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Happy 2014

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Baby, Life, Parenthood

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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Baby, Life, Parenthood

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 […]

A mind to heal

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Hope, Life, Spirituality

This is an awesome TED talk about how your beliefs can affect your body, and how your mindset about stress can make it either deadly or helpful to your health. As I’ve written previously on the power of thoughts and beliefs, I feel that we can heal ourselves and each other with a change in […]

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 […]

Change what’s within my control

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Life

Aidan had an undetected ear infection which ruptured his ear drums. The poor little guy was so stoic that none of us knew it until two days after it had already happened. We went to an after-hours pediatrician who said that she was surprised she could mess with his ears without him screaming and crying. […]

After using natural oils

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Life

In just a few days of using shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and¬†sweet almond oil as my primary skin care routine, I’ve noticed that my skin is softer than ever, my complexion clearer, and even coworkers were noting that I looked “radiant.” I also gave my husband an all-body massage with the oils yesterday, […]

The chemicals in our lives

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Baby, Life

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 […]