Dads with Daughters Part 4 of 5

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25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny. 26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor. 27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle. 28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late. 29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss. 30. Never miss her birthday….

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Vitamin D for Infants

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It just never made sense  that 40 years ago, a professors at UNC School of Medicine casually announced human breast milk contained no vitamin D. “How can that be? How can that possibly be? That makes no sense,” I thought. “Was primitive man supposed to give their infants vitamin D pills that didn’t even exist?” Biomarkers: How high does your vitamin D level have to be to maximally suppress parathyroid hormone? How high does your vitamin D level have to be to maximally improve calcium absorption?  How high does your vitamin D level have to be to prevent abnormal bones? The answer to these questions varies from 20 ng/ml to 40 ng/ml, depending on what study you decide to quote. But what about breast milk…

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Dads with Daughters Part 3 of 5

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Continued from previous Blog! 50 Rules for Dads with Daughters, 19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens. 20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home. 21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive. 22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that. 23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice. 24. Knowing how to…

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Dads with Daughters Part 2 of 5

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Continued from previous Blog! 50 Rules for Dads with Daughters, 11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.” 12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager and on her wedding day. 13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice. 14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man. 15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even…

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Dads with Daughters Part 1 of 5

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50 Rules for Dads of Daughters by Michael Mitchell 1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good. 2. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional. 3. Always be there. Quality time does not happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no…

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The Ultimate Quiche for Health!

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Let’s begin by taking a typical quiche recipe and making it organic, healthy and full of veggies, etc You can take any recipe and make it better by using healthier ingredients and the foods you like! Cutting calories and fat makes it even healthier! Organic Quiche with Veggies, etc, (3) Large Organic Eggs (2) Xtra Egg Whites 12 ozs. lowfat evaporated milk (I substitute organic half and half) 1/4 tsp. Herbamare (seasoned herb salt) 1/4 tsp. pepper 2/3 cup of organic swiss cheese (grated) 1 cup of chopped organic veggies (Have fun and use what you like!) Some of the veggies I use are carrots, broccoli, onion, zucchini and squash You can also add 1/2 cup of shrimp, scallops or chicken One frozen Organic Pie…

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Pretty Pushers for Labor!

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SEE NBC – CHANNEL “6 in the Mix” segment “click here” Well, let’s begin by saying why not?   Pretty Pushers are light, cool and definitely pretty!   Even better is the ability to work with hospital monitoring and epidural placement if desired. Our bottoms are not exposed but the “low cut”  back allows for placement of epi catheter.  The halter top ties – so easy release to start immediate skin to skin bonding and breast feeding following birth. So pick your pretty pusher color or print. Exclusively at Prenatal Plus – Yoga  for a limited time  – New Design by  Miami Artist Kate Neckel!   Order here

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Shower Power for Labor!

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There is not a much better way to help relax a mama than the power of  a hot shower for labor. As a doula,  I have found that the shower relieves low back discomfort and helps mother’s really relax during the early to active phase of labor.  Many labors progress quite rapidly when mother can feel relief, relax and just breathe! Here are some suggestions when in a hospital & wanting to shower. If there is an IV port, ask the nurse to please cover in plastic. This is one way to protect it from the water. If  there is a shower stool or bench, cover with a clean towel in case mama wants to sit a minute.  Also, bring a birth ball in the…

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What is a Doula?

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Studies have shown that having the support and care of another woman present during labor, the laboring woman is more likely to have a shorter, safer more satisfying birth experience. With doula support, allowing women to labor in the comfort of home through early labor, avoiding potential interventions that may take place when arriving too soon to the hospital setting. Fathers-to-be relax more with this caring doula support in knowing there is a professional advocate present to assist mother, physically, emotionally & spiritually. Some benefits of Doula Care: Achieving a more relaxed comfortable birth using all of the above-mentioned techniques therefore avoiding drugs and potential major abdominal surgery 60% reduction in cesarean rate Reduced duration of labor 40% reduced use of pitocin Reduced use of…

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