HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!!!!!!

As the 4th of July approaches our city comes together for the oldest 4th of July Parade this side of the Mississippi River!!!! Huntington Beach began celebrating America’s Birthday with a parade in 1904, 118 years ago!!!! The parade started small, just a few local floats and bands. Today it is a full scale production! Over 500,00 attend and it is televised. There are marching bands from all over the country, horses, little clown cars, floats, Boy Scouts, Marirachi bands, veterans groups, Charros (horseback riders in full caballero regalia), and on and on. It is a wonderful celebration of our country!

We are fortunate to have friends who live on the parade route. They kindly invite us to a wonderful breakfast brunch and front row seat to the festivities. We have joined them for over twenty years!!! We met them when our eldest son was at West Point, The United States Military Academy, and their son was a Navy Seal.

Having lived in Huntington Beach for several decades being at the parade it’s like ‘old home week’! We see folks we have known since high school. It is so much fun!!! If you don’t have anywhere to celebrate th 4th, and are in the southern California area, come on down to the parade! Sit on the beach and enjoy the sunshine. Come join the party!!! If you can’t join us get friends and family together and enjoy the holiday with them! Invite everyone to bring their favorite goodies!! No telling what delicious treats will turn up!!!

We have so much for which to be thankful!! Focusing on this brings happiness and peace!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!!! JUDY

Staying Comfortable in the Heat

The City of Huntington Beach, CA pier at sunset

Keeping you and your family comfortable in the heat takes some preparation. If you are able to, buy summer toys such as squirt guns, pool foliates, and buckets & shovels at the end of the season. Stores are eager to unload them then and almost give them away. As a grandma I am always keeping my eyes open for such things. Clothing stores do the same thing. If you are expecting a baby next spring, of have friends and family who are you can cash in on the deals right now. As July approaches stores begin receiving their winter inventory. They will be making down the cute summer clothing soon! In California we basically can wear it all year! Ha!

Here are some basic thoughts for staying cool during summer.

Number I : Hydrate.

Figure out ways to drink water. Make cute ice cubes with frozen berries or out of juice. Make or buy popsicles to keep on hand. Encourage your family and friends to teach themselves to carry a water bottle or keep them close by. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding this is sooooo important!!! Athletic trainers will tell you that if you are thirsty you are already dehydrated!!!!!!!!!! This means: DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE THIRSTY TO DRINK!!! It is really a re-education for you!

I tell my pregnant mamas close to labor to begin drinking a gallon of water per day in the weeks before they deliver. Hydration makes labor so much easier. Being hydrated helps your body process and pass the avalanche of hormones you experience during labor. In addition it prepares you to drink lots while you are breastfeeding. I recently heard of a breastfeeding mommy who was so constipated she caused a fissure in her anus. This is a tear in the skin from pushing so hard to eliminate poop. She said it felt like cut glass cutting her. OUCH!!! Drink water dear girls!!! You will be glad you did!

When I was breastfeeding I developed scabs in my nose. I did not realize this, but this was a result of dehydration!!! Please, please “Drink more water than you believe is humanly possible!” This is my mantra to noe mommies. Nearly every mommy with whom I have worked doubts her ability to provide enough milk for her baby. If you begin breastfeeding with the habit of drinking at least a gallon of water per day you will most likely avoid this crippling fear. You will feel better. It will affect every area of your physical wellbeing. PLEASE MAKE ME HAPPY AND DRINK WATER!!!!

If you do not think you can do this alone ask those around you to help Keep a chart close by and record your water intake. Set an alarm on your phone and keep count of your glasses of water. I like to fill four quart/liter bottles with ice cold water and keep them in the fridge. As I finish each one I get closer to my daily goal!! In past blog editions I have discussed other affects of dehydration. Look into them if you wish.

REST:

Plan your daily schedule so you can be in cool places during the hottest part of the day. Long walks in air-conditioned malls. Sitting in the shade at the park while your kids play. In the shade at a local pool.

Do what ever it takes to allow you and yours to avoid over heating. Avoid long car rides if at all possible. In some places going out early in the morning and when the sun goes down are you only options. That is OK, just plan for it.

FOOD:

Plan for items that do not require time in a hot kitchen. Prepare sandwiches, fruit, salads, etc. This makes life so much more comfortable.

CLOTHING:

Your family will take the lead from you. T-shirts, shorts, cute summer dresses, swim suits can be the wardrobe of your summer days. Hats and visors out of door to protect from the sun’s heat. When my kids had their fill of sun I put white t-shirts on them in addition to sunscreen. This avoided deep sunburns.

Have a wonderful summer!!! Enjoy what ever quiet and relaxed time you find. Keep cool and hydrated!!!

JUDY

Summer Has Arrived!!!

Loving these summer days has always been my favorite!! This time of year lets you relax and enjoy. If you are currently pregnant or have a new baby it is the perfect time to take it easy. Arrange your living space to serve you and your family. Access to a swimming pool is wonderful. A little kids pool is the next best thing. One of those sail awnings can easily be set up to provide shade on hot days. Protecting your backyard from too much direct sunshine will help cool your home too.

Just a few stings of twinkle or standard light bulbs can make your backyard the perfect evening destination. Get creative! If this is not your talent ask a friend or relative for their ideas. With out much expense you can create a lovely place to enjoy summer afternoons and evenings.

A Few of My Favorite Things

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Every year or so I go through my favorite items for newborns. These are the things I have found most helpful after fifteen years of serving newborns and their families. I encourage you to look at them. Try them out, if you wish. There is no pressure here, just lots and lots of experience.

MIM newborn pacifiers. These are the smallest on the market. This makes them the easiest to hold on to. Nik pioneered this style of pacifier years ago. They studied the ultrasound of a baby breastfeeding. What was learned is that when suckling a baby sucks in a large part of the areola, darker skin surrounding the nipple. Thus, they developed nipples allowing for this natural style of pacifier.

There is an old wives tale called nipple confusion. I am guessing someone somewhere wanted money for a scientific study and came up with this one. Babies are intelligent beings. They learn at a faster rate than we can imagine. When they are hungry they eat. When they are sucking they suck. I have found no such thing as nipple confusion in my practice. There is a term saying “Don’t borrow trouble”. In parenting there are hundreds of issues you simply don’t need to deal with. I encourage you not to expect trouble. Expect good things and they will come. Please ask if you have questions. Ask me, your friends, your relatives, and yes, your pediatrician, if he or she has kids of their own.

The straight green pacifiers given at the hospital are there because the pacifier company has provided them to the hospital at no charge. Ask the nurses, they will let you know. Babies will pretty much take what they are given. If you choose to purchase pacifiers these are my recommendation. You will probably be given some as gifts, at the hospital, and as free samples. See which ones work best with your baby!

Caldecene Medicated Powder is one of my favorites!!! It is magic on diaper rashes. In most cases just a few hours after applying it baby is happy and the rash is gone. It is available at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, and online. It is in my gift box at every baby shower. Use it sparingly, you can always add more later. It works on adults and children for chafing, skin irritation, etc, and it smells wonderful!!!

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Infant scale. Having a baby scale around is a wonderful tool when a breastfeeding mom is wondering whether or not baby is drinking enough milk. Nearly every mom doubts her ability to produce enough milk in the initial days. A baby scale allows mom to weigh baby before and after feedings to learn exactly how much milk is been ingested. You won’t need it very long so share it with a friend or borrow one. It will bring you peace in your journey, that is the most important quality in my book!!! A relaxed mommy is better all the way around!

This is one of the many scales available to you. I am not especially recommending this company, but this is the style of scale I believe will serve you best.

I love 100% cotton clothing for mommy and baby. It is absorbent, light, soft and cleans beautifully. There are many companies and styles available on line. I encourage you to find a local store carrying the brands you are considering to examine them in person. Purchase some there in order to thank them for their business and purchase more online when you need them. I have a tendency to over purchase. As you may have already seen, your baby grows so quickly you probably will not need many of a particular item. Purchase things as you need them in an effort not to waste your money. Friends and family members will usually be happy to share the clothing their babies have grown out of. Some how there always seems to be plenty of baby clothing floating around!!

Touched by Nature Baby Organic Cotton Coveralls

Honey – Uses, Side Effects, and More

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-738/honey

This WebMD article talks about the uses and affects of honey in both homeopathic and medical situations. Historically we have been told not to use honey with newborns. The information here seems to contradict this advice. Ask your pediatrician about the use of honey with you little ones. Honey is good for so many situations I suggest you speak with your OB (Obstetrician) if you have any questions about using honey during pregnancy. Throughout these suggestions we are given reactions and positive uses for honey for adults. Children and infants are really not thoroughly discussed. Do some research on the subject before introducing honey to your little ones. Better safe than sorry. JUDY

Possibly Effective for 

  • Burns. Applying honey preparations directly to burns seems to improve healing.
  • CoughTaking a small amount of honey by mouth at bedtime appears to reduce coughing spells in children aged 2 years and older. Honey appears to be at least as effective as the cough medicinedextromethorphan. But it is not clear if honey reduces cough in adults. 
  • Foot sores in people with diabetes. Applying dressings containing honey to diabetic foot ulcers seems to reduce healing time and prevent the need for antibiotics
  • Dry eye. Using specific honey eye drops or eye gel in the eyes (Optimel Manuka plus eye drops or Optimel Antibacterial Manuka Eye Gel) helps to make dry eyes feel better. These products can be used along with regular dry eye treatment such as lubricant drops and warm cloths on the eyes.
  • Sores and ulcers of the mouth and gums caused by herpes virus (herpetic gingivostomatitis). Rinsing the mouth and then slowly swallowing honey helps these sores and ulcers heal faster in children who are taking a medication called acyclovir.

Special Precautions and Warnings 

When taken by mouth: Honey is likely safe for most adults. But when honey is produced from the nectar of rhododendrons, it is likely unsafe. This type of honey contains a toxin that may cause heart problems, low blood pressure, and chest pain.

When applied to the skin or on the inside of the mouth: Honey is likely safe for most adults.

When applied into the eye: It is possibly safe to use specific eye drops containing manuka honey (Optimel Manuka Plus Eye Drops; Melcare, Biomedical Pty Ltd). These eye drops are usually applied into the eyes 2-3 times daily for up to 4 weeks.

When applied into the nose: Diluted manuka honey solution is possibly safe for most adults when sprayed into the nose for up to 2 weeks.  Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Honey is likely safe when taken in food amounts. But there isn’t enough reliable information to know if it is safe to use honey in medicinal amounts when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to the amounts found in foods.

Interactions ? 

  • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with HONEY Honey might slow blood clotting. Taking honey along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
  • Phenytoin (Dilantin) interacts with HONEY Honey might increase how much phenytoin the body absorbs. Taking honey along with phenytoin might increase the effects and side effects of phenytoin.
  • Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates) interacts with HONEY Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Honey might change how quickly the liver breaks down these medications. This could change the effects and side effects of these medications.

Month by Month Benchmarks for Baby

https://www.parents.com/baby/care/newborn/10-things-to-know-about-newborns/

Parent’s magazine has been around forever. They are one of many great sources for baby information. Now that it is available on-line it is so easy to access! My goal is to open up the doors of available products, methods, and ideas and let you seen the good ones. You can talk about them with your friends and family and decide what you think is then best path for you!!! Look over this article and assess for yourself. The baby below is darling. My babies did not have that much hair until they were three!!! I am jealous!!! JUDY

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Baby may be, well, a little funny-looking. 

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His head may be smooshed from his journey through the birth canal, and he might be sporting a “bodysuit” of fine hair called lanugo. He could also be puffy-faced and have eyes that are often shut (and a little gooey). After all, he just spent nine months in the womb. But pretty soon, he’ll resemble that beautiful baby you imagined.

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Don’t expect rewards – smiles or coos – until about the 6-week mark. 

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Up until then, you’re working for a boss who only complains! To get through the exhaustion and emotional upheaval, keep this in mind: your efforts aren’t lost on baby in those early days. “He feels comforted by his father or mother, he feels attachment, he likes to be held,” says Los Angeles-based pediatrician Christopher Tolcher, M.D.

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Give baby sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off. 

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If it’s kept dry, it falls off faster – usually within two weeks. Besides, newborns don’t get very dirty! If the umbilical cord does get wet, pat it dry. And if the stump bleeds a little when the cord falls off, that’s okay, too, as Alyson Bracken, of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, learned. “It scared me at first,” she says, but then she found out that, as with a scab, mild bleeding was normal.

The soft spot can handle some handling. 

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“I was terrified of the soft spot,” admits April Hardwick, of New York City, referring to the opening in the skull, also called the fontanel, which allows baby to maneuver out of the birth canal. “Gemma had a full head of hair at birth, and I was initially afraid to comb over the soft spot,” Hardwick says. But there was no need to worry: “It’s okay to touch the soft spot and baby’s hair near it,” says Tanya Remer Altmann, M.D, pediatrician and author of Mommy Calls. The spot may pulsate because it’s directly over blood vessels covering the brain.

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She’ll let you know if she’s getting enough food. 

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Baby needs to eat every two to three hours – but if you’re nursing, it’s tough to know how much milk she’s getting. “The baby’s weight is the best indicator in the early days,” says Dr. Tolcher. Your pediatrician will check it within a few days of discharge. A newborn loses 5 to 8 percent of her birthweight within the first week but should gain it back by the second. Diaper-counting can also act as a gauge: her schedule those first five days is haphazard, but after that, you’ll see five to six wet diapers a day, and at least one or two stools.

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How to Change a Diaper 

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There’s no doubt that babies poop — a lot! If you’re still getting the hang of diapering, learn how to change one at 6 weeks.

Dry skin is the norm for newborns.

Initially, he may be soft and silky, but that changes. “If you soaked yourself in liquid for nine months and then hit the air, you’d be dry too!” says Laura Jana, M.D., pediatrician and coauthor of Heading Home With Your Newborn. You don’t have to do anything about dry skin (it typically peels and flakes off), but if you’re so inclined, reach for a hypoallergenic baby lotion that is fragrance-free. Little pink bumps, diaper rashes, and even baby acne may also make an appearance. “Acne tends to last for a few months,” Dr. Jana says. “So get those cute newborn pics before one month!”

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You don’t have to hole up at home. 

“Lead a normal life, but use common sense when you go out in public,” Dr. Tolcher says. Keep baby out of the sun, and avoid sick people (no toddler birthday parties!) and crowded enclosed spaces (such as the mall during the holidays). “Teach older siblings to touch baby’s feet instead of her hands and face, which will help prevent the spread of infection,” he adds. And make your older child the hygiene police, says Dr. Jana. He’ll love telling guests, “Don’t touch the baby without washing your hands.”

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Babies cry a lot – that’s how they communicate! 

Their piercing wails will let you know they’re hungry, cold, have a dirty diaper, or want to be held. These early “conversations” can be frustrating, but rest assured, you’ll get a better handle on what she needs in time. Laurie May, of Boardman, Ohio, and her husband quickly learned to read their daughter’s hunger signal. When they were brand-new parents, they set an alarm to go off every two hours to wake Carter for a feeding. “We did not need the alarm!” she says. “We love to laugh at that one now.”

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Newborn babies also sleep a lot — but not for long stretches. 

Those first three months are a free-for-all. Baby needs to eat every two to three hours, so you’re not getting much sleep either. “It does get better,” assures Dr. Altmann. “Most infants can sleep for six to eight hours by 3 months of age.” In the meantime, try to get baby on a day and night schedule: during the day, don’t let him snooze more than three hours without waking him to feed; at night let him sleep as long as he wants once he’s regained the weight he lost at birth.

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The newborn stage is fleeting. 

Stressed, tired, and lonely? Yes, those early days are hard. But they’ll soon be behind you. Barbara Evans, of New York City, says, “I wish I’d known how quickly the time goes.” The mom to Luella, 8 months, says, “I didn’t take enough pictures or keep notes!” Rabeea Baloch, of Sugarland, Texas, shares some veteran-mom experience: “With my first, I stressed over every single thing, from changing diapers to whether baby was crying more than usual. With my second, I just enjoyed holding her, smelling her, kissing her, and loving the time together.”

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Baby Milestones: Your Baby’s First Month 

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How to Swaddle Baby 

Some babies sleep more soundly when they’re swaddled, so watch our video for the best technique to secure baby like a burrito!

Information on babies weight, breastfeeding, and infant weight scales………

From the Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

My personal recommendation to you is to take everything you hear and read with a grain of salt. In other words, every baby is individual. There are no two identical mommies. You and your baby are unique. This includes everything about you. Looking at a weight chart can give you an idea of where you and baby fit in the averages. But not being there immediately does not mean there is a problem. Do not obsess on individual characteristics in your babies life. It is the combination of many different criteria that show good development. Proper development includes many areas. Some are larger, some have hair, some do not, some are smaller, longer, lighter or darker. If your baby is happy, eating well, putting on weight, sleeping reasonably well, and advancing developmentally than you are doing well. Step back and look at the whole picture. Talk to other new moms, your friends and family. Enjoy every moment of this precious time. It will be gone in and instant.

https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/understanding-baby-growth-charts

Understanding baby growth charts

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As the name suggests, baby or infant growth charts indicate how your child is growing. It’s important not to compare your baby’s size with that of other babies since this may be misleading. The most important thing is that your baby is healthy, happy and growing appropriately.

What is an infant growth chart?

An infant growth chart helps you, your doctor and other health professionals keep track of how your baby is growing. There are different charts for boys and girls, for infants and for older children.

Growth charts record changes in your baby’s length, weight and head circumference. These measurements are marked down on the chart so you can see how they change over time. On the vertical (up-and-down) axis is the measurement; on the horizontal (side-to-side) axis is the baby’s age.

There will probably be a growth chart in your child’s personal health record (often called the blue, red or green book, depending on which state you live in). Your child and family health nurse or GP may also keep a birth chart for your baby.

All babies grow at different rates, and ‘normal’ growth ranges a lot. As long as your baby continues to grow, is responsive and is healthy, there’s usually no need to worry about the trend on the growth chart.

How to understand percentiles

Infant growth (aged 0 to 2) is usually calculated using the World Health Organization’s (WHO) growth standards. Infant growth charts allow health professionals to compare your baby’s growth with that of all other babies of the same age.

Most states and territories use charts from the US Centers for Disease Control to measure growth and weight in children and adolescents aged 2 to 18 years.

Like adults, babies come in all shapes and sizes. The growth charts show this by using ‘percentiles’. A baby on the 50th percentile for weight, for example, is right in the middle of the normal range: 50% of babies their age are lighter, and 50% are heavier. A baby on the 5th percentile weighs less than 95% of other babies of that age. A baby on the 90th percentile weights more than 90% of other babies that age.

Some babies will always be small and others will always be large. The important thing is that they are growing as expected for their percentile. The charts help you track this by showing normal growth curves (i.e. always increasing). You can plot your baby’s growth to see if it follows a similar pattern to other babies on that percentile.

How will my baby be measured?

Your baby will be weighed and measured at birth. After that, repeating the measurements once a month or so is usually enough to track how they are growing. Don’t worry if their weight goes up and down from day to day – this is normal.

Babies under 2 years old are usually weighed on a special infant scale (newborns will lie down on the scale). It’s more accurate to weigh babies with no clothes on until they are 12 months. After they turn 2, they can be measured standing up in light clothes. You baby’s head circumference will be measured using a tape measure.

If your child was born prematurely, their age needs to be ‘corrected’ (age adjusted to take into account the weeks they are premature by subtracting these from the age from birth) on the chart until they turn 2 years old.

Growth charts can actually be used until your child turns 18. Your child health nurse or GP can tell you what other health checks are needed to make sure your child is growing and developing normally.

When should I be worried?

Parents are often worried that their baby isn’t growing fast enough. However, while it’s important to measure a child’s growth to see if they are healthy and developing properly, it’s not the only way to tell if they’re healthy.

All babies lose some weight in the week after birth and regain this weight by 2 weeks. Most babies double their birth weight by 4 months and triple it by 13 months (for boys) or 15 months (for girls).

There is unlikely to be anything wrong if your baby:

  • has at least 5 very wet nappies each day
  • has pale wee
  • does well-sized, soft poos
  • has good skin colour and muscle tone
  • is meeting other developmental milestones

Weight gain can be affected by an infection or vomiting. If you are ever worried, talk to your child and family health nurse or GP.

If your child’s percentile changes significantly – for example, if they drop by 2 percentile lines – then talk to your child and family health nurse or GP. They will assess the child’s growth trend to see if there is any reason to be worried.

Remember, don’t compare your child’s growth to that of other kids. The important thing is that they continue growing following the same percentile.

Where to go for help

If you have any questions about your baby’s growth or development, you can call Pregnancy, Birth and Baby on 1800 882 436. Or, see your child’s doctor or early childhood nurse.

Sources:

Victoria Government Maternal and Child Health Services (Growth charts)Raising Children Network (Child growth charts)The Conversation (Our obsession with infant growth charts may be fuelling childhood obesity)Australian Breastfeeding Association (Baby weight losses and weight gains)NSW Health (Blue Book)The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (Top 10 things you need to know about growth charts)World Health Organization (Child growth standards)

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Last reviewed: February 2020

What’s the Average Baby Weight by Month?

https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/average-baby-weight#weight-chart

Understanding baby size

Babies come in all shapes and sizes. Weight can vary drastically. The average weight for full-term babies is 7 pounds, 5 ounces. However, a percentage of healthy, full-term babies are born under or over that average weight.

As your baby grows, their rate of weight gain will be an important indicator of overall health and development. Your baby’s pediatrician will monitor weight, length, and head size at each well-child appointment to determine if your baby is progressing as they should.

Read on to learn more about the average weights for different ages

Chart of average baby weights

The following weights for maleTrusted Source and femaleTrusted Source babies are from the World Health Organization (WHO). Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend using WHO’s charts for children up to 2 years old.

Here’s a break down.   Trusted Source for the first year:

Age50th percentile weight for male babies50th percentile weight for female babies
Birth7.8 lbs. (3.5 kg)7.5 lbs. (3.4 kg)
0.5 months8.8 lbs. (4.0 kg)8.4 lbs. (3.8 kg)
1.5 months10.8 lbs. (4.9 kg)9.9 lbs. (4.5 kg)
2.5 months12.6 lbs. (5.7 kg)11.5 lbs. (5.2 kg)
3.5 months14.1 lbs. (6.4 kg)13 lbs. (5.9 kg)
4.5 months15.4 lbs. (7.0 kg)14.1 lbs. (6.4 kg)
5.5 months16.8 lbs. (7.6 kg)15.4 lbs. (7.0 kg)
6.5 months18 lbs. (8.2 kg)16.5 lbs. (7.5 kg)
7.5 months19 lbs. (8.6 kg)17.4 lbs. (7.9 kg)
8.5 months20.1 lbs. (9.1 kg)18.3 lbs. (8.3 kg)
9.5 months20.9 lbs. (9.5 kg)19.2 lbs. (8.7 kg)
10.5 months21.6 lbs. (9.8 kg)19.8 lbs. (9.0 kg)
11.5 months22.5 lbs. (10.2 kg)20.7 lbs. (9.4 kg)
12.5 months23.1 lbs. (10.5 kg)21.4 lbs. (9.7 kg)

HAPPY SPRING!!!!!

Warmer days, flowers and new life everywhere!!! I love the spring time! It is wonderful to be out doors, enjoying nature! What are your plans for the more comfortable days? It’s a great idea to talk with your family about what you would like to do this season. Do you want to plan a weekend get away? Would you like to spend time at the beach or lake? Will you participate in Mommy n Me classes, swimming lessons, or walks in the park?

Acclimating baby to the out doors is both fun and important. Living in an area where the winters are harsh makes this the best time of year to do this. There are many interesting and fun ways to take advantage of opportunities in your community. Our city offers kids cooking classes, swimming or tennis lessons, and field trips to museums and the like. Most of this information is available online. Or telephone your city hall and ask where to locate these adventures. Talk with your friends about their plans. Perhaps your church has MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meetings.

As a new mom I found it so much easier to participate in these kinds of adventures with other mommies. This way, if you need to use the bathroom or run to the car for something you do not have to pack up everything you brought with you. Other moms understand the time in life in which you are living. They are more than happy to help out where they are able. In addition sharing suggestions, asking questions, and simply finding support are very helpful. Know you are not alone in this process. Learning and growing as a parent is much more fun with others!!!

JUDY

Thinking About What to Have in Your Cupboards for the Long Haul

As we look at the world around us things appear to be fairly uncertain. How do we look ahead and make the best choices for our families? One of the areas where this directly affects us as moms is how can we prepare food items for those we take care of? There are pantry items that literally last forever. Having a few of these tucked away relieves the stress of future shortages. Below are two different articles discussing this topic.

Please do not stress our over this. Food is not going to disappear, or become so expensive we cannot afford it. Having a few of these items in your pantry allows you freedom to not worry about it. It is less expensive to purchase a 50 lb bag of rice than smaller amounts. These are available at places like Sam’s Cub, Costco, and Smart and Final. Share one with other family members or close friends. Rice never spoils. Sugar never spoils if stored in sealed dry containers. Dried beans will stay usable indefinitely if stored properly.

As the one responsible for feeding my family it takes allot of pressure off me if I know I have a few meals available in my pantry. I sleep better having that confidence. Think about the things that give you that kind of peace. Take the time now to prepare for this. Then, every couple of years, cycle those items through your meals and restock your long term food supply. If this is too much for you to consider with so many other things for which you are responsible, ask your spouse or a friend to take care of this for you. There are folks our there who love this kind of thing. Our family members in Alaska have to think of this due to the inclement weather conditions they sometimes experience. They have small children so it is really important for them to be prepared.

Kitchen Items That Never Spoil

  • https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/10-foods-that-will-never-expire/
  • Honey. Honey may crystallize over time, but it won’t actually expire or become unusable. Heating it in the microwave or over water on the stove resolves the crystallization, returning it to it’s natural state.
  • Sugar. White, brown and powdered sugar can be used indefinitely if they are stored in an airtight container away from light and heat. … 
  • White Rice. … Brown rice does not save well due to the spoilage of the husks on each kernel, but white rice will literally stay usable forever! There are so many ways to prepare it, store some away for yourself.
  • Salt. … 
  • Cornstarch. … 
  • Vinegar. … 
  • Pure Vanilla Extract. … 
  • Maple Syrup.
  • Soy Sauce
  • Bullion Cubes
  • Dried Beans
  • Powdered Milk
  • Loose Popcorn, microwave popcorn will not save for the longterm, but bagged popcorn is a great treat! Get some and hide it away, just in case.
  • Honey
  • Baking Soda
  • Corn syrup
  • Spices

https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/14-pantry-goods-that-basically-never-expire-51624 In addition:   Most canned foods

https://www.eatthis.com/food-that-doesnt-go-bad/ These items can last 2 or 3 years:

Oats

Chia Seeds

Mustard

Cooking oil sprays

Red wine

Hemp seeds

Canola oil

Coconut milk

Coconut oil.  Due to its high saturated fat content, virgin or extra-virgin coconut oil can last an indefinite amount of time

Canned tomatoes

Spam

Meat jerky

Dried fruit

Canned tuna

Hard Liquor

Canned olives.  3 years

Marinara sauce.  3 years

Instant coffee

Dry pastas

Two Beetroot Juice Recipes for You!!

GINGERED PEAR BEETROOT JUICE

Ingredients:

1 medium beetroot, 1 medium pear, 2-3 large carrots, 4 stalks celery, fresh ginger root or ground ginger (to taste)

POWER PUNCH

Ingredients:

1 medium beetroot, 2 medium apples (Granny Smith), 1/4 of a lemon (including rind), 1/4 of a lime (including rind), 2 oranges (peeled)

Directions:

Process ingredients in a juicer. Stir, and enjoy!

If you do not have a juicer, or prefer the convenience of a ready-made product, check your local health food stores. You can also find beetroot juice available for purchase online.