So Stella had her two-year check-up today. She received two shots, a delicious wooden tongue depressor, fabulous height and weight percentiles, and a small bit of forgivable misinformation. I'm not sure how I will broach the latter with the doctor, but I plan to do that soon. To kick things off, he asked about Stella's… Continue reading Stella’s weighty two-year check-up.
A couple of things to share for now: A message I sent in an effort to get support for Stella's wean, and an AAP study. Below is the actual text of an email, including excerpts from research that I paid for, that I sent to Stella's pediatrician and OT on January 4, 2009. The next… Continue reading More on the risks of NG tubes
Someone needs to say it: tube-fed children and their families are being neglected and often outright abused by a dehumanizing, misguided health "care" system. If you don't believe me, read on. Or at the very least, get a glimpse of a far superior alternative by viewing this tube weaning lecture delivered at Seattle Children's Hospital… Continue reading Taking a stand against tube-feeding crimes and negligence
One of the many reasons to shop at PCC (Natural Markets), besides tons of carefully selected fresh, local organic produce? Their Kid Fruit Program, described on their website as "Free fruit for kids! Kids ages 12 and under can choose a free serving of a fruit or vegetable to eat while their parents shop. Kids… Continue reading Proud of my veggie rebel
Remember Zander? Well he's got company. (The tube-free ranks are growing.) Sadly, I kept putting off this post because the hugeness of the triumph deserves a truly well written, heartfelt description. Which takes time and energy that I've been lacking, though I've so wanted to muster it! But then I realized that I can't tell… Continue reading Hooray for Heath, his mom, and inspiring tube weaning success!
I took newly 17-month-old Stella out for ice cream last week. Just me and her. There was no special occasion other than "mama needs ice cream NOW." We headed out on foot at around 7pm to sneak in our treat before her 7:30 bath (which, of course, didn't happen until 7:45). On the "walk" home,… Continue reading Let them eat sugar
Update: In March of 2010, her parents announced that Frankie discovered the joy of eating and left tube-feeding behind for good! I'd like to introduce you to Francesca and her devoted parents. Their extremely touching and wonderfully written blog, Frankly Frankie, documents Francesca's struggles with eating. They need our morale support--right now. Adorable two-year-old Francesca,… Continue reading Meet fearless Frankie and her parents
I destroyed the structural integrity of my boobs--what little there was--with an expensive, rented hospital grade breast pump in order to collect 500 ounces of milk that Stella would never drink. It sucked in every way. Worse was the guilt and anxiety. None of it made any sense, but thankfully, it's over. I was not… Continue reading Goodbye, breastfeeding guilt.
I remember one day, having been home from college for a brief stint, my mother, who is a pretty wonderful kick-ass character, sensed that I was not doing so well. She drove me back to school, and as I reluctantly got out of the car, she suddenly put her hand on my arm and said,… Continue reading What would my mom and Kevin Garnett do?
Stella turned one on Monday. I should probably say something really profound and eloquent and heartfelt but all I keep thinking to myself is "HOLY SHITBALLS!" Over and over and over. Okay, I'll say that after 12 mind-blowing months, it feels like heaven to see her thriving, running, throwing, walking, laughing, smiling, waving, chowing, bye-bye-ing… Continue reading Stella Enters Single Digits