No More Charting?

Has anyone heard about the new TempDrop sensor? We have been talking for years about how there needs to be a more sophisticated process for fertility monitoring/NFP and this new technology from Israel looks promising. The basic idea is that that you go to sleep with a basal temperature sensor under your arm and that by the time you wake up your lowest basal temp is already synced to your phone app.It seems like it was created for women who are trying to conceive, especially later in life. … [Read more...]

Preach it!

Whilst I am guessing that I do not have a ton in common with the author of this NYT Moderlode post, Shouldn't the Breast Pump Be as Elegant as an iPhone and as Quiet as a Prius by Now?, I couldn't agree more with her in this case. Having spent, to date, about 4 years of my adult life strapped to a pump 4-8 times per day due to a circulation disorder, I would love nothing more than a small, discreet, quiet pump. I field more questions about pumping, its challenges and benefits and logistics, than … [Read more...]

More new mom questions…

Questions, questions. We are starting a huge family undertaking tomorrow, and amidst a long to-do list and much bustling over the past weeks, our little miss started a new phase that is causing some pause in our home...Ok, actually it is terrifying me, but we've already been to the pediatrician once, so I'm canvassing experience.;)Over Christmas break there were a few instances where she stopped breathing after getting startled or scared. We freaked out each time, because, let’s be real, … [Read more...]

A Pill A Day?

So there have been copious news articles recently surrounding the efficacy of vitamin supplements: see here and here. But I am wondering has anyone actually ditched their daily prenatals or multivitamin?Our family strives to eat whole, real foods and minimize processed foods, but even with much of our food budget going to organic produce, grains, dairy and meats, I have also read that the vitamin content in these foods is not what it was 50 years ago. We get our Vitamin D the old fashioned … [Read more...]

Migraines in Children

I think that we just experienced our first migraine in one of our children, and it threw me for a loop! In part, the reason that I am posting so late today is because I had my daughter home with me, even though she would have been perfectly fine to go to school. She woke up happy and feeling great, whereas for the past 48 hours she had been miserable with a splitting headache. In retrospect, I think that she may have had a migraine (or just a prolonged headache?) brought on by stress, and I am … [Read more...]

Fall Morning Magic

I love Kat's post about being intentional about meeting our own needs so that we can set the right tone in our household.  My biggest challenge lately has been the early morning hours.  I am NOT a morning person.  Life has radically changed for me this September and the mornings have been rough.  When my big kids get up to head to the school bus, my others all wake up as well, so we have a household that is noisy and clammering for breakfast by 6:30 am.Some days I run around and meet their ne … [Read more...]

Supporting Loved Ones Who are Sick

As we get older, we know more and more people who are hospital or home-bound for a period of time for one reason or another. I would love some advice from those of you who have experience on how best to support loved ones who are seriously ill, and also on how to support their caregivers. Is there anything that is specifically helpful for people who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment? Both suggestions for hands-on help and help from afar would be helpful, since many of us do not … [Read more...]

The Fourth Decade: When Sleep Became King

For most of my life, sleep could be sacrificed for any and every reason. Sleep was the optional item on my to-do list.In high school, I finished homework and then stayed on AOL/instant messenger until late, but still managed to soldier on to school the next morning and through extra-curriculars into the afternoon and evening.At Princeton, the candle burned at both ends of the night, with all-night editing shifts at the student newspaper, cramming for exams and meeting last minute … [Read more...]

Staying Safe in the Summer Sun

We have been spending a lot of time out in the sun this summer, and this means that we have had to be extra careful about protecting our skin from those potentially-harmful rays. Our routine includes using a good quality sunblock on our bodies and a sunblock stick on our faces, making sure that we apply extra to our shoulders, nose, and ears, which are all susceptible to getting burned. The kids wear goggles in the pool and the adults wear sunglasses to protect our eyes from sun burn, and I have … [Read more...]

Must-Read Article as Pool Season Begins

I just finished reading an article entitled "Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning," by Mario Vittone, and feel that it was filled with a lot of relevant and potentially life-saving information. The general gist of the article is that drowning victims often do not look like they are drowning, and therefore nobody jumps in to rescue them until it is too late. A couple of noteworthy quotes from the article:Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling … [Read more...]