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Happy 2014

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Happy new year! This is the year of hopefully giving birth to our second son. Yes, we found out right before Christmas at 13 weeks that we are having another little boy! I had a miscarriage that was a trisomy 15, so we opted for the detailed genetic testing. It is an in-depth look at […]

15 months and more sicknesses

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Aidan has been getting lots of illnesses this winter, and due to my suppressed immune system in pregnancy, I’ve been catching everything he’s gotten soon after. He turned 15 months old with a nasty cold, another double ear infection, and a lot of snotting and crying. I thought that getting the ear tubes and getting […]

14 months for Aidan and 8 weeks for new baby

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Aidan is 14 months old now, and he just keeps becoming more and more like a big kid. He has gotten sick a few more times since getting his ear tubes put in and adenoids taken out, but he has recovered well from the operation. His upper molar teeth have broken through, and he chews […]

13 months and surgery

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Aidan is 13 months old and got ear tubes today. He has had four ear infections in the last four months, and has had both eardrums rupture twice each.  The pediatrician referred us to the ENT specialist, who recommended ear tubes. He got the last ear infection just before he was scheduled to have the […]

Aidan’s first birthday

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Aidan turned one on September 9. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year already. Aidan started walking on his own around his first birthday, and shortly thereafter, he also started to be able to stand up from a sitting position on his own. Everything has been happening like crazy. He got some nasty […]

Parenting tips

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Some good tips I’ve read along the way, written by other parents: Babies Crying is the only way the baby can properly communicate for a while. The baby is not aware of wants or anything, so it’s not choosing to cry — it is crying out of necessity, because “I am uncomfortable!” or “I’m hungry!” […]

Articles about chemicals

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These are some links that I came across in my research and bookmarking for later: 12 cosmetic ingredients legal in the US but banned elsewhere The Dirty Dozen Chemicals in Cosmetics Myths on cosmetics safety Body Burden Phthalates Broad trends in scientific findings about endocrine disruption Comedogenic Ratings of Oils Wikipedia Endocrine disruptor Xenoestrogens Phthalates […]

The chemicals in our lives

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When I was growing up in China in the 1980s and early 1990s, I was exposed to a lot of things, mostly dirt and bacteria — but also lead. Yes, I liked eating paint chips as a kid, and lead paint is a major source of lead exposure for children. Looking back, I guess I […]

Aidan is 11 months old

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Aidan is 11 months old today, just one month away from his first birthday. It almost doesn’t seem possible that he’s so big already. He is getting close to walking, able to walk quite far with assistance, but not walking on his own yet. His grandfather got him a little toy walker that he can […]

10 month old baby boy!

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Aidan is 10 months old now, and he is growing so much. He has said “mama” and likes to say “baba,” “dada, “wa” and some other syllables. He likes to stand and cruise around furniture, and can hold himself up for longer periods of time. He can feed himself using his thumb and forefinger to […]