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Folic acid is very important for your baby's development in the womb - even before conception! Did you know, in addition to prenatal vitamins, you can find natural food sources rich in folate?
During pregnancy, did your doctor discuss...?
Hearing the words "spina bifida" can be frightening for any expectant parent… even in reference to testing. Within today's article, "Types of Spina Bifida", you can gain a greater understanding of risk factors, types, prevention steps, and possible treatment options.

Has your medical caregiver discussed testing for spina bifida?

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When TTC, did you...?
Were you aware that spina bifida affects nearly 1,300 births every year in the U.S.? As you are, (or were), trying to conceive, did you take steps to prevent this birth defect?
Illegal for kids to play unsupervised?
Good grief! You have to read this one: Mom sues police and neighbor after she is arrested for letting her kids play outside

Short version: Mom allowed her 2 children, ages 9 and 6 to ride their scooters on their quiet cul-de-sac in front of their home. Mom claims that she was sitting in their front yard watching the whole time. A neighbor, however, made a report to police that the kids were outside unsupervised riding their scooters in the street. Police came and arrested the mom -- charging her with child endangerment!! She was kept in jail overnight for 18 hours.


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Do you answer the phone?
I signed up for the "Do Not Call" list years ago but quickly learned just how ineffective it is! Calls from or "on behalf" of political organizations, charities, and anyone wanting to do a survey -- all can call. Any business that I "established a relationship with" (i.e. made a purchase... have 18 months from my *last* purchase OR payment to contact. Many have the habit of sharing their contact lists with other "partners." Oh, and let's not forget creditors and collection agencies looking for a long lost relative, "friend", or someone that used to have your phone # or address that don't believe you when you claim you have no idea who they are talking about! Then there are an endless list of "businesses" (read SCAMMERS!) that don't seem to give a flip about what laws they are breaking -- calling from multiple spoofed #s, that get reported repeatedly to no avail.

It is these latter ones in particular that annoy me! I have won a cruise multiple times (I have to say that I do appreciate hearing the horn <--insert rolling eyes); could lower my interest rate (on credit cards that I don't have!); sign up for dental insurance; have my roof replaced -- for "FREE!"; oh -- and extend my car warranty (that was gone LONG ago.) All I would have to do is send them my bank account and social security #s (to have them direct deposit of course!)... or I could wire them the money (just to cover the shipping cost I'm sure for my winnings!)

I'm a busy person as I'm sure most of us are. I would have to say that we receive approx. 5 - 10 of these each day. I almost feel as if my phone is being held hostage -- or we are! I don't have time nor the inclination to talk with these folks who do not seem to understand the definition of the word N-O! Throughout the day I am finding that I simply do not want this continuous interruption to my work and family time. Thus, I tend to screen my calls vs. answering the phone when it rings. If I do not recognize the # on Caller ID and the person does not leave a message identifying themselves as someone that I want/need to talk to -- I don't answer.

What about you? Do you answer all of your calls or screen them? Are you getting slammed with calls for solicitations, surveys, or scams?

My only concern -- can someone please tell Publisher's Clearing House to PLEASE leave a message to tell me I've won $5000 / day for life? I promise... I'll call you back!

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After delivery: What was your experience?
A generation or two ago, new moms spent one to two weeks in the hospital after delivery. Today's moms generally spend 1 - 2 days post-delivery. Those opting to deliver in a birthing center may be there for only a few hours. Home-births? None at all! How much time did YOU spend in the hospital after delivery? Would you have preferred more or less?

Check out "Plan ahead for baby's first weeks at home." What did you find helpful during those first days (weeks?) at home with your newborn? Was there anything specific you would have wished for that could have made things easier for you? Click on "Show Conversation" to comment here or add your responses on the article!
Kids' future -- better off or less opportunity?
I heard of a poll a few weeks back asking parents the question: "Do you feel that your children's future will be better off or present less opportunities?" Parents were asked to consider things for their kids such as their future for jobs, income potential, debt, ability to own a home, determine their own family size, be a stay at home parent (if they wanted to), whether *they* will be able to enjoy retirement, etc.

Since that time, I have been tossing this topic around in my mind. Generally, each generation wishes "better" for their children. Do you have faith that your kids will be able to reach that goal?

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Anniversary Round-up! What would you like to see?
Thank you for celebrating our 11th Anniversary with us! There is still time to participate! Visit any, (or all!), of the links below:

Scavenger Hunt!
Moms supporting moms -- it takes a website
Five favorite things our members love about us
What's your favorite memory?
It's our 11th anniversary -- where do we go from here?

What would you like to see included in next year's celebration?
Pregnant Olympian Goes for Gold and Gets Encouragement from Baby
On Saturday, July 28th, Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi who's 8 months pregnant competed in the London Olympic games. Nur Suryani was a shooter who placed 34 out of 56 in the women's 10-meter air rifle competition, so she did not win a medal.
Piglets in Mazes Used to Study Baby Brain Development
There's a new method to study your baby's brain development. Would you believe that piglets in mazes are how researchers are doing it? It's true! See how piglets are paving the way for new study results.
Celebrity Round-Up: Bachelorette Ends, Jackson Drama, and the Kardashians
This week, we're giving credit where credit is due. In the aftermath of the tragedy in Colorado, actor Christian Bale took time to visit the injured at the hospital. Both President Obama and Presidential candidate Romney refrained from gun discussions for several days thereafter.
Baby Bottle Ads Targeting Men to "Reclaim" Their Wives Fall Flat
This isn't part of a "Mad Men" script but it certainly could be! Couldn't you just see Don Draper and crew sitting around, smoking their cigarettes, drinking their scotch, when someone says, "Reclaim Your Wife!" and they all shout, "Yes!" and toast to that.
Wordless Wednesday: Puppies and Babies -- What Could Be Cuter?
Let's face it, there are few things more adorable than the sweet interaction with a dog and a baby, especially when it's a big dog playing gently with a little baby.
Father Refuses to Approve Daughter's Make-a-Wish Disney Trip
Four-year-old cancer patient McKenna May of Haskins, Ohio, was granted her wish for a Disney World trip by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, but her father nixed it and refused to sign the required approval.
FDA Behind in Banning BPA in Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups
The FDA announced in July 2012 that baby bottles and sippy cups can no longer contain bisphenol-A. This comes after manufacturers had already phased out the chemical in these products due to safety concerns and consumer pressure. Why was the FDA late to the party?
Women are Smarter Than Men Recent Study Confirms
For the first time, studies officially show women scoring higher than men when it comes to IQ tests. It's been assumed that women are more "cerebral" where men are more "physical." This isn't the case according to the latest research conducted by James Flynn, an emeritus professor of Political Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand.
09/10/2013 - 09:32
Today is honestly a celebration of all of the wonderful people we have shared this journey with -- from conception to parenthood and beyond! Thank you to all of our incredible members over the years and all we've met on our social channels for your support! Finally - a special shout out to a few amazing women (you know who you are!!) that I am grateful to count as both blessings and friends. You continue to inspire me! Happy 12th Birthday! ~Missy Join us on Facebook Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!
07/22/2013 - 18:52
It's a boy! Congratulations are in order for the royal family today! Welcome to the world little Prince!
07/12/2013 - 02:10
As the temperatures rise, what better way to beat the heat than by hosting a "make your own ice cream concoction" party?! What's your favorite flavor?
07/04/2013 - 11:52
Enjoy your celebration of our freedoms! Top Ten Fourth of July Activities for Families
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