Family

  • A Girl’s Best Friend

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so I want to share with all of you a little bit about my mom and our very unique relationship.

    I recently read an article by HuffPost about the mother-daughter relationship and how it is impossible for a mother to be a daughter’s best friend because the relationship of a “mom” trumps the relationship of a “best friend”.

     

    It got me thinking because my mom and I always refer to each other as best friends. So are we really insulting our mother-daughter relationship by using the term “best friend” which is less than mother?

    The Role of ‘Mom’

    Ever since I was born she was my protector and my guardian, as all mothers are meant to be. She then became the one person, when growing up, that I could tell everything to. Because you see – she never judged me or scolded me when I told her what was going on in my life – she was always just so thankful that I was sharing things with her. And that’s how it went for 18 years.

    I’d go to her for advice, complain about boys, tell her secrets about my siblings (sorry guys) and tell her my secrets as well. That’s when I thought of her as my mom. A very chill mom.

    The Role of ‘Best Friend’

    When I became an adult is when she turned to me. She’d come to me for advice, complain about boys, tell me secrets about her family and even tell me secrets about herself. And I became her protector, her guardian and the one person that she could tell everything to. I never judged her or scolded her because I was just so thankful that she could confide in me the same way I always confided in her. That’s when I thought of her as my friend. My best friend.

    We were able to become best friends because my mom and I have a deep mutual respect and understanding of one and other. She takes care of me and I take care of her. That’s our secret to having a great friendship – the fact that we treat each other as constant equals.

     

    I don’t think being best friends with your mom makes your mother-daughter bond less than. I believe it makes it stronger.

    Because you can’t choose your mom. She is given to you and that is an unconditional love. You can, however, choose your best friend and I choose her every single day.

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  • Preeclamptic Pregnancy

    My sister was just recently pregnant with her second baby boy, scheduled for her second C-section and for the second time was diagnosed at 30 weeks with preeclampsia. Her symptoms began with severe swelling, as well as high blood pressure.

    Because of this, she quickly became a high-risk pregnancy, so what did she do?

    First, she went straight to her doctor when the swelling began and that’s when her doctor recommended weekly visits every Friday to check on her and baby.

    This was to check that baby’s heart rate was good and that the lungs were developing fast enough to be able to deliver at any time. Mama was given a steroid shot to help them develop quicker.
    Also, it was to check on mom to make sure she was able to keep carrying baby. At 34 weeks she was put on bed rest to help with the swelling and an attempt to stabilize blood pressure.

    Second, she went to her friends and family and asked for help. There is so much that needs to get done before baby arrives and naturally, at 34 weeks, she did not have everything done. She turned to her loved ones to help her complete the tasks that she was unable to do because of her preeclampsia. For example, putting away clothes and diapers, assembling the crib and packing her hospital bag.
    DON’T be afraid to ask for help, people are more than willing to help you in your time of need!

    Third, play the waiting game. Pay close attention to all of your symptoms and tell your doctor about every single one.

    In my sister’s case, at 36 weeks, she woke up with the most painful headache she had ever experienced. This was the day baby came because, for my sister’s safety, she could no longer carry him.

    My sister was never scared, and you shouldn’t be either. As long as you have a doctor that you trust and supportive family and friends, you will be in good hands!

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  • My Baby Has Eczema: Now What?

    It happens suddenly one day when you’re playing with your baby; you notice the red rash and bumps on their cheeks or scalp. Eczema. Don’t panic. A few things you should know is that about 20% of babies have this condition, it’s more likely to show up if another family member has it, it isn’t contagious and there’s a good chance your child will outgrow it by age 2. Breathing easier yet? No? No need to worry, I’ve got a few tips to help calm both your baby’s skin and your mind. (more…)

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  • Battle of the Baby Formula “Keurigs”

    It’s 4 a.m and the baby monitor in your bedroom bursts to life thanks to the hungry baby in the next room over. Oh, you haven’t heard? 3 hours of sleep is the new 8 hours of sleep. Don’t stress, there’s a way to skip the tired fumbling around in the dark as you struggle to get a bottle of formula together. How you ask? Imagine a Keurig for babies where formula mixes with pre-heated water and drips directly into a bottle, the three products listed below do just that. I’ve listed the pros and cons of each machine and attached a link where you can purchase them but before you make up your mind let’s get into the Battle of the Baby Formula Kuerigs: (more…)

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