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New Year’s Resolutions December 30, 2005

Filed under: Family and Friends,Food,Health,Photography,Vegetarian — amygeekgrl @ 4:42 pm

I can’t believe it’s already the end of 2005. Holy crap!! Where did the year go?? Seriously, it seems like it completely flew by and I expect time will fly by faster and faster the older I get. How does it work that way?!

Anyway, I hadn’t given much thought to New Year’s resolutions until stumbling upon the Milk Sucks site earlier today. It was then that I felt motivated to come up with a small list of resolutions.

Without further ado, here are my resolutions for 2006:
* Become more aware about the food and drinks I ingest and feed to my family. – to include researching vegetarianism and veganism (good site here) and learning about the impact of current farming and food production in this country on the animals and environment so that I can make informed dietary decisions
* Research voluntary simplicity
* Take a photography course and LEARN, LEARN, LEARN
* Continue portfolio building and practicing for my photography business
* Be mindful that all of my words and actions have consequences
* Focus on healing and acceptance (with regard to being an adult child of an alcoholic) – to include reading some of Claudia Black‘s books on the subject

Now that I’ve typed them out, I don’t know if they are resolutions so much as they are goals. That’s cool with me though. I needed to set some goals for myself. :)

As for our plans for New Year’s Eve, we’re going to some friends’ house for a potluck and games with them and another couple. Since we all have little ones, we won’t be out ’til midnight, but it should be a good time. :)

Happy New Year everybody! Hope you all have a safe and fun day and night! :)

 

Things that make ya go hmmm…

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 12:48 pm

I recently received a comment on my blog from Isil of Veggie Way. So I started checking out her blog and archive and found some links to vegetarian and vegan sites.

One in particular that caught my attention was Milk Sucks. The whole site is pretty disturbing and explains why “milk sucks” for the animals, the environment and your health.

I’m not ready to swear milk off completely (everything in moderation, right?), but I do plan to read this site in-depth and decide how much milk is ok for my family.

We’ve been buying organic milk for Ava the past couple months (even though she’s still breast-fed) because I figured it’d be something other than water for her to drink, but we get regular ol’ milk for ourselves (just because organic is so pricey). However, we might change that habit or switch to soy or rice milk on a more regular basis.

Anyway, if you are interested in learning more about milk and why it’s not nearly as healthy as it’s touted to be (as with nearly everything, it’s all about the Benjamins), check out Milk Sucks. It’s a huge eye-opener.

By the way, I sent away for the “free vegetarian starter kit” in the left sidebar on the site. I used to be veggie, but went back to eating some poultry and fish after not having the best eating habits. I’m reexamining my choices now, but I will save that for another blog entry. ;)

 

Business as usual December 29, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 9:21 am

Jody headed back to work today, so we’re back to business as usual in our house.

I just want to say again how nice it was to have him home for six days. He helped out around the house a ton without being asked, and spent most of his time playing with Ava.

I mentioned to him last night before we all drifted off to sleep how thankful I was for all of his helping out this past week. And he said that he figures I NEVER get a vacation, so he wanted to do what he could while he was home to make things easier for me. Awww. :) He’s a good guy (most of the time).

On a somewhat related note, we went out to dinner last night with an old friend of Jody’s (who was in town) and his fiance. It’s funny how Jody and I have become one of *those couples* where all we want to talk about is our child – how many new teeth she has, what new things she’s been saying or doing – as if everyone wants to hear just how wonderful we think our little girl is. ;) There’s no hiding it though – she is the light of our lives.

 

I applaud Massachusetts – who’s next? December 27, 2005

Filed under: Activism,Attachment Parenting,Breastfeeding,Health — amygeekgrl @ 9:27 pm


State bans gift bags to promote breast-feeding- “Mass. hospitals to stop giving diaper bags filled with formula, other freebies”

I know this news is almost a week old now, but I have to applaud Massachusetts’ new ban on distributing gift bags full of formula* to moms in the hospital.

Some view the ban as too extreme, but I think that it helps encourage breastfeeding and I see that as a positive thing. I, for one, would be happy to see hospitals or even other states follow suit.

The article (above) notes that: “According to 2004 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 74 percent of Massachusetts mothers breast-feed, but only 39 percent are still breast-feeding when the baby is 6 months old, below the federal goal of 50 percent. Nationally, about 36 percent of mothers breast-feed at 6 months.” I’ll be curious to see how much (if at all) the percentages change a year after this new ban is in place.

From another article on the subject, “Giving out these bags reduces the duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding and is considered unethical by many national and international groups, including the World Health Organization. Multiple studies, even from prestigious medical journals such as the Lancet, have shown that the bags interfere with breastfeeding, causing moms to switch to formula sooner, or quit nursing altogether– even when the bags do not contain formula samples.” “Most parents see these as a “free gift,” but the bags are a marketing technique that implies that the hospital endorses the product, successfully boosting sales of formula at the expense of breastfeeding.”

On one of the Yahoo! Groups I belong to, a few of the moms have been working on letters that we can all send to hospitals in our area to encourage them to adopt the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative as instituted by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. “A maternity facility can be designated ‘baby-friendly’ when it does not accept free or low-cost breastmilk substitutes, feeding bottles or teats, and has implemented 10 specific steps to support successful breastfeeding.”

While I don’t believe that it necessarily needs to be legislated by the government, I would like to see more hospitals simply adopt the BFHI policy and not give out formula unless it is specifically requested. I think those steps could go a long way at increasing the number and longevity of breastfed babies.

By the way, here’s a great site about the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in the USA.

*It’s worth noting that the ban does not prevent the hospitals from giving formula to moms who request it.

 

Nice holiday (with pics)

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 8:02 pm

We had a nice holiday around here. Even though Santa didn’t come through with his promise to make us all well and it was kind of weird not having any other family around, we still had a nice day. ;)

Ava enjoyed her presents of Legos, pajamas, clothes, Aquadoodle, lots of books, and a Little People doll house, as well as some money for classes (music classes probably).

Jody and I didn’t exchange gifts, but we still got some presents from our parents. I got a honey bath set, a soy candle, and money from both sets of parents for my photography business. Also, my mom spent some long hours making a beautiful two-sided tree skirt for us. It is quilted and has our names on it, as well as the year.

I made a nontraditional meal for Christmas dinner (because I didn’t buy a turkey in time to thaw it). We had chicken milano (with a few additions – spinach and artichokes), with a spinach salad and brownies for dessert. :)

We are all feeling a lot better now. Jody and I still have some congestion and Ava has a lingering cough, but we are all doing so much better than we were. Yay! Jody’s off of work until Thursday and it’s been wonderful having him home. :) Both Ava and I have enjoyed having him around the house.

Jody has been playing with Ava’s Legos since nearly the moment she opened them. It was always a tradition in his house to get out all of this Legos around Christmas, but since the sets he has have such tiny pieces, he’s had to settle for playing with Ava’s this year. Today he made a very nice looking duck and alligator. She’s enjoyed destroying whatever he creates. Although she did get a big kick out of the duck and alligator and carried them around for a while. :)

Today we went to the library for a free dog show. It was pretty cute. Ava loved watching it and applauding the dogs as they performed their tricks. After the show, we let Ava pick out some books to bring home. That’s the first time we’ve hung out at the library with her, but I think we’ll do it more often. I’m also going to look into taking her up there for storytime each week.

Here are some pics from Christmas.

Presents!

Playing Legos with daddy.

Wearing the tree skirt. :)

Cutie in front of the tree.

Hope you all had a nice holiday and have a great new year. :)

 

Happy holidays! December 24, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 4:35 pm

From our family to yours – Happy Holidays! Hope you all have a wonderful week filled with family, friends and lots of love. :)

This is the Christmas card we sent out this year. Picture taken by yours truly. I only had to run back and forth between the family and camera to reset the timer something like 100 times. ;)

 

Serious toy warning

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 12:50 pm

Magnet toy leads to 2-year-old boy’s death

“A freak accident involving a popular toy has killed a 2-year-old boy and now, Kenny Sweet’s parents hope that other parents can learn from their tragedy.”

“Doctors found the magnets in Kenny’s small intestine – one at the top and one at the bottom. The magnetic force was so great it connected both ends, twisting his intestine and forcing deadly bacteria into his blood stream.”

This story is just awful, but definitely something to share with everyone you know as these magnetic toys are so popular. At Christmas and always, please be careful with what your little ones play with.

Sorry for the downer on Christmas Eve, but this is very serious and I think people (especially those with small children) need to be aware of it.

 

Letter to Santa December 23, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 8:26 pm


Dear Santa,

I know it’s nearly Christmas Eve and I may be pushing my luck waiting this late in the game to write to you, but I have a special request.

All I want for Christmas this year is for me and my family to be well again. We’ve been hit with this awful bug that has knocked the wind out of our sails the past several days. Ava is doing a lot better and I’m so thankful for that, but now me and her daddy are having a really rough time. My nose and upper lip are chapped, cracked and bleeding from all the sneezing and nose blowing. It’s not a pretty sight, Santa.

If you can bring health back into our house this Christmas, I’d be ever so thankful.

I don’t need anything else this year. Presents are nice, but having my loving husband and beautiful daughter beside me is really the best gift of all.

Thank you, Santa.

Love,
Amy

P.S. The chocolate soy milk and pumpkin cookies will be on the table. ;)

 

Celebrating my girl December 22, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 12:27 pm

Today is my sweetie’s 18 months birthday, so in celebration I thought I’d post some pictures of her taken over the past two months. (I’d do something more creative, but I still feel like crap and don’t have the energy.)

The first set is from November, at a park in town. The second set is from a few days ago. She’s playing in a box that her Christmas presents from Me-maw and Pa-pa came in. Who needs presents when you have a big ol’ box full of packing peanuts? ;)

Happy year and a half, baby! :)

 

‘Twas the week before Christmas December 20, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 3:24 pm

And all through the house…

Wait, do you really expect me to come up with a poem here? Sorry to disappoint, but alas, I am not. :oP

I seem to have caught whatever the little miss has. My throat hurts, I’ve been sneezing, my voice sounds deeper (and sexier?) and my head is stuffy. At least I have the ability to blow my nose and clear the mucus out, unlike my poor lil dd, so I don’t think I’ll get it as bad as she has.

She is doing a bit better today. The mornings are the worst for her though. She coughs and coughs until she throws up. :(

She’s starting to express a bit of an interest in food again. She ate about 12 grapes, 1 Ting, a couple bites of O cereal and a bite of a noodle so far today. That’s a big improvement over yesterday when all she had were a few grapes. It’s times like these that I’m so thankful she’s still nursing, especially when she wouldn’t drink hardly anything yesterday. I tried different cups, different things to drink – she just wasn’t interested. I finally got her to drink some chocolate rice milk (thought that might be a special enough treat for her to get some other liquids in her). I’m watching her diapers closely. She definitely isn’t having the output that she normally has, but she’s still wetting diapers so I’m not worried about dehydration.

At the moment she’s down for a nap now and I’m thinking about joining her, but thought I’d post a little catch up blog entry first.

Jody and I have agreed (for the sake of conserving money) not to buy anything for each other for Christmas this year. It’s hard because I’d really like to buy him something, but having a sick kid in the house makes it easier to keep out of the stores. Of course, there’s always online ordering, but I figure anything I got at this point wouldn’t make it here in time for Christmas anyway. Bah-humbug.

Our ebay auction on the timeshare ended yesterday. It sold for a whopping $765, less than 10% of what we originally paid for it. Isn’t that sad??! But at least we will be completely rid of the thing soon. No more maintenance fees! Woohoo!! :) Now I’m just crossing my fingers that we get the money and the deed transfer goes through ok.

Since I’m on the advisory committee and had volunteered to take free family portraits for some families, I went to the Cherished Children holiday party on Sunday by myself. I was bummed to leave Ava and Jody at home, but she was way too sick to go out and I didn’t want to expose all the other kiddies to her crud.

The party had a nice turnout – 10 families in all. I took pictures for four of them. The lighting posed some problems for me, but I’m happy enough with how they turned out. I’ll be giving each family a free 5×7. I got to use my Silverlake backdrop for the first time (other than for my family) and try out my new reflector. :) Pretty spiffy.

OK, think I’m going to either go wrap Ava’s presents or go lie down – or both. Cheers.

 

 
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