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Kiddle.co  – The New Search Engine For Kids

As parents, we always strive to protect our children as best as possible; including, but not limited to their protection from the craziness of the internet. Nowadays our technology is part of our everyday lives and the majority of us have access to at least one medium of technology that allows for our connection to the internet.  Our children are now growing up in our more technologically advanced world and can easily maneuver a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop or computer from a very early age, whether it is to use a kid friendly app or to watch or read something on the internet.

With my now almost 4 year old, I often find myself constantly checking in on her while she is using her tablet to watch kid-friendly YouTube channels, because it is very easy to end up on a different channel that is absolutely not kid-friendly.  I recently came across this post which talked about a new kid-friendly search engine called Kiddle which filters searches to only show kid-friendly results.  Even though my daughter is still not reading or searching for anything on the internet, when I heard about this new kid-friendly search engine I thought, “wow, a fabulous idea” for when she does start using the internet for her own searching

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Although, I think this is a great idea for kids between the ages of 7-14 who are constantly on the computer, who read and write and can maneuver their way around the internet,  this might only work if parents can really restrict access to other search engines and still monitor their kid’s searching habits. I don’t really believe there is any true way to restrict our kids from searching the internet, however, this idea is fantastic, as I strongly believe kids need to be kids first and foremost and our internet certainly exposes kids to all sorts of negative things at an earlier age than necessary. I figured that once she starts using the internet to search I can take away access to the other search engines and download Kiddle for her to use.  And even though there’s only so much I can control and keep away from her, I think any little bit helps to keep her mind as innocent as possible for as long as possible.  After a certain age I don’t think there is much you can do as far as restriction on their searching, but I think that if this search engine can really develop this idea and do more than what it claims it can do now, it can give some parents some peace of mind, at least for a little while. However, at the end of the day, our parenting skills is what is most important and what takes precedence over any negative exposures to our children.  If we are always doing our best as parents and teaching them as best as possible, right and wrong, good and bad and just being a good human being overall, they will be able to make good decisions in their lives regardless of what they see.

But if you would like to know more about this new search engine you can check it out here or check out this other article which goes into more details about the pros and cons of it. It definitely gives you a better breakdown of what to expect.  If you  are a parent of a child who is beginning to use the internet on their own, maybe you can check out this new search engine and see how it works for you and your kid(s).  I would love to hear about your experience.

XOXO
Kari

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Our Healing Journey-He is genetically perfect!

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So, Jaxson’s neurologist literally just called me about 30 minutes ago to inform me that the spine MRI came back normal, for the exception of the cervical part of the spine which revealed the same enhancements as the brain MRI done in November; because the spinal cord and brain stem are all connected, specifically to this part of the spine (cervical/neck) as per my understanding, this makes absolute sense. I may not be remembering all the details correctly but the bottom line is that the spine MRI was normal.

The neurologist would like to see Jaxson in one month and may request another brain MRI to see if there are any changes, including the resolution of these cranial nerve enhancements. He mentioned that the new MRI may show no more enhancements as these enhancements could have possibly been the result of his body fighting something at the time and not indicative of any disease or anything alarming.

Jaxson has gone to an innumerous amount of specialists the past 1.5 months and has had a remarkable amount of blood work done, including all the genetic testing I previously mentioned, which in the back of my head I was so afraid about. I’m not sure why I was so afraid as I am a huge proponent of epigenetics (have read a couple of Dr. Bruce Lipton’s books on this). Nevertheless, all genetic/blood work came back normal Thank God! Jaxson is genetically perfect!!!

All this new information however, brings me back to my battle with Gentamicin. To be honest, I have not researched Gentamicin extensively and I’ve only come to know about the evils of this antibiotic. I will be fair though and will look up the “pros” of this crazy antibiotic that hospitals love to administer, and which is known to cause sensorineural hearing loss and imbalance, etc., by affecting the 8th cranial nerve/vestibulocochlear system. Mind you, the main enhancements that Jaxson’ s MRI revealed, were to the 7th and 8th cranial nerves which not surprisingly are side by side and which share information to the best of my knowledge; hence if one nerve is affected I’m pretty sure it could impact the other one as well.

Finally, in the span of the past 1.5 months, one of the specialists Jaxson saw was the neurotologist which I mentioned we would be seeing in my previous post, and who seemed surprised and was not happy about the fact that Jaxson had been given Gentamicin as a newborn. The neurotologist did some preliminary testing, including spinning Jaxson in a chair, which did reveal that his vestibular system is compromised which we already know is the main contributor to his lack of sustained balance. Anyway, the neurotologist suspects the issue may be an imbalance of the inner-ear fluid which he will determine through a three hour long test where Jaxson will be given some glycerin. I need to find out the exact details of what this testing entails and what our next options are if this is in fact the issue.

Thank you so much for caring about Jaxson and sending your positive thoughts our way. We will get to the bottom of it and Jaxson is doing great. Getting smarter, stronger, and bigger by the day.

Wishing you all an Amazing New Year!!!

Much Love, Belmax

I conquered hair washing

IMG_9459My daughter was born with a lot of hair so washing her hair has been part of bath-time since her first bath. I have gone a day or two here and there without washing her hair mainly because it is either too cold or too late and I don’t want her to go to bed with wet hair, but for the most part her hair has to be washed since there’s always some sort of food particle stuck in it.

Her hair never fell off like it sometimes happens in babies at around 4 months of age; it has just kept growing ever since she was born. With her hair now passed her mid-back at 2 years and 3 months, washing it was becoming a complete struggle. She totally freaks out when water falls on her face so tackling hair-washing on a two year old without getting water on her face while she’s freaking out and crying and keeping her head down is nearly impossible. I’m sure you get the idea, not fun.

IMG_9467Well I don’t have that problem anymore, I can honestly say I have conquered hair-washing my daughter’s hair…and all I did was talk to her. I showed her how mommy has to put her head back when washing her own hair and I asked her if she would try doing the same. I literally got down, grabbed her little face and said “you don’t have to cry mamita, all you need to do is put your head back for a little bit while mommy pours water on your head, can you try that – just for a little bit? I promise not to get water on your face” and almost crying she said in her little voice, “ok mommy.” So she put her head back and I poured the water; she only did it for like 5 seconds and said “all done mommy, all done”, but it worked! I was so happy! I congratulated her on doing a great job and gave her a high five.

The next time around I said, “now mamita we have to wash your hair, do you remember what mommy taught you about putting your head back?” she said yes and did it; this time a little longer. The same thing happened for the third time around.
I’m so happy and proud of my little girl and all it took was a little patience and talking to her.

As a parent it is easy to get frustrated when your little one isn’t listening or paying attention to your request. The funny thing is that they are listening; they just refuse to acknowledge you, especially if you are yelling or they feel forced. So next time you are having trouble getting your toddler to do or try something new, try talking to him/her and try listening to them as well, it might just work wonders.

Xoxo
Karintia

No Child Should Be Left Alone In A Car

20140714-150151-54111183.jpgI have recently come across so many posts regarding parents who have “forgotten” their child in the car on a hot day (or any day for that matter) which has caused the child to overheat, and in many cases lose their precious life.  The idea of being so consumed by your daily routine to the point of completely forgetting/neglecting to get your child from the back seat is just unfathomable to me.  Is it really possible?  I can’t imagine how it could be.  I understand people get busy, have daily life snags, may have an overwhelming amount of things to do, their daily routine may change a bit, but to FORGET YOUR CHILD! That’s just ridiculous! Can’t you see your child is in the back seat with your peripheral vision? Or when you get out of the car, obviously there’s someone in the car, can’t you sense it? Have we become that detached? As a parent I couldn’t bear to live with the thought that I was so busy with non-sense that I forgot my beautiful child.

When I am at work I think about my child constantly.  Wondering how she’s doing, what she’s doing, did she eat, did she take her nap, etc.  If I knew my hubby was out and about with her and perhaps needed to drop her off somewhere, I always call and find out how it went, if he dropped her off and so on.  So if your wife or husband happens to be responsible for dropping of the child at the babysitter’s or at daycare and this is not normally their responsibility for instance, wouldn’t you call and find out how things went when dropping off the child?

Or as the parent that was responsible for dropping off the child to remember, “oh, wait I strapped in my kid this morning and I’m supposed to drop him/her off.” Or even perhaps the babysitter, daycare, school call the parent and find out where the child is…aren’t they supposed to be expecting him/her to arrive? I believe most daycares and schools do call if the child is absent, therefore, I just don’t understand how you can forget your child for 8+ hours out of the day and no one calls anyone! It just boggles my mind.

I once saw a story on TV of a lady who had four children.  One particular morning she was responsible for dropping the baby at daycare, however, because it wasn’t her normal routine she went to work and forgot her child in the car on a hot day.  What the heck can you possibly be thinking about that is so important that you completely forget you were driving with your child in the back seat? The child was found dead by a colleague of hers at like 6 PM when she walked by her car in the parking lot. The mother seemed genuinely devastated she had lost her child and who knows maybe she genuinely forgot.  However, one of the most recent stories is of the one father from CT who forgot his child in the car the entire day. He is now in custody since after some investigation it turns out the father actually went to the car during lunch, went out and grabbed lunch all while his precious child was in the back seat overheating.  You can’t possibly tell me he did not see his child during his lunch break! He is obviously in custody because of his intentional negligence and I hope justice is served for the sake of the child.

These are just two stories of this type.  According to Department of Earth & Climate Sciences San Francisco State University already 17 children have died this year due to heat-stroke or Hyperthermia.  That is just devastating because these incidences are completely avoidable if parents were more present. It saddens me to know these children have gone through such agonizing deaths while the parent was doing who knows what.

In an effort to bring awareness to this situation and in hopes that no child should ever go through this, Terry Williams filmed himself in a hot car to show others what it is like.  In his video you can see how much he is sweating in a just a few minutes.  Imagine now a child with less resistance to hyperthermia than an adult.  Here’s his video:

He is asking everyone to try this out for themselves and help spread the word in order to prevent these types of incidents. I find it absolutely courageous that some parents/people have decided to put themselves in the child’s position to show the world what these poor little angels have gone through. Let’s continue to spread the word and create awareness…it can save a child’s life!

Here’s a re-enactment of a possible circumstance of leaving a child in the car.

Perhaps it is possible that one can genuinely forget their child in the back seat of the car.  As a mom myself, I ask all parents to live in the present moment and avoid something like this happening to your child. When you go in the car after buckling your child in the back seat do something to remind you that your child is there, put kid’s music on or talk to your child the entire ride.  Some other parents have suggested taking off one shoe and putting it in the back seat or taking the child’s toy or teddy bear and putting it in the front seat with you.  These are just some ideas, but as a parent I’m sure you can come up with other ideas that will help you remember if need be.

While doing some research on this topic I found a very useful and informational website, www.kidsandcars.org that can provide you with great information for car-child safety and here are a couple of their nice Fact-Sheets that are great to follow:

http://www.kidsandcars.org/userfiles/dangers/heat-stroke/look-before-you-lock-front.pdf

http://www.kidsandcars.org/userfiles/dangers/heat-stroke/look-before-you-lock-back.pdf

 

xoxo

Karintia

 

 

Potty – Training Part Deux

Arrrghh this mama needs some sleep!  For the past two days I would say I’m probably running on 7 hours of sleep all together.  I don’t know if you remember from my previous potty training post; Kiara had regressed in her potty training and was refusing to go to the potty.  Well, this post is basically a continuation of my previous potty training post.   Since then she has been slowly getting back into her routine of doing pee-pee in the potty (she’s been poopy trained since the age of about 14-15 months).  Today, I am happy to announce that my Kiara is doing great!  All of last week and these past few days she has been wearing underwear throughout the day instead of diapers.  Woo Hoo!  She has had a couple of mishaps when she didn’t make it to the toilet in time, but that’s ok.  I’ve been putting diapers only to sleep since she still can’t hold it through the entire night (not that she sleeps the entire night – but that’s a different story hahaha).

Although I am so super excited that she will soon be completely off diapers at the age of 2 years and 1 month, the past two days have been awful.  She has been waking up in the middle of the night announcing “mommy pee-pee potty, pee-pee potty go go go,” Last night she woke up 3 times and the night before she woke up 4 times!! That’s not counting the times she wakes up to ask for water or leche (milk).  Anyway, I literally have to jump out of bed like a mad woman, pick her up, run to the toilet, put on her toilet seat on the toilet (because she now refuses to do it in her little potty), take her diaper off and sit her on the toilet, all within milliseconds so that she doesn’t pee on herself. Now, imagine that 3-4 times throughout the night… I was ready to pull my hair out. Next thing you know its 7AM and time for mommy to get up and get ready to go to work while she sleeps peacefully until 10 – 10:30AM.

But, today is a new day; sleep deprived and everything, but closer to conquering the potty-training stage.  At the end of the day it is all worth it, fewer diapers, and fewer messes.  She is also already learning how to properly wipe after going to the potty and wash herself during bath time.  Although our little munchkin seems to be growing so fast, we are definitely grateful she is eager to learn and is already so independent in her ways; we absolutely welcome and encourage it.

xoxo

Karintia

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Breastfeeding – It does your baby good!

Some moms find breastfeeding to be a difficult task and either choose not to breastfeed or to only breastfeed for the first 3-9 months, while other moms find it to be a blessing and hold on to breastfeeding their child as long as possible.  I am a mom that falls into the latter category.  My breastfeeding story is one that will probably make you cringe.  I say cringe because I went through a lot in order to be able to breastfeed my daughter. Many moms out there would have given up in the first week; so I guess you can say this is also a story of courage and determination.

When I first gave birth I was super excited to see my daughter latch on with no problem.  I did not feel any pain whatsoever, most likely due to my level of excitement or perhaps it was due to my level of exhaustion after 21 hours of excruciating labor. In any event, she latched on, got fed, and fell asleep. The next day however, was a different story.  After breastfeeding her a couple of times, my nipples began to tear and they even bled a bit.  After the 3rd of 4th feeding I could not stand the pain, it was awful, “toe curling” the nurses referred to it.  The lactating consultant provided me with some breastfeeding tips (how to hold the breast, how to latch on the baby, etc.) and told me about the Nipple guard and cream/gel.  The Nipple guard was a lifesaver, although it did not relieve the pain completely, it did so enough to allow me to keep giving it a try and prevented my nipples from tearing more.

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Two days later I was home from the hospital with my baby girl.  Now, it was all up to me to continue breastfeeding. I read about all of the great benefits of breastfeeding, so I was determined to provide that for my daughter.  Every two hours I endured the worst pain ever (aside from giving birth).  It was just absolutely awful.  I cried every time (no joke).  By the end of the first week I was ready to give up.  I contemplated it every time she latched on and my hubby kept encouraging me to continue and telling me it would get better. One particular day in the 2nd week I decided to pump one breast while feeding my baby on the other breast. Although, not a bad idea to multitask in my opinion, that day I was so exhausted I fell as sleep pressing the pump on my breast.  I must have been out for like 3 minutes, but those 3 minutes made the whole situation even more difficult for me.  When I woke from my 3 minute nap and took off the pump, within seconds my breast became hard as a rock.  I called my midwife immediately and was recommended all sorts of natural in-home remedies.  I had to massage, put cabbage on, soak in warm water, breast feed mainly from that breast, just to name a few. Although, it alleviated the pain, the lump was just too large and was not subsiding.  Again, I called my midwife and made an appointment.  After she saw me I was recommended to a lactation expert.  She was amazing, two hours with her and I learned so much.  With over 20 years experience, she was a master at this.  She encouraged me to continue through the pain as breastfeeding is one of the best things I can do for my child.

After my visits with my midwife and lactation expert, it was determined I had developed mastitis and had to be put on strong antibiotics.  I continued to breastfeed through the pain, one feeding session at a time.  I continued to cry, massage, put cabbage on, take my antibiotics, not sleep due to the sharp needle pains I would feel while sleeping, curled my toes every time my baby latched on, etc.  I kept telling myself it would get better to keep pressing forward. It took over a month for the mastitis to fully dissolve. By the time my mastitis was all gone my nipples were more accustomed to the breastfeeding and I was so glad I no longer had to curl my toes in pain. So I never gave up.  I pushed through and proudly say I would do it all over again if I had to.  I had so many reasons to give up, but just one that made it all worth it to endure the pain.  Today my baby girl is two and a healthy little rascal.  I can’t say her great health is 100% due to breastfeeding and its benefits, but I know breastfeeding has played a huge role in it.  I am so thankful that I am one of those mom who have been blessed with the chance to breastfeed and I am so glad that I was strong enough to push through the pain and not give up.

I know not every mother has the opportunity to nurse their child, but want to badly and so resort to milk banks to be able to provide their child with the benefits breast milk provides. So, for all of the mothers out there that have been blessed with the ability to breastfeed and are struggling with the demands of it, I say, don’t take it for granted and try your best to do at least 1 year of nursing. I know for a fact it can be harder for some mothers than others, but stick with it as much as you can, it does get easier. I know that some babies don’t always latch on well to the breast, if at all; however, are still able to bottle feed, so in that case I suggest pumping and storing the milk if necessary. So don’t give up, breastfeed if you can, your baby deserves the best!

Now, with all that said and this magical story of breastfeeding, today I still breastfeed my two year old daughter.  And although it has been a great experience, I am ready to shoot myself.  Please get her off my breasts!!!

Essentials I recommend from own experience:Nipple guard and breast pump

Stay tuned, I may have another breastfeeding blog soon, about how I stopped. 🙂

xoxo

Karintia

Make it for Dad!

If you are like me, you are probably going bananas trying to find the best gift for dad…at the last minute of course! Because nothing you’ve found so far really tells the story of how grateful you are for him and all that he has done and continues doing.  Whether it’s for your own dad, grandfather(s), your child/children’s father or grandfather(s), you just have to find something that speaks to them.

I have come up with a few ideas I found through pinterest that might help you narrow down your gifts choices and perhaps celebrate Father’s Day the perfect way…with love and smiles all around!

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Want to make a first time dad get all sentimental? These are some of the cutest do-it-yourself ideas for dad and he will surely love it! A constant reminder of probably the happiest day of his life.

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If you are looking for a gift for your own dad, grandad or husband. These ideas are classic and you can never go wrong with them. Does your dad or grandad like beer? Personalize their favorite beer with a unique touch and celebrate his special day. You can also make your husband breakfast, lunch or dinner and make him a cute menu just like the one here (Maybe even with help from the little one(s)). For the coffee or tea lover, get some paint and a plain mug and create a cute design; maybe something funny that can get a laugh for years to come.

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I thought these were such great ideas that are easy to make and are always appreciated. Sometimes making him something yourself is loved and enjoyed even more. So if you haven’t found the “perfect” gift, don’t fret, because you can always do it yourself.

You can find more gift ideas on our Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/becausewearemoms

Written by: Karintia De Jesus