Jan 31 2015

Set big goals.

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Jan 30 2015

Time Spent in the NICU

Karlie and Brina in their bed at the NICU!

Today’s flashback is to February 2005 when the two beautiful blessings were born – my daughters Brina and Karlie!  After 12 weeks of permanent bed rest they came 7 weeks early and spent almost a month in the NICU.  Thankfully, they spent the majority of their time in NICU sharing a crib.  They looked so cute and all wrapped up together in their blanket.  It is hard to imagine them being this tiny – Karlie was 3 pounds 15 ounces and Brina was 4 pounds 9 ounces when they were born.

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At first they were not able to finish all their milk on their own so they had NG tubes.  Jake had to hold up a syringe with the remaining milk and would drain directly into their little tummies!  It wasn’t long before they were drinking their full portion on their own!

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Sleeping beauties!  Can you tell who is who?!  Karlie is next to Mr. Duck and Brina is sleeping next to Miss Kitty

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Jan 30 2015

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Jake teaching the girls about eclipses!

Recently the girls were learning about eclipses for their science unit in school.  Even though we had studied that section for a couple days they were not consistently getting the concept.  Jake came up with a great visual tool to demonstrate the solar and lunar eclipses so that the girls to remember it more easily.  Thankful for a husband who is creative and invests time in teaching our kids!  Thanks Babe!

Diagram - Balloon & Orange

The orange is the moon and the balloon is the Earth.  We used a flashlight for the sun!

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For kids who are visual learners this is an easy way to help them grasp the differences between a solar and lunar eclipse!

We shut off the room lights so they could see how the sun (flashlight), moon (orange), and Earth (balloon) aligned to make a solar and lunar eclipse.

Solar Eclipse:

During a solar eclipse the Moon will cast a shadow on the Earth.  When a solar eclipse happens the moon is in between the sun and the Earth.  You can demonstrate this by placing the moon (orange) between the sun (flashlight) and the Earth (balloon).  When the Moon is between the Earth and Sun it will block some of the sun from hitting the Earth and cast a shadow.  Only the people directly in the shadow can see the entire eclipse of the Sun.

Lunar Eclipse:

During a lunar eclipse the Earth will cast a shadow on the Moon, therefore no light will be hitting the Moon.  The Earth will cast a shadow on the Moon because it is between the Sun and the Moon.  You can demonstrate this by placing the Earth (balloon) between the Sun (flashlight) and the Moon (orange).  Since the Earth is bigger than the Moon the entire Moon will be in its shadow.  Anyone on Earth that is on the night side can see the lunar eclipse.

If you really want to “show” the kids more about the Solar and Lunar Eclipse you may be able to catch the next one depending on where you are located and if the weather cooperates for you!

Next Lunar Eclipse: Saturday, April 4, 2015 – It will be a Total Lunar Eclipse and will be visible before dawn from the Pacific Ocean, Americas, Asia, and Australia.

Next Solar Eclipse:  Friday, March 20, 2015 – It will be Total Solar Eclipse and will be visible from Iceland, Europe, North Africa,  and Northern Asia (unfortunately, we will not be able to see it in North America).  It looks like the next one we’ll see from the United States will be on August 21, 2017 which will be visible from North America and South America.

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Jan 30 2015

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Jan 29 2015

We have several family and friends who are expecting little ones in the near future!  YAY!!!  So happy for these dear people and the newest additions to their families.  Some of them are having their very first babies while others they are expanding their families even more.

There is a lot of excitement and planning that goes into having a baby.  One of the fun events is picking out the various items for the new baby and creating a baby registry.  When I was pregnant with the twins I was unable to do the traditional Baby Registry due to 12 weeks of permanent bedrest.  I had to rely on family and friends to be my eyes and ears at the store and the rest of the items I had to pick out online.  Thankfully there are so many great options for expectant Moms now such as Amazon’s Baby Registry.

If you are looking for an easy and convenient way to set up your Baby Registry try out Amazon’s Baby Registry.  It doesn’t matter where your family and friends are located they can easily purchase an item specific for your little one and have it sent directly to you (which can save on the shipping cost).

Here are some great benefits to having an Amazon Baby Registry:

  • 10% Discount on Select Items Remaining on you Baby Registry
  • 15% Discount if you are an Amazon Mom member
  • Universal – anyone that is anywhere with internet connection to access the Baby Registry (convenient when you have family and friends spread out all over the world)!
  • Returns are FREE for 90 days
  • Add anything from any Online Store to the Baby Registry
  • Easily Find & Track Items You Need for Your New Baby
  • Browse the most popular baby registry gifts
  • Find lists of top-rated baby products
  • Gifts can be shipped to your designated Amazon Baby Registry Address
  • Automatically generated Thank You list provides everything you need to send your gift-giver a thank-you note
  • FREE Super Saver Shipping
  • Created and Updated from the convenience of your own home (which is great perk for those who experience bedrest during pregnancy)!

It only takes a few minutes to set up an Amazon’s Baby Registry and you can add items as you need to throughout your pregnancy.  Congratulations!!!  Wishing you many wonderful blessings as you prepare for your sweet precious one!

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