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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Right Pediatric Schedule and the Right Doctor

The Right Pediatric Schedule and the Right Doctor
Selecting a pediatrician is one of the first major decisions you'll make for your new baby. With this easy process, you'll be able to narrow down your choices and pick a doctor that both you and your child will be happy with.

1. Do Your Research

For many parents, insurance coverage will dictate that you select a pediatrician who accepts your plan. But beyond the question of in-network or out, one of the best ways to find a great pediatrician is to get recommendations from friends and family in your area who already have children. During this process, try to narrow your list to a few names.

2. Schedule Meetings

Before your delivery, go to the pediatric clinic on your short list and meet the pediatrician in person. After all, they will be visiting your baby for his or her first checkup right in the hospital where you give birth. Having a doctor lined up in advance may make you feel more relaxed about the process.

3. Ask Questions

Obviously, you want to have a rapport with your child's pediatrician, so the in-person meeting is partially to find out how well you "click." But it's also important to ask key questions that ensure the practice meshes with your philosophy and lifestyle. Some queries to keep in mind:

      ●      Is the waiting room clean and organized?

      Is the staff pleasant and accommodating?

      How are emergencies handled after hours?

      Is there a separate waiting room for sick and well visits?

      Do the doctor's policies jive with your parenting philosophy? (Are they supportive of breastfeeding, for example)?

      How long is the usual wait for an appointment?

      Are evening and weekend hours available?

Check-Up Schedule: What to Expect

During the first few months of your baby's life, it might seem like you're always at the pediatrician. As the years pass, though, well visits become less frequent. Most pediatricians will want to see your child for wellness checks and vaccinations at the following intervals:

      ●      In the first five days after birth

      At 1, 2, 4, 6, and 9 months old

      Every six months from ages 1 to 3

      Annually after age 3

At the early checkups, your pediatrician will be focused on how well the baby is feeding, measuring height, weight, and head circumference, and checking for developmental milestones, as well as discussing any questions or concerns you have. In addition, your child will receive recommended vaccines. While the schedule varies based upon your doctor, most follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention timeline. This calls for immunizations at 2, 4, 6, 12, and 15 months. After that, most children won't need another shot until kindergarten.

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This contribution was made by Idaho Falls Pediatric Center of Idaho. I.F. Pediatrics offers a child friendly environment where comfort and care is a priority.

Spicy! Grown Up Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Well, the kids have been back in school for five school days now.  Guess it's time to get back into the groove of things.  Right????  It was a fantastic Summer.  I'll be talking about some of that greatness in another post.  For now. . . . Back to School for the kids means Back to creating and blogging for me.  So, Yippee!!!!  Sorry I've been gone, but family comes first.  Life is too short to miss some of those moments.

Today, I (oh, let's see. . . how did so many of my recipe posts begin????)  I had some grape tomatoes that needed to used.  Yep, I would venture to bet that at least 50% of my recipe posts begin that way!

After grocery shopping today, I decided that I would use those grape tomatoes to make a tomato soup.  A grown-up tomato soup.  None of that sweet, syrupy canned stuff.  I like my tomato soup to taste like tomatoes, not corn syrup.  I also added spices to make it more grown up.  Spicy!

In addition to my spicy, creamy tomato soup, I made a grown up grilled cheese sandwich. Let me tell you, my mouth is still burning from all the spice.  Yummo!

I happened upon these two cheeses while I was shopping at Aldi today and I could NOT pass them up.  Buffalo flavored cheese???? Heck yeah!  And ghost pepper cheese?  That might be a little TOO spicy for me, but I bought it anyway.  And the Ghost Pepper cheese is what I used to make my grown up grilled cheese today.

Here's what I used for the soup:

Pint of ripe grape tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. paprika        + an accidental shake of MORE when taking the photo (oops!)
pinch cumin
sprinkle of crushed red pepper
black pepper to taste
Salt ~~ to taste~~ I didn't add any, but I know some people who would like it saltier!
1/3 cup organic plain yogurt

Extremely thin slices of red onion~~ for the soup AND the sandwich

Here's what I used for the sandwich:

Thin whole wheat sandwich round
1 oz. of Ghost Pepper cheese, sliced into thin pieces
some of the thin sliced red onion mentioned above

Directions for the soup:

Place tomatoes and chicken broth in small saucepan.

Cook over medium heat until boiling, about 5 minutes.
Turn burner to low and cook for 5 minutes more.
Add spices and cook 2 minutes more, smashing the tomatoes a little with the back of spoon or spatula.
Turn burner off and use an immersion blender to blend tomatoes until smooth (ish).
Add the plain yogurt and stir to combine.
Top with the thin sliced onions.

I just used a George Forman grill for my grilled cheese.
Place cheese on bread round, top with thin sliced onions and the other half of the round and cook until the cheese is melted.

Dip your cheese sandwich in your soup as much as you like.  I'm not actually a huge dipper, but you crazy if you feel like it.


If you have kids, how long have they been back to school now?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life

How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life

There are many benefits of getting a full night of deep sleep, from better mental clarity to simply feeling well-rested and ready for your day. But despite the perks of getting a good night's sleep, many people struggle to get what they need. Thankfully, there are some simple changes that you can make to your lifestyle to improve your sleep schedule and quality. Here are some ways you can start to take control of your sleep and get on the path to a full night's sleep every night.
Nighttime Routine
Creating a nighttime routine that you are committed to sticking to every day is a great way to improve your sleep. Repeating the same actions before bed each night will signal to your brain and body that it's time to rest, and will improve your ability to fall asleep quickly and deeply. Chances are you already have some sort of routine established, like washing your face, brushing your teeth and reading in bed for 20 minutes. But chances also are that you don't do this exact routine every night. Come up with a plan that you can dedicate yourself to, even if you've had a busy day or are extra tired. Some examples of parts of a routine are dimming the lights, lowering the temperature of your bedroom, taking a warm bath or writing in a journal. Decide what works best for you and commit to following it.
Poor bedding may be causing more than a little discomfort; it can be compromising the quality of your sleep. Start with your pillows. If you find yourself having to constantly adjust them when trying to fall asleep, you probably need new ones. Neck pillows with an indentation for your head are highly rated for sleep quality. Try out a few different types to see what best suits you. How old is your mattress? If you are having sleep issues you may want to consider buying a new one. It doesn't need to be expensive and have a ton of bells and whistles, but it should be fairly firm and sturdy. If you can feel the springs of your current mattress or wake up with back discomfort, make a mattress change as soon as possible.
Tech Limitations
We have all heard that we should limit our use of technology before going to sleep, and this holds true. The type of light emitted from computers, smartphones and TVs sends your brain a signal to be alert and not to rest. If you have to use technology close to bed time, at least turn down the brightness settings. Any light can be disruptive, so if you have an electric alarm clock, try turning that away from you as well.
There are some features of tech that can be helpful, though, such as the sleep tracking ability of the SamsungGear S2. You simply turn on the tracker as you are going to bed, and it measures the quality and length of your sleep depending on movement. This can be a great tool to judge whether or not your sleep is improving.

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DISCLOSURE: I am not a doctor, nutritionist or chemist. The things that I post to this site are usually experiments I do that may or may not work for me (I will always let you know which way) . Nothing I post is meant to treat any condition that you may have. You should always ask your own doctor's opinion on any condition that you may have. If you try anything from my site, you do so at your own risk. I'm an experimenter, always trying to make my own way. That's my thing. I'm happy if you find inspiration here. Life for me is always about creativity.