Friday, July 31, 2009
Though I do occasionally call Timothy, "Timothy ____(Middle name) SillyPants _____(Last name)!" I think I might be making up for his only having 3 names. Four names are just more satisfying to say! But then Justin's first two names seem to work perfectly for him, I don't feel the need to add anything extra for him. I do sometimes use his superhero name instead, Justinvincible! How appropriate is it that of all the kids, he got the superhero name?!
Baskin-Robbins Large Chocolate Oreo Shake
2,600 calories135 g fat (59 g saturated, 2.5 g trans)1,700 mg sodium263 g sugars
We didn’t think anything could be worse than Baskin-Robbins’ 2008 bombshell, the Heath Bar Shake. After all, it had more sugar (266 grams) than 20 bowls of Froot Loops, more calories (2,310) than 11 actual Heath Bars, and more ingredients (73) than you’ll find in most chemistry sets. Yet the folks at Baskin-Robbins have shown that when it comes to making America fat, they’re always up to the challenge. The large Chocolate Oreo Shake is soiled with more than a day’s worth of calories and 3 days’ worth of saturated fat. Worst of all, it takes less than 10 minutes to sip through a straw.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I ran into this quote and feel it's appropriate:
"Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?""Supposing it didn’t," said Pooh after careful thought. – The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Jacob was cranky today and was unusually difficult. He got two shots. We discussed both his eczema and the lead level at length. She agreed to let us see an allergy specialist first and they'll determine if it's likely his eczema is an allergic reaction. Otherwise I'd have to make an appointment to see a dermatologist, and she said that can take 5-6 months to get in (as opposed to 6-8 weeks for an allergy specialist). As for the lead, apparently there is little coordination between departments and there is nothing in the records to show that we had the home inspections. Or that our house has unusually high amounts of lead paint. So she added the fact that a contractor has seen the home to our file. Sigh. It's a start. In October he'll be tested again.
I asked for results and an explanation of the blood count they had done. She said something about checking if the lead was attaching to the iron in his body. Apparently things looked normal except for his platelet count was a bit high. But she said they weren't concerned about that. I asked her to explain, but she didn't do a good job, so I'll ask again later. The x ray was normal.
This was a polite doctor, which was nice for a change. She was young, and did actually listen when I talked. But they still assume you don't know basic things about parenting, for example when I commented that he was a picky eater, she told me I shouldn't let him eat only chips and sweets. Really?? I had no idea that was bad!! And that he should still be in a car seat and be supervised around water. Again, duh! And she kept notes on the computer about things like what foods he likes to eat (why do they need to take notes on that?) and quizzed me on what percentage of milk fat he drinks. She says she's comfortable with Justin drinking either whole milk or 2%(the kinds we drink), since his weight is normal. She's comfortable??!! I wanted to mention to her that milk isn't the only source of calcium, nor is it the best source of calcium, and that getting enough fat in one's diet does not seem to be a problem for most children today, so I doubt we need to worry about that.......but I don't need to risk anymore calls to CPS in case someone misunderstands and thinks I'm depriving my children of calcium!!) Both the nurse and doctor were very nice today, and I appreciate that more than they know!! I've had my fill of rude professionals. But that sense of being supervised, of having my parenting being reviewed, is still there. The sense that I need their help to raise my children was definitely there. I hate that! I cannot emphasize that enough!! Oh well, end rant.
Leanna's was much easier, though we had a very long wait. Though we arrived early, we waited about an hour and 15 minutes after her appointment until we saw a doctor. Then it took only a couple minutes for her to check the usual stuff. No problems, one shot. It took quite a bit of convincing for the shot though. The nurse was very nice and pointed out to Leanna that either she could have me hug her while they did it, or they would have to get a bunch of people to hold her down. She was scared of getting a shot to begin with, but the nurse who did the check in (height, weight, vision, blood pressure, iron) didn't tell her what she was doing or give any warning she just suddenly pricked her finger and it really upset Leanna. Kind of a nasty surprise. So after that she was REALLY scared of an actual shot! Did you know you have to sign a release form to get a copy of your own child's medical records?? I'm not sure why, but I had to. So I signed to release my own child's records to myself. They'll come in the mail.
Justin's 38.4 pounds (30Th percentile) and 42.9 inches (46Th percentile). So he's about average for height and a little on the lower end for weight, but still within a normal range.
They forgot to give me Jacob's paper, so I'm not sure of his. I think he was around 26 pounds, but I'm not positive.
Leanna's up to a whopping 57 pounds!!
It was a very long day with two separate walks downtown to the two doctor's offices! I am relieved to have it over!
I'll link to a post about the huge swine flu scare. This woman is clearly more informed than most people (that I encounter anyway), but did anyone else besides me think that the whole swine flu thing was greatly eggagerated also? Even without researching it at all, it felt off. I actually did see one woman prancing around with a surgical mask on her face as she shopped at CVS. I think we've just gone drug crazy as a country, maybe a symptom of our obsession with everything happening quickly. Fast food, fast travel, grow up fast, take a pill or twenty to cure everything (headache, cold, pain, illness, whatever) take a vaccine to cure whatever the pills don't. Easier to take a pill or vaccine rather than stop a hurtful behavior or wait out an illness. Don't get me wrong, there are times when pills or vacines are a good thing, I just think we've become obsessed with them as a cure-all.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Your 5-year-old now
Some children still have trouble producing certain sounds. At this age, it's still considered normal to lisp or struggle with l, r, s, z, sh, and th sounds. It's part of the learning process for speech — these sounds tend to require the most complex muscle movements. Most kids outgrow lisping by age 7 or 8.
Stuttering isn't uncommon either. It usually happens because your child's mouth can't keep up with her quick brain, causing her to repeat words and sounds. When she's excited or tired, she may even have trouble spitting out the right words. Most kids outgrow stuttering between 5 and 6.Reinforce language skills by talking with your child and reading to her often. Don't try to finish her sentences or rush her. You don't want to make her any more frustrated than she already is. Don't ridicule or mimic "cute" mispronunciations. Continue to model proper speech.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
1. Justin knows everything. Really. He was just born knowing things. (Insert modest Justin shrug here). Ask him!
2. We checked out 27 books at the library this week (and none of them were for me).
3.Leanna has already read more than the amount of books listed for the entire summer at the library reading program. They don't have prizes for her because their list stops at 50 books.
4. People have stopped caring about Timothy's belly button. I hardly ever get any hits on the post on his outie belly button anymore.
5. People do still care about his Cinnamon rash though. That's a popular post lately.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
(I burst out laughing and she said somewhat indignantly, "well you need to have more kids and I want a sister!")
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The answer is probably NEVER, unless she has severe lead poisoning.
And again, if I was the source of the lead, as I breastfed each child, more of the lead would be leaving me through the milk, and there would be less lead for each child, thereby meaning with each child their lcad level would be lower(relatively, each body absorbes lead differently) Which is not the case.
Assorted facts from various sources:
lead does not concentrate in breast milk because it does not attach to fat; indeed, levels of lead are generally higher in a mother's blood than in her milk. Several studies have found higher blood lead levels in formula-fed infants than in breast-fed infants.12 This may be a result of contaminated formula cans or formula prepared using tap water with high lead levels. Lead levels in blood and breast milk correlate closely with areas where lead is still used in gasoline, with the highest levels in areas with heavy traffic
Because breast milk is an ever changing substance, it can be difficult to measure and the literature shows a wide range of results. There has also been the problem of contaminated specimens. What has been found, is that the lead levels in breast milk are related to the lead levels in a mother's blood, but breast milk contains only 5% or less of this amount. Having your blood level checked is a simple way of estimating the risk to your baby. (If you are pregnant, ask your doctor to request a lead level with your next tests or ask your GP - this test is covered by Medicare).
Lead moves from where it is stored in a mother's skeleton, during later pregnancy and lactation, when the need for calcium increases. Maintaining your calcium intake will give the body plenty of circulating calcium in the blood which can be used easily by the body to meet the increased need of the foetus. This means there is less likelihood of the body using the skeletal calcium which might induce lead to leave the bones and enter the blood stream.
The 1994 Australian Market Basket Survey found only trace or undetectable levels of lead in breastmilk, cows milk and infant formulas including soy based formula. In the 1992 Australian Market Basket Survey, lead was below the detection limit in all breastmilk tested. Soy based infant formula had lead levels 4 times the detection limit and other infant formula had 3 times the detection limit. In Broken Hill, which is a lead rich environment, the mothers tested had levels that were one tenth of the amount considered to be a problem for breastfeeding.
Sources of lead (but this list is not all-inclusive, other things can have lead in them)
Common Sources of lead:
Unlike the persistent organic pollutants (POPs), metals do not accumulate in fat, and so do not usually achieve higher concentrations in breast milk than in blood. As a result, infants are likely to be exposed to higher levels before birth than during breastfeeding.
All of these contaminants are more likely to affect bottle-fed infants because they are water contaminants and are often found at higher concentrations in infant formula as compared with breast milk.
Breast Milk Overview
In general, the metals found in breast milk are usually at lower levels than are found in maternal blood.4 Thus, breast milk is not the primary pathway of exposure for infants; prenatal trans-placental exposure is a much greater concern. That said, instances of high exposure through breast milk do occur, and are often important indicators of an infant's total exposure. One study found that longer duration of breastfeeding was associated with poorer infant growth in children whose mothers had higher levels of mercury in their bodies. Generally, infants fed formula made with tap water are at the highest risk from metals contaminating the water supply.
This is me-Sajmom-talking here. Essentially what you can take from all this is that it's possible, but only in a case where the mother has had a significant lead exposure herself. Adults process lead quicker than children, and adults wash their hands more (removing the lead before it's ingested) and are less likely to put their hands in their mouths to begin with. So it's very unlikely that I have large amounts of lead in my body. Levels of lead aren't very high in a mother's milk to begin with and only 5% of the mother's level will pass through to the child. So the mother's lead level would have to be very high in order to significantly affect the child. In our case our house has more than enough lead to explain the children's high levels. And the health department agrees.
Friday, July 17, 2009
So I rushed in and we did the blood test which terrified Jacob. On Tuesday they couldn't find his vein and stabbed him repeatedly before doing the other arm. He clearly remembered the ordeal and started crying as soon as we got into the room. Today they had no problem finding the vein though, a relief since he was worked up enough just over the memory! We did the X-ray right after and she said a doctor would have to look at it to be certain, but she saw (surprise!) nothing at all. This was not how I wanted him to spend his birthday and it wasn't how I had planned to spend the afternoon either!!
I know some people probably wonder why I make such a big deal out of this stuff. It's hard to put it into words exactly. I'm bothered by the attitudes that I encounter. I'm just very tired of it being assumed that if there is any differentiation from the norm that it's because I'm a negligent parent. I'm tired of people not listening to me-hospital personel of various sorts, the school, the teacher, the caseworker, pediatric nurses and doctors and staff members, the landlord, the lead contractor, and various people involved the insurance and lead levels. All people I've encountered that either ignore me, treat me like I'm a moron, or a lazy parent, or worse still, an uncaring parent(except the school-there I think I'm seen as overinvolved). It's a relatively recent thing,,,,,although to be fair, I've had contact with a lot more people in those positions in the past year probably, than in the entire time I've had kids. I'm just tired of being treated like some low-life negligent parent who couldn't possibly know and observe her own children. Heck, I'm tired. Period. My stomach's been twisted in knots all day. I can't wait until all this stuff's over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I meant to post this video yesterday, but things got hectic and I forgot. We did call and wish Nanny Sue a Happy Birthday yesterday though! Timothy was actually quite upset that he didn't get to talk to her more!! (Justin and Leanna hogged the phone) Hers is easy to remember since it's the day before Jacob's!!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
In a paper called What Reading Does for the Mind, Anne E. Cunningham, associate professor of cognition and development at the University of California, Berkeley, makes the case that reading:
*increases vocabulary more than talking or direct teaching;
*substantially boosts general knowledge while decreasing the likelihood that misinformation will be absorbed; and
*helps keep our memory and reasoning abilities intact as we age.
"Still, it's eye-opening--especially for a parent of a new reader--to grasp how big a difference reading can make, and how important it is for a child to have early success and positive feelings about reading. Cunningham also showed those had a direct impact on a person's likelihood of becoming a bookworm.
"An early start in reading is important in predicting a lifetime of literary experience," Cunningham writes. "It means that students who get off to a fast start in reading are more likely to read over the years, and, furthermore, this very act of reading can help children compensate for modest levels of cognitive ability by building their vocabulary and general knowledge.""
For the whole article (it's not a long one): What Effect Reading Has on Our Minds
by Martha Brockenbrough
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Extra Timmy artwork
On Sunday we had a craft day. I had the kids make little birthday gifts for Jacob. The night before I bought little wooden shapes from AC Moore for just that purpose! They're 4/$1.00. It wasn't too bad this time. We didn't use paint, just markers. And lots of glue. We cut some ribbons, and they made cards as well.