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It’s all about teeth

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So, it’s been a while.

I keep waiting for the perfect opportunity to sit down and write a long entry, but alas, here I am thumbing my iPhone with a toddler attached to my nipple again. 🙂

It is Tuesday, right? Well, we had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend here in the Davis household. We spent it with new friends in town, and old friends from out of town. It was one of those tribe-like, holiday, not-a-care-in-the-world, smooth-running weekends, and I can’t ask for much more than that! Of course, transitioning back into stay-at-home, isolationville is always rough, but I managed to clean the kitchen tonight, so maybe tomorrow will begin with a bang.

On a down note, we have a semi-new struggle these days – J’s (or ‘Noonie’s, as we think he now prefers to be called) teeth. He has decay. Lots of decay. Particularly in his front four, top teeth. Why, you ask? Well, that’s a damn good question. I will tell you one thing, it’s NOT from nursing, and any dentist that tells you that is not at all current in his research. What I have put together from my own research, and from talking to professionals, is this equation (or set of equations):

Stress in pregnancy + high fever during pregnancy = very weak enamel. Very weak enamel + significant decay in mom’s mouth + vegan diet* + late onset tooth brushing* = teeth crumbling out of head before second birthday.

No, I am not being dramatic. *And note, that I am NOT saying that a vegan diet by itself or late onset tooth brushing alone causes tooth decay. If none of the other pieces of the puzzle were there, I believe J would still have decent teeth.

The mainstream pediatric dentist we took him to is threatening to pull all four of his top, front teeth. The holistic dentist we went to next, gave us some ideas that might help us keep J’s teeth for as long as possible.

Interested in an elaboration? Well, check back in tomorrow. Or the next day. Or whenever I get around to writing…

No, really. Tomorrow. I’d like to talk about our daily regimen and post some links in case anyone out there is struggling with decay.

Until then, good night. This pillow is very comfortable.

Oh yeah, but before I go I need to show off my hard work yesterday. I’m not done yet, but I’m pretty damn proud.

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So, I’ve been trying to write an entry for quite a while now, but nothing I come up with seems right. Last weekend, we were in Atlanta visiting family, and it has taken me a week to re-adjust to “normal” life (and I’m still not quite there). I am inspired to write so often, but I have such a hard time finding the time or energy to flesh things out these days. Even now, I am lying in bed thumbing my iPhone. Phone typing doesn’t lend well to long, meaningful posts.

What I do have to say tonight is this (even though the thought actually suggests I will be less able to blog): I need to break up with my phone.

Now, I don’t mean completely. We can still be friends. Maybe even friends with benefits. But lately, our relationship has gotten out of control. I am a Facebook addict, and I check my email and text messages like my life depends on them. It’s hard, because when I feel isolated, it seems that my only connection to friends and a support network is virtual, but this pulls me even farther away from what really matters – the physical world. I am a dancer. A mover. A kinesthetic learner. How have I become so tied into technology? Don’t get me wrong, I love that it’s there, and sometimes it saves me from myself. But what I’m realizing is that more often than not, it brings me down. Away from reality. Away from Husband. Away from J.

I read this article yesterday, and it brought tears to my eyes. I think every 21st century parent (or person) could benefit from reading this and taking a step back to consider how generation Y is investing its time and emotional output.

How to Miss a Childhood

Starting today, I have greatly reduced my small screen time (we don’t watch TV, except netflix once in a while, and I don’t have a computer, just an iPad, so large screens are under control) :). Anyone with me?

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