into it.  The kind that you made yourself after plucking a tomato, still warm and sun-kissed, right from … Continue reading

Gender divide: Dads who drink

I was reading an article over the weekend about women and alcohol.  In the article it said that one third of alcoholics in America are women.  The statistic was supposed to make an impact, make me think “wow, women do have a problem with alcohol.” Instead, it was silly.  First of all, a statistic loses … Continue reading

Animal Cupcakes

I really wanted to make cupcakes for my daughter’s zoo birthday party, but I’ve been doing a lot of work trying to get and stay healthy, so I wanted the cupcakes to be at least a little better for you without being those icky, “healthy” baked goods. I went searching and found exactly what I … Continue reading

When even a foot in one’s mouth would leave a preferable taste

As my husband and I walked home from the park on this beautiful spring night, swinging our son between our arms and then letting him run ahead to investigate the neighborhood cats in our path, we passed some girls jogging. I noticed them at a distance. They were probably 14, and both were generously proportioned. … Continue reading

Fat Babies

My daughter had her one year check up a few days ago, where I was happy to learn that she’s looking great and growing like a weed.  She’s in the 95th percentile for her height (again) and in the 75th for her weight.  We’re happy to hear she’s healthy. While we were at the office, … Continue reading