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Monthly Archives: November 2011
My little girl is approaching 16 months, and she’s got about 25 to 30 words total across Mandarin Chinese and English. She says, “Hi,” “Up,” “All done,” “Mama,” “Daddy,” “Hello,” “Duck,” “Sit,” “Eat,” “More,” “Poo-poo,” “Pee-pee,” “Tea,” and “Lola” (which means grandmother, in Tagalog). Her absolute, all-time favorite word, though, is “No!” This is how she uses it: Honey, will you sit? Mommy is going to feed you. “NO!” Sweetheart, let’s get back in the stroller so we can go home. “NO!” Mommy is too tired to give you “Nay Nay” (breasts, in Mandarin). “NO! NAY NAY!” Want some water? … Continue reading
On Wednesday, November 16, I was stopped at a red light on my way to work. Suddenly, I felt and heard a big BOOM! from behind. Yep, I had just been rear-ended. My first car accident ever. I looked behind me in the rearview mirror and I saw a distraught-looking woman driver in the car behind me. I could tell she was distraught because she was in a WHAT-THE-F***-DID-I-JUST-DO pose (i.e., both hands up over her head, shock etched into her face). Wow, I thought to myself, I am so glad the baby was not in the car. Then I … Continue reading
As part of my quest to understand and unify the knowledge across all holistic healing disciplines (wow, that sounds lofty), I decided to go in for a consultation with Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Jay Apte of Mountain View’s Health & Nature Wellness Center. Ayurveda is the juxtaposition of the Sanskrit words, “Ayu” and “Veda,” meaning “Life” and “Wisdom, Knowledge, or Science,” respectively. So Ayurveda means the “Science of Life,” or everything you need to know to live a long life, and is a fitting name for the traditional system of medicine native to India, which has a rich, multi-thousand year old … Continue reading
Thank you to everyone for entering the More Business of Being Born Giveaway. We had 17 entrants (15 of you left comments directly on the blog, and 2 of you left comments on Facebook). So, without further ado, congratulations to lucky #3: Karli H! Karli will be receiving an email from me containing the URL and digital download codes for each of the 4 DVDs in the More Business of Being Born set. Want to see More Business of Being Born? You can purchase the DVDs here, or you can enter this giveaway on SheKnows.com.
Everybody is probably familiar with my night-weaning trials by now. As part of trying to help my daughter sleep better, I took her to see Dr. Corrine Wang, ND, of Pacific Naturopathic for some craniosacral therapy. While it was not easy to get a 15-month-old to sit still, I strongly believe that my Little Apple gained some benefit from her session with Dr. Corrine because she fell into a DEEP sleep immediately afterwards (at a time that she is normally wide awake). So I asked Dr. Corrine to demystify craniosacral therapy for my readers. Enjoy! – Mare ======================================================================================================== What is … Continue reading
Exactly a year ago today, I sat down to write my inaugural blog post on Holistic Mamas without really having a clear view of what I was hoping to accomplish. I think I just wanted to share the successes I’d had in using natural remedies to heal my 3-month old daughter’s reflux (in case there were other Moms also looking for a way out of using Zantac or Ranitidine on their precious babes). Today, as I sit down to write the blog’s 200th post, I have a much clearer vision of what I want to do with Holistic Mamas. In … Continue reading
It really is a small world. Heather Hamilton and I were only two degrees of separation apart, connected via her sister-in-law, who was also my dentist: Dr. Suzanne Hamilton. Dr. Hamilton passed away suddenly and tragically in January of 2009, only 3 months after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, Zoe. Although I had only known Dr. Hamilton a short time, she had touched my life more profoundly than I knew, for I grieved her deeply. In fact, that is how Heather Hamilton found me, through a tribute I had written for Dr. Hamilton on an old, old blog. … Continue reading
Yup, it’s that time of year again. The school year and fall season are in high gear, and today I woke up with that yucky, slightly painful tickle at the back of my throat. So, I decided to ask Dr. Corrine Wang, a naturopathic physician focused on resolving childhood allergies, asthmas, and ADHD, to weigh in on what we can do as Moms during this time to help prevent our kids from getting sick. Or if they do fall ill, how can we Moms alleviate their symptoms and help them get well as quickly as possible? She came back with … Continue reading
I have an idea for a new show. Instead of CSI: Miami, it would be called, CSI: My Kitchen. The premise would be about food coroners doing post-mortems on failed dishes attempted by me (or other kitchen newbies) Every time I murder an entree or dessert, these guys would come around and explain to me where I went wrong, and what I needed to do better next time. If I really screwed up, they might arrest me and take me to food jail. And heck, it doesn’t have to be just my kitchen. I am sure there are other food … Continue reading
Before seeing this DVD, I only had a vague notion of what a VBAC was. That is, I knew that it stood for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, but not much else. Having delivered my daughter vaginally, I never thought to research VBACs because obviously, I haven’t had a Cesarean. What I learned was pretty eye-opening: the phrase, “Once a Cesarean, always a Cesarean,” still holds sway today, and the reasons may NOT be what you think. In a nutshell, the VBAC dilemma is this: once you’ve had a Cesarean, the prevailing medical thought today is that future deliveries should also … Continue reading