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I voted for the day afterI voted for the day after Thanksgiving when it's actually the weekend after. We put the tree up then because my children are gone for the weekend. When they get home it is ready for them to decorate.
We used to have a big freshWe used to have a big fresh tree delivered but now I am happy to have a smaller artificial tree and I try to get it up about 2 weeks before Christmas -- or about when my ex has his up so that our son sees both houses lit up around the same time.
We used to have two trees --We used to have two trees -- an artificial that went up the day after Thanksgiving and then our *official* Christmas tree -- about 2 weeks before. The artificial didn't make it... and while I still shoot for about 2 weeks before Christmas, the reality is whenever I can get to it around that time! When you leave your comment, share -- real or fake? I'm curious if those waiting 'til closer to Christmas also are dealing with live tree.
U.S. preterm births hit new low - still work to do!The March of Dimes just released the 2012 Premature Birth Report Card. The U.S. has hit a new 10 year low for preterm births -- a significant improvement now registering at 11.7%! Still, overall, the U.S. scores a "C" as we continue to have a high rate of preterm births comparatively. This is a clear indication of work to be done! Learn more of the resources available here at Pregnancy.org to help you and your baby with a healthy start!
Thank you, Missy. Today, onThank you, Missy. Today, on Infant and Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Day, we have a special opportunity to recall our babies and reach out to other who are experiencing or have recently had a loss. I appreciate your post and your compassionate outreach over the years. My story: Before my child's death -- at 14 weeks -- I never knew how great a loss a miscarriage was. Now, I mourned for a child that I would never hold, that I would never touch. I missed the heartbeat that I would never hear again and the movement that I would never feel. I had such emptiness inside my heart. I felt guilty that I wasn't able to provide a safe place for this baby to grow. Would my baby know how much we would have loved him? Would he know what a welcome his brother and sisters had planned? My world had become gray. When would the pain lessen? You can read the rest of the article about my pregnancy loss here.
Making time to grieve.Pregnancy and infant loss is never easy. The passing often takes with it shattered hearts and dreams of a future far different than the reality. Having to go through this process while still being called on to serve others -- whether that role is bearing work responsibilities, as "mom" for other children, coping with deteriorating health of parents or in-laws, or simply juggling your relationship with your partner -- 'overwhelming' doesn't even come close.
Great Recipes for Pregnant Gals: Creepy Witch's FingersLooking for something a little different this year for Halloween -- not too spooky and not too sweet but offering a bit of an "eww" factor? Try cheesy, creepy witch's fingers.
Great Recipes for Pregnant Gals: IntroductionHi! I love food, I love being healthy, and I don't like wasting time in the kitchen. To be honest, I don't even like to cook. That combination isn't always compatible. Solution? Get someone else to cook or make it so simply that it becomes painless!
Great Recipes for Pregnant Gals: Cheesy Chicken and Salsa SkilletHere's a simple, fast chicken casserole. Shortcuts include using already grated cheese and already made salsa instead of needing to chop up a bunch of veggies and grate cheese. Lazy, I know, but sometimes laziness is necessary.
Great Recipes for Pregnant Gals: Spinach and Lentil CurryThis is actually an Indian recipe that has been sort of modified to make it more user-friendly for all. Is today a soup day? Hungry for curry? It is ready in under an hour!
Great Recipes for Pregnant Gals: Healthy ChimichangasLove enchiladas but hate the tons of calories, gallons of grease and feeling guilty when you break down and eat them. Try this recipe. It's not difficult and during the baking time you'll be able to make veggies or a salad to accompany.
Great Recipes for Pregnant Gals: Mini Almost PizzasPizza, well almost pizza, ready in 15 minutes. And an easy, non-intimidating, child, husband, non-kitchen type can whip them up with barely a second thought! No time to cook? This recipe will be faster than driving to and waiting in the take out line!
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