30 Days of Dark (I’m Glad to See the Sun Rise)

Living in the arctic during the winter is a very unique experience. Besides the extreme cold, snow drifts, and blizzards, you also have to deal with continuous darkness. Where I live the sun does not fully rise for about a month beginning with the winter solstice. After continuous darkness for the past month, I am so glad to see the sun rise all the way over the horizon.

Arctic sunrise
Is that sunlight?!

Back in December the sun began to rise later and set earlier at a rapid pace until we reached the winter solstice. Then, for the next 28 days we only saw the glow on the horizon around 2 in the afternoon. Now the sun is slowly coming back and staying for a few hours during the day.
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Food To Avoid During Pregnancy


It’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet during pregnancy to ensure your unborn baby receives the relevant nutrients for growth. However, certain foods can make you feel ill, cause food poisoning or harm your baby if eaten during pregnancy – and while it can be confusing to know what foods are safe and what are harmful, it’s worth taking the time to get to know the foods to avoid and to be careful.

These are some of the main foods to avoid during pregnancy, but if you’re ever in any doubt it’s best to be cautious and not eat the item and then check with your midwife at a later date.

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Thrush and Breastfeeding

breastfeeding support at workWhen I was a kid, I thought my mom knew everything. It seemed like she just had all the answers, on every aspect of life.

I must not have gotten that mothering gene. In fact I feel like I don’t ever know anything: I’m constantly winging everything and just hoping for the best….

Like how to potty train a three-year old boy (after trying numerous times when he was a two-year-old)…

And then how to retrain them when they regress after you have baby #2…
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Children’s Autumn/Winter Essentials

POP Children OuterwearAs the cold months roll in and you see the last warmth of summer really start to dwindle, the auburn leaves on the trees remind you that it’s time to pack up the summer wear and start thinking about wrapping up warm.

If you’ve got little ones in the house, there really is a lot to think about when it comes to autumn/winter clothing. There are some essentials that every baby, child and pre-teen needs to make sure they are warm and comfortable in the winter months. If you have a lot to think about and are a very busy parent, you may be worried you are forgetting something important; the best thing to do is to sit down and make a list of all the winter garments you think your family will need.
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The Miracle and Medical Miracles of Birth

cord blood bankingThey say pregnancy is a life changer but not many people know that it also is a life saver. The birth of your baby is a special moment for your family, the moment when you are not just a couple but also parents responsible for the life and protection of a whole new human being; but with that all powerful moment comes another all powerful decision, a decision that could save the life of your newborn.

When you learn that you are pregnant doctors nowadays will recommend making decisions to prepare for ensuring the baby’s health.  So many illnesses exist in this world that can tragically strike any family within a moment’s eye with no warning in some cases; which is why it’s all the more better to listen to your doctor’s advice on procedures like cord blood banking.
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