Shame, Value, and Skinniness

 

 

People make fun of my middle child for her size.

 

No, she’s not overweight. No, she’s not of Amazon height. No, she’s not the shortest kid in school.

 

She’s just… well, skinny.

 

 

(See? I’ve always fed her. Even when she stole my food when I [...]

Parents Magazine Announces Top 10 Children’s Hospitals for Preemie Care 2013

Drumroll, please!

 

I feel like it hasn’t been too long since I shared the latest US NICU rankings with you all, but that’s probably because I was slacking last time.

 

The new findings by Parents magazine have been released and I’ve got ‘em for you. Our beloved Riley is back [...]

Top 10 United States NICUs: 2012 Edition

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Ever curious how your local NICU measures up against the rest of the nation? Wondering if that AMAZING hospital that saved your baby looks as good on paper as it did in real life?

 

Well, this one’s for you. According to U.S. New & World Report, these are the current [...]

FAQs About Little Ones in Contact Lenses

I’ve had a child in contact lenses for a couple years now. And she’s not yet seven.

 

This is sometimes often shocking to people. I get lots of incredulous looks and tons of questions. So, just in case you’ve had some of the same queries, I thought I’d go ahead and address [...]

When Your Child Isn’t "Typical"

This little one- my C.- is kind of crazy. She’s stubborn and silly and sometimes, quite honestly, maddening. There are times she acts helpless and whiny and that is like nails on a chalkboard to me. And, so, sometimes I forget…

She is tough.

She just doesn’t have to prove it everyday like she [...]

"I Had to Separate Your Children"

They are not words I looked forward to hearing. I expected a child of mine to be older before a teacher broke the news to me:

“We had to separate your child from her peer.”

I figured, eventually, maybe one of them would get in a fight. Or be bullied. Perhaps a [...]

The Peril of Having a Cute Baby

“Oh, aren’t YOU just the cutest thing in the world???”

“I just want to take that little one home with me!”

“Aw, just look at that adorable little girl!”

“She is the most precious thing…”

They hear it all the time. The one everyone’s talking about? Yeah, she doesn’t much notice, though she [...]

A Micropreemie’s Five-Year Old Well-Child Visit

C. is five now. Five.

I watch this little skinny-mini who adores all things pink and princess and remember when I wondered if she’d ever be able to see, let alone distinguish colors. I listen to her thunder across the floor with utterly graceless dance steps and recall the developmental pediatricians’ cautioning words, [...]

Prematurity Has No Prejudice

My name is JessieLeigh. I was raised in a comfortable, upper middle-class home. I have a college degree. I am happily married. I have always been healthy. I do not use drugs, drink heavily, or participate in “risky” behaviors. I sought prenatal care at the start of my pregnancies. My blood pressure, sugar levels, [...]

Feisty

“She’s a feisty one,” they told us in the NICU. “That’s good news. The feisty ones do better- we love a good fighter. Of course… just remember that you’re the ones who are going to have to live with her.” How right they were. I attended my almost 5 year old’s annual review [...]

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