29 April 2008
But when Lars heard of our worm hunt he decided to do one of his own with Bergen. A REAL worm hunt with actual worm holding and no jumping spastically at the sight of other miscellaneous garden bugs. They had a blast and Bergen now calls worms his "friends". Definitely not something that was going to happen with me as his bug therapist.
It is moments like this when I think . . . Thank goodness for Dads!
So, here you go. . . . the top 12 foods you should buy organic whenever possible:
1. Meat. Contrary to a widely reported "fact," meat typically contains less pesticide residue than plant-based foods, according to Debra Edwards, the director of EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs.
That said, raising animals with conventional modern methods often means using hormones to speed up growth, antibiotics to resist disease and pesticides to grow the grain fed to the animals. As the EPA puts it in an Ag 101 feature, "Antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones are organic compounds which are used in animal feeding operations and may pose risks if they enter the environment."
Consumers looking to avoid meats raised with these substances can seek out certified organic meat. To meet USDA standards, this meat can come only from animals fed organic feed and given no hormones or antibiotics.
Publications as varied as the Wall Street Journal, in its 2007 When Buying Organic Makes Sense and When It Doesn’t, and Consumers Union, in its 2006 Tips on Buying Organics Without Breaking the Bank, recommend seeking out organic meats when possible.
2. Milk. Pesticides and other man-made chemicals have been found in human breast milk, so it should come as no surprise that they have been found in dairy products. While any residues detected have been rare, and of low concentration, milk is of special concern because it is a staple of children's diets.
Organic dairies cannot feed their cows with grains grown with pesticides, nor can they use antibiotics or growth hormones like rGBH or rbST.
3. Coffee. Many of the beans you buy are grown in countries that don't regulate use of chemicals and pesticides. Look for the Fair Trade Certified Organic label on the coffee package or can; it will give you some assurance that chemicals and pesticides were not used on the plants. It will also mean that fair prices were paid for the end product in support of the farm and that farm workers are treated fairly.
4. Peaches. Multiple pesticides are regularly applied to these delicately skinned fruits in conventional orchards. Can't find organic? Safe alternatives: watermelon, tangerines, oranges and grapefruit.
5. Apples. Scrubbing and peeling doesn't eliminate chemical residue completely so it's best to buy organic when it comes to apples. Peeling a fruit or vegetable also strips away many of their beneficial nutrients. Can't find organic? Safe alternatives: watermelon, bananas and tangerines.
6. Sweet bell peppers. Peppers have thin skins that don't offer much of a barrier to pesticides. They're often heavily sprayed and victim to pesticides commonly used to keep them insect-free. Can't find organic? Safe alternatives: green peas, broccoli and cabbage.
7. Celery. Celery has no protective skin, which makes it almost impossible to wash off the chemicals that are used on conventional crops. Can't find organic? Safe alternatives: broccoli, radishes and onions.
8. Strawberries. If you buy strawberries out of season, they're most likely imported from countries that use less-stringent regulations for pesticide use.
Can't find organic? Safe alternatives: blueberries, kiwi and pineapples.
9. Lettuces. Leafy greens are frequently contaminated with what are considered the most potent pesticides used on food. Can't find organic? Safe alternatives: cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.
10. Grapes. Imported grapes run a much greater risk of contamination than those grown domestically. Vineyards can be sprayed with different pesticides during different growth periods of the grape, and no amount of washing or peeling will eliminate contamination because of the grape's thin skin. Can't find organic? Safe alternatives: blueberries, kiwi and raspberries.
11. Potatoes. America's popular spud ranks high for pesticide residue. It also gets the double whammy of fungicides added to the soil for growing. Can't find organic? Safe alternatives: eggplant, cabbage and earthy mushrooms.
12. Tomatoes. A tomato's easily punctured skin is no match for chemicals that will eventually permeate it. Can't find organic? Safe alternatives: green peas, broccoli and asparagus. If the cost of buying all organics isn't within your budget, fear not. Check out The Daily Green's top ten list of fruit and vegetables you don't need to buy organic, with tips for buying and how to clean, store and use them in delicious recipes.
SOURCE: The Daily Green
27 April 2008
We luckily caught one of the nice days last week when we went over to the Vreeman's for a playdate. After Bergen and Alyssa couldn't be contained indoors anymore, we hit the back yard to play on their swing set. The older kiddos even got out the sled to pull each other around (which didn't work all that well). The highlight for Bergen was getting to build sand castles with Alyssa. The Vreemans are lucky to live ON the great Mississippi (how awesome is that?) so all they have to do is cross the street to lounge in the sand and enjoy the water. Annika wasn't too sure what to think of the sand, but hopefully she took some notes from Addison who was having a blast.
Annika doesn't get to see animals too often so she was very excited to see the Vreeman's dog and cats. Anytime she caught sight of a cat she would begin to clap and she also had a stare down with their dog who was patiently waiting outside to come in. She loves animals. . . hmmmm, wonder where she gets that from? Thanks for a fun day Vreemans!!
24 April 2008
Okay, I am kidding. But Annika has come to know and l-o-v-e Tylenol since this past weekend when she cut 3 new teeth and we were giving it to her to help ease the pain. I am not sure if it is the taste of grape or that we would cheer and clap every time she took a dose - but when Annika sees the bottle she squeals in delight. I tried to get a little video of her and her new "best friend" as well as show off her new ability to sit up by herself. And don't worry (I know what you were thinking Nana), I don't actually ever let her play with the Tylenol. It was purely just for the sake of this little video.
22 April 2008
18 April 2008
And here it is. . . someday.
17 April 2008
As I was standing in the kitchen the other day I couldn't help but notice the drugs we have collected on our windowsill. It made me laugh and shake my head at the same time. A perfect visual representation of the past month we have had:
Annika has become much more efficient at scooting around the house. For a while I thought it was only a matter of time for her to swing her leg back and do more of a traditional crawl, but I am starting to think that she isn't going to happen. Which is a-ok.
So, there are my five S's for the day. And here you were. . . thinking I was talking about the calming five S's: swaddle, side, shush, swing (okay, I did do that one), and suck. That was so 6 months ago.
- Night 1 - Thursday: Woke at 11pm and cried until 1am (2 HOURS!!) with Lars going in about every 15-20 minutes to reassure her. Apparently I really needed the sleep because I slept through this! Up at 4am to nurse. Up at 7am for the day.
- Night 2 - Friday: Woke at 10:30 because Bergen was up with croup and cried for 20 minutes before falling back asleep. Same thing at 2am. Up at 4am to nurse. Up at 6:30am for the day.
- Night 3 - Saturday: Up at 2:30am to nurse. Back up at 5:30am and nursed her again. Up at 7am for the day. Hmmm. . . this wasn't such a good night.
- Night 4 - Sunday: Same as Saturday. Not good at all.
- Night 5 - Monday: Back to NOT nursing before 3am. Woke up around 10ish and was able to cry back to sleep. Up at 3am to nurse and up at 6:30 for the day.
- Night 6 - Tuesday: Woke at 11pm only for a little and got back to sleep on own. Up at 4am to nurse and up at 6:30am for the day.
- Night 7 - Wednesday: Slept all the way through until 3:30am. . .the LONGEST she has gone without waking in a long, long time!!! Nursed her at 3:30 and back up at 7am for the day.
We shall see what week 2 brings, but I am going to guess it just gets better from here (if you think it, it will become - right?). My/our goal was to get her sleeping through those first two wakings and not nurse her until at least 3am. As of last night she did both of those things - so I would like to say in the words of Leo from one of B's favorite shows The Little Einsteins. . .
At least I hope so.
15 April 2008
13 April 2008
We love movies here at the Blad Pad so I wanted to share a couple of very short home "movies". Nothing too exciting, but a couple of bits and pieces of what has been happening in our house as of late.
Miss A has decided that she much prefers food that she can pick up and feed herself. It all started with the Gerber Sweet Potato Puffs. She has become OBSESSED with these little puffs and will strategically pick out all the puffs on her tray and leave the rest (ie pears, peaches, noodles, peas, etc) behind. I continue to try to offer pureed foods, but she has become the Berlin Wall and will NOT let anything past her lips. So, I am now trying to slowly introduce other finger foods - ones that she can eat (meaning on the list of okay foods for her age) as well as ones that I don't get too freaked out about giving her (which really is pretty much 98% of all food).
Our little man has grown into quite the story teller (hmmmm. . . wonder where he gets that from?) One of his new favorite things to do is grab a "big person" book, open it, and tell a wonderful story. The best part is that he does a question and answer time at the end - it is priceless. I tried to get him on this little video, but he was too preoccupied trying to count his fingers . . . . and count. . . and count again. Quite amusing, at least for this Mom. Just a little warning, Annika had just woken up from her nap so she wasn't too excited about listening to her big brother tell a story, so you will hear her complain a little bit.
This last one is of Annika today. She can't listen to music without clapping - no matter where we are or what we are doing, when she hears music she stops and claps. It is so sweet. . . just like her!
10 April 2008
When she hit 6 months we made her “cry it out”. I decided that I was only going to nurse her once a night anytime after 3am so if she woke up before that time she would have to cry herself back to sleep. It worked and it was great. Things were back on track and we were feeling like normal people again.
And then the month of sickness hit and not only are we back down hill but we are down the entire mountain.
She is doing exactly what her brother did at this young age of 9 months which is fully waking between every sleep cycle. So at least every 3 hours she is up and crying and we are up and patting her back. I am back to nursing her 2 times a night – usually only 3 hours apart which is less time between her day feedings. Not good. And now when she cries in the middle of the night it is different. Not like it was 3 months ago when we first make her cry it out. It is louder, longer and much more painful to hear.
We are very consistent with sleep times and follow our routine to the T. But it just doesn’t work. I have read all the books. Talked to everyone I know who has good sleepers. And after absorbing all the different info – the only thing that will work is stopping cold turkey. No more patting. No more rocking. No more walking. Back to nursing once a night.
Operation Cold Turkey.
Begins tonight. Prayers appreciated.
08 April 2008
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