Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bumper sticker of the Day

Little late with this :D lol

The bumper sticker of the day (wish I had a picture, words don't do complete justice)

Gas Prices
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Regular     Arm


Plus           Leg


Premium    First Born



Thursday, January 20, 2011

Report Cards



Report Cards!

Report Cards!

I remember a time way back when (LOL I'm not that old) when I used to be excited to get my report card.  There were only a few occasions (few like 2) where I wasn't happy about them because I knew nothing good would come of it for one of the classes that semester.  Don't get me wrong I never failed, but my Nana (God rest her soul) had VERY high expectations of me and if I got anything less than a "B" I was in hot water.

So I try to take a little bit of a different approach with my DD#1.  Of course this is easy because she is only currently in PreK LOL.  However this is her second session PreK because we started her in the second half of the year last year and had to restart her this year to play catch up.

Anyways, we got her report card today.  I had spoken with her home teacher earlier this week about what to expect.  Seems my  D(ear)D(aughter)#1 is playing the song "I don't wanna work" in her head and slacking off.  I've traced her sudden down fall to the fact that there is an new member of the family that has stolen some of mommy away.  This being said I freaked thinking the worst for my big girls report card and her rear end once daddy got ahold of both the card and her.....  So immediately after speaking with the teacher I phone my husband to forewarn him if the impending downward slop.

However after getting the report card today and again speaking with the teacher who tested my DD to get an accurate range of her understanding.  All is well.  Her grades are pretty much on par with the way they were the first 9 weeks session and she only has a little bit that she needs really work on.  Alhamdulilah! All is well.  I feel like I'M back in school again stressing over letters (grades).

Repost from MOD blog: March of Dimes Selects North Carolina Girl as Its 65th National Ambassador


Lauren
Lauren Fleming, 2011 National Ambassador
Six-year-old Lauren Fleming of Marvin, N.C., who spent the first 5 months of life struggling to survive in a hospital newborn intensive care unit (NICU), today was named the March of Dimes 2011 National Ambassador.

Lauren’s parents, Nikki and Densel, never imagined that their first child would be born 3½ months early and weighing only 2 pounds, 1 ounce. They watched and waited while Lauren was treated in the NICU at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., for respiratory distress and underwent multiple surgeries related to a damaged vocal cord and a heart defect. Nikki says, “Not having our baby girl home for the first 5 months of her life was agonizing. We visited her in the hospital every day, but during the night if she needed comfort, I couldn’t just walk down to her room and hold her. Those are 5 months I will never get back.”

Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death in the United States. More than half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year, and those who survive often face lifetime health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and others. As a longtime March of Dimes volunteer, Densel knew that as African-Americans, he and Nikki were at 50 percent greater risk of having a premature child.

Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes says, “Infants born to African-American women have the highest prematurity rate of all racial groups. In 2008, the preterm birth rate for non-Hispanic African-American infants was 17.5 percent compared to 11.1 percent among non-Hispanic white infants and 12.3 percent for the nation. We are grateful to the Fleming family for helping the March of Dimes bring attention to this devastating problem.”

Lauren still has some health problems because of her early birth, but her family says she is doing great. She is a warm and loving child who makes friends easily and loves to dance, draw, create storybooks and read. The Flemings are grateful for the March of Dimes research and treatment that helped Lauren beat the odds and helped their other two children, Erin and Corbin, be born healthy.

As National Ambassador, Lauren will travel the country with her family to share her amazing story, help raise awareness of premature birth and encourage families and companies to walk with them in March for Babies® this spring. Densel says, “Knowing that my daughter benefited because I and thousands of other volunteers have been supporting the March of Dimes for years, is an unbelievable feeling. Nikki and I are thrilled now to be able to share our story on a national level and be able to ask others to give back in support of this organization that is working for stronger, healthier babies.”

The March of Dimes National Ambassador Program is an annual campaign, started in 1946, that puts a face on the March of Dimes mission. United Airlines will continue to serve as the official airline sponsor of the March of Dimes National Ambassador Program. United Airlines President and CEO, Jeff Smisek, said, “We are honored to be the official airline sponsor of the National Ambassador Program for the 6th consecutive year. This gives us the opportunity to support a family who has been through so much and is committed to giving back. We look forward to having Lauren and her family fly with United Airlines and we remain committed to fighting premature birth.”

To follow Lauren as she travels the country, visit Lauren’s blog atmarchofdimes.com/laurensstory

Monday, January 17, 2011

2nd Annual Doc Visit Day



Well I kicked off my second annual doctor visit off to a late start.

My husband returned from dropping off our weekend guests at 7:21.
My first appt is for 8 whoo hoo.

So I pack up the babies.  Drop DD#1 off at school on Hwy 6, getting stuck in a (productive) mini conference with my daughters teacher so I don't leave to return to Westheimer/Fondren till 7:53.
I get to my doctor at 8:20am praying that she will still be able to do what needs to be done.

All goes well.  Headline news "I'm stressed" LOL like I didn't know that.  I get blood done and get the general "No news is good news" comment.  Meaning if they call somethings up, if not all is good.

So I'm out and off to DD#2's 4 mo check up.  I get there 2 mins late, but the doc isn't even there yet and somehow I still don't get in till 10am.  Freaking out because I got another appt at 11am.  All goes well out by 10:30 with other doc 10 in away.  Whoo hoo!

All went well getting to the last two appointments, but the docs seemed to be taking breaks because both didn't even bring me or my DD#1 (last appt was hers) back till an hour after the actual appointment time.



So what I thought was a well executed plan with the times and what not turned on me.  But other than time issues everyone is well.  No issues.  Well I am stressed and have anemia but with BFing afraid of iron having negative affects on DD#2.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

MLK Day

Well my MLK Day will be spent doing my second annual doctor visits.

Last year I went to the eye doc, the dentist and took my DD to her doc appt and the dentist as well.  This year we are all getting some type of work up (well all except the docaphobic Khu).  The day will start with an 8am physical for me, 9:30 hails the 4 mo check up for little Khalifah (4 months Already I KNOW!!!), then an 11am Eye appt and then Africa has yet another follow up for her ear tubes.

Then we will pick up the docaphob and go home.  YEAH!!!

Happy MLK DAY!