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Hey, thanks so much for your recent letter to me. You know, the one congratulating me for being a mom-to-be and telling me how important it is to wait to deliver until 39 or 40 weeks? I really appreciate it, and I must tell you that I am completely on board with you on the […]

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Today the American Academy of Pediatrics reported on a study (seventh story from the top) — Washington State Pediatricians’ Attitudes towards Alternative Childhood Immunization Schedules — which appears in the December 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the organization’s journal. The study asked 209 Washington State pediatricians about their overall willingness and “comfort” to use an alternative […]

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Little Girl came home on Monday with her first preschool cold. No sniffles, just a cough. She’s actually really good about covering her mouth with her elbow, but she’s also only three. Sometimes she coughs on Mommy. Yesterday I started getting that tell-tale burning in my sinuses as well as a pain behind my left […]

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Every so often — when I am not leaping up to care for children —  I wake up, lie in bed, and wonder what kind of animal would have trampled me had I been born before the introduction of modern ophthalmology. Because someone like me with such a case of myopia (nearsightedness to me and […]

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While I was pregnant with Big Girl one of the things I was most afraid of was stretch marks. I knew my skin was a candidate. When I was in my early 20s, I gained 40 pounds and soon after the insides of my thighs sported purple yet translucent marks. What would pregnancy do to […]

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Big Girl is sick. Yesterday she had a swim lesson, and did amazingly well. (So did Little Girl.) It was a tiring 30 minutes for everyone involved, though — including the mommy who had to shower them both at the swim school — so when we got home, Little Girl went down for a nap […]

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Sunday was overcast and windy. Still, we made plans to celebrate a good friend’s birthday so we were all sitting on the beach. I was covered head to toe. Spinster hat (a phrase coined by my friend because he says it makes me look like a spinster) on head. Towel over legs. Umbrella attached to […]

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Yesterday the President’s Cancer Panel — I can’t believe I didn’t know it existed — released its most recent annual report, Reducing Environmental Risk: What We Can Do Now. Download it. It’s worth a read. The report explains that, in 2009, more than 1.5 American men, women and children were diagnosed with cancer, and 562,000 […]

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When my daughter was about 15-months-old I took her in for a well-check. “Whoa, she’s gained a lot this month,” my doctor told me. “What is she eating?” My answer was sort of complicated. Big Girl was a hungry kid and a good eater. This was a good thing, I thought, which is why I […]

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I almost hate saying it, but I am surprised I am not hacking up a lung. Usually when I go away — and definitely after spending an afternoon in a kids’ ER — I get a cold. It’s been 48 hours now, and I am sniffle-free, but we’ll see what the week brings. I thought […]

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