Christy Garrett's Blog – January 2013 Archive (19)

Story of My Final Pregnancy - My Birth Story

I was super excited and nervous when I found out that I was expecting in September of 2010.  Just a few weeks before I found out, I was watching my mother struggle with her battle with Pick’s disease.  Pick’s disease is a rare form of Alzheimer’s that affects the frontal lobe of the brain.  In August of 2010, she was in the final stages and was admitted to the ICU with severe case of pneumonia.  My dad was out of town, so I spent the last few days with her at her bed side along with my…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 31, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Tips and Tricks to Survive Bed Rest While Pregnant

Most people think that bed rest is fun and relaxing; however, if you ask a pregnant mom who has been on bed rest for a few days they will quickly disagree with you.  After a few days, most mom’s are bored out of their mind because they have already caught up on their favorite shows on the DVR and watched…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 29, 2013 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Find Out Why Bed Rest is Sometimes Necessary During Pregnancy

Bed rest can seem like a fantastic idea for a mom who is pregnant, especially, if you are in those final few weeks of pregnancy.  However, bed rest is sometimes recommended during the early stages of pregnancy to prevent complications and help increase the chances of delivering a healthy…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 28, 2013 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Crib Bedding Sets for Your Baby’s Nursery

Many parents search for the perfect bedding set for their new arrival and spend countless hours decorating the baby’s nursery. Crib sets are a great way to get your baby matching sheets, blankets, bumper pads, and some sets offer other accessories that match the bedding set.  Most bedding sets come with regular crib bumpers and…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 25, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Fever and Taking Your Child’s Temperature: When Should You Worry?

This morning my baby woke up with a fever and I knew that something was wrong since he just finished taking a round of antibiotics from his last illness less than two weeks ago.  When I took his temperature this morning, it was 103 degree using a rectal thermometer.  In the past, we have ran him to the doctor…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 24, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

What Developmental Milestones Should I Expect to See During Baby’s First Year

Milestones are guidelines that doctors and health care providers use to determine if your child has a developmental delay or has a potential disability.  Remember that all babies develop and grow at different rates.  Many parents are guilty of comparing their child to another child that is around the same age and…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 23, 2013 at 3:57pm — No Comments

What are Infant Developmental Milestones and Are They Important?

Many parents often wonder if their child is behind, on schedule, or ahead for their age of development.  Milestones were created to be used as a guide for parents and health care professionals to determine if a child needs additional help to meet delayed milestones and use them to determine if a child has a possible…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 22, 2013 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Preparing to Breastfeed Your Newborn Baby

Beginning in the third trimester of pregnancy, a woman should begin thinking about breastfeeding.  This gives a mother plenty of time to begin preparing for the arrival of her baby and to begin researching about how to prepare for it.  It is hard to prepare for the actual practice of breastfeeding; however, there is lots of information that a mom needs to know about breastfeeding that could come in handy.

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 19, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What to Expect When You are Discharged From the Hospital After a C-Section

A normal hospital stay for a c-section delivery is 3 to 4 days depending on your hospital’s policy, doctor, your health, and your babies health.  Once the hospital discharges you, it is important that you have help once you get home so that you can rest as much as possible.  I remember when they were getting ready to…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 18, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What to Expect During Your Postpartum Stay After a C-Section Delivery

Once your doctor has finished your c-section, the nurses and surgical assistant prepare to move you off of the operating table.  At this point you still can’t feel your lower extremities and I distinctly remember trying to move them but they were heavy and wouldn’t budge.  They got me moved back into the…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 17, 2013 at 8:41pm — No Comments

What to Expect During A C-Section Delivery

A C-Section is a major surgery and can be very scary for most moms, it was for me.  I was terrified when the ultrasound technician discovered that my son was breech.  My doctor order an ultrasound to check my amniotic fluid levels once I reached 40 weeks because with my oldest son, my fluid levels dropped after…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 16, 2013 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Learn the Importance of Monitoring Your Child’s Internet and Social Media Activities

If you children are using the Internet it is important as a parent to keep them as safe as possible. There are many dangers on the Internet that most kids don’t understand or care to understand because they are naive. They think that everyone on the Internet is who they say that they are and don’t feel as if anyone can really harm them, when in reality this is far from the truth. There are predators searching online for tweens and teens looking to mislead them down the wrong path. Also, many…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 15, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

What is Implantation Bleeding?

If you are expecting your period, implantation during early pregnancy often mimics the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, especially if you don’t know that you are pregnant or your pregnancy is a complete surprise.    Implantation bleeding occurs in roughly 1 to 2 percent of women and many women often mistake it for their period.  Implantation bleeding generally occurs around 6 to 14 days after conception, which happens to be around the same time that you would normally get…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 10, 2013 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Fashionable Plus Sized Maternity Clothes

When I was pregnant with my son, I had trouble finding cute maternity clothes.  Most of the stores that I went to only had a very small section of maternity clothes.  In fact, most stores don’t carry any plus sized maternity clothes unless you go to a specialty maternity store.  Plus sized mom’s shouldn’t have to settle for clothes that aren’t comfortable or don’t fit her growing belly.  I wanted to help mom’s find cute plus sized maternity clothes without going from store to store and…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 8, 2013 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Crock Pot Recipe: Easy Pot Roast

What is the perfect comfort food on a nice cloudy and cold day?  I think that Pot roast is the perfect comfort food that is healthy and filling, not to mention it is an easy meal to make.  Just toss the ingredients into the crock pot and turn it on.  By the time you get home from work, your house will be filled with the aroma and dinner will already be done.

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 7, 2013 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Best Method for Cleaning Your Breast Pump While On the Go or at Work

In June of 2011, I began using a breast pump on a regular basis to start building a stash of breast milk for my baby so that he would have plenty of milk once I returned back to work. When I returned to work, I knew exactly where I would have to use my breast pump but I never did put much thought into how I planned on cleaning my breast pump parts after I finished a pumping session. Luckily at my job, we had a break room that had a clean sink. Thankfully, I didn’t have to worry about…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 7, 2013 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Create a Well Disciplined Child From the Start

A mother begins a connection with her baby, while he or she is in the womb.  Any mother who has had a child can explain, that carrying a child is an amazing feeling.  Those first few kicks, jabs, punches, to getting hiccups several times a day, and those nights where you can’t get comfortable.  Once you have the baby, the real job as a parent begins.  This tiny human being is dependent on mom and dad to fulfill all of their needs.

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 4, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Learn Why Books Are Important for Your Baby’s Development?

Babies begin to hear your voice around 16 after they are conceived.  So they begin learning how to listen while inside of the womb.  As, your babies hearing develops they will begin hearing other sounds besides their mommy’s voice and can even recognize those sounds once he or she is born.  A baby is similar to a sponge and takes in everything that he or she hears or sees, even before they are born.  If you don’t want your child to exposed to certain language or behaviors, you should…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 3, 2013 at 9:38pm — No Comments

A Busy Mom’s Guide to Achieving Your New Year’s Resolution

A new year gives you the opportunity to start over and make changes that can affect your overall health and well being.  The number one New Year’s resolution each year for many people is to lose weight or to become more physically fit.  However, only 92% of people actually achieve their goal.  I normally don’t set resolutions for myself because I know that in order to change, I would need to set small attainable goals in order to see the results that I am looking…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 2, 2013 at 11:05pm — No Comments

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