Guest Post: How to Use a Bulb Srynge

As promised, my friend Jordyn Redwood, ER nurse and writer extraordinaire is going to be posting common medical Q & A’s on my blog twice every month. I’m superexcited about this and think it will not only be a ton of fun but it will also be really informative. So, a huge thank you to Jordyn! And, if you want to know more about her, Jordyn is not only a novelist with a book coming out from Kregel in a few months, but she’s also a blogger who writes a superfun blog called “Redwood’s Medical Edge” where she discusses now novelists approach medical issues in their books. Check it out here. Proper use of a Bulb Syringe After your baby is delivered, most people look at this item and think it’s not useful anymore. I’m here to tell you that it may be one of the most useful items you have on hand—especially during respiratory season.   The size you go home with will work well for the first few months of life. However, if your child is older than 3-4 months, you’ll need to purchase a larger size or obtain one from your pediatrician. Bulb syringes are designed to clear secretions from the nose and mouth. During RSV season, one of the most problematic symptoms for infants is the increase in thick, tenacious secretions. An infant with a clogged nose won’t nurse or take the bottle well. If they aren’t feeding well, this can lead to a concern for dehydration. Also, a stuffy nose makes for more difficult sleep and a non-sleeping baby leads to a cranky household....

Holiday Traditions: Gratefulness

Holiday Traditions:  Gratefulness We have so much!  So, yesterday, when I had my kids sit down and draw pictures of all the things they are thankful for, I wasn’t surprised when their lists went on and on and on.    Mine:  My kids.  My family.  My home.  Health (restored after a tough year).  The fact that I once again love coffee after being unable to drink it without throwing up when I was pregnant.   And, the list goes on and on and on… But, I started thinking:  What about Jesus?  Yes, we have wonderful family and friends and a home and food and toys and clothes and everything we need… but isn’t the ultimate gift we have Jesus himself?  How can I teach my kids to be thankful for Jesus? This week:  Gratefulness Scriptural Foundation:  Psalm 95 Psalm 95 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Gratefulness Day This week, we’re having Gratefulness Day on Wednesday, where we’re going to focus on one of the reasons we’re grateful for Jesus.  He chose us.  He saved us.  He blesses us.  He loves us. Here are a few of the stories we’re reading: Jesus calms the storm (Matthew 8) Parable of the...

Holiday Traditions: Joyfulness

What are your holiday traditions? Do you gather around the game every Thanksgiving and cheer for your favorite team? Hike into the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree? Sip hot cocoa while you decorate it? Make your great-grandma’s almost world-famous gingerbread? Traditions are great! I treasure each and every one that my family has—from our day-after-Thanksgiving movie breakfast to singing carols while my mom plays the piano on Christmas Eve. But, sometimes, I wonder if while I’m working so hard to create a festive holiday spirit, I’m forgetting that the spirit of the holidays is Christ—and that as a parent, I need to work to infuse everything we do, say or celebrate with His amazing love. So, this year, I have a challenge for you: Infuse Christ into your holiday traditions. Not simply by talking about Jesus or telling your kids that He is the reason for the season, but by focusing on the characteristics of Christ in everything you do. So, from now until Christmas, I’m going to explore on godly characteristic—gratefulness, love, joy, peace, faithfulness—on my blog each week and share with you some ideas on how you can get your kids thinking about these godly characteristics as they enjoy the holiday season. This week: Joyfulness Scriptural Foundation: Psalm 100 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give...

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Okay, so I know Veteran’s Day isn’t until Friday, but I’m celebrating a little bit early on my blog because, well, Friday is a day off of school which means I’ll be busy busy busy. That said, I want to take a moment to honor our veterans– and the current service men and women who fight so hard for our country.  My prayers are with you all and I’m so grateful to the heroes who have given so much to give me and my family the peace and hope that comes with living in the US. And, in order to spread the celebratory love, I’m giving away a book!  My friend Cathy West wrote an amazing book called  Yesterday’s Tomorrow. It’s set during the Vietnam War– an era I hadn’t read much about before reading this novel– and it’s a fascinating and compelling look at life in Vietnam during that time period.  Even better, the book also has a great love story, believable characters and more.  I LOVED the book– and I read a lot lot lot of books, and give very few the “loved it” stamp of approval.   I think you’d really like it… so I’m giving away an e-copy. To win your copy (courtesy of ME!), just reply to this post and tell me why you’d like to read more about the Vietnam War period.  I’ll draw one winner on Veterans Day (at random) and email you a Kindle Copy off of Amazon. Now, here’s a bit more about the book and the author, just in case you’re curious: Vietnam, 1967. Independent, career-driven journalist Kristin Taylor...
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