Friday, November 16, 2007

The Happily Married Housewife

I don't know about you other women but I am happily married! Just thinking about my burping, farting,snoring, eating like it's the last meal on earth, scratching my treasures in public, 1 minute lover of a husband give me a tingly. Ahhhhh wedded bliss, I can only imagine it's just gets better and better and in the next 30 years I believe he will have perfected all those endearing qualities and quite possibly will be able to perform them all at once!! WOW...I gotta lot to look forward to.
Even better, we have a son and thank god he has a tradition to pass on to him. He's even started, I have never seen such bliss when they play the "pull my finger" game. It's a bond between father and son that knows no bounds. I must say, don't think there is another woman on this earth who's has lucky as me. If you are luckier then me...please PLEASE share your story and I will post your comment for all the other luckies to see! Don't forget to read my Poem about these wonderful men called "Prince Charming." As you can probably see, I have a little time on my hands so scroll down and view some of the ads and if ya like em ...join em. Some are great for launching your website and a some can make you a few extra bucks a day cause you know your man isn't gonna open up the wallet for a little shop therapy!

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Boy who hid in the closet

I'd like to tell you story about a boy named Jacob. He is a bright, sweet boy with blue eyes so big and blue you could swim in them. When he smiles, he melts your heart and when he says "Momma, I Love You" I have to turn my head to hide the tears. You see, three years ago, I never thought my son would ever tell me he loves me. When he would see strangers, he would hide under tables or run and hide in a closet. When someone touched him, he would cringe like it hurt him physically. He could not speak well. His words were garbled and he would babble like a baby. Working in the medical field with children, I knew something was wrong but I did not want to believe it. Every time he had his well child checks, he would be developmentally behind. Finally, the Pediatrician stopped testing him. The first time I heard that awful word that NO parent wants to hear, it came from Jacobs own grandmother. "Sandie" she said, "I think Jacob has autism." How dare she think something like that I thought. "Oh Mom, he's fine. He will come into his own soon, it's just taking him a little longer that's all." That night when I went to bed, I felt my chest burn and ache. I had a lump in my throat and tossed and turned all night. This cannot be I thought. How could this have happened? Next day, I got on the internet and looked up the word autism and reading every word brought on a wave of hurt. Everything they said, Jacob did. Everything they said an autistic child wouldn't do...Jacob didn't do. I called the Pediatrician I worked for in a panic. "Is this true?" I asked. "Let's do some tests" she said. So we did the standard tests one does when autism is suspected. First we checked his hearing. Maybe that was the problem, he could not hear as well. His hearing was fine. Next we took him to speech therapy. Every time he would go into the room with the teacher, he would hide in the closet and she would have his session on the floor in the closet or under a table, wherever Jacob felt "safe" is where he would learn to talk. Soon, he was talking more but never to adults. He would always whisper and hide when he had something to say. Next was occupational therapy. Certain textures would make scare him. Shaving cream or dirt made him run to the bathroom to wash them off. He could not stand for anyone to touch him. He would bend over and sink his head almost to the ground when someone would come up behind him and hug him. After the testings, we had a meeting with the school district and was told, your son Jacob has autism. I was in a daze, I could hardly keep it together while they talked about all the programs they would utilize to help him. When my husband and I got in the car, we just sat there numb and in silence. Our boy was suffering and we could not take it away from him. At that moment we would have given our LIVES to make sure he did not have one ounce of pain. Be it physical or being teased or made fun of. I was filled with anger at the thought that anyone would stigmatize my son. I was ready to beat up any little kid or their parents if they teased my son!! Then we learned how NOT to enable his autism. He was not the only one who learned over the next year.
The most important thing we learned as Jacob's parents was that he had autism....SO WHAT??
He was a bright, charming,beautiful boy first, he was autistic second. We did not let it become his crutch nor did we let it become ours. Because of this, little by little, some walls came down. It takes constant work, and for every step forward, we take 5 steps back but we do it together as a family. Jacob does not have autism, WE have autism. It is not his battle to fight, it is OUR battle to fight. He will never go through this alone. We are family with autism....SO WHAT??

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Working from Home

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Searching for the best Credit Card for you

There is much controversy on the usage of Credit Cards. Is it good for us or is it bad for us? Some say it ruined them forcing them into bankruptcy. Yes, that could happen but again, it's all about research and responsibility. We all get emails urging us to get a credit card. There are credit cards that your eligible for even when you have bad credit. (never mind the fact that you may have bad credit because of having credit cards in the first place.) Having a credit card or credit cards is not a bad thing. It's how you use them and reading the fine print!! Getting a credit card is a heady experience. Your overwhelmed with the power to purchase without paying. Ahh but you WILL pay and dearly if your not careful. Don't assume that everytime you purchase something with your credit card that you have months and months to pay it off because then you will keep purchasing until you are maxed out and then you have years and years of paying off your credit card and possibly the finance charges too. That card becomes unusable so you get another one and another one and before you know it, your deep in debt.

Credit cards should be used carefully. Save it for certain occasions like holiday shopping, vacations or emergencies and then never go beyond a limit that you can pay back outright or within a few months time.

Credit cards can help you build credit if used properly and with restraint. Buying things you truly need. You can splurge on something you want but just don't wind up splurging ALL the time. Credit is not free money. Somewhere down the line you will pay for what you get. You don't always have to use them just because you have them.

Research the credit card offers carefully, READ the fine print and do not be afraid to ask questions from the credit card companies that you sign up for.

Again, I did alot of research and one of the companies I stumbled upon was It is an attractive site with a lot of information about credit cards and has hundreds of credit card offers to choose from. It has the 3 major credit reporting agencies to request your credit report from and you can sign up for a monthly newsletter keeping up with all the current credit issues we are faced with today. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

Earning Pay at Home

I started this blog while sitting at home on medical leave. I wanted to share thoughts and experiences with people and have them share theirs with me. While surfing, I found something that I think might work on making a few extra bucks at home and I did not have to pay money to get it. I completed One sponsor offer (I paid $1.97 shipping charge) and ProjectPayday gave me the tools I needed to start earning a few dollars or who knows, you might like the offer and keep the products you signed up for. Either way ProjectPayday was the first site that I found that offered me a way to make money without asking me to give money. ProjectPayday will offer you two options to join the program. You can complete a sponsors offer or you can pay to join. They have more than one option on making money and if you have time to invest, try it. I also looked up a scam report and did not find anything on Project Payday. Several reports rated it as one of the best ways to make some extra cash. You could probably turn it into a business but I suggest you try more than one way to earn a paycheck. There are some good affiliate sites that would work. Please remember, no one gets rich quick...if they do I would find it questionable or how they are doing it questionable. Just research carefully and try not to purchase into a program with your emotions. If it sounds to good to be true, then it is. Take a day to think about it. Research the program you chose. See if there are any scam reports or lawsuits against the company. I just know it was the first thing I ever did on the internet that cost me less than $2.00. If your interested, I have a link below for ProjectPayday and let me know how it works for you!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Gadget of the Month

I cannot stand road trips or any trip in the car for that matter. My seatbelt is so uncomfortable and always manages to gouge a gash in my neck not to mention the how it just does not sit right across my chest. I was so frustrated with this problem that I decided to search the web to see if there was something to help alleviate these problems. Beleive or not I found some. Several of them had gadgets for your seatbelt but cost between $7-$12. Thats alot of money. But I came across one that looked so simple and was very reasonably priced that I decided to try it and it WORKED!! I could not believe something so simple as a small strip of velcro could make such a HUGE difference in how I felt when in my seatbelt. It really does keep the seatbelt off your neck without compromising safety. It is intended only for adults so please don't try this with your kids! Check out this site and give it a try. You'll love the difference!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Should I circumcise my baby?

There is alot of controversy surounding circumcision. Parents must decide should we? It's a personal decision that is based largely on customs. For instance, in some cultures, circumcision is not even considered while in others it is a must especially when it is a religiously based decision.
Whatever you decide, always talk to your doctor first about the risks associated with circumcision. This is sometimes best done before you give birth as many hospitals will peform the operation shortly after birth. Also, find out what your insurance will cover. There are some insurances that consider this an elective procedure and will not pay for it or will make you wait a period of time before letting you have this done.
If you do opt for circumcision, it's best to perform the operation within the first 2 to 3 weeks after birth, as it can become more complicated as a child gets older. But the procedure is usually performed during the first 10 days (often within the first 48 hours), either in the hospital or, for some religious ritual circumcisions, at home. If you decide to have your son circumcised at the hospital, your pediatrician, family doctor, or obstetrician will perform the procedure before you bring your baby home. The doctor should prepare you by telling you about the procedure he or she will use and the possible risks.
In some instances, doctors may decide to delay the procedure or forgo it altogether. Premature babies or those who have special medical concerns may not be circumcised until they're ready to leave the hospital. And babies born with physical abnormalities of the penis that need to be corrected surgically often aren't circumcised at all because the foreskin may eventually be used as part of a reconstructive operation.
The Pros and Cons
On the plus side, studies indicate that circumcised infants are less likely to contract a urinary tract infection (UTI) in the first year of life. About one out of every 1,000 circumcised boys has a UTI in the first year, whereas the rate is one in 100 (at most) for uncircumcised infants.
It's also easier to keep a circumcised penis clean, although uncircumcised boys can learn how to clean beneath the foreskin once the foreskin becomes retractable (usually some time before age 5). However, some uncircumcised boys can end up with infected foreskins as the result of poor hygiene. Parents must ask their Pediatrians the best way to care for an uncircumcised baby to prevent infections. These can be excruciatingly painful when they are older and harder to keep clean and to treat.
Although circumcision appears to have some medical benefits, it also carries potential risks - as does any surgical procedure. These risks are small, but you should be aware of both the possible advantages and the problems that can be associated with the procedure before you make your decision. Complications of newborn circumcision are uncommon, occurring in between 0.2% to 3% of cases. Of these, the most frequent are minor bleeding and local infection, both of which can be easily treated by your child's doctor.
Perhaps one of the hardest parts of the decision to circumcise is accepting that the procedure can be painful. In the past, it wasn't commonplace to provide pain relief for babies being circumcised, but because studies have indicated that it benefits the infant to receive anesthesia, most doctors will now provide it. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the use of pain relief measures for circumcision. Even up until recently, though, anesthesia hasn't been universally used, so it's important to ask your doctor ahead of time what, if any, pain relief will be utilized with your son. Many feel that it is best done within the first few weeks of life because the older a boy gets, the more painful it will become to have this procedure.
Two primary forms of local anesthetic are used to make the operation less painful for your baby:
a topical cream (a cream put on the penis) that requires at least 20 to 40 minutes to take its full effect
an injectable anesthetic that requires less time to take effect and may provide a slightly longer period of anesthesia
Once the procedure is done, it is very simple to keep clean and to heal. place a gauze on the tip of the penis with a small amount of petroleum jelly to keep the gauze from sticking because that will become painful when changing. Bath him with warm water and gentle soap. Change your baby often so there is less risk of infection from urine or feces. Watch for signs of swelling, redness or fever. (these risks are minimal if cared for properly) If you see any of these symptoms, take him to your pediatrician immediately!!
Whatever you do, weigh your options carefully and remember your decision is something your child will carry for the rest of HIS life.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Tips and Teethers Alert!

Ever wonder what to do with a fussy, irritable, teething baby? Maybe you have tried the teething gels that sooth and numb the gums. And guess what? It works and baby stops crying! But did you know that this is a potentially dangerous thing to do to your baby? This is what can happen...the teething gels have a numbing agent that numbs the gums from pain, however when baby swallows, the numbing agent is swallowed into the throat and there is a great risk of choking when feeding because the throat has become numb!! Never use a numbing agent on a baby! Best thing you can do for your baby is wet washcloth placed in refrigerator that he/she can chew on (monitored closely by Mom!) and/or a teething ring. Put the teething ring in the refrigerator NOT the freezer as this can be painful for your baby! You can also try the homeopathic dissolveable rememdies for baby and of course the best thing is LOVE AND PATIENCE! First and foremost, never give anything to your baby (grandma's and friends have lots of advice) without asking your Pediatrician. Err on the side of caution...Being a new mom is very intimidating and often confusing. You have so many friends and relatives with lots of advice to give about what worked for them. Alot of those ideas are safe and practical but does not always work for every baby. It is always a good idea to consult with your Pediatrician. A quick phone consult can save you lots of worry and gives you the tools to use for a healthy, happy baby!