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It Took Me 9 Months To Teach My Down Syndrome Baby To Breastfeed. This Is How We Did It

I breastfed my oldest over 2 yrs and was equally, if not more determined to breastfeed my baby with Down Syndrome.  Not only was I hoping for immunity benefits, but breastfeeding promotes oral strength that feeds into speech development.  DS babies typically have low tone (which can be thought of as floppy muscle weakness) that …

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Fix You

In middle school, I was involved in a casual dance troupe.  We were a hodgepodge of several Chinese girls brought together weekly to learn Chinese folk dance from a Taiwanese teacher in the Midwest. Before our first performance, as we gathered in the bathroom to change into our costumes, it became clear that the kids …

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Preparing For My Baby’s Heart Surgery

Finding out prenatally about our baby’s congenital heart defect was somewhat overshadowed by her other diagnosis’s, like Down syndrome and cystic hygroma.   We met cardiologists at the Maternal Fetal Center in Minneapolis as well as cardiologists in Southern California who confirmed that surgery would definitely be necessary. Our heart warrior had Tetrology of Fallot (TOF), …

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Trying For A Pain Free Childbirth: Is It Possible? This Is How To Prepare

Everyone tells you childbirth is going to be difficult and painful, and you don’t know when that moment will come.  Perhaps drawing on your mother’s experience or family history, you get an idea of what it could be like.  But the whole journey feels entirely out of your control. Welcome to parenthood. Birth Story My …

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Gems of Rio de Janeiro

I first got to know Rio through the riotous lens of a Carnivale, but I promised myself I’d find out what local life was like.   So I stayed in Rio for 3 weeks. Here are a few of my favorite discoveries: Lagoon, photo credit Ana Carolina do Nascimento Guimaraes Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas-A lagoon with a paved 7.5 km (>4.5mile) bike/running …

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life hacks for travelers

How To Save Money On Flights

Protip: Clearing your browser cache before booking flights and hotels online can save money!  Booking sites tend to increase fares if you’ve visited the site before. http://ow.ly/9ZsK304MHI3