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Deciding To Have A Baby - Do You Encourage Motherhood?

Tue, 22 Jan 2008 07:46:28 +0000

My son will be three next month.  This morning he crawled into our bed and wiggled himself over to me with the express intention to be snuggled.  What a thrill and a gift to wrap my arms around him, smell his sweet smell, stroke is perfect cheeks and whisper how much I love him.  These are the moments I cherish and mindfully add to my memory banks.  Moments like these often accompany the personal testimonies of many mothers when they refer to the joys of their motherhood experience.  

Since the day my son was was born, there has always been love.  My feelings of love were thankfully matched with feelings of "like" at age two.  And, at age three, I can gratefully include joy.  And, no, unfortunately, the joy of motherhood, cannot be compared.  That, of course, is my opinion.  Motherhood joy has no equal.  It is this joy that I felt like I was unwilling to miss when I was 30 and in love. 

I now feel and know motherhood joy.  But, at this point, motherhood has not been a net positive experience for me.  I cannot tell you that I am a better person now than I was before having a child.  I cannot tell you that I am a healthier person, wealthier person, happier person or more confident person.  I can tell you that I am a wiser person and that I now know the unequaled joy of motherhood.  Motherhood joy has come to me with a very heavy cost and I am not willing to offer to any woman who is hesitant or unable to have a child that motherhood joy is an essential life experience.

Until next time, be well.

The entire post may be found at Deciding to Have a Baby - Do You Encourage Motherhood?

Erin - ExpectingExecutive
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"Meanest Mother on Planet" is my new HERO!!!

Wed, 09 Jan 2008 19:16:57 +0000

Oh, this was too good not to share with you.  This CNN article caught my eye and I just had to open it from my GoogleReader.  It seems that the "Meanest Mom on the Planet" has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol.  Just ask her teenage son.  His car was sold just months after receiving it because his mother found an empty bottle of booze under the front seat. 

After finding the contraband, this is the ad that was placed in the local newspaper's classified section:

OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don't love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet.


After thinking about this situation, I believe this mother should be commended, supported and congratulated.  Good parenting can sometimes be tough, demanding and can create extreme discomfort. 

Congratulations Jane Hambleton for being the meanest mom on the planet!

Erin

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To whom much is given, much is expected. Dear Queen of Spain, I Still Don't Get It...

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 05:57:15 +0000

Original Post commenting on the HuffPost By Erin - Queen of Spain (http://blogspot.expectingexecutive.com/2007/10/10/dear-queen-of-spain-i-...) I love the Queen of Spain (Erin Kotecki Vest).  I love her writing.  I am a fan.  I follow her writing all over the blogosphere.  No, I am not a stalker but a great admirer.I think it is so cool that Erin Kotecki Vest is one of the contributing bloggers at Huffington Post.  This is what Wikipedia has to offer about HuffPo.  Some highlights include: The www. HuffingtonPost.com is a blog that was launched by Arianna Huffington to in May, 2005 and originally featured Arianna's blog posts as well as the posts of her influential "friends. Technorati statistics: Ranked number 5 overall and Authority: 18,521 Alexa statistics: Huffingtonpost.com has a traffic rank of 2, 870 globally.  It is ranked as the 430th most visited website in the United States (as collected by Alexa)That is a whole lotta people and that is a whole lotta reach.  Congratulations to the Queen of Spain for being chosen to contribute content to The Huffington Post.  That's cool.  Here is her bio: Erin Kotecki Vest. Because I subscribe to The Huffington Post, as well as signed up to be notified when Erin posts something new, I saw that there was something new to read this morning.  Yippee!  And it was this...gosh, not again?  The BoobSite Bill Maher and Facebook Inspired - Read it.  And here are my comments: Oh Erin!    I am such a huge fan of yours.  I subscribe to your blog, read you on BlogHer and I have "favorited" you on HuffPo and other social news & blogging sites.  But, I am going to raise my hand and suggest a bit of reduced aggression.  It is making me feel weird.  The need for discussion and education as it relates to breastfeeding it important and will be continue to be as long as humans continue to procreate. I encourage it and will happily participate in conversation, education and awareness.  But, you are scaring me a little bit.  I want to be a part of this and I want to make a difference but...HELP!   While I can't say that I have a zealous or passionate personal stance about breastfeeding.  From my own heartbreaking breastfeeding experience with my now two and a half year old son, I have always been envious of breastfeeding mothers.  I truly get the fact that breastfeeding mothers, especially those who women who have really connected with the health benefits and the maternal bond value of breastfeeding would be a little more than ticked off with Bill Maher about his inane comments.   And, he pissed you off so what?     Since when did our collective society decide that Bill Maher was a mouthpiece for breastfeeding policy?  I am concerned that you, we, the League of Maternal Justice, are simply providing too much power to Bill Maher.  He is someone, in my opinion, clearly not qualified, for a bevy of reasons, to provide valued or valuable position statements that affect the overall populous with regards to the subject of breastfeeding.    As opposed to rallying hate against Bill Maher, why don't you rally this into a positive by identifying and grassroots promoting a national television personality who more closely mirrors your thoughts and positions on breastfeeding?  Why it is necessary to HATE Bill Maher when I would much rather LOVE someone else?   So, about this Facebook Sucks campaign, I don't get it.  I blogged about it the other day.  As of today, there are more than 26,000 active Facebook members involved in the the "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene! Group". And, as of today, there are more than 200 breastfeeding related groups on Facebook, complete w[...]



The Evil That Surrounds Me

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 17:46:37 +0000

HELP! 
This is trying to kill me!

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(Ragweed, Goldenrod or nasty blooming fall weeds)


It is official - I have ALLERGIC RHINITIS!
(way more fun to call it that than "hay fever")

So, I'm a bit cranky due to all of the blooming WEEDS that are growing behind our house.  The Asthma & Allergy Foundation has a great website (complete with page on my ragweed allergies).  They have four primary suggestions for coping with ragweed allergies:

1 -  Track the pollen count in your area
Okay.  I won't be doing that one.  I already know it is SKY HIGH!  Just ask my sinuses, runny eyeball and sore throat.  But, if you are interested, you can head here to see what they are saying about pollen counts in your region.

2 - Stay indoors in central air conditioning.
Oh, you betcha I am...it is 87 degrees F and 69% humidity(feels like 96 degrees F).  Too hot for October I'd say.

3 - Get away from the pollen where possible.
Their suggestion: "Going to sea or abroad in late summer can greatly reduce exposure."
Umm, Okay.  I am thinking the Caribbean as a possibility to escape from my sniffles and coughs!  A little impractical but a woman can dream can't she?

4 - Take antihistamine medications.
Besides staying in the air conditioning, I see this as my best and cheapest bet.

So there you have it.  Goodbye St. Thomas, Hello Actifed!



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Still looking for more engaging allergy articles?  Well, then, read here, this and one more.

Until next time (sniff, cough, sniff),  Be well.

Erin
ExpectingExecutive
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What Breastfeeding Ban? Defending Facebook

Sun, 07 Oct 2007 19:37:04 +0000

This post certainly won't make me popular but I have been thinking about this for a few weeks now so...here goes. Facebook Sucks is a theme (complete with web badge) that I have seen just about everywhere I have turned in my favorite corners of the blogosphere and world wide web.  Facebook Sucks!?!?!?  What?  Huh?  Are you sure? What are you talking about?"I don't get it."  (Erin shakes her head and wonders aloud)  "I just don't get it."  But then again, I am not one to often find myself getting involved with things that simply feel like they are too dramatic for my middle of the road comfort level.  So, I thought I might take a look and see what the deal is.  And, here is what I have learned.  However, before I begin, I would like to state the following:I am a mother.  I breastfed my son, albeit not easily and not for the length of time that I would have preferred.  I have participated in the breastfeeding discussion.  I talked about it at MomSquawk and I am a huge fan of Alex Elliot's Formula Fed and Flexible Parenting and her blog posts on breastfeeding.  I have talked about breastfeeding in my own blog here and here.  For the record - I AM PRO BREASTFEEDING...underline, underline, underline, exclamation point, exclamation point, exclamation point.   You are welcome to disagree with my take on this whole Facebook sucks campaign but if you try to infer that I am against breastfeeding...I will delete your comment (on my blog), remove you from my RSS feeder and most likely not return to your blog.  I am PRO BREASTFEEDING and that is that.Whew!So, that being said, I truly don't understand the anger at Facebook about their enforcement of the Facebook terms of use regarding uploading and publishing photos on their social networking site.  From what I can tell, this whole bru-ha-ha began with a lady named Karen Speed who lives in Canada and is a self-proclaimed lactivist.  It seems that Karen had a profile and a breastfeeding support group set up on Facebook.  It also seems that Facebook found some of the photos that Karen uploaded and posted violated the Facebook terms of use policy and here is the excerpt of the e-mail Karen received from Facebook regarding her account: "After reviewing your situation, we have determined you violated our Terms of Use," a Facebook employee wrote in an Aug. 27 e-mail that Speed provided to the newspaper. "Please note, nudity, drug use, or other obscene content is not allowed on the website," the employee wrote, adding: "We will not be able to reactivate your account for any reason."According to Ms. Speed, this is the offending photo.  It seems that Meredith Chin, a spokeswoman for Facebook, was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald defending Facebook's position by stating: Facebook spokeswoman Meredith Chin said Facebook - which has more than 200,000 Australian members and 31 million users worldwide - did not prevent mothers from uploading photos of themselves breastfeeding their babies, but it did remove content that was reported as violating Facebook's terms of use.  "Photos containing an exposed breast do violate our Terms and are removed," she said.I have looked at the "offending photo" and from my perspective, Facebook's reaction to her public statements leads me to believe that this is are not the photo that got Karen kicked off of Facebook.  Because Facebook respects the privacy of their users, they are following their own privacy policy by not releasing the photos they found violated their policy.  It seems to me that Facebook hasn't done anything offensive or worthy of this anger based Facebook Sucks campaign.As of today, there are more than 26,000 active Facebook members involved in the the "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene! Group".  As of today, there are more than 200 bre[...]



Because I'm the Mom...

Thu, 27 Sep 2007 16:42:42 +0000


When you just do not have any more patience or energy...just plop those little (or big) terrors in front of the computer screen and play this a few times (or twenty) for them!


Because I'm the Mom...


I love this. I love this. I love this!  Please let me know if you know who this is performing in the video.  The person who sent it to me did not know.  This is a mom I want to hug and invite to live at our house!

Enjoy & be well!

Erin
www.ExpectingExecutive.com
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Thinking About Going Back To College?

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 13:21:10 +0000


Going back to college.  Is it a question or a statement in your life?  Just about every woman I know has either considered it or actually enrolled.  Some of my friends participate in degree programs and others participate in "continuing education" classes and seminars at our local community colleges and universities.

In Janene White's paper, Adult Women in Community Colleges, she writes about the increase of adult women enrollment in community colleges.  In it she cites many of the reasons women return to college is based on a "life changing event" such as; divorce, death of a spouse, children leaving home or personal career limitations.  She goes on to discuss that many women return to school on a part-time basis for a variety of reasons but the most obvious are work and family obligations. 

What I wanted to stress today is that if you are thinking about return to college, make sure that you talk to the school's financial aid department before you apply.  You may be pleasantly surprised to find that there are numerous grant and scholarships available for adult women embarking upon or returning to college.  Grants and scholarships usually require a minimum grade point average and are generally used to offset tuition costs.  Some scholarships and grants may also allow for the payment of books, fees, room & board and even childcare!  Please keep in mind that NOT ALL SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS REQUIRE YOU TO CLAIM FINANCIAL NEED. 

Too many adult women overlook institutional, state and federal grants and scholarships because they feel they may not apply to them.  Please do not make that mistake if you are considering returning to college.  There are many companies and individuals who are eager to see their scholarships and grants support your college education.

After visiting the website or financial aid offices of your local college or university, I would also suggest that you visit one or more of free scholarship search website found below.  These sites will help you navigate through and find potential scholarships and grants that fit your demographic.

Some free scholarship search sites are:


          CollegeBoard

          Scholarship Resource Network

          The Scholarship Workshop

          SallieMae


It may seem like a paperwork hassle, but you might be pleasantly surprised by all of the individuals. companies and agencies out there willing to give you money to support your educational goals.  Grants and scholarships...not just for college freshman anymore!

Until next time, be well!


Erin
www.ExpectingExecutive.com


It doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes a village to support a parent(s) raising a child!




BlogRush - The newest, coolest Blog Syndication Network?

Sat, 15 Sep 2007 23:29:40 +0000

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It is on very, very limited occasion that I step into the conversation of blogs and codes and blog technology.  Quite frankly, I find most of it overwhelming, confusing and over-hyped by people that are able to manipulate sites like Delicious, Technorati, Digg, etc. to their advantage and I am left with no advantage at all not to mention another username and password to remember.

However, I have mentioned that I love EASY TO USE technology in my recent review of the super easy Flip Video and the Jitterbug phone for seniors Flip N' Jitterbug - Amazing Product Reviews!!! 

A while ago I added this internet guru guy, Andy Beard to my Goggle Reader.  (and, I only read his stuff on my Goggle Reader because his site takes FOREVER to load as I am sure it is filled with all kinds of secret internet coded whatever stuff).  Well, this morning Andy Beard is endorsing a new blog syndication network called BlogRush.  Andy said that he likes the guy who is running it, John Reese (had something to do with Digg, I think) and that he feels there is enough capital behind them to keep them in business for the long run.

Because I enrolled my Expecting Executive Blog under the Parenting & Family category, every time someone opens one of my blog entries, they will see 5 other blog posts relating to Parenting & Family.  I have already noticed that several of the blog entries shown are written by many of my favorite mommy bloggers! 

I watched the video they offered...it was easy to understand and helpful!  It really only took me 5 minutes to sign up and install the widget.  They are still in their beta phase so some of the links on their website are under development.

The big catch here is to be in the "first or second wave" of signing up and promoting this product to see a truly significant impact to your readership.  So, hop on board and see if blog guru, Andy Beard is right?!?!  From what I understand, he usually is.

I love simple technology and I just might love BlogRush.  See you there!

Be well!

Erin
www.ExpectingExecutive.com
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They had me at $25 Co-Pay, Please - Why I Love Urgent Care Facilities!

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 23:40:14 +0000

If you are a caregiver (caring for a child, elder adult or accident prone spouse), you should know where the closest Urgent Care Facility is located.  Urgent Care Facilities are FANTASTIC and have become more and more popular in both urban and suburban areas.   Wikipedia defines URGENT CARE as "the delivery of ambulatory care in a facility dedicated to the delivery of unscheduled, walk-in care outside of a hospital emergency department."There is an Urgent Care located 6.32 miles (according to Map Quest) from our home.  It opened a little more than a year ago and we have used it on three separate occasions.  Once for me and twice for our 2 1/2 year old son.  I am starting to wonder if they will be instituting some sort of a frequent customer program?!?!Back in the Spring, we were having a community beautification day on a lovely Saturday.  Being an involved community citizen, I volunteered to help and was assigned weeding and mulching.  I believe I was assigned that task because we own a pickup truck and I would be able to tote around the mulch.  Anyway, we live in the Gulf Coast area of Houston and we have some fairly unusual (to this Northeastern girl) plants around here.  During the mulching and weeding, I managed to prick myself with a 4 inch thorn that was protruding from one of the tropical plants.  (I would include a picture but I still don't know what it is called and I am simply too lazy to get in the car and photograph the offending plant.)  So, this thorn pokes me in the hand and pierces my skin and lands smack dab into one of the veins on my hand.  It was pretty wild because it immediately spurted blood, became swollen and started to ache.  No good deed goes unpunished eh?  I talked to our local volunteer fire department/emergency responders (who are fabulous) and they suggested that I have a doctor take a look and give me a tetanus shot.  EEEKK!Well, I was certainly not going to try and go to our local hospital's emergency room for a tetanus shot!   I felt that my injury did not warrant the wait, the hassle or the $250 emergency room co-pay.  I thought about waiting until Monday until I remembered the new Urgent Care facility that had recently opened in our community.  I decided I would give them a try and what a treat that turned out to be!This Urgent Care is open 7 days per week, 9am - 7pm.  I got there at about 4:45pm on a Saturday.  There were two other people there waiting in the delightful waiting room that had Discovery Channel playing on both of the flat screen TVs hanging on the walls.  I handed them my insurance card, filled out ONE form (two sides) and paid my $25 co-pay.  Within 10 minutes, I was seeing a Board Certified physician.  The Doctor took a look at my hand and ordered the predicted tetanus shot.  A nurse immediately appeared and preceded to provide me with the dreaded medicine.  The Doctor returned and told me they would like me to take an antibiotic for a couple of days to prevent infection and then wanted to know to which local pharmacy should the call in the prescription!!!  Oh my goodness...I wanted to hug him.  Call in a prescription and save me some time?!?!  Who does that any more?  Well, instead of a hug, I asked him to look at my knee that had been bothering me.  He told me I was probably doing a couple of my yoga moves with too much enthusiasm and wrapped it in an ace bandage and told me to take it easy.   I LOVE this facility.  And, they had me at $25 co-pay please!  I returned home with business cards and Urgent Care pamphlets to hand out to my neighbors and friends who have children, grandchildren and husbands who use power tools.  I [...]



Flip N' Jitterbug - Love these Easy & Affordable Tech Tools

Thu, 06 Sep 2007 16:17:16 +0000

On more than one occasion, I have been accused of being a gadget junkie.  I admit it.  I do like easy to buy and use gadgets that innovative people invent to make my life just a little bit easier or more enjoyable.  I especially like technology that is inexpensive, easy to use and helpful.  I have recently gone a little gadget happy with two new products on the market and I am happy to give them my very enthusiastic (and completely unpaid) endorsement!PRODUCT ONE - 60 MINUTE FLIP VIDEO   I went a little crazy when my son was born and bought a super amazing and complicated mini digital video camera.  It came with EVERYTHING!!!! Literally.  Besides the camera it came with all of these wires and a special rechargeable battery that I have twice replaced.  My fancy camera was accompanied with TWO instruction manuals that were more than fifty pages long not to mention three DVDs to help make pictures and movies work, I think.  It   But, truth be told, I hate this camera.  It has always been such a hassle to use.  It is hard to focus for easy and quick picture taking.  It is too big.  It took me forever to figure out the gosh darn camera buttons.  Sigh.  I know this camera can do amazing things.  I know because I read all about them when I bought the stupid thing camera.  But, for the life of me, I have never been able to figure them out how to use this amazing camera.  So, after all of these years, I still take only okay pictures that have a tendency to be slightly out of focus and I have used the digital video feature with some success but only after buying more of those expensive memory cards that I am forever losing.  After that rant, now begins the endorsement.I received a gift in the mail about a month ago.  My father, who was tired of hearing me complain about my camera, sent me a 60 minute Flip Video that cost $120.00.  I assumed it would not be impressive at all because it was what I might consider "cheap" for a high quality technology gadget.  But, I was wrong, wrong, wrong.  After using my Flip Video almost non-stop for the past month, I have to tell you, the little Flip Video is amazing!  This little video camera with only five single function buttons is about as big as a pack of cards.  It comes in white and you can order it in white with black trim.  I opened the packaging and was sure that UPS was going to soon deliver the second box with the required accoutrements.  But NO, the shipment was complete.  I looked frantically but there was no CD, no AC adapters and NO MANUAL.  Instead I found a neatly folded 2" six panel brochure.  That was it!  It had a picture of my new Flip video and instructed me to install the two double AA batteries included and start taking some videos.  And I'll be darned, but, it was that easy!!!  Yippee!  This little Flip Video is the coolest and easiest to use gadget I have every owned.  It takes videos of my precious 2 1/2 year old tornado that are just fine and properly accomplish my main objectives; 1) document my cute kid so that I can remember how cute he was when I am trying to remember his cuteness when he is 17 and 2) entertain friends and family spread across the country via the internet.    Because I am complete sucker for efficient creativity in action, I love the USB connector arm that just "pops" out of the camera when it is time to hook it up to my computer.  Once I plug the Flip Video into the USB port, all of the required so[...]