Choose Joy!!!!

Life has been a circus for a while now. The norms have been turned on their ears. Everything has been up in the air for way too long. Folks find it difficult to function when there is much change. They are uncertain and afraid.

There are those who believe the powers that be are maintaining the unrest for a purpose. In America this is foreign. We have not lived under tyranny. We have enjoyed peace and trust in the consistency of our government.

If you are one of those who has lost much because of the government shut downs and the uncertainty, find hope. This is not forever!!! Life is returning to normal. Jobs and consistency are returning.

Look to the future and know good things are ahead. Make plans to enjoy time together with your family and friends. Thanksgiving is coming, Plan to celebrate in a big way, As we come out of the darkness there is so much for which to be thankful! Good things are ahead! Be encouraged!

Choose to see the good in those around you! Look for smiles and sunshine! They are much closer than you think! I wish you blessings and joy as you navigate your life!!! So much of the way things will turn out depends upon the way you choose to see it!

I am reminded of a song from the play Carousel. It has been recorded by too many performers to count. It is an inspiration and encouragement! Listen and find hope and joy in your next step!!

Josh Groban – You’ll Never Walk Alone [AUDIO] – YouTube

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Molded Ornaments of Baby’s Hand and/or Foot

These ornaments are especially sweet for baby’s first holiday. I encourage you to mold these ornaments the week baby is born. Her hands and feet will never be this small again! If you are able, you can put a hand and foot on the same side of the ornament. Or, you can put one in front and one in back. As your baby grows you will be amazed at how small she was when she arrived!

Grandmas and Grandpas especially love these as gifts because they remember you when you were a newborn. As a grandma I am amazed at how the same overwhelming feelings of love and protection I felt when my own were born returns with grand babies!!!

The kits for these ornaments are available on Amazon, Esty, and other websites. They are not even a little bit messy as the clay is premixed and fairly dry. There are links below to purchase them. Enjoy!!!

Baby Handprint Footprint Keepsake Ornament Kit (Makes 2) – Bonus Stencil for Personalized Newborn New Mom & Shower Gifts.

Baby Ornament Keepsake Kit (CIRCLE & HEART) Clay Handprint and Footprint Casting for Newborn – Best New Mom Gift and Shower Gift – Hand Imprint Mold – Foot Impression for Girls & Boys Print


Bubzi Co Baby Handprint and Footprint Kit Ornament for Baby Girl Gifts & Baby Boy Gifts, Unique Baby Shower Gifts, Personalized Baby Gifts for Baby Registry, Keepsake Box Nursery Decor

Easy Holiday Photo Ornaments

These are my favorite gift ornaments. All year I save the photos I take or receive of my grandkids. As Christmas draws near I watch the ads for Michaels ornament sale. Right now these are $5.99 each. There are probably ten different styles from which to choose. Before Christmas they will go down to $4.00. Closer to Christmas they could go as low as $2.00. After Christmas who knows? I send each grandbaby a photo ornament for their collection. This is a keepsake for them to enjoy through out their lives!


Silver Square 2.5″ x 2.5″ Ornament Frame by Studio Décor®


Red Heart 2.5″ x 2.5″ Ornament Frame by Studio Décor®


Red Dotted Square 2.5″ x 2.5″ Ornament Frame by Studio Décor®

Our family’s most favorite ornaments are of our kids, now in the 30’s as babies. So much fun to pull those out each year and remember those pudgy smiling faces!!! All it takes is a little diligence and a shoebox! Ha, yes, we store them in our favored shoe box. I keep them in my closet so I always know where they are! These are literally one of the few things I would save incase of a disaster! They are irreplaceable!

As you see, the date is already on the ornament! Important, because you will forget which photo is from which year. The date makes a world of difference. Always write the first and last name of the child photographed on the back of the photo along with the date. Again, life continues and our memories fade. You want to get it right, be sure to label each photo.

Having may ornaments on the tree allows all to see the progression of each precious child. It is truly amazing! Making these photo ornaments for your folks is a priceless gift to them. Nothing is more precious than a grandchild.

I have also begun making these for relatives as they become grand parents. Again, photos have a hallowed place in our hearts. They allow us to remember those first moments of life. They are priceless.

I am a bargain hunter so I have not checked these out at other sites online. That may be your thing. Starting at this time of year takes the pressure off you as you organize. Figure out which photos you want to use. Print them or have somewhere like Costo print them for you. Have them ready to go when you find the frames you like. Put them together and send them off.

Have a wonderful holiday enjoying your friends and family. This year this time will be more precious than ever!!! JUDY

Home Decorated Wooden Ornaments

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Here is another fun idea for you to create for your friends and family. Each year Michaels Craft Stores have great sales on creative ideas. This week their unfinished photo frame ornaments are $.60 – $1.60 each. They some as unfinished wood, which I love just the way it is! They can be painted, stained, or left in their natural state. There are several styles available: round Christmas ornament style, hearts, gingerbread man, stockings, and more.

They are darling simply with glue, glitter, or buttons glued on. Some have windows for photos, some are more simple. You will need to act quickly, but these will be fun projects and lovely gifts!

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Early Ideas for Life Long Gifts for Baby

Personalized Gold/Silver/Rose Gold Plated Bell Ornaments

Engraved Silver, Gold, or Rose Colored Bells with baby’s name and birth year. These specific bels are selected from the Miles Kimball Catalogue. There are many places you can find them. Solid gold and sliver bells are also available if you wish.

We have these for each year of our children’s lives.  In addition each, of our grandkids has them from the year of their birth.  These are a special holiday memory for them from us.

Advantages of Tummy Time

Babies Need Tummy Time!

A mother and her baby lying on their stomachs while on the floor.

Tummy time is not only an important way to prevent flat spots on your baby’s head, it is also an important part of your baby’s normal growth.

What Is Tummy Time?

Tummy time describes the times when you place your baby on his or her stomach while your baby is awake and someone is watching.

Tummy time is important because it:

  • Helps prevent flat spots on the back of your baby’s head
  • Makes neck and shoulder muscles stronger so your baby can start to sit up, crawl, and walk
  • Improves your baby’s motor skills (using muscles to move and complete an action)

From the day1 they come home, babies benefit from 2 to 3 tummy time sessions each day for a short period of time (3 to 5 minutes). As the baby grows and shows enjoyment of tummy time, you can lengthen the sessions. As babies grow older, more tummy time helps build strength for sitting up, rolling over, crawling, and walking.

Tummy Time Tips

These suggestions1 can help you and your baby enjoy tummy time:

Mother and baby enjoying Tummy Time
  • Spread out a blanket in a clear area of the floor for tummy time.
  • Try short tummy time sessions after a diaper change or after your baby wakes from a nap.
  • Put a toy or toys within your baby’s reach during tummy time to help your baby learn to play and interact with his or her surroundings.
  • Ask someone you trust to sit in front of your baby during tummy time to encourage interaction and bonding.
  • As your baby gets older, your tummy time sessions can last longer, and you can have them more often throughout the day.

Other Ways to Help Prevent Flat Spots on Your Baby’s Head

In addition to tummy time, parents and caregivers can try these other ways to help prevent flat spots from forming on the back of baby’s head:

  • Hold your baby upright when he or she is not sleeping. This is sometimes called “cuddle time.”
  • Limit the amount of time your baby spends in car seats, bouncers, swings, and carriers.
  • Change the direction your baby lies in the crib from one week to the next—for example, have your baby’s feet point toward one end of the crib one week, and then have the feet point toward the other end of the crib the next week.
Illustrations of a baby lying on his back in a crib.

Prenatal Exercise

There are endless resources for exercises, outdoor groups, online chat rooms, and prenatal workouts on line. I have found prenatal pilates classes and wonderful instructors who will individualize workouts for your particular needs. Local community centers and colleges offer specialized exercise programs for you. Most moms do better with the encouragement of other pregnant women. Plus it is so much fun to connect with those going through the same process as you. Sharing ideas and suggestions they have come across are a great benefit. As we are moving out of coved restrictions these opportunities are opening up.

Staying active during pregnancy prepares you for both delivery and recovery. Over the next few entries we will look over several different exercise programs suggested for pregnancy. Please let me know which ones you enjoy most! JUDY

Pregnancy Birth and Baby

Exercising during pregnancy

Doing regular physical activity has health benefits during pregnancy and also helps to prepare the body for childbirth. However, it is important to modify or choose a suitable exercise program because pregnancy affects the body’s response to exercise.

Pregnant woman exercising
Exercising during your pregnancy doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial.

Be sensible about the level of exercise that you do. Consult a doctor, physiotherapist or healthcare professional to make sure the exercise routine is not harmful for you or your baby. If the pregnancy is complicated (such as expecting more than one baby, high blood pressure, heart disease, pre-eclampsia, or risk of premature births) it is best to talk to a doctor.

Exercise tips 

Don’t exhaust yourself – a light to moderate exercise program should be the aim. You may need to slow down as your pregnancy progresses or if your maternity team advises you to. If in doubt, consult your maternity team. As a general rule, a light to moderate level should allow you to hold a conversation as you exercise when pregnant. If you become breathless as you talk, then you’re probably exercising too strenuously.

If you weren’t active before you got pregnant, don’t suddenly take up strenuous exercise. If you start an aerobic exercise program, tell the instructor that you’re pregnant and build up say begin with no more than 15 minutes of continuous exercise, 3 times a week. Increase this gradually up to 5 30-minute sessions a week.

Remember that exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial.

Exercise tips when you’re pregnant: 

  • Always warm up before exercising, and cool down afterwards.
  • Try to keep active on a daily basis; 30 minutes of walking each day can be enough, but if you can’t manage that, any amount is better than nothing. If you haven’t been active or are overweight, start with 3-4 days spread across the week.
  • Avoid any strenuous exercise in hot or humid weather.
  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids.
  • If you go to exercise classes, make sure your teacher is properly qualified, and knows that you’re pregnant and how many weeks pregnant you are. 
  • You might like to try swimming because the water will support your increased weight. Some local swimming pools provide aquanatal classes with qualified instructors.
  • Walking is a great exercise — it is a moderate aerobic activity but will have minimal stress on your joints. Other good choices are swimming, low-impact aerobics and cycling on a stationary bike.

Be sensible about the level of exercise that you do. Consult a doctor, physiotherapist or healthcare professional to make sure the exercise routine is not harmful for you or your baby. If the pregnancy is complicated (such as expecting more than one baby, high blood pressure, heart disease, pre-eclampsia, or risk of premature births) it is best to talk to a doctor.

Additional Data on Fevers


Patient education: Fever in children (Beyond the Basics)

Author: Mark A Ward, MD. Section Editor: Morven S Edwards, MD

Deputy Editor: Mary M Torchia, MD

Notes: This is our third installment on fevers. As mentioned several times fevers are a normal part of childhood. As children acclimate to the world around them they come in contact with many bacteria, germs, and viruses. A fever is the body’s way of killing off dangerous adversaries. When your baby is very young (first three months) you want to be especially careful. Contact your pediatrician if your baby develops a fever. As baby matures you will learn how to read his symptoms and understand how ill he is.

As I have previously mentioned, each of us as a unique mean body temperature. 98.6 is the average body temp., but your temperature and the temperature of your baby may differ a bit. When your baby is healthy take her temperature several times over a 24 hour period. Record, for your own knowledge what those numbers are. Keep that record with your notes. Pay attention to external influencers. At night when baby is wearing long sleeved long legged clothing her temp may be a tad higher. After bathing she may be a bit cooler.

If you purchase a new thermometer rerecord this information. It will help you know your baby’s mean temperature. Temperatures usually run in the evening. They usually dissipate in the morning. For babies under three months of age call your pediatrician. I do not recommend using medications to alleviate fevers unless your pediatrician encourages this.


Read and learn:

FEVER OVERVIEW. Fever is a normal response to a variety of conditions, the most common of which is infection. Fever occurs when the body’s temperature is elevated as a result of the body’s thermostat being reset to a higher-than-usual temperature.

Nearly every child will develop a fever at some point. The challenge for parents is to know when to be concerned. This topic review will discuss the definition of a fever, how to accurately measure a child’s temperature, how and when to treat fever, and signs and symptoms that require further evaluation.

FEVER DEFINITION Because of the normal variation in body temperature, there is no single value that is defined as fever. In general, a fever means a temperature above 100.4ºF (38ºC). You might get slightly different numbers depending on how you take your child’s temperature – oral (mouth), axillary (armpit), ear, forehead, or rectal.

Axillary, ear, and forehead temperature measurements are easier to obtain than rectal or oral temperatures, but they are less accurate and may need to be confirmed rectally or orally in certain children.

FEVER CAUSESInfection is the most common cause of fever in children. Common viral and bacterial illnesses are the most likely illnesses to cause fever. These include:

●Colds (see “Patient education: The common cold in children (Beyond the Basics)”)

●Gastroenteritis (see “Patient education: Nausea and vomiting in infants and children (Beyond the Basics)”)

●Ear infections (see “Patient education: Ear infections (otitis media) in children (Beyond the Basics)”)

●Croup (see “Patient education: Croup in infants and children (Beyond the Basics)”)

●Bronchiolitis (see “Patient education: Bronchiolitis (and RSV) in infants and children (Beyond the Basics)”)

●Urinary tract infections (see “Patient education: Urinary tract infections in children (Beyond the Basics)”)

There is little or no scientific evidence to support the widespread belief that teething causes fever. Although it is difficult to disprove this notion completely, alternative causes of fever should always be sought and temperatures above 102°F (38.9°C) should never be attributed to teething.

Bundling a child who is less than three months old in too many clothes or blankets can increase the child’s temperature slightly. However, a rectal temperature of 101°F (38.5°C) or greater is not likely to be related to bundling and should be evaluated. (See ‘Evaluation recommended’ below.)

Some childhood immunizations can cause fever. The timing of the fever varies, depending upon which vaccination was given. (See “Patient education: Vaccines for infants and children age 0 to 6 years (Beyond the Basics)”.)

The Top 5 Facts About Fever

September 09, 2016

Posted in Babies & ToddlersChildren’s HealthPreschoolersPreteensSchool-Age KidsTeens & Young Adults by Vanessa Carlo, MD

As a pediatrician, I know that parents’ panic can set in pretty quickly when it comes to a fever — especially if they have a baby or toddler. Even the calmest of moms and dads can find themselves frantically debating at 1 a.m. whether to give their child medicine and go back to bed, or to call the doctor despite the time.

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As strange as it may seem, fevers are a good thing. They’re the body’s way of fighting off infections. Often times, a fever left to do its job will go away on its own within a few days.

However, it’s still completely normal to be worried when your little one’s temperature starts to climb. To help reduce your worry and prepare you for what to do next time the thermometer reading begins to rise, know these top five facts about fevers.

1. A fever in babies under 3 months old should be taken seriously.

When it comes to fevers, 3 months is an important age for infants. Although babies and toddlers may get fevers a few times a year, it is not common for infants under 3 months to have fevers. Fevers in infants this age can be a sign of serious infection and require a full evaluation. If this happens to your infant, remember two things:

Contact your pediatrician or family doctor right away.

If it’s after hours, talk to the nurse on call (if one is available) and/or ask to have your doctor contacted right away. If you can’t get in touch with anyone at your doctor’s office, go to your local emergency department.

Don’t treat the fever.

Don’t give any medication at all before a doctor fully evaluates your baby.

2. A fever once a month in young children (over 3 months old) is normal. 

Fevers are a common part of life, and all kids will get one from time-to-time. In fact, one fever a month is a pretty normal frequency to expect in young children, especially if they’re enrolled in child care or have older siblings — which expose kids to germs and infections.

Reason for concern

Although one fever a month can be typical, more than one fever a month may be cause for concern. Contact your pediatrician or family doctor if that’s the case.

And, again, fevers in babies under 3 months old should be taken seriously — and they shouldn’thappen at the same frequency as older children.

3. Medication isn’t always necessary.

Fevers can be scary, and sometimes parents may want to give their children medicine at the first sign of a fever — even when it’s low. But remember that fevers aren’t a bad thing — and they’ll usually go away on their own. So if your child doesn’t seem uncomfortable and is getting plenty of fluids, my advice is to wait to give temperature-lowering medicine (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) and see if the fever naturally resolves.

Alternatives to fever medicine

If your child seems uncomfortable, try some of these tricks to help your kid cool off:

  • Apply a cool, wet cloth to your child’s forehead.
  • Have your child drink cool fluids.
  • Give your child a bath in room-temperature water. Never use a cold bath or rubbing alcohol to try to bring the fever down.
  • Avoid bundling your child up in blankets and lots of layers. Kids often report feeling cold when they have a fever, but bundling them up can just trap in that heat — and even make their temperature rise. Instead, dress your child in lightweight clothing and cover with a light sheet or blanket.

If your doctor does instruct you to give your child a pain reliever/fever-reducing medicine…

Give children’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen — making sure to carefully read and follow the package recommendations based on your child’s age and weight. Donot give aspirin (due to its association with Reye syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease).

4. How fast the fever rises is often more important than how high the temperature might be.

Many parents are number-focused where fevers are concerned. They worry about how high a temperature is, whether it’s 100 vs. 104 degrees. But the degree of the fever doesn’t tell us much about how sick your child is. A simple cold or infection can result in a high fever, but doesn’t usually indicate a serious problem. Instead of focusing only on how high the fever is, pay close attention to how fast the fever rises.

Why is speed important?

If a temperature rises very rapidly (from a normal temperature to a high one within 30 minutes to an hour) it can cause a febrile seizure. Febrile seizures are convulsions that happen during a fever and usually last for a few minutes.

They aren’t very common, but once children have had a febrile seizure, they’re more likely to have another one in the future. Unfortunately, febrile seizures aren’t preventable — if a fever is going to rise quickly, then there’s no slowing it down.

But, although they are frightening, febrile seizures:

  • usually end without treatment
  • don’t cause other health problems
  • don’t mean a child will have epilepsy or brain damage

5. There is no magic number.

A lot of parents ask me what “the number” is. They’re hoping I can give them an exact number or degree of temperature that indicates when a fever is very serious and they need to call their doctor or go to the emergency room. Although that onenumber doesn’t exist, these numbers might be helpful to remember:

·       The normal temperature for a healthy child is between 97 and 99.6.

·       Any rectal temperature over 100.4 degrees is considered a fever. When measured orally (in the mouth), 99.6 degrees is considered a fever.

And there are other indications that it may be time to call the doctor about your child’s fever.

Call the doctor if: 

  • your child has a fever over 104 degrees (a fever of 105 degrees is rare) that persists despite treatment
  • you’ve been treating the fever with medication and it’s still not going down
  • your child isn’t acting normal, seems uncomfortable, or isn’t drinking

When fever strikes, don’t let panic or worry take control. Fevers may be unpredictable and unpreventable, but knowing the basics about what to do can help keep the panic at bay when a fever does appear.