Blog Posts by The_Stir

  • Would you get your pregnant belly a $75 facial?

    I have a ritual for my belly bump. I use Earth Mama Angel Baby Stretch Oil in the morning and at night and it not only keeps my skin hydrated and stops any itching, but it's like a bonding time for me and my twins, who are now 22 weeks in the womb!

    But there is a new service that pregnant women in the Northwest are enjoying -- it's called the Mom-2-Be Belly Bump Facial and Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz is a fan, according to Glamour magazine.

    Decleor, a French skincare line, created the belly facial for MTM Luxury Lodging hotel spas using all natural products designed to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate baby bumps to help prevent stretch marks. The cost? $75 for a half hour.

    Hmm.... The writer for Glamour wasn't sure how she would feel about a belly massage when pregnant for a half hour and I have to agree. Don't think this is for me, even if it was $20. I'd rather pay for a back massage and take care of my belly myself.

    What do you think of the belly bump facial? Would you

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  • What are your rules for your teens'/tweens' cell phone usage?

    As parents, we kind of have to face it. We live in a cell phone world. I can't imagine my life without one. However, I'm sort of dreading when my kids want one.

    A cell phone is just going to mean one more set of rules to enforce.

    My dad friend just caught his 7th grade son talking on his cell phone - at 2am! My mom friend gets more texts for her daughter than for herself. Most the teachers in our What to Expect: Back to School series, middle school on up, stated that cell phones and texting were a BIG problem in the classroom - even schools where you're not supposed to have them out during class (yeah, we weren't supposed to pass notes in our day either, but we always found a way...).

    So what's a parent to do? There have to be some rules, right?

    Does your tween or teen have a cell phone? What are your rules about it? At home? At school? At night? How far do you go to enforce these rules?

    Written by Sheri Reed for CafeMom's Big Kid Buzz

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  • Whose last name does your baby have?

    I kept my maiden name so when I was pregnant the conversation wasn't just about what the baby's first name would be, but what her last name would be as well.

    We settled on my husband's surname, but only because it sounded a lot better with her first and middle names. (We also had first and middle name options that went with my last name.)

    If I have another baby, I'm not sure what his or her last name will be. We've talked about one kid having my husband's last name and one kid having mine, but my stepmother, a former teacher, thinks that's a crazy idea. She says that kids have enough difficulty and confusion in school and that siblings (and parents) should all have the same last name. I didn't point out to her that she, my father, and her honor student daughter all have different last names.

    Momlogic raises an interesting point about twins. One couple who already had two kids with different last names also gave their twins different last names (one got the mom's and one got

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  • Do your kids spend enough time outside?

    Would your child rather spend the day in front of the TV or in the great outdoors?

    Research shows that kids who regularly play outdoors tend to play more imaginatively, have lower stress levels, and have a greater respect for themselves, for others, and for the environment.

    That's why Where the Other You Lives, a new PSA campaign, is aiming to get kids-specifically tweens-off the couch and into nature.

    Use the Web site to find forests and parks near you, as well as discover games and activity suggestions (leaf rubs, finding animal tracks, etc.) to do with your tweens.

    What do you and your tween do outside?

    Written by Kim Conte for CafeMom's Big Kid Buzz

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  • Entire Neighborhood Breastfeeds Motherless Baby

    Baby Moses's mother died hours after childbirth, and, since it was important to his father and his mom before she passed, the community stepped up to breastfeed him early on.

    Now, it's been six months, and he's still getting cross-fed breastmilk from the group of women.

    The beginning of this story, found via Eco Child's Story, is one no one wants to hear. Moses Goodrich's mother Susan died shortly after she gave birth to him from a rare amniotic fluid embolism, leaving him in the care of his grieving father Robbie Goodrich.

    There was so much to figure out, his nourishment being one concern. "I wanted the baby to be nursed. That's something that Susan would have wanted," said Robbie.

    First, a family friend who was nursing her own child offered to breastfeed Moses. Soon after, 20 different nursing mothers offered to help cross-nurse him, and he has had 25 different women throughout his first six months. All the women breastfeed Moses, and some pump for night

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  • Breaking up during pregnancy

    I've written about dating when pregnant (go mamas!), but let's talk about breaking up during pregnancy.

    Wow. I cannot imagine going through that -- breaking up is hard enough as it is...throw in pregnancy and it's a whole other animal. A fierce, snarling, evil clawed rabid animal.

    And there are lots of mamas-to-be going through a breakup.

    As we all know, pregnancy makes us emotional. Super emotional. And often, after a breakup, even if you are the one ending it, comes depression. What affects mama, also affects baby. So of course it's important for moms to stay as emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy as possible.

    So what can a mama-to-be do if she finds her relationship ending when she's pregnant?

    • You want to think of your baby's health and your well-being first.
    • Surround yourself with friends and family for support.
    • Join a pre-natal yoga, knitting, or another class where moms-to-be or just new faces are getting together. Meeting new people is great
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  • The diaper-free baby movement

    I first read about the diaper-free baby movement, also known as Elimination Communication (EC), a few years ago (this is not cloth diapers...this is no diapers!).

    I find EC pretty fascinating. But not fascinating enough to try it. And so far, none of my mom friends have tried it either. However, because of its benefits to the pocketbook and the planet, many moms are strongly moved to give it a try.

    According to this recent article "Diapers, Are They Necessary?" in the SF Chronicle, Willow Lune, a teacher of Intro to Diaper-Free Babies classes, explains that "babies are born with awareness and control of their bodily functions and the ability to communicate when they want to eliminate. She talks about babies offering up cues (grunts, wiggles, cries) to signal their parents to hold their bare bottoms over a toilet, a sink, a grassy field. And she shares how cultures all over the world never use diapers." Families who practice EC can also save thousands of dollars, reduce

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  • Mom confessions: I use housecleaning to avoid playing with my kids

    It's time for a Mom Confession - because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

    This Week's Confession:

    I use housecleaning to avoid playing with my kids.

    I'm a stay-at-home mom, and I realized the other day that I'm using housecleaning and chores to avoid sitting down and playing with my kids. I'm just not much into playing or doing puzzles, so I find them things to keep them busy and then go busy myself with the things I need to get done around the house. Even when I set out to play with them, I find myself feeling drawn to do the dishes a few minutes in. What's wrong with me? -- anonymous

    Do your use housecleaning to avoid playing with your kids?

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    We all have secrets and opinions - so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

    Past Confessions:

    I Am Not a Fun Mom

    I Don't Set

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  • Breastfeeding and breast cancer: what you should know

    My mom is a breast cancer survivor so I'm of the mind-set that it's not a matter of if, but when, I'll be diagnosed with the disease. Although, I just heard some pretty encouraging news. We all know that breastfeeding is good for our babies and good for our hearts. You might also know that women who breastfeed have a lower risk of osteoporosis, ovarian cancer, and low blood pressure. Now new research shows something about breastfeeding and breast cancer that has even the researchers amazed.

    A new report shows that breastfeeding is associated with a lower incidence of breast cancer among women who are at particularly high risk: those who have a history of breast cancer in their family.

    Specifically, the report found that among women with an immediate relative (a mother or a sister) who had breast cancer, those who breast-fed had a 59 percent lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer.

    "I was sort of stunned," said Dr. Alison M. Stuebe, one of the researchers on the study

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  • New mom worry: teens sharing prescription drugs

    One out of five teens share their prescription drugs with friends, new research finds. And not just their parents' medicine cabinet stash, like the anxiety drug Xanax or painkiller Oxycontin - popular choices among teens.

    But personal prescriptions as well: birth control pills, ADHD drugs, and acne medications. This is a big deal if you consider the side effects of heavy hitters like Accutane for acne, which carries a risk of birth defects.

    What if a teen gave it to her friend who didn't know she was pregnant?

    "I think it has something to do with America's prescription drug use in general," notes one mom in a recent discussion on CafeMom. "Children see adults take little pills for so many different things. It doesn't seem very dangerous to do something you see your parents (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) do all the time."

    Do you worry about your teens sharing prescription drugs? Have you ever been guilty of slipping a sleeping pill or painkiller to a friend

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