Posts Tagged "feeding"

Another “impossible” on the 1000 things May would never do – done

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 | 5 comments

Another “impossible” on the 1000 things May would never do – done

Five years ago, I sat in a small office of a hospital with a professor at one side of a desk, my husband’s hand in mine and the weight of a list of all the things my daughter would never ever do, suffocating me. Thousands and thousands of activities pouring through my mind. Everything from toilet training to going to the circus. So, what happened next? Okay – toilet training is out. But there were plenty we did do. May went to the theatre. She performed in a school assembly. She danced (she doesn’t stop bouncing sometimes). Swimming. Travelling. Bed time stories. Carving a...

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I ignored the advice of my daughter’s doctor

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 | 8 comments

I ignored the advice of my daughter’s doctor

Today on the BabyCenter Blog, I discussed how sometimes it is inappropriate for me to follow a doctor’s advice. Not all the time, just sometimes. But, I seem to have unwittingly given lots of paranoid mothers the rationale to not vaccinate their children. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. I intended to free myself and other mothers from the burden of choosing for their child the most appropriate solution from a range of medical options, instead I gave mothers the opportunity to explain exactly why their doctors, with all their years of experience, are just a plant to...

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If you had the chance to lecture 300 doctors, what would you say?

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 | 11 comments

If you had the chance to lecture 300 doctors, what would you say?

This month, I will address a conference of pediatricians in Hull, England. It will be the second time I’ve spoken at a conference, though the first time I was 23 and I delivered a paper on post-colonial literature. I can’t even remember the book I spoke on… so a very memorable speech then. One of my friends is a doctor  – several actually, but this particular one is organizing the conference and she asked me to come speak about May. In other words: she took a big risk on a friend of hers who, she knows, has a big mouth. I’ve spent several months thinking about...

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3 things I forgot about May, until I read this

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 | 2 comments

3 things I forgot about May, until I read this

Whaddya hear? Whaddya know? Three things I forgot about until I re-read this archive post from January 2010: How loudly May used to snort. That there ever was a pre-teething phase. The endless exercises we tried to help May hold something to her mouth. And, of course, that May is adorable. Never underestimate May’s superior power of cuteness. In all seriousness, I was reminded today to appreciate every moment. Small moments like these are not insignificant. It was that thought which led me back here. Without further ado: This week I’m… using teething biscuits from the...

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May’s new chair has arrived! So, why do I feel like this…

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 | 10 comments

May’s new chair has arrived! So, why do I feel like this…

I should be celebrating. Woohoo! May’s new chair is here! After months of insisting, pleading and, finally, demanding – it is here. It is even adjusted so she can use it. It is comfortable. Her positioning is good. She seems to enjoy it – and she does not feel that way about all chairs. So, why do I feel like this: Maybe, I should feel more like this: It’s never simple, is it? **UPDATE** I need to clarify that this chair is not May’s wheelchair, as I think most people assumed. This is her feeding and activity chair. The one she was using was broken for at least...

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