Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Ryann Hamilton (4)

Cara Hamilton (2)

Ethan Stabile (7)

Addison Stabile (2)

Team Bright Pink: Chicago Marathon

My sister Erin and sister-in-law Katie rock! They ran the Chicago Marathon this month. What an amazing accomplishment. My brother Cory also ran (this was his 3rd marathon). Not only was this a great personal accomplishment, it was for a great cause. They raised over $3000 for the organization BRIGHT PINK.

Check out this mission statement...

Bright Pink believes in the beauty and strength of women. It exists to enlighten and empower high risk individuals to take control of their breast and ovarian health by providing education, support and a sense of community for a better, brighter future.

Here is the facebook link for Bright Pink Go show your support.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Susan G Koman: 3 Day Walk

Just a few months ago, I noticed on facebook that a friend, Keri Murdock, would be participating in the Susan G Koman for the Cure: 3-Day Walk... I enjoyed following her journey, as she posted about training, fundraising and finally the big event. I asked her to share a little about her experience...

"I decided to do the walk as a team with my family and friends. As I wrote my letter asking for donations, I realized that I was really walking in hopes that someday my children and grandchildren might not have to worry about losing anyone to breast cancer. My sister in law is a breast cancer survivor and I know others who are too. I trained hard for about 2 months...walking 5 - 8 miles as many days a week as I could. I raised $2,400 with the help of many friends, co-workers and family members. I reached my goal the day before the event began! I have to admit, it was really hard to walk 20 miles each day. We walked for about 8 hours each day. There were lots of pit stops, snack stops and of course a lunch stop on our route each day.

It was amazing. I met many survivors along the way, cheering us on as we walked. I met some who were still fighting their battle...I met many who had lost someone to breast cancer. It was heartbreaking at times. On the second day as we were walking we came across a young girl in her early 20's. She was holding a pink sign that read "Thank you for mom had surgery yesterday". I stopped and talked with her and found out that her mom was doing well and was coming home. That moment in itself made it all worth it for me. Knowing that one young woman still had her mom and hoping that many more would never have to worry about losing their mothers, sisters, grandmothers, etc. to breast cancer filled my heart."

Thank you for sharing your story with us! We are so impressed at what you accomplished... from the Susan G. Komen website...

"We’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fashion Friday: Stripes

I am a huge fan of this maternity shirt from Target. It comes in a couple different colors. Is it just me or are navy blue and yellow really in this season?

Find it HERE
It comes in blue, grey, and yellow

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Fake Rings for Swollen Fingers

At what point in your pregnancy did you ditch your wedding/engagement/promise ring for a fake one?

What? You didn't ditch your rings during pregnancy because of swollen fingers or weight gain or water weight? Ugh. seriously, super model prego lady alert. :)

Okay, so it is very common at any time during your pregnancy for your rings to get a little "snug" so when was it? Did you buy a ring to replace them? Did you get a fake one? Where did you find it?

I was just checking out some of the fabulous selections and here is what I found:

The traditional "I am going to pretend it is real" ring from Target HERE
The "I know it is not real, but I am pregnant so get over it" ring from Etsy:
Faux ring from etsy HERE
And the "there are no words to describe this ring" ring

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Twammogram: Live Tweeting of Mammograms!!!

Misha is a redheaded, Labor and Delivery RN that works with me on night shift. She is opinionated and not afraid to speak her mind **consider that your warning for those of you that may link up on facebook and twitter**

Misha is also a supporter of LaborLooks... she encouraged our expansion into plus sizes with a comment that went something like this,
"Ashley, your business is "size-ist" ~ you couldn't fit one of my boobs in your LaborLooks gown, let alone my entire body. When you make larger sizes, then I'll like your facebook page."
I just LOVED when Misha said this to me and a few months later after our plus size debut, Misha "liked" our facebook page.

Let me tell you about Twammogram... it is a brilliant idea to encourage women to get annual mammograms. From the Twammogram facebook page.

"Twammogram is a collective live-tweet of mammograms for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It was started by Misha Niklewicz (@MishaRN) and Laura Methvi (@WeeLaura) on Twitter and Facebook. The point is to encourage ourselves and other women to make an appointment and go get our annual mammograms. Throughout the month of October, we'll be uploading & tweeting videos, photos and updates on the process of getting a mammogram. Doing it together and on Twitter makes it less scary and even a little fun. Join us in Twammogram & live-tweet your mammogram experience! Follow the hashtag #twammogram and follow us... become part of the Twammogram community and encourage yourself and other women to stay aware and healthy."

Show your support... connect with Twammogram on facebook today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trusting Tuesday: Self Breast Exams

Where would we be if we didn't talk about self breast exams in the month of October?

As a certified nurse midwife I teach self breast exams every day to young and older women alike. I teach it to pregnant women, nursing mothers, menopausal women, and adolescents. I also do breast exams every day on my patients. I explain to them what I am feeling, how I am feeling it and what do we do from here.

*Thankfully* I have never found something that turned out to be breast cancer. yet.
Multiple biopsies, ultrasounds, and follow ups, but nothing yet.
But guess what? I need your help. As a practitioner I can't find everything. Mammograms can't find everything. Who knows your body the best? YOU DO! You are the one who is ultimately responsible for your body. You are the one who lives with yourself and your breasts every day. You are the one who has the ability to do a self breast exam monthly.

I don't care who says you should or shouldn't do self breast exams. If there was something wrong with my body I would want to be the one who finds it first, I don't want to rely blindly on something (mammogram) or someone (practitioner) who isn't able to compare my breasts to what they were last month.

So please, please, please, learn how to do a self breast exam, do your self breast exams, and if that little voice inside your head says something isn't right. Trust it. Get it checked out. Please.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

VBAC x2, Laborlooks Mom x2

Welcome to the world sweet baby boy #3!!
We are so proud of your hard working mama who wore her laborlooks gown for a second birth and a second VBAC!
I know she is glad you are here too!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

She's On Her Way

I will post baby shower pictures soon, but look at these darling TOMS shoes that my soon to be niece Hazel will have no problem filling.
Especially cause mom has a matching pair!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Updates

Halloween is just around the corner! What are your little ones going to be?

My mother in law found some cute costumes for my girls, but I remember growing up my mom ALWAYS made our costumes.

Things are no different today. Look what she came up with for my dad and she will be wearing one as well (hers is red!).
Wow. My mom really is a superstar.

Please post any links to costumes you have made or plan to make or wish you could make!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mommy Monday: Dinner Time

I have been having a hard time getting my girls to eat their dinner.
Like, it takes us almost an hour to get them to eat.

We have to get them to eat or else they wake up multiple times in the middle of the night begging for food. When we say no, they cry and wake up the other one.

So I turned to my facebook friends: (thanks guys! Fabulous ideas!)

I don't get why eating dinner is the biggest fight of the day for my girls. I swear we have tried everything to get them to eat. It always ends in tears and us forcing them to eat. Not to mention it takes and hour to get them to eat all of their dinner. Any suggestions?
· · 2 hours ago via BlackBerry
    • Emily Sometimes when kids help make the meal they are more into it???
      2 hours ago · · 1 person
    • Kelli We set a timer on Lola. If the timer goes off and she hasn't eaten then she gets nothing to eat until the next day. Mean, I know!
      2 hours ago · · 1 person
    • Diana Kelli - good idea! I'll have to remember that one! We're still in the picky eating wars too. Right now we're doing "2 bites of everything to get up from the table, and half of dinner to get dessert," but I know we could do a lot better.
      2 hours ago ·
    • Laura I am fairly mean. Dinner is dinner, eat in a specific amount of time or go hungry. There is always a 'back up' meal if needed, a slice of toast. We use the back up when they need the nourishment. Now my kids eat what we give them and do it quickly. hehe
      2 hours ago ·
    • Heather My best friend is going through the same battle with her two boys.
      2 hours ago ·
    • Doreen I agree with Laura here we have only one small snack after school and thats it eat your dinner
      about an hour ago ·
    • Courtney Try letting them be interactive in the making of the meal, serving etc. Even at a young age, kiddos know what they want and need. To an extent, yes, dinner is dinner, and they need to eat, but a lot of parents make the mistake of OVER feeding, help the kids make an appropriate size plate thats not intimidating. It also helps them have a sense of control, and encourages self decision making. And a HUGE thing to remember is that sometimes, we dont like things. Im not a fan of the "its on your plate, eat it" rule. We all have things we dont like, even as adults, and having to choke down a food you dislike is not going to help. Its worked so far, my 8 and 5 year old are huge fans of salads, swordfish (my sons fav), rice and stir fry veggies and all sorts of things. We save the mac and cheese for lazy days :)
      about an hour ago ·
    • Shannon My mom always had us take two bites. If we didn't like it we could have a pb&j sandwhich...if we wouldn't eat at all then that was it. Bed and a bath. My uncle always says kids won't starve themselves? So?? I will probably ask you what worked when peytee gets there!
      about an hour ago ·
    • Bonnie Right on Laura! They need to at least try everything, but if they won't eat what you know they like in the time that the rest of the family is eating, or are climbing down and around the table instead of eating, they should be removed to their room or somewhere out of sight of the rest of the family that's still eating, and their food put away until the next meal. Then bring it out again, reheat, and put it in front of the child until they eat. Shannon's right. Kids won't starve and they "get it" pretty quickly. My daughter was having a heck of a time with her 3 year old and it only took a couple of tries and she's eating like a champ. We do bribe a little with promise of dessert too... :)
      about an hour ago ·
    • Debbie My Pediatrician said feed them what they will eat while they are young....their taste buds will grow. He also said....never make them eat everything on their plate....your forcing them to eat...which leads to overeating as they get older....but if you give them what they like and they still dont snacks after the meal.
      about an hour ago ·
    • Alison I go with the "eat or don't eat, it's your choice, but I'm not making anything else" approach. :) One hungry evening and they may rethink the battlelines.
      about an hour ago · · 1 person
    • Kristin My rule (soft) is once they leave the table, the meal is over, which is fine. They'll just eat more the next meal. I agree that kids won't starve themselves. Just have to avoid the snacking later and hold out till the next meal or it won't work.
      about an hour ago ·
    • Cory ‎3 meals a day. 7:35. 12:15 and 6:35. That's it. If he Dean doesn't eat he goes hungry.
      56 minutes ago · · 2 people
    • Cory If he is late to the table he gets 1 ounce less per minute.
      56 minutes ago · · 2 people
    • Alicia That's how my house is every night too
      29 minutes ago ·
    • Karen Don't make them! No treats, etc... If they don't eat but a PBJ in the fridge OK!
      22 minutes ago ·