In January, I wrote a post "We're All On The Same Page With Vaccinations Now, Right?" following an graph published by the Council on Foreign Relations, which depicts vaccine-preventable outbreaks. Little did I know how relevant it would become. My daughters, ages 12 months and 16 months, will receive their second MMR dose several years early at their next pediatricianRead More »from NYC Health Department is Fast-Forwarding Babies’ Immunization Schedules Due to Measles Outbreak
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Mar 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDTNYC Suggests Babies Receive MMR Vaccine at Next VisitNew York City is in the midst of a measles outbreak that I am watching carefully. The first measles vaccination (MMR) doesn't occur until age 12 months old, which leaves younger babies vulnerable. The NYC Health Department is advising that children within the infected regions of the city receive their second MMR vaccinations now instead of waiting until ages 4 to 6 -- not only for the children who have only received one out of the recommended two doses, but also for the more vulnerable babies in the community not yet old enough to be vaccinated.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Mar 13, 2014 2:11 PM EDT
Traveling with three kiddos has been a challenge unique experience. Somehow, I remember my fantasy of family vacations before I had kids being a little bit … what's the word? Smoother? That's not to say we don't have a fantastic time, but let's be honest … I may have sugarcoated a paragraph here and there in that postcard I sent from our trip. Now, let's get down to the bare bones for a breath of fresh air. For instance, what's really going through your mind when you're on an airplane with your tiny tot? Check out what postcards from family vacations should really say here. -By Jacinda Boneau
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- How To Rock Pinterest In 10 Minutes A Day I've had a number of folks ask me about Pinterest lately. Some don't understand the attraction or appeal, others find the platform unwieldy, and others just feel like they don't have the time to concentrate on yet another social media site.
I totally get that. I joined Pinterest pretty much right away, but I didn't click with the platform for a long time. I spent some time initially pinning things, but then I let my boards just sit fallow. I found myself only pinning images from posts (like this one) that I'd written. In other words, I created the most boring Pinterest account out there.
When it became abundantly clear that Pinterest was going to be a real player in the field of social media, I decided I'd better learn how to utilize the platform. Somewhere along the line, I actually began to love it. I've managed to grow my Pinterest following from only about 300 people to 3600 (which isn't particularly impressive overall but is still a nice jump). Now I actually have prettyRead More »from How to Master Pinterest in Just 10 Minutes a Day
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Mar 13, 2014 2:08 PM EDT3 Products I Used Religiously During Pregnancy that I still Use NowSilver is 2 months old now - can you believe it? It's wild how time flies because I swear the pregnancy test just turned positive yesterday, right? I miss being pregnant, and as challenging as my pregnancy was, it's hard to say goodbye and close that chapter of my life.
During my pregnancy, there were some extra products I bought this round that I hadn't when I was previously pregnant. I thought I had all that I needed and knew what to expect, but while splurging a bit for comfort, I found some of my new favorite things. These three products made my pregnancy so much more comfortable, and to my surprise, they're still three of my favorite products now even though I am two months out of the pregnancy stage.
I love products that give you a good bang for your buck, that can have multiple functions and be useful for more than a short period of time. While I bought these and used them religiously during pregnancy, they're still regularly used now.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 12, 2014 5:47 PM EDT
Stunning Reversal: Drug Company Turned Away Dying Child Then Changed Its MindUpdate 3/11/14, 9:57 p.m.: In a stunning reversal, Chimerix has announced that it has found a way to provide seven-year-old Josh Hardy the drug brincidofovir. The company has said that it has reached an agreement with the FDA to immediately initiate "a pilot trial of open-label brincidofovir for the treatment of adenovirus infections in immunocompromised patients," including Josh, who will be enrolled tomorrow.
"Josh Hardy's story brought to public attention the often-devastating impact of adenovirus infection and helped accelerate a discussion between the FDA and Chimerix regarding the need for additional clinical development to assess brincidofovir's potential in adenovirus infection," the company said in a statement.
Chimerix CEO Kenneth I. Moch said that being unable to fulfill requests for the drug earlier was "excruciating," while the company's clinical research vice president, Hervé Momméja-Marin, M.D., explained that the new trial will still allow the company to pursueRead More »from Drug Company Turns Away Dying Boy, Then Changes Its Mind
Wearing, Buying and Styling Wide Leg PantsWide-leg pants are a trend that suddenly popped up again over the last year or so. Palazzo pants were huge for a while (and still are popular), and wide-leg jeans can be found in almost every store that carries jeans.
Wide-leg pants are definitely not for everyone. I've broken it down below, showing who they look best on and who should stick with other styles.
If you are:
- Tall and thin: Wide-leg jeans work for you. To keep from overwhelming your tall thin frame, go for wide leg pants that are a medium width -- not TOO wide (you don't want to look like those circus guys on stilts with the balloon pants). Balance them with a fitted tee to accentuate your small upper half. I don't personally wear crop tops, but if you do, try a fitted crop top with your wide leg pants -- the small gap in the clothing will draw attention up toward your top half, so not all the weight is on your lower half.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 12, 2014 5:45 PM EDTLet's All Join Beyonce and Jennifer Garner in Banning the Word
Beyonce and Jennifer Garner are asking a favor of us all -- and when Beyonce and Jennifer Garner ask us to do something, we do it! (Especially, when it concerns the welfare of our daughters.)
The two superstars are asking us to stop using the word "bossy" when referring to girls and women. And as for me, a bossy lady who is a mother of a bossy girl, I can not agree with this movement more. The inspiration behind the "Ban Bossy" campaign is Sheryl Sandberg, the author of Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. It's been a personal battle for Sheryl Sandberg, a strong and successful woman who was called bossy as a child, and she's right to assume that "bossy" is a word that can crush a girl's instinct to lead. Ms. Sandberg claims that it is the other "B-word."
"This has become a very negative experience for girls. If you look at my childhood, if you look at the childhood of most of the leaders we talked to, they lived through being told they were bossy," Sandberg said to NPR.Read More »from Let’s All Join Beyonce and Jennifer Garner in Banning the Word “Bossy”
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 12, 2014 4:57 PM EDTAdam Lanza In his first interview since his son shot and killed his own mother, himself, and 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the father of Adam Lanza said his son would have almost certainly killed him, too.
"With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he'd had the chance," Peter Lanza told the New Yorker.
Lanza said his son talked with many mental health professionals, but none saw violent tendencies in his personality. He tells the magazine he thought his son was "a normal, weird little kid" but by the time he reached middle school "it was crystal clear something was wrong."
"The social awkwardness, the uncomfortable anxiety, unable to sleep, stress, unable to concentrate, having a hard time learning, the awkward walk, reduced eye contact," he said. "You could see the changes occurring."
Lanza says he may have overlooked troubling signs himself by attributing his son's strange behavior to Asperger's when, in fact, obviously something was really,Read More »from Adam Lanza's Father Speaks Out for the First Time About His Son
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 12, 2014 4:55 PM EDTLindsay Lohan I have written about pop culture and entertainment for a while now. A few years ago, before I made my own choice to stop drinking, I stopped writing about Lindsay Lohan. I couldn't stand the pictures of her that people were laughing at in the news: Lindsay passed out in the passenger seat of a car, literally foaming at the mouth, looking as close to dead as anyone I've ever seen in a tabloid. I knew then, as I have paid special attention to articles about celebrities who struggle with addiction, that this was no news fodder I cared to bite. There would be no snarky commentary here.
I watched the premiere of Lindsay on OWN, the Oprah-produced docu-series about Lindsay Lohan's attempt to recharge her career (and save her life) after a years-long struggle with addiction, with my heart just a tiny bit in my throat.
I've been following Lindsay's struggles for the past few years, and her story hasn't been pretty overall. Every time she's appeared to rebound, she's gotten stuck again,Read More »from Why This Mom's Rooting for Lindsay Lohan to Succeed
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Mar 12, 2014 4:54 PM EDTBest Financial Decision The year was 2005. I had just started working at my first "real" job out of college, and there were decisions to be made. What kind of health insurance plan did I want? Who would I make friends with at work? How would I afford to live in this big new city?
I was overwhelmed, to say the least. I'd just moved across the country to start a job I snagged from Craigslist, at a less-than-perfect fit in the consulting world in DC, when all I wanted to do was work in politics. I didn't know anybody. I had never been to the city before. I was in over my head.
I wasn't in debt yet, not really, but I was getting there. I spent more than half of my monthly take-home pay on a very tiny apartment in a fun part of town, and I was eating out way more than I was eating in.
It's crazy to think that amid this uncertainty and overspending I would make my best financial decision, but I did.
I started investing part of my paycheck in aRead More »from The Financial Decision I Made that Saved Me $10,000!