Palin’s Pregnancy

Does anyone know if this story is true?

http://startelegram.typepad.com/politex/2008/04/governors-water.html

And if it is, how can anyone take this woman seriously?   Who would take such a risk to get on a 8 hour place flight after their water has broke?  That’s not strength, that’s stupidity.

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Cleveland Doctor Writes The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book

Maybe I’ll get this to read next time I end up pregnant!    My OB gave me another book by this doctor, Dr. Spock’s Pregnancy Book and I’ve read much of her pregnancy advice on the Dr. Spock website.

http://blog.cleveland.com/lifestyles/2008/08/dr_marjorie_greenfield_says_ba.html

It’s so nice to live in a city where we have experts in medicine.    I feel so spoiled when I see my OB or take my son to the pediatrician or go to my family doctor or even the dentist.    It makes me upset when friends have poor experiences at other hospitals when I feel that their experience could have been better.   Even in medicine, often attention to detail and bedside manner (I call these customer service) can make the biggest difference in our quality of care.   Rather than just being a doctor, Dr. Greenfield takes it a step further and listens to the concerns of working women who are pregnant and then shares this with the world.    Because often the best encouragement is just knowing that we aren’t alone.

Until next time,

Lorelei

On Birthdays and Roller Coasters

I have to say that I am actually not particulary fond of my birthday.     The best birthday I ever had was two years ago, it was the day our son came home from the hospital.    It turns out he was due on my birthday but I guess he didn’t want to share his special day with anyone, because he came two days early.     It was a perfect day.    He was healthy and happy, we came home, and as if that wasn’t a blessing enough, the hubby got me a gorgeous giving-birth/anniversary/birthday present, a platinum and diamond tennis bracelet.   That evening a couple of friends came over and my best friend brought over pizza and wings from Dina’s in Brooklyn.   My all time favorite wings and a meal I associate with great memories.   

Prior to that, and since my teens probably, birthdays were pretty uneventful.    My 21st birthday was probably the other best one, as I was on my honeymoon in St. Lucia, in an evening gown sipping a daquiri on the beach under the moon.    So, yeah, it’s hard to have realistic expectations after that one, or after bringing your firstborn home on your birthday for that matter.     Last year’s birthday was a randomly good one, we went to hear the Orchestra at Blossom with some friends, and for that birthday I am greatful as well.

Today however, I am hoping everyone forgets it’s my birthday.    I don’t really feel like celebrating.   Not that I think I’m getting old or anything, I’m only turning 29 and am very much looking forward to being 30.    I am enjoying life so much more approaching 30 than I did when I was approaching 20.    Celebrating the toddler’s 2nd birthday was much more fun than celebrating my own.    The in-laws came into town and spent a few days hanging out with us.    We all went toy shopping, played at the Botanical Garden, saw cars at the Western Reserve Historical Society, ate food from India Garden (it was too salty this time), fed ducks at the duck pond (no Canadian geese this time), visited Honey Hut for ice cream and went to Lakewood Park and walked along the promenade.    I cooked some ribs on Saturday and we had some more company over to celebrate the big 2nd birthday, and spaced out present opening throughout the day to avoid overload.    It seemed to help.  I was disappointed when I called Corbo’s to order a cassata cake that they were not making any special orders for them that weekend, due to the Feast of the Assumption festival in Little Italy.    Corbo’s was too busy feeding the crowds at that event, which happens to always take place during the week of our birthdays.   Oh well, the Baskin Robbins cake I picked up at the last minute worked just as well.  When asked what our son’s favorite present was, he told us, “birthday cake!”     Though, the last present we gave him, from mommy and daddy, seemed to be the biggest hit…a roller coaster from Step2.    Conveniently, my sister lives right down the street from the Step2 headquarters in Streetsboro, so we were able to save about $20 off the cost, plus shipping, by having them pick up the toy for us.     Our son is having a blast racing down the track and rolling across our hardwood floors.    It’s one of the few toys I’ve seen that every parent review says it is great, and it is.   It comes with five pieces that all slide together like a big puzzle, no screws, no tools needed.    We had it out of the box and ready to go in 2 minutes.    I didn’t even need to read any instructions.   And it comes apart just as easily for when we want to take it outside as well.

So, my sister made the joke to me today that she should have bought me a roller coaster as well.   I can’t believe this, but the Big Dipper at Geauga Lake apparently sold for just $5,000 this summer!    I really can’t believe that.   I mean, granted, who has room to erect a full-sized adult roller coaster on their property, but still.   Only $5,000?    For a big kid, like me, that would be an awesome birthday present…but it still wouldn’t top bringing home the toddler for the first time.

Until next time,

Lorelei

PS.   I did fail to mention that the hubby sent me some beautiful roses to work for my birthday, which was very sweet and the first time I’ve ever gotten flowers at work.   He’s apparently thought of doing it before, but couldn’t figure out the exact address of where I worked, I probably shouldn’t take that for granted.
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Donating Cord Blood in Cleveland

I was just checking out www.northcoastmoms.com yesterday and saw on the forum a post about donating cord blood (from umbilical cords post-delivery). When I was pregnant with our son a couple of years ago I had read about this somewhere and decided to look into it. As it turned out, I found this website to learn more, www.nationalcordbloodprogram.org, and the hospital where I had planned to deliver, MacDonald Women’s Hospital at University Hospital, is one of the collection sites for the donor program. Cord blood is collected from the umbilical cord once the baby is delivered. It was a very simple process, a woman came into the delivery room and asked if I was interested in donating, and since I had read about it in advance, I agreed to do so. After signing some paperwork, the woman returned once our son was delivered, and took the placenta away to gather the cord blood. They then can use the stem cells from the cord blood donation to help those with diseases that would have traditionally been treated with stem cells from bone marrow donations. Apparently this is offered for mothers delivering babies at Hillcrest now as well, with a collection center recently opened in Warrensville Heights. For those of us in Cleveland, I think we have a great opportunity to donate with great ease, and I hope the word gets out there to educate future mothers regarding this opportunity.

Lorelei

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