Happy Halloween!

Hope you and your families are having a fantastic Halloween! It’s one of my utmost favorites! I wore a long black dress today and a witch hat, and got to give out candy in hospitals to patients and nurses while I marketed. Super fun! With school parties, getting costumes on/off, preparing candy for the trick or treaters, making dinner, handing out candy and trick or treating we have a FULL day (and that doesn’t even include work and a sick husband!)  Be safe and eat lots of candy!!

Babies Are Miracles

Being in the Labor and Delivery room in a major North Carolina hospital causes one to think. After 9+ months my sister gave birth to a happy and healthy baby. And she was happy and healthy herself. Being on the Mom and Baby floor also made me think. One thing was for sure, babies are miracles. Babies are miracles no matter how they come into our lives. The nurses on the floor were so helpful and knowledgeable. They appreciated the magnitude of the moment. Maybe this mom will only have this one child in her whole life? Maybe this mom spent years of fertility treatments to get here? Maybe this mom is a surrogate, helping a stranger? Maybe this mom is giving up her child for adoption? The nurses seem to take all of this in stride and celebrate the new life. They have on average 25 babies born at that hospital each day. Seems hard to believe that in only one hospital in one city in all of our country, 25 babes are born! It’s just awe inspiring. 

A Little Online Shopping

Do you ever feel weird looking at children’s adoption profiles online? Or, rather, do you ever feel not weird looking at children’s adoption profiles online?

I peruse lots of items online. Clothes, books, beauty items, shoes, camping equipment, the list goes on. We have become a very visual society reliant on over-sharing.

So why am I surprised that we can look online to see children, neatly organized by state and age?

And why does it bother me so much?

It hurts my heart that all of these children need families. I wish that I could help every single one. I know that online profiles can help reach families in other counties or states that wouldn’t know about a potential fit.

But it’s still weird.

Need Breast Milk?

This article explains the dangers of buying breast milk for your child online. If you need help breast feeding your child or prefer breast milk to formula please contact your local La Leche League (www.lllusa.org). If you do buy breast milk, please make sure that it meets criteria set by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. Breast milk can transmit “HIV and tuberculosis” and “can pass on prescription or illicit drugs.” Let’s keep our babies safe!

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/75-percent-breast-milk-bought-online-contaminated-analysis-shows-8C11421794

We Have Success!

My nephew was born tonight at 5:31. He is 7 lbs 5 oz and just over 20 inches long! He smells wonderful and makes little baby yawns. He tries constantly to suck his index finger. He has a bunch of fine brown hair that sticks up and is kind of curly in the back. My sister was a rockstar and only took 5 drips of pitocin (usually when you’re being induced you need about 20). She had pitocin from 9 to 11 and then the rest she did on her own! Glad that everyone is happy and healthy and we have a new little prince to spoil in the family! The first boy for my parents, who have two daughters and a granddaughter!

 

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