Saturday, July 30, 2011

Morning/Afternoon/Evening Sickness

I am oh-so-grateful that this pregnancy has been nothing like my first pregnancy.  I lost count of the times I lost my lunch (breakfast, dinner...).

Here is a long list of tips that helped me (and my friends Melissa and Melissa, who had an even harder time during their pregnancies) tame nausea/morning sickness: 

-eat smaller meals, more often, especially right before bed, immediately in the morning
-don't get too full, or too hungry
-sparkling water (La Croix/HEB) or Topo Chico
-learn triggers (for me it was citrus and acidic foods)
-use lavender essential oil to smell, if sensitive to smells
-ginger/peppermint tea
-switch to cinnamon toothpaste (not sure why but it helps)
-Claritin (sometimes)
-cinnamon gum, mints, lemon drops, etc. stuff to suck on (tons left to share)
-candy (like skittles or starbursts)
-saltine crackers
-ginger in any form (candied ginger in cookies, ginger ale)
-motion sickness bands, "psi bands"
-Vit. B6 with Unisom
-Phenergan or Zofran
-sipping ice cold, fresh squeezed lemonade through a straw
-frozen lemon bars from the grocery store
-morning sickness magic (it's an all natural capsule that you take 4 times a day - it's a mixture of vitamin b6, folic acid and ginger)
-ginger root capsules

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Picture Pages: Monday Is One Day

Monday is One Day 
Know any working parents?  Of course, we do!  This is the perfect book for families with working parents, reminding us to enjoy the special routines we share that get us through the work week. 

In February, I attended my very first Austin SCBWI conference and had an awesome opportunity to meet the author, Arthur Levine, and illustrator, Julian Hector, of Monday is One Day.  It was so special to hear how the idea of the story originated, a story which so many of us busy, loving, working parents can relate.  Arthur Levine was a brand new dad, enjoying the first few months with his newborn son, when he started to dread his return to working full-time (as a book editor).  Out of that experience culminated a lovely book for both parents and children, to ease the transition from weekend-together-time to back-to-grind weekdays.  

The bright illustrations show every day families connecting in their own familiar ways.   I imagine that this book might help adults process time away from their children, just as much (if not more?) as it would help children get through Monday through Friday.  A great addition to any little library!